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Author Guest Post:Imposters in Paradise by Maxine Barry

My favorite thing to do after reading a very good book is to learn a little bit about the author. I find it intriguing and I find it refreshing to learn some fun information from the brains behind that book I just couldn't put down. I am excited to share with you all an author guest post from the writer of Imposters in Paradise, you can grab your copy here and let me know what you think.  
 The Blurb

When Imogen Dacres’ brother, Robbie, dies in mysterious circumstances, she travels to Bermuda in search of the truth. From the minute she sets out on her journey, Imogen is plunged into a web of secrets, lies and mistaken identity. She soon realises that beneath the glamour of Bermuda, there are unseen forces intent on doing her harm. When she meets Morgan Dax, her brother’s boss, and one of the richest men on the island, there is a powerful attraction between them. But did Dax have a hand in Robbie’s death, and can Imogen trust him with her own life?

All about Maxine Barry 
Firstly, I never expected to become an author. So at school, I took the O-levels and A-levels that would allow me to do a top-notch secretarial course, and my first job was as a junior secretary at Somerville College in Oxford. When I left, nearly 6 years later, I was the Assistant College Secretary. But I’d always loved reading (both romance and crime) and it was always my dream to be a writer, and so I worked up my courage and took the plunge, and let work to give myself ‘a year’ in order to write a book. Luckily (and more than a year later!) I found a Literary Agent willing to take me on, and with her help, I got my first romance novel published – back in 1993! My Mum and Dad were always very supportive – I come from a working class background, with none of my siblings going to college – so although it seemed something of a ‘far-fetched’ dream to become a writer, they never said so! And they were thrilled to bits when I succeeded. My only real hobby is reading (I can read up to 3-4 books a week) but I do like to walk, and since I’ve lived all my life in a small village in Oxfordshire, I’m lucky to be surrounded by lovely countryside. I’m also a fan of nature-watching (I love Springwatch!) and love it when I get to see herons or kingfishers (or any other wildlife) with my own eyes and right on my back doorstep.

Journey to Jamaica

Jamaica is probably most famous for its beautiful unspoiled beaches and its unbeatable rum, but there is much more to this awe-inspiring Caribbean island than that. There’s wonderful waterfalls, action-adventure activities, lush green landscapes and much more besides.

There is more about Jamaica to discover than you can imagine, so if you want to journey to Jamaica and make the most of your trip, check out these fun things you can do on the island:

Play Tarzan

If you take a trip to Irie Blue Hole, you can live out all of your wildest jungle fantasies by swinging through the 27 foot high cliffs into the water below, with nothing more than a vine to hold your weight. Just make sure that you ask one of the many guides there to point out the places where it’s safe to do this first!


In Jamaica, there is a bobsled team! If you loved the movie Cool Runnings, which is about a Jamaican bobsled team as much as I did, you’ll be delighted to know that you can actually have your own bobsledding adventure right there on the island of Jamaica. Yes, you can plummet down the hills in a bobsled or via the 252-foot high Mystic Waterslide located in the rainforest of Mystic Mountain, for a thrill you’ll never forget.

Blue Mountains Bike Rides

The Blue Mountains are located 60 minutes away from Kingston. 7000 feet high and full of picturesque little villages, exotic wildlife, and lush landscapes, they are the perfect place to explore on bicycle. You’ll see waterfalls, birds of paradise and locals going about their day before stopping off at the Craighton House Coffee estate for a cup of the finest Blue Mountain coffee and a tour of the coffee plantation.

Enjoy Some Reggae

Rebel Salute is a fantastic festival celebrating all things reggae, taking place annually, the event goes on through the night with performances from some of the finest reggae artists known to man.

Hike Mayfield River

Mayfield River is located about an hour away from Montego Bay, and you can actually hike along it! Just strap on some water shoes, and you’ll be able to follow along the river, taking in the sights and sounds of the surrounding tropical rainforest as you go. It’s not an easy hike, but it’s one well-worth the effort, and when you get to the end, you’ll be rewarded with not one, but two wonderful waterfalls to cool off under.
Become a Crocodile Hunter

45 minutes to the west of Treasure Beach, you will find the Black River, which is one of the best places for spotting crocodiles in the Caribbean. Book yourself onto a cruise of the swampland and you might just be lucky enough to see one or more of the impressive creatures with their huge jaws and steely gaze, before heading back to the beach for a spot of relaxation, and let’s face it you’ll need it after coming face to face with a croc!

What are your suggestions for a great time in Jamaica?

Bella Italia! Why Italy should be your next travel destination

Ciao! When you're trying to find places to travel too, it can be a pretty difficult task a lot of the time. After all, there are so many amazing places to choose from, how can you possibly decide? Well, not all places are equal, and some are more likely to capture your heart than others. If there's one place that you can absolutely guarantee is going to make you fall completely in love, it's Italy. Tourists flock to Italy every year in their millions, and it's really not hard to see why. It's one of the most beautiful, extraordinary places in the world, with something to offer no matter who you are or what you want from a travel destination. Need more convincing? Here are just a few of the reasons why you need to put Italy right at the top of your travel list.

The culture

One of the most wonderful things about Italian culture is that it's constantly walking a balance between the modern and the historical. Both are intimately connected and create an atmosphere that it is totally unique. Italy is the kind of place that, you could say, wears its heart on its sleeve. Every aspect of Italian culture is constantly on display, and it's all the richer for it. Italian culture is steeped in art and history, with beautiful architecture and facades throughout its many cities, but also with a vibrant, bustling culture right here in the present day. If you ever wanted to visit a place that knew how to honor its history without losing sight of the present and future, Italy is the place for you.

The people

Italian people have a lot in common with their country. They are willing to be open and emotional, they embrace their history while looking forward, and they have a well-deserved reputation for being very beautiful! Upon visiting Italy, you're sure to find that one of the very best things about it is just how kind and generous the people there truly are. Of course, if you can communicate with them then things are going to be a lot easier, and if you had the chance to learn Italian in Italy, wouldn't you take it? But even if learning a new language isn't your strong suit, you'll find that most Italian people will go out of their way to make you feel welcome and happy.

The Food

Let's face, if there's one thing that draws more people to Italy than anything else, it's the food! Italian food is legendary throughout the world and with good reason. The focus on rich flavours and fresh ingredients has allowed the reputation of Italian food to become so massive that it's hard to imagine that it's ever actually going to be able to live up to it. But the amazing things is that even knowing how amazing the food in this country is meant to be, that still can't fully prepare you for just how incredible it really is. You'll never want to go back to the kind of food that passes for "Italian" in other countries once you get a taste of their cuisine.
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