#RRBC Spotlight Author Blog Tour with Sara F. Hathaway

I am very pleased to welcome Sara F. Hathaway Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author for this week. You can visit her schedule here.

Day After Disaster: A Letter Home

To whomever finds this letter,

I sit here writing you now, hoping that this letter will be useless. Hopefully I have found my family still alive in this wreck of a world I must now navigate with only my horsey companions, Artaz and Kit. They were gifts given to me by angels. Good people who still exist and cling to a reality we all inhabited just months ago.

When the Great Quake hit I was at work. Just another day and another dollar. Nothing unusual to heading down into an old bunker that existed beneath the restaurant I worked at. Its constant cool temperature made it a perfect place to store the wine that the restaurant boasted from the local wineries. It was my blessing and my curse. The Great Quake trapped me there under the sludge of Sacramento that I could have never imagined existed on top of me. But, that was what the quake created, chaos.

It took me time and desperation but I escaped on a raft that I constructed from leftover materials in the shelter. The outside world I found was shocking. The water that destroyed the city in an instant burned my skin with its chemical makeup. I devised a suit to protect me and tried to paddle home. The horrors that awaited me in the sludge still haunt my dreams. Faces of the bloated dead staring back at me with their cold eyes. Their flesh peeling back from the bone, rotted away by the toxins.

My belief that my best friend (my husband), and my precious son are still out there waiting for me to come home drove me to continue on. Then the unimaginable happened. The water, heated by an unknown source, started to melt my makeshift raft. I was so close. I lost all reason and jumped, thinking I could swim the rest of the way with the protection from my suit. I was wrong.

I woke up to the presence of the most wonderful couple and an unimaginable pain. The people that found me reminded me of my grandparents, God rest their souls. They nursed me and fed me. They cared for me for no reason but to do the right thing. Hard to imagine such selflessness would even exist in this world. When the burns had turned to scabs, I had to leave. I know my family is out there but I don’t know how long they will wait for me. It’s been months now since I left. The Fourth of July has come and gone.

As I sit here, feeling the warm breath of the horses on my face, I have to wonder if I will ever make it. It seems that many people inhabiting this new reality have lost their minds and all sense of hope. They have turned from civilized people to hungry, desperate murderers. But, I have strength and I will do whatever it takes to get home. If you find this letter and you ever encounter Vince and Dexter Moore, please tell them that I tried. I gave it everything I had to make it home and I hope I did.




Erika Moore

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Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the book, Day After Disaster. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor’s degree in business management, she returned to her passion for a rural existence. She has extensively researched and practiced survival techniques and utilized forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first novel and helping other authors skyrocket their careers to the next level. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com

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Book Description:

Day After Disaster is an apocalyptic, adventure novel, featuring a dynamic young woman, mother and wife, Erika, who is thrust into a world turned upside down by a series of natural disasters. Finding herself alone in a city mutilated by this disastrous situation, she must save herself. Once free of the city confines, she desperately tries to navigate through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to get back home to her family. Not knowing if they are alive or dead she must call on all of her survival instincts to plot a course through this broken environment.


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    1. Thanks for the reblog.

      1. You’re welcome.

    2. sarafhathaway · ·

      Thanks for sharing!

      1. You’re welcome. 🙂

  1. Reblogged this on Shirley McLain and commented:

    #RRBC Spotlight Author Blog Tour with Sara F. Hathaway
    by Charles Yallowitz

    1. Thanks, Shirley.

    2. sarafhathaway · ·

      Thanks for sharing Shirley!

  2. Very teasing excerpt! I will eventually read your story. Happy touring. Thank you John for hosting her.

    1. Thanks Joy for the visit.

  3. Lovely post, John. So nice to meet Sara. Hugs! 🙂

    1. Thanks for the visit Teagan.

  4. I adore the use of of letters and journals in story-telling – from Jane Austen’s genteel characters to Bridget Jones, it always adds such a personal dimension to the storyline. This is all boosting Day After Disaster to the top of my TBR list! 🙂

    Thanks for having us over John!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jan

  5. Bill Ward · ·

    Loved the teasing trailer above, it really makes me want to buy the book!

    1. Thanks for the visit

  6. Wow, incredible excerpt, Sara. I look forward to checking out your book! Congrats on your Spotlight honor this week. You are in great hands on John’s blog:) Thanks for hosting her, John!

    1. Thanks for the visit Traci

  7. Such a tantalizing excerpt from the book. Toxic waste burning the flesh away is quite vivid. Hope you are enjoying your spotlight.

    1. Thanks Rebecca​ for the visit.

  8. I enjoyed this chilling excerpt, Sara. I’m sure this book is a great read! Thanks for hosting, John!

    1. Thanks for stopping John.

  9. sarafhathaway · ·

    Hi John, Thanks so much for hosting me! I’m am glad everyone is enjoying the tease! I really liked writing this because it gave me an opportunity to write in first hand. Very cool way to take a step back from your book and really enter the mind of the character. Thanks again John!

    1. You are so welcome and it was a very effective way to present a character

  10. Hi John and Sara. Thanks for this great post. Sara, enjoy your Spotlight!

    1. Thank you Kathy

  11. Another excellent post, Sara! You’re keeping this tour interesting at each stop!

    Great support, John! Thanks for hosting!

    1. Thanks for the visit Beem

  12. harmonykentonline · ·

    This is another great post, Sarah. I’m enjoying following you around 🙂 Congrats again on your Spotlight week! 🙂

    John, thanks so much for hosting Sarah today 🙂

    1. Thanks for the visit Harmony.

  13. Great excerpt, Sara! John, thanks for hosting!

    1. Thank you for stopping by

  14. Shirley Harris-Slaughter · ·

    A Letter From Home made it all seem so real, so frightening! It really makes you think, something I would prefer not to do. Sara if you are trying to hammer this home, then you are doing a good job. lol

    John your support for Sara’s tour is appreciated.

    1. Thanks for visiting Shirley. 🙂

  15. Excellent post.

    1. Thanks for visiting

  16. Reblogged this on Archer's Aim and commented:
    This is the Tuesday stop for Sara Hathaway on this week’s Spotlight Blog Tour – thanks for hosting, John Howell!

    1. Thanks for the reblog

  17. The excerpt gave me chills, Sara. I purchased “Day After Disaster” earlier today. I’m adding it to my ever growing “to read” list. Thanks for hosting, John.

    1. Thanks for the visit Kim.

  18. Reblogged this on Kim's Author Support Page and commented:
    Chilling excerpt!

    1. Thank​ you for the reblog Kim

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