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Friday, August 2, 2013

Spotlight with author Tracy Kauffman

Spotlight with author Tracy Kauffman

Good morning everyone! Today I am going to switch gears a little bit. For those of you who know, I occasionally return to my roots and feature a Christian Romance novel. I decided to feature this book today because not only is it Christian, it is also Young Adult. I wish that when I started reading that there were more options for me to read but there wasn't a whole lot beyond Grace Livingston Hill. Today there are so many more reading options and sub-genres. Had I had these books and authors available to me at the time, I would have had so much more to read. I know that, as a parent, although I read a lot of erotica, I do not necessarily want my daughters to start off with such strong content. I will most likely do as my mom did and provide more wholesome YA romances for them to start off with if they are as interested as I was. So I think of the people who lack the knowledge of who is out there for them and also those who want something tamer for their children and that is why I feature these books once in a while. Hopefully you will find this book as interesting as I do and find the spotlight helpful for you and maybe even someone else. *grins* Please allow me to introduce to the blog:



Tracy Kauffman is a Christian fiction author of Young Adult and Children Stories. She grew up in North Alabama, where she still resides with her husband and daughter. She loves taking cruises and traveling with her family. Her favorite place that she has been to is the Grand Canyon.

Tracy has an Associates Degree in Nursing. She is a registered nurse and works part time in a local nursing home. The rest of the time she spends her time writing books and marketing them. Her titles include: Gwendolyn’s Wish, Southern Adventures, Richard the Lionheart, My Boyfriend the Squire, Southern Attraction, and Captain Honey Bear Saves Goldie Locks.

Tracy started writing poetry at a small age and won the title of editor in her school newspaper, when she was in second grade. She had her first poem published in an online writing contest called, The Cosmetology Student. She decided to write her first book, Southern Adventures, when her son left home for the Air Force.

She loves writing and hopes to be able to inspire her readers into living a happy healthier life. She feels like her own life experiences have made her a better writer. Learn more about her by visiting her website or blog.

You can find out more about Ms. Kauffman in the following places:


Young Adult Romance
Categories: Action/Adventure
Publisher: KG Books
Heat Level: Sweet
Length: 174 pages


Heather has everything she ever wanted; money, clothes, friends, popularity and parents that adored her. One terrible day, she is uprooted to a small town in Alabama with an uncle she doesn’t know.

The small town of Huckleburg was nothing like Manhattan. Country rednecks owned the town and no one accepted Yankees from New York. Heather didn’t think things could get worse until a tornado comes and blasts through the small town. Heather has to lose herself to rediscover what life is all about. She meets two guys that she can’t decide between who she really wants.

Join Heather as she discovers that there is more to life than money and fame. Will Heather ever fit in and find true love or will she stay an outsider living in the south?

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Heather was awakened by the sound of her alarm. Today is the first day of the rest of my life, she thought as she stretched and yawned. She jumped up out of her bed, hit the silence button on the alarm, and went to her closet to pick out her clothes for the day. After looking through all her clothes, she sighed deeply.

What can I wear to this illiterate, rustic school. If I dress up, then people will think I’m a snob and snub me. If I dress down, then I will blend into the crowd, and I will not be able to accomplish anything. I guess I have my answer. I need to be seen in order to make a difference, whether good or bad.

Heather picked out her black leather skirt, a white dress shirt, a black fringed soft leather jacket and her black leather boots. At least I’m wearing boots, that way I’ll blend in somewhat, she thought. She styled her hair the way she always did and put on her makeup with a little more emphasis than usual.

Heather heard a knock on the door, “Yes, what do you want?” she asked. “I’m going to be outside. My cotton pickin’ cow, Molly, got out of the fence, and I have to round her up. Be back after a while,” Mick said through the door. “All right, but I’m leaving in a few minutes, so I’ll see you after school,” Heather replied.

Okey dokey, see ya later,” Mick responded.

Okey dokey! I can’t believe I’m living with a redneck, dirt farmer,” she said as she rolled her eyes. Heather glanced at the alarm, “Crap, I’m going to be late”, she said as she grabbed her purse and ran out the door. The door slammed behind her as she ran to the car. She looked around for Mick, but didn’t see him anywhere. I guess he’ll realize I’m gone when he doesn’t hear from me, she thought.

As Heather drove down the narrow gravel road she looked for the right road to take to get her to the school. She saw Mick with a belt whipping his cow. “Now I’m seen everything,” she said as she laughed.

As Heather approached the school, a green ford truck ran right in front of her. She paused for a second after giving him the finger. I can’t believe these idiots, she thought. She pulled into the parking space closer to the front of the school, and she looked over to the green pickup truck.

A scruffy looking guy with long hair climbed out of the truck. “You need to watch where your going. This ain’t New York, this is my town,” he said very hatefully with a smirk on his face. “No, you need to watch where you are going, you hick. You’re the one who ran in front of me,” Heather replied as she pointed her finger at him. Heather was a little tougher than she looked. She wasn’t going to let some corn fed hillbilly talk to her like that.

How do you know I’m from New York anyway?” she asked.

That is for me to know and you to find out,” he replied as he turned away from her.

Heather wasn’t used to people treating her this way, especially boys. She was the most popular girl in the whole school at Manhattan High School. Now she was in a place that was oblivious to the fact that she wore an eighteen hundred dollar Armani jacket and Louboutin boots. How can anyone not care about fashion, she thought. Fashion is what made her so popular. Everyone in Manhattan wanted what she had. She was the envy of all the girls at her school. Now she felt like she was an outsider looking in through a dark stained glass and no one could see her.

Interesting that Ms. Kauffman loves the Grand Canyon. I happen to live just near it. The Gateway to the Grand Canyon is our town's registered trademarked name. LOL Maybe I will run into her one day. So tell me what you all thought of the book. Many of us do not regularly read this genre. Would you consider reading it? Would you recommend it to someone you know? What about your daughter(s), if you have any like I do. Would you have them read books like this before getting into the smuttier stuff, or do you mind? But I really want to hear your feedback on the book so please feel free to leave a comment below.

I want to thank Ms. Kauffman for being here with us today and allowing us to feature her book even though the blog is generally outside of her genre. I always enjoy getting to know about new authors no matter what the genre. I hope that you all had fun with your time spent here today. As always, if you were intrigued by what you experienced here today, please consider purchasing a copy of this book for yourself. This is the best way for us to show support to Ms. Kauffman. I wish everyone a fabulous day and hope to see you all again soon. Until then ...

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