Where has the past year gone? It’s been a wild, crazy, circus of events with non stop action. Now, though…now things are really trucking along, and I’m excited to present the book trailer for my upcoming release of World on Fire. Be sure to take a peek and feel free to share with friends and family. I’d love to read your comments.
As promised, World on Fire released the last day of February 2016 for pre=order. Be one of the first to own this young adult, quasi-apocalyptic book. Order now and it will be delivered directly to your kindle on it’s release date, May 30, 2016.
In a world knocked off grid by massive solar flares and Earth’s thinning atmosphere, people on the ground are forced underground in a desperate fight for life.
“The smell stops me near the water’s edge. I tug the neck of my shirt up over my nose as I look around. Carcasses litter the shoreline. Animals tried to escape the fire, driven by instinct to plunge blindly into the shallow waters of the parched river. Deer. Rabbits. Raccoons. So many others unrecognizable in death. The heat was too much and they had nowhere to go. Their salvation had become their cemetery.”
I’m delighted to be one of this week’s featured authors on Warren Adler’s Writers of the World. Mr. Adler is best known for his blockbusting novel, The War of the Roses, which became a box office hit starring Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito and Michael Douglas.
I recently read the sequel, War of the Roses – The Children. If you haven’t yet read the book, I highly recommend it. As soon as I picked the book up, I was transported back in time and the decades between these two books fell away as if they’d never existed.
“This darkly hilarious sequel to “The War of the Roses” will draw you into a world of domestic mayhem that carries the confrontation between the Roses into the second and third generation.”
To see my contribution to Writers of the World, and those of other wonderfully talented authors, go here. Be sure to subscribe to updates from Warren Adler while you’re there. You may also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
Monday, Monday…so good to me. Mondays have always signaled a fresh start to a new week and I’ve never understood others aversion toward Monday.
The World’s Best Story has been announcing it’s top 10 finalists on Mondays. It was a delight this morning to discover that my YA title, Shattered, is holding strong in 2nd place. The #1 spot is held by my fabulous sister, Paige Robbins, and her apocalyptic western romance, Sacred Mountain.
Your vote counts, and prizes are being awarded to lucky winners. Make sure you register and vote so you are automatically entered.
While you’re there,check out all this years talented entries and contestants.
I was excited to wake up on this, my earth birth day, to discover my YA title, Shattered is presently in the #1 position in the World’s Best Story Contest. What a fabulous way to start the day!
The World’s Best Story is open to contestants from all over the world. If you’ve written a book and feel it might be the next blockbuster story, be sure to enter!
By day I’m a writer. By other days, I’m a beekeeper, or beek, as those in the beekeeping world would call me. One might find my fascination with bees unusual in light of my toxic reaction to their stings. Nonetheless, these beauties have captured my fancy. It wasn’t always this way. There was a time, like many others I know, when I was afraid of bees.
Several years back, an article about honeybees caught my attention. German physicist Albert Einstein once warned that should honeybees disappear, so would our global food supply. “No more bees … no more men,” he said. So when I read about Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees, I became concerned. Huge percentages of the nations honeybees were dying and nobody knew the cause. Over the last five years, studies would show that we have lost nearly 50% of the nations honeybees. This past year demonstrates an average loss of 45%
Wanting to do my small part to help, I began researching beekeeping and joined numerous beekeeping groups. As my knowledge of honeybees grew, my fear lessened. I decided I would make my own personal contribution by keeping one small hive of bees. Little did I know what the future held for me.
My first “hands on” experience in beekeeping was working with a mentor on a bee tree trapout. An area homeowner had a wild hive in a tree near his house and wanted the bees removed rather than exterminated. I was only too happy to help. I received my first sting on the first day out. Quick action and being prepared with medical supplies prevented the day from being a disaster. My mentor and I were able to work together and set the trap in place. Little did I know it would be a long three month wait for those bees to exit the hive and settle in to their new home.
Over the summer I gained some terrific hands on experience, which to me, is much better than le
arning from a book or classes. My mind wraps itself more fully around the experience. The next bees I brought home were from a shed floor cut out. My inexperience lead me to believe I could rock that like
a superstar. I ended up calling in three other beekeepers to assist once I cut into the floor and had a visual on the size of the colony. That cut out took two full days, repeated stings and lots of sweat.
To wrap up my summer of beekeeping, I received one more call. Another homeowner, more bees. Except these bees were already in hives and had been abandoned by the previous homeowner several years prior. It seemed like I was finally going to get some bees the easy way.
I drove out to the pasture where the hives had settled into dirt and weeds. A distant study of the hive activity and the condition of the hives assured me this would be a quick and painless removal. Less than five minutes later I had a hive on the back of the truck, ready to head out. I returned the next day with another beekeeper for the second hive. That hive would be going home with the other beek.
As Murphy’s law would dictate, nothing is ever as simple as it seems. The bees had outgrown the hive they were in and needed to be rehomed. This would require me taking the original hive apart simply to get them out. Without going into all the painful, boring details, after much work, these bees were in their new living quarters and thriving. Needless to say, when I’m working a hive, I’m always fully suited up, often in layers of clothes.
By summer’s end, not only do I have three full, thriving hives of my own, I had sufficient bees to fill the hives of three fellow beekeepers. We’re all just doing our part to keep our pollinators from extinction.
WAR OF THE ROSES. ‘Nuff said. It’s been announced that Warren Adler, blockbuster author of War of the Roses, will be this years celebrity judge at The World’s Best Story. The. Warren. Adler. That’s enough to make even my knees knock.
If you’re not already following this contest, you’re missing out on some great entertainment. Vincent Salera, the founder of World’s Best Story, has put together an impressive lineup of judges this year. Warren Adler, Alistair Cross, Samreen Ahsan, Brooke Burgess, Tammara Kennelly, Victor Malarek, and Rhonda Hayter are present.
If I sound like a contest pimp, this is one contest I believe in pimping.
All top 10 finalist stories will be showcased to World’s Best Story licensing partners in nine transmedia categories!
That’s right. Nine transmedia categories! You want more? Here it is:
All top 10 winners will be represented by WBS Entertainment Co to all World’s Best Story’s trans media partners.
• Print book, e-book, audio book, app, video game, TV, Movie, Merchandise.
And there’s more. Now pass me my feather boa and walking stick.
World’s Best Story is open for entries. Do you think YOU have next block buster story? If so, what are you waiting for? Submit your entry NOW. Voting started today and continues through November 06, 2015. The contest is open to entries from all around the world and includes a number of genres.
World’s Best Story has an impressive line-up of judges. Warren Adler (blockbuster author of The War of the Roses), Alistair Cross (Amazon Best Selling Author), Samreen Ahsan (Multiple award winning author), and Brooke Burgess (Critically acclaimed award winning author/producer). It doesn’t get much hotter than this, folks.
The crazy, fun part of this is in the winner’s prizes.
“All top 10 finalist stories will be showcased to World’s Best Story licensing partners in nine transmedia categories!”
Readers, be sure to sign up so you can VOTE for your favorite authors. It’s a wonderful opportunity to take a sneak peek inside the covers of new books and discover new authors. Make your voices heard! Be sure to check out 2014 World’s Best Story winner, Patti Larsen, and 2nd place winner, Paul Hollis.