Pair of Books by Mike Broemmel Re-Released Onto International Market

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Mike Broemmel began writing "The Shadow Cast" and "The Miller Moth" on shreds of toilet paper during a very challenging period in his own life. Both books have been received to critical acclaim.

simplicity and intricacy that combines to leave a reader feeling that he or she may have discovered the 21st century's answer to John Steinbeck at his most nitty-gritty.

Two anthologies of short fiction written by Mike Broemmel have been re-released onto the market worldwide as of February 2, 2009. Both The Shadow Cast and The Miller Moth are now available through Amazon.com and can be purchased through any major bookseller in the brick and mortar world. Both collections of short stories are published by BeWrite Books and also can be ordered online at BeWrite.net.

Broemmel, who began his professional career at the White House during the Reagan Administration, ended up beginning work on The Miller Moth and The Shadow Cast some years later at a particularly low point in his life. Indeed, the initial pages of these books originally were written on scraps of toilet paper with a tiny stub of a pencil -- the only writing tools Broemmel had available to him at the time. The working titles for both projects had been The Toilet Paper Memoirs.

Although The Shadow Cast, originally published in 2004, technically is a collection of short fiction the tales all interconnect resulting in a book that reads like a novel. The Shadow Cast has been described as a "book debunking any claim that a whole cannot be greater that the sum of its parts. Each tale in Mike Broemmel's anthology can proudly stand alone in the greatest tradition of story telling. However, when the tales are read in sequence, his painstakingly ordered works pack the punch of an epic novel. The book provides a satisfyingly complete saga of stark, simple truth that is all but unique in the annals of fiction."

The Miller Moth, originally published in 2002, has been described as a work that demonstrates "simplicity and intricacy that combines to leave a reader feeling that he or she may have discovered the 21st century's answer to John Steinbeck at his most nitty-gritty."

Over the course of the past decade, Mike Broemmel has been outspoken about the tragic events that befell his own life in the late 1990s. It was during the latter part of the '90s that Broemmel battled severe depression and alcoholism. As a result of these conditions, by 1999 Broemmel had lost everything. "I lost my home, I lost my profession, I lost some people I counted as friends...I lost my freedom," Broemmel explained. "It is not an understatement to say that I literally had nothing left."

Despite his own difficulties at the time Broemmel wrote these books, both The Shadow Cast and The Miller Moth have been described by his publisher as "nothing if not a celebration of the indomitable human spirit."

"After that period in my own life, many people simply wrote me off," Broemmel said. "Indeed, even as I worked to put my own life back in order and even as I worked to rectify problems I'd created along the way, there actually have been people who have attempted to block my own efforts. However, in the end, I've come to realize that when a person has his heart in the right place he not only can make amends for his prior mistakes but he can rebuild his life."

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