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Friday, October 3, 2014


I am allergic to bee stings. Not as badly as I was a child, but still...I avoid at all costs all things apiary. One summer day when I was five, I was running around barefooted in the backyard, frolicking in the blooming clover, and accidentally stepped on a bumble bee. Within minutes my foot swelled up to the size of a small football and, suddenly having difficulty breathing, my Mom rushed me to the emergency room where I got a stinging shot of anti-venom, another of antihistamine, and a huge bag of ice to quell the swelling. I was back to semi-normal within a few hours. But the shots, the swelling, and the painful process of tweezing the deeply embedded stinger out all hurt like hell.

So, when the opening scene of The Beekeeper's Ball , the second novel in the Bella Vista Chronicles by Susan Wiggs involved someone being assailed by a hive of angry bees, I understandably cringed, remembering my first (but not the last) bee sting. Needless to say, I survived both the real sting and after a few pages the eventually delightful first chapter, and soon found myself engulfed in the honeycombed passages of this delectably delicious romantic literary novel.

Now, as you know, when I enjoy a remarkably good book, I just have to share it with Betty, my tennis and reading buddy. Here is her great “right-on” synopsis:

A romantic novel with beautiful scenery! The story reminds you of [the] "fairy stories” you read as a child. The heroine was known to have suffered at the hands of a villain and along comes the hero to rescue her. Only this time she, the heroine, needed to be recued from the demons within that had convinced her she could never love again.

To see if the heroine and her hero do live “happily ever after” please buzz over to www.authorexposure.com and read my review. Then settle in with a copy and a mug of hot tea laced with honey.

How sweet it is!

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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss Elmira's Secret Treasure: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Roarin' 20s 
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast


Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood



Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA

For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,