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Six months ago, the disgraced wizard, Alloran, sacrificed his hand to rescue the woman he loves from his traitorous friend, Ladanyon. Despite saving the city from a demon, his reputation remains tarnished, and the council of wizards has penalised him severely for the practise of banned magic.

Now he learns his desperate efforts to stop Ladanyon led more to damnation than salvation. Finding a solution compels him to breach his sanctions and venture into forbidden places at risk of his life and freedom.

Alloran must choose between saving himself and everything he holds dear.


"I really liked the first book, and this sequel is a great follow-up. The descent into the hell realm is exciting, better even than the climax of the first book, when hell makes an appearance in Alloran's world. I love the tentacled first-realm demons, very kraken meets Lovecraftian Old Ones." ~ Samantha Sabovitch

"Awesome conflict on every page. Tons of surprises too. Great ending! This is a fast read, but the setting and characterization is rich and deep and I fell into the story in a way I didn't expect." ~ J.

"Stalking the Demon was quick and intricate, but slow and methodical at the same time. I found myself constantly trying to figure out what would happen next, and was usually wrong. There was a great amount of action and suspense that really grabbed me and kept me reading until the end." ~ Joe Slonaker


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    Ciara Ballintyne sings American country music with an Australian accent and is slave to two cats who believe they are gods - but who graciously permit her husband and two daughters to reside with them. She holds degrees in law and accounting, and for her sins has been a practising financial services lawyer since 2004.
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    Thanks for joining Vivify in their first End of Summer Sale. All deals are valid September 1st -7th please check prices before purchasing! Nicholas Andrews Secrets of the Stonechaser Only .99 cents! Kindle, Nook,iBooks,Kobo Nicolette Andrews Duchess FREE! Kindle, Nook, iBooks,GooglePlay,Kobo Nicolette Andrews Diviner's Prophecy FREE! Kindle, Nook, iBooks, GooglePlay,Kobo Nicolette Andrews Those Who Dwell in the Thorns Only .99 cents! Kindle, Nook, iBooks,GooglePlay, Kobo Nicolette Andrews Kitsune: A Little Mermaid Retelling Only .99 cents! Kindle, Nook, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo Ciara Ballintyne Stalking the Demon Only .99 cents! Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo Andrea Buginsky The Chosen: The Chosen Series, Book One Only .99 cents! Kindle, Nook Robert Dahlen Of Introductions And Abductions (Monkey Queen book one) Only .99 cents! Kindle Read More
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    Apparently humanity discovered explosives a lot earlier than I thought. Whether this is a testament to our ingenuity, or our seeming desire to find a better way to rapidly self-destruct, I’m unsure…. In any case, some of the earliest records of explosives are among the Chinese. While we don’t know everything, we do know they made something explode in 142 A.D., and by the 4th century there is a record of the chemical reaction that occurs when saltpetre, pine resin and carbon are heated together. By the 8th and 9th centuries it is clear that the Chinese had fireworks for use in celebrations. By contrast, the earliest record of gunpowder outside China is in 1240 A.D.. Apparently saltpetre had been Read More
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    Funnily enough, pricing is much the same across industries and professions–or should be. At a recent seminar I attended, lawyers were criticised on the basis that "if grocery stores priced like that, they’d soon go out of business". And funnily enough, the first thing I thought was “Writers are making the same mistakes – only worse!” So what are those mistakes? Market positioning – this is about where you place yourself in the market. There is a cheap and nasty product, there is the Rolls Royce, and then everything in between. Cheap and nasty mass sells cheap products, while Rolls Royce sells very few, high-priced items. Every market looks like this to some degree. You need to know what you are selling Read More
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    Lin is dragged from England to backwater Germany by her father, Dr Oliver Fox, obsessed with the discovery of the famed Allerheiligen glass, a set of stained glass windows missing for hundreds of years, perhaps no longer even in existence. Lin thinks her biggest problems are completing her final exams in a foreign country and serving as interpreter for her father as he chases the fabulous glass, but these are the least of her worries. For the glass is rumoured to be haunted by the demon Bonschariant, and murder and woe have followed in its wake ever since its creation. No sooner has the family - Lin, her elder sister Polly, younger brother Ru, and her parents – arrived in Germany than Read More
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