It gives me great pleasure to feature Linda Strader in the latest of our series of 2018 Guest Blogs.
Linda is publishing her first book, Summers of Fire: A Memoir of Adventure, Love and Courage, later this year. In her blog post she shares with us Writing the Tough Stuff in Memoir.
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The audiobook for Fred's Diary 1981: Part 1: Hong Kong and Thailand is now available at Audible. It's a fascinating listen.
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Friday December 15th is Publication Day.
The Kindle version of Travel Stories and Highlights: 2018 Edition is now available and I would appreciate your support if you felt able to buy a copy. At a price of £2.99/$3.99, it is excellent value. By downloading a copy you will help boost the book to No.1 in the Travel Writing category.
Many thanks to the authors, writers and poets who entered this year’s competitions. This new release would not have been possible without you. Also, to the judges who selected the winning stories and all of you that voted for the top highlights.
I couldn’t include every story in the book, so sincere apologies to those that I did not include. All the entries were fantastic and I encourage everyone to get involved again next year. Our 4th year will be the biggest and best yet.
So, whether you prefer Kindle or Paperback, please support this fabulous new release by getting your copy now via the following link: getBook.at/TravelStories2018
Many thanks to all of you that took part in the public vote for the 2017 Travel Highlights Competition.
Here is the result:
1/. In the Land of Father Frost by Olivia-Petra Coman
2/. Maybe Tomorrow by Alison Galilian
3/. A Magical Encounter by Alison Galilian
Congratulations to both of our well-deserved winners Olivia-Petra and Alison. Prizes are on their way.
All 40 highlights were so fantastic that I have included every one of them in the 2018 Edition of Travel Stories and Highlights. This is now on pre-order with a release date scheduled for December 15th. It contains most of the competition entries from this year and I am really grateful to everyone for getting involved.
Read all of the 40 entries on our 2017 Travel Highlights page and support your favourites by voting for them each day during the next 2 weeks.
IMPORTANT: If you are voting on your phone, please scroll down to the bottom of the Blog page and click on Web view to activate the voting buttons.
With only a couple of hours to go until the closing deadline for this year's Travel Highlights Competition, it is fantastic to be able to feature two entries from Val Vassay. As Val puts it in her e-mail, "Better late than never, as they say".
THE MAGIC OF THE ISLES
Vast expanses of sky; white sandy beaches miles long; thousands of lochs; crystal clear, unpolluted seas. Where are we? Oh yes, of course, we’re in the Outer Hebrides – my spiritual home, the islands I’ve been in love with ever since my uncle came to work here 50 years ago. And, just to make the magical even more magical, on this visit I’m accompanied by my wonderful younger son, Luke. Surely this must be heaven on earth?
THE MOST DANGEROUS WALK IN THE WORLD
I was worried about walking El Caminito del Rey (the King’s Little Walkway), in the mountains about 60 kilometres inland from Malaga. Before being closed for renovations in 2000 it had been a very dangerous walk, as this narrow, concrete path stapled onto the cliffs above the Guadalhorce River had fallen into disrepair and was full of holes and had never had any safety measures! I needn’t have worried. Now it’s a beautiful wooden walkway, with glass safety walls all along it and nothing to fear – well, except for the chunks of cliff that fall off occasionally!
A warm welcome back to Patricia Steele with her brand new travel highlight entry:
He Llegado - I have arrived. Thanks for getting involved Patricia and best of luck in the competition.
He Llegado - I have arrived
When I placed my foot onto Spanish soil in Madrid, I felt its magic. Bliss. Wispy clouds hung in a bright-blue sky as reality pushed my mind into overdrive. My España Aventura (Spanish adventure) had begun. When travelers moved like a gaggle of geese, I followed. Several concourses, four escalators, two trains and moving walkways. And then a shuttle across the tarmac to the waiting Iberia Express. On the plane and breathless to get to Malaga, I smiled. Airline attendants’ dresses were the color of the Spanish flag. Excellent.
My sense of humor runs a little rampant at times, I'm no stranger to laughter, and I love a good anticipation scene. I am proud to state that The Girl Immigrant, the first novel in my Spanish Pearls Series, is being whisked off my shelves. The second book in the series, Silván Leaves, is now available. My next project is a memoir titled, Fairydust to Daffodils about my daughter and her fight with Cystic Fibrosis.
There is a lot more to find out about Patricia, so please check her author page:
Part 1: Fred's Diary 1981
Hong Kong and Thailand