Jeanne Lyet Gassman's Blood of a Stone Blog Tour & Giveaway {Blog Tour}

Today on the blog I have a chance for two readers to win a copy of Jeanne Lyet Gassman's new novel, Blood of a Stone! Jeanne is currently on blog tour with HF Virtual Book Tours, so be sure to check out the schedule of stops below to see where else the author will be appearing!

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Publication Date: March 17, 2015 | Tuscany Press | Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle | 371 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Set in the first century on the edges of the Roman Empire and the Jesus movement, Blood of a Stone is a sweeping story of murder, betrayal, love, and the search for redemption.

Faced with the brutality of slavery, Demetrios confronts his master and flees by the blood of a stone. Determined to escape his past, he struggles to create a new life and a new identity with his friend and fellow escaped slave, Elazar.

However, freedom has its price. Secrets cannot remain secret forever. A chance for love is lost. Elazar betrays Demetrios to a so-called prophet named Jesus of Nazareth. Fearing the Roman authorities and Jesus, Demetrios risks everything to silence those who would enslave him again. His quest leads him to startling discoveries and dire choices. Demetrios must answer the question we all ask: Can we ever be free of our past?

Praise for Blood of a Stone

“Blood of a Stone takes the reader on an adventure in a fascinating period of history where the Roman Empire and the birth of Christianity converge. An extremely well written historical novel.” -Amazon Best Selling Author of The Olivia Series, Yael Politis

“Jeanne Gassman has composed a spiritual journey of one man's heart-rending path to redemption on the fringe of the Jesus movement. Wrapped in polished prose and vivid depictions of life in 1st Century Palestine, Gassman's story transcends genres to offer a rich biblical tale of love, loss, forgiveness, and the restorative power of faith.” -Barbara Devlin, Bestselling Author of the Brethren of the Coast series

"BLOOD OF A STONE by Jeanne Gassman is an enthralling, introspective historical tale that studies the human spirit in all its various forms: the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful. The novel is touching, wonderfully written and has a stunning story line that will stay with me for a long time. Highly recommend!" -Eliza Knight, USA Today Bestselling Author, My Lady Viper

“Details of 1st-Century Palestine come alive as Jeanne Lyet Gassman weaves a compelling story of unspeakable challenge and the search for redemption. Trapped in a life of desperation, Demetrios will do whatever it takes to escape, even kill those who enslave him. But when his life comes in contact with the man, Jesus, everything that seemed so important begins to shift. The story moves from pulse-pounding action to heart-wrenching honesty, as Demetrios pursues the Peace every heart craves.” -Amazon Best-seller Author, Christy M. Bellar, The Lady and the Mountain Man

"Grace, one of the most challenging journeys of life and literature, is explored in this fine debut novel by Jeanne Lyet Gassman. Set in first century Palestine during the time of Jesus, BLOOD OF A STONE is a moving, well-researched, beautifully turned novel that had me engaged and in tears. Highly recommended!" -Best-selling author Allegra Jordan, The End of Innocence

"Jeanne Gassman is a remarkable writer who brings a Biblical era stunningly to life in this powerful and fast-moving tale of sin and redemption." -American Fiction Prize Winner, Clint McCown, author of Haints

"In art man finds a conduit to the divine. Blood of a Stone, Jeanne L. Gassman’s artful debut, is a tale of murder, love, betrayal, and redemption in 1st century Judea. Crafted with imagination and superlative style, her story tracks slaves Demetrios’ and Elazar’s arduous climb from sin to forgiveness." -Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award, David Beckett, The Cana Mystery

"Jeanne Lyet Gassman's stunning evocation of 1st-century Palestine in all its teeming, multifaceted complexity compelled me, page after page, to follow the fateful pilgrimage to Jerusalem while also walking the rocky path from undeserved suffering and terrible guilt to the possibility--open to all of us--of forgiving and being forgiven." -Diane Lefer, co-author of The Blessing Next to the Wound

"Blood of a Stone is a gripping story of friendship and betrayal, love against all odds, a brutal Roman Empire, and the threat of a revolt that becomes instead the beginnings of freedom. Jeanne Lyet Gassman tells us what it was like to live in the time of emperors and slavery, a world into which Christ was born." -National Book Award Winner, Gloria Whelan, Homeless Bird

"A meditative journey on the ways that life cripple us all -- and the choices we make that lead to bitterness and blame or joy and forgiveness -- Gassman's BLOOD OF A STONE is a biblical journey of self-discovery that will strike a chord in every reader." -Michelle Zink, Author of Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy

"Jeanne Lyet Gassman is an astonishingly good writer. The ancient world of Blood of a Stone feels alive on every page. And if you think there's nothing fresh to say about the fragility of freedom and the difficult road towards redemption, this novel—chock-full of compelling characters and propelled by a polished, downright luminous prose—will provide new and heartfelt insights." -Nance Van Winckel, author of Boneland: Linked Stories

"In Blood of a Stone, author Jeanne Lyet Gassman leads the reader on a journey of surprise and suspense. Her well-researched work is the story of Demetrios, a slave who sinks to murder to defend his own life. He is a Gentile, in partnership with Elazar, a Jew. They travel Palestine in the midst of the Jesus movement and each in his own way finds his life changed." -Wall Street Journal Top Ten book selection author, Donna Foley Mabrey, Maude

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03_Jeanne Lyet GassmanAbout the Author

Jeanne Lyet Gassman lives in Arizona where the desert landscape inspires much of her fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has received fellowships from Ragdale and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

In addition to writing, Jeanne teaches creative writing workshops in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. Her work has appeared in Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Red Savina Review, The Museum of Americana, Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts & Letters, Switchback, Literary Mama, and Barrelhouse, among many others. Blood of a Stone is her debut novel.

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Blood of a Stone Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 4
Spotlight at Curling Up With A Good Book

Tuesday, May 5
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, May 6
Spotlight at Cheryl's Book Nook

Thursday, May 7
Excerpt & Guest Post at Curling Up With A Good Book

Friday, May 8
Review at Book Nerd

Tuesday, May 12
Review at Book Lovers Paradise

Wednesday, May 13
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Guest Post at Book Lovers Paradise

Thursday, May 14
Review at A Book Geek

Monday, May 18
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Tuesday, May 19
Guest Post & Giveaway at Latte Da
Excerpt & Giveaway at Queen of All She Reads

Wednesday, May 20
Review at Genre Queen

Thursday, May 21
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews
Guest Post & Giveaway at Raven Haired Girl

Friday, May 22
Blog Tour Wrap-Up at Passages to the Past

Giveaway

Passages to the Past has two paperback copies of Blood of a Stone up for grabs! To enter the giveaway please leave a comment below with your email address.

Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on May 14th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US/Canada residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion
– Winner have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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11 comments:

  1. I haven't read any books set in this time period and area. Sounds like even in those times you can't run from your past.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  2. When I first started reading HF, I mostly read books set in medieval England. More recently I've discovered early Roman and Biblical times and I'm hooked. Thanks for this review and the giveaway.
    lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I would enjoy reading of this era. I'm sure that much research was put into this novel.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  4. Beautiful Cover!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    sandy.mccarthy@yahoo.com

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  5. Thanks for this fascinating historical which interests me greatly. The era and setting is captivating.saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Such an interesting era, the Roman Empire and the beginnings of Christianity. I find it fascinating to see where something that's so pervasive today actually began. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

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  7. I am new to this Site, and new to Catholic Fiction, actually. While I'm a Cradle Catholic, who doesn't care for any "Off Color", I just never gave it a second thought. And, I'm almost 70! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ. I'd very much love to win a free copy, as the description sounds like something I'd very much enjoy. Thanks for this opportunity; your WebSite, and interesting info and free gifts.

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  8. I'm new to the Site. Would love to receive one of the free copies. I'm a Cradle Catholic, almost 70, an avid reader, and I've never read what's considered Catholic Fiction. I have found this site to be interesting and informative, and I wish "Me" luck.๐Ÿ˜Š. Thanks for opportunity.

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  9. I'm new to the Site. Would love to receive one of the free copies. I'm a Cradle Catholic, almost 70, an avid reader, and I've never read what's considered Catholic Fiction. I have found this site to be interesting and informative, and I wish "Me" luck.��. Thanks for opportunity.

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  10. I am happy to know that there is a publication house that is actively seeking Catholic writers to fulfill a need. And, I would love to receive a copy of Blood Of Stone and enjoy it as a guide and inspiration -- especially since I too love to write with God in mind and the Blessed Mother without having to be forced to compromise and forget His Blessed Mother. I hope someday to see my own writings published and enjoyed, as yours are and always.

    I remain,
    Sincerely,
    Norma Iris Montalvo (b 1955)

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  11. Thanks for the opportunity! canarywriter@hotmail.com

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