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Magic, Mythology, Romance, Herb Lore, Tree Lore, Honey Bees
HONEY has held a place in human culture since ancient times. Greek mythology tells of a tale in which the life of Zeus is saved by bees feeding him honey, in Celtic mythology mead was the drink of immortality, and in more recent times, Disney brought us Winnie the Pooh, always following his rumbly tummy to the honey pot. Though it is possibly the yummiest creation on earth, honey contains tons of healing properties hidden in its gooey goodness.
Apitherapy is the treatment of various conditions using honeybee products. Honey (now I’m talking raw honey straight from the comb, unheated, unfiltered, un-messed with) is one of the oldest medicines we have, with proof of its healing power dating back more than 5,000 years. On skin, it heals wounds, infections, burns, bites, stings (yes, bee stings, too), dry/chapped skin, and is wonderful for wrinkles and softening hair. It heals allergies and a variety of stomach complaints including indigestion and ulcers; it helps soothe sore throats, hangover (even helps sober you up), metabolism, lethargy, and the list goes on.
So, the next time you spot a honey bee, don’t grimace or run in fear. THANK HER! (And, yes, she’s a “her” as are all worker honey bees). She’s working super hard to make her sweet magic, and if you look closely, you might also spot another awesome sight: pollen gathered on her back legs. THANK HER for pollinating the flowers and food we hold so dear, too! If you’re curious about some more AWESOME facts, visit my Honey Bee Page. See, I love ‘em so much, I gave them their own page.
I also wrote A BOOK with them in mind
In honor of honey bees, my YA Fantasy HONEY QUEEN is only 99 CENTS on ALL EBOOK FORMATS through the end of September. To get your copy, buzz on over to . . .
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Avery Flynn arrives for a visit at her Uncle Tam’s, eager to rekindle her summertime romance with her crush-next-door, Daniel.
But Daniel’s not the sweet, neurotic guy she remembers—and she wonders if this is her Daniel at all. Or if someone—some thing—has taken his place.
Her quest to find the real Daniel—and get him back—plunges Avery into a world of Fae and changelings, where creatures swap bodies like humans change their socks, and magic lives much closer to home than she ever imagined.
Angelica R. Jackson, in keeping with her scattered Gemini nature, has published articles on gardening, natural history, web design, travel, hiking, and local history. Other interests include pets, reading, green living, and cooking for food allergies (the latter not necessarily by choice, but she’s come to terms with it). Ongoing projects include short fiction, poetry, novels, art photography, and children’s picture books.
In 2012, she started Pens for Paws Auction, which features critiques and swag from agents and authors to raise money for a no-kill, cage-free cat sanctuary where she volunteers, Fat Kitty City.
She’s also been involved with capturing the restoration efforts for Preston Castle (formerly the Preston School of Industry) in photographs and can sometimes be found haunting its hallways.
Release Date May 2015!!
From Spencer Hill Press (www.spencerhillpress.com)
I’ve been tagged by lovely fellow author Lynn Carthage (pen name) to answer a few interview questions. So, here goes:
Well, I have a couple of projects going at the moment that I am super excited about. One is a Young Adult Paranormal about a teen girl mixed up in a dangerous brew of family dysfunction, a murderous coven, and love (oh yeah!). The other project is a fun co-authored (with one of my fav creative peeps!) Science Fiction geared toward the New Adult audience.
All authors are unique in their own special ways, just as every person is a unique individual. That combination of interests, personality, and hard-core knowledge is what sets each author apart. For me, I know and love herbs, honey bees, and mythology (especially mythology that focuses on nature), so I incorporate elements from those in the stories I write. Hmm… I also know accounting, so maybe one day I’ll write a story about an accountant fairy who keeps books for a hive of honey bees
This question points to the previous answer. I get excited and also know lots about what interests me, so bringing life to a girl in a Celtic-inspired land who communes with trees (ARROW OF THE MIST & its sequel ARMS OF ANU) OR writing about a girl honey-bee-charmer whose ancestor was created by a goddess on an ancient Greek island (HONEY QUEEN) is great fun! Writing for kids and teens also speaks about the inner kid in me who loves to come out and play!
I tend to write better in a quiet environment and I love, love, LOVE plenty of tea, hot or cold, always nearby. Sometimes I will jot things down on actual paper first, and then type it out. Other times, I just go for it on the keyboard. But I do like to have at a rough outline of sorts ahead of time for the overall points. Writing in chunks and then taking a break also works best for me. It’s almost like once I pour out a chunk, I need to do something to let it “settle” for a bit. So, I’ll work on other projects (non-writing stuff) or have a snack or check emails, etc. The challenge is getting back to the novel writing without letting those breaks take me away overlong, or even for the rest of the day.
Well, that about sums it up! Thank you to Lynn, for asking
“Witch hunters and sexy tattoo artists? This New Adult Paranormal is EVERYTHING fans of romance and action are looking for.”
- #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout
“A fun, action-packed, enjoyable read!”
- New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack
“The perfect blend of New Adult and Paranormal. It’s absolutely fantastic!”
- New York Times bestselling author Nichole Chase
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Reviewers are calling Witch Hunter Olivia “amazing, fun, well-written, and entertaining.” You don’t want to miss the hottest New Adult paranormal romance of the summer!
In the town of Piedmont Pointe, where paranormal is the norm, a girl can easily get herself in over her head with a single wrong move. Unfortunately for Olivia Adams, she’s about to make several.
Starting over is never easy, but it seemed like the only option to Olivia. The decision to turn her back on the Guild of Witch Hunters, the very group she devoted her entire life to, was one of the hardest things she ever did. It meant leaving her family, her friends, and her old identity behind forever. Coming to terms with what caused her to abandon her duties in the first place was even harder.
While trying to lay low and stay off the Guild’s radar, Olivia finds herself thrust back into her old ways after unknowingly interrupting an assassination hit on a powerful witch. What follows is the last thing she ever thought she’d agree to do–protect the very thing she was groomed to hunt.
To complicate things even further, Olivia begins to develop feelings for a tattoo artist who also happens to be half warlock, and no matter how hard she tries to fight it, she can’t resist her inescapable draw to him. Olivia’s forbidden relationship isn’t her only issue though, because once the mystery behind the assassination attempt starts to unravel, she’s forced to choose sides when the loyalties still tied to her past life are tested again.
So much for the idea of a fresh start.
Author T.A. Kunz has always had a fondness for reading thrilling mysteries and action-packed urban fantasies. So, it was no surprise when T.A. decided to write stories that they’d fall into one of those two genres. T.A. lives in Central Florida with two fur babies and a mechanical engineer who also happens to be quite the culinary badass, which there are no complaints about. Being a self-diagnosed caffeine addict, many joke that T.A.’s addiction to Starbucks coffee will likely be their downfall later in life.
We’ve all been asked to post a little about our experience at the event and give new-bees some helpful insight.
Wow, where to begin . . . Going to UtopYA Con 2014 was like the biggest, most wonderful, whirlwind ever. It put my worker-bee-self into a non-stop buzz of exhibitor table prep and management, panel talks, evening fun, and interactions with the most awesomely talented people, all while in the lively city of Nashville. In its third year, UtopYA Con’s attendee numbers multiplied by over seven times (from 90 to 700)! It is a testament to the incredible need for such an event, and there is truly NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT. Next year the numbers are sure to increase even more, and since space is limited, I would encourage any who plan to attend to get your tickets early!
Who should go? ANYONE and EVERYONE having anything to do with Young Adult and New Adult Supernatural Fiction. This means authors (indies and trads alike), aspiring authors, readers, bloggers, and freelance service peeps—illustrators, cover artists, cover models, web designers, branders, formatters, editors, marketing professionals, etc.
I’ll mention these peeps again: THE READERS! What a smorgasbord of books any reader of YA/NA will find here. And not only are there super cool books to buy AND have autographed (!!), there is a TON OF FREE SWAG sure to fill a tote bag with fan-swooning souvenirs.
For authors/aspiring authors of YA/NA, I would say, if you pick one big event to attend during the year, THIS SHOULD BE IT. You will get advice and inspiration from two incredible keynote speakers (Sylvia Day & Gennifer Albin spoke for 2014); two full days of panels, covering all sorts of topics geared toward helping authors/aspiring authors; a fantastic awards ceremony and after-party; and networking opportunities up the wazoo. Each year’s offerings are a little different, though some panels are so popular they return.
I had the pleasure of being on the (Alien-themed title) SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE: LEGAL PANEL as the accounting expert. It was perhaps the most “dry” of all the panels, when you compare it to ones like Putting Together a Kick A** Street Team or Blog Your Face Off, but we had a great turnout and there were lots of questions answered. I plan to be on it again next year, as well as acting as moderator for a new panel I’m SUPER EXCITED about! And next year’s event theme: TIME TRAVEL!!
I will add one last note, though perhaps it’s the MOST IMPORTANT note, and that is how incredibly friendly and supportive everyone is at this event. The camaraderie is PRICELESS and new-bees are welcomed with open arms. Snobbery and elitist attitudes must check themselves at the door, for this event caters to those who understand the value of collaboration and friendship. So, bring your shy or outgoing self (either will be embraced), and join in on this fantastic event. You will be glad you did!
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