Friday, September 29, 2017

Charming Deception by Carol Ann Kauffman



Samantha wakes up to a perfect life, with a handsome, attentive husband she doesn't remember. She has it all: a luxury vehicle, designer clothes, beautiful jewelry, and a condo on the beach. 

But this isn't the life she remembers. 

As time go by, Samantha discovers she is the object of an elaborate deception, one large enough to include, other worlds, body doubles, time travel, world-hopping, and a galaxy guardian as cold as ice. 

Is her charming husband in on this deception?

Imagine, if you will, that there are other worlds parallel to 
our world. Different dimensions, actually, of our same world. 
Now, imagine there is a doorway or a portal between these worlds. The inside of a wardrobe. The back of the closet. A mirror, maybe.

And imagine you stumbled through that doorway...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Blue Unicorn's Journey to Osin

Everybody loves unicorns! OK maybe they don't but for those who do, they will love this fantastically illustrated story about a little unicorn who was born into a tribe of magical, metal horned unicorns.



The little guy has no magic and he has no metal but somehow he must save the tribe from an evil sorcerer. Read the book to find out if he can do it. “The metal horned unicorns are doomed!” That’s what Lauda Lead Horn wailed when she first saw the tribe’s new savior. OK, so his horn was not metal. . .and he did not have a magic power. . .and he was really a puny little runt. But doomed? Were things really that bad? Well, things were pretty bad in the land of MarBryn. Magh, an evil sorcerer utilized unicorn horns and hooves to create his magical potions and spells. Those he used, to increase his power and to conquer everyone in his path. All of the unicorns from the Tribe of the Metal Horn were now gone . . . except for twelve survivors. Before the blue unicorn was born, Numen told Alumna, the aluminum-horned oracle, that he had a plan to bring the tribe back home to Unimaise. His prophecy was, “Only the blue unicorn can join with the Moon-Star. Until then, no new unicorns will be born.” Blue was the last unicorn born. Twenty years later, his horn was still covered with a plain blue colored hide. There was not a glint of metal to be seen on it or his hooves. And he still didn’t have any magic. But he was no longer scrawny and he had his wits. Though no one else in the tribe thought he had a chance, Blue felt ready to make Magh pay for his evil deeds. And he went off to do it alone. That was Blue’s first mistake. If the entire tribe was not standing horn-tip to horn-tip at the proper time and the exact place to help usher the Moon-Star Spirit into Blue’s horn, he would die. Then, the rest of the tribe would really be doomed. Readers will follow along two journey paths in this book. Blue is joined in his travels by his mentor Gaiso, the Stag and his friend, Girasol the Firebird as they try to find their way across a danger-filled MarBryn to Muzika Woods. The rest of Blue’s tribe is forced to follow another route due to Nix Nickle Horn’s unfortunate incident with a Manticore. Nix, the great unicorn defender must safely lead the way for Ghel, the Golden-Horned unicorn; Silubhra Silver Horn; Cornum the Brass-Horned unicorn; Steel Horned Style; Cuprum the Copper-Horned unicorn; Tin-Horned Tinam; Dr. Zinko; Iown the Iron-Horned unicorn and the others in an action packed adventure to their destination in Muzika Woods. Both journey paths converge there in the Nebulium Circle.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Echo of Heartbreak, A Recipe for Life by Carol Ann Kauffman



"Echo of Heartbreak, A Recipe for Life" is a short story written in the form of a letter from a very ill mother to her unborn daughter, telling her the incidents surrounding her birth, giving her advice on life, love, and organization, and leaving her the best of her family recipes.

Amazon Link: http://tinyurl.com/n2eblyu 

on May 6

Echo of a Heartbreak is an excellent book. I thoroughly enjoyed
all of the life lessons given in this book as well as the down to
earth recipes Carol gave the readers. Unfortunately, I was in 
tears as I reread this book. However I am relieved the essence 
of Melina lives on in her daughter in McKalvey House. I am 
going to try some of the recipes that are clearly given in this 
book. The author cleverly goes from story line into her enclosed 
recipes. I have reread this book several times and enjoy it 
every time. Thank You.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Schedule for Sept. 25-29, 2017





Schedule for September 25 - 29, 2017

Mon., Sept. 25 - Echo of Heartbreak, A Recipe for Life
by Carol Ann Kauffman
Tues., Sept. 26 - Caesar and the Bluebells
by Cindy J. Smith
Wed., Sept. 27 - The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osin
by Sabrina Durant
Thurs., Sept. 28 - Ava Woods’ In a Dream
Book Blitz
Fri., Sept. 29 - Charming Deception
by Carol Ann Kauffman

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Captain and the Ambassador by Carol Ann Kauffman


Ambassador Tull Redmond is looking for a quick ride home back to Earth after ending her twenty-year mission as peace negotiator. All she wants is peace, quiet, and to be left alone. 

She boards the Earth Starship Giuseppe Verdi with its questionable leader, Captain Ben Jacobs anyway. It's the fastest way home. Her quarters has a full bath, a space view window, and a large, real bed! How bad could this rule-breaking, authority-defying Captain Casanova be?

High Council hates him, true, but his crew loves him. Surely, she's too old and tired to be drawn into this bad boy of the quadrant's personal circus.
 
Will Ambassador Redmond get the quiet, uneventful ride home she craves?


Dear Gentle Readers,
This is my new one, so I have very little to report to you in the line of reviews. But if you're looking for something different, this story of space and love just might be it! If you liked my other books, you'll like this one.
Hugs,
Carol 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jack Vettriano, Artist

 Jack Vettriano




Meet my new favorite artist, Jack Vettriano.  His biography begins "born in Fife, Scotland in 1951." Hold on, Readers! This Italian girl recognizes an Italian last name when she hears one. Intrigued, I continued reading that this talented man quit school and went to work in the mining industry. His girlfriend bought him a set of watercolor paints for his twenty-first birthday (Thank you, dear, whoever you are, you did the world a favor!) and from then on he spent his free time teaching himself to paint.





       
   There is something about his work that draws you into the painting.  The first one I ever saw was his The Singing Butler, which shows an elegantly dressed couple dancing on the beach in the rain with their butler with an open umbrella. Their is such a romantic aura in this beautifully done painting. Love it.


  And then I discovered a whole plethora of paintings by Jack Vettriano as his publishing company's website

                         www.heartbreakpublishing.com

where you can browse and buy Jack Vettriano reasonably priced posters, cards, postcards, calendars, journals, as well as canvas prints.  It is a beautiful and easy to navigate website.  


I discovered Dance Me to the End of Love, a spectacular Audrey Hepburn-like beauty in perfect ballroom dancing hold with her striking partner.





Jack Vettriano was born Jack Hoggan to a Scottish father and an Italian mother. When he was 36 and newly separately, he moved to Edinburgh and took his mother's maiden name and went on to become an international success with studios in Scotland and London.  The Singing Butler has been the best selling image in Britain and is very popular here as well.




Those who criticize his work as "too erotic" have to be those guys who prefer to look at paintings of fish or maybe still life prints of fruits and veggies.

Please visit Jack Vettriano - Official Jack Vettriano Page on Facebook for  news on Jack's current and upcoming gallery showings and current work.  Some other very interesting links are:

www.easyart.com/prints/jack-vettriano
www.allposters.com/-st/Jack-Vettriano-     Posters_c29036_.htm

I claim nothing here as my own. All images and information is from the wonderful Jack Vettriano's websites listed above.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Love, Murder & Mayhem by Russ Colchamiro

About the Book
Love science fiction stories that all include elements of Love, Murder & Mayhem?
 
Then welcome to the latest anthology from Crazy 8 Press! This amazing collection from 15 all-star authors will delight you with superheros and supervillains. AIs, off-worlders, and space cruisers. We’ve also got private eyes, sleep surrogates, time travelers, aliens and monsters—and one DuckBob!
 
With tales ranging from wild and wacky to dark and gritty to heartbreaking and fun, take the deadly leap with authors Meriah Crawford, Paige Daniels, Peter David, Mary Fan, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman Paul Kupperberg, Karissa Laurel, Kelly Meding, Aaron Rosenberg, Hildy Silverman, Lois Spangler, Patrick Thomas, and editor Russ Colchamiro.
 



You’ll never look at Love, Murder & Mayhem the same way again—and that’s just the way we like it.



About the Editor


Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the hilarious sci-fi backpacking comedy series, Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the new anthology, Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.
Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, and Altered States of the Union, and TV Gods 2. He is now at work on a top-secret project, and a Finders Keepers spin-off.
As a matter of full disclosure, readers should not be surprised if Russ spontaneously teleports in a blast of white light followed by screaming fluorescent color and the feeling of being sucked through a tornado. It’s just how he gets around — windier than the bus, for sure, but much quicker.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sunset from the Shore by Parker Kaufman


Sunset from the Shore

A small, lone sailboat,
Glistening white, 
Against a sky of copper and salmon
On a sea of teal.
Palm trees.
Sunset. 
A tropical shore.

This mini-work by Parker Kaufman is 6" X 9" and is composed of thirty-seven hand cut pieces layers on foamboard.

The artist claims nothing inspired this particular piece.  He was just playing around with leftover scrap pieces.

But "Sunset from the Shore" inspires me!
Dated: 08.04.17

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bentley Square by Carol Ann Kauffman


Strangers meet on the train. She, a beautiful, wealthy businesswoman. He, a down on his luck office manager. They have nothing in common. And yet, they are drawn to each other with an undeniable hypnotic magnetism. 

This is the story of Rebecca Robbins, daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the country and Mark Ramsay, a man shrouded in dark mystery and hiding in the shadows from death squads amid international intrigue.

Amazon Link: http://tinyurl.com/laudaku


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