Women’s fiction/ contemporary romance
Date Published: August 7, 2015
In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets - ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their family.
The story continues in the 1970’s as Dean and Demi Papadakis, and Sophia Giannakos attempt to negotiate between two cultures. Now Greek-American teenagers, Sophia and Dean, who have shared a special connection since childhood, become lovers. Sophia is shattered when Dean rebels against the pressure his father places on him to uphold his Greek heritage and hides his feelings for her. When he pulls away from his family, culture and ultimately his love for her, Sophia is left with no choice but to find a life different from the one she’d hoped for.
EVANTHIA’S GIFT is a multigenerational love story spanning fifty years and crossing two continents, chronicling the lives that unify two families.
Date Published – January 7, 2016
Book Two in The Gift Saga: The continuation of Evanthia’s Gift…
In 1961, five little girls moved into a suburban neighborhood and became inseparable, lifelong friends. They called themselves the ‘Honey Hill Girls,’ named after the street on which they lived. As teenagers they shared one another’s ambitions and dreams, secrets and heartaches. Now, more than thirty years later, they remain devoted and loyal, supporting each other through triumphs and sorrows.
Evanthia's Gift follows the life of Sophia Giannakos. In Waiting for Aegina the saga continues from the perspectives of Sophia and her friends as the story drifts back and forth in time, filling in the gaps as the women grow to adulthood.
Naive teenage ideals are later challenged by harsh realities, as each of their lives takes unexpected turns. Now nearing their fiftieth year, Sophia, Demi, Amy, Mindy and Donna stand together through life-altering obstacles while they try to regain the lighthearted optimism of their youth.
Effie Kammenou is a believer that it is never too late to chase your dreams, follow your heart or change your career. She is proof of that. At one time, long ago, she'd thought that, by her age, she would have had an Oscar in her hand after a successful career as an actor. Instead, she worked in the optical field for 40 years and is the proud mother of two accomplished young women.
Her debut novel, Evanthia’s Gift, is a women’s fiction multigenerational love story and family saga, influenced by her Greek heritage, and the many real life accounts that have been passed down. She continues to pick her father’s brain for stories of his family’s life in Lesvos, Greece, and their journey to America. Her interview with him was published in a nationally circulated magazine.
Evanthia’s Gift: Book One in The Gift Saga was a 2016 award finalist in the Readers Favorite Awards in the Women’s Fiction category. Waiting for Aegina: Book Two in The Gift Saga is Kammenou’s latest release.
Effie Kammenou is a first generation Greek-American who lives on Long Island with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, or posting recipes on her food blog, cheffieskitchen.wordpress.com, you can find her cooking for her family and friends.
As an avid cook and baker, a skill she learned from watching her Athenian mother, she incorporated traditional Greek family recipes throughout the books.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Hofstra University.
March 7 - The Flipside of Julianne - Guest Post and Excerpt for Evanthia's Gift
March 8 - Books, Dreams, Life - Excerpt for Evanthia's Gift
March 9 - Nerdy, Dirty, and Flirty - Excerpt of Both Books
March 10 - Eskimo Princess - Excerpt from Evanthia's Gift
March 11 - Chosen By You Book Club - Excerpt both Books
March 12 - Eyes on Books - Guest Post
March 13 - Wining Wife - Review of Both Books
March 14 - Mello and June - Excerpt from Evanthia's Gift
March 16 - Hearts and Scribbles - Excerpt from Evanthia's Gift
March 17 - T's Stuff - Excerpt of Both Books
March 18 - Bound 2 Escape - Excerpt of Both Books
March 19 - Author B.L. Blair - Excerpt from Evanthia's Gift
March 20 - Insatiable Readers - Excerpt from Evanthia's Gift
March 21 - The Flipside of Julianne - Guest Post and Excerpt from Waiting for Aegina
March 22 - The Avid Reader - Excerpt from Waiting for Aegina
March 23 - The Bookworm Lodge - Excerpts from Both Books
March 24 - Tele's Word Bites - Interview
March 25 - 50 Book Challenge - Excerpt for Evanthia's Gift
March 27 - Fantastic Feathers - Excerpt for Evanthia's Gift
March 28 - Just Us Book Blog - Excerpt for Evanthia's Gift
March 29 - Memes and Fiction - Review of Both Books
March 30 - Eskiemama Reads - Review of Both Books
March 31 - Cafinated Reads - Excerpt for Evanthia's Gift
April 2 - Book Junkie Mom - Review of Both Books
April 3 - The Indie Express - Review of Waiting for Aegina
April 4 - Tina Donahue Books - Guest Post
April 5 - Quiet Fury Books - Interview
April 6 - Celtic Lady Reviews - Excerpts of Both Books
April 7 - Texas Book Nook - Review of Evanthia's Gift
April 8 - Insatiable Reviewers - Excerpt for Waiting for Aegina
April 10 - Beach Bound Books - Excerpt of Evanthia's Gift
April 11 - Book Junkie Mom - Review of Both Books
April 12 - Novel News Network - Review of Evanthia's Gift
April 13 - On a Reading Bender - Review of Waiting for Aegina
April 14 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up