Retirement wasn’t supposed to be complicated for John Ross after a long career as a journalist. But when he and his wife Sally discover that their self-centered son Brody has been leading a double life, they must navigate uncharted territory during the Christmas season to lead him out of the darkness of drugs including heroin.
A surprise visit from Sally’s caustic mother, Geraldine, complicates matters by sticking her nose into family matters while their dutiful daughter, Chloe, brings her own peculiar problems to a not-so-merry holiday reunion. Some quirky neighbors, a few health issues, and unexpected events add to a memorable time of the year for John and Sally hope to survive.
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“Boomer Lit–an important edition to the genre!”
Five Star Review on Amazon by Christopher J. Helvey
John and Sally Ross are retired and living on easy street—well, they thought they were. Then their grown son becomes a drug addict, their daughter and her partner are separating, and Sally’s mother comes for Christmas—and won’t go home! Any wonder John is on the verge of a heart attack, Sally is losing her mind, and those happy golden years have suddenly grown dark? Michael Embry has done a masterful job of capturing the challenges today’s baby boomers face in his new Boomer Lit novel, Darkness Beyond The Light. A gripping family story of America today!
Chris Helvey, author of Snapshot, a novel, just released by Livingston Press.
About the Author
Michael Embry spent more than 30 years as an award-winning journalist, working for Kentucky newspapers in Madisonville and Lexington; a national news service with stops in New York, Milwaukee, Lexington, and Louisville; and as editor of Kentucky Monthly magazine.
He is now a full-time writer and his latest novel, “Darkness Beyond the Light,” was published Nov. 1, 2017. It is the second installment in the John Ross Boomer Lit series, the sequel to “Old Ways and New Days,” a finalist in the EPIC Awards for Contemporary Fiction in 2016.
He is currently working on a second volume of short stories and a third book in the John Ross Boomer Lit series, both of which are targeted for publication in 2018.
Embry graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a journalism degree. He also has 45 hours in graduate work in special education.
He has written three non-fiction sports books (as Mike Embry), seven novels and a short-story collection. His novels include two for young adults, “The Bully List” and “Shooting Star;” a murder mystery, “A Confidential Man;” and contemporary mainstream “Foolish Is The Heart,” “A Long Highway,” and “The Touch.” His short-story collection, “Laments,” is available on Kindle for 99 cents.
“Darkness Beyond the Light” and “Old Ways and News Days” are mainstream coming-of-old-age novels about a recently retired sports editor who discovers changes in his life and that he must change some of his ways of doing things. If you order and read it, please leave a rating and review (hey, do that for every author you read. We appreciate it!)
Embry, who is listed in Who’s Who in America, has served as a judge in the Kentucky Literary Awards competition. He is also a former member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He served as marketing chair on the executive board of the Kentucky Book Fair for six years. He’s an advocate for libraries and is a member of Friends of Kentucky Libraries and Authors for Libraries.
Embry lives with his wife, Mary, and Chorkie dogs, Bailey and Belle, in Frankfort.
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