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Forty-three authors and counting are banding together on Black Friday to offer independently published Christian books at a discount, but we need your help! We’re putting together a blog tour to promote the sale. Choose a book to review, interview an author, and/or just post a general announcement about the sale. As a thank you, at the end of the sale, we’ll provide a list of ebooks offered by participating authors, and you’ll be free to pick five.

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I’ve participated as a blogger the past few years and have been introduced to some of my favorite books this way. This year I’m a participating author as well, and I’m excited about the scope of this event. 


Book 4 Title Reveal!

It’s October! My favorite month of the year and my favorite season… 

Besides enjoying autumn leaves and apple crisp, I’m also deep in the outlining stages of my next book. 

Book Four in Truth from Taerna. 

As you may be aware, Promise’s Prayer was published this March. Victory’s Voice and Surrender’s Strength are both receiving rewrites. 

And now… it’s time to pen Book 4. I’ll be writing it during the month of November. (If you’re also writing s novel next month, add me on the NaNoWriMo website!)

This book is near and dear to me already. The issues it will address occupy a tender place in my heart. I don’t expect to be able to write this book with dry eyes. My little four-year-old Liliora from Promise’s Prayer returns as the main character, and now she’s grown up and facing challenges of a magnitude that I can only imagine. Yet the message of this book is one that is so desperately needed. Vulnerable barelt begins to describe how I feel in writing this story, but it’s my prayer that God will use the message and the story to touch lives in a way that will tangibly impact the rising generations. 

Working Synopsis:

A helpless newborn…that’s exactly how twenty-four-year-old Liliora Ellith feels in her efforts to speak up on behalf of the youngest members of Taerna’s pleasure-driven society. Her tender heart for the defenseless and deep aversion to conflict throw Lili’s soul into turmoil when tragedy opens her eyes to the quiet yet heartrending war on Taerna’s babies – both born and unborn. Adon Olam’s word coupled with a secret in her own past fuel her determination, but the challenges ahead of her threaten to send her spiraling into hopeless depression. At the very end of herself, can her own utter insufficiency be anything less than the catalyst for complete disaster?

And now for the title…

Sustainer’s Smile!
(cover photo is temporary placeholder and not the actual cover)
Any thoughts? Would you be excited to read this book?

Bookshelf Overhaul Tag

Kendra E. Ardnek is editing and creating new covers for six of her books, and she’s created a tag for us to have fun with while we’re waiting. 

1. How long have you been following Knitted By God’s Plan and how did you find me?

Oh my. I don’t know. Years and years…I believe you were the first person I followed that I hadn’t met first. I probably found you through the blogs of Jessica Greyson and Elizabeth Ender. I stalked you privately for quite some time before following publicly or commenting. 😛

2. If you’ve read any of my books, which? And which are your favorites? If you haven’t read any, which are you most interested in?

All of them. Rizkaland, specifically LDTD. 

3. If you could redesign any of my covers, how would it look? Feel free to photoshop something, or just describe it.

I’d redesign WPFP in bright, vivid reds, water-blues, and rich purples – somewhere along the lines of one of Alea Harper’s fan covers. 🙂

4. Of my WIP’s, which are you most eager for me to finish and publish?

Currently, Love and Memory. Though I’m also looking forward to Worth of a King. 

5. Which of my Pinterest Storyboards do you find the most intriguing? 

The Laura board. 

6. Pick a fairy tale and tell me how you would like to rewrite it. 

No matter what I pick, you’ll probably say you’ve done something like that. Little Red Riding Hood, only the wolf is a hero, and Little Red is actually Big Bad Blue, a man with a mysterious past, an identity hidden under an enormous blue cloak and hood, and whom the villagers whisper about behind their hands. 

Wow, maybe I should actually write that…

7. Recommend a book for me to read. 

Martin Hospitality, Abigayle Claire

8. If you and I were stranded together on a desert island, how long do you think that we would survive?

Depends. If I was in charge, I have a hunch we wouldn’t work together well at all. So I’d put you in charge and help you catch a vision for a survival plan, and then we’d be super creative in carrying it out. If it’s only surviving until we attract the attention of a rescuer, I’d say our chances are pretty good. If there’s danger from wildlife or people, I can’t say. 

9. What is a project that you’re working on that you can’t wait to release into the world?

So many… but right now, Life in the Son, a six-book series of Biblical meditations. 

10. What is a burning question that you have for me?

How do you do so much at once in life?

Thanks for the fun tag, Kendra! Readers, feel free to do this tag on your own blog or in the comments. (It counts as an entry to Kendra’s six book giveaway!)

All the Way My Savior Leads – Tour & Review

Thanks to a certain book, I have a hymn singing itself in my head these past few days – a beautiful reminder from our Father:

All the way my Savior leads me. What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy who through life has been my Guide?
Heavenly peace, divinest comfort here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.

All the way my Savior leads me, cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial, feeds me with the living bread.
Though my weary steps may falter, and my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me, lo! a spring of joy I see!

All the way my Savior leads me – O the fulness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised in my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal, wings its flight to realms of day,
This my song through endless ages – Jesus led me all the way.

Rereading the words once again, I’m in awe of the beauty of this simple song and the power of the lyrical truths contained in it. Faith Blum has just released a beautiful Western orphan tale centered on this hymn, and I’m grateful to be a part of her blog tour. Check out my review, information about the book and author, and an excerpt. And don’t forget to take advantage of the 99 cent sales and join the giveaway!

All The Way My Savior Leads

Erika’s Review

Refreshing. Simple. Spiritual. Inspirational. All the Way My Savior Leads is a down-to-earth tale of Henry, an orphan with a big heart for his sisters, a love of farming, and a protective instinct. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for orphans, and this sweet story was certainly refreshing to read.

A few aspects I especially enjoyed:

  1. The repetition of the titular hymn as the center point of the story. I appreciated that the hymn wasn’t just tacked on the end or mentioned once in the book but rather it truly was the theme. This hymn portrays such deep, powerful, beautiful truths, and I enjoyed hearing Henry singing various verses of the hymn as it applied to different situations in his life – a powerful portrayal of how meditation upon God’s truth shapes our character and behaviour. The incorporation of the hymn was very well done.
  2. The non-standard plot. Instead of a structured plot in the background-build-conflict-climax-resolution format of many modern books, this book tells the simple story of Henry’s life from his parents’ deaths as a child all the way through to middle age. I found the unique style refreshing and beautiful, and I enjoyed reading the details of his early years and his later years.
  3. The sweet cleanness of the story. It’s real, and sin is discussed, but in a way that promotes godly and wholesome meditations, rather than dwelling on sin and its details.
  4. The characters. The young people are well-written and easy to relate to.

I would recommend this book to readers of all ages who enjoy Christian stories that refresh and uplift the soul.

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.”

AlltheWay_KINDLErevisedTragedy stole everything from him … except her …

Three years ago, an illness orphaned Henry and Caroline Salisbury. 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

Author Picture 2015-2016 croppedFaith 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

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.





Three prizes, three winners! The grand prize is a Savior, Like a Shepherd notebook and paperback. Sorry, but the lantern isn’t Faith’s to give away. For 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.

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Tour Schedule

May 26
Bookish Orchestrations: Intro Post
Annie Louise Twitchell: Review

May 27
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima: Book Spotlight
Zerina Blossom’s Books: Review

May 28
Rachel Rossano’s Words: Guest Post: How I Pick Hymns
The Book Corner: Review

May 29
Sarah Allerding: Review
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections: Character Q&A with Henry

May 30
Frances Hoelsma: Book Spotlight
Purposeful Learning: Review

May 31
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae: Guest Post: Why Henry?
Written Rest: Review

June 1
Bookish Orchestrations: Giveaway Winner


Emily stood up from the rocking chair when we arrived.

“Hiya, Mama!” Jimmy said. “You’ll never guess what I did!”

She smiled at Jimmy. “What?”

“I swept the jail! I even got to go in the cells.” His voice was full of awe. “Mr. Henry teased that he should lock me in, but I was too fast for him and got out before he could. Then I scrubbed the floors and washed the stove.” He held his hands up. “See? My hands are black.”

Deliver Facebook Party!

Yesterday, I posted a book spotlight and book review for Deliver, Book 4 in The Blades of Acktar.

Tomorrow, Tricia’s hosting a Facebook party to celebrate the release! There will be prizes, a live video chat with the author, and one activity I’m especially excited about: a character chat where all the characters from the book get access to Facebook to chat with fans in person. Tricia did a character chat for Defy’s release, and it was so much fun – even though I hadn’t even read any of The Blades of Acktar books at the time. I’m looking forward to this character chat even more, since I know and love each character.

Hope to see you there!

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Writing Influences

Now that Promise’s Prayer is available to the world, what is this author working on now?

A very special project.



A temporary cover image; click for synopsis, Pinterest board, and more


This month, I’m rewriting Happy Days With the Lanesa middle-grade children’s novel centered around eleven-year-old twins Julia and Jonathan, who love to surprise each other.

I first wrote Happy Days With the Lanes when I was ten years old, officially finishing the first draft four years later. Because I love the characters and the message – and I’ve wanted to publish a children’s book – it seemed that it was time to rewrite this one.

It’s been an adventure so far. I’m 20,000 words into the story, and it’s a joy to re-visit the characters, polishing up the story to make it the best it can be.

Today I dug out my Lanes folder and located the following gems:

  • Four chapters of the very first Lanes story I started writing, where the characters have different names and somehow live in a society suspiciously similar to the pre-Civil War South, even though the story is otherwise clearly set in modern times…
  • Fifteen handwritten chapters of the first draft of the Lanes story I’m now rewriting, including a few deleted chapters
  • A separate short story revolving around six-year-old Joshua Lane
  • A Lanes prequel written for children ages 3-7, with Julia and Jonathan at age 5.
  • Two chapters of a Lanes sequel centered around Tasha’s family – the oldest Lane child, after she’s married and has a family of her own
  • Numerous family trees

The first cover – circa 2003

Reading through these old writings, I’m amazed at the large number of influences that have found their way into my writing. At age ten, my stories’ influences were much easier to discover – before I’d found my own writing voice and learned to more subtlely weave in the many influences that inevitably join themselves to my work. The importance of surrounding one’s self with quality literature cannot be overestimated – for what we read is, in many ways, exactly what we write.

A few books that directly influenced the writing done by the young Erika:

  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • The New Amplified Pilgrim’s Progress audio drama
  • The Elsie Dinsmore series by Martha Finley
  • A variety of fiction by Rod & Staff publishers, including Just Thirteen, The Family God Gave, Home Fires Beneath Northern Lights, Home Fires at the Foot of the Rockies, Cicada Summer, God’s Marvels in Washington, Year of Doubt, and Year of Growth
  • The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls


“Jonathan, S.A.L.,” whispered Julia during lunch, nudging her twin with her elbow.
Once the lunch dishes were finished, the twins met under the stairs in the tiny room that Julia had arranged for the two of them.
“What’s your Secret After Lunch?” Jonathan asked.
Julia’s dark eyes sparkled. She tossed back her wavy brown hair. “Next week is Christmas vacation. You know that Tasha’s birthday is December 24. I though we…” Julia pranced around Jonathan, caught her breath, and finished. “I thought we could give her a surprise!”
Jonathan’s brown eyes began to sparkle, too. He grinned. “I’ll say, I don’t know what could be more fun! But what surprise could we give?”
Julia’s face fell. “I don’t know. How could we give a surprise without her knowing about it?”
Mother’s voice floated down the stairs towards them. “Julia and Jonathan!”
“Coming, Mother,” Jonathan replied quickly, then turned back to Julia. “Think about it. We’ll meet here in two days, on December 21. Let’s go!”

What books have influenced your writing?

GiraffeCrafts: All Things Indie Author

Last month I participated in the Indie e-Con at the blog of Kendra E. Ardnek. It was an amazing and action-packed week filled with helpful articles on the writing and publishing process, videos, watching authors write live, games, contests, podcasts, and much more.

Now Kendra’s launching a new website for the purpose of helping Indie authors:



GiraffeCrafts is a company dedicated to the promotion of good, clean Indie Fiction. The main site isn’t up yet – stay tuned for that later this month, but for now you can check out the blog where Kendra will be posting writing advice (because half the battle in marketing is having a book worthy of reading) as well as advice for editing, publishing, and marketing. Do stop by for visit – and consider becoming a contributor or joining the blogger and reviewer teams. Read all about the new website here.
Also, Kendra’s hosting a giveaway this week, and she’s giving away a blog tour package! Join the giveaway here

I loved giraffes as a child. Almost as much as I enjoyed crafts. Which is almost as much as I now enjoy writing and editing Indie books

If you’re an author, editor, cover designer, or reader of Indie fiction, you can also connect with GiraffeCrafts on social media:
Blog ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest ~ The Rough Giraffe (podcast/online radio show)

Let’s play Spot the Giraffe. It’s like Spot the Typo While Editing. Only giraffes are already spotted…