As you all know, or could guess within moments of arriving in my little corner of the interwebs, I am definitely a crazy cat lady. However my love for animals is not limited to cats alone. I love all animals (well maybe not all bugs) and canines are a close second to felines. That makes it all the more sweet for me to be able to introduce you to Hope in Every Raindrop. A small town setting, a young writer, an enigmatic guy, and dogs – I haven’t read this one yet but it sounds like a winner!
About Hope In Every RaindropTitle: Hope In Every Raindrop
Author: Wesley Banks
Publisher: Chasing Pace Publishing
Publication date: May 26th 2015
Target Audience: New Adult
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Coming of Age
Length: 201 Pages
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon
“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.
I absolutely love animals. Besides spiders, of course.
In fact, just a few months ago we were in the middle of Kruger National Park surrounded by lions, elephants, zebra, hyenas, rhinos, leopards, and hundreds of other animals. It was absolutely amazing.
There were two animals I wanted to see above all else, my two favorite animals: cheetahs and wild dogs. Unfortunately I didn’t see either. It got me thinking though. If these are my two favorite real life animals, what are my favorite animals in fiction?
My 3 Favorite Animals in Fiction
1. Saphira. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini is absolutely amazing. The blue dragon that Eragon rides is easily one of my favorite fictional animals.
2. Larka and Fell. David Clement-Davies wrote a brilliant pair of books called Sight and Fell. They involve a white wolf (Larka) and a black wolf (Fell) who are brother and sister. They are unique because they tell the story from the wolves’ point of view.
3. Gus. If you’re a dog lover and haven’t seen the movie Iron Will, then I recommend you stop what you’re doing and go watch it. It’s a bit old, doesn’t have a fast plot line, but the dogs in it are amazing. Especially the lead dog Gus. Some of my inspiration for King (in Hope In Every Raindrop) came from this movie.
If you’ll notice though, two of the above books are in the fantasy genre, while one is a drama movie. In literary fiction or contemporary romance it can be much more difficult to use animals, particularly if you’re an animal lover.
Often times we use animals that we’ve been close to. One of the struggles then becomes over-romanticizing the animal. In Hope In Every Raindrop, it was tough for me to give the dogs character flaws as you would any other character because my tendency is to believe that all the dogs are perfect.
Using an animal in fiction is very common amongst a lot of different genres. My favorite animals in fiction though, come from books where they are one of the main protagonists and not just a side thought.
So, what are you favorite animals in fiction?
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