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 http://www.elaineschmitz-writer.com
Her previously published book, Recipes & Recollections of My Greek-American Family, is available on Amazon
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:
Let me introduce you to Eugenia Yannopappas. She 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:http://www.jennanewellhiott.com/blog.html
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 http://www.dalemanolakas.com/home.html