The 2019 Author Interview Series Featuring Tracy Kauffman

Author Don Massenzio

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I’m happy to feature author Tracy Kauffman in this edition of the 2019 Author Interview Series. It’s interesting to see which questions authors select from my list to reveal a bit about themselves and their work to those of you that read their interviews.

Please enjoy meeting Tracy Kauffman.


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  • What do you think are the elements of a good story?

I believe descriptive words  relay the story so it makes the reader feel they are there instead of being told the details of the story.

  • Do you view fellow authors as competitors, allies or are there some combination of the two? Why?

I believe other authors are allies because they can help each other in so many ways.  Authors know how to get their work done, published, marketed etc…. It’s always good to keep your author coworkers as friends and allies.

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  • What marketing technique have you found to be the…

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THE STRANGER INSIDE BY LAURA BENEDICT – BOOK REVIEW – Karen’s World

This book you really must read as it is a bit different, imagine arriving home after a few days away to find the locks changed on your house and a person living there sayi…

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* More on the good news about misbehavior

Teachezwell Blog

I am still processing the excellent book, “The Good News About Bad Behavior,” by Katherine Reynolds Lewis. Lewis describes four types of parenting styles (and I like to think of them as teaching styles, too): authoritative, authoritarian, indulgent, and uninvolved.

If you are a parent or teacher, which style best describes you? Do you use punishment and rewards to control your kids? Do you try to be their best friend? Are you distant or spend most of your time at work or away? Are you mostly concerned about “covering the material” without connecting emotionally?

Lewis argues that an authoritative parenting style is most effective. Could you be described as a calm adult who holds kids responsible but allows them to learn from mistakes? Do you refrain from criticizing while allowing kids to experience natural consequences?

One important takeaway from examining parenting styles is that it’s okay to be…

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Book Review: Last Train to Lime Street by Brian L. Porter

This Is My Truth Now

Last Train to Lime Street (Mersey Murder Mysteries Book 6)Last Train to Lime Street by Brian L. Porter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you were to look over my previously read book list, you’d notice ~75% are mysteries that are part of a book series. I enjoy getting to know a group of characters in a realistic setting who work together (or sometimes against) trying to discover what secrets led to a murder. Brian L. Porter’s ‘The Mersey Murder Mysteries’ series provides all that and more. I’d finished reading three of five previously written when his latest was released this month. Although I try to read in order, these can be read out of order as they’re stand-alone mysteries based on the fictional Merseyside Police Specialist Murder Investigation Team. If you read out of order, you might find someone married in a later book and single in an earlier book, but otherwise, it should be okay. Kudos…

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ZION: WAR OF THRONES Chapter One

Racheal's Novels

G’day! I am starting on the last book in the Zion trilogy! I am both excited and nervous about nearing the completion of the trilogy. But at least then I can move onto other stories. Have a nice day and enjoy this start to the third Zion book!

She shot up like a bullet, sweating like crazy. Anastasia took deep breaths to calm herself. It was just a dream, she kept repeating to herself, but doubt crept into her mind. Was it a memory?

In the dream, she had been lying down in a white tube. She had been able to blink and move her eyes in whatever direction she chose – but she could not move the rest of her body. Not her arms, hands, head, legs or feet. The rest of her body had seemed to be paralyzed. Anastasia remembered that, in the dream, she had heard…

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Widows-In-Law – Michele W. Miller

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Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”
– Lyndon B. Johnson

Title: Widows-In-Law
Author: Michele W. Miller
Published by: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Number of pages: 328

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Synopsis

After the sudden death of her ex-husband Brian, Lauren’s much younger widow, Jessica, arrange the funeral and settle his affairs. Although they were once adversaries in the battle for Brian’s heart, Lauren agrees to pitch in for the sake of their troubled sixteen-year-old daughter Emily. But Lauren gets much more than she bargained for when information comes to light about Brian’s shady business deals with his old college friend Jordan Connors and the crime lord Jorge Arena, jeopardizing Brian’s estate and throwing the women into the world of high-stakes illegal gambling.

With only a few days to find out where Brian hid millions of dollars in bonds and…

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Happy 128th Birthday Agatha Christie

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Today is the 128th birthday of Agatha Christie.  At one time, I had this grand idea that I was going to read every one of her books in order of publication.  That is a lot of reading.  I didn’t get very far, but it was not her fault, I fall in and out of love with reading.  There are points in my life where reading is much easier, if I have a commute or something.  I love all the Agatha Christie movies, Miss Marple and even the Tommy and Tuppence ones, but especially Hercule Poirot (David Suchet portrayal).  The books are quick and clever and keep you guessing.  The world is a better place that she was in it and still feels the loss that she has left.

NAME: Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie
OCCUPATION: Author, Playwright
BIRTH DATE: September 15, 1890
DEATH DATE: January 12, 1976

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The Outsider – Review.

S C Richmond

4.5/5.0 A solid King read.

The Outsider by Stephen King.

Well, finally I got through this book (no fault of Mr King) and it was a good read, after I’ve read a few that just didn’t do it for me, this one was much more to my liking, it read more like Kingy was going back to the style we all know and love and by far the best of the detective style novels he’s turned his hand to, there are some gory parts but it wouldn’t be a King book without them now would it! This is a novel I would definitely recommend to any reader.

The Blurb –

When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town’s popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family…

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Becoming a Book Reviewer – Pros and Cons

Audra's Book Blabbing

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I haven’t done a simple discussion post in a long time, but I thought it would be fun today! If you didn’t already notice, most of my books I review were sent to me for free from the author or the publisher. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I’d be privileged enough to receive all this, but here I am! While it is pretty awesome to receive free books, there are a few aggravating things about it. Here’s a few of the pros and cons I could think of.

Pro: Free Books!

Of course this is going to be my first pro! Not only am I on certain reviewer lists for publishers, but I have even sent an email to an author I liked to ask for one of their books. Maybe I have just been lucky, but every author I’ve contacted has sent me the book…

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