Saturday, July 23, 2016

Schedule for July 25 - July 29, 2016

July 25 - 29, 2016

Mon., July 25 - The Fabulous Art of Dutch Artist
          Suzan Drummen
Tues., July 26 - Interview with Horror Crime Fiction
          Author Suzi Albracht
Wed., July 27 - More Christmas in July
          I Need Christmas FREE Today!
Thurs., July 28 - Book Review of Amy Metz'
          Murder and Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction
Fri., July 29 - Release Day for Amber Daulton's
          Timeless Beginnings

Friday, July 22, 2016

February White Lies

Join Cat Collier from January Black Ice as she starts her own detective agency, Red Cat Investigations, inside the gorgeous old Palazzo Castellano Hotel and solves her first real paid case, the case of Shotzie, the missing French poodle. 

Just when she feels she is destined to find lost pets and missing luggage for the rest of her life in her beautiful new office, complete with business cards, magazines in the waiting room, and her Red Cat logo painted on the frosted glass door, a lovely, mysterious woman named Ms. White hires her to find out who is stalking her. A dead rat on her car. Being run off the road. A car bombing. Someone wants her frightened or maybe…dead. 

The trail of graft and corruption leads Cat into danger as she hides the mystery woman with the old, reclusive lawyer Detrick Bittmor for safe keeping. 

Cat’s relationship with the handsome Erick “Carter” Larsen is put in jeopardy when she teams up with Officer Kiernan Scott from the Heaton Valley Police Department to unravel the mystery in February White Lies. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Owl Branch Book Promotions


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Art of Hans Zatzka

Hans Zatzka was an Austrian fantasy painter.  He was born on March 8, 1859 in Vienna, Austria.  His father was a construction worker and his mother was the actress Hilde Socher.  He showed artist talent at a young age. He attended  the Academie des Beaux Arts under many famous painters of his time. 

Hans worked as a fresco painter in 
churches and other institutions until
1885, when he was commissioned
to create the ceiling fresco The Naiad of Baden at Kurhaus Baden.

Many of his pieces were religious 
paintings or altar pieces dedicated
to Austrian churches.

  At that time, there were heavy penalties for breaking contracts imposed on artists, limiting the amount of work they could sell, and their profit. So... Han created works under many different names, among them P. Ronsard, 

Pierre de Ronsard, H. Zabateri, Joseph Bernard, and Bernard Zatzka. He may have thought this was a shrewd move at the time, but later some people didn't believe those paintings were actual his work.

In the late 19th century, some of Hans Zatzka's work was photographed and made into posters and postcards to be sold commercially.  

In the 1920s, Zatzka's style became all the rage throughout 
the European continent. Their was a big resurgence in Hans Zatzka's work and style.

All information is from Wikipedia and other online sources. Links to learn more about Han Zatzka are:

Pinterest - Han Zatzka ›

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Interview with Author Amy Metz

Amy Metz
Louisville, Kentucky

Good morning, Amy! And welcome to Vision and Verse, the place for Art and Authors. Can you tell us what you've written?
The Goose Pimple Junction mystery series. There are currently four books in the series.

I am reading Murder and Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction right now and I am loving it.
Yay! That makes my day. 

What is your favorite genre to write?My favorite is cozy mysteries. No gore, violence, or bad language!

Favorite food.

Tea or coffee?
Tea. Make it sweet, please.

Wine or beer?

Pizza or ice cream?
Okay, since I’m skipping wine & beer, can I have both pizza and ice cream?

Absolutely! Where would you like to visit?
So many places! My “Things To Do, Places To Go” Pinterest board has 218 pins. Basically, if there’s a view, preferably of the ocean, I’d love to visit it.

Favorite musical artist.  Do you listen to music when you write?
Chris Isaak is probably my favorite artist. No, I don’t listen to music while I write. I have a little ADD going on!

Amy, I think we writers as a group all do. What makes you laugh?
My boyfriend, Tom.

Favorite work of art or sculpture.
Edgar Degas’ “Little Dancer.”

I love that one, too. How old were you when you started writing?
Forty-eight. Old enough to know better!

Describe your perfect evening.
I’d start out with eating dinner in an outdoor or window table overlooking the ocean. We’d have dessert while watching the sun set over the ocean. After that, I’d walk on the beach watching the full moon shining on the ocean. And when I get back to my hotel room, I’d get a call telling me I’ve won a house overlooking the ocean.

Hahaha! I love it! I hope you get that phone call. Where do you get your inspiration?

What do you do when you get a writer's block?
Sometimes I take a long drive and let my mind wander. If that fails, I wait it out. Sometimes I just have to wait until my characters decide to start talking to me again.

Who is your favorite author?
Robert B. Parker is my all time favorite author, but there are so many others who are very close seconds.

Best book you ever read.
I don’t know that I have a favorite, but Spencerville by Nelson B. DeMille (another favorite author) is what comes to mind at the moment.

Last book you read.
The Last Refuge, by Chris Knopf. Yet another favorite author.

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?
I would probably be homeless.

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
Sorry, it has to be two people: my children. Or rather, my grown sons. They are my heart and soul.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
I would love to talk to the real life inspiration for my John Hobb character in Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction. I’d ask him who the real killer was.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Don’t be afraid to self-publish, but get professional help for editing, cover art, and book formatting.

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