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How To Pronounce The Names From IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD (Part 1)

In the Company of the Dead Book 1 of The Sundered Oath

I’m recording a series of videos to show you how to pronounce the words from my dark epic fantasy In the Company of the Dead, including the invented words, the Latin and the Gaelic. Watch Part 1 now.
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Watch out for Part 2, coming soon!

Monday Morsel: An Understandable Urge – An Excerpt From ON THE EDGE OF DEATH

“Happy New Year!”
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“Nice picture.”

Ellaeva immediately crumpled up the drawing and stuffed it away, looking up into the oily smile of Drault as he set two tankards of ale on the table. His breath stank as he leaned over the table; they weren’t his first drinks of the evening. His dark red hair was pulled back in a neat queue, no doubt courtesy of the nervy man who served as his aide, and he was dressed far too finely for a back-country inn like this. The Gaylbrath tartan alone screamed his identity, and he wore both kilt and plaid with a snowy white silk shirt. Then again, she had said the more pomp the better.

She swallowed a grimace and dropped her eyes, unable to find it in herself to offer a smile. A man like Drault would only take it the wrong way anyway. “Your highness.”

The prince sat down uninvited, as princes tended to do, and pushed one of the tankards towards her.

“I am waiting for Lyram,” she said.

“You speak very familiarly of a man who only recently hired you.” He looked at her sideways over the top of his ale as he drew a long draught. When he set the tankard down, an unpleasant, amused smile twisted to his lips.

Ellaeva curled her hands under the table to stop from punching him in the nose. It was already slightly crooked from when Lyram had broken it, after Drault had insulted Lyram’s dead wife. That urge to hit him was, she realised, entirely understandable.

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Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget, this is a fourth draft, and as such won’t be perfect – while the bones of the story are there, enough to give you a glimpse into the tale of these characters, I typically do at least eight drafts so you can expect a lot of polishing to occur between now and release date.

If you like what you read, and are so inclined, show your support by leaving a comment. If you’d like to sample more of my writing, check out the free short stories available on this site. Subscribe to the newsletter to receive a free short story and discounts on some of my books.

On the Edge of Death

All the Left Hand of Death wants is something to call her own, but is the price too high?

Ellaeva, the fated avatar of the death goddess, is desperate to track down her missing family but the trail is decades old. Instead, she discovers her battered and bloodied sister priestesses driven across the Jerreki border on pain of death. Ellaeva must turn aside from her personal quest to investigate the murders, only to find her parents have been taken into the heart of the conflict.

Lyram Aharris, favoured son of the royal line of Ahlleyn, is the only living person she trusts to help her infiltrate the enemy stronghold and uproot the horror they find there, but their chequered past threatens the mission. Accompanying him is his crown prince, the one man Lyram wants dead above all others.

Now Ellaeva must face down the darkness in her soul before a dark god is brought into the world.

At the boundary of life and death, all oaths will be tested.

Giveaway Winners Announced!

Here are the winners of the giveaway!

1. $30 Amazon Gift Card – Linda Trinklein

2. In the Company of the Dead Limited Edition – Brent Strassburg

3. Signed Set of The Seven Circles of Hell – Nicole Martin

4. Complete set of Ballintyne ebooks – Mary Ann Cloud

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Monday Morsel: And Yet You Still Asked – an excerpt from ON THE EDGE OF DEATH

Today I am sharing with you one of my favourite moments from On the Edge of Death.

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“Will you marry Narrawen?” Ellaeva broke eye contact. Why had she asked that? She hadn’t meant to, and the words came out stiffer than she liked.

“No. I don’t know. No.”

She flickered her gaze back up to Lyram for a moment, a tiny smile tugging the corners of her mouth despite herself. “Which is it?”

But he didn’t smile, instead frowning deeply. “I need to marry and have heirs. And politically, she is a good match. But…”

“But?”

“But.” He looked at her frankly.

A hot flush spread up her cheeks, but she found herself unable to drop her eyes. “We…we cannot be.” Her tongue tripped over itself, betraying her.

“And yet,” he said, his voice very quiet in the near silence of the room. “You still asked.”

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On the Edge of Death

Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget, this is a fourth draft, and as such won’t be perfect – while the bones of the story are there, enough to give you a glimpse into the tale of these characters, I typically do at least eight drafts so you can expect a lot of polishing to occur between now and release date.

If you like what you read, and are so inclined, show your support by leaving a comment. If you’d like to sample more of my writing, check out the free short stories available on this site. Subscribe to the newsletter to receive a free short story and discounts on some of my books.

On the Edge of Death

All the Left Hand of Death wants is something to call her own, but is the price too high?

Ellaeva, the fated avatar of the death goddess, is desperate to track down her missing family but the trail is decades old. Instead, she discovers her battered and bloodied sister priestesses driven across the Jerreki border on pain of death. Ellaeva must turn aside from her personal quest to investigate the murders, only to find her parents have been taken into the heart of the conflict.

Lyram Aharris, favoured son of the royal line of Ahlleyn, is the only living person she trusts to help her infiltrate the enemy stronghold and uproot the horror they find there, but their chequered past threatens the mission. Accompanying him is his crown prince, the one man Lyram wants dead above all others.

Now Ellaeva must face down the darkness in her soul before a dark god is brought into the world.

At the boundary of life and death, all oaths will be tested.

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In the Company of the Dead Book 1 of The Sundered Oath

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About the Book

In the Company of the Dead Book 1 of The Sundered Oath

Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want.

Chosen as a five-year-old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing to call her own—nothing except a desire to avenge her slaughtered parents. Her duties leave her no time to pursue the man responsible, until both her work and revenge lead to the same place—the lonely castle where Lyram Aharris is serving out his exile after the murder of his wife.

Lyram is third in line for the throne, and when the castle is unexpectedly besieged, he fears his prince means to remove him from contention for the crown permanently. Ellaeva’s arrival brings hope, until she reveals she has not come for the siege, but instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the dark god of decay.

Within their stone prison, Ellaeva and Lyram must fight to save themselves from political machinations and clashing gods. But as the siege lengthens, the greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.

Monday Morsel

If you are looking for this week’s Monday Morsel it’s been held over until next week. I absolutely adore this next snippet I’m going to share with you, and I didn’t want it getting muddled up in this post.