Thursday, September 27, 2012

#BookChat MICHAL'S WINDOW by Rachelle Ayala

It’s not easy being a woman, least of all princess of Israel. Married as a prize, abandoned as a wife, Michal fights to claim her rightful spot next to King David, the man she loves with all her heart.

Separated by war, concubines, and kingdom politics, Michal embarks on a journey of adventure and heartache where she is befriended by a goddess-worshipping priestess and tempted by a Philistine prince.

From reading scrolls high atop the palace walls to seduction with a henna-painted body, Michal is not your ordinary Bible heroine. Join her in Michal’s Window and let her delight you with her courage, devotion, and outrageous passion in her relentless drive to win back her husband.

Why I wrote Michal’s Window
Michal is one of those fascinating women in history who had the guts to stand up to the establishment and the courage to take her punishment. I knew there was more to her story than the surface presentation in the Bible. If God was so adamant about men remaining with the wife of their youth (Proverbs 5:18-19) and not mistreating their covenant wife (Malachi 2:14), then why did it seem as if David got away with his burgeoning harem?

Michal was shortchanged in most history books, novels and Bible commentaries, so I wrote my own version of her story to vindicate this heroic woman, too strong for her time.

Readers React
“From the first page, a pretty grotesque first page, but just the way I like it, the author's skills were already made known. With the first sentence, she grabbed the readers attention, and from there will take you on a journey you will truly never, ever forget!”

“The author creates a plausible fictional account of Michal, used as a pawn by her father, abandoned for years by her lawful husband, David, and loved by two other men. She's passionate--oh those steamy romance scenes--but she's flawed.”

“Living in Israel, I'm familiar with this part of the history, still after reading Michal's Window, I feel I'd learned my people's history a great deal better!”

“The story opens from the third person perspective, depicting a scene of violence. This technique was effective, because it notified readers that this Bible tale wasn’t just a romance for women regarding Michal. It put the spotlight squarely on this manly figure, David and opened up a big plot, before shifting to Michal’s first person perspective.”

“As a man, I found the story gave me some insight into the mind of a woman, something that has been elusive most of my life and I dare say, most any man's life. Rachelle draws wonderful 'word pictures' that allows the reader to see, hear, feel, taste and smell the scenes.”

“I would say that NO teenage girl or unmarried woman should read this as it will only cause her to stumble in her thought life and fantasies.”

Behind the Scenes:
Writing Michal’s Window enabled me to experience almost every emotion a woman could have, from the thrills of young love to the despondency of having an adulterous husband. There were times when the very name Bathsheba caused cold sweats, jittery heartbeats and shortness of breath. While my husband was innocently sitting there playing video games, I was gritting my teeth and wondering if I needed a stiff drink. I burnt countless meals, smashed up my car, and experienced so much palpitating heartbeats and anxiety that had I not created the lovable and flirtatious Ittai, neither Michal nor I would have survived to the end of the book.

I always loved my husband, but writing and living Michal’s life made me appreciate him one-hundred-fold better. If nothing else, Michal’s Window is the perfect book for marital reconciliation with an added bonus of enough steamy scenes to keep you busy.

You can find Michal's Window at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Don't have a KINDLE? Download a FREE Kindle APP and enjoy your ebooks on PC, Mac, iPad, Android and smartphones.

So who would you recommend this book to? Leave a comment! Thanks

Please check out my Amazon Author's Page

Michal's Window is Available at Amazon US INDIA UK DE FR ES IT Barnes & Noble NOOK  Google Play
Paperback at Barnes & Noble and Amazon


  1. This book is so amazing. You write beautifully and the fact from the Bible mixed with the fiction of your imaginings was really fun to read!

  2. Who would I recommend this book to? Anyone who loves history and romance. Anyone who is grown up enough to handle love scenes. I am not a religious person, but the biblical themes in this story didn't bother me a bit. I really enjoyed it.

  3. Looking forward to read this book!

    1. Thanks Stefano! And thank you for liking my Facebook page.