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Kin & Kingdoms Books

For Fun

"I want readers to experience history.
To join these diverse characters on their crazy adventures

and have as much fun as humanly possible.
History doesn't have to be boring, learning doesn't have to be dull.
Education is best learned through experience
and it should definitely be entertaining."

Angela Curtis

Her greatest fear ... is that she will live.
Her greatest triumph ... is that she survived. 

Lillie's sheltered world is plunged into mayhem
when she is forced to board the ASHMORE,
a 219-foot sailing ship bound for New Zealand.

She must face and conquer the ruthless forces of
both man and nature to survive the 103-day voyage.
Only then will she be able to take control of
her future and find her true destiny. 

For The First Time Ever

EXPERIENCE this epic adventure for YOURSELF.
Listen to the sounds of the ASHMORE while you read.   
Discover life on board a tall ship in 1882.

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Official ASHMORE Companion Guide

Filled with soundtracks, videos, music, photos, 
nautical ceremonies and superstitions,
newspaper clippings, maps and much more.   
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Reviews - ASHMORE
This book was fascinating. I learned so much about the sea voyage in the 1800s.
Detailed, realistic and comes with the soundtrack for each chapter to add to the whole experience!
It is mostly written through the eyes of a young girl who was forced to suffer this harsh way of travelling with her family
in hopes of finding a better life on another continent. I like books that are based on real historical facts.
This book was well researched but what made it special is that it is based on the real family.
would recommend it for middle school and older.
Lena Vorobets
What a fun love story wrapped up in a masterful blend of history and adventure!
The well-researched history and culture presented were especially engaging for me,
but if you're not particularly fond of that, the characters and story are just as compelling.
This is one I couldn't put down and stayed up way too late reading...but was so worth it!
Michelle Berkey

Ashmore is more than a book - it is a uniquely interactive experience.
There is love, humour, adventure on the high seas, drama, mystery and loads of historical research all blended together
to make for a story I found very hard to put down.
This is a thrilling and very well written book with solid characters.

The age group I would recommend it for is teenagers and above.
The research and interactive features would serve well as a school resource.
Very highly recommended. I loved Ashmore and look forward to the next Book in the series.

Meredith Swift - Best Selling Author
This isn’t quite a pirate story, but it’s still a swashbuckling read. Follow the true story of Lillie and her family as they take their hazardous
journey to their new life in New Zealand, way back in 1882. It’s a tough trip that forces the sixteen-year-old to grow up quickly.
Full of adventure, despair, joy, and family problems that seem scarily the same across the centuries.
The interactive media is a great and, to me, unique idea, and one that I believe many readers will love.
For those who prefer to read in silence, you can choose to use the option or not.
A great trip away from my desk, my responsibilities, and my twenty-first-century outlook!
Joy RS

“I loved it, I lived it. I felt like I was down in that hull experiencing the journey.”

"This should be a movie or a T.V. series.”

"I couldn’t put it down. I finished it at 6:30 am this morning."

“I picked it up to read one chapter and I’m still reading. I’ve got nothing else done.”
“Angela has an incredible gift. I absolutely loved it.“ 

“This book is a high-quality product I think people will love.” 

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The Shotover
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"The Shotover" provides a refreshing view of Thames' first gold strike after the field was proclaimed on 30th July 1867.
Cobley family history is thoughtfully intertwined with the early history of the Thames Goldfield. William Cobley's life after The Shotover is covered, supplemented with photographs to round off
an informative and easy read.

 Angela dedicated
13 years to researching
and travelling the country to ensure this book is historically correct.
In my opinion,
The Shotover should be taught in our
NZ Education system.
It is not only about the Shotover, but a comprehensive guide to early New Zealand.
Doug Curtis
Grandson of William Cobley

This is one of the most
well researched and educational
history books
I have had the pleasure of
reading in a very long time.
I would highly recommend The Shotover to anyone interested in New Zealand’s history and it’s gold mining industry back when a few individuals like William Cobley had the privilege to contribute to the formation of our new colony.
Roy Ramsay

Angela moved the reader through expository and narrative text seamlessly. The historical setting of
the story enabled the characters to talk beyond the pages
in a way that makes them feel familiar today.
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   "The Shotover"  is a lively depiction of the people and circumstances of the first discovery of
gold in The Thames.
The Author has drawn upon family sources to add to the existing public
record of the event.  
A 'must read'
if you wish to get a taste of the excitement and challenge
of the time.
Rosalie Steward
   "The Shotover" is
a great little nugget of colonial history in the Thames goldfields
of 150 years ago.
Describing the discovery and development of the first
gold strike in Thames,
it’s a fascinating insight into
the effects on both discoverers and community after four hopeful prospectors really do strike it rich. Really enjoyed it and
recommend for anyone with an interest in old New Zealand.
   A compelling read to all you history lovers. The Shotover is a remarkable, captivating true story of
William Cobley set against the harsh realities of early New Zealand.
Angela takes you on an
insightful and engaging journey
into the hardships, cheating and rags to riches that marked the golden era of the 1860s.
Picked this book up and
couldn't put it down.
It really personalised the lives of the miners and gave me a greater appreciation of
my great-grandparents.
A "must read",
especially for those who
descend from settler families.
Note From The Editor
I knew when Angela first joined Tauranga Writers that she was approaching her writing career as a true professional. She has learned how to use writing and editing programs like Scrivener and AutoCrit and signed up for Chandler Bolt’s renowned Self-Publishing School.
Angela’s impetus was a page from a family diary that hinted at possibilities. Her well-crafted Kin and Kingdoms trilogy is based on thirteen years of research. 2018 is the year we’ve been promised the first, Ashmore. I for one can hardly wait.
In the interim, I dared to suggest to Angela that she might use some of that research material to craft a brief history of the discovery of gold in Thames. Especially as one of her ancestors, William Cobley, was one of ‘the Shotover four’ who stumbled on the waterfall of gold that made their fortunes and led to Thames formation.
Quite a challenge to set, daunting even to an experienced writer, but I had seen the commitment Angela brings to any project she undertakes. In only five weeks, The Shotover – Thames Gold was written, reviewed, edited and published in time to be launched on August 12th 2017 at the 150th-anniversary events in Thames. Angela was a leading figure in her green and gold Victorian dress, and 75% of the first print-run sold the day it launched.
Extra copies are now available and in my opinion, this prime read should be in every school and college library. It’s a fascinating account of a historical event that describes the dynamics of such an extraordinary discovery.
Jenny Argante
President, Tauranga Writers
Editor-in-Chief, Freelance – Writers Helping Writers

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