The Law of Moses has one of the most powerful prologues I’ve ever read. “If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.”
When I finished the book I went right back to the prologue and read it again. I wanted to come full circle with the story.
Moses is an artist who expresses what he sees in his mind through his paintings. Not only does his art control him but it freaks people out. Society, around him, can’t accept his gift because they don’t understand it. The neighbor girl, Georgia, and his grandmother, Gigi, are the first to support him. Even with their acceptance he has a hard time coping with the negativity that surrounds his artwork. Gigi uses his biblical name to help him cope with all his feelings. Biblical Moses parts the Red Sea to allow God’s people to pass through and then he lets the split water come together to wash away those who are against God’s peoples. Gigi wants the same for her Moses… she wants Moses to use figurative water to cope with all the images in his head.
“What color is water?” -Gigi
Water is white when it’s angry. It’s red when the sun sets. It’s blue when it’s calm. It’s black when it’s night. It’s clear when it falls. “ -Moses
“So, let the water fall. Water is clear when it washes the pain away, clear when it cleanses. Water has no color. Let it take the colors away.” -Gigi
Five greats is the underlying theme which holds the truth that both, Moses and Georgia, search for. “The five greats game is… finding beauty in ordinary things. And the only rule is gratitude.” Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for the people and things in our lives and that is also the day The Law of Moses is being released. A coincidence? I think NOT. Ms. Harmon knew what she was doing when she picked her release date.
Ms. Harmon created another brilliantly written love story. One full of deep emotions that draws the reader into the uniqueness of Moses. Remember during the upcoming holiday season to take time to be thankful for those simple blessings in our lives. Maybe do an inspired five greats with yourself when you become overwhelmed.
INTERVIEW WITH AMY HARMON
The arts play a huge part in all of your books is that something that you partake in? If so which ones?I can’t draw or paint. I can’t play any instruments well. But I can sing! And I can write, which I consider an art form. I love beauty, and for me art elevates humanity. ________________________
Do you ever hear from your fans about the lack of “sexy-times” in your books? I personally like knowing I can recommend any of your books to my teens and their friends and not have to worry about them reading about sex.
I know I don’t write the same way most contemporary romance writers do. But for some reason, I just like challenging myself to write romance that doesn’t rely on sex to be steamy. In so many books, the authors use sex as a crutch and for me it truly is a huge challenge to write stories that can compete without it. It means I work harder at all the other aspects.
What was the last 5 star book you’ve read?
I just read How To Kill a Rockstar by Tiffanie DeBartolo. The writing is stellar. I care more about that than any aspect of the book. ________________________
Which authors do you consider to be your mentor?
I don’t have a writing mentor. I can only be me, and so far, my writing style and story-telling has worked for me, but I admire so many ladies in my industry. Colleen Hoover is a wonderful lady. Kind, talented, gracious, humble. Penny Reid is funny, wicked smart, and charming. Tarryn Fisher is cool, cerebral, and everything I’m not, which I also love. Rebecca Donovan is kind and beautiful, Jessica Park inspired me to self-publish, and I could go on and on. There are so many more ladies who are just truly wonderful and who I appreciate so much. ________________________
You have some of the most creative and loyal fans. The art collages made by them for your books are amazing. Do you have a couple favorites for The Law of Moses?
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Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.
Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue, Making Faces and most recently, Infinity + One.
Her newest book, The Law of Moses releases November 27, 2014.