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#1 Aurelia

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 03:42 AM

I am pleased to announce that my new book, Labyrinthine Ways, is now available. A book launch is set for December 19 in Waterstone’s book store in Greenwich, London. Further launches are being planned in the US, Greece, and possibly Australia.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Labyrinthine Ways is a celebration of the mysteries, magic, myths, folklore, archaeology, distinctive cuisine, and the rugged landscape and courageous and indomitable people of Crete. The story unfolds in modern times with flash-backs to the days when first Constantinople, known as “The Queen of Cities,” and “the most glorious city known to man,” and then Venice, the unspeakably cruel and hated invader, ruled Crete.

We learn of the fables and legends related to these times as they are recalled today with vivid detail by men in the kafenia (coffee houses) of mountain villages. Into these labyrinthine paths wander tender and vulnerable souls on journeys of self-discovery. Among them is a young wayfarer haunted by the mysterious Crete that dominated and tormented the life of Nikos Kazantzakis, Crete’s most famous novelist and author of Zorba the Greek.

"Labyrinthine Ways is a novel that paints a portrait of the many magical and mysterious faces of Crete. The story enchants with fables of Crete’s glorious past, and is written in a smooth, free-flowing style for the tourist who wants to experience The Great Island in all of its richness. Labyrinthine Ways presents Crete at its best; read this book before visiting our island.”
—Greek National Tourist Organization (GNTO)
The book is being printed in the US, the UK, Greece, and Australia. A website and video book trailer will be released soon.

US Residents in the US may order the book by sending an email to:[email protected]
UK, GREECE, AND AUSTRALIA Residents in these countries may order from [email protected]
Or Waterstone’s Book Store at [email protected]

#2 Aurelia

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 06:56 PM

My novel features our webmaster, Yanni Samatas, and will help
to promote not only Crete, but the website. It also features
Nikos Sirages, a woodturner in Rethymnon, Michale Manousakis,
who is thought to be the last male weaver in Crete, George
Anatakis, from Alpine Travel, and the Manousakis winery near
Chania. It is set in modern times with flash-backs to the
13th and 14th centuries and unfolds primarily in Chora Sfakion.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:39 PM

Perhaps you should write an advertisement and post it here. Just a suggestion.

John :rolleyes:
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:56 PM

Thank you, John, for this suggestion.
I will communicate with Yiannis about this.

I think my announcement gives a good overview
of the book and information on how to order is at
the bottom. We are still working on setting up the
accounts with Amazon.co.uk and Hellenicbookservice,
so if you are thinking of ordering, wait a few more weeks.

By an "advertisement" for you mean a paid ad?

By way of background information, I did research and writing
for this story for eight and a half years. When I had
a solid draft,I sent it to various experts--historians,
archaeologists, Cretans and others knowledgeable in various
fields--- and then made extensive corrections. I figure eighty
per cent of my book is re-write.

I wrote it as a valentine--a love letter--to Crete and I do
hope that is the way it is received.

thanks for your suggestion and interest.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 07:55 PM

By an "advertisement" for you mean a paid ad?

thanks for your suggestion and interest.


My reply was an attempt at humour. In my humble opinion your first two posts were straight advertisements!

I might add that I see nothing wrong in this, the site still has loads of visitors but few posts so all are welcome.

John
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:02 AM

Just for the record, so everyone is aware,
I was invited by our webmaster to post the
announcement of my book. Labyrinthine Ways promotes
Crete and also the Explore Crete website; I thought
it was appropriate to mention it here, and so
did Yianni.

I sought permission before posting and was given
it. As must be obvious, I do not use this forum
regularly and am not up on the rules, so
I checked with the webmaster. From the tone
of your post, I suppose I should have checked first
with you as well.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:26 AM

",
I was invited by our webmaster to post the announcement of my book.................I sought permission before posting and was given
it..................I checked with the webmaster.............. I suppose I should have checked first with you as well."

Oh for heavens sake get a life!

I have already explained that my first post was an attempt at humour. (The smiley emoticon should have been a clue.)
Sorry if you didn't appreciate it.

From the tone of your last post I assume that your book is equally repetitive and lacking in humour.

John
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#8 Aurelia

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:12 AM

I have a very rich life. It is obvious that you
cannot say the same or, from your history here, that
you seldom say anything positive.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:17 AM

If you think my book is lacking in humor,
why don't you buy a copy and read it?
Send an email to:

[email protected]

enjoy;-)

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:57 PM

I have a very rich life. It is obvious that you
cannot say the same or, from your history here, that
you seldom say anything positive.

Please justify this statement with an example.


If you think my book is lacking in humor,
why don't you buy a copy and read it?

I never said that your book lacked humor! (Thanks for spelling it correctly). Having not read it I am unable to offer an opinion. I merely stated that from the tone of your post, your failure to recognize the irony expressed and your total disregard of the smiley emoticon suggests that your sense of humor is somewhat lacking. Your inability to accept my apology (“Sorry if you did not appreciate it”) and your subsequent personal comment merely enforces that opinion. Of course, I may be wrong but so far I have seen little evidence to change my view.

John

P.S This thread appears to be going nowhere so I will post no further on this subject. Suffice to say, I await Aurelia's justification for her accusation of negativity with interest.
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:43 AM

B)
lost in translation comes to mind R.I.C

loved the comments by the way mate :D
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 03:13 PM

Best of luck with the book, it sounds really interesting, and I shall be getting my own copy of it.

And peace among the far too few who are still active in the forum on this great website (I'm sadly only too guilty myself).

Oh, and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New to all!

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:12 PM

Best of luck with the book, it sounds really interesting, and I shall be getting my own copy of it.

And peace among the far too few who are still active in the forum on this great website (I'm sadly only too guilty myself).

Oh, and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New to all!







Had a great chrimbo Tom, hope all is well with everyone too......... i also notice a lack of activity on here now :-(
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#14 Kritsa Yvonne

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:27 PM

I look forward to reading Aurelia's book but I've a good reason for my delay.  I've been busy writing a book too and I didn't want to read any thing based in Crete whilst I did so in case it accidentally influenced me in some way.  I've still got some work to do so no reading for a few months.   :D


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