‘Summer Rounds,’ the Latest Hunter Lake novel by B.G. Bradley, released by Benegamah Press

Upper Peninsula resident B.G. Bradley holds a copy of his new novel, “Summer Rounds.” (Courtesy photo)

HULBERT LAKE — Benegamah Press announces the release of “Summer Rounds,” the latest Hunter Lake novel by Upper Peninsula resident B.G. Bradley.

“Summer Rounds” is the sequel to last year’s “Winter Heart.”

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Bradley, a retired Westwood High School teacher, former journalist for numerous U.P. publications including The Mining Journal, actor, director, poet, and playwright, in a press release. “I had to live a lot of life before my childhood dream of writing novels about the place I love could come true.”

Both “Summer Rounds” and “Winter Heart” are currently available at Snowbound Books and the Marquette Regional History Center Gift Shop in Marquette, at Uptown Gifts in Ishpeming, at Snyder’s outlets, at Falling Rock Cafe and Books in Munising, and at UP Trading Company in Newberry

Bradley will be selling signed copies of “Summer Rounds” and “Winter Heart” at local venues in the coming months. Watch for further announcements. For details, go to bgbradleyauthor.tumblr.com. To order from Amazon, go to: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1719229481/ref=sr_1_. The Kindle version is available at https://bgbradleyauthor.tumblr.com/…/summer-rounds-the-seco…

One can also follow Bradley’s poetry daily on Facebook at North Words with Beeg.

“B.G. Bradley is that rare storyteller who seems to speak to each of us, secretive and universal, like a whisper against firelight. The truth of nature feels absolutely alive on the page,” said Shelley Russell, author of the Kennedy Center-honored “Haywire” and Northern Michigan University theater professor.

“Every place has a spirit — that’s what I believe — and B.G. Bradley perfectly captures the spirit … of the U.P.,” said Arvid Nelson, graphic novelist, author of “Rex Mundi” and “Zero Killer.”

“I am publicly praising the author for his creative approach … very satisfying novel,” said Tom Powers of Michigan in Books review, of Bradley’s first novel “Winter Heart.”

Bradley, a lifelong U.P. resident, is currently at work on another in a long series of his Hunter Lake novels, which concern the goings on in the fictional U.P. town of Hunter, and the nearby Hunter Lake. His latest release, “Summer Rounds” concerns the adventures of local handyman Dale Sylvanus, who also appeared in the first Hunter Lake novel “Winter Heart.”

A book synopsis: Battle-tested ex-Marine Dale Sylvanus has work to do … not just in the wrecker he drives along the state and county roads around Hunter Lake … and not just as the handyman on the humble homes in the town of Hunter proper, or on the camps and cottages along the shores. Dale’s real work is at home where his rock-solid wife, Carrie is patiently waiting for him to get his act together. It’s been months since she rightly showed him the door, and Dale knows he’s got no one to blame but himself.

His old hometown pals, “The Puppies,” have been taking up entirely too much of his time, and as everyone in Hunter knows, though they’re mostly harmless, those boys are generally up to no good.

Thankfully, Dale has lots of good friends and family to help him back on the path. There’s Father Bill, the free-spirited priest who holds Mass in the little chapel on the lake, and gently finds his way into the lives of the folks around those waters and all around town (whether they’re practicing Catholics or not); “Big Ol'” Rex, Dale’s boss from the Hunter Fix All Garage; old friend Jen O’Brian-Hicks, getting the scoop on everyone yet again; Dale’s straight shooting, good humored mom and pop; his indomitable youngest son, Donny; his bright, lovely daughter, Kelly, and many others.

Can Dale’s friends and family help him find his way back home? And what new surprises lie along the back roads and byways of Dale’s hometown?