HI everyone. Today I am participating in the blog tour for Faith Blum’s new book, Savior, Like a Shepherd. I had a lot of fun beta-reading this book.
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?
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.
A pretty young woman stepped out of the second-class car, took a few quick steps out of the way, and then checked her pocket watch. I thought that rather odd. Why would she be more concerned about the time than if someone was there to meet her? And where was her escort? Surely she hadn’t traveled alone.
The time on the watch must have concerned her, because she hurried down to the baggage car and spoke with the porter. I edged closer and got there in time to hear her frustration.
“I don’t mean to be insistent, but I need to get on the next stagecoach and it leaves in less than an hour.”
“All right, I’ll find it. But you’d better find someone to carry the trunk for you.”
“Thank you, sir. You are a true gentleman.”
As she looked around and the porter turned back to the baggage car, I tugged on her sleeve lightly. “Did I hear that you need some help, ma’am?”
The lady smiled. “Yes, I do. Do you think you could carry my trunk to the stage office and show me the way there?”
I grinned. “Sure!” My face fell almost as quickly. “Well, it depends on how heavy the trunk is.”
She put a hand on my arm. “How about you try it once they find the trunk and if you can’t, you can help me find someone else.”
My grin returned. “Thank you, ma’am.”
“You can call me Miss Brown,” she said.
“Yes, Miss Brown.”
The porter came over with a trunk. “Here you are, Miss.” He saw me before I could duck out of sight. “Didn’t I tell you to stay away? We don’t need your kind around here. Now git!”
I started to skulk away when Miss Brown inserted herself between us. “I’ve hired this young man to carry my trunk for me. I’d appreciate it if you would leave him alone. If you don’t, I’ll take back my words from earlier about you being a gentleman.”
I peeked around Miss Brown in time to see the porter’s eyes look heavenward. “Whatever you say. I wouldn’t want a boy like him carrying my trunk.”
“Why not? He may not have the cleanest of clothing, but you likely know nothing about why his clothes aren’t clean. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to catch the stage.”
Hi Faith. Welcome to my blog. Will you please tell me a little bit about yourself?
Hi, Sarah! Thanks for having me. I am a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. I love to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with my family. My goal in my writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ.
What do you like best about writing?
It’s flexible. The way I do things, I can write when I have time, I can do other things like a Bible Study, organizing the VBS at our church, helping around the house, etc., but still have a fairly sustainable income. Granted, I live at home with my family, so that helps, but one of my goals with my writing is to keep being able to do it once I’m married and hopefully even have kids. I won’t be able to do as much once those things happen, but the books I have published and will publish in the future will also be able to bring in a supplementary income, Lord willing. The flexibility is great!
What do you find is the hardest thing about writing?
Editing and researching. I know, that’s two things. Sorry. I have a hard time doing research because it’s really hard to find accurate information about the time period in the subjects I need them in. And editing after a while gets rather tiresome, especially when all I want to do is chuck the manuscript against the wall, let it scatter around the room and go do some “real” writing.
What inspired you to write Savior Like a Shepherd?
One of my novellas. Seriously. I wrote a novella about a young lady who becomes a mail order bride and on her way to meet her husband, she comes in contact with Titus. Titus is a twelve-year-old orphan who is trying to take care of his brother and sister but is disadvantaged by the fact that he and his siblings were born illegitimately to a lady of the night. Adelaide does what she can, but I wanted to explore his story more and see what happened to him after she left.
If you could only have one of your books published, which one would you choose? Why?
You cruel, cruel person! Only one? You do realize that for a single person who is also an author, making someone choose only one book is almost as bad as asking a parent to choose just one child. *sigh* Okay, I’ll try. I think I would say Blessed Assurance (the novella that inspired Savior, Like a Shepherd) because it has so many facets of lots of things. And it’s one of my favorite stories and has my favorite couple in it. It’s a mystery, love story/romance, and I think it is one of my better written works to date. But that’s just my opinion. You’ll have to read it and decide for yourself. 😉
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
Petticoats and Pistols – The History of Paint (Note: the giveaway on that post is closed)
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
Once Upon an Ordinary– Character Spotlight of Tabitha Hine
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?