Sunday, May 31, 2020

SCHEDULE : June 1-5, 2020

Mon., June 1 - ART: Russian-American Artist
Victor Nizovtsev
Tues., June 2 - BOOK REVIEW: 
Willow of Endless Waters 
by D.B. Jones
Wed., June 3 - INTERVIEW:
Personal Development Coach
Justin Rambo
Thurs., June 4 - ENTERTAINMENT:
Connie and Carla
Fri., June 5 - BOOK:
The Captain and the Ambassador
by Carol Ann Kauffman

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

NOTE : From Carol

Dear Gentle Readers,
When Parker Kaufman, Texas collage artist ( he was the Vision) and I (an Ohio author, who was the Verse) started Vision and Verse, I was told we would fail. Author posts, unless one is wildly successful or famous, are the second from the least popular of all blogposts. Art posts are the least popular.
Today we surpassed 250,000 pageviews. And no one is more surprised, more elated than I am that we hit the quarter of a million mark.
Parker left Vision and Verse to concentrate on his Art full time. And although I miss him terribly, I know he did the right thing when I see the fabulous artwork he turns out.
There were many times I was on the verge of signing off and closing down. Time constraints, techno-problems, criticism that my art posts were boring (well, they were), and the lack of willing interview participants all plagued me.
But something about Vision and Verse, the people I met, the artists and authors who inspired not only me but many of our gentle readers, the connections I made always drew me back. 
Today I am happy I didn’t quit.
So celebrate with me! 

Friday, May 29, 2020

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?"

Well, we already know the answer to that question is NO!
The trip home to Earth will certainly be anything but quiet and uneventful. 

The Captain and the Ambassador  was a joy to write. I have been a lifelong fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, and a smattering of lesser-known but still wonderful science fiction works. I hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I did writing it. 

Here is a little except:

Chapter One
A New Passenger

“Captain Jacobs? Sir, big news. Ambassador Tull Redmond is meeting us at Bridgeport Seven tomorrow and will join us as our passenger all the way to Earth,” said second-in-command Commander Zack Mankewitz of the Earth Starship Giuseppe Verdi.
“Ambassador Redmond,” repeated the captain. “Oh, I’ve heard of him, Commander. He’s the peace, love, and hope guy. He’s the most successful intergalactic mediator in this quadrant. Wow, my very first five-star passenger. Yes, that is big news. I’m glad I didn’t miss him. High Council’s never trusted me with a big wig before.”
“Yes, sir. I know.”
“So, the ambassador and I will be going home to Earth at the same time. Well, I’m not sure the Ambassador is Earthite, I just assumed. Is he retiring, too, I wonder?
“Well, sort of. From what I hear the ambassador refused to sign another ten-year contract, so resigning from intergalactic mediation is the only other option. You two are lucky ducks.”
“Luck had nothing to do with it, Commander. It’s plain, old-fashioned endurance. Any special dietary requests? I heard the ambassador was a vegan.”
“No. No special food requests, but a full bathroom in quarters, and the ambassador is a woman. She’s also requested a room with a space view.”
“You’re kidding me? I’ve seen him, eh, her, from a distance. Short, pale, roundish, light-colored hair slicked back or something. Hair was hardly noticeable. Wears a big, long, hooded, monk-like robe. Kind of like a roundish beige ball. A non-sexual being.”
“Does that matter?”
“No, I guess not. The ambassador gets the job done. A full bath AND a view, huh? Well, there is only one accommodation like that aboard this ship, and that’s mine. Damn. My first five-star passenger and she kicks me out of my quarters. Oh, well. Go ahead and assign her to Captain’s Quarters, Commander. She’ll enjoy the view in the sitting area as well as the full bath. I’ll take the quarters next to mine. I don’t mind sonic showers. I’ll move my things over this evening.”
“Do you need help, sir?”
“No, thanks, Zack. I don’t have much to move. But send someone in to give the place a good cleaning and shine it up a bit. Change all the linens. Put a little welcome note or something inside. I want my first and only five-star passenger to be impressed with her deluxe accommodations, if nothing else, on this tugboat for her four-month stay with us on her way back home.”
“Yes, sir,” chuckled Mankewitz.

“Ambassador Redmond, welcome to the Giuseppe Verdi, a class one intergalactic Earth Starship. It is my pleasure to have you aboard, ma’am.” 
“Thank you, Captain Jacobs.”
“You’re my first five-star passenger in a twenty-year career.”
“Yes, I’ve heard. I’ve been duly warned.”
“You have?” Captain Jacobs laughed.
“Yes. High Council strongly urged me to wait for the next Earthbound starship, which is scheduled for early next year. They say you are the juvenile delinquent of the quadrant. They say you think the rules don’t apply to you and you love to defy authority.”
“And yet, you came aboard my ship anyway. You are a brave soul as well as a successful negotiator, Ambassador.”
“Thank you, Captain. I’m not afraid of bad boys. Your safety record is exemplary. You’ve never lost a passenger or crew member. Upper management may not admire your quirky leadership skills, or your less than organized reports, but your crew holds you in the highest esteem. So, you like to bend the rules a bit, big deal. You like to cut through the nonsense, that’s fine with me. You allow your crew to become far too familiar with you…”
“And my passenger, too,” he winked, “if you’re interested.”
She ignored it. “You hate quarterly reports, so what? All I ask is that you get me to Earth in one piece.”
“Thank you for your confidence in me. I promise I’ll get you there, safe and sound. And I promise to be on my best behavior while you’re aboard my ship. May I escort you to your quarters?”
“Yes, thank you, Captain.”

Cover by Suzi Albracht 
of Wickedly Awesome Designs

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Thursday, May 28, 2020


For those who have yet to watch any Australian films and television series, you are in for one humongous treat! From the delightful Miss Fisher Mysteries to Wanted, a great series about two strangers who witness a crime at a bus spot, to this little peach, Mystery Road. It is reminiscent of American television before the writers' strike and the onset of reality shows. 

Watch! You will not be disappointed. 


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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

INTERVIEW: Mystery Writer Sara Caudell

Sara Caudell
Austin, Texas

Welcome, Sara, to Vision and Verse. What have you written? 
I have a series: Cold Springs Mysteries.  Have just finished book 5.

What is your favorite genre to write?  
I like to read and write mysteries.  
Most of my reading has been in the classics 
but now I just read for fun.

Favorite food. 
That’s hard.  I like Cajun, New Mexico Mexican, etc.

Tea or coffee? 
Both, coffee in the morning, then tea in the afternoon.

Pizza or ice cream? 
Ice cream

Wine or beer?  

Where would you like to visit?

Favorite musical artist. 
I like old 1950’s western music (I grew up on the Front Range.)  Hank Willliams

Do you listen to music when you write?  
No, the voices in my head don’t like to be distracted. 

What makes you laugh?  

Favorite work of art or sculpture.  
The gates of Hell, Dante’s inferno.

How old were you when you started writing?  

Do you plan out your book with outlines and notecards? Or just write?  
I start the story and write the first couple of chapters then turn to an outline and plot one scene at a time.

Describe your perfect evening.  
Dinner with my husband then Wine and a good book.

Where do you get your inspiration?  
I think of different plots when I am writing a story.

What do you do when you get a writer's block?  
Clean house.

Who is your favorite author?  
I like Anne Perry for mysteries and the old classics.

Best book you ever read. 
Ones that made me think. Bridge of San Luis Rey, Ox Bow Incident, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Last book you read. 
C. J. Box, In Plain Sight

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer? 
I was an accountant for 40 years, but I liked my psychology courses.

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?  
My father, he always expected me to do whatever I wanted or was needed.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?  
Thurgood Marshall or Justice Earl Warren.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer? 
Look at writing as storytelling.  Sit down like you were across from your best friend and write the story.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The Seacrest by Aaron Paul Lazar

They say it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. 

Finn McGraw disagrees.

He was just seventeen when he had a torrid summer affair with the girl who stole his heart—and then inexplicably turned on him. Finn may have moved on with his life, but he’s never forgotten her.

Now, ten years later, he’s got more than his lost love to worry about. A horrific accident turns his life upside down, resurrecting the ghosts of his long-dead family and taking the lives of the few people he has left.

Finn always believed his estranged brother was responsible for the fire that killed their family—but an unexpected inheritance with a mystery attached throws everything he knows into doubt.

And on top of that, the beguiling daughter of his wealthy employer has secrets of her own. But the closer he gets, the harder she pushes him away.

The Seacrest is a story of intrigue and betrayal, of secrets and second chances—and above all, of a love that never dies.

2014 WINNER Beach Book Festival, Romance category; 2015 Semi-finalist in Kindle Book Review Awards; 2013 FINALIST, ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, Romance category. 

“The Seacrest is a poignant love story that will have you reaching for the tissues. Every woman needs a Finn McGraw!” – Victoria Howard, bestselling romantic suspense author of RING OF LIES.

"At a time when many authors seem to crank out fiction by the numbers, Aaron Paul Lazar invests his whole heart in every book he writes. His stories shine with sensitivity, compassion, and the richness of deeply personal experience." – Michael Prescott, bestselling author of GRAVE OF ANGELS.

“This book is about love – first love, young love, unrequited love, lost love, and rediscovered love. Simply put, it’s a good old-fashioned love story with an ending that will make your heart swell with joy.” - Cindy Guest Taylor, notable book reviewer.

“I just finished reading Seacrest by Aaron Lazar. Let me tell you, ladies... you will LOVE this book! A love story of all love stories, and characters so easy to fall in love with! Aaron has a way of painting a world so descriptive you feel like you're really there. If I had a five star rating system to use, I would give him six!” Heather McLaren, author.

If you like love stories with mystery, real life characters, and a beautiful locale, then  Seacrest by Aaron Paul Lazar Is perfect for you. Written in first person from the viewpoint of Finn McGraw, the readers rides along with Finn through heartache after heartache, searching for love and closure. Full of plot twists and turns and real emotion, Seacrest was a very good read.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

ART: Lighthouse Photography

The lighthouse of Aveiro, on the west coast of Portugal.
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By Aerial drone footage of the Roman Rock Lighthouse off the southern coast of South Africa.

A lighthouse is a structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and to serve as a navigational aidfor maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways.

Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoalsreefs, rocks and safe entries to harbors; they also assist in aerial navigation

Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance, and have become uneconomical since the advent of cheaper and often much more effective electronic navigational systems.

Ancient lighthouses (Wikipedia)

Graphic reconstruction of the Pharos according to a 2006 study

The Tower of Hercules lighthousBefore the development of clearly defined ports, mariners were guided by fires built on hilltops. Since elevating the fire would improve the visibility, placing the fire on a platform became a practice that led to the development of the lighthouse.[1] In antiquity, the lighthouse functioned more as an entrance marker to ports than as a warning signal for reefsand promontories, unlike many modern lighthouses. The most famous lighthouse structure from antiquity was the Pharosof Alexandria, Egypt, which collapsed following a series of earthquakes between 956 and 1323.
The intact Tower of Hercules at A Coruña, Spain gives insight into ancient lighthouse construction; other evidence about lighthouses exists in depictions on coins and mosaics, of which many represent the lighthouse at Ostia. Coins from Alexandria, Ostia, and Laodicea in Syria also exist.

Lighthouses played a part in my novel, Charming Deception, where
she couldn't remember anything, not even her name.  

But when she left the medical facility and went home,
she remembered the little lighthouses she collected.

They say one is drawn to collect lighthouses when they've lost their way. They need a beacon of light to find their way back home.

As a writing, I'm comfortable with my own company and I think I'd like to live in a lighthouse if it weren't for all those steps!

Whether one has lost his way or not, there's something wild and beautiful about lighthouse seascapes. 

Take a moment and enjoy these gorgeous shots. NONE are mine. I own nothing here. I have given credit to the photographers when I could find their names. 

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

SCHEDULE: May 25 - 29, 2020

Mon., May 25 - ART:
Lighthouse Photography
Tues., May 26 - BOOK REVIEW:
Seacrest by Aaron Paul Lazar
Wed., May 27 - INTERVIEW:
Author Sara Caudell
Thurs., May 28 - ENTERTAINMENT:
Mystery Road ACORN
Fri., May 29 - BOOK:
The Captain and the Ambassador 
by Carol Ann Kauffman


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