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About jfkaufmann

Not unlike my characters, I lead a double life: by day I'm a mother, a friend, a colleague, and the queen of my kitchen. When the moon rises, however, I shift into my other self and, as Queen of the Night, I reign the magical world of my imagination.

Book Release on KISS – The Two-Blood Legacy

Back in February, I was contacted by Crazy Maple Studio (CMS), the creator of Chapters Interactive Stories (an interactive story game and visual novel app). They recently launched a novel platform called KISS and offered to market my books through … Continue reading

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The Emperor and I – Facts and fiction in my stories

Do historical figures inhabit your fiction work? Some past events and long-dead people crop up in The Red Cliffs Chronicles—the 1621 Battle of Khotyn, the 1588 Battle of Gravelines, the 1793-1794 Reign of Terror; the fifteenth-century Turkish cartographer Piri Reis, … Continue reading

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She Who Comes Forth by Audrey Driscoll

The first book I read this year left me frustrated. I was way more fortunate with my second read in 2021 – She Who Comes Forth by Audrey Driscoll. I really enjoyed this mystery novel set in the early 1960s … Continue reading

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The Inspiration Eaters

The first book I read in 2021 was A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas). It took me forever to finish it. Last January, I remember, I blitzed through seven or eight Lisa Gardner’s novels with a thrilling … Continue reading

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The Years of Living Dangerously

I don’t think about the past often, but every now and then something brings it back against my will and turns me inside out. This time it was an article, written by a friend of mine and once-time colleague, about … Continue reading

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In the Spotlight: Jasmina Hanjalic – To the Mother of the Only Son

 Jasmina Hanjalic is my high school friend, the author of several books of poetry and short stories, and an ER doctor. This poem is based on a true event, and it’s Jasmina’s intimate reaction to its absurdity. I had the … Continue reading

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Honouring Rememberance Day: Momčilo the Brave

There are very few things more depraved, more cruel, more immoral than child-soldiers.  Yet, this post is a homage to a boy-warrior, the youngest soldier of the Great War. His story is unique, though–he wasn’t recruited; nobody used him for … Continue reading

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ALL MY BOOKS ARE FREE ON SMASHWORDS Best Friends and Other Lovers Two lonely souls trapped in a stormy night. A blind date gone awry. A quest to save the best friend from the worst mistake of his life, with … Continue reading

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Embracing Obscurity

Uploading all my three books on Smashwords marked the end of my formatting  adventure. I left Smashwords for the end because I believed its style guide was complicated. It isn’t; it’s only written in an unnecessarily complicated manner, but once … Continue reading

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DIY Formatting? Not so Sure.

It’s been said over and over again that you should never edit your own book. After three months of preparing my three manuscripts for publishing, I’m not sure that self-formatting is a good idea either. Having said that, formatting isn’t … Continue reading

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