Friday, May 15, 2015

Bee Swarm--Yikes!

You can't see it very well in this picture, but those little brown spots on the ground at the corner of my backyard shed is a swarm of bees. I couldn't get too close for obvious reasons and while I was snapping this a nosy bee landed on my arm. I froze with the camera pointing and waited quietly. I passed the Is-she-dangerous? inspection and it flew off. I snapped and hightailed it to the house.

I wasn't that calm when I first found them. It all started after we had a wonderful thunder storm and drenching rain that lasted from early morning until around three in the afternoon.  The sky cleared, the sun came out and I walked my yard admiring the clean, fresh scent and green color of everything. My roses and first blooms of the daylilies were beautiful but when I walked near the shed I saw a swarm of bees flying all around but the majority were concentrating on the bottom corner of the shed.

Feet don't fail me now! I ran inside and called a bee expert.

She said that probably what happened was they were swarming when the storm hit, they got disoriented and landed in my yard to regroup. With luck they would get themselves together and be gone by Monday. She told me she would call then at 8:30 and if the bees were still around they'd come out and get rid of them.

I calmed and remembered my lawn man mowed yesterday and he would have told me if bees were in the yard, so that's good, I thought, she had to be right and if not, they'd take care of things!

 As it got later, around six-thirty, from a safe distance I noticed the swarm calming and grabbed my camera. I tippy-toed in slow motion, stopped twenty feet away, and lifted the cameral to shoot this picture. That's when the bee landed on my arm. But I got my picture! And she didn't call for reinforcements.

I can only assume they are settling in for the night and that the group on the ground is protecting the new queen. I know nothing about bees and will do some research after I post this.

I just hope the ones at the top and the few still buzzing around the side haven't checked out my shed and decided it would make a great home! I love bees in the garden and have always worked quietly around them when they were pollinating my squash plants. But I don't want a hive in my yard.

Anyone have experience with bees swarming or taking up residence in your yard?



Saturday, May 9, 2015

Saturday Author Spotlight @ Meetings With My Muse

I was so honored and thrilled when author Kimberly Afe included me in her Saturday Author Spotlight over at Meetings With My Muse where she's also offering a giveaway for Beyond Suspicion!

Hop on over and comment to enter.

Thank you, Kimberly!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Author Copies Came and I Can't Stop Grinning


The box I'd been waiting for a very long time arrived today. My first, and hopefully not the last, box of author copies. The range of emotions from giddy to surreal as I fingered them and picked one up swept through me. Phoned my sister who dashed over and we hugged like crazy. "It's really real," she said. Even though she'd seen pictures online, holding it made it "really real."  I feel exactly the same...and can't stop grinning.



To read my interview at Writers and Authors go here.



Friday, May 1, 2015

Yippee! PICT Tour Begins Today!

Partners in Crime Tour  began this morning at 3 Partners in Shopping: Nana, Mommy and Sissy.

 Go over to read the review and enter to win one copy of Beyond Suspicion plus a $50 Amazon Gift Card!





Monday, April 13, 2015

News: Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours and Goodreads giveaway!


Gosh, May is just around the corner and exciting things are happening with the upcoming publication of my young adult mystery novel, Beyond Suspicion.

I will be going on a virtual book tour with Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours from May 1 - 31. To see my tour page go here. Then hop on over to Goodreads and enter to win a copy of Beyond Suspicion  using this link.