Faith Blum is having an amazing release tour for her book, Savior Like a Shepherd. It’s the first novel in her Orphans of the West series. I know, I know … we’re all sorry to see Hymns of the West go. But it’s time for something new, and I just bet (not literally but … you know what I mean …) we’re all going to love the Orphans of the West series as much as Hymns … if not more!
Today I’m going to tell you a little about the book … and then a little about Titus Hine, the main character of Savior Like a Shepherd. As the series title suggests, he’s an orphan. Not only that, but he’s the illegitimate son of a prostitute. Now, I know that sounds a little, “Hmm, do I want to read that?” But I know that Miss Blum with handle a tough subject like that with grace. 🙂
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?
And as if that weren’t enough to make you want to buy it, 50% of Faith’s income from this series will go to the World Orphans organization! That’s pretty cool, don’t you think? 😀
I bet by now you want to know a little bit about the author … so …
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.
As I mentioned before, there is an amazing giveaway being hosted by Miss Blum with lots of prizes. Hop over here to enter! I know I did. Although I should probably just do my bit advertising it on my blog and social media and ignore the tempting giveaway altogether … but that’s totally besides the point. Isn’t it? I think it is …
The Character Spotlight
If I’ve learned anything reading from this tour, it’s that Titus Hine really looks like someone I want to get to know. So you can learn something to (ha …), here’s a little bit about him.
12 (at beginning of the book)
Titus was born to Clarice Hine on February 10, 1868. His mother became a lady of the night when Titus’s father ran out on them. She tried to raise her sons and daughter well, but with little opportunity for them and even less money, found it difficult.
Titus learned how to live off the streets from a young age. After his mother died when he was twelve, he tried to provide for his sister and brother without resorting to stealing—something his mother told him to never do. A few weeks after her death, the rent came due and they couldn’t pay. They lived on the streets until Miss Brown came into their lives and turned it upside down.
Happy-go-lucky, makes the best of bad situations, probably ENFP, forces himself to be
optimistic, but isn’t always, especially in his own thoughts.
To make a better life for his siblings and others like them.
You see why I like him? He just sounds so awesome. I mean, he’s just twelve … and he’s obviously such a great little fellow! I mean, in the eyes of society, he’s a mistake who good people don’t even look at … yet he ‘makes the best of bad situations’ and ‘forces himself to be optimistic.’ And I love how he obeys his mother and doesn’t steal. Most orphans back then ended up thieves, I believe … which only added to their reputation, of course.
It was a vicious cycle. I really can’t wait to read this book! *glares a ginormous to-be-read list*
Before you go, here’s the schedule of the blog tour. As you can see, there are a lot of amazing posts! Go check them out! 🙂
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
SarahAllerding– 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?
Thanks for reading,