Indie Spotlight: Travis Thrasher’s Solitary Series

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Today’s spotlight features Travis Thrasher and his Solitary series.  Solitary is a four book young adult series set in a tiny town in North Carolina and follows teenager Chris Buckley as he maneuvers life in a small town that isn’t quite what it seems.  This series is one of my very favorites and is something I’m VERY excited to share with you!

About the Books

Solitary

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When Chris Buckley moves to Solitary, North Carolina, he faces the reality of his parents’ divorce, a school full of nameless faces—and Jocelyn Evans. Jocelyn is beautiful and mysterious enough to leave Chris speechless. But the more Jocelyn resists him, the more the two are drawn together.

Chris soon learns that Jocelyn has secrets as deep as the town itself. Secrets more terrifying than the bullies he faces in the locker room or his mother’s unexplained nightmares. He slowly begins to understand the horrific answers. The question is whether he can save Jocelyn in time.

This first book in the Solitary Tales series will take you from the cold halls of high school to the dark rooms of an abandoned cabin—and remind you what it means to believe in what you cannot see. Learn more…

Gravestone

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His Fear Will Soon Turn to Anger….

At first, Chris Buckley was simply warned. And watched. But as Chris unravels the haunting riddles of the town of Solitary, he finds that much more than the life of a town is at stake.

Whether facing a pastor with a house full of skeletons or a cousin he never knew existed, Chris is forced to choose between light and darkness, life and nightmarish death. Every choice he makes reminds him that the unthinkable has already happened—and if he trusts the wrong person, it may happen again.

This second book in the Solitary Tales continues Chris’s journey toward finding out who he is and what his own role is in the darkness suffocating his tiny new hometown. Filled with shocking twists, GRAVESTONE is a tale of a teenager thrown into a battle over a town, a secret—and ultimately his own soul. Learn more…

Temptation

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The third book in the Solitary Tales series for young adults.

TEMPTATION follows the soul-wrenching twists of Chris Buckley’s journey as he heads deeper into a darkness that threatens all he loves best.

As a reluctant student at Harrington High’s summer school, Chris meets a fun-loving senior girl who offers a welcome diversion from Chris’s past. Soon Chris no longer searches for the truth about the town of Solitary. He no longer tries to pierce its shadows. He no longer questions his role in its mysteries. He makes a new choice: he runs. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s running the wrong way—and is very close to being beyond any choices at all.  Learn More…

Hurt

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The fourth and final book in the ground-breaking Solitary Tales.

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.

The fourth and final book in the Solitary Tales shines light into deep darkness as Chris’s journey to Solitary comes to a dramatic close. Learn more…

About the Author

travisthrasherFrom TravisThrasher.com:

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.

The steps seemed simple looking back. In ninth grade, after having moved all over the world to places like Germany and Australia, Travis wrote and finished a novel called THE ADVENTURER. 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.

Sounds simple, right?

But behind those first few steps were many, many words and hours. Not wasted words and hours but rather plenty of practice time.

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 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 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.

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Top Ten Tuesday (7)

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It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Oh this is going to be an easy one.  Or hard.  Well, easy because I have SO many authors I can name, and hard because I can only name ten!  Eek, okay – let’s do this!

So, without further ado…

Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Indie Authors

1. Susan Kaye Quinn

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What would you do if the whole world read minds… Except you?  This is how Susan’s first book in the Mindjacker series starts out.  This is one of my favorite book series.  The writing is excellent, the story is incredible, and it is a science fiction series with a kick ass female protagonist.  Oh and the first book is FREE.

2. Travis Thrasher

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Ahh THIS GUY!  I got Solitary free on Amazon when I first started reading e-books and forgot about it.  Then one day, I picked it up and ended up reading the first two books straight through that weekend.  From that day, I was one of those fans who waited (im)patiently to find out what would happen to Chris Buckley.  Thrasher created this world of monsters under the bed and things that go bump in the night that seem so real, you’ll end up reading the books with the light on. Thrasher writes all kinds of amazing books, but this series in my favorite.

3. Kaitlin Bevis

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Ahh, well you readers who have been here awhile know about my obsession with Persephone & Hades.  And Kaitlin has one awesome modern day retelling.  She also blogs about mythology, which personally I love reading.  This series is a combination of ancient myths and modern day romance.  And she plans to write more stories based in myth, which I am quite excited about!

Those You *May* Have Heard of

4. Jennifer Shaw Wolf

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I borrowed this book (Breaking Beautiful) on a whim from the library and it ended up being something I truly loved.  Her next book is coming out this year, and I can.not.wait.

5. Colleen Hoover

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You’ve heard of Colleen Hoover right?  Well, if you haven’t you live under a rock.  But I think she will keep getting bigger and I’m just so excited to be in on the secret.

6. Jodi Meadows

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This series has my FAVORITE covers.  And Incarnate had me sobbing in the first few chapters.  But seriously, this story is magical and one of the best of 2013.  I’m beyond excited for book three and hope that Jodi continues to blow up as an author!

8. Myra McEntire

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I.love.this.series.  I heard about Hourglass in my Twilight fan days.  Book three comes out soon and the rights have been sold for a movie.  Crossing my fingers, we’ll get to see Hourglass on the big screen, which will definitely be awesome!  But Myra is a great author, this series is spectacular and this is one author I want to see get more recognition.

7. Beth Revis

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Ahh another science fiction series.  And this series is a great introduction into sci fi.  The books have a lot of shocking twists and turns and Elder and Amy are such amazing characters.  Although the book series is over, I know whatever Beth comes up with next will be awesome.  If you don’t know her yet, you definitely should!

Just Arrived on the Scene

9. Ripley Patton

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I JUST learned about Ghost Hand and I’m still raving about it.  Ripley (which coolest name, huh?) has a great story, great writing, and an awesome book world that is unlike anything I’ve read before.  The best part is both books (Ghost Hand and Ghost Hold) were funded by Kickstarter.  Both books broke their goals, which helped fund the editing and cover fees.  Trust me on this one – you will love this book!  This is one author I can’t wait to see gain a bigger following than she already has!

10. J.A. Johannson

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I found this creeptastic cover on Netgalley when I first joined.  I kind of got spoiled because of how amazing the book is.  J.R. is awesome and I know this book series is going to be on a lot of people’s radars.  It just came out in June, so go buy your copy now!

 
So, that’s it.  What about you?  Who are some of your favorites?

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Top Ten Tuesday (4)

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It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top Ten Books of 2013

I’ve gotta say it was hard to narrow down my favorite 10 books of this year (since I’ve already read 135, I had a large pool to choose from).  However, I was (almost) able to do it with a couple of runner ups.

So, without further ado…

My Top Ten Books of 2013

1. IncarnateAsunder by Jodi Meadows

This series BLEW ME AWAY!  I had never read anything like this before and it opened the door to more fantasy/reincarnation books in my repertoire.

2. Clockwork Princess (The infernal Devices) by Cassandra Clare

This entire series made me swoon, but I was really impressed with this last title. ❤

3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Assassin Cinderella for the win!  I’m so excited about Crown of Midnight, I sometimes dream about it.

4. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
    

I have to admit, the writing in the first book started off shakey, but the series got great as it went along.  And the story was AMAZING!

5. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Amazing conclusion to a fabulous sci-fi series.  This is the series to give to people who ‘don’t like’ sci-fi.  They won’t be able to say that afterwards!

6. The Girl of Fire and Thorns The Crown of Embers by Rae Carlson
 

Ahh, another fantasy/girl kicks butt book series.  The world building was incredible, and the main character was flawed — Rae Carlson  is awesome at her job!

7. Free Souls by Susan Kaye Quinn

If you haven’t read this amazing series by Susan Kaye Quinn, go buy now!  The best part is book 1 is FREE!

8. With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent

This was one of the most gut-wrenching books I’ve read in a long time. Seriously cried for days after I finished.  Incredible. ❤

9. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

X-men meets Hunger Games.

10. Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Even though I was disappointed in the end (I wanted more finality!), this is an incredible series!  This book left me in a daze for a few days.

And because I don’t follow rules well, here are a few others that deserve attention!

The runners up:

There by Denise Grover Swank

This two-part series was awesome!  Here/There is recommended for fans of Hunger Games, Enclave, and anyone who likes parallel universes.

Hurt by Travis Thrasher

This little indie series was creeptastic fun.  Just be sure to keep your lights on if you read it in the dark!

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Maybe light-hearted, but this book just really made me heart warm and fuzzy.  Comic Books, LARPing, and learning that your true self is more important than popularity.

So, what books are on YOUR list?