Keech and the gang sold out today at Magic City Books! Thank you to Jeff Martin and the entire Magic City staff for hosting my first event. It was a spectacular day!
Today, Louis and I released LEGENDS OF THE LOST CAUSES to the world, and I must say, it was one of the most exhilarating, satisfying days of my life. We started this journey all the way back in 2010, and though life took us both in several different directions over the years, we stuck with Keech’s story and the process to publication, even when we thought we would never break through. So for me, today’s message is: perseverance pays off. My sincere appreciation to everyone who reached out today with kind words, photos of the book, and your excellent, contagious enthusiasm. I’m completely humbled by your support, and I hope to see each and every one of you on the book trail. Cheers, Brad
“I may be a greenhorn,” Keech Blackwood tells a “lawdog” sheriff, “but I’m far from a child.” And it’s true that, at 13, Keech has seen far more than most—he’s just recently watched his orphanage home burned with all his foster siblings inside and his caretakers killed by a man called Bad Whiskey Nelson. Now Keech is after vengeance, but when he meets a fellow group of orphans out for the same, the quest changes. The group sets out to track down a powerful object called the Char Stone, but Bad Whiskey is after it, too, and he’s got an army of outlaws he’s raised from the dead. Keech and his new crew battle zombie cowboys and the treacherous Wild West as they search for the stone, and discover things in their pasts that tie them to the quest. Cowriters McLelland and Sylvester incorporate aspects of Osage culture and legend into this action-packed series starter. Part western, part zombie flick, this pits scrappy, resourceful kids against some menacing villains—always a recipe for success. —Maggie Reagan
We are ecstatic to share that “Legends of the Lost Causes” is a Junior Library Guild Selection! The Junior Library Guild is an amazing resource for libraries and the leading book review and collection development service for 1000’s of K-12 schools and public libraries. Librarians who have subscribed to JLG receive a box of books each month that are appropriate for their students’ grade level. Legends of the Lost Causes will appear in JLG’s Spring 2018 newsletter and be available in the JLG box in May 2018.