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A to Z Blogging Challenge

At to Z Blogging Challenge
I participated in the A – Z Blogging Challenge in 2012 and I’ve decided to throw my hat in the ring again this year. Last time I featured it on my other blog, Somebody Has To Say It, but this year it will be here on Flight of the Dragon, so the vast majority of the posts will have a fantasy bent. I will consider venturing outside the fantasy genre by special request, so if there’s something you want me to blog about, here’s your chance!

Here’s the topics I’ve got planned so far and the remaining available letters:

A – Audiobooks – My New Love Affair

B – Burning (Dragon Bait Part 1)

C –

D – Dragonflame (Dragon Bait Part 2)

E – The Emperor’s Soul – Book Review

F – Fever (A Monday Morsel Post)

G – Guilt (Dragon Bait Part 3)

H –

I – Ishafal (Dragon Bait Part 4)

J – Joust (Dragon Bait Part 5)

K –

L – Little Girl of Death (A Monday Morsel Post)

M – Mercy (Dragon Bait Part 6)

N – Narrators Make or Break an Audiobook

O – Outlining for Plotters

P – Protestations (Love Enough – Part 1)

Q –

R – As yet unnamed (A Monday Morsel Post)

S – Sentenced to Death (Love Enough Part 2)

T – Twitter and Roundteam

U –

V –

W –

(Monday) X – eXcision

Y – You Must (Love Enough – Part 3)

Z – Z-Plan Castle – Castle Fraser

As you can see, I’ll be doing my usual Monday Morsel features, and I also have two short pieces of fiction planned. 

Now’s your chance. Got an idea? Shoot!

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Monday Morsel: The Death Priestess – An Extract from In the Company of the Dead



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

* * *

She raked him with a dark, measuring gaze. The contrast with Alharne couldn’t be starker. His wife had been joyous and carefree. Ellaeva seemed sombre as a tombstone.
What can I expect from a girl raised by the priestesses of death?
The thought gave him a sobering glimpse into what might have been her past – an image of a little girl, alone in the halls of death. The moment left him with a deep sadness.

* * *

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 aim to have the first draft finished by the end of March. If you’d like to sample more of my writing, check out my novella Confronting the Demon.

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.

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Book Trailer – Confronting the Demon, a High Fantasy Novella



Confronting the Demon is available from:
 
Amazon – goo.gl/ZYMjmK
Barnes & Noble – goo.gl/Wbd2Eu
Apple – goo.gl/Zm2rBr
Kobo – goo.gl/ZYMjmK

Or you can pick it up here on my website: ciaraballintyne.com/BooksCiaraBallintyne.html

Book trailer credits:

Illustrations by Isaia (worldsbeyond.lydiakurnia.com) and Lydia Kurnia (lydiakurnia.com)
Art direction by Lydia Kurnia
Cover illustration by Nadica Boskovska (theswansmaiden.deviantart.com/gallery/)
Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

I am lucky enough to work with Lydia Kurnia in my day job. She is both a fantasy writer and a fantasy artist, so she is definitely more talented than I! The trailer turned out better than my wildest dreams, and I can’t thank her enough. Do be sure to stop by her website to check her out.

Thanks for watching, and in the words of Lydia, feel free to share with your family, friends, enemies…  Anyone who may enjoy and benefit from it!

Pinky Pollock Interviews Ciara Ballintyne, Author of Confronting the Demon

After reviewing Confronting the Demon, Sharon ‘Pinky’ Pollock is now interviewing me as well!
Stop on by and read the full interview to learn all about my inspiration, my writing process, and what I’m working on now. 
 If you’d like to pick up your own copy of Confronting the Demon, check out the buy links on this page – at $1.99, it’s a steal! Buy direct from my Books page and it’s even cheaper. 
 

If you’re an author, you might also like to check out my post A Quick Reference Guide to Copyright and Cover Art. Does your cover use stock photos? You might not be able to do with your own book cover all the things you think you can!

Confronting the Demon Reviewed by Pinky’s Favourite Reads

Another review tour stop as the Confronting the Demon book tour enters its second week. 

Pinky had lots to say but my favourite line (and it was hard to choose!) is this one, I think: “We are drawn into the story of Alloran right from the start. His story is painted on a beautifully described landscape that sets the imagination ablaze with a bombardment of the senses.”

We are drawn into the story of Alloran right from the start. 

His story is painted on a beautifully described landscape that sets the imagination ablaze with a bombardment of the senses. 
– See more at: http://pinkypollock.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/confronting-demon.html#sthash.tmia8we6.dpuf
We are drawn into the story of Alloran right from the start. 

His story is painted on a beautifully described landscape that sets the imagination ablaze with a bombardment of the senses. 
– See more at: http://pinkypollock.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/confronting-demon.html#sthash.tmia8we6.dpuf
We are drawn into the story of Alloran right from the start. 

His story is painted on a beautifully described landscape that sets the imagination ablaze with a bombardment of the senses. 
– See more at: http://pinkypollock.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/confronting-demon.html#sthash.tmia8we6.dpuf

You can read the full review at Pinky’s Favourite Reads. If you’d like to pick up your own copy of Confronting the Demon, check out the buy links here – at $1.99, it’s a steal! Buy direct from my Books page and it’s even cheaper. 

If you’re an author, you might also like to check out my post A Quick Reference Guide to Copyright and Cover Art. You might not be able to do with your own book cover all the things you think you can!