Author Archives: Ciara Ballintyne

Cover Reveal – BECOMING THE DEMON

Becoming the Demon has been four years in the making–and now, finally, here is the cover!

About the Book

Some doors lead to places no man should go.

Desperate to rescue Dek after abandoning him in the fifth circle of hell, Alloran’s task is complicated when he is forced to go on the run again. Bereft of all resources, Alloran enters into the shady world of loose morals and stitchers—black wizards hiring out their services to the highest bidder. When a strange woman presents him with a lucrative but criminal opportunity, he must ask what Dek’s life is worth to him—or is it the chance of a challenge he cannot defeat that tempts him into darkness?

Gisayne is fixated on avenging her father’s murder, but Alloran, consumed by his need to rescue Dek, will not help her. Alone, she hunts the deadly wizard Ladanyon, but when the trail leads her back to Alloran, she must fight to save him—but from the black wizard or himself?

Blinded by his determination, Alloran risks crossing a line to become the very thing he fights against.

Becoming the Demon isn’t quite finished, but given I’ve been working on it on and off for the last four years, it is pretty close. As soon as To Make the Dead Weep goes to my editor, I’ll be putting the finishing touches on Becoming the Demon for a November?December release. Watch out for pre-order links later in the month!

To Make the Dead Weep – Cover Reveal

Here it is, the cover for To Make the Dead Weep, the third book in The Sundered Oath series. I am sorry – I know it’s been 16 months since book 2 was released. To Make the Dead Weep is due to go for edits in October, so you can expect to see it available within a few months after that!

About the Book:

After a lifetime of self-sacrifice, will an embittered priestess surrender the one thing she has left to give?

When Ellaeva runs afoul of the Rahmyrrim High Priestess and is imprisoned, the only man who can free her is the one she vowed never to see again—Lyram Aharris. But Ellaeva’s faith in her goddess is broken, and when Lyram refuses to abandon her to fate, she struggles to come to terms with what she has lost. Haunted by his broken oaths, and consumed by his quest to restore his honour, Lyram cannot help her find peace.

Together they journey into the desert to solve the riddle of their connection to each other, but their search leads to a killing field. Amidst the murdered souls, they balance on the cusp of understanding—what is the mysterious link between the Aharrises, the goddess Ahura, and the dragons?

But before they can complete the puzzle, the High Priestess attempts to bring an evil god into the world, and Ellaeva and Lyram are betrayed by those closest to them. If the Rahmyrrim cannot be halted, they will lose the most precious thing they have.

Ellaeva has always known her path ends at the ultimate sacrifice—but can she bring herself to fulfil her duty?

Becoming the Demon

If you read my Seven Circles of Hell Series, you may have been waiting as much as 4 years for book 3. I have been working on it all that time, it’s just been slow going around my commitments to The Sundered Oath. Fear not, it’s nearly done, and once To Make the Dead Weep goes to my editor, I will be putting the finishing touches on Becoming the Demon.

Check back soon for the cover of Becoming the Demon!.

Book Update: THE SUNDERED OATH and THE SEVEN CIRCLES OF HELL

It’s been more than a year since I released my last book, so I probably owe you all an update.

I am working on the next book in both of my series. Becoming the Demon is Book 3 in The Seven Circles of Hell and I’ve been working on it off and on since I released Stalking the Demon in (gosh) 2014. It’s just about to go through its final edits before proofing and will be released in the second half of this year.

To Make the Dead Weep is Book 3 in The Sundered Oath and I’ve been working on the first draft. Hopefully it will also be released this year, but it will depend upon a number of factors.

Watch this space for more information! Cover reveals for both books coming soon.

ONE SECOND AFTER Is Turning Me Into A Prepper

OK, so I’ve seen the reality shows about preppers and I always thought they were a little crazy. Prepping for what? The zombie apocalypse seemed highly unlikely, and even economic collapse didn’t seem likely the way international support works these days.

Well, One Second After answered that question for me in a big way. Without giving too much away, the premise is that an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) hits the United States. For those of you who don’t know what that is, the important thing is all modern electronics manufactured after a certain time period stop working, unless they have been protected from EMP, which hardly anything is.

The protagonist has two daughters, which I do as well, albeit his are a little older. I hadn’t been reading for too long before the story really got inside my head.

If it happened while I was at work, how would I get home? I was so off my game I couldn’t even think how to get home, since I usually catch the train (which wouldn’t be running), and I wouldn’t have a phone, or a GPS, or anything, and it was only when I told my husband I would have to follow the train tracks that he reminded me of course I know the way—I do drive to work from time to time. Oh yeah.

But I would still have to walk. That’s a two, maybe three day hike, depending on weather, terrain, supplies, and my general stamina. I can do that, no problem, and I have my runners at work, so I have appropriate footwear. If it’s winter, though, it could get chilly overnight. And there’s a big tunnel on the M5 Motorway, a big, dark tunnel, on account of there being no lights. Maybe I should be keeping a big torch at work?

And then assuming I made it home, would anyone else be here? Where would my kids be? Would they have been at school or at home with their nanny? And if the latter, what would she have done when the power went out? OK, that doesn’t even bear thinking on…

So, assuming I am home, what does that mean and what do we need? I already know how to filter water. I can grow food. I know the potatoes in the cupboard say “not for growing”, but they do sprout. Maybe I should plant one and see what it does? What about meat? Well, I can handle animals, but no idea how to hunt, slaughter or butcher anything. Maybe I should Google it, print it, and keep it somewhere….

Transport? Well, no cars, but there’s a horse agistment place down the road, and I can ride. I even have my own horse gear in the garage—two bridles, one saddle, two halters, two leadropes, a few other bits and pieces. Note to self: prioritise riding lessons for the girls. I should probably pack the lunge rein too—who knows how long since the horse has been ridden, depending on how fast we get there, and whether the horse we grab has been ridden regularly or not.

Well, OK, so maybe my imagination got carried away—unsurprising, since I am a fantasy author. But my main point is the book is compelling, it crawls inside your head and it makes you ask what-if. Maybe I’m not a prepper just yet—but I am wondering what basic survival skills I need that I don’t have!

Check the book out. Here’s a little more about One Second After by William R Forstchen:

The story of one town’s survival over the course of a year, after attacks on the United States and parts of Europe leave much of the world in chaos. Nuclear weapons exploded in the upper atmosphere above the U.S. create an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that wipes out all electronics – in one second. Electrical outlets, cars and trucks, internet, phones, television, refrigeration — things we take for granted in the 21st century — no longer work. Food becomes scarce, as do life-saving medicines and other staples of modern life.

John Masterson, a college professor in a small North Carolina town, works with the local police to organize his neighbors, ration available food and other supplies, and create a local army to guard the town’s borders against the increasingly violence of roving, desperate bands. Terrible decisions involving life and death come in to play as the country falls into chaos. Masterson and town leaders struggle to keep their own people alive in the midst of this escalating nightmare.

IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD on sale–99c for 2 days only!

In the Company of the Dead Book 1 of The Sundered OathMy dark epic fantasy In the Company of the Dead is currently on sale for 99c–act quick, it’s on sale for 2 days only! Get it at all major retailers:

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About the Book

Winner of the Pinnacle Achievement Award–Best Fantasy Book Fall 2016

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.

Praise for IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD

“Some of the most notable fantasy authors create powerful reads with slower beginnings that lead up to a crescendo of gripping action – such as this story… Much like the acclaimed fantasy writer Patrick Rothfuss’s productions, In the Company of the Dead evolves slowly for the first few chapters… perfect for the fantasy fan seeking depth, who appreciates a slow build-up before the fiery action begins. Such an audience will find this perfectly fits the definition of an epic saga: sweeping, complex, and ultimately engrossing.” ~ D.Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review