Monday, 23 June 2014

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

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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. 

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