Michael K. Brantley

Writer of Creative Nonfiction & Fiction

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First signing was great fun


I had my first signing today at The Nashville Exchange, an institution in my hometown. I had no idea what to expect, but I arrived 30 minutes early and folks were already there! I signed a lot of books and got to catch up with old friends as well as make some new ones. It was great fun and busy for the entire 2-hour block.

Not only was it encouraging to get support, it was uplifting to see so many readers. NO ONE asked about an electronic version – proving that print is not dead! It is hard to beat the smell of a new book (or honestly, an old one). That tactile feel is part of the experience.

Many thanks to all who came out and to The Nashville Exchange and The Nashville Graphic for sponsoring the event and doing it right. If the rest of my appearances go as well, this whole author thing is going to be more fun than I thought.

Saturday is the first reading/signing event for Memory Cards

I hope you can come out and join us on Saturday at The Nashville Exchange, a landmark eatery. I’ll be reading, followed by a meet and greet and signing. We’ll have plenty of copies of Memory Cards on hand, and I hope to see some old friends and make plenty of new ones. Lots of people have asked, and yes, we will have the ability to take credit cards.BrantleyBookSigning

Reviews needed

If you’ve been kind enough to buy and read my first book so far, I ask one more favor: please take a minute or two to leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. I’d greatly appreciate it, and it will help get the next book going. Thanks!

First Reading Set for Nashville, NC




It’s official. First reading is scheduled!

Where to buy the book

Memory Cards: Portraits from a Rural Journey is now available from the publisher, Black Rose Writing, Amazon and from my website. All copies ordered through the website will be signed (and personalized, if requested) at no extra charge. Just click the purple order button.

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Teaser #1

I’m going to post excerpts of “Memory Cards” leading up to the release. This comes from Chapter 1:

“We walk across an old, but clean gray-painted concrete floor and stand in a line that is nearly ten deep with customers, cooled by a single, ancient ceiling fan. A few stray flies work the room. I groan to myself, fearing a long wait and a soon-to-be-impatient first grader. But two young men, probably still in their teens, work the register with precision. They turn their ears towards the customer, scribble orders on a stubbed pad, ring up totals, collect cash, give change and pass the details to a waiting crew member. Another dozen boys work an assembly line in the background, tightly packing barbecue, vegetables and trimmings into plastic containers, and then double-bagging each order. McDonald’s wishes they could turn orders that fast.”

Only 2 days left to get discount



Use this link and use the code below to get 10% off. Offer ends Thursday.


I’ll be listing events here as they are finalized.

Memory Cards is now available for pre-order

I just got word that my book is now available for pre-order from my publisher. Memory Cards can be purchased at Black Rose Writing by clicking here. If you use the code PREORDER2015, you’ll receive 10% and get the book right around the release date of June 11.


The book will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other sites around the end of June-early July, and there will be Kindle and Nook versions. I’ll have copies for sale as well, but this is probably as good a price as you’ll see.

Here’s the Cover!

Memory Cards full cover

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