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Author Michael Chrome will host a book signing of his second novel, "The Quest of the Attal," June 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at El Tren Grill Mexican Restaurant, 70 East Ave.
Chrome has reserved the passenger train car to sell and sign books, as well as offering appetizers and refreshments to visitors.
Chrome, aka Michael Gray, is a 1984 graduate of Tallmadge High School and owns Gray Mart at 14 S. Main St. in Munroe Falls.
In his first book, "The Secret of the Attal," protagonists Gary and Maria White own a small neighborhood store in Northeastern Ohio where they know their customers by name. They work long hours but enjoy family, friends, and a low stress life. At least they did before a regular customer nicknamed Taxi-Bill changed their lives forever.
Bill has been given the task of recruiting someone to help identify and correct corruption within his society. But the only way to do that is to reveal the secret his society has been keeping for eons: The Attal's secret existence on Earth.
After agreeing to help the self-proclaimed peaceful alien society, Gary trades the White's low stress days for a secret adventure. The White's embark on the discovery of the alien society that leads to fancy dinner parties, police breakouts, high speed chases, and shootouts as they race to help Bill overcome a malicious faction among its' not-so-peaceful leadership.
In his newest, "The Quest of the Attal," the White's lives changed the moment they learned aliens walked amongst them and agreed to help fix the Attal's flawed coming of age Galtri Tournament. They had to endure police breakouts and late night shoot outs, while revealing the corrupted members within its leadership. Two years later the Attal need their help again, to apprehend those who escaped justice and have since acquired great wealth and power.
As they learn to work with the Attal, the Whites and their team of trusted friends receive alien technology. With their enhanced skills, the team travels the globe trying to outwit the last remaining fugitives that threaten both worlds. The Whites teach them not only about family values, but about the need to bend the occasional rule. They must risk their lives while dealing with overwhelming emotions created by their alien enhancements and young love from two races light years apart
Chrome/Gray is a longtime Ohio native who attended the University of Akron from 1984 through 1989 where he received a bachelor's degree in business management with a second major in marketing. After marrying his high school sweetheart, he continued his education at the University of Akron where he earned an MBA in material management before entering the workforce and managing companies in both the non-profit sector and he wholesale distribution industry. In 2001, in an effort to be closer to his family and fulfill his dream of owning his own business, he and his wife purchased a neighborhood store.
In addition to running the family business, Chrome/Gray has started work on his next novel, a mystery due out in 2018. "I love writing Sci-Fi, but am going to try a mystery novel/series next."
Chrome/Gray says soon he will be scheduling signings and talks at libraries, schools, bookstores, etc., to educate people about kickstarter, self-publishing, writing, and of course, his novels.
When asked what he likes to read, Chrome said "Even though I wrote two Sci-fi books (any book dealing with aliens has to be labeled a Sci-Fi), my novels are more of a family adventure thrillers that happens to include aliens. My reading history is much more concentrated on fantasy and mystery thrillers
"Although I love almost all of Baldacci's work -- probably my favorite -- I prefer to read a series. As a youngster my biggest influences were "The Lord of the Rings" and "Dune."
More recently, in an effort to share books with his children, Chrome said he's read All the Harry Potter and Hunger Games novels.
"As a younger adult, most of my reading centered around mystery thrillers, again concentrating on series," he said. "I enjoyed Dan Brown's novels and Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels. I think I read all of Patricia Cornwell's, Scarpetta novels and Patterson's Alex Cross. I loved the familiarity of a returning main character, something I'm going to attempt to copy in my Eric Matthew's Mystery Series."