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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Olga, your review just takes my breath away. It means a lot to me that you enjoy these monthly novelettes.
    Thanks for the feedback about the list of characters at the back too. I’m glad to know that it comes across in the right way. There have been so many times when I’ve read fantasy novels by major authors, and wished for something similar. With these installments coming out a month apart, I hoped it would be well received.
    I’ll link my Wednesday post back to this, which includes a little about the world building and the Mercedes character. Hugs on the wing.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I love the serial, and I can guess at the skill it must take to turn a novel into a serial. The list of characters helps keep all the characters fresh in our minds. I read a review recently where they made a point of telling how difficult it became to keep the different characters separate when you’d been reading for a while (it seems the names were quite similar and unremarkable as well, that is not a problem here). I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s post. Mercedes intrigues me greatly. Well, all the Deae Matres do!

      1. I’m very glad to hear that. As I often say, I’ve been called a “collector of names,” so I put a great deal of thought and research into the names for this story. I speculate that a part of our minds might “feel” (knowledge we’ve gleaned and stored away in our minds without realizing) the old meanings associated with names. So, where possible I chose names that were both from the culture I wanted to evoke, as well as had a meaning that would reflect the character.

        Those meanings also helped me create the many character’s personalities. For example Osabide. I debated that name. The Basque origin of the name didn’t go with her country (which is loosely inspired by Ireland), but I wanted a name that had to do with healing — and I couldn’t find one that seemed to suit her. However, the name meant “healing” and it stuck in my head.
        In 2010 when I researched names, the meanings I found (for the scores of names I investigated) were consistent across various sources. Today… searches yield inconsistent results. Not only does past research not show up (even when I know the sources are still there), what I find one day can’t be found the next. It’s frustrating. Enough of my tangent. Thank you again.

        1. Thanks, Teagan. That is fascinating to know. I wondered about Osabide’s name.
          I remember from classes on research and from the different style guides that they insist on always documenting the date of the research together with the website when it is online, because, as you say, what you find today might be gone or totally different tomorrow. You’re right about the names bringing some extra layers of meaning to the characters, and sometimes even if readers don’t have the specific knowledge, I think we can sense there is something else there.
          Take care. ♥

  2. A fabulous review, Olga. I have this on my TBR and will get to it this week.

    1. You’ll love it as well, Robbie. I’m very intrigued by the Deae Matres and Emlyn’s powers and… well, everything! Have a fabulous week!

      1. You too, Olga. I know I will love it. I always love Teagan’s work.

    2. That’s music to my ears, Robbie. I hope you love it. Hugs on the wing!

  3. Good review! I’ve read Journey 3. It’s a fun story. In fact, I have enjoyed all three Journeys so far. You are right about the way Geneviene manages to end each story with a teaser yet wrap things up so the reader doesn’t feel frustrated.

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. I think we are in for a fascinating journey. Have a great week and stay safe!

    2. I’m thrilled that you are enjoying the Journeys, Priscilla. Happy spring and hugs on the wing!

  4. Sounds like the series is going very well.. thanks for the review Olga and will use on Thurdays when I feature the book… enjoy the rest of the week…hugsx

    1. Thanks, Sally! You’re a star. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Stay safe, and good luck with your WIP!

    2. Oh! What a wonderful surprise, Sally. Let me know if you need any images or anything at all. Happy spring. Hugs on the wing!

  5. Congratulations and good luck to Teagan, with her latest book. She is a great writer, a fully-engaged blogger, and a lovely lady too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. She is, indeed. Thanks for commenting, Pete, and stay safe. Enjoy the rest of the week!

    2. You are so kind Pete — thank you. I hope you are having a wonderful beginning to spring. Hugs on the wing.

  6. Congrats on the fabulous review, Teagan! Have these waiting on my Kindle.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Teri!

    2. I’d delighted to hear that, Teri. I know you like horror. I think these are spooky and suspenseful enough to engage that part of you. That aspect keeps gradually building. Thanks for visiting. Hugs on the wing.

  7. What a fabulous review. I’m sure Teagan is over the moon with it.

    1. Thanks, Staci. I’m really enjoying the series, and I hope plenty of people get to read it. Stay safe!

    2. Staci, I really am. Somebody send oxygen! Thanks for commenting. Hugs on the wing

  8. Nice review Olga! I hope it gins up a lot of book buys for Teagan!

    1. Her new serial sure deserves it. Thanks, Noelle, and stay safe!

    2. Haha. That would be a great bonus, Noelle. Stay happy and sassy. Hugs!

  9. Superb review. I’m an avid reader of the series and you brought out observations that had not occurred to me. Can’t wait for the next Journey. (Hope it is soon.)

    1. Thanks, Pat. That’s the beauty of such stories, isn’t it? We can all find something that speaks to us. I know the author is hard at work, so I’m pretty sure she won’t keep us waiting for too long. Fingers crossed! I can’t wait either! Stay safe!

      1. I hope you are right. We can each discover something different in this rich fantasy.

    2. Olga has a knack for that, Pat. I’m delighted you are part of these journeys. Thanks for visiting. Hugs!

      1. Me too, Teagan. 🙂

  10. Sounds wonderful, Teagan! Bravo!

    1. Thanks, Sarah! It’s a fabulous serial. Stay safe!

    2. Thanks so much, Sarah. I appreciate you visiting here. Hugs on the wing!

  11. Super review, Olga. it is so nice to se Teagan get the acclaim she deserves.

    1. I’m on cloud nine, John. Kind thanks. Hugs on the wing!

    2. Thanks, John. And she deserves it all and more, for sure. Stay safe.

      1. Thank you. Olga. You as well.

      2. You as well, Olga.

  12. Teagan is a wonderful writer- so creative!

    1. You are so kind, Jacquie — thank you. Stay safe and well. Hugs!

    2. So true! Thanks, Jacquie! 😉

  13. Glad to see this recommendation. I’m a big fan of Teagan’s writing.
    Hugs all around

    1. Thanks, Christoph. You’ve always had great talent, not only as a writer but also as a discoverer of other great writers. Give my regards to Ryan, the girls, and all the good people of Llandeilo, good luck with the literary festival, and stay safe. ♥

    2. Thank you kindly, Christoph. I know you have a lot going on, so I really appreciate your visits. Hugs on the wing.

  14. Resa says:

    I totally enjoyed this review! I will be reading the books in the future! In the meantime I Tweeted this post for Teagan, and you!

    1. Thanks very much! All the journeys are great reads, and the author has plenty of other novels and stories to catch up on as well. And I recommend her blog too! STay well!

      1. Resa says:

        I follow Teagan’s blog, and have been a guest on The Delta Pearl since the beginning! See you there! You stay well, too!

        1. Thanks! Yes, all the best are there! Meet you there soon! 😉

          1. Resa says:
    2. Thank you kindly, Resa. That’s wonderful of you. Stay happy and sassy. Hugs!

      1. Resa says:

        You too! Hugitos!

  15. GP says:

    I’m so happy you like Teagan’s work. I find her to be so amazingly talented!

    1. You’re absolutely right, and her creativity has always astonished me. Thanks for the visit and stay safe!

      1. GP says:

        Thank you, and you do as well.

        1. 🙂

      1. GP says:

        Aw gee, what the heck – I’ll do in a pinch.

  16. Great review Olga. I am trying to keep up with this series but there are so many books Thanks for this

    Laugh! What has frowning ever done for you?

    1. Thanks very much. I know what you mean. I have tonnes of books to read as well. The advantage of this series is that it is easy to fit in between longer reads.
      I like your motto!
      Stay safe and keep smiling!

        1. No, but I have quite a long list of books pending reviews. I’ll need to live a pretty long life to read them all!

      1. Also If you know of a good YA beta reader I would be obliged

        1. You might want to have a look at a group of reviewers I’m a part of, Rosie’s Book Review Team. Rosie Amber, a UK blogger, manages a large group of reviewers with varied reading preferences. Writers can offer several copies of their books, and they can sometimes get several reviews from different members.
          Here it explains how it works:
          Good luck!

          1. It’s a great team, and I’m not saying it only because I’m one of its members. 😉 Good luck!

      1. Keep some of those giggles in your heart I’ll pick them up later

  17. What a wonderful review, Olga – Teagan’s adventure sounds enthralling. Toni x

    1. It definitely is, Toni. I’m looking forward to the next Journey already. Stay safe!

      1. Speaking of which, I need to get busy with Journey 4! Have a wonderful week, Olga. Hugs on the wing!

        1. Thanks, Teagan. Yes, many of us are looking forward to it. Take care!

    2. Toni, I might never come down from cloud nine after this review. 🙂 Thanks for your encouragement. Hugs on the wing!

  18. inese says:

    A wonderful review, Olga! I am on the third journey right now, enjoying the read. Thank you, Teagan! I hope to read The Guitar Mancer novel on my Kindle some day:)

    1. Thanks, Inese. It’s a fabulous serial, and for what Teagan has commented, Journey 4 will be memorable as well. Great idea about The Guitar Mancer! Stay safe!

      1. inese says:

        Thank you for always sharing great books, Olga. X

        1. Thanks for all your pictures and your excursions. They’re very welcome, especially now that we can’t stray very far off. ♥

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