As one of the #CMCon17 featured bloggers, I get to have a little fun with a few of the fabulous authors who will be hitting the beach for Coastal Magic 2017 by showcasing their many stories. We had so much fun with last year’s At the Beach feature, that we’re doing it again.
Today Kathleen Collins is taking us to the beach with Juliana Norris from her Realmwalker series. If Realm Walker at the Beach gets your interest, make sure you check out the first book, Realm Walker.
Realm Walker at the Beach
Juliana Norris leaned against the bar sipping her mai tai and watching the waves roll in. She’d finally made it to the beach, though not exactly under the circumstances she’d been hoping for. A high pitched bark drew her attention and she turned to see Nathaniel, werewolf and fellow Realm Walker, playing with Fifi his zombie Pomeranian further down the beach. Juliana wrinkled her nose. She hoped the thing didn’t leave pieces on the shore. That would make a great souvenir for some kid. “Look, Daddy, I found a jawbone.”
She shook her head then downed the rest of her drink before setting the glass on the bar behind her. While she had on a tank top, her jeans and boots didn’t exactly help her blend in with the tourists. She slid on her sunglasses and turned on her gift. The beach lit up with the signatures of every living thing on it. There a yellow human, there a red mage, and over there a purple vampire.
Her eyes ran along the shoreline looking for any indication of the trouble that had brought her here in the first place. There. Creeping its way to shore was a large shimmering, greenish-brown mass. Juliana made her way to the nearest lifeguard stand. “You’re going to want to clear the beach,” she informed the young woman wearing sunglasses and a bright blue bathing suit.
“Did you see a shark or something?”
“Ancient fae god. Much deadlier. More likely to eat people and mess up your beach.”
The lifeguard just stood there staring at her. Juliana pulled out her badge and showed it to the girl. “I wasn’t asking. Clear the beach. Now.”
After blinking a couple of times, the lifeguard nodded and sounded the alarm to clear the shore. Juliana shut down her gift and watched as agents combed the shoreline, helping to get people packed up and cleared out.
She braced her feet in the sand and watched the creature make its way toward her. Long multi-colored tentacles shot out of the water, straight into the air and snapped back and forth. Nathaniel came to stand beside her, his dog no doubt dumped off on some unsuspecting rookie. He carried a very large gun. Juliana drew her sword.
“So what’s the story with this thing again?” Nathaniel asked as the beast pushed its bulbous form from the water. It looked like an oversized octopus that had been hit by a truck. And then been backed over two or three times.
“We got called in because things have been going missing.”
She shrugged. “Boats, submarines, people. You know, the usual. Signature marks it as some kind of god for the earth fae. I don’t recognize it though so it must be old.”
“Are you sure we should be killing gods? Especially old ones?”
“It’s better than it killing us.”
As the creature reached the shallower parts of the ocean, it rose above the waves and continued forward in a writhing mass of tentacles. Several rows of pointy teeth filled its gaping maw. The one red eye in the middle of its head spun around until it focused on the two of them standing on the beach.
Juliana reached into her pocket and pulled out her phone. “Hey, babe,” she said when Master vampire Thomas Kendrick answered. “I think we’re going to need some backup.”
Meet Kathleen Collins!
Kathleen Collins has been writing since Kindergarten. And while her ability has drastically improved, her stories are still about fantasy worlds and the people who play in them. When she’s not writing, she works as a clerk in the local prosecutor’s office. There, she sees all manner of things she doesn’t bother writing about because no one would believe any of it anyway. The rare instances that she actually finds some spare time, she spends it playing with her two boys. Three if you count her husband. She is currently hard at work on her next book.
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Oh wow! That looks like a good read!