A global treasure hunt ~ The Stone Sage Prophecy ~ Excerpt and Giveaway

Posted: January 5, 2017 in Action/Adventure, giveaways, Mystery
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The Stone Sage prophecy

by N. S. Wikarski


Genre: Adventure / Mystery



Where do you hide a mysterious artifact that could change the course of history? You scatter clues to its whereabouts across the entire planet. Five objects buried beneath the rubble of lost civilizations point to the hiding place of the fabled Sage Stone. A secret society and a fanatical religious cult vie against one another in a global treasure hunt to claim the prize. The Arkana wants to preserve it for posterity. The Blessed Nephilim wants to exploit it to create a terrifying new world order. Only one faction can win. More importantly, only one can survive.




Alma Jones slowly eased the SUV over the causeway at Cahill’s Crossing.

Cassie gulped. She leaned out her window to gauge the height of the water. Even though the tires were only submerged about half a foot, the current was swift. She didn’t want to imagine crossing this land bridge with a flash flood racing under the wheels.

“You told us to look out for salties,” Daniel said, barely above a whisper. “What’s a saltie?”

“Good goddess, man!” Griffin’s tone was exasperated. “None of us want to know that!”

“There’s one.” Alma inclined her head to the right, both hands firmly gripping the steering wheel.

Her three passengers scanned the water on the driver’s side.

“Please tell me that’s a tree trunk floating out there,” the Pythia implored.

“No,” Alma demurred. “It’s a saltwater crocodile. Saltie for short though they don’t spend much time in salt water. They prefer watering holes—billagongs as we call them. The males can run six meters in length.”

“Translation?” Cassie turned toward Griffin.

“Six meters would be roughly twenty feet.” As an aside to the others, he explained, “She’s taken a firm stand against the metric system.”

“Freshies or freshwater crocodiles are much smaller and they eat fish not humans,” Alma added. “The salties are the ones to watch out for. Your American alligators are nearly as big but they aren’t always looking for a fight. Salties are natural-born brawlers.”

“Has anybody died at Cahill’s Crossing?” Daniel asked.

“Yet another fact we don’t want to know,” the Scrivener grumbled.


Author Nancy Wikarski


“There’s a 52% chance that the next Dan Brown will be a woman … or should we just make that 100% now?”

–Kindle Nation Daily


Nancy Wikarski is a fugitive from academia. After earning her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, she became a computer consultant and then turned to mystery and historical fiction writing. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, the Society Of Midland Authors, and has served as vice president of Sisters In Crime – Twin Cities and on the programming board of the Chicago chapter. Her short stories have appeared in Futures Magazine and DIME Anthology, while her book reviews have been featured in Murder: Past Tense and Deadly Pleasures.

She has written the Gilded Age Mystery series set in 1890s Chicago. Titles include The Fall Of White City (2002) and Shrouded In Thought (2005). The series has received People’s Choice Award nominations for Best First Novel and Best Historical as well as a Lovey Award for Best Traditional Amateur Sleuth.

Her seven-book Arkana Archaeology Mystery Series is a #1 Amazon Bestseller. Titles include The Granite Key (2011), The Mountain Mother Cipher (2011), The Dragon’s Wing Enigma (2012), Riddle Of The Diamond Dove (2013), Into The Jaws Of The Lion (2014), Secrets Of The Serpent’s Heart (2015), and The Sage Stone Prophecy (2016).

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  1. rsbrandt44 says:

    Have they tried behind the refrigerator?

  2. Mary Preston says:

    Love the treasure hunt aspect.

  3. Lisa Brown says:

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  4. Emma says:

    Enjoyed the comedy in the excerpt. This sounds great.

  5. nswikarski says:

    Thanks for hosting my latest book. As other comments have noted, there’s both a treasure hunt and lots of humor.

  6. This sounds quite interesting! I do like the plot…

  7. Hmmm, where do you hide it?
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. LauraJJ says:

    Oh sounds so good! I have a feeling I would not want to put down! I have no idea where I would hide it!!!!

  9. Rita Wray says:

    Thank you for the excerpt.

  10. nswikarski says:

    To everybody who asked where the treasure is hidden, it’s scattered in pieces across the planet. Check out volumes one through six in the Arkana Series to find out where.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Ooh, that sounds fun. I read another series where each piece was found in a separate book. read it to the end.

  11. nswikarski says:

    The only problem was my fans were ready to kill me after each book because they had to wait a year for the next piece of the puzzle. I can only write so fast. Luckily, THE SAGE STONE PROPHECY is the series finale.

  12. Victoria says:

    Sounds like an excellent book – thanks for sharing :)

  13. bernie wallace says:

    What books are you looking to read in 2017? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

  14. kim hansen says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt.

  15. Sounds like a fun read :)

  16. wow i love the cover of the book and then i would like to now if you have bookmarks

  17. Looks like a good book. Thanks for sharing it with us and for the chance to win.

  18. Nancy Burgess says:

    Sounds like a fun read.