PRELUDE TO A HERO -- Chronicles of a Hero Book 1 by Jaime Buckley ***Spotlight -- Giveaways***


Prelude to a Hero
Chronicles of a Hero Book 1
by Jaime Buckley

Genre: YA Fantasy


Nerd. Introvert. He was the hero they never knew they wanted.

All Wendell hoped for was a decent job, a hot new car and a girlfriend to match.

What he got was the mantle of a legendary hero, the heart of a girl who had no idea who he really was…and a diamond bigger than his fist.

What could possibly go wrong?

Prelude to a Hero is book one in the Chronicles of a Hero series, by Jaime Buckley. If you enjoyed Tiffany Aching, Harry Potter or Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, then you’ll love this humorous, original epic fantasy, packed with magic, mystery and sharp kicks to the funny bone.

"I'm already a HUGE fan of fantasy fiction, this book appealed to me as I felt it would be something new and unique... I wasn't left disappointed!"


**only 99 cents**


Guest Post
Mapping the Future
By Jaime Buckley


When I go shopping with Kathilynn it's usually so we can spend time talking alone about the story and what we want to do next as a family when it comes to Wanted Hero.

It's amusing to watch some of the looks the housewives give me when I get animated in the isles of grocery stores, waving my arms around. I’ll start talking wildly about the various races or how certain families were brutally murdered and how I feel the villain who did it shouldn't get caught.

(I once looked at a lady, shrugged my shoulders and whispered..."At LEAST not until book four...don't you agree?")

People think I'm nuts and Kathi just laughs.

The publishing industry is changing so fast I'm having a hard time staying in the flow.

In fact, if it wasn't for David Farland I'd miss a lot of what's going on.

My habit is to keep my head buried in my projects and work hard and fast until I run out of energy or pass out. Weird but true. I don't pay a lot of attention to what others are doing...and it's getting to me. So I brought the subject up to Kathi while shopping:

Can we create a system that will help us as a family to build Wanted Hero into a successful story and support our family financially?

I know full well (as did Kathi), that one book (Prelude to a Hero) sitting on Amazon isn't going to do us much good. People like it and even though Amazon’s increasingly critical review policy, the book sells. So interest continues to grow…but we also sell it for $.99 specifically because people just don't know who I am as a writer yet.

I had a fan base with the original comics, at one point having over 15,000 active participants on my forum (over 27K registered)—but I don't DO the comics anymore. For some reason that group has not transferred to the books.

That's perfectly ok. It's the way writing goes, but our goal is to change that if we can--to create a series of books that readers not only enjoy, they go crazy over them.

I’ve not talked about this with anyone before, so I hope you don’t mind.

Kathi has a difficult time with how big the Wanted Hero universe is. All the notes, backgrounds, intertwining lives, events, prophecies and side stories that tie into Wendell and his life.

It's literally 28 years of ideas and though not all of them are great ideas...they all end up becoming springboards TO great ideas. This in turn dramatically increases the size of the story.

As a reader, I hate it when it takes years to come out with 2-3 books. The worst example I can think of when it comes to slow writers is Patrick Rothfuss. On his own website he claims to be ‘Fantasy’s Next Superstar’, but that’s not gonna happen.

Ever. You know why?

He writes too damn slow.

Sure, I’ll buy his books when they eventually come out, but I don’t wait with bated breath for anything he does. He doesn’t keep his word and there are far too many great writers who surpass him when it comes to keeping my fantasy fix supplied.

That’s a good reason why I say the story of Wanted Hero needs to grow faster.

So how does a creative author get the story out faster to the readers?

The most important thought was to create a basic system of how we literally produce the books. Not a rigid box we conform to, but guidelines, such as 40,000+ words in a few months, rather than 200,000+ words a year.

Maybe 10-14 chapters averaging 3,000 words each.

Then there could be follow up books, like Höbins fieldguides which aren't required for the series...but they certainly enhance the enjoyment of them.

Then there could be background stories of characters in the books, histories and obscure knowledge about the vast world that people might enjoy. All created and illustrated to enhance the readers overall experience.

Fun thing is, I’m also a professional illustrator. Been doing it for over 30 years, so what could I do for fans in that arena? Posters? Sketches? Maybe live drawing sessions or even lessons on how to draw various characters form the books?

Absolutely.

Hence the unique prize for this book blog tour—a full-color, one-of-a-kind character drawing by yours truly for the lucky winner.

(If you haven’t signed up for the drawings, I strongly suggest you do. I charge over $600 every day to do what I’m offering the winner…you’ll LOVE it, I promise.)

What this came down to was having to make the decision to produce as best we can, as fast as we can, so people can enjoy as much as they can.

Is that wrong?

I’m not trying to be the BEST writer out there. I’m not even trying to be the most POPULAR writer out there.

What I DO want to be, is the author you love, talk about, recommend and come back to time and again…because you know that I care about you.

Making you happy, makes me happy.

My desire is to not only bring you a great story, but to create a universe rarely seen (thank you Terry Pratchett for the perfect inspiration).

I can see it in my mind and I've dreamed of it for decades...the real test now is to bring it to you.

Just watch me.










Race to Til-Thorin
Chronicles of a Hero Book 2


Dream girls. Fried snails. A 30” bodyguard with pink ponytails.

Being a hero comes with learning curves.

The curve of a hip. The curve of a sword. The curve of a sucker punch as it connects with your face.

It wouldn’t be so bad if Wendell had professionals to help him.

Instead, he’s stuck with a feisty gnome, a senile old wizard and a green skinned, cigar-smoking babysitter to guide him.

Is it too late to quit?

Fans of epic fantasy will cheer Wendell on as the Chronicles of a Hero series continues in book two. Those who enjoy the world building skills of J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and Brandon Sanderson will surely get addicted to this original new world.

Feed your fantasy needs and grab your copy today!

"I have not laughed so hard in a long time. I don't KNOW how long it's been. Just when the tension is about to make my heart pop, Chuck or Dax or a situation will pop up and make you laugh."



Into the Fire
Chronicles of a Hero Book 3


Stranded, alone…with a tree sticking out of his bellybutton.

Wendell’s task is simple: get to Til-Thorin Keep.

No problem.

Add to that no map, no help and no flippin’ idea where he is and you have a day in the life of our hero.

Oh wait—we forgot to add the army of cannibals now nipping at his heels.

It just might be the death of him.

Elemental magic and nail-biting action are what you can expect in book three of Chronicles of a Hero. Fans of Dragonlance and The Hobbit will love this new addition to the series.

Don’t wait to grab your copy—buy one today! 

"I think this book will be well-liked by those who like Harry Potter, but I think it goes to a new level where those who didn't like Harry Potter can still love this book!"



Trench Wars
Chronicles of a Hero Book 4


Wizards. Elves. Giant Robots with Automatic Weapons.

Wendell is dying for a change of scenery, but Clockworks City has a ban on all outsiders.

It’s a law punishable by death.

So how does a 5’ 10” human hide among 1.5 BILLION gnomes?

By competing in the #1 televised extreme sport in the country, of course.

Enjoy bullets, babes and a bowl of mushroom soup as this series jumps from humorous fantasy to comical science fiction! If you enjoy a good laugh, intense action and unexpected endings, you’ll love book four in the Chronicles of a Hero series.

Grab your copy and keep the epic buzz going!

"(got yelled at by mom to put my Nook away all week....*sigh*) It was that good."



Second Chances
Chronicles of a Hero Book 5


Fame. Fortune. Thrown into the City incinerator.

Wendell’s chance at the title was always a long shot.

Since then he’s been on TV, Radio and even has the attention of The Church.

Fact is, he’s more popular than ever.

So why are people trying to kill him?

(It’s the cheesy goatee, isn’t it.)

Second Chances is book 5 in Jaime Buckley’s Chronicles of a Hero series. Laugh, cheer and bite your nails as this epic fantasy takes you on a crazy ride, twisting down ramps and out a back window!

Pick up a copy today!

"You know you have found a great book when you want to slap the author and give the author a hug at the same time, when you take some of the plot turns personally."



The Truth About Lies
Chronicles of a Hero Book 6


Caught. Tortured. Scheduled for execution. Any Questions?.

Wendell and Dax are exposed and the gnomes of Clockwork City are freaking out. 

Are they spies? Is this an invasion? Was this all just a terror tactic to get gnomes to pay their taxes?

Now with Wendell under arrest and Dax under armed guard, it’s going to take a pardon from President Shrub to set them free.

Good thing Chuck’s planning to kidnap his kids.

The Truth About Lies is book six in the Chronicles of a Hero series by Jaime Buckley. The series that makes you laugh, squirm, grit your teeth and has you begging for more.

Make sure to grab yourself a copy!

"I loved this book because it takes a misfit who was never really liked or appreciated and it shows the beginning of the process of him unlocking his potential and becoming something greater than anyone would have imagined for such a small, insignificant person."



The Price of Fame
Chronicles of a Hero Book 7


Honest Politicians. Humane Terrorists. Religious Devils.

Then it gets confusing…

Wendell’s learned that gnomes are just as irritating and dangerous as humans…they just come in smaller packaging.

Citizens are rebelling, the government’s collapsing, the Church is selling off the poor and Dax’s head on the chopping block.

All Chuck needs to get everyone home is a city wide diversion, a flying S.L.A.G., four lawyers, a hand grenade…and a tiny bit of string.

It feels good when a plan comes together!

The Price of Fame is book seven in the Chronicles of a Hero series by author Jaime Buckley. If you love a good laugh and incredible plot twists to keep you guessing, this book will curl your toes and put a smirk on your face!

"…packed with wild imaginations and inspirations. It’s a rarity that a YA book contains the combination of those three things but Wanted: Hero has them. Seriously, you don’t want to miss reading this book in your lifetime."

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About the Author

Jaime Buckley married young, winning the heart of a beautiful Samoan princess and together, they had 12 amazing children.

One of the original ‘lost boys’ of Peter Pan, Jaime never truly grew up. Though he is respected as a traditional father figure, he still enjoys late night conversations with Santa Clause, flirting with the Tooth Fairy and has an occasional beer with Bigfoot. Wizards and warriors seek his counsel while monsters tremble at the mention of his name.

An accomplished writer and illustrator of all things fictional, Jaime has a passion to entertain and uplift. He loves God, his country, his family and continues to expand his influence and friendships by stepping onto the Twitch platform as a Creative streamer. Jaime can always be found through Wanted Hero, his greatest project, and passion.





Giveaway
Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!





Three amazing prizes!!!

#1)A one-of-a-kind full color HD character sketch from the books--of ANY character the winner wants, created in a live stream session and autographed to the winner by name. (a $300 value)

#2) a PDF copy of the first 5 unedited chapters of Chronicles of a Hero, Book 8: Howling Shadows

(scheduled to be released fall 2019)

#3) A digital copy of 'An Unsolvable Problem' (any format)--the Origin Story of Dax, one of the main characters of the Chronicles of a Hero story (not available for sale).


Comments

  1. I love the cover. I live in Charleston, SC that they say the men also suffer from the Peter Pan syndrome.I look forward to reading this. 12 kids? I bet you make them laugh all the time.

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  2. I enjoyed learning of this author and reading the guest post!

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