The Pilgrimage, Second Stop: Dalibor
Thanks so much, Anne, for letting me visit here today! This is the second 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.
Mike is a fiscal analyst from California. He likes numbers. He’s big on predictability and has been accused more than once of lacking imagination. But one evening he’s home, enjoying some, er… private time. And a god appears unannounced to whisk to an alternate universe, where he has to undertake a pilgrimage to a series of shrines.
The first place Mike visits in this other world is the small town of Dalibor. Here’s what Dalibor looks like:
The village was on top of a small hill. It was surrounded by an ancient-looking stone wall, but the huge wooden gate was unguarded and propped wide open. Agata and Mike walked right through. Inside the walls, the streets were roughly cobbled, lined with two- and three-story buildings. The buildings tended to lean this way and that, windows and doors were oddly placed, and narrow alleys appeared out of nowhere, running crookedly away. Houses with laundry hanging from the upper floors were jammed next to shops selling meat, housewares, bread. Apparently Mike hadn’t managed to hallucinate city planning.
Now, Dalibor doesn’t truly exist in our world. But I imagine it looks a lot like some of the little hill towns in Istria. Although Istria is now part of Croatia, it spent a long time being part of Italy, so the area has a very Italian feel. A lot of the locals speak a Venetian dialect. They grow grapes and hunt for truffles. Here’s one of those towns, Motovun, the birthplace of Mario Andretti:
Mike’s not going to stick around Dalibor for long. He has places to go, gods to appease, and a handsome guide to meet.
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.
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