We at the Library Ladies are excited to participate in the “The Demon Within” Blog Tour! For fans of supernatural and dark fantasy, this new series by author Josh Gagnier may be up your alley. We are also lucky enough to have Josh provide us with a special post for our blog that may give a taste of what to expect from this series!
Book: “The Demon Within” by Josh Gagnier
Publishing Info: PorterMouth, Dec. 18, 2016
Category: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Book Description: Joe grew up listening to the voice in his head. It helped him through school, helped him gain wealth in his career.
The final temptation of power was too much. He hadn’t considered the cost.
Now he must find a way to defeat The Demon Within.
Little does he know, his every move is being recorded. Every misstep is being judged. As he gets ever closer to winning over his demon, heavenly eyes watch from above. Some root for his success while others hope he’ll fail.
While Joe fights his demon on the battlefront, the angel Michael fights for his Soul.
Will Joe win out? Will Michael be able to save Joe’s soul?
Or will the Demon win and thrust Joe into the Abyss.
Excerpt from “The Demon Within”
Sometime between the Prologue and Chapter 1…
“Belath? Are you here?” Sahiva asks as she opens Belath’s office door. “Grand Master has changed his mind. You don’t have to go.”
She walks to his desk to check his schedule. His desk is clear except for an empty bottle of spirits and a rolled up parchment. Her eyes well with tears as she reads.
“Oh, Belath, What have you done?”
I have been loyal since the beginning. I was a general in the Great War and I helped remove The Betrayer from Paradise. I have lived hundreds of lifetimes, each harder than the previous. With each of these lives I’ve been sent with a different Diabolus Entos each many lives stronger than my Soul.
I understand you say this is to prepare me for a great battle you see on the horizon. I am writing this letter in hopes to impress upon you the damage done to my Soul. I have become more powerful than all in our realm with, of course, the exception of you. My Soul’s aura engulfs everything around me and has even instantly destroyed lesser Diabolus who ventured to close. But the scars…
I will continue this path if you require it of me. I need you to know I feel a strain growing within. I have pushed through lives in which greater Souls have failed. My Soul has been scarred so many times I’ve lost count. Then, when these scars finally dissipate, you send me back through a trial that makes The Abyss seem like a vacation.
I feel something growing inside. Something I do not believe I’ll be able to control. Almost as if each of the Diabolus Entos I’ve encountered left a piece inside me. These pieces have begun to flow into one another. It’s as an angry spot in an otherwise perfect cloud, and it’s fighting against me.
Regarding this task you ask of me. If it is possible, I ask it be assigned to another. Helping this Soul through his trial is needed, but, this darkness growing inside me…
I understand this young Soul’s Diabolus Entos is stronger than any I’ve faced. I also understand if we fail we will be thrust back to the time of The Betrayer.
Even as I write this, I know, there is no other way.
I will give everything I have to this task; even if that means sacrificing my Soul to save his. I know you wouldn’t send me unless it was imperative to our existence.
Your Loyal Servant,
Praise For “The Demon Within” by Josh Gagnier
“The Demon Within is an outstanding read. It is a dark fantasy that will take you through twists and turns and keep you guess the whole way. The writer did a fantastic job with the creativity and complexity of the story line as well with the characters. You will not be disappointed!”- Nick Barth, Reviewer
“This book is amazing. The author has a way with words, his twists and turns keep you hooked. I couldn’t put it down. Waiting for part two, I see this as the door way into the fantasy realm!”- Andy Burk, Reviewer
Josh has had a knack for writing from a young age; mostly poetry. The Demon Within is his debut novel and, according to Josh, nearly wrote itself. He is a US Army veteran and has been deployed to the Balkans and Middle East. He has been an IT professional for about a decade. Many of the events in The Demon Within were taken from Josh’s life and “put through the fiction blender” as he puts it. When pressed for more details, he said he couldn’t give specifics for fear of “giving spoilers,” but, he did say the book includes fictional spins on things ranging from childhood bullying to being placed in the Las Vegas foster care system. He currently lives in Columbus OH with his family and is working on book two of his ‘The Last War’ series.
Giveaway of “The Demon Within” by Josh Gagnier
This giveaway is for one print copy of the book and a $50 gift card to a U.S. winner. The ebook with $50 gift card is open worldwide. This giveaway ends on April 27, 2018.
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