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The historical adventure-romance novel Fiji  is set in the early 1800’s in one of the most exotic and isolated places on earth. Variously described as “poignant and romantic,” it’s also true-to-life, bloody and reflective of an era long since gone. As one reviewer says, “Fiji: A Novel is not for the faint-hearted!”

Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology Book 2)

The blurb for Fiji  follows:

As the pharaohs of ancient Egypt build their mighty pyramids, and Chinese civilization evolves under the Shang Dynasty, adventurous seafarers from South East Asia begin to settle the far-flung islands of the South Pacific. The exotic archipelago of Fiji is one of the last island groups to be discovered and will remain hidden from the outside world for many centuries to come.

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.

           

  Here’s an excerpt from Fiji:

The guilt Susannah had felt moments earlier suddenly returned tenfold as she remembered the erotic dream she’d had. She quickly nodded, to indicate she’d slept well before diverting her eyes from Nathan’s and looking toward the shore. It was then she noticed giant sand dunes along the shoreline. She gasped at the sight of them. They seemed to be reaching for the sky.

Noting the object of her interest, Nathan said, “Those are the famous sand dunes of Sigatoka.” He added, “I saw them on my arrival in Fiji.”

“How wonderful,” Susannah enthused, momentarily forgetting her antagonism toward Nathan.

Susannah wasn’t the only one fascinated by the mighty dunes. The Italian artist was frantically setting up his easel further along the deck, anxious to capture the scene on canvas before it disappeared from view.

                

As the passengers admired the dunes, a deserted Fijian village came into view. Its bure huts had recently been smashed and burned to the ground. Smoke rose from the still-smoldering ruins, and there was no sign of life.

A Welsh deckhand sidled up to the young couple. He nodded toward the village. “That’ll be the handiwork of Rambuka,” he proffered with some certainty.

Susannah studied the distant village then glanced at the Welshman. “Rambuka?”

“Aye. His warriors are the scourge of this coastline. They call them the outcasts.” The deckhand pointed toward Viti Levu’s distant highlands. “They live up there somewhere.” Nathan and Susannah studied the highlands. Dark storm clouds hung ominously over them. “Cannibals, all of ‘em,” the deckhand added before wandering off.

               

Alone again, Nathan smiled at Susannah. In her usual haughty manner, she gave him a quick glance before looking back at the shoreline. Nathan asked himself why he was persisting with such a young woman who, he could see, was clearly on a different planet to himself. Try as he may, he couldn’t come up with a sensible answer.

“I do not envy the task you and your father have set yourselves here in Fiji,” Nathan said probingly. Susannah looked at him sharply. Pleased to see he had her attention, he continued. “I fear you may be facing an uphill battle.”

“Oh? And why is that?”

“Well,” Nathan paused, thinking on his feet as he went. “Fiji ain’t called the Cannibal Isles for nothing. From what I’ve seen, these Fijians are some of the most savage people on earth.”

                 

Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, #2)  is available via Amazon as a kindle ebook and trade paperback. For more information go to: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057YCZM0/

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A book reviewer who happens to call Fiji home has described the historical adventure novel Fiji as “poignant and nostalgic” in his 5-star review on AmazonUK.

 

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Fiji: A Novel resonates with Fijian national.

Here’s the review in full:

★★★★★

Well-thought out tale. You could hear the waves, feel the sea breeze, hear the rain thundering through the thick forest canopy, Nathan’s change, Susannah’s love, feel the pain in the Qopi warriors’ sacrifice … it was all a truly remarkable read set in the lands to which I proudly call home. London is certainly far removed from paradise. -AmazonUK reviewer @JonFiji 

 

Fiji: A Novel is book two in The World Duology.

 

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

The AmazonUK link to Fiji: A Novel is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fiji-Novel-The-World-Duology-ebook/dp/B0057YCZM0/

The AmazonUK link to The World Duology is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-World-Duology-Odyssey-Fiji-ebook/dp/B00HMQRMFG/

 

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The World Duology combines the historical adventure yarns World Odyssey and Fiji: A Novel in a gripping, epic tale that takes readers on a 19th Century journey of discovery – from England and America to Fiji and many places in between.

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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 as they undertake journeys that span 16 years.

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 a rocky shoreline; 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.

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.

 

Here’s what Amazon reviewers are saying about The World Duology:

★★★★★ “I was immediately drawn into the story, and the fast-paced action kept me turning the pages until the end. The historical and cultural details made it a highly interesting book offering an insight into the anthropological issues at a time when conflicts between different ethnic groups were solved by brutal violence. Between romance, action and historical accuracy, this story has all the elements of great entertainment. I would highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical fiction or epic adventures.” –Karine Brégeon (author of ‘Francette and the Mystery of the Deaf Soldier’)

★★★★★ “A truly gripping epic James Michener style!” –Historical Novel Review

★★★★★ “Great adventure.” -Lynelle Clark (author of ‘A Pirate’s Wife’)

★★★★★ “Historic fiction at its best.” -J.B. DiNizo (author of ‘Comings and Goings’)

★★★★★ “Read this and you will NOT be sorry!” -A Bit Of Everything Reviews

★★★★★ “Exciting adventure, exotic ports of call, and terrific characters.” -Lee Jordan (author of ‘A Whisper from Eden’)

★★★★★ “A spectacular journey by sea and through land you don’t want to miss!” -Remy Benoit (historian and author of ‘Peace, Now’)

THE WORLD DUOLOGY (World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel) is available via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/World-Duology-Odyssey-Fiji-Novel-ebook/dp/B00HMQRMFG/

 

Happy Reading! Lance & James

 

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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 in the historical adventure, Fiji: A Novel.

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Fiji: A Novel is book two in the historical adventure series The World Duology; it continues where book one, World Odyssey, left off…

 

In Fiji, 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.

Meanwhile, 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.

 

*** WARNING: Fiji: A Novel is not for the squeamish. It’s gritty and lusty, and true to the era. ***

 

Here’s what Amazon reviewers are saying about Fiji: A Novel

★★★★★ “A fabulous novel, beautiful for its blunt rawness, exotic scenery, and fascinating storyline.” -Historical Novel Review

★★★★★ “A well-written, totally absorbing novel.” -J.B. DiNizo (author of Comings and Goings)

★★★★ “A fantastic combination of romance and action.” -The Kindle Book Review UK

★★★★★ “A perfect plot, flawless writing and a consistent storyline with no kinks or glitches throughout.” -Review Buzz

★★★★★ “The richly woven world of Fiji sometimes comes across as a human Jurassic Park.” -Greg Kuhn (author & quantum physicist)

★★★★★ “A journey not only of adventure, but of heart, and most definitely of soul.” -Remy Benoit (historian and author of ‘Peace, Now’)

★★★★ “Reminiscent of the great South Pacific tales of Jack London and James Michener.” -John R. Lindermuth (historical novelist) Rambles Reviews

Fiji: A Novel is available via Amazon as a trade paperback and Kindle ebook at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057YCZM0/

 

Happy reading! -Lance & James

 

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Set in the 19th Century, WORLD ODYSSEY (The World Duology, #1) 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 Native 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.

 

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Ambitious American adventurer Nathan Johnson’s journey begins when he runs away to sea to escape a violent father. After surviving a shipwreck and enslavement by one of the indigenous tribes of America’s northwest, his stocks rise and he becomes a successful trader. When Nathan decides to visit Fiji to trade muskets to the natives, he doesn’t know it but his fortunes are about to change again.

Sheltered English missionary Susannah Drake’s journey begins after she agrees to accompany her clergyman father to Fiji to help him run a mission station there. They endure a nightmare voyage they’re lucky to survive. When Susannah finds herself sexually attracted to a young crewmember, she is forced to choose between her forbidden desires and the life her father has mapped out for her.

Irrepressible Cockney Jack Halliday’s journey begins when he steals hemp from an unscrupulous employer who owes him outstanding wages. For this he’s sentenced to seven years’ hard labor in the British penal colony of New South Wales. Jack escapes to Fiji only to be tracked down by a bounty hunter employed by the British Government to round up escaped convicts.

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 Nathan, Susannah and Jack continue in FIJI: A NOVEL (The World Duology, #2).

 

Here’s what Amazon reviewers are saying about World Odyssey:

★★★★★ “World Odyssey is a sweeping historical saga.” -Karine Brégeon (author of ‘Francette and the Mystery of the Deaf Soldier’)

★★★★★ “A Totally Engaging Epic!” -Historical Novel Review

★★★★★ “Get ready to sail the high seas.” -Remy Benoit (historian and author of ‘Peace, Now’)

★★★★★ “A must read for any and everyone!” -A Bit Of Everything Reviews

★★★★★ “A wonderful read filled with adventure, tragedy, hope, struggles and overcoming the odds.” -Lynelle Clark (author of ‘A Pirate’s Wife’)

★★★★★ “Recommended for globe-trotting adventure fans.” -Jason Letts (author of ‘The Inevitable Trilogy’)

★★★★★ “Highly readable and thoroughly enjoyable.” -J.B. DiNizo (author of Comings and Goings)

★★★★★ “High Seas and Exotic Ports.” -Gary Jordan (author of ‘Leon’s Lair’)

World Odyssey is available via Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/World-Odyssey-Duology-1-ebook/dp/B00HHVOMO0/

 

Happy reading! -Lance & James

 

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Fiji

Suva-based Film Fiji has confirmed in writing its commitment to support Morcan Motion Pictures in our efforts to adapt our historical adventure novel Fiji and develop it as a feature film. We welcome enquires from experienced producers interested in spearheading this production.

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Set in 19th Century Fiji, the film will be based on our book Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, #2), a spellbinding tale of adventure, cultural misunderstandings, religious conflict and sexual tension in one of the most exotic and isolated places on earth.

Since its publication as a trade paperback and Kindle ebook by New Zealand publisher Sterling Gate Books in 2011, Fiji has been a regular visitor to Amazon’s bestseller lists. With the strong themes of love running through what is essentially a fast-moving and sometimes violent adventure story, it appeals equally to males and females.

In June 2014, Fiji was selected by the prestigious international travel site TravelersToday.com as one of the ‘Top 10 Books to Read While Traveling’ –http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/9566/20140421/books-read-traveling-top-10-location-history-based-travelers.htm

 

Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, #2) is available via Amazon as a trade paperback or Kindle ebook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057YCZM0/

 

The storyline:

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 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.

 

Book reviews:

Amazon reviewers have resonated with Fiji: A Novel. Here’s a sample of reviews:

★★★★★ Once I got into it, I was hooked.-The Kindle Book Review

★★★★★ “I finished this book a week ago, and the memory of Susannah and Nathan’s experiences in Fiji are still fresh in my mind. If you’re a fan of adventure, history, even romance, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Fiji: A Novel and brace yourself for the ride. It’s an intense story that will have you turning the pages long into the night.” –Susan M. Heim, author and editor of the bestselling ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ series.

★★★★★ A new voice in historical romance.” -Beverly J.Rowe

★★★★★ “As a Fijian, I find the old traditions of our people fascinating and just as great as they are crude and gruesome. The novel touches on most of these now extinct practices, in mad detail and it’s AWESOME! … Racial prejudice, religion, culture and family were the underlying messages … The adventure, fast-paced and nail biting … The romance, sizzling, exciting, forbidden … I give it 5 stars because that’s the maximum amount of stars we’re allowed to give.” -Random Writings Book Reviews (Suva, Fiji).

★★★★★ A bit of everything – sex, violence, humor, historic detail & plenty of twists.–‘Great Historicals’

 

Fiji film adaptation:

We wrote the novel and hold the film rights, and we have put Fiji into development through our production company Morcan Motion Pictures. Our producing role will likely be Executive Producers or similar with more experienced producers spearheading the production.

We plan to write a first draft screenplay adaptation of Fiji. This will be done under the director’s guidance according to his or her vision for the film. Meanwhile, the novel remains the best representation of the story. Obviously, a honed screenplay will be required before approaching any of the major studios.

 

Tagline:

In Fiji all things are paid in blood.

 

Genres:

Historical | Action-Adventure | Romance

 

Budget:

US$25 million.

 

IMDbPro listing:

https://pro-labs.imdb.com/title/tt1277129/?ref_=sch_int

 

Director:

To be confirmed. (Will be an A-List director with an impressive track record and with experience in studio features).

 

The shoot:

Eight weeks for Principal Photography.

 

 

Shooting locations:

Viti Levu, Fiji

Levuka, Ovalau Island, Fiji

 

Cast to be confirmed:

These actors are likely candidates for the following roles:

Nathan Johnson – Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Hemsworth, Matt Damon, Channing Tatum

Susannah Drake – Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley, Kate Beckinsale

Brian Drake – Sam Neill, Tom Wilkinson, Brian Cox, Russell Crowe

Joeli – Cliff Curtis (Once Were Warriors)

Most of the other roles will be played by indigenous Fijian actors.

 

Projected Box Office Returns:

With a reasonable US$25M budget, Fiji the film has strong worldwide commercial potential. This feature is very much designed for a mainstream release and is in no way an arthouse or niche film.

Comparing similar period films in terms of themes and/or budgets – including The Passion, Dances with Wolves, Braveheart, Apocalypto, Last of the Mohicans – projected Box Office returns for Fiji have been estimated at US$208M. (This figure is for worldwide theatrical sales only and does not include DVD/TV sales).

 

Executive summary:

The uniqueness of Fiji the feature film will give it every chance of success. There have been very few films set in Fiji – Tom Hanks’ Cast Away and Vince Vaughn’s Couples Retreat being two notable recent exceptions.

Major tax exemptions and rebates are offered to foreign filmmakers filming in Fiji. (See below).

It’s our intention to approach the Fijian Tourism Board to ask them to consider advertising in conjunction with the film’s release – just as the Australian Tourism Board got behind the Nicole Kidman/Hugh Jackman movie Australia.

Because the film’s title is also the name of a country, there is a commercial opportunity to work in with the Fijian Government and thereby increase awareness of the film as well as Fiji as a destination. Working in with the Fijian Tourism Board, there is the potential for various promotions. (e.g. Everybody who buys a ticket to the movie is entered into a draw to win a trip to Fiji). This could be advertised on movie posters as well as the front cover of Fiji: A Novel. Obviously, basing a film on a bestselling novel provides added value.

 

     

 

Fiji tax exemptions and rebates for filmmakers

There are four main streams of audiovisual tax incentives offered by the Fiji Government and administered by Film Fiji in collaboration with the Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority (FRCA). These are detailed in the Sixth Schedule of the Income Tax Act as amended (‘Sixth Schedule’) which is available for download.

Briefly, the film incentives are as follows:

The Film Making Incentive- Part II of the 6th Schedule of the Income Tax Act- is available to non-resident film companies only. The film company applies to Film Fiji for a reduced rate or total exemption of tax on the income of its employees who a non-residents and who are in Fiji for the purpose of conducting a film or television production.

The F1/F2 Incentive are two streams of the same incentive. Both streams allow you (as a producer) to raise half of your production budget from Fiji investors. The Fiji Government incentivizes Fiji investors to invest in half (i.e. 46.5%) of the production budget for your film by offering them a tax deduction of 150 percent (for F1 Incentive) or 125 percent (for F2 Incentive). To qualify for F1, at least 50 percent of the running time of the end product film must show Fiji as Fiji. For F2, there is no requirement to show Fiji as Fiji.

Film Tax Rebate is a cash subsidy offered to fully funded productions that come to Fiji to film. The rebate is 47% of the Qualifying Fiji Production Expenditure (QFPE). The rebate is paid by the Fiji Government after a production is complete.

There are some fundamental rebate requirements, including: The Production Company must have a minimum Qualifying Fiji Production Expenditure of F$250,000 in Fiji; The film must not be culturally derogative in its portrayal of Fiji; The Production Company must ensure that the total productions budget is deposited in a Fiji bank account before production commences in Fiji; The Production Company must engage the services of Fiji citizens in the movie production; The Rebate will only be payable upon release of the film. The conditions for the release of the film are that the film is released in at least three other Countries; and the film is released in a prominent and internationally recognized cinema.

Full details of the filmmakers’ rebates are available at Film Fiji’s website at: http://www.film-fiji.com/pages.cfm/incentives/

 

Enquiries welcome:

We welcome expressions of interest from experienced producers interested in the Lead Producer role on this film and also from A-List directors interested in helming this production.

 

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Respected book review site Great Historicals has given a big thumbs up to our historical novels World Odyssey and Fiji: A Novel, books one and two in The World Duology.

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“I loved reading it as much as I loved Fiji,” the reviewer says of World Odyssey.

Here’s Great Historicals’ review (unabridged) as it appears on Amazon:

World Odyssey is an epic, a story that follows the tumultuous lives of three different people – Nathan, Jack, and Susanna. In this first novel, their lives are separate from each other, and by the end of the novel, they arrive in Fiji, though their paths have yet to cross.

Lance and James Morcan have a wonderfully easy style of writing, simple but descriptive, fast paced yet detailed. It is a comfortable book that one can fully relax into because of its steady flow and lovely prose. It is a prequel to their first book, Fiji, but each book stands alone and you don’t have to read them in the order they were written in.

For the three main characters, there is change and danger at every turn. From travel on land and then on the high seas, I was intrigued and completely pulled into the story from the start to the end of this book. I loved reading it as much as I loved Fiji. I highly recommend that you get both of these fabulous epics!

 

WORLD ODYSSEY (The World Duology, #1) is available via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/World-Odyssey-Duology-1-ebook/dp/B00HHVOMO0/

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Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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