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Release day: Where the River Bends

20 July 2018

Today is the official release of Where the River Bends by Elsa Winckler (ebook, Tule Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

Kalinda Evans works for the Anglo-Boer war foundation in Canada. She’s sent to South Africa to make sure everyone who lost their lives in the war will be remembered. On her drive to the guest farm in Kimberley, South Africa, Kalinda picks up a female hitchhiker and is startled when just moments later, the woman vanishes. Kalinda would be convinced she was dreaming…except there’s still a white lace handkerchief on the passenger seat.

Extreme sports enthusiast and computer game designer Zack Carter is always after the next big challenge. He’s far too busy for romance and adheres to a three-date rule, until he meets his parents’ latest guest. When she relays the story of her mysterious experience, Zack’s family shares the local ghost story. Kalinda and Zack work together to solve the puzzle of the ghost and how it all ties in with the war and the work Kalinda is doing.

As their attraction grows, Zack realizes he no longer feels the need to prove anything to himself. He only needs to prove to Kalinda that he’s more than a good time.

Elsa dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

I originally wrote this story in Afrikaans during a very difficult time for our family. On a day when I couldn’t stop thinking about her, our beautiful daughter arrived on our doorstep with only her handbag and laptop with her—she had the courage to walk away from an abusive marriage. Healing took time, but I’m happy to report she’s now married to a wonderful, caring man. The whole incident left us reeling, though, and writing this story was a way to process the whole traumatic event. More or less at the same time I read an article about the Canadian involvement in the South African Anglo Boer War and I discovered that a number of nurses accompanied the regiment. Imagine leaving home to sail across an ocean far away from your loved ones so that you can help the injured. There was one particular battle that piqued my interest, one that was fought on the banks of the Mud River. And of course I started thinking, what if … I grew up listening to ghost stories and stories about the unexplained, and when I began writing Where the River Bends, a teary ghost, Suzy, one of the original Canadian nurses, somehow found her way into the tale. I hope you enjoy reading Kalinda and Zach’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

You can find out more about this book at Elsa’s website or buy it from Amazon.

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