Thursday, June 12, 2008

During the Bloodstone Castle Virtual Book Tour, we will be offering several giveaways for people who participate and comment in the tour.

We encourage people to visit each tour stop shown on the schedule. Each comment on any of the tour stops is an entry in the book giveaway. Several copies of Bloodstone Castle will be given away at the end of the month. One will be given to the “best” comment, one for the “most unique and relevant” question. In addition, the blog host where the winning comments were posted will also win a copy of the book. So, visit Mirella, learn more about Bloodstone Castle and post comments. Mirella looks forward to getting to know her readers.


Phyllis Campbell said...

I have to say I LOVE your cover. Very mysterious. And the book sounds wonderful. Just the type I like to read, in fact.

I have a question for you. What made you decide this was the time frame you wanted to write about? Was there something in particular about it that made you fall in love with this century?


Anita Davison said...

Mirella, as someone who has read and thoroughly enjoyed the book, I wondered how you came up with the name 'Bloodstone'. Are these minerals indigenous to the area of Italy you set the story, or was it simply a name which appealed to you?

Chris Redding said...

Waving to Mirella a fellow Enspiren Press Author.

Mirella Patzer said...

Hi Phyllis,

I've always loved the medieval era. Even as a child, I would read fairy tales and anything to do with the middle ages. I've done a ton of research into the 10th century for my mainstream historicals on the women of the Ottonian Empire, so I decided to stay in the same period for Bloodstone Castle.

What periods do you enjoy?

Mirella Patzer said...

Hi Anita,

Nice to see you here today. And I love your question. Although bloodstone can be found in Italy, it is not prevalent.

The part of my story which states that Bloodstone Castle is built on bloodstone is fiction. I chose bloodstone because of its ancient heritage and that it was a warrior's stone because they believed it quelled bleeding. It got its name because it is a green stone and it is believed that when Jesus hung on the cross, his blood fell on the stone and stained it. So bloodstone is always green with brownish red spots.

So I thought it would make an interesting semi-precious gem to add to the story.

Great question! Thanks so very much!

Mirella Patzer said...

Hi Chris,

A wave right back at you! I loved Corpse Whisperer. What other novels do you have in progress?

Mirella Patzer said...

How was everyone's day?

I had a great day. A dear friend came for lunch and we ate and talked like we always do when we get together.

I've got some great books on my "to read" stack which I'm looking forward to. I'm currently reading Nefertiti by Michelle Moran.

I had a wonderful visit here with everyone here today and really enjoyed chatting.

Anita Davison said...

Thanks Mirella. I had heard the legend that they helped to stop bleeding too - I thought it was a wonderful name for a castle and so original - hope to see you on the next leg of your tour.

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