Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Watcher by Sara Davison, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Watcher
Author: Sara Davison
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date: April 15, 2021
Genre: Christian speculative romantic suspense
Someone or something is watching Kathryn Ellison. Kathryn thought she had buried memories of That Night for good—until Nick Lawson returns, reigniting her long-suppressed feelings for him. Seeing Nick has always reminded her too much of the horrible night that changed her life. As much as she wants to be with him, she wants even more to forget. When Nick unexpectedly shows up at her family ranch, Kathryn knows it is finally time to let go of the traumatic past that has held her captive for so long. David Henley is a captive too—of the dark secret involving Kathryn, a secret he’s kept even from his wife. Now the truth is about to be revealed. And when it is, he could be stripped of everything in his life that matters to him. A storm is brewing in the spiritual realm, and its effects reverberate through the natural world, summoning otherworldly Beings to the ranch. While Kathryn confronts the memories of That Night and struggles to let them go, she is not as alone in her home as she thinks. As spiritual and temporal forces collide, Kathryn—and everyone she loves—is about to be caught in the crossfire.
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Guest Post from Sara Davison
The hardest part about publishing books and the best thing about publishing books
To me, the hardest part of the publishing journey is also the best thing—all the feelings and emotions wrapped up in that horrifying, magical moment when one of my books is released into the world. I’ve published eight books now, and every single time I experience terror and excitement in equal measure as launch day approaches. The night before, the panicked thought that I should contact the publisher and try to stop it—that it isn’t ready, it isn’t good enough, everyone is going to hate it—crosses my mind. (I haven’t done it yet, but you never know 😊)
It’s difficult to explain how it feels, knowing that your work is going out into the world. It’s by far the greatest feeling of vulnerability I have experienced in life. Knowing that people—strangers—are reading your words, your story, and that you have opened yourself up completely to their criticism or censure, can cause almost paralyzing fear. At the same time, knowing that people—strangers—are reading the story that love and that you poured your heart and soul into, the story that God gave you and that you spent months or even years crafting, rewriting, editing, receiving constructive criticism on, and polishing, provides an exhilaration unmatched by any other endeavor I have attempted.
As an author, I don’t write for fame or fortune (thankfully) but to have my stories read. As much as I am an introvert who shuns the spotlight at every possible opportunity, there is within me a deep, innate desire for readers to discover my books and to read them. I read a quote once by Max McLean, founder of the Fellowship for the Performing Arts, who said: “… I am amazed at the communicators who have never quite understood that a story is not a story until it has been received.”
Wham! Those words hit me like the apple dropping from the tree onto Isaac Newton’s head. I finally understood why it mattered to me so much if anyone read what I wrote—because the stories I write are incomplete until someone reads them. It is in the reading that the connection is made, the process is completed, the circle is closed.
So, in spite of the fact that it means I will continue to be subjected to the worst part of publishing—the terrifying idea of my books landing on someone’s Kindle or in their hands so that they are now free to read them and offer their opinion on my work—I will continue to write and to put my stories out into the world. Because, if I were to quit (and I’m not going to lie and say the idea hasn’t occurred to me, many, many times) then I would also miss out on the very best part of publishing—connecting with readers through the stories God has given me. And I will also miss out on the blessing of hearing from readers that God has used my stories, my words, to impact their hearts and lives with the message they received as they read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
(1) winner will receive a print copy of The Watcher and a $25 Amazon gift card!
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