Friday, May 26, 2017

Blog Tour and Book Review: All The Way My Savior Leads



All The Way My Savior Leads is another sweet tale from Faith Blum. The second in her Orphans of the West series, this follows Henry and his sister Caroline through loss, trials, and finally to a happy ending. 

Henry was very likeable, right from the start. I loved this boy, whom I pictured as a little gangly and awkward like most of the teenage boys of my acquaintance. Blum writes him well; I sometimes find that teenage boys are portrayed badly, but this was a well done image of the ever growing and bizarre creature called a teenage boy.

Caroline and Hope are simply precious, as is Jimmy. I loved Emily's role and character. I would have liked to know more about the other boys, and more about the Carsons' - but Blum has another novel about the Carsons', so I guess I have some more reading to do? 

Faith Blum is quickly becoming one of my "read on sight" authors. I often approach the Christian fiction genre with suspicion, but Faith Blum is definitely on my list of authors in that genre whom I very much enjoy. I don't find her work nearly as heavy in terms of content and subject as others, such as Karen Kingsbury, but that's not by any means a bad thing or a mark against her. She writes well, sweetly, and honestly. It's nice to have a book to just lean back and relax with, and hers are perfect for that - not dull or boring, but not too intense. Just the right mix of sugar and spice.

All in all, I would recommend this for middle grade and up who are looking for a clean Christian fiction. It was sweet, a pretty easy read, and I enjoyed it.







 About the Book

Caroline and I walked out the back door and went into the barn.“What are we going to do?” Caroline asked.“Head out on our own. Saddle Whitey, please.”Caroline’s mouth gaped open. “They’ll find us.”“I know.”Caroline sighed. “What can we do then?”I shook my head. “We can stick together. Always.”






Tragedy stole everything from him … except her …

Three years ago, an illness orphaned Henry and Caroline Sullivan. The harsh years at the orphanage have forged a strong bond between the pair.

But Henry’s about to age out.

He must choose whether to leave his only family behind in relative safety, or take her with him as he pursues dreams of owning a farm. Henry trusts that God has a plan for him, but little does he know that others have plans for him and his younger sister as well. He will need all his faith to find the right path.

Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

Note: 50% of my income from this series will go to the World Orphans organization.



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 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.



Double Sale


For May 26-31 only, get both books in the Orphans of the West series for just $0.99 each! They are both available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, and more.


Giveaway




Three prizes, three winners! The grand prize is a Savior, Like a Shepherd notebook and paperback. Sorry, but the lantern isn’t mine to giveaway. In second and third prize, the winners will receive a free eBook of All the Way My Savior Leads.

Note: The grand prize is open only to those in the continental US, but the other two are open to all.


Tour Schedule




May 26
Annie Louise Twitchell-Review

May 27

May 28
God's Peculiar Treasure Rae-Guest Post: Why Henry?

May 29
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Character Q&A with Henry

May 30
Frances Hoelsma-Book Spotlight

May 31
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Guest Post: How I Pick Hymns

Written Rest-Review

June 1
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner

Friday, May 19, 2017

Something





Something
Annie Louise Twitchell

There's something I have to say
I have to say
I have to say

I don't remember what it is
The thoughts slipped through my mind -
Curse this sieve that is my brain! -
And I can't remember -
can't remember.
I can't remember.

I have to find the words.
Back track,
walk through the house,
back to the kitchen where I was when
I realized that I had something to say.
I was grinding pepper into the pot of chicken soup.
Grind some more -
too much pepper,
still no memory

There is something I have to say!
But I can't remember the words.
Words are so much a part of me
that I take them for granted
the same way I take myself for granted.
I forget them the same way I forget myself.
The words are gone and
all that's left is a racing, raging sense of urgency.
Something I have to say -
I have to say
something.

I don't know what it was that I had to say,
and I can't think of anything else;
just those words that I can almost taste
but can't remember.

There was something I wanted to say.
Something I needed to say.
And all I can remember is,
I love you.







Copyright 2017 by Annie Louise Twitchell
Video by Kathy Twitchell

Sunday, May 14, 2017

PUBLISHED: Spinner of Secrets



You can now get Spinner of Secrets in paperback and on Kindle, at Amazon: Spinner of Secrets




 (insert loud squealing and funny noises)




Check out the history of this little book on the Spinner of Secrets tab at the top of my blog. There you'll find all the blog posts I made about it during this two years journey. 

Spinner of Secrets is two years old now, since the beginning, which was a writing prompt. 






Local friends (Maine), I have two book signing events set up for June! More information on my Facebook page: Facebook: Annie Louise Twitchell

I'd love to meet you and hang out. I'll probably talk entirely too much because I just do things like that when I get excited. Also... signing books is a lot of fun. 




(This is still my favorite picture of this book.)


And one more thing before I go running around in the rain like a crazy person: 

Can we just give my baby brother a big shout-out for what is probably my favorite picture of myself? I knew as soon as I saw it that it was going to be my photo for the back of my book. He took this last summer and it is just my favorite.





Copyright 2017 by Annie Louise Twitchell
Author photo by E.L. Twitchell

Monday, May 8, 2017

Spinner of Secrets, Update Ten



I am somewhere between seven and five days before launch. (I am also terrible at math tonight, apparently.) Logic would say that means I am six days before launch, but I am too tired to be logical, therefore, I am somewhere between seven and five days before launch.

I've ordered books.

I've ordered bookmarks and business cards, those have arrived.

I've got stuff on my social media.


I've got everything all finished.


I ended up going away for the weekend because I finished my final round of double and triple checking, and submitted it for publication. I felt at once relieved and incredibly overwhelmed.

What if they don't like it? What if it's not actually done? What if there's a typo or a really really stupid grammar error? What if, what if, what if, what if...

Enough.



I've had to sit down and talk with my inner voice quite a lot recently. It's what tells me *psst, you missed that spot*

It's what says *oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no* on repeat for hours on end and won't shut up and won't let me eat because I'm so nervous about this impending oh no.

And I have to tell it to shh, quiet down in there.

Because it doesn't have to be perfect.

(Even if this picture kinda is.)

And that's okay.

For me, the important thing isn't that I get a lot of sales. It isn't that this book does really well and is amazing and people love it.

The important thing is that I did it.

I beat the voices in my head, and yes, the few voices around me, that said *psst, you can't do that. You're just a girl. You're not good enough to do anything. You'll never make a difference.* 




So while I hope you will read my book, and while I hope you love it as much as I do, it's okay if you don't. It's a small little book, but it's a story I love, and I did it. Because while it might not make a big difference out there in the world - it's made a huge difference right here for me. I did it.


(I'm still a little bit in shock that I actually did it. In case you were wondering.)


Will I do it again? Absolutely.

Am I already working on three new story ideas? Obviously.

Am I super excited about this launch? YES OF COURSE I AM, YOU SILLY PINEAPPLE.

Did I wake up this morning from a dream that there was a typo in my book? Ayup.

Did I get up and go running to obsessively check it over and over and over? No. I flopped on my bed and texted my little sister (I kind of adopted her) because I didn't have much chance to all weekend and I wanted to. (I also went to work on time.)




Something is missing from this picture. 




Ah, much better. 









The place I went to is kinda super gorgeous. Also a little bit cold. And it was rainy. But since I am a Mainah and legend has it that maple syrup runs through our veins, not blood, (no idea where that came from) and since I love the rain, it was a very enjoyable weekend and I had a lot of fun walking around the property and taking photos. And I'm very glad for the break, but also very glad to be back at my computer to do more writing. It felt like that time I smashed up my leg and was stuck on the couch for three weeks and couldn't do the things I normally did. 






Amazon Kindle Pre-Order Link


There will be paper copies available through Amazon and CreateSpace, as well. And local people, I have two events in Western Maine set up so far, so go haunt my Facebook page for information about those:

Facebook - Annie Louise Twitchell


It is now time to go write for ten minutes on a letter, and then, go watch a movie and knit.

~Annie


Copyright 2017 by Annie Louise Twitchell