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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. Great reviews, Olga. I’ve read both of these and particularly liked Journey 6 because of the strong descriptions. I could really picture their journeys and the old mansion.

    1. Thanks, Priscilla. Yes, the old mansion is fantastic, and their encounters there as well. Their adventures never cease to amaze me. Have a great week!

    2. Many thanks for your support, Priscilla. I’m still grinning ear to ear from your review of Journey 6. I hope you’re having a wonderful June. Hugs on the wing.

  2. I’ve been seeing fabulous reviews on this series- I need to catch up!

    1. Thanks, Jacquie. The author thinks she has reached the middle point, so there are a few months to come. Perhaps you can catch up this summer, although I’m sure your reading list is as long as all of ours, and you’re busy with your writing and everything else as well. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of the week!

    2. Thanks for visiting, Jacquie. I hope all is well with you and yours. I’m looking forward to the one you’ve been working on. The “Journeys” are always here whenever you care to join in. Regardless of “Winter” or our summer heat, I always imagine Emlyn’s world as the perfect temperature. LOL. A place to escape reality. Hugs on the wing!

  3. Fabulous reviews of these two journeys, Olga. I have two more committed reads and then these.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. You’ll enjoy it. I know what you mean about reading commitments. When I think I’m catching up a bit, something else comes up, or I realise I’d forgotten about a book that I was supposed to read, a while back. Oh, well… I remember when I never had enough books to read. This is such a luxury! Stay safe and all the best to your family!

      1. Ha! That’s so true, Olga. It’s hard to imagine living in a time, even before any sort of “printing” when books had to be hand written, and copies made the same way.
        Sometimes, when I describe to people the scarcity of books in Emlyn’s world, and how amazed she is to see more than a few books in one place, the person looks at me as if that is such a far fetched idea, but even in the real world, there was a time when it was so.

        1. Yes, indeed. We take so many things for granted nowadays, Teagan, that it’s quite difficult to imagine when such things were luxuries. Although, in some places and for some people they still are, and that’s a tragedy. And so many people have access to books and never read anything! Good luck with the next Journeys. I can’t wait for the next one, or to know how the Delta Pearl concludes. Thanks for keeping my imagination flying!

    2. I appreciate you visiting, Robbie. The reviews you’ve done of Dead of Winter are so wonderful. I hope you will love the rest of them. But first, take time to relax. I hope Michael is recovering nicely and that somehow this procedure also helps with other things. It seems that so many unexpected things are related. Stay happy and sassy. Hugs on the wing.

  4. Olga, I am absolutely thrilled. The way you handle reviews is amazing. I can’t help being sort of stunned to be the recipient. What I love is the way you provide useful information and descriptions in a way that never seems like a summary. This one feels rather like a guidebook. I realize this overall story is complex, so it’s wonderful that you’ve given the reader that kind of guidance. You’ve made my month! I hope everything in your life is bright and beautiful. Hugs on the wing!

  5. Great review, and I wish the very best for Teagan with her new book. Hopefully, I will get around to reading them all one day!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I’m sure you will, Pete, and you will enjoy them. Take care, and enjoy the rest of the week.

    2. Thanks for your encouragement, Pete. I know fantasy isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s not the typical fantasy. Stay safe and well. Hugs on the wing!

  6. What thoughtful reviews, Olga. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. And the character lists are a great idea. Best wishes to Teagan.

    1. Thanks, Staci. Her blog and all the journeys are a great read, and yes, I think character lists are helpful, especially in novels with many characters with unusual names, and in historical novels, fantasy, and sometimes sci-fi, extra content like maps and images can help give readers a better idea of what the author had in mind, although nothing can beat one’s imagination. Stay well and enjoy the rest of the week.

    2. Heartfelt thanks for visiting, Staci. I hope your daughter is healing nicely. Years ago there was an epic fantasy series that I liked so much that I started making my own Excel spreadsheet to help me keep track of all the characters and their affiliations. Talk about complex… Anyhow that wasn’t the only time I read a large book and wished there was a list of characters to help me. So I decided to add one for Dead of Winter. I revise it each month to include new characters or places, rather than sharing everything at once.
      Take good care of you. Hugs on the wing!

      1. Wow. That’s diligence. I either would have dealt with confusion or stopped reading. But I think the character list is a fabulous idea.

        And Sammi is doing very well with her recovery and physical therapy. Thanks for asking.

  7. I was nodding along with you throughout these reviews, Olga but never as strongly as when you wrote, “I didn’t hesitate when she started publishing this serial, even though I am not a regular reader of fantasy.” I would go so far as to say I never read fantasy before finding Teagan. I have left so many comments on her blog that began with “I don’t normally read…” that’s I’ve stopped saying it. I’m happy to read anything she writes because she is such a good storyteller.

    Thanks for helping to promote her work.

    1. Thanks, Dan. I know we aren’t the only ones, either, because Teagan has a way of trying new genres and dragging all of her readers in, even when they would never have considered reading them if anybody else was the author. Your collaborations with Teagan are a great source of inspiration, and I love your images and the way she uses them in her blog. You make quite the winning team, Dan. And you do a lot of work to promote writers, so thanks for all the beauty and the features. ♥

      1. Thanks Olga. I am happy when someone can use my photos. Teagan puts them to such good use that I feel grateful. I love seeing her “tomfoolery” in her posts.

        1. I know exactly what you mean. ♥

    2. Thanks so much for this support, Dan. All your feedback means a lot to me. I’m very happy you are part of the Journeys. Stay safe and well. Hugs on the wing!

      1. You’re most welcome, Teagan.

  8. Resa says:

    I’m so behind on this serial!
    Love Teagan’s writing. Thank you Olga!
    The Delta Pearl is almost over!!!!

    1. Thanks, Resa! Yes, I decided to read two this time, to make sure I caught up.
      I’m sad about the Delta Pearl, but I’m also very intrigued to see how it will all work out in the end. Teagan has such a wild imagination!
      Stay safe!

    2. Thanks for taking time to visit, Resa. I appreciate your support. Take it easy on that ankle. Hugs on the wing!

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  9. Wonderful reviews, Olga! I can’t believe I still haven’t started on this series yet – so many books. Congrats to Teagan!

    1. I still appreciate your support, Teri. This series is actually probably closer to your cup of tea than my other stories. No cats… but there are horses. =^-^= Hugs on the wing!

    2. Thanks, Teri. Well, you still have all that enjoyment to come! Have a lovely weekend and good luck with everything!

  10. An amazing review for Teagan’s book, Olga – love the sound of it, and the cover is gorgeous. Toni x

    1. Isn’t it, Toni? I love all the covers. They will make a lovely gallery, for sure. I hear the 7th Journey should be coming our way pretty soon, and I’m looking forward to it already.
      Stay well and have a good weekend.

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