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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3 Guaranteed Strategies for Stepmoms to Shut down Bio-Mom For GOOD

Bonused + Blessed

Any stepmom will tell you that walking in her shoes is not for the faint of heart, whether she has her own children or has the dreaded “Childless Stepmom” label (that’s another post all together), if she’s a new stepmom or has been pouring into the lives of her stepchildren for years. No matter where she may be in her journey, the consensus is the same: it ain’t easy. I can tell you from my own experience as a stepmom of two boys that it is not an easy life. Hardly anyone chooses this position, rather, it chooses them.

While, for me, the rewards that come with sharing in the responsibility of raising children in a blended family environment outweigh the struggle, the difficulties of this type of life are varied and aren’t always rooted in negativity. Parenting and marriage are hard no matter your family dynamic. Add to that…

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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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