Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Time After Time Series by Carol Ann Kauffman

The series, TIME AFTER TIME, follows a pair of quintessential lovers, Richard and Nicole, through their many lives together, in different places, in different times, with different names and faces and sometimes even on other planets. 

This follows the alternative theory that the relationships we forge in this lifetime, both the good and the bad, are continued into the future, and are rooted deeply in our past.

 Whatever we do, whomever we love, and the good and evil deeds we do today follow us into the future. Unsettled issues will present themselves again and again, until they are ultimately resolved. 

Those people who have had a profound effect on us in this lifetime will find us again in the future. And although everything changes, love remains.


They do not need to be read in order.A new adventure, WAIT FOR ME, will be out soon. I lost my editor. Through no fault of her own, she is unable to finish editing my manuscript or continue working in her chosen field. I am looking for a new editor. It is a difficult task. 

WAIT FOR ME is done. It has a beautiful cover. I hope you will get to see it soon.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Interview with Historical Fiction Writer Bev Scott

Beverly Scott
San Francisco, CA

Good morning, Beverly, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the place for Art and Authors. Thank you for taking the time to be with us this morning. What have you written? 

First novel, “Sarah’s Secret:  A Western Tale of Betrayal and Forgiveness.”  After winding down my organization consulting career, I began a genealogical journey to learn more about my paternal grandparents, and confirm a whispered family secret.  I concluded the story needed to be fiction using the known facts as a framework and creating the missing pieces.  My prior work focused on non-fiction and related to my professional career.


What is your favorite genre to write?  Historical Fiction

Favorite food. 
I don’t have one favorite food.  I like a meal with fresh vegetables and fruit with fish or seafood as the entre

Tea or coffee? 
Tea please, black.

       My Grandma           

Pizza or ice cream? 
Neither, I can’t eat either one unless non-gluten and non-dairy.

Wine or beer? 
Wine, red.

Where would you like to visit? 

Go, Bev. Go now. Italy is fantastic. And you really need to go more than once to truly appreciate it's splendor  Favorite musical artist.  
I like classical music.

Do you listen to music when you write?  

Classical music

Oh, we've got a comedian here. What makes you laugh? 
Good times with friends

Favorite work of art or sculpture. 
Monet paintings

How old were you when you started writing? 
High school but that was for required papers.  Didn’t start writing what I wanted to write until my 40’s.  I didn’t start writing my first novel until I was 70.

Do you plan out your book with outlines and notecards? Or just write? 
I begin with an outline but it gets revised multiple times.

Describe your perfect evening. 
A delicious gourmet meal with good wine in the company of 2-3 good friends. 

When do you feel your most inspired to write?  
Often when I first wake up in the morning.

What do you do when you get a writer's block? 
I take a break and do something else…take a walk, call a friend, read something unrelated.

Who is your favorite author? 
I don’t have a favorite author now.  I like good writing.  When I was young I like Louisa May Allcott

Last book you read. 
“Underground River” by Martha Conway

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?  
I don’t make a living as a writer.  I am retired.  I spent my career as an organization consultant and leadership coach. 

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why? 
My mother, who maintained a “career” at a time when most women didn’t, served as my role model to pursue my own life and dreams, trusted me, set high standards of performance, and always listened. 

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 who encouraged my curiosity and asked great questions.  Listened to my opinions and thoughts and shared his.  Always kept up with his field and with current events so he was informed and knowledgeable.  Had a great sense of humor. 

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer? Start writing and make it a habit to write every day or several times a week; join a writers group to get good feedback; keep at it, don’t expect to write a good first draft…just write and then revise; read good writers; and be persistent.

Do you have some links for us to follow you?  
Here are my social media links:

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Artist Leonid Afremov

This beautiful, brightly colored, eye-catching paintings are the work of Leonid Afremov. He's created his own personal style of painting that reflects the simple, delicate beauty of nature around us, and those tender moments, like a walk in the park with a loved one.

Leonid Afremov was born in Vitebsk, Belarus on July 12, 1955. At that time Belarus was part of the USSR, but Leo's family was Jewish. Leo's mother worked in a local metal factory. His father was a shoe designer and shoemaker.

Leo showed a talent for painting at an early age and his parents sent him to every possible art class offered. 
After graduation, Afemov worked as a label designer for a local beer and liquor factory. Later he worked as a set designer in a local theater.

In 1975 Leo met Inessa Kagan. They were married a year later. In 1977 their first son Dimitry was born. In 1980 their second son Boris was born. Although very talented and well-liked, he was refused admittance to local and government act groups because of his Jewish heritage. He sold his paintings to friends and family, sometimes giving them away. There are no pictures of his early work before 1990.

In 1986 the Chernobyl disaster occurred in Ivankiv, Raion, in northern Ukraine, near the border of Belarus.  The ecological situation went from bad to worse and the local food crops and water supply were contaminated with radioactive fallout. His youngest son became ill with radio action sickness.  As soon as Mikhail Gorbachev allowed Jewish citizens to migrate to Israel, Leonid packed up his family and moved.

The family settled in Israel, but because of his Russian background, his work met with disfavor. To take care of his family, he was forced to take a job making frames in the back of a gallery shop. It was here he discovered the palette knife, which would change the way he painted.

One day, his son Dimitry took some of his father's work and sold them door to door in the neighborhood. It was quite successful. He began selling more and more, and soon saved up enough money to open a small gallery and frame shop in Ashdod in 1999. He was then commissioned to paint a collection of portraits of local jazz musicians.

In 2001, the Afremov Gallery was completely vandalized. Many paintings were destroyed, artistic equipment was stolen, and the gallery was reduced to rubble. This prompted Leo to think about a move to the USA in 2002.  His work met with great successon eBay. But the cold New York climate made it difficult for Leo to move and get around. In March 2010, Leo decided to take an early retirement and moved to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where the warm weather and sunshine made it possible for him to continue painting again.

Leonid Afremov's work is soothing. It has a peaceful, calming effect. His pieces are reasonably priced. Looking for a piece of artwork to hang in that special place? Check out Leonid Afremov's paintings.

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I claim nothing here as my own, except a genuine admiration of Afremov's work. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Red Sarah by Carol Ann Kauffman

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