Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you the covers (yes, plural!) for author Martin Svolgart’s upcoming episodic series of novellas Brass Knuckles & Tattered Wings, as a part of the Cover Reveal Blitz presented by Storytellers On Tour! Written like a TV series, it will contain four novellas, each with their own little storyline, and all substantiating a larger underlying story arc. An action-packed story infused with humor, this is the vigilante hero story we’ve been waiting for. If you’re a fan of The Equalizer, The Punisher, and Boondock Saints, then this may be for you!
Best Foot Forward, the first novella in Svolgart’s Brass Knuckles & Tattered Wings series will be available Summer 2020.
Without further ado, may I present…
Brass Knuckles & Tattered Wings
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After a freak accident killed his wife and son, Pritchard slipped into alcoholism to drown his sorrows at a blue-collar bar nearby to avoid the dead and empty house. But then a teenage girl asked for his help, and it turned his entire existence around.
Best Foot Forward
After a freak accident kills his wife and son, Pritchard slips into alcoholism at a blue-collar bar nearby to avoid the dead and empty house.
A teenage girl sometimes comes into the bar to try to get her drunkard dad to come home, but it rarely works. One day, in his intoxicated state, Pritchard accidentally trips over her scooter, and something breaks. He promises the distraught girl to pay for it, but she’s used to being lied to by drunk men. To follow through, he gives her his business card.
A few days later, she calls him out of the blue, afraid, begging for his help. Her dad has run into a card game with bad people, and the debt collectors aren’t stopping with him.
The selfless act of responding to the young girl’s plea upends his world, leaving him only one way out: A walk in life he knows well, but one he left for his wife. A life of crime.
Best foot forward, she’d always said. That was how she urged a man with a spotted past to strive to become a good man.
The only question now is whether going backward can also bring someone forward.
One hundred and ninety-one days. That was how many days ago he’d lost his way. Like the truck whose tire blew out and crossed into oncoming traffic. Three cars were hit, one pancaked between the other two and the trucks—one behind them and the one whose tire blew out.
The middle car held his entire world. The middle car took the most damage.
They didn’t suffer, the coroner said. They never saw it coming.
One hundred and ninety-one days of waking up, going to work, paying the bills, avoiding going home to an empty house, and drinking to dull the inevitable pain of meeting that emptiness anyway to sleep and start the same inane cycle of pointlessness.
The grief counselor, appointed by his workplace, had urged him to keep a sense of rhythm. To not alter his day to day too much as he worked on finding his way back from grieving.
The shrink didn’t know how silent a house, once inhabiting an eleven-year-old boy, could suddenly be.
But he’d followed her advice and hadn’t changed his habits too much. He’d only altered one thing. Instead of hurrying home to be with a family, he parked the car in the driveway, walked down the street to the bar, and ordered a straight up whisky with a twist and a beer. Cheap stuff. He didn’t care, it was an acceptable numbing agent.
Around nine, he’d hear her voice.
Best foot forward, Pritchard.
Martin Svolgart is 40 years old, a single dad, companion to the Rottweiler Heimdal, nature lover, amateur photographer, coffee lover, and a geek!
What fascinates Martin Svolgart the most about writing is the possibility to look into the minds of the characters during the various situations they’re put in.
In his books, you get a look into the fundamentals of a person.
What can bring out the worst in a person? What can bring out the best?
The human eye can detect 256 shades of gray. The answer to what is good and what is evil has to be explored in the balance between those extremes of individualism. Thus, his protagonists are never just good, and the antagonists are never just evil. They can even admit to themselves that they’re fucked up.
Martin Svolgart’s books thus explore what balances pull them toward being one or the other, or what can push them to change, grow, and evolve.
One thing is for sure: No matter which of his books you pick up, you’ll never find good versus evil in any clear-cut black/white fashion, and you will always find action.
Martin Svolgart is a smith by trade, but he went back to college to study some more. Psychology, among other subjects.