Katie loses her Athens office job, a gypsy woman hands her an amulet for good
Next, she gets
hired 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, heart-stoppingly handsome Aggelos, 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 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!
When Katie arrived
back at Hotel Asimi the sun was slowly gliding towards the horizon against a
pastel-coloured sky. She was strolling past the hotel’s thatched umbrellas,
making her way towards the entrance when her jaw dropped. Sitting on the bottom
step was Aggelos. He was holding an orange juice carton, drinking through a
put her hands on her hips and gawped when she stopped to stand before him. ‘Aggelos!
How did you do that?’
beamed at her and pulled a long tendril of silky hair back from his brow. ‘How
did I do what?’
did you get here before me? It was a good five kilometres out of Asimi where I
left you. Did you hitch a ride?’
pointed at his feet. ‘Yes. On those babies.’ He chuckled and winked. ‘I’m a
be faster than the scooter I was on, surely.’
stood and scrunched up the carton, then hopped up the few steps to the bin. He
tossed it inside and shrugged when he returned to her at the bottom of the steps.
‘Nah, you’ve been gone ages. I bet you wandered around the village and lost
track of time.’
did buy an ice cream . . . and lingered at the village square for a while,’ she mumbled.
tilted his head. ‘See? Not Superman, after all.’
never said you’re Superman. But, I have
noticed you tend to save the day.’
put up a finger. ‘Now, that’s a compliment and a half! Thank you, Katie.’
heard the sound of her name on his lips again and it made her knees weak.
Earlier, when he was drinking his refreshment she couldn’t take her eyes off
his pouted lips around the straw. She’d tried to imagine there and then how it
would feel to kiss them. Now, as he gazed at her, his wide smile exposing
perfect pearly whites, she shifted her weight from foot to foot, wondering if
she had it in her to ask him out. She decided it was too soon. After all, she’d
never done this sort of thing before. As she contemplated all that, Aggelos was
telling her about the beauty of the places he’d explored that day. She kept
nodding and making the odd comment and, all the while, marvelled at his
perfectly sculpted features.
about your newly published novel, The Amulet. What is it about?
thank you so much for inviting me to your blog. I am excited to be here! The
Amulet is a romantic comedy with angels that is set on the enchanting Greek
island of Sifnos. The story has romance, intrigue, humor and a touch of drama –
so a bit of everything really. I also made sure to tantalize my readers again
by describing Greek dishes, like I often do in my books. One of my beta readers
reported she had to put the book down at some point and go get something to
have a giveaway open at the moment for Team Effrosyni members. What is the team
about? And can you tell us more about the giveaway? My readers are book lovers
and they may want to enter.
is my way of playing Santa with my fans! Anyone is welcome to join and it’s all
free. Every time I release a book, I’ll be giving all the members a FREE
advance reader’s copy to read without any obligation. Members are also able to
enter occasional giveaways that are open exclusively to them. For the one I
created to mark the launch of The Amulet, there are tote bags up for grabs as
well as a bunch of six kindle e-books set in Greece by authors I admire.
Your readers are
welcome to join Team Effrosyni. Once they do, they will be immediately taken to
a screen that will disclose the giveaway link so they can enter. It’s that
simple, and there’s still time to join! All details about Team Effrosyni are here:
copy of The Amulet to all team members before the launch. Any new members can
grab the book off Amazon for only 99c. The book will remain at this bargain
price while the giveaway is still running.
the future? Any new books in the pipeline?
writing another novel. The Necklace of Goddess Athena has popular themes (mythology
and family drama) for Greek readers and I want to try marketing it in my
country too. I’ve started translating it into Greek and hope to finish it in
2017. I also plan to change the covers of my romance trilogy, The Lady of the
Pier. Other than that, I intend to write a couple of short non-fiction books,
but it’s still too early to say more about that. On the subject of novels, I
have ideas for a couple more standalone stories with angel characters from The
Amulet brewing in my head.
child, she loved to sit alone in her garden scribbling rhymes about flowers,
butterflies and ants. Today, she writes novels with Greek lovers in mind. She
lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a naughty
cat called Felix.
Effrosyni is a proud member of the writer’s
groups eNovel Authors at Work, ASMSG, and the Fantasy & SciFi Network.
Visit her website for free excerpts,
On her secondary blog, she shares her favorite Greek meals with the
world. Visit at your own peril. It will make you very hungry!