Maer Wilson stopped by the Dragon’s Lair to talk with Myrria about her book Portals.
Portals Cover Blurb
For supernatural detectives Thulu and La Fi, “normal” is a relative term. La Fi is a medium, Thulu is a finder, and their usual clients are already dead.
But when their friend Reo is shot, and a group of stranded angels show up at their house for help to find a missing child, things are striking too close to home.
And now the portals that let the magical races return to Earth have started opening on their own.
With trips off-world, a kidnapped psychic and changes to their own abilities, Thulu and La Fi are hit with a lot more than they usually handle. Of course, their magical friends are there to help, but even they may not be enough to save an increasingly unstable Earth.
Portals is the sequel to Relics and is Book 2 in The Thulukan Chronicles.
Praise for Portals
“Juggling angels, psychics, and a myriad of other magical folk (and their problems), Thulu and La Fi return in Portals to find a kidnapping victim, and maybe just save the universe as a side job. Maer Wilson does a beautiful job of painting their world, weaving a mystery, and sprinkling on a touch of humor in her sophomore fantasy. Such a fun escape!” —LynDee Walker, bestselling author of the Headlines in High Heels Mysteries.
Praise for Relics
“‘Relics‘ is a powerful read which will challenge long-held perceptions of good vs. evil and Light vs. Dark well after the book is finished.” Diane M. Haynes, author of Rift Healer, YA finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.
“In Relics, author Maer Wilson takes everything you think you know about the creatures of the fantasy world and twists it around to create a unique and engaging story.” Constance Philips, author of Resurrecting Harry and Fairyproof.
Excerpt from Portals
That night Parker had popped in to wake us at two in the morning to tell us our best friend, Reo, had been shot. The young ghost was distraught and panicked.
“They’re on the back porch! You have to go help.”
“Where is he?” I asked groggily, as I jumped out of bed.
Thulu was instantly awake beside me, although he didn’t seem any more alert than I did.
“Back porch.” Parker enunciated each word in slight exasperation. “Go, please!”
Thulu looked at me, and I told him what Parker had said. Thulu can read lips, but even with a night light the room was too dark.
Thulu threw off the sheet and we both ran from the room. I was briefly glad we’d been wearing PJs.
Heart pounding, I took a few precious seconds to check on our three year old son, Carter. His night light showed him blissfully unaware of anything. Whatever happy dreams he was having made him smile slightly in his sleep. I sighed in relief that he wasn’t having another of his nightmares.
Downstairs, Thulu had turned on the kitchen and porch lights. In spite of the panic moments before, none of the three people on the porch seemed frantic when I joined them.
Thulu looked relieved, Reo was on the floor, but seemed stoic, and Sloane knelt beside him, brow furrowed only slightly in concentration as he dealt with the wound.
My heart rate slowed down and my own fear started to slowly dissipate. My heart gradually dropped from my throat back to its accustomed place in my chest. Still my hands were shaking, and I felt the slight chill from outside. The porch was screened in, and the late August day had been hot, but the night brought a cool breeze that made its way along my arms.
The scent of flowers from the backyard didn’t quite mask the smell of the blood that pooled on the porch floor around Reo. Sloane, his partner and an elf, had already removed Reo’s jacket and shirt. A bullet lay on the floor, and I could see the shoulder wound was already healing and closing up. In a few moments, only the blood would remain as evidence that he’d been shot.
Reo’s face was white. The strain showed around his brown eyes and his handsome face had the sheen of sweat on it. His short brown hair that was usually spiked, lay damp and flat against his head, but he gave me a shaky smile.
“Bastard ruined my favorite jacket.”
Relics at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17767013-relics
Relics Paperback at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Relics-Maer-Wilson/dp/1939173310/
Relics Kindle at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Relics-ebook/dp/B00CLB6HUI/
Portals Kindle at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Portals-Book-The-Thulukan-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00H5O9P5A/
“Ghost Memory” (A Thulukan Chronicles Story, #1) – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E5W1W2Y/
“Unwanted Ghost” (A Thulukan Chronicles Story, #2) – http://www.amazon.com/Unwanted-Ghost-Thulukan-Chronicles-Story-ebook/dp/B00FYACAZO/
Guest Post by Maer Wilson for Chris Weigand
Some Trivia about Portals
When I finished Relics, Book 1 of The Thulukan Chronicles I knew I was going to write a series. What I didn’t know was what turn that series would take. I thought I’d be writing about the different cases that came my supernatural detectives’ way in this new world where the creatures of magic existed.
And there are some cases in Portals, Book 2 of The Thulukan Chronicles. However, there’s an even bigger story and that’s how Earth reacts to the return of magic. I got into a game of “what if” with myself. What would happen if all of a sudden we had elves and fairies and such and knew they were real? How would we react? What would humanity do?
That’s the story that starts to emerge even more in Portals and comes out full force in Magics, book 3. And it’s seen through the eyes of Thulu and La Fi, who have front-row seats, thanks to Tyler Jones and the elves.
Portals also is the first time my characters actually leave Earth for another world. Creating Neva and Phaete were so much fun! Playing with gravity and plants and such was cool. Although because both daemons and angels are humanoid and easily navigate on Earth, I had to take care to not mess with their worlds too much. They had to be compatible for humans, since the other races have no issue dealing with Earth.
Creating the flora and fauna from both worlds and getting into how the daemons (Dark Ones) and angels (Light Ones) function as societies and as individuals was such a blast. I even got to figure out how the angels procreate, but that’s all I’m going to say about that.
Portals has some surprises and our group of friends have to navigate some tricky situations. The situation on Earth is becoming increasingly unstable, but overall I think Portals makes the transition between Books 1 and 3 a fun journey that will surprise readers.
After a successful career being other people, and later teaching others the many tricks of that trade, Maer Wilson has decided to be herself for a while. Turns out she’s a writer. She’s always loved stories, especially fantasy, mystery and sci fi. Maer was born in the Year of the Dragon and has a dragon-themed room in her home, but sadly no dragons in the back yard. When she’s not writing, Maer plays online video games, teaches college and reads. She also co-hosts the literary podcast, MythBehaving and writes for two gaming fansites. Maer lives in the high desert of Southern Nevada with her two dogs, a chihuahua and a poodle. Portals is Book 2 in The Thulukan Chronicles. You can find all books and novelettes in The Thulukan Chronicles at Amazon. You can visit Maer’s website at http://maerwilson.com/.
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