BEST SELLER! Historical Romance and Family Saga
She lost it all in one agonizing moment...
Princess Michal is used to getting everything she wants, and she has her heart set on the young hero David. But their passionate love affair is destroyed by her father's murderous rage. Will David's departing promises be enough?
David the King is no longer the charming harpist she gave her heart to. The most powerful man in Israel, he falls into the arms of the beautiful Bathsheba.
Temptation comes in the form of a dashing Philistine warrior. Michal vows to be the only woman in David's heart, but does she know her own?
A novel of betrayal, forbidden love, and redemption, Michal's Window is an imaginative retelling of King David's story through the eyes of the woman who loved him first.
Content advisory: mild sexual situations, blood and violence
What made you become a writer?
I’m an avid reader and a busybody. Books were the perfect medium for prying into other people’s lives without being annoying. Even though I would never run out of books to read, I decided to add my voice to the mix. My main motivation to write is to tell a story, hopefully a good story, one that drags you into the heart and soul of another person, live through their heartaches and triumphs, and emerge both entertained and challenged.
What do you think makes a good story?
In some sense, we are all voyeurs. Our innate human curiosity perks up to a piece of juicy gossip or rubbernecks at an accident scene. We are collectively horrified at natural disasters and heart-warmed by a touching rescue scene. And who doesn’t like the feeling of falling love?
A good story gives us the drama and excitement we crave while sitting comfortably on a cozy couch. It is vicariously living at its best. Nail-bitingly safe. J
Your current book takes us to Ancient Israel and is about the life of a princess. Even though she was born in to privilege, she seemed to have given it all up for love. Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
Michal’s Window is a chance for you to relive a forgotten moment in time and imagine yourself in the arms of three enigmatic and amorous men while delving into the mind of the great King David. Along the way, you’ll be treated to a panoramic tour of
, David’s gallery of wives, and a grand Philistine adventure. Israel
Is there one passage in your book that you feel gets to the heart of the story and would encourage people to read it?
Yes, of course. Michal is a woman willing to sacrifice everything for the man she loves.
Can you share it, pretty please?
And I dream of David, and in my dreams he loves me, and we ride on flying horses and walk on clouds across a golden staircase. We sing like children and splash in pools of silver. He pulls me to the top of a rainbow. And he loves me.
Ayala, Rachelle (2012). Michal's Window (A Novel: King David's First Wife) (p. 413). Amiga Books. Kindle Edition.
Entice us, what future projects are you considering?
Oh, goodie, goodie. I’m like your street corner drug, er story dealer. Whatd’ya want? Ecstasy? Uppers? Downers? Mind-Benders? Love potions? Hallucinogens? How about a bit of paranormal powder?
*slaps self*. Oh, you mean books! A romantic suspense mystery, Broken Build. After I finished Michal’s Window, I came up with a darker dilemma. Can a man love a woman who harmed him deeply? What would it take? Here’s the tagline: While eluding a killer, a young woman fears recognition from the man she wronged and falls in love with him.
After that, I’m thinking of a psych thriller -- a pair of codependent sisters in a love/hate relationship in love with the same man. I’m sure it’s been done before, but I’m betting it has never been done the way I’m thinking of… *maniacal laughter*
What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?
I think you mistook me for someone who’s sane! But here’s the key: Knowing when you’re dreaming and when you’re awake.
Do you have a Website or Blog?
Yes, sure! I’m normal too, sometimes. It’s called Rachelle’s Window (thank you, thank you, I’m just so-o original). You’ll find book reviews, author and reader interviews, jokes, and other bits of flotsam.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love you! My writing is only a starting point for you to create your own characters, emotions and reality. I’m privileged to give you a framework and hope you enjoyed the trip you took. Of course there’s the obligatory bit of groveling. Please, please, please, if you cared about the story even a little bit, leave a review everywhere and anywhere!
Rachelle Ayala was a software engineer until she discovered storytelling works better in fiction than real code. She has always lived in a multi-cultural environment, and the tapestry in her books reflect that diversity.
She is currently working on a romantic suspense involving software engineers. When her hyperactive imagination is not in the mind of her characters, Rachelle enjoys social networking, reading and music.
Rachelle lives in
with her husband. She has three children and has taught violin and made mountain dulcimers. California
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