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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hurt by Travis Thrasher

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
David C. Cook; New edition (January 1, 2013)
Travis Thrasher

After college, he targeted working in the publishing industry and was fortunate to find a job early after graduation. He worked as Author Relations Manager for Tyndale House Publishers, the publisher of his first two novels.
The thirteen years he spent working in author relations taught him the business of publishing as well as the psyche of writers.
Early on, he made a deliberate choice of not wanting to be boxed in by a brand or a genre. Instead, Travis has chosen time and time again to write the stories that mean something to him at that moment. He views his first ten years of being published as training and practice. Those novels in many ways were written for himself.
The four years of writing full time have taught him the discipline and determination necessary to make it as a novelist. They’ve also served to close the chapter on what is hopefully just one era in his writing journey.
The stories continue to fill his head like they did when he was in third grade. The only difference is that Travis now knows what to do with those stories. His goal continues to be to tell stories that move him as well as his readers. He wants to continue to experiment and take risks, but more than anything he wants to provide readers a satisfying experience.
The dream remains the same. To try and write something magnificent. To make up wild worlds full of wonderfully rich characters. To make sense of the world through the stories he tells. And to try and inspire hope with the words he writes.
Travis can be reached through the Contact link on his Website.

His Rebellion Will Soon Turn to Hope
When Chris Buckley first encountered the mysteries of creepy Solitary, North Carolina, he had little idea how far he would fall into the town’s shadows. After losing the love of his life, Chris tried to do things his way. He hunted answers. Then he gave up trying to find them.
But now Chris comes back to Solitary knowing there’s a purpose for his being there. As he watches his place in a twisted and evil bloodline become clear, Chris waits for the last battle—and wonders who will be left when he finally makes his stand. 
If you would like to read the first chapter of Hurt, go HERE.
My Thoughts:
Thanks to the generosity of David C. Cook, I had the privilege of reading the entire series of The Solitary Tales.  Hurt was the fourth in a series of four books following after Solitary, Gravestone, and Temptation.  I don't typically care to read books in the "young adult" genre, but I was intrigued by the synopsis for Hurt.  Thrash pleasantly surprised me!  The Solitary Tales have been quite a ride!  I would not recommend reading Hurt as a stand alone novel.  You could, but you will miss so much vital to the story of this young man who finds himself in a very real spiritual battle with the ugliest darkness.  The story is told completely from the view point of the main character...a seventeen year old boy.  At times, I thought I didn't like the books, but then a twist or turn would take place and well...I just had to keep reading.  While the books are a little lengthy, I'm glad I read them.
Happy Reading,