The latest blog tour officially kicks off on May 1st! Here’s what we have on the schedule so far. I’ll fill in more details as they become available.

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5/1 – The Book Rat – Quickfire Interview
5/5 – Icey Books   – Review/Giveaway
5/6 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Character Bio/Giveaway
5/8 – The Book Rat – Character Bio
5/9 – A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust – Character Bio
5/12 – Word Spelunking Book Blog – Character Bio
5/15 – Buried in Books – Review/Giveaway
5/16 – KidLit Frenzy – Character Bio
5/19 – Mundie Moms – Character Bio
5/20 – The Flashlight Reader – Feature/Review
5/21 – Bunbury In the Stacks – Character Bio
5/22 – The Hiding Spot – Character Bio
5/23 – Novel Novice – Character Interview
5/26 – Mundie Moms – Review
5/26 – This Kid Reviews Books  – Review/Giveaway
5/27 – This Kid Reviews Books  – Character Bio
5/28 – Small Review   – Review/Giveaway
5/29 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Review
5/30 – The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia – Review

Hero'sGuide3 mini coverWe’re only a few short weeks away from the publication of The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw! The official blog tour begins in May, complete with artwork reveals, character bios, Q&As and more! Stay tuned for a list of the participating websites and the dates of their official blog tour posts. Also coming to this site: A list of dates and venues for all the public events on my upcoming in-person book tour. Check back soon! And in the meantime, pop over to YouTube and watch the official book trailer for Being an Outlaw!



To celebrate the release of The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle, book 2 in the Hero’s Guide saga, the folks at Walden Pond Press and I are launching a very special blog tour. It’s a fact-filled who’s-who featuring all your favorite Hero’s Guide characters (plus a bunch you’ve probably never heard of). This collection of character rap sheets contains loads of original material written just for this blog tour—and tons of info you won’t find in the Hero’s Guide books. Plus, at each of the participating blogs, you’ll have the chance to win a signed copy of Storming the Castle (plus a chance for the tour’s grand prize—a $200 bookstore gift card)! Here’s a full list of participating blogs and the characters they’ll be hosting:

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
Sunday, May 26th – A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust hosts Stanislav Flimsham

The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle is officially available as of today!

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And don’t forget to check out the paperback version of Book 1: The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, also out today, featuring exclusive paperback extras, like Todd Harris’s deleted sketches, my essay titled, “Why Are Fairy Tale Heroes So Dumb?”, and The Hero’s Guide to Lists.

The wonderful blog, Teach Mentor Texts, is celebrating the release of The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle all week as the centerpiece of their Girl Power extravaganza. You can check out this guest post I wrote for them about the importance of strong female characters in children’s literature. And then check back with Mentor Texts every day this week for a spotlight profile on a different Hero’s Guide princess.

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I’m utterly thrilled to be part of a Girl Power-focused celebration like this. The Hero’s Guide books may focus on a team of four princes as their lead protagonists, but having strong female characters in my books in incredibly important to me. Check out the post to see what I mean. And thanks again to Jen and Kellee at Mentor Texts for giving me this opportunity.


The countdown to Storming the Castle continues! Here is a full list of all participating blogs and the dates of their art reveals. Check ’em all out for as many sneak peeks as you want.
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The Book Rat – 4/4
A Backwards Story – 4/5
Novel Novice – 4/9
Icey Books – 4/10
Book Smugglers – 4/11
Miss Yingling Reads – 4/12
Book Monsters – 4/13
Mod Podge Books – 4/14
There’s a Book – 4/15
Bunbury in the Stacks – 4/16
Bumbles & Fairy Tales – 4/17
Paperback Princesses – 4/18
Bookalicious – 4/19
Candace’s Book Blog – 4/23
The Hiding Spot – 4/24

Starting Thursday, April 4th, a new excerpt and illustration will be featured on a different blog every day. Well, nearly every day. It’s all part of the countdown to the the April 30th publication of The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle. Check out the “Goings-On” page of this site for a full schedule of sites involved in this very special blog tour.

And coming in May, it’s Blog Tour II! Spanning more than 20 blogs, The Hero’s Guide Heroes Guide will roll out a new character bio every day! Well, nearly every day. Find out secret (and not-so-secret) info about all your favorite Hero’s Guide characters—and many of your non-favorites, too! Watch here for details. And follow me on Twitter to stay up to date on blog tour info.

Da-da-da-DAH! The official book trailer for The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle is here! Written, produced, directed, and starring yours truly, this book trailer represent a full three days of blood, sweat, and tears. Watch it here on YouTube. I hope you enjoy the next one minute and thirty-five seconds.

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