Lani Wendt Young

Biography

Internationally renowned Samoan writer, editor and journalist. Author of the Telesa Series and the Scarlet Lies Series. Also author of the nonfiction book, 'Pacific Tsunami Galu Afi', and the award-winning collection of short fiction, 'Afakasi Woman'. The 2018 ACP Pacific Laureate.

Where to find Lani Wendt Young online

Series

The Telesā World
All your favorite characters from the Telesā Trilogy have grown up. These are their stories...
Ocean's Kiss
Price: $7.99 USD.
Earth's Embrace
Price: $4.99 USD.
Fire's Caress
Price: $7.99 USD.
Scarlet Lies
A contemporary romance series from Samoa.
Scarlet Lies
Price: $3.99 USD.
Scarlet Secrets
Price: $5.99 USD.
Scarlet Redemption
Price: $5.99 USD.
Love by Numbers
Price: $5.99 USD.
Telesa
Young Adult fantasy romance inspired by the mythology of the Pacific and set in contemporary Samoa.
When Water Burns
Price: $7.99 USD.
The Bone Bearer
Price: $7.99 USD.

Books

Mata Lulu
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 21,500. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / Australia & Oceania
A collection of fun, fearsome and fanciful stories from Samoa for children. Recommended for Ages 8 to 12 (and for the child in all of us!)
Earth's Embrace
Series: The Telesā World. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,780. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
How do you contain a fire god? All Leila and Daniel want is their 'happy ever after'. But there's a small problem - Pele isn't dead and gone. She may not be in control of Leila anymore, but she's still a brooding, simmering threat searching for a way out. The couple will need to turn to the ancient ways of the Taulasea for hope and healing.
Telesa Trilogy Series
Price: $21.95 USD. Words: 409,350. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The Telesa Trilogy is a compilation of three stunning YA Fantasy novels, Telesa the Covenant Keeper, When Water Burns, and The Bone Bearer. Journey with Leila as she goes to Samoa in search of her mother's family, her culture and heritage. Discover a whole new world of ancient myth reimagined, simmering elemental magic, and epic adventure.
Love by Numbers
Series: Scarlet Lies. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 41,010. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Multicultural & Interracial
Numbers are Tamarina's language. And there's no room in her equations for love. Or is there? A sweet sultry STEM love story about a math genius and a mechanic.
The Bone Bearer
Series: Telesa. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 122,600. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The race is on to recover the three pieces of an ancient weapon and the question remains: who will wield the power of the Bone Bearer? And can Leila survive its apocalyptic fury?
Scarlet Secrets
Series: Scarlet Lies. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 56,230. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Multicultural & Interracial
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. Can Jackson be the strength that helps Scarlet break through the lies? Or will her secrets destroy them?
Scarlet Lies
Series: Scarlet Lies. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,620. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Multicultural & Interracial
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?
Afakasi Woman
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 31,880. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
The joys, the trials, the tragedies, and the sensibilities of being a woman of Samoa are highlighted in this superb collection. Afakasi Woman is a collection of 16 short stories, written by 2018 Pacific Laureate Lani Wendt Young. A 2020 winner of a Notable Book Storylines Award and shortlisted in the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards (NZCYA).
Mata Oti
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 93,630. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The virus has breached the island's borders. Paradise has fallen. The apocalypse is here.
Fire's Caress
Series: The Telesā World. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 92,860. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A standalone novel in the Telesā World series. Fantasy romance inspired by Pasifika mythology.
Scarlet Redemption
Series: Scarlet Lies. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 62,190. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
The long-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet Series. They say secrets and lies kill relationships, so what does that mean for a family that has them as its foundation? Painful truths are revealed and Scarlet must decide how to find her way forward. Will Jackson be a part of that journey?
Ocean's Kiss
Series: The Telesā World. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 60,840. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A stranger from Daniel's past turns his world upside down. Can he and Leila's love survive? And when the ocean remembers who she is - will she choose a long buried love? Or fury reborn? A stand alone novel from the Telesa Series world.
When Water Burns
Series: Telesa. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 125,680. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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...
Telesa: The Covenant Keeper
Series: Telesa. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 169,870. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.95 from 20 reviews)
When Leila moves to Samoa, all she wants is a family, a place to belong. Instead she discovers the local ancient myths of the telesa spirit women are more than just scary stories. The more she finds out about her heritage, the more sinister her new home turns out to be. Embraced by a Covenant Sisterhood of earth's elemental guardians - what will Leila choose?