Today I am delighted to welcome author Effie Kammenou to the blog to share with us a little of her own brand of #BookLove. Before we delve into her weirdest crush, lets find out a little more about the lady herself.
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.
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This Greek American family saga follows a multigenerational story of love, loyalty, and culture. An emotional novel about family bonds and the difficult pull between home and heritage.
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.
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.
Favourite book from childhood
Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott. It was in the library of my childhood best friend and neighbor. She loaned it to me and after I read it once, I asked to borrow it several times more.
The first book you fell in love with
I haven’t thought about this in years. Aesop’s Fables. My father had an old, worn, leather bound copy from his childhood and he would read them to me at bedtime. It’s a sweet memory.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
I’m obsessed with Professor Gabriel O Emerson from Gabriel’s Inferno. Hot, Rich, Gorgeous, and has so much depth once you get past his dysfunctional past.
Weirdest book crush
Michael from Sundays At Tiffany’s, I suppose. I don’t think it’s that weird just because he’s a guardian angel and I can’t really have him – like I could have the others! LOL.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
This is going to be odd because it’s a young adult series, but Sisterhood of The Travelling Pants. I loved all the books and I would have been happy to keep reading about these girls as they grew into adulthood. Fortunately, I got my wish because the author did write a sequel to the series. It takes place ten years after the conclusion of the last book.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
I have never read Anna Karenina. I’ve seen the movie, but I’ve never read the book. It’s sitting in my TBR list on Goodreads.
Guilty Reading pleasure
I do like a well-written erotic romance. Who doesn’t like a good steamy scene? I don’t prefer ones that are degrading or violent, though. I don’t consider that sexy or romantic.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
The Gabriel Series by Sylvain Reynard
The Valentina Series by Adriana Trigiani
The Forever Black Series by Sandi Lynn
The Edilean Series by Jude Devereaux
The Discovery of Souls Series by Deborah Harkness
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
That depends on the friend!
I just gifted my niece a kindle copy of Gabriel’s Inferno because she wanted a really good, long read with characters her age. She was taking a long plane ride and that book is a page turner.
I recommended that my boss read Small Great Things. She was looking for a book with substance and I had just finished it.
A co-worker just lost her mother and is very distraught. She is a spiritual person, so I told her to read The Shack. I think she would find a lot of comfort in it.
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
East of Eden. Anyone that hasn’t read it should!
Thanks so much Effie for taking part. An amazing mix of books there with a bit of something for everyone. And I had totally forgotten Aesop’s Fables. I read them over and over as a kid. Oh my life. Wowsers. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little book crush on a Guardian Angel. I’ll be honest – I’ve never heard of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants but I’m that intrigued now, I may have to look it up now 🙂
What do you think folks? Any on here catch your eye? Make sure to stop by on Saturday when Sarah Hardy of By The Letter Book Reviews makes her #BookLove confessions.
Have a fabulous day of reading all