Jenna’s Journey

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Synopsis: Leaving town, heading to the Greek Isles without telling husband or friends, is heady medicine for a failing marriage. Seduced by Grecian sun and sky, Jenna innocently buys a bewitching urn that tangles her into the web of a criminal world more sinister than she ever imagined. Romance is always afoot in the Greek Isles and Jenna gets a large helping with the seductive Nikos. Family is important in Greece, and Nikos helps Jenna learn all the richness it brings, and pass it on to the next generation.
Twenty-five years later, Allie takes this same journey, and a little time travel, a big “what if” dream, a fated meeting with a taxi driver and a sprinkle of paranormal intrigue intertwine in a story that spans the lives of a mother and daughter. Twisty as the streets in a Greek island village, full of unexpected characters found on a faraway vacation along with frightening threats from nasty villains, Jenna’s Journey will keep you turning pages far into the night.

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Echoes In An Empty Room

When Jenna decides on a whim to go to Greece, she’s trying to escape her failing marriage. Will Greg let her go so easily though?

Can she make a new future for herself and how did she get involved in an antiques smuggling ring? Is fellow holidaymaker Tom all he seems and will it be happy ever after with Nikos? It’s not until twenty-five years later that some of the questions are finally answered.

My Thoughts:

This story had plenty of twists and turns, it did dart around a bit from place to place and character to character but I could not guess what was going to happen next. It is a slow paced book but with lots of description which I enjoyed. This is a must for those of you that love a romantic story set in a beautiful country. It made me want to go on holiday to…

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Such a fab review for Pandora’s Prophecy

Sterna K.


‘Pandora’s Prophecy’ is the third in the Greek Island mystery series but can be read as a standalone although some characters from the previous books do make an appearance.

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Lisa and Mark are going through a rough patch, Vicky is seventeen and has just discovered that the man she thought was her father really isn’t, Ruth is getting over her husband’s betrayal after nearly twenty-five years of marriage. On the surface they have nothing in common except that they are all staying in the same hotel on a Greek Island. As they each come into contact with the mysterious Pandora, their lives will change forever. Bodies begin to pile up as a serial killer is on the loose who might just be targeting the hotel. The Island’s Police Chief, Christos Pavlides, tries to solve the puzzle but he has problems of his own to resolve. It seems that…

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How many of you writers out there began by self-publishing on Amazon or another forum? I must admit that when I first started this journey, my only goal was to finish writing a book. To be honest, I had no idea what I was going to do afterwards. It was only when I’d completed the first draft of my manuscript,’Jenna’s Journey’,that I started to wonder ‘what happens next?’ Fortunately talking to other friends who had been on the same journey, it seemed realtively straightforward to go down the self-pubbed route and more importantly, it wasn’t too expensive either. At that point I hadn’t even thought about submitting to traditional publishers, mainly because if I got rejected at that stage I knew I wouldn’t have the confidence to continue.
So, I sent my manuscript out to Beta readers,set about creating a presence on social media and when I was sure that I couldn’t get the book into a better shape, pressed the submit button on Amazon and waited to become a millionaire. Joking aside, the first few months on Amazon were dire. I’d priced the book too cheaply to benefit from the 70% royalty and I hadn’t completed the paperwork to avoid paying US tax even though I was a UK resident. I hadn’t done any kind of launch marketing either so all on all sales were slow.
The turning point came when I set up a blog site and started reviewing other writers.Slowly I built up a relationship and got my name out there. Things really changed with the second book, ‘Sophia’s Secret’. By now I was a lot more media savvy and had built up interest beforehand as well as doing a promo day and book launch. Sales started to improve and I was happy with my books. At the back of my mind though was the thought that many non-writers and a few writers too had that ‘you’re not a proper writer unless you’re published.’Now, I’ve read some fantastic self-published books and some awful ones, just as I’ve read good and bad traditionally published ones. Nevertheless, I decided that with some good reviews behind me, now was the time to test the water. I knew that there would be some rejections, after all it’s an incredibly competitive marketplace. I told myself that it wasn’t necessarily my writing that was being rejected, it could just be that my book wasn’t right for that particular publisher at that time or perhaps they had enough books in a similar genre and weren’t taking on any more. I persevered and finally got an offer to publish my first book. Of course, I’m hugely excited and proud but it doesn’t make me a better writer, just hopefully a more well-known one.
I’d love to know if you had a similar writing journey?

This is the second book in the Greek Island mystery Series and a book I loved writing. There were quite a few changes along the way; for example, I originally had Sophia as the granddaughter and the book was to be called ‘Sophia’s Story’. As I continued writing though, the character ‘told’ me that it should be the grandmother who is Sophia and so the whole plot shifted.
I wasn’t sure how to end the book either. Whilst I love a Happy Ending, I wasn’t sure if Kat should stay in Greece or go back to her husband. In the end, they decided themselves how they wanted it to end. I won’t spoil it for you, but if you like the sound of the book, it’s out now on Amazon.

Kat has never understood why she was sent at the age of seven from Greece to live in England with her Aunt Tigi. When she receives an email from her grandmother, the first contact in over twenty years, informing her of her mother’s death, she knows this could be her last chance to find out the truth. Little by little she finds out the shocking facts as her grandmother opens her heart. It seems everyone has a secret to tell, not only her grandmother, as Manoli, her school friend, also harbours a guilty secret. Then there’s a twenty year old mystery to solve as well as a murder and what happened to the missing Church treasure?

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Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and a dippy cat with half a tail.  She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance! “Jenna’s Journey” is her début novel set in Greece, a country to which she has a strong attachment. She is now working on a second novel in the series, “Sophia’s Story.”

1.What got you into writing? I think to be honest, Sophia, it’s always been there as a part of my life. It’s only now that I have more time to fulfill my dreams that I actually thought about writing a novel. In the past it’s mostly been short stories for my eyes only.

 2.What is a usual writing day like for you? In the morning it’s the usual rush to get my little boy off to school. After chatting with the other mums at the bus stop it’s back home for my second coffee of the day. Suitably fortified I might re-read what I’ve previously written or just launch straight in if I have a good idea I want to get down on paper. I fit my writing in between running our local Post Office and teaching English to French companies online. Mornings are usually the most productive time for me.

3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? I sometimes have a block when I can’t seem to get the book to go where I want it to. This is because I can’t plan in detail and my characters often decide they don’t like the direction I’m trying to pull them and go off at a tangent. I usually find that I need to go back to where the writing seemed to flow and perhaps delete the last scene in order to move forward. Of course copious amounts of coffee and chocolate always help!

4.Are you a plotter/planner when it comes to writing a story? I would love to say I plan my novel in minute detail but try as I might, it doesn’t work for me. I do a lot of research and have a general idea of how I want the book to end. Getting there is the fun part and I end up with a totally different novel to the one I originally intended to write.

5.What was the publishing process like for you,& any advise to aspiring authors? I never even thought about approaching a publisher. My goal was just to finish writing a book, Then a writer friend encouraged me to self-pub on amazon. The hardest part is the endless editing and formatting required to get the book into the best shape possible. Tedious but well worth it in the end.

6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? Being able to say I’m a published author. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved even if I haven’t gone down the traditional path. Of course, getting a good review makes it all worthwhile.

7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? ‘Jenny’s Journey’ is the story of a young woman in the 1980’s who escapes her failing marriage by fleeing to Greece. It’s part romance but not a typical one as there’s a mystery involving stolen artefacts, suspense and a killer as well as dealing with domestic abuse. It’s part Shirley Valentine and part Sliding Doors set on a beautiful Greek island.

8.What do you enjoy doing besides writing? I’m a member of our local amateur dramatic group. We recently put on a pantomime and I played Queen Alexandria, the mother of Sleeping Beauty. It’s a great way to meet new people and get new ideas. Apart from that I enjoy travel and have been fortunate enough to work in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand.

9.What is your all time favourite book(s)? Ooh Sophia, that’s such a hard question as there are so many books that have made an impact on me. I love ‘The Island’ by Victoria Hislop, the Cousins series by Philippa Gregory, but if I had to choose a favourite, ‘The Magus’ by John Fowles is a book I can read and reread and still discover something new in it.

10.If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be & why? I’d love to have swapped places with Liz Taylor in her heyday. Not only was she stunningly beautiful but a great actress as well. Of course I wouldn’t have passed up the chance to see what Richard Burton was really like either. It seems such a glamourous time in Hollywood and to play the part of Cleopatra must have been superb too.

Blurb:  ‘Jenna’s Journey’ – When Jenna decides on a whim to go to Greece, she’s trying to escape her failing marriage.  Will Greg let her go so easily though? Can she make a new future for herself and how did she get involved in an antiques smuggling ring? Is fellow holidaymaker Tom all he seems and will it be happy ever after with Nikos?  It’s not until twenty-five years later that some of the questions are finally answered.

 Excerpt from ‘Jenna’s Journey’

She knew something had to give. They’d been skirting around each other for weeks now. It should be simple, she thought sadly. Two people in love who want to have a baby. But life is rarely so simple. After more than a year of trying, they were no nearer to achieving their goal and finally she’d plucked up the courage to see the doctor. He’d offered to run some tests to see if there were any obvious problems but Greg had been reluctant to do anything about it.

“It’s only a question of dropping off a semen sample at the hospital,“ she told him.

When he didn’t answer, she knew she couldn’t let it drop – it was far too important.

“So will you?”

“Will I what?”

“Drop a sample off at the hospital?”

“Look Jen, just leave it for a bit, will you?”

“But I don’t understand why you won’t do this one thing.”

“Have I got a clean shirt? – I’m running late, I haven’t got time for this now.”

“But it’s important – we need to talk about it. You never seem to have time these days.” She knew she was starting to nag and she hated herself for it, but the issue had to be resolved once and for all.

“Shit – it’s not even ironed, Jen.”

“You’re perfectly capable of ironing your own bloody shirts!”

As soon as the words were out, she knew she’d only made matters worse but he did take her for granted at times.  She saw a look of fury cross his face and wondered for one awful moment if he was going to hit her but he walked away turning his back on her. She only did the ironing because the last time Greg had tried to iron a shirt he’d burnt a hole in the sleeve and blown the iron up. She wondered now if it had been a devious plan to get her to do it. She couldn’t let him walk all over her though—no matter how much she loved him. He turned round and she saw how the expression on his face changed as he steeled himself to say what had to be said.

“Look Jen, I think we should let nature take her course – we’re getting far too het up about the situation.”

“You mean I’m getting all het up!”

“It’s just that …”

“Just what?”

“I just don’t want to go down the road of constant tests, temperature charts, intervention, all that… – it’s well …it’s too clinical.”

“Well, we don’t seem to be getting very far on our own.”

“I’m not sure, Jen.”

“But you do want kids, don’t you?”

The thirty-second hesitation before he answered told her all she needed to know.


I am so thrilled that Heidi over at Cosmochicklitan enjoyed my book. This is what she had to say:

After Jenna has an argument with her husband Greg, she flees to a Greek island hoping to be able to think about how she wants her life to continue and to hopefully start writing the novel for which she has so many ideas flowing around in her head. Once she arrives in Greece, matters get a lot more complicated. Will she return to England or will the Greek island steal her heart?

I must admit that I didn’t read the blurb for this book, but straight away delved into the storyline not knowing anything about the book at all. For the first few pages I thought I was reading a simple story of a woman travelling to a Greek island to re-discover herself. However, after the first few chapters, I was extremely surprised (in a good way), when the story turned into a mystery novel including a drug ring, domestic abuse, accidents and even murder.

The plot and all the sub-plots (there are quite a few of these) start unraveling from lots of different angles. My mind didn’t stand still for one second trying to figure out who was responsible for the accidents and murder and how the whole storyline puzzle pieces would fit together in the end. This book is extremely well written and more than once was I surprised by the way the story unfolds. I had my guesses of what would happen next – but I was wrong every time!

Jenna’s Journey is a fantastic mystery novel with a beautiful underlying romantic element and plots that will keep you guessing to the end.

 Thank you so much

Books, Food and Me!!

Jennas journey largeWe had a rather interesting start, Julie and I. We followed each other on Twitter and when I put a tweet stating my availability as a beta reader, she replied asking for me to read her debut novel ‘Jenna’s Journey’. What followed was a spellbound me reading her Greek Mystery and then finally turning reviewer for her.

She returns to Books, Food and Me as an interview participant today!

1. Tell me about yourself!

I come from Yorkshire in the North of England originally and went to University in Hull where I studied French Language and Literature.  I spent many years travelling and teaching English as a Foreign Language before returning to the UK. I now live in rural Gloucestershire in South-West England with my husband and young son and a dippy cat with half a tail. I still work part time as a distance language tutor as well as…

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Here’s a link to the lovely Niyate’s blog site

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“When Jenna decides on a whim to go to Greece, she’s trying to escape her failing marriage.  Will Greg let her go so easily though? Can she make a new future for herself and how did she get involved in an antiques smuggling ring? Is fellow holidaymaker Tom all he seems and will it be happy ever after with Nikos?  It’s not until twenty-five years later that some of the questions are finally answered”

Stay Tuned for all posts related to Julie’s wonderful and thrilling book, Jenna’s Journey!!!

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I don’t know about you but in the past, whenever I downloaded an ebook and found formatting errors such as different fonts and print sizes on the same page or characters that hadn’t appeared correctly throughout the book, especially accents etc, I did admit to thinking that it made an otherwise great book look.. well .. a bit sloppy. This is not unique to individuals self-publishing either, I may add! Well, never again!

I have just spent the best part of three days trying to format my first book. Now I know some of you out there have probably just downloaded a pdf file to Kindle without any problems but I was advised to strip out all the old formatting and create a prc document. It probably isn’t that difficult except that I have been working on a Mac and ended up tranferring documents between Mac and PC. I ended up with an O and an accent wherever there should have been speech marks, none of the apostrophes were correct nor any of the emdashes that I had inserted. It looked a mess and I didn’t realise why.

Thanks to a good friend who spent a whole day reformatting the document, I now have a manuscript to be proud of, with the added advantage that if I want to send it as a gift anytime, I now have it in a format that will go straight to Kindle. Don’t ask me exactly how she did it though, I am still in a state of awe!