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Sunday, October 31, 2010

How to get a copy from your local bookshop

Even if your local bookstore doesn't have it in stock, you can ask them to order it in for you. "Road Wench" is listed in the national book database called Global Books In Print, which gives booksellers all the contact details for ordering. Hope this helps!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The First Reviews...

Nicole Saturday evening 9 October (first to finish!)
"Just finished your book and thought it was a great read! A bit like Bill Bryson - makes you feel like you're there traveling - but funnier and more practical."

Marelda Sunday 10 October
"Your book is laugh out loud funny. I'm dog tired...but don't want to put it down!"

Daniel Tuesday evening 12 October
"I finished your book. I think it is excellent! A mix of humour and facts very much like Bill Bryson. Congratulations!"

Pam 25 October
"Enjoyed the was like a saucy Lonely Planet!"

Kelly 2 November
"Loved the book - what a fantastic read! It brought back so many memories of my time on the road. Definitely a must-read for all those who have worked for a travel company in Europe, or any wanna-be tour managers out there!"

Press Release


Shannon Meadows

"Road Wench – It’s a Tour, Not a Holiday"

Have you ever wanted to be a European tour manager? How does someone get into the industry, and what is their job really like? Those questions are answered in Shannon Meadows’ hilarious travel story “Road Wench - It’s a Tour, Not a Holiday” (354pp, paperback, $24.99).

Starting in the year 2000, Shannon led over fifty 18-35 coach tours of Europe. Come along for the ride as Shannon shares the inside story of her first season ‘on the road’.

“Road Wench” starts with an interrogation instead of an interview, takes her on a training trip boot camp, and includes the ups and downs of the tours Shannon led in her first season in short, sharp, entertaining chapters.

Along the way she meets backstabbers, nudists, kleptomaniacs and bed-hopping Casanovas. She resolves bitch-fights between supposed adults, looks for disappearing drivers and even spends the night in a Romanian psychiatric hospital on a gurney.

The author explains that she changed all names to protect the guilty – because the innocent were too boring to write about! It also gave her the freedom to be frank in her tell-all account.

“Road Wench” will appeal to anyone who has been on a tour and thought the tour manager had the best job in the world, and to those who want to take a virtual tour of Europe. Postscript: As some stories are somewhat risqué, it is recommended for adults only.

Title: Road Wench – It’s a Tour, Not a Holiday
Author/Publisher: Shannon Meadows
Visit the blog for sample chapters:
ISBN: 9780980835403
RRP: $24.99
Contact roadwench [at] hotmail [dot] com for more information, or to arrange an interview.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Book Launch - Wow!

On Friday 8 October an elite crowd of intelligent, discerning and extremely good looking guests descended the steps to the Cellar Bar at the Oxford Hotel. Amidst the ambience of the original bricks, glasses clinked as wine and conversation flowed, while hanging above us shirts from places across Europe reminded us of our own travels.
Around 6.30pm Shannon Meadows introduced herself to the audience, then read a selection of material from the second chapter of Road Wench, before conversations resumed while book signings was undertaken.
The night was fabulous as were the guests, and a good time was had by all. As we used to say on tour - you guys rock! Thank you so much for being part of my special evening.

For those of you asking about the photographer, go to

Many thanks
Shannon Meadows

Order from the website:

Online ordering - ready at last!

What to do:

Visit to buy direct from my website. The PayPal "Buy Now" button is in the top right corner. Scroll down to select between collection; postage within Australia; and postage to New Zealand. (You can pay using your own PayPal account, or your visa or debit card).

NB: For now delivery is by post within Australia - delivery type/charges are subject to change in the future (I'm still working out the kinks). Current price list:

order and collect - 24.99

order and postage/packing (within Australia) - 32.99

order and postage/packing (NZ) - 34.99

If you order when I'm in the process of restocking, I'll let you know, and you can choose to wait to order after the new stock arrives, or you can choose to pre-order.

Thanks for reading!

Shannon Meadows
Road Wench