Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Salt Covenants, a novel

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THE SALT COVENANTS
by Sylvia Bambola



Sylvia Bambola, born in Romania, lived her early years in Germany. At age seven she relocated with her adopted military family and saw the Statue of Liberty and America for the first time. The memory of living in Germany was the inspiration behind her novel, Refiner’s Fire, which won a Silver Angel Award, and was a Christy Finalist.

Bambola has written seven published novels, lives in sunny Florida and has two grown children. She’s been a guest speaker at Women’s Aglow and various church functions, is a Bible study teacher at her church, and is learning to play the guitar.


Welcome, Sylvia. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I’d love to have dinner with Eve. But goodness, where would I start? Maybe by asking her why in the world she ever listened to the serpent? But I’d also love to ask her what it was like walking in the garden every night and conversing with God? How sweet that must have been! And her relationship with Adam must have been sweet, too, that is before the fall. Before the sin nature got in the way and fouled up all human relationships. And what about her children? It must have been amazing to be the first woman in the world to give birth, to be the first to participate in such a creative act. Then there’s the heartbreak of having one son kill another. I can’t even imagine it. And the earth, unsullied, must have been breathtaking. What did the air smell like? What did the fruits of the permissible trees taste like? Oh, there are so many things I’d love to talk to her about that I’m sure our dinner could easily spill over into breakfast!

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Salt Covenants.
The Salt Covenants takes place in Spain, 1493. Isabel, a young Jewess, has broken her mother’s heart by becoming a sincere convert to Christianity. But when she is noticed by Friar Alonso at La Casa Santa, the Holy House, she is forced to flee the Inquisition by entering into a loveless marriage and sailing with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World. But all too soon Isabel is forced to struggle alone in her new life. And with all the risks and hardships, her very survival comes into question. And what of love? Will she ever find it in this strange land? And what of the dangerous Enrique Vivar? Will his hidden agenda cost her her life?

The Salt Covenants garnered a starred review in Publishers Weekly that called it “transcendent” and “beautifully written.” 

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
I’m hoping the story illustrates that God is in control and is greater than all our problems or difficulties. And that He will never leave us or forsake us.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Goodreads
Facebook
Twitter

Where can readers purchase The Salt Covenants?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Book A Million

Sylvia, thanks for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win a copy of The Salt Covenants, which you have offered.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden is Patty. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 

Throughout May I'm going on a blog tour to talk about my new novel, Wait for MeI'll be giving away 25 Kindle eBook copies on the tour to commenters on blog posts. On the tour stops, I'll either be interviewed, share an article related to the story in Wait for Me, share a devotional, interview one of my characters in the novel, or share a personal experience or promise of God. On my website you can check the "Blog Tour Stops" tab and see where I'll be each day. Hope you'll join me on the blog tour.




21 comments:

  1. I enjoyed learning more about Sylvia. I would love to read THE SALT COVENANTS. Thank you for the chance to do so.

    psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Caryl, you're welcome. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

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  2. Caryl Kane thank you for your interest. Good luck in the drawing!

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  3. I would enjoy reading Sylvia's book - The Salt Covenants. Sounds really good! I'm a follower.

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    1. I appreciate your following my blog! I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ENTER YOU IN THE BOOK DRAWING. IN CASE YOU WIN I WOULD NEED TO CONTACT YOU.

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  4. Anonymous, thank you for your kind words! And blessings.

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful historical fiction book! And that cover is just gorgeous :-) And, I think, like you, I'd love to sit down with Eve for an interview. We might learn a thing or two!
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "The Salt Covenants" and for the short interview. I very much enjoyed it!
    I also follow your blog via email
    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Trixi, thank you for your kinds comments. I not only enjoyed writing the book, but doing the research as well. I especially found the information about Christopher Columbus, fascinating. Blessings!

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    2. Trixi, I'm glad you enjoyed the interview and that you follow by blog! Thanks for leaving your comment.

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  6. Would love to read "The Salt Covenants", love the storyline!! Congrats on "Wait For Me", Jo!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Bonnie. Glad the storyline interests you! Blessings!

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    2. Bonnie, thanks for the congrats on my new novel, Wait for My. Glad you stopped by here and left your comment.

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  7. Thanks for having Sylvia on. Would love to read this book.

    teshaw(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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    1. Tammie, you're welcome. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

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  8. Tammie, thank your for your interest. Blessings!

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  9. I have never read a book by Sylvia Bambola, I am excited about this book. Sounds great, I would think it would be hard for a child to change their beliefs after they have grown up being a Jewish. I am glad this character did, but I have often wondered how many people didn't change the beliefs because of parents. Very sad. Jo I really enjoy all your interviews, it seems like I have known you all my life.

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    1. Pamela, thank you for your interest. I believe you're right about it being difficult for a child to go against his families beliefs, especially during the time of this story (1493) and especially for Jews. What was done by the Church to Jews during the Spanish Inquisition and even in modern times, has made it even more difficult for a Jew to come into the saving knowledge of Jesus. Blessings!

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    2. Pamela, glad you enjoy my interviews here with Christian authors. How about that--seems like you've known me all your life!

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  10. pam1lunsford (at ) gmail ( dot ) com

    Sorry☺

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  11. Jo, thank you for hosting me on your blog. It was a pleasure. And congratulations to the winner of The Salt Covenants! Blessings to all

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    1. Sylvia, you're so welcome. Winner will be announced in tomorrow's blog post.

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