Jennifer Douglas is a literary publicist who believes in the right of equality for all authors. With a vision of a world where positivity is the norm and negativity is long forgotten Jennifer works alongside authors creating a marketing and publicity plan that meets the needs of the individual.

With years of experience in publicity, public relations and the marketing industry, which includes working with Allen and Unwin and Palmer Higgs Publishing, Jennifer has become a well sort after reviewer. To work with Jennifer is to know you are working with someone who will not hold back on being open and honest about your book and its marketing possibilities.

Having undertaken many courses in writing and poetry over the years Jennifer has a vast knowledge in the field of writing and reviewing, being able to provide an efficient, effective and professional service. As a qualified Early Childhood Educator and a home educating mum with over 16 years experience, she has a passion for quality children's books and educational resources.

Having spent 6 years as the founder and managing editor of two magazines, Good Gabble and Rattling Reviews, Jennifer has an eye for marketing and sales, knowing what the consumer is looking for and how to reach them. She works individually with each client meeting their needs and the needs of their product. She has many years experience in critiquing websites, placing herself in the shoes of the consumer who is browsing. Many clients return time and time again knowing they will be receiving an honest, open and non judgmental review or critique. Jennifer prides herself on providing a friendly, non threatening and personal service. Her clients are able to contact her personally throughout the whole review process.

For further information on the services Jennifer offers please visit her website www.jenniferdouglasliterarypublicist.com. This blog is a review base only.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Nargun by Ian Lipke

This book review is part of the Christmas Advent Calendar 2014

21 sleeps till Christmas.

Historical fiction that intertwines culture and love, Nargun by Ian Lipke tells of the story of a young aboriginal man, Nargun and the daughter of a white settler, Mary. With the cultural divide being too vast Nargun finds love with another woman, but he can never forget Mary.

Nargun divided me as a reader. One part of me quickly became bored whilst the other part wanted to read on and find out what eventuated. I found Nargun hard to get into and a little dry for my taste, but this is definitely more of a reflection on myself and my mood at the time of reading than the book. Prior to reading Nargun I had read Lest Evil Prevails by the same author. This book took me on a journey and offered a totally different ride to Nargun. I feel it was this that may have affected my reading of Nargun as in my mind I was expecting the same fast past read I had just experienced.  I also found Nargun to be a book that you needed to sit in the quiet and concentrate on, not one which could be read with noise flowing around you or at a time when your mind may wander. For me at the time this was not happening. 

Ian Lipke is a great writer. His work flows beautiful and shows a level of professionalism he should be proud of. Within Nargun Ian Lipke has done a wonderful job of depicting events that occurred within the Aboriginal community in the Queensland area in the 19th Century. He captures the emotions and the battle between white man and Aboriginal in a balanced manner that gives an insight into the Aboriginal fight for land against their invaders, and the white mans determination to secure the land. Although fiction Nargun has a true historical feel about it, the passion and interest of the author has in the history shines through.

Although Nargun was not for me I would definitely recommend it to those who are looking for a historical read. As a whole I am impressed with Ian Lipke as an author and definitely feel he is one to watch in the future. Would I revisit Nargun? Definitely, as my mindset at the time was probably the influence my read. 

ISBN: 978-1-6363-248-7

Find out more about Ian Lipke and his writing: www.astutewriting-today.com

Purchase Nargun in both paperback and ebook from www.booklocker.com/books/7462.html

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