Blog Hop Continues with Elaine Schmitz

In my  participation in the blog hop during the last couple weeks, I tagged Elaine Schmitz whose post about her work in progress, Price of Independence, follows. You can visit her at

Her previously published book, Recipes & Recollections of My Greek-American Family, is available on Amazon

Elaine Schmitz

I’m on a blog hop! Sort of a combination of a chain letter and a Literary Review, but this one has a twist. I don’t tell you about my heroine and her plight – my other characters do.

First a word about my blog hop sponsor: Julaina Kleist-Corwin:

Julaina Kleist-Corwin is editor for her anthology, Written Across the Genres. She teaches creative writing for the City of Dublin, California. She has won several first place awards in short story contests. Her work has been published in The California Writers Club Literary Review and Harlequin’s 2012 and 2013 Christmas anthologies and other collections. Find her at her blog at, on Twitter at, or on Pinterest at
 In Julaina’s multidimensional novel, Norman in the Painting, the protagonist, Jill, has a long time friend named Evelyn who owns an antique store. Jill freaked when Norman appeared out of the painting at the back of her shop. She wanted Evelyn to see the phenomenon, but Norman had disappeared again. Since then, Evelyn’s tone of voice sounds placating, as if Jill is mentally fragile regardless of the topic Jill initiates. Ed, the knife sharpener at Evelyn’s, often gives Jill a look of total confusion and annoyance. He has seen her fainting, shouting, arguing, and causing chaos, which Evelyn says he doesn’t like. Jill wants to have conversations with him but he ignores her attempts. The antagonist plays on Jill’s fears to control her but as she grows in the character arc, the limited assumption about Jill will prove wrong.

About My Novel – Price of Independence:Elaine's blog hop photo  Photo is Eugenia in a Turkish Harem, circa 1824 (right side of photo)

Let me introduce you to  Eugenia YannopappasShe is fifteen at the beginning of her story, living on the Greek island of Chios, seven miles off the coast of Turkey. It is 1822, just before the infamous Chios Massacre.  We follow Eugenia as she survives capture and kidnapping during this horrendous epoch of Greek history. Her world is rocked, torn asunder, and somehow made whole again.

After Eugenia was captured and kidnapped by Turkish marauders, she was taken from the hold of a Turkish warship by her captor to face unknown dangers as a slave in Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

Eugenia was sold as a concubine to Pasha Rifat Polat, in his haremlik in Istanbul. There she met the love of her life, a fellow Greek slave, Dimitri.  How did they hide their love when the Pasha returned from a long sea voyage on official business for the Sultan? When and how would she escape? Do Eugenia and Dimitri live happily ever after?

Here are a few of Eugenia’s fellow characters and what they have to say:

What does her Mama think of Eugenia? “She’s my youngest child and the apple of her father’s eye. She is beautiful and independent, sometimes too much so. Though she tries hard to obey, her free spirit will get her into trouble one day.”

What does her Turkish keeper, Fatma say? “My son kidnapped her to sell her and make our fortune. She is indeed beautiful and desirable. But she might be the death of me or my son. He can barely keep his eyes from her. Though she is quick to pick up Turkish, she knows so little of our world and customs. I can’t trust that she will act like a proper concubine.”

What does her master, Pasha Rifat Polat think? “I think too much about her. She lives in my dreams and drives me crazy with desire when I am awake. I cannot bear to leave her, but the Sultan insists on my services. I long for the day she will replace my only son, who recently died, with several more to continue my name and dynasty.”

And what does Dimitri, her forbidden lover, say? “I would do anything, even risk my life, to see her free of the Pasha and returned to her family. She is heart of my heart, my soul reawakened, my reason for living.

Stay tuned for next week’s featured blog hop authors:

In order to take part, I solicited for other authors/bloggers to join me in this ongoing chain. Here are two of my talented friends who responded and plan to post about their books next week:

Author, healer, all-around kook, Jenna Newell Hiott boasts of having a limitless imagination, unless it’s nap time. While many of us had an imaginary friend as children, Jenna had an entire imaginary family—complete with a second set of parents and three siblings and all of whom lived in a make-believe world of Jenna’s own creation. One could say she’s been writing fantasy fiction since she was old enough to use words. And she never outgrew it.

Out of this hyperactive imagination, Jenna created the land of Todor: a world of magic, intrigue, and power plays. The first book, Revelation, was published in December 2013 and the second book is in production now. Follow her at:

After years of writing poetry, books, nonfiction, and legal documents, it was author Ray Bradbury’s friendship and encouragement that inspired Dale E. Manolakas to pursue writing as a career. He taught her the characters wrote the book–she didn’t. But she also had to make a living, therefore:

Dale earned a BA from UCLA, and MA, MS, PhD and JD from USC. Member of the California Bar, she has clerked for The Honorable Arthur L. Alarcón, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and been a Court of Appeals senior appellate attorney and an Administrative Law Judge.

She has also taught at high school and university levels, and  acted on stage, in films, and television. Dale lives with her husband, a retired attorney, in an otherwise animal-free environment in California.

Look up Dale’s two books on Amazon: Lethal Lawyers and and Hollywood Plays for Keeps.  Find out more about Dale and her writing at


Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe: You're It!

The blog hop continues with Vi Moore, one of the writers I tagged.

Violet's Vibes

Tag was a childhood game that taxed my running skills. I did my best to stay out of reach of the person who was “it,” but my short legs were no match for my long-legged nephews and friends.  When the tagger touched me, he yelled “You’re it!”

When Julaina Kleist-Corwin tagged me in a blog hop, I didn’t run. I accepted the challenge. Meet Julaina.

Julaina Kleist-Corwin teaches creative writing for the City of Dublin, California and has been a presenter at the San Francisco Writers Conference. Julaina has won several short story contests. Her work is published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, Harlequin’s 2012, 2013 Christmas anthologies, and other collections. She writes Women’s Fiction, YA, and multidimensional romantic mysteries.

In Norman and the Painting, the man of Jill’s dreams appears out of a painting. Jill has to discover how to keep him from constantly disappearing back…

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Character BlogHop


I’ve been invited to participate in a Character BlogHop. What’s that, you ask? Well, I’m going to introduce you to one of my characters from the current manuscript I am working on, the second in my Keeper series. I say “one of my characters” because my stories involve several characters at one time, and I don’t want to introduce someone who may be a spoiler for any reader who is reading my first novel, The Keepers of Éire. Today, you’ll meet Devan. But before that, let me give a shout out to Julaina Kleist-Corwin, the writer who tagged me for this bloghop.

julaina-small_150_pixelJulaina Kleist-Corwin is editor for her anthology, Written Across the Genres. She teaches creative writing for the City of Dublin, California. She has won several first place awards in short story contests. Her work has been published in the 2014 CWC Literary Review and Harlequin’s 2012…

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