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Water War Judah Tamar

water war judah tamar drought image  Water War Judah Tamar Questions

Q: How long can you live without water?
A: 3 days, in extreme exceptions, maybe up to 7-10 days.

Q: Could severe drought lead to severe conflicts, especially in the Middle East?
A: Our research for the Judah and Tamar Trilogy (an heroic love story based on Genesis 38) reveals that drought drove people south during the Middle Bronze Era, and that other related political upheaval (Hyksos invaders) threatened peace, even as peace is almost non-existent there today.

And, tellingly, drought wars began over 4,500 years ago in the Syria/Iraq region and continue to this day (Smithsonian Magazine 6/13)

It seems no coincidence that water rights may be even more important than oil rights. After all, you can’t drink petroleum oil, can you?

Heroic Love of Judah and Tamar Will Win

History teaches us that love always wins in the end.

Sometimes in the most unlikely ways.

Take Judah and Tamar, for instance. They are probably the most controversial couple in the Bible, and the circumstances of their particular kind of love shocks most people, offends many others, and, at best, confuses the meadow muffins out of everyone else.

After all, Tamar seduced her father-in-law and out of their bloodline came King David and his lineage.

But our account of the story in the 1st book in the Judah and Tamar Trilogy, Tamar of the Terebinths, sets the stage for the greatest love story never told.

This heroic love emerges during an era of drought, war, and fear.

Water War Judah Tamar

Sound familiar to today’s realities in the Middle East?

It would be impossible to put into numbers the amount of time we have spent researching this story in order to find authentic ways to dig down into the historical realities of the time period in which their union unfolded. But one thing we do know is this: in spite of all the odds against them, no matter how difficult things got for them (including Hyksos raids, drought, being shunned by society), these two characters managed to find a way to pull their act together to form a royal bloodline.

Neither the lack of water nor the lack of tribal compassion stopped them from doing what was right for the times and culture in which they lived.

Today, they might never make it out of the drought alive. Today, they might have to live on the run to avoid being killed for their love. Today, they might never leave behind a story and lesson for our own times.

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Judah and Tamar Book Two

We are pleased to announce the 1st draft of the Judah and Tamar Trilogy Book Two was completed in mid-April, and that the 1st two chapters have been edited and are currently being read by our readers.

judah and tamar story character imageThe cover design for Judah of the Terebinths, which is the title of Book Two in the Judah and Tamar Trilogy, is currently in the hands of our talented artist, Rona Liu, who graciously designed the cover for Tamar of the Terebinths, Book One in the Judah and Tamar Trilogy.

We are currently looking for two more readers, so if you are a literary person and enjoy reading new manuscripts for typos, story structure, character and plot development, grammar, and punctuation, contact us. Of course, it helps if you have already read Tamar of the Terebinths so that you will have a sense of context and continuity that threads its way through the Tamar of the Terebinths.

If you are unfamiliar with this story that hails from the Genesis 38 account of how one of the cornerstone characters in Biblical and Middle East history became the ancestor of kings, find out more about the what we call THE GREATEST LOVE STORY NEVER TOLD.



Tamar of the Terebinths Authors

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I’m excited to announce that Michael Silversher (click his name to see a little of his bio at the bottom of the Authors’ Page), my co-writer for The Judah and Tamar Trilogy, will be able to join me in Idyllwild to speak about the first book in the trilogy, Tamar of the Terebinths.

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, we will be speaking at the Idyllwild Library in Idyllwild, CA about Tamar of the Terebinths, Book One in The Judah and Tamar Trilogy.

I will be doing a short reading from Tamar of the Terebinths and we will both be talking about the inspiration for The Judah and Tamar Trilogy, how the first book emerged after another one was tossed out during the publishing process and what will be coming up next with this project.

If you like historical fiction told in an unusual manner, you will want to join us at the Idyllwild Library on February 11th from 6 – 8 pm for a exciting evening with the authors of Tamar of the Terebinths!

Tamar of the Terebinths

Yay! Tamar of the Terebinths on Amazon!

We have an incredible story to tell you about how this particular book was written, but before we get around to doing that (in a future post), let’s just say that it was an impossible whirlwind of effort, perseverance and believing in the importance of integrity.

judah tamar trilogy book one


Without you out there waiting for our promise to deliver the first book before the Fall of 2013 ended, this book would not have been written, believe me. More to come about that but not today.

Today we celebrate the publication of the first book in the Judah and Tamar Trilogy. It is called Tamar of the Terebinths and trust me, it’s a doozy.

When the research we discovered about the ties between religion and state showed up while it was being written, it walloped the daylights out of the direction we had taken and got us on track to tell the story that was crying out to be heard.

This allowed us to better speak for Tamar and the women of Sh’chem and give Judah a more realistic and sympathetic heart attitude to the women in his life so that he could hear their life-changing voices more deeply.

Do you like intrigue and unexpected twists and turns in historical fiction?

Then Tamar of the Terebinths is for you!

Get the book now!