Monday, January 22, 2018

The Baslicato by Carol Ann Kauffman

When Dr. Brook Wilson agreed to take on celebrity Italian race car driver Jason Maxwell, known as"The Baslicato," as her patient, little did she realize their relationship would turn her calm, pleasant, well-ordered life upside down, sending her off on dangerous adventures in southern Italy and northern Ohio. As she prepares him for his big race, she must deal with his demented wife while driving her boyfriend, Dr, Garrett MacEgan into acts of criminal desperation in a attempt to hold on to her.
When tall, handsome British actor Richard MacKenzie wakes up in the hospital after an accident, he discovers he's a short Italian race car driver named Jason Maxwell, known as THE BASLICATO.

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Basilicata is a province in Southern Italy. It's where my father was born. The Baslicato is the story of a young man born in Basilicata Province, but not my Dad. He did, however, like to drive very fast! The warmth, love, and humor of a big Italian family is evident in this story. I think Dad would've liked it.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Schedule for Jan. 22 - 26, 2018

Mon., Jan, 22 - The Baslicato
by Carol Ann Kauffman
Tues., Jan. 23 - Parker Kauffman's Self-Portrait
The Surreal Me
Wed., Jan. 24 - Interview with Author
Chariss K. Walker
Thurs., Jan. 25  - The Blue Cove Mystery Series
by Iona Morrison
Fri., Jan. 26 - Reviews for
The Baslicato by Carol Ann Kauffman

Friday, January 19, 2018

Irish Artist George Callaghan

George Callaghan was born in
County Antrim in Northern Ireland in 1941. He started school with the rest of his friends at Caris Glen Primary School on Old Park Road. But at the age of four, his family moved to South Africa. His education, unfortunately, was in the ways of Apartheid.

George became the Western Province Boxing Champion in the Gnat-weight Division.
When he was fourteen, the family was called back home to Ireland because of the impending death of his grandfather.

He quit school at fifteen and took a job at Nicholson and Bass printers and box makers on Alfred Street in Belfast as an apprentice commercial artist. He went to school for Graphic Design and worked in the business until his early thirties.

But the business end of Art burned him out and he moved to the Australian island of Tasmania and worked on silver jewelry and his paintings. He also held the distinction of being Australia's top harp maker and a leading exponent of the Celtic Harp. He lived there for 27 years.

George worked with Helena Rubenstein, where he designed and made the Helena Rubenstein Sterling Silver Silk Award statuette for fashion.  He now lives  in semi-retirement in the beautiful Medieval village of Lherm in France with his lovely wife, Stef.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Release: The Portal Keeper by S. T. Sanchez

The Portal Keeper
by S.T. Sanchez

A mysterious portal, which opens at dawn and closes again at dusk, is located deep in the woods and kept secret from the vast majority of the people who inhabit the kingdom of Rastella. Only a few are aware of its existence and fewer understand the confusing prophecy that accompanies it.
Now, Ajax Maxwell, who is approaching his 14th birthday and has been in training for the past 2 years, is preparing to fulfill his family’s legacy by becoming the next keeper.
But Ajax is afraid. He’s worried that he won’t live up to the expectations placed upon him and will let down his family, like his brother Axel did when he took over from their father and then promptly disappeared.
When the prince of Rastella comes to visit for the first time, accompanied by Ajax’s childhood friend Nivara, it doesn’t take long for things to go wrong. In an accident, the prince falls into the portal and Ajax knows that it’s up to him to go and get him back.
With the knowledge that nobody who has entered it has ever returned, Ajax and Nivara go through the portal to try to save the prince. But what Ajax finds inside, and what he discovers about the prophecy, will test him to his limits.

It's release date was December 15, 2017. It is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Interview with Author Kathi Daley

Kathi Daley
South Lake Tahoe, CA

Good morning, Kathi, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the place 
for Art and Authors. What have you written?
I have more than 70 books in print. I currently write 8 series.

Kathi Daley's Biography
USA Today bestselling author, Kathi Daley, lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken. When she isn’t writing, she likes spend time hiking the miles of desolate trails surrounding her home. She has authored more than seventy five books in eight series including: Zoe Donovan Cozy Mysteries, Whales and Tails Island Mysteries, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Series, Writer’s Retreat Southern Seashore Mysteries, Rescue Alaska Paranormal Mysteries, Tess and Tilly Cozy Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Mysteries. Find out more about her books at

Stay up to date:
Newsletter, The Daley Weekly
Kathi Daley Blog – publishes each Friday
Webpage –
Facebook at Kathi Daley Books –
Kathi Daley Books Group Page –
Twitter at Kathi Daley@kathidaley –

What is your favorite genre to write?

Favorite food? 

Tea or coffee?

Pizza or ice cream?

Wine or beer?

Where would you like to visit? 

Favorite musical artist.
Bon Jovi 

Do you listen to music when you write?

What makes you laugh? 
My goofy dog being his wonderfully goofy self

How old were you when you started writing?

Do you plan out your book with outlines and notecards? 
Or just write?

I just write – I never outline

Describe your perfect evening. 
Sitting on the beach with a warm bonfire, 
cold glass of wine, and my warm and 
cuddly husband

Where do you get your inspiration?
It varies but I would say overall I get 
inspiration from locations. 
My series are all set in locations I love. Lake 
Tahoe, San Juan Islands, Alaska, Hawaii, 
South Carolina Island, Oregon Coast, 

What do you do when you get a writer's 
Take a walk until an idea occurs to me. It 
usually doesn’t take long.

Who is your favorite author? 
I’m asked that a lot but I honestly don’t have 
Last book you read. 
No Living Soul by Julie Moffett

What would you do for a living if you 
weren’t awriter? 
I only started writing after I retired from the 
real world so I would probably be doing 
nothing, in terms of a job.

Who is the one person who has 
influenced your personal life the most andwhy? 
My husband. We are high school 
sweethearts who basically grew up 
together. I think we influenced each other at every point along the way.

What advice would you give someone 
who aspired to be a writer? 
Just do it. The only way to publish a novelis to put your butt in the seat and write it. Wishing you could publish a novel will getyou nowhere without taking action. 

Thank you, Kathi, for taking the time to interview with us. We at Visionand Verse wish you continued success in all your writing endeavors. Come back and see us again. Open invitation. Anytime.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

FREE Today! Red Sarah by Carol Ann Kauffman

My latest book is offered free today on Amazon! It's a time travel romance and is one of my favorites. Tell me what you think.  

Sarah is a beautiful redhead who works for a special agency that fixes broken timelines and rescues historically significant people who are in trouble. She has a special set of skills that allow her to 'tap' someone out of a dangerous situation. Her present assignment is to find and rescue a prince whose son will eliminate hunger and disease on his island nation in the future.

“Save the Prince; save the King; and save the Reds. In doing so, Red Sarah may just save herself, who knows, but what might be the cost? Moving from modern day wisecrackery to a time of romance long ago, Carol Ann Kauffman’s tale is filled with majesty and bravery. This time travel story is a gift for all.” - Amazon Review

“Sarah has one job and that is to rescue Crown Prince Lucas of Mist from captivity in a dungeon. Yet everything is not as it seems and will Sarah be able to stop an upcoming war?
This was an interesting book about time travel and trying not to disrupt the time continuum. I liked Sarah and it was interesting on where her and Lucas ended up.”
-Amazon Review

The gorgeous cover of Red Sarah was designed by Suzi Albracht of Wickedly Awesome Designs @WickedlyAwesomeDesigns.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

BELTERRA by Carol Ann Kauffman

The Time After Time Series follows a pair of unlikely lovers on their adventures through life and love, this time on an alien planet divided into four tribes. 

When Neeka, daughter of the Lord of the Warrior Clan, was out picking lavender in their vast fields of the West, she felt him coming for her, and she was ready. When Braedon, Lord of the Soldier Clan of the East, rode into those lavender fields, searching for the woman of his dreams, he had no idea if she were even real.

But there she was, standing there looking up at him, smiling. He reached his hand down to her and waited. She accepted his hand, beginning their adventures together, changing not only their lives, but the course of life and unity on their planet forever. An alien planet. Or is it?

Belterra is chronologically the first book in the Time After Time series.  Is it our past? Is it our future? 

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Schedule for January 15 - 19, 2018


Mon., Jan. 15 - BELTERRA 
by Carol Ann Kauffman
Tues., Jan. 16 - FREE Book Today!
Red Sarah by Carol Ann Kauffman
Wed., Jan. 17 - Interview with Author 
Kathi Daley
Thurs., Jan. 18 - The Portal Keeper 
by S. T. Sanchez
Fri., Jan. 19 -  Irish Artist
George Callaghan

Friday, January 12, 2018

Reviews for January Black Ice by Carol Ann Kauffman

"I had this on my Kindle for a few months before I went ahead and read it. I knew it was a series so the stories queued up. After a few months of just not feeling in the mood to read (unusual for me), I decided to try something short to get me back into the swing of things. This seemed like a good one to start with and after reading it, I binge-read the rest of the series.
The world the author has created was solid and it was easy to imagine the characters in my mind's eye. Cat is a likeable heroine and I feel like Carter is revealing himself at a nice pace. I'm discovering him the way you would learn about a new friend or lover, a little at a time. Of course, the mystery is centred around him in this story, so I can't say too much. Dettrick, I can't make up my mind about. Is he a villain? A crazy old man with a good heart underneath it all? Or is there something else? I can't wait to find out.
All in all, it's a good start to the series and I would highly recommend it."

"This is a very short book and it ended way too soon to suit me! It leaves you with a cliff hanger------Luckily there are more in this series and I can tell you right now I will be reading them."

"Do you believe in love at first sight? Well that is what happens when Detrick Bittmor convinces Cat Collier to befriend a young man who he thinks may be the son he never knew he had until he received a letter from a long ago love. Why Cat--who is the obituary writer for a small town newspaper."

"Will Cat manage to befriend the young man? And what happens afterwards? Is this young man the son that Detrick Bittmor thinks he might be?"

"Get ready for a clean short mystery which will keep you enthralled and wanting to read more!"

"In January Black Ice by Carol Kauffman, Mary, or Cat, meets the dashing Carter after an unfortunate series of events. Their courtship quickly progresses as they must endure another harsh winter. Yet Carter's concerns over Cat during her travels seem to take a disturbingly realistic turn after she tries to convince him that her latest roadside mishap was just due to black ice on the road. What is the cause of her true troubles? I would recommend a read of this fast-paced story to anyone who likes a little suspense mixed with their romance. This is one book that every suspense fan should get and would make a perfect gift for any suspense fan on your list."

"I really liked the story & the characters.
If you're a fan of mysteries then this is definitely a book for you to read! Looking forward to the next book in the series!"

"This book is the first in a series and was such a good read that I had to immediately purchase the next two books. Cat Collier is a fun character and very lovable. I was rooting for her to find love and happiness all the way through. She's someone I would love to have for a friend. The mystery was well done and this is just an all-round wonderful read!"

"I found that I really enjoyed January Black Ice so much that I read the February and March books right after this one. It kept my attention and I liked the main characters. I would certainly recommend it for compelling reading."