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Memories of Meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger

Appearing on television in Columbus, Ohio in 1967 with fellow guest, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER

I remember Arnold had just won the title of Mr Universe, 1967. We were both in our twenties and guests on the popular ‘Spook Beckman’ show, WLWC-TV Channel 4 Columbus Ohio. Since then, the channel has changed to WCMH-TV.

I was promoting my first book entitled Between Two Worlds and appearing on the show as part of the promotion. I remember Arnold and I were seated together waiting for Spook Beckman to call us into the studio, having been told to go on when a green light came on. As it was such a long time ago, and there was no VHS or DVDs in those days, I sadly have no visual memory of the occasion. I do, however, remember the shy young man with a strange accent and how friendly and courteous he was. I am so pleased that from then on, he went from success to success.

More details will be in my forthcoming memoirs following on from my Travel Trilogy


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Rum, Fun and Sun in Barbados is Number 1 Best Seller!

I’m delighted to report that my Caribbean adventure (the third in the trilogy) is a Number 1 Best Seller on Amazon Kindle!  Click the link below for the UK version and other versions are in the Books section.

Rum, Fun and Sun in Barbados: The Number 1 Bestseller!

Rum, Fun and Sun in Barbados: The Number 1 Bestseller!

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Trilogy complete!


At last my travel memoir trilogy is complete, and hopefully just in time to tempt my readers to purchase the trilogy for Christmas.   When I embarked on writing the books about our travels through France, Spain, and the Caribbean, it was my intention to bring some sunshine into the lives of those wishing to escape the winter weather.  Vin Rouge, Fiestas and a Small Boat (of interest for lovers of France and Spain) was a surprise success when launched last year, and became an Amazon number 1 bestseller.  This was followed by Vino Tinto, Villas and Sailing (of interest to lovers of Spain), published this year, and also proved to be very popular.

IMAG1550The last in the trilogy is Rum, Fun and Sun in Barbados (Adventures in Caribbean Paradise).  This has been met with similar enthusiasm by readers, and to my delight, went straight to number 12 in the Amazon bestseller list.  I very much enjoyed writing these lighthearted memoirs and reminiscing, not only about the travel to beautiful areas of France, Spain, Florida and the Caribbean, but also about the many characters that my husband, Brian, and I met whilst running our overseas property business.  One of the most memorable occasions whilst penning Rum, Fun and Sun in Barbados was meeting with the charismatic windsurfer, Brian Talma, a professional sportsman who also happens to be a talented artist and musician.  We first met Brian at DoverBeach not far from the popular St. Lawrence Gap area in the Parish of Christ Church.  We realised he must be very popular when we hired two beach chairs and enquired as to his whereabouts.  “Hey, who doesn’t know Brian Talma?” the beach vendor said.  Brian Talma and his son arrived shortly after and entertained us providing an impressive windsurfing demonstration in the waves.

Looking ahead, my next trilogy is under way and draws on researched undertaken during the ten years we lived and worked in West and South Africa.  The first in the trilogy, Two Shades of Black (historical fiction), is available in paperback and for download on Amazon.

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My new book available on Kindle now!

My new book ‘Rum, Fun and Sun in Barbados: Adventures in Caribbean Paradise’ is available on Kindle now.  Links to the UK and USA versions below.  More links to the paperback and other sites online soon!

Rum, Fun and Sun in BarbadosRum, Fun and Sun in Barbados is the final book in Eugenie’s lighthearted trilogy, a series of delightful tales spanning her travel adventures in France, Spain, Florida, and the Caribbean with her husband, Brian.  In Rum, Fun and Sun in Barbados, Eugenie and Brian continue their activities in the now dwindling Spanish property market, but inspired by a visit to Barbados on a Caribbean cruise, a love affair with the ‘happy isle’ and its loveable people begins.  Back to business, Eugenie and Brian escort a range of gregarious, ultimately likeable, characters to the heat of Andalucía to show properties, including two gentlemen from a pop band seeking a retreat away from touring.

The visits to Barbados continue, and a plan is hatched to mix business and pleasure – to market property on the island.  In this new pursuit, they encounter many diverse and lively Bajan people, from crazy taxi drivers and polo-playing property developers, to loveable hoteliers and energetic surfers.

With a son and daughter-in-law involved in music and film, Eugenie and Brian help to promote their creative ventures in Barbados.  These efforts are met in warm measure by the laidback, yet wholly positive islanders.

They swim in the warm Caribbean waters, savour rum punches, and immerse themselves in the heady, intoxicating music and culture that is the heartbeat of Barbados.  They gaze at the setting sun, a pastime that becomes significant as they reflect on their rich experiences, and look ahead with smiles as content as those of the Bajan people.

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‘Rum, Fun and Sun in Barbados’ available soon!

Rum, Fun and Sun in Barbados

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‘Vino Tinto, Villas and Sailing’ available now!

My new book is now out on Kindle in the UK!  Paperback and other countries out soon, check out the BOOKS section for more!


Vino Tinto, Villas and Sailing is the continued account of Eugenie and Brian’s lighthearted adventures afloat along the coast of Spain. During their travels, Eugenie reflects on a career in the overseas property industry of the 1980’s and 1990’s – the business that made these nautical adventures possible. Starting out in Florida, the entry into this market is short lived and she sets out to find new contacts in the fledgling industry. Soon, she takes up the challenge to market property in and around the town of Nerja in the beautiful Costa Tropical area of Spain.

During the early formation of the company, Brian and Eugenie combine sailing in the Mediterranean with showing villas to clients in the beautiful countryside. Soon, however, the demands of the competitive Spanish property market take over Eugenie’s life; with Brian working full time as an engineer, she struggles to keep pace. Eugenie deals with a diverse and often bizarre clientele whom she accompanies to Spain on trips to inspect villas. Alcoholics, spinsters, misers, and time-wasters all demand her attention in the heat of the sultry Spanish summers. Eventually, it becomes too much – Brian quits his job and joins Eugenie to do battle in the sun.

There are many fond tales, and affable people too, in these cheery recollections. A treasure for lovers of travel and Spanish life, Vino Tinto, Villas and Sailing is a delightful glimpse of the early days of Spain’s property boom, uncovering the Andalucían magic that motivated so many people to seek a new life abroad.

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My new book just £0.97 on Kindle!

Vin Rouge, Fiestas and a Small Boat: Through the French Canals to Spain is now available for just £0.97 ($1.54) on Kindle.  Check out the post below or click Books for details!

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