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TELESA: The Covenant Keeper

A thrilling love story inspired by Pacific mythology – featuring a sinister sisterhood of beautiful women with an environmental agenda and a fiery yet vulnerable young woman who must master her gifts – before they destroy her and all those she cares about.

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TELESA: When Water Burns

“Maybe you’re not meant to manipulate fire the way I do. Maybe sparks are all you’re ever going to make.” He snarled, “Or maybe you just need to be a better teacher and give me more.” Before I could reply, he grabbed my hand, twisted and pulled me into a restraining lock. Body pressed against my back, he held me in a chokehold. I struggled. Kicked. Fought. Pain knifed me as I tried to free myself. He spoke and his breath was hot in my ear. “Now, fire goddess let’s see if I can make more than sparks.” Rising panic choked me, with it came rage. And with rage, came fire. Keahi felt it. He laughed as I strained against him. As together we both burst into flame… With Nafanua and the Covenant Sisterhood out of the way, Leila and Daniel are finally able to love without fear of retribution. Or are they? As a malicious telesa plots her revenge, a mysterious stranger arrives on the island. Fuelled by hate and running from a fiery past, he looks to Leila for answers and she must fight to contain the fury of fanua-afi while trying to protect all those she loves. It seems that this is a battle she must wage alone, for Daniel’s ocean birthright cannot be denied and he refuses to walk beside her. Are Leila and Daniel destined to be forever divided by the elements? When it comes to Water and Fire, daughter of earth and son of the ocean – who will endure? When water burns? This is the second book in the Telesa Trilogy and follows on from book one, ‘Telesa: The Covenant Keeper.’ Also available from Amazon.

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TELESA: The Bone Bearer

The thrilling, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to The Telesa Series. Leila’s selfless act at the closing of ‘When Water Burns,’ unleashed the demonic fury of Pele the Fire Goddess and now Daniel must fight an epic battle to free the one he loves. Unlikely allies come to his aid as a group of troubled elementals try to overcome their differences and work as a team to save their friend. But Pele’s awakening has caused cataclysmic fear throughout the Telesa guardians of the Pacific and they are gathering their forces, preparing to defend the Blue Continent from the devastating threat of the Fire Goddess. Only one thing can destroy her – the Tangaloa Bone. The race is on to recover the three pieces of this ancient weapon and the question remains: who will wield the power of the Bone Bearer? And can Leila survive its apocalyptic fury? Will the covenant of love between Daniel and Leila endure this final battle?

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Scarlet Lies

Lies are beautiful – when the truth hurts.

Sixteen years ago, Scarlet’s family sent her away in disgrace. She’s been back once – with disastrous consequences. Now, her little sister is getting married and Scarlet’s headed home once more. Will this be the reunion she’s always longed for? Or will the lies of her childhood entangle her once more in their beautiful embrace?

She has a nightmarish fear of flying and she’s escorting her sister’s wedding dress through three different time zones. He’s the tall, dark and handsome stranger that gets in her way… What happens when Scarlet has to go home to be bridesmaid to her least favorite little sister, (who loves to remind everyone she’s a former beauty Queen EVERY OTHER MINUTE?) Can she survive three weeks of tropical heat and mosquitos, droves of busybody relatives all wanting to tell her WHY she’s still single as she endures the wedding from hell? Six hundred guests, three wedding dresses, twenty-four cake tiers, fifteen bridesmaids, a mother on a mission to makeover her daughter who ‘lacks ambition,’ and ONE deliciously divine man who alternately renders her speechless then drives her to outrage – all add up to a recipe for disaster. Or does it?

More than ‘just a romance’, this poignant story about the tangled connections between mothers, daughters and sisters – speaks with compelling insight and humor, of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and stubbornness of love.

Scarlet Lies is the first in a three book series. The second book, ‘Scarlet Secrets’ will release April 30th, followed by the thrilling conclusion to the saga, ‘Scarlet Redemption’, May 30th.

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Scarlet Secrets

What you can’t say – owns you. What you hide – controls you. Scarlet knows the truth of these words all too well. As the stress of a family wedding builds, her resolve to be a #GoodDaughter wears thin and toxic truths begin to take their toll. Scarlet’s epic humor carries her through everything from (more!) forbidden croquembouche, to uku infestations and melon-like wardrobe malfunctions, and more of her family’s barbed idea of love. Sometimes you just have to laugh through life’s pain, or else you’ll cry your heart out. Right? Can Jackson be the strength that helps Scarlet break through the lies? Or will her secrets destroy them? Experience the tropical heat, humor and heartache that is Scarlet’s trip home to Samoa.Do not read unless you can handle scorching scenes that contain passion (fruit) at the plantation, too much dessert and lots of (Jackson’s) caramel deliciousness.

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Scarlet Redemption

“Maybe you’re not meant to manipulate fire the way I do. Maybe sparks are all you’re ever going to make.” He snarled, “Or maybe you just need to be a better teacher and give me more.” Before I could reply, he grabbed my hand, twisted and pulled me into a restraining lock. Body pressed against my back, he held me in a chokehold. I struggled. Kicked. Fought. Pain knifed me as I tried to free myself. He spoke and his breath was hot in my ear. “Now, fire goddess let’s see if I can make more than sparks.” Rising panic choked me, with it came rage. And with rage, came fire. Keahi felt it. He laughed as I strained against him. As together we both burst into flame… With Nafanua and the Covenant Sisterhood out of the way, Leila and Daniel are finally able to love without fear of retribution. Or are they? As a malicious telesa plots her revenge, a mysterious stranger arrives on the island. Fuelled by hate and running from a fiery past, he looks to Leila for answers and she must fight to contain the fury of fanua-afi while trying to protect all those she loves. It seems that this is a battle she must wage alone, for Daniel’s ocean birthright cannot be denied and he refuses to walk beside her. Are Leila and Daniel destined to be forever divided by the elements? When it comes to Water and Fire, daughter of earth and son of the ocean – who will endure? When water burns? This is the second book in the Telesa Trilogy and follows on from book one, ‘Telesa: The Covenant Keeper.’ Also available from Amazon.

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I am Daniel Tahi

“So how did it all start? What did I think of Leila when I first saw her? Did I think she was breathtakingly beautiful the first moment I laid eyes on her? No. Did I fall madly in love with her on that first day we met? No….

What did I notice first then?

Her anger. She reeked of it.”

A novella that speaks from Daniel’s perspective. Get to know your favorite character in a whole new way as he reveals his sensual, passionate side. (And his sometimes angry, often funny side is pretty unforgettable too!)

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Afakasi Woman

A Collection of Twenty-Four Short Stories from a “Real Samoan Woman.”

Sometimes funny, often poignant and always honest – this collection of award-winning short fiction is one woman’s insight into life as a contemporary Pacific woman who is ‘too brown to be white and too white to be brown.’

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Pacific Tsunami Galu Afi

“When I looked up the water was about two meters above me and I didn’t know what to do with my nephew. When I thought he may have a chance, I just released him, I pushed him up towards the light”.

A harrowing read, as you’d expect, but beautifully and sensitively put together by the author Lani Wendt Young. This is a meticulously researched book published only a year after the Tsunami – in other words, while the memories of the day were still raw for the survivors. It’s hard to ascertain how many people were interviewed for this book but it seems like hundreds – from those who were directly in the path of the Galu Afi – Wave of Fire to those who were a part of the rescue and recovery effort. Sources include first-hand interviews with survivors and emergency and aid workers, as well as material from television and print media, journals, government reports, and seismic, meteorological and geological data.

The book is organised chronologically – an historical foundation is laid first (i.e. what experience the Samoan people had had of Tsunami prior to 2009 and therefore how prepared they were), followed by “The Earthquake”, “Evacuation”, “The Wave”, through to “First Response”, “How will we cope”, “The Hospital”, and so on until the closing chapters of “We Remember the Dead” and “After. Thoughts”. In total there are 25 chapters, each one made up of different voices telling their individual stories.

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