Book Review/ Author Q & A


The World Traveler

By Claire Castle


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Charming Taylor Samuels doesn’t expect his sister’s video audition for the reality television show The World Traveler to result in anything. But when they’re chosen to compete, he can do nothing but hope for the best.

Adam Scott’s best friend wants them to try to get on The World Traveler, and so Adam reluctantly agrees to make him happy.

As the reality sets in that they’ll competing, Adam tries not to panic too much.

Little do they know that a twist in the show will see Taylor and Adam’s worlds collide in a way they never imagined. 

Will everything go horribly wrong, or could this be the perfect beginning to a wonderful journey?


The World Traveler by Claire Castle is a fun filled and refreshing book about two contestants, each with their own partners, who wind up falling for each other while traveling the globe.

Adam, and his friend, Anderson, are teammates from Chicago, while Taylor, and his sister, Jess, reside in San Francisco. 

The journey starts at Wrigley Field in Chicago, where all the contestants from the TV show, The World Traveler, congregate to gather information as to what will come next—

Let the games begin! Loosely akin to the show The Amazing Race, the teamed-up couples are sent on one adventure after another, with stops in London to Rome to Islamabad to Calgary and many places in between, in a wild race to complete all the requirements before moving on to the next. But somewhere along the way, the contestants were assigned to a different partner than the one they started out with for the remainder of the challenge.

Adam meet Taylor. Taylor meet Adam. How convenient since these two have subtly had the hots for each other since Wrigley Field! 

As Adam and Taylor begin their journey together as teammates, they find out just how suitable they are for each other—with and without the cameras rolling. Who knew that Adam would be the one to excel in swimming and bungee jumping, while Taylor can actually sing and dance! Afterwards, when the two were done for the day, they both seemed to excel in their hotel-room-activities as well!

Each time they make it through another elimination, they trust and lean on one another even more so. As they fall in-sync and realize it’s highly likely they could win, they also fall in love; suddenly, the challenge doesn’t seem as important as what will become of them after it’s all over.  

I loved Adam and Taylor. They equally brought something to the table—their humor, intelligence, vulnerability, and sex-appeal—all  blended together perfectly, and I couldn’t help but root for them  as they raced to their happily ever after. I recommend this one if you’re looking for a light and enjoyable feel-good read ~

Reviewed by Lisa Cullinan ~ Bourbon, Bikes, and Books Book Blog

5888A3EA-45BC-4A6A-A4D9-458413FE6FE7Q & A spotlight for Claire Castle, author of The World Traveler!

Had you always felt a desire to write from a young age?

📚Yes! I’ve been an avid reader since I was young. In summers in middle school, I kept a list on the fridge of what I read that summer. I’ve always loved reading and wanted to write, but wasn’t sure I could ever do it. 

With all the fun and specific details you’ve added in the story, was there a lot of research involved for what goes on behind the scenes of a televised show?

📚There was quite a bit, but it was fun to me! It is tricky to get the fine line of integrating the information into a story and not making it sound like a textbook you are forced to read! I’m a huge fan of The Amazing Race.

Have you been to any of the destinations mentioned in the book? 

📚Yes I have. The Scotland and Canada destinations. 

What made you choose the countries that you did?

📚I wanted to have lots of variety. I think that was the important thing. The world is such a vast, amazing place! I picked some I am familiar with, but others that are intriguing and new. The ones that spoke to me. 

Now, every time I hear “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, I think of Adam and Taylor! Do you listen to music while you’re writing, in general?

📚Oh wow! I hoped that would happen. You’ve really made my day. Of course, for me, it is “their” song. Sometimes I listen to music, but not always. I go back and forth. 

Do you pull your cupcakes apart like Adam does? My hubby does the same thing.

📚LOL yes! Go Adam & your hubby. 

Superman or Batman?


Would you ever consider writing another adventure/love story for the same show with different contestants *cough … Anderson* and destinations?

📚Hmmm, great question! I do want Anderson to get his story, I’m just not entirely sure if it would be in this setting again.

How did you decide which character, Adam or Taylor, would be the most suitable for the some of the challenges?

📚They just spoke to me, and it happened. It unfolded very organically. 

Are you currently working on any new projects that your readers can look forward to? 

📚Yes! Thanks for asking. I’m getting a Christmas novella ready for the holiday season and working on a co-write with BL Maxwell, called Cake Clash, which takes place on a baking reality TV contest.  

Thanks so much for answering these questions and giving your readers a little insight into your writing world. I, for one, can’t wait to enjoy more of your work. Best of luck to you!!!

📚Thank you so much for having me! It was great to chat.