Blurbs about "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"

"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 Ky.Forward and                                                                                          Kentucky Monthly magazine

Michael Embry

An American Writer 


I'm a multi-genre author of 11 books. My latest novel, Old Ways and New Days, was  released by Wings ePress on Oct. 1. It's a coming-of-old-age story about the trials and tribulations of retirement. It's available at,, and

"There are many issues that are brought to light by author Michael Embry. The first is friendship and loyalties, which are tested throughout (Old Ways and New Days)." -- Just Reviews.

I'm also the author of Laments, a short-story collection published in 2012, The stories deal with the consequences of people's actions toward others.  Laments is currently available for 99 cents at, B& and 

I've also 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.

I've 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