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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. Wow, Olga. You are involved in so many things… I don’t know how you manage it all. I hope you take breaks. 😀
    This is a terrific selection of audio books. Thanks for this heads-up.
    Your cupcakes story is delightful. Thanks for the text snippet, as well as the audio offer. What a marvelous way to end this Monday! Mega hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I think as you well know the secret is to keep going and wear different hats (a change is as good as a rest… sort of). Have a lovely week!

      1. Tee-hee! I’m suddenly inspired to put on various real hats as I write. Too bad I’ve donated most of them when I thought I was going to move…
        I’m giving you (and this event) a shout out at my blog Friday. More hugs.

        1. Thanks so much, Teagan! You’re a star! I love hats but the love isn’t mutual, unfortunately.

  2. How do you find the energy? The time? I agree with Teagan. I’m worn out just adding up your schedule.
    This is the first time I’ve read a snippet from ‘Cupcakes’. It’s adorable. <3 <3 🙂 I like the atmosphere.

    1. Thanks, Tess. I’m amazed at your detailed posts, stories and challenges too! I’m not a great planner, so I usually say yes to things well ahead of the time, because I have nothing else pressing booked, and then manage to overbook myself, but hey, it beats not doing anything. Your comment and a recent review of my first book have made me think that perhaps I should remind people of my other books (I don’t want to bore anybody but some of them I published four years ago). I Love Your Cupcakes was a very therapeutic book for me at a time when things were not going very well, and it’s one of my most optimistic (I think the most optimistic).
      Glyn has done a very good job with the narration too. (I know you have books coming out of your ears, but if you aren’t lucky during the event but would still fancy it in whichever format, even paper, let me know…) 🙂

      1. I feel a bad blogging friend. I am now over the hill and disappointed in my lessened energy. I WANT to read all the books in the world but my eyes have been giving me problems (we are putting off cataract surgery till I must).
        I beta read a number of books I should be able to use to review. I don’t want to disappoint anyone, which means I disappoint everyone because I can’t keep up.
        The cover of I Love Your Cupcakes has caught my attention from the beginning. Do you know I have about 2800 paper books and about 250 on my Kindle. I could scream because I want to read them all and I volunteer in a (charity) bookstore for the past six or so years.
        Everything I do these days is just-in-time which leaves no room for anything else though I keep adding new newsletters I can’t keep up with or outings with friends. I’ve been retire for 10 years now and get busier by the year. Ha ha. How does THAT happen.
        I force myself into social outings because, other than the bookstore, I don’t really care if I go out from one day to the next and am happy at home. I never get bored alone.
        Sigh. I forget what my point was. Sorry I rambled. Anyway wonderful talking with you. Yes, I would love to read all your books. I’m still waiting for the 36-hour day. <3 <3 <3

        1. Dear Tess, I hope your eyes don’t deteriorate too fast, although I’m sure reading is not kind on them. My mother had a cataract operation earlier in May but they’re taking so long to operate the other eye that her eyesight has deteriorated… I’m accompanying her to an appointment on Friday.
          I can only imagine how busy you are. I left my job as a psychiatrist a couple of years ago, planning on exploring other options, and although family things got on the way, I’ve also discovered now I seem to have even less time than before, between writing (not so much of that but planning something), translating (for an agency and other author’s books), my blog posts and reading and commenting others, the radio programme when I’m in the UK, keeping an eye on things for the Spanish cooperative, and the social media very half-hearted attempts at selling books (useless if I have to go by the results), and of course, reading… I do exercise every morning, because otherwise all my time would get swallowed up. I have no idea how many books I have in my Kindle (I don’t dare to check) and even the ones I get from NetGalley, that I had more or less under control have burst out free…
          The few weeks I worked at a bookstore I really enjoyed myself. I hope I can go back and do something similar at some point.
          Don’t worry about letting anybody down. You need to put yourself first (the oxygen mask approach rings true).
          I do use the text to speech for the books sometimes, especially if I’m doing something that doesn’t require concentration and I can do in autopilot, and it might be useful if you still want the stories but your eyesight is a problem (of course, audiobooks are also useful that way).
          Do take lots of care and don’t worry. I’m a psychiatrist. Yours is not a proper ramble…♥

  3. dgkaye says:

    You’re one busy girl Olga. What a fantastic event. I’ll be checking it out and seeing which books I don’t yet have. <3 Oh, and sharing around. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby! I’ve seen your share in Google already. You’re a star! And the choice is amazing (one of the ‘problems’ with these events is that I want to read, or listen, or both, to all the other books too!). But unfortunately we’re not included in the giveaway.

      1. dgkaye says:

        Well there are lots of other giveaways, and a great way to sample many books! Somebody is going to win something Free! 🙂

        1. For sure! It´s getting difficult to know what to do to encourage people to get books. Now authors are giving away trips…

          1. dgkaye says:

            Wow! I’ll take one of those, lol. 🙂

          2. I’m waiting to see a trip to Mars offered, as I’m not sure where the world is going.

          3. dgkaye says:

            No kidding! 🙂

          4. 😉

  4. Thanks for promoting this great giveaway, Olga. I hope that it brings you (and the others) many new listeners, readers and fans.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. Here is to hoping!

  5. What an opportunity.

    1. Thanks so much, Linda. You’re right! Good luck!

  6. Such a great event, just “hearing” about it now!

    1. You can still join it for a bit!

  7. Hi Olga! That’s a great event. You’re very smart to have entered the audiobooks arena. Many authors have yet to do it which leaves it wide open. I’ll check out the event on FB.

    1. Thanks, Vashti. It went well, although I had difficulties with the time difference. I was at cross-purpose with most of the people. But if you fancy any of my audiobooks, let me know. I still have gift codes for most of them. ♥

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