Tag Archives: excerpt

Monday Morsel: The Hand of Ladanyon – An Excerpt from Stalking the Demon


Welcome to the Monday Morsel feature. The second draft of Stalking the Demon is finished, and by god it was a painful experience! Of the first 15,000 words in the second draft, 3500 came from the first draft, 7500 were deleted, and 10,500 new words were written. What a mess I made! Fortunately the last quarter was a pleasant surprise, and the climax of the sequel is just as, or more, action-packed than Confronting the Demon.

The second draft now clocks in at 27,000 words, and I’ll be doing a read-through and tidy up before sending it off to beta readers.

For now, enjoy another excerpt!

* * *

It wasn’t what he’d come for, and he swept it aside with his left arm and reached in for a wooden box resting against the rear wall. He flipped the hinged lid open, revealing a collection of more than twenty small bones of varying shapes and sizes.

It had taken some doing, but he’d found the hand in the wreckage of the square after he’d been released from the hospice. If Gisayne had lost hers, it stood to reason that Ladanyon might have as well, since the three of them had been knotted together by the tangle of enchantments.


I should destroy it.


These bones of Ladanyon’s might be affecting Gisayne’s malady. If the link between them did remain, and there was some kind of conduit into the hell, the presence of part of Ladanyon on this plane might be amplifying the effect of the link. If he destroyed the bones, Gisayne might get better.


A chance, but no certainty. And if Ladanyon was alive, and the ways into hell were not closed, these bones might be needed more than ever. A part of a wizard was a powerful weapon against him. Just look at all the trouble he’d had to go to last time.


He couldn’t do it.



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 – the July edition will be out shortly!


Don’t forget to share the love and spread the word on Twitter, Facebook or StumbleUpon (or other social networking site of your choice) if you know other people who might also enjoy this.


Thanks for stopping by and visiting!



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


Welcome to the Monday Morsel feature. Previously I’ve shared short excerpts from the first draft of my adult epic fantasy/fantasy romance, In the Company of the Dead, but from now until its release, I’ll be sharing excerpts from my upcoming novella, Stalking the Demon. This sequel to Confronting the Demon will be the second installment in the Seven Circles of Hell Series.

* * *

Alloran stepped into the room, pushing the door shut behind him, and his gaze fell on the item in Dalvor’s hands; a warhammer.

He strode across and dragged the heavy hammer away from his assistant. The head glowed with the light of infinitesimal runes, predominantly indigo scattered with crimson and pale gold. ‘What do you think you are doing? No one is to work on this except me, or under my direct supervision!’


Dalvor recoiled and blinked up at him. Though the younger man possessed a wizard’s jade green eyes, he always looked like a mole emerging blinking into blazing sunlight. ‘I – I just wanted to study it. These spells, the interlocking runes, the – the way you’ve built layers of magic, hoping to – to find and exploit any weaknesses the hellcats might have is – is – is exquisite.’


The thud of the hammer hitting the surface of Alloran’s workbench cut off Dalvor’s stammering praise.


‘No one but me.’ He glared, enunciating each word with care.




Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget, this is a first 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 the demon’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.

Don’t forget to share the love and spread the word on Twitter, Facebook or StumbleUpon (or other social networking site of your choice) if you know other people who might also enjoy this.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting!

Monday Morsel: The Vanishings – An Excerpt from Stalking the Demon


Welcome to the Monday Morsel feature. Previously I’ve shared short excerpts from the first draft of my adult epic fantasy/fantasy romance, In the Company of the Dead, but from now until its release, I’ll be sharing excerpts from my upcoming novella, Stalking the Demon. This sequel to Confronting the Demon will be the second installment in the Seven Circles of Hell Series

* * * 

Harlden heaved a sigh, his expression slumping into glumness. ‘The king says this has been going on for two months, long enough, he insists to warrant my personal attention. I don’t know what he expects from me – if the lawkeepers can’t find anything, why should I?’

Alloran whipped back around to face Harlden. ‘They haven’t found anything? By which you mean – not even a single clue?’

‘Nothing. The best protected items vanished from locked and guarded strongrooms, in one case even the vault of the city bank. The same for the most important personages. No one saw or heard anything. They’ve found not even a footprint in a garden bed. To all appearances, everything just… vanished.’

Alloran wet his lips. Surely it wasn’t happening already… 



Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget, this is a first 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.

Don’t forget to share the love and spread the word on Twitter, Facebook or StumbleUpon (or other social networking site of your choice) if you know other people who might also enjoy this.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting!

Monday Morsel: Inexplicable Illness – An Excerpt from Stalking the Demon


Welcome to the Monday Morsel feature. To date I’ve been sharing short excerpts from the first draft of my adult epic fantasy/fantasy romance, In the Company of the Dead. Today, I am sharing an excerpt from my upcoming novella, Stalking the Demon. This sequel to Confronting the Demon will be the second installment in the Seven Circles of Hell Series

* * *

Alloran rushed through the citadel halls, heedless of the thick carpets trampled beneath his feet. In his arms, Gisayne hung limp with her black hair trailing over his elbow. A few people in the halls watched him pass; none offered to help.

Help me! But the words didn’t leave his lips. Six months of collapses blunted the urgency and the panic, and the faces turning to follow him bore only mild curiosity, oblivious that this time was different.

Gisayne’s chest barely rose and fell with each shallow breath, and blue tinged the edges of her bee stung lips. Alloran’s breath rasped loudly in his ears as he raced through the halls, his one hand pressing against the cold skin of her arm as he clutched her to his chest.

He shouldered open the door to the citadel’s hospice and backed into a long room lined with severely made beds. The few occupied by sick or injured had curtains drawn for privacy. Breidmar, one of the citadel’s doctors, bustled over at their entrance. His heavy black brows pinched with concern. 



‘Again?’

Alloran nodded, the lump in his throat choking him. ‘She’s….’ He swallowed hard. ‘She’s hardly breathing.’

‘This way.’ Breidmar waved Alloran to an empty bed as he strode to a door at the far end and called out. Before the doctor was even halfway back to the allocated bed, an unfamiliar nurse appeared in the doorway.

Alloran placed Gisayne on the bed with gentle care. She rolled from his arms, her body limp and her skin pale. Her eyelids fluttered as he released her, but did not open. Nausea knotted his gut.

Breidmar waved Alloran off as he and the nurse began checking Gisayne’s vitals, but he hesitated. What would he do but wait, patient and idle, while Breidmar tried again to determine what illness affected her? Tried and failed, most likely.

‘Are you sure it is not the falling sickness? It’s supposed to get worse with each successive bout.’

‘She’s not got the right symptoms; no seizures.’ Breidmar responded in precise, clipped tones.

Alloran frowned. He was no idiot. ‘Then what? Seven hells take you, tell me. Whatever it is, it can’t be too complicated for me to understand.’

Breidmar looked up and sniffed, his severe lips curving down. ‘No amount of genius can assist you to understand a malady I cannot explain, and while you’ve made any number of miraculous discoveries, you have no particular expertise in medical matters. Leave this to me.’

At a nod from Breidmar, the nurse whipped the curtain around the bed in a rattle of rings. 


* * *

Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget, this is a first 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.

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.

Don’t forget to share the love and spread the word on Twitter, Facebook or StumbleUpon (or other social networking site of your choice) if you know other people who might also enjoy this. 


Thanks for stopping by and visiting!

Monday Morsel: Secrets and Lies – An Excerpt from ‘In the Company of the Dead ‘


Welcome to the Monday Morsel feature, where I share short excerpts from the first draft of my adult epic fantasy/fantasy romance, In the Company of the Dead.  

* * *

Ellaeva stared down at the corpse. A knife had sliced open both the windpipe and the carotid. Blood smeared everything.

There was no sign of Lyram.

She bit her lip. What to do? The stubborn man gave the signal before he ran off on whatever errand he had in mind, and the men would already be making their way through the enemy camp towards the wagons. Securing food was vitally important, and he must be counting on that to keep her from interfering.

Ordinarily, such a ploy would be a waste of his time and her patience.
 

Except that circumstances weren’t quite as she’d led him to believe. 

* * *

Thanks for dropping by! Don’t forget, this is a first 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, and In the Company of the Dead will be available in the future. I’ve temporarily had to shelve it while I work on Stalking the Demon, the sequel to Confronting the Demon. 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.

More about In the Company of the Dead:


Lyram already crossed a prince, and now he finds himself on the brink of crossing a god.

Son of a duke and second in line for the throne, Lyram is exiled to a lonely castle after assaulting the crown prince. When a hostile army arrives to besiege the castle, he believes the prince wants him removed – permanently.

As though answering their prayers, Ellaeva, the Battle Priestess of the death goddess, arrives unexpectedly. But she has not come to break the siege. Instead, she is in pursuit of a necromancer of the evil god of decay. When misfortune after misfortune befalls the beleaguered defenders, Lyram realises the necromancer is hidden within the walls, sabotaging the very defence.

Against the backdrop of clashing gods, Lyram must fight to save himself from the political machinations of his prince, and the dread plans of a necromancer. But as the siege lengthens, he realises the greatest threat may come from another quarter — a woman sworn body and soul to a god tempts him to pay a terrible price.

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.

Don’t forget to share the love and spread the word on Twitter, Facebook or StumbleUpon (or other social networking site of your choice) if you know other people who might also enjoy this.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting!