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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Home Run

The dream began in third grade, when Ms. Miller encouraged Travis Thrasher with his simple pirate story. That combined with daily readings during lunchtime of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis inspired Travis to want to become a novelist.
That dream and desire have never gone away.
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. 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 fulltime 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 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. To learn more about what Travis's philosophy of writing novels go HERE and read his blog post which will give you a little more insight into what is behind his excellent writing.
(Bio taken in part from the author's website which can be found at
You can also connect with Travis via  Facebook and Twitter.

Travis's latest book Home Run:  Freedom Is Possible (published by David C. Cook) is a novelization based on the movie Home Run starring Vivica A. Fox and Scott Elrod.

Book Synopsis:
It's never too late...
Baseball star Cory Brand knows how to win.  But off the field, he's spiraling out of control.  Haunted by old wounds and regrets, his future seems as hopeless as his past.  Until one moment - one mistake - changes everything.  To save his career, Cory must go back to the town where it all began.  His plan is simple:  coach the local Little League team, complete a recovery program, and get out as fast as possible.  Instead, he runs headfirst into memories he can't escape...and the love he left behind. Faced with a second chance he never expected, Cory embarks on a journey of faith, transformation, and redemption.  And along the way, he discovers a powerful truth:  no one is beyond the healing of God.  Home Run is an inspirational story of the hope God offers each of us.

My Thoughts:
Travis Thrasher's writing is different and a very, very, good way!  I first encountered his gift when I read his Solitary TalesHe drew me into a genre that I had previously not enjoyed, but he made me enjoy that series very much.  Thrasher has a unique gift in his writing of helping you crawl into the mind of his characters.  He accomplishes this with Cory Brand in Home Run.  And again Thrasher has caused me to rethink my desire to read novelizations of movies.  Typically, for me, novelizations read as stilted "re-writes" of movie scripts.  You know where you feel as if you are just moving from scene to scene?  Due to the depth of Thrashers ability to draw the reader into his characters, the story in Home Run reads fluently.  I really enjoyed how in between the chapters, Thrasher fills you in on Cory's back story in short "snap shots"of information from the past.  Thrasher has done an amazing job of giving his readers a vivid picture of the fall of man and an even greater picture of the transformation and grace available through Jesus Christ.  I have a feeling that from this point on that if Travis Thrasher's name is on the cover of a book...I'll be reading it!

*THANK YOU David C. Cook for providing the complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network's Reader's Only group for the purpose of this review!  And THANK YOU Fred St. Laurent for hosting the chat with author Travis Thrasher!  If you like to read and think it would be fun to connect with other avid readers and authors, then you will want to check out!

*To learn more about the recovery program highlighted in Home Run, you can visit the official website for Celebrate Recovery by going HERE.