And the winners are…

Wuhoo! The names are out of the hat and I am pleased to announce the winners of my ‘post-a-photo’ contest. For those who missed it, don’t worry, you’ll get another chance to enter a similar contest later this year.

THESE LUCKY READERS WON A TOTE BAG EACH!

ANNE BATEMAN

BEVERLY D LAUDE

VICKI HARRISON

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL. I’VE DECIDED TO GIVE A CONSOLATION PRIZE TO ALL THE OTHER ENTRANTS – AN EBOOK OF THEIR CHOICE FROM MY BACK LIST!

So! If you had posted a photo and received a confirmation from me at the time then I have your entry and you can claim your free ebook copy. Just message me or comment below and tell me: the title of the book, and if you prefer mobi or pdf. If you’ve read all my ebooks, I can give you one for a friend or family member.

Sadly, I didn’t have as many entries as I’d hoped, and this is why I decided to give consolation prizes to all the entrants to say a big thank you! I will do a similar contest later this year, hoping to get more photos so I can feature my favorites on this website as a tribute to you, my precious readers! Thank you again for entering. I cherish every single photo I’ve received!

 

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Sharing some exciting news

Hello peeps! Sorry for disappearing for a while. I’ve been mega busy with the launch of The Amulet and the promotion of the giveaway of Team Effrosyni at the same time. The work has paid off. The Amulet has had a successful launch and even hit Amazon’s #1 in Greek & Roman literature last weekend!

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As for Team Effrosyni, I’ve had a boom in signups in the past month seeing that many bookworms and Greek lovers were after the FREE PDF copy of The Amulet on offer for a while, as well as the giveaway prizes (Greek kindles, Greek-themed kitchen sets and tote bags.

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The giveaway has now ended and I am already working on the next one – a Christmas kindle giveaway this time. I am teaming up with successful authors (both indies and traditionally published writers). Watch this space! Or, if you just want to take my word for it that it’s going to be a blast, no need to wait! Go here to read all about Team Effrosyni and sign up today so you can be one of the first to enter the upcoming giveaway. A total of 12 authors are participating this time! Dozens of Christmas kindles will be up for grabs so entrants will have more chances to win than ever before!

Now, on to the main reason for blogging today. The Lady of the Pier trilogy has brand new covers now, for both kindle and paperback. To refresh your mind, these are the original ones:

And these are the new ones:

I am very pleased with the result of my efforts to make the covers as eye-catching as possible. Many of my readers commented on Facebook enthusiastically about them and a few said the new covers will attract younger readers too. I hadn’t thought of that, so it was exciting to hear. As for my super-talented graphic designer, Alex Saskalides of 187Designz, he is a dream come true and a breeze to work with. Highly recommended!

That’s it for today, folks! If this is the first time you hear about my work, now is a good time to pick up one of my reads and see what you think. On my Amazon page you will find 3 kindles of an overall 5-star rating! And two of my kindles are 99c at the moment. Whether you pick The Ebb or The Amulet you’re bound to drift to a sunny, blissful summer paradise in no time…

Remember, by signing up to Team Effrosyni you’ll be getting my future books for free. And did I say membership is FREE?

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Now is the time to sign up to Team Effrosyni

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This is a digital proof of the finished article. Three tote bags will be up for grabs in the next giveaway.

Hello peeps! I haven’t blogged in a while but I’ve been very busy throughout September. This month I’m giving it my all to prepare The Amulet in time for a launch early November. Feedback from my beta readers has been wonderful and my eagle-eyed British husband is currently giving it a last edit. I’m pleased to say he’s nearly done and hasn’t found a single typo yet – a first! I must be getting better, it’s official 😛

I’m blogging quickly today to let you know I’m choosing prizes for the next exclusive giveaway for Team Effrosyni members. There will be tote bags, cute little prizes relevant to the content of The Amulet (i.e. angels and Greek food – yum!) and e-books, of course!

I’ve teamed up with six wonderful authors, whose books I personally adore, and they will be gifting two copies of their kindles each to the lucky winners of the giveaway.  So that’s 12 kindles up for grabs! One lucky reader will get all six books, and six others will win a kindle by random. Feast your eyes at these tantalizing book goodies:

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Now is the perfect time to sign up to Team Effrosyni! Why? Because by joining the team now, not only will you be able to enter the forthcoming giveaway, but you’ll also be in my mailing list to receive a FREE, Advance Reader’s Copy of The Amulet as soon as it’s ready, and before its official launch.

Wuhoo, right?

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Still mulling it over? Download this FREE exclusive chapter from The Amulet and see what you think!

 

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Interested in the ebooks up for grabs? Visit their Amazon pages now:

Truly Madly Greekly by Mandy Baggot

Fate Captured (Clean Version – there’s also a Spicy one!) by MM Jaye

Evanthia’s Gift by Effie Kammenou

An Octopus in my Ouzo by Jennifer Barclay

Girl Gone Greek by Rebecca A Hall

My Map of You by Isabelle Broom

 

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Book review: My Map of You by Isabelle Broom

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I was drawn to this book before I even started reading, first because of the stunning cover and secondly because I love the Greek island of Zakynthos (Zante). When I was offered a free copy in return for an honest review, I jumped at the chance hoping to recapture some of the beauty of this island.

As it turned out, the writing exceeded my expectations tremendously on this score. Reading this book actually felt like I was back in Zakynthos and I could see and feel it all down to the last enchanting detail. The heroine went through an incredible journey of growth and healing. Out of the blue, she finds herself in an unknown place in a foreign country where she winds up finding her roots, new love and even deliverance from resentment and pain that had been blocking her advancement in life, denying her happiness.

The awkward situations between the two main characters felt real and down to earth, and the romance was utterly sweet and delightful. Actually, this book offers a number of delights: a wonderful romance, a host of lovely, lifelike characters, and a well-structured family story that added drama in the right measure, just enough to enrich the plot. More than anything else though, I enjoyed the wonderful way in which Greece and its people are portrayed in this book. Being Greek, this is always a delight and a huge compliment.

The love of this author for Zakynthos, its people and the way of life there shines through. I highly recommend this book to anyone who shares similar passions for any place in Greece. And I’ll definitely read more from this author.

 

My rating:

5-stars

Exquisite writing that made me feel like I’m on the island!

 

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Do you enjoy Greek island romances? What about stories about old family secrets, redemption and healing? If this sounds like your cup of tea, then definitely give this book a try!

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Book review: Truly Madly Greekly by Mandy Baggot

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I loved this book for two different reasons. The first one is that it transported me effortlessly and swiftly to the Greek island of Corfu, my favorite corner of the world. The second is that Mandy Baggot kept me interested with her lifelike characters that were full of surprises. I loved the suspense in the beginning where you were given only hints of the characters’ past. These sparse tidbits of information certainly kept me interested to keep reading as to find out more. There are both funny and dramatic elements in this summer read, which makes it anything but your typical chick-lit novel set on a Greek beach, but  the story-telling was exquisite and I lapped it all up.

 

My rating:

4-stars

An enjoyable beach read with funny and dramatic elements

 

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Cover reveal: The Amulet by Effrosyni Moschoudi

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Wuhoo! Today I’m bursting with excitement to share the news of my next book, The Amulet, a supernatural romantic comedy set on the Greek island of Sifnos. Think golden beaches of fine sand, deep blue and shimmering waters, whitewashed little villages and blue-domed churches. Paradise on earth.

Sifnos is one of my favorite islands of the Cyclades. My short story of sweet romance, An Old Promise, is also set in Sifnos and you’re most welcome to download it here. It’s included in my FREE book, Poetry from The Lady of the Pier.

Anyhoo, I digress! The Amulet is still at the early stage of editing and it’ll take a while for me to set a publication date… But, to get me motivated I decided to make the cover early on. I just received it from my wonderful designer, Alex Saskalides of 187Designz, and it’s a pleasure to let you be the first to take a look today:

 

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Katie Pavlides works in a dreary office in Athens. After a row with her loopy boss she gets fired and, on the same day, a gypsy woman hands her an amulet for good luck. Soon, she lands a job as hotel receptionist on the Greek island of Sifnos and everything seems perfect, except for the overbearing hotel owner, Mrs. Matina. One of the guests, freakishly tall and gorgeous Aggelos Aggelides, keeps saving the day whenever Katie needs help. As she falls in love, she grows all the more intrigued by him and his quirky friends, including a little girl who keeps turning up on her own. Add a psychic, half-mad, color-clashing elderly woman into the mix and you’re in for a few laughs. Things are not what they seem in this small, family hotel and get even more complicated when the gypsy woman shows up again. Will Katie ever work out that Aggelos is a guardian angel that came with the amulet? And if she does, will she be able to keep him? It may take a miracle. But on an island as magical as Sifnos, anything is possible!

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These days, I’m busy editing the first draft. It’s going to need the TLC of my fabulous beta readers, and laborious editing from my British husband Andy and me in the next few months. Andy and I make one cracking good editing team but life keeps getting in the way, so this will probably take a while . . . but we’ll try to finish as soon as possible, hopefully, sometime this fall.

Stay tuned because I have more big announcements to make in the following weeks. For now, I’ll just say one of them involves those in my audience who only read in Greek. I’ve been neglecting those lovely folks, despite my best intentions, but soon I’ll make it easier for them to read samples of my work. My parents and sister are among them and many other members of my adorable, extended Greek family and friends. I am already crossing my fingers so I don’t disappoint them all. “Very nerve-racking,” says the fragile little girl in my psyche, I’ll tell you that!

 

I may not be living on a gorgeous Greek island but I can’t complain. My little seaside town near Athens can be paradise on earth too, especially during summer (see the two above pics I took from our seafront to show you). I hope you’re enjoying the summer so far! Over here, I got my swimsuit, mumu, and beach bag ready, and I’m itching to hit the beach for the first time this year but the weather refuses to behave . . . We had another thunderstorm yesterday and today it’s cool with grey skies. Hope the weather behaves a little better in your corner of the world!

Keep smiling!

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