Dawn of Liberty by Amber Schamel | Guest Post, Giveaway & My Review

It has been years since I've read colonial historical fiction. This short story trifecta by the gifted Amber Schamel blew me away from page one. These fictionalized but deeply researched stories following Sam Adams through multiple points of America's fight for independence were both educating and engaging. Historical figures from so many years ago are often left somewhat one-dimensional in history textbooks and classes, and even in fiction when more often than not they are mere short-lived cameo appearance characters. Not so in these short stories with Sam Adams as the main character and heart of the stories. My favorite of the three was the first one, Dawn of Liberty. Reminiscent of childhood favorite book Johnny Tremaine, Dawn of Liberty highlighted both Sam Adams attempting to sway two Pennsylvania men to either sign or withhold their vote about the Declaration of Independence rather than vote opposed to it. And the Boston Tea Party portion of the story where Sam recalls that fateful night was so beautifully done. It just instantly transported me back to that time and the crucial, frightening time in which this great man lived and made such a huge impact on a young nation striving for independence. Bravo to Amber, and to Sam Adams, for their contributions to history. Both in the making, and in the retelling and honoring the legacy of such an amazing man and time in American history.


About the Book:
Liberty comes with a price. Can a fledgling nation bear the cost? 
British forces advance upon a struggling colonial army. The time of decision has come. Declare independence, or give up the fight. The weight of a nation rests on Samuel Adams' shoulders as he joins the delegates of the Second Continental Congress. Can he raise the cause of Liberty above the fear of the King's wrath in the hearts of his countrymen? 
Three inspirational short stories follow Samuel Adams as he struggles through the events surrounding the Declaration of Independence in early America and evokes the Dawn of Liberty. If you love Christian historical fiction, you will love this collection. 
Dawn of Liberty 
Liberty hangs in the balance. With Pennsylvania's vote divided, the declaration may not pass. Samuel Adams has two hours to convince the delegates to pass the document or the lives sacrificed for freedom will be worthless. 
A Shot at Freedom 
"The Regulars are coming!" 
About the author:
Author of over half a dozen books, Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for travel, history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call “historical fiction at its finest”. She lives in Colorado and spends half her time volunteering in the Ozarks. Visit her online at www.AmberSchamel.com/

Guest Post:
On July 4th, 2016, Americans across the nation will celebrate the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Besides the basic overview you got in history class, how much do you really know about the document and the men that signed it?

As an American and a history nerd, I was upset when I realized how much I didn’t know the struggle these men went through, who they really were, what they felt, and what they were putting on the line when they signed their name to that document. There are SO many inspiring stories in the signers and founding fathers, so when I began looking at which signer to feature in Dawn of Liberty, it was a tough decision to pick only one. One of the signers was terminally ill and rode unthinkable miles through the rain to be there in time to sway the vote. Most were away from their homes and families for incredible amounts of time. Some sacrificed fame and fortune.

But after looking through all of the names, I ended up with Samuel Adams. Sam is such a passionate and inspiring character, and I really related to him. He voiced his passion for freedom and independence before the idea was popular, spent countless nights writing articles and pamphlets promoting the cause, always held faith and optimism that someday the Colonies would be free from the tyranny of England. His character is so intriguing and inspiring…Yet, Sam is only known as a beer brand.

Talk about infuriating a history nerd!

Sam Adams is a patriot and a hero. The more I learned and read about him, the more I liked him. Americans should know Sam for who he really is, rather than as the icon to sell liquor. That’s why I am so excited for people to meet Sam in DAWN OF LIBERTY. These stories give folks a chance to experience the tension in Philadelphia at the time of the signing, meet some of the signers, and feel the weight of the decision placed in their hands. It is my hope that this collection of short stories will make the signers more than just portraits in a history book. By the time you finish reading it, my prayer is that you feel you know Sam and his compatriots as friends.

To celebrate her tour, Amber is giving away a signed copy of The Healer’s Touch and a $15 Amazon Gift Card! Enter to win here: https://promosimple.com/ps/9ccf

Blog Tour Stops:
June 23: Petra’s Hope
June 24: A Greater Yes
June 25: A Holland Reads
June 26: bigreadersite
June 30: A Northern Belle
Meghan Gorecki
Meghan Gorecki

Words, history, and grace color my days here in The Burgh where I seek out the perfect coffee and red lipstick.


  1. Meghan, thank you so much for sharing your review of DAWN OF LIBERTY! I am so happy that you enjoyed meeting Sam and experiencing those few crucial days with him. :D

  2. Amber, your discovery of the history of Sam Adams reminds me of an audio book my husband (a former American History teacher) and I listened to twice through called FOUNDING BROTHERS by Joseph J. Ellis (on 12 unabridged CDs). In Founding Brothers, the author explores the fascinating details of how our nation was formed by a remarkable collection of men. I wish you well with Dawn of Liberty.
    Donna Winters


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