Monday, December 12, 2022

Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows Blog Tour: Author Guest Post + Giveaway


Portal Slayer JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows by S.L. Dooley, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows Title: Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows 
Series Realms of the Periferie #3 
Author: S.L. Dooley 
Publisher: Torn Parchment 
Release Date: December 2, 2022 
Genre: Fantasy (clean)

Darkness comes in many forms.

Raelyn is about to encounter them all. 
Hidden away in the Schade Catacombs, a single portal remains in Alnok. And, pushed to near defeat, Cosyn has unleashed all his forces, taking Earth to the brink of a world war. Raelyn, in the midst of her own debilitating doubt, finds a new ally. But when no one will follow, she strikes out on her own, determined to reach the catacombs and close the portal. Only then can she finally return home. 

In the far north, her mentor and guide Kade, wounded and desperate, leads a band of soldiers, also on a path to the catacombs. 

As an impenetrable darkness falls on the realm of Alnok and Earth’s annihilation seems inevitable, Raelyn finds nothing is what it seems. Her calling, her newfound skills, even her reason for being in Alnok are shrouded in uncertainty. 

But she must uncover the light in the darkness of Alnok, and her own heart, to locate and destroy Cosyn’s last link to Earth. If she fails, she will have no home to return to.

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S.L. Dooley

S.L. Dooley is a fantasy author looking for a neverending story to go boldly through the wardrobe into another adventure. She's a wife and mother of two grown kids. She lives in Texas where she collects old books and new journals.

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When Faith Meets Fantasy
by S.L. Dooley

I often taught my children using stories, or analogies. I helped them understand the importance of a clean bedroom or later, the use of discernment when choosing friend, by telling them a story in which they could relate. Jesus used parables to teach deeper truths to his disciples and followers. Using words they could understand and examples that made sense, he revealed deeper truths. In a similar way, I helped my kids “see” what I was teaching them through story.

My children are grown and starting families of their own, but I’m still telling stories. In lands filled with castles and evil kings, giants and magical portals to other dimensions, I take the reader on a journey.

Stories come naturally to humankind. We are created in the Author’s image, and as “sub-creators” and specifically “sub-storytellers” it’s not a stretch to write stories about the fantastical. Could we even dream up some of these mythical creatures or magical worlds if we weren’t God’s creation? Our own imagination is launched into the outer reaches of our understanding. God’s word speaks of talking donkeys and wall that crumbled at the blast of trumpets. When I write of a journal that can be used as a weapon, or a tiara worn to help the wearer see with not just with her eyes, but her heart, God planted the seed of my imagination long ago.

J.R.R. Tolkien had a superb view of the fantasy genre: “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

Fantasy offers the reader a little time to unplug from our world and enter someplace magical and enchanting. To link arms with characters who are charged with slaying dragons and meeting with elves. But in the end, stories, analogies, parables, are all mechanisms to achieve one end: to glorify God and point to his Son, Jesus.



(1) winner will receive a copy of the Realms of the Periferie trilogy, tea, and a mug!

Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows JustRead Giveaway

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