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 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!

 

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Eleventh Elementum Cover Reveal!

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Eleventh Elementum (The Primortus Chronicles, #1)
by J.L. Bond and Val Richards

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.

Someone call the Waaambulance!

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Writers, Do you ever feel like there are TOO MANY distractions from writing? At the risk of sounding like I’m whining, I have to admit that lately I find it harder and harder to stay on task. So, how am I distracted? Let me count (in no specific order) the ways.

1. Facebook

2. Twitter

3. Author’s Website

4. Kindle

5. Goodreads

6. Amazon

7. Instagram

8. Linkedin

9. YouTube

10. Pinterest

11. This very blog

Why go on? You’ve got the point!

HOW…WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

I’ve decided to conduct a little experiment. For the next week I’m going to only allow myself ONE HOUR per day for social networking. STAYED TUNED…I promise to let you know what happens.

 

 

 

 

Call the COPS, there’s a…book signing?!?

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Imagine this…it’s a gorgeous day, not a cloud in the sky. There’s a crisp autumn breeze in the air. As co-authors, Val and J.L. set up their table by the door of the book store, they’re feeling as giddy as a couple of kids on their way to Disney World.At first, all goes well. Several books are sold and they give away lots of clever promotional items, including their homemade “fictional candies” straight from pages of their books. It’s a big hit!

Then they see him. Making his way across the street (scruffy little dog in tow) is an equally scruffy gentleman, who appears to be on a mission. He bounds up to their table and shouts, “I THINK IT’S TERRIBLE THAT YOU LADIES ARE BEING FORCED TO SIT OUT HERE.”
J.L. glances sideways at Val, thinking, is he for real?
The man’s dog stiffs a peanut butter lolly hungrily as his owner continues…”WHAT KIND OF WORLD IS THIS? YOU GIVE YOUR BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS WRITING A BOOK AND THEN YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS… JUST TO SELL IT?”

For the next few minutes he rants on. So, Val tries to make light of the situation. She laughs and says, “Yes, we’re really suffering.” Val and J.L. chuckle, but the man goes right back to his LOUD diatribe about the harsh and cruel world of being a writer.
Just when it looks like Val and J.L. will have to use their ninja skills on the guy (okay, okay, more like run for their lives) another man shows up on the scene. And he definitely doesn’t look like he’s there to buy a YA fiction.

You guessed it, he was a police officer, at least 6’6″ and all business. Honestly, he could have passed as a linebacker for in the NFL. Leaning over, he whispers in J.L.’s ear, “Are you okay, ma’am?”

“Yes,” she squeaks. “We’re fine.”
Val nods with wide eyes.

Needless to say our…um fan–no, our heckler–no, the truth is he was a fellow author, took off, pulling his dog behind him.

As it turns out, the owner of the book store was concerned for us and called the police. That’s how it happened, our first book signing was SOOOO wild the cops were called. And doggone it, we lost that sell!

The Write Weekend

This weekend we attended the Florida Heritage Book Festival in Saint Augustine Florida. Nothing is more encouraging than being with a large group of authors!

J.L. Bond and Valerie Richards with Michael Lister

J.L. Bond and Valerie Richards with Michael Lister

Multi award-winning novelist, Michael Lister, is a native Floridian best known for his literary suspense thrillers DOUBLE EXPOSURE, BURNT OFFERINGS, and SEPARATION ANXITY, as well as his two ongoing mystery series, the prison chaplain John Jordan “Blood” series (BLOOD SACRIFICE) and the hard-boiled, 1940s noir Jimmy “Soldier” Riley Series (THE LONG DARK NIGHT).

J.L. with author, Steve Berry

 

Steve Berry is a New York Times bestselling author of The Lincoln MythThe King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson KeyThe Emperor’s TombThe Paris VendettaThe Charlemagne PursuitThe Venetian BetrayalThe Alexandria LinkThe Templar LegacyThe Third SecretThe Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room.  His books have been translated into 40 languages with 17,000,000 copies in 51 countries. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of more than 2,500 thriller writers from around the world—and served three years as its co-president.

 

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The Kings Deception is Steve Berry’s latest novel.
No Way Back by Andrew Gross has been picked up for a new ABC television series.

 

 

 

 

Since beginning in 2008 the Festival had been an annual event.

 

 

COVER REVEAL

INTRODUCING…

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The Chalice of Malvron 

(Argetallam Saga #3)

Elisabeth Wheatley

Coming on 7/2/2013

We are thrilled to be part of a group of bloggers invited to reveal the cover of Elisabeth Wheatley’s newest novel. 

The Chalice of Malvron is the third book in the Argetallam Saga.

Book Blurb

A princess with no recollection of the past eight years. War on the horizon. Who to trust? Who to save?
Sixteen-year-old Janir Caersynn Argetallam wakes, sore and disoriented in the home city of her people, surrounded by relatives who seem concerned for her well-being. As she tries to recover, the Argetallams’ allies, the Stlavish, prepare to unleash a magical relic of untold power against the Argetallams’ age-old enemies, the Brevians. Janir watches silently from the sidelines until she meets a warrior elf and a strange wizard-boy who claim to know her and make her feel…confused. They claim that everything she’s been told is a lie, that her memories were stolen at the command of her father, the Lord Argetallam. As the eve of Brevia’s destruction draws closer, Janir finds herself with the power to stop the Stlavish. Conflicted and confused, she must decide whether she will allow Brevia to be conquered or if she will betray her father and destroy the relic—the Chalice of Malvron…

In celebration of this momentous event, Elisabeth is having a giveaway. 

The first place winner of the giveaway will receive a giftcard and eight other lucky folks will be winning books from awesome authors!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/5a6c2b0/

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Elisabeth Wheatley is a high school student home-schooled in the Texas Hill Country. When she’s not daydreaming of elves, vampires, or hot guys in armor, she is reading copious amounts of fantasy, playing with her little brothers, studying mythology, and training and showing her Jack Russell Terrier, Schnoz. 

Don’t know what a Jack Russell looks like…here you go.

three Jack Russells

  I know…Aww!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Where to find Elisabeth?

 Her bloghttp://elisabethwheatley.wordpress.com/

Her facebook page:

 http://facebook.com/ElisabethWheatleyYAFantasyAuthor

Her twitter page: https://twitter.com/wheatley_e

 

 

Boston Bombing…Why?

 

It’s at the heart of all the questions…

Why did it happen?

Why the Boston Marathon?

Why do terrorists attack the most innocent among us?

We may never have the answers but the following quote from Tolkien reminds us that in times of great peril… Evil cannot prevail against Love.

“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

 


No strings attached

Book Giveaway

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Head over to our Facebook page to enter
http://www.facebook.com/ThePrimortusChronicles
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