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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. Very well done, Olga. You have quite a talent for this book review stuff. I’m ready the next Journey and keep look for an announcement from Teagan that it will be soon.

    1. Thanks very much. You’re very kind. I know Teagan is hard at work, so, hopefully, it shouldn’t be long now. I feel a bit sad, though, because I don’t think we have many journeys left now.

    2. Soon, Pat, soon. 🙂 Please read my comment below and understand.
      Many thanks for visiting here. I appreciate your support. Hugs on the wing!

      1. Will miss the Journeys when they end, but I survived missing the Pearl. So far we still have Dilly and Fang. More new friends in our future, I suspect. Take care of you and the kitty.

  2. Teagan is a unique talent, and a lovely lady.
    I send her winged hugs from Beetley!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. You are absolutely right. She’s the bees’ knees, as Pip would say! Have a fabulous week!

    2. You are so kind, Pete. Hugs winging back across the ocean to you and Beetley. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

  3. A fantastic review, Olga. This series is terrific. I am looking forward to getting back to Dead of Winter in February.

    1. Thank you kindly, Robbie. I’m very happy that you are part of the journeys of Dead of Winter. Stay safe and well. Hugs on the wing!

    2. I couldn’t agree more, Robbie. It is good to have something to look forward to. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of the week.

  4. Dear Olga, first let me apologize for being late. I’ve been dealing with a crisis with Crystal, that started suddenly Monday night. She seems okay now, but I exhausted myself with anxiety and lack of sleep.
    You have made me feel renewed with these reviews. It particularly meant a lot to me, when you mentioned thinking of the story when you saw something in your real life, or on the news. I’m also delighted that you picked up on my sense of humor.
    You are correct that the Journeys are drawing to a close. I’ve decided the best way to handle the rest is to make it into two. Journey 13, The Harbor will be somewhat shorter (probably around 100 pages when I finish the re-write). Then Journey 14 will be almost all new material for the revised ending. One of the reasons I left this story on the shelf for a decade was that I was not happy with the ending.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of these Journeys. I’m sharing your reviews everywhere. Hugs on the wing!

    1. I’m sorry to hear about Crystal. I know she has some health problems which can prove very challenging, and how strongly you are bonded, so no need to apologise at all. I hope she stays stable and feels better now.
      I am looking forward to the next two journeys, although I will miss all the characters, but I know they will stay with me even after the last journey.
      I hope the rest of the week is more relaxed for you both. Big hugs!

  5. alexcraigie says:

    Great review, Olga! Like you (and I suspect everyone else) this series hooked me from the start and I’m impatient to read the next journey as soon as I’ve finished the previous one. The characters, places, lyrical writing and plot are all superb!

    1. You’re absolutely right, Alex. Teagan can bring to life the most incredible worlds, characters, and events, and make us care for them. We don’t have long to go now, but I’m sure we’ll enjoy the next two journeys. All the best.

    2. That really does mean a lot to me, Alex. Thank you so very much. Stay safe and well. Hugs on the wing.

  6. Olga, your reviews are wonderful. I have been following this series from the start and I too was happy to see Emlyn’s growth in Journey 12. I am eagerly awaiting the next Journey.

    1. Thanks very much, Dan. Your support means a lot to me. Stay safe and warm. Hugs on the wing!

    2. Thanks, Dan. Yes, Teagan is creating a community around her journeys and the marvellous world of Dead of Winter. Keep well and keep bringing us your inspiring posts and challenges. ♥

      1. Thanks Olga. Teagan has introduced me to many different genres I never thought I’d enjoy. Now I think that “Teagan” is a genre 🙂

        1. She is, isn’t she? ♥

    1. Gracias, Juan. Soy una gran fan de Teagan Geneviene, su blog, su serial, y sus novelas. Y traduje una de ellas al español. Muchos éxitos con Masticadores.

      1. Gracias Olga, miraré su blog. Bueno Masticadores marcha muy bien y me gustaria incluirte en Gobblers como asesora. O sea que propongas links de lectura en inglés y los pondría en un apartado. Bueno es una invitación / sugerencia. Con cariño Juan

        1. Gracias, Juan. Ando a la espera de que me confirmen (o no) un proyecto académico para el que tendría que escribir un capítulo (antes de mayo, aunque eso tampoco es seguro todavía), pero hablamos cuando sepa algo seguro y así lo concretamos todo. Que sigan los éxitos.

          1. Perfecto, saludos Juan

          2. 🙂

          3. I feel almost like I’m eavesdropping with Google translator. ^^’ Wishing you good luck with your academic project.

          4. Thanks, Teagan. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we shall see. I’ll keep you posted.

        1. Thanks, Teagan! I loved working on it as well. ♥

      1. Thank you Teagan. I would like you to collaborate in Gobblers/masticadores for example authorizing us to reproduce some text from your blog in gobblers. It’s possible? if you want we can talk by email fleminglabwork@gmail.com, greetings Juan greetings Juan Link a Gobblers or https.//masticadores.com,,, https://gobblersmasticadores.wordpress.com/

        1. Thank you for thinking of me, Juan. However, my PTSD-related disabilities are too much for me to consider things right now. Wishing you huge success with Gobblers/masticadores.

          1. Well, I understand, but if you want I can take a text from your blog every 15 days and publish it. I do it with some authors. She thought. Everything is possible. In Spanish decimos: porque no? greetings Juan

  7. Awesome reviews, Olga – congrats to Teagan! This series is coming up for me soon – so excited! I sure hope Crystal is doing better, Teagan.

    1. Thanks, Teri. You are in for a treat, Teri! Enjoy the rest of the week and take care.

    2. Thanks so much, Teri. If you get to Dead of Winter, I will be delighted — and hope you love it. I’m working on the final two novelettes now. Big hugs to you and Bond.

  8. These are excellent reviews, Olga! I agree, when you think about a book and have real life triggers that remind you of the story, you are definitely hooked! And who can blame you? Teagan has an amazing vocabulary and writes so vividly! Congratulations, Teagan!

    1. Thanks, Mark. You are right, and I find myself using some of the expressions her characters use quite often as well. Her research into the way people talked and the many details she brings into her stories make them come alive for us. It is always a joy to read one of her stories. Enjoy the weekend!

    2. Many thanks for visiting here with Olga, Mark, and for your encouraging comment. One of my favorite vocabulary builders is to watch the old Password game show — I find episodes on YouTube. Hugs on the wing.

  9. What an awesome review, Olga – Teagan is such great and imaginative author. Toni x

    1. She is, indeed, Toni. I hope you’re doing well. Enjoy the week and take care.

    2. Thank you kindly, Toni. I’m still on cloud nine from these mindful reviews. Have a beautiful rest of the week. Hugs on the wing.

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