Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bloodstone Saga Blog Tour & Giveaways: Captioned! Windsor Castle Inspiration

Welcome to the Bloodstone Saga Blog Tour! Every week of the tour features a different book in the series. This is the third week, and Courtney is talking about book #3, With My Last Breath.

Captioned! is a fun way for authors, bloggers, and readers to participate on the blog. The idea behind Captioned! is to showcase a short piece of fiction paired with or inspired by a photograph. If you would like to participate please go to this page for more details. Photos are provided by me or if you are feeling really ambitious you can find your own.

Our guest today, Courtney Cole is showcasing her fiction by sharing with us a photo of her inspiration. Check it out below!

Windsor Castle
I found a picture of Windsor castle that I thought I would use today.  It just seems like what King Arthur’s castle in Camelot might have looked like. 

This particular picture is of one corner near a rose garden.  And in the beginning of With My Last Breath, there is a scene when Harmonia first returns to Camelot as Heleyne… where she and Sir Lucan (a previous life of Cadmus) sit out in the gardens.  This is almost exactly what I saw in my mind as I wrote that scene… only in my mind (and in the scene), it was dark.  The night was velvety smooth around them while dew formed on their skin. 

In the end of Fated, there was a cliffhanger where Harmonia loses Cadmus… and she doesn’t know whether she will get him back.  She travels to Camelot in With My Last Breath, and this is where she first sits with him after losing him in Fated. She is relieved just to have him back for a short while- even though she knows it’s not really real, since it was a past life that would end.  Her sense of desperation is almost tangible, her broken heart gut-wrenching as she struggles to both save her husband in their true lives- but still enjoy their fleeting time in this past life.  


There are two giveaways today.Please read each one carefully so you know what is being offered.

Giveaway #1:

A gorgeous bloodstone ring to one winner! US/Canada only. To enter, leave a comment on this post with your email address. Must be 18 or older to participate. Ends January 6 @ 11:59 PM EST.

Giveaway #2:

A Kindle Touch with a My Tattered Bonds skin (as seen in the photo above). To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below. US/Canada only. Must be 18 or older to participate. See more contest rules here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

About With My Last Breath

Just when Harmonia thought she had saved everyone she loved, the unthinkable happens and her life is shattered… in the space of just one breath.

Now, she is left alone to shoulder a challenge, because she alone can fulfill a prophecy and restore Olympus. She knows she can succeed; she is the daughter of gods, after all. But will doing so cause her to lose herself?

To find Zeus’ sword, she is forced to return to a place that she knows will cause her pain. But she willingly goes in order to save everyone she loves, because pain alone cannot kill her. Or can it?

About Courtney Cole

Courtney Cole is a YA novelist who loves thunderstorms, cake batter and insane amounts of coffee. She wrote her first story at the age of 9, although thankfully it has remained hidden away in an old cedar chest beneath musty blankets. Her more recent efforts are much better.

Upcoming Tour Stops:
Monday, January 2nd - Jenny, Supernatural Snark 
Tuesday, January 3rd - Ana, The Book Hookup W
ednesday, January 4th - Lisa, A Casual Reader's Blog 
Thursday, January 5th - Dani, Refracted Light Reviews 
Friday, January 6th - Sarah, That Bookish Girl

Find all previous tour stops at Kismet Book Touring.



  1. WOW, I love that Bloodstone ring! That's gorgeous! And it looks like something that would have been worn in Camelot =)

    Love the picture of Windsor Castle - so beautiful too!

    I've been wanting this book since I heard about it - it's on my wishlist =)

    Thank you for the giveaway chance!

    Gena Robertson

  2. I love this series and would be so honored to receive the prize! I have never won anything before and would be so ecstatic if I won this! Please consider me... ;/
    I love to write and Courtney has inspired me to strive to be an amazing author like her someday... Hey, a girl can dream big! ;)

    Thank you so much for this opportunity!
    Love, Katlyn

  3. the Bloodstone ring is gorgeous :O

    Windsor Castle is definitely a place I would love to visit.

    Kara D.

  4. wow! what a great giveaway!!!

    yankeedragon4 at gmail dotcom

  5. OMG this is an awesome giveaway!

    The mailing address option doesn't work.:(


    Kindred Dreamheart

  6. That is a gorgeous ring!