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Sky Blue
by Travis Thrasher

Reviewed by Cheryl Russell

"...the reader gets an inside look at the business that is publishing--the good and the bad."

After a tragic accident, literary agent Colin Scott struggles to find meaning in his empty life.

Literary agent Colin Scott is in a mood most foul. His wife Jen has decided they need to spend time apart. His top producing author has just dumped him for another agent. Keynote speaker at a Phoenix writers' conference, he jettisons the usual positive speech for a more realistic one, shattering the hopes of nearly everyone in the room. "The faces look at me. Sad faces. Confused faces. I could keep going for hours."

When he returns to Chicago, his wife is still gone, but not his stalker. For the past four or five months, he's "had a nagging feeling that someone is watching me, tracing my steps and tracking my moves." He hasn't told anyone, not even Jen. The stalker is another detail he decided not to unload on his wife, due to the limited amount of time they are actually together. Career demands--his as a literary agent and hers as a designer on movie sets--have damaged his marriage, a fact Colin is just beginning to grasp.

But his job doesn't much care if his personal life is a wreck. It's now Day One at the Book Expo in LA and its not going much better than the Phoenix conference. Instead of an author dumping him, this time it’s a publisher pulling the plug on an author whose sales aren't up to par. To top off the week, a book party he'd planned and that cost the publisher some big bucks is lost in the competing parties and activities of the Book Expo.

At 6:30 on a Sunday morning, in the middle of LA, thirty-five year old Colin realizes just how much he hates his life, especially his job. But at this point, he sees no way out. It is what it is and it pays the bills. He returns to Chicago and slogs through his days while holding on to a faint hope that Jen will return.

But return she does and they decide to take a vacation. They arrive in Cancun and are greeted by Tropical Storm Boris' monsoonal embrace. It's near the end of their week's vacation when Jen decides she must go parasailing. Colin promises to take pictures from the edge of the beach, since there is no way his feet are leaving the ground. Disaster strikes there on the peaceful, sunny beach, shattering Colin and destroying his hopes for the future. Back home in Chicago, grief eats away at the rest of Colin's empty life, driving him to the brink of insanity. When your soulmate is gone, what is the point in living? His future depends on his answer.

Sky Blue is author Travis Thrasher's (Blinded, Admission, Gun Lake) latest novel. Told from the first person point of view, the reader gets an inside look at the business that is publishing--the good and the bad. But at its core, this is a story about one man's search for meaning and a reason to live after an accident claims the only thing that ever mattered. A unique twist toward the end of this story caught this reader off guard and led to an unexpected, but satisfying ending regarding second chances, dedicated love and new beginnings.

Cheryl Russell lives in the Midwest with her husband and three children. Her short stories, as well as a few articles, have been published in print and online. She's loved to read for as long as she can remember and puts all that time to good use writing book reviews for Infuze, Novel Reviews, and Title Trakk. She's also a member of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, FIRST network, Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour and American Christian Fiction Writers. She's currently working on her first novel. If she could, she'd spend her time hanging out in the thermal areas of Yellowstone in general, Norris Geyser Basin in particular. Another favorite spot is Kennicott, an old copper mining town in Wrangel-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, which is at the end of a 60 mile dirt road, 8 hours west of Anchorage. She and her family are frequent hikers in the national parks, and have pounded the dirt trails in Virginia, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. You can visit her at her blog, Unseen Worlds or at her website.