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Red Clover by Florence Osmund

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Red Clover is a Literary Fiction novel by Florence Osmund

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Lee Winekoop suffered a childhood fraught with criticism and isolation. Now twenty-six, confused and emotionally bankrupt, he leaves his dysfunctional upper-class family to find his true self. In pursuit of cultivating a meaningful life for himself, Lee discovers a world poles apart from the one he had left behind and an assortment of unforgettable characters to go with it. But just when things start falling into place, a well-intentioned domestic servant divulges an alarming family secret that causes Lee to question who he is and where he’s going.

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Author Florence Osmund

I have had a number of people say to me about “Red Clover” that they would like to see it made into a movie. Some of them have even identified the actors who they think would be good in the various roles. Of course comments like this are music to an author’s ears, even if I know that the likelihood of that happening is very low. That said, Octavia Spencer would have to play Shaneta. I just wouldn’t have it any other way.
(Florence Osmund, 19th May 2016)

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Catch the Moon, Mary by Wendy Waters

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Catch the Moon, Mary is a novel by Wendy Waters

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A magical story about a gifted, vulnerable girl who is both saved and damned by an angel who falls in love with her music and claims it in a devilish pact. With Mary in his thrall, he ruthlessly kills all those who threaten his grand plan to bring Mary to Carnegie Hall where her talent will be hailed as supreme.

Ghost story, horror story, thriller, fantasy, fairy tale noir. Catch The Moon, Mary defies classification in its originality and exuberance.

Award winning author, singer and lyricist, Wendy Waters writes prose that soars with breath-taking beauty.




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Author Wendy Waters

Catch the Moon, Mary began as a philosophy when I was volunteering my services as a singing teacher at a Salvation Army Crisis Centre for homeless youth in inner-city Sydney. I was overwhelmed by the stories these young people told me –tales of physical, sexual and mental abuse drove them onto the streets where they’d rather take their chances with strangers and hunger than risk violent episodes at home. I’ve always had a strong connection with the unseen world – visits from spirits, sprites and angels and my conversations with them have been and remain positive and supportive. Their focus is never on my mundane daily struggles but on my aspirations and goals and how best to achieve them. I began working with these young people the same way, redirecting conversations about the past to a focus on their personal strengths and an attainable future given commitment and timely support. We couldn’t change the past but the future was unwritten.
I began writing Catch the Moon, Mary at this time. Mary Granger is a child prodigy – a shy, awkward musical genius suffering abuse and ridicule at the hands of her father and her peers at school. To escape her sad reality Mary disappears into her music and the imaginary worlds it gives rise to. One night her melody attracts an angel who offers protection, love and a guarantee of fame. She readily accepts. But as the years peel away Mary realises the angel has fallen from grace and is using her music to reconnect with God. Once again Mary is being abused by someone she should have been able to trust and the only way she can find personal freedom is to break her contract with him and pursue her own path. My philosophy is that each of us must nurture our soul’s highest reach. No-one can clear the path for you, not even an angel. Part of life’s unfolding journey is the discovery of your own strength and mastery. Decent angels and decent human beings will take your hand from time to time but the journey towards self-realisation is a solitary one taken in the sight of God.
(Wendy Waters, 10th May 2016)

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Living with Markus

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Living with Markus is a Literary Fiction novel by Florence Osmund

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What Windy City Reviews is saying, “The characters, even the young boys, are complicated and believable, and the plot’s complexity allows the reader to see the characters from a myriad of angles. Another non-surprise is Florence Osmund, who has written yet another great book.”

When thirty-one-year-old Marc Nussbaum builds a successful landscaping business with clientele from the affluent suburbs of Chicago, he has visions of enjoying the finer things in life—no dependents, no worries, no commitments outside of work—and he thinks he’s found the perfect woman to enjoy it with him. But when he repeatedly shoves his own life aside to run to the aid of his dysfunctional family members and falls victim to their helplessness, he eventually loses sight of his dreams and his girlfriend.

Embittered by thankless relatives and their hopeless situations, Marc must decide whether to continue saving them from their ill-fated lives, or save himself from entering into a life of self-sacrifice and missed opportunities.

It is only after painful soul-searching and late-night talks with the fetching tenant from downstairs that Marc eventually realizes his purpose in life and how to achieve self-fulfillment—and the purpose in life that he eventually discovers for himself isn’t at all what he had previously envisioned.




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Author Florence Osmund

This was an interesting book to write. First of all, it is written from a male’s perspective, and I am not. Men think and approach things differently than women, so that was a challenge. Secondly, while I know people who come from highly dysfunctional families, I am not one of them, and so I had to conduct a fair amount of research to understand how that affects family dynamics as well as the individuals. For those of you who choose to read Living with Markus, I hope you can relate to the protagonist’s dilemma, but not too much.
(Florence Osmund, 5th May 2016)

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