Wednesday, May 27, 2015

{Blog Tour w/ #GIVEAWAY} Hope in Every Raindrop by Wesley Banks

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Hope In Every RaindropHope In Every Raindrop
by Wesley Banks
NA Contemporary
ebook, 202 pages
May 26th 2015

“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.

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The Inspiration for Hope in Every Raindrop

It was early spring of 2007. I was on track to graduate from the University of Florida in a couple months, and already had a job lined up in Tampa. Yet, I found myself looking through a giant green book called, "The Dog Bible."
I had spent weeks studying breeds, and narrowed it down to a breed that I had never heard of: Carolina dog.
As luck would have it, there were two litters born around the first of the year. I called my mom and told her I was going to drive to Bishopville, South Carolina to see the litters. 
She was worried about what I'd do with a dog in my small apartment, and how I'd keep a puppy at home while I went to school, and eventually work. 
"It just isn't good timing," she said.
I told her, "Mom, it's never good timing."
A week later we were driving to Bishopville together
I fell in love with the dogs from the moment I saw them. 

Carolina Dogs

I knew there was something different about these dogs from the moment I saw them. The way they moved, the way they watched each step you took. They were lithe and graceful, fierce, and above all untrusting. 
Most people might raise an eyebrow here. Untrusting? How can that be good? But it is good. Trust is like respect, it must be earned. And I wanted to earn it.
The man who raised the dogs of a grizzly bear of a man. He walked the property, of over a thousand acres where he raised the dogs, with a giant staff. And he spoke of the dogs as if they were of legend.
He told me they would outswim a lab, had a stronger blood scent than any hound, and were more intelligent than a border collie. He told me they'd be the greatest watch dog, but the worst attack dog. And he also told me about several gentlemen from Alaska that traveled to South Carolina just for these dogs.
I'd like to see this alone was the inspiration for Hope In Every Raindrop. But unfortunately the story didn't end there.

Losing My Best Friend

I left Bishopville with a puppy I named Pace, and I spent every moment I could with her. She was one of the few things in life I did not take for granted.
So, when she escaped from a boarding facility when I went on vacation, I had a hard time accepting losing her. The gentleman that hit her expressed remorse, the boarding facility was full of sorrow, and the vet that couldn't save her was in tears.
It's hard to lose your best friend, and I still miss her daily. 
Several years later, in 2013, I started to Hope In Every Raindrop in honor of the greatest dog I've ever known.

wesley-bio-300x460Wesley 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 my 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.

Wesley’s debut novel, “Hope In Every Raindrop,” is set to be released May of 2015.

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May 21st - Launch
May 24th - Writing Pearls
June 3rd - Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

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3 ebook copies of Hope In Every Raindrop
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Ends June 8th

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