Monday, November 5, 2012

Carole Towriss' "In the Shadow of Sinai"

Title: In the Shadow of Sinai
Publisher: DeWard Publishing Company

Cover blurb: Bezalel is a Hebrew slave to Ramses II. An artisan of the highest order, Ramses has kept him in the palace even when all other Israelites have been banned. Bezalel blames El Shaddai for isolating him from his people.

When Moses and Aaron appear one summer, and El Shaddai shakes Egypt to its core, Bezalel must reexamine his anger. Over the course of the next year, Bezalel’s life becomes intertwined with those of an Egyptian child-slave, the captain of the guard, and especially a beautiful young concubine.

When spring arrives, all of them escape with the young nation of Israel. But that’s only the beginning…

1) How did this story come to you?
I was reading the Bible - I think I was in church - in Exodus 31. "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.' And I thought, 'Now how would a slave know how to do all that?' God could have just poof, given him all that knowledge, but that's no fun, and generally not how God works. So I made up a story.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
A crit partner, the first fiction author for DeWard, told me they were looking for Biblical fiction. I queried them, and an hour later they asked for the full manuscript. Three months later I was offered a contract.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I love to watch weird movies. I’m short. I love Mexican food and chocolate.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I am almost done with the sequel By the Waters of Kadesh. This is part of a trilogy.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks for the opportunity to be on your blog. And to everyone reading this, I hope you give my book a try!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?  You can read the first two chapters for free there. Also at

DeWard Publishing Company

Barnes & Noble
Signed By the Author


  1. I so enjoy a historial novel - your 'In the shadow of Sinai' sounds very interesting - thank you for the opportunity to win your new book - blessings, Dawn

  2. Thanks for the interview with Carole. She is a new author to me. I love reading historical Biblical stories. In The Shadow of Sinai sounds like a great read. I would love to win a copy of it.


    1. Thanks, Judy. Biblical fiction has always been my favorite!

  3. a wonderful posting...thanks for the chance to read this story

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  4. I enjoyed reading about how you were inspired to write IN THE SHADOW OF SANAI. It sounds wonderful.


  5. I enjoy reading books based on biblical characters -
    thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books!

    1. I love them, too, Bonnie. Thanks for dropping by!

  6. It sounds like a great story. Carol is a new author for me and I would love to read this book.


  7. The randomly chosen winner of a free copy of my book is Deanna!


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