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New e-book publication

New e-book publication

Great design by Justine Elliott

Great design by Justine Elliott

The second novel in The Long Shadows Series, Present Tense  by Winfreda Donald,  will by available on Smashwords from 16 December. Do take a look at the site, and the extract. I’d love to hear from readers.

You can find it on http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/383413

Freya recently married Reg Prentiss in Scotland, and they arrive in Australia to be met by Reg’s father before a family dinner with the Prentiss’s and Freya’s sister Nessie and her husband Brad.

Below are a several extracts from early chapters:

Freya chided herself. She needed to think forward, not backward – to prepare for meeting her new family. She stopped herself from digging Reg in the ribs. How little she knew; but a loaded sleeping plane wasn’t the place to garner the Prentiss family history. And he knew zilch about her family.


Freya struggled to keep track of the father-son conversation, almost overcome by nostalgia at the whiff of the subtropics that laced through exhaust fumes and the noise of revving buses, taxis and cars. With a deep sigh she drank in the dry warm air and the vastness of a totally blue sky. The special Australian light she’d missed embraced her. She was home.


When the car stopped briefly for the ironwork security gates to slide apart, it took a few seconds for Freya to realise they were at Reg’s family home. He’d said they had a big place, but she was unprepared for the obvious affluence. The car purred along the winding drive with its honour guard of conical dark green pines, to circle a mini-roundabout, spectacular with a profusion of purple and white agapanthus surrounding a stand of frangipani, luxuriant with creamy blossom.


Nessie was the centre of attention, lovelier than ever in silver-grey silk with a faint turquoise feather pattern that set off her dark hair and olive complexion. Muzzy-headed, Freya loosened up, observed, and was able to withdraw unobtrusively. The three men paid homage to Ness with flattering remarks and repeated glances. Ruby seemed mesmerised. While supposing Ness was used to the ritual, Freya’s keen eye detected the tension around her sister’s jaw and speculated that she and Brad were about to embark or were already on, the IVF merry-go-round. Her heart clenched for them. Two of her Scots colleagues had found the process daunting and they’d been insiders with nursing and medical knowledge.

Present Tense will be available in paperback early in 2014.


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