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Although launched less than a week ago, our new release title, World Odyssey (the World Duology, #1), is receiving feedback from readers impressed by its cover. Little wonder: the cover image is a copy of The Ninth Wave, the most celebrated work of 19th Century Russian artist Ivan Aivazovsky.

The Ninth Wave / oil on canvass / 1850

Aivazovsky was born in the Crimea to a poor Armenian family. His talent as an artist earned him sponsorship and entry to the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts from which he graduated with a gold medal. Earning awards for his early landscapes and seascapes, he went on to paint a series of portraits of Crimean coastal towns before travelling throughout Europe. In later life, his paintings of naval scenes earned him a long-standing commission from the Russian Navy stationed in the Black Sea…

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Ivan Aivazovsky

…Aivazovsky is best known for his seascapes and coastal scenes. His technique and imagination in depicting the shimmering play of light on the waves and sea foam is especially admired, and gives his seascapes a romantic yet realistic quality that echoes the work of English watercolorist JMW Turner. Especially effective is his ability to depict diffuse sunlight and moonlight, sometimes coming from behind clouds, sometimes coming through a fog, with almost transparent layers of paint. A series of paintings of naval battles painted in the 1840s brought his dramatic skills to the fore, with the flames of burning ships reflected in water and clouds. He also painted landscapes, including scenes of peasant life in Ukraine and city life in İstanbul. -Wikipedia

We were so taken with Aivazovsky’s The Ninth Wave we chose it as the backdrop for the cover of our new release title World Odyssey (The World Duology, #1). Hope you agree it’s a great choice! We think it’s appropriate as our characters travel the world primarily by sea in this 19th Century historical adventure.

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

 

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.

Product Details

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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World Odyssey (The World Duology, #1) coming soon.

Book one in our historical adventure duology will be released any day now as a Kindle ebook on Amazon. World Odyssey is the prequel to our bestseller Fiji: A Novel, book two in The World Duology.

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.

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 launch of World Odyssey (The World Duology, #1) will be announced right here…Watch this space! –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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In her revised and significantly expanded second edition of Writing a Killer Thriller, award-winning author Jodie Renner names our thriller series The Orphan Trilogy (The Ninth Orphan / The Orphan Factory / The Orphan Uprising) as a good example of a series thriller writers should read.

Recommended series

Ms Renner lists The Orphan Trilogy alongside selected works of James Patterson, Michael Crichton, Steve Berry, David Ignatius and others, describing them as “Thrillers that take you all over the world…Great for the armchair traveler!”

As the author says in her description of Writing a Killer Thriller: An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction:

Whether you’re planning your first novel or revising your fourth, you’ll discover lots of concrete ideas here for taking your fiction up a level or two, captivating readers, and gaining fans. Both published and aspiring authors of fast-paced, popular fiction will find these tips indispensable for plotting a riveting story and creating compelling characters, then writing a gripping opening and designing suspenseful scenes.

We haven’t read Writing a Killer Thriller yet. (Have been too busy writing to read unfortunately!). However, it’s on our ever-growing list of books to read. When we do, watch this space for our review.

Meanwhile, here’s a selection of reviews plucked from Amazon:

“Finally, someone who understands the thriller! More than ever an author must also be his own best editor and Jodie Renner is there to help. Writing a Killer Thriller should be on every thriller writer’s desk. It breaks down the thriller into its must-have component parts to write a scintillating, edge of the seat novel that will get readers buzzing and sales flowing.” ~ Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of The Jury Master and Murder One

“Writing a Killer Thriller by Jodie Renner is an in-depth journey through each component of the thriller. Renner breaks down the process into key elements, each essential to keeping the reader turning those pages. From character development to building suspense, Writing a Killer Thriller should be on the desk of every thriller author out there. A staple for the beginner, a refresher for the pro.” ~ Joe Moore, #1 Amazon and international bestselling co-author of The Blade and The Phoenix Apostles

“A killer of a thriller guide! Jodie Renner lays out, in clear, easy steps and lists, how the best writers craft their works of art – and shows how you can do it, too. A terrific how-to in avoiding the pitfalls and burnishing the gotta-haves of writing a bestselling thriller novel, by an editor who knows her way around action, drama and creating characters so fresh and real you’ll swear they were your friends.” ~ Shane Gericke, national bestselling and No. 1 Kindle bestselling author of Torn Apart

 

Warning: blatant advertising ahead!

The Orphan Trilogy is available as a Kindle ebook at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BGGM05U/

 

Happy reading! –Lance & James

 

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                                                                          To be released soon!

The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy will be a departure from the usual for us: it’s non-fiction whereas all our other published titles to date – including The Orphan Trilogy (The Ninth Orphan / The Orphan Factory / The Orphan Uprising) and Fiji: A Novel – are works of fiction.

Most of our research into conspiracy theories comes from scoping and writing The Orphan Trilogy between 2004 and 2013. The Orphan Conspiracies will highlight the 29 conspiracies that feature in the trilogy, and will provide in depth studies of each with additional comment.

Dedicated to truth-seekers and whistleblowers everywhere, just some of the conspiracies featured will include False Flag operations, MK-Ultra and the secret history of mind control, human cloning, the US Federal Reserve, suppressed technologies, Bilderberg, the pharmaceutical conspiracy, the myth of a free media, Project Paperclip, secret CIA prisons, Area 52 and, most appropriately, experimentation on orphans…and many more.

Meanwhile, The Orphan Trilogy continues to be a regular visitor to Amazon’s bestseller lists. While the series has fictional characters, it shines the spotlight on real organizations and also on shadow groups rumored to exist in the real world. In many ways it merges fiction with reality.

           

The Orphan Trilogy thriller series is available via Amazon at:         http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BGGM05U/

As one Amazon reviewer said of The Ninth Orphan (book one in the trilogy):

The authors manage to weave political intrigue, espionage, and eugenics into an exciting fabric of mystery and entertainment. The reader can’t but believe that the novel may not be only a work of fiction.

The Orphan Conspiracies will help readers bridge the gap between fact and fiction…

Watch this space! –Lance & James

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