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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.
Coincidences and Synchronisities!
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.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Suitable for: All ages
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?
Effrosyni 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.
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
FB Book page: https://www.facebook.com/Necklaceathena
FB Author page https://www.facebook.com/authoreffrosyni
Google + : https://plus.google.com/+EffrosyniMoschoudi
Book Trailer: http://animoto.com/play/HdtpGSSDjn7cEO84w1z98Q
Amazon (US): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I5GXHCO
Amazon (UK): https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00I5GXHCO
5 star review on the Fantasy/SciFi Network
4.5 star review on Alllthingsbookie
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