Lessons from a Bee

I love bees (even though one stung me on my toe when I was a little girl). Bees are amazing and do so much good. Here are some interesting facts that I bet you didn’t know.

Each beehive contains 20-60,000 bees.

To produce just one pound of honey, the bees must collectively visit millions of flowers and travel the equivalent of 2 times around the world. 

A bee’s life span is just a few weeks to 4 months. Continue reading

Giveaway for Secret Keepers

Doggone Excited!Yea! Ginger’s doggone excited that my book is finally available in all formats (print and digital; she likes the print version best. She won’t let her paws off it). To celebrate, I thought I’d have her help me tell you a little bit about it. I’ll also give away eBooks to 3 lucky people (this includes choice of PDF format if you don’t have an eReader and want to read it on your computer). Take it away, Ginger.

Ginger: Well, even though it doesn’t have any delicious cardboard-tasting treats (that I’ve found yet), this book has a glossy cover that feels cool to my paws. It also has a unique taste when I lick it (almost as good as bacon, but not quite). It’s soothing and makes me feel like it’s summer, and when I sleep, it gives me good dreams of running through grassy meadows and eating salmon straight from a river. I would definitely recommend this book…but not the one I’m holding. Get your own.

Me: Stop your drooling, Ginger. You’ll ruin my book, Continue reading

A Valentine’s Treat

Goats, mustaches, and singing highwaymen. That’s an odd combination for Valentine’s, but somehow it works in Anya Wylde’s new whimsical, madcap regency book, Penelope. The book cover sets the tone with these words:

“It is monstrously unfair that whenever a girl needs her wits about her, she goes and does something completely idiotic. Penelope was that sort of girl.”

If you like witty words, funny twists and lighthearted romances, this book is a great one to keep in mind for the month of love. You can’t top goats, unless you buy your beloved a burial plot (see Dianne’s blog).

Miss Penelope Fairweather is a country bumpkin who has been invited by her dead mother’s best friend, the dowager of Blackthorne, Continue reading

Creating a Story (from bones to tuxedos)

Secret Keepers by Charissa StastnyYea! The sequel to Eyes of Light is out…in ebook. The print version will be out in another week or so. Sorry for the wait. But I’m really excited about Secret Keepers. I absolutely love the story (and that’s saying a lot since I’ve read it a bajillion times). Some of my sisters have hounded me about why this has taken so long. Today’s post is a simplified explanation of all the writing phases so you can understand why.

Phase  1- Building the Skeleton Continue reading