Hi! My name is Ilana Waters, and Tempting Persephone was kind enough to let me guest post on her blog about my NEW book release! It’s a middle-grade fantasy that is sure to delight a wide variety of readers. What follows was taken from my official release post a few weeks ago.
The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandia
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.
“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 is a new middle grade fantasy adventure [and] beginning of a series sure to thrill fantasy fans.” – The Reading Junky
So where can you buy it?
The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandia is currently available at Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, and Barnesandnoble.com. Follow my blog or follow me on twitter to find out the minute Stanley Delacourt becomes available at additional 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.
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.
My official bio
Ilana Waters is a freelance writer who lives in New Jersey. When not creating content for websites, she can be found working on novels and short stories—as well as nibbling string cheese. She once pet-sat an electric eel, and enjoys walking in circles around the park for no particular reason. Ilana is currently writing Book II of the Hartlandia trilogy, due out in 2013.
Thank you, Tempting Persephone!
Finally, I just wanted to say “thank you” again to Tempting Persephone for the opportunity to be her guest. Stay tuned to her blog to find your next favorite read; you’ll be glad you did!