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Hello! Thrilled to announce today a new giveaway where I invite my Facebook friends to post photos of themselves holding my books! Before I get into the juicy details, here is a photo that my loyal reader, Jean Symonds from the UK, posted today on Facebook. It made my day!

Jean comments in her post:

“Just re-reading The Necklace of the Goddess Athena by Effrosyni Moschoudi. I find it fascinating in its “Greekness” and if it was a film at the cinema I would spend a lot of time on the edge of my seat!!”

As I said, it made my day because this is exactly the kind of thing I had in mind when I created the giveaway. This feedback is so precious to me!

The idea behind this is to celebrate our connection through the books. I have been thinking for quite some time now that my readers deserve a place on my website too, a place where they can be celebrated for their support and loyalty to my work and me.

After all, it is you who allow me to keep writing, and I really feel the need to tell the world about it – about YOU!

Our connection in the social media give me wings on a daily basis and spur me on despite the hardships – and believe me, there have been a few!

Therefore, to thank you for your support, I am going to post the best pictures permanently on my site in a separate page – a sort of Hall of Fame for my readers, if you will. This page will document who reads my books and where in the world they’re at. If you’re one of the readers I choose for the permanent display, I will immortalize your contribution and credit you for the photo.

“All that’s fine, Frossie,” I hear some of you say, “But what’s in it for me?”

Well, as you know, I love to play Santa with my readers!

HERE ARE THE PRIZES:

3 readers will win novelty tote bags.

More winners will win ebooks from my back list (available formats: PDF or MOBI).

Number of ebook winners to be advised. Each winner will choose the title they wish to read.

THE RULES OF THE GAME!

Update 07-24-17: The competition is now open to my Twitter followers too! Post the photo, mention the title, where you’re reading it, and tag me to be added to the draw!

Post a picture of you with one of my books (kindle or paperback) and tag me on Facebook. I will then enter you in the draw. Your face doesn’t need to show in the picture for your entry to be valid for the draw, but I will prefer pictures with readers’ faces showing for the permanent display on my website. The same applies if you’re at a place in the world I don’t really expect!

In your post, mention where you are reading the book, especially if you’re on holiday somewhere.

Also, make sure to mention the name of the book.

Remember to tag me so I can enter you in the draw!

The competition is open only to my FB friends. Friend me first if you haven’t, then post.

Closing date to be advised.

Regardless of who is chosen for the permanent display on my website, all photos will be entered into the draw and all will have an equal chance to win in the giveaway.

Look forward to your photos! Here’s to celebrating what we share together!

 

Maria Messini from Athens, Greece sent me this picture of her kindle. She was reading The Amulet on the Greek island of Skyros!

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The Necklace of Goddess Athena is a moving family story of mystery, drama and romance, while its supernatural elements will delight lovers of Greek mythology.

Phevos and his sister Daphne are time travelers from ancient Greece. Their father, a man of mystery, sends them to modern-day Athens without telling them the reason. With the aid of two orphaned siblings, who are anything but the random strangers they seem to be, they settle down in the quaint district of Plaka and soon begin to discover old family secrets. A precious finding helps them to realize they’ve been caught up in a conflict between two Gods; one is a protector, the other, their worst nemesis. Why was their family broken up eleven years ago? Will they find their loved ones again? And will Phevos ever remember what happened the last time he saw his mother?

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Life’s troubles and a new mention on the fansite ‘Robert Pattinson Worldwide’

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I was quite down yesterday. It was the result of various recent frustrations and concerns. Last week was not one of my favorites… My husband Andy was coughing away while I had chills and ran a slight fever, and on top of that, I had to rush my cat Felix to the vet’s for high fever and anemia. Thankfully, my naughty cat has now recovered fully (and is able to attack my pot plants again!) but once relief came, my worries over my well planned FREE promo took over. After a month’s meticulous preparation to submit The Necklace of Goddess Athena to dozens of FREE sites I only managed about 2,300 downloads. At least, it made it to #1 in a few categories and stayed there throughout. And I got some borrows. But, it ends there.

Anyway, for all these reasons I was a bit down in the mouth yesterday and overnight. But today, I have a big smile on my face. Funny that – the ups and downs of indie life. People who are not part of the indie world think of an author as someone who sits around all day collecting royalties, or writing effortlessly whenever they want, while thinking of themselves as the next best thing since sliced bread. And yet, reality is so different. Other than experiencing the usual worries and problems of life like everyone else, authors are also extremely vulnerable beings. They need something, every day, to assure them they are not fakes and that they’re not selling themselves higher than they deserve. Personally, I don’t think of myself as anyone even remotely important and bouts of extreme admiration from fans leave me baffled more often than not. However, today my vulnerable psyche got an unexpected boost, simply because of an act of kindness from a stranger, and I feel like a million bucks, so I thought I’d share.

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What happened was, I checked my email this morning and the super-duper free service Mention informed me that my name was included in a post on Robert Pattinson Worldwide! I tell you, I leapt so high I thought I’d hit the ceiling. I mean, you cannot buy this kind of publicity and it was given once more to me on the plate, simply because of my huge affinity for Rob. Which confirms again what I have repeated on this blog many times: that if you follow your passion, you can’t go wrong.

I live by this motto and I reap the benefits every day now where it comes to my love for Corfu, and occasionally where it comes to my darling Robert Pattinson too. After all, this is the second mention I get on this site! (I also got another in the past on RobsessedPattinson.com, who even ran a giveaway of The Ebb while they were at it – seems the fansites are just as wonderful as Rob himself!)

The new mention on #RPWW is an excerpt from my recent interview with Tamara Ferguson. The excerpt informs the fans why I love Rob so much. Many thanks to Robert Pattinson Worldwide and, of course, to the tweep @Lollly_08 who spotted this online and told the fansite!

You gotta love Twitter!

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Anyway, got to run! I’m busy this week with the last edits for The Storm so I can send it to my ARC readers by the weekend. For any of you who love the trilogy, I promise the best Christmas ever 😉

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A great giveaway and a FREE gift from me

Hello peeps! Big day for me today so this is short – I am touring with eNovel Authors at Work and this is part of a month-long tour of eNovel in association with Choosy Bookworm. Choosy is playing Santa for all bookworms out there throughout November!

There’s a rafflecopter on their site where you can enter to win 2 x $250 paypal cash! Below that rafflecopter, there’s a second one that changes every couple of days, featuring a set of three eNovel authors at a time. What doesn’t change is the opportunity to win fabulous books! As I mentioned earlier, it’s my turn to tour today so if you visit the site of Choosy Bookworm now you can enter the eNovel rafflecopter for my tour (as well as Choosy’s main one, of course!)

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I’m touring with terrific authors Julie Frayn and A.J. Lape – they’re both offering books via the rafflecopter so make sure to enter! Also, you’ll be pleased to know that all three of us have our featured books on FREE right now! Make sure to grab them all!

 

VISIT CHOOSY BOOKWORM TO ENTER THE TWO RAFFLECOPTERS. GOOD LUCK!

 

Keep this link handy so you can follow the tour and see all the FREE/99c offers that eNovel authors do this month. Also, the more rafflecopters you enter, the better your chances that you’ll have fabulous books to read this Christmas!

 

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As I stated earlier, today I’m pleased to give everyone a FREE gift! My time travel fantasy, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, will be free for five days starting today! Make sure to grab your copy now, especially if you enjoy mystery interwoven with sweet romance. If so, this is definitely your cup of tea!

FIND THE BOOK ON AMAZON HERE.

GRAB YOUR FREE COPY & MAKE SURE TO TELL YOUR FRIENDS! HAPPY READING!

 

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The Necklace of Goddess Athena, 2nd edition

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Hello peeps! I am thrilled to announce today the re-launch of my debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena. This is a big day for me for two reasons: first, it is my name day (St Effrosyni Day) and, as many indie authors do, I chose a special day for my launch as to mark the occasion a bit better! Secondly, today it’s been exactly two years since the same book was published for the first time. I was a newbie back then and was unable to publish via Amazon (its procedures were far too technical for the average person at the time). So, I used one of many websites that offered free worldwide distribution. Check out the humble cover I used in September 2013:

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It’s weird actually. Yesterday, as I was contemplating how far I’d come in just two years, Facebook prompted me to check out what I was doing on there two years ago and, lo and behold, this old cover came up and I had completely forgotten about it! I tell you, I gasped in astonishment. How far had I come in just two years, indeed? My head started spinning, remembering back to how it was, how stunned and overwhelmed I felt back then, contemplating the staggering amount of information I was expected to digest, battling alone as I learned the ropes, learning how to blog, trying to fathom Twitter . . .  And all that, without indie friends, without any mentors. Now, I am in a different world altogether within the indie universe, and it seems to me that in these two years I have traveled light years ahead from where I was back then.

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With this cover, I published the book in early 2014 on Amazon. I remain eternally grateful to the two people who made it possible, namely my sister-in-law, Deborah Mansfield, who created the cover, as well as my brother-in-law, Adrian Leach, who kindly let me use his image of the Parthenon. This cover served its purpose incredibly well for the first two years, and I received a multitude of great comments for it across the social media.

In order to give the book a new boost, I made the decision early this year to relaunch it this Fall, and I am very pleased that, despite a series of adversities, I managed to make it happen with the help of some of my wonderful indie friends (you know who you are – thank you!) This new, 2nd edition, has been professionally edited and fitted with a new cover. Here below, you will find all the details. Check them out, and thank you so much for your visit!

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Cover design by 187designz: https://www.facebook.com/187designz

 

IN ATHENS, THE GODS STILL DWELL AMONG THE MORTALS

Phevos and his sister Daphne are time travelers from ancient Greece. Unaware of the reason their father has sent them to modern-day Athens, they settle down in this new world with the assistance of two orphaned siblings. Soon, the four youngsters stumble upon vital information that can help them find their missing parents. When they discover a secret cave in the Acropolis foothills, a precious finding causes them to become involved in a conflict between two Gods, one of which becomes their protector and the other, their worst nemesis. Who will prevail when the rival Gods meet again and will the mortal bystanders survive to tell the tale?

The Necklace of Goddess Athena is an urban fantasy of Greek myths and time travel that’s peppered with mystery, nostalgia and romance. This #1 Amazon bestseller has been proclaimed “A Rare Gem” by the Fantasy & SciFi Network. In 2014, it made the shortlist for the “50 Best Self-Published Books Worth Reading” from Indie Author Land.

Find it on Amazon

US: http://amzn.to/1HLiU4g

UK: http://amzn.to/1YbFGtH

Or copy and paste this universal link in your browser, to visit your local Amazon store: myBook.to/GdssAthena

 

Book trailer & a downloadable excerpt available here:

http://effrosyniwrites.com/books/the-necklace-of-goddess-athena/

 

Available in kindle and paperback

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To see the paperback on Amazon, click here.

 

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My latest news (and a cover reveal!)

Hello All! Back from Corfu and, alas, despite the persisting heatwave, there’s no time for the beach any more. Keeping busy with a couple of projects (no rest for the wicked…) In this post, I’d like to share with you my latest news.

First of all, to say I am thrilled to have been accepted in the Author Social Media Support Group, commonly known as ASMSG. I am looking forward to familiarizing myself with its resources and making new friends.

Secondly, I spent a good part of this week revisiting my personal image archive for the past ten or so years, looking for various images from my annual holidays on Corfu. With my findings I have put together a travel guide on Moraitika, Corfu (my grandparent’s village that inspired my trilogy). The guide is now live on this website. During my recent holiday in Moraitika, I went around the tourist businesses of family and friends, taking photographs and noting down their contact details. The guide is my personal recommendation to you for the perfect beach holiday. Therein you will find everything you need to know: where to stay, where to dine, what to do and see and plenty more. You can visit the page directly here: TAKE ME TO MORAITIKA!

Now for the big news! One of my open projects this month involves a major re-edit on The Necklace of Goddess Athena. I am quite concerned by the lack of sales for this book so I decided to give it some special attention and then to relaunch it this September with a brand new, awesome cover by 187Designz.

I am very excited about the cover and hope it’ll work its little magic to attract new readers (fingers crossed!)

Here it is. What do you think?

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Before I go, to say, if you’re a Twitter user and feeling generous, please take the time to search for #eNovAaW on August 8-10. This is the hashtag used solely for cross-promotion by the members of eNovel Authors at Work where I am a member. We are doing a Tweet Fest on those dates and tweeting about each other’s books en masse. We would greatly appreciate it if you took the time to RT a tweet or two containing this hashtag. If you like to pay it forward, you already know the universe will repay you this kindness ten fold. Thank you for your time and generosity!

 

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