Thursday, August 1, 2013

Blog Tour: The Hero’s Lot

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My Top Ten Songs/Music to Write to:

Okay, some of these are albums and some of these are specific songs. I tend to go in for some pretty obscure stuff, so don’t be surprised if most of these are totally unfamiliar. They have, however, seen me through multiple books, so I can testify to their efficacy (that’s a cool word).

1.       Everybody Digs Bill Evans – This is the ultimate de-stress album for me and works wonders for taking away the cares of the day and allowing me to write. I especially love “Peace Piece” and “Some Other Time.”
2.       Chronotrigger Symphonic – This is a symphony adaptation of the popular game and the music is simply awesome. It not only provides great mood music for writing, but also provides a great beat for an aerobics workout. I really enjoy “Blue Skies of Guardia.” It’s so cheerful and uplifting.
3.       Watermark – This is one of two Enya albums on here and the whole Gaelic vibe she has going is pretty much perfect for writing Fantasy. My favorite track of this one is “Storms in Africa.”
4.       Ken Burns Jazz – Art Blakey. I love this album because the jazz has such a great edge to it. A lot of it, like my favorite track, “Doodlin,” falls into the hard bop category. If I ever write a gritty detective novel I’ll probably be listening to this the whole time. Even for fantasy, it’s great for those tough, edgy scenes.
5.       Oscar Peterson – Jass ‘Round Midnight. This is probably the most romantic jazz I’ve ever heard. My favorite track is “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” Whenever that song comes on the romantic heat in the house goes up ten degrees.
6.       The Celts – This is the other Enya album on my list. It’s just great mood music for writing. I can’t tell you how many times I let the album cycle through while I was deep into my work in progress.
7.       The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady – This is an incredible ensemble effort put together by Charlie Mingus. The album dates from 1963 and the brand of jazz on here may be a little inaccessible, but the music is unbelievably intense.
8.       Central City Sketches – This is a wonderful swing album put by Benny Carter some years back. It’s the old kind of music that never gets old.
9.       Shiny Stockings: The Lori Mechem Quartet – This is a great collection of Count Basie tunes arranged and performed by a wonderful jazz pianist in Nashville, Lori Mechem. My favorite track is Meet B. B.
10.   The Most relaxing Jazz in the Universe – A very mellow collection that allows me to write without distractions.

So, there it is. A collection of my favorite albums. I should probably put all these people in the acknowledgements section of my next book. J


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.

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..

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing The Hero's Lot and the giveaway. I am looking forward to reading it. evamillien at gmail dot com