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!
Do 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.
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!
It’s always a bit awkward at the start of a party so I’ve asked some folk to arrive early.
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.
FOODS 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.
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) Tara, Edwina, 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!
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…
Kathryn 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.”