Blog Tour: A Cast of Stones by Patrick Carr

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome Back to Author Patrick Carr:

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.

The Readers:


The concept of casting lots, which was my initial inspiration for “A Cast of Stones” led inevitably to the idea of a reader, someone born with the talent to fashion lots and then cast them. The most difficult part of having someone who could answer almost any question by simply carving a few pieces of wood, was how to circumscribe their power. If I didn’t come up with some kind of limitation, I was going to have a book filled with the equivalent of a bunch of super-wizards. I really struggled with this aspect of the story. In the end I decided to tie a reader’s ability to his own background experience. In order to cast a question, a reader has to have intimate knowledge of the possible answers. Of course, there are ways around this, but they’re cumbersome and not as reliable. In addition, a readers ability is tied to the question itself. If you don’t ask the right question, you’ll get gibberish for an answer.

Once I’d completed the basic idea for how casting lots would work in my world, I had to set external limits on the power of readers. Even circumscribed as they were, having a bunch of guys running around who could answer almost anything would throw most societies into turmoil. So, I decided to build the readers’ service to the church into the mythos of my world. It turns out that Magnus, the second king fought a long series of wars to bring all the readers of Illustra under the authority of the church. The one weapon the church had that the readers couldn’t combat was the power of compulsion. A benefice could compel a reader to serve the church. All of this happened prior to Errol’s time. I’ve toyed with the idea of a prequel even though I don’t usually like those as a rule.

A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, #1)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.

Available 2/1/13:

Tour-Wide Giveaway:

Grand Prize (USA):  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): 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 BooksHerbwomen

1/24 – Christian NovelsReviewWorld
1/25 – I Am a Reader, Not a WriterReaders
1/27 – Reads to ReelsWatchmen
1/28 – LDS & Lovin’ ItClergy
1/29 – Proud Book NerdWorld
1/30 – Open the PageHerbwomen

1/31 – Wonderings of One PersonReviewReaders

2/3 – Simple WyrdingsWatchmen

2/4 – Bookworm Lisa – Review – Clergy
2/5 – Passion & LifeReaders

2/6 – Kari’s Crowded Bookshelf – Review Herbwomen
2/7 – Coffee, Books & MeReaders

2/8 – Backing Books – Review – World
2/10 – Letters to the CosmosWatchmen

2/11 – Jill WilliamsonReview – Clergy

2/12 – ADD Librarian Herbwomen

2/13 – Worthy 2 ReadReview – Watchmen

2/14 – Hey, Tara! – World

2/15 – Pieces of WhimsyReviewReaders

2/17 – CTF DevourerReviewClergy
2/18 – Pause TimeReaders

2/19 – A Backwards StoryReviewWorld

2/19 – Christy’s Cozy CornerHerbwomen

2/20 – Min Reads & ReviewsReview Watchmen
2/21 – FINALE BLAST, Winner announced