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Cover Reveal: Makeover for CONFRONTING THE DEMON

For some time now I haven’t been especially happy with the cover art for Confronting the Demon, my debut novella. If there was something letting the book down, it was the cover. Not that the art is bad, per se–just not right.

People would mistake the book for a romance, when it’s high fantasy, or a fantasy mystery. And then, of course, there were the people asking me if the protagonist was based on Matt Bomer. He wasn’t–not on my instructions, anyway–but when it was brought to my attention, I realised there was a striking similarity! I’ve not officially changed the cover on Amazon or elsewhere on this site, so you can still go check it out if you want.

But now, here, we have new cover art, brought to you by Worlds Beyond Art (who also did Stalking the Demon and who will do the upcoming Becoming the Demon).

About CONFRONTING THE DEMON

For Alloran, who practised the fine art of frivolity for decades, life just got serious.

Framed for the heinous crime of demon summoning, he is forced to flee his comfortable life of silk sheets and nightly carousing in the wizard’s citadel for the stinking back-alleys of the city of Ehsan. There he poses as a common labourer to hide from his lover, his best friend and the wizarding authorities.

But beneath the garbage of the backstreets he discovers a new horror: a trail of gruesome bodies, gnawed on by hellcats, and left gift-wrapped for him to find with taunting ‘love notes’ attached. Someone is brutally murdering people from Alloran’s past and threatening all those close to him.

As the body count rises, Alloran must confront his personal demons and risk losing himself to a powerful addiction in order to expose the true villain. Failure means the destruction of the city at the hands of the deadliest demon to inhabit any of the seven hells – or worse, Alloran himself.

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About the Book

For Alloran, who practised the fine art of frivolity for decades, life just got serious.

Framed for the heinous crime of demon summoning, he is forced to flee his comfortable life of silk sheets and nightly carousing in the wizard’s citadel for the stinking back-alleys of the city of Ehsan. There he poses as a common labourer to hide from his lover, his best friend and the wizarding authorities.

But beneath the garbage of the backstreets he discovers a new horror: a trail of gruesome bodies, gnawed on by hellcats, and left gift-wrapped for him to find with taunting ‘love notes’ attached. Someone is brutally murdering people from Alloran’s past and threatening all those close to him.

As the body count rises, Alloran must confront his personal demons and risk losing himself to a powerful addiction in order to expose the true villain. Failure means the destruction of the city at the hands of the deadliest demon to inhabit any of the seven hells – or worse, at the hands of Alloran himself.

The story continues in Stalking the Demon, available now, and with Becoming the Demon, which I hope to release in early 2017.

Praise for Confronting the Demon

“…fast-paced and enthralling. I was amazed by how swiftly I got caught up in Alloran’s situation. The author uses just the right combination of description and action to get her readers immersed in her fantasy world, causing them to hit the ground running along with the beleaguered wizard. I was surprised and thrilled by how much I was enjoying reading Confronting the Demon. Ballintyne’s work shows flashes of inspiration from Robert E. Howard’s sword and sorcery stories…. an accomplished and impressive debut offering, and it is most highly recommended.” – Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

“Ballintyne is a masterful storyteller who manages to get you caught up in the book almost instantaneously… I actually enjoyed a good fantasy novel that didn’t take days and days to read, but still offered the opportunity to get caught up in its world and story.” – Tracy Riva Global eBook Awards Judge

“This story wasn’t quite what I expected; it was better! The first pages surprised me, reminding strongly of THE WAY OF SHADOWS by Brent Weeks (the scenes, setting and story feel)1. I was immediately drawn in.” – Dr. S. Drecker

“Ballintyne gives wonderful descriptions and I found myself becoming lost in the magic of her words in a picturesque world with every turned page” Bella Doerres

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks

Are You The Chosen of the Death Goddess?

New Year, new book, new bonus content!

First cab off the rank is a brand new quiz to celebrate the upcoming release of my new full-length fantasy novel In the Company of the Dead. Are you the chosen of the death goddess? To find out subscribe to the newsletter (top right of this page), as this will be subscriber only exclusive content until closer to the April release date—although of course my subscribers may choose to share their results around the web themselves, and that’s fine, but you won’t find it on my website for some time yet.

To find out what it means to be the chosen of the death goddess, make sure you read the book! Subscribers will get notification directly into their inbox when the book is released.

Other content coming this year includes a cover reveal, which will also be available to subscribers first, and maps for In the Company of the Dead, including a map of the fantasy world in which the whole series takes place, and a map of the castle in which In the Company of the Dead is set.

Castle Front Edited 1 MM

Later in the year, I am travelling to Scotland, and will be visiting Caerlaverock Castle, which inspired the castle in the book. There will be a giveaway with your chance to win a signed photo of me at Caerlaverock Castle.

In terms of blogs, there will be no Monday Morsels for the first half of this year. I am working on the sequel to In the Company of the Dead, but I don’t want to share any parts of that with you before you get the chance to read the first book. So we’ll come back to that after the release date. In the meantime, you can expect the regular Friday blog posts to appear on Mondays (more or less—I hope). I know I was slack for a few months at the end of last year.

For those of you awaiting the next instalment in The Seven Circles of Hell series – yes, there is one! No, I’m not working on it yet. Sorry, I have due dates for The Sundered Oath, but I do want to get started on it this year. Apologies for the long delay between books… Hopefully when you read In the Company of the Dead you will forgive me. And I may have other exciting news about Confronting the Demon later in the year! (you should subscribe to the newsletter to get first notification of that too… too much?).

Last but not least, this is your last chance to sign-up to my Advance Copy Review Team (different to the newsletter subscription), as I will be closing sign-ups to that shortly. Signing up entitles you to free copies of all my books in advance of the release date in return for a review. Places are limited!

What Colour Is Your Magic? Personality Quiz Plus #Free Book

What colour is your magic

So I made a quiz – and can I say those things are hard to write! If you’ve read Confronting the Demon or Stalking the Demon, you’ll know a bit about the magical colours. Complete the quiz below to find out what colour your magic is – perhaps you’re a hot-headed red, a logical yellow, an adventurous orange or an idealistic indigo!

If you haven’t read them, do the quiz for fun anyway – at the end you’ll be given the opportunity to receive my epic fantasy book Confronting the Demon free!

Take the quiz now!

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Giveaway – WIN 2 Epic Fantasy Books and $20 Amazon Gift Card

The release date for Stalking the Demon is coming up fast, and I need your help to spread the word!

To reward those of you who can help me out, I’m running a giveaway to give you the opportunity to win a $20 Amazon gift card, as well as free ebook versions of both books in The Seven Circles of Hell series.*

All you have to do is:

  • Sign-up to my Thunderclap campaign to spread the word on Stalking the Demon‘s release date (by Facebook or Twitter); or
  • Sign up to read Stalking the Demon and provide a review (everyone who does this will get a free copy of Stalking the Demon to review as well as the chance to win Confronting the Demon and the gift card).
Or, do both and get two entries!


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* In the interests of full disclosure, it is possible to obtain free copies of both Confronting the Demon and Stalking the Demon by other means – however I have included them in the giveaway as not all entrants may wish to use those means.