Author Archives: jfkaufmann

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.

Bertrada the Narrowfoot

On character names, pen-names and pen-homelands. Finding the right name for my characters is one of the most challenging — and exciting — aspects of writing. Finding a pen name is an ordeal, but more about that later. Some character … Continue reading

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2018 … A Year of Reading – Part 1

Originally posted on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing:
I didn’t set out to do this, but 2018 turned out to be a perfect storm of reading for me! I read more books during this past year than I believe I have…

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Happy New Year!

Read them, write them, buy them, borrow them, lend them, review them, recommend them… love them! Wishing you all another year of great books!

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Smashwords Christmas Sale

Dec. 25 to January 1 Thousands of free or discounted books  at the Smashwords Store. Among them is my romantic and hot Once Upon a Night https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/776280

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Happy holidays!

Merry Christmas and joyful New Year! Happy reading and writing!

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Dragons – the mythical ancestors of Slavs

Some people believe they could trace their ancestry to Charlemagne; some used to believe they were descendants of dragons. South Slavic heroes, great warriors and sometimes noblemen were thought to be of dragon blood. Dragon (“zmay”) in South Slavic mythology … Continue reading

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The Vampire I Loved

Vampire proper, the Slavic vampire from my previous post, seems to be the progenitor of the entire fictional vampiric race. A piece of documented  history: The first recorded mention of the word “vampire” dates from 1672. In a small village on … Continue reading

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