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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Faith Blum: Blog Tour and Guest Post

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.

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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.)


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

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?



  1. Thank you for being part of my tour, Kelsey!

    1. My pleasure! I'm excited for your new series.