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.

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 Advertisements

Posted in Home | Leave a comment

Happy holidays!

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

Posted in Home | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Home | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Home | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Vampire — the origin of a myth

Myths and legends about blood suckers are known in many ancient civilizations such as Egyptian, Mesopotamian and South American, but one of the most famous such creatures – a vampire – originated in Slavic mythology. Its heritage has been preserved … Continue reading

Posted in Home | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Vila – the eternal mythological adolescent

Probably the most poetic beings in Slavic mythology are the vilas, creatures that lived away from people, in forests or near rivers. Immortal, always young, always females, vilas were known for their beauty, grace and magical powers. River vilas, forest vilas, … Continue reading

Posted in Home | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A Wedding and a White Christmas by Suzanne Stengl

Among other things that I loved in A Wedding and a White Christmas are some that I normally don’t care for in romance fiction: stories set in Calgary, Christmas romances and impulsive Vegas weddings. In this sweet romance it was just the … Continue reading

Posted in A closer look, Home | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments