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Today marks the Amazon release of  5 SHORT STORY GEMS (Once Were Brothers / Mr. 100% / A Gladiator’s Love / The Last Tasmanian Tiger / Brooklyn Bankster) – a compendium of short stories written by New Zealand author Lance Morcan and published by Sterling Gate Books in 2019/2020.

 

5 Short Story Gems: Once Were Brothers / Mr. 100% / A Gladiator's Love / The Last Tasmanian Tiger / Brooklyn Bankster by [Morcan, Lance]

Box set of short stories is exclusive to Amazon.

 

The stories, which have also been released as standalone Kindle ebooks, are aimed at lovers of thrillers, adventure, romance and historical fiction.

Brief blurbs (and Kindle links) follow for each of the short stories featured in 5 SHORT STORY GEMS:

Once Were Brothers

ONCE WERE BROTHERS – Life will never be the same for young Benjamin Thomas after disaffected Maoris abduct his identical twin brother in this moving short story adventure set in Nineteenth Century New Zealand. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082Z5FBVZ/ 

Mr. 100%

Mr. 100% – When New York defense lawyer Madison ‘Mr. 100%’ Harley secures a Not Guilty verdict for a client who confides that he is guilty of the ghastly crimes he was accused of, he sets out to ensure that justice is done. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B085Y89NYQ/ 

A Gladiator's Love

A GLADIATOR’S LOVE – In this short story set in Ancient Rome, dashing Greek gladiator Leonidas is one fight away from winning his freedom. Throughout his trials he is sustained by the love of Fatuma, a beautiful gladiatrix. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082S2MKN3/ 

The Last Tasmanian Tiger

THE LAST TASMANIAN TIGER – Outdoorsman Charlie Truganini can’t believe his eyes when on a trip into Tasmania’s wilderness he sees a Tasmanian tiger – a carnivorous marsupial considered by most Australians to be extinct. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082GGKR77/ 

Brooklyn Bankster

BROOKLYN BANKSTER – After ageing hippy Bill Hogan is taken hostage during a bank heist in Brooklyn, his captors demand a million-dollar ransom for his safe return. The problem is no-one knows who the hell Bill Hogan is. Does he even exist? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZTT23YK/ 

 

5 SHORT STORY GEMS can be viewed on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Short-Story-Gems-Lance-Morcan-ebook/dp/B086JZSK2T/

 

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Sterling Gate Books’ next book, a legal thriller titled Mr. 100%, will be launched on Amazon soon. It’s the latest work of Lance Morcan, author of Once Were Brothers, A Gladiator’s Love, Brooklyn Bankster and The Last Tasmanian Tiger 

 

Mr. 100% cover in 3D

New release title coming soon.

 

To view other books by Morcan go to: https://www.amazon.com/Lance-Morcan/e/B005ET3ZUO/ 

 

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In A GLADIATOR’S LOVE, the latest short story by Lance Morcan, dashing Greek gladiator Leonidas promises his true love he’ll buy her freedom if he wins his own in the Colosseum of Ancient Rome. First he must defeat an opponent he knows he cannot kill.

 

A Gladiator's Love by [Morcan, Lance]

The year is 83AD and it’s nine years since Roman soldiers killed a young Leonidas’s family in their farmhouse outside Athens and consigned him to the life of a gladiator at Ludus Magnus, one of the biggest and best ludi gladiatori, or gladiator schools, in Rome. Since then, he remains undefeated after twenty-five fights and has risen to the top of the gladiator rankings.

The Greek gladiator craves freedom. The one good thing in his life is Fatuma, an Ethiopian beauty who is a gladiatrix, or female gladiator, and who has stolen his heart. They share fleeting but precious hours together after dark in Leonidas’s cell – a concession occasionally granted to the gladiators by their Roman masters.

The outcome of Leonidas’s next fight will decide both their futures for he’ll be fighting Gaius, another undefeated gladiator who held the Greek to a bloody draw when they met in the arena previously. At stake will be the rudis, the small wooden sword given to gladiators who are granted their freedom.

 

A GLADIATOR’S LOVE is available now on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082S2MKN3/ 

 

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My next short story, A GLADIATOR’S LOVE, will be published soon… Watch this space!

A Gladiator's Love cover

In the soon-to-be-released short story A GLADIATOR’S LOVE, Greek gladiator Leonidas promises his true love he’ll buy her freedom if he wins his own in the Colosseum of Ancient Rome. First he must defeat an opponent he knows he cannot kill.

Watch this space!

 

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Sterling Gate Books announces the Amazon launch today of author Lance Morcan’s first solo-authored book, Brooklyn Bankster.

 

Brooklyn Bankster by [Morcan, Lance]

After ageing hippy Bill Hogan is taken hostage during a bank heist in Brooklyn, his captors demand a million-dollar ransom for his safe return. The problem is no-one knows who the hell Bill Hogan is. Does he even exist?

All is not what it seems in this fast-paced, short story.

 

Brooklyn Bankster is available via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZTT23YK/ 

 

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Fans of our critically acclaimed historical adventure novels can now read them all in one discounted box set. Four Historical Adventures  spans nearly 3,000 action-packed pages. Each epic tale is set in the 19th Century and each has strong romantic themes.

 

Four Historical Adventures (White Spirit / Into the Americas / World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

Box set launched.

 

Box set includes:

White Spirit (A novel based on a true story):

This epic novel is based on the remarkable true story of Irish convict John Graham who escapes the notorious Moreton Bay Penal Settlement on Australia’s east coast to find sanctuary with the Kabi, a tribe of Aborigines who eventually accept him as one of their own. John is torn between two women – one black, one white – and is forced to choose between them.

Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story):

A gritty, real-life adventure based on one of history’s greatest wilderness survival stories. It’s a tale of two vastly different cultures – North America’s First Nations people and European civilization – colliding head on in the early 1800’s in the Pacific Northwest. One reviewer says the action is relentless. Another describes it as a Romeo and Juliet story set in the wilderness.

World Odyssey (The World Duology, Book 1):

This novel follows the fortunes of three young travelers. Their adventures span sixteen years and see them engage with Native Americans, 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 the Pacific Islands. Their adventures continue in Fiji.

Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, Book 2):

A continuation of the dramatic adventures of the travelers who feature in book one in the duology, this novel is set entirely in Fiji. English missionary Susannah Drake wants to convert the Fijians while American adventurer Nathan Johnson wants to trade muskets to them. There’s conflict ahead. The unlikely pair soon have to depend on each other for their very survival.

 

To view Four Historical Adventures  on Amazon go to: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X49D17B/

 

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“An exciting New Zealand outdoors adventure!” That’s how Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 reviewer Grady Harp describes the new release, crime-based adventure High Country Contract, written by Lance & James Morcan and published this week by Sterling Gate Books.

Harp’s Amazon review follows (below) unabridged:

 

High Country Contract

Crime-based adventure resonates with critic.

 

The Morcans know how to deliver intrigue, both on scientific subjects and most assuredly on suspense thrillers. They invite us in with their story with and introduction to New Zealand and the chief character Arch Quaid:

‘Twenty-five-year-old Arch Quaid along with other MOEs (Members of the Unemployed) surveyed the latest job vacancies at Work and Income New Zealand’s Christchurch office. It was a routine he’d become used to since winter’s arrival had seen unskilled workers like himself laid off. He wasn’t sure if it was his imagination, but the number of unemployed seemed to increase each day and the list of vacancies seemed to decrease proportionately…Resigned to remaining unemployed for another day at least, the young Kiwi left the WINZ office and headed for a nearby café that currently served as his home away from home…’

With that flavor of credible authenticity the story proceeds – we learn that Arch endured an injury to his right leg while yearning to launch a rugby career, and that he is a loner following a family schism.

He meets Sam Bartlett who presents him with a deer culling contract on a high country property bordering the Southern Alps (named Rocky Mountain High), he meets the Maori girl Janine, and the story begins. Or as the authors describe it, ‘Young Kiwi drifter Arch Quaid thinks he has landed the contract of his life when he’s hired to cull deer on a high country property in the South Island of New Zealand. He quickly changes his mind when he discovers he’s the hunted, not the hunter. Caught up in the middle of it all is his new love Janine, a beautiful Maori girl, who will likely be the killer’s next target if Arch doesn’t overcome the most daunting of odds.’

This is a tense thriller, beautifully written with wholly credible characters and many twists and turns that keep the reader magnetized. HIGH COUNTRY CONTRACT proves once again that the Morcans are a very fine writing team.

This is a tale that pleads to be a film – and perhaps that will happen, as James is also a screenwriter! Highly recommended. -Grady Harp

 

High Country Contract can be viewed on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VWP6FHD/  

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Los Angeles-based reviewer Grady Harp is the author of WAR SONGS, an artist representative, gallery owner, writer of essays and articles on Figurative and all Representational art for museum catalogues and for travelling exhibitions.

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Hall of Famer Grady Harp.

In his words: “My passion is for Figurative painting and in that role I gladly accept the opportunity of introducing both experienced and inexperienced eyes to the joy of the visual arts. In painting and sculpture, in music, and in literature I am ever on the alert for the new and promising geniuses of tomorrow. I feel the future of the arts is in the journey toward finding Beauty.”

More about Grady Harp at: http://fictionaut.com/users/grady-harp

 

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