Thursday, July 18, 2013

THE HEALER'S TOUCH - Amber Schamel - Two Free Kindle Ebooks, Plus More

Readers, we have another debut author today. Be sure to read all about the giveaways at the end of the interview and follow all the instructions. 

Welcome, Amber. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I think my main characters usually reflect me the most. When I'm writing, I'm thinking of how I would feel, how I would react in that situation, so probably there's a lot of me in my characters.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Most people are embarrassed to go to the bookstore with me because I can't keep my nose out of books -- literally. I LOVE them smell of books! If you ever see a lady sniffing books in a book store, you'll know right off who it is!

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I have always had an active imagination and even as a young girl I would make up stories and play them out in my make believe. I started writing those stories down when I was about fourteen. But the real calling came about the time I graduated from High School. I had been doing a lot of study on how media and books affect people's attitudes and worldview. It was astonishing how the subtle messages that have been worked into entertainment over the years has completely transformed our nation and our morals. I realized that someone needed to write stories that upheld morals, faith and godliness. The Lord then led me to Habakkuk 2:2 which says, “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” That became my commission.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I read a wide variety of books, from non-fiction biographies, to reading Curious George to my little brother. But the books I enjoy most are Christian Historical Fiction.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
That's a tough one for me because I have a job, a volunteer ministry, church activities, a large family to help with, and then try to fit writing into all of that. Keeping my sanity is one of those things I just can't do—so Jesus does it for me. I have to give everything over to Him, spend time in prayer and His Word, and remember to breathe. I attend a lot of church services, and that really helps too.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Most of the time the names just come to me. But other times I will look up names for that time period, or names of that culture, or just look in a baby name book. I often take the meaning of the name into consideration, because the name is such a large part of the character.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I was thrilled that my first book released before I turned twenty-two years old. I have always read about people in history like Eliza Lucas Pinckney, George Washington, or William Wilberforce who did amazing things at such young ages and had a longing to be able to accomplish similar things, so when my book was accepted by Helping Hands Press, I was ecstatic. My favorite quote is, “We are too young to realize certain things are impossible, so we do them anyway.”

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A lamb. I have a lamb skin that I use as a prayer rug because it reminds me of the sacrifice that Jesus made. My constant prayer is that the Lord would give me the humility, meekness, trust, and obedience of a lamb.

What is your favorite food?
I love Italian food! And of course chocolate. Chocolate and peanut butter make my favorite desserts.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I’m one of those people who has difficulty expressing my emotions well, and this has carried over into my writing. This is something I am constantly working on. My wonderful critique partners have helped me a lot with this. I have to stop, think about what my character is going through, how do they feel, and then how do I express that on the page. The Emotion Thesaurus has also been invaluable to me.

Tell us about the featured book.
Aaliyah's last chance at winning her husband's love is destroyed when she is banished from her home as an unclean sinner.  Struggling to survive amidst the fear, grief, and bitterness of living in a leper colony, she would give anything just to see her son again. When rumors of a Healer from Nazareth reach the colony, Aaliyah wonders if this man could really heal her, or if He would despise her like the rest of her people. It is now that Aaliyah must make the most difficult decision of her life: risk her life to appear in public, or die a leper.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Circa 20 A.D.
            The spring sun rose warm and clear over the Sea of Galilee. Aaliyah bustled about in the kitchen. She had already been up for several hours preparing for the Passover meal for that evening. Footsteps sounded as her husband shuffled sleepily into the kitchen. He lifted his hands above his head, stretching his tall frame.

            "Good morning, husband." She smiled at him, suppressing her urge of mischief. "Did the sun sneak up on you today?"

            "I didn't sleep well," he grumbled as he dipped his hands into the bucket and splashed water on his face.

            Aaliyah scraped some breakfast onto a plate for him. "You tossed and turned all night; I dodged several blows from you." She offered him his plate, but when he reached out, she held it back. "Tell me, Tyrus, have you taken to beating your good wife in your sleep?"

            "Perhaps if I did, she would behave during the day." Tyrus smiled softly and jerked the plate out of her grasp.

            Aaliyah laughed under her breath. "Perhaps."

            Picking up the bowl of dough she was mixing, she followed him into the dining room and sat across from Tyrus. As he ate, she studied him with a fond eye. He was still as handsome as the day she'd first seen him. His hair and full beard were dark as the midnight sky and his skin was tanned as evidence of his work ethic. His brown eyes were lively and ambitious; looking into them gave her the feeling that there were exciting new worlds he was waiting to conquer. His tall frame looked cramped sitting at the little table with his legs folded beneath him. Redness dabbed the nostrils of his distinct nose, the tell-tale sign, he was tired.

            "What disturbed your sleep, my husband?"

            Tyrus glanced up at her before replying. "Dreams."

            Aaliyah's brow furrowed. "Dreams? What kind of dreams?"

            He shoved his empty plate towards her and stood. "Never mind them now. Passover is tonight, and we've much work to do. The caravan I sent to Jerusalem is returning today, and I must inventory the merchandise before my patrons show up to buy them all. I'll bring our lamb in later."
            He turned and left the room before she could ask more. She heard the courtyard gate close behind him. Tyrus was gone for the day.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
We’re doing a Facebook Party on August 15th with lots of prizes including another one of the baskets we’re giving away today, and you’re all invited! Just hop on over to my facebook page for that event.

You can also find me on my HIStory Blog and website
or on any of the following social media sites.
Twitter - @AmberSchamel

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Lena. It has been a blast!

My pleasure, Amber.

There will be three winners today. Two people will receive an ebook edition of The Healer's Touch and one other winner will receive this Holy Land Gift set:

The gift set contains authentic Olive wood carving of the three crosses handcrafted by Christian artisans in Bethlehem, the elements of Galilee (Water from the Jordan River, Olive Oil from Galilee, and Stones from the Jerusalem Street), Widow's Mite Coins, and Capernaum Magnets. ($20 Value)

Wow! I wish I could enter.

Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

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Amber Lemus said...

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Lena! It's been so much fun! Can't wait to see who wins the giveaways. I wanted to keep one of the gift sets for myself! :)

Amber Schamel

Joyinmyheart said...

I got the privilege to be able to get to read the wonderful book "The Healer's Touch" It is a wonderful book!! We need more books that are like this one!

Melody S. ~ Colorado

Sharron M. said...

This is an amazing story of forgiveness, love, and restoration. I deeply appreciate the author's motives and desires for this book and I look forward to more of the same. God bless you Amber Schamel!


Sharron L.

Unknown said...

i have read this wonderful book and it is such a touching piece of material.... Sister Amber Schamel is a great writer and i look forward to reading many more of her books.... thanks and may God continue to bless you abundantly ..... Treva Potter from Tucson, AZ

Unknown said...

What a wonderful giveaway!
From VA

Amber Lemus said...

Sharron, Treva and Cheryl, thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate your comments. :D

Unknown said...

I'm sure, that everyone should read this book. This book is for those who do live the scene, and allows us to imagine what it was like when Christ walked the earth. Great job Amber!

Melissa M. said...

Please enter me, thank you!

-Melissa M. from TX

Anonymous said...

We need more books that illustrate the power of faith and the answering power of God. It is as real today as when our Messiah walked the earth!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed & appreciated hearing the tale of Amber's commission to write. What a great vision!

Unknown said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! Sounds great!

Deborah D said...

Sounds like a wonderful book.

Deborah D in FL

Mary Preston said...

I'm looking forward to such a wonderful read thank you.

Mary P


Emma said...

The Healer's Touch sounds wonderful. Please enter me in this contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.PA.

mongupp said...

I love stories set in biblical times.

Monica , Ontario

Amber Lemus said...

Hello Ladies,
Thanks for stopping by! I'm excited to see who wins! :)
Monica, I love Biblical stories too! What is your favorite Biblical novel?

Amber Lemus said...

Here's an interesting piece of trivia about the book, the background image on the cover is an actual photo of the Sea of Galilee that we took while visiting the Holy Land! It's a beautiful country.

Mama Cat said...

Thank you so much for introducing this book - it sounds fascinating! One that we can apply to our lives today. I would love to win the ebook (or the gift from Israel)! I live in Phoenix, AZ

Amber Schamel said...

Hey Mama Cat,
Thanks for stopping by and checking it out! It's nice to meet you. :)

'M looking forward to finding out who the winners are! So glad there's more than one!

Amber Schamel

EJ said...

Definitely adding this book to my need to read ASAP list. Elaine in Iowa

Amber Schamel said...

:) Thanks Elaine! I really hope you enjoy it! What is your favorite genre?

Amber Schamel

karenk said...

would love to read this novel...thanks for the chance.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com
...from PA...

Amber Schamel said...

Thanks for stopping by Karen, it's nice to meet you!

Amber Schamel

rubynreba said...

I would love to read The Healer's Touch and the Holy Land Gift Set is beautiful! Thank you for sharing this!
Beth from Iowa

Shadowwolf said...

What a touching story that everyone needs to read! Thank you Amber! The gift set is very unique and beautiful.
I live in IN, USA.

Debbie Curto said...

Love this book. Would love to win the gift set

Unknown said...


Laura said...

Can't wait to read this book! Enjoyed the blog post!