Friday, July 19, 2019

BOOK: The Captain and the Ambassador by Carol Ann Kauffman

Ambassador Tull Redmond is looking for a quick ride home back to Earth after ending her twenty-year mission as peace negotiator. All she wants is peace, quiet, and to be left alone. She boards the Earth Starship Giuseppe Verdi with its questionable leader, Captain Ben Jacobs anyway. 

It's the fastest way home. Her quarters has a full bath, a space view window, and a large, real bed! How bad could this rule-breaking, authority-defying Captain Casanova be? High Council hates him, true, but his crew loves him. Surely, she's too old and tired to be drawn into this bad boy of the quadrant's personal circus.

Will Ambassador Redmond get the quiet, uneventful ride home she craves?

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Monday, July 15, 2019

INTERVIEW: High Fantasy Author S.E. Turner

Good morning, Sharon, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the site for art and authors. Can you tell us a little about what you've written?
I have written a fantasy series called the 'Kingdom of


I've read the first two in the series and they are fantastic! This series needs to be made into a movie, or at least a TV mini-series. What is your favorite genre to write? 

Fantasy/realism/ speculative fiction.

No surprise there. Favorite food. 

Thai Green Curry

Tea or coffee? 


Pizza or ice cream?

Ice Cream

Wine or beer or soda?


Where would you like to visit?


Favorite musical artist.

U2/Adele/ Pink Floyd. 

Do you listen to music when you write? 
No. I need silence.

Me, too. What makes you laugh? 

My friends and family.

Favorite work of art or sculpture. 

Anything by Dale Chihuly. 

I love Dale Chihuly's work. He is fantastic. A true glass master  How old were you when you started writing? 
wrote a short children's book about 25 years ago. Then a memoir, ten years ago.

Do you plan out your book with outlines and notecards? Or just write? 
I plan it out with bullet points.

Describe your perfect evening.
Theatre, cinema, live performance of anything.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Reading, mind mapping, historical figures.

What do you do when you get a writer's block? 
Walk amongst nature.

Who is your favorite author? 
C S Lewis

Best book you ever read.
Chronicles of Narnia - I still have my original books - so they must be the most special.

Last book you read. 
Where the Crawdads Sing.

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

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
Probably my mother, because she bought me all my books when I was younger, and introduced me to fantasy with the Chronicles of Narnia.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why? 
Probably George R R Martin, I'd like to ask him all these same questions.

Haha! That's a good one! What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer? 
Keep reading. Keep writing. And always keep a notebook at your side, for those moments when an idea, pops into your head.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

SCHEDULE: July 15 - July 19, 2019

Mon., July 15 - INTERVIEW:
High Fantasy Author S. E. Turner
Wed., July 17 - ART:
Russian Artist Yelena Sidorova
Fri., July 19 - BOOK:
The Captain and the Ambassador
by Carol Ann Kauffman

Friday, July 12, 2019

BOOK: Echo of Heartbreak, A Recipe for Life - with Pineapple Squares Recipe

on October 12, 2013
Echo of Heartbreak: A Recipe for Life, by Carol Ann Kauffman,is a heartwarming story of love and devotion a mother has for her unborn child. Knowing she may not live through the pregnancy or childbirth, she is still determined to bring her child into the world. So she begins to leave a legacy in the form of a journal, filled with tips of how to live a good life and adds recipes from her Italian heritage.

This is an extremely enjoyable story filled with emotion and sentiment. It shows, on every page, the love this mom has for her child, no matter what and plans ahead to teach her child about love and devotion. I also like the way the author enveloped the journal entries and the recipes in between the pages of the story, to tug our heart strings along, every step of the way.(less)
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on September 6, 2013
This is a wonderful little novella. Carol Ann Kauffman, author of Time After Time series, has written a completely unrelated touching novella. It's letters from a dying mother to her unborn baby. She is leaving her letters on how to live her life, advice on growing up, falling in love. This book is incredibly touching. It's also filled with amazing recipes, that the mother is passing down to her child. Recipes that the family always made.

This little cookbook/ novella is wonderful, touching and a great addition to a kitchen! :)
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Dear Gentle Readers,
Echo of Heartbreak, A Recipe for Life is much more than the story of a young mother-to-be with a heart condition and her personal struggles during her pregnancy. It's also a recipe book. My mother was one of those exceptionally good old Italian cooks who never wrote a recipe down. She was in failing health when I wrote this particular book. These recipes are hers. I sat by her bedside and we talked recipes. I wrote them down. I went home and tried them. I went back the next day, results in hand. She would say things like "too much salt, you rushed it, too much flour," etc., and I would then adjust the recipe. Here is one of those recipes:


These are outstanding!

Filling: Cook 1 can of crushed pineapple, ½ c water, 3 T. cornstarch, ½ c. sugar + 2 T. sugar. Cook until thick. Let cool.
Dough: Mix together 3¼ c. flour, 1 t. baking soda, ½ t. salt, and 2 sticks of butter or margarine. Mix well. Add ½ c. sugar, 1 t. vanilla, ½ c. sour cream, 2 egg yolks. Mix and knead, divide into half. Roll half of the dough out in a cookie sheet. Add filling. Roll the other half of the dough out on waxed paper and place on top of filling. Sprinkle the top with the 2 T. sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.