I am so excited to be the final stop on The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle blog tour! The first book in the series, The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, is on my list of top 5 favorite audiobooks of all time. Plus, Christopher Healy was gracious enough to Skype with my class this year. So to say I have an affection for this series would be an understatement. The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle is just as funny as the first book, with the added bonus of getting to know more about the princesses who rejected the princes charming in the first book.
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.
Today, the character I am pleased (?) to present to you is:
Occupation: Circus Owner, Ringmaster, and Consummate Showman
Affiliation: The Flimsham Brothers Circus
Kingdom of Origin: Svendlandia
Current Residence: Wherever the show takes him (a.k.a. a cushy luxury wagon in the circus caravan)
Other Flimsham Brothers: Jaques, Dmitri, Rufus, Armando
Longtime Foes: Wattler and Staldorf (two unreasonably hard-to-please audience members with a penchant for loud heckling)
Likes: Glitz! Glamour! Spectacle!
Dislikes: Humid days (they flatten his pompadour), “crying on the inside” clowns, anything monochromatic
Signature Move: The Make-‘em-Gape Rolling Cannonball Entrance
Oh, and just in case you're not convinced that you want to read The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, then watch the hilarious book trailer. I think that will change your mind:
Storming the Castle Giveaway: The first THREE entrants today 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. (U.S. entrants only please!) You will need this SECRET CODE to enter the giveaway: Prince Charming. Enter here.
Twitter Chat: Join New York Times Bestselling author Marissa Meyer and Christopher Healy for a Twitter Chat on fractured fairy tales on Monday, June 3rd at 9pm ET. Hashtag #talesretold. There will be giveaways!
Also check out all the previous stops on the blog tour:
Monday, May 6th - Cari Blogs hosts Prince Liam
Tuesday, May 7th - Ms Yingling Reads hosts The Gray Phantom
Wednesday, May 8th -Bookalicious hosts Rapunzel
Thursday, May 9th - Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia hosts Deeb Rauber
Friday, May 10th - Kid Lit Frenzy hosts Prince Frederic
Saturday, May 11th - The Write Path hosts Cap'n Gabberman
Sunday, May 12th - Flashlight Reader hosts Mister Troll
Monday, May 13th - Mundie Kids hosts Snow White
Tuesday, May 14th - Candace's Book Blog hosts Ella
Wednesday, May 15th - Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers hosts Little Taylor
Thursday, May 16th - Novel Novice hosts Ruffian the Blue
Friday, May 17th - The Hiding Spot hosts Lord Rundark
Saturday, May 18th - Mod Podge Books hosts Lila
Sunday, May 19th - Poisoned Rationality hosts Wrathgar
Monday, May 20th - Buried in Books hosts Vero
Tuesday, May 21st - Small Review hosts Frank
Wednesday, May 22nd - Book Rat hosts Briar Rose
Thursday, May 23rd - Alison's Book Marks hosts Prince Gustav
Friday, May 24th - There's a Book hosts Prince Duncan
Saturday May 25th - Bunbury in the Stacks hosts Madu