Saturday, December 14, 2013

Vote For STUNG!

Hi there cyber buddies! So, a lot has happened since I last posted. Like, I had a baby. Sigh. He is adorable! (And he's the reason I've been MIA on here for a while--when you have a new baby, and four other little kids you're already the mother of, there is no such thing as FREE TIME! As for the photo, that was actually taken when baby number four was born, so just imagine one more pair of baby feet!)

ANYway, I have some other cool news, almost as cool as a new baby. So, here it is:

STUNG is in the running to receive a teen choice book of the year award!

So, if you think it is vote-worthy, GO VOTE here!!! 

Friday, August 9, 2013

TIME Magazine Talks a World Without Bees

You know my book, STUNG, is all about a world where the honeybees die off, right? Well, TIME Magazine has something to say about that. Click here for a link to the article.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


STUNG 2 has a title (CURED), a release date (March 2014), and is on Goodreads! Here's the blurb:

Fiona Tarsis is a legend. Her world was ravaged by a lethal virus, her family separated. Her friends were turned into ferocious beasts by an even deadlier vaccine. Mindless monsters now raid the streets. But Fiona has survived. Jacqui Bloom needs Fiona's help. Two years ago, Jacqui's brother, Dean, left the safety of his home to guide Fiona's mother to a safe haven. He never returned. Jacqui has been hiding away in the family house, disguised as a boy, and hoping Dean will come back. But she can no longer live like this. She has to find him. Even with the two men Fiona loves most by their side, leading Jacqui into the desert will be risky. Raiders are everywhere - they will do anything to prevent the beast-cure her group are carrying from being spread - and knowing who to trust is near impossible. Lone traveller Kevin is sexy and self-assured, and has caught Jacqui's attention, but he is hiding his past. Is he also hiding the truth about what he really wants from them? This dramatic dystopian thriller is the perfect cure for addicts of The Hunger Games.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

STUNG Awesomeness

Some STUNG awesomeness!

First, do you want to read the first chapter of STUNG? (The correct answer is yes!) It is being featured on

Also, the trailer is out! The trailer is out! HERE is the link.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Fifteen Days!

Only fifteen days until STUNG comes out! What have I been up to to get ready for this huge event? Here's what:

Blogging (for other people's blogs).

Planning an awesome party complete with tons of fresh-baked bread, flavored honey, and books.

Author interviews.

Making a stamp of the "mark."

Blogging (for other people's blogs). Wait--I already said that.

And, that is about it. Most boring blog post ever? Probably. :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

STUNG Blog Tour

My dear friends, Hannah  and Lisseth from The Book Paparazzi Blog, are hosting a STUNG blog tour! If you want to be a part of the fun, click here!

XOXO, Bethany

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Nightmare Inspiration

I can hardly believe it! STUNG comes out in less that three months (April 2). I still remember the day in November 2011 when I found out it wouldn't come out clear until April 2013. And now that is just around the corner! So, I though it would be fun to tell you how the idea for STUNG came about.

Sometime in 2010, at 4:40 a.m., I sat up in bed and gasped. I stumbled to the computer and typed one paragraph. And then I went back to sleep. When I got up at 7:00, I vaguely remembered waking from a horrifying nightmare in the wee hours and typing it up on the computer. When I sat down and read what I'd written, my heart started beating a little faster as I remembered the nightmare. Here it is (though this is not the awkward paragraph I wrote at 4:40 a.m. This is the nightmare with a little more detail).

I was in the house I grew up in, the house house beside the elementary school. But it was all wrong--dilapidated, falling apart, empty. And someone was in the house with me. When I turned to see who it was, I froze, because this person wasn't really a person. He was feral, and looked at me like he wanted to eat me. So I forced myself to unfreeze and ran. But he was fast. As I threw myself through an open window, his nails dug into my skin and tried to pull me back in.

The nightmare jumped. I was in the sewer, watching groups of people huddled together and eating food from cans. They wore rags, spoke in whispers, and had eyes that shifted toward every sound. And then I woke up.

And that is how the idea for STUNG was born.

Here's the blurb from the cover:

There is no cure for being stung.

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.

Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.

Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.

Where do you get your inspiration?