I’m really happy to be able to join another book tour for A Cast of Stones by Patrick Carr. I really really liked this book!
It is a fun book with lots of interesting characters. The world draws you in and makes you want to find out what happened and why. Especially what in the world is going on with the watch?? And who is trying to destroy everything? And can it be fixed? Will it be?
It kept me interested the whole way through and I’m now waiting on the next book in the series. I hope he gets it published fast.
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.
The Watchmen, elite warriors:
My goals for the watch when I started writing were pretty simple. I wanted to introduce a measure of intrigue into my story and the idea of supposedly loyal guards showing up as assassins suited that goal nicely. Since my protagonists have no idea what’s been happening in the capital for the last five years, their confusion at having a pair of watchmen provides a nice hook. What’s happened to turn the natural order of the kingdom upside down? Now my little band of heroes has no idea whom to trust. In fact, Errol’s not so sure they can even trust each other.
Another purpose for using the watch in my novel was to provide a benchmark for my hero, Errol Stone, to measure himself against. These are the best fighters in the kingdom (supposedly). How does he stack up? Sure, he’s learned how to use a staff, and he’s become proficient enough to earn a spot as a caravan guard. But what can he do against the best? So, essentially, the watch becomes a tool for the reader to see Errol’s maturation into manhood.
Finally, as the series progressed, I needed a military structure that wasn’t tied to a particular noble. Sure, the nobles all have and maintain companies of guards out of their holdings. But what I needed was a group of fighting men that wasn’t tethered to one noble or location so I could have them move with the plot of the story. Some of my favorite scenes are at the training ground of the watch. The watch barracks are located next to the king’s palace in my story and Errol has quite a few interesting encounters there.
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.
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 Entries: eCopy of A Cast of Stones
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