Life is full of meetings and moments. They shape our destinies, can change the very course of our lives. Two years have passed since Nerisse se li Astorae made her choice to follow Ba’tvian Delthanurk, and still they are hunted. As they flee north from the Mancers that pursue them, Ba’tvian will encounter a barbarian who is more beast than man. Nerisse must face down an ability that could force her from her lover’s side. Yet these are not the least of their worries. A Mancer has picked up their trail, and blood will stain the snow before the hunt is over.
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He was precise in his butchery, in the carving. The runes he made on the corpse held only a fraction of the power they would on living flesh. The diagrams he sketched with the blood would retain nothing, unlike when they were drawn before the kill was made. Their purpose was to make a point, a statement.
Ba’tvian Delthanurk was to be remembered and feared.
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EARLY WINTER, 1306 AF
THE NORTHERN WILDERNESS OF ORTHANOR
IT was a small cabin, the family crowded into the largest room for warmth. A hearth stood at one end of room, embers smoldering in the ash. On the opposite side, two braziers were eating through their portion of firewood. They, along with the thick bedding cocooning each person, provided heat to stave off the bitter cold outside.
Amongst the mounds of blankets and people was a dog. In the night time gloom, it was hard to make out the breed. The size, however, indicated that it could be one of those used for hunting or protection.
A silent order was sent out. Something began to slither in the dark.
The canine woke first. It roused with a snuffle, its bi-colored eyes darting around the room for whatever it was that had disturbed it. It clambered to its feet, shook itself, then began to inspect the murk-filled room. Working its way around, it paused by the window, stared at a semi-transparent shape bathed in moonlight. It resembled an over-large salamander, with broad flat head and no legs. It opened eyes of leprous white, its body bunching in on itself. The dog growled low.
It leapt. The canine lunged, jaws agape, a harsh sound reverberating in its chest. Behind it, the floor of bedding began to move.
The creature dove into the dog’s maw, stretching thin. The animal choked, hit the sill, coughed, yelped. The hind end of the creature, a vague shape of blackness, thrashed as it hung out of its opponent’s throat. The canine flung its head about, still coughing, choking. The noises, the motions, became more frantic.
Blood ran in rivulets down the shadow’s length to pool on floor.
Awakened by their pet’s distress, the family scrambled out of their bedding. Three adults and five children gave cries of dismay as the dog collapsed in a puddle of moonlit crimson. The creature wiggled out of the carcass, looking more substantial that the ether it had resembled before. As the adults went for whatever weapon they could find, as the children screamed, it opened its flat, lizard-like jaws. With a sickening crunch of bone, it bit through the dog’s head.
In the gloom around them, the rest of its ilk moved in for the kill.
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Descent Into Darkness, Part 3: His Beast
Two years have passed since Ba’tvian Delthanurk first cut a bloody swath into the world. Enthralled by his side is Nerisse se li Astorae, the elven girl with whom Ba’tvian had been replaced by his late mentor. Life has not been easy; pursuit dogs their steps. To evade the Mancers who hunt him, the renegade mages have ventured into the Northern Wilderness, now frozen in winter. Frustration mounts as being constantly on the run was not the path they had envisioned after fleeing the Trinity.
However, Ba’tvian plans for the future is not the only problem they have. An ability possessed by Nerisse prevents her from fulfilling the role her lover has in mind, yet the search for a solution may mean chancing discovery. The price will be high.
A Mancer has picked up their trail, and a barbarian with crude mage skills of his own is roaming the wilds. Their encounter will leave will the snow stained with blood.
The third installment of the Descent Into Darkness series is available in e-book, and is included in the printed omnibus, Descent Into Darkness, Vol. 1: He Begins. Both can be purchased on Amazon and Kindle here.
The Aftermath of a Con
The authors of Trinity Gateways LLC (of which I am one) just wrapped up our stint at Ancient City Con this weekend. It was fantastic seeing old friends and making new ones. Many thanks to the con staff for having us, and to everyone who stopped by the table. We hope you had as much fun as we did. Lots of pictures were taken; there were some really great cosplayers in attendance. Check them out on the Trinity Gateways Facebook Page.
We are now, of course, pretty wiped out. Convention-itus is setting in; the mental fog has begun to form. I’m making this post tonight instead of Monday so that it doesn’t get lost along the way. Now I must head to bed before I face-plant in my keyboard.
Today marked the second day of ACC. There were a lot more cosplayers than yesterday which meant our residential picture fairy, LJ got to run around capturing even more great costumes, and even posing for a few herself. We got to meet some great people, sell more books, and even had a few laughs. LJ assisted our friends Kevin and Sarah Jo Coryell with their panel on fanfiction and afterwards we stayed for our favorite: The Ultimate Occult Showdown hosted by our friends Kevin Ranson and Brett Link of MovieCrypt.com. If you ever have an opportunity to attend this particular panel at a con they are at we highly recommend it. It’s nonstop laughs as the audience debates on who makes a better________. Our favorite for tonight’s was “Who is a better faery?” Sookie from True Blood or Maleficent from the movie Maleficent.
Be sure to check out our pictures from today at our Facebook page! Only one more day left to go!
We are counting down to Ancient City Convention 2014! It’s a three day long multi-genre fandom convention at the Hyatt Regency Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida the 18th-20th. We will be there to sell our books, including our new releases, and will even have a special guest with us! So be sure to stop by and say you saw our post on our site/Facebook/Twitter and we’ll give you a discount!
For more information please be sure to visit ACC’s site. Looking Forward to seeing you and all our friends there!
Jacksonville, FL, is a city with historic roots and character, much like many other cities in the United States. Yet the mundane façade hides a layer of reality not seen by humans – except for a select few. Alex Rosselle is such a one. The IRS and her clientele know her as an artist, yet the city’s paranormal underbelly see her for what she is: a Hunter coming into her own, one whose skills are about to be tested.
Something monstrous is stalking the streets of her beloved city. No one knows what it is, let alone where it comes from. With every kill it makes, storms brew. As she hunts for the source, Alex will encounter an old nemesis, a new ally, and the interest of an ancient deity as she faces the unknown threat. She will discover a snippet of storied history that may just hold the key to the mystery in the midst of the bloodshed, a deadly force that is bearing down on them all. Something only one of them can stop – provided Alex doesn’t drown first as the city becomes awash with blood and rain.
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A Weekend Release – Just for You
I am so excited to announce that I have a new series, one that’s very different from Descent Into Darkness. The Hidden Reaches series is urban fantasy, the original concept of which is as old as the one for DID. If you like a little paranormal, a dash of quirkiness in your characters, a bit of mystery, a thread of romance, and a splash of blood (hey, it’s me; I can’t seem to write anything without at least a little blood-spill) then please check out the first book of this new series:
Blood & Rain
There is something dark in every city…
Jacksonville, FL, is a city with historic roots and character, much like many other cities in the United States. Yet the mundane façade hides a layer of reality not seen by the humans – except for a select few. Alex Rosselle is such a one. The IRS and her clientele know her as an artist, yet the city’s paranormal underbelly see her for what she is: a Hunter, the latest in a long line of humans who ensure that the secretive supernatural side of life stays civil.
…that attracts peril like a moth to flame.
Like Alex’s ex, the thieving bastard. But personal business takes a back seat when something monstrous begins stalking the streets of her beloved city. With every kill it makes, storms brew. In midst of the bloodshed she will discover an old nemesis, a new ally, and the interest of an ancient deity. Bearing down on them all is something only one of them can stop – provided Alex doesn’t drown as the city becomes awash with blood and rain.
This hurricane season will be one she will never forget.
Descent Into Darkness, Part 5: His Revenge is still on track for e-release in late September. I’m in the middle of editing it now. For those you who prefer printed volumes, Part 4: His Command and Part 5: His Revenge will be included in the upcoming omnibus Descent Into Darkness, Vol. 2: His War, which is currently slated for a fall release.
Ancient City Con is next weekend! So if you happen to be in the Jacksonville, FL, area, please swing by and visit. I’ll be at the Trinity Gateways LLC table with fellow authors LJ Gastineau and Tricia Sparks, as well as cover artist Blue. We’ll be selling and signing books. Mention our website or that you saw our post on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll give you a discount on your purchase. We look forward to seeing you!
Against all odds, Ba’tvian Delthanurk managed to leave his serf family behind, along with their derision for his gifts, his ambitions. Now a sponsored student at the Trinity College of Magery, the most prestigious school of magery in the world, he is determined not to fall back into the dirt of his inferior origins. Yet his aspirations have led him down a darker path than his teachers had intended. Once begun, he cannot stop, and so he will descend into darkness…
The start of a young man’s journey into villainy, Descent Into Darkness, Part 1: His Own by Doris Ross is now available as an e-book on the Kindle, and as part of the printed omnibus, Descent Into Darkness, Vol. 1: He Begins. Both can be acquired here.
And a reminder…
I’ll be at the Trinity Gateways LLC table at Ancient City Con on July 18-20 this summer. If you mention that you saw this post online, either on dorisross.com, trinitygateways.net, or any social media site you’ll receive a 10% discount on your purchase at our table. We hope to see you there!