For the Love of Guam Food and More



10 years of research, 10 years of writing, 10 years of saving, and 23 years of being mahalang/homesick -- I share with you my gift to Guam, her children, and those that fought/fight for her, and the United States of America. I thank you, and I am so grateful.


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The Japanese bombed and left Pearl Harbor, but several hours later, they bombed and occupied Guam, the only American soil to have been taken by the enemy. After almost three years of brutal occupation, on July 21, 1944, Guam’s liberation was imminent. Jesi, a native girl, would have suffered at the hands of the Japanese if not for Johan, a liberating American soldier bent on putting himself in harm’s way. Conquered is an erotic historical romance of a young woman and an embittered soldier. It’s a story about war, hope, faith, and love, and the spirit of the Chamorro people.


Conquered is a passionate love story, as much about its main characters, Guam native Jesi Taimanglo and American GI Johan Landers, as it is about author Paula Quinene’s passion for Guam itself. As her characters try to find a place for themselves amid the war, Jesi’s relatives, and the Chamorro traditions, Quinene charts a path through a seldom told story: Guam’s place in WWII. An original idea written with an original voice that invites readers in to the exotic world of the Pacific, complete with coconut trees, banana doughnuts, dolphins swimming in the ocean, and moonlight on Pago Bay, Conquered also recounts the brutal horrors of the Japanese occupation on Guam, a US territory largely forgotten back in the States. In addition to learning about a singular and little-known culture that has played a part in the world wars of the Pacific, readers will undoubtedly crave the recipe for banana doughnuts.

 —Stacey Donovan, Writer, Editor, and Author of Dive  


Kindle and paperback books are available on Amazon.


is featured in the

Journal of Popular Romance Studies: Chamorro WWII Romances: Combating Erasure with Tales of Survival and Vitality

By Carolina Fernandez Rodriquez, Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Oviedo, Spain.



From a beautiful image, to an amazing cover!


Book Editor - Stacey Donovan of

Cover Models - Jimmy Thomas and Heang Lay of

Cover Artist/Video Reveal - Fiona Jayde of

Original Manuscript Editor - Laura Carlson - much of the original work did not appear in the final book, but I'm grateful for the direction Laura provided. She discontinued her editing services by the time I was ready with the final material.

The following video was published by Pacific Storytellers Cooperative on May 14, 2018. It includes actual video footage of Guam's liberation and the aftermath of war.




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© Copyright Paula Quinene. Check out Guam cookbooks and Chamorro cookbooks, A Taste of Guam and Remember Guam, for more Guamanian recipes and Chamorro recipes that are tested, tried and true. Get Macarons Math, Science, and Art, for foolproof macaron recipes and techniques. Enjoy a Guam romance novel in Conquered. Most photos courtesy Paula and Edward Quinene.