Thursday, February 29, 2024

TV TIME: Bargain (Paramount+)


 
We were at a loss as to what to touch. Someone said this was interesting. So, we watched.

This is a dark, dark Korean melodramatic series about a pretty young woman who enticed men to a remote hotel on the premise of sex with a virgin. 

Instead, they are used as merchandise in a very lucrative organ trafficking ring, where their organs are auctioned off while they are still alive.

And while all this is going on, a giant earthquake destroys the hotel and a few survivors tumble into the underground tunnels. They must fight to escape the tunnels. 

It is weird and they are all crazy.



This won awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Here is the cast all dressed up and pretty. 









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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

INTERVIEW: Sci Fi Author J. A. Duxbury

J.A. Duxbury
USA


Good Morning, J. A., and welcome to Vision and Verse. 
What have you written? 
I have written Dark Dimensions and Heart of Deception.
Legacy of Risks is being released on 22 Feb.


What is your favorite genre to write? 

I like to write in Sci Fi, but I also write from my dreams.


Pizza or ice cream? 

Ice Cream.


Wine or beer or soda or what? 

Tea and soda.


Where would you like to visit? 

can't make up my mind. 

There are so many places I'd love 

to see.


Favorite musical artist. 

Oooh, hard one. So many, Queen, 

Hazel O'Connor, Katie Perry, 

David Bowie and so many more.


Do you listen to music when you write? 

What? 

Depends on what I'm writing. I have a fight playlist, a 

flight playlist and if it's an epic battle, then 

I'll listen to 1812 Overture


What makes you laugh? 

A lot of different things. Cats, dogs, myself.


Favorite work of art or sculpture. 

Van Gogh's in there along with The Thinker by Rodin


How old were you when you started writing? 

Wow! I think I was about 10


Do you plan out your book with outlines and notecards? 

Or just write? 

I do a bit of both, however, I've just done the first draft of 

35 000 words all just writing as it came 

with no planning or anything.




Describe your perfect evening. 

Writing



Where do you get your 

inspiration? 

All sorts of places. Mainly my 

dreams


What do you do when you get a 

writer's block? 

I watch my favourite shows.




Who is your favorite author? 

Again, so many. Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, 

Kelly Blanchard-Dale, Julian May.


Best book you ever read. 

Actually, it's a series - Julian May's Saga of the Exiles and 

the Millenium Trilogy



Last book you read. 

Again, a series - Tails of the Dragon by Craig Halloran


What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer? 

Probably be sitting in a call centre.



Who is the one person who has influenced your personal 

life the most and why? 


My mother. She had an open mind on virtually every 

subject.



If you could sit down and have a conversation with one 
person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be 
and why? 

Michael De Notre Dame - just to 

find out what order his work was 

supposed to be in!


What advice would you give 

someone who aspired to be a 

writer? 

Do it. Don't listen to those who say '

get a real job, writing will never 

pay your way'. In the latter 

half of my life, my niece died from 

our family illness and it suddenly 

dawned on me - what if 

writing did pay my way? So, go, do it. 

Write until you can't write and then write some more. Don't 

listen to negativity but always listen to constructive 

feedback. Dissect all feedback to look for its 

gems.


Do you have some links for us to follow you?


Author page - facebook


https://www.facebook.com/jaduxbury1


Facebook group: J A Duxbury's Weird Words


https://www.facebook.com/groups/3357069671029525


Twitter


@JADuxbury1


LinkedIn


https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-duxbury-0462153b/


Website


https://jaduxbury.com/


My books:


dark dimensions


https://www.amazon.com.au/Dark-Dimensions-Clans-

Conflict-Book-ebook/dp/B08P6N5C22


https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Dimensions-Clans-

Conflict-Book-ebook/dp/B08P6N5C22

 

heart of deception

https://www.amazon.com.au/Heart-Deception-

Consequences-Book-1-ebook/dp/B098PMXY76


https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Deception-

Consequences-Book-1-ebook/dp/B098PMXY76

 

legacy of risks


https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B09PKM87ZZ


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09PKM87ZZ

 










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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

BOOK REVIEW: The Donnybrook Affair by Robert E. Kearns

 


The Donnybrook Affair by Robert E. Learns was fantastic. It was really hard to put down. It is the story of a down-on-his-luck private detective named Lemuel Plant. Mr. Plant may not have many clients, but he has things like morals, scruples, and and an irate intelligence.

A gorgeous woman hires him to prove her older, wealthy husband is cheating in her. Lemuel follows the trail and gets far more than he bargained for. 

Do not miss this one!












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Monday, February 26, 2024

ART: British Artist Natalie Rymer





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Sunday, February 25, 2024

SCHEDULE: February 26- March 1, 2024


Mon., February 26 - ART:
British Artist
Natalie Rymer
Tues., February 27 - BOOK REVIEW:
The Donnybrook Affair
By Robert E. Learns
Wed., February 28 - INTERVIEW:
Sci-Fi Author
J.A. Duxbury
Thurs., February 29 -TV TIME:
Bargain
(Paramount +)
Fri., March 1 -BOOK:
Lord of Blakeley
By Carol Ann Kauffman
 









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Friday, February 23, 2024

BOOK: February White Lies, A Cat Collier Mystery Novella, by Carol Ann Kauffman


                                                           February White Lies


Amazon Link:

 https://www.amazon.com/February-White-Lies-Collier-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01BJYOTQG



A lovely, mysterious woman named Ms. Nola White hires Cat to find out who is stalking her. 

A dead rat on her car. 

Being run off the road. 

A car bombing. 


Someone wants Nola White frightened or maybe…dead. 






$.99 or Free on KU. #mystery #girlsleuth #Ohio








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Thursday, February 22, 2024

TV TIME: Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

 



I really didn’t think I was going to like this, but I did. I am old and cranky, and do not laugh at most comedies these days. I do not like sarcasm and getting laughs at someone else’s expense. Stupidity is not funny. It is just stupid. 




So, I was hesitant. But Murder in the Building, Season One, on Hulu has everything you look for in a comedy: excellent characters, a beautiful old New York apartment building with gorgeous architectural detail, and a real plot! 



Steve Martin is at his best. Martin Short has found his niche. And Selena Gomez proves she can run with the big dogs. 











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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

INTERVIEW: Fantasy Author Brett Comeau





Brett Comeau 
Harrisburg,PA 
USA


 

Good morning, Brett, and welcome to Vision and Verse.


What have you written?

 

My first novel was released Jan 15 the book is titled “Nameless 


Vs the Army of the Dead” Book one in the Nameless Saga. 

 


What is your favorite genre to write?

 

Fantasy, is my first love, I have several fantasy series that I am 


working on right now, I am beginning to think about 


experimenting and writing a Sci Fi series but my true love is 


fantasy. 

 


Favorite food.

 

Cheeseburger and steak. 

 


Tea or coffee?


Tea, Coffee makes me sick. 

 


Pizza or ice cream?


Ice cream, I like a good slice of pizza, but I can’t have ice cream 


in my house lol because I would eat it all. 



You know, I think we could be friends. Wine or beer or soda?

 


Wine if I am having dinner with me wife, but Old Fashioned 


when I am relaxing. 

 


Where would you like to visit?

So many places, - Ireland, Japan, New Zealand and Australia 


are top of my list. 

 


Favorite musical artist.  


Aerosmith, I grew up one town over from where they came from


and I met the lead singer Stephen Tyler several times and he is a 


really cool guy. 

 


Do you listen to music when you write?  What?


I have gotten into two cellos right now I love popular rock music 


with a “classic feel” like two cellos. 


 


What makes you laugh?


So many things! There are many things that make me laugh. 


One character that makes me laugh is snoopy. I love him in the 


comic strip, (seeing him typing on a typewriter makes me laugh) 

 


Favorite work of art or sculpture.


I don’t really have a favorite piece of art, I have art styles I really


enjoy  Realism, realist landscapes are two of my favorite styles 

 


How old were you when you started writing?


I started out writing movie scripts, years ago with a partner, but 


realizing that it costs millions of dollars to produce a movie, I got 


into writing my first novel 18 months ago. 

 


Do you plan out your book with outlines and notecards? Or just 


write?


Planning and outlining is my thing! I always joke that I never get 


writers block during the first draft because I get all my writers 


block out of the way during the outlining phase. My outlines are 


usually anywhere from 80 to 100 pages before I start my first 


draft. 

 


Describe your perfect evening.


Dinner with my wife, followed by writing after she goes to bed. 


She goes to bed early but I am a night owl. 

 


Where do you get your inspiration?


I get my inspiration from my ADHD brain, I call it my super 


power lol I think random thoughts all the time and I suddenly the 


random thoughts I was having suddenly becomes the idea for a 


cool story or a great addition to the story I am working on.  

 

 

What do you do when you get a writer's block?


I usually get writing block during the outline stage, I usually go 


practice martial arts Something about focusing on martial arts 


allows my brain to work in the background, that is where I cure 


my writers block. 

 


Who is your favorite author?


Stephen King, he had so many stories that I loved the 


gunslinger series is an example of an epic series of books that 


spanned my entire life. I love a lot of his books. 

 



Best book you ever read.


Tough call, Probably The Wizard and Glass by Stephen King, 


The book is my favorite book in my favorite series. 

 


Last book you read.


I am really into He who fights monsters series, It was my first 


experience in RPG Lit the author set up a “game system” 


universe that totally made sense. 

 



What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?


I would love to be a super hero, but that is a hard gig to get 

 


Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the 


most and why?


As far a becoming an author my Mother, she gave me my love 


of reading which led me to becoming an author. 

 


If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, 


living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?


James Patterson, I’m not a huge fan of his books, but I am a 


HUGE fan of his writing process and Marketing Process. While 


Harry Potter is the biggest series of all time, But outside of Harry 


Potter JK Rowling hasn’t had a ton of success, James Patterson 


has over 100 best sellers! That is wild! I would love to sit and 


talk writing and marketing with him. 

 


What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a 


writer?


Be hard on your writing we live in a world with zero gatekeepers 


stopping us from publishing our book, but that means you have 


the responsibility to make sure the work you publish is the 


strongest possible. Also invest in a professional book cover, 


anyone who says don’t judge a book by its cover has never 


been a self publisher

 


Do you have some links for us to follow you?

 

BOOK LINK:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CQ4LQKXFqdAdD












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