Philippa Ballantine

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in Wellington, New Zealand
August 08





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Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa is a writer and podcaster of fantasy fiction.
Immersed in books from an early age, she moved onto to become a librarian. She'd been dreaming of being a writer since a teenager, but in the last ten years she's devoted herself to it.
She's the author of the Books of the Order series from Ace Books. Geist, Spectyr, Wrayth (2012) and Harbinger (2013).
Also, with Pyr books the Shifted World series, Hunter and Fox (2012) and Born and Made (2013)
Philippa is also the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series. Phoenix Rising and the Janus Affair (2012)
Philippa currently resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband and co-writer Tee Morris, their daughter and a clowder of five cats w

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An Old Idea Made New

A few years ago, you may remember I hope, I had a podcast called Erotica a la Carte.

I offered up polls for listeners to fill in, which picked out a bunch of ‘ingredients’—actually plots, characters, scenes—which I then used to write stories. They were all erotic speculative fiction.

I had a blast doing it. It pushed me to write stories I might never have thought about, and it created a sens

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Description: Between the living and the dead is the Order of the Deacons, protectors of the Empire, guardians against possession, sentinels enlisted to ward off the malevolent haunting of the geists... Among the most powerful of the Order is Sorcha, now thrust into partnership with the novice Deacon, Merrick Chambers. They have been dispatched to the isolated village of Ulrich to aide the Priory with a surge of violent geist activity. With them is Raed Rossin, Pretender to the throne that Sorcha is sworn to protect, and bearer of a terrible curse. But what greets them in the strange settlement is something far more predatory and more horrifying than any mere haunting. And as she uncovers a tradition of twisted rituals passed down through the dark reaches of history, Sorcha will be forced to reconsider everything she thinks she knows. And if she makes it out of Ulrich alive, what in Hell is she returning to?
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Philippa Philippa said: " At first a little hard for me to get into since knowing the character at first was rather hard, but once past the technical info, really started to care about him.
Recommended to my Dad in the end.

“She groaned as her face turned to press against the rosewood floor. "Welly, remind me to order a better mattress for my bed. This one is far too firm."

"Oh, Eliza," Wellington gasped, now remembering why he was in these lush surroundings. "No broken nose, I hope."

"S'all right," Braun slurred. Her voiced dropped to a whisper. "My ample bosom broke my fall.”
Philippa Ballantine, Phoenix Rising

“Mortals were such fickle creatures. They called into the dark, demanded answers and attention from forces they could not comprehend, and yet when they had that attention and those answers, they complained about them.”
Philippa Ballantine, Spectyr

“Be that as it may, we were--and no doubt, still are--held under scrutiny, with that whole Phoenix Society brouhaha. It is imperative we remain on our best behaviour, a feat that you did not exactly manage effortlessly with your shenanigans in Edinburgh.”
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“Right then," Campbell began, his tone so civil it was offensive. "May I have your name for the record, Miss...?"

"Eliza Braun," Eliza sneered. "Here, I'll spell it for you -- B-U-G-G-E-R-O-F-F.”
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Charles Cornell Thank you for your friendship, Phillipa & Good Luck with your future projects!


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J.M. Thanks for the add, Philippa. I'm entered for a chance to win your book, but if I don't you can bet I'll be buying it. The cover's beautiful and the premise sounds awesome.

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