Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Vigilant, the first book of The Night Guardians series by Sara Davison, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Series: The Night Guardians, Book 1
Author: Sara Davison
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date: June 1, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
She must choose between the man who represents the law and the one who may have taken it into his own hands.
Neglected by her parents for most of her life, Nicole Hunter keeps everyone, especially men, at arms’ length. So when Attorney Gage Kelly walks into the diner where she is waiting tables one evening, she fights her attraction to him with everything she has.
Gage and his brother Holden grew up in an abusive home, and Gage has baggage of his own. But the connection between him and Nicole is too strong to ignore, and Gage manages to convince them both that their relationship is worth the risk.
Then children begin disappearing in the night.
When Detective Daniel Grey starts to close in on the child snatcher, and enlists Nicole’s help, she faces her deepest fear. Everything and everyone she has clung to so tightly could be ripped from her, leaving her completely alone.
Except for one.
Hello Sara! Thank you so much for joining me on the blog.
What inspired you to write Vigilant?
The first paragraph of the letter to my readers in the back of the book says, “I wish I could tell you how this story came to be. I have fellow author friends who see fodder for their characters and their books in everything that happens around them. I don’t look at the world that way. My stories are birthed somewhere deep inside me. Or, to be more accurate, they are planted deep inside me by someone outside of and much greater than me. This story, like all others I have written, came to me as a gift.” I’m sure that on a subconscious level stories on the news about children abused or neglected did help plant that seed, as my heart breaks when I hear stories like that, but I can rarely put my finger on any one thing that inspired me to write a certain story.
What are some of the themes that can be found in the book?
The main theme of all my books is that we are never alone. Abandoned as a child, Nicole, the main character in Vigilant, tries to protect herself by either refusing to let anyone get close or, if they do, holding on to them tightly for fear of losing them. Near the end of the book, she has a revelation: “Nicole blinked at the force of it, at the belated understanding that God was the only one who could promise to never leave her. Trying to force another human being to make a vow that only God could make was like trying to hold a ray of sunshine in her fingers. Without realizing it, she’d been chasing after sunbeams for most of her life. It was time to stop, to lift her face to the brightness and warmth and revel in them, instead of living in dread of the moment they would give way to the darkness that might someday follow.”
A secondary theme in the book is that of civil disobedience. At its core, Vigilant asks two questions: As a believer, how far would you go to obey the command in God’s Word to defend and protect the vulnerable, or those with no voice in society? And, if all legal channels have been exhausted, and the vulnerable are in need or in danger, at what point does civil disobedience become an option?
It is those questions, along with the hope and assurance that God is always with us, that I pray readers will come away from my books thinking about and discussing with others.
Imagine your book was to be turned into a movie. If you could choose, who would you pick to play the roles of the main characters?
I’m always hesitant to suggest celebrities who might look the way I picture my characters since I don’t want to influence how my readers imagine them as they read, but it’s so fun to think of one of my books being turned into a movie I just have to answer this one. If I had to choose, I’d say Sienna Miller for Nicole, Adrian Grenier for Gage, and Brant Daugherty for Daniel.
Who are the authors who have inspired you the most?
Madeleine L’Engle, for sure, for her faith, her talent and imagination, and her refusal to take no for an answer when trying to get A Wrinkle in Time published, Janette Oke for being one of the first Canadian and Christian fiction authors to really have an impact in the publishing world, Angela Hunt for taking risks with her books and always producing something different and creative, rather than following a formula. So many others have influenced me as well, too many to name.
Which of your characters would you spend the entire day with? What would you do?
I’d like to spend the day with 6-year-old Jordan. He is young and smart and fun and wise beyond his years. I would take him to Disney World, my favourite place on earth, and we’d have a blast.
Do you have a favorite snack?
For junk food, Smartfood, and chocolate. Otherwise fresh-baked bread and aged cheddar, or pita bread and hummus.
What advice would you offer to for an aspiring writer?
I am also an editor and specialize in editing and mentoring aspiring writers, and I always offer them two pieces of advice. The first is to be teachable. No one has a clue what they don’t know when they are starting out. After more than a decade of writing seriously, having five books published and three more coming out shortly, and winning or being a finalist for eight national awards, I find I am still learning (and hope I always will be). To survive in this business, certainly, to be successful, a writer must be open to constructive criticism and always striving to become better at the craft. Secondly, if they believe in their story, they should never, ever give up on it. Perseverance is the other key to making it in a very difficult and challenging business.
What do you hope readers will take away from the book?
I have a common theme running through all of my stories, which is that, whatever we go through in life, no matter how horrific or tragic, we are never alone. God never promised us that we wouldn’t have troubles in life, but he did promise to never leave or forsake us. I pray my readers to have that truth deeply ingrained in them by the time they turn the last page of any of my books.
Do you have any current works in progress?
I just submitted book two of The Night Guardians Series, Guarded, to my publisher. Book three is about half written, so I will be working on that over the summer. I am also thrilled to be part of an amazing group of authors who will be putting out The Mosaic Collection, a series of Christian contemporary novels that will come out one every month beginning August 2019. My contribution to the series, the romantic suspense novel Lost Down Deep, will come out February 2020, so lots on the go at the moment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense novel, The Watcher, the romantic suspense series, The Seven Trilogy, and the suspense novel, Vigilant, book one of The Night Guardians Series. She has been a finalist for eight national writing awards, including the Word Award for Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards, and is a Word and Cascade Award winner. Sara has a degree in English Literature and currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to.
(1) winner will receive a copy of Vigilant and $25 Amazon Gift Card!
Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. The full tour schedule is shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 4, 2019, and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 17, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of the close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of the prize. Winner will win an ebook copy of the book.
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