Sunday, January 27, 2013

Blog Tour: A Cast of Stones (+Giveaway!)

A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, #1)
In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone's search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills.

Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins.
Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he's joined a quest that
could change the fate of his kingdom.

Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom's dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.

A Cast of Stones by Patrick Carr
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected Publication: February 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers

Available 2/1/2013!


Patrick Carr on the creation of The Watchmen:

When I set about creating my fantasy world, the idea of a king’s personal guard appealed to me. It seemed reasonable that a monarch would have his own guards made up of the elite swordsmen in the kingdom. The idea’s not uncommon. After all you can find similar concepts in Jordan’s work where warders are assigned to Aes Sedai, and in Stephen R. Donaldson’s work (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant) where you have the bloodguard to watch over the lords of Revelstone.

But I just didn't want to have a bunch of guys hanging out with swords, I wanted them to have a story. A hint of that history comes through early in the book when one of my favorite characters, Cruk, confronts a fellow watchman. Typically, watchmen don’t leave the king, yet we find that there are three of them in this little backwater and two of them are trying to kill my hero, Errol. What gives? Cruk doesn't know; he’s been gone for five years.

In the meantime, we get all these other questions. Why do the men of the watch wear black? How come none of them have last names? All of these kind of simmer through the story as Errol tries to stay alive. Then we get to one of my favorite chapters in “A Cast of Stones” called “Conger’s Tale.” It’s about halfway through the book when Conger, a defrocked priest, sets Errol straight on the history of the kingdom, but within that he fills him in on the background of the watch. It’s a really fun read.


On tour now with Prism Book Tours!

1/23 – LAUNCH-DAY BLAST! – Backing Books – Herbwomen
1/24 – Christian Novels – Review – World
1/25 – I Am a Reader, Not a Writer – Readers
1/27 – Reads to Reels – Watchmen
1/28 – LDS & Lovin’ It – Clergy
1/29 – Proud Book Nerd – World
1/30 – Open the Page – Herbwomen
1/31 – Wonderings of One Person –Review – Readers
2/3 – Simple Wyrdings – Watchmen
2/4 – Bookworm Lisa – Review – Clergy
2/5 – Passion & Life – Readers
2/6 – Kari’s Crowded Bookshelf – Review – Herbwomen
2/7 – Coffee, Books & Me – Readers
2/8 – Backing Books – Review – World
2/10 – Letters to the Cosmos – Watchmen
2/11 – Jill Williamson – Review – Clergy
2/12 – ADD Librarian – Herbwomen
2/13 – Worthy 2 Read – Review – Watchmen
2/14 – Hey, Tara! – World
2/15 – Pieces of Whimsy – Review – Readers
2/17 – CTF Devourer – Review – Clergy
2/18 – Pause Time – Readers
2/19 – A Backwards Story – Review – World
2/19 – Christy’s Cozy Corner – Herbwomen
2/20 – Min Reads & Reviews – Review – Watchmen
2/21 – FINALE BLAST – Winner will be Announced!!

About the Author:

Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

Awards: ACFW Genesis Competition 2010 Finalist for “A Cast of Stones” in Speculative Fiction.

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Tour-Wide Giveaway:

Grand Prize (USA & Canada):  Print copy of entire series of three books (#2 & #3 as they are published) + A Cast of Stones Mug + Lend your name to a character in book #3!!

2nd Prize (USA & Canada): Print copy of A Cast of Stones

International: eCopy of A Cast of Stones

Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry and sponsored by Bethany House & the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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