An adventure in Greece: Affair in Athens by Matina Nicholas


I am so proud of my dear friend Matina, whose book was released on April 1, 2014. I have read Affair in Athens at least five times, if not more. Not only does Matina take you on a wonderful adventure in Greece, but she also describes many Greek dishes, so your mouth is watering by the time you’ve read half the book.

It is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the publisher’s website, and anywhere books are sold.

About the book

Affair in Athens is a story of international intrigue and romance that chronicles a woman’s journey of self-discovery and transformation. Athena Vallas travels to Greece to research her grandfather’s heroic role as an Orthodox priest during the Resistance and discovers a part of her family she didn’t know existed. She meets dangerously charismatic shipping magnate Luke Lambros, who involves her in a tangled web of an inept Greek government, a band of Roma gypsies, and a kidnapping. Her attraction to Luke and his extravagant lifestyle is intense until she discovers he plays a high stakes game of illegal pursuits. When she attempts to distance herself, Luke refuses to relinquish his plan to make her his perfect wife. Ruthlessly, he keeps his eye on the prize–Athena–who won’t compromise love for wealth or fidelity for lifestyle.


I usually try to identify how the title fits into a story. There is the obvious one, of course. But as Athena herself describes it, “she’d had an affair in Athens all right – an affair with history, her heritage, happiness and sadness.” And that pretty much sums up the book.–from the Library of Clean Reads

The author takes you on a rapturous journey filled with history, romance, mystery, and . . . with the descriptions, smells, foods, plot twists and voices and omens from another world, the story blossoms to the point that you have to force yourself to put it down. How will it end? A must read. –Amazon review

Results: Writing for Publication Workshop

The workshop I led at the North Palm Beach Library was a great success. On the first day, we had six people, which was nice because everyone got a chance to share their work. Over eleven people showed up on the second day, and we all learned a lot. In the future, I’ll be planning workshops that focus on various stages of writing and publishing, such as penning your own blurb and synopsis, as well as working to market your work after its been published. Stay tuned.

Writers gather for the first day of the workshop.

Writers gather for the first day of the workshop.

Workshop: Writing for publication

writing for publication flier


I am so excited about this workshop! I look forward to sharing what I know with fellow writers. We all have a lot to learn, including me. It’ll be a great experience. Be there or be square!

My books at New Earth Gifts and Beads

I went to my favorite little shop in Palm Beach Gardens the other day, and was happy to learn they’d sold two more copies of Taking 1960. They also mentioned a number of people had picked up my business card. Always good news!

Soon, they’ll have Check Out Time available for purchase as well. Unfortunately, not in time for Christmas. If you live in the area, check it out. New Earth Gifts and Beads is located in the Legacy Place plaza in Palm Beach Gardens, across from Barnes & Noble, and next to Vitamin Shoppe.

new earth gifts

The little editor that could

I’m happy to say that I’ve taken a leap and submitted some poems to a magazine. I’ve also made a spreadsheet to keep track of my submissions, and I intend to fill it. The blank page gives me incentive. While I absolutely adore helping others with their writing, I must also give myself a swift kick in the butt now and then, and try to get more of my own work out there.

After my day job at the library, I tied up a couple things, and worked on a rather involved editing project for a while. I’m finishing up for the day, and looking forward to a nice, restful sleep.

For now, click here to check out the Backwords Writer, my personal blog about poetry, writing, and life. I’d appreciate if you follow me there as well. I’ve been creatively inspired lately, and it’s making every day brighter!

I hope everyone had a lovely day. Enjoy your night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.

The Backwords Writer without my name

Feeling rejuvenated

Last week, I had a dream about someone I’d never met. The very next day, I met the person in real life. My dreams have been very powerful, prophetic, and telling lately, providing insight, ideas for stories, and even brief escapes from reality. The nightmares haven’t ended, of course, but I’m grateful for even a short reprieve from those.

I’m filled with creative energy, bursting at the seams, and when I was able to change my perspective about the novel I’m currently working on, a few pieces fell into place, and I realized where I’d gone wrong. I ended up deleting at least three chapters, and removing the entire first section.

As I drove home in the pouring rain, I felt as if my father was sitting in the seat behind me, guiding me.

And I began a steady mantra to myself, a soft whisper in the back of my mind:

I will get an agent. I will sell a book to a big publisher. I will do it.

Because half the battle is the mindset. I’ve known this for many years, but it’s taken all that time to break out of the mold created for me when I was little, to shed the negative thinking I was brought up with.

I see where I made my mistake. I made my mistake when I believed the Voices I heard as a child, the ones that said I would never succeed. I made my mistake when I believed the people who scoffed at my dreams, crushing them like smoldering cigarette butts under their shoes. I see where I made my mistake.

Now I’m going to correct it.

New York Times Best Seller list, here I come.

Two Oceans

Two Oceans