Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Art of Beatrice Offor

British painter Beatrice Offor 

was born to George and Emma 

Offor on March 21,1864 at Peak 

Hill Villa in Sydenham, Kent, one 

of ten children.  She attended 

the Slade School of Art, now part 

of the prestigious London 

University, studying fine art and 

fine art anatomy.  In 1892 she 

married William Farran Littler, an 

artist and a sculptor.  She is best known for her beautiful 


Her paintings were shown 

regularly at the Royal Academy 

of Arts. She often used her 

sisters as muses, often painting 

brides and nude portraits of 

women.  She also painted 

portraits of the British members 

of parliament, Joseph Howard 

and Sir Ralph Littler.

At art school she befriended fellow artists Mona Bergsman 

and Annie Horniman.  The shared a studio on Fitzroy Road in 


Beatrice came from a very strict Baptist family.  Her father 

lived to be well over 100 years old.

It was hard to find information on 

this artist.  Even wikipedia had 

very little.  I found an interview she 

did in 1907, where Beatrice is 

described as charming and witty. 

She stated she worked in the art 

field to make money and pay her 

bills.  She knew the business side 

of the art world well.  The interviewer shad she was a 

pleasure to be with, and practically interviewed herself.  Her 

favorite head to paint was a woman who I gathered was her 

nanny at one time, and was her father's nurse for fifty years 

at the time of the interview.  The woman seemed cheerful, 

pleasant, and intelligent.

Beatrice committed suicide in 

1920 by jumping out of a 



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The LOVE LIST Blog Tour

Thank you for Joining The Love List Blog Tour Oct 15th-30th

The Love List Series Books 1- 4

Single, successful and lonely in a small town. Would you let your girlfriends choose your man?

Tegan, Chloe, Becca and Laura do in The Love List.

When you're part of The Love List you never know who you will end up with.

Love Uncorked (The Love List Book 1)

Tegan Taylor is the owner of the Que Syrah Syrah wine shop in Vine grove, the heart of wine country. After her plan of starting a book club to meet single, local men falls flat, her new found friends come up with The Love List. Each dropped a name of a nice guy their friends may like but just not a guy they'd date. Or think of romantically.
Tegan chooses Richard. After one disastrous meeting with him, Tegan wonders if The Love List isn't a terrible idea.

Richard’s a jerk. But, when handsome Australian cowboy, August, shows up, things may take a turn.

Read book one in the Love List Series as Tegan, Chloe, Laura and Becca try to find love in a small town.

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Love Found Me (The Love List Book 2)

When it’s Chloe Miles turn to pick a name out of The Love List she didn’t expect to find true love. She just wanted to go on a date with a nice, available guy. Not one who drank too much, or was unemployed and wanted to stay that way. Or especially one who didn’t know what monogamy means.

Mitch Brodin didn’t know his heart was in the hands of The Love List. His Fate was set the moment he set foot into Roy's Pet Rescues looking for advice on how to care for new born kittens.

Chloe is vivacious, unpredictable, and tons of fun, while he is methodical, predictable, and well… cynical. He surely hadn’t planned on falling in love. But that’s what you get when you’re not looking for love.

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Blind Tasting (The Love List Book 3)

Dr. Rebecca Miller is devastated over her fiancé's affair...with her best friend. Country charm is the best medicine. Along with a good friend and a bottle of wine.
In the heart of wine country, four friends spice up their book club and create The Love List. Love is the last thing on Becca's mind until she's matched with Chase Tanner.

Chase discovers the love list and believes to be fooled. Can Becca convince him she really does love him?

You can find Angela Ford here:

Twitter @AngelaFord67


Building up to Love (The Love List Book 4)

Story 4 in the best-selling series, The Love List from some of your favorite sweet romance authors.

A small town can be a friendly place to call home and an impossible place to find a date. A shop owner starts a singles-mingle but only has three attendees—not a single man in sight. The women continue to meet, and change their name to The Love List. Each write names of single men and drop them into a basket. The Love List seems a success as each of the women finds their true love, except Laura. She is certain the basket is cursed.

Travis Jerome is new to town. He jumps at the chance to work on Laura’s B&B remodel, to once again have the feel of a hammer in his hand. For something to last a lifetime it must start with a strong foundation and build up from there.

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Each author will give away a $25.00 gift card at the end of the tour.

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Blog Tour Stops

Books To Go Now  Oct 15th

Book Pimpers  Oct 15th

Girl With Pen  Oct 16th

M.S. Spenser  Oct 17th

Free To Be Me  Oct 17th

Romance Junkies  Oct 19th

Triple A  Oct 20th

Ella Medler  Oct 22nd

Write Stuff  Oct 24th

Book Flirts  Oct 25th

Jackie Marilla  Oct 26th

My Book Fairy  Oct 28th

Traveling Cats  Oct 30th

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Shucker's Booktique by J.C. McKenzie

The Shucker's Booktique by J. C. McKenzie
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Title: The Shucker’s Booktique                                   
Series Name: Lobster Cove
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press          
Editor: Lara Parker
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor of DCA Graphics
Theme(s): Shapeshifters, supernatural
SubGenre(s): Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Rating: Spicy (PG13)
Keywords: Shifter, Paranormal, Fae, Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 115
Word Count: 27346
Digital Price: 2.99
Digital ISBN 978-1-62830-659-0
COPYRIGHT © 2014 by J. C. McKenzie


Book Description:
After her fiancé dumps her and her beloved Aunt Jenny goes missing, Willa Eklund travels to Lobster Cove with a broken heart to search for Jenny while running her bookstore. When a mysterious man visits the Shucker's Booktique on a stormy night drenched in rain and covered in mud, Willa's heart melts under his stormy gaze. She wants Lon and the answers he may have, but he also has a secret. Can Willa trust him?

Lon Devlin is a Tempest, a water sprite who can only take a human form during stormy nights. He rides the waves, lives by the tides, and nothing can hold him down, not even a beautiful woman. When he visits his mortal friend, he discovers she's missing and her intriguing niece has taken her place. He wants Willa, but he also wants answers. What happened to Jenny?



Thump! Thump! Thump!
No! She gasped. It couldn’t be. The banging on the front door of the booktique had to be a figment of her imagination. She couldn’t will Lon into existence. Why would he come back? Especially if he was involved. Unless…cold ice prickled up her spine…unless he needed to eliminate her to take care of loose ends.
No. Crazy thoughts, Willa. He could’ve taken care of her the night before. No, her heart hammered against her chest for a different reason. But it didn’t matter. The knocking on the door wouldn’t, couldn’t be him.
Thump! Thump! Thump!
Could it? She clutched her hot mug in both hands and turned toward the doorway leading to the bookstore. From the kitchen in the back room, she had a clear view through the store to the front door, but not who stood on the other side.
“Willa!” Lon growled. “Wake up and let me in!”
Willa gasped and almost dropped her cup. The tea sloshed around and some spilled over her hands. It burned, but she didn’t move. She couldn’t breathe. Somehow the air got trapped inside her throat. Why was he here? What did he want?
Oh God, let it be me!


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Interview with Author Iona Morrison

Iona Morrison
Westminster, CO (a suburb of Denver)

Good morning, Iona, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors. Thank you for taking the time to be with us.  Tell us a little about yourself.
I have blog, I write the newsletter for work, but my biggest accomplishment is my novel, ‘The Harvest Club’ and I’ve written two more since. I’m currently working on revisions for the second book with my editor. The release date for ‘The Harvest Club’ was September 5, 2014.

Tell us a little bit about THE HARVEST CLUB.
Jessie Reynolds has no idea when she moves to Blue Cove, that she will be sharing her life with a ghost. A young pastor has been murdered, and Jessie finds herself following the trail of that death into the dark and deadly world of organ trafficking. 
Jessie is soon introduced to the detective in charge of the case. Matt Parker is a tall, scruffy, ruggedly handsome man who takes an instant dislike to her and the feeling is mutual. He wants her out of his case and she finds herself entangled in it. The tension between them mounts and so does the attraction.

What is your favorite genre to write?
My favorite genre is mystery romance. 

Favorite food? 
My favorite food is Mexican Food with Italian running a close second.

Tea or coffee?
I like tea and especially Iced Tea.

Pizza or ice cream.
Pizza would be my choice over ice cream.

Is there someplace you'd like to see or visit for a while?
I would like to see New England in the fall and the ocean anytime.

Favorite music?
I can’t say I have a favorite. I like many artists and different types of music. One of my favorite things to do is watch my son’s band play simply because he looks so happy when he’s playing. 

Do you listen to music when you write to put you in the mood?
I don’t listen to music when I write.

What makes the calm, cool Iona Morrison laugh?
It doesn’t take much to make me laugh. I laugh a lot, and can laugh easily at the silly things that I do sometimes.

Favorite work of art.
I like Van Gogh’s, Bowl of Zinnias, Summer 1886.

When did you begin your writing career?
I was in my fifties when I started writing, seriously.

Describe your perfect evening.
A perfect evening to me is dinner with friends and family; a time of laughter, good conversation, and ending the night with a little reading before bed.

What inspires you?
So many things inspire me, family, and people in general, nature and children. I observe, and write as I see it.

Ever get writer's block?  What do you do for it?
I keep writing, every day in some way, I make myself keep at it.

Favorite author.
Jane Austen

Favorite book.
Pride and Prejudice

What would you be doing for a living if you weren't a writer?
I was a speaker and teacher before I became a writer. I enjoyed that also.

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most?
I find it hard to pick just one because different people helped to influence different facets of who I am. Overall, I would have to say my mother. She was the first to teach me about love, from her every action. She was a kind, warm, intelligent, and loving person. She made me believe I could be, and do anything in life that I wanted. I had a living reminder always present to be kind to others.

Name one person, living or dead, real or fictional, that you would like to sit down and have a conversation.
I would love to chat with Elizabeth Bennett. She was a complex character way ahead of her times. I find her quite fascinating.

What advice do you have for a beginning writer?
Just do it, as the saying goes. I didn’t know where to start, so I took some classes. I was encouraged to keep at it, which I did. I had a teacher tell me to write a novel, and I was inspired. Now here I am doing what had been just a dream in the back of my mind. You don’t have to be young to reinvent yourself. As long as you have life, there is inspiration and endless possibilities.

Do you have some links for us to follow you?
I can be found on twitter: