Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Heroes Guide to Storming the Castle - GIVEAWAY, Exclusive artwork reveal and excerpt


Published: April 30th, 2013
Publisher: Walden Pond Press

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.

Last year we were happy to be part of an artwork reveal for the first book in this series The Hero's Guide to Saving the Kingdom.  This year, we are lucky enough to once again be part of the reveal and we have an exclusive piece of artwork to show you.  What is really exciting is that we have a special giveaway as well this year - you can win a  framed copy of this piece of art, signed by artist Todd Harris, along with a hard cover copy of the book.  What an amazing giveaway - right?

  Artwork Copyright © 2013 by Todd Harris

I just love this picture of Duncan writing.  That rabbit sitting on his head just cracks me up. Now how about an excerpt from the book -

Hello! I’m Prince Duncan of Sylvaria. You may remember me from bard songs such as “The Tale of Snow White” or “Cinderella and the League of Princes.” Although that first one never mentions my name and the second is full of factual inaccuracies. For instance, I did not escape the Bandit King by donning a magical “ring of flight” as the song suggests; I simply fell off his roof.

But at least it gets one thing right: I’m a hero. But did you know there was a time when I didn’t even realize I was a hero? It’s true. In fact, I thought I was kind of a loser. That’s what everyone always told me, anyway. But then I joined the League of Princes, and along with my good friends Liam (the one from “Sleeping Beauty”), Frederic (the one from “Cinderella”), and Gustav (the one from “Rapunzel”), I outwitted the trolls, vanquished the giant, tamed the dragon, and destroyed the evil old witch, What’s-her-name, without even breaking a sweat. Because sweat is gross.

—from The Hero’s Guide to Being a Hero by Prince Duncan of Sylvaria, a.k.a. Prince Charming (the one from “Snow White”)
  Text Copyright © 2013 by Christopher Healy

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  1. I have a copy of The Hero's Guide to Saving the Castle but I confess I didn't read it; I only looked at the pictures. I listened to the audiobook narrated by the amazing Bronson Pinchot and it was AWESOME!!! I can hardly wait for the release of Storming the Castle and, yes, I hope to listen to it on audio while I'm flipping through the pages of the print copy.

  2. I haven't read it yet, but I just ordered my copy and I can't wait to devour it. I have seen a lot of the artwork and listened to snippets of the audiobook, though, so I've had a taste of it's magic (:

  3. It's on my Goodreads TBR pile!! I love the concept, the artwork and I'm always impressed by Walden Pond Press (I've read The Girl from Felony Bay, Juniper Berry, and The Fellowship for Alien Detection) so I can't wait to read.

  4. I NEED THIS FOR MY CLASSROOM!! Ok, that was dramatic, but really, I plan to but a class set of book one for a read aloud next year. That's major Kingdom love right there! :)

    1. It would be a fantastic read along - so much fun for guys and girls. Well worth getting the set.

  5. It's on my TBR list, but I haven't read it yet. It sounds fantastic, so I can't wait to read it.

  6. I LOVED book one and I am currently reading book two and LOVING it as well! Duncan is my favorite, I just want to squeeze him!!

  7. I don't think my other comment posted, but although I own the first book I have not yet read it. I usually wait until at least the second book in the series is released so I don't have to wait so long between books.

  8. i haven't read it yet, but i really want to read both books!