I haven’t posted anything since early April, for which I apologise. It’s been a rather hectic time, with lots of travel for my day job, and not much sleep on the homefront, and it’s been difficult to get to the blog. I can promise though that I have still been writing, and In the Company of the Dead is out with beta readers – I’ve just started getting feedback and so far so good! For now, enjoy this Monday Morsel.

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The maid stepped over to touch Ellaeva’s arm as the door clicked shut behind Everard. ‘Your holiness will require my assistance with the buttons of the gown.’

Unable to avoid it anymore, Ellaeva’s eyes darted to the gown hanging in the lady’s wardrobe. With nothing else to hand, Lady Dulanica generously agreed to loan something appropriate. Everard made the selection, choosing something he said Alharne would have favoured, in black and wine red velvet with silver embroidery. The neckline scooped worryingly low.

‘Yes.’ When the word emerged as a thin whisper, Ellaeva cleared her throat. ‘Yes.’

With numb fingers, she began pulling her robes off.

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Everything Dangerous

Son of a duke and third in line for the throne, Lyram is exiled to a lonely castle after striking his prince – but when the castle is besieged, he fears the prince means to remove him more permanently.

Hope arrives in the form of the Left Hand of Death, the woman bound to serve the goddess Ahura in battle. But the priestess has not come for the siege – instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the god of decay.

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

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