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So the good readers at Mineral County Public Library in Superior, Montana had a real Beekeeper’s Ball. They read the book and then had a picnic featuring the menu of recipes from the book. OMG, I am over the moon! Every writer dreams of a group of readers, sharing food and stories and laughter on a beautiful summer’s day. Please enjoy these shots of their own private Beekeeper’s Ball. 

A perfect setting. Could be the cover of one of my books.

A perfect setting. Could be the cover of one of my books.

Tables were set up around the hostess's yard. If there is a more gorgeous place than Montana, I've yet to see it.

Tables were set up around the hostess’s yard. If there is a more gorgeous place than Montana, I’ve yet to see it.

Some of the gals.

Some of the gals.

Book marks made by one of the book club members.

Book marks made by one of the book club members.

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honey lavender lemonade, piernik, vincotto over salad greens..all recipes from the novel

Honey Butter Fried Chicken. The best four words in the book.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken. The best four words in the book.

summer fruit with honey dressing, Hummingbird Cake

summer fruit with honey dressing, Hummingbird Cake

Bee Sting Cake. Can these ladies cook, OR WHAT?

Bee Sting Cake. Can these ladies cook, OR WHAT? I love the fine china they used.

I will treasure this thank you note always!

I will treasure this thank you note always!

Food, fun and friends. There’s nothing better. Thank you, ladies, for sharing these images of your own BEEKEEPER’S BALL!

Note to book clubs! If you would like to receive a Book Club Care Package, send a note to susanmwiggs (at) gmail.com and we’ll set you up.

Back in 1990 or so, I was homeless. Not without a roof over my head, but without a publishing house. I had published several books, but had no publisher for my newest endeavor.

I was in love with the idea, though, and determined to see it though, publisher or no. I had this vision for a passionate historical romance set against the backdrop of the Wars of the Roses.

In due time, THE LILY AND THE LEOPARD was published, and published well. The cover art looked great–remember "step-back" covers with the illustration inside?–reviews were good, and readers responded to the star-crossed Liana, a French noblewoman, and Rand, the English knight.

I’m happy to let you know that the book is back in print. It’s got a new title, THE MISTRESS OF NORMANDY, and new cover art. Fans of GAME OF THRONES will feel a nudge of familiarity with the houses of Lancaster and York–the real-life inspiration for the rival fantasy families.

Are you a historical romance fan? Game of Thrones fan? Please chime in below, or on Facebook or Twitter to let me know what you think.

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