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Friday, August 1, 2014

New Book Release & Guest Blog Post from author of Among the Olive Groves

Among the Olive Groves
by Chrissie Parker

Elena Petrakis adores living on the Greek island of Zakynthos. When World War Two looms her way of life is threatened. Left with no choice she joins the island's resistance to fight for what she believes in; her family, her home, and her freedom. 

Decades later, thousands of miles away in the Cornish town of Newquay, Kate Fisher prepares to celebrate her twenty-first birthday, but her joy is fleeting when she learns she is adopted. Abandoning life in England, Kate flees to Zakynthos, where she is forced to acknowledge a life she has struggled to come to terms with, one that will change her future. 

From the beautiful crystal turquoise seas of the Ionian Islands to the rugged shores of the Cornish coast, 'Among the Olive Groves' is a story of love, bravery and sacrifice.

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Guest Blog Post by author Chrissie Parker
Destination everywhere! 

I love the world and all it contains. A big planetary mass of land and sea, that holds wondrous beauty, incredible cultures, and thousands of years of history. From the lush green forests of the Amazon, to the sweeping sands of the Sahara desert, the world is a haven of mystery waiting to be explored.

I have always been fascinated with history, travel and archaeology. Why our ancestors did what they did, the inventions they created, the battles they fought and the clues to ancient life that they left behind. I have been lucky to travel to some amazing places. I've seen the Pyramids of Giza, walked through the ancient city of Petra in Jordan and toured the caldera of Crater Lake in Oregon, USA. Each held its own fascination for me and made me eager to learn more about this great world of ours.

My interest in history began when I was young. I don't remember the exact moment, but I do know that history was something I have always loved and wanted to learn more about. I used to go on daytrips with my family to visit ruinous castles, old archaeological sites such as Stonehenge and Avebury, and old country houses. In the UK we are lucky, the country has a very unique and lengthy history, and it was exciting learning about it; King Arthur, the Romans, the Tudors to name but a few. For me though it was the pull of foreign lands. At school we did a project on Egypt and I was hooked, I loved everything about it, the pyramids, the temples, the strange gods and goddesses, and it made me want to learn more. I wanted to be an archaeologist, but unfortunately life took me in a different direction, but that love of all things historical has remained with me, and continued to grow. So much so, that coupled with my interest in travel and I have found the perfect combination for writing material.

Among the Olive Groves is a good example of that. The dream getaway destination of Zakynthos in Greece merges with the history of world war two to make a unique story.

If you have never been to Zakynthos then you have missed out. The island sits in the Ionian sea just off mainland Greece. It has beautiful beaches, crystal turquoise seas and excellent Greek hospitality. The island is home to endangered Loggerhead turtles and has plenty of attractions to keep the visitor occupied; with monasteries and churches, a venetian castle, and shipwrecked cove to name but a few. Setting my book there was a must. I wanted to show readers what an amazing place it is. The world war two theme came purely by accident via a throwaway sentence said in passing by a local. When I gave it some thought, I knew that it would make a great story, and Among the Olive Groves was born.

My combined love of history and travel means that I have many ideas for books, I'm looking forward to one day being able to write about all of the places I have visited and love. For me it truly is a passion, and I hope that passion will shine through and make people want to share my love of these incredible places, so much so that they will want to visit them too.

About the author
Chrissie lives in London with her husband and is a freelance Production Coordinator working in the TV, documentary and film industry.

Chrissie is also an Author. Her thriller Integrate was released in October 2013.

Chrissie is currently working on two sequels to Integrate called Temperance and Retribution. Both will be released in 2015.

Other written work includes factual articles for the Bristolian newspaper and guest articles for the charities Epilepsy Awareness Squad and Epilepsy Literary Heritage Foundation. Chrissie has also written a book of short stories and poems, one of which was performed at the 100 poems by 100 women event at the Bath International Literary Festival in 2013.

Chrissie is passionate about Ancient History, Archaeology and Travel, and has completed two six-month Archaeology and Egyptology courses with Exeter University. She also likes to read, collect books, make bracelets and listens to music.

Other links:
Twitter - @Chrissie_author
Goodreads -

Sharon x

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  1. Been struggling to post a comment, hope this works

    I really love posts written by authors, as an aspiring author I love to see the motivations and thoughts of established writers :)

  2. Sounds like a good and interesting book, I really like books like this so might have a look for it when i've finished my current book.

  3. I love this post and I am loving your book Chrissie Parker. Thank you for sharing.

  4. For me its always been a mystery of things that happens around me.....I think a lot about them all and always want to explore.

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