Friday, July 3, 2020

BOOK: Waiting for Richard by Carol Ann Kauffman


As retired surance office manager Skye McKenna launches a new career as a children's book author., she embarks on a book tour in Australia, where she meets a reclusive elephant-loving veterinarian. Why does he seem so familiar? And so attractive? And how old is TOO old to find love?
The TIME AFTER TIME series follows a pair of quintessential lovers, Richard and Nicole, through their lives together, at different times, in different places, with different names and faces. This follows the alternate theory that the relationships we forge in this lifetime, both good and bad, are continued in the future and rooted in the past. Those people who have had a profound effect on us in this life will find us in the future.


Link: http://tinyurl.com/m6njc9b

What others are saying:

Kauffman follows two lovers, Rickard and Nicole, through years of searching for each other. I love how this one has them finding each other later in life.
Richard is Dr. Derrick Williams, a renowned veterinarian who specializes in elephants and Nicole is Sky McKenna, a children's authors, in this book.
The story-line is fantastic and I hope there will be another.
I highly recommend this book!“

Did you ever have a dream about a person for years that you never met, but you know you know them very well? And when you do finally meet, the both of you have memories for things you did together, years ago, century's ago, another life time ago? And the both of you know the others name from another time? Well this happened to Skye and Derrick in their 60's.
When they both called each other by their other name, I got goosebumps! Some people are meant to be with each other for ever and that means from life time to another. Some how, one way or the other, they find each other. I like to think my Husband and I are like that. I believe that you live on in your sprite form until God has another plan for you. So why not being with the only one for you, your Soul Mate, from life time to life time and so on?
This is a very touching story and makes you think about who you are with and people that you have met and felt an connection to right away. I love how Carol put this story together. It's a love story of a different kind. Sweet, mystery, funny and heart warming all rolled into one.”

Waiting for Richard, by Carol Ann Kaufman, is a short novella added to the Time After Time series. Reading this novella first has made me want to read every one of the books in the series."

"Skye is happily retired and working on a series of children's books. She is happy, but the one thing that bothers her is this image she has in her mind of the man of her dreams. Considering herself too old to even consider looking for him, she keeps herself absorbed in her children's books. An unexpected trip to Australia and a meeting with an elephant expert makes her realize that you never know who's going to enter your life and grab your love."

"There is also many other twists and turns going on in these 65 pages including a shooting, a runaway brother and other craziness that makes this novella a must read. Take it as an entry into the world of all the Time after Time series, because once you read this you're going to want to read all of them.“


But, wait! Read an excerpt before you buy.

Waiting for Richard
by Carol Ann Kauffman

Location: Sterling, Ohio

“Run!” said Rita, fear catching in her voice.
“Are you kidding me?” replied Skye. “I’m too damn old to run! Do you want me to have a heart attack? Or fall and break a hip? If some slimy son of a bitch wants a piece of me that bad, then let him come! He’ll be damn sorry.”
“We gotta get out of here. I’m scared,” Rita whispered. 
“Calm down, Rita. We’ll be okay.” Skye pulled out her cell phone and tapped 9-1-1. “Yes, we’re in the underground parking garage of the Sterling City Center and we’re being chased by a madman with a knife, and my friend here is scared and I’m too damn old to run. Yes. Skye McKenna. Sixty-six. Well, I’m glad you agree that’s too old to run.”            
“Help is on the way.”
“Skye, you don’t know he has a knife!”
“You’re absolutely right! He could have a gun. Shall I call her back and correct myself?” 
Sirens were blaring in the distance.
“Isn’t this illegal? This is at least a misdemeanor, if not a felony. Skye, we could end up in jail.”
“Would you rather be murdered in the underground parking garage?”
“No.”
“Then, cry and sniffle, look weak and helpless, and let me handle Sterling’s Finest. Damn! If I knew there was a chance we were going to die on the way to the car, I would’ve had dessert. They make this wonderful strawberry and mascarpone cream cheese torte in there that is pure heaven on a plate.” 
A police car pulled up the aisle. Skye and Rita were shouting and waving.
“We’re here! We’re here. Did you see him? He ran that way,” Skye pointed. One officer, the shorter, younger one, took off on foot in the direction of Skye’s pointing finger. The taller, older one stayed with them and tried to calm them down. He walked them to their car and let them sit to rest.
“It’s okay, ladies, you’re safe now. Can you give me a description of this madman with the knife? Height, weight, clothing?” Rita cried and sniffled, shaking her head no.
“About six feet tall, brown hair, brown eyes, stubbly face, jeans, light green tee-shirt with some band name on it, navy pea coat, old black tennis shoes. No piercings or jewelry. No visible tattoos. Not a bad looking guy.”
“Weight?”
“I’m no judge of weight. Far be it from me to attach a number to the human frame. I know I certainly don’t like it when they do it to me. Not fat, not too skinny, but a slim build. Just right.”
“Age?”
“Thirties, I’m guessing here.
“The knife?”
“Chef’s knife. Silver handle, scalloped grip. You can’t buy those individually, you have to buy the whole set. They come with a wooden butcher’s block.”
“Did he brandish the knife at you?”
“Of course, he did! Do you think we would’ve called for help if he were just a prep chef taking his chef’s knife out for a midnight stroll in the underground parking garage? He threatened us.”
“What did he say?”
“He said, ‘Die, you bitches!’’” 
The other officer came back, shaking his head. 
“Couldn’t find him. I heard running and panting, though. There was definitely someone out there who didn’t want to stop and talk to the police. He got away.”
“Were you in the restaurant?” asked Tall Officer. Skye and Rita nodded. “Did he follow you out?” They looked at each other.
“We don’t know. We ate too much. We were just about rolling out of there. We weren’t paying any attention,” said Skye. “Officer, we’re really tired. This has been a harrowing experience. We want to go home. If we remember anything else, we’ll call you, okay?” He took their names and contact numbers and said he’d be in touch. 
“Lock your doors. Go straight home, Ladies.” 
He patted the hood of Skye’s car and let them go. Skye drove away.
“God, Skye, I was scared to death. How can you be so calm?”
“This isn’t calmness. It’s boredom.”
“How can you be bored when we’re being stalked by a menacing slasher in a dark underground parking garage at night with a big knife?”
“Did you ever think he might’ve just been some poor shlub walking to his car? Maybe he had a business dinner, or some other meeting. Or maybe he works at Sterling City Center. And, Rita, we didn’t see a weapon, 

remember?  Just because he was in the parking garage at the same time as we were doesn’t mean he was after us or dangerous or a public menace.  
“No, no, Skye. I know he was. He looked at me funny. And where did you ever come up with that description? That was nothing like him.”
“That cutie pie? Oh, he’s the man in my head! He’s always in there, smiling at me. That one walking in the garage? I’m not sure that he was after us, or after anybody.” 
“Well, let’s hope the police don’t find the man in your head. They’ll arrest him.”
“Oh, Rita. I’ve looked for him all my life. If they can find him and detain him, I’ll gladly go bail him out. And take him home and make him some soup and give him a back rub and…” love him forever, she thought. My Richard. Rita laughed.
“Skye, you’re crazy!”
“I know,” she sighed. She was resigned to the fact she would never find him, this incredible man in her head with the big, warm, liquid-velvet brown eyes and the sweetest unguarded smile. The cutest dimple. A splash of freckles across the bridge of his nose. He’d been there, in her dreams, smiling at her, for as long as she could remember. If she hadn’t found him by now, she never would. And if she found him now at her age, her hormonal drive was gone, her skin didn’t quite fit her body anymore, and she had succumbed to gravity, what the hell would she do with him besides make him soup and give him a back rub? Still, he was there, in her head. Smiling. Those eyes.
Skye pulled up in front of Rita’s rental house.
“Will you be okay?”
“Sure. See you tomorrow after work. I’ll bring you that letter from my kid brother. It’s causing me sleepless nights. You’ll see what I mean. He always exaggerates I know, but this time he’s in trouble, and it’s worse than the usual. I just know it, but I don’t know what to do about it.”
“Okay, bring it over. We’ll figure out what’s up with him. Good night, Rita. I’ll wait until you get in and check the house for slashers hiding under your bed or in the closet, with my finger on speed dial to the police department.”
“Thanks, Skye. You’re a peach. Good night,” she chuckled. 
“Good night, Ri.” Rita went in, checked her apartment and waved Skye off.  Skye went home and went to bed.

Skye was awakened very early by the sound of the doorbell. She pulled on her robe and slippers and shuffled to peak out the window. Sterling Police Department.
“Ms. McKenna?”
“Yes?”
“Ms. McKenna, it’s Detective Samson. This is Officer Metz. May we come in?”
“Yes, of course. What’s wrong?” she said as she moved aside to let them in.
“Ahh, Ms. McKenna, we need to talk to you about what happened in the parking garage at Sterling City Center last night.”
“Well okay, but we told the officers everything we knew last night.”

“There has been a… recent development, Ms. McKenna. Rita Collier is in the hospital. Someone broke into her home sometime last night and shot her. She’s alive, but in serious condition. Head wound. She’s unresponsive, in a coma.” 




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Thursday, July 2, 2020

ENTERTAINMENT: Take Me Home









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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

INTERVIEW: Cozy Mystery Author Sherri Bryan


Sherri Bryan
Málaga
 Southern Spain


Good morning, Sherri, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors. Can you tell us what you've written? 
I've just finished the sixth book in the Charlotte Denver Cozy Mystery series.

What is your favorite genre to write?
 Cozy Mystery

Favorite food.
This is a difficult one! There is so little I don't like but, as I have to say something, I think it would be a big piece of slow roasted meat, preferably beef or pork, with roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, and asparagus.

Tea or coffee?
Tea.

Pizza or ice cream? 
Definitely pizza!

Wine or beer? 
Hmm, depends on the circumstances but generally, wine.

Where would you like to visit?
Australia, New Zealand and Amsterdam.


Favorite musical artist.  Do you listen to music when you write?  What? 
Another difficult one but I think I'd choose Michael Jackson as my favourite musical artist.  
Yes, sometimes I listen to music when I write. My taste in music is pretty elcectic so, depending on my mood, it can be anything from John Denver, Neil Diamond and Dolly Parton to Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones and Coldplay. 

What makes you laugh?
 Observational humour, and my dog.

This is an Art AND Author website, so I am obliged to ask: Favorite work of art or sculpture. 
The Starry Night, Vincent Van Gogh        

How old were you when you started writing? 
I was fourteen when I wrote my first story. Thankfully, it was never published!

Describe your perfect evening. 
A meal at a favourite local restaurant with my husband and friends. 


Where do you get your inspiration?
From everything! I find inspiration for storylines and characters everywhere I look. My main characters, although not based on actual people, all possess traits of people I have known throughout my life. 


What do you do when you get a writer's block?
Generally, panic and forget to breathe.


Who is your favorite author? 
Another difficult one so I'm going to pick two. For non-fiction, I'd say Bill Bryson and for fiction, J. K. Rowling. Their writing is so descriptive, you feel like you're part of their stories.



Best book you ever read. 
The Moon's a Balloon, David Niven.


Last book you read. 
The Lincoln Lawyer, Michael Connelly


What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?
I think I'd probably cook, preferably in a small restaurant of my own.
                                                                  
Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why? 
My Dad, who is 96. He taught me to never give up, and, I hope, to be a decent person. 


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 dad. I never met him and would have loved to. I think we would have really hit it off.


What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Finish what you start, take no notice of negative people who tell you you'll never make it as a writer, be prepared for criticism (not everyone will like what you write), have faith in yourself and never, ever give up. 

Do you have any links for us to follow you?

Book One in the series, Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse, is free, and this is a universal link which will take your readers to their local Amazon sitemybook.to/CharlotteDenver1

That's a perfect way to introduce readers to your series, Sherri. I'm sure our readers will take advantage! 

Here are my other links:
Blog: http://sherribryan.com


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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Lack of Candor by Gerald W. Darnell



All Carson Reno Mystery Series Books are standalone novels. It is not necessary to read them in any particular order. 
It’s spring 1962 and a Sergeant with the Memphis Police Department is found dead only hours before his scheduled testimony before a grand jury.
Was it suicide or was it murder? What was he going to testify about?
A handwritten note left by the Sergeant and addressed to the District Attorney disappears. What was in the note? Was it a suicide note with information regarding his pending testimony or something else?
A woman claiming to have information related to his planned testimony comes forward and seeks protection. 
Carson is hired to look into the matter and provide protection to the mysterious woman, but protection from whom?
The situation gets out of hand quickly, and Carson finds himself in trouble with most everybody involved. A dark cloud hangs over the truth, as he tries to determine the ‘good-guys’ from the ‘bad-guys’ from the ‘bad good - guys’.
This old fashion crime story takes Carson Reno and his crew on a complicated adventure, where it seems that no one is looking for a solution.
Join our Cast of Characters and come along to help Carson find the clues and discover the truth, while he tries to understand why everyone has a serious:

Lack of Candor.


I love Carson Reno. Lack of Candor by Gerald W. Darnell is a fast-paced adventure with private investigator Carson Reno in the driver’s seat. It’s set in the 60s in Memphis, Tennessee, and has all the thrills and chills of a Mickey Spillane or Mike Hammer tale. Great characters. Great plot. Great storytelling. Now, I’m off to read another Carson Reno.


Amazon Link:
https://www.amazon.com/Lack-Candor-Carson-Reno-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07NQRPXMW/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Lack+of+Candor&qid=1588290557&s=digital-text&sr=1-2





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Monday, June 29, 2020

ART: Blue Moon Monday by Parker Kaufman


 
Blue Moon Monday
by Parker Kaufman
11" x 18" cardstock collage
Completed 05-05-2020


Blue Moon Monday, a perfect piece for today, is by the wonderful and talented Texas collage artist Parker Kaufman. 


People ask me if Parker and I are related. Parker's last name has one F. Mine has 2 - FF, like my husband's report card.

We are both from Ohio. He wised up and moved to Texas. (I am still here in the armpit.) We both lived for a while in a delightful, small village in northeastern Ohio. We had mutual acquaintances, but we did not know each other.

Years later, we met online through one of those old friends and decided, after serious discussion, to start an art and author blog together. And that's how Vision and Verse began!





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Sunday, June 28, 2020

SCHEDULE: June 29 - July 3, 2020


Mon., June 29 - ART: 
Blue Moon Monday
by Parker Kauffman
Tues.,  June 30 - BOOK REVIEW:
Damage Control
by J.W. Stacks
Wed., July 1 - INTERVIEW:
Cozy Mystery Author Sherri Bryan
Thurs., July 2 - ENTERTAINMENT:
Take Me Home
Fri., July 3 - BOOK:
Waiting for Richard
by Carol Ann Kauffman


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Friday, June 26, 2020

BOOKS: The Belterra Saga by Carol Ann Kauffman




The
   BELTERRA
      Saga


Belterra
Dark Return



A Coming of Age Fantasy, Sci-fi Romantic Adventure

The Time After Time Series follows a pair of unlikely lovers on their adventures through their many lifetimes together. This time the couple is reborn on an alien planet, Belterra. The law forbids not only intermarriage, but interaction between the four clans is discouraged.

Will fate guide them to each other?

Braedon, Lord of the Soldier Clan of the East, often dreamed of a beautiful blonde woman. When he rode into the lavender fields of the West searching for her, he had no idea if she was even real. But there she was, Neeka, daughter of the Lord of the Warrior Clan, waiting for him.

He reached out to her and she accepted his hand, as memories of their previous lives flooded their minds and love warmed their hearts.

Fate can’t keep them apart. What they have is more than love. They’re eternal soulmates. Their everlasting love survived many lifetimes but never without sacrifice and heartache. This lifetime will not be any different.

Can one person make a difference?

Against all odds, the hatred among the clans, her father’s disapproval, and the power-hungry, evil scientists, Neeka fights for their love and the right to be together, changing not only their lives but the course of life, love, freedom, and the political structure of their planet forever.

Belterra Buy Link: http://tinyurl.com/prnsshz


If you liked Belterra, then fast forward ten years. Neeka and Braedon are still fighting to save the planet... and each other:

Dark Return is the sequel to Belterra, Time After Time, and takes place about ten years afterwards. When Belterra was populated long ago by a select group of humans sent here by the ancients in the hope of saving the human race, the indigenous race of bat-like creatures called the Batrach were forced into the ocean and underground sea caves by a giant force field. The force field has now weakened. The Batrach have emerged from their watery prison and they want their planet back.

Dark Return Buy Link: https://tinyurl.com/y6w6hnkl


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Thursday, June 25, 2020

ENTERTAINMENT: Still Life, A Three Pines Mystery







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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

INTERVIEW: Romantic Suspense Author Dellani Oakes



Dellani Oakes
Daytona Beach, FL
USA


Good morning, Dellani, and welcome to Vision and Verse. Can you tell us a little about what you've written?
I have written over 100 books -- mostly romance and romantic suspense. I also have written a sci-fi series, a fantasy series and a mystery series.

What is your favorite genre to write?
I think romantic suspense is my favorite, with a strong second being romance.
                                                                               
Favorite food.
I don’t really have one, though I’m very partial to baklava.

Tea or coffee? 
I like both, but I’m partial to coffee.

Pizza or ice cream?
Both!

Wine or beer?
I am not a fan of beer. However, I love wine.

Where would you like to visit?
I’d love to see the sights like Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone Park, and many others. I’d also love to visit the UK, Australia and Canada.

Favorite musical artist.  Do you listen to music when you write?  What?
I listen to all kinds of music when I write. I have so many groups that I love, but I am very partial to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Main Squeeze.

 
What makes you laugh?
So many things. I think it’s important to find humor in everything that you can.

Favorite work of art or sculpture.
I don’t have a particular favorite, but I am very fond of Starry Night - Vincent Van Gogh, and Little Dancer of Fourteen Years -- Edgar Degas.

How old were you when you started writing?
I started telling stories as a small child. I moved on to (terrible) poems and short stories by the time I was 9. Short stories became longer stories. I started my first novel in 1989, and no, it’s not finished yet.

Do you plan out your book with outlines and notecards? Or just write?
I don’t outline or plan anything. I get an idea, and run with it until it gives up on me.

Describe your perfect evening.
A perfect evening is spending time with my husband and sons, drinking wine, or beer in their case, and playing Cards Against Humanity or Exploding Kittens.

Where do you get your inspiration?
There is inspiration in everything. Sometimes, it’s something I see, or overhear. Other times, I hear a voice nagging at me.


What do you do when you get a writer's block?
I either move on to something else, or I read through things I’ve already written, to edit.


Who is your favorite author?
I have so many, I can’t possibly list them all. If pressed, I’ll say Shakespeare, but only if I’m forced.


Best book you ever read.
There are so many, I can’t list them either. Several stand out, though: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, Star Man’s Son by Andre Norton.

Last book you read.
The Bishop’s Tale by Margaret Frazer.

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?
I was a high school English teacher. I suppose I’d be doing that.

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why? 
My mother. She was always creative, interested in a variety of things, and supportive of my own creative efforts. At 100 years old, and suffering from dementia, she still inspires me.



If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Here again, there are so many, I’m not entirely sure. I do think I’d like to have a conversation with my dad. He’s been gone a lot of years, and it would be interesting to see him again.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Keep doing what you love, even if you don’t make a lot of money on it. 


Do you have some links for us to follow you?
Links:
Follow Dellani Oakes on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Dellani-Oakes/e/B007ZQCW3A/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1





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