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Monday Morsel: Fear of Silence – An Excerpt from ‘Stalking the Demon’



 Stalking the Demon is with the editor! Hurrah! I’m pitching for a late August release date.

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‘Father has c-c-called for another vote on silencing you, in l-l-light of your refusal to cooperate. The lord wizard has h-h-held it over until after the gate opening, but Father seems c-c-confident Harlden, Seraphine and Merildwin will vote in his favour this t-t-time.’ Dalvor turned his head away, but the red staining his cheeks was still visible.


Alloran’s whole body went rigid, and he slammed his hand against the bars. The clang of the metal echoed through the confines of the oubliette. Silenced. To forever be unable to feel the interdimensional energies and make magic with them. The sudden flood of emotion left him numb and unable to respond.

 


Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget, this draft is pre-edits and as such won’t be perfect. If you like what you read, and are so inclined, show your support by leaving a comment. Stalking the Demon is expected to be released late August. If you’d like to sample more of my writing, check out the free short stories available on this site.


If this is your first visit to Monday Morsels, find others in the series by clicking on the ‘Monday morsel’ tag, or go to the first installment for Stalking the Demon.

More about Stalking the Demon:


Alloran lost his hand to thwart his renegade friend–but the world is still going to hell.


Six months after Ladanyon’s defeat, Gisayne is fading away from a baffling illness. Alloran is desperate for a cure, but he has a secret–the seven circles of hell are unstable. His worst fear is that the terrible mirror spell cast upon Gisayne has wrought some connection between her and the demon dimensions.


As everything Alloran loves races toward destruction, he does the unthinkable and refuses to obey the council of wizards. The only people who can help him are the two research assistants assigned by the council–but he knows he can’t trust them.


All the answers are locked away in the last place anyone wants to go: hell.


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Monday Morsel: Hellcat In the Dark – An Excerpt from ‘Stalking the Demon’

Hellcat

Stalking the Demon has been coming back from beta readers and I’m working on incorporating their feedback – next step, off to the editor!

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The laboratory was dark when Alloran returned. With sunrise only an hour off, Ashraque had finally gone in search of her bed. She was dedicated, if nothing else. The same couldn’t be said for Dalvor though – had he even looked at the interdimensional problem?

He pushed the door shut until the latch clicked. The windowless room was blacker than graphite. Indigo sparks ignited on his fingers. But no… Light would wake him all the way up, and maybe a few more hours sleep was better. The magic died.


A hiss issued from the depths of the room, like steam escaping a pot. Had Ashraque left some experiment unsupervised? 


The glow of two red cat eyes opened in the shadows.

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Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget, this is the fourth draft, and as such won’t be perfect. If you like what you read, and are so inclined, show your support by leaving a comment. Stalking the Demon is expected to be released in August. If you’d like to sample more of my writing, check out the free short stories available on this site.


If this is your first visit to Monday Morsels, find others in the series by clicking on the ‘Monday morsel’ tag, or go to the first installment for Stalking the Demon.

More about Stalking the Demon:


Alloran lost his hand to thwart his renegade friend–but the world is still going to hell.

Six months after Ladanyon’s defeat, Gisayne is fading away from a baffling illness. Alloran is desperate for a cure, but he has a secret–the seven circles of hell are unstable. His worst fear is that the terrible mirror spell cast upon Gisayne has wrought some connection between her and the demon dimensions.

As everything Alloran loves races toward destruction, he does the unthinkable and refuses to obey the council of wizards. The only people who can help him are the two research assistants assigned by the council–but he knows he can’t trust them.

The answers are locked away in the last place anyone wants to go: hell.

But someone must.

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Monday Morsel: Quake – An Excerpt from ‘Stalking the Demon’



Stalking the Demon is now with beta readers! When I get it back, it will be final revisions and then off to my editor.

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On the dresser, the tiny jars and bottles of cosmetics rattled together as though someone with a heavy tread had walked past. 

Alloran paused, squinting. The row of glass jars tinkled again. ‘That’s strange.’

The entire room rattled this time, shaking side to side, and Alloran sprawled forward, sweeping Gisayne off her feet and knocking her onto the bed. He fell atop her, pinning her down. Dek staggered left, and then right, and caught himself against a wall. The tapestry hanging against it undulated as if the stones rippled. Another jolt threw Alloran headfirst into the mattress, the bedclothes smothering him as he gasped a breath. The scent of sulphur filled the air.


The shaking subsided as quickly as it started. A hand pulled at him, helping him right himself, and he pushed against the bed until he found his feet again. Gisayne clutched his hand as if she might never let go. Beside the bed, Dek leaned shaking against the wall, his eyes wide and rolling in a face gone pale.


‘Earthquake?’ Dek’s voice was hoarse. ‘Ehsan don’t get earthquakes.’ 



Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget, this is the fourth draft, and as such won’t be perfect. If you like what you read, and are so inclined, show your support by leaving a comment. Stalking the Demon is expected to be released in August. If you’d like to sample more of my writing, check out the free short stories available on this site.

If this is your first visit to Monday Morsels, find others in the series by clicking on the ‘Monday morsel’ tag, or go to the first installment for Stalking the Demon.

More about Stalking the Demon:


Alloran did everything within his power; he banished the demon and sealed the portal. But the world is still careening into hell.


Six months after Ladanyon’s defeat, Gisayne is fading away from a baffling illness. Alloran is desperate for a cure, but he has a secret – the fabric of reality is collapsing, threatening to spill unrestrained demons into the world of Verusia. Is Ladanyon striking back at Alloran from the hell to which he was condemned, or is there a traitor among them?

The only people he can turn to for help deciphering the linked mysteries of Gisayne’s affliction and the collapse of the world are the two research assistants set to spy on him for the council of wizards – but he knows he can’t trust them.

Everything Alloran loves races toward destruction – and all the answers are locked away in hell.

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Monday Morsel: No More Hell-Gates – An Excerpt from ‘Stalking the Demon’


Gisayne settled back on the bed with a sigh. Her trust in her father was beyond reproach, but the council could veto him, and she had no more reason than Alloran to have any faith in them. ‘I’ll hold my silence. But you promise me, Alloran al Kahliln, you promise me that you won’t under any circumstance open another hell-gate!’

‘No hell-gates. I promise.’ He took her hand in his and forced a smile. ‘What possible reason could I have to want to open one?’


Her brows pinched, and a smile didn’t even tug at the corners of her downturned lips. ‘I don’t know. I just have a very bad feeling.’


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Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget, this is the second draft, and as such won’t be perfect. If you like what you read, and are so inclined, show your support by leaving a comment. Stalking the Demon is expected to be released in August. If you’d like to sample more of my writing, check out the free short stories available on this site.

If this is your first visit to Monday Morsels, find others in the series by clicking on the ‘Monday morsel’ tag, or go to the first installment for Stalking the Demon.

More about Stalking the Demon:


Alloran did everything within his power; he banished the demon and sealed the portal. But the world is still careening into hell.


Six months after Ladanyon’s defeat, Gisayne is fading away from a baffling illness. Alloran is desperate for a cure, but he has a secret – the fabric of reality is collapsing, threatening to spill unrestrained demons into the world of Verusia. Is Ladanyon striking back at Alloran from the hell to which he was condemned, or is there a traitor among them?

The only people he can turn to for help deciphering the linked mysteries of Gisayne’s affliction and the collapse of the world are the two research assistants set to spy on him for the council of wizards – but he knows he can’t trust them.

Everything Alloran loves races toward destruction – and all the answers are locked away in hell.

If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to check out my previous posts if you haven’t already. If you’re finding yourself here often, you might like to join as a member, sign up to the blog through RSS or email, or sign-up to my newsletter. Check out my May Newsletter if you missed it.

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Monday Morsel: The Case of the Disappearing Wall – An Excerpt from Stalking the Demon


A sombre expression settled on Dek’s blunt features. ‘This last is more rumour ‘an fact, but ‘tis spreading like wildfire in the city. They are saying as ‘ow the wall o’ a tavern o’er on Miessen Street in the poor quarter just disappeared.’

Alloran’s stomach dropped. ‘It did what?’

Dek shrugged. ‘Rumour, I said. I went down to ‘ave a look-see as it seems many o’ the city people did. Ain’t seen such a press o’ people since the festival for the king’s jub’lee two years past – but the wall as they was making such a fuss about was still there. The tavernkeeper insists as ‘ow it was gone an’ then back again – raising all ‘ell about how the wall ‘adn’t come back square with the building.’

‘That’s preposterous!’ Gisyane’s face slowly turned red with each passing word, and she waved her hand to emphasise each point. The forgotten covers slipped to expose her lace-covered breasts. ‘Even supposing such a thing could be done, why? What possible reason could a wizard, anyone, have for making a wall vanish and come back?’

Dek’s frown deepened, and his fingers tapped along the chair back as he stared down at his knuckles. ‘Can’t say as I know, lass. But the wall, ‘twas as the tavernkeeper said. Wasn’t square. Might always ‘ave been that way, I suppose, although if so ‘tis the worst example I’ve ever seen.’

Alloran cleared his throat. ‘It, uh, might not be so preposterous at that.’


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Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget, this is the second draft, and as such won’t be perfect. If you like what you read, and are so inclined, show your support by leaving a comment. Stalking the Demon is expected to be released in August. If you’d like to sample more of my writing, check out the free short stories available on this site. 

If this is your first visit to Monday Morsels, find others in the series by clicking on the ‘Monday morsel’ tag, or go to the first installment for Stalking the Demon.

More about Stalking the Demon:


Alloran did everything within his power; he banished the demon and sealed the portal. But the world is still careening into hell.


Six months after Ladanyon’s defeat, Gisayne is fading away from a baffling illness. Alloran is desperate for a cure, but he has a secret – the fabric of reality is collapsing, threatening to spill unrestrained demons into the world of Verusia. Is Ladanyon striking back at Alloran from the hell to which he was condemned, or is there a traitor among them?

The only people he can turn to for help deciphering the linked mysteries of Gisayne’s affliction and the collapse of the world are the two research assistants set to spy on him for the council of wizards – but he knows he can’t trust them.

Everything Alloran loves races toward destruction – and all the answers are locked away in hell.

If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to check out my previous posts if you haven’t already. If you’re finding yourself here often, you might like to join as a member, sign up to the blog through RSS or email, or sign-up to my newsletter. Check out my May Newsletter if you missed it.

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