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Copies of The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy #1) and Fiji: A Novel trade paperbacks will be posted out to the winners of a competition underway now on the global literary site Goodreads.com

Competition for The Ninth Orphan giveaway ends April 6 PST.

The Ninth Orphan by James Morcan

The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1) byJames Morcan, Lance Morcan

How do you catch a man who is never the same man twice?
That is the question posed in The Ninth Orphan, a top-rated international thriller novel and the first book in The Orphan Trilogy.

An orphan grows up to become an assassin for a highly secretive organization. When he tries to break free and live a normal life, he is hunted by his mentor and father figure, and by a female orphan he spent his childhood with. On the run, the mysterious man’s life becomes entwined with his beautiful French-African hostage and a shocking past riddled with the darkest of conspiracies is revealed.

Enter to win via this link: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/47606-the-ninth-orphan

Competition for the Fiji: A Novel giveaway ends April 15 PST.

Fiji by Lance Morcan

Fiji: A Novel byLance Morcan, James Morcan

Fiji 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.

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.

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Readers have complimented us on our Prologue in Fiji: A Novel with comments like “Mouth-watering” and “Very descriptive” and “Colorful visual writing”…so we thought we’d share it with you.

Here ‘tis. Read and enjoy with our compliments…

Prologue / Fiji: A Novel

A Fijian maiden stooped to pick up a shell as she walked along a white sand beach at Momi Bay, on the western side of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu. Sina had a natural island beauty. Lithe and graceful, her dark skin glistened in the tropical sun. She wore a traditional grass skirt and shawl made from tapa, or bark cloth.

The beach was bordered by a grove of coconut trees and the turquoise waters of the bay. Tropical birds filled the sky—among them Kingfishers that dived into the sea, competing for fish.

At one end of the beach, a distinctive headland protruded out into the Pacific. It accommodated a village whose entrance was marked by defensive fortifications in the form of bamboo palisades. The village was home to the Qopa, the region’s predominant mataqali, or clan.

Out in the bay, Qopa fishermen speared fish and cast nets from their canoes. Beyond them, foaming surf marked the reef that ringed much of Viti Levu. The constant sound of waves crashing against the reef was like the boom of distant thunder.

Several miles beyond the reef, a ship sailed by, her sails billowing as she was pushed along ahead of a light southerly. Sina and the other villagers paid scant attention to the vessel: they’d become used to the comings and goings of the white man’s ships.

The maiden noticed the shadows were lengthening. It was time to think about returning to the village. She smiled as squealing village children playing at the water’s edge splashed one another, white teeth sparkling against their black skin. Like all Fijian children, they seemed to wear permanent smiles.

Sina stopped to pick up another shell, dropping it into a woven flax bag hanging from her shoulder. Humming a traditional lullaby to herself, she was unaware a tall, muscular warrior was watching her impassively from the shadows of the coconut grove. Standing motionless, the sinister warrior held a musket in one hand. Only his coal-black eyes moved—his heavily tattooed, battle-scarred face adding to his air of silent menace.

This was Rambuka, also known as the Outcast, the charismatic leader of a tribe of cannibals feared by villagers up and down the coast. Rambuka’s eyes subconsciously widened as he studied Sina. He liked what he saw. Finally, he moved, gliding soundlessly among the palm trees like a spirit as he stalked his prey.

Still singing, Sina bent down to study an unusual shell. A sudden movement to her left caught her eye and she looked up to see Rambuka rushing toward her, musket in hand. She recognized him immediately. Screaming, she turned to flee, but had barely taken a step before her assailant was onto her, dragging her back to the trees. Startled by her screams, the children ran toward the village, shouting.

Terrified, Sina lashed out and twisted around, trying to bite her attacker. Rambuka slapped her hard, momentarily stunning her. Everything started spinning and Sina felt as if she might faint. Effortlessly hoisting her over his shoulder, the Outcast began running inland.

Behind them, Qopa warriors came running from the nearby village, alerted by the children’s screams. Most carried clubs or spears, while some had tomahawks they’d acquired from white traders. Nearly all were tattooed about the arms, legs and torso. The warriors were led by Joeli, son of the village ratu, or chief.

A big, powerful man, Joeli’s proud bearing and intelligent eyes were clues to his royal bloodlines. Bone earrings hung from his ears and a huge, intricately-carved, whale bone club dangled from a cord around his waist, a dozen human teeth inlaid around its head testament to how many men he’d killed in battle. Most striking, however, was his massive hairstyle. Nearly two feet high and even wider across, it was dyed blue with yellow stripes through it. Earlier treatment with burnt lime juice would ensure it remained stiffened in place for a few more days at least.

Some of Joeli’s warriors wore equally flamboyant hairstyles—many dyed a bright color and some even multi-colored; several sported hairstyles of a geometric shape while the orange-dyed hair atop one proud warrior was all of six feet in circumference. Such weird and wonderful styles could be seen on men throughout Fiji and were worn as a symbol of masculinity and social standing.

The frightened children all talked at once and pointed down the beach. Joeli led his warriors to the spot the children had indicated and there two sets of tracks were immediately visible in the sand. He turned, grim-faced, to his warriors. “It could only be the Outcast,” he decreed.

A fine-looking young warrior with a distinctive birthmark on his forehead and a zany, geometric hairstyle asked, “Who has he taken?” This was Waisale, a close friend of Joeli’s.

Joeli looked down, avoiding his friend’s eyes. He suspected that Rambuka had abducted Sina, but didn’t want to say as much until it was confirmed. It was common knowledge Waisale and Sina were lovers.

A sense of foreboding suddenly came over Waisale as he studied the footprints that Rambuka and his captive had left behind. “Sina!” he murmured. Without another word, Waisale sprinted into the coconut grove, following the tracks into the dense rainforest beyond. The others ran hard on his heels.

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Dusk was approaching and Sina was near exhaustion when the Outcast finally stopped running, allowing her to briefly rest and drink from a shallow stream. Their flight had taken them into the forest-covered hills above Momi Bay.

Scratches and bruises covered Sina’s face and body, and she winced as she splashed water over her face. Aware of Rambuka’s reputation and knowing what fate awaited her, she looked frantically around, her mind racing, desperate to find a way out of her predicament…

 

If you are enjoying it so far, click on the cover image of Fiji: A Novel (below) to read the balance of the Prologue and the opening chapters of this novel at no charge.

For readers’ reviews, or to purchase the trade paperback or kindle version of this book, go to: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057YCZM0/

 

Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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Fiji: A Novel

Our historical adventure romance Fiji: A Novel continues to perform well on Amazon, attracting some compelling reviews.

One of the best – in our humble opinion – is this (abridged) 5-star review from Great Historicals, the site for reviews of historical novels:

If you like your stories straight up, told like it really was, and without any sugar coating, then Fiji is sure to please. This novel transcends gender and will appeal to both male and female readers. This book had a bit of everything – sex, violence, humor, historic detail, and plenty of twists to keep one reading.

Here’s some more (abridged) 5-star reviews for Fiji: A Novel:

***** BRAVO! This book was riveting. I felt like I was right there…This story literally takes you through the history of that region through a fictional story that uses historical facts so seamlessly that it is compelling. -Kim Rhym, book reviewer.

***** 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, acclaimed author, editor of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

***** Authors Lance and James Morcan have taken the history of Fiji in the 19th century and created a well-written, totally absorbing novel. Alice M. Dinizo, book reviewer.

***** Fiji is an adventure story, a love story and a historic fiction novel all wrapped into one. You are drawn in from the very beginning and taken on a wild ride through the very end. -Monica Stevanovic, book reviewer.

***** Fiji…is not just a religion versus religion, profit for sake thereof, but a story of coming to terms with soul, with sexuality; with a sense of humanity; with a sense of friendship, with a sense of, well, honor.…sit down with some kava and begin a journey not only of adventure, but of heart, and most definitely of soul. -Remy Benoit, historian/author/humanitarian.

***** This is an exciting, historically accurate sketch of life on the Island of Fiji. The extensive research is evident and the plot electrifying. If you are a fan of great historical adventure, plan to stay up late reading this thrilling story. -Beverly J. Rowe, book reviewer.

And here’s a 4-star review we kinda like…

**** …once I got into it, I was hooked… The ability to combine interesting historical fact with a tense and fractious plot line is a skill which these writers employ liberally and made this novel even more enjoyable for me. -The Kindle Book Review.

To read the full reviews, and more, for Fiji: A Novel go to: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057YCZM0/

Fiji: A Novel is available via Amazon as a kindle ebook and trade paperback.

 

Happy reading! -Lance & James

 

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Amazon reviewer Monica Stevanovic says “You are drawn in from the very beginning and taken on a wild ride through the very end” in her 5-star review of our historical adventure-romance, Fiji: A Novel.

Here’s Ms Stevanovic’s (abridged) 5 of 5 stars false review:

Fiji is an adventure story, a love story and a historic fiction novel all wrapped into one. It is an exciting tale that intertwines the lives of three groups of people from very different backgrounds (an American adventurer,
English missionaries and various Fijian tribes) and vividly puts you in the middle of 19th century Fiji. Prior to reading this book, I really didn’t know much about Fijian history or their customs, many of which were hard to digest (human sacrifice, cannibalism, etc.)…I still really enjoyed the story. You are drawn in from the very beginning and taken on a wild ride through the very end.

For the full review go to: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057YCZM0/

To read the first few chapters of Fiji: A Novel free click on the cover below…

Fiji: A Novel

Available via Amazon as a kindle ebook and trade paperback.

(Average Amazon reviewer rating 4 stars).

 

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Let me recommend Book Club Reading List, a (first class) blog that publishes a newsletter introducing book clubs to authors. They’ve published an excellent article on developing a marketing plan for your book – something that’s all too often overlooked by new and (believe it or not) experienced writers.

As the article’s Author states:

While having a book marketing plan may sound obvious, most survey respondents did not have a marketing plan in place or perform any pre-release marketing whatsoever prior to their book’s launch. In addition, most respondents believed that their lack of planning significantly hindered their book’s success. According to Francene Carroll, author of Shadows of Yesterday, “I didn’t do any marketing for my first book, Shadows of Yesterday … and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this is my worst performing book. I was very naive and didn’t realize how much work is involved in promoting your own books.”

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

A good marketing plan should do four things. First, it should help you identify your target audience. Second, it will help you build a platform to cultivate a relationship with your audience. Third, it will provide a schedule of events and milestones leading up to your book’s launch and beyond. Lastly, it will monitor and measure the success of each activity. Your marketing plan should focus on developing both short tail and long tail sales. Short tail sales events give your book an initial burst of sales right out of the gate, then fade as quickly as they started. These type of sales are crucial when launching your book to gain momentum on Amazon. Long tail sales will provide a steady base of sales that come from a deep online presence and the word of mouth that follows.

For the full article go to: http://bookclubreading.com/articles/how-to-sell-your-book/book-marketing-plan/

Book Club Reading List publishes a quarterly newsletter that introduces book clubs to authors who have agreed to make themselves available to participate in book club meetings. Book clubs can contact authors using details provided on our website and arrange for them to attend meetings by Skype, telephone, or in-person (when possible).

 

P.S. Season’s greetings and best for 2013.   –Lance & James

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A review of our historical, action/adventure/romance Fiji: A Novel – by Amazon reviewer L. Townsend – comes with a warning: “Don’t start this book expecting to be able to put it down before finishing it.”

Review excerpts follow below.

Fiji: A Novel

Excerpts from L. Townsend’s review follow:

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A Swashbuckling Romantic Adventure Set In The South Pacific!!!!!!

Fiji: A Novel snared my attention from the book’s beginning…

…Lance & James Morcan, the authors, have written an awesome story with a bit
of everything: history, snippets of everyday swashbuckling life in the South
Pacific, a love story, and thrilling adventure.. There’s also shark callers,
flame walkers, convicts, pseudo voodoo and more…

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Fiji: A Novel as the authors developed the characters and the story…
The reader will be treated to a multitude of unexpected twists and turns…
Warning: Don’t start this book expecting to be able to put it down before finishing it.
Also, thank you to the authors for the epilogue which lets the reader know what happens to the tribe, islands, and remaining characters in the ensuing years. A much appreciated wrap to the story.

Bottomline: I look forward to reading more by these authors.

To read the full review, or to access the first few chapters of Fiji: A Novel free, or to buy the novel, go to: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057YCZM0/

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Coinciding with Amazon’s expansion of its kindle ebooks into Canada, our historical adventure-romance Fiji: A Novel has entered Amazon Canada’s bestseller list in the Historical Books category.

Fiji: A Novel

Amazon Top 500 reviewer, Great Historicals, has this to say about Fiji: A Novel in a 5-star review:

Ever since I read the Mutiny on the Bounty Trilogy as a teen, I have been drawn to exotic stories about the South Pacific. Fiji immediately drew my interest and I was more than pleased with this fascinating novel.
If you like your stories straight up, told like it really was, and without any sugar coating, then Fiji is sure to please. This novel transcends gender and will appeal to both male and female readers. The characters in the story fascinated me, evolving and adapting to their circumstances and surroundings. The underlying romance that weaves itself through the story is beautifully written and credible as the couple move from intense dislike to meaningful love.
This book had a bit of everything ‘ sex, violence, humor, historic detail, and plenty of twists to keep one reading. A warning for all readers – in keeping with the authentic tone throughout, you will come across scenes of ritualistic slaughter and cannibalism. A fabulous novel, beautiful for its blunt rawness, exotic scenery, and fascinating storyline. Definitely one to pick up and read. The Kindle version is less than a dollar! A quality book for sure!
To order the kindle ebook version of Fiji: A Novel go to: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057YCZM0/
Also available as a trade paperback.
Here’s another 5-star review for The Orphan Factory
★★★★★  Great read., November 8, 2012
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This review is from: The Orphan Factory (The Orphan Trilogy, #2) (Kindle Edition)

Couldn’t put it down. I read the Ninth Orphan, the first book so decided to read the second. I was not disappointed. After I read the Orphan Factory I re-read the Ninth Orphan. Can’t wait for book three.

The Orphan Factory (The Orphan Trilogy, #2)

The Orphan Factory is available as a kindle ebook and trade paperback via Amazon.

Here’s the kindle link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008M9WWKW/

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Our swashbuckling historical novel has snuck into Goodreads’ list for ‘Best Humorous Books!

Here’s the link to that list. It makes for interesting reading and you’ll find some great books: http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/312.Best_Humorous_Books

Fiji: A Novel currently sits at #91 (yay!) – and here’s the Top 5 on that same list as at 11 October 2012 PST:

  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide, #1)
    by Douglas Adams
  2. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
    by Terry Pratchett
  3. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
    by Christopher Moore
  4. Me Talk Pretty One Day
    by David Sedaris
  5. The Princess Bride
    by William Goldman

And let’s not forget #91…

Fiji: A Novel

While we didn’t set out to be humorous when writing this novel, we found the period (early 1800’s) and the setting (Fiji/South Pacific) and the genre (historical romance/action-adventure) certainly allow for humor. They were bawdy, lusty days and we wanted to capture that in our writing.

As at today, I note our novel remains at #1 in Goodreads’ list for ‘Great Romance Novels’. One reviewer called it “a bodice-ripper”, but I think she exagerates… “A Fifty Shades of Grey” it ain’t!

-Lance

Our historical adventure-romance is currently top of Goodreads’ list for Great Romance Novels!

Here’s the link to that list. It makes for interesting reading and you’ll find some great books: http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/17225.Great_Romance_Novels

And here’s the Top 10 on that same list as at 9 October 2012 PST:

1 Fiji: A Novel Fiji: A Novel
by Lance Morcan
4.0 of 5 stars4.00 avg rating — 95 ratings

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2 Seduction and Snacks (Choco... Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers, #1)
by Tara Sivec (Goodreads Author)
4.53 of 5 stars4.53 avg rating — 3,473 ratings

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3 Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2) Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)
by Colleen Hoover (Goodreads Author)
4.4 of 5 stars4.40 avg rating — 15,296 ratings

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4 Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty... Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
by E.L. James (Goodreads Author)
3.61 of 5 stars3.61 avg rating — 257,700 ratings

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5 Avoiding Commitment (Avoidi... Avoiding Commitment (Avoiding, #1)
by K.A. Linde (Goodreads Author)
4.18 of 5 stars4.18 avg rating — 3,744 ratings

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6 Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
4.23 of 5 stars4.23 avg rating — 761,722 ratings

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7 Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty ... Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)
by E.L. James (Goodreads Author)
3.97 of 5 stars3.97 avg rating — 153,733 ratings

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8 Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty S... Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)
by E.L. James (Goodreads Author)
3.93 of 5 stars3.93 avg rating — 131,090 ratings

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9 Slammed (Slammed, #1) Slammed (Slammed, #1)
by Colleen Hoover (Goodreads Author)
4.39 of 5 stars4.39 avg rating — 18,158 ratings

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10 The Bronze Horseman The Bronze Horseman
by Paullina Simons
4.39 of 5 stars4.39 avg rating — 9,821 ratings

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