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Comment by Ed Wetschler on August 26, 2011 at 9:17pm
Cara, congratulations on the new blog. An inspired idea it is, too. Consider posting this on the Media Only group, which has about 1100 members.
Comment by Cara Bertoia on August 26, 2011 at 5:12pm
Dear Travel Book members,
I am starting a new blog, The Best Travel Novels. If you have a novel set in a far away land and would like to be featured please let me know.  This is the link to the blog.
Georgina Young-Ellis a fellow Tripatini member is my first interview, please check out her post about writing The Time Baroness.
Cara B
Comment by West Africa Discovery on June 5, 2011 at 3:55pm

We have just received our copy of the Rough Guides First-Time Africa in which we are listed on page 405, under the 'Africa Specialist Operators' category. The entry states: "West Africa Discovery: One of the few companies specializing in West Africa , with unusual tours and a strong responsible travel ethos".



We have a selection of sustainably managed responsible tourism projects just for you to discover. Work with us to create better places to visit and better places to live in, in West Africa.


You can also join a community dedicated to travel in West Africa which explores the rich local heritage in a sustainable and responsible way. 

Comment by Linda Ballou on April 23, 2011 at 3:21pm
Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales bagged the Bronze in the North
American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) 2010 competition in the travel
Narrative/Guidebook category! This awards competition, now in its 19th year, honors the “best of the best” in travel writing and photography.
Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales
Comment by Cara Bertoia on April 22, 2011 at 1:48pm

For anyone who loves cruising I would like to tell you a little bit about my novel, which is based on all my experiences, only the names have been changed to protect me!

Cruise Quarters – A Novel About Casinos and Cruise Ships

Released by Amazon – Paperback and Kindle versions available


Cruise Quarters - A Novel About Casinos And Cruise Ships is a fun, fast paced tale of working in the casino aboard a Regal Cruises cruise-ship. Written by casino professionals, their knowledge offers readers a rare inside look at cruise ship and casino operations.

Palm Springs, CA

Summary of Cruise Quarters – A Novel About Casinos And Cruise Ships
The crew of the Regal Star resemble a mini United Nations, hiring people from all over the world. But unlike the UN, Regal Cruise's employees present a united front above decks as they attend to their passenger's every need. Below decks though, it is a different story.
            Sarah Seldon is a croupier on the luxury liner. After many unhappy endings, and burned out on shipboard romance, she is determined to forget about men and concentrate on becoming a casino manager. On land women face a dearth of GOOD men but on a ship giving up men would take willpower. The mostly male crew exists to serve her every need. The waiters bring her food, the Filipino steward cleans her room, the Italian chefs cook for her and the Welsh plumber fixes her sink. She leads a cushy life, sleeping 'til noon, eating gourmet food, and the topper - she gets to wake up in beautiful new place everyday. All because she works in a casino, a place so bad it has SIN in the middle.
            After college she took a summer job at Lake Tahoe in the casino business and became a member of the Church of Gambling. She has been in the gambling business long enough to know that in order for a gambler to be successful, they must have Lady Luck on their side. But a gambler also has to follow the rules of basic strategy. When love unexpectedly sneaks up on Sarah on the magical island of Mayreau, she wonders whether she could apply the rules of gambling to love. What if she could write Sarah Seldon's Basic Strategy of Love?
            Book a cruise and travel with Sarah and the crew as they work, play, feast, and fall in and out of love, all while the ship sails around the globe, stopping at exotic ports of call. Along the way, sight-see in Venice, shop in St. Martin, and take an eco-cruise up the Amazon. Let the crew tell you their own stories as they sit in the hallway in the wee hours of the morning. While the ship travels to new destinations, tired and tipsy they share tales of love and betrayal.

Authors Ray and Cara Bertoia remind me that true romance is out there. Ray and Cara Bertoia, are a couple that now live in Palm Springs, Ca. Cara was born in Charleston, South Carolina and Ray hails from Glasgow, Scotland. You have to hail when you come from Scotland. They have been professional croupiers for years.  On a summer break from her teaching job Cara took a summer job in Lake Tahoe and didn't leave for many years. Raymond was studying at City University in London when he saw an advert 'Train up To Be a Croupier, see the world'. He took that advice and worked as an inspector in casinos all over Europe, from Moscow to Greece. The couple met while working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Raymond jumped ship to be with Cara and they married after a whirlwind romance. Their knowledge offers their readers a rare insider’s look at casino operations.

The couple also walked 500 miles across Spain, Their movie of the trip, Camino De Santiago - A Walker's Guide, is a popular guide to the Camino. You can find them at or on Amazon.

Media Contact Information.

Cara Bertoia and Raymond Bertoia or

The link to the novel is:


Comment by EnLinea Media on April 22, 2011 at 1:22pm

A Tripatini member has posted a question in Ask A Travel Pro about opinions re mobile e-guidebooks vs. traditional guidebooks. If you'd like to offer your two cents please click this hyperlink.


Thanks much!

Comment by Linda Ballou on February 21, 2011 at 8:30pm
Travel narratives on Facebook is fun
Comment by Sarah Irving on January 20, 2011 at 5:36pm

I'd like to put in a plug for Kathleen Jamie's 'Among Muslims,' a beautifully-written and very pertinent account of travel in Pakistan's northern provinces which I came across totally by accident -

Comment by Dorothy Conlon on January 19, 2011 at 10:56pm
Sandy, you might enjoy "At Home in the World: Memoirs of a Traveling Woman" in which I relate my adventures in far-flung places such as Bolivia and Bhutan, Tanzania and Thailand--and more. Sorry, none in Europian countries, which you like best. Some are volunteer trips, some adventuring to wild and wonderful sites; they span the globe. I leave next week for Guyana; maybe I'll write an article about that before I head off to Syria and Jordan in April.
Comment by Linda Ballou on December 20, 2010 at 11:25pm

Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales


My travel collection is filled with chills, spills, giggles and squeaks. Plus an interview with my travel writing hero, Tim Cahill. Getting great reviews! Check it out.




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