In a recent blogpost titled, Excited for Friends, I described how my friend Debby Lee contracted through her agent Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency to write a 20,000 novella for a Barbour Publishing anthology. Barbour needed more writers for the project so Debby suggested our mutual friend Barbara Blakey, and she also signed on to write a novella for the Hearts of the Pony Express Romance anthology.
Well, the good news just keeps on coming. Recognizing Barbara’s quality writing, Tamela asked her to contract with the Steve Laube Agency. Barbara signed on earlier this week.
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The Writer’s Armamentarium
My friend and fellow author, Jennifer Vandenberg has released a new ebook, A Writer’s Armamentarium. She describes it as a short collection of lists designed to inspire writers of all levels and experience. Jennifer is a woman of many hats, talents and opinions. In addition to author, shedescribes herself as a geology student, national park ranger, secretary, tax preparer, swim instructor, Hallmark sales associate, school aide, library assistant, children's bookseller, merchandise supervisor, property curator, volunteer, farmer, and blogger. You can learn more about Jennifer on her website and Amazon page.
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This winter was rough on bees. Many beekeepers lost colonies, including me. On April 22nd I mentioned on Twitter that I was installing a new nucleus colony. Without getting overly technical, I was worried about the queen and the overall health of the new colony.
I’ve opened the hive and done two inspections now and the colony seems to be healthy and growing. The next couple of weeks will be critical, but I’ll let you know how the bees do.