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Cover Reveal ON THE EDGE OF DEATH #fantasy

I am pleased to present the cover art for On the Edge of Death, Book 2 in The Sundered Oath, by very talented artist Sam Keiser.

Ebook Art

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Full Wrap

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I love it! What do you think?

About 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.

If you haven’t yet read Book 1, In the Company of the Dead, what are you waiting for?

Here’s what some people are saying:

“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

“In the grand old tradition of High Fantasy, this dark and doleful tale cannot fail to please lovers of Tolkien, Jordan and Mallory. It harks back to the Good Old Days of fantasy, when heroes were heroes and were concerned more with honour and the eternal than with sex and witty one-liners. Caught in a tragic juxtaposition, a hero and heroine tread out their doom, although at the end of the book, a slight ray of hope pierces the gloom. I could hardly put it down.” ~ Tabitha Ormiston-Smith

“If you’re a fan of epic fantasy with a romantic twist along the lines of Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings, I think you’ll enjoy this book quite a lot. Loaded with characters, action, magic, deception, murder, and (my personal favorite fantasy component) an evil Necromancer, this book is quite the thick read, filled with characters that make the book seem real…I definitely see this as a book that the more you read it, the more you’ll glean from it. Ballintyne does a great job at creating quite the epic world and I know things are going to get deeper and more action-packed once this series is complete. If you’re looking for a hefty, deep, complex fantasy novel, definitely check this book out.” ~ Nebula of Books

On the Edge of Death releases in April, 2017, so you’ve got until then to catch up! In the Company of the Dead is available from all major retailers. Get your copy here.

Evolved Publishing Goes to Supanova 2016 in Sydney

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

Evolved Publishing will be exhibiting at Supanova 2016 in Sydney—come by stand 1615 to visit us! We’re located in the Dome, just follow the wall around to the left as you come in the main entrance.

We’ll be offering a selection of speculative fiction books by Evolved authors at prices from 15—45% below retail, including titles by:

  • Barry Metcalf
  • C. L. Roberts-Huth
  • Ciara Ballintyne
  • D. Robert Pease
  • D T Conklin
  • David Litwack
  • Jeff Altabef
  • Lane Diamond
  • Marlin Desault
  • Michael Dadich
Here’s a couple of the titles that will be available for sale:

  • Wind Catcher by Jeff Altabef (45% off retail)-Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense. When she stumbles upon a series of murders, she can’t help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and her Native American heritage. Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep her safe, she starts to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories her grandfather has been telling her. All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average-could never be average. Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.
  • In the Company of the Dead by Ciara Ballintyne (25% off retail)-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.
  • Broometime Serenade by Australian author Barry Metcalf (35% off retail)-SOC agents (offshoot of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) Martin and Claire pose as new arrivals in Broome, attempting to merge with the locals in an effort to solve a baffling case and bring the killer to justice. Lulled by the soporific influences of the sun, sand and surf—known by the locals as the ‘Serenade of Broome’—time seems to have no meaning for the two agents, and the investigation drifts from one location to another as they follow a trail of bodies designed to confuse and distract them from their real business in this tropical paradise. Little do they know their every move is being watched by an enemy who is both ruthless and deadly, a powerful, sadistic enemy who enjoys toying with others’ lives before despatching them in the most horrifying manner imaginable. As the clues lead them first one way then the other, they fall deeper and deeper into the trap set for them. By the time they uncover the truth, they will begin to doubt everything they know and face their greatest challenge to date.

Australian Evolved author, Ciara Ballintyne, will be on the stand all weekend to sign copies of her new release, In the Company of the Dead.

We’ll also be welcoming as our special guest, independent Australian author Dionne Lister, who will be signing copies of her books all weekend.

Stop by to pick up a free short story, guess how many Smarties and M&Ms are in our jar for your chance to win, and peruse almost 30 different titles available at exclusive show prices.

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