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From Books to Film

Following publication of five books, it is a natural progression for Eugenie to become involved in the world of film and she has now joined the marketing team for a slate of feature films by Raya Films

Raya Films’ debut feature Do Something, Jake will premiere initially at the Odeon Cinema, Loughborough, Leicestershire in September, 2018 followed by screenings in London and New York. All details and dates will appear on the Official Website in the coming weeks.

“Having been involved in publicising my own writing work for many years through public speaking, exhibitions, traditional press, and now social media, working in film presents new challenges, but also many possibilities to use my background and experience.”

Eugenie heads up the Midlands (UK) marketing push for Do Something, Jake and other films on the Raya Films’ roster, including Agent Kelly, whilst New York publicist, Kelly Carthens, of ‘Mizz Kelly PR’ covers the USA.

“Raya Films has developed a strong women-in-film team,” says Raya Films’ director, James Smith, “not through any intended effort, but simply because we work with people who have the talent and can sustain the knocks – often, they just happen to be women.”

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Success of travel trilogy inspires further memoirs

I have been delighted by the response to my three travel memoirs since publication some years ago. The experiences of my husband, Brian, and myself – sailing through France in the 1980s, selling property, sailing in Spain, and promoting music and films in the Caribbean – were the inspiration for the three books. I am pleased that so many people have enjoyed reading about our adventures during those days.

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During the 1960s/1970s, Brian worked as an engineer. His work took him to various countries around the world, including Africa. I accompanied him to Nigeria, West Africa where we lived for five years at the tail end of the colonial period, returning to England at intervals for three months’ home leave. Following Nigeria, we lived in Torquay, Devon, England prior to spending two years in America, where my first book entitled Between Two Worlds was published. Our travels then continued, this time to the Republic of South Africa, where Brian was employed as a Satellite Tracking Engineer (NASA) near Johannesburg for three years, before moving to the beautiful city of Cape Town to enjoy a further two years.

Eugenie (bottom, 1st left) and Brian Smith (top, second from left)

West Africa. Eugenie (bottom row, 1st left) and Brian Smith (top row, arms folded)

The success of my light-hearted trilogy of travel memoirs in later years has inspired me to write about the early days of our travel adventures throughout Africa. Entitled Remembering Africa, and soon to be published, I hope will give my readers as much pleasure.

In the meantime, Vin Rouge, Fiestas and a Small Boat, Vino Tinto, Villas & Sailing, Rum, Fun and Sun in Barbados are available in paperback or Kindle formats via Amazon

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Trilogy of Travel Memoirs Makes Good Holiday Reading

Motoring through the French Canals in the eighties and then sailing and working in Spain were great experiences, which I have enjoyed sharing with my readers over the past few years.

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Rum, Fun and Sun in Barbados (#1 Amazon Best Seller) is the last in the trilogy and proving to be very popular. I endeavoured to capture the magic of the beautiful island of Barbados, bringing back memories revealed in the following extract from the book:

Making our way to the beach, we sat on two abandoned chairs. Another, beautiful, sultry, balmy evening. The heat of the day was fading as yachts bobbed at anchor, making us feel very nostalgic about our yachting days gone by. A few beach vendors were busily dismantling their stalls, which had been set up in the shade of the palm trees. In the distance, the sound of melodic steel drums.

On the horizon, the golden sun slowly began to dip…

The song, Sunset Tonight, from the album, Ghost of the Wind, by The James Ryan Project captures the atmosphere of this magical tropical island – the lyrics adding romanticism to the finale of this book

I am pleased that so many people from various parts of the world have enjoyed reading the experiences that my husband and I enjoyed whilst sailing and working in France, Spain, and the Caribbean.

I am now writing about our experiences in Africa and news of this work will of course be published on this blog.

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African Trilogy

Following the success of my trilogy of travel memoirs, which have reached #1 in the Kindle Amazon Best Sellers rankings (Vin Rouge Fiestas and a Small BoatVino Tinto, Villas and SailingRum Fun and Sun in Barbados), a trilogy of memoirs entitled Remembering Africa (Nigeria 1958-1962); (Johannesburg 1970-1973), and; Cape Town 1973-1976)’ will soon be published.

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In the field of ‘fiction based on fact’, my book, Tears of Shame (based on experiences of the apartheid years spent in South Africa) will also be published to complement Two Shades of Black, which is set in America during the Civil War and in Nigeria at the time of the Biafran war.

Please keep watching this website, Twitter, and my Amazon Author Page for more details.

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‘Vin Rouge’ continues to attract sales and good reviews!

Another Five Star review for my first book in the trilogy, Vin Rouge, Fiestas and a Small Boat: Through the French Canals to Spain

“Loved this book-want more like it!” Mrs Jennifer Rowland

Vin Rouge, Fiestas and a Small Boat: Through the French Canals to Spain

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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!

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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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