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Confronting the Demon: on SALE for 99c October 12 ONLY






The gates to hell are thrown wide when Alloran is betrayed by his best friend, Ladanyon, and framed for forbidden magic. He is hunted by the guards and the wizards both, tormented by the gruesome murder of his friends and loved ones, and crippled by fear for the living.


Now Alloran must face his demons, or damn the woman he loves.



Also featuring bonus short story ‘A Magical Melody’

Confronting the Demon


Genre – High Fantasy (17+)
Length – 110 pages
Published – September 24th

October 12th Indie-Vengeance Day Special! 

“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
“The power-packed action will leave you breathless and the eerie suspense will make you chomp on your own nails, beware!” Satarupa
With imagination and detail that paints a full scene for the mind’s eye, Ciara takes us on a short but exciting journey into a world of magic, love and demons from hell.“ Miranda Wood of DustyKatt’s Stuff Reviews
“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

~Trade Paperback~ Amazon US | Amazon UK


In honour of Indie-Vengeance Day Ciara Ballintyne is offering up “Confronting a Demon” for the sale price of 99¢
On October 12th after more than a year of planning, more than a dozen bestselling indie authors from around the globe (seriously!) will gather in Dallas, Texas for a once-in-a-lifetime signing and meet-the-author event; Indie-Vengeance Day.
Come join authors from the U.S, Canada and Australia and meet some of the most notable and recognized writers in the indie author movement.


Goosebumps prickled her arms, and she hugged herself. Demons. Why did he have to mention demons? She didn’t want anything to do with demons. I want to pretend that day never happened.

Before she thought it all the way through, she deposited herself in his lap, slipped her arms around his neck, and tilted her head up to kiss him.

A raucous cheer erupted from the sailors. She glanced over at the men saluting her with upraised tankards. Heat burned all the way to her hairline. She ducked her chin and looked away but refused to move from Alloran’s lap. The men shouted out obscenities. Or were those suggestions? The heat in her flaming cheeks intensified as she pulled her hood up to hide her face.

Alloran sat rigidly, staring down at her with an unreadable face.

She pouted. ‘I haven’t seen you in three months, and you don’t even have a kiss for me?’ Provoked by the continued catcalls, she wriggled her hips against him. Leather slid across coarse cloth. What is he wearing?

He seized her by the shoulders, pressing his fingers into her flesh hard enough to bruise. Another squeak escaped her throat. Her mouth tried to find words, but nothing came. He bent his head and brought his lips to her ear.

‘Is this a game to you, Gisayne? A game? This is my life. I haven’t just been vacationing somewhere, I’ve been running for my life, from Ladanyon, and from your father!’




Ciara Ballintyne was born in 1981 in Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, one masochistic cat, and one cat with a god complex.


She holds degrees in law and accounting, and has been a practising financial services lawyer since 2004. She is both an idealist and a cynic.


She started reading epic fantasy at the age of nine, when she kidnapped Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings from her father. Another two years passed before she began her first attempts at the craft of writing. Confronting the Demon is her debut book.

She enjoys horse-riding, and speculation about taking over the world. If she could choose to be anything it would be a dragon, but instead she shares more in common with Dr. Gregory House of House. M.D.










 The book tour for “CONFRONTING THE DEMON” By: Ciara Ballintyne is now accepting tour hosts.



The Book tour will take place on Monday through Friday. 12/2/2013 – 12/13/2013



If you are interested in participating in this tour, please fill out this form.




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Audience Expectations: The Danger of Trying To Be All Things To All People

Audience Expectations

Last week I saw Brandon Sanderson was releasing a new book. Excited, I rushed off to find out when I could buy book 2 in The Stormlight Archive only to find Steelheart is the first book in a new dystopian series. 

What the…?

After some discussion with some folks, I learned that Brandon Sanderson apparently advocates writing multiple series at once in case some people don’t like one series or the other.

Hmmmm…..

I see what he’s getting at, but I think it’s playing with fire. Readers already wait a long time for sequels in the fantasy market, and I was under the impression that his readers were already chomping at the bit because of how much of his time had been consumed by finishing The Wheel of Time. If you make them wait longer, by dividing your attention between series, you may frustrate them to the point of losing them.

I think this also applies to cross-genre writers. If you’re playing in two genres, readers won’t necessarily follow you. Sanderson can get away with epic fantasy and dystopian sci-fi, I think, because both are inside the speculative fiction genre. Hard SF, and erotic romance (separately, I don’t mean genre mash-ups or crossing genres), might be a tougher sell….

Anyway, I was mollified by the knowledge that the second Stormlight book is to be released soon, but still, I think it’s a dangerous course.

After this experience, I started listening to Keith Urban’s latest album, Fuse, and I am not happy (I know, jump to country music, but bear with me). Where’s the country at? I began to suspect the name Fuse was a reference to genre crossing, and it turns out I was half-right. Fuse is a move away from traditional country. Urban says he wasn’t trying to create a pop album, only to “capture a sonic energy” he hadn’t captured on other records, but the result is something that sounds more pop to me than country. For someone who just loves that country sound, this is disappointing.

Urban says “If I were a new artist, I don’t think I could have done this.” I would argue the opposite. If he were a new artist, no one

would yet have any expectations, and he could create whatever sound he wanted, and attract the fans who like that sound. With an existing fan base, you risk alienating them. How many of his other fans feel the same way? I don’t know, but it strikes me as risky.

The lesson?

Think about the expectations of your fans. I’m not saying you can’t branch out and experiment, but consider if it might lose you fans. And if you might, consider why you are doing it, and if it’s a good enough reason. Don’t just expect that readers will stay loyal to you if you try something new. Look what happened to JK Rowling with The Casual Vacancy – it’s now on the list of most unfinished books because so many readers started it and then stopped because it wasn’t what they expected from the author of Harry Potter.

In another word – branding. You create a brand, and fans are loyal to your brand, not you. Think about whether something fits within your brand, could damage your brand, or needs a new brand.

How do you feel as a reader if your favourite authors switch between series or genres? How do you feel when your expectations aren’t met?

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IndieVengeance Day – October 12



I use Grammarly for online proofreading because it’s unwise to tell your husband you’re doing pirates while he’s away on business… Uh, I mean pilates. Damn typos.  

My epic/high fantasy novella, Confronting the Demon, has just been released on Kindle (other eBook formats coming soon) and paperback. If you like fantasy in the style of Jacqueline Carey (author of Kushiel’s Dart) or Brent Weeks (author of The Night Angel Trilogy), check it out here. The book has so far garnered eight 5 star reviews and three 4 star reviews. I’m pretty sure I don’t even know most of the reviewers!

I’ll be signing copies of the book at the IndieVengeance Day book signing in Dallas, Texas, so come by and say hi. Bring your own book, or buy one on the day. If you’re not into my genre (no hard feelings, promise – but you might want to watch your back) there will be plenty of other authors there from many genres.

Event Details 

More than a dozen bestselling indie authors from around the globe (seriously!) will gather in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, October 12, for a once-in-a-lifetime signing and meet-the-author event.

Come join authors from the U.S, Canada and Australia and meet some of the most notable and recognized writers in the indie author movement.

Slated authors include: 

USA 

Susie Clevenger, Texas – Dirt Road Dreams 
Justin Bog, Oregon – Sandcastle and Other Stories 
Ben Ditmars, Ohio – Night Poems 
M.E. Franco, California – Where Will You Run? (Dion) 
Lynn Hallbrooks, Texas – Call Sign:Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning) 
Tracy James Jones, Texas – Secrets &Lies 
James Peercy, Texas – Without a Conscious 
Charity Parkerson, Tennessee – The Sexy& The Undead (Sexy Witches) (Volume 1) 

Australia

Ciara Ballintyne, Sydney – Confronting the Demon 
Dionne Lister, Sydney – Shadows of the Realm (The Circle of Talia) 

Canada

Julie Frayn – Suicide City, A Love Story 

Other attendees include Melissa Zaroski, Tyler Hunt and Sreya Bremtin.

Names unfamiliar? Not for long. This is a serious collection of talent, not just award-winning, bestselling authors, but the cornerstone of the indie author movement. Don’t miss your chance to meet tomorrow’s biggest names. They’ll only be here once.

This is a free signing, but authors will have their books for sale. Cash only, please.

The signing will be at:

Half-Price Books
5803 East Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75231

on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CDT).


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CONFRONTING THE DEMON
by Ciara Ballintyne

Date of Publication – 1 October 2013
ISBN-13: 978-0-9923466-0-7 (print)
ISBN-13: 978-0-9923466-1-4 (ebook)
  
Genre:  High Fantasy (Adult)
Add it to your Goodreads TBR here.

Blurb

The gates to hell are thrown wide when Alloran is betrayed by his best friend, Ladanyon, and framed for forbidden magic. He is hunted by the guards and the wizards both, tormented by the gruesome murder of his friends and loved ones, and crippled by fear for the living. Now Alloran must face his demons, or damn the woman he loves.

Including bonus short story A Magical Melody

When a lethal spell is stolen from a locked and warded room, Avram must hunt down the thief before the song of power buries a city of innocents beneath a thousand tons of ice.


IndieVengeance Day

Confronting the Demon is due to be released 1 October 2013, and I’ll be signing copies at the IndieVengeance Day Book Signing in Dallas, Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CDT). 

Register for free here if you’re interested to come along – http://www.indievengeanceday.eventbrite.com/


ALL REVIEWERS PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW

Confronting the Demon Cover Reveal

Confronting the Demon Cover Reveal


Watching a cover take shape is, I’ve discovered, an amazing process. If you have a good artist, you’ll likely get updates at each step of the process. For a while there, my artist was sending me a daily updates and checking my email first thing in the morning became the high point of my day

I received updates at the outline stage, as the first character was added, then the second, then the background, and so on, until the artwork was completed. Watching the character come to life was a completely amazing experience. I never have characters’ faces so firmly envisioned that I could possibly draw them myself (although I did once do a double-take at a guy I passed in the street, because he could have stepped right out of my novel Deathhawk’s Betrayal) but I found I could look at the artist’s rendition and go ‘Hey, that’s Alloran’.

Although admittedly that wasn’t my absolute first thought when I saw him….

So here it is – the cover art for Confronting the Demon, my 25,000 word novella, showing Alloran and Gisayne.

Many thanks go out to my artist, Nadica Boskovska. Check out more of her work at http://theswanmaiden.deviantart.com/gallery/
 
Blurb – Confronting the Demon

The gates to hell are thrown wide when Alloran is betrayed by his best friend, Ladanyon, and framed for forbidden magic. He is hunted by the guards and the wizards both, tormented by the gruesome murder of his friends and loved ones, and crippled by fear for the living. Now Alloran must face his demons, or damn the woman he loves.

The novella also includes a free bonus short story, A Magical Melody, which was previously featured in the ebook anthology, Spells: Ten Tales of Magic.

When a lethal spell is stolen from a locked and warded room, Avram must hunt down the thief before the song of power buries a city of innocents beneath a thousand tons of ice.

Confronting the Demonis due to be released mid- to late-September, and I’ll be signing copies at the IndieVengeance Day Book Signing in Dallas, Saturday October 12, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CDT). Register for free here if you’re interested to come along – http://www.indievengeanceday.eventbrite.com/.