the hero’s guide to storming the castle: blog tour & giveaway

Welcome to The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle blog tour!  Christopher Healy’s debut, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, was a middle grade book that impressed me by twisting traditional fairy tale tropes.  It was hilarious, goofy, monster-packed, and featured a great cast of characters (and villains!).  Luckily, they’re back for more in The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle.

the hero's guide to storming the castle by christopher healy book cover
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You remember them, don't you? They're the Princes Charming who finally got some credit after they stepped out of the shadows of their princesses - Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose - to defeat an evil witch bent on destroying all their kingdoms. 

But alas, such fame and recognition only last so long. And when the princes discover that an object of great power might fall into any number of wrong hands, they are going to have to once again band together to stop it from happening - even if no one will ever know it was they who did it. 

Christopher Healy, author of the acclaimed The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, takes us back to the hilariously fractured fairy-tale world he created for another tale of medieval mischief. Magical gemstones, bladejaw eels, a mysterious Gray Phantom, and two maniacal warlords bent on world domination - it's all in a day's work for the League of Princes.

One of the best things about this series is the non-stop banter between the heroes and heroines, but the villains aren’t snubbed in that department either.  Deeb Rauber is an 11-year old Bandit King, and a handful at that.  Read on for more of Deeb’s vital stats.  I think you can tell a lot about someone by their Signature Move.  Deeb is no exception! 

Deeb Rauber

Occupation: Bandit King
Age: 11
Affiliation: Leader, Bandit Army
Kingdom of Origin: Harmonia (though he won’t admit it)
Current Residence: Castle von Deeb, Rauberia
Parents: Prudence & Stanley Rauber
Longtime Foe: His cousin, Ella, who has never been able to truly comprehend the enormity of his diabolical wickedness
Likes: Crime sprees, reveling in his notoriety, candy
Dislikes: Trolls, the League of Princes, stinking trolls, mentions of his age, dirty stinking trolls
Signature Move: The Wedgie-Spitball Double-Humiliator
Quote: “I feel like a snack. Let’s go steal the cake from that royal wedding in Jangleheim.”
Little Known Fact: Dunked one of his bandits in a vat of caramel just for using the word “kid.” And the poor man had only been referring to a goat he saw.

Interested in more of the same?  To visit other blog tour posts featuring characters in The Hero’s Guide series, follow this link.  Christopher Healy will also take part in a Twitter chat with Marissa Meyer on the subject of fractured fairy tales at 9pm EST on Monday, June 3rd.  If that’s up your alley, check out the hashtag #talesretold at the appointed time.

And with that, may I introduce a fabulous giveaway? The first THREE entrants each day will receive signed copies of The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle and EVERYONE who enters is eligible to win a $200 gift card to the bookstore of his or her choice. You will need this SECRET CODE to enter the giveaway: Prince Charming. Enter here.  Giveaway open to US addresses only, and will run until May 26th.  Winners will bGo back and enter each day for another chance to win!  Good luck!

Fine print: giveaway hosted by Walden Pond Press through Facebook.


Tabitha (Pabkins) said...

Oh the illustrations - I'm loving it!!

Liviania said...

*fingers crossed*

I loved the first book, after I discovered it through your blog!

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