The Hero’s Lot
Riveting Sequel from Christian Fantasy’s Most Talented New Voice.
When Sarin Valon, the corrupt secondus of the conclave, flees Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But other forces bent on the destruction of the kingdom remain and conspire to accuse Errol and his friends of a conspiracy to usurp the throne.
In a bid to keep the three of them from the axe, Archbenefice Canon sends Martin and Luis to Errol’s home village, Callowford, to discover what makes him so important to the kingdom. But Errol is also accused of consorting with spirits. Convicted, his punishment is a journey to the enemy kingdom of Merakh, where he must find Sarin Valon, and kill him. To enforce their sentence, Errol is placed under a compulsion, and he is driven to accomplish his task or die resisting.
Hero’s Lot is the Sequel to A Cast of Stones
A Cast of Stones
An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love.
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.
Author Patrick W. 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.
Pieces of advice you would tell the “teen”you
1. You walk around, like every other teenager, convinced that everyone is waiting for you to mess up and do something stupid so that they can make fun of you. They’re not. Relax.
2. Try everything. Who cares if people don’t think it’s cool to be in the drama club or in the band or whatever. You never know what you’re going to fall in love with until you experience it.
3. Learning is cool. I know some of your classes may seem boring, but that’s only because you haven’t learned enough to see the big picture and how all these things fit together. It’s amazing how many “aha” moments are waiting for you if you just dig a little.
4. Turn off the television. Twenty or thirty years from now all that cultural knowledge is going to be useless.
5. Treat everyone with respect and courtesy. The relationships we develop are precious. Make them a priority.
Things That Inspire You
1. I love going for a hike in the woods. Nothing gets me through writer’s block or inspires me more than walking through the trees.
2. Chocolate and coffee. The combination of caffeine and sugar is like going from impulse power to warp drive.
3. Church. I’m fortunate that our pastor (Thomas McKenzie) is a great storyteller in his own right. His sermons are a great source of story material because they so often expand my thinking and stimulate my imagination.
4. Music. I have a ton of sons on my laptop that I listen to while I’m writing. The mood set by my favorite albums helps me to express on paper the images that the songs conjure in my head. I especially love “Everybody Digs Bill Evans.”
5. Quiet. This one is hard to come by because the society we live in thrives on bombarding us with sensory input from radio, television, internet, and everything else. Getting away from all that to a place of quiet allows me to move from processing information to thinking about it which in turn allows me to imagine.
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