Happy Friday, everyone. It’s finally feeling like fall here in Tennessee and I could not be happier.
This week I’m sharing the first line from The Death of Mungo Blackwell written by my friend and fellow middle Tennessee author Lauren H. Brandenburg. Lauren has indie published several middle grade books and is well known around the Realm Makers fandom. Since today is the US release of The Death of Mungo Blackwell, I wanted to share it while it’s hot off the presses. Although, if you’re not in the US, you’ll have to wait until November for this Lion Hudson Fiction release.
About the Book
‘We all need to know what’s missing in our lives. At a funeral, someone stands and describes everything a person has accomplished in their life. But what if they missed something? What if there was one thing they never got to do? And what if they had a chance to go back and do it?’ The Blackwells are a family with an extraordinary history and astounding traditions, which include attending their own funerals before they die! Their ways are questionable and their stories about deceased relatives are as bold as their red hair, but it is their eclectic wares that keep tourists coming back to their market in the town of Coraloo. Charlie Price, whose world has come crumbling down after a lapse in judgment leaves him unemployed, finds himself flung into the chaotic world of the Blackwells when he relocates to Coraloo with his socialite wife, Velveteen, and shy son, Gideon. Here Charlie attempts to make a living as a ‘picker’, reselling under-priced items he picks up at the market. Some of the Blackwells welcome him with open arms, but others resent pickers and want him thrown out of the market. Charlie soon finds this new way of life under threat and his quest for simplicity seems to be crumbling. Perhaps it’s time for Charlie to have a funeral of his own! This charming story of hope will warm your heart and make your imagination soar.
Now it’s your turn! Grab the book nearest you and drop the first line in the comments. Then head over to Hoarding Books and discover what others are sharing this week!