Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Work from Parker Kaufman


Dear Gentle Readers,
Ooooh, a special treat today! Our own dazzling artist Parker Kaufman is here with me this morning to share a new art piece with us.  Welcome, my dear friend.  We miss you around here!  I'll shut up now and let him explain:

Hey there friends!! An experiment has turned into an incredible new piece of art for me. I was thinking in terms of creating a work that contained elements that would extend substantially from the background. The challenge was to figure out how to cut AND glue those pieces. In this work below, the red flowers are created from cutting circles of cardstock, folding them in half, and then making a diagonal fold on each side of the folded circle on which to put the glue. The flower petals stand out about 3/4 of an inch from the background. The leaves were cut extra long, folded accordion style, and then exposed edges are glued, making the leaves stand about 1/2 inch from the surface. This particular piece is titled "RED FLOWERS", a 12 x 12 inch cardstock composition, by Parker Kagan-Kaufman, 072014.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book review of RESTLESS SPIRITS by Kathy Bryson

Dear Gentle Readers,
This morning I wanted to share with you my review of Kathy Bryson's Restless Spirits.  It was a fun book to read.  If you get a minute, check it out on
Have a terrific Tuesday!

5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare and Leprechauns August 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Restless Spirits by Kathy Bryson is the story of Marilee Harper, a strong, independent, verbal woman who handles difficult people and situations on an everyday basis easily, if not graciously. But, seriously, how much can one woman take? Job problems, arson charges looming, sick mom, overbearing mom (same mom), overdue bills, etc., I would be a little short-temptered, too. The solution? Run a haunted bed and breakfast! Loved this mother-daughter relationship. Throw some Shakespeare and leprechauns into the mix and you get this smart funny paranormal romantic fantasy with loads of surprises. Ms. Bryson has an easy, entertaining style of writing. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who likes romance, paranormal, fantasy, or has a mother.

In Restless Spirits, Marilee Harper is desperate to find another job after she accidentally set fire to the home of the richest woman in town. Converting an old hospital into a B&B seems like a golden opportunity. But fixtures turn themselves off and on, and old baseballs fly without help. Stressed and aggravated, Marilee wants nothing more than to redeem herself, even if it means hands off her sympathetic boss!

John Smith has every confidence in the bossy, strong woman he hired to launch his B&B. She handled difficult customers at the bank and now she’s handling electricity and plumbing and whatever unseen force keeps throwing baseballs. Who can blame him if he starts to admire the woman in more than strictly professional terms? But when the angry, treacherous King of the Fairies shows up, can Marilee become his champion?

Book link for Restless Spirits -

From Kathy Bryson:
I’m thrilled to be able to present this latest installment. Restless Spirits is a stand-alone romance, but it takes place in the in the same small, Mid-western town as my earlier book. What’s an ordinary, little town to do when the legends we’ve all heard – the fairytales and the folklore – turn out to be living next door? Well like the rest of us, the ladies of Fayetteville struggle with jobs, squabble with family, try to make ends meet, and fall in love! We should all be so lucky!

Monday, September 15, 2014

THE HEALER by Allison Butler

Release Date - October 8th, 2014

Curb your Outlander cravings with Allison Butler’s seriously sexy Scottish novel about an English woman, a Scottish Laird, a case of mistaken identity, and a love that will surpass all barriers.

Book Description:
An outcast in her own home for as long as she can remember,  Lynelle Fenwick will do anything to earn her father’s approval. Including exaggerating her healing skills, and setting off alone to rescue her step-brother from a band of raiding Scots.
Living under a curse that has haunted the Closeburn Clan for years, Laird William Kirkpatrick, will do anything  to save his sole surviving brother. He may not believe in curses, but his clan does, and the growing number of graves seems to support their side. Having banished all healers from the clan for trickery, he has no choice but to allow an Englishwoman, claiming to be a skilled healer, into his home and into the room of his wounded brother.
Enemies by birth and circumstance, they can only succeed together. But blood runs deep, and tensions high. What matters the desires of a heart?

With hesitant steps the English lad’s saviour moved into the hall. Not a wisp of hair or flesh showed of the darkly clad form. William’s curiosity lifted a notch. What kind of woman dared to enter an enemy’s domain alone to rescue a boy?
She is either a fool, or foolishly brave.
The woman stopped an arm’s length from the laird’s table and William absently measured her height compared to his. The top of her head would barely reach his shoulder.
'Tell me your name and why you have come at such an ungodly hour,' Lachlan said in his best laird’s voice.
William saw the cloaked figure start. Small, pale hands emerged from the confining cloak and pushed back the hood to reveal the woman.
'I am Lynelle,' she said in a tremulous voice. 'I have come for Thomas, Lord Fenwick’s heir.'
The glowing light from the torches fell on the woman’s hair, turning it red-gold. Recognition hit William like a blow to his gut. Anger swelled inside him.
He surged forward, away from the wall. For the first time in his twenty-six years, William Kirkpatrick was furious without actually knowing why.
Author Bio:
Allison Butler is an author of Scottish historical romance. She spent her early years in country New South Wales building pretend castles with hay bales and leaping white posts with her army of two older sisters and a younger brother. Many years later, with her mother's influence, she discovered a passion for words and history, read her first historical romance and was inspired to create her own. She writes by day and cares for the elderly by night. Her love of travel has given her the gift of many amazing sights but none more heart-stirring than the rugged beauty of Scotland. Allison lives in a small town in New South Wales, Australia, with her very own Scottish hero, two beautiful daughters and a Jack Russell named Wallace. She loves travelling, dancing like no-one's watching and seeing the sights from the back of her husband's motorcycle.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

New Milestone for Vision and Verse

Dear Gentle Readers,
I am thrilled to announce that Vision and Verse has surpassed the 34,000 Pageview Milestone.  We  thank you for stopping by daily to see what happening at our little "Place for Art and Authors." We are working hard planning some exciting new posts for you.  This week our own dazzling Parker Kaufman will unveil  his latest creation.  James Gordon, also known as the Greatest Poet Alive, will share one of his poems with us. It's going to be a fantastic week on Vision and Verse.  It is my pleasure to be part of this beehive of creativity and inspiration. Once again, thank you for showing up! Without you, our passionate, artistic, intelligent readership, we are nothing.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Interview with Poet and Author James Gordon

James Gordon 
bka G.P.A.(Greatest Poet Alive) 
Chicago Illinois

Good morning, James, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors. What have you written? Recently, I have written the award winning DJ Gatsby Book Club Children's Book of the Year "Hi, My Name is Bobo"(A Weekend in the Life of a 5th Grader) and the Readers 

Favorite Poetry Book of the Year for Love and Romance Revenge of the Orgasm.

What is your favorite genre to write? 
Poetry, mostly storytelling and sometimes sensual.

Tea or coffee?
Coffee all day

Pizza or ice cream? 

Where would you like to visit?
Maine, any part for lobster, bed and breakfast, and the sea.

Favorite musical artist.  Do you listen to music when you write?  What? 
Phil Collins and 50 Cent. I listen to music all the time.This is especially true when I write.

What makes you laugh? 
Kevin Hart, genuine jokes,things I miss. 

Describe your perfect evening.
Family or a beautiful woman,sporting event or movie, Porterhouse steak,potatoes, cheesecake, and Jameson with coke and Daisy Cutter.

What do you do when you get a writer's block? 
Writer's block is a myth.

What would you do  for a living if you weren’t a writer?  
I would be a cyber criminal and steal millions of dollars.

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
My brother has had a great effect on me. He is a staunchly positive man with an affirmation or saying to lift and keep your spirits up.

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 Dad was murdered by cancer in 2000, so he never got a chance to read a book of mine or see me perform. I would like to sit with him and share poems and tales of my adventures.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer? 
Be yourself, read a bunch,watch different movies and tv shows, and know your audience

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Thursday, September 11, 2014


Having read and loved THE ANGLER AND THE OWL by Viv Drewa, I was drawn to read THE OWL OF THE SIPAN LORD,  an adventure story steeped in mystery and danger.  The heroine, Clare Montgomery, is cut from the Indiana Jones/Allan Quatermain cloth and takes us to Peru on an archeological dig to find answers to paranormal questions and the death of her husband.  The tightly woven tale with multi-faceted, likable characters is fast paced and a perfect balance of demons and sorcery and authentic ancient Peruvian culture and love.  This one made me get up in the middle of the night to cover my red-eyed clock.  Another outstanding adventure from Viv Drewa.