Michael K. Brown is known to his friends simply as ‘Mike.
Mike was born in Alabama and grew up in Birmingham. A graduate of the University of Alabama with a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering, he has lived in the Atlanta area for most of his adult life. He has held management positions for three major companies before leaving the corporate world. Presently, he lives in Loganville, GA where he and his wife, Judy, own and operate a flooring business. They have three sons and three grandchildren.
The desire to write tugged at Mike for much of his life. Occasionally, he would write a short story, an article in the local newspaper, and once, even a tongue-in-cheek article about management training that the Wall Street Journal published on the OPED page. But work and other obligations seemed to get in the way of his ambition to write seriously. Finally, for the last few years, he has devoted himself to that end and has completed three novels. Promise of Silver is the first of these to be published. It came out in May of 2014. For his novel, Somewhere a River, published in October of 2014, Mike was named Georgia Author of the Year for literary fiction by the Georgia Writers Association. His third novel, Promise of the Hills, will be published in September, 2015. A long-time member of the Atlanta Writers Club, Mike now serves as President of that organization.
In addition to writing, Mike enjoys reading, college football, the theater, and Judy’s cooking. A former marathon-runner with a bad knee, he is now an avid walker.
Promise of the Hills
Brax Donovan plans to live out his last years with his faithful dog, Sunny, in a house nestled in the north Georgia mountains. But when he learns that the husband of his ex-lover, Dae Whitehead, has died, he sees a new hope for his future. To clear his mind, he takes a walk in the woods behind his house and meets a mysterious young boy named Ty tending a fire pit. Ty speaks haltingly and runs away after making a disturbing comment. Afterward, Brax discovers the charred remnants of some vile pictures in the undergrowth nearby.
In Promise of the Hills, a mature couple rekindle a love that has been forbidden for three long years. An eight-year-old boy enters their lives, bringing a new dimension to their future, and becomes a key figure in uncovering a shocking crime that stuns a small town. A strong-willed man and his rebellious son reconcile their lifelong differences. As a family comes together, three generations are bound by the memory of the past and the promise of the future.
To learn how this journey begins, read Promise of Silver by Michael K. Brown
Paperback | ISBN 978-1-941165-83-6 | 342 pages
FICTION / General
Somewhere a River
In 1959 Billy Burdette is a high school football hero in a small town in Alabama. He’s in love with Olivia Alexander, the prettiest girl in town. Billy leads his team to the state championship and receives a scholarship to his beloved university. His life seems perfect. But a traumatic incident ends his football career and a tragic decision causes him and Olivia to drift apart. When the civil rights movement heats up, Alabama becomes the eye of the storm and Billy decides to move far away from all the turmoil and disappointment in his life.
Thirty years later, now known as Bill, he is homeless in Wyoming where he has lived in self-imposed exile since leaving the South. Bill is unemployed, evicted from his trailer, and deeply depressed by the downward spiral of his life. His mind keeps returning to a fateful night when he dropped a bag from a bridge into Alabama’s Black Warrior River and sped away in guilty panic. Bill Burdette’s life moves from a boy with the world at his feet to a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Then slowly, he begins the long road toward redemption.
Paperback | ISBN 978-1-941165-37-9 | 284 Pages
FICTION / General