Blog Party!

Welcome to my virtual book launch. It’s heralding the 28th May event in Kritsa, the village on the Greek island of Crete that was home to Rodanthe, heroine of Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa. 9781781322659-PerfectCoverFINAL.indd

You’re very welcome to join in the fun here, just leave a comment to introduce yourself and give a link to your blog or Facebook page. Feel free to reblog this page, put a link to it on Facebook and/or invite other guests. Please bring something to the table and try to give it a Greek flavour, no matter how tenuous! Meanwhile, let me get you a tot of raki, our local fire-water. By the way, we don’t say cheers here, it’s Yammas!

9781781322963-Perfect.inddDo you like my party dress? It’s courtesy of fellow SilverWood Books author, Kathryn Gauci, who set her novel in the late Ottoman period, whereas mine is about the early days of rebellion. I asked the book’s heroine, Sophie to create me something glamorous as she is such an admired dress designer. Click on this sumptuous book cover to reach Kathryn’s beautiful blog.

Then I realised that such a posh frock needed a fabulous gem, so I called on the very generous Effrosyni Moschoudi to borrow The Necklace of Goddess Athena. A click on the pretty book cover below will take you to the website where I’m proud to say I’ll be interviewed in a few weeks time.

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I’m sure that like me you’ll be charmed by Effrosyni, and will want time to explore her website, but do come back, here come the dancers

First up are some Kritsa children giving a dance demonstration by the bust of my heroine, Rodanthe. A click on their photo will take you to a clip of adult dancers, and amazing whiskers!

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Or, click here for more information on a dance called Pentozali.

It’s always a bit awkward at the start of a party so I’ve asked some folk to arrive early.

crete-notebook-richard-clark-paperback-cover-art Richard Clark is an important guest, and a click on the cover of his great guide will ensure you can find Kritsa. Ah, good, there’s Beryl Darby. Her family saga provides enough people for a loud and boisterous table. What a wonderful opportunity for Yannis to meet some of his family’s descendants, he’ll certainly enthrall them with stories of his life while on the leper island of Spinalonga. A click on the photo below will allow you to get to know them better.

imageFOODS OUT! Ah, yummy, let’s go and see what my favourite cooking blog Kousounas Kitchen is setting out for us.  l see our local boys are also cooking up a storm with their souvlakia. Ooops, some are burning, but the ever cheerful Marjorie McGinn says ‘Never mind, Things Can Only Get Feta!’ Oh, it’s OK they have doused the flames a bit.

Mmmm, that aroma has brought John Manuel, Rambling from Rhodes and crikey, will you look at that! John’s brought many authors of novels set in Greece, they usually hang out on his Facebook group A Good Greek Read. Why not ask to join, sitting with a good book tomorrow might ease your hangover!

Ah, I hear a coach arriving; it’s an outing organised by Lance. He is always so meticulous in the details, no wonder he’s right on time, I certainly recommend his tours!

Hooray, here come The Greek Wives Club. Careful though, their founder, the lovely Ekaterina Botziou needs a quiet place for her new baby son’s pram, gorgeous boy! Let’s put him by this lovely girl created by fellow British Kritsa resident, Nigel Ratcliffe. This scene is in Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa, while Rodanthe attends school.

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As Ekaterina put her baby’s pram in the shade I whispered that I’m tipping her for the lead role in the movie of Kritsotopoula, once award-winning director of a Cretan TV series The Island, Theodore Papadoulakis takes on the project. (In my dreams!)

Make room for Julia Rode, inspirational author of But Maybe She Wheel and her HUGE service dog, Ethel. She’ll certainly not let a little thing like a different continent stop her from accepting another trip to Crete! Ah look, there’s Debbie and Anna who’ve given me lots of guidance, chatting to folk from some blogs that I discovered via an online course called #blogging101.  Meet blogging friends Matt, (Good luck with your exams mate) TaraEdwina, Ritu, Sarah, Vanessa, Jan, Eleanor, Sherina, Megan and Caz. They are a very sociable group so I’m not surprised they’re heading over to chat to my pals from Greek blogs, Greece by a Greek, Greeker than the Greeks, Staying on in Crete, Exploring Katharo, Crete Nature, Spartan Roots, all worth a visit!

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Right, time for me to go and mingle, but before I do I’ll let you know where you can buy a paperback copy of Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa while in Crete. (ebooks and paperback are available via Amazon.) First there’s wonderful Eklektos bookshop in Elounda owed by Lynne and John McDonald, without support from them my book would not be available in Crete so I owe them a big THANK YOU. A click on the shop’s photo will take you to Lynne’s blog, but if you visit in person she’ll make you a cuppa while you browse!

Of course you can buy the book as a souvenir of your trip to Kritsa. Visit Nikititakis gift shop, in the upper part of the high street, fittingly called Kritsotopoula Street. While you are in Nikititakis glance over to Aristidis Cafe opposite, if I’m in there enjoying a glass of something I’ll gladly sign the book for you. Meanwhile, enjoy the party folks! X

Update 28th May.  WAIT…. Poor Kathryn Gauci has been driving round in circles trying to find us. Ah, she’s parked the car now…

received_1683193531908811Kathryn said,  “Ali Agha has polished Mestinigar (Intoxicating Beauty)- the Mercedes 10/20 HP Erdmann & Rossi Phaeton which was the car Sophia’s Russian lover, Nikolai gave her as a present. I thought it would be nice to travel across Crete in her just to party with you. I am glad to be here now.”

69 thoughts on “Blog Party!”

    1. Hi Chris, pleasure to meet you. I have family on Corfu as my mother hails from it. Corfu is my fave place in the whole world. I recorded the bliss of my summers there when I was a young girl, in my romance trilogy, The Lady of the Pier. I come from Moraitika. It’s on the south east coast after Benitses. Again, pleased to meet you. I just followed you on Twitter 🙂

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  1. That’s fabulous Yvonne. I look forward to rubbing shoulders with a few fellow writers and Cretans whether they’re dancing, singing or imbibing raki. What fun. Save me a space at a nice table. Good luck with your book. Καλοτάξιδο!!!

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  2. All the way from Plakias Jane, well that’s fabulous. How did you manage to keep the stew hot? When we are in Crete for a long stint we love to visit Plakias for a mini holiday. Can you add your website details, if you have one, then we can make a virtual trip to see you. X

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  3. Yvonne, congrats, what an awesome virtual party! You’re a star for putting this together. Thank you for the mention as well, very kind. But what is this I see? Not enough, tzatziki? I’ll head back to my blog quickly and rustle up some more with fresh Greek dill and spearmint from my garden: http://effrosinimoss.wordpress.com/2014/06g/29/chicken-and-bacon-roast-with-tzatziki/ Yammas, and all the best with the launch! May you reach for the stars, sweetie!

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    1. Panagia Mou! We can’t run out of tzatiki, thank goodness you noticed. Eagle-eyed folk will notice that your recipe is on a different website to the one I’ve linked to via your book cover above. That’s right folks, this busy lady has two different sites, this one https:// effrosinimoss.wordpress.com is less focused on writing and is full of interesting Greek info, like the tzatiki recipe, yum! X

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      1. Have you heard that saying, if you want something done ask a busy person? Well, it certainly applies to Effrosyni Moschoudi. While she was busy whipping up fresh tzatiki for our table she was also tweeting news of our party AND announcing that she’s completed the third book in her Lady of the Pier trilogy. For more info pop over to http://effrosyniwrites.com x

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  4. Thanks for inviting me to your blog party. I love Greek parties cause as you know Greece is like my second home. And I’m going to make sure I get a copy of your book too, because I appreciate writers and their stories. You might like to brush up on some Greek ancient history by reading my novel SHADOW OF THE LION; BLOOD ON THE MOON, volume one of two (second one THE FIELDS OF HADES coming out in 2016) Available on Amazon.com Check out the novel’s blog at http://shadowofthelion.com or the FB group page, Introduction to Shadow of the Lion. Okay, time to try some souvlaki and a glass of ouzo. Opa! And how about some dancing! Congratulations for the great party and your publication.

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  5. There are so many fab books set in Greece, and yours is firmly wedged in my, to read pile. No wonder that the Facebook group A Good Greek Read took off like a rocket! Now, where did I put the ouzo? X

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  6. A Greek party? Woohoo! I can tell you the protagonist of The Graham Saga, Alex, will be seriously jealous when she hears about this – for her Crete is connected to lazy days in the sun, fantastic food and endless swims in a deep blue Mediterranean (she shares these experiences w her creator – I wonder why…) Anyway, due to circumstances, as you know Yvonne, Alex is no longer with us, she’s stuck in the 17th Century and she can forget about slouching about in the sun in only a bikini – so not done back then!
    “She wants to swim, she goes swimming with me – alone,” Matthew mutters, regarding his wife with fondness. “And she does it naked.”
    Well, maybe Matthew would have preferred to explore certain locations in Crete more than others.
    Looking forward to reading your book & learning some more about Greek history – specifically Crete, where I never got much further than the Venetians.
    Good look with your launch, your book, your food – have a great PARTY (hey, I’m enjoying myself as I write – and thank heavens the tzatziki is not about to run out :))
    Since my heated if youthful love affair with a Cretan boy many, many years ago, my Greek has gone downhill (beyond endearments :))so instead of stumbling over something I may mispronounce, I raise my glass to you and say, in Swedish, “GRATTIS! SKÅL!” which essentially means Congratulations & Cheers.

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    1. So fabulous to have you here Anna. Now, don’t blush, but when I first realised I needed to know about building a blog etc, our good friends at SilverWood Books suggested I take a peak at yours. You have been an inspiration!

      If Alex and Matthew need to know where they can go for a skinny dip, I can let them know, wink.

      Meanwhile, if anyone fancies a non Greek Read I can recommend the saga found at https://annabelfrage.wordpress.com

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  7. Thanks for the invite Yvonne. I’m just back from the hills where I’ve been entertained by a delightful little praying mantis. Give me half hour to freshen up and change and I’ll be with you bringing some morning fresh hillside herbs with me to add to the cooking pots.

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    1. Come close, I need to whisper. I don’t mean to be rude, but thank goodness Steve said he’d freshen up first. After all, the day I went out with him he delighted in picking up all sorts, including dried poo! I can assure you that one visit to cretenature.blogspot.gr and you’ll appriciate Crete in a detail you’d never imagine. I admit, I’m hooked. Oh, here he comes with the herbs…

      Hi Steve, let me get you a beer!

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  8. Hi Yvonne, thank you so much for inviting me, of course I’m late to the party as usual, flat out in the UK getting things in place getting ready to fly out to Crete on Friday, can’t wait. So good to meet up with everybody and to bump into Marjory and wonderful Wallace. Great to meet you Effrosyni, Chris, Ritu, Sherina, Jane, Sappho and Anna, I think I’m a couple of raki behind everyone, but plenty of time to catch up. I’ll try and drop back later but in the meantime you are always welcome at https://www.facebook.com/richardclarkbooks and if you like what you see press like to stay in touch, it would be great to get to know everyone better. Got to pop back to the office now, see you all later.

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    1. Thanks for dropping in Richard. I know you are working flat out today so I think you’d best stick to the fresh orange juice, the Vit C will help ward off any germs that might be lurking around the airport. Crete is waiting for you, Kalo Taxhedi! X

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      1. Blow the orange juice, the morning I’m having I’ll stick with something stronger. The airport seems a long time away at the moment, a tough tapdance through treacle to get there!

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    2. So pleased to meet you Richard! You write travel books on Greece, and even Corfu huh? I am salivating, and it’s not because of the delicious food Yvonne is serving! Just liked your FB page, followed you on Amazon and sent you a private FB message 🙂

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      1. Hi Effrosyni, great to meet you too. Yes I have written books on Crete, Corfu and Rhodes as well as a compilation of these books. The Crete book has been translated into Greek and is just going through the editing process and should be out later this year. I have just replied to you FB message.

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  9. Thank you for inviting me, Yvonne. I will be with you in spirit (literally – the raki will be out). I shall need it as I am expecting a delivery of 500 books on 28th – Sofia is arriving two weeks earlier than I had anticipated and by the time I have brought them all in I shall certainly need a drink. Looking at the guest list and the food I do wish I could be there with you. I would certainly bring Yannis, Anna, Giovanni and all the rest of the family with me.
    Beryl Darby

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  10. Yia sou Yvonne, this was such a brilliant idea, thanks for the invite!
    Have the best time, oh, and take it easy with the raki!
    I’ll be watching you from Loutraki.
    xxx
    Susan.

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    1. Well I think that Jane Bow’s Cally and my Rodanthe would have got on very well. Cally’s Way describes Prevelli, where a scene in Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa, is set so well its like being there. Love it! X

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  11. Hi Yvonne, thought I’d pop in before I start work to see how everyone is holding up, good to meet you Sarah, just nipped over to see your blog, looks really great. Am I right in thinking you are due a big storm in Crete? Has it arrived yet?

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    1. Storm last night, not too bad where we were in virtual party land, but now everything is covered in orange Sahara dust, yuck. Pass me that cloth and I’ll wipe the tables. X

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  12. Not being selfish (well perhaps a bit) but I hope that’s got the bad weather out of the way before I arrive on Friday. Let’s get those tables clean, a nice coffee would be in order before the partying resumes I think…

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    1. Great you could make it Matt, we’ve had a showery few hours but we’re back in sunshine now. Hey, all the authors at this party should sit up and take notice, this is a fab review site https://thebookblogger2014.wordpress.com However, I’m seriously concerned about you Matt, at your age you shouldn’t be acting in such a mature fashion. Grab this beer, and a raki and if someone offers you a shot gun to take a pot shot at a road sign, just do it! Then, call it a day if you’ve another exam tomorrow. Good luck! X

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  13. Hi, everyone. Well we’ve reached the day where the virtual party will blend with the one in Kritsa village.

    I don’t mind telling you, I was getting worried that Kathryn Gauci had somehow got lost on her way over from Australia. But no, she’s been driving around in circles trying to add a fab photo to her post. So, we’ve used the new Kritsa bypass and driven her car into the bottom of the the main post.
    Please go and take a look at her elegant car, but no touching or Ali Agha will chase you away. He spent ages polishing Mestinigar (Intoxicating Beauty)- the Mercedes 10/20 HP Erdmann & Rossi Phaeton which was the one Sophia’s Russian lover, Nikolai gave her as a present. It was a lovely idea of Kathryn’s to travel in her to Crete. Now, she must be exhusted so I’ll find her a restorative drink. Yammas, Kathryn. X

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  14. Well, friends, we finally made it. The rough roads caused a blowout and Ali Agha struggled to change the tyre while I sat, gun in hand protecting the gifts and food – just in case any bandits decided to rob us.. You know how it is. And not easy in my best dress. Thankfully, Maria serenaded us with a lovely number from the cafe amani. and we were on our way in no time. Lovely to see other friends there and a few new faces. Yammas everyone

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  15. Hi Yvonne and party people. I am always up for a Greek party. I wish I was still in Greece and not here in NW England. We (my partner Terry and I) discovered the joys of Greece on our first visit in 2004 and we love it. 2 trips a year. We love Kritsa, having been there twice and love to explore the little streets.

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  16. Hi Marilyn, how lovely to meet another Kritsa fan. I live down one of those little streets, and we love it when people wander past us. Next time you visit let me know and I’ll give you a non tourist tour.

    Things are a bit scrappy on the food table now the party is ending, but of course the raki will just keep flowing. Here you are, Yammas!

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  17. Wow thank you very much Yvonne for featuring me!! This is such a fun Greek party, and I am a little late to reply but thank you thank you my friend for adding us to the blog.
    Cheers~ Kouzounas Kitchen

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      1. Lol, Yeah I run on Greek time sometimes. :/ Thank you again dear friend, and I hope to be able to collaborate with you soon. Give Crete my love. I sure miss Greece! I hope to see you one of these days in Greece. I am working on my new Greek cookbook, can’t wait to share details with you. 🙂

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    1. Well I’m pleased you had a good time in Wales, as you can see there is nothing left here. Can I be cheeky http://www.offmotorway.wordpress.com/ ask for a Greekish but easy, cake recipe please. I need to make cakes for the coffee morning at Eklektos Bookshop, Elounda on 9th June where we will celebrate the name day of Rodanthe, the heroine of Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa. X

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