Lo, How a Rose Blog Tour

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.

My thoughts: Lo, How a Rose was a super cute, short-and-sweet read, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but set in Bible times. I loved Nava's personality, and I remember thinking halfway through how, if I was a mom, I'd want a physical copy for my daughter. Faith is really good at weaving in historical Biblical fact, which I love! Super cute retelling, especially for a B&B re-telling junkie :)   

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.


As mentioned earlier, this book was released on the author’s 28th birthday! So she’s doing a super fun giveaway by sharing 28 fun facts about herself. 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.

Fun facts:
  1. family gets together most consistently
  2. I recently started doing Young Living as a second business 
  3. I now run 4 small businesses from my home: Blog Tour Orchestrations, writing teaching, writing, and Young Living Essential Oils

Here are the other participating Bloggers so you can gather all the fun facts for the giveaway!

October 26
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory Post
Lit Aflame – Book Review

October 27
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Special post from the author
Kaylee's Kind Of Writes – Book Review           
His Princess Warrior – Book Review

October 29
Frances Hoelsema's Blog – Book Spotlight
sgwilloughby – Book Review    
The Treasure Within – Author Interview           

October 30
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway Winner

Finding Christmas Joy Blog-Tour

Excited to share this sweet, uplifting, short-story by none other than Amanda Tero! I LOVED this story (basically a Christmas movie done RIGHT!) and am excited to share it with all of you! I struggle with getting giveaway links to work, so be sure to visit other blogs listed below for a chance to enter! 

About  the  Book
Melonie  Brown  just  wants  to  get  away  from  all  of  the  pain  and  heartache  that  this  year  has  brought  upon  her,  and  Starlight  Lodge  seems  like  the  perfect  place  to  do  so.  With  no  plans  beyond  a  Christmas  escape,  she  drives  out  to  the  lodge.  Can  she  bottle  up  the  peace  and  joy  that  she  finds  in  this  special  place  to  help  her  face  the  challenges  she  may  have  in  the  upcoming  year?  

Available  on  Amazon  (paperback  and  Kindle): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DGKSWS5  

Author’s  Note

  "July  heat  causes  many  of  us  to  yearn  for  the  chill  of  Christmas—at  least,  if  you’re  like  me  and  prefer  coolness  over  heat  (and  if  you  live  in  the  South,  where  humidity  and  heat  combat  for  the  highest  number).  Sure,  Christmas  may  be  far  from  our  minds,  but  it  will  be  here  before  we  know  it!  And  when  Christmas  season  comes  around,  there  is  just  that  “feeling  in  the  air.”Christmas  music  plays  in  all  of  the  stores,  Christmas  movies  take  center  stage,  and  everything  is  decked  in  red  and  green.  So  often  though,  what  does  not  take  center  stage  is  Jesus  Christ—the  One  for  Whom  we  even  celebrate  Christmas.    It  was  Christmas  2017  and  I  had  watched  a  few  Christmas  movies.  They  all  just missed  the  mark.  It  was  the  “joy  of  the  season”  and  the  “magic  of  the  holiday”  that  provided  the  solution  to  their  problems.  As  I  was  thinking  about  it,  the  idea  for  “Finding  Christmas  Joy”  popped  into  my  head.  I  wrote  the  entire  rough  draft  in  one  sitting,  not  100%  sure  where  all  God  was  going  to  lead  this  idea.  Melonie’s  struggle  was  influenced  by  some  events  from  people  in  my  life.  It  is  definitely  something  different  than  I’ve  ever  written  before,  involving  a  girl  who  is  in  a  relationship  (or  was).  Though  not  everyone  is  going  through  a  break-up  during  the  Christmas  season,  and  though  the  solution  to  your  struggle  may  not  be  salvation  (if  you’re  already  saved),  I  pray  that  the  reminder  that  the  true  foundation  of  joy  in  Jesus  is  as  much  a  blessing  to  you  as  it  was  to  me." ~~ Amanda Tero