Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for Guarded by Sara Davison, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Series: The Night Guardians, Book 2
Author: Sara Davison
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date: February 1, 2020
Genre: Suspense / Thriller
The tip the stranger left sent Nicole a painfully clear message. The past is no longer in the past.
Nicole is fighting to bury the memories. Someone else is fighting to keep them exposed.
Detective Daniel Grey is back in town, and diner owner Nicole Hunter isn’t sure how she feels about that. It’s been almost seven years, and now she doesn’t just have herself to think about but her six-year-old son as well. If she does find the courage to take a chance on love, her heart could be smashed into pieces. Again.
And it’s not only her heart that is in danger. Someone is working hard to disrupt her present with reminders of the past she has worked hard to forget, especially her darkest memory—of the night her husband was gunned down in the street in front of her. As much as she might want to push Daniel away, Nicole needs him closer now than ever before.
But the one she trusts to keep her and her son safe has a secret that may prove to be the biggest threat of all.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense series, The Seven Trilogy and The Night Guardians. She has been a finalist for eight national writing awards, including Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol Award, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a Word and Cascade Award winner. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to.
When did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I have two vivid memories, both from when I was nine years old. The first was going on a class trip in fourth grade and having my write-up on the trip published in the school newsletter. That was the first time I had seen my words in print, and I knew right away that was something I wanted to experience again. The second memory is of being in our public library and walking up and down the aisles, running my fingers over the spines of the books and thinking, all these people have written books. It can be done. I can do this. Those two events set me on the path to becoming a writer when I grew up.
When you are not writing, what other hats do you wear? What do you do for fun?
My most-worn hats are those of wife, mother, women’s ministry executive member, and editor. I have my own editing business and spend a lot of time working with and mentoring writers, especially new ones. All of the above is fun for me, but other pastimes include reading (of course), road trips, writing retreats at a cottage, walking, watching movies (especially old black and white ones), and just chilling at home with my family.
What is your favorite genre to read? What about that genre draws you?
I have always been drawn to the genre of romantic suspense, which is likely why I write in that genre, even though I don’t remember ever making that conscious choice. I’m a sucker for a love story, but I also want the edge-of-my-seat, pulse-pounding excitement of a good suspense line.
What is your favorite holiday? And why?
Easter is my favourite holiday. It is such a meaningful time for me as a believer, and I love that it has not become as over-commercialized as Christmas (although I also love the Christmas season). What I particularly love about Easter is the idea of the Church around the world coming together on Good Friday—experiencing all the solemnity and gravity the day demands—and then again on Easter Sunday to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and triumph over death and sin and all that means for us and our relationship with God.
In a library or a bookstore – what section do you head to first?
Usually fiction, most of the time Christian fiction, then I look for the suspense and romantic suspense section. So many authors are producing amazing romantic suspense these days that my TBR pile, like that of most avid readers, is seriously out of control.
Where did the inspiration for this story come from?
As Guarded is the second book in The Night Guardians Series, the inspiration came through the writing of book one, Vigilant. As I worked through that story, I developed a deep connection to Detective Daniel Grey, which led me to writing his story as a sequel to Gage Kelly’s story in book one.
Because I am a K-12 school librarian I have to ask – what is your favorite children’s book?
I have several, but if you will allow me, I’ll mention two that are probably my absolute favourites. They are Are you my Mother by P.D. Eastman, and Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss. I think it’s the devoted mother theme of both books that gets me every time.
Every year I organize a Young Authors Day for the kids at our school. What advice would you give to a child who wants to be a writer?
The biggest piece of advice that I always offer new writers is this: If you have a story to tell, and you believe in that story, never, ever give up on it until you get it into the right hands at the right time and it gets published and out into the world. It’s a tough business, but if you persevere until you reach your goals, it will be worth all the effort it took to get there.
Sara, I want to thank you for joining us today. I love getting to know authors, and I know my readers do as well.
(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Guarded and a $25 Amazon gift card!
Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight February 1, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on February 8, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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