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Whispering Willows (For Queen And Country Book 0)

Whispering Willows (For Queen And Country Book 0) [Kindle Edition]

Patty Jansen

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A short story, a teaser for a novel For Queen and Country.
Friends and family on the farm know that Loesie makes up most of the things she says about magic. So the one time she tells the truth, they don't believe her.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 17 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W9BTKK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #968,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Writer and reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy in Sydney, Australia

Member of SFWA

Professional background in science (agriculture and ecology). University of Sydney, CSIRO (North Queensland). Other interests include marine biology and astronomy

Coop member, editor and slush reader at Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine


'This peaceful state of war' - 1st place Writers Of The Future Contest second quarter 2010

'The Donner Equilibrium' - Finalist Writers Of The Future Contest first quarter 2010

Recently published stories:
His Name In Lights - Universe Annex, Grantville Gazette January 2011
Black Dragon - The Edge of Propinquity #58 September 2010
Little Boy Lost - Midnight Echo #4 June 2010
The rebelliousness of trassi udang - Belong anthology April 2010
Metal Dragon - Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #46

Party, with Echoes - Redstone SF
Charlotte's Army (military SF novella) - Distant Worlds anthology
Where the plains merge with the sky - Scape magazine
Poor man's Travel - Anywhere But Earth anthology
Quarantine - Dead Red Heart anthology

Published three books in natural history (non-fiction)

Where to find Patty Jansen online:
Twitter: pattyjansen

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grimm folktale 20 Aug 2011
By Sean the Bookonaut - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Whispering Willows is a fantasy/folktale short story from noted Science Fiction author Patty Jansen. I have reviewed Patty's work before. Whispering Willows is the first of her fantasy offerings that I have taken up.

I always think that short stories face and uphill battle against their larger cousins. In such a short space you have to get across character story and provide entertainment. This is one of the reasons that I think that novels or perhaps novellas are seen as a more satisfactory buy. They offer the reader longer emersion. A good short story is one I think that either hits you with a great concept or idea or some how hooks your in and creates an emotional connection with the reader. With Whispering Willows it was the latter. Jansen was able to transport me to a place that was a magical, medieval, not-quiet-europe(indeed I think Whispering Willows is a perfect example of what Tolkien talks about in his essay On Fairy Stories regarding the creation of secondary worlds). The lead character's voice was clear and distinct and the dark twist at the end was decidedly Grimm.


I'll be buying more. I am keen to read her next fantasy project,the start of a trilogy, that rolls out in November. She's demonstrated to me that she's one of those writers who straddles the Fantasy/Sci-fi divide with ease. So if you have spare change, chuck a dollar Patty's way for 10-15 minutes of fantasy fun.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully twisted 5 July 2011
By St. WilmaSue The Snarkess - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of the best re-telling of an ancient tale that I've read lately. It's a wonderfully twisted story, and it's an absolute delight. I highly recommend this tale and anything else that Ms. Jansen writes. The pacing on this story was superb, the storyline intense and the characters well-developed and interesting. NO, I'm not going to tell you what it was about - that would take away all the fun! Just read it. Trust me, it's more than worth the 99 cent price tag.
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