New Release

By Melissa Meszaros

On her way to see Judas Priest in concert, a Hollywood publicist sustains a Traumatic Brain Injury and begins to question everything.

“INTENSE”

“UNFLINCHING”

“LIFE-AFFIRMING”

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THE TOWN SLOWLY EMPTIES
THE TOWN SLOWLY EMPTIESThe Tribute
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“The reader shouldn’t go by the title of the book, as it might incur pessimistic emotions of misery. On the contrary, it feeds your mind with much to ponder upon. The book is a delight.”
SMALL TOWN SKATEPARKS
SMALL TOWN SKATEPARKSSeven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice
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“The book offers plenty for nonskaters, from identifying with the joy of landing a specific maneuver to appreciating author Carrick's literary nods to Twain, Marcel Proust and J.R.R. Tolkien.”
HEAVY METAL HEADBANG
HEAVY METAL HEADBANGDamien Echols
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“This is an important book for everyone. Brain trauma affects so many, and it's a hidden wound that is misunderstood. Melissa's journey will not only provide an entertaining read, but lessons that will be thought of for a long time.”
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Melissa Meszaros

Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Melissa Meszaros has set the precedent for breaking tropes and forging the way for the modern nomadic. An entertainment industry publicist, Melissa is also the founder of Grrrl Front PDX Music Festival and the comic book publicity firm, Don’t Hide PR. She is a self-proclaimed grunge aficionado and proudly shares a birthday with Melvins leader, Buzz Osborne.

Author of Heavy Metal Headbang

Heavy Metal Headbang front cover
Melissa Meszaros author portrait, smiling in Nirvana t-shirt
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