Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Guest post from author Sara DuBose on her newly released novel 'Uncharted Waters'

Our latest Rose & Crown novel, Uncharted Waters may feature an endearing and uplifting romance but it also deals with the issues of stalking and domestic violence. This is a fascinating combination that makes for suspenseful reading and Sara DuBose is on the blog as a guest today to explain what inspired her to write a novel based around these themes. 

Welcome, Sara!

Where do fears come from? Beth wants to know. Do they arise from the present moment or do they lurk somewhere inside a convoluted corridor of the mind? 

My protagonist, Beth Davidson, wants love and affection but not the kind offered by her intruder or at the price she may need to pay. For sixteen years her life has remained on hold and now a predator is at her heels. Is the abundant life simply surviving another day? When Lt. Wilson, the officer in charge of stalking and domestic violence, interviewed Beth he spoke of power and control. Now those words sometimes roll around in Beth’s head like dice in the hands of a gambler. On other days, it feels like the gambler’s fingers are closing in for the kill.     

Since losing her mother at age twelve, and experiencing a fractured relationship with her dad, twenty-two year old Beth is finally living on her own and experiencing a life of restrained optimism. Optimism, that is, until the sudden appearance of this invader. Then, day by day, as his advancements continue, Beth’s young faith will be tested almost beyond endurance. The emotional atmosphere becomes one of panic on a leash. What does this stalker want, and how far will he go to get it? Beth doesn't know but she is about to find out.

Now for the big question:

Would you tell us something about what inspired you to write Uncharted Waters?

Yes. My first four novels are inspirational stories set in the 1950’s, but this time I wanted to try my hand with a contemporary romantic suspense.

Thoughts began to spin in my head when a newspaper article stated: “60% of all 911 calls are related to domestic violence and stalking.” I was alarmed, yet allured, with this statistic and so began a year-long quest to discover how a young Christian woman might react when being pursued by a stalker.

Ideas began to collect in my subconscious. One day, as I left my house for a walk, I decided to hide a key in a plant by the door. Immediately, I thought, what if my heroine made this decision, and someone was watching? What if he used the key to explore her apartment or frighten her in some way?  

Although I had no connection with law enforcement, I suddenly felt compelled to explore this intrepid world, and discover how police officers in the Division of Domestic Violence were meeting the challenge. I began by attending classes with our Montgomery Police Academy and soon met the Commander of the Domestic Violence Division. Then, as several months passed, Lt. Steve Searcy became the source of invaluable information and inspiration.

As time passed, I had an opportunity to observe officers on the firing range and to participate in a ride-along. And, one day when driving home, someone fired a shot at me. Frankly, this was probably nothing more than a random shot by a wayward teenager, but it did give me more fuel for the story.

I could tell you more about how I selected the title, but perhaps we could save this for another blog. At any rate, I hope you will enjoy the story, consider what you might do if confronted with danger, and maybe rediscover how the believer is never alone when navigating Uncharted Waters.

Thanks, Sara, for sharing your creative process! It's really interesting to see how certain incidents can spark thought processes that end up with a novel.

To find out more about Sara, you may visit her website at: You can also connect with her via her Facebook and Twitter profiles.

How to buy your own copy of Uncharted Waters:

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Our new Rose & Crown novel, 'Uncharted Waters' by Sara Dubose is now available

It was a very busy September here at the Sunpenny office and we are very excited to announce the availability to order our latest Rose & Crown inspirational novel:

'Uncharted Waters'
by Sara DuBose

We don't know about you, but this week we've been really feeling the cold as the chilly and dark Autumn nights start to creep up on us and we can't wait to curl up in bed with this thought provoking and heart warming romantic suspense!

Does that tickle your fancy? Find out more about Uncharted Waters:

When Beth Davidson spies an unfamiliar black Honda lurking outside her apartment, and hours later a stranger leaves a suggestive message on her answering machine, her worries are just beginning. Her fear grows as mysterious gifts appear on her doorstep, and photos are stolen from her apartment. It’s not too long before Beth turns to the police for help – in particular, the rather attractive Donnie Crawford. As the Domestic Violence Unit investigate her case, gradually closing in on the man who is terrorizing her life, Beth soon develops a relationship with the protective and supportive Donnie.

Beth, up close with the workings of the Department, throws herself heart and soul into her application to join them, putting herself through the difficult uphill battle of the gruelling Police Academy. Motivated by her experiences and her faith, Beth manages to achieve the unachievable – maintaining grades in the Academy, a decent relationship, and friends to boot. When Donnie proposes, Beth’s dreams seem to be coming true … until she comes face to face with her stalker in the park. When it’s his wits against her own, will she have the strength to assert herself to bring his reign of terror to an end?

The inspiration behind Uncharted Waters:

Did you know that over 60% of all 911 calls in the USA relate to stalking and domestic violence?  The author, Sara DuBose, does, through her work at the Family Justice Centre, Alabama.

A firm believer in the beautiful side of Romance God’s way, Sara's purpose in this fictional novel about a victim of stalking, is to remind readers of God’s provision through any storm we encounter.

Don’t expect a novel which is doom and gloom though. It is a Christian perspective of domestic violence and as such it is written with the purpose of making individuals think about how they and their community can reach out to educate and empower anyone caught in a dangerous situation.

How to get hold of a copy of Uncharted Waters:

Amazon UK (£7.99 print) ~ Amazon US 

Click on the link above to go to the author's interactive website where you can find out more information about her, her other novels, read her blog, and more! You can also connect with her Facebook page and Twitter account to stay up to date with all the latest news about Uncharted Waters.

Look out for a guest post from Sara Du Bose on her inspiration for the novel soon!