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“Christ Arose” By Faith Blum – Blog Tour

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Faith Blum has a new book! She wrote, edited, and published a short story in just three short days and you can now get it for free! Read on to learn more about it.

About the Book

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And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

No longer could I say I was lonely. But oh, how I wish I could! Who could have done such a thing to the Creator of the world? Who had so much hatred for Him?

Available for free on all eBook vendor: http://books2read.com/christ-arose

About the Author

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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 enjoyed this book, go to her website to sign up for her Monthly Newsletter so you can get an email with fun facts, giveaways, and so much more every month. 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.

Giveaway

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Faith is offering a really neat giveaway for this tour. The ParLaGrace etsy seller has an April special right now for a really beautifully made block that says He Lives. Isn’t it pretty? You can enter the giveaway here:
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Excerpt

Tour Schedule

April 22
Bookish Orchestrations-Intro Post
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Book Spotlight
Written Rest-Book Spotlight and Review

April 24
Leila Tualla-Book Spotlight
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Book Spotlight

April 25
With a Joyful Noise-Book Spotlight and Review
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Book Spotlight

April 26
Frances Hoelsma-Book Spotlight
Perpetual Indie Perspective-Book Spotlight and Review

April 27
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner

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Blog Launch & Interview

Good morning. :)

Today I am participating in the Blog Launch of a friend’s – I’ve also got an interview for you. So let us waste no time…

 

Marrok Macintyre

 

  • Introduce yourself and your blog please:  Hello, I’m Marrok MacIntyre and this is my blog marrokmacintyre.blogspot.com

 

 

  • What made you decide you wanted to start a blog?  I decided to start a blog to get in touch with my future readers, so that they can get to know a little bit about me, through my posts. And I thought a blog was a good way to do that.

 

 

  • What is the main focus of your blog (what will you be posting about primarily)? Well let’s see. Besides comic/movie/book reviews I’ll post tips or something to do with our Christian walk. I want to help others become a better artist or writer or maybe even a better Christian. Because my main goal is to glorify Christ with everything I do, whether that be in my art, my writing, or my walk.

 

 

  • Where do you see your blog in 5 years? Let’s see, in five years… If God be willing, with my current book series (that I’m currently writing) finished and on to the release of my second fantasy adventure novel.

 

 

  • How long have you been drawing? Well I think I’ve been drawing since I was little. So it’s been like all my life. 

 

 

  • How would you classify your art? (Like the style) Well I’m very versatile when it comes to drawing. I’ve drawn very western, eastern (think anime and manga), I’ve even done the Disney style. But I guess my style is more of a hybrid of a western and eastern style.

 

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(This piece was meant to look like a fantasy story bookish kind of piece)

 

  • What kind of movies are your favourites? My favorite kind of movie is the high action kind. Or maybe the superhero kind. I guess both. The high action superhero movies.

 

 

 

  • Do you have a favourite among comics? Well, I can’t say I have a favorite. But one of my all time favorites is Planet Hulk. It has a great story with a very sad ending.
MarrokMacintyre.blogspot.com is launching its first post today, Thursday the 27th, and will be hosting a giveaway as well, so be sure to check that out. :)
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Blog Tour: Blessed Assurance by Faith Blum

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Who doesn’t like a good mystery? I’m sure there are a few, but most people do like mysteries. What about a mystery within a mystery. Faith Blum’s new novella is just that. First there’s the mystery of who tried to dupe five mail order brides. Then Adelaide finds out someone is claiming she’s a runaway bride. What happens to her? Find out in Blessed Assurance.

About the Book

Blessed Assurance_FrontBlessed assurance, Jesus is mine
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

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?

buy-button-amazonAbout the Author

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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 has 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, 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.

There are many ways to connect with Faith online. All of them can be found in one convenient place: http://FaithBlum.com. On her website you can find links to her various social media sites and both of her blogs as well as learn about any events she has coming up.

Excerpt

 

Detective Bradley Connor stepped off the train in Cheyenne and gathered his horse, saddle, and saddlebags from the cattle car. After stabling his horse at the livery and finding a hotel, he headed to the sheriff’s office.

“Are you the sheriff?” he asked the man behind the desk.

“I am. What can I do for you?”

“Bradley Connor. I’m a Pinkerton detective and I need some information from you.”

The sheriff sat up straighter. “Sheriff Leland Granger. I’ll certainly help in any way I can. What do you need to know?”

“Do you know of an Adelaide Brown?”

“Yes, I do. Surely she isn’t a criminal!” Sheriff Granger’s face was filled with horror.

“No, nothing like that. She simply ran away from someone and that person is looking for her. Could you tell me where she is staying?”

Sheriff Granger gave him an assessing look. “Why?”

“I need to speak with her alone. I have an uncomfortable feeling about the person who is looking for her and need to hear her side of the story first. Is she married?”

“No.”

Bradley leaned forward. “But she came out here as a mail order bride.”

“Yes, but she, and four others, were lured here by those ads. They were meant to be sold to saloons, but the outlaw’s plans were thwarted. Four of the five have now married. Adelaide is the only one who has not.”

“Why not?”

Sheriff Granger shrugged. “I don’t know. As for where she lives, she lives with Allen Reese and Edward Harris.” He gave Bradley the address. “But I would be careful about approaching her.”

Bradley nodded. “I will. Thank you.”

Bradley found the house and watched it carefully. It only took a few hours before he caught his first glimpse of her. She was truly as beautiful as his client had said she was. So why had she run away?

 

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Giveaway

 

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Faith’s sister, Naomi, graciously hand painted two beautiful bookmarks for this giveaway. There will be one lucky winner. The bookmarks are made with Adelaide in mind. Aren’t they gorgeous?

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Tour Schedule

August 26
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction
Letters from Annie Douglas Lima-Excerpt
With a Joyful Noise-Excerpt
Rebekah Lyn Books-Excerpt
August 27
Blue-Brown Books-Author Interview
August 29
Singing Librarian Books-Excerpt
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Excerpt
August 30
Ramblings of a Young Author-Review
August 31
Jaye L. Knight-Excerpt
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Excerpt
September 1
The Abrahamic Adventures-Excerpt
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Character Interview (Adelaide)
September 2
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Conclusion and Winner

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Blog Tour: Letter of Love by Amanda Tero

Have you ever read a story and wondered, “What happened to so-and-so?” Well that is exactly what happened after several readers finished Amanda Tero’s Journey to Love. The journey is now continuing but this time in New York, with Marie’s brother Edward. Read the first Orphan Journeys Short Story to find out what happened to a character from one of the Orphan Journeys Novellas.
A short story sequel to the novella, Journey to Love. Can be read as a stand-alone.
About the Author
Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it
has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then,
she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
Connect with Amanda
Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com
Purchase Link
Enter the Giveaway
In honor of “Letter of Love’s” release, Amanda is having a dual giveaway!!
If you live in the US, enter here.
If you live out of the US, enter here.
The fun doesn’t end there though! Mark your calendars, because both Journey to Love and “Letter of Love” will be FREE on Amazon, August 1-2!! You’ll only have two days for you and your friends to snatch them both, so share about this free deal!
Also visit these other lovely blogs, featuring “Letter of Love”
July 20, 2016
July 21, 2016
July 23, 2016
Honey Rock Hills – http://www.honeyrockhills.com/
July 25, 2016
July 27, 2016
Christian Author A.M. Heath – http://amheathblog.wordpress.com/
August 1, 2016
With a Joyful Noise (wrap-up) – http://withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com/

 

 

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Book Release & Character Spotlight for Alicia Ruggieri’s new book “A Love to Come Home To”!

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Today I am ever so pleased to be taking part of Alicia Ruggieri’s blog tour for her newest book in her A Time of Grace series, “A Love to Come Home To”! I am so excited for this book. I have absolutely adored the first two books in this amazing series, and know I’ll love this one too. :) As I hope you will! If you haven’t read this series yet, I definitely encourage you to check them out! So worth your time. :)

Not only do I get to spotlight the book, I get to share about the super giveaway Alicia is hosting, and introduce you to one of the characters here! How exciting is that? I think we should begin. :)

 

 

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A Love to Come Home To
Book 3 in the A Time of Grace Trilogy
By Alicia G. Ruggieri
This book released: July 22, 2016 in softcover and on Kindle
You can purchase it here

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Hardened Ben Picoletti thought he’d turned his back on Depression-era Rhode Island years ago. Nothing remains there for him, except for haunting memories of an abusive childhood. Yet when a criminal accusation shatters his ambitions, Ben has nowhere to flee but back to his stepfather’s home.
There, he finds that redemption yet waits for him… but the sacrifice required to attain it may exceed the limits of his family’s hearts.
Meanwhile, his musical sister Grace continues her studies in New York. She longs to hear a word of affection from her high-school beau… yet only Paulie’s silence greets her. Grace must decide whether she wants to live in the past or move into an unknown future with unexpected love.
Lyrical and sensitive to the aching heart, A Love to Come Home To affirms that God delights in being a stronghold in times of trouble; that He renews His mercy every morning; and that He will work every bitter thing together for the good of His children.

Character Introduction:

Grace - the thoughts of home / the thoughts of now...:

(Photo taken from Pinterest; I do not own or claim to own this picture)

Grace Picoletti – and the memory of a geranium-filled upstairs room – came first. Everyone else in the A Time of Grace Trilogy arrived later, but Grace had tiptoed through my imagination for a little over a decade. She’s a quieter sort of person, and I didn’t mind her company for so many years!

Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, Grace is the responsible one in her large Italian-American family – the middle child, always watching out for her younger siblings and even for her ill-treated mama. Sometimes, she’s manipulated by her older and thoughtless twin sisters and passed over in favor of her younger sister. Her heart yearns for her papa’s sincere love, but her father can’t give what he doesn’t have. Though quiet, she’s spirited and persevering and sometimes surprised me with her responses to what life gives her.

Grace worships the ground her big brother Ben walks on. He calls her “Canary”, alluding to her beautiful singing voice – a voice which she originally longs to use to gain admiration for herself. (For more on how that turns out, see books one and two.) Ben leaves home, however, and Grace finds herself the only one left to keep the Picoletti household in one piece. Her sole source of joy comes from the scarlet geraniums she sees on a neighbor’s porch each day as she walks home from high school – a neighbor whom God uses in a very special way.

She never expected to have anything to do with Paulie Giorgi. Oh, she’d always known that he was a fellow classmate: the kind who badgered the teacher to raise his grade from a 99.5 to a 100. But she never knew how his kindness and love would touch her life – or that of her family.

As the author, I am so thankful for the way God fused my childhood memory of winterized geraniums in an elderly woman’s upstairs library with the idea of a poverty-stricken but determined teenager. Grace’s character became intrinsically connected to the theme symbolized by the geraniums: that God will bring sweetness out of every bitter thing for His children.

 

Author photo - Alicia G. Ruggieri

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alicia G. Ruggieri writes grace-filled, Christ-centered fiction, including the A Time of Grace Trilogy. She’s a graduate of Rhode Island College, where she studied Communications and History, and her adventures include children’s theatre direction, restaurant management, and small business ownership. Alicia and her husband live in coastal New England, where she may be found drinking far too much coffee and penning stories with her emotionally-disturbed second-hand pug by her side.

AUTHOR LINKS:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Goodreads
Amazon

And last, but not least, The Giveaway!

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For some reason, my blog always has problems showing giveaway things, so I’m just going to point you to Alicia’s blog HERE so do go enter! :)
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Book Spotlight: “Red Rain” by Aubrey Hansen

Red Rain Tour Banner Good morning, Ladies and Gents! Welcome aboard Flight 74 heading for the Red Planet, Mars. Please strap on your seat belts because this promises to be one wild ride. We’ve got free books galore, three fun giveaways, author interviews, and more. Let’s get this adventure started!

About the Book

Red Rain front cover - revised 17-year-old Philadelphia has been imprisoned most of her life because of her Christian beliefs. When her father is sent to Mars against his will to work on a mysterious science project and a benevolent official allows her to accompany him, Philadelphia knows she must keep her head down or be sent back to prison on Earth. But when she stumbles into the wrong hallway and accidentally learns too much, Philadelphia is faced with a question she doesn’t want to answer: the choice between returning to Earth—or destroying it.

Free Offers

redrain-freepromo-banner-800x267 Aubrey is such a generous gal. She’s not only offering Red Rain for free this week, but if you sign up for her newsletter, you can also get the prequel short story for free! What are you waiting for?

About the Author

Author Picture Aubrey Hansen is a pink-haired, caffeine-fueled twenty-something. She’s a writer (obviously), barista, dog trainer, and the co-founder of Penoaks Publishing. She shares her house in Kansas City with three cats, a pit bull, a snake, a ferret, and a husband.

What Reviewers are Saying

“ One day while I was busy mindlessly entering data into the computer at work, I put on my head phones and started listening to the book. I was hooked from the first few sentences. In fact, I stayed up late when I got home (even though I had to get up early the next morning) to finish the book.” -Amazon Reviewer “ With solid craft and poignant world building, Aubrey Hansen has outlined a future both horrifying and realistic. I appreciated Hansen’s character building skills.” -Amazon Reviewer “ I loved this book! I didn’t realize it was a short novella, and I wished it would have been longer.” -Goodreads Reviewer “ The story was fascinating. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but everything came together in the end and it made sense.” -Goodreads Reviewer

Giveaway

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Aubrey is offering three paperback copies of her book, Red Rain. This book will have the new cover on it. And the grand prize offering will also have the paperback of
Faith Blum’s book, Heaven’s Jubilee, a Christian futuristic collection of short stories. To enter the giveaway, please fill out this Google form (you do not need a Google account to enter). The only required entries are your name and email address, but the more you do, the more chances you have to win.

Excerpt

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Tour Schedule

June 2 Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction and Excerpt Laurel’s Leaves-Author Interview Frances Hoelsema-Excerpt Aubrey Hansen, Author and Screenwriter-Excerpt Perpetual Gardener, Writer, and Mormon-Book Spotlight The Overactive imagination-Book Spotlight   June 3 Grace Pennington-Excerpt Gabriellyn-Excerpt and Author Interview Joyful Peacock-Author Interview   June 4 Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Excerpt Another OtherWorld-Character Interview with Philadelphia Jaye L. Knight-Excerpt   June 5 Mary’s Writing World-Book Spotlight God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Book Spotlight Rachel Rossano’s Words-Excerpt and Author Interview   June 6 Tale Weaver-Author Interview Lisa Swinton Queen of Random-Book Spotlight Irly Scribblings of David J Hartung-Excerpt   June 7
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Wrap-up and Giveaway Announcement

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Book Spotlight: “Frontier Preacher” by David Millican

Hello readers! Today I am sharing about a new book by a new author ~ I haven’t read it myself, but am helping Faith Blum (who is orchestrating the tour) spread the word! So be sure to check it out for yourself. :) There’s also great give-away!

 

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David Millican’s debut novel, Frontier Preacher, is now available in eBook and Paperback!

About the Book

3D_Cover Frontier PreacherHollis feared the loneliness would swallow him whole. He had arrived in Wyoming to fulfill his uncle’s dying wish – that he save the people of Gillette – but his education and faith had not prepared him for the bitter cold and hardened hearts of the west. A dark secret in his new home threatens to destroy his very soul. Will Hollis be strong enough to stand against the tide of evil? Can he overcome where stronger men failed, before the west claims another victim?

eBook: www.amazon.com/dp/B017QRMMM8/
Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/6236943

About the Author

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David was born and raised in Wyoming then spent his twenties traveling the world. He now spends his time in McKeesport Pennsylvania with his wife Emily. He has been writing since he was a child, enjoying success in the young authors program, local literary magazines, and blogging. You can follow David’s new projects and release dates on his Facebook author page.

Facebook | Twitter | Website

What Reviewers are saying

“Definitely worth reading.“-Amazon Reviewer

“The author makes great use of his setting offering many rich details”-Amazon Reviewer

“I loved the writing and the story. Then [sic] ending is unexpected and inevitable at the same time. “-Goodreads Reviewer

Discounts

David is offering a 50% discount for the paperback book! To get your copy, go to the Createspace estore and enter this code when you checkout: GYM7ACWX.

From May 27-31, Frontier Preacher will also be on sale for just $1.99. That’s a $3.00 savings!

Giveaway

David Millican Giveaway

Enter to win one of three giveaways! Giveaway #1 is a paperback of Never by J. Grace Pennington and a $15 Amazon gift card. Giveaway #2 is a paperback of Revel Knox by Michael Shank and a $15 Amazon gift card. Giveaway #3 is a personalized notebook from Faith Blum and a $15 Amazon gift card.

To enter the giveaway, please fill out this form. The only required entries are your name and your email address. Everything else is optional.

Tour Schedule

Monday, May 23
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Tour Introduction and Book Spotlight
Rebekah Lyn Books-Book Spotlight and Character Interview (John Davies)
Perpetual Gardener, Writer, and Mormon-Book Spotlight
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Book Spotlight

Tuesday, May 24
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Book Spotlight
PhreyPress-Book Spotlight, Guest Post, and Author Interview

Wednesday, May 25
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Book Spotlight and Excerpt
Writing About Life-Book Review
Frances Hoelsema-Book Spotlight and Excerpt
Zerina Blossom’s Books-Guest Post

Thursday, May 26
Stephany Tullis Blog-Character Interview (John Davies)
Ramblings-Guest Post
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Excerpt

Friday, May 27
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Giveaway Announcement