MY BOOKS

With the exception of the "How To" book, my books fall into the literary fiction genre. Literary fiction differs from genre fiction in that the emphasis is more on character and less concerned with plot. Since literary fiction focuses on characterization--what characters think, do, feel, and say--the story’s pace is typically slower than genre fiction. You won’t find any car chases or explosions in my books. What you will find in my novels are characters who are faced with seemingly impossible situations that will have a different outcome given what direction is taken.

 

With that said, I hope you give my books a try. I have included a link to the first chapter along with a few testimonials from other readers and reviewers who have enjoyed them.

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How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Novel

ISBN 978-0-9998074-1-5

SOON TO BE RELEASED

 

If you are a new or aspiring writer with a story inside of you aching to get out but don’t know where to start, this is the right book for you. Even if you’re an experienced writer, you may find the contents of this book useful. 

 

Read it from beginning to end and you will learn to structure a story; develop memorable characters; write in active versus passive voice; “Show, don’t tell;” create drama, tension, conflict, and crises; keep the story moving forward; set the tone, mood, and atmosphere. In addition, you will learn how to budget your expense; find and work with an editor; understand the publishing industry; and market and promote your book.

Nineteen Hundred Days

ISBN 978-0-9915185-9-3

Twelve-year-old Ben panics when his parents don’t come home from work one day, while his timid six-year-old sister Lucy clings to him for support. Having been raised to believe that the police and Child Protective Services are considered the enemy, the children will do anything to avoid ending up in foster homes. Unfortunately, their incredible journey to evade the authorities brings them into contact with people who may not have their best interests at heart.

From Readers' Favorite Book Reviews: Osmund has done an amazing job of building the scenarios that rushed through this young boy’s head and getting the reader to become invested in the two characters. This story pulls at the heartstrings but it is very much character-driven as the author allows us into the center of the dilemmas faced by Ben as he seeks to be the “adult” in the situation. A beautifully written story.

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They Called Me Margaret

ISBN 978-0-9915185-7-9

Cozy mystery writer Margaret Manning thinks her husband may be mimicking the behavior of some of the shadier characters in her books, even though he claims to have never read any of them. When several pieces of her jewelry go missing, she wonders if he’s responsible for it or if she’s losing her mind. When her world becomes complicated with health issues and the unsettling actions of friends and family, her dream of opening a bookstore for indie authors begins to crumble…along with the promise for a happier life.

From : Midwest Book Review: Original, entertaining, deftly crafted, and an inherently fascinating read from cover to cover, "They Called Me Margaret" is an extraordinary and highly recommended novel for community library collections.

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Living with Markus

ISBN 978-0-9915185-5-5

 

Thirty-one-year-old Marc Nussbaum has visions of enjoying the finer things in life after building a successful landscaping business—no dependents, no commitments outside of work, no worries. And he's found the perfect woman to enjoy it with him. But when his dysfunctional family members come to him for help, he repeatedly shoves his own life aside to run to their aid and must decide whether to continue saving his relatives from their ill-fated lives, or save himself from entering into a life of self-sacrifice and missed opportunities. When he finally realizes how to achieve self-fulfillment, it isn't at all what he had envisioned.

From Windy City Reviews: I loved this book. 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.

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Regarding Anna

ISBN 978-0-9915185-2-4

After her parents' shocking deaths, Grace discovers a box in their attic that contains enough suspicious items to cause her to believe that the people she had called Mom and Dad her whole life may not have been her real parents. Grace searches for answers, and certain clues draw her to a boardinghouse once owned by Anna Vargas, who she becomes convinced was her real mother. She questions whether she’ll ever know complete details surrounding her parentage, and when she does, no one is more stupefied by the truth than Grace.

From San Francisco Book ReviewGrace is an admirable character, and her determination to understand where she came from, even as it begins to put her in danger, is amazing. Don’t be surprised if you have a hard time putting this novel down!

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Red Clover

ISBN 978-0-9915185-0-0

Lee had felt like an outsider in his own family his entire life. Now twenty-six—after suffering a childhood fraught with criticism and isolation—he leaves his dysfunctional upper-class family to find his true self and discovers a world poles apart from the one he had left behind. But just when things start falling into place, Lee is made aware of an alarming family secret that causes him to question who he is and where he’s going. What do you do when the people who had been entrusted with nurturing you during your formative years are the same ones responsible for turning your world upside down?

From Awesome IndiesFlorence’s writing lures the reader into its murky depths with a siren song of beautifully engaging prose, fully formed and believable characters, and a twisting plot. She wraps it up in a way akin to the tender loving care of a mother with a new born babe.

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Daughters (sequel to The Coach House)

ISBN 978-1-4782683-3-8

Discovering the identity of your real father can be life-altering. Just ask Marie. At twenty-six, she is about to meet her father for the first time and sit down to Thanksgiving dinner with him and his family. As she packs her suitcase, Marie wonders what she will learn from her newfound family…and their ethnicity.

A lot happens as a result of Marie’s visit, but ironically the most significance consequence grows out of an encounter with a twelve-year-old neighbor girl named Rachael.

From an Amazon Reviewer: The characters are so well drawn and the story line so intriguing. Loved loved loved it. Daughters is an interesting perspective of race issues that are relevant still today. But it's also a story of family, friendship, relationships in general, and forgiveness.

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The Coach House

ISBN 978-1-4679465-1-3

When Marie discovers the extent of her husband’s involvement in 1940s Chicago underground activities, she gives up what had appeared to be the perfect life—a good job, a loving husband, and the promise of starting a family. In her pursuit of a new life, fate draws her to Kansas where she finds refuge in a coach house apartment in Atchison—an ideal place to start over, away from big city life and Richard. But Richard isn’t about to let her go easily. Scared, confused, and at the brink of deciding what to do in order to find peace in her life, Marie discovers the identity of her real father and his surprising heritage—changing her life more than Richard ever could.

From Best Chick Lit: The Coach House both inspires and captivates as it explores the ins and outs of life as a mixed-race woman in the 1940s.

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