Thursday, May 26, 2016

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.

"I was captivated with the story from the very beginning, the interactions of Becca and Richard, the fleeting connections, the daydreams that become truths, the mysterious connection between the two, all this totally had me invested from the very beginning. The characters are developed so much you truly get a great understanding of the conflicts and perspectives, a lot of the narrative reminded me of Mad-Men and I really felt that this is a perfect story for a Hollywood movie adaptation. At the end I really felt that I had read a real classic and have already recommended this to my friends, you will not be disappointed with this gripping and truly entertaining love story."
                                                     - Amazon Review by M.S.

"Bentley Square is a fast paced love story that draws the writer into the lives of two interesting characters, a very rich heiress and a man who is almost homeless and jobless. Their platonic encounter after spotting each other on a train for years, and never approaching each other, finally happens coincidentally, and they feel like they know each other eternally. Their love story is timeless and they have to surpass many challenges in order to stay together, including murder, kidnapping, blackmailing, etc. It's full of surprises in every chapter and not a dull moment in their quest for love. If you like a love story that is timeless, and where the hero, Mark, is every woman's dream: totally romantic, a knight in shiny armor, ready to protect and save his damsel in distress at every corner, read this cozy yet action-filled romance! A "cameo" appearance by the author in one of the chapters was quite a smart surprise! Well done!"                                     
                                                        -Amazon Review by A.B.        

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DB Jones' Madison Hart Mysteries

I want to thank Carol Kauffman for this opportunity to share with you a little bit about myself.

DB Jones
Roanoke, Virginia and Winter Park, Florida

Welcome back to Vision and Verse, Dee. I've read NIGHTS OF AUTUMN and I just loved it!  What is your favorite genre to write?


It depends on my mood. But presently, I love getting lost in the mystery and challenges of the story I’m creating. My mind is rushing along trying to keep up with my characters. This book, Storms of Winter, pulls some elements from my other two books in this series that will ultimately tie all three books together in a spectacular finish.


Favorite food.
Italian food is my comfort food. Even the Italian desserts!


I'm Italian. Come over anytime.  Italian comfort food is my specialty. Tea or coffee?
I’m a big coffee drinker, but there are times in the late afternoon I like to make a cup of tea in     one of my grandmother’s porcelain tea cups and sit out by my Koi pond. I guess it’s more for the ambiance, but it’s so relaxing.


Pizza or ice cream?
 Can’t I have both?                             


Oh, you are my kind of person.  Talenti has a Sea Salt Caramel Gelato that is to die for. Where would you like to visit?
I’m just a nester. I really enjoy staying home or visiting with family and friends, but I fantasize traveling to Tuscany or some Grecian island someday and looking over the sea as I write some spectacular mystery.


Favorite musical artist.
I don’t listen to much music, but when I do, I like it to be relaxation music. My late husband and I composed flute music for over 30 years, and I still enjoy listening to that type of music.


Do you listen to music when you write?  What?
When I write fantasy, I do listen to new age music or something that will stimulate my imagination into the worlds I’m creating. Usually flute music.


I bought a flute when I retired!  I am determined to take lessons...someday. What makes you laugh?
Sharing goofy things we’ve done in times gone by with friends and family.  
   
      
Favorite work of art or sculpture.
I love the art work and sculptures of my friends. I can walk through my home, and the pieces I love are all done by people I know personally, so it’s like revisiting them every time I admire a piece. 
               
    
Describe your perfect evening
Having an intimate dinner with close friends, a glass of wine and then early to bed with a good book.    


Where do you get your inspiration?
That’s a tough one. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and the story is running through my head, or I can be driving down the highway and see something like a sign or a unique house that triggers a story. It may even come from something I hear. 


What do you do when you get a writer's block?
The first time I had writer’s block, I panicked. I thought this is the end of my writing. Then I read something another writer said about his block, “Get up and do something totally different or just sit down and start writing on what-ever”. I’ve done both and often that will kick start my train of though and I’ll slid back into my story. I use a corkboard program and I will often pop onto it and write little sticky notes to formulate an idea and that too can redirect my train of thought back to my story.


Who is your favorite author?
Oh, My. You’ve put me on the spot. There are so many wonderful writers. Lately, I’ve been spending time reading books of friends I’ve made in the author world. 


Best book you ever read.
Although there have been so many great books written, I’d have to say I still love the old classics, but I’ve always been drawn to a good mystery. I know that didn’t answer the question, but I have no “best” book I’ve ever read. 


Last book you read.
Bentley Square by Carol Ann Kauffman


You know, I am just loving you more all the time!  What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?
Now that I’ve dipped my toes into the waters of writing, I’m not sure there is anything else I’d rather do. I’m addicted, obsessed, and in love with the time I spend writing. Nothing else exists when I’m writing, but the story I’m following.


Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My late husband, Terrell was the biggest influence in my life. He encouraged me to do whatever my heart desired. When he became ill, I went back to school and got my degree in Occupational Therapy at age 50. Since I’m dyslexic, he created a formula for me to take my test and studied with me.   He encouragement me to believe in myself and supported any endeavor I pursued.
         

I am sorry for your loss.  He sounds like a wonderful man.  If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
There are too many people I would love to talk to, but if I have to pick one, I think it would be Gandhi. I would love to know how to stay in that place of peace in spite of all the chaos that surrounds us. 


What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Just sit down and write and don’t worry about the “how to”. Just write your story. You’ll learn the rest later. Writing a book and getting it out to the reader is an ongoing marathon, a continuous learning curve. So don’t worry about any of that, just write your story!





The tenacious, young FBI Agent, Madison Hart returns to her hometown believing she is going to be investigating a missing person’s case. But little does she know the trail is leading her into the depths of someone’s dark obsession…and murder.
The leads are mounting as fast as the body count, and the closer Madison gets to the truth, the more her life is in danger.










BENEATH SECRETS – Book 2
Amazon International: http://authl.it/B010OSJG5M

It is a bizarre case that shakes the very core of Madison's quiet hometown of Maitland, Florida. Never in her career as an FBI Criminal Investigator had she come across such a twisted, complex but intriguing case. 
Once again she is partnered with Detective Josh Logan, but their tenuous relationship is threatened by her burning drive to solve this case. This might be the one mystery that will leave her with more questions than answers, and risk losing the only man that ever understood her.









DARK SIDE OF SECRETS – Book 3


Madison Hart struggles to juggle her life as an FBI Agent and a Private Investigator as she teams up with Detective Josh Logan of the Maitland Police Department.  What seems to be a simple case of a missing young woman soon escalates into a complex trail of greed, secrets, and murder. Investigating this crime has Madison questioning the direction she wants to pursue, not only professionally, but personally.









 BEHIND SECRETS, MURDER IN MAITLAND – Book 4

The unrelenting, gun-slinging FBI Criminal Investigator, Madison Hart, finds herself questioning her past as she investigates a murdered couple in her hometown of Maitland, Florida.  Close friends of her family, whom she had known most of her life are killed only minutes from their home. Solving this case is personal for Madison, but uncovering what lies behind the secrets of their past, may shatter the truth and memories of her own.
Once again Madison teams up with Detective Josh Logan, but she finds their relationship is getting in the way of her drive to find the killer. Will she find what she’s looking for in the past before she loses what’s right in front of her?



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Interview with Author Dane McCaslin


Dane McCaslin
Arizona

Good morning, Dane, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the place for Art and Authors. Can you tell us a little about what you've written?
I’ve written 2.5 books starring the irascible Caro, along with 2 stand alones. The titles are as follows: The Pen is Mightier (short story included in “KILLER BEACH READS”), A Bird in the Hand, When the Cat’s Away, Murder at the Miramar, and Becklaw’s Murder Mystery Tour. My current WIP is called ‘Photo Finished’, the fourth installment in a multi-authored series, and it comes out in October.

What is your favorite genre to write?    
 Cozies!

Favorite food. 
Currently it’s hummus. Versatile and yummy!

Tea or coffee?
Coffee first thing in the morning, then a healthy dose of iced green tea the rest of the day.

Pizza or ice cream?
Pizza, particularly if it’s made with pesto and lots of mozzarella cheese.

Wine or beer?
Neither. Can I choose Peilligrino?

Yes, you can. Where would you like to visit?
I’d love to visit Quebec. Blame that on authors Louise Penny and Kathy Reichs.

Favorite musical artist.
Modern artist is Phil Collins. Classical is Verdi.

 Do you listen to music when you write? 
No – I’m a ’don’t bug me’ type of writer.



What makes you laugh?
Dry humor, as in Mark Twain. The comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.And my silly grandkids.

Favorite work of art or sculpture. 
Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’.Riveting!

How old were you when you started writing?
When I was old enough to ask, ‘how do you spell…’ I’m sure I drove my mother insane!

Describe your perfect evening. 
This is easy: on the beach (I like Coronado or Catalina) with a cappuccino in hand and my hubby next to me.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I’m at the risk of sounding slightly crazy here: the characters inspire me! In fact, there are times I’m positive I know the plot and Caro will come along and change it all up again. Caro, by the way, is the protagonist in my Proverbial Crimes books, and a force to be reckoned with.

What do you do when you get a writer's block?
Walk. Nap. Rearrange a drawer or three. Eventually is goes away, like a bad cold.

Who is your favorite author?
Not fair! I have a favorite author for different times in my life, but if I had to choose, Dame Agatha Christie wins, hands down.

Best book you ever read. 
Again, a tough question. I think we readers tend to have multiple faves. Currently, I’m in love with the prose of Elizabeth George, Her characters are fascinating!

Last book you read. 
I just finished ‘The Wedding Cake Murder’ by Joanne Fluke.


I love those Hannah Swenson books! What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer? A baker maybe? 
I’d be a librarian in a snap!

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
I’ve been blessed with positive influences my entire life, from family to friends. If I had to choose, I’d have to say Ida Mae Burnette Johns, my maternal great-grandmother. She was one tough cookie! ‘Survive’ was her motto and she did it with style.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Oh, Hercule Poirot! I’d love to pick those ‘little grey cells’ and get some insight into the criminal mind.


What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Keep it all – don’t erase or delete anything! I’ve got an amazing amount of ‘go-to’ paragraphs, phrases, and descriptions that have found their way into several of my books.

Do you have any links for us to follow you?


www.danemccaslin.co (not .com)
@mccaslin_dane


Thank you for being with us this morning, Dane. We at Vision and Verse wish you continued success in all your endeavors. Come back and see us again!

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Fabulous Work of Artist Elspeth McLean





Look at what this woman does with stones and paint!

These gorgeous painted stones are by Elspeth McLean, an Australian artist born in Gooseberry Hill, a small suburb in western Australia. She showed her artistic tendencies at a very early age.







She moved to the East Coast of Australia at the age of nineteen to follow her dream of becoming  a full time artist.


Elspeth now lives in Canada.







Elspeth creates breathtaking masterpieces of tiny, colorful dots in beautiful patterns on round ocean stones.  Each one is more beautiful than the next. 
Follow Elspeth McLean on Facebook by visiting her beautiful page at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elspeth-McLean-artist-/113764415348201?fref=ts

None of these photos are mine. I got them online or at website.  Her work is available for sale at 
etsy. com

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Schedule for May 23 - 28

Vision and Verse Schedule
     for May 23 - 28, 2016

Mon., May 23 - 
     The Fabulous Art of Elspeth McLean

Tues., May 24 -
     Interview with Author Dane McCaslin

Wed., May 25 -
     DB Jones, Author of the Madison Hart Mysteries

Thurs., May 26 - 
     Bentley Square by Carol Ann Kauffman

Fri., May 27 - 
     KC's Hot Pick of the Month

Sat., May 28 - 
     Pamela Ackerson Westbound's Blog Tour

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Danielle Lee Zwissler's The Falling for You Series

Author Danielle Lee Zwissler brings you her new complete series of 
New Adult Romance!
The Falling for You series will make you laugh out loud!
Get ready to swoon!


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOKS—

The Boy Next Door-
"One of the cutest romances of the year!" - That Look of Love Romance Review
"Danielle has done it again!  She knows how to write a truly lovely romance!" - Books, Reviews and More
5 stars! Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Boy Next Door: Falling for You, Book 1 is a young adult coming of age novel written by Danielle Lee Zwissler. Keri was looking forward to a relaxed morning in her dorm room, watching a favorite show and eating chocolate chip cookies, when her roommate interrupted her viewing to tell her that her mom was calling. Keri and her mom spoke on the phone a lot, so it was no big deal and something Keri decided to put off until later, but then she heard the change in Alexis' voice, and, her heart thudding, she picked up the receiver. Her dad had had a heart attack, and, no, he hadn't died, but was in surgery. Her mom needed her and her twin brothers to come home and be with her. Keri had an unused emergency credit card her parents had given her when she left for school, and she and Alexis quickly threw together just enough gear for the trip. Before she knew it, she was on the plane going home to Texas, and when she got there, her best friend, Payton, was waiting at the airport for her. He seemed different somehow, despite the fact that they had grown up together and been virtually inseparable until she went away to school. That different quality tugged at her subconscious even as she fought her emotions on the way to the hospital to see her dad.


Danielle Lee Zwissler's young adult coming of age novel, The Boy Next Door: Falling for You, Book 1, is a relatively short novel that wraps the reader up in a warm and quite irresistible tale of first kisses and best friends exploring new emotions and feelings for each other. Within the first few pages, I found myself happily immersed in Keri and Payton's world. Zwissler admits in her introduction that there was never a boy next door in her life, since she grew up in the country miles from the nearest neighbor, but despite that fact, she gets it. Her plot is fresh and authentic. The juxtaposing of Keri's home life and school experiences is deftly handled in this finely plotted and beautifully written book. While this book is geared toward a young adult audience, I wouldn't hesitate to also recommend it to those very fortunate adult readers who have remained young at heart. The Boy Next Door: Falling for You, Book 1 is most highly recommended.








*****By Robyn on February 17, 2016
"The Boy Next Door" is a cute novella written by the very talented queen of romance, the lovely Danielle Lee Zwissler.
The first book of the trilogy introduces the readers to Keri and Payton and their struggle to transform their friendship into a relationship. Even though they have been best friends until now, it quickly turns out it's not an easy transition from friendship to love and it does require new skills the main characters have to learn; dealing with distance, yearning, learning to trust each other, patience, and so on, and so forth... And all this in the shadow of Keri's personal drama, which initiates the whole story.
I must admit that even though I do not read this genre on a regular basis, I always find Danielle's work charming, cute, and straightforward. I enjoyed "The Boy Next Door" and I am waiting for parts 2 and 3. :-)




*****By Roni Kimberland on June 30, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a beautiful story of young love. Danielle perfectly captured Keri's innocent approach to life, love, and loss that is certain to stir up nostalgic feelings about it's reader's own " boy next door". I am looking forward to the next installment in July of 2015!

*****By tascha deets on April 19, 2016
I couldn't put it down! Loved every moment of the book. Now I can't wait to start the next book I'm so excited. Amazing job Danielle!!!

** By Amazon Customer --This isn't a whole book. There's a beginning and a middle, but it abruptly cuts off without an end, expecting you to move on to book 2. The writing was cute, Peyton was great.

By tascha deets on April 19, 2016
I couldn't put it down! Loved every moment of the book. Now I can't wait to start the next book I'm so excited. Amazing job Danielle!!!
ByKindle Customeron February 28, 2016
Very sweet story 


The Boy I Love –
"Even better than the first installment!" - That Look of Love Romance Review
*****By Robyn on February 17, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The second part of the trilogy starts exactly where the first volume ends and gives us more details about Keri and Payton's uneasy, but passionate relationship. They need to deal with new challenges, big changes in their lives, and find a way compromise between their feelings and the uneasy conditions under which their love is shyly blossoming.
Once again Danielle Lee Zwissler takes her readers to the wonderful world of love, drama, and passion, in the way only she can do it.
I cannot wait to see how the whole story wraps up in the upcoming third book.

*****By tascha deets on April 28, 2016
Absolutely loved it! Inching closer to the edge of my seat reading these books. I can't wait to start the third book, it has been so up and down it’s exciting to see what happens next. Love your work Danielle!!

The Man I’ll Marry-
*****By Robyn on May 1, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The third book in the series takes off at exactly the same place where book two finished with Keri and Payton relationship, due to countless misunderstanding and wrong decisions, shattered Keri comes back home and faces the consequences of her mistakes; the tree house is gone and Payton is a new relationship and doesn't want to know her.
Book three is, in my opinion, the best one in the series. It deals with growing up, maturing, with realizing what a person really wants and needs. It's a cute young adult romance novel which is fun to read and makes you want to cross your fingers for book four to hopefully one day be written and published.
😊

*****By tascha deets on May 2, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved the emotional ups and downs in this book. The love and passion that they shared you could feel throughout each of your books. A job well accomplished Danielle. If you want a good book series to read I would advise hitting the buy button on this one and the other two!




*****By Jennifer on May 2, 2016
I read all 3!! Fell in love with them! Loved the bonus too... Can't wait to read more


The Boy Next Door

From Amazon Bestselling Author, Danielle Lee Zwissler 

Another Must Read Romance! 


The Boy Next Door
When Keri Richards comes home from college to mourn her father's death, Payton, her fun-loving, next door neighbor is there, as usual, ready to share his tree fort. It isn't until she is back in school again that she realizes that there may be more to their friendship. Who knows...it may even be love! 

Love 
Friendship 
Fun 
A Summer Romance to sink your teeth into- The Bookaholics 
A Must Read! - Youth Books and More 


A Series That you will FALL IN LOVE with 
The Boy Next Door- Book I 
The Boy I Love- Book II 
The Man I'll Marry


The Boy I Love
Just as Keri finally decides to take the "big step", her mom calls for her, and everything is put off, and then she has to fly back to Ohio until Christmas break! 
If only they could get a few minutes alone! 
Payton is busy with work, and Keri gets a job, and can't come home as much as she wants... What will happen when the fairytale is over? 
Falling for him was easy, keeping him was a whole other problem. 





















The Man I’ll Marry:

When Keri finally makes it home after a devastating discovery, she sees the much-loved tree fort in shambles. After talking with her mom, Alexis and Todd, Keri decides she's going to need all the help she can get in figuring out a way to win back Payton's love... But how will she do all that and go to school, graduate, and stay sane? And what will Payton's family have to say about her change of heart?

Keri soon finds out that the promise of love can help you accomplish anything...










The Wedding: A Falling for You short

What people are saying…
Review by: Linda Winey on May 07, 2016 :  
Enjoyed this short read. Reminded me of the nervous jitters I had on my wedding day!
  

About Me:


Danielle Lee Zwissler is from a small town in Ohio, and enjoys reading about cowboys, writing about cowboys and looking at them. (Do you see a theme here?) She loves Harry Potter, Sam Smith's music, and Caramel Macchiato creamer in her coffee. She has two wonderful children, a sexy husband, two guinea pigs—Pudding Cup and Flower, a turtle named Lilly and a minivan filled with books and kid stuff. She loves to hear from people that actually read her books, and she will be forever grateful if you mention her books to anyone... 
If you'd like a signed copy of any of her books, please email her at: danielleleezwissler@shewritesromance.com or you can find her on Facebook at: facebook.com/danielleleezwissler or on twitter: twitter.com/danielleleezwis She can also be found signing books around the US at several different comic cons. All author visits will be posted on her Amazon page or on her homepage at: www.shewritesromance.com

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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DANIELLE LEE ZWISSLER:
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
In 2004 when I started writing IRIS with my husband.

How long does it take you to write a book?
It all depends really. Some of my novellas only took a day—18 hours for The Boy Next Door, and it’s one of my more popular books. 6 hours for “The Cowboy’s Bride” … 6 months for IRIS (Fantasy Novel) and 3 days for “Her Last Chance” …

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
My schedule is nuts when I’m writing. I get into the zone, and don’t do much else. I usually brew a pot of coffee and sit down in my chair for hours on end. I just recently bought a treadmill that my husband built a desk for, and now I walk and type with my laptop, and sit and type on my desktop. The best of both worlds.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t think I do anything too interesting. L I like to listen to music while writing, but that’s normal for anyone.


How do your books get published?
Both Traditionally and Self…

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Anywhere and everywhere. A lot of my ideas come from listening to music and looking through the pictures in magazines.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Hmmm… 25.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Hang out with my kids, watch baseball, and read.

What does your family think of your writing?
My husband and kids are awesome about it. I don’t think anyone else in my family really cares all that much. I’ve had maybe three other (family members) read a book of mine.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I guess the most surprising thing that I’ve learned is how therapeutic it can be to get your feelings out on paper. As you may have guessed, I have been more than one of my characters.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
57 books now. Not all of them are published, though. My favorite is The Long Ride Home.         

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Read. That’s about it. If you want to write, you need to read. All the rules are there, all the great ideas are out there ready to be plucked and placed, all you need to know how to do is form sentences and take time out of your day to write them down.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Yeah I’d say a few times a week in email, and several times a day on my Facebook page. My Facebook page has been a miracle to me.   Some of my fans will ask when the next book is out, others will tell me how much they’ve liked something, and a few have sent me snail mail. J

Do you like to create books for adults?
Yes, I absolutely love my job.

What do you think makes a good story?
Love everlasting, believable characters, and reality.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
As a child, I wanted to be a lawyer, as a teen I wanted to be a band director, and now I’m a writer. I have a degree in Music Education and am still working toward my Masters in English. I’m nearly done.


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