As part of my ongoing 30th birthday celebrations this month I am holding a FREE KINDLE WEEKEND on ALL my books starting today and ending Monday 10th April (my actual bday)!!! So this post is basically a shameless self-promotional one…well now I’m 30 I need to sell myself even more before I end up on the shelf with my books!
So ok it’s hardly the greatest feat – some authors have written masses of books by the time they hit 30, or better still one mega bestseller – but I’m proud that I’ve managed to bash out three literary adventures (well technically four if you include my children’s book which lies written but as yet unpublished…) and I hope that people have enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Well hopefully more.
My first book GREEK EXPECTATIONS: THE LAST MOUSSAKA STANDING was released in October 2013 and is available to purchase from Amazon worldwide in paperback and on kindle.
“A life full of Greek expectations will not be an easy one, but with a little help from the Gods, you can be sure that yours will be the last moussaka standing.”
Part memoir, part rant, part survival guide, Ekaterina’s cautionary tale of Greek love and life gives a hilariously witty insight into the trials and tribulations of being a modern woman tormented by guilt-inducing mother-in-laws, pandofla-wielding Grandfathers, and oppressively hairy husbands.
Primary important facts about Greek men:
- Their mother is number one.
Their father is number two.
Their sibling(s) are number three.
Their cousins, uncles and aunts are number four.
Their pet(s) are number five.
Their village community is number six.
Their car is number seven.
Growing up in a big, not-so-fat, semi-Greek household, Ekaterina Botziou spent much of her childhood defying her father’s wishes for her to learn to play the bouzouki, and refusing third helpings of moussaka.
Determined never to be the stereotypical Greek woman stuck in the kitchen, she chose to while away long summer days holidaying in Greece playing, “What’s the time Mr Wolf?” with her 101 Greek cousins, rather than be stuck inside learning to cook with Yiayia.
Unfortunately Zeus had other ideas, and in a twist of fate some years later, Ekaterina found herself married to a Greek-Cypriot and battling against the stale old laws of Greek tradition.
Find out more about my book or read a few excerpts and see photos from my book launch party by clicking on Writing Greek Expectations.
My second book THESEUS & THE MOTHER-IN-LAW AND OTHER MYTHS & LEGENDS was released in September 2014 and is also available to purchase from Amazon worldwide in paperback and on kindle.
“In the beginning there was only Chaos; Greek Chaos.”
In the time before time, when the Titans came forth and battled the Olympians for immortal supremacy, Zeus, the greatest of all the Olympian Gods, emerged victorious and took to his throne on Mount Olympus. Bored with the petty squabbling between his brothers, he instructed Prometheus to create man and thus the age of the Greek Heroes began.
Fearless and brave, they battled whatever mythological creature the gods threw at them, from the hideous, hissing Medusa, to the monstrous, multi-headed Hydra, to the rampaging, raging Minotaur. Whether fighting for glory, for love, or for immortality, the champions of myth and legend made their names on the battlefields of Ancient Greece.
But who was the greatest hero of all? Was it the valiant Perseus fighting for the freedom of his dear mother? Could it be Theseus the suave slayer of the Minotaur? Perhaps it was fearsome Achilles the golden boy of Troy? Or was it the mighty demi-god Heracles, the son of Zeus himself?
Think you know the tales of the Greek heroes? Think again.
Find out more about my book or read a few excerpts and see photos from my book launch party by clicking on The Making of Theseus.
My short story in verse SERAPHINA was released in February 2015 and is also available to purchase from Amazon worldwide in paperback and on kindle.
“All were about to fall from the den of the hyena,
For the Order had not foreseen the strength of little Seraphina”
Born into a world ravaged by the fires of war and hate, little Seraphina is forced into hiding after her mother and father are brutally murdered by the Order.
Led by the despotic Fanatic and his army of metallic pawns, the Order seeks to crush all who defy their tyrannical regime and slaughter those who stand in their way.
But amidst the bloodshed, a secret Alliance forms who dare to challenge the Fanatic’s reign.
As Seraphina grows into a fierce and respected young woman, she gains the adoration of those who fought by her parents’ side and becomes a beacon of hope for the land’s tormented souls.
With Fear and Death lurking in the shadows, Seraphina must find the courage to avenge her loved ones and free the people from the chains of eternal darkness.
Find out more about the book or read a few excerpts by clicking on Experimenting with a short story in verse.
I really hope you all enjoy the books and if you do, please consider telling your friends or posting a short review on Amazon (both UK and US). Word of mouth is an author’s best friend and much appreciated. So many thanks and on with the celebrations!
P.S. Don’t forget to stay tuned this Sunday for my Morning Routine Video over on my Youtube Channel!