Audrey Austin

Audrey Austin
Proud to be a small town indie author

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Welcome Tracy Kauffman of Decatur, Alabama -- this week's featured writer ..

Hello, My town is Decatur, Alabama. I am attaching a photo of me at a park. Here is the exerpt from Richard the Lionheart.
Welcome Author Tracy Kauffman!  

 Below is an excerpt from Tracy's book

Exerpt from Richard the Lionheart

Richard was born in Beaumont Place, Oxford, in 1157, of the Plantagenet line. He had reddish blond hair with light blue eyes and a fair complexion. He grew into a veryintelligent young man that enjoyed writing poetry and had an active imagination. He knew how to speak several languages
including French, English and Scottish Gaelic. He was above average height and was full of courage from an early age. Richard delighted in playing out in the woody area around
his father’s estate with his younger brother, John. Nature gavehim a sense of pleasure and inspired him. Often he would write poetry about his time in the woods, and often incorporated the
small critters that roamed the forest, into his writing. Once in a while, he had to fight off with his bow and arrow some of the vicious wolves, coyotes, and bears that lived in the tall timbers
of the woods. Richard taught John how to defend himself too, because King Henry was always busy making other plans. He never devoted enough time to his children, especially Richard.

Thus the neglected son of Henry spent a great deal of time
outside the castle. He came to know the castle grounds better
than the king himself. The royal estate had the great castle in
the center, with six smaller cottages surrounding the castle on
three sides. The palace had a great hall, a library, a chapel,
four great bed chambers fit for a king or queen, a kitchen,
and twelve smaller rooms for the servants. On the southwest
side of the castle, the Vienne River ran right up to the side
of the castle. Underneath the castle were several tunnels that
separated into mazelike passages. These led to a separate
doorway in each room of the castle. The king had built the
castle with a planned escape route, in case of any fires that
broke out, or any need of escape from a hostile army.

When Richard roamed the castle grounds, he dreamed of
the time that he would take his place as king, even though he
was third in line for the crown. Henry was the eldest, then
Geoffrey, then Richard, and last of all John. Richard was
adventurous and enjoyed taking risks and loved experiences
that were dangerous and perilous. He craved doing things that
were unsafe such as climbing bluffs, fighting against wild
animals, playing with snakes, and jumping off steep cliffs.

Even though his adventures were wild, he never feared any
danger. He would go home every afternoon telling his mother,
what things he had done that day. His mother was amazed at
what he told her and feared for his life, but trusted in God to
deliver her son from danger.

Once as he was sitting on a rock when a venomous snake
slithered down a tree limb toward him. He picked up a rock
with a quick impetuous movement, hit the viper on the neck,
snapping it in two. On another occasion he killed a lion with
a sling and three small pebbles. When an angry, roaring lion
approached him, he hit the lion right between the eyes, and the
lion fell over. Richard ran toward the lion hitting it with the
two remaining pebbles. Then he used his sharp cutting knife
and slit the lion’s throat. Not once did he ever fear the lion
or anything else that came his way. He would disturb wasps’
nests, throw things at snakes, and play with spiders without


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