Episode 9: Matt Brandt reads from The Boy from the Forge

boy from th forge

Max and Del did everything together. They bought the same bikes, wore the same
clothes, and competed with one another as best friends often do in high school. As their summer together looms on the horizon, and the school year comes to an end, their friendship is tested when Max realizes their blue-collar upbringing in New Athens provides a life of limitations he didn’t imagine. His only escape from it is in his true feelings for Annika, Del’s girlfriend, who he can’t be with. To prevent any wrongdoing, Max forms a simple plan: to find a way to escape his working a class destiny after high school for something greater than what’s in Milltown.
“The Boy from the Forge is a coming-of-age story that skillfully combines nostalgia for friendship, first loves, and choosing one’s path into adulthood…Max’s moments of internal dialogue about how to move forward in life are true to the difficult choices teenagers face.”  –Foreward Reviews
“…wide-ranging observations intrinsic to the story made by the teen characters (about art, beliefs, parents, teachers, love, secrecy, adult hypocrisy, future plans) ring true, as does the author’s vivid depictions…”  –Kirkus Reviews
“Brandt’s strength lies in his descriptive power.”  –BlueInk Reviews

 

“…an excellent study in character writing and descriptive environment about mischief and romance, relationships and revenge. It tugs at the heartstrings, gently.”  –IndieReader

 

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Episode 2: Charles Kelley Reads From Crossroads

Crossroads

“It was a dark and stormy night. Just kidding, who starts a story that way? I mean, other than that cartoon dog with the typewriter.”

Meet Will, the guy whose childhood was ruined by an outlaw motorcycle club. Now that he’s grown, he’s decided to do something about it. That something may allow the motorcycle club to ruin his adult life too. When the family member of a politician is found dead from a drug overdose, Will is recruited to run the investigation. Will returns to his tiny hometown of Rough River Falls, Kentucky to save it from itself and exact vengeance for his missed youth. Can he infiltrate a group of outlaws and keep his hidden agenda a secret, or will they find out what he’s up to? Can one man actually make a difference when he faces off against a criminal organization? Is there anyone worth the hassle of saving in Rough River Falls, or is the whole town a lost cause? Hold on tight, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!