Bringing Books to Life (Part 3)


This week Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s longest serving Monarch. We may not be royalty but this seems the perfect time to tell you about the time we took an imaginary trip across the pond.

It might sound completely mental to imagine we are traveling to the UK, but until we make “The Guardian Bestseller List” or our books are made into movies (we can dream) we’ll just have to pretend we’re visiting the places in our stories.

Start the day out with a Classic British Breakfast


fried eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, toast & tomato

Play a Very British Game of Dr. Who Yahtzee


You Can Find it on Amazon here…

Or watch “Doctor Who” while noshing on Jammie Dodgers


Visit a Local British Restaurant



Fish and Chips for Lunch


Spend the afternoon reading the words of a British Author.

J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bront, Emily Bront, Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, Ian Fleming, Roald Dahl, and Agatha Christie…just to name a few.

Decorate the dinner table for a “Doctor Who” Dinner


Yummy fish sticks and custard


Cassandra Pizza and Bow Tie Pasta


Adipose Cupcakes


So, if you ever do get to Jolly Ole England, remember…pants mean underwear, sweaters are called jumpers, and trainers are tennis shoes.

Cheers, Mates!

If you’re not too knackered from the “trip” curl up on your settee with a cuppa and read this scene from HOLLOWED HUMUSARA, introducing our favorite “Britishy” butler, Chesterfield.


At that moment the castle’s ornate wooden doors swung open and a slender man descended the stairs. He wore an old fashioned black tuxedo with long coat tails, a crisp white shirt, and a bow tie. His salt and pepper hair was meticulously combed back. Skylee thought he looked like he had just stepped from the pages of a Jane Austen novel.

Chrism, who was still slightly out of breath from dancing, stepped up to Skylee and let out a soft snort. “Where’d Phileas find him, Buckingham palace?”

Skylee gave her sister a poke in the ribs without taking her eyes off the approaching man. “More like the Antarctic,” she murmured back, resisting an urge to laugh.

“What the heck?” said Chrism, wrinkling up her forehead.

“Antarctic…penguins?” Skylee softly replied. “Get it?”

“Oh, I got it” she said, rolling her eyes. “Honestly, does everything have to be about wildlife with you?”

Skylee shrugged and grinned.

“Welcome to Mogg Castle,” said the man when he reached the bottom of the stairs. “My name is Chesterfield, the caretaker here. ‘Tis a pleasure to make your acquaintance.” He spoke in a prim and proper British accent.

Skylee noticed something odd about him. His facial features seemed almost immobilized. But before she could study him more closely, a squeaky little meowing sound caught her attention. A rather large cat with fluffy orange and white fur had followed him down the steps. As the caretaker introduced himself to the adults, the cat scurried up and rubbed against Skylee’s legs.

Kneeling down, she stroked it gently. “Ooo, such a big kitty, she cooed. “Yes…let’s see…are you a Maine Coon? I think so…yes I do… Aren’t you a good…uh, girl? No…no, you’re a boy…aren’t you?”

“Aaaaw,” said Chrism, joining her to pet the cat. “Look at him, he’s so gorgeous! And he reminds me of someone.”

And just like that, Skylee was struck with an unnerving thought. Ever since her sister had turned into a bear and then a snake—not to mention seeing Levi, the Silvereye, flying around her hotel room—she couldn’t see animals in the same way. Now, she found herself wondering if they were a Corporus.

Well, if I could shift I’d be a cat, she thought, looking closer at the kitty. His large eyes shone like golden glass and his fur felt too soft to be real.

“Hello young miss,” said Chesterfield, bowing slightly to Chrism, and then pivoting to bow to Skylee. “Miss Porter, I see you’ve met our resident cat.”

Skylee stood. “Oh, hi—yes sir—we have. What’s his name?”

“We call him Mr. Chi.”

“Oh, what does it mean?” asked Skylee.

“The name has many meanings,” he said. “In China it is the energy of life or literally air, and the traditional unit of length, sometimes referred to as a Chinese foot. It can also mean dragon. In Greek it is the twenty-second letter in the alphabet. And in some urban settings it means an extremely attractive person, a hottie.”

“Er, well, thanks,” muttered Skylee, glancing over at Chrism, who stood gawking at Chesterfield as though he had just spouted a second head. “That was a very, um, very thorough definition.”

“You are welcome, miss.”

“Huh—can’t believe it,” Chrism muttered under her breath. “He might actually give her a run for her money.”

“Who?” asked Skylee with furrowed brows. “What are you talking about?”

Her sister smirked. “I’m just saying that Chesterfield here reminds me of another Wiki-fact wizard I know.”

“You are mistaken, miss,” said Chesterfield in a corrective yet tactful tone. “It is true that my data is accessed via Internet and includes an extensive number of dictionaries, glossaries, encyclopedias and web browsers, but I rarely scan Wikipedia.”

“Ooo…kay?” said Chrism, looking puzzled.

Skylee let out a small laugh and glanced nervously at the caretaker’s expressionless face. Is he for real? she wondered. She was searching her brain for the right thing to say when her mother stepped closer.

“Oh, Pumpkin,” she said, picking up the cat, which had still been weaving in and out of Skylee’s calves. “He seems to really like you.” She handed the furry feline to her.

Skylee cradled him in her arms. “He’s so perfect.”

“Correct, young miss, he is an android pet, a DroidCo Nine model. Mr. Mogg has equipped the manor with the finest technology, take myself for example I am a DroidCo Generation Twenty.”

“You’re an ANDROID!” Chrism blurted out, and then clamped her hand over her mouth.

Everyone stopped talking and looked at Chesterfield.

Bringing Books to Life (Part 2)

Happy 4th of July!


This is the perfect day to tell you about our RED, WHITE, AND BLUE party, in which we brought a setting from THE PRIMORTUS CHRONICLES to life.

Read on and celebrate “New Washington”…a futuristic city in our books.IMG_5626

Start the day off with a patriotic breakfast. It’s YUMMY and EASY!


Here’s a link to the recipe.

Red, White, and Blue Toast Recipe

Then take in a Futuristic or Patriotic Movie…maybe both!



Check out this list of…10 Futuristic Movies

Or these…Patriotic Movies

Why not treat yourself to POPCORN for lunch?


In the afternoon take a break and READ a good book at your favorite spot. We know of a great series called..ahem, The Primortus Chronicles.

Grab Book One Here

Sorry about the shameless plug.


Have some RED WHITE AND BLUE punch. In the photo below, see the glass bottles ready for our drinks?


Well, someone (HE who shall not be named) drank all the blue Gatorade so we just had pink punch instead.  Yeah, everything can’t go right. Anyway here is the recipe we almost used…

Patriotic Punch Recipe

For Dinner have a good old-fashioned COOKOUT with Cheeseburgers and Fresh Veggies.

Then roast marshmallows for S’MORES!


Top it all off with SPARKLERS.


Interested in learning more about New Washington?


New Washington, formerly Washington D.C. was no longer the U.S. capital. The most powerful city in the world had been reduced to rubble on The Day of Disaster. Nearly all of its citizens had moved south, fleeing the brutally cold weather brought on by the volcanic ash known as the “Death Haze.” There were only a handful of people, survivalist types, who had stayed on, living below ground in the damaged tunnels of the Metro subway system.

It had taken four years for the politicians to get their heads together and decide on a new capital in Houston, Texas. So Washington D.C. sat in ruins, like a frozen wasteland.

Around the world, every nation had endured destruction and great loss of life. Those who survived now measured their lives by before or after The Day of Disaster, now more commonly known as The Day.

Over time, ever so slowly, the skies began to clear and it grew warmer. Naturally there had been a groundswell of support to rebuild the capital on its original site. However, after months of political debating and negotiating, a different plan was set in motion.

The capital would remain in Houston, and an SGR (special governmental region) would be set up in Washington. A region devoted to the prevention of global disasters, where experts from around the globe could come together. It would be filled with scientists, engineers, civil servants and environmentalists.

When the reconstruction began, most of the buildings and monuments were found damaged beyond repair. It took three years to rebuild the White House, which was then opened to the public as a research library and museum. But the most impressive structure erected in New Washington was “The Day of Disaster Memorial.”

The entire site consisted of three parts: the Global Recovery Fountain, the Survivors Memorial Park, and the Hall of Remembrance. The Hall was a gigantic crescent shaped building on the bank of the Potomac River. A plaque at the entrance read…

Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us.”

President Theodore Roosevelt

Upon entering the building the visitors were greeted by a massive glass wall, which overlooked the Globe Fountain. A holographic photo gallery depicting the earth from space, before and after the catastrophe, lined the interior wall. The far ends of the hall contained event rooms.

Inside one of those darkened rooms lay a neatly wrapped package, waiting to unleash its contents. Securely tucked within were two gifts that were not what they seemed. Their true worth and how deeply they were tied to The Day was yet to be revealed. After years in silence their time had arrived.

Bringing Books To Life

Have you ever dreamed of visiting the places in a book?

We have…especially our own.


How fun would it be to go to New Zealand, the land of Hobbits, Elves, Wizards, and Primortus. Okay, let’s go! But wait, there might be a few roadblocks like work, family obligations, and of course the BIG one…MONEY!

What’s an author to do?

Well, if you can’t bring the Writer to Middle Earth–Bring Middle Earth to the Writer. Come along with us as we take an imaginary trip to the places in The Primortus Chronicles WITHOUT breaking the bank!


Step One-Lord of the Rings/Hobbit Decorations

You’ll need:

Golden Table Cloth, Green plates, SharpieMarker, Gold Circle Sticker, Plastic Drinking Cups, Gold Utensils, and Yellow Hula-Hoop…….*Swimming Pool Optional


Step Two-Hairy Hobbit Feet and Glowing Sting

You’ll need:

Cheap Flip-Flops, Brown Yarn, and Light-Up Foam Swords


Here’s Where We Found Instructions For Hobbit Flip-Flops 

Step Three:

New Zealand Foods


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You’ll Need:

Do a bit of research for recipes-We made Meat-Pies, Onion Rings, Veggies, and Pavlova. We found the Jaffas and Violet Crumble Candies online. Unfortunately, L&P sodas were not available, so we made-up our own recipe by mixing 5 drops of Lemon Juice with Sierra Mist Soda. Then we simply poured it into a brown bottle with labels we printed. 

Here’s An Easy Recipe For Pavola

Step Four: HAVE FUN!

Documentary about Middle Earth, Throwing the One Ring Into Mordor and Bilbo’s Fireworks




You’ll Need:

Television, Sparklers, and a Vivid Imagination!!

If you would like to read our books click the link below…

The Primortus Chronicles on Amazon

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Blog Hopping…Epic!

 Elisabeth Wheatley Blog

To celebrate the re-release of The Key of Amatahns by Elisabeth Wheatley, Inkspelled Faery is hosting ten days of visiting your favorite authors as they talk about their very first novels, topped off by an all-day Facebook party with fun, games, and giveaways. Check out the full line up of authors and don’t forget to join the Facebook party on the 25th!

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It has begun! Fourteen years after a catastrophic disaster, the world has regained its balance with the help of the Primortus. They have secretly walked amongst us since the beginning of time, protecting the earth with the power of the elements. When a fourteen-year-old girl is given two mysterious gifts from a father she never knew, she is drawn into their dangerous world of magic. She must learn to wield the power of the Eleventh Elementum to survive. With the help of Will (her best friend), his cousin and her new stepsister, she seeks out the evil that threatens New Zealand. But a black-eyed stranger is watching their every move. Now, two powerful beings will battle one another and the outcome will determine our way of life.

Read Eleventh Elementum Now!

A few questions from Elisabeth about our debut novel…

To start us off, can you sum up your first novel in a tweet, 140 characters or less?

Why of course…

Where the future and Middle Earth collide, a YA fiction called Eleventh Elementum.   A must read for those who like ‪#TheHobbit ‪#HungerGames

What are you most proud of in this title?

J.L.: I love the fact that our complete title, ELEVENTH ELEMENTUM-THE PRIMORTUS CHRONICLES BOOK ONE,  is “one of a kind.” We accomplished that by making up a couple of words… Elementum: An ancient magical amulet and Primortus: Supernatural Beings tasked with protecting the earth.

Val: We really like the idea of no other book titles coming up when a reader searches for our book.

Do you think your writing has changed since your debut? In what way?

Val: Duh!

JL: I certainly hope so! (laughter) I’m not saying our first book is bad– it’s a great story. I just mean that we have learned so much.

Val: Yes we have. Now, in what way?

JL: I’d say we have a better understanding of the writing process. I think we’ve both improved our grammar skills!

Val: And by the time we were through with our second book, we found that we didn’t have to do as many rewrites and edits.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself when you were writing your first book, what would it be?

Val: Don’t get too attached to your own words.

JL: Be realistic and be patient with yourself! Writing is a marathon not a sprint. You can’t write a book overnight.

Most incriminating thing you researched for this novel?

Val: Torture techniques-imagine my surprise when all sorts of images came up on my computer screen. Man, did I learn A LOT!!

JL: I was worried that homeland security might come a knockin’ on our doors.

Anything you would do different if you could do it over again?

JL: I would fly Val and myself to New Zealand so we could be inspired by the setting of our book. I am fantasy writer…so I can dream that that might have been possible.

Val: Here Here, I’m a big fan of dreaming!!!!

If you thought this was fun, drop by the Facebook party going down on the 25th for more interviews with your favorite Fantasy authors as well as games and goodies galore!


Which Primortus Being Are You?


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By J.L. Bond and Val Richards

 Take the Quiz

What word best describes you?

A. Protector

B. Chameleon

C. Communicator

D. Visionary


When going on a quest, you always take along…

A. Your Favorite Necklace

B. A Pocketful of Banquet Bars

C. Your Fluffy Pillow

D. A Box of Tissues


Which song is the soundtrack of your life?

A. Heroes by Alesso

B. Animals by Maroon 5

C. Ghost by Ella Henderson

D. Blank Space by Taylor Swift


Your favorite Fantasy World is…

A. Middle Earth

B. Narnia

C. Underworld

D. Wonderland


If someone attacked you, how would you defend yourself?

A. Freeze them in a block of ice

B. Bite off their fingers

C. Magically disappear



If you were only allowed one type of food for the rest of your life, what would you eat?

A. Vegetables

B. Tofu…NOT! Pass the steak and make it RARE!

C. Dairy…hey, milk keeps babies alive.

D. High-Tech Food Alternatives…you’re always looking to the future.


Who is your Favorite super hero?

A. The Green Lantern

B. Wolverine

C. Ghost Rider

D. Cyclops


If your boyfriend/girlfriend disappeared, what would you do?

A. Move heaven and earth to find them.

B. Whatever. There are other fish in the sea.

C. Put my mind to it and poof I’m with him/her

D. When did I get a girlfriend/boyfriend?


A major catastrophe just happened and help is needed. Ready to sign up?

A. Of course, need you even ask?

B. Why not? It might be fun.

C. I guess, but don’t count on me sticking around too long.

D. Major Catastrophe? Run!


You’re guilty of which of these bad habits?

A. Blaming yourself for everything that goes wrong

B. Eating junk food

C. Oversleeping

D. Running away


Which book would you choose for a little light reading?

A. The Giver by Lois Lowry

B. Animal Farm by George Orwell

C. Gone by Michael Grant

D. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky



Mostly A’s are Primortus – Always in tune with nature, you are thoughtful to a fault. You’re a powerful being with healing ability and you’re constantly thinking of others. With you power over air, earth, fire, or water, nothing can keep you from protecting life. As a born leader, you know what’s right and what’s wrong. And you’re always ready to lead the fight. Warning, you’d best keep your feelings in check or all Hades will break loose.


Mostly B’s are Shifters (Corporus) – You’re in touch with your inner beast. Out of all of the beings, you are the most versatile. With your heightened senses, you’re the one everyone wants on their team when facing down the enemy. You are always ready to defend but have a playful side as well. Whether you’re soaring through the air or galloping across the countryside you feel at home. But watch out, with all your wonderfulness, you’re prone to act without thinking. So don’t forgot to rein it in now and then.


Mostly C’s are Reapers (Spiritus) – You are an extremely spiritual being, a dreamer with secrets. But living a secretive life can take its toll on you. Carrying all of those messages around in your head is a heavy burden. Sometimes you find yourself feeling manipulated and used. Just don’t let it bring you down. You can still pop in and out whenever you feel like it. You have some pretty powerful connections. Oh, but remember, stay in the clutches of your otherworldly friends too long and you may never come back.


Mostly D’s are Seers (Animus) – You’re a rare individual, who always seems to know what is on the horizon. Frequently misunderstood, your intelligence is sometimes perceived as “crazy”. You are emotional and sensitive. Unfortunately, you’re often the carrier of bad news, so you try hiding from your troubles. You struggle with confidence and always compare yourself to others. Through you’re not great in a battle, you are stronger and more courageous than others realize.

Leave us a comment and let us know what you are!

10 Valentine’s Day Ideas for Booklovers

1. Make a “Bookish” Valentine

Like this GONE WITH THE WIND card found on Etsy



2. Build a Romantic Book Fort

Snuggle and Read to your hearts content


3. Make a “Bookish” Cake

Maybe a HUNGER GAMES cake, for example, like this one on


4. See a Movie based on a Book


5. Read Together


6. Sneak a Kiss at the Library


7. Turn her Favorite Book into a Purse

Or buy one like this on Etsy

Pride and Prejudice Purse

Pride and Prejudice Purse

8. Give him a Book-Inspired Mug

Harry Potter Travel Mugs

Harry Potter Travel Mugs


9. Eat at a Bookish Restaurant

Image by Curious Places

Image by Curious Places

Alice in Wonderland Restaurant


10. Propose by Book


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hollowed Humusara by J. L. Bond and Val Richards


Check out this post on Words, Words, Words…

Originally posted on Words, Words, Words:

Hollowed Humusara (Primortus Chronicles #2)
Release Date: 11/26/14
Summary from Goodreads:
It begins again! Skylee Porter thinks the worst is over. She has faced her greatest fear, the monstrous black-eyed Brinfrost and survived with the help of Chrism, her shape-shifting sister. Sky even had the courage to finally admit her true feelings to Will.

But something has changed. The three people she trusts the most are acting strange. Will seems distant. Her talkative sister has clammed up. Even Airon is keeping secrets.

Soon, Sky discovers the leaders of the Primortus have plans for her. Then, to her dismay, they threaten to take away her magical book. The Humusara, the very thing that tethers her to the world she so desperately wants to protect. And now, the earth is trembling again. Could there be another Day of Disaster?

Dark powers are at work. Two prophecies…

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Hollowed Humusara

Now on Amazon

Hollowed Humusara

in ebook and paperback

Book 2 of The Primortus Chronicles

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Grab Hollowed Humusara today!

Eleventh Elementum Excerpt


Skylee crept into the room, carefully avoiding the open suitcases, shoeboxes and clothing scattered on the floor. Dressing for the wedding had created quite a mess. She had wanted to clean it up, but her almost stepsister insisted that her father had hired people to do such things.

As she approached the package, her pulse raced. Skylee normally opened a present slowly and carefully like a doctor performing surgery, but her excitement made her eagerly tear through the wrapping.

Inside, cushioned on a bed of crumpled paper, was a brown leather book bound with four gold rings. A diamond shape was carved into the front cover. She held the book close to her heart realizing that it could be her father’s journal, a look into his soul. Turning it over, she examined it more closely and tried to imagine him holding it in his hands. Despite her feeling of excitement, a deep sadness washed over her.

Skylee reached up and pushed back the heavy curtains, flooding the room with sunlight. As she opened the book, a musty odor filled the room even though the cover looked new. She thumbed through the crisp white pages to find page after page of strange hand written lettering, which appeared to be an ancient language. Skylee squinted at the lettering and tried to make out the words.

Holding the book closer to her face, she decided it was a language she had never seen before. Her heart sank in disappointment. It wasn’t her father’s journal. Why…she wondered…why did my dad want me to have a book that I can’t read?

Cover Reveal: Eleventh Elementum by J. L. Bond and Val Richards

Originally posted on Readwritelove28:

Eleventh Elementum (The Primortus Chronicles, #1)
Summary from Goodreads:
It has begun! Fourteen years
after a catastrophic disaster, the world has regained its balance with the help
of the Primortus. They have secretly walked amongst us since the beginning of
time, protecting the earth with the power of the elements. When a fourteen-year-old
girl is given two mysterious gifts from a father she never knew, she is drawn
into their dangerous world of magic.
She must learn to wield the power
of the Eleventh Elementum to survive. With the help of Will (her best friend),
his cousin and her new stepsister, she seeks out the evil that threatens New
Zealand. But a black-eyed stranger is watching their every move. Now, two
powerful beings will battle one another and the outcome will determine our way
of life.


About The Authors:

J.L. Bond and Val Richards…

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