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

Rum, Fun and Sun in Barbados


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by | 23 October 2013 · 3:06 pm

‘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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The French Village Diaries review Vin Rouge

The enthusiasts of everything French at website The French Village Diaries have posted a review of Vin Rouge, Fiestas, and A Small Boat, so be sure to check out their site and read the review

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Vin Rouge is a Kindle Best Seller!

I’m delighted to announce that Vin Rouge, Fiestas and a Small Boat is number 1  in the Kindle charts for Travel > France!

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,768 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#1 in Kindle Store > Books > Nonfiction > Travel > Continental Europe > France
#4 in Books > Travel & Holiday > Countries & Regions > Europe > France
#16 in Kindle Store > Books > Nonfiction > Travel > Essays & Travelogues

Thanks to everyone that has bought the book and helped to make it a success.  Click the image below for details of the book and how to buy!

Vin Rouge, Fiestas and a Small Boat

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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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My new book is available now!

Well here it is, my new book Vin Rouge, Fiestas and a Small Boat: Through the French Canals to Spain
There are more details of the book and how to BUY NOW for Kindle at just £0.97 ($1.54) and paperback £5.57 ($8.99) in the Books section!  There is also a FREE preview available on the Amazon sites.

A true account of a yachting trip from Canvey Island in England, across the English Channel, through the French Canals, and on to the Costa del Sol, southern Spain.

Living in Johannesburg, and then Cape Town with three children, a dog, a parrot and three hamsters was busy and exciting enough, but it was here that the idea was born to build a 33′ yacht and sail the seven seas.

Brian, my husband, first realised he must have a yacht when he picked up a yachting magazine one night when on duty at the NASA satellite tracking station at Hartebeesthoek, Johannesburg where he worked. It was the night of the Apollo 13 space probe to the moon so was very memorable.

Moving to Cape Town compounded the issue. We stood on the docks watching preparations for the Cape to Rio yacht race – how exciting it all seemed and what a challenge to be part of the yachting fraternity. With three children to be educated, animals to feed, and a house to buy and maintain in the United Kingdom,  I thought our dream might be impossible.

But it happened!

Look out for the  forthcoming new books by Eugenie following on the success of Two Shades of Black and Vin Rouge, Fiestas and a Small Boat:

  • Vino Tinto, Villas and Sailing
  • Rum, Fun and Sun in Barbados
  • Spanish Fantasy
  • Tears of Shame

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by | 7 October 2012 · 7:04 am

Catch A Fire Film captures violent apartheid years in South Africa

I watched the film entitled Catch a Fire starring Tim Robbins and Derek Luke recently.  Having lived in South Africa during the years of apartheid, I could appreciate how authentic the film was, with dramatic scenery as the background.

It was based on the true story of a black South African who fought for freedom for his fellow countrymen.  Like Nelson Mandela, he spent many years on Robben Island, Cape Town before being released.

Prior to that he had been captured by the Afrikaaner police and was unmercifully tortured, as were many of his fellow countrymen.  Despite his hatred for the one man who persevered in tracking him down, considering him to be a terrorist, and who was responsible for his torture, he buried his hatred, remarried and opened an orphanage for deprived South African children. 

A hard hitting film produced in 2006 with excellent actors – to name some of them –  Bonnie Henna, Mncedisi Shabangu, Tumisho K Masha, Sithembiso Khumalo, Tery Pheto, Michele Burgers.

My novel entitled Tears of Shame portrays some of the tragedies played out during the apartheid years in South Africa and will shortly be available on Kindle.

Eugenie C Smith

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