Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wishing Everyone a Very Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Elizabeth Varadan's Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls

I am presently reading Elizabeth Varadan's  Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls.

It's so good I couldn't wait to finish it before saying you have to buy this book!

UPDATE: Finished this middle grade mystery and it's wonderful. I recommend it highly! It gets 5 stars from me!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mirka Muse and a Family of Foxes.

I have to send you over to Mirka Muse here.

Mirka Breen has shared pictures in her post about a family of foxes in her yard!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

May Book Release is Over!

Book release month has now ended and May has been a whirlwind. I want to thank Partners in Crime Tours, Regina Hott especially, for a wonderful and rewarding virtual book tour. It was such fun!

A special thank you to Kimberly Afe at her blog Meetings With My Muse for her unfailing support to me and other writers. A talented and published author of The Headhunters Race, a must read, Kimberly always finds time to support others with interviews and giveaways on her Saturday Author Spotlight segments and throughout her blog postings.

Waiting for Beyond Suspicion to be published seemed to take forever and I was like a kid again counting the days until Christmas, worrying the whole time that release day would never get here.

But it did! Woohoo! The amazingly professional dream staff at The Poisoned Pencil made this the best experience ever.

Then Whoosh! It's June 6, already?

Though there is still a lot of hard work to do pounding the pavement promoting like attending book festivals, visiting libraries, sending out postcards to independent bookstores nationwide, etc. I think I will be walking around with a constant grin for a few more months.

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?