Friday, June 12, 2015

Blitz! Hope In Every Raindrop by Wesley Banks

 
 
Book & Author Details:

Hope In Every Raindrop by Wesley Banks
Publication date: May 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis:
“Small towns have big stories.” That was a lesson Katie’s father taught her years ago. A lesson she’s taken to heart. And right now, Katie is desperate for a big story. Reeling from the recent loss of her father and with her agent breathing down her neck for the next book, the twenty-one-year-old writer picks a spot on the map and finds herself bound for a middle-of-nowhere town called Bishopville, South Carolina.
Taking a chance on the words of a local grocer, Katie stumbles upon a rare breed of dogs raised by the town doctor and his nephew Kyle. The only problem? Kyle isn’t interested in telling stories—especially not to a big-city girl who can’t seem to sit still. In an attempt to win him over as the clock winds down, Katie finds herself immersed in Kyle’s world, doing everything but writing.
When inspiration finally strikes, Katie is faced with an unforeseen catastrophe and a truth she can no longer ignore. While she has come to love the dogs, the real story may be about Kyle Walker.

Excerpt: 
 King Running
Without warning, white lightning ripped through the rain and echoed over the land. King turned towards the downslope with blurring speed, as if nature had fired the starting gun. He crossed the field in a matter of seconds as he raced towards them.
The dark sky let out a loud rumble and another flash of yellow blazed from the clouds.
Kyle raised his hand to his forehead as if to shield his eyes as King continued across the vast landscape. The sky opened up around them and rain poured down.
Katie brushed the cold water from her arms, barely registering the fact that she was getting wet. She couldn't take her eyes off King. Every movement he made seemed to have a specific purpose. It was similar to being in the sled, but this time he ran free.
He turned slightly to the left just before he approached a small divot, and then back right to avoid a thick patch of grass. He moved at a furious pace, unlike anything Katie had ever seen before. 
As he passed, Kyle stood and walked to the edge of the tree line, his eyes still following King.
Katie followed, both of them just watching. 
Katie didn't understand why the mere image of a dog running seemed to overwhelm her. She had seen lots of dogs run. But there was something different about this; something deeper. As a writer she hated clich├ęs, but this time it was true.


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AUTHOR BIO:
Wesley Banks was born in 1983 and grew up on the west coast of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Civil Engineering. After spending over 7 years building movable bridges from Florida to Washington he decided to focus on his true passion: writing.

Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he's love so much. He lives with his wife Lindsey, and his two dogs Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as they can fit in.

As you begin to read Hope In Every Raindrop, you will quickly discover Kyle Walker’s love for dogs, particularly his Carolina Grays (fictional breed).
Living in the small town of Bishopville, South Carolina Kyle Walker isn’t much of a movie guy. Fortunately I am. I love movies, but especially dog movies.

My Top 10 Favorite Dog Movies

These are listed in the order that I can remember watching them, though if I’m being completely honest #5 is my favorite (the ending is just wow).
  1. White Fang
  2. Homeward Bound
  3. Call of the Wild
  4. Turner and Hooch
  5. Iron Will
  6. Stone Fox
  7. Where the Red Fern Grows
  8. Marley & Me
  9. I Am Legend
  10. Hachi
I know I left some classics like Lassie, Benji, and Old Yeller off the list, but these are my favorites.
Last, but not least, I recently saw the trailer for Max and am guessing that will be on the list soon.
What’s your favorite dog movie (or book)?

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