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.


Amazon Link: 1https://www.amazon.com/BASLICATO-Time-After-ebook/dp/B0087GA6VC/ref=la_B0076OMJY8_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1516328086&sr=1-1

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



Schedule
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
USA

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 www.kathidaley.com


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What is your favorite genre to write?
Mystery

Favorite food? 
Pizza

Tea or coffee?
Coffee

Pizza or ice cream?
Pizza

Wine or beer?
Wine

Where would you like to visit? 
Finland

Favorite musical artist.
Bon Jovi 

Do you listen to music when you write?
No

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

How old were you when you started writing?
55

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, 
Montana.

What do you do when you get a writer's 
block? 
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 
one.
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.

Amazon Buy Link:  http://tinyurl.com/ycwuhpns



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? 

Amazon Buy Link:
https://www.amazon.com/BELTERRA-Time-After-Book-ebook/dp/B0072F88NM/ref=la_B0076OMJY8_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421689619&sr=1-4

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Schedule for January 15 - 19, 2018

Schedule

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."


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Interview with Author Rachael Tamayo


Rachael Tamayo
Houston, Texas


Good morning, Rachael, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the place for Art and Authors. What have you written?
The Friend-Zone series (3 books) Each can be read as a stand-alone. Chase me, Reach for Me, and Claim Me (Contemp Romance)
Crazy Love-Psychological Thriller
Lucifer’s Game-Supernatural Romantic Thriller
The Stones-YA short story
Gretyl and the Witch-YA Short Story


What is your favorite genre to write?
Thriller! I love writing them. The Darkness and twists with the romantic sexy subplot-I can’t stop!
Favorite food? 
Mexican food, hands down.
 
Tea or coffee?
Coffee all the way

Pizza or ice cream?
I have to choose? Ugh, if so, I’d pick ice cream.

Wine or beer?
I had to think on this one, I think I’d say wine. A white Moscato, but I like beer too, but nothing dark. Yuk.

Where would you like to visit?
I want to go to Europe and visit my good friend, author Ana Calin.  While I’m there, we can spend two weeks touring Europe. Then on the way home, stop in New York and visit my other author friend, Andrea Roche.
Favorite musical artist.  Do you listen to music when you write?
I don’t so much have a favorite, but I love Maroon Five. I want to see them in concert one day.  And no, I don’t listen to music when I write. I have to scratch out scenes between watching two small kids lol.

What makes you laugh? 
I love to laugh. I’ve been known to get on Damn You autorcorrect and laugh until I cry, or watching Whose Line is it Anyway.  Laughing is the best. From time to time I log into my Pinterest board and get the giggles rolling through my humor pins.
This is an art AND author blog, so I am obliged to ask: Favorite work of art or sculpture.
Veiled lady, by Raffaelo Monti.  It was in the movie, Pride and Prejudice (LOVE Mr. Darcy) and I fell in love with this sculpture at first site. I adore it, it’s gorgeous.

That was one great answer. It was both artsy and authorly. How old were you when you started writing?
About second grade. I would spend recess getting my friends to practice little plays I wrote and put them on in front of the class.  From there I graduated to little stories, and as a teenager I wrote my first full length book. (still in my closet).  I stopped for years, and three years ago I picked it up and decided I was going to do it this time-and here I am.


Do you plan out your book with outlines and notecards? Or just write?
I just write. I have a brainstorming group I go to for help, but I did try. I tried to outline and it just doesn’t work for me. I let the story take me where it will.

Describe your perfect evening.
After a full day of writing, some drinks, happy night with my family, and sleep. God-sleep. I have a four-year-old and a ten month old. I’d sell my left toe for sleep without someone bothering me, lol.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Just life. It hits me when it hits me.

What do you do when you get a writer's block?
Never had it.  If I get hung up on a plot, I turn to select friends and they help me.

Who is your favorite author?
Ted Dekker. His brain is amazing, the man is a brilliant writer, I strive to be like him some day.

Best book you ever read.
To Kill a Mockingbird. My all-time favorite.
Last book you read.
Mirror Image by C.J. Warrant, great read!

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?
My full-time job is a 911/police dispatcher.


Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My Husband.  We are pretty different, but he taught me to be comfortable in my own skin.  He made me look hard at myself and what some toxic people were doing to me and gave me the strength to stand up and be me for the first time in my life.  After years of trying to be what others expected, he is the one that made me strong enough to be myself, and stop worrying about the rest.
If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
My husband’s late mom. She passed away from cancer when he was just sixteen, so I never met her. I would love nothing more than to meet her and talk to her, even just once.


What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Yes, first off don't be scared of the publishing world. So many opt for Self-Publishing simply because of the fear.  I know, it's daunting. Waiting, rejection after rejection. But use that time- I wrote 4 books in the year it took me to get my contract for Chase Me, my first published book.  It put me ahead in the game when it comes to keeping the books coming out.   Don't stop writing just because you are looking, keep going.  That being said, you will get rejections, lots of them. It happens. Someone told me that she had a agent after hundreds of queries, and now wishes she never bothered. She said look directly to publishers first. There are numerous smaller publishers that will consider a new writer,  so it may not be the best for a "newbie" to jump right onto the agent bandwagon. Consider this-An agent sells your book, thats pretty much it.  Wait until you have branded yourself, then go for the agent. 
          If you choose Self-Publishing because you prefer to control your own work, go for it.  I know many that do and they are outstanding writers. It is possible for a self-pub to make it.  Just don't let fear dictate your decision.  

          One last thing on this-if you have the writing bug, it won't ever go away. I stopped for years, but it was always this little niggling idea in the back of my head. I'd always lay down at night and close my eyes and "write" my stories in my head as I tried to sleep. You can't get away from it, it just is something you are.  Hone it.  learn, reach out, read and listen to others around you.  Practice, and with every page you crumple and throw away you have improved.  I've tossed out entire books, so don't think anything of it.  There is no writer so great that they write a masterpiece every time they touch the page. 

Do you have some links for us to follow you?
Links:
http://viewauthor.at/RachaelTamayo   (Amazon author page)

Here's a little about my last two books:
  
Lucifer's Game (Published November 2017) 

I’ve become obsessed with her.

Cora.

It wasn’t our intention when we started this, but as soon as I got my hands on her I feared this would happen. He dragged me here, to stop a child from existing that might bring an end to our reign on Earth. I have my orders from the one that watched as this prophecy was scratched on the scroll. He became the whisper in the ear of Judas, betrayer of Christ, laughing as they hammered the nails into his holy flesh. Satan himself. Of course, we lost that battle, but there is always the next. So, here we go, once again. Lucifer is determined to win this one, and all I’ve come to care about is tearing Cora away from her husband, from him, make her mine. Who I am? You’ve met me, felt me in your very loins. I’m the demon of lust. But you can call me Devin.

Crazy Love (published August 2017)
(15% of all proceeds go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness)

I love Emily. I know she loves me too, I just need to show her. One day, we will be together forever, I’ll make sure of that. She’s only with this guy she’s been hanging around with to test me, see if I’ll stand true. Emily wants me to fight for her, to see if I can win her. Of course, I will. Once she sees how I’ve been caring for her, all the plans I’ve made, and the lengths I’ve gone to in order to be with her, she will be so proud of me. If only she would stop pretending so I could stop hiding in her attic.

Reach deep into the mind of mentally ill millionaire Noah Burrell as he turns Emily’s world upside down. His deranged love just might be her undoing.