Have you ever wondered what it was like for orphans born in
the Wild West? Faith Blum has a new book that explores the life of three
orphans born during that time. She’s with us today to tell us a little about
her book. Make sure you read to the end to see the super fun giveaway she has
going on, too!

About the Book

The ground shook and a rumble sounded
through the air as the train squealed to a stop. Maybe, just maybe, I could
carry someone’s bags without the porter taking notice. And then there was the
even bigger maybe: Maybe I could get enough money to at least buy a crust of
bread for Trevor and Tabitha to share.


I hid behind the boxes in the freight yard
and kept one eye on the porter, and the other on the second class passenger
car. The porter had his attention on the first class car, so I slipped into the
gathering crowd.
Titus Hine has always taken care of others. First in
protecting his brother and sister from the men his mother entertained. Even
more so after her death, when the townspeople refused to help the orphans of a
town prostitute. He’s been protector and provider, despite the hardships. He’s
learned that no one will help, no one cares and if he wants to survive he’ll
have to rely on his own strength not just for himself but his family as well.
Then a stranger shows him the kindness and help no one else
seems willing to. Between her kindness and the lecture she gives the Christian
Leaders, Titus’s life takes an unexpected turn for the better. With help and
provision from the local believers things should be easier, his burdens are
lifted. So why does it feel like life is spinning out of control?
Can Titus learn that while man may fail him there is One who
will never fail? Can he learn to allow God to be the Shepherd of his life and
lead him? Or will life continue to push him every which way?
Note: 50% of Faith Blum’s income from this series will go to the World
Orphans organization.
Buy now on your favorite eBook platform:
www.books2read.com/saviorlikeashepherd

About the Author

Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in
various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch
movies, and play games with her family. 
She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm where they
raise goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and have 2 dogs and a varying number of
cats.
Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in
their walk with Christ. If you want to know when her latest book comes out, go
to her website to sign up for her New Releases Newsletter
so you can get an email when her next book in the series comes out. You will
also find links to her other Social Media sites on her website. She loves to hear from her
readers, so feel free to contact her.

Guest Post

My Kind of Romance

Everyone
has their own views on many things, including romance. How much is too
much in a book? How much is too little? Should you even read romances?
It’s something I’ve thought about a few times and as a writer, it is
also something I’ve needed to think about.

As a reader, I like a
good romance, but I’m very picky about what I personally consider a good
romance. As an author, I’m also very picky about what I write as a
romance.

Just what is that? I’m so glad you asked. If you read my
books and there is a romance/love story in them, most of them will have
the following characteristics:
 

  • A sweet, clean romance with no “pink” parts
  • A
    romance that develops naturally and without some sort of crisis
    happening that makes them suddenly realize “I really did love him/her!
    And now s/he’s dying! My life is over!” Then at the last possible second
    the lover miraculously gets better and all is well. (purposely
    exaggerated)
  • The kissing is all G-rated or lower with simple descriptions like “He pecked her on the lips” and other such phrases.
  • So far
    in my books, each couple has gotten to know each other through a
    courtship since that was the way it was done back then. I may eventually
    delve into other methods such as dating, but that will depend on many
    things.


I
know many authors, Christian and secular alike, write more “spice” into
their stories, but I have come to the personal conviction that a good
romance is one you can believe could really happen, that doesn’t create
premature feelings (or feelings you should only feel about your spouse),
and is something God wouldn’t mind you reading.

As an author,
that is what I endeavor to do. If you disagree, I am 100% okay with
that. You can either choose to read my books or not. I will not be
offended in any way. If that is what you’ve always wanted to read in a
book, great! One of my slightly more romance-y books is free February
23-27, 2017! (Note: This story inspired Savior, Like a Shepherd! Click HERE to find it.)

Giveaway

Faith is giving away
EIGHT prizes! She has two paperbacks and two eBooks of Savior, Like a Shepherd up for grabs as well as one paperback and
three eBooks of her Hymns of the West
Novellas: Volume Two
. The novella collection contains the novella that
inspired her latest series as well as her new novel. Fill out the rafflecopter for the chance to win one of the prizes:

Tour Schedule

Bonus Post from
February 10
Petticoats
and Pistols
– The History of Paint (Note: the giveaway on that post is
closed)
February 16
Bookish
Orchestrations
-Tour Introduction
Peggy’s Hope 4U– Character
Spotlight of Titus
February 17
Leah’s Bookshelf– Book
Spotlight
Rebekah Lyn Books
Character Spotlight of Tabitha
February 18
Zerina Blossom’s
Books
– Guest Post – About the Town
February 20
Sarah
Allerding
– Author Interview
February 21
Tara Ellis
Author
– Book Spotlight
Melanie D.
Snitker, Author
– Character Spotlight of Trevor
February 22
Writings,
Ramblings, and Reflections
– Character Interview
February 23
Reveries
Reviews
– Character Spotlight of Titus Hine
Kelsey’s
Notebook
– Guest Post – My Kind of Romance
February 24
With a
Joyful Noise
– Book Review
February 25
Writing Dreams
Guest Post – Why Orphans?
Zerina Blossom’s
Books
– Book Review
February 27
God’s
Peculiar Treasure Rae
– Character Spotlight of Trevor Hine
February 28
Homeschooled
Authors
– Author Interview
Rachel Rossano’s
Words
– Guest Post – What’s the Inspiration and song connection?

 


Who doesn’t like a scavenger hunt? I suppose it depends on the kind of scavenger hunt, but Faith Blum is with us today to reveal the
covers for her three upcoming novellas.

Each novella will be published this summer. One on June 26th, one
on July 26th, and the last one on August 26th. To reveal the covers, I
have a scavenger hunt set up. I have a few clues for you and then once
you find the covers, you can fill out the form below to enter
a giveaway
for a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Each cover you find will get yo
u four extra entries. Entries will be
closed on June 10th and the winner announced on June 11th.

First, here are the descriptions of each book:

Just a Closer Walk

Katie
and Joanna meet on a train headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming. They
start
talking and find out they are both headed there to become mail order
brides. They quickly become good friends. When they get on a stagecoach
with three other young women, Katie becomes suspicious. What is
going to
happen to them? Or is it really possible that nothing untoward is
happening?

Just As I Am

Eve
and Evangeline Collins are adventurous twins who decide to take a
risk
and head west as mail order brides. Their parents are less than pleased,
but do nothing to stop them. Eve and Eva don’t realize their danger
until they stop just outside Cheyenne. Will they ever see their family
again?

Blessed Assurance

Adelaide
lost her parents a year before and now a rich man in town is making
unwanted advances toward her. Desperate, she writes to two men and
quickly accepts the one from Cheyenne, Wyoming. On the final leg of her
journey, in a stagecoach with four other mail order brides, her
suspicions are confirmed. Will she ever find a man she can truly trust?

Clues

Each cover is hidden in a blog post on Faith’s blog. Here are some clues to help you find the posts:

Clue #1: Agencies, mysteries, and westerns. Where might this cover be?

Clue #2: The ides of March. A holiday, a bird, or perhaps a plane. Can the cover be there?

Clue #3: A light or six and you may find the third and final
cover.

In case the form below doesn’t show up for some reason, please use
this
link
to enter the giveaway.


Tour Schedule

June 6
June 7
June 8
June 9
June 10
June 11

I’m participating in another blog tour this week! This time we’re celebrating the release of Faith Blum’s exciting and faith-filled novel The Solid Rock, book 5 of the Hymns of the West series. Keep reading for a description, my review, and an interview with Faith Blum!

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Joshua woke with a quiet groan. As his senses woke up one at a time, he cracked his eyelids open. Sure enough, there was a silhouetted form standing at the foot of the bed. From the smell, the person was either from the brothel down the street or had recently left one. He forced himself to breathe evenly and reached for the knife in his thigh holster. With as tough and evil a voice as he could imitate, he spoke, “State your intentions.”

Pinkerton detective, Joshua Brookings, is sent on a job that seems simple on the surface. His fellow detective has been kidnapped and his boss, William Pinkerton senses foul play. Joshua is sent to investigate Edward’s case in hopes of finding the kidnapped detective and helping solve the case that has taken over ten years to investigate. Arriving in Cheyenne, Joshua finds much more than a simple kidnapping. Yet again, he must go undercover, something he made his boss promise never to make him do again. The only Christian in the outlaw group, Joshua falters and almost loses faith in God’s providence. Will he stand on the solid Rock or drown in the sinking sand?

Purchase on Amazon.com HERE!  
Or, you can preorder a paperback copy here for $14.00 plus shipping.

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My Review: 
I liked this number of the Hymns of the West series even better than the one preceding, Lily of the Valley. The Solid Rock follows Ruth’s brother Joshua Brookings, one of those brave members of the pioneering detective agency – a Pinkerton detective. I really enjoyed the history in this one, as I hadn’t heard of the Pinkertons before.

I also enjoyed the mystery – Joshua had his work cut out for him in solving a ten-year-long case! Everything connected with it was exciting, especially this epic gun battle.  I thought the unpredictable romance was very well done. Besides Joshua, my other favorite character was Priscilla, a woman struggling to overcome her past. The plot was tight and well developed. The descriptions of the settings in this book seemed stronger than in the other novels, which really appeals to me. I felt very connected to the West – a good thing, because the characters did a lot of traveling!

All of Faith Blum’s works contain strong spiritual themes, and this one was no exception. It dug deep. Many of the characters had spiritual growth. In summary – this book contains a lot! Whether you like mystery, Westerns, romance, Christian themes, it has them all.  

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Interview with Faith Blum
1. When and how did you come up with the idea for the Hymns of the West series?

It all started with a simple question from a beta-reader reading A Mighty Fortress. “What is the second book in the series about?” I told him I wasn’t planning to write a series, tried to forget the question and went back to editing AMF. But in the back of my mind, I started coming up with a sequel about the main character in AMF, Joshua and how he could become a Pinkerton detective and help another detective solve a mystery. That particular sequel ended up being the fifth book in the series, but it got me started with the series.

As for the name, after the first book having the same name as a hymn, I thought it would be fun to write all my books in that series with hymn titles as book titles. Since then, I have decided to make hymns my “brand” so to speak and all my books will be named after hymns with those hymns as themes in the books.

2. That’s so interesting, Faith! What are some of your favorite books? Have they inspired your writing in some way?

This is always a tough question. I guess I’d say The Holy Bible by God, Resistance by Jaye L. Knight, Ride the River by Louis L’Amour, The Sackett series by Louis L’Amour, and Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer. They have all inspired my writing in one way or another. The Bible because without God’s guidance, I wouldn’t be writing today. Resistance because Jaye is so good with her inner dialogue and I tried to bring that in a little more with The Solid Rock.

Louis L’Amour has been my favorite Western author for a long time and he’s the one who inspired me to write Westerns, but from a Christian perspective. I didn’t find Karen’s books until after I started writing Westerns, but The Short-Straw Bride was a particular favorite of mine written by her. I don’t think it really inspired my writing, but the way she wove Christianity into her books was helpful to see.

3. Neat! That’s a good range of books. Who’s your favorite character from The Solid Rock? How about the whole Hymns of the West series?

Priscilla Simmons is definitely my favorite character in The Solid Rock. She comes from such a tough background, but still tries to do the right thing, even if it is hard or unpopular. I think Joshua is my favorite character throughout the whole series. He’s a man’s man, courageous, daring, and so much more.

4. Priscilla and Joshua are my favorite characters from The Solid Rock, too! What do you hope people will take from reading The Solid Rock?

I hope readers will see that Christians aren’t perfect and that’s okay as long as they continue to let God guide them.

About Faith Blum:  

Faith Blum started writing at an early age. She started even before she could read! She even thought she could write better than Dr. Seuss. Now that she’s grown up a little more, she knows she will probably never reach the success of Dr. Seuss, but that doesn’t stop her from trying.
When she isn’t writing, Faith enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, writing, playing piano, and playing games with her family. One of her dreams is to visit Castle City, Montana someday to see the ghost town she chose for her characters to live in. She currently lives on a hobby farm with her family in Wisconsin.
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GIVEAWAY!

To enter a giveaway for ALL the Hymns of the West, fill out this form to earn entries to the giveaway. Each entry gives you one point, plus there are opportunities for bonus entries!

Follow the rest of the tour!

March 26
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Tour Introduction 
Writing Dreams-Excerpt and Spotlight 
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Spotlight 
Tee Garner-Excerpt, Spotlight, Interview

March 28
George’s Shorts-Spotlight, Review, Interview 
Karan Eleni-Excerpt, Spotlight, Review 
BlondeRJ-Excerpt 
Rebekah Lyn Books-Excerpt 
Zerina Blossom’s Books-Excerpt, Spotlight 
Life is a Four-Letter Word-Spotlight

March 29
In the Bookcase-Excerpt, Review 
Ruth’s Real Life-Excerpt 
Kelsey’s Notebook-Review, Interview 
Shire Reviews-Review 
With a Joyful Noise-Excerpt, Spotlight 
Melanie D. Snitker, Author-Excerpt, Spotlight 
Wildflower Acres-Spotlight

March 30
Clean Indie Reads-Spotlight 
Jaye L. Knight-Excerpt, Spotlight 
Stories by Firefly-Excerpt, Spotlight, Interview 
Chess Desalls-Excerpt 
Kendra’s Thoughts-Excerpt, Interview 
Frances Hoelsma-Excerpt, Spotlight, Interview

March 31
Prairie Dust Trail-Review 
David Todd-Interview 
The Overactive Imagination-Excerpt 
Reading in June-Excerpt, Spotlight 
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Excerpt, Spotlight 
Trust and Obey-Guest Post, Spotlight

April 1
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Tour Wrap-up, giveaway announcement