2020 Conversations with Colleen: Meet Effrosyni Moschoudi, @FrostieMoss

New book! A Greek romantic comedy that tugs at the heartstrings.

Today, I have a great recommendation for you! Amazon bestselling author Effrosyni Moschoudi is launching her new novel, and it’s only 99 cents on preorder.

Effrosyni Moschoudi’s new book, “Running Haunted,” is only $.99 on preorder. Grab your copy today! https://www.amazon.com/Running-Haunted-Greek-romantic-comedy-ebook/dp/B0853CMP1V/

Running Haunted is a romantic comedy that features a playful ghost and mixes sweet romance with delightful paranormal elements. Scroll down for a quick chat with the author, but first, here’s the book description:

Kelly ran a marathon… and wound up running a house. With a ghost in it.

Kelly Mellios is a stunning, athletic woman, who has learned—the hard way—to value herself. Having just finished her first marathon in the alluring Greek town of Nafplio, she bumps into Alex, a gorgeous widower with three underage children, who is desperately looking for a housekeeper.

The timing seems perfect, seeing that Kelly aches to start a new life, and Nafplio seems like the ideal place to settle down. She accepts the position on the spot, but little does she know that Alex’s house has an extra inhabitant that not even the family knows about…

The house is haunted by Alex’s late wife, who has unfinished business to tend to. By using the family pet, a quirky pug named Charlie, the ghost is able to communicate with Kelly and asks her for help. She claims she wants to ensure her loved ones are happy before she departs, but offers very little information about her plans.

Kelly freaks out at first, but gradually finds herself itching to help. It is evident there’s room for improvement in this family… Plus, her growing attraction towards Alex is overpowering…

Will Kelly do the ghost’s bidding? How will it affect her? And just how strange is this pug?

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Get the book on pre-order at a special price of $0.99! Launch date: May 18.

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0853CMP1V

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0853CMP1V

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Welcome to my blog, Effrosyni!

Thanks a lot, Colleen. I am thrilled to be here.

Congrats on your new book. I must say, it sounds intriguing! What inspired you to write the story?

When I started writing the story in early 2019, it was meant to be a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy. However, my mother was in the midst of a harrowing battle with cancer at the time and, inevitably, this affected my writing… Before I knew it, I was writing a brand new character: the ghost of a mother who cared for her family so much that, even after death, she was reluctant to leave them behind in the midst of their troubles.

My mother passed away three months ago, and I have dedicated the book to her. Even in her toughest and scariest times as she fought this terrible disease, my mother always set aside her needs to ask after my own, worrying how her situation affected my own health physically and mentally.

The spirit of the loving mother in Running Haunted was inspired by my own mother’s high sense of altruism. I hope the book will provide comfort to the readers who have lost a loved one. I know it comforts me, in a strange way, when I read what the Muse has offered.

The backstory about your mother touches my heart. Thank you for sharing. The pics from Nafplio are wonderful. What made you choose this location?

My husband ran a marathon in Nafplio a few years back and I felt it would be fun to include this element in a book. I have visited Nafplio countless times, and it’s a big favorite of mine. It has no less than three forts, one of them built on a tiny isle just off the seafront. No matter how many times you visit the forts, you never tire of their energy and the spectacular sea views they offer.

Nafplio was the first capital of Greece since the Greek War of Independence in 1822 and it has a timeless charm, an incredible energy, and a strong historical feel about it. There is beauty everywhere and thus walking around there is an absolute delight. Out of the blue, you find charming settings that feel like you’ve just emerged into a different century. I thought a place that has so much allure and so many recognizable landmarks would surely make a great setting for a novel. I hope the readers will enjoy reading all about it, both those who are familiar with it, and those who are not!

What are your future plans? Any other new books in the pipeline?

At the moment, my main writing project is the translation of The Amulet into Greek. I’ve been putting off translating one of my books for years as I focused on writing books in English and trying to establish a worldwide brand in the English-speaking world. After publishing seven novels and one short story collection, I feel it’s time to take a break and finally provide something to my family and friends who don’t speak English – they’ve been pestering me for ages for something I wrote that they can read. LOL! Hopefully they won’t be disappointed. And while I’m mainly doing this for them, I also hope to get some new readers among the Greeks in the process. It would be great if I could publish all my books in Greek at some point. That’s a long-term goal, of course.

Best of luck with that, Effrosyni! And you will keep writing in English, surely?

Absolutely. I’ll always write in English. Believe it or not, I am nowhere near as confident writing in Greek! And as for the stories, they keep cropping up in my head, so there’s never a shortage of inspiration. They’re always paranormal or fantasy stories, and the next one will be paranormal again, featuring a ghost or an angel… I have two options, but I haven’t decided yet!

Thank you for being here with us today, Effrosyni. Best of luck with Running Haunted! I’ve already bought my own copy to review at a later date.

Thank you, Colleen, for this opportunity to talk about my work. And for beta-reading the book. Your feedback was really precious to me. I am honored!

About the author

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she loved to sit alone in her garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies and ants. Today, she writes books for the romantic at heart. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens but her mind forever drifts to her beloved island of Corfu.

Her debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, has won a silver medal in the 2017 book awards of Readers’ Favorite. The Ebb, her romance set in Corfu that’s inspired from her summers there as a youngster, is an ABNA Q-Finalist.

Effrosyni’s novels are Amazon bestsellers, having hit #1 several times, and are available in kindle and paperback format.

Go here to grab FREE PDF books by this author: http://effrosyniwrites.com/free-stuff/

Check out Effrosyni’s FREE travel guide to Nafplio: http://effrosyniwrites.com/2018/01/18/nafplio-a-town-steeped-in-greek-history/

Visit her website for free excerpts, book trailers, her travel guide to Corfu, yummy Greek recipes, and to join her email list for her news and special offers: http://www.effrosyniwrites.com

See you later. I’m off to enjoy the Greek sunshine!

Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “The Raven Witch of Corfu, (Episode 1-4)” by Author, Effrosyni Moschoudi

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

A terrible evil lurks in the mountain…

Lizzie is not your average tourist. She may have just arrived on the idyllic Greek island of Corfu, but her mind is not on having a good time. Far from it, Lizzie has a daunting task to undertake: to claim back her twin brother who was kidnapped twenty years earlier on her previous visit. In a cave. By an evil witch.

When Lizzie sees her brother again, she receives the shock of her life. The witch has tricked her… As if this weren’t enough, Stamatis, a handsome local, steals her heart to complicate her life even further…
 
“It’s a step up from Mills and Boon – much more Mary Stewart than Barbara Cartland, with a bit of Gothic horror and Harry Potter-esque magic in the mix. And it’s certainly a page-turner.” ~Hilary Whitton Paipeti, author of In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell in Corfu
 
Set in the enchanting village of Messonghi, this highly imaginative Greek fantasy romance will intrigue and uplift you, making it feel like you’re on the island of Corfu, experiencing it all with your senses. It is also guaranteed to leave you longing for a visit to your closest Greek restaurant!”

Title: The Raven Witch of Corfu (My review covers Episode 1-4)

Amazon Author Page: Effrosyni Moschoudi

Publication Date: October 15, 2018

Formats: Paperback & Kindle (This is the link to Episode One)

Genres: Greek & Roman Literature, Folklore, 2-Hour Romance Short Reads

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MY RECOMMENDATION:

In “The Raven Witch of Corfu,” Effrosyni Moschoudi has created a romantic mystery fraught with magic and danger instilled with the delicious Corfu culture that seems to explode from every page. She has carved out four books, reasonably priced, that I guarantee will keep you guessing until the end.

The protagonist, Lizzie, arrives in Corfu with the sole intention of finding out the truth behind her brother’s disappearance twenty years ago. Her memories are fuzzy, but deep down she knows that an evil witch stole her brother from her. Her parents never believed her description of the events, which has left her estranged from their friendship and love now that she is an adult.

Alone in Corfu, Lizzie decides that on the anniversary of her brother’s disappearance, she will revisit the cave where he was tragically taken away from her. Greeted by a conspiracy of ravens who act as the gatekeepers to the evil witch’s realm, Lizzie relives the events from twenty years ago. Be prepared because this witch has more tricks up her sleeve than Lizzie can fathom.

In the midst of the mystery surrounding her bother’s disappearance, Lizzie meets, Stamatis, a widower, whom she finds to be irresistible. But, she didn’t come to Corfu to find a man, she came to find her brother. As their friendship evolves, I couldn’t help but cheer the couple on. They seem perfect for each other but in romantic Corfu, who knows?

The young woman does her best to deal with all the twists and turns the wicked witch throws at her. If it were not for the help from Stamatis and some other friends, the mystery would never be solved. The ending blew me away and left me pleasantly surprised.

I’m a huge fan of the popular PBS series, “The Durrell’s in Corfu,” so when the author asked me to beta read the entire series, I was thrilled beyond words. I loved the story so much, I had to share my thoughts.

Having read many of this author’s other novels, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. What I found was a romantic mystery that left me breathless waiting to discover what happens next.

If you love a little mystery with your romance including a touch of the paranormal, you will enjoy “The Raven Witch of Corfu.” It’s a great read.

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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Author, Effrosyni Moschoudi

About the Author:

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she loved to sit alone in her garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies and ants. Today, she writes books for the romantics at heart. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a ridiculous amount of books and DVDs.

Her debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, has won a silver medal in the 2017 book awards of Readers’ Favorite. The Ebb, her romance set in Corfu that’s inspired from her summers there in the 1980s, is an ABNA Q-Finalist.

Her novels are Amazon bestsellers, having hit #1 several times, and are available in Kindle and paperback format.

What others are saying about Effrosyni’s books:

“Effrosyni layers her words on the page like music.”
~Jackie Weger, author of The House on Persimmon Road

“Very few writers have such a gift for realism.”
~Kelly Smith Reviews

Grab FREE books by this author: http://effrosyniwrites.com/free-stuff/

Visit her website for free excerpts, book trailers, her travel guide to Corfu, yummy Greek recipes, and to join her email list for her news and special offers: http://www.effrosyniwrites.com

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How to Connect with Effrosyni Moschoudi:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoreffrosyni

Twitter: https://twitter.com/frostiemoss

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

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This Halloween, Escape to Greece with an Evil Witch- “The Raven Witch of Corfu,” is on Pre-order!

I can’t wait to share my review of the “The Raven Witch of Corfu.” What a fabulous spooky story filled all with the romance and splendor you would expect from Corfu… but, there’s an evil witch afoot. The ending blew me away! ~Colleen~

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Today, I have a great recommendation for you! This month, Amazon bestselling author Effrosyni Moschoudi is releasing her new novel in four compelling kindle episodes! If you’re looking for a cracking good read to enjoy this Halloween, this is a great choice!

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Lizzie waited twenty years for her return to Corfu…

Lizzie is not your average tourist. She may have just arrived on the idyllic Greek island of Corfu, but her mind is not on having a good time. Far from it, Lizzie has a daunting task to undertake: to claim back her twin brother who was kidnapped twenty years earlier on her previous visit. In a cave. By an evil witch.

When Lizzie sees her brother again, she receives the shock of her life. The witch has tricked her… And, as if this weren’t enough, a handsome local steals her heart to complicate her life even further…

“It’s a step up from Mills and Boon – much more Mary Stewart than Barbara Cartland, with a bit of Gothic horror and Harry Potter-esque magic in the mix. And it’s certainly a page-turner.” ~Hilary Whitton Paipeti, author of In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell in Corfu”

This highly imaginative Greek fantasy romance will intrigue and uplift you, making it feel like you’re on the island, experiencing it all with your senses. It is also guaranteed to leave you longing for a visit to your closest Greek restaurant!

SMALL Raven Witch all kindles

Episodes 1 and 2 are available on pre-order. Episodes 3 and 4, as well as the paperback, will follow soon.

Visit Amazon now and let your most enthralling Greek holiday begin!

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J4V96RP

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07J4V96RP

 

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About the author

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she loved to sit alone in her garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies and ants. Today, she writes books for the romantics at heart. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a ridiculous amount of books and DVDs.

Her debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, has won a silver medal in the 2017 book awards of Readers’ Favorite. The Ebb, her romance set in Corfu that’s inspired from her summers there in the 1980s, is an ABNA Q-Finalist.

Effrosyni is a member of the writer’s groups eNovel Authors at Work, ASMSG and The Fantasy & Scifi Network.  Her novels are Amazon bestsellers, having hit #1 several times, and are available in Kindle and paperback format.

Do it CLICK here to grab FREE PDF books by this author: http://effrosyniwrites.com/free-stuff/

Visit her website for free excerpts, book trailers, her travel guide to Corfu, yummy Greek recipes, and to join her email list for her news and special offers: http://www.effrosyniwrites.com

howling at the moon Take it from me… this book will have you howling at the moon! Effrosyni Moschoudi is one of my fav paranormal/romance authors – Get your copy now! ❤

A Super #Greek Summer #Book #Sale!

Last week as part of my Author Spotlight Guest Posts, Effrosyni Moschoudi, wrote a captivating article about her experiences with her guardian angels. Click HERE to read this piece. The best news is that Effrosyni has these books listed at a special price today!

If you love stories of romance and angels, make sure to download The Amulet for FREE on Amazon July 28 – 30, 2017.

Buy The Amulet for FREE here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

 

I promise the alluring Greek island paradise described in The Amulet will be the next best thing to an actual beach holiday!

 

Corfu, Greece – Photo by Effrosyni Moschoudi

While you’re on Effrosyni’s AMAZON PAGE on US or UK, make sure to check out The Lady of the Pier trilogy as well.

If you enjoy sweet romances and stories of reincarnation or haunting spirits, you are going to love these books!

All three books will be 99c/99p for a very short time.


Buy The Ebb
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Buy The Flow
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Buy The Storm
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While you’re at it, stop by and visit this author and say hello. You’ll be glad you did.

❤ Connect with Effrosyni ❤

Blog EffrosyniWrites.com

Facebook Effrosyni Moschoudi – Author Page (@authoreffrosyni) https://www.facebook.com/authoreffrosyni/

Twitter @FrostieMoss https://twitter.com/FrostieMoss

Click on the links below to find more books by Effrosyni Moschoudi:

Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/Effrosyni-Moschoudi/e/B00I5JKMXS

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Effrosyni-Moschoudi/e/B00I5JKMXS

 Until the next time… ❤

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Look what Effrosyni Moschoudi has been up to! AND… she has a new book in the making. Do you want to be part of an exciting team? Join Team Effrosyni. ❤

“I’ve teamed up with a bunch of wonderful authors, whose books I personally adore, and they will be gifting one copy of their kindles each to the lucky winners of the giveaway.Three tote bags will be up for grabs in the next giveaway.”

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Silver’s Book Reviews – “The Lady of the Pier: The Ebb,” by Effrosyni Moschoudi

  • Title:  The Lady of the Pier – The Ebb (Book 1)
  • Author: Effrosyni Moschoudi
  • File Size: 2152 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN:
  • Publisher:   Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Publication Date: July 2nd, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LGNYEPC
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Genres: Women’s Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction, Paranormal Romance

*The author provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review which follows*

What’s it all about?

This story begins in Brighton, England in 1937. Destitute and seeking a new start, Laura, and her mother leave London to find a new home where Laura’s sickly mother can recover from the ills of living in the city. Once there, life blossoms for the lovely Laura. Soon after her arrival, she meets Christian, a stagehand at the West Pier Theater. Laura falls in love with him and their life seems destined to be a happy one. However, Christian realizes that Laura has ambitions that might not include him.

Almost true to the form of a rag to riches tale, Laura embarks on a promising singing career after being discovered while cleaning up after her shift in the nearby coffee shop. Ecstatic with her new career, Laura realizes she wants the good things in life. A rich aristocrat, Charles Willard pursues Laura with the intent to make her his own. Laura’s singing ambitions create problems for Laura and Christian as Laura realizes the horrible truth that Willard has an unhealthy obsession for her.

Suddenly, it is 1987, where twenty-year-old Sofia from Athens, Greece spends the summer with her grandparents in Corfu, Greece. Her vacation is at an idyllic location near the sea with a loving family that cherishes her. In an act of defiance against her strict father, Sofia takes a job at the local boat rental shop located on the pier near the beach. One day a captivatingly handsome Englishman named Danny who is vacationing from Brighton, England appears on the beach.

Quick as a flash, Danny steals Sofia’s heart with his laughter and winning ways. Sofia cannot resist his charms and falls in love with him, all the while worrying that her family will report her activities to her strict father. Danny’s vacation comes to an end and he heads home to Brighton leaving Sofia in her beloved Corfu.

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In the midst of trying to balance her feelings for Danny and her family obligations, Sofia begins to have dreams of a strange lady in black who walks the West Pier in Brighton, of which she has never seen except for pictures in a magazine that Danny showed her. The woman resembles Sofia and somehow the woman’s pain becomes part of Sofia, deepening a haunting and mysterious connection between the two women.

And the mystery thickens…

At the heart of the two intertwining love stories are the piers – one in Brighton, and the other in Corfu. Sofia and Laura are connected through the haunting dreams even though they are separated by fifty years. Unfortunately, this is part one of the series and it does not give many answers to the questions that I was left with at the end of this book. Not that this is a bad thing.

Nevertheless, the descriptions painted by the words of Ms. Moschoudi transported me easily between the two times and locations. I loved how easy it was for me to find myself at both locations; on the Brighton pier and relaxing on the beach in Corfu. The characters were easy to connect with and I yearned for their love stories to become complete. I can’t wait to continue the series to find out what happens next!

My Recommendation:

I do highly recommend this book with the understanding that the story will continue to unfold in the subsequent volumes. There is a bewitching quality to the stories you will not forget. The second book is: “The Flow,” and the third book in the series is: “The Storm,” to be published in December 2015.

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 4
Reader Engagement: 4.5
Reader Enrichment: 4.5
Reader Enjoyment: 4.5
Overall Rate: 4.5

About Effrosyni Moschoudi:

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she often sat alone in her granny’s garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies, and ants. Through adolescence, she wrote dark poetry that suited her melancholic, romantic nature. She’s passionate about books and movies and simply couldn’t live without them. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a naughty cat called Felix. Effrosyni is a proud member of the writer’s group, ENovel Authors at Work.

To watch a trailer for the book click the link below:

Make certain to connect with Effrosyni through her Twitter @FrostieMoss

And Facebook at Author Effrosyni Moschoudi

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Thanks for popping in to meet Effrosyni! I’ll see you all again!