Thanks so much, Charlie, for letting me visit here today! This is the first stop on my blog tour to discuss my new novel, Pilgrimage, which came out today. And since my characters, Mike and Goran, spend the book on a pilgrimage, I thought it would be fun for us to follow along.
Today we’re starting where the story does: in California’s Central Valley. Now, pretty soon our staid, realistic Mike is going to find himself zapped to an alternate universe (in an abrupt and rather embarrassing way). But as the story begins, he’s at work as a fiscal analyst. His workspace looks like this:
And here’s the thrilling alternate view:
Mike likes his job. It’s safe, predicable, orderly. But along come some feuding gods, and Mike’s life gets turned upside down. Good thing he finds handsome Goran to guide him. Before we go, though, here’s a shot from Mike’s hometown:
I have this theory that everyplace in the world might seem exotic to somebody, but wow. That looks pretty ordinary to me. What’s interesting or unique about where you live?
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.