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Here’s an eye-catching tweet – featuring our historical adventure novel strategically placed on a beach somewhere in Fiji and posted by a Twitter follower – that caught our eye. “I’d rather be in Fiji,” according to @TripFiction.
As TripFiction says at TripFiction.com, “See a destination through an author’s eyes, novels/books set in over 1000 locations.”
This unsolicited endorsement of Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, #2) follows the novel’s recent nomination by TravelersToday.com as one of the ‘Top 10 Books to Read While Traveling’. The book came in just ahead of The Da Vinci Code and hot on the heels of Anonymity.
Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, #2) is available via Amazon as a trade paperback or Kindle ebook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057YCZM0/
World Odyssey (The World Duology, #1) is available as a Kindle ebook:http://www.amazon.com/World-Odyssey-Duology-1-ebook/dp/B00HHVOMO0/

…and The World Duology (World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel) is also available as a Kindle ebook: http://www.amazon.com/World-Duology-Odyssey-Fiji-Novel-ebook/dp/B00HMQRMFG/

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Happy reading! –Lance & James
And feel free to follow us on Twitter at: @SterlingGate
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Our historical adventure FIJI: A NOVEL (The World Duology, #2) has passed another milestone, receiving its 30th Five-star review on Amazon.

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One reviewer said, “It was well researched, well written, and the imagery and description was beautiful and incredible.” According to Amazon, 16 reviewers made a similar statement.

Other reviewers have this to say about Fiji: A Novel –

“A bit of everything – sex, violence, humor, historic detail & plenty of twists.” –Great Historicals

“Reads like an epic movie.” –Author Susan M.Heim

“A real page turner.” –Ted Pawlikowski

“A flowing 19th Century tale of life, lust and love.” –Kate Campbell

“There is much to praise here.” –Gregory S.Kuhn

“Great read. Descriptions…were outstanding.” –James Glenny

Here’s the storyline (in brief):
By the mid-1800’s, Fiji has become a melting pot of cannibals, warring native tribes, sailors, traders, prostitutes, escaped convicts and all manner of foreign undesirables. It’s in this hostile environment an innocent young Englishwoman and a worldly American adventurer find themselves.

Susannah Drake, a missionary, questions her calling to spread God’s Word as she’s torn between her spiritual and sexual selves. As her forbidden desires intensify, she turns to the scriptures and prayer to quash the sinful thoughts – without success.

Nathan Johnson arrives to trade muskets to the Fijians and immediately finds himself at odds with Susannah. She despises him for introducing the white man’s weapons to the very people she is trying to convert and he pities her for her naivety. Despite their differences, there’s an undeniable chemistry between them.

When their lives are suddenly endangered by marauding cannibals, Susannah and Nathan are forced to rely on each other for their very survival.

Fiji: A Novel is available via Amazon as a trade paperback or Kindle ebook:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057YCZM0/ 
Happy reading! –Lance & James
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Our historical adventure Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, #2) has made one of TravelersToday.com’s lists of ‘Top 10 Books to Read While Traveling,’ keeping company with novels by the likes of Dan Brown and Stieg Larsson.

The list concerned is ‘Location and history-based books for travelers.’

Writing for Travelers Today, columnist Althea Serad says:

Books to read while traveling is not considered most searched or much of a concern for many when it comes to trips. After all, it is the destination travelers are after during a journey. However, the type of books to read while traveling can determine the amount of enjoyment a traveler’s experiences during a long haul ride.

“A trip to a foreign location can also be enhanced by reading a book set on that destination. Fiction or non-fiction, set in the past or present day, books to read while traveling will instill in a traveler that extra information which will ultimately create a great travel experience.”

As at today, May 14, Fiji: A Novel comes in at No. 9 on the list – one place ahead of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

Commenting on Fiji, Ms Serad says:

This book is spellbinding novel of adventure, cultural misunderstandings, religious conflict and sexual tension set in one of the most exotic and isolated places on earth, according to Goodreads.

It’s in this hostile environment that an innocent young Englishwoman and a worldly American adventurer find themselves.

This book was written by father-and-son writing team Lance & James Morcan (authors of The Ninth Orphan), Fiji is an historical adventure-romance published by Sterling Gate Books. A feature film adaptation of Fiji is currently being developed…

Topping TravelersToday.com’s list is Kilingiri, a family saga by Janna Gray.

The Top 10 books, in order, are:

1.   Kilingiri – by Janna Gray

2.   Sleeping People Lie – by Jae De Wylde

3.   Eat, Pray, Love – by Elizabeth Gilbert

4.   The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – by Stieg Larsson

5.   Blue Coyote Motel by Dianne Harman

6.   The Girl Who Played with Fire – by Stieg Larsson

7.   Shantaram – by Gregory David Roberts

8.   Anonymity – by Amber Lea Easton

9.   Fiji: A Novel – by Lance & James Morcan

10. The Da Vinci Code – by Dan Brown

 

To view all books on the list go to: http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/9566/20140421/books-read-traveling-top-10-location-history-based-travelers.htm

The article ends with a final comment from Ms Serad:

Books to read while travelling may not be as picturesque as the travel destination itself, but seeing the place where a much-loved character from a book is set makes a travel experience that much more enticing.

We couldn’t agree more. Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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Lovers of historical fiction will be pleased to know the Kindle ebook price of our new release series The World Duology (World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel) has been slashed as part of our book launch.

Two books in one in The World Duology

Readers will receive two novels in one at a real sharp price until the new book launch promo ends February 9th PST.

Meanwhile, World Odyssey and Fiji: A Novel, books one and two in the duology, remain regular visitors to Amazon’s bestseller lists in their appropriate categories in historical fiction. And readers continue to resonate with both novels if reviewers’ ratings and comments are anything to go by.

Set in the nineteenth century, The World Duology follows the fortunes of three young travelers. Their dramatic adventures span sixteen years and see them engage with American Indians, Barbary Coast pirates, Aborigines, Maoris and Pacific Islanders as they travel around the world – from America to Africa, from England to the Canary Islands, to Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Fiji.

If these books sound like you, here’s the appropriate kindle ebook links:

World Odyssey (The World Duology, #1): http://www.amazon.com/World-Odyssey-Duology-1-ebook/dp/B00HHVOMO0/

Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, #2): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057YCZM0/

The World Duology (World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel): http://www.amazon.com/World-Duology-Odyssey-Fiji-Novel-ebook/dp/B00HMQRMFG/

 

Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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Readers are resonating with our new release historical adventure title, World Odyssey (The World Duology, #1), which has just joined book two in the duology, Fiji: A Novel, in Amazon’s bestseller lists. Added to that, The World Duology, which offers readers two books in one, has also entered the bestseller list in its appropriate category – Action & Adventure/Travel.

   

Bestsellers on Amazon

The early reviews are in for World Odyssey and The World Duology – all five stars!

Sample reviews (abridged) follow:

World Odyssey (The World Duology, #1)

The Morcans write another first-rate novel!

By Alice M. Dinizo

 Cockney Englishman Jack Halliday, American Nathan Johnson and well-bred English missionary Susannah Drake are all, for various reasons, on their way to Fiji in the South Pacific in the 1840’s. Their adventures are highly believable as each copes with others, including family members, the present situation in which they find themselves, and their own human frailty…”World Odyssey” is a highly readable and thoroughly enjoyable novel of historic fiction that no one will want to miss. Download this now!!

The World Duology (World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel)

A fantastic two book story of adventure at sea and exotic locales

By Sheri A. Wilkinson

 Set in the 19th century, Nathan Johnson, Jack Halliday & missionary Susannah Drake each for their own reasons are sent to sea…Along the way they face danger, pirates, murder, death and interesting and (some) dangerous people, as they sail around the globe. Well written with great detail, I felt as if I were a passenger, watching and setting port in exotic locales. Susannah with her naive ways is likable, Nathan has character and Jack has likable traits as well…Both Books are fantastic…I highly recommend to adventure lovers.

  

If these books sound like you, here’s the appropriate kindle ebook links:

World Odyssey (The World Duology, #1): http://www.amazon.com/World-Odyssey-Duology-1-ebook/dp/B00HHVOMO0/

Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, #2): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057YCZM0/

The World Duology (World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel): http://www.amazon.com/World-Duology-Odyssey-Fiji-Novel-ebook/dp/B00HMQRMFG/

 

Happy reading! –Lance & James

  

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Readers are resonating with our new epic historical adventure series, ‘The World Duology (World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel)’, which has already entered Amazon’s bestseller list in the Kindle eBooks Action & Adventure/Travel category.

Duology already a bestseller

Set in the nineteenth century, The World Duology follows the fortunes of three young travelers. Their dramatic adventures span sixteen years and see them engage with American Indians, Barbary Coast pirates, Aborigines, Maoris and Pacific Islanders as they travel around the world – from America to Africa, from England to the Canary Islands, to Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Fiji.

The early reviews for The World Duology are in. All five stars, they show the series has struck a chord with readers hungry for adventure and romance stories in a historical setting.

Sample reviews (abridged) follow:

The World Duology is not to be missed!! – January 4, 2014

The Morcans have combined their novels “Fiji” and “World Odyssey” into a novel that readers everywhere will enjoy. Its three believable main characters come to live in the southern Pacific island of Fiji in the 1840s. Cockney British convict Jack Halliday, American adventurer Nathan Johnson, and English gentle woman Susannah Drake, who insists on accompanying her missionary father to Fiji, live their lives believably, humanly, and will continue in readers minds long after the last page has been read. This is historic fiction at its best, for “The World Duology” is very, very readable. It is also historically accurate…Well-created characters, historic accuracy, a storyline that is pleasing to follow to the very last page, books don’t get better than this! -Amazon reviewer Alice M. Dinizo

A fantastic two book story of adventure at sea and exotic locales. – January 2, 2014

Set in the 19th century, Nathan Johnson, Jack Halliday & Missionary Susannah Drake each for their own reasons are sent to sea…Along the way they face danger, pirates, murder, death and interesting and (some) dangerous people, as they sail around the globe. Well written with great detail, I felt as if I were a passenger, watching and setting port in exotic locales. Susannah with her naive ways is likable, Nathan has character and Jack has likable traits as well…Both Books are fantastic. I recommend reading…one after the other to really get the entire story in on sitting. If not each book is great as a stand alone. I highly recommend to adventure lovers. –Amazon reviewer Sheri A. Wilkinson

 

The new release title is available at a discounted price to Kindle ebook readers via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/World-Duology-Odyssey-Fiji-Novel-ebook/dp/B00HMQRMFG/

 

Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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Hot on the heels of last week’s release of our historical adventure World Odyssey comes the release this week of The World Duology (World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel).

The popularity of both novels bodes well for the duology. World Odyssey (The World Duology, #1) has already entered Amazon’s bestseller lists in its relevant category, and Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, #2) has been a permanent fixture in Amazon’s bestseller lists in recent months.

World Odyssey (The World Duology, #1)  

        Now available as two books in one. 

Here’s the storyline:

The World Duology books are set in the nineteenth century. They follow the fortunes of three young travelers. Their dramatic adventures span sixteen years and see them engage with American Indians, Barbary Coast pirates, Aborigines, Maoris and Pacific Islanders as they travel around the world – from America to Africa, from England to the Canary Islands, to Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Fiji.

In book one, World Odyssey, ambitious American adventurer Nathan Johnson, sheltered English missionary Susannah Drake and irrepressible Cockney Jack Halliday each follow very different paths.

World Odyssey

Nathan’s journey begins when runs away to sea and finds himself the slave of a Northwest American Indian tribe after his ship founders on the rocky coast; Susannah’s journey begins after she agrees to accompany her clergyman father to Fiji to help him run a mission station there, and they must endure a nightmare voyage they’re lucky to survive; Jack’s journey begins when he’s sentenced to seven years’ hard labor in the British penal colony of New South Wales after stealing hemp from an unscrupulous employer.

After traveling thousands of miles and experiencing the best and worst that life can offer, these three disparate individuals eventually end up in the remote archipelago of Fiji, in the South Pacific, where their lives intersect.

Fiji: A Novel

In book two, Fiji: A Novel, Jack sets himself up to trade Fijian kauri to European traders while Nathan trades muskets to the same natives Susannah and her father are trying to convert to Christianity. Conflict’s inevitable.

Susannah despises Nathan, but is also attracted to him. She soon finds she’s torn between her spiritual and sexual selves.

When their lives are suddenly endangered by marauding cannibals, all three are forced to rely on each other for their very survival.

 

The new release title is available at a discounted price to Kindle ebook readers via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/World-Duology-Odyssey-Fiji-Novel-ebook/dp/B00HMQRMFG/

Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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Those readers who enjoyed our historical adventure Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, #2) will love World Odyssey, released this week by Sterling Gate Books and available now as a Kindle ebook via Amazon.

Set in the nineteenth century, World Odyssey follows the fortunes of three young travelers as each embarks on an epic journey. Their dramatic adventures span sixteen years and see them engage with American Indians, Barbary Coast pirates, Aborigines, Maoris and Pacific Islanders as they travel around the world – from America to Africa, from England to the Canary Islands, to Australia, New Zealand and Samoa.

After traveling thousands of miles and experiencing the best and worst that life can offer, these three disparate individuals eventually end up in the remote archipelago of Fiji, in the South Pacific, where their lives intersect.

The adventures of our three main characters continue in Fiji: A Novel, which remains in Amazon’s bestseller list in its historical category.

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For more information on World Odyssey go to:

http://www.amazon.com/World-Odyssey-Duology-1-ebook/dp/B00HHVOMO0/  (Then click on the book’s cover to read the early chapters at no charge!).

 

Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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In the tradition of epic novels like Michener’s Hawaii, our historical adventure Fiji: A Novel  tops the list of the most popular novels (according to Goodreads members) that have a country in the title.

Here’s the top five novels in Goodreads’ current Country List rankings:

1.    

Fiji: A Novel Fiji: A Novel byLance & James Morcan

2. 

A Passage to India A Passage to India byE.M. Forster

3.   

Murder in Mesopotamia (Herc... Murder in Mesopotamia (Hercule Poirot, #14) byAgatha Christie

4. 

Jamaica Inn Jamaica Inn byDaphne du Maurier

5. 

Congo Congo byMichael Crichton

For the top 100 books in this list go to: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/32783.Countries

You’ll see most of the books on this list cover a country’s entire history or at least give the reader a thorough understanding of its history.

Fiji: A Novel is a spellbinding novel of adventure, cultural misunderstandings, religious conflict and sexual tension set in one of the most exotic and isolated places on earth…

In the mid-1800’s, Fiji was a melting pot of cannibals, warring native tribes, sailors, traders, prostitutes, escaped convicts and all manner of foreign undesirables. It’s in this hostile environment in our story that an innocent young Englishwoman and a worldly American adventurer find themselves. Despite their differences, there’s an undeniable chemistry between them. When their lives are suddenly endangered by marauding cannibals, they are forced to rely on each other for their very survival.

The Kindle ebook version of this novel is available via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057YCZM0/

Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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AN INVITATION TO GOODREADS MEMBERS

We invite you to follow us on Goodreads!

We are listed on this world leading books/authors/readers/literary site under our publishing company name Sterling Gate Books. Here’s the link: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7195856-sterling-gate-books

The above link takes you to our goodreads.com home page and lists our titles published to date, favorite author lists, latest updates etc.

As you’ll see, Morcan titles published to date are:

The Ninth Orphan by James MorcanFiji by Lance MorcanThe Orphan Uprising by James MorcanThe Orphan Trilogy by James MorcanThe Orphan Factory by James Morcan

The link (above) provides links to these titles – and to millions of others.

Not a member of Goodreads? If you write, read or generally love books, you should be!  Goodreads was already the world’s biggest site for readers and book recommendations before Amazon bought it out earlier this year. Then Goodreads had 16m members and rising. How many members it has now depends on who you listen to…but it appears the numbers continue to rise.

NEWS FLASH: We are soon to publish four new titles…

Before Christmas 2013 we are launching the Kindle ebook version of the prequel to our historical adventure Fiji: A Novel. Titled World Odyssey, it’s book one in The World Duology. Books one and two will also be published as a Kindle box set this year; the box set will also be published in trade paperback form next year.

In the first Quarter of 2014, we will be launching another historical adventure titled Into the Americas and also our first non-fiction title – The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy. Here’s the cover for the latter Kindle ebook…

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See you on Goodreads! –Lance & James

 

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