Kim is visiting my blog today!
The Pilgrimage, Seventh Stop: Tesriya
Thanks so much, Brynn, for letting me visit here today! This is the sixth stop on my blog tour to discuss my new novel, Pilgrimage. And since my characters, Mike and Goran, spend the book on a pilgrimage, I thought it would be fun for us to follow along.
Having been zapped to an alternate universe, Mike must visit a series of shrines to a death god. The fifth shrine he visits is near the city of Tesriya:
The last part of the hill was steep. They both walked slowly, not because of the exertion required but because they didn’t want to reach their destination. But of course it inevitably happened, and the site was as bleak and desolate as Mike’s mood.
The entire hilltop was bare of vegetation, as though someone had bathed the entire summit with Roundup. Not a single blade of grass survived, not a twig or petal or stem. No sign of any living thing, in fact, not even a bug. In the exact center of the emptiness was a long, low altar of rough stone. It reminded Mike of a piece of Stonehenge laid flat, held above the barren ground by smaller blocks of stone. As they moved closer, Mike saw the altar was badly stained; rust-brown splotches and black charred spots marred the pale-gray rock. It was terrifying.
Even worse was what lay around and under the altar stone. “Oh no,” Mike whispered.
Goran squeezed his shoulders comfortingly.
Bones. Some were animals. Dogs. Horses. But many of them were human, both adults and—horrifyingly—children.
Since we don’t have any photographs of this shrine, my 10-year-old daughter has made us an illustration:
Join the Pilgrimage
To celebrate the new book, I’m doing a giveaway. Two people will each win a signed print copy of Pilgrimage, plus a $10 donation to a charity of their choice. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here or on any of the other tour stops. Make sure you leave your email address! Each stop you comment on earns you an entry. I’ll randomly choose the winners on February 14 at noon Pacific time. Click here to see a complete list of tour stops.
Fiscal analyst Mike Carlson is good with spreadsheets and baseball stats. He doesn’t believe in fate, true love, or fantasy. But then a fertility goddess whisks him away to another world. A promise has been broken, and if Mike is ever to return to California—and his comfortable if lonely life—he must complete a pilgrimage to the shrines of a death goddess.
A humiliating event convinces Mike to hire a guard to accompany him, and hunky Goran is handy enough with a sword, if a little too liberal with his ale. A man with no home and no family, Goran is deeper than he first appears. As Mike learns more about Goran, his disbelief wavers and his goals become less clear. Contending with feuding gods, the challenges of the journey, and his growing attraction to Goran, Mike faces a puzzle far harder to solve than simple rows of numbers.
Kim Fielding can be found at her blog: http://kfieldingwrites.blogspot.com
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Thanks so much for stopping by Kim. The book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it.