Book Review: Relics, by Maer Wilson

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When the creatures of myth and magic return to Earth, they’re nothing like your mother’s fairy tales.

Most of Thulu and La Fi’s clients are dead. Which is perfect since their detective agency caters to the supernatural. So, a job finding relics for an ancient daemon is simple.

The daemon needs the relics to keep a dangerous portal closed. His enemy, Gabriel, wants the relics to open the portal and give his people access to a new feeding ground – Earth.

Hoping to create chaos, Gabriel opens portals to other worlds and the creatures of magic return to Earth, stunning humanity with their existence.

When Gabriel threatens their family, Thulu and La Fi’s job becomes personal. They’ll need powerful allies in the race to find the relics before Gabriel does. But maybe that’s what grateful dead, magical allies and daemonic clients are for.

RELICS opens at a dire moment for Erik and Fiona Thulukan, whom I will hereafter refer to as Thulu and La Fi. A powerful supernatural being holds her hostage, a blade to her throat, while other beings—humans, creatures, and ghosts—hold their collective breath and try not to make a move that will cause result in La Fi’s death.

There, the author cuts the scene and takes the reader back many years to when La Fi was ten years old and learned that she could see, and talk, to dead people.

Maer Wilson draws her reader in with the short prologue scene, and then describes at length the life that La Fi builds in San Francisco with her adopted family, the Thulukans. (Before you think she shacked up with her “brother,” the adoption was organic. She lived with her aunt and they were absorbed into the Thulukan’s functions as extended family.) The story, which is separated into parts, actually begins in part two, when they take on an unusual case.

The author has an illustrative voice and she has built her story layer upon layer, giving equal attention to building scenes as developing characters. I can’t explain the value of this to the story without spoiling the biggest scene of the book, but I will say that in one moment, I suddenly appreciated every word she had devoted to her details.

Falling under the “Private Investigator” trope, RELICS is an introduction to a series with the potential to grow as long as Ms. Wilson wishes to continue. It lays out backstory, establishes special gifts and powers, enemies and allies, and a cast of strange and wonderful creatures from a network of alien worlds to which Earth is connected by portals. Any sequel will have the advantage of this groundwork already in place, and the author can steam ahead with the dilemma of Thulu and La Fi’s next dead client.

The writing style may be a little mature for teenagers. This book was clearly written for by adults. Having said that, I don’t recall much objectionable content. There is one hint of close door sex, profanity is kept to a minimum, and there is moderate violence.

★★★★
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Book Review: Medusa: A Love Story, by Sasha Summers

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MedusaALoveStory-SashaSummers_smMedusa: A Love Story, by Sasha Summers

It’s said love can change a person. Medusa wasn’t always a monster…

Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She’s no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves… and curses her as the creature with serpent locks.

Ariston goes to war with a full heart… and dreadful foreboding. He learns too late of the danger Medusa faces, alone, and a Persian blade sends him into the Underworld. But death, curses, nor the wrath of the Gods will keep him from returning to her.

Poseidon will use Greece’s war to get what he wants: Medusa. He does not care that she belongs to another. He does not care that she will be damned. He is a God, an Olympian, and she will be his.

Medusa begins in a scene anyone who’s seen Clash of the Titans will be familiar with. A daring young man, armed with a sword and shield, walks into the ruined temple to slay the cursed Gorgon, Medusa. He knows his chances aren’t good; every man who’s come to this island before him has tried and died. The monster surprises him, though, offering instructions on how to take her head.

The novel then rewinds about a year, to when Medusa was a cherished priestess of the goddess Athena. Her guardian has recently been replaced by Ariston of Rhodes, a loyal soldier who’s worth much more to Athens on the battlefield than babysitting Medusa. He doesn’t really mind though, as she’s beautiful and engaging. His loyalty to Athena becomes a problem for him. His job is to protect Medusa, whose vow of purity demands that she not be touched. Within days, touching her is all he wants to do.

Sasha Summers is a master of the tiny detail. Her characters, Ariston and Medusa, are intimately aware of their own breath, their own heart beats, even the slightest tickle the other causes under their own skin. I am of the opinion that there are few devices quite as powerful as sexual tension, and while the innocent Medusa serves Athena, the desire between her and Ariston builds into a palpable force.

Much of fun of Greek mythology is the tragic course it takes, and the author plots two trails through purgatory for her pair. One leads Medusa to torture, divine curse, and the hospitality of her Gorgon sisters, while the other leads Ariston literally to hell and the mercy of Hades, the god of death.

The characters of this creative twist are exceedingly well rounded, particularly the gods. Poseidon is a selfish, game-playing boar. Yet, while not quite guilt for his actions, he is the god on Olympus who seems most concern that her punishments continue. Athena, traditionally a wise and just goddess, is anything but when she’s offended (and it doesn’t take much.) Hades, typically feared for being heartless, displays great mercy. The author displays the Greek gods as we’ve come to know them: noble and concerned for Greece most of the time, yet at other times, they are conceited, petty, and cruel. And still, Summers manages to make the key players surprising.

I would recommend this book to any lover of Greek myth and romance.

★★★★★
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GIVEAWAY ALERT!

Sasha is giving away COOL stuff for Medusa’s birthday!
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  • Autographed copy of “Medusa, A Love Story (Loves of Olympus Series, Bk #1)”
  • Autographed copy of “For the Love of Hades (Loves of Olympus Series, Bk #2)”
  • Thea (owl) Necklace
  • “Medusa” car charm
  • Series Swag

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New Releases: Medusa, A Love Story, by Sasha SummersSasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, and travel. It’s no surprise that her books visit times past, set in places rich with legends and myth. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ (original title, right?), was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

Cover & Trailer Reveal: Relics, by Maer Wilson

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Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Crescent Moon Press
Release Date – May 1, 2013

When the creatures of myth and magic return to Earth, they’re nothing like your mother’s fairy tales.

Most of Thulu and La Fi’s clients are dead. Which is perfect since their detective agency caters to the supernatural. So, a job finding relics for an ancient daemon is simple.

The daemon needs the relics to keep a dangerous portal closed. His enemy, Gabriel, wants the relics to open the portal and give his people access to a new feeding ground – Earth.

Hoping to create chaos, Gabriel opens portals to other worlds and the creatures of magic return to Earth, stunning humanity with their existence.

When Gabriel threatens their family, Thulu and La Fi’s job becomes personal. They’ll need powerful allies in the race to find the relics before Gabriel does. But maybe that’s what grateful dead, magical allies and daemonic clients are for.

Maer-AuthorAfter 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. She 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.

Maer has a BA from CSU Fullerton, where she majored in Theatre Arts. As a former professional stage actor in Southern California, she gave over three thousand performances in an eight-year span. This helped tremendously with creating the characters in Relics, Book 1 of The Thulukan Chronicles.

While Maer writes mostly urban fantasy, she also dips into horror and paranormal mysteries. An avid gamer, her current games of choice are Star Wars: The Old Republic and Guild Wars 2. She’s eagerly awaiting a new MMO, Wildstar. Combining two loves, she is a columnist for two popular gaming fansites, Corellian Run Radio and Wildstar Radio.

Maer is also a co-producer and co-host for the literary podcast, MythBehaving. She enjoys interviewing guests from the publishing world and takes the great advice her guests give and applies it to her own career.

She’s currently in revisions on her second book for The Thulukan Chronicles, as well as another fantasy novel and several short stories.

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January Black Release Week

januaryblackcover_smallWelcome to my little corner of the internet! I’m so glad you’re here. I’m celebrating the release of JANUARY BLACK by giving away brand coffee cups or $10 Amazon gift cards to a few lucky readers. There will be two winners every day.

PLUS, each of the blog posts hosting JANUARY BLACK between January 15-21 will have a link to a hidden post on my blog. (Password = matty). Commenters on this hidden post will be entered into a drawing for a free, signed copy of JANUARY BLACK.

Here’s the tour! Have fun and leave comments!


January 15

Kelly Seguin
SM Boyce
Tara Fuller

January 16

Christine Ashworth
Marie Sexton (18+)

January 17

Katie O’Sullivan
Constance Phillips
Maer Wilson
Avery Olive
Jody A. Kessler

January 18

Melissa Robitille
Colette Gardner
Kary Rader

January 19

Krystal Wade
Rebecca Hamilton
Adriana Ryan

January 20

Shawna Romkey
Lindsey Loucks
Cindy Young Turner

January 21

Sarah Wesson
Susan Gourley
Louann Carroll
Sherry Soule