The Necklace of Goddess Athena: An Introduction

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I have a confession to make: I used to love fantasy books when younger. However, these past few years, I lost the patience and interest to follow plots. Consequently, I stopped reading stories of this genre and turned my attention to books that helped me understand  my self, the world, and life. That was a critical period in my life, during which healing and personal growth where imperative for me.

A few weeks ago, I met Effrosyni Moschoudi, the author of The Necklace of Goddess Athena, during the virtual  Greek Dinner Around The World Party.

We clicked right away, as if we always knew each other. When you like someone, you want to build a relationship and support. Reading Effrosyni’s book was my way of getting to know her, both as a person and author.  My first fantasy read in over 10 years!

Her early words spoken by Efimios did not sit well with me. He rejected Goddess Athena and revoked his devotion and trust, blaming her for what had happened to his son, Phevos. At one point or another, humans do get angry and blame the gods for the adversities and crises befalling them. Since Efimios is human, I “forgave” him and continued reading.

Shortly, one detail after another drew me in, and I didn’t want to put the book down.

Time traveling!

Coincidences and Synchronisities!

Mystery!

And Wisdom!

Eternal values and wisdom: the main message and the central core in life and this book!

An outlook and philosophy of Life that directs both words and actions.

A journey of growth within the heart and the soul, which crosses time and space in the Universe. 

Wisdom I would expect to find in non-fiction and spiritual books. Not in Urban Fantasies. 

Phevos and Daphne are wise young people. And so is Ksenia, who opened her home and heart to them.

They trust that

This miraculous world is created with infinite wisdom and great abundance, so as to cater to every human need.

They believe that

Human beings are given a free will and the power needed to acquire anything they desire.

The two of them find themselves on an unexpected journey in a “strange” place, after their passage through time.

Athena demands their faith because she knows that without it there is no hope or vision. No power.  She commands them to look for her. She sends signs their way.

They know to trust the Goddess to guide and protect them.

Their mission is to find her through signs of guidance and hope. To seek virtue and happiness in life. 

They understand that

Hope can only exist under the umbrella of faith.

They learned from their father that

Happiness does not come from things but from the gratitude humans feel and express for what they already have.

The story unfolds quite eloquently. With pearls of eternal and internal wisdom weaved through plots, myths, and mystery. Each word is a picture! Each turn, a beautiful description of an Athenian site. Love, friendship, Hospitality, respect, perseverance, and other values play their roles. Beautiful romantic relationships grow to get the characters where they are meant to be.

You’ll see below the book cover, a blurb, the bio, 2 book reviews, and links to connect and learn more about The Necklace of Goddess Athena and its creative author, Effrosyni Moschoudi.

The Necklace book cover 533 800 (1)

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Suitable for: All ages

 

Blurb

 

IN ATHENS, THE GODS STILL DWELL AMONG THE MORTALS.

 

Efimios is an ancient Greek and an unsung hero of Athens. He has saved the city countless times by undertaking time-travelling missions as instructed by Goddess Athena herself. Now an elderly man, he sends his son Phevos and his adopted daughter Daphne on a time-travelling quest to modern-day Athens. Mysterious as always, he only advises his children to look out for the signs without offering any explanations. Mystified, yet eager to obey their father’s will, Phevos and Daphne settle down in this new world, having been offered assistance by two orphaned siblings: Ksenia and Manos. New friendships and romantic love change their lives while their father’s covert purpose is gradually revealed. As the youngsters continue to unravel the secrets of their family past, inevitably they get caught up in the ongoing 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?

Bio

frosso pic1Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and brought up in Athens, Greece. She has a BSc in Computer Science and has worked for large companies for twenty years, mainly in the hotel and airline business. Her work background has been diverse and has mainly involved computer support, customer service and aircraft material purchasing. She has been writing since childhood. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a naughty cat called Felix. She is passionate about books and movies and dedicates sufficient time on her weekends to enjoy a bit of both.

On Effrosyni’s Blog (aka The Public Diary of a Greek Dreamer), the reader will find posts on various subjects. There are tips for authors, travel articles, inspiring personal accounts, references to the Law of Attraction, book reviews, author interviews and cover reveals.

Effrosyni’s debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, is an urban fantasy. It is about two time travelers who arrive in modern-day Athens with a purpose that is secret even to themselves. As of February 2014, the book is available for download exclusively on Amazon in Kindle (.mobi) format.

 

The novel has received a perfect 5-star rating by the Fantasy & SciFi Network website. An excerpt of the book’s first 2 chapters is currently available for download FREE of charge at Goodreads.

Currently, Effrosyni is writing The Lady of the Pier, a historical novel with a paranormal twist that is set in Brighton (England) in the 1930’s and in Corfu (Greece) in the 1980’s. It is a haunting, tragic love story that highlights the immense popularity of the West Pier in Brighton back in its heyday, before its regrettable decline that began after WWII. The novel will be published in two parts. The first part, The Ebb, will be published in the summer of 2014. Effrosyni is currently penning the concluding part, The Flow, which she hopes to publish too by the end of the same year.

 

Connect with Effrosyni

Blog: http://www.effrosinimoss.wordpress.com

FB Book page: https://www.facebook.com/Necklaceathena

FB Author page https://www.facebook.com/authoreffrosyni

Twitter: https://twitter.com/frostiemoss

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7362780.Effrosyni_Moschoudi

Google + : https://plus.google.com/+EffrosyniMoschoudi

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/effrosyni-moschoudi/82/347/a01

Book Trailer: http://animoto.com/play/HdtpGSSDjn7cEO84w1z98Q

 

Purchase Links

Amazon (US): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I5GXHCO

Amazon (UK): https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00I5GXHCO

 

Reviews

5 star review on the Fantasy/SciFi Network

4.5 star review on Alllthingsbookie

 

Thank you for coming over! 

I hope you enjoyed the post and look forward to reading the book.

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Effrosyni and I would love to read your thoughts or questions in the comments below.

Blessings and light!

Katina

 

About the Author

Katina Vaselopulos

Originally from Greece, Katina Vaselopulos and her husband, have made their home in Chicago for the past 47 years. Their four children and nine grandchildren offer countless adventures. Katina also enjoys cooking and baking, teaching and learning, reading and writing. Her soon-to-be-published book, Sailing Toward Ithaca, takes the reader on a journey through one year of her life. She invites the readers along, to sail through life’s journey open to all possibilities and to nurture relationships with self, others, and God by striving for self-knowledge and inner growth. Other projects include What Is Cooking in Niles, a cookbook of Greek cuisine, and a thesis, “Dostoyevsky’s Major Novels: Polemics against Liberal Thought,” for which she received high honors at Northeastern University of Illinois.

Comments

  1. Beautiful review, Katina! I was also drawn in and reveled in a feeling of sweet nostalgia.

  2. Thank you Maria mou, for coming over and for your sweet words!
    It was a pleasant surprize to see so much wisdon in a fantasy story. I guess it has do do with the author, and our friend Effrosyni is a wise one!

    I read you love story but could not leave a comment. I enjoyed it…with all its turns and unexpected elements.
    I think this is a sign to put some variety in my reading, whether that is myth or romance? Looking forward to read more of your words!

  3. Thank you for this glowing review Katina mou! Only you could read through the lines so masterfully as to root out all the underlined messages in the book and present them in such an eloquent way in a single article :) You are a treasure and I am so glad we’ve met. Really look forward to reading your book too in good time! I take the opportunity to thank you publicly as well for all your wonderful support and friendship. Hugs, Fros xxx

  4. Katina what a fabulous review the book sounds wonderful I don’t have a kindle at the moment but will keep it in mind if I go to the book store. I am in the challenge for fifty books in a year it sounds great. You have a hidden talent with reviews my friend.

    • Kath, what a surprize! You made it!

      I am glad you like this book and my review of it. I am sure Effrosyni will be very happy to read your comment. The book should be out soon and you and the family can enjoy it.

      Looking forward to your book and its wonderful illustrations!
      Blessings and light, my friend!

  5. Beautiful review, magnificent theme..

    • Thank you for coming over and for your kind comment. I know you will enjoy the book even more.

      Interesting page and jewelry!

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