Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Books, Authors, Art, and Kauai

After just finishing and mailing in her fifth book in the Tiki Goddess Mystery series, best selling Kauai author, Jill Marie Landis, decided to treat herself to a relaxing acrylic painting class at my art studio.  I was thrilled to finally meet her in person, and she is just as warm and bubbly as I had imagined.

I recently read the first book in her series, Mai Tai One On, and just loved it.  If you know Kauai's north shore, you will recognize the tiki bar in the story as Kauai's own Tahiti Nui of Hanalei, an actual restaurant and bar and luau party place.  If you love murder mysteries and Kauai, then you will enjoy her book as the tale takes you to many familiar places around Kauai with an exotic, hula dancing, tropical beat to the story.

Kauai author Jill Marie Landis The Tiki Goddess series books
 Marionette Taboniar and Jill Marie Landis

As two creative people and business women, we naturally hit it off and spent the afternoon "talking story" about books, art, Kauai, and our lives.  We also had a fun time painting these tropical cottage paintings.

Jill has written thirty books now and they include romance novels, historical romances, inspirational romances, and her new Kauai based fun mysteries.  She has appeared on several best seller lists and has won many awards.  She resides on the island of Kauai, and I am glad to be able to call her my friend and neighbor.

Here is the first book in her Tiki Goddess Mystery Series:
For more info about Jill and to see a list of her books for sale on Amazon, please visit  


In other news about books and authors, I recently had one of my paintings published as the cover of Gregg Edward Townsley's newest mystery, Kauai Getaway: Tommy Valentine, PI

I can't wait to read this one!  The story is supposed to take place mainly on Kauai's east side of the island, also known as the Coconut Coast.


Some new artwork recently added to my Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kauaiartist

9"x12" Original Watercolor   $119

5"x7" Giclee Print  $12

8"x10" Giclee Print   $25

8"x10" Giclee Print   $25

5"x7" Giclee Print   $12

8"x10" Giclee Print   $25


E.E.Burke said...

What a wonderful way to find inspiration! Jill's smile says it all!

Enzie Shahmiri said...

How fun to have an author take one of your painting classes. Your work is just lovely :) I am visiting from an Etsy team and hope that you visit my site http://www.portraits-by-nc.com as well.