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Frequent Traveller (Cathy Dixon #1) [Kindle Edition]

Pandora Poikilos
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is the FIRST BOOK in the Cathy Dixon series. 

Catherine Dixon is everyone's dreamgirl. Girls want to be her. Men want to be with her. From her charming smile to her gentle voice, one always turns to take a second look at Cathy. Wherever she goes there isn't an ill word spoken about her. Her job as Vice President of Communications at MoonStar, one of the world's top hotel chains is to make sure guests are happy to the point of perfection.

From the blue oceans of Antigua to the bustling streets of Vietnam, the racing adrenaline at the Green Hell, the devastating natural disaster in Japan and the stunning architecture in Germany, Cathy finds herself in a whirlwind of fine dining, plush clothes and sheer extravagance. But is perfection only a mask for untold disaster? In a job that deals so much with people, Cathy goes home to an empty bed. There are no pictures on her wall, no doting phone calls from a tongue tied lover and no family holidays to boast about.

What is Cathy's secret and how will her world change when the world knows? What is the significance of the blue pendant round her neck? Who is the mysterious man she is seen with every three months? What are the contents of the brown envelope delivered to her on the fifteenth of every month? Will her secrets ever catch up with her or will Cathy continue to sail alongside perfection in the world she has created for herself as a Frequent Traveller?

(20% of royalties will be donated to the Intracranial Hypertension Research Foundation)

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As always Pandora has delivered a stunning piece. While it will not be an easy read for everyone, some might not finish this book and some may mistake it for unnecessary information, every chapter offers a smooth exploration of a different destination, a different situation and a different side to humanity. I loved it. - Elizabeth H

Pandora Poikilos is a writer's friend sharing her wisdom and skills with those of us who have just stepped into the world of literature as well as the more seasoned veterans. What do you say about a person like Pandora Poikilos?  There isn't anything to say, you simply reciprocate the love. With nothing but positive reviews for her books I would suggest you check out her blog as well. - Marsha Randolph, Author of The Truth About Vashtai

I couldn't put the book down. The history of each country or city added depth to the story. The story is well written and flows making reading easy and enjoyable. - Chester K 

Murder, mystery and suspense, the three ingredients needed to a great novel, which is why I had a hard time putting this one down and am super excited to read other books from Pandora Poikilos. - Daniel Dennis

One part travel brochure, two parts hotels' insider secrets, and four parts dark Big Brother intrigue, Frequent Traveller is all good reading. Pandora Poikilos has struck just the right balance to keep the sinister plot line moving while giving readers a behind-the-scenes view of their virtual vacation trip around the world. Get your midnight snacks ready and make up a whole pot of whatever it is you drink, 'cause you're gonna be up all night with this delicious read. - Georgia Saunders, Author of Home Street Home

From the Author

(Interview with Georgia Saunders, Author of Home Street Home - Nov 2011)

Pandora, You make all these places seem like we just landed there and are looking at the destination with the fresh eyes of a new visitor. Have you been to any of the locations you wrote about in Frequent Traveller? 
Without giving away too many of the locations, I have been to a few of the spots like London, Queensland and Penang. All of which I adore for their history and architecture. There were a few that I discovered when researching destinations and found for it to be a good fit to the story. As the book is relatively new and reviews are only just trickling in, only a handful have discovered this tidbit - when the destinations in the book are rearranged, there's one for every alphabet. A to Z.

Wow. That's very cool. And adds up to a lot of research work. Now, we've already heard on your other tour stops that this was actually the first novel you wrote. How much of you is in this novel? Are you working out any of your own demons through this story?
Working out my demons would be an apt description. I wrote this at a time when I had literally lost every material possession and my name was being dragged through the mud when I had trusted the wrong people in my life. I fought off most of my demons with this book. The elusive relationship that Cathy has with Thomas is something I face with my partner, Peas (as he is known to my readers). Because of the sexual abuse I faced as a child, we often face unsettling periods when neither is able to cope with what happened or the consequences of these incidences that have wriggled themselves into the present.

Yeah that sounds like some serious demon exorcism. It's wonderful how writing helps do that, isn't it? Tell me, what was your favorite destination of all that Cathy Dixon visited and why?
London. No doubt about it. It is one city in the world that you can get lost in, be discovered, find love and move into the future sometimes all at the same time.

Hmmm...that's interesting. I've always wanted to visit London, but unfortunately, I don't speak the language. Tee hee.  All cuzinz-across-the-pond kidding aside, I am amazed at all you manage to accomplish. We know from other stops on the tour that you are fighting a rather debilitating disease. Can you tell us how you manage to write in spite of all the pain, and while managing a book tour and directories and all the rest to boot? What kind of pills are you taking? Maybe we need some, too.
I was diagnosed with Idiotpathic Intracrannial Hypertension (IIH) eight years ago. It is a rare neurological disorder and I used to be on loads of medication. Heck, I used to be a walking pharmacy. But after seven years of lumbar punctures, I was finally given the *opportunity* to have a VP Shunt inserted from brain to stomach last September and now I am no longer on pills on a daily basis. I do take some pain medication on extremely bad days but that's about it. As to how I cope with my projects, that's a question I keep asking myself too. :)) But yes, time management is extremely important to me. I keep a daily calendar which divides my time between writing, social media and Orangeberry Book Tours. It sounds a bit pedantic and it probably is but I have had numerous issues with my eyes and I tend to be a bit more careful these days.

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you're gonna be up all night with this delicious read. December 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
One part travel brochure, two parts hotels' insider secrets, and four parts dark Big Brother intrigue, Frequent Traveller is all good reading. Pandora Poikilos has struck just the right balance to keep the sinister plot line moving while giving readers a behind-the-scenes view of their virtual vacation trip around the world.

Open with a dungeon scene from which a young lady escapes through sleazy compromises, and with a new identity and a forced mission. Wing me away to China and tell me enticing details about the town we land in, then go right to an odd scene in a luxury hotel. I'm loving it already! Keep me in suspense with a mysterious brown envelope regularly delivered to the dungeon girl's new identity - oh, and make her a beautiful redhead, please. Okay, you've got me hooked.

Now show me a parade of shady characters the protagonist, Cathy Dixon, as vice president of a luxury hotel chain, must cross and sometimes humble in ways I'm pretty sure are going to bring her retributive harm; then dribble in more information about Cathy's unsavory shackled past. Before I can settle in too much, wing me away again to a new destination and tell me all about my new luxury vacation spot. I know the pattern now - c'mon where's the envelope? And who is the latest nasty jerk Cathy has to deal with? Omg, who just sneaked into her room ...???

Get your midnight snacks ready and make up a whole pot of whatever it is you drink, `cause you're gonna be up all night with this delicious read.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel In The Comfort Of Your Own Home January 7, 2012
By MuMuGB
Format:Kindle Edition
Once I had started, I couldn't stop reading about Cathy Dixon's adventures. It was the perfect read while stuck at home because of the cold weather. This book takes you around the world, because each chapter is located in a different city. But this story is not only about exploring different locations (By the way, I especially like the description of Jakarta, a "sinking" city). You will also explore the dark corners of the human soul, and what can happen, in the hotel industry, behind closed doors. I liked Cathy, the main character and her heavy secret. I wish that this world had more people like her, always trying to put things right in a gentle way. The thought that crossed my mind: this would make a brilliant TV series -and you saw it here first!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read December 25, 2011
By Chester
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I couldn't put the book down. The history of each country or city added depth to the story. The story is well written and flows making reading easy and enjoyable. The author sets the background in such a manner that it is also a history lesson as well as a good read. To the author, Please write more!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery. suspence!!! January 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I will begin with that I found this book quite interesting and well written. The book read very smooth.

Pandora is a wonderful writer and kept the story moving.

We meet Cathy who is a VP for a classy hotel chain where she is a trouble shorter. We follower as she
goes around the world to hotels for this chain trying to help fix problems that they have. We also find that
she is a spy but not really who she is doing the spying for. At times she is given a secret envelope tell her what
her next mission is but we really never hear what they are and why.

Also Pandora gives us a little history of each country that Cathy is visiting at the beginning of each story and also the time and place.

I found myself feeling sorry for Cathy because of why she is doing this. She really doesn't want to and is scared to
try and get out because she has been told if she tries she will be back in prison. Will she find a way out is the question.

Would I recommend this to others. If you want mystery and suspense this is the book yes.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and exciting story! November 15, 2011
By Sonia
Format:Kindle Edition
The story starts with excitement and intrigue and ends with surprise and wonder. Poikilos is a wonderful story teller. She weaves situations and relationships so well, it is fun to read. She takes us from one of the world to the other on a journey of discovering people and their behaviors.

So well done, it is a wonderful tale with an amazing ending.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick romp around the globe January 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Fun read! A little travel, a little romance and the author is donating 20% of the royalties to be donated to the Intracranial Hypertension Research Foundation. Everyone wins if they read Frequent Traveller!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it. I really did... or did I? December 27, 2011
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First and most importantly, I did enjoy the book. The stories were well written and enticing, never boring.

The story is about Cathy, a spy who has secret missions (and that's all you'll ever know about those) who is also a VP of a high end hotel chain. Mostly, you'll read about her travels to many different locations and the issues she handles through her day job. Don't get me wrong, the stories are very enjoyable and the book is very readable.

Each location starts with a date (ex: Kathmandu July 2007) few paragraphs of history about that particular location. The first few paragraphs of each location lend nothing at all to the story itself, it just gives the reader a brief glimpse into each location. Honestly, after the first few, I found myself just skimming over the first few paragraphs until the story really began again. And after awhile, I found myself wondering what the heck was happening in between all these time stamped stories.

Cathy receives a secret envelope containing her "mission" but it's never revealed what the mission entails and it's just left for assumption that the mission was completed successfully. The only exception is her last mission, which involves murder. And that comes at the very end of the book, and leaves more questions than answers.

I won't reveal those questions here lest I ruin the story for you. I do recommend the book, as the stories were really quite enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interest and different
Published 28 days ago by Deborah J Seaver
4.0 out of 5 stars A WHIRLWIND OF CITIES AND
I think I have jet lag..... I have been reading "FREQUENT TRAVELLER" by Pandora Poikilos which now qualifies me to be a travel agent. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Marsha Randolph
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of my time
I was disappointed in this book, as I am always looking for good books with a strong woman as lead character. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Cary Sue
2.0 out of 5 stars Traveller
I found this book lacked substance and depth in the storyline as you only get a flavour of Cathy, when so much more could have been written into the story as it is a good plot. Read more
Published on June 8, 2012 by marglyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Collection of Short Stories
I read this book while travelling, which kinda made sense because it's about a woman who travels around the world to "fix" things. Read more
Published on May 24, 2012 by jt kalnay
5.0 out of 5 stars unputdownable
I love this romantic comedy. The lines seems like taken out of my mouth ( that I was not able to express it on my own). Read more
Published on April 29, 2012 by Bugg
5.0 out of 5 stars Pandora always delivers!
Pandora always writes amazing stories. This book is no exception. I couldn't put it down, in fact,I've read it twice. Read more
Published on April 27, 2012 by D. M. Lawrence
1.0 out of 5 stars A few good possibilities without the skill to pull them off
I read 17% of the book, according to my Kindle, and wondered what the reviews said about the book. I ran across numerous mistakes that a middling editor could have fixed, but the... Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by Thomas D. Roe
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
I know you shouldn't judge a book by the cover, but I really liked the cover art on this book and it led me to come to the book's page. Read more
Published on April 3, 2012 by Madison Payne
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing tale
Each chapter read like a different story with a common thread held together by the central character, Cathy. Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by Corinne Rodrigues
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More About the Author

International best-selling author, Pandora Poikilos has been writing for more than 10 years for various media which include newspapers, radio, television and various websites.

Diagnosed in 2003 with a rare neurological disorder, Benign Intracrannial Hypertension, she has since undergone brain surgery to have a VP Shunt fitted in her brain. Her debut novel - Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out was written when recovering from this surgery.

She is also the founder of Orangeberry Book Tours, a marketing and public relations site for authors which reaches out to readers of all genres. A social media enthusiast who is passionate about blogging and finding her way around the virtual world, she wills away time in the real world by reading, writing and people watching.



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