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 my income from this series will go to the World Orphans organization.
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Inspiration and the Hymn Connection
This book was inspired by one short scene in Blessed Assurance when Miss Adelaide Brown meets a boy named Titus Hine and is moved to help him in the short time she will be in town. As I edited the novella, I came up with an idea. I had orphans in quite a few of my stories and more in an unpublished epilogue. Titus’ was the first I had a plot for and also the first in chronological order.
Going into the plotting, I knew a few things about Titus. 1. He was an orphan. 2. He had a brother and sister. 3. He was illegitimate. I plotted a few things out for the story, but most of it came as I went. I'm not really sure where some of the ideas came from, but others I know came from God.
As for the connection to the hymn, I wanted all of my books in this series to have the theme of God leading. Thanks to His leading as I wrote, the hymn, Savior, Like a Shepherd. For Titus’ story perfectly. Titus is truly led by the Shepherd in this book.
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.
Faith is generously 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:
Bonus Post from February 10
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Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction
Peggy's Hope 4U- Character Spotlight of Titus
Leah's Bookshelf- Book Spotlight
Rebekah Lyn Books- Character Spotlight of Tabitha
Zerina Blossom's Books- Guest Post – About the Town
Sarah Allerding- Author Interview
Tara Ellis Author- Book Spotlight
Melanie D. Snitker, Author – Character Spotlight of Trevor
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections- Character Interview
Reveries Reviews- Character Spotlight of Titus Hine
Kelsey's Notebook- Guest Post – My Kind of Romance
With a Joyful Noise- Book Review
Writing Dreams- Guest Post – Why Orphans?
Zerina Blossom's Books – Book Review
God's Peculiar Treasure Rae- Character Spotlight of Trevor Hine
Homeschooled Authors- Author Interview
Rachel Rossano's Words- Guest Post – What’s the Inspiration and song connection?