18 Dec 2013


Comments Off on “PORTALS” by MAER WILSON – Virtual BLOGTOUR Book Reviews, News

portalstourbanner copy

PORTALS by Maer Wilson is the newest in her  Series .

I have read and loved the first novel, ‘Relics’ and here is my review of RELICS, followed by an interview with Maer, a giveaway and an excerpt.

“Relics” by Maer Wilson is a lovely paranormal story about two mediums or paranormal detectives, if you so will. I read two shorter novels by the author before this, so I knew what to expect but I rally enjoyed to stay with a Thulu story for a little longer. 
The story begins with La Fi / Fiona’s family background and her love for her Nana, setting a warm and loving tone for the paranormal story to come. Wilson has created great characters, likeable and entertaining, just right for younger adults and those who like pleasant characters.
La Fi and her husband Thulu are approached once more by a ghost who wants to find a lost piece of jewellery which a man named Jones has taken after killing the now ghost. But Jones has not only offended this one ghost. Then there is a murderer to be stopped and there are portals that can let supernatural creatures into the world.
This is a fun read, fresh, witty and lively, with great suspense – but just right so to keep us interested but not scared off. I personally love books with mediums and powers of intuition and Wilson has written a particularly good one here.
I hate to use this phrase in reviews but I do look forward to the next book in the series.

Maer Author


Tell us a little about yourself as writer and a person.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today. Portals is my second novel and is the sequel to Relics, Book 1 of The Thulukan Chronicles. I’m a relatively new writer – for novels anyway. I wrote a bad play and a better screenplay years ago, but never did anything with them.

I teach Theatre at a local college, play MMOs (online interactive games). Of course, I love to read and watch movies. My two dogs are almost always nearby. I live in the high desert of Southern Nevada.

What was the appeal to write for a younger audience?

I’m smiling because I didn’t write this for a younger audience, since my characters are married adults. I’ve had a lot of people tell me this could be read by mid-teens and up. So it’s easy to see how someone might think that I intended this for Young Adults. However, I had adults in mind when I wrote it. Specifically me. J

How did you come up with the idea? Have you ever been to see a medium?

I haven’t! That’s kind of odd now that I think about it. I wanted my characters to have special abilities and those were the ones that just came to mind.

How did you come up with these great characters? Who or what inspired you?

Thank you, I’m glad you like them. They were inspired by their names and I got those from playing online games. In WoW (World of Warcraft), this couple had similar names and I was going to give them nicknames to make it easier. Just as I was typing the names in chat to tell them, the light bulbs went off and I knew they were characters I had to write about. I erased the message and never sent it. Instead I wrote Relics. 

Tell us a little about the history of the books and your writing. How long did it take you to write and publish?

I wrote Relics in five weeks and then spent a year in revisions. I spent a year shopping it around. Relics was published in May, 2013 by Crescent Moon Press. Portals came in at about 2 months for the first draft and again I spent almost a year in revisions and editing. However, I self-published Portals.

What is the easiest about writing and what is the hardest?

I love every aspect of the creating and revising process. I think editing is fun. Can you tell I’m new? J The publishing and marketing aspects are the most difficult for me. That could be because they are the business aspects and feel more like work.

What are your next projects? Portals cover Sm

I’m currently writing Magics, Book 3 of The Thulukan Chronicles and I’ll have another short story from the series out in spring. I also have a Biography/Memoir I’m working on. There’s a historical fantasy I’ve started that I’d love to finish but I think that will get pushed back to 2015. I have a new sci fi series I plan to start writing in 2014.

What is your life like? What do you do for pleasure and work when you are not writing?

My life is actually very quiet. I do some traveling, but only a few times a year. I teach college part time. My fave pastime is to play MMOs – online games and read. I watch movies, play with the dogs and even get some hiking in now and then.

Can you recommend any indie books/ authors?

There are so many awesome books out by Indies, it would be tough for me to mention just a few. However, if anyone wants an idea of who I’m reading, they can check out my Goodreads shelf. J

What is your favourite book of all times?

I don’t have just one. I love the George R.R. Martin series A Song of Ice and Fire and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

What would your friends tell us if we asked for your best and your oddest qualities?

Best – Dependable, Loyal, Loving

Oddest – Eccentric, Eclectic, Highly Focused

What would you take to a remote island?

Potatoes, tomatoes, steak, flour, sugar, milk, apples, cocoa, eggs and butter.

Who would you like to invited for dinner and why?

William Shakespeare – Then I could find out who he really was.

George R.R. Martin and J.K. Rowling – because I admire their work.

Leonardo da Vinci – I think he’d be fascinating.

Robin Williams – because I think he’d be loads of fun.

Dr. Who – because a Time Lord would be different. J

What are you writing at the moment and where would we find out about your future projects?

I’m currently writing Magics, Book 3 of The Thulukan Chronicles.

What else would you like us to know about you and your books?

I’m enjoying writing them and hope readers will enjoy reading them. I love the idea of magic returning to Earth, but when I started exploring that theme, the books took me places I didn’t expect.

Thanks so very much, Christoph for allowing me to drop by!


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.

Maer’s Bio

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/.


You can find out about Maer and her latest news at these links:

Maer’s Website: http://maerwilson.com/

Maer on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Maer-Wilson/e/B00CDX29YW/

Maer on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maer-Wilson-Author/149085628472833

Maer on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MaerWilson

Maer at Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7040319.Maer_Wilson

Maer at Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/maerw/boards/



A chance to win one of these prizes:

1 – $10 Amazon Gift Card

1 – $5 Amazon Gift Card

3 – eBook Bundles of “Ghost Memory” and “Unwanted Ghost”


 a Rafflecopter giveaway



Maer’s Links

Maer’s Website: http://maerwilson.com/

Maer on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Maer-Wilson/e/B00CDX29YW/

Maer on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maer-Wilson-Author/149085628472833

Maer on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MaerWilson

Maer at Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7040319.Maer_Wilson

Maer at Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/maerw/boards/

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/


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.”



08 Oct 2013

Ben Manning: The Vril Codex

2 Comments Book Reviews


Vril is a force which to its believers can heal or destroy.’ For famous journalist Jane Wilkinson, a peaceful architectural assignment in Berlin is a chance for some much needed relaxation. Until she notices that something very sinister is happening… she is touched by an occult evil more terrifying than anything she has ever known. An evil that will engulf her and reach out remorselessly to her husband Bob who is literally haunted as he tries to discover her fate and what lies beneath the ancient legend of the VRIL CODEX’
Part romance, part conspiracy thriller, involving Nazi’s, and the mysterious cults of the “Thule Society,” and the “Devils Bible.” Supernatural forces and conspiracies combine, leading Bob and his companions into danger and a confrontation with the ancient Vril power’.

“The Vril Codex” by Ben Manning is an unsual and to me a highly original read.
While the main protagonist is a widower and tries to overcome his grief with a work trip to Berlin, the plot edges into paranormal area and sheds light on some supernatural cult around Hitler and his hardcore followers.
I have read quite a few stories and articles about it, all handled as rumours, but their existence is so persistent that the plot – speculative conspiracy as it may be – sounds very plausible to me.
The book is well written and held my interest throughout.
The most pleasant aspects of the book are that the characters are so real and believable, more dimensional and that the storyline is far from flat, as I find so often with books in the genre.
I found it a compelling and fascinating read.



Hi Ben

Your novel has quite an unusual theme. Can you explain it to my readers quickly. How did you hear about it and when did you decide to write this story?

Sure I was influenced to write this novel series  – the Vril Chronicles – by reading “Morning of the Magicians”- a cult new age book that covered everything from secret societies to the unexplained.  It was strangely written and published back in 1962 ish but influenced me as did a rather tacky but interesting history channel documentary aired in 2009.  It was in 09 that I completed my first draft, which I rewrote at author workshops in 2010.  Then I got it published in 2011 and 2012 but the final edition with a reputable publisher has come out in 2013. 

How did you research for it? Especially since so much of the information is contested. What was the most fascinating aspect in the research and the writing for you?

I enjoyed travelling to Germany a lot and finding obscure libraries and meeting characters that influenced the book.  To be honest the internet was useful but I enjoyed meeting real people such as Anthony J Hilder who is probably the most unusual conspiracy theorist out there with a fascinating past in entertainment. I also wrote off to lots of obscure people and cults to differentiate what I was writing with what’s really out there, when it comes to Vril.  There are some rare books on the subject but not a lot is out there.  Not many people realize the esoteric traits of Hitler and especially Himmler, either with the Vril Society or the Thule Society or the Black Sun.  There is some on youtube and many obscure pamphlets were printed about it after the war.        

Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?

Well the plot was kind of roughly planned but I added to it as I went along. I knew nothing much had been written on Vril and the Nazi’s but paranormal Nazi’s have been written on a lot – from Indiana Jones to James Herbert – so I wanted to create my own myths and figures rather than just using Norse myth and Hitler.  That would have been obvious; they were just the starting point.  Hence my characters such as Helena Hister and the whole mythos around that, that I invented. More recently there have been a few more vril novels out there but it is still few and far between.  There are hundred on the spear of destiny and the Nazi’s for example. As I often say – mine was the first ever on vril and the nazi’s – a fact I am proud of.    

This is part of a series. How many books will there be and can you tell us where this will be going – without any spoilers?

Well part 2 was self-published in 2012 but that will have a proper final release, possibly with Double Dragon Publishing.  That is set in Dresden and is called the Dresden Benefactor.  It is more of a mystery and the one I am working on right now is more of a thriller perhaps.  

How did you choose the characters for the story?

I wanted characters people could relate to.  It is hard trying to be original because you have to produce characters that are familiar so to an extent they have to be based on universal types.  I did base Warwick Blake – a psychic archaeologist – on the late Michael Baigent who was co-author of “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail”. 

How did you come to writing in the first place? Apart from this historically themed blend did you have other genres in mind, too?

I wouldn’t call the Vril series historical fiction as it is set in the present but yes there are historical elements.  I did think of making it more science fiction like because of the aliens and UFO’s but then the whole vril universe is very “Fantasy” too – couple that with the fact that there are paranormal romance elements and crime thriller ones that we have one of the strength’s to critics a possible weakness .  It is primarily a thriller but does genre hop.  But why not break the rules?!  

I wrote short stories as a small child and poetry (cringe!) and as a teen and in my twenties mainly did journalism.  Then in my thirties I decided to turn to novels as I felt the need to be creative. 

Who is your favourite character and why?

Warwick Blake- 

This is simply because he is an interesting outsider.  I imagine him portrayed by Michael Gambon. 

Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?

Yes –

I guess Bob is loosely based on me.  Make of that what you will!

Did you have any say in the cover art and who was that process?

To be honest both covers came largely from my idea.  I still do not think there has been a definitive cover and vril 2 and 3 are yet to have a professional cover done.  I do like vril codex’s second “alien” cover most which I designed with Riley Steel. 

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

Best aspect is when people like it and the worse is when people don’t but then no writer in history is liked by everyone.  I love the creative highs but I don’t like the writer’s block lows.  I am also dyslexic which makes me a slow writer. 

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?

With difficulty!  I know the internet has opened up some opportunities but it is also a boon to criminal publishers.  I worked in marketing and part of me is repulsed by mixing it with my creative side.  In the past, if you had the money to self-publish  – pre web – marketing had to be done by the writer or paid for.  These days whether you self – publish or go with a publisher you still have to promote which is kind of a shame as it used to be more the domain of marketing at the publishers.  

What do you do when you don’t write?

I am a keen actor. 

What would be the cast in a Hollywood or British film?

Michael Gambon or Bill Nighy as Warwick

Rufus Sewell as Bob – depending on budget!  If not – me! 

Romola Garai as Jane

Who are your biggest influences?

Rod Serling

Alfred Hitchcock

Roald Dahl

Gothic Horror

M.R James

Hammer Horror and Amicus  – Vincent Price, Peter Cushing ect…

Which are your favourite books and authors?

I have always loved I Claudius by Robert Graves.

Other favourites are Douglas Adams, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, James Herbert and Isaac Asimov.

I would also pick Roald Dahl as an author and Samuel Taylor Coleridge as a poet.
Dahl always fascinated me with his short stories for “Tales of the unexpected” on the TV from “someone like you” and “kiss kiss” – but what im most impressed by is that he could write, horror, humour –in a book like “my uncle Oswald” and for children with stories like “Charlie and the chocolate factory”. I think he understood the way people think – in terms of how children feel and react and also the very adult world of intrigue, where there is always a moral twist. A tribute I wrote to both him and Coleridge is at the Roald Dahl museum here in the UK.

ST Coleridge – I would love to know his theories on the universe and life in general, as well as the subconscious and life after death.  Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner is incredible and I used to work at his cottage where he lived in 1797 and wrote it. 

Douglas Adams – “The Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy” 
Aldous Huxley –”Brave new World”

Voltaire – “Candide”  *** Charles Dickens –”A Christmas Carol” *** George Orwell – 1984

 *** Edgar Allen Poe – Murders in the Rue Morgue *** Mary Shelley – Frankenstein.

Which indie writers can you recommend?

Terry Ravenscroft.  His books make me laugh a lot. 

What would you take to an isolated island?

A cat

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

David Bowie

What else would you like us to know about yourself and your books?

I am in a forthcoming major horror film called “Zombie Snuff Movies”  and I am interviewed in the major magazine “Haunted after Dark” who are sponsors of the British Horror film festival held in Leicester Square, London. 

Links –

Twitter – “@TheVrilCodex”

New from DOUBLE DRAGON publishing…the number one award winning publisher…the VRIL Codex…a paranormal thriller and the first to ever be written on vril and the Nazi’s…conspiracies and norse myth…










Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers: