Did you know that I have a lot of books published? If you've followed me much, you probably knew that, but do you know how many books I have published and what was the date my first book publication?
If you've ever asked these questions, you're in luck, because I'm about to answer them. Counting my multiple boxsets, individual books for sale in either eBook and/or paperback format, and the stories I have in anthologies, as of today, Ihave now published exactly 28 books! On my 28th birthday! How cool is that?
As for the answer to the last question, the date my first book was published was November 19, 2013. Almost exactly 5 years ago! This is a cause for celebration, right? If you're on Instagram, be watching for an announcement I'll be making closer to November 19th regarding said celebration! And now, on to some fun information about my latest book, including an epic giveaway!
About the Book
Everything is against them
Born into slavery, Rapha is a Philistine who is almost twice as big as his Israelite masters. They find any excuse they can to beat him. When he is accused of murder, he runs off into the desert, planning to never return and hate all Israelites forever.
Nava’s mother died when she was born. Since then she has been raised mostly by her father, but her grandmother and grandfather have also helped. Her passion is to help those who need it most, whether it is watching the healer’s young daughter, Rina, or bringing fresh tunics for the Philistine slave who receives far too many whippings. When Rapha runs off into the desert with no water, Nava begs her father to go after him and bring him back safely.
Will Nava’s father find Rapha? Can Rapha learn that not all Israelites are untrustworthy? Will Nava trust her abba and Rapha to Yahweh’s care or take matters into her own hands?
A Beauty and the Beast reimagining set during the time of King David
Purchase your copy here: http://books2read.com/lohowarose
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.
As mentioned earlier, this book was released on the my 28th birthday! So I am doing a super fun giveaway by sharing 28 fun facts about myself. To enter the giveaway, you need to collect all 28 fun facts and copy them onto this Google form with your email address and name. You will be entered to win the following:
· Trust and Obey paperback
· Lo, How a Rose paperback
· Handmade rose from my wedding
· A Trust and Obey mouse pad
This giveaway is only open to those in the US. For those who are not in the US, you can fill out this form to receive eBooks of Trust and Obey and Lo, How a Rose.
Here are a few of the facts:
- My secret pleasure is 85% chocolate melted with peanut butter
- I like the Green Bay Packers
- I am a cat lover
Rapha ran and ran until he couldn’t run anymore. Then he stopped and waited for Alon and Nahor to catch up to him. When they didn’t, he kept going. Partway through the second day, he collapsed to his knees. His throat was lined with sand, and his tongue stuck to the roof of his mouth. But he found no water in sight.
He pushed himself up and stumbled forward. If he was to die, he wanted it to be done trying to find water. At least then he would die trying. Rapha blinked rapidly. Was that…? No, it had to be his imagination.
As he took a step closer, the image remained. Another step. One more. Still there. Two more steps. Three more. He closed his eyes, turned to his right, and opened them. Nothing but sand. He turned back. It was there. It had to be real. If there was a house here, there had to be water nearby.
He tried to yell, but nothing came out. The place looked abandoned anyway, so it was unlikely anyone lived there. He stumbled the final dozen steps to the ruins. Thick stone walls, broken doors, holes for windows, and no roof.
He looked around, eyes not focusing, but working just enough to see a well. He pushed himself forward. The rope was frayed, but not enough to fail to haul the bucket up.
Rapha strained his muscles and pulled. Blessed water splashed below. He pulled faster and soon saw the bucket. With a final heave, he grabbed the vessel of life-giving water.
He poured the water into his mouth, not caring that most of it spilled onto his face and body. His tongue loosened from the roof of his mouth and he sat in the shade of the structure. He would live.
Hours passed before he stood again. Darkness surrounded him. It was time to find a place to sleep. In the morning, he would figure out what to do about living or returning.
Rapha scoffed. Returning. That was unlikely to happen. Israelites were all the same. They had accused him without any question. Now he needed to hide and live away from people as long as he could. And these ruins would be the best place to do that.
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