On Tour with Prism Book Tours
Only on this Tour... the author shares the Creation, his Goals, some Visuals and Excerpts on each of these mini-themes:
The Herbwomen of secret lore
The World of The Staff & the Sword
The Readers of the cast lots
The Watchmen, elite warriors
The Clergy of power
See the Tour below to catch all the great Guest Posts and Reviews!!
A Cast of Stones
by Patrick Carr
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected Publication: February 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
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.
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.
Find & Follow:
When I set up the structure of my world, one of the things I wanted to show was a church that was a little off-track because it operated mechanistically in their decision making. It was, in essence, a rule-based theology. Their predicament was understandable, they’d lost their version of the scriptures centuries before so they were forced to rely on their memories of a liturgy and those who possessed the ability to cast lots. I wanted to show the beginnings of people who believed in Deas (God), but didn’t require the use of lots. In my mind, the herbwomen were the seeds of a reformation in my fantasy world.
Once I’d decided on the use of herbwomen as a foil to a mechanistic church, most of the research went into the herbs for healing that were used. When I could, I tried to use herbs or poisons that could actually produce that affect. For example, I use zingiber root to combat seasickness. Zingiber is another name for ginger and ginger actually does help to calm the stomach. It didn’t always work. Sometimes I just had to make up something that sounded good. Veritmoss, for example, is an herb used to encourage people to speak the truth. It’s completely fictional, but it’s my version of truth serum.
Tour-Wide Giveaway: Add your name to the cast below. :)
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
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Catch the entire Tour!!
1/23 - 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
2/1 – RELEASE-DAY BLAST!
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 announced