Friday, July 19, 2019

Interview | Blog Tour Stop at We've Got Pockets

Today I'm over at We've Got Pockets with a very fun and different interview! What details do I slip into my books that no one really knows about but me? What honor would I choose for my book? Which book am I most proud of? Find my answers for these and more over at Esther's blog here.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Excerpt from "The Secret Slipper" | Blog Tour Stop at A.M. Heath

Last week, you got to read the prologue at Wildflower Acres. This week, author A.M. Heaht is sharing another excerpt from "The Secret Slipper" over on her blog. Spoiler: it's a scene with Lia and "Protecting the Poor's" own MC, Dumphey! Read it here.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

What's in a Dress? | Blog Tour Stop at Drop in the Ocean

Lia buried her hands in the folds of Geva’s gown, the soft linen not calming her at all. She made sure her steps were slow and even, making her appear the careful lass Bioti claimed her to be. Had she not spent the last hour transitioning from filthy rags to this pale green gown, she would have doubted that she was the same lass mucking the stalls this morn. She lifted her eyes, taking in every embroidered flower that decorated the deep gray silk of Lady Yzebel’s gown. The beauty of elegance stopped as she looked at the lady’s face.

What’s in a dress? Today, we might not be able to look at a stranger and automatically assume their position, financial status, and wellbeing, but in the medieval era, dress was all about those very things.

Last week, I discussed weaving historical elements into fantasy (ish) fiction over at Author Abigail Harris’ blog—particularly village life in reality vs. fantasy and my mix of both. Today, I'm over at Drop in the Ocean discussing medieval clothing. Read the full article here.

Friday, July 12, 2019

One Word: Balance | Blog Tour Stop at Blossoms and Blessings

You know, sometimes it's just the right time to throw aside propriety and ramble. If you're me, that is. ;) Maybe other authors have it all together all the time, but I definitely don't.

Today I'm over at Blossoms and Blessings sharing an "About-the-Process" post which includes... totally forgetting that I have more than just "Protecting the Poor" on my desk right now. *hides face* Yep... I'm not the only one who struggles with balance, am I? ;)

Read the full, rambling post here.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Writing Two POVs | Blog Tour Stop at Writings from a God-Girl

Have you ever wondered the difference between writing one point-of-view and two (or more)? Have you ever considered if your book needs just one POV or two? Do you know how to make that decision?

I don't know that I have the answers for everyone, but I absolutely loved writing in two POVs for "The Secret Slipper" and "Protecting the Poor"--and, like so much about this series, it has been a huge learning experience!

Hop over to Writings from a God-Girl to read a little of my thinklings about this POV process.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Weaving History into Fantasy | Blog Tour Stop at Author Abigail Harris

Let’s be honest. When we think of the medieval age, we tend to romanticize it. I mean, who else gets these images in mind? (credit: all images from Pixabay)

This is more the style that I featured in my Tales of Faith series, but it's not historically accurate. Read the full article over at Author Abigail Harris's blog.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Excerpt from "The Secret Slipper" | Blog Tour Stop at Wildflower Acres

Another grave. This time, a short one. 

Have you read the prologue of "The Secret Slipper" yet? Well, you can now. ;) The full prologue is shared on Wildflower Acres. So hop over and read it--and see what else this blogger has to offer.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Yours Truly, Thomas | Book Review

The premise of this story was amazing: a dead letter office worker who feels pity for a man who’s running out west yet yearning for his love back home. As the story unfolds, there are many more juicy story bits that are creative, but it’d spoil it to tell you.

The romance in this story was sweet and there really wasn’t any moment I felt it was inappropriate. Penny is definitely a romantic dreamer at heart, but she does get a taste of reality through the story.

There were references to God and things being ordered by Providence, but it seemed that the characters who “are changed now” were changed by circumstances and people, not God. Thomas mentioned reading the Bible and there was one verse shared (that I remember), but it wasn’t a super strong spiritual thread.

The writer in me did not wholly enjoy this book. There were fantastic ideas, but I felt like the story was dialogue-driven and I wasn’t really allowed to *feel* the characters because they were always talking. But I do try not to let the writer in me shade my review rating too much. If someone just wants a sweet read with a twist of a mystery, they may enjoy this one.

*I received this book from Revell reads and happily provided my honest review* 

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About the Book
For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people's mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more--a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.

Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn't expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never really expecting a reply.

When Penny's undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring--perhaps too much--for the one who wrote it.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

A Matter of Trust | Blog Tour Stop at Maidens for Modesty

It’s easy to trust God in areas that don’t really matter to us—in areas that are going in a smooth flow anyway. But what about that thing that is nearest and dearest to us? That one dream that we’re trying to hang onto for dear life? Can we trust God with that? He’s not a cruel master, demanding we give Him our all so that He can torture us and gleefully take away what we hold dearest. He’s a gentle, loving Father. And He knows what is truly best for us. But do we truly believe that? If we did, would we fight so hard to surrender our plans, dreams, and desires to Him?
Today I'm over at Maidens for Modesty sharing some important lessons God taught me on trust while writing "The Secret Slipper."

Read the full article HERE.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Logic of God | Book Review

This is an impossibly hard book to review. It covers so many topics and so very thoroughly and well, I can’t begin to give a cohesive overview. There are chapters on fear, peace, hope, convictions, confrontation, dealing with diverse world views... basically, it is a good book for any Christian to read. It has gotten me to think deeply about many things. I do wish to read it in a slower fashion and not on a review-book deadline, because it’s not the best book to skim.

Personally, I preferred reading the Scripture quotations from KJV (each chapter began with several verses). But the theology was sound, from all I could tell. I highly recommend it.

Just a sample of the quotes:
“Behind every belief is a believer, and behind every question is a questioner.”

“Listening is a vital part of responding. The more and better we hear others, the more and better they will hear us.”

“God has revealed Himself through His Word, through Jesus Christ, His Spirit in the life of the church, and even His created world. Is God hidden?”

"For every person who feels that prayer has not 'worked' for him and has therefore abandoned God, there is someone else for whom prayer remains a vital part of her life, sustaining her even when her prayers have gone unanswered, because her belief and trust are not only in the power of prayer but in the character and wisdom of God. When God is the focus of our prayer, I believe He sustains and preserves our faith."

“There are only two options: either go to God on His terms and find our perfect peace in His acceptance of us, or play God with self-defining morality and kill.” (Speaking of Cain)

“The kings steeped the young men [Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego] in Babylonian philosophy and tried to change their names and worldview. But God’s faithful servants ended up changing the kings’ allegiance and identities.”

“I would suggest that sometime we lose our ability to sense God or see Him at work because we choose not to obey Him.”

“Only when we surrender to the light of God’s truth in our own lives are we enabled to truly see and then be a beacon of hope and healing in our dark world.”

“...Thomas Merton observed that man is not at peace with his fellow man because he is not at peace with himself, and he is not at peace with himself because he is not at peace with God.... So what lies beneath our struggle is a daily routine based on a momentous decision. That decision is to deal with what we do to hurt ourselves, not what others do to hurt us. The attacks of others simply will not succeed if we have taken the protection to guard our souls.”

“... giving all that is your best to God is worship at its core. This cannot be done without the sacrifice of the acclaim and adulation of the world.”

*I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and happily provided my honest review*

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Happy July! | Tales of Faith 3-Month Tour

Happy July! This is an exciting month for me. Why? Let’s see if I can narrow it down…
Note: these are in no particular order of importance. ;)

1) It’s month two of the 3-month “Tales of Faith” tour!
I don’t know if you went through and read all of the first month’s posts, but I had a blast with all of these bloggers. The tour started out here where I reminisced the whole beginning of the "Tales of Faith" series. From there, we had reviews of "Befriending the Beast" at Wildflower Acres, Singing Librarian Books, and Tangled Up in Writing. A special excerpt at A.M. Heath's Blog. I did an interview at Writings from a God Girl. I shared an inspirational post on waiting on We've Got Pockets. Two bloggers featured special behind-the-scenes posts: Maidens for Modesty (in which I share my brainstorming--never before shared publicly!!) and Drop in the Ocean (all about names and how I came up with them). On Faith Blum's blog, I shared a historical note about castles. And last but not least, I shared three instructional writing articles on Blossoms and Blessings (on writing the perfect length), Author Abigail Harris's blog (on my stages of research), and Honey Rock Hills (Top 5 Tips for Christian Authors). Each of the links I just shared is a direct link to my articles, but I encourage you to browse these blogs and follow them. It doesn't end there! 

This month is a whole new set of posts up on each of these blogs, featuring "The Secret Slipper"!! (pssst, it's also on sale this month!) I hope you follow along.

2) I’m going to Canada to visit my sister!!!
That’s right. My sister found herself a Canadian to marry. The downside is that I haven’t seen her since January. The upside is that I now have a place to visit wayyy up north! I'm already trying to figure out which books to load on my Kindle (I have Kindle Unlimited, so suggestions are welcome!) and plan on doing a mix of reading and writing while we take this several-day-drive up there.

3) “Protecting the Poor” releases next month!!!
I can finally say it: NEXT MONTH!! This means a busy writing month for me (yep, I’ll likely be editing on our trip to Canada). Welcome, editing, formatting, promoting, and all that jazz. Yep, it will be a busy month indeed!

4) Our church has revival week!!!
Before we go to Canada, it's revival week at our church. I absolutely love that our church still does a full Sunday-Friday revival week--but more than that, they also do morning services!!! It's really like a week of Sundays! And I always, always need this week of revival services.

5) I get to do some book formatting!!!
Besides "Protecting the Poor," I mean. ;) This may sound like something minute, but I really do like book formatting and with college, it has been a long time since I've gotten to do it. Lord willing, this month though, I'll be formatting three books! I'm really excited about that. I love making books look as pretty on the inside as the outside.

What's on your July list?
I'm sure there are many more things in July that I'll get to do, but those are the "big five." ;)

What are you excited about this month? Have you been reading much this summer? Have you gotten to do anything new?

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Excerpt and Review | Last two Blog Tour Stops of June

With camps, I've fallen behind posting this week, so we get 2-in-1 today before a whole new blog tour series starts on Monday!!

This week, I shared an excerpt from "Befriending the Beast" at A.M. Heath's blog and today was a review at Tangled Up in Writing.

It's hard to believe the first month of blog tour is up! And in just a few short weeks, I get to start talking more in depth about "Protecting the Poor!" But first, July will be a full month dipping back into "The Secret Slipper" and the adventures I shared with Lia and Lord Kiralyn.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Cover Reveal: The Haven of Rest by Faith Blum

Faith Blum is releasing a new book! And today we get to see the cover...

About the Book
Ignored by her father…

Adah was neglected by her abba and her brother. She must do something. All her previous plans have failed, but she won’t slip up this time. Since her abba is King David, author of many songs, what better way to gain his attention than pulling off a concert featuring twelve of his daughters?

As she plans, Adah’s discontentment grows. She throws herself into the work but worry edges into her heart anyway. Can Adah learn to rest in Adonai as her father? Will she learn contentment in all things?

Inspired by The 12 Dancing Princesses fairy tale.

About the Author

Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She has independently published over 25 books in over five years. Most of her books are Christian Historical Fiction with an emphasis on Westerns. During an eBook sale, she was #1 in Christian Westerns and Christian Western Anthologies on Amazon. During that sale, she sold over 3,000 copies.

Faith currently resides in Central Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. When not writing, you can find her cooking food from scratch due to food allergies, doing dishes, knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website:

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Top 5 Tips for Christian Authors | Blog Tour Stop at Honey Rock Hills

Have you ever considered your top 5 tips to give other Christian authors? I realized as I wrote this article that my top-5 change. :) But for TODAY, my top 5 are...

1) Get the foundation straight
2) Write when it’s the season to write
3) Be part of a community
4) Always learn

5) Get a good team

Of course, I expound several hundred words on each of these. I'd love to hear from you--what are your top 5 tips? Do you agree/disagree with mine (and the exposition of them)?

Read the article HERE.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Book Review | Blog Tour Stop at Singing Librarian Books

Sydney wrote a very sweet review of "Befriending the Beast" over on her blog yesterday.

"This is not your typical Beauty and the Beast story. It’s not that of a romantic love story, but rather a lost and found again love between a father and daughter. This is a charming story that readers will thoroughly enjoy!"

I hope you read her full review and show her some support.
 Remember: for this month only, you can get the eBook of "Befriending the Beast" on sale!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Interview | Blog Tour Stop at Writings from a God Girl

Yesterday I had the fun of doing an interview with Medomfo at Writings from a God Girl. She asked questions such as: When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author? What inspired Befriending the Beast? What kind of books do you enjoy reading? What Christian contemporary books would you recommend to new contemporary writers?

Read my answers here.

Monday, June 17, 2019

My Stages of Research | Blog Tour Stop at Kaylee's Kind of Writes

How should you research while writing? Well, I don't know everyone's methods, but I have figured out what works for me.

Today I'm over at Kaylee's Kind of Writes, sharing about researching for historical fiction. I'd love to hear: how do YOU research?

I’m a lover of history—thus, naturally, a lover of historical fiction. There is nothing quite so spectacular as historical elements woven into a new creation. On the flip side, there is nothing so exasperating as an exciting tale that is flawed with a historical error (surely I’m not the only one who screams at the author when I come across something unbelievably inaccurate—okay, I don’tscream, but I definitely talk to the poor author)...

Read more HERE.

Friday, June 14, 2019

The Number of Love | Book Review

A preface to my review... because it's finally out!!!! I look forward to new books by Roseanna and this one was no exception. This is how bad I wanted it: I pretty much only review books I can get in paperback form (as it seems more worth my time), but this one I caved and got it in eBook. Yeah. I had to read it... and I'm really glad I did!! 

I fell in love with Margot in “A Song Unheard” and was SO happy when I found out she was the MC for this book! Roseanna has done it again—pulling off a riveting novel with a beautiful balance of suspense, faith, and intrigue.

I usually have a hard time writing a well-balance review of Roseanne’s books because I just want to say, “It was so good! Just read it!” I mean, it’s true. There were pieces to the puzzle that I didn’t put together, and I love it when an author can do that to me. I absolutely loved the “villain” and everything connected with him.

I think one thing I liked the best about this one is Margot’s detestation of feelings and romance. Totally a girl after my heart. I loved how she had to journey through the difficulty of an emotional trial yet rejecting the emotions, and having to learn about being a girl with emotions and calling. Yes, totally my girl.

And I just have to take a moment and appreciate the very realistic journey that Drake took along. It’s a pet peeve of mine when a character goes through something challenging and bounces right back. I really did just like Drake all the way around.

I definitely didn’t find the romance as strong in this as in some of Roseanna’s other books (which isn’t an issue with me). There was some sap and a couple of kisses, but romance definitely wasn’t the highlight of everyone’s thoughts.

As for faith content, I found the characters to be very historically accurate. They were Catholic, as was historic their genealogy, so a couple of Catholic rituals were mentioned (namely mass and praying the rosary). The characters were portrayed as those who had genuine faith in God and not in the church; a relationship not mere religion. I don’t agree with the Catholic beliefs of salvation and the Bible, but none of the controversial topics were brought out in this novel. At times, I forgot the characters were supposed to be Catholic, until the rosary or mass were mentioned (and coming from my homestate steeped in Catholicism, it didn’t seem authentic ritualistic religion). Some people would have a problem with this, but honestly, I didn’t find any unBiblical doctrine covered in the book.

My conclusion? Just read it. Be sure to read “A Song Unheard” first (or, just read that entire series—it’s good too), but read this one!

*I received this book from NetGalley and happily provided my honest review*

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Ozark Mountain Motorcars | Book Review

This book is a really neat concept: taking historical trains and their stories and turning them into fictional personalities. It seems like just the book for boys who are fascinated with trains. Though, I would have probably loved it as a child too, so not just limited to boys.

Though this appears to be a children’s book, there are a lot of words on each page—so it would be a bit much for a young reader. This is a neutral book. Nothing too scary mentioned to frighten children. 
And it holds enough terminology (which has a glossary) to make the reader want to know just a little more about real train language.

The illustrations are nice and add a personal flavor to the story. I’ve never read or watched Thomas the Train, but from what I’ve seen, this made me think of Thomas.

It was cool to discover that the author himself is just a teen. He’s got a great start on the writing journey.

The main negative I found was that after one reading, the cover flipped out. That has more to do with the printer than the author, though.

*I received this book from Book Crash Bloggers and happily provided my honest review*

Read more about this series at Great Railroad Series.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

What's in a Name? | Blog Tour Stop at Drop in the Ocean

How did I come up with all of the names in my "Tales of Faith" series? Belle, Lia, and... Dumphey?? I'm over at Drop in the Ocean today sharing about all the names in this series.

One of the biggest parts in writing any book is finding the right names. The right names for the characters, for the book itself, and for the series. Sometimes, I have a really easy time finding names. Other times… well, we end up with a main character named Dumphey.

Read the full article HERE.

And here's a video I did when I released "The Secret Slipper"...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Writing the Perfect Length | Blog Tour Stop at Blossoms and Blessings

Today I'm at Blossoms and Blessings blog talking about what word-count makes up the perfect length for... well, various stories. 

When I began writing “Befriending the Beast,” I planned on it being a short story. Then it ate a few too many words and gained a little too much weight, so I thought of it as a novella. Now that I’m finishing up “Protecting the Poor,” I’m knocking on a novel-length’s door. Oops.
Read the full article HERE.

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