{Story Excerpt/Giveaway} A CAST OF STONES by Patrick W. Carr

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Today's guest post features an excerpt from A CAST OF STONES,
the first book in a new fantasy series from Patrick Carr!
(And it's a really gripping scene that changes the pace of the story, too!)

Check out my review!


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Author: Patrick W. Carr
Release Date: Feb. 1, 2013
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers / Baker Publishing Group

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.
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.

Visit Patrick on his website, blog, Facebook, and check out the Music Theme from the series!

An Excerpt from
by Patrick W. Carr

He left each man a water skin and raced away without a backward glance, his feet churning the dust on the trail. It was two hours walk to Berea. As he ran, his thoughts swam sluggishly in his mind and his peripheral vision blurred until the trees and plants at the side of the trail blurred into an unbroken swath of green. 

A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, #1)
Luis and Martin were dying. The image of Martin, gray-skinned and sweating flashed across his mind and he held it. Casting about for any sign that might help Adele decipher the poison, he called up the image of the two men over and again. They had stopped to rest. At the time Errol had paid no attention, but now it seemed strange that they should tire so quickly and on the easiest part of the trail at that. Then they had fallen. 

Errol cudgeled his memory as he ran, tried to recall any detail, no matter how insignificant that might help. But aside from their gray, clammy skin and the sudden onset of fatigue, he could think of nothing. 

Sudden pains shot through his calves and he grimaced, struggling against unaccustomed weariness. He shouldn’t be tired. He’d run this trail and others as difficult a thousand times. The days when the pathways around the Sprata could challenge him were long past. Sweat blurred his vision. When he raised a hand to wipe it away, the chill of his skin surprised him. With a shock he stared at the back of his hand. His mind recoiled at the pallor of his flesh. 

The poison was in him. He stumbled, stubbed his foot against a rock. Keep moving. Adele would know what to do. He ran on, forced his legs to obey his will. 

The twists and the turns of the trail conspired against him. The rocky pinnacles, so often his friends when he needed to flee his thoughts or memories now turned against him. Sweat poured from him. When it ran from his forehead, down his face and into his mouth as he sucked in great gasps of air, it gagged him with the taste of sulfur, its saltiness hidden by the unfamiliar odor. 

His vision swam. The terrain distorted, became strange and unfamiliar. Where was he? Adele. He was trying to reach the old healer, but was this even the right path? He couldn’t be sure. It looked strange.

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 Entries: eCopy of A Cast of Stones

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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

Catch the entire Tour!!

1/23 - Backing Books - Herbwomen
1/24 – Christian NovelsReviewWorld
1/25 – I Am a Reader, Not a WriterReaders

1/27 – Reads to ReelsWatchmen
1/28 – LDS & Lovin’ It - Clergy
1/29 – Proud Book Nerd - World
1/30 – Open the Page - Herbwomen
1/31 – Wonderings of One PersonReview - Readers

2/3 – Simple Wyrdings - Watchmen
2/4 – Bookworm Lisa – Review – Clergy
2/5 – Passion & LifeReaders
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 WilliamsonReview – Clergy
2/12 – ADD Librarian Herbwomen
2/13 – Worthy 2 ReadReviewWatchmen
2/14 – Hey, Tara!World
2/15 – Pieces of WhimsyReview - Readers

2/17 – CTF DevourerReviewClergy
2/18 – Pause Time - Readers
2/19 – A Backwards StoryReviewWorld
2/19 - Christy’s Cozy CornerHerbwomen
2/20 – Min Reads & ReviewsReview Watchmen
2/21 – FINALE BLAST, Winner announced