Greco-Roman Fantasy 'Blood Isle' Book Tour Re-Cap + @calasade


Blood Isle: Calasade Series virtual book tour featured by Happy Geek Media




Blood Isle, Calasade Series 

by Mark Stone

Genres: Greco-Roman, Illustrated, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Mythology, Romance

248 Pages

Release date: May 18, 2015


Calasade is a Greco-Roman Fantasy world that was in development for over five years. The world of Calasade has enough in common with Ancient Rome and borrows enough from Greek and Roman mythology that it will seem familiar, but also offers plenty of its own lore so that it is something new and different, the latter especially true when the world of Calasade and its tales are compared to fantasy taking place in worlds based on Medieval Europe.

A love of fantasy tropes intertwined with the unique helped bring Calasade and Blood Isle to fruition. You will find neither the knight in shining armor nor the never-do-good evil sorcerer.

The people of Calasade in Blood Isle are not so different than us in that they belong squarely inside the gray box of existence. As such, each and every one is capable of heroic acts one moment and dark ones the next depending on what’s at stake and the means available for acquiring their goals.

Blood Isle is an illustrated novel. While part of a series, it is like all Calasade stories and can be read as a stand-alone. Thank you for taking the time to check out Calasade: Blood Isle.


Beautiful black & white illustration from Blood Isle: Calasade


Blood Isle: Calasade “Clepta”





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Excerpt from Blood Isle


“Become the Man I Love”

What was he other than depraved and shattered?


A man who had taken off to find some treasure and returned with a trunkful of gold, acting a hero. Caderyn had not gone home straightaway to see his wife. Oh, no. First he went to the Twisted Vine. Had to celebrate, get satiated on drink and thrill. He sat at an Imperatori table across from a professional gambler. The two of them commenced to playing. Come dawn Caderyn had lost his last coin. Behaving the dupe, he begged for a loan. The gambler lent him three thousand chrysos that was gone faster than it took for a strong breeze to blow the white fluff off a dandelion. The gambler permitted a fortnight to settle the debt plus an additional five hundred in interest.

Three weeks passed. Caderyn went without work; thus made no restitution.

The gambler fulfilled his sworn ramification.

Nighttime. Moon shining bright. A pool of crimson took on a blue-purple hue in such light. She sprawled on the dirt floor of their hovel, a knife embedded in her gut. The killer could have been kind and sliced upward to finish her. Apparently the gambler intended for Elianna to suffer, to survive just long enough that Caderyn would find his wife in time to hear her final, soul-jarring words. He had expected what she would say to be laced with hatred. He was mistaken.

Become the man I love.




Author Mark Stone of Blood Isle and the Calasade series

Mark Stone splits his time between the United States and Spain with his greatest inspiration, his wife. Having written award-winning Flash Fiction, he is now a novelist writing tales mostly of Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery. He will sometimes get a wild hair and venture into other areas—namely, Weird Western and Historical Fiction. Look for the latter in the near future. Most of his stories are based in Calasade, a fantasy world heavily influenced by Ancient Rome.


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  1. I’m interested in the Romance Fantasy part of this. Occasionally I struggle getting hooked on time period novels but this does sound interesting with the illustrations especially

    • Hope I win I could used this

  2. I think the combination of Greco-Roman and fantasy is intriguing and I like that black and white illustration.

  3. Looks really great! I am seriously looking forward to it 🙂

  4. I think that the book genre (fantasy) is quite interesting and the use of black and white illustrations is very thoughtful for those who cannot see in colour.

  5. It’s my favorite genre and I really like the illustrations. They kind of remind me of the creepy pictures from those old ‘scary stories to read in the dark’ books.

  6. This is just the type of book I love to read.I am glad I came across your book.Love the illustrations as they transport me to a fantasy land which I connect with.Fiction and romance are a perfect combination

  7. Nice illustrations ! Genre – not my thing…

  8. I think the illustrations are pretty neat and Gothic looking. Sounds pretty fun, I’ve never read an illustrated novel like this.

  9. I like reading about mythology and the illustrations are perfect for accompanying stories

  10. Its very well done. Love the illustrations.

  11. im not into fantasy but might be interesting…i do love the black and white though.

  12. The genre isn’t really my thing, does sound interesting, the art is alright, but I don’t think the style fits the genre.

    • Hi, Diana,

      You’ve studied ancient Greco-Roman history and the intricacies of both mythologies? It is, after all, a Greco-Roman fantasy that also fits into the genres of paranormal, horror, and romance. Fantasy includes intricate world building, so which genre does this fit and not fit into?

  13. This looks really cool! I love ancient mythology!

  14. It is of the murder/mystery genre and shows the weakness of the human character and it’s resulting penalities

  15. I love the genre of fantasy in my books,I love being in a different time or place,I love that this book will transport me where i want to go effortlessly because it sounds like a great plot and I love the black and white illustrations,so much intricate detail that no color is needed,awesome!


    • Well, that won’t count as a comment. I’ll make a note. Thanks for stopping in!

  17. The art goes with the genre, I like fantasies and mythology. Takes you away to another place and time.

  18. love the presentation and the creativity this book has a bit of everything love the mystery ass well. The presentatyion and wording definitely sparks my interest to read the book well done!

  19. I meant to say presentation lol tried to fix error but it wont let me

  20. Thank you all for the great comments. Hope you enjoy the book! Good luck on the contest for the gift card. 😀

  21. I am frightened easily…so, I would have to read this during the day! LOL The cover imagery is not my favourite type of graphics that I like to see on a cover. I prefer “real-life” imagery when it comes to the people….but, that’s just me! Great work! Thanks!

  22. the black and white illustration is beautiful and the story is very interesting!

  23. Well illustraions actually looks pretty good

  24. My daughters and I love to read fantasy books together. The illustrations are beautiful!

  25. Love the cover and the book sounds intriguing.

  26. Horror is one of my favorite genres; fantasy, not so much. The book covers seem very appropriate and will appeal to the audience, I would think.

  27. I’ve always enjoyed the fantasy genre and this book looks really interesting. The featured illustration is gorgeous. I’m eager to get a copy to read.

  28. Normally this isn’t my kind of genre, but the black and white illustration makes it intriguing to my curiosity!

  29. I think it all looks great! Thanks for an opportunity to win…it’s a really great giveaway!

  30. I think the illustrations are awesome and I like the fantasy genre.

  31. The illustrations are haunting and beautiful.

  32. I really like the black and white illustrations.

  33. It look beautiful.

  34. im rwally liking the black and white illistration

  35. OMG, luv the illustrations. Divine. Wow, prize amazon gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂 Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the Amazon gc to shop and eat. A life changing exp.

  36. I think there are to many genres.

  37. I think it’s a very interesting mix of genres.

  38. I’m intrigued and can’t wait to read this

  39. The designs look professional and they are tempting!

  40. Thank you for this giveaway!

  41. looks very interesting it does intrique interest

  42. I think that it’s genre. I would love to read this.

  43. The book sounds very interesting. I am already wanting to read more. I’m kind of sad it ended where it did. I am wanting to read about how the husband reacts. Very intrigued.

  44. The illustrations are amazing. I love how mystical they look. I am quite jealous, as I have always wanted to be able to draw.

  45. Looks so great.I liked it because is beaautiful book cover ilustrations and nice genres.

  46. This is so awesome! Thank you so much!

  47. Blood Isle: Calasade “Clepta is especially striking!

  48. I like that its mythology, mystery and other genre’s. My favorite is history. Sounds like this book would be interesting for a lot of different people.

  49. I love different time period books – it takes a second to move between time periods in book life and real life but if they are historically accurate it’s a fantastic getaway.


  50. The Blood Isle cover looks so weird and spooky, which is perfect, of course.

  51. looks interesting

  52. Love the illustrations.

  53. interesting book and illustrations

  54. I sometimes have a hard time getting into books. I do enjoy Romance Fantasy though, I think illustrations would be great.

  55. Eek, that Cyclops freaks me out!–in a good way …

  56. I have to admit that I’ve never read a Greco-Roman Fantasy before. The illustrations look to fit the genre, and I think the book would be interesting to read.

  57. I luv Fantasy,, Mystery and Mythology…the combination of them all together intrigues me.
    I like that the black and white illustrations are so very detailed…very cool!

  58. I like that it’s a combination of different genres. It makes it stand out from others and interests me, even though I’m not personally a big fantasy fan. The illustrations look very well done!

  59. I like it all.

  60. I love the black and white illustration, the details what it represent. I have never read Greco-Roman Fantasy before, but I love romance and fantasy!

  61. I can appreciate all the work and consideration that is involved from idea to execution

  62. I hadnt heard of the genre Greco-Roman before so checked that out. It certainly ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to the genres it is covering – Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Mythology, Romance I like that tho. Very unique from what I have read. It has my interest piqued.

    The illustrations are interesting and have obviously had a lot of thought and artistic talent go into them which is obvious and appreciated.

  63. I love romance/fantasy and the story line of this one looks really interesting.

  64. I have to be honest, I’m not a huge reader and when I DO read, it’s hard to get me really hooked into a book. However, when I do get hooked, I sometimes get lost in them and it’s often that I feel like I’m far away, wrapped up into the story and the characters. I love anything from this time period. Making it realistic with factual material will help to pull the reader in and make it feel familiar, all the while you have the fantasy portions to help create another world for you to get lost in…….and would also keep me reading to hear more about the “new” or “unusual” fantasy parts of the story. Overall, while I don’t read much, this sounds like something that I would have a great deal of interest in reading. Thank you for the “review” of sorts as well as the giveaway!

  65. A book set in a Greco-Roman type world with characters that can be brilliant at times yet dark and evil at others?! Yes, please. It sounds great!

  66. Oooh scarey! Not really my thing. Love fantasy, not so much scarey (horror) though. Black and white is cool enough though.

  67. This book definitely looks like something I would like. The illustrations are well done and the concept is interesting.

  68. I really like reading historical and fantasy or a mixture of both genres. I am not a real fan of romance, but if it pushes the story forward, I don’t mind it. It bothers me more on film because it can really mess up an action movie or a thriller because I don’t think people would realistically stop to have sex when men with guns or monsters are chasing them. I have not seen too many books, other than graphic novels, where there is a lot of illustration. However, I loved the sample of the black and white illustration shown and look forward to seeing all of the illustrations included in your latest work. My deceased sister was an artist and used pen and ink, as well as charcoal for her black and white depictions. This book sounds great and I can’t wait to read it.

  69. fantasy and great illustration

  70. The illustrations look awesome!

  71. The genre is exactly my cup of tea, and the illustrations are well done.

  72. Sounds like a good book and genre that I enjoy reading.

  73. Book and illustrations both look interesting

  74. Both the genre and illustrations are good

  75. They are quality illustrations and the genre is appealing as well.

  76. I think the book looks and sounds good. I am interested.

  77. the illustrations are really cool.

  78. The book sounds very intriguing and like something I’d really enjoy reading!

  79. the cover is interesting makes me think sci fi/cartoon.

  80. I would definitely read this book as the genre and illustrations interest me.

  81. This sounds like a unique book. I like the fact that it is illustrated. I think that gives it a classic feel and I think the illustration from inside the book is well done. I think it’s interesting that mythology is used as inspiration for parts of the story.

  82. i like the illistrations they are neat

  83. It looks like a good summer read.

  84. I love to read fantasy books and I am excited to read this book!

  85. I think the book looks awesome. It falls right into what I enjoy reading.

  86. again i think the illistrations are neat.

  87. not my genre style but sounds quite interesting.

  88. I like the book genres and illustrations.

  89. The illustrations look superb.

  90. even though its not my pick of genre overall it sounds intersting.

  91. I love the illustration and i love reading books too..

  92. Great genre and illustrations.

  93. Awesome illustrations and genre!

  94. Love it!! This will be my first book wth illustrations

  95. I’ve never really read an adult book with illustrations, but it definitely appeals to me, as well as the genre.

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