Latest novel – Future Hope
Future Hope is Winfreda Donald’s third novel in The Long Shadows Series. The story continues to trace the separate lives of Freya and Alexander. Once more their paths cross in unusual circumstances – this time in Kruger National Park. They resolve to clear up the mysterious events that led to their parting some seventeen years previously – after Freya completes her humanitarian aid mission in southern Sudan. Will their lives change as the clock tips over on New Year’s Eve 1999 into the current century?
Future Hope is currently available as an e-book from major online booksellers and will be published in paperback format at the end of February.
Soft air and solitude
New editing task
Today I seriously started editing the third book in The Long Shadows Series – (author Winfreda Donald).
Future Hope begins in Scotland, and it feels like home even though I haven’t lived there for a long time. The early chapters take Freya Prentiss from Edinburgh to Plockton in the northwest with a small side adventure on the way even though she is aching for solitude and an opportunity to come to terms with her recent horrifying experiences during the Sudanese famine.
Writers Group have already critiqued five chapters so I’ll incorporate their suggestions – and in parallel will move forward from Chapter six. I feel I’ve learned so much over the last year and am making a lot of changes – more showing – it’s still a challenge, but I recognise where it is needed now.
I’m on a slight high as Present Tense the second book of the series was launched on Smashwords yesterday. Will submit to Amazon over the weekend. Also, the first book Past Imperfect in both e-book and paperback format has been approved for library distribution locally. Stoked again.
Also working on getting some short stories shaped up for publication. Soon there won’t be enough hours in the days. But seriously I will take a break during the festive season although I expect the mind will churn away regardless.
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 Series – Present 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.
Book one of the Longshadows Series
Past Imperfect, by Winfreda Donald (my fiction pen-name) the first novel in the Long Shadows Series is available from Smashwords. It will be free for two weeks, so if you want to have a look, now is the time. Google Smashwords.com and enter the title Past Imperfect in the search box on the top right.
I hope many of you will find the story engaging, and would appreciate any reviews. Hopefully the plot and sub-plots it will appeal to many readers but I expect they may be more popular with women and young adults who enjoy unfolding stories of families, romance, coming of age, with background secrets interfering in the lives of the main characters.
Editing of the second book starts tomorrow – appropriate for the first of the month.
Publication date for the first novel in the Long shadows series is almost here.
Past imperfect is being delayed because I can’t get the new website in my fiction pen-name of Winfreda Donald to work. I’m persevering and hopefully will have good news before the end of March.
As soon as the Past imperfect is available as an e-book, it will be a delight to move on to editing Present tense, the second volume in the series. All being well it should be published in August or September this year.
As always for me, in the final run-up to completing projects, minor and major complications came from nowhere. It used to happen at work every time a substantial document was due – a formatting foul-up, computer system down, copier not working, oversight committee wanted to add a late term of reference or some other unexpected happening.
Just to show that the Long shadows stories are not a figment of my imagination, here are the cover pictures that will soon front the stories.
Book one of series
I’d love to hear from other people.
Did you have a dream run in the last stages before publication?
What last-minute hassles caused you stress?