"Filled with intriguing insight into the world of an addict and those around him, author Michael Embry builds excitement in this riveting followup to the novel, Old Ways and New Days with brilliant narration and believable characters through adventure pulsing with energy and tension." —Enas Reviews (5 stars)
"Facing harsh realities about a child will not be easy for both John and Sally Ross as their lives are about to be turned in so many directions that at times they will have to literally catch their breaths in order to continue on."—Just Reviews (5 stars)
"These are supposed to be the golden years for millions of American baby boomers. Only, what happened? Drugs, violence, children who disappoint, and old friends dying are just a few of the issues today’s baby boomers face. Michael Embry ruthlessly explores these problems and many others in his gripping new novel, Darkness Beyond The Light."
Chris Helvey, author of Snapshot, a novel released by Livingston Press
"What's more exciting than a family Christmas with a judgmental, smart-mouthed mother-in-law; a grown son who's got himself into drugs and does everything to hide it, including lying, of course; and a daughter who tries to hide a personal problem by being everything to everyone? That's what John Ross must contend with, plus his wife Sally has become forgetful, but John doesn't have the presence of mind to deal with it because of all the craziness in his house."
Joanna Foreman, author of Riverwalk Chameleon
. . . and Old Ways and New Days
“In Old Ways and New Days, Michael Embry masterfully shines a spotlight on retirement and the realities and traumas facing millions of baby boomers. And, like most things lit by the harsh, unfiltered beam of a spotlight, not everything is rosy; just ask John, Embry’s main character, as he traverses his first days out from under the world of work. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the realities facing retirees or who simply want to become immersed in a well-written, engaging novel.”
Bill Noel, author of Folly Beach Mystery series
“If you are looking for lollipops and sunshine Old Days and New Days flat out ain’t it, friend. Michael Embry’s novel of a veteran newsman’s retirement years is not filled with slow days on the back porch or vacation cruises. Instead, it’s packed with violence and death, cancer and children gone wrong, lost dogs and lost lives. In other words, a hard, honest realistic portrait of life in America today, by a true craftsman of the written word. Read it if you dare!”
Chris Helvey, Editor of Trajectory Journal and author of Whose Name I Did Not Know and Claw Hammer
"As a long-time and seasoned journalist, Michael Embry always allowed the story to tell itself. Now, as a novelist, he allows the story to tell itself...and at a riveting pace.”
Steve Flairty, author of Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things series and columnist for KyForward.com and Kentucky Monthly magazine
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The boomer lit novels are about the trials and tribulations of retirement for John Ross. They are available at Amazon.com, BN.com, and Wings-Press.com. Needless to say, the sequel continues the boomer saga of John and his family including wayward son Brody and caustic mother-in-law Geraldine. There's never a dull day for John, who would prefer to savor his retirement years with some rest and relaxation.
Michael is currently working on the third book in the boomer lit series. Look for it later this year. By the way, go to the My Books tab if you're interested in purchasing my works.
Michael has written three mainstream novels, Foolish Is The Heart, A Long Highway, and The Touch; a murder mystery, A Confidential Man; and two young-adult books, Shooting Star and The Bully List. Embry also has a short story collection, Laments, published in 2012 and available for 99 cents at Amazon.com,B&N.com and Smashwords.com. He hopes to have a second volume published this year.
Michael has also written three nonfiction sports books, Basketball in the Bluegrass State: The Championship Teams, March Madness: The History of the Kentucky High School Basketball Tournament, and Baron of the Bluegrass: The Wit and Wisdom of Legendary Kentucky Basketball Coach Adolph Rupp.
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