Please give a very warm welcome to Kim Fielding who is visiting today to discuss her new novel, Pilgrimage. Thanks for stopping by, Kim!
Thanks so much, Grace, for letting me visit here today! This is the third 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.
Practical, no-nonsense Mike has been zapped from California to an alternate universe, where he has to visit the shrines of a death god. He’s unfamiliar with this new place, but fortunately he finds a guide: the very handsome Goran. And the first shrine they visit is a place called Kutina.
There were no signs of habitation here at all, not even any sheep. Just stones and scrub and dirt and the sky tinged orange and red with the setting sun. Mike worried that they were lost… or worse. If Goran actually intended to slit Mike’s throat, this would be a fitting spot.
But as they crested the hill, Mike realized that the scattered boulders were in fact the ruins of what had once been a good-sized town. None of the structures were even remotely intact, but a few walls remained in a half-tumbled state and some foundations were visible beneath the weeds. They even passed a broken fountain with bits of intricate mosaic around its base.
“Kutina?” Mike asked Goran, who was several paces ahead of him.
“What happened here?”
“War. A long time ago.” Goran seemed very sober now.
It made sense that the goddess of death would have a shrine in a place like this—a dead city. Mike wondered what the war had been over. Did anyone remember? Did it matter anymore? At the far end of the ruins, a single small building still stood—barely. It leaned crookedly, and the building stones were cracked and chipped. The figures carved into the walls were too worn to make out. “Doesn’t look up to code,” Mike said.
Of course, we have no photos of Kutina. Photography hasn’t yet been invented there. Luckily, my 10-year-old daughter has illustrated the shrine for us:
Mike must make the first of many offerings at Kutina. And his journey has just begun.
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.
Pilgrimage is available in print and e-book versions from Dreamspinner Press and all major booksellers.
Kim Fielding can be found at her blog: http://kfieldingwrites.blogspot.com
On Twitter: @KFieldingWrites
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