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Where the River Bends by Elsa Winckler – A Book Tour

I’m very pleased to announce this delicious book called Where the River Bends by Elsa Winckler. She will be giving away a gift card during her tour!

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GENRE: Contemporary

Length: 157 Pages

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Publish Date: July 20, 2018

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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.


“Well, well, well and what do we have here?” It was a new voice.

Kalinda glanced towards the door. At first she thought it was Luke, but then ice blue eyes landed on her and she realised this was someone different. Entirely different. He radiated energy; his mere presence seemed to fill up the room. Something inside of her moved. Breathing was suddenly difficult.

Like Luke, this man was big and tall. And, like Luke, he was attractive. Impossibly attractive. He had Luke’s black hair and bushy eyebrows, but there the similarities ended. Instead of a clean-shaven face, he had what was probably a week’s worth of stubble and instead of Luke’s easy, open smile, his was mocking. Challenging. And it was doing strange things to her insides.

Her reaction to him was also totally different. She’d smiled easily when she’d seen Luke but now she couldn’t get her mouth to move. Her tongue felt too big, her legs were rubbery, and her heartbeat had increased rapidly. What the hell?

She quickly looked down at her hands, willing herself to breathe. But her body refused to behave normally.

“Zach!” Madeline called out and rushed forward to hug him. “I didn’t know you were coming to visit.” She cupped his face. “What’s wrong? Why are you so pale? Has your asthma been bothering you again?”

He smiled and grabbed her hands. “Relax, Mom, nothing happened; I’m fine. I’m pale because I’ve been to the Antarctic.”

“But that was in November last year …”

Ignoring his mother, he crouched down in front of Kalinda. “Who is this gorgeous woman and what is wrong with her hands?”

Kalinda thought it safest to keep looking down on her hands. What this guy did to her insides was ridiculous. He even had a dimple, for goodness’ sake.

Madeline sat down next to her again. “Miss Evans …”

“Kalinda. My name is Kalinda.”

Madeline patted her arm. “Kalinda is from Canada and she will be a guest here for a week. We only expected her to arrive tomorrow, but then we found her on the road. On her hands and knees. She still has to tell us what happened,” she added teasingly.

Zach took Kalinda’s hand in his and turned it, palm upwards. The minute he touched her, the air around her became too thick to breathe. Damn it, this was ludicrous. He was merely a man.

Interview & Author

Author Photo.JPGI have been reading love stories for as long as I can remember and when I ‘met’ the classic authors like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James The Brontë sisters, etc. during my Honours studies, I was hooked for life.

I married my college boyfriend and soul mate and after 43 years, 3 interesting and wonderful children and 3 beautiful grandsons, he still makes me weak in the knees. We are fortunate to live in the picturesque little seaside village of Betty’s Bay, South Africa with the ocean a block away and a beautiful mountain right behind us. And although life so far has not always been an easy ride, it has always been an exciting and interesting one!

I like the heroines in my stories to be beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong.  And the heroes must be strong but possess a generous amount of sensitivity. They are of course, also gorgeous!  My stories typically incorporate the family background of the characters to better understand where they come from and who they are when we meet them in the story.

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  • Who are some of your favorite authors?
    • Nora Roberts, Katie Fforde, Fredrik Backman, Ellena Ferrante, Zuzanne Brockmann, Sandra Brown, Jane Ann Krentz, Romy Sommer, Joss Wood, Rae Rivers
  • Who are some authors in your genre that inspire you?
    • Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Romy Sommer, Rae Rivers, Joss Wood
  • What are some great books you’ve read recently?
  • What types of books do you enjoy in your downtime?
    • I prefer romances or romantic suspense (I love a happy ending) but I’ve recently discovered I enjoy reading biographies as well.
  • What are you working on now? Any chance of a sequel?
    • I also write in Afrikaans and at the moment I’m busy writing an Afrikaans story. There is a series that Tule Publishing will release in the new year – I’m so happy about that. No sequel to this story, though!
  • What are the upsides and downsides to being an author?
    • The upside is that I get to do what I love – creating worlds and stories for the voices in my head. The downside is that I can get lost in the worlds I create and I forget about food on the stove, appointments I have, admin that needs to be done.
  • What does a typical workday look like for you?
    • We get up at around seven and have coffee in bed (hubby makes the coffee, I’m happy to say) and after doing the necessary chores, I try to start writing at around nine. By half past four I stop in time to cook dinner. I try not to work over weekends, but if need be, I’ll work on Saturday mornings.
  • Do you believe in writer’s block?
    • I’m sure it could happen, fortunately I haven’t yet run out of ideas. I do find though, that when I’m tired it’s more difficult to concentrate. When I’ve finished a book, I try to have a few days free to simply empty my mind – not that it always works, but I make an effort to calm down those voices J
  • Out of all the books you’ve written, do you have a favorite?
    • I’ve started out writing in Afrikaans, my mother tongue and the first English romance I wrote, is still my favorite. It’s called Love, in writing about a romance author and a cynical science fiction author who met in a lift J. But I also have a great affinity for Suzie, the ghost in Where the river bends, so it’s a difficult one!
  • If someone is brand new to your work, what book do you think they should start with?
    • Where the river bends is not your typical love story, so I’d say start with this one!


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