My middle-grade fantasy novel–The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandia–is HERE! It’s been a lot of hard work and many, many years that have passed since I first got the idea for this book. But it’s also been a lot of fun, and I am super-excited to present it to you! And since I am so excited, I’m having a month-long $100 Barnes and Noble e-gift card giveaway!
But first (ahem), a little about Stanley . . .
The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt
Ten-year-old Stanley Delacourt loves his quiet life in the peaceful village of Meadowwood. At least, he does until his best friend is killed. Then the town library—where Stanley lives and works—is burned to the ground. The individuals responsible for both tragedies are a nasty group of soldiers. They work for the kingdom’s new leader: Christopher Siren.
No one understands the rules Siren’s creating. They don’t know why breaking them means death, or why the leader is so keen to destroy books. And no one can figure out where the former queen and king disappeared to—or if they’ll ever return.
With the grown-ups too fearful to take action, Stanley vows to confront Siren. He plans to get answers and demand justice. Little does he know that his journey will involve sword-wielding knights, kidnapper fairies, and dark magic.
Stanley has only two allies back home. One is an intimidated witch named Meredith. The other is a young apothecary called Sophie—who may have enchantment problems of her own. Can they help him discover the reason behind Siren’s crimes and end this terrible reign? Or is Stanley set to become the next victim in the tyrant’s evil plot?
If you enjoy the fantasy works of Rick Riordan, Lemony Snicket, or Philip Pullman, then explore the world of Stanley Delacourt!
You can even read the first chapter here for FREE!
Check out some things folks have said about it
“Done in the Harry Potter/Percy Jackson style . . . my son couldn’t put it down!” –Ginny D.
“I love how [the author] blended the world we live in with a world of magic and less technological times. I can see tons of middle-schoolers reading it, recommending it, and getting lost in the world [the author] created. It’s enchanting, captivating, and entirely fun to read!” –Naia T.
“Positively charming, exciting, and fun. Places and characters . . . leap to life. I felt like I was reading a re-invention of a chivalrous old tale.” –Melanie C.
“At first, Stanley seems like just a gentle, harmless librarian. But I love the way he quickly launches into a wild and dangerous adventure! Plus, his sense of loyalty to his friends makes Stanley immediately likeable. He’s smart, brave, and stubbornly independent.” –Alexandra C.
“The plot in one word: brilliant! The way everything tied together so perfectly was amazing.” –Sami I.
“I absolutely loved it! I was anxious to keep reading until the end.” –Diba S.
The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandia is available at Amazon, Barnesandnoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. It will be available at additional locations such as Sony, Diesel, Page Foundry, Baker-Taylor’s Blio, Baker-Taylor’s Axis360, and Library Direct. I’m waiting for Smashwords premium distribution to kick in, so these additions could take a few weeks. But stayed tuned to the site (or follow me on twitter) to find out the minute Stanley Delacourt becomes available at these locations.
In the meantime, Stanley wants to help you celebrate his “release” in a big way.
The $100 Giveaway!
Being a librarian, reading is naturally one of Stanley’s favorite things to do. In fact, he told me that whoever wants to sign up for his newsletter–Hartlandia Headlines–from now until September 20th is automatically entered into a very special giveaway. This giveaway entitles the winner to a $100 e-gift card from Barnesandnoble.com. Stanley only wishes that the medieval-ish world of Hartlandia had internet access so he could enter the giveaway himself.
If you already signed up for the newsletter before, you are automatically entered into the giveaway! But either way, don’t forget to say “yes” to the confirmation e-mail (it may be in your spam box). If you’re unconfirmed, I can’t enter you–sorry!
You are also free to sign up for the newsletter after September 20th, but you won’t be entered into the giveaway. I know you want that B&N giftcard, so sign up today!
And I apologize, but for legal reasons those under 18 CANNOT sign up for the newsletter. But a trusted adult can do so on your behalf if you’re underage. Also, due to B&N’s policies this giveaway is only open to those currently living in the US or its territories. Oh, and if the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours to my “OMG You WON!” e-mail, I have to choose a new winner.
This giveaway is void where prohibited by law, by the power vested in me by the state of New Jerseyana, from the United Veneration of Awesome Giveaways, etc., yadda yadda yadda.
So that’s about it. Good luck to all everyone entering the giveaway. And for those of you buying a copy of The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandia, I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I did!