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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

Get books 1&2 now!

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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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Where to find Elisabeth?

 Her bloghttp://elisabethwheatley.wordpress.com/

Her facebook page:

 http://facebook.com/ElisabethWheatleyYAFantasyAuthor

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

 

 

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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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Martin Freeman as Doctor Watson

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

Piglet (Winnie-the-Pooh)

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

Ron Weasley

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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Tinker Bell by Diarmuid Byron O’Connor

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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Sean Astin as Sam in Peter Jackson’s live-action version of The Lord of the Rings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 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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The Secrets of The Humusara

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The Humusara

Watch the crazy authors as they explain.  

The following is an excerpt from Eleventh Elementum where Skylee shares the secret of her Humusara with Will.

Skylee took the book from her backpack, placed it on the foot of the bed and they both knelt in front of it.  She quickly removed her necklace and placed it in the book’s cover.  Will’s mouth dropped open as it began to transform.

“What’s bloody happening?”

“It’s aging¸ see, here’s the strange lettering,” she said touching the page.  “But watch—wait—there—do you see it?

“No…eh…I don’t see anything, just unreadable script.”

“But you have to see it, look, don’t you see it?”  Skylee took Will’s hand and placed it on the page.

They both gasped as a brilliant light appeared.  It looked exactly like the light she’d seen the first time she placed the Elementum inside the cover.  There was no time for Skylee to explain.  Will’s body jerked, and his hand appeared to be stuck to the book.  Just as before, a blaze of silvery white light erupted and formed a dazzling column of brightness that illuminated the room.

“Don’t be afraid,” whispered Skylee, seeing his eyes widen with astonishment.

Skylee shivered as the room grew colder and colder.  She watched with tears in her eyes as Will gasped for air while the light moved up his arm to his chest.  The same orb of twinkling light she’d seen days ago on her chest was now on his heart shining through the fabric of his shirt.  Within seconds, the third column of light formed and returned to the book.

As the room warmed, Will stared down at the book.  His hand softly rested on the page as he watched the flickering light fade.  He didn’t speak, didn’t move.  Words were appearing, shimmering across the page in front of him.

Want to read more?  You’ll find the link to our book on our home page.