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Bringing Books to Life (Part 2)

Happy 4th of July!

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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!

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Here’s a link to the recipe.

Red, White, and Blue Toast Recipe

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

We saw TOMORROWLAND.

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Check out this list of…10 Futuristic Movies

Or these…Patriotic Movies

Why not treat yourself to POPCORN for lunch?

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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.

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

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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!

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Top it all off with SPARKLERS.

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Interested in learning more about New Washington?

READ THIS EXCERPT…

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.

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Bringing Books To Life

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

We have…especially our own.

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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

You’ll need:

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

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Step Two-Hairy Hobbit Feet and Glowing Sting

You’ll need:

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

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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

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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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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.

 

 

 

 

5 Fictional Characters that are Book Addicts

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?

Hermione Granger

Hermione: “Aren’t you two ever going to read Hogwarts, A History?”
Ron: “What’s the point? You know it all by heart, we can just ask you.”

Matilda

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“I’m wondering what to read next.” Matilda said. “I’ve finished all the children’s books.”  

Klaus Baudelaire 

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“Klaus sighed, and opened a book, and as at so many other times when the middle Baudelaire child did not want to think about his circumstances, he began to read.” Lemony Snicket, The Reptile Room
 

Dean Winchester

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Dean: I’m sitting in a laundry-mat reading about myself sitting in a laundry-mat reading about myself. My head hurts.

Belle 

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Belle: I’ve always dreamt of heroics, but… I think it’s safer I stick to my books. They’re the only adventures I know that have happy endings. From “Once Upon A Time” TV series
 

So, did I forget one of your favorites? Tell me about them…

Would You Rather…be an Elf or a Hobbit?

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Consider this…

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.

 

The Hobbit, Again.

 

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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!”

Primortus Reviews Fanged Princess

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4 ½ Stars

“Fanged Princess”

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.

J.L. Bond

Top Ten Reasons to Read More Often

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#10.  Reading makes you smarter. Yes it’s true, avid readers have higher GPA’s!

#9.  Cheer up with a good book.  Reading activates your frontal lobe. Studies show it lights up the area of your brain that improves mood. With a few exceptions…”The Road” for example.

#8.  Escape! Jumping into the pages of great book can take you to faraway lands and exotic locations.

#7.  Improved Vocabulary. Reading not only increases your language skills it improves spelling.

#6.  Be the of the Life of the Party. A good book gives you something to talk about.

#5.  Save Money. Think about it…movies cost $10-$12…
e-books are cheap. Where else can you get hours of entertainment for a few bucks?

#4.  Relieve Stress. Go on, turn off that TV, open a book and you’ll see.

#3.  Make good choices. Improved decision making is another well know benefit of being well read.

#2.  Develop you Imagination. Shiny Vampires, Lightning Bolt Birthmarks, and Hairy Hobbit Feet…need I say more.

#1.  Good Readers make Great Writers.

 

No strings attached

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Seven Unsung Sidekicks

We think these seven under-appreciated sidekicks deserve a little attention of their own.

7. Dr. Watson

Arthur Conan Doyle Author

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He’s the constant and loyal friend of Sherlock Holmes.  It can’t be easy to stand in the shadow of such a brilliant sleuth, especially when he keeps telling you everything’s so elementary!

6.  Piglet

A. A. Milne Author

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The little guy might be afraid of his own shadow but that doesn’t stop him from sticking by this friend, Pooh, through some very sticky situations!

5.  Hector Zeroni “Zero”

Louis Sachar Author

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Khleo Thomas (all grown up) played Zero in the 2003 film version of Holes

He was small, silent and misunderstood but Stanley needed him more than he could’ve imagined.

4. Ron Weasley

J.K. Rowling Author

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Rupert Grint plays Ron Weasley in the films 

Sure, he’s Harry Potter’s best friend and confidant but this fiery redhead is more than meets the eye.  Although his talents are rarely shown, he’s a powerful wizard, no doubt, otherwise he would never have survived.

3.  Tinker Bell

Sir James Matthew Barrie Author

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You can call her a pixie or a fairy just don’t call her Wendy!  Tink may be a little ill tempered and a lot jealous but in a pinch her pixie dust saves the day.  And Peter Pan will never find a more devoted companion.

2.  Hermione Granger

J.K. Rowling Author

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Emma Watson as Hermione Granger

Not only is she the brains of the operation, she time travels and she has a purse that’s bigger on the inside!  What more could Harry ask of a sidekick?

1. Samwise Gamgee

J.R.R. Tolkien Author

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 Who could be more deserving of the number one spot?  Yes, poor Sam nearly drowned himself so he could traipse across Middle Earth carrying the luggage, cooking, keeping watch at night, and protecting Frodo from all manner of peril.  And everyone knows the task of destroying the ring would have never come to pass without him.  So hats off to the one sidekick to rule them all.

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite sidekick that we left out?  We’d love to hear your thoughts.

In The Primortus Chronicles Book One, Eleventh Elementum, Skylee Porter has a sidekick of her own.  Her new step sister Chrism, a shapeshifter with attitude.  Love her or hate her she’s a force to be reckoned with.  To find out more check out our Pinterest Board Who is Chrism Faraway.

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