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Book one of the Longshadows Series

Book one of the Long Shadows Series

Late yesterday I sent out emails and made phone calls to let friends and family know that Past Imperfect was published on Smashwords and available free for two weeks if they were interested in having a look. More of them than expected did just that, and so many sent lovely messages of congratulations and support, and a few were burrowing their way through the story straight away even though it was Easter weekend and most had family get-togethers on the go.

If you’d like to do the same go to  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/301384

I’m so excited. This is the first time I’ve used my pen-name as author. I plan to use Winfreda Donald for all my fiction writing from now on.

And today I also made a start on editing the second book in The Long Shadows SeriesPresent Tense. I sailed through two chapters just after Freya’s arrival in Africa.

Between times I’m re-reading Pearl Buck’s wonderful tale of The Good Earth. I’m still with Wang Lung during the tumultuous times of famine as he takes his family south. I felt immersed in the impact they experienced because of the barren soil of the Chinese countryside and the changed behaviour of their starving neighbours. The city is such an alien world for them and the story so simply and powerfully told. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in stories of change and comparisons between a past world and a present one. Even at fourth or fifth reading the novel is fresh and engaging.

I intend to keep this blog for a while longer but would welcome views of my new website even though it is a little sparse right now. It will expand soon. Find the covers of two other books in The Long Shadows Series by visiting http://www.winfredadonald.com

Tomorrow is critiquing day – to prepare for our Writers Group meeting on Friday. Looking forward to that.

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