I have to give full disclosure. My debut novel, Shadow Watcher, is full of f-bombs, sex and violence. The intent of my blog is to share my publication experiences with writers and readers in the hopes that they will either learn from my mistakes or share in my triumphs. Lesson number one: when asking a potential reviewer to read and review your book, disclose the above. It’ll save both parties a bunch of heartache and time.
Yesterday, a reviewer messaged me saying she wouldn’t post her review of my book because it was about demons. There were other personal details given that for obvious reasons I can’t disclose. Shadow Watcher has only been out less than a week and more reviews would have been nice, but I understood her dilemma.
I debated whether to blog about this experience. Yet, the more the thought churned in my head, the harder it was to let go. Yes, my book is about a Demon Hunter, Sophie Sinclair. She kills. We’ve been taught that it’s wrong to kill. However, she protects humans and kills evil beings. Seems fairly black and white, right? But wait. Her kinds, the Shadow Watchers, kill humans if they become aware of the Shadow Watchers’ existence. Soon the world — or Seattle, where the book takes place — becomes shades of gray. Who’s right? Who’s fair? Nothing is right or fair in Shadow Watcher. After all, the biggest villain in the book is Sophie’s half-brother, Cage Steele. He’s a very dangerous and bad-ass demon.
Shadow Watcher is riddled with f-bombs and other curse words. There are three very violent scenes. My heroine triumphs in two. The other scene she didn’t want to fight out of. I tried very hard to have her win the fight, but she wouldn’t stay true to herself or her father’s teachings. Sophie’s convictions are strong, and her actions portray who she is. Her convictions are so strong, she not only gets beat up for it, but she’s willing and ready to walk away from love to stick to her duty to protect the weak from the strong. Could you say the same if placed in her situation?
Demons are evil. They come from a place called Hell. They’re usually ugly, dangerous, and definitely sinful. Yet, it’s the evil in them that makes them enjoyable to read and write about. Take a sexy and dangerous demon brother bent on revenge and everything goes to Hell. But is the brother good or bad for trying to protect his sister? Again, shades of gray, and definitely not right or fair the extremes Cage Steele goes through to save his sister, Sophie Sinclair.
If you downloaded a copy of Shadow Watcher, please leave a review. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Believe me this is tame compared to the original.
It’s ironic that as I thought of writing this post, my seventh grader told me a funny story. He mentioned to his language arts teacher that his mom is published. The language arts teacher asked my son to bring the print copy (not available yet) in to the classroom to share. My son told him, “It’s not appropriate for kids.” And I have to say Shadow Watcher isn’t appropriate for the faint of heart either. I appreciate my reviewer for taking the time to read my book. But the next time I ask or accept to read and review a book, there will definitely be some disclosure involved.