BOOK SPOTLIGHT | ORPHANS OF THE WEST by FAITH BLUM

Howdy, friend! I’m excited to share a book spotlight for TWO books today! =D Be sure to check these cool books out because there’s a giveaway, as well!

 

ABOUT THE BOOKS

Sing the Wondrous Story

an Orphans of the West novella

Jason was kicked out three years ago. His judgmental actions and decisions caused a rift and turmoil within his family, especially concerning his sister, Jessamine. Now God is leading him to return home—a home he isn’t certain he will be welcomed back to. The last three years has led to personal growth, he still has a lot to learn. Can he overcome his past mistakes or will he always be the black sheep?

Jessamine has popularity and the attention of many in town except the two men she wants to catch for herself. She lives for those moments of attention and needs to marry a rich man to buy all the pretty things she desires. There are two men who fit that and she will stop at nothing to find a husband to make her life perfect. When Jason returns and challenges her actions, will she be able to let go of her plan? Can she find love in more than herself?

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He Leadeth Me

(Orphans of the West, #4)

Gage was eight when his parents died, but despite that, he has been content with his life. He misses the farm, though, and when his uncle gives him the deed and tells him to go back, he seizes the opportunity.

Almost a full day’s ride, Gage reconnects with his friend, Danny and settles into farm life. Then someone shows up claiming Gage’s long-dead father owed a large sum of money that has accrued thirteen years of interest.

What will Gage do when he learns of his father’s past? Will he let God lead him no matter what happens?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She’s lived in, or outside of, small towns her whole life. The thought of living in a city with more than 60,000 people in it scares her, especially after some interesting adventures driving through big cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Faith currently resides in the middle of the state of Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. She is blessed to be able to have writing as her full-time career with household work and cooking to do on the side. She loves to paint walls as long as she doesn’t have to do hallways or ceilings.

When not writing, you can find her cooking food from scratch due to food allergies (fun), doing dishes (meh), knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband (yay!). She is also a Community Assistant for the Young Writers Workshop and loves her work there. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website.

FOLLOW ALONG!

We have two weeks of amazing blog posts culminating in a fantastic Facebook party on the 26th, 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT!

Wednesday, September 12th

Intro Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Sing the Wondrous Story Spotlight // Faith Blum @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections

Author Interview // Germaine Han @ The Writing Mafia

Thursday, September 13th

Book Spotlight // Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Saturday, September 15th

Book Spotlight // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger

Monday, September 17th

Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Abigail McKenna @ Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors

Wednesday, September 19th

Author Interview // Maddie Morrow @ What a Novel Idea

Guest Post // Medomfo @ Writings from a God Girl

Thursday, September 20th

Guest Post // Rachel Rossano

Friday, September 21st

Book Spotlight // Amanda Tero @ With a Joyful Noise

Saturday, September 22nd

Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Monday, September 24th

Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Grace Maples @ Proclaiming His Excellencies

Tuesday, September 25th

Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Chloe @ Purely by Faith Reviews

Wednesday, September 26th

He Leadeth Me Spotlight // Faith Blum @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections

Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Hanne T @ RockandMinerals4Him

Wrap-Up Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

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GIVEAWAY!

Enter the giveaway! The winner will receive a notebook, metal bookmark, and a paperback copy of one of the books (their choice).

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

 

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Thanks for joining me, y’all! Be sure to give Faith a follow. 🙂 And before you head out, I’m almost to my goal amount of beta readers for Seek! So if you’re interested, sign ups close on the 20th!

God bless!

– Ang

INTERESTED IN THE BOOKS? =) THEY SURE SOUND AMAZING!

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BETA READ SEEK

The month of September has been a whirlwind so far. I got sick and am still recovering. We’re on the verge of packing our house because we sold house #1 (more on this to come). And, today, 9/11, I fasted for the first time. The fast ran from 6 AM to 6 PM today (I didn’t eat till 7:20 though). During that fast, we prayed for North Carolina — that God will guide hurricane Florence out to sea and have mercy on the US.

September 11th has been sobering today, as well. Our nation changed seventeen years, and it has never been the same. We cannot forget the lives lost and given that day. Remember. And continue to pray for mercy over our nation!

I do have exciting news. Seek is coming to an end sooner than I expected, so beta reader sign ups are OPEN! You can sign up HERE:

I have to run write, so that’s all for now. 😉 Thanks so much and see y’all soon. God bless!

– Ang

 

HOW HAS YOUR SEPTEMBER BEEN? DID YOU SIGN UP, FRIEND?

HOMEWARD | A SHORT STORY

Hello, friend! In July, I entered the Golden Rain Short Story contest, hosted by Annie Louis Twitchell. The theme was remembrance. My mind immediately landed on the idea of a veteran/Army inspired short story… But I wanted to go further. I wanted to remember something that hurts a great deal but we often shy away from.

Suicide.

My following short story won the contest. Please note, that once the next winner of the Golden Rain contest is announced, this story will be removed off the website and I will be publishing it on Amazon Kindle only, and it will remain free. Please remain in prayer that every soul will believe suicide is not the answer.

 

HOMEWARD BY ANGELA R. WATTS

CLICK HERE TO READ

 

As you may have heard of, 22 veterans a day are lost to suicide. Suicide has become a dark stronghold on this nation, but we cannot let it win. Jesus wins. To fight the lie that suicide is, we must pray. Please share this story to help reach others.

God bless.

– Angela

ROADS | A POEM

 ROADS

There was a road that I could not guide,
A long, winding road full of kind dreams,
But I could not stop the danger, no matter how hard I tried,
So her road ended, and I pushed on.

There was a road, for a girl who loved to dance and skip,
But the road was cut short,
And I sat in a white bed, with her on my hip,
Promising the road would go on and we’d face it together, but her road ended in a big white room, and my road goes on forever.

There is a road that crawls to a cemetery, near a big white church,
And I go sit there and often wonder,
Beside two gravestones under the strong silver birch,
Of where those two roads travelled into heaven that I cannot see.

— Roads, WAR, by Angela R. Watts (copyright 2018 all rights reserved)

DEEP WATERS | UPDATES

Last week, I wrote GOD WILL NOT FORSAKE US because God has shown me lots of truths during this year. The past few months have been jammed full of stressful circumstances, decisions, and plans for the future. It can be a struggle not to get bogged down by the disasters and get exhausted from trudging through it all. We’ve been working on our house which is finally on the market again (prayers that God’s will be done and that it sells soon would be greatly appreciated), among a list of other trials that face us.

God tells us to seek Him. Sometimes, that’s as ‘little’ as praying to Him throughout the day, and giving short but heartfelt prayers over things you have no control over. There’s so, so much in life I just can’t control or help — but I can pray. Prayer counts. Praising God for everything is important! Even when we have lists of things to fear or want to run from.

Hard work counts, too. While God wants us to have faith and be still, there are times when we have to be willing to work hard to do His will. My family and I have been doing a lot of working and preparing. When it feel like we’re in deep waters, even if the storm is tossing the waves, with God… we can walk on water. So, take courage, y’all!

Amidst the whirlwind, I’ve been tackling Seek’s final draft. I worked on it during Camp NaNo in July, but didn’t make booming progress. At the start of August, I made a goal of 30,000 words. I’m at 25,000 words on the 21st. Seek’s draft is over 70,000 right now, so I’m getting close to the end! =) I’ll be giving Seek out to beta readers during October (God willing), and while sign ups aren’t open yet (won’t be for a while, ha!), if any of you are interested in telling me you’d like to beta Seek, you can contact/message me beforehand. You can visit Seek’s page for the very rough synopsis which isn’t final yet. 😛 Here’s a quick snippet for you:

SEEK

ELI’S POINT OF VIEW

I shoved my questions aside, focusing on getting Angel out of danger. She didn’t wake or stir in my arms. The kind, loyal Angel was bloody and limp. And it was because of Michelle, who’d grown up with Angel, who’d watched Angel learn to walk, learn to speak… How could someone do this to their family?

Michelle had made her choice. She choice to destroy the family that had raised and loved her. I’d failed to protect Angel once. Not again.

Jake’s gun never left Fahn, though Fahn looked strangely bored. Michelle didn’t make a move but then she snarled at Fahn: “The cops, we need to go! NOW!”

Fahn cocked his head at me and Jake, smirking, stepping to the car. “Excuse us.”

Bang!

 

Well, I think that’s all for today, folks. I have to go get back at tacklin’ life. 😉 What has life been like for you? I’m always here to pray for y’all!

God bless.

– Ang

 

DO YOU WANT TO BETA READ SEEK (EVEN IF IT IS A COUPLE MONTHS EARLY TO ASK… *RUNS OFF*)? HOW HAS YOUR SUMMER BEEN?