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03ce2-heroslotTop Ten Places to Visit: A Guest Blog by Patrick Carr 

1.       Hawaii – Mary and I went there on our honeymoon a little over 20 years ago and I’ve always wanted to go back. We went to Kauai and it was like stepping into another world. I would love to hike the Napali trail again, but this time I want to go all the way (11 miles) and get to the waterfalls.

2.       French Micronesia – I saw an ad in a travel magazine once for this hotel that’s a hut built into the lagoon and the only way to get there is by canoe. The hotel staff paddles out each morning to bring you breakfast and if you want to go snorkeling (which is a LOT of fun) you just dive in off your front porch. How cool is that!

3.       Glacier National Park – I’ve seen pictures, but I’ve never been. It looks so pristine and perfect, like God made it just yesterday.

4.       The Smokies – I’ve been there quite often either with Mary and/or the kids and I love hiking the trails. I can’t think of a better way to spend a fall day than hiking through the mountains and just soaking in the brilliant colors of autumn. Plus I think there are an infinite number of story ideas nestled within the trees and rocks of those old hills.

5.       Bitburg, Germany – I was born there on the air force base during the cold war. That was back when it was West Germany, but we moved when I was a little over two and I have no idea what my birth place looks like. I wonder if there’s much of anything left from 1961.

6.       Ireland – Both Mary and I have a portion of our family tree rooted here and I’d like to see where they’re from. My mother’s maiden name was McPeak. There aren’t that many of them around and I’ve been told they’re all related and from the same little county in Ireland. I’d have to brush up on my brogue.

7.       Scotland – This is where my dad’s side of the family is from. Evidently Carr, Karr, and Kerr are all the same clan and left-handedness occurs so often in the bloodline that I’ve been told it’s sometimes called “Carr-handed.” Of course, I ‘ve also heard that we have some pretty rough characters in the family tree.

8.       Paris – Usually, I don’t care for cities, but I hear the coffee shops in Paris are THE social gathering place. That’s my kind of city. I don’t speak French, but I would love to just hang out for a couple of weeks and soak up the ambience. I’m sure my fiction would be greatly improved if anyone wants to sponsor my visit. J

9.       Antarctica – This would be a very short visit and realistically the only one on the list that I would change out, but in middle of winter you can join the 200 club. It works like this: You put on swim trunks and run outside to the flagpole when it’s -100 degrees. When you get back inside you jump in a hot tub that’s +100 degrees. So in a matter of seconds your environment has undergone a 200 degree change in temperature. Cool huh? Oh yeah, they have penguins too.

10.   Israel – This is the big one. I’ve never been, but someday I want to walk where He walked. And see all the rest of it as well.

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.

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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.

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