,
Lani Wendt Young

more photos (7)

Lani Wendt Young’s Followers (387)

member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
member photo
Taylor ...
823 books | 84 friends

Angela ...
1,671 books | 182 friends

Leesha
562 books | 11 friends

Melissa
2,159 books | 973 friends

Julie L...
536 books | 4,521 friends

Delphina
1,140 books | 1,535 friends

Fallon
2,970 books | 95 friends

Morgan
1,937 books | 1,114 friends

More friends…

Lani Wendt Young

Goodreads Author


Born
Apia, Samoa
Website

Twitter

Genre

Member Since
August 2011

URL


Lani Young is an international bestselling author of YA fantasy, contemporary romance and literary fiction. The 2018 Pacific Laureate, her work is inspired by the diverse mythology of Oceania and the richness of her cultural heritage as a Samoan and Maori woman.

When she's not writing (or reading), she's baking cookies, talking to dogs, and trying to do triathlons.
She lives in Samoa and New Zealand with her Ironman husband and four children.
...more

To ask Lani Wendt Young questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Lani Wendt Young I have two projects on at the moment. One is another book in the Telesa Series that follows a few of the characters ten years after the end of the Bon…moreI have two projects on at the moment. One is another book in the Telesa Series that follows a few of the characters ten years after the end of the Bone Bearer. The other is a contemporary romantic comedy - no fantasy or paranormal elements, just lots of romance and fun and too many wedding dresses!(less)
Average rating: 4.34 · 4,786 ratings · 575 reviews · 27 distinct worksSimilar authors
Telesa: The Covenant Keeper...

4.15 avg rating — 1,642 ratings — published 2011 — 6 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
When Water Burns (Telesa, #2)

4.46 avg rating — 904 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Bone Bearer (Telesa, #3)

4.49 avg rating — 602 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
I am Daniel Tahi (Telesa, #4)

4.41 avg rating — 446 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Scarlet Lies (Scarlet, #1)

4.40 avg rating — 280 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Afakasi Woman

4.39 avg rating — 209 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Scarlet Secrets (Scarlet, #2)

4.55 avg rating — 180 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Pacific Tsunami Galu Afi

by
4.57 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 2010
Rate this book
Clear rating
Vā : Stories by Women of th...

by
4.44 avg rating — 43 ratings2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
High School is a Jungle

4.31 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Lani Wendt Young…

Return to Paradise: The Dread

There's a massive shipping container parked outside my house. We're packing. It's really happening...we're moving back to Samoa. And as I shift through piles of junk, sorting the useful from the useless, the reality of what we're doing is slowly starting to sink in. Along with a bit of apprehension. Because even though moving home was my idea (but cleverly dressed up and presented to the family so Read more of this blog post »
3 likes ·   •  0 comments  •  flag
Share on Twitter
Published on December 29, 2013 22:09
Telesa: The Covenant Keeper When Water Burns The Bone Bearer I am Daniel Tahi
(4 books)
by
4.31 avg rating — 3,594 ratings

Scarlet Lies Scarlet Secrets Scarlet Redemption Love by Numbers
(4 books)
by
4.49 avg rating — 565 ratings

Ocean's Kiss Fire's Caress Earth’s Embrace Storm’s Fury
(4 books)
by
4.44 avg rating — 114 ratings

Matched
Lani Young is currently reading
by Ally Condie (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating

 
She's the Boss
Lani Young is currently reading
by Lisa Lim (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating

 
Intentions of the...
Lani Young is currently reading
by Rose Gordon (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating

 

Lani’s Recent Updates

Lani Young is now friends with Asha Butterflys
2939263
Lani Young has read
Scarlet Secrets by Lani Wendt Young
Rate this book
Clear rating
Lani Young has read
Scarlet Lies by Lani Wendt Young
Rate this book
Clear rating
Lani Young has read
Afakasi Woman by Lani Wendt Young
Afakasi Woman
by Lani Wendt Young (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
Lani Young wants to read
Earth’s Embrace by Lani Wendt Young
Rate this book
Clear rating
Lani Young rated a book it was amazing
Vā  by Lani Wendt Young
Rate this book
Clear rating
So very proud to be part of this project. Va is a beautiful book. An anthology collection of creative fiction from 38 bold brilliant women writers from across Oceania including Wahine Maori from Aotearoa and Torres Strait Islands. Short stories and p ...more
More of Lani's books…
Quotes by Lani Wendt Young  (?)
Quotes are added by the Goodreads community and are not verified by Goodreads. (Learn more)

“You don't love someone because they're a dream of perfection. You love them because of the way they meet their challenges, how they struggle to overcome. You love them because together, you bring out the best in each other.”
Lani Wendt Young, Telesa: The Covenant Keeper

“Yes, I’m Daniel Tahi." I know what your lips taste like.I know you roll your eyes when you think someone is an idiot. I know that you wish you were six inches shorter because you hate being taller than most of the boys you've ever met. Your name is tattooed across my chest and written on my heart.You are a fire daughter of earth, fanua afi and I am vasa loloa,son of the ocean. I am yours...And you can’t even remember who I am.”
Lani Wendt Young, When Water Burns

“In Samoa we have three different genders, if you will - men, women and fa'afafine. It's tradition. Don't stare. Don't be rude.”
Lani Wendt Young, Telesa: The Covenant Keeper

Topics Mentioning This Author

“Yes, I’m Daniel Tahi." I know what your lips taste like.I know you roll your eyes when you think someone is an idiot. I know that you wish you were six inches shorter because you hate being taller than most of the boys you've ever met. Your name is tattooed across my chest and written on my heart.You are a fire daughter of earth, fanua afi and I am vasa loloa,son of the ocean. I am yours...And you can’t even remember who I am.”
Lani Wendt Young, When Water Burns

“His fingers painted my skin with ruby red patterns of desire. In Keahi’s kiss I could taste the red burn of chili encrusted in the rich sweetness of melted chocolate. I breathed in his scent and it spoke to me of vanilla. The ink of my malu tattoo began to burn, searing markings of fiery joy.”
Lani Wendt Young, When Water Burns

“Excuse me? You're the one who was out to mislead me with your alluring bimbo slinkiness! What if I had believed your act last night? What if I had fallen deeply and madly in love with you? You would have had the blood of my love-sickness on your hands, Leila Folger.”
Lani Wendt Young, Telesa: The Covenant Keeper

“In Samoa we have three different genders, if you will - men, women and fa'afafine. It's tradition. Don't stare. Don't be rude.”
Lani Wendt Young, Telesa: The Covenant Keeper

“They say lightning never strikes in the same place twice.
They lied.”
Lani Wendt Young, Telesa: The Covenant Keeper

36506 Indie Book Collective — 2951 members — last activity Jan 16, 2023 09:21AM
A group of indie authors, helping each other out and bringing new books to the world
46509 Book Loving Kiwis — 1163 members — last activity 3 hours, 52 min ago
A group for New Zealand book lovers (and authors) and lovers of New Zealand books (and books in general). A place to share what we are reading, introd ...more
56640 Connecting Readers and Writers — 3868 members — last activity Jan 24, 2023 07:26PM
We connect adventurous readers with Indie Authors. This group is about connecting writers with readers in a way that has not been done on Goodreads b ...more
10067 Clean Romances — 4950 members — last activity Jan 16, 2023 03:21PM
This group is dedicated to building a up a list of clean romance books. Not "Christian" or "Inspirational" (there are other groups for those), but goo ...more
58989 Author / Blogger Network — 124 members — last activity Oct 19, 2020 11:01AM
This group provides an opportunity for networking among bloggers and authors of young adult and middle grade novels. Authors can provide copies of nov ...more
5471 LDS Ladies Book Club — 1796 members — last activity Feb 12, 2022 05:40AM
This is a book club for LDS women (or women respectful of the LDS/Mormon/The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints faith) to read and discuss bo ...more
44927 E.Y.A.B. — 667 members — last activity Mar 01, 2017 02:39PM
It's a place where you free yourselves from reality and jump into the world of fantasies and lapse into reveries. It's a place where you try to persu ...more
39799 Clean Teen Reads — 141 members — last activity May 15, 2015 12:52AM
We're here to share the books that don't have inappropriate scenes and warn us of the ones that do! After all, we are just teens... and there are some ...more
More of Lani’s groups…



Comments (showing 1-14)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

Dawyn.S. Hunter Thank you for accepting me. I really enjoyed your Telesa trilogy and had some glimpses of the Samoan history and its legends, and it was awesome how you out that into action and made these awesome books.


message 13: by Lani

Lani Young Excited to announce that you can now pre-order your copy of The Bone Bearer. Author signed print books or ebooks from the link. Thank you!: http://laniwendtyoung.me/pre-order-th...


message 12: by Lani

Lani Young Unleash the Fire - for only .99 cents! Amazon has the TELESA book on sale for a limited time only. Grab your ecopy of this fiery romance set in contemporary Samoa and inspired by our Pacific mythology. 200+ reviews agree its an addictive read. http://www.amazon.com/Telesa-The-Cove...


message 11: by Lani (last edited Oct 04, 2012 06:03PM)

Lani Young The first book in the Telesa Trilogy is on sale this weekend for only .99 cents. A good time to grab a copy of Telesa:The Covenant Keeper. For you...or a friend!
http://www.amazon.com/Telesa-The-Cove...


message 10: by Elesa

Elesa Hi Lani! I just received my book When Water Burns from Amazon today :) I can't to receive my autographed copy later this month or next month.

I'm so excited to be reunited with the characters. Gotta go, I just put the book down so I could send you a quick post. So far I'm LOVING it!


message 9: by Lani

Lani Young Dani wrote: "Thank you so much for the friendship! I just finished TELESA and I really enjoyed it!"

Im thrilled that you enjoyed the Telesa read. The second book, When Water Burns - is out later this week and I hope it doesnt disappoint. Thank you for checking out my Pacific stories!


Dani C. (Polly's Place) Thank you so much for the friendship! I just finished TELESA and I really enjoyed it!


Jonababez Thanks for the add Lani! I just got your book, and I'll be reading it soon! ;)


message 6: by Lani

Lani Young Jasmine wrote: "I absolutely LOVED your book! It really made me quite homesick for Hawaii (I just moved from there a few months ago). Your descriptions of Samoa were incredible--I've never been there, but through ..."
Thank you so much for checking out TELESA, Jasmine. Im always particularly thrilled when a "western" / non-Samoan reader enjoys my book because i do worry that the emphasis on the setting of Samoa will make the story difficult for western readers to relate to. The Pacific cultures do have a lot of rich mythology which make for great 're-interpreting' and storytelling! I hope you daughter enjoys the read as well.


☺~Tina~☺ Thanks for the friend invite. Your welcome on the checking out the book, it was great. I can't wait for When Water Burns!


Douglas Wickard Lani, thanks for your friendship on Goodreads!
Douglas


Melissa Thanks for the friend request! I know that it's an impossible question to answer -- not sure that I could pick just one favourite myself! But I've read some great books based on other people's all-time favourites, so I'm keeping the question =)

Looking forward to sharing books with you!
Melissa
writergrrlreads.blogspot.com


message 2: by Lani

Lani Young David wrote: "A pleasure to meet you, Lani!"

Likewise. Thanks for the add. Always good to connect with other authors on similar writing and publishing journeys!


message 1: by David

David Fleming A pleasure to meet you, Lani!


back to top