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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

Headline icon  What readers have said:

"What a brilliant read. Your detail in researching the story for this book is amazing, particulalry for a non military person. The history relating to that era, particularly to Foxton bought back memories of the 'Good Old Days' of non-regulated freedom. I was'nt expecting the story to end that way and felt the emotions as I read the last page. I love Bryce Courtney as a writer and his style of writing is similar to yours. To those people that love a good read particulalry military pers from this era, this book is a MUST READ. Congratulations Carole Brungar!" - Jock

“It is a powerful, gritty story with authentic characters.”

“The realistic dialogue took me straight back.”

“I was enthralled by the battle scenes, it almost made me feel like I was watching a movie.”

"I finished your excellent book last night with a certain feeling of disappointment in that I wanted more! Have to say that I was immersed in reliving aspects of my earlier life & experiencing a range of emotions throughout. I expect that many military men & women who served in Vietnam would experience something similar upon reading your book, depending perhaps on the nature of their deployment(s). Ghostly visitations by past spirits are inevitable. I enjoyed the read immensely. Job well done Carole." - Stewart

“This book took me on an unexpected journey. I laughed and cried, felt angry and such sorrow. A definite must read.”

“This is so much more than a love story and it stays with you long after you've read it.”

“You write of the Vietnam War with the authority that must come from intense research or perhaps like Evelyn you were there too. The Vietnam sections and the dialogue in particular is spot-on, and convincing.”

“Set in the late sixties and seventies your caught up in the lives of Evelyn and Jack in small town Foxton then taken to the horrors of the Vietnam war.”

“The Nam Legacy is evocative, disturbing and beautifully written.”

"I have just finished reading your book The Nam Legacy. I must say it was a brilliant story and beautifully told. I was fascinated by the memories that flooded back in relation to the 1960’s pre Vietnam War. The war part was well researched and brought back many memories also. I was in Victor 3 Company which was there at the same time as Whiskey 1 Company and can relate to the story. I believe this tale is similar in regards to most Vietnam Veterans in many ways. I congratulate you on your work and this book will hold a special place in my library." - Paddy: 3 Section, 3 Platoon, V3 Company, South Vietnam 1968/1969

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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.

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  What readers have said:
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.


Sunday 25th February, 10am - 4pm
Marangai Garden Fair
Gladstone Road, Levin
(entry by ticket only)
I'll be selling and signing books

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 Wednesday 29th November, 2017
 Fielding public Library
 Books for sale
 Topic: 'The story behind the story'
 Entry: Free

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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.
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