Travel Secrets: Book One - Rio de Janeiro

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Shar Lemond

After two decades of traveling the globe, living on four different continents, and backpacking in south America, Shar Lemond finally felt ready to write her first novel. Travel Secrets: Book One – Rio de Janeiro illustrates the transformative power of travel. Travel Secrets's heroine, New York travel writer Rachel Moore, undergoes a major change in Brazil. Her resolve will be tried in Travel Secret: Book Two – Paris and Bordeaux. See more about the trilogy below.

Shar Lemond is a self-taught author. She took a couple of courses, read a ton of books, and has enjoyed analyzing what she likes and dislikes about them. She wrote some short stories and a couple of screenplays. She taught grammar and sentence diagramming. Her desire as an author is to illustrate the consequences of our choices and to bring across a serious message in a fun way. She lived in Rio for a few years and some of the situations in book one are inspired by true events.

Other than writing, she homeschools her son and takes part in her husband's history lectures. She works at the farmers' market selling grass-fed meats. She learned hotel management, worked as a fine-dining waitress and bartender, and took a sommelier course. She loves dancing, opera, fine art, and old movies. She once won a Texas-Hold-em tournament.

About Travel Secrets trilogy:
Rachel's dream is to have her own unique women's magazine someday, a dream she struggles to make a reality. She meets different kinds of men in her travels – from sexy, sultry tour guide Otavio in Rio; to sophisticated, seductive playboy Maxime in Bordeaux; to her scintillating, successful boss Ryan Brooks – and she strives to balance her desire for them with her resolve to stay on course with her career. Her girlfriends, sarcastic, funny, tech-expert, Jess and feminist, worrier, travel writer Ashley, support her at every turn. The variety of loving, friendly, strong-minded women she meets in Brazil and France – from fearless public defender Maristela, to striking mulatta travel guide Isabel, to tough vintner Alixandrie – warm her heart and inspire her to try to reach greater heights. 

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