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#savethebees – The Beekeeper’s Favorite Subject

Daniel Woodruff, the hero of Mostly Magic, is a master beekeeper and he would definitely approve of me sharing some fascinating facts about bees with you in an effort to #savethebees. In fact, I bet these are the kind of facts he shares when, as Jamie, his nine-year-old assistant beekeeper, would say, he “speechifies” about bees. The more you know, the more you will respect these fabulous creatures.

  • The honey bee species (Apis Mellifera) is 19 million years old.
  • The honey bee is the only insect that produces food that is eaten by humans.
  • Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life.
  • Honey, if kept sealed, never spoils. Some honey found in Egyptian tombs is still edible after 2000 to 3000 years.
  • Honey has long been used as a wound dressing and is still being used today to heal particularly stubborn wounds. You can buy Manuka honey ointment and dressings on Amazon.
  • Bees continue to change medicine. Their venom has been proven to impact viruses and ease inflammatory pain and their propolis, basically the caulk they use in their hives, can fight off bacteria, viruses, and fungi in humans.
  • A hive consists of 20,000 to 60,000 workers, 0 to 500 drones, and one queen. The workers are all female and the drones are male. There are zero drones in the fall and winter because the girls kick them out of the hive. Really!
  • The average worker bee produces 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her entire lifetime. Makes you think twice about wasting even a drop of honey, doesn’t it?
  • The average worker bee lives for 6 weeks in the busy spring/summer months, but 4 to 6 months over the fall/winter. Their life span depends on their role and the season.
  • Honey bees are not native to the Americas. They emigrated here from Europe. In fact, Native Americans called them “white man’s flies”.
  • The queen bee can live up to 5 years and is the only bee that lays eggs. She lays up to 2500 eggs per day. Bless her heart.
  • It takes visits to 2 million flowers, approximately 55,000 miles, to make one pound of honey. (Again, every drop is precious.)
  • For a long time (until the late 1660s), we thought the queen bee was actually a king bee until a scientist figured out the queen had ovaries. King bee? Seriously?
  • The drones have no stinger and do no work. They only mate. (Now you understand why the girls kick them out.)
  • They help us find serial killers. By studying the way that honey bees work to keep predators from finding their hive, scientists helped law enforcement build computer models to help them find serial killers who do the same. Really!
  • Honey bees can distinguish human faces and we are studying the way they do it to improve face recognition technology.
  • Honey bees are tiny little math nerds, able to calculate distances faster than a computer without any measuring device. They realize the world is round and they can calculate angles, using this ability to communicate the location of food to the hive.
  • A final romantic factoid. The term “honeymoon” came from an old custom in which newlyweds would drink a daily cup of mead, wine made from fermented honey, for a month.

As Dr. Daniel Woodruff says in Mostly Magic, “…the honey bee is one of the few beings in this world that actually improves almost anything it touches, instead of using it up or destroying it.”

Want to do your part to #SaveTheBees and our future food security? Some easy steps:

  1. Stop using insecticides. Just stop. Please?
  2. Avoid planting seeds coated with insecticides like clothianidin.
  3. Avoid using garden compost containing insecticides like imidacloprid.
  4. Plant bee-friendly plants everywhere.
  5. Create natural habitat gardens. Weeds are food for bees and butterflies.
  6. Become a beekeeper or offer space in your garden to one.
  7. Buy local honey.
  8. Get active—sign petitions, lobby for bee-safe regulations.
  9. Spread the word. Tweet about the issues.

And finally, and most important, KISS A BEEKEEPER!

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Release Day Countdown & Giveaway – Day 1

TOMORROW is release day for Mostly Magic so this is your last day to enter our big giveaway, over HERE. One last quote about beekeepers. Why? Because in Mostly Magic, the heroine, an environmental journalist, is trying to figure out the oh-so-sexy-but-eccentric beekeeper hero, while he’s trying to #SaveTheBees and her life.

You never know when you might need to use information like this. Winning trivia contests, yelling answers at Jeopardy contestants, impressing family at backyard barbecues…

“There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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Release Day Countdown & Giveaway – Day 2

Counting down to release day for Mostly Magic and reminding everyone about our big giveaway, which you can go enter HERE. Also sharing some interesting quotes, facts, and quips about bees! Why bees? Because in Mostly Magic, the heroine, an environmental journalist, is trying to figure out the oh-so-sexy-but-eccentric beekeeper hero, while he’s trying to #SaveTheBees and her life.

You never know when you might need to use information like this. Winning trivia contests, yelling answers at Jeopardy contestants, impressing family at backyard barbecues…

There are more than 200,000 beekeepers in the United States. Good chance that a percentage of them are romance novel hero material, don’t you think?

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Release Day Countdown & Giveaway – Day 3

Counting down to release day for Mostly Magic and reminding everyone about our big giveaway, which you can go enter HERE. Also sharing some interesting quotes, facts, and quips about bees! Why bees? Because in Mostly Magic, the heroine, an environmental journalist, is trying to figure out the oh-so-sexy-but-eccentric beekeeper hero, while he’s trying to #SaveTheBees and her life.

You never know when you might need to use information like this. Winning trivia contests, yelling answers at Jeopardy contestants, impressing family at backyard barbecues…

Shakespeare’s description of the social order of honey bees from Henry V plays an interesting role in Mostly Magic. Of course, he mistakenly believed they were ruled by males, despite having a Queen at the top of HIS social order.

“For so work the honey-bees,
Creatures that by a rule in nature teach
The act of order to a peopled kingdom.
They have a king and officers of sorts;
Where some, like magistrates, correct at home,
Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad,
Others, like soldiers, armèd in their stings,
Make boot upon the summer’s velvet buds;
Which pillage they with merry march bring home
To the tent-royal of their emperor:
Who, busied in his majesty, surveys
The singing masons building roofs of gold,
The civil citizens kneading up the honey,
The poor mechanic porters crowding in
Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate,
The sad-eyed justice, with his surly hum,
Delivering o’er to executors pale
The lazy yawning drone.”

– William Shakespeare, Henry V

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Mostly Magic Release Celebration Blog Tour Continues

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The Mostly Magic Release Celebration Blog Tour continues on the Paranormal Romance Fans for Life and the More Romance Please blogs today. The lovely ladies of these blogs are hosting week long giveaways to celebrate the release of Mostly Magic on June 3rd.

These giveaways are even easier to enter than the one here on the website! Seriously, you just go to the posts on the blogs, scroll to the bottom, and you will see the Rafflecopter giveaway. All you have to do to enter is…press Enter! Plus there are lots of other easy ways to enter as well, if you like.

Your chances of winning a $10 Amazon GC (or that cute little bee charm) plus copies of both books are REALLY good!

Just click on the Paranormal Romance Fans for Life logo and the More Romance Please logo below to enter and ENJOY!

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