Published in 2019
For those of you who have been following along with me and my journey with the manuscripts of J.A. Wells’ work, you will know that I believe he is a tremendously good storyteller. I’ve been closely associated with his work, assisting with proof reading, a little mentoring, designing book covers, and eventually I will be joining in the process of John self publishing and promoting his work. My close association with John and my technical assistance are anchored in my admiration for John’s work, both his writing, his art and most importantly his creative energy. I have so much “serious” fun contributing my technical and administrative skills to his process. Maybe one day, if all goes well, his work will be discovered by many many readers and eventually will become a best seller. The Durra Durra Saga is his second manuscript, the first being The Merry Millionaire, two others are near completion. After the editing process is complete, the world will be introduced to a new voice in the literary world. J.A.Wells’ journey is one that the Artuccino Team, that is, John Challenor and I, Diane Challenor, feel privileged to be part of.
Here’s a little blurb of J.A.Wells’ intriguing two part saga, full of mystery and adventure, The Durra Durra Trilogy: Book one – Thurlow; Book two – Mutt Mutt Billy; and Book Three – Durra Durra:
About the books: Thurlow, Mutt Mutt Billy, and Durra Durra: Set in regency England, and early colonial New South Wales, J.A.Wells in his duology, The Durra Durra Trilogy, delves into the lives of two men, inextricably linked by country, honour and loyalty. The first is wrongly accused of a crime and convicted, subsequently torn from the ordered life he once knew, and the ones he loves, only to enter a world of torment, fear and degradation. The other, unaware of his true identity, having been taken from his rightful mother as a new born baby, sails to the far side of the world, there to become a young man of substance, integrity and manliness. Therefore, we follow the exploits of James Baker Waldon, and Luke William Reddall, as they discover meaning in a land as unforgiving as the parched earth beneath their feet.
J.A.Wells entices us with the romance of new found love, saddens the heart with sudden losses, thrills the senses with depictions of a river in full flood, and the disastrous results of its aftermath. All the while ambitions are tested, during eventful voyages spanning vast oceans to brave new worlds. Then he appals, yet challenges us with his vivid descriptions of squalid prison life, both on land, and aboard convict ships, where friendships are made, and plots are hatched.
J.A.Wells’ characters stem from actual people from out of his past, thus he succeeds in putting flesh on their bones, at the same time breathing love in the hearts of souls long since departed.