NancyFreund

Writer, Reader, Reviewer

Forthcoming Books

Effort of Will

expected publication 2017

(Working title)

Prelim cover by Edward Fraser (age 9).

ISBN trade paperback: to follow

ISBN ebook: to follow


Fiction.

Thirty-two-year-old cattle rancher Will Harding is newly married to a high-flying high-finance adviser from New York.  She never thought she'd have kids, but she's got her dead sister's charming but difficult twins.  He never thought he'd have kids either, but when he falls for Jean, fatherhood is part of the deal.  Aside from his ranching and love of land, he's also an artist.  No magic realism, no heavy spirituality, but when Will paints, his dead father sometimes speaks to him... about life and career and women and wives and family. Jean's career moves the family to Europe, and Will seeks guidance from wherever he can get it.  The one true path he counts on, his art, is earning him a reputation as a serious  player in the New York contemporary market -- but is his success earned, or is it a carefully orchestrated coincidence his wife and her clients have created?  And how far should husbands and wives go when they try to do the right thing for their partner?  



Big Gecko Tango

expected publication 2018


Prelim cover by Kevin Ryland

ISBN trade paperback: to follow

ISBN ebook: to follow


Fiction.

Serene Peaceful LaRue is raised not by a schizophrenic, but by a multiple-mom — a Hollywood actress who, when she’s working, never breaks character. As a child, Serene yearns for a normal American family, but now that she’s an adult, she’s sure that she would be as unnatural a mother as her own was. 


Driving the Smoky Red

expected publication 2019


Prelim cover by Edward Fraser

ISBN trade paperback: to follow

ISBN ebook: to follow


Fiction.

Frances Fisher has a summer job driving the zoo train when she returns home to the midwest from California after her freshman year of college.  Through the smoke of her malfunctioning engine, she sees her home town through new perspectives.  In this unusual coming-of-age novel, old dividing lines between races and classes seem ready yet unable to dissolve in the haze...