14 December 2022

Portal Slayer: Beneath the Shadows | Excerpt + Giveaway

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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.

Publisher: Torn Parchment
Release Date: December 2, 2022



“Raelyn,” Peter interjected. “Why are you saying it ‘should have been’ me?”

Fulton frowned. “Should have been? There’s a lot of ‘should-have-beens’ in our lives. ‘Should have been’ is never as important as what is. Raelyn, listen to me. No matter how all of this was predicted to happen, the fact is, you’re there. Not Peter.”

Fresh tears streaked down Raelyn’s face. This man, who had spent so much time focused on her brothers, was looking at her as though she was the only person in the world who mattered. And he couldn’t even see her.

“You closed the first two portals,” he continued. “Not Peter. You saved your brother’s life. All our lives.”

“But I keep making the same mistakes! I was so stupid. I’ve tried to be a good leader. I thought I knew better than anyone. And Lima made me feel like I had all the answers. I just took off from the others. It makes sense now. Why I struggle so much. Peter should have led them.”

“She’s made mistakes,” Peter relayed. “Listened to someone called Lima . . . Rae, you’re not making any sense. You think I wouldn’t struggle if I was there instead of you?”

Fulton shook his head. “You’re not listening. You can’t judge your strength by how you think someone else might have performed in your shoes.”

Raelyn looked at Peter. Surely, he believed he could have done better.

“Rae, even if I was the one called, you were the one who answered. That’s what matters.”


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

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight December 12, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 19, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. thanks for being on the tour, Hallie!

  2. Thank you so much for being a part of the tour Hallie!! :)

  3. Hallie, Thank you for hosting.