Every Breath You Take – Travis Thrasher

Every Breath You Take Travis Thrasher
Every Breath You Take by Travis Thrasher
Published by Lucas Lane Publishers on December 1, 2009
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Romance, Speculative
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These are questions we all have . . .
What do I want to do with my life?
Who should I spend that life with?
How can I tell those I love goodbye before they're gone?
For three people one momentous summer, these questions will be answered.

Kayla Rowe is a twenty-six year old whose mother left her shortly after she was born and whose father passed away when she two and a half years old. On her birthday, two momentous things happen to her: Kayla quits her job in order to search for something with more meaning, and she accepts a proposal of marriage from her boyfriend, Ryan.

Billy Harris is Kayla's ex, a misfit of a young man who dreams of becoming the next great rock star. But even more than that, he dreams of being with Kayla, and has spent the last couple of years waiting in vain for her.

Thomas Rowe is Kayla's father who had musical aspirations himself until Kayla came along and changed his life in a magnificent way. After she was born, one dream he held dear was to dance with her on her wedding day.
This is a wish that will be fulfilled.

Thomas is given a chance to come back to earth from Heaven to get to know his daughter and dance with her at her wedding. The only hitch is that she's engaged to the wrong guy. She's really meant to be with Billy. And one other small hitch . . . Thomas can't reveal to Kayla that he's her father. A story about love, faith, and dreams, EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE is a little love story with a special supernatural twist.

The father holds his daughter daintily in his strong arms. Love swells in his heart and he thinks he is going to cry just by looking at her adorable face. He sings to her softly, trying to put his love into words for her. He thinks he’ll always be there. But he can’t be.

In a powerful and gripping love story with a supernatural twist, Travis Thrasher takes an overdone, hackneyed, and sappy theme and turns it into a vibrant demonstration of the nature of love. Let’s be honest. “Love” stories are everywhere. Whether it be harlequin or Amish, a soap opera or a chick flick, the basic premise of this novel is way, way, way overdone. In short: a girl must decide between two guys.

Despite the thousands of variations this theme has received, Thrasher puts himself a notch or two (or three) above your run-of-the-mill love story not only through his memorable characters or supernatural twist, but through his honest and raw depiction of true love.

Kayla was only two years old when her father died. Now she’s 26 and engaged to a wonderful man named Ryan. But while out with Ryan, she runs into Billy – a man she shares a lot of history with, and a man she seems destined to keep running into. Such a fate may be certain, because the heavens themselves have decided to join in to help Kayla decide who she loves. Her father Thomas is sent back to earth with the mission to help Kayla see the situation more clearly, under the orders that she cannot know who he is.

Every Breath You Take is not just a love story between a girl and a boy – though certainly it is. It’s more the story of a father’s love for his daughter, who gets a second chance to be a part of her life, if only for a while. And the ending…well, it makes the book. It completes Thrasher’s theme of finding true love and takes the novel to a whole other level. It breaks the mold that love stories are often forced into and makes for an astounding read.

There are only 2,676 copies of Every Breath You Take in existence. I know not how many remain to be sold. I strongly suggest you pick up a copy before you miss out on this unique and soul-filled story entirely.

Mini Q&A with Travis

Josh: This book had a unique journey to publication in that you self-published it. Tell us about this process.

Travis: I went into a lot of detail on my blog about this, so for those who are interested they can read the full story there. Basically I spent a year writing and rewriting this, then found out the market couldn’t make sense of publishing this type of story while I was also publishing supernatural stuff. We sent it to editors and got some interest but not enough. After thinking of how much work went into it along with getting input from some readers, I decided to publish it myself.

I didn’t do a vanity press or a print run of a hundred copies. I printed 2,676 copies the traditional way. I learned a lot and am not sure I would do something like this again. I’m a writer, not a publisher. But the final product is one I’m proud of, from the story to the printed book.

Josh: Since it was self-published can it be bought on Amazon? Where can your fans pick this one up?

Travis: They can purchase it through my website and pay with PayPal. Or they can send me a check for the amount to my PO box and I’ll send them the book. (Update: You can purchase a Kindle version HERE.)

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About Travis Thrasher

Travis Thrasher

Bestselling author Travis Thrasher has written over 50 books, spanning genres in fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, athletes, celebrities and pastors.

With the childhood goal of pursuing a writing career starting in third grade, Thrasher worked for 13 years at Tyndale House Publishers after graduating college. His experience working with as Author Relations Manager allowed him to understand the writing life as well as training him to work with a variety of personalities. This experience has proven to be invaluable with varied writing projects in the decade he’s been a full-time writer.

His novels are as diverse as the people he’s worked with, ranging from love stories to supernatural thrillers. Publishers Weekly said “Sara and Ethan are two of the most real and sensitive lovers to grace the genre” when reviewing his first novel, The Promise Remains. They also stated “Thrasher demonstrates a considerable talent for the horror genre” in a review for Isolation years later. His readers have enjoyed the unpredictability of his novels, whether it’s due to a unique style such as second person or a twist they never saw coming.

Thrasher’s storytelling ability has also allowed him to work with others on their books, from musicians like country musician Scotty McCreery and Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain to the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty. He has also penned novels based on songs such as Paper Angels with Jimmy Wayne and novelizations for films including Do You Believe? and God’s Not Dead 2. Upcoming projects continue to expand his talents, with projects including The Black Auxiliary about the lives of the 17 American black athletes who competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, and Baby Don’t Hurt Me about comedian Chris Kattan’s life and time on Saturday Night Live.

Travis lives with his wife and three young daughters in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.

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