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Awesome Review for Plagued Primortus

On Amazon-$7.99 Ebook– $19.99 Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Big Book Big Finish
January 19, 2019
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I particularly like reading series stories and this final book in the Primortus Chronicles is the best of the three! First, I was surprised at what a big book it is, but like that the book includes enough detail and description to draw you into the action. Next, I recognized the plot drew on issues “plaguing” society today, yet put a youthfully fanciful twist to it. And finally, my favorite part was the discussion on choices, consequences, and suffering (you’ll have to figure out for yourself just which discussion that is)! Yes, it is fantasy–but there is certainly an underlying message worth discovering. PS: Attention getting cover!


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2 FREE Books!!

In Celebration of completing the trilogy we are giving away ebooks 1 and 2 FREE for a short time. No purchase necessary! Click on links to books below …

The final ebook of the series Plagued Primortus is now available on Amazon! You can get the entire epic-length trilogy (usually priced at $14.97) for only $7.99!

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Shh…a few secrets about writing a trilogy!


Writers usually don’t like to give away trade secrets, but just this once Val and J.L. have agreed to tell us a few little known facts about what happened during the creation of THE PRIMORTUS CHRONICLES!

  1. One of the major characters was supposed to die at the end but was saved by a BETA READER, who pleaded for the authors to spare their favorite! Unfortunately, that meant somebody else had to go!!
  2. The main character’s name Skylee Porter started out with a different spelling–Skyleigh. It was changed to give her a connection to her father’s name Lee.
  3. The story is set in New Zealand for several reasons…first and foremost, it’s a beautiful country, but also because both authors love The Lord of the Rings, where the movies were filmed. Which also explains the obsession Skylee’s stepsister, Chrism, has with the LOTR’s books and movies.
  4. The authors came very close to writing a series of story books for much younger readers–but instead ended up with 3 epic fantasy length books and nearly 1800 pages!!
  5. The 3 types of Helpmates called Shifters, Reapers, and Seers almost didn’t make it into the story. They were added during the final edits of Eleventh Elementum-Book 1.

So there you have it, a few things the authors kept under wraps until now. They say confession is good for the soul, so stay tuned there may be more where this came from….or not.

J.L. Bond and Val Richards
Co-Authors of The Primortus Chronicles

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Hollowed Humusara-New Edition

As the final book of The Primortus Chronicles, PLAGUED PRIMORTUS, nears publication, it’s the perfect time to read  an excerpt from book 2. 

Skylee suddenly sensed the weight of her amulet against her skin. It felt neither hot nor cold. Yet her desire to read her Humusara was stronger than ever. Perhaps it could answer her questions. She pulled the book from her backpack, removed her necklace and placed the amulet inside the diamond-shaped carving in the cover. As usual, it began its miraculous transformation, going from a new-looking journal to a wornand weathered volume of ancient writings.

I never get tired of seeing that, thought Skylee, grinning down at her Humusara as she opened it. Instantly, words begin to shimmer across the page. She glanced up totell Will, but he and Airon seemed enthralled in conversation. Turning around in her seat, she looked at Chrism, who had moved to the back of the glider, and was in her own world with loud music blasting from her E-buds. I’ll tell them later. She peered down atthe aged pages and read.

EXTINGUISHING THE MAN ABLAZE

WILL BRING ABOUT A TOXIC HAZE,

REVEALING FEELINGS LEFT UNSAID

UPON THE TRACK THAT LIES AHEAD.

Hmm, I don’t like the sound of that…toxic haze. She frowned, remembering her trip to the Maori Village where Ashley had used some kind of gaseous concoction on her mom. And he might have succeeded in kidnapping her if Skylee hadn’t stopped him by using the tree’s roots and limbs. Wait a minute, she thought as the words came together in her mind. Ashley Hayes…Haze…that can’t be his real name. The book’s pages fluttered, bringing her eyes back to the paper as itfell open to a new spot. Oh goody, she thought, rolling her eyes, more riddles.

THY HEART SHALL BE CONSUMED BY FLAME,

AND LOVE BE JUDGED OF GUILT AND BLAME.

THE NINE WILL GATHER ONE TO TEST

AND TWO MUST PART AT THEIR BEHEST.

My heart consumed by flames…really? Skylee covered her eyes for a moment and then peeked through her fingers to look down at the shimmering words again. Nine will gather one to test, she reread, dropping her hand as her eyebrows shot up. Nine who, or what? Oh brother, how am I supposed to know what that means?

Skylee glanced at Ann, who still seemed engrossed with something on her V-phone. Of course, she knew Will’s mom had a point about making sure her powers weren’t seen. But it kind of hurt her feelings that she hadn’t even seemed grateful that she’d saved her son from becoming a crispy critter. Skylee exhaled loudly.

“Sky,” Will said looking at herover his shoulder. “You okay?”

Every head in the glider turned inher direction. Oh, hey guys, my Humusara just told me my heart’s gonna burst into flames at any moment, she imagined herself saying. Psssh—nevermind! Shegazed up at them and said, “Yep, I’m good.”

“Well, my neck hurts like heck,” Chrism said in a scratchy voice. “And thanks for asking.”

Airon immediately moved back to sit next to her sister. He took Chrism’s hand and spoke to her in soft tones. How does she do that? Skylee wondered,shaking her head. In any case, she was glad the focus was on Chrism so shecould get back to her Humusara. Looking down, she watched the shimmering wordsfrom her last riddle replaced with new ones.

“Wow, guess you’re feeling chatty today,” she whispered to her book.

TAKE HEED

OF EARS, WHICH LISTEN BUT DO NOT HEAR,

OF EYES, WHICH SEE ALTHOUGH NOT CLEAR,

OF MOUTHS, WHICH SPEAK BUT WILL NOT SAY,

THEIR WORDS, THEIR SIGHT, THEIR SECRET WAY.

“Ugh,” Skylee sighed, pulling her Humusara to her chest and hugging it tightly. Why riddles? I mean really, what’s wrong with plain English, like—Watch out! Brinfrost ahead, turnback! Now that would be more useful. But at the moment all she had was more questions, and chief among them was why the Arcamentum had guided her to Brinfrost.

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Eleventh Elementum…New Edition!

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Read an excerpt from Eleventh Elementum

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Skylee’s eyes were so intently focused on the envelope, she didn’t notice the colorful insects or Will. She scampered on down the sidewalk.

He gently reached out, clutched her arm and said, “Sky, what’s wrong?”

“Oh, Will, there you are!” she said in a distressed voice.

“What’s goin’ on, eh?” he asked, staring up at the butterflies.

Skylee smiled when she heard his voice. His ordinarily slight Australian accent was much stronger after being in Sydney. Actually, since Airon had come to live with them, Will had picked up more and more of his cousin’s Aussie ways. And Skylee noticed something else was different about Will. He had returned from his trip with blonde highlights in his wavy brown hair. No doubt from spending hours at the beach. She wouldn’t be surprised if his new surfer-boy look turned many an Aussie girl’s head.

For some reason, she didn’t like dwelling on that thought. So, she turned her attention to giving Will a detailed answer about the stranger, the book, the necklace, and the words that had appeared and disappeared. During her little speech the butterflies, still hovering behind her, continued to distract him.

“Will?”

“Uh-huh,” he grunted.

“Will?” Skylee called a little louder.

“Eh?” Will replied, with his eyes still glued to the butterflies.

“What are you looking at?” Skylee questioned grabbing his jacket.

Will finally turned his attention to Skylee and motioned with his eyes toward the fluttering creatures. He gently placed his hands on her shoulders and turned her around.

“That,” he said in a matter of fact tone.

Skylee cocked her head to the side in bewilderment. A mixture of shock and awe possessed her as she gazed at dozens of colorful butterflies flying above her head. She raised an eyebrow and said, “Eastern Tailed Blues, well…their real name is Cupido Comyntas—what are they doing here so early in the spring? Okay, that’s a little weird.”

“Cripes, Sky, it’s more than a little weird. And by the look of it, they’re following you.”

“All right, it’s really weird,” said Skylee, waving her hands in the air to shoo the butterflies away.

As she watched the purplish-blue insects floating into the sky, she wondered if her mind was scattering with them. I must be going crazy. Why are all these bizarre things happening today? She shook her head, trying to clear her thoughts.

“Will, did you hear what I told you?”

He nodded but continued watching the butterflies, now tiny specks, as they faded away. Skylee softly tapped him on the shoulder, which caused him to jump and look over at her.

“Sorry, I’m a bit distracted,” he said with a crooked grin.

She smiled forgivingly at him. Over the last few months, there had been a change in their friendship. It was subtle, but she could sense awkwardness between them.

So, what? He’s still your best friend, she told herself. In fact, they had been BFFs for as long as she could remember. Her mind drifted back to when she was about seven or eight. Those were the days when she spent much of her time with Will and Gracie. They had called themselves the three musketeers, one for all and all for one. That had been their motto.

Those were blissful times even though the skies were gray and even after Gracie’s illness prevented them from going outside to play. They still had fun building forts out of blankets and dressing up as their favorite characters from the books Gracie read to them. Then it all changed—Skylee wished things didn’t always have to change.

She swallowed hard and fought back her emotions. She composed her thoughts and recounted the details about the gifts to Will. She decided to downplay the part about the stranger and the glowing light. It was best not to tell him too much since he was so protective of her. Will crossed his arms and chewed on his bottom lip as he listened.

“Are ya alright?” He reached out and patted her arm. “Did the bloke hurt you?”

“I’m fine, just a bit shook up,” she said, nervously tucking a long wisp of hair behind her ear.

“Well, did you call security or your mum to tell them what happened?”

“Oh, Will, I’m okay,” Skylee said. “You worry too much. I’ll tell them later.” She looked down at her feet. “It’s what I saw in the book that really bothers me.”

“I worry too much? You just told me some bloke climbed through the window and—he could’ve hurt you!”

“But he didn’t…I’m okay. I thought he was after the book, but come to think of it he didn’t really try to take it.”

“And you heard him say something about it existing?” he asked as Skylee nodded in agreement. “So where is the book?”

“I hid it. It should be safe. Why do you think the man said it still exists like he thought something had happened to it?”

Will frowned. “Sky, if you see him again, let me know.”

“I will,” she said, letting out a sigh. “Why are you so obsessed with him? Please, just tell me…what do you think was going on with that book? What could’ve made those things happen?”

“All right,” Will said placing his hand upon his chin in a gesture of contemplation. “Let me get this straight, you opened the book and words just appeared?”

“Yes.”

“That’s impossible,” he whispered in disbelief.

“I know. So there’s got to be a logical explanation.”

“Right, and what did it say?”

“Well,” Skylee thought about it a second. Should I tell him the whole story?

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Eleventh Elementum

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LAND OF THE PRIMORTUS

This map may look like New Zealand and in a way it is. But it’s sooo…much more. This is the land where Skylee Porter goes on an adventure after she learns of her destiny as…

THE SECOND BORN!

2018-0233-Bond-Richards,map eBOOKSet in a post-apocalyptic time where futuristic cities intermingle with old world villages, and dragons soar overhead while the Earth trembles beneath your feet. The LAND OF THE PRIMORTUS proves magic exists.

Look closely, dearies, and you shall see, Castles, Glowworm Caves, Villages, Disappearing Islands, Towers, Railroads, Stadiums, Waterfalls, and DRAGONS! However, all roads lead to FROGWHISTLES, the mysterious treetop school where PRIMORTUS and their HELPMATES train to become protectors of life. But DANGER…steer clear of the terrifying ASYLUMSHIP, floating offshore…filled with the most dangerous criminally insane prisoners known to humankind. 

THE PRIMORTUS CHRONICLES SERIES IS COMING…

Available on Amazon Now Books 1&2 Eleventh Elementum & Hollowed Humusara

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Book 3…stay tuned.

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO DERANGED DOCTOR DESIGN FOR CREATING THIS MAP!

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Plagued Primortus Coming Soon…

Book three of the Primortus Chronicles draws the story to a thrilling conclusion. Don’t miss it!

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Follow the Second Born, a girl named Skylee Porter, as she faces a terrifying virus and the dark forces that brought it down upon our world. While the Crystal Plague rages, Skylee and her sister, Chrism, form a bond to defeat the enemy threatening Frogwhistles School. Only a few realize the fate of the world hinges on these two young sisters preventing the end of humankind.

How can Sky and Will’s forbidden love survive as they head into an epic battle with Brinfrost? Heartwrenching choices must be made to right the wrongs of the past. With the help of her squad, a Shifter, a Seer, and a Reaper, Skylee finally learns the truth about her family and why she alone must fulfill her destiny to vanquish Brinfrost before he destroys them all.

Coming to Amazon soon…The final book of the Trilogy, PLAGUED PRIMORTUS.

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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.

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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!