I’m pleased to announce a special offer price, for Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa, at 99p/$1.26 until 18/01/2019.
If you fancy a winter read set in Kritsa, a village on the Greek island of Crete, now is an excellent time to buy. This historical novel is based on real people and true events from the 1823 rebellion against ruling Turks. Click on this link viewbook.at/Kritsotopoula to go to your Amazon Kindle store. I’ve not run a price promotion before so I’m interested to see how it goes. Oh, and if you enjoy the story of course I’d appreciate you taking the time to leave an Amazon review.
Rodanthe, the feisty daughter of Kritsa’s pappas (priest), spent her childhood longing for her father’s approval without appreciating his efforts to keep her safe under Ottoman oppression. Years later, the ruling Pasha orders Rodanthe’s kidnap intent on making her his wife. Determined not to yield, Rodanthe tricks the Pasha and then flees to the mountains dressed as a young man. After joining rebels as Spanomanolis (Beardless Manolis), she draws on her unusual experiences and rare education to maintain her disguise throughout daring raids. Now, honoured as Kritsotopoula (Girl of Kritsa), villagers celebrate Rodanthe’s exploits annually in front of the poignant stone carving shown above. This monument portrays the moment in 1823 when brave Rodanthe’s secret was exposed – a point mirrored as this story culminates with a twist.
Infused with myths and local flavour this historical adventure gives insight to customs that still shape many lives in Kritsa today.
There’s also a follow on story, Rodanthe’s Gift.
Some of my characters were determined to reveal what happened next and took over my thoughts until I wrote what they wanted to say!
In January 1823, four mourners stand over the shrouded body of the exceptional female rebel, Rodanthe. Each suffers the loss of a daughter, friend, lost love or valued ally. Her injured papa, Mathaios, kneels at her graveside, begging forgiveness for his sinful decision to keep her baptismal gold a secret. He later bequests the remaining coins to her young friend Petros. A gift with consequences beyond imagination. Kostas loved Rodanthe, but only realised this truth moments before her death. Now dependent on others for his mobility, he resolves to play a significant role in the continuing conflict. When rebel leader Captain Kazanis leaves the graveyard, his focus is on leading the local fight for freedom. However, betrayal and grief take him far beyond his beloved Crete.
Such is the importance of Rodanthe and Kazanis, their home villages in Crete hold annual remembrance services for them, and on the Greek mainland, the place renamed The Sacred City of Missolonghi holds an annual re-enactment of the exodos in The Garden of Heroes.