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Support STALKING THE DEMON’s Release Day

Stalking the Demon's Release Day

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Monday Morsel: Reality Unravelling – An Excerpt from Stalking the Demon

Reality Unravelling

Alloran led the way into the stairwell and down, summoning a globe of light to illuminate the way. Halfway down, the steps stopped as if they had never been. Alloran cast the light into the depths and peered down. The edges of the break were clean. These stairs had just vanished.

They backtracked to the last level, and wound their way along the halls. An eerie silence blanketed the citadel, and Dek glanced uneasily at each door and corridor they passed. Alloran’s neck prickled. 


The ruin wrought by the planar quake lay at every turn–floors broken and shattered, segments of walls missing or misaligned, smashed stones and collapsed ceilings. Almost it was like walking through the ruins of the square after the first-circle demon, but without the bodies. 



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Don’t forget, Monday Morsels come from a draft that is pre-editing 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 31 October 2014. 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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I Was Eaten By A Dragon

Eaten By A Dragon

OK, perhaps not. Not me, anyway. It was my editor. Well, not by a dragon. But certainly buried under a backlog of edits.

You recall I mentioned the release date for Stalking the Demon wouldn’t change barring a disaster on the scale of being eaten by a dragon. Well, two rounds of edits have been completed by my first editor but the third round (the first of two by my second editor) won’t even start until 16 September. I customarily do three rounds of edits, with a fourth copyedit and then a proofread. Based on my editor’s timeline, I have glumly concluded it would be unwise to try and release the book before 31 October.


So with a heavy heart I must move the release date. 🙁


For those who have signed up for the free eARC, this will also change the date the advance reader copies are available. If you haven’t signed up yet and would like a copy of the book before it hits the shelves, follow the link below to sign-up.


I must accept the blame for this debacle. I was on maternity leave when I wrote and released Confronting the Demon, and while I was working part-time from home and looking after a newborn, it’s not quite the same situation I find myself in now, and it was difficult to judge how long everything would take. In addition, I completely screwed up the first three drafts – I say that, but of course each draft was successively better than the last, it’s just that I started in a pretty rotten place that created more work for me.


To put this in context, this is what I have on my plate day to day:

  • I work full-time as a lawyer in financial services law;
  • My commute is a 3 hour round trip;
  • I have two children under 5;
  • I am married;
  • I am, of course, writing Stalking the Demon;
  • I do 2000 exercises daily to repair my abdominal separation;
  • I have a (hopefully temporary) eye condition which means I can’t currently wear my contact lenses – to attempt to fix that I must apply eye drops 4 times daily, as well as apply hot compresses and perform eyelid massage;
  • I attempt to make it to the gym 3 times weekly as I try to shed the last of my pregnancy weight;
  • I run our household.

On top of that mind-boggling list, the additional issues I am struggling with right now include:

  • Deciding if our 4 year old should go to school next year;
  • I am about to become a partner at the law practice, which has associated stresses with it such as arranging finance, managing additional budgetary and taxation issues, seeking accounting advice, plus all the additional concerns of a business owner such as managing business finance and cash flow;
  • I have been completely redoing my website, which is almost finished, but the Blogger to WordPress transition is still in front of me; and
  • I recently had minor heart surgery and I’m still kind of in the grey area where it looks like my condition is probably cured but I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop. The fact my heart hasn’t gone into tachycardia given all the above stress probably means I am cured, but still it weighs on my mind.

I’m so stressed and distracted that when booking Comic-Con tickets for next Sunday, I booked them instead for Saturday. I never make such mistakes.


So all I can say is that after this year’s experience, I have learned, and I promise to do better for the next release.


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STALKING THE DEMON ~ Advance Review EBOOKS by @CiaraBallintyne #HighFantasy #FREEBIE

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STALKING THE DEMON
(Book 2 in the Seven Circles of Hell)
by Ciara Ballintyne

Date of Publication – 31 October 2014


Genre:  High Fantasy (Adult)
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Monday Morsel: Prison of Onyx – An Excerpt from Stalking the Demon


Release date is now set firm at 22 September! Barring some dreadful disaster (like being eaten by a dragon) I’m committed to that date. 


* * * 

Frowning, Dek struck a spark from the flint and steel and lit the candle wick from a small clump of tinder. He released the burnt-out tinder a fraction of a moment before it scorched his fingers. The burning mote fell and went out. Dek passed the candle through the bars.

The flame wavered then steadied. Alloran tipped the candle slightly, to allow the fire to lick over the nearest streak of onyx. The tides of the inter-dimensional energies became apparent to him, but they washed over his skin like a soap bubble on water. He drank in the energy, but it was hard, slow work. Perspiration beaded on his brow, while hot wax dripped on his fingers.

His breath hissed through his teeth. Don’t think about the pain. Instead, he drew in more energy, dragging at the thin stream like an addict at the dying fumes of his last piece of opium. 



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 eto be released on 22 September 2014. 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.

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 July 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!