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!
“VISITING” NEW ZEALAND
Step One-Lord of the Rings/Hobbit Decorations
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
Cheap Flip-Flops, Brown Yarn, and Light-Up Foam Swords
New Zealand Foods
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.
Step Four: HAVE FUN!
Documentary about Middle Earth, Throwing the One Ring Into Mordor and Bilbo’s Fireworks
Television, Sparklers, and a Vivid Imagination!!
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Hey, if you’re a book addict…keep right on READING! Actually, it’s one of the only addictions that can do you more good than harm. That’s right, there’s no need to join Book-a-holics Anonymous. Besides, you’re in GREAT company! If these 5 awesome characters admitted their obsession…why shouldn’t you?
So, did I forget one of your favorites? Tell me about them…
Rivendell or Hobbiton?
Elven Bread or Po-ta-toes?
Immortality or Longevity?
Tall or Vertically Challenged?
Pointy Ears or Hairy Feet?
My twitter profile says I’m an elf in a hobbit body (no, I don’t have hairy feet…I’m short) and to tell the truth, deep down I feel a kinship with those fun loving hobbits. So, here’s a little diddy about one of the most famous hobbits of all. The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins by none other than Leonard Nimoy.
There and back again…How could I resist returning to Middle Earth for an adventure? Especially since I’ve co-authored a fantasy/adventure set in New Zealand myself. Truth be told. I remember reading (well, sort of skimming) The Hobbit in my childhood and sadly I didn’t appreciate J.R.R. Tolkien‘s flawless storytelling back then. But this time as I followed little Bilbo Baggins on his dangerous journey I was in awe of the author’s rich and imaginative use of words. But I also couldn’t help wondering how this sweet fairytale would’ve been received were it to have been written in 2013.
Would today’s reviewers criticize Tolkien about the character of Bard popping up out of nowhere to play such an important part? *No spoilers here* But it truly gave me pause as I read the “Fire and Water” chapter. Is it just me, or does it seem kind of anticlimactic? Then again, maybe Tolkien’s ability to use a humble hero like Bilbo in a way you might not expect is what makes The Hobbit so brilliant!
So even if you’ve read it before, it’s definitely worth going “there and back again!”
4 ½ Stars
A Novella by Elisabeth Wheatley
Hadassah’s father, the Vampire King, punished her harshly for her choice to love a human. Now her brother, the only person in the world who still matters to her, has fallen for a human girl. Determined to keep the girl safe, the three of them flee from their home in New England and find themselves cornered with their father’s minions closing in. If they want to escape, their only hope may be to join forces with the mortal enemies of their kind…
Why, oh why did I take so long to finish this, the first novella I have ever read? It certainly wasn’t because the story didn’t hook me right away. I read it in just two sittings with a huge break of several weeks in between. Once I found the time to settle in with my Kindle that second time I was kicking myself for waiting so long.
Kudos to Elizabeth Wheatley for great character development and a compelling plot! Although Vampire stories are not usually my kind of read, I found myself rooting for the main character. Gotta love a strong female lead!
Don’t make my mistake. Make the time to read this one. It’s pure fun from start to finish.