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Carole Brungar is a New Zealand novelist, writing award-winning, compelling fiction
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Headline icon  The Nam Legacy

The Nam Legacy is an epic love story set during the 60’s and 70’s. When the Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane drove parents crazy, teenagers found sexual freedom and peace slogans covered placards. When the Vietnam War abducted the nation’s young men and sent them to fight in New Zealand’s most controversial campaign.
After eighteen months in Vietnam, New Zealand soldier Jack Coles thought killing others to stay alive would be the hardest thing he would ever have to live with. He was wrong.
Although the nightmare of what he saw and did haunt him constantly, what tortures him the most is what he has left behind.

‘Not everyone who lost his life in Vietnam died there, not everyone who came home from Vietnam ever left there.’
The Nam Legacy is Jack’s story.

Headline icon  Recognition for The Nam Legacy

2016 California Dreamin' Writers
Winner, Hooker Contest for Best Opening Hook

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Headline icon  A Tide Too High

When expat New Zealander and front-woman for international band Polar Blaze collapses on stage, she is issued an ultimatum. Change your lifestyle or pay the price.
Mac Morgan has built her entire life around working hard to prove she’s a success. She doesn’t know how to slow down. She disappears from media scrutiny and spends time recuperating at a private beach in the far north of New Zealand, a large coastal property owned by the Stanford family.
London-based Alec Stanford wants what his twin brother has: a home, a wife and children. But just because he’s one of the world’s most successful businessmen doesn’t mean he’s good at personal relationships. After his beautiful socialite wife files divorce papers, he thinks maybe he’s just not marriage material. But he’s not prepared for the chance meeting with a burnt-out rock star who’s hiding out from the media.
A chance meeting that has devastating results.

A Tide Too High is a New Zealand novel about relationships, misplaced loyalty and being strong enough to believe in yourself.

Product details

Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1502701014
ISBN-13: 978-1502701015
Average Amazon Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars

Headline icon  Recognition for A Tide Too High
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NZ Romance Writers
Finalist, Koru Award for Best First Book 2015
National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Awards
Finalist, Best First Book 2015
National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Awards
Finalist, Best Fiction With Romantic Elements 2015

Headline icon  Reviews of A Tide Too High
a lovely read...
The writing was very good, and the New Zealand settings were vividly bought to life.

Bookishly Inclined

the rock star and the businessman - a winning combo...
Showed the strength of writing. I look forward to more by this author. I hope she also showcases more of New Zealand in future books!


lovely story...
I loved how easily you could connect with the characters and their relationships, it was difficult to put the book down.


great new kiwi author...
Great to read a book from a kiwi author and be able to associate with the places in it. Makes the story and the characters more real.

an inspiring journey...
I couldn't put it down. It took me on a journey of laughter, sadness and excitement.


awesome story...
Had me hooked from the first page. Awesome from cover to cover.


beautiful story!..
Loved it! Lots of twists & turns.


I loved this story...
I could feel my heart racing as I was reading. Brilliant.


fast-paced story...
I loved the fast-paced story-telling style and the grittiness of the characters.


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Headline icon  about me

I was born in the seaside town of Foxton, New Zealand and grew up in Huntly, a rural Waikato mining town. I did the big OE early in life, traveling extensively in the UK, Europe and the Pacific before working my way around the North Island of New Zealand.

I gained a Bachelor of Communication through Massey University in Palmerston North, majoring in Communication Management and Journalism, and have a long history associated with photography and journalism, working as a newspaper editor, a photographer, and as a journalist for a variety of newspapers and magazines.
I love hearing from my readers. Feel free to leave a review of my books on Amazon, Goodreads or visit me on Facebook.

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