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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Sample chapters 1 - 4


Go on this link and read the first four chapters of 'In The Blink of an Eye.'

You just don't know what is around that corner!

Read my first novel, and get whisked away on a journey of friendship, love, chance and heartbreak.

It is the first of three books, and it is the beginning of an emotional rollercoaster ride that takes you not only through, but up, down, loop the loop, the life of a woman who had given up on love. Feeling helpless in a hopeless world, Danielle's cynicle out look was soon put to the test when Pannos came into her life.

Discover the true meaning of romance, as the story unfolds, and be propelled into a place where only fate can lead you to, and ladies, you will be left wanting a Pannos of your very own!

Monday, 13 June 2011

An interview with William Green, founder of Green Social Media Design (GSMD)

I owe so much to this man and his team, who have helped me in my quest to get my book known. Thanks Will, your a star!


Love, lies and mystery....now there's the ingredients for a good story!


Pannos' father notices that Pannos and Danielle are getting closer, and is enraged by the love affair unfolding before his eyes. He wants to put a stop to it!


Danielle was woken up by a hand gently stroking her arm. As she turned over she was greeted by Pannos’ gorgeous smile. No words were spoken as he welcomed her with his eyes when he kissed her. She closed her eyes and breathed in the memory of their conversation the night before. He held her tight and she felt so secure in his presence. He moved closer from behind her and his body fitted so perfectly into hers.  He kissed her shoulders and the now familiar feelings escaped through his lips. As he held her perfect body he was forced to use all his strength to control himself from making love to her. She turned to look at him and she could see the compulsive look in his eyes. It took all of her strength not to let him as she dared to kiss him. They got lost in each other and the world outside was soon forgotten. He pulled himself away and just stared into her eyes stroking her sexy curves. “I love you.” He mouthed and all of his power of restraint vanished. She went to say something but he put his finger on her mouth, stopping her from speaking. He just stared at her and smiled.
  “You are so perfect,” he said, watching his hand go up her tanned body. He did not want to leave her but he was aware of the time, he had work to do. Then the phone started ringing bringing them both back to reality. He leaned across her to answer it. He began to speak Greek and Danielle listened to the alien language, thinking how sexy his accent was. She began to kiss his bare chest and as he spoke his voice became quite agitated. Then he abruptly put the receiver down.
  “That was my brother, I am sorry but I have to leave you now and get to work.” His eyes filled with regret and he kissed her firmly on the lips. He reluctantly got out of the bed and got dressed. As he put on his clothes his eyes never left hers as she watched him cover up his masculine body.
  “I will see you in the bar soon, no?” He said still looking at her.
  “You will see me in the bar, yes.” Her voice was soft as she answered him. His beautiful Greek accent was enough for her to drag him back into bed, but she refrained. He kissed her again and her eyes followed him out of the door, eye contact lost when the door closed. Danielle laid there smiling trying desperately to work out what was happening to her. She soon chose to give up as she could not figure it out. She picked up her dress and put it on, the smell of Pannos present on the material. She took a deep breath breathing the memory of him in and glided back to her room. Her thoughts dominated by the lovely Pannos.
  Bill found himself walking along the beach and only a handful of people occupied the sun loungers. He walked past them oblivious to their presence. He knew he had no chance of being with the woman of his dreams but this did take the pain away that gripped hold of his heart. He suddenly came to a standstill and soon realised he was in the same spot where he had let go of his feelings to her. Various emotions swam around as he recalled those fateful words, tears welling up behind his eyes. He took a deep breath to keep them at bay. He sat on the warm sand and held his head in his hands. How could I have let this happen? He thought to himself. Why did I let myself get so close to her? Why had I let false hope rule my heart? She had told him she only wanted to be friends. He knew but secretly hoped she might change her mind. But now he knew the truth, last night had confirmed it. Instead she wanted that Greek bastard! Suddenly rage erupted as he envisioned them together and was convinced Pannos only wanted her for one thing. He was sure it would end in tears for Danielle. Well I am not going to be there for her to pick up the pieces, he thought. Those thoughts bred a surge of strength in him when he started to laugh uncontrollably. The realisation of the outcome of the situation was welcomed into his heart. Then he gathered his positive thoughts together and laughed away the tears.
  “You can have her Pannos,” he said out loud. Then he made himself a promise to never let another woman near his heart again.
  Danielle opened the door and walked into the unoccupied room.
  “Dan, is that you?” Mick shouted out from the bathroom.
  “Yes it is me. Where’s Bill?” Danielle replied flippantly. She walked over to the walkman and put the music on.
  “He was gone when I woke up. I thought he was with you.” Mick said walking out of the bathroom with only a towel around his waist. Danielle was lying on the bed with her eyes closed as Celine’s voice dominated the room. “Falling into you this dream could come true.” The words travelled through Danielle’s body as she remembered the night spent with Pannos. Then Mick noticed she still had the dress on she was wearing last night.
  “Did you have a good night Dan?” Danielle opened her eyes. She looked at Mick who had a big grin across her face.
  “Well I guess that look on your face answers my question.” Mick said smirking. He picked up his clothes and went back into the bathroom. Danielle’s thoughts went straight back to Pannos.
  Half an hour later Mick and Danielle made their way down to the bar. Mick was slightly concerned about Bill. He had no idea why he would go missing like this and just hoped he was all right. Suddenly Stuart popped up in his mind and he was taken back to when he went missing. He shook his head. No, Bill wouldn’t do anything like that to us, he thought quickly, forcing the thoughts out of his mind. As they entered the lounge Pannos was serving behind the bar. When his eyes fell on her, his face lit up with sheer happiness. Mick noticed his beaming expression and this brought a smile to his face. He felt so happy for them and had to admit they did look good together.
  “Good morning Pannos and how are you this fine morning, my friend?” Mick asked, looking straight at Pannos smirking.
  “Michael, I am feeling very happy thank you my friend.” Pannos replied, happily smiling back at Mick. Then he turned his attention to Danielle.
  “Good morning my beautiful Danielle and how are you my darling?” He took hold of her hand and kissed the back of it. Danielle’s heart fluttered and she gently squeezed his hand.
  “I am very happy thank you, ecstatically happy,” she replied staring into his brown eyes.
  “If I could just tear you two love birds apart for a few minutes, I would like a drink please, Pannos.” Mick ordered a beer and Danielle chose to have a cup of coffee. Pannos poured Mick’s beer and his eyes never left hers. No words were spoken but silent communication was obvious between them.  He had waited patiently for her to be in his reach and felt a sense of relief when she walked into the room. As soon as he had left her this morning his heart had ached for her. She was constantly in his thoughts and he could not wait to be with his beautiful Danielle again. He wanted to spend as much time with her as he could before she would be leaving his life as quickly as she had entered it. His heart sank when he thought about the day she would be going back to England. He took a deep breath and quickly put the dreaded thought to the back of his mind. When Danielle walked in all he felt was happiness and all of these untainted feelings for her escaped through his smile.
  “I would like for you to have lunch with me this afternoon,” he said placing her coffee down in front of her.
  “A good friend of mine has got a restaurant,” he continued, “and I would very much like him to meet you.” Pannos’ father was at the reception and the quietness of the room made it possible for him to hear his son’s conversation. He had never known his son to invite a girl to meet Nicos before. The look on Pannos’ face and the tone of his voice unnerved him. He did not like this English girl, something had to be said. Then Yannis walked up behind his father and noticed the harsh look on his face.
  “Yannis what is happening between Pannos and.... and that English girl?” He said his eyes still on the couple.
  “I do not like the look on your brother’s face. I hope he is not serious about her.” He turned around and looked at Yannis, his eyes boring into him like hot pokers.
  “Papa, they are just friends.” Yannis said, confused at his father’s aggression. He had never questioned his brother’s affairs before. “Danielle is ...” he began to explain but his father cut him dead.
  “I do not care what she is and I do not care what her name is. I will not allow her to get into my son’s heart!” His distinct words caused Yannis to take a step back, shocked by the tone in which they were spoken. Then the phone rang causing Pannos to look over. Yannis answered it and his father quickly left the room. Yannis lifted up the receiver indicating the call was for Pannos.

But Pannos' father has a secret of his own!!!!!

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Attempted murder? Surely there must be some mistake!

Pannos watched as Bill picked up his glass and continue to polish off the whole lot. Pannos looked at this man in disgust, and turned his attention back to Danielle.
  “I am sorry Danielle. You were going to answer me?” He said shaking his head at Bill’s drunken gluttony. He quickly forgot his repulsion and was once again captured by her enchanting emerald eyes. Danielle answered him and told him about the conversation with Stuart. In the back ground Yannis picked up the phone that was ringing. Everyone around was caught up in their own conversations totally unaware of Yanni’s phone call. Pannos listened carefully to what Danielle had to say but was disturbed by one of the guests waiting at the bar. He assured her they would get plenty of time to themselves very soon, and continued to serve his customer. Danielle picked up her drink and sat down next to Mick. Mick soon gave up on talking to Bill as he had passed out on the sofa, so was relieved to have Danielle to talk to. They were in deep conversation when Pannos noticed Yannis was a long time on the phone. He looked over to his brother and could see the distress in his face. He replaced the receiver and began to walk over to Mick’s table. Pannos detected something was very wrong, so he walked over to join them.
   “Michael, what really happened with Stuart tonight?” Yannis asked with a severe look on his face. His question stopped Mick in mid sentence and the two friends looked at each other confused.
  “What do you mean, Yannis?” Mick asked half-heartedly. Pannos was also intrigued by his brother’s question.
  “I have just had the police sergeant on the phone. He informed me Stuart was there and he is afraid for his life.” Silence fell as he continued. “Stuart said he saw you all in the high street and you Danielle came up to him and said you know where he is staying, and you will send Michael and Bill around in the morning to kill him. What is going on?” His ruthless words hit them like a sledge hammer.
  “The police are taking his accusations very seriously Michael, he is refusing to leave the building.” Why does he keep referring to me? Mick thought, it was Danielle who went up to him. Then Danielle very slowly went through every moment of the reunion at the restaurant. She kept looking over to Pannos insistent she was telling the truth. Mick tried his hardest to think if there was anything he had said to Stuart before he had left what he could have taken the wrong way, but could not think of anything. Pannos turned and said goodnight to the last of the guests and was relieved to know they were now alone in the bar. All Mick could say in his defence was it wasn’t true and they would have to take his word for it. He felt totally helpless.
  “Michael he wanted to come and arrest you all now. I managed to delay him but only for an hour or so,” Yannis said looking him in the eye. Mick felt physically sick. He did not want to eat prison food and he wouldn’t be able to get a beer or vodka. His imagination went into overdrive when the prospect of being arrested became apparent to him. He shook Bill for some support but had no joy because he was still unconscious. Mick realised he felt extremely sober.
  “I want to go and see him Pannos. This is ridiculous, we have done nothing wrong. I need to sort this mess out. Please get me a taxi. We cannot get arrested,” Danielle said beginning to feel really scared.
  “It is ok Danielle. I will drive you down in my father’s car. You cannot go down there alone,” Pannos interrupted. He glanced over to his brother and Yannis nodded his approval.
  “I will meet you out the front ok Danielle.” Pannos wanted to see what Stuart had to say for himself if this got out it could be very bad for business. At least he would be alone with Danielle. This wasn’t how he had planned it because Stuart had once again ruined his night with her. Pannos said something to Yannis and walked out of the room. Yannis responded by nodding and went to make himself a strong black coffee. This could turn into a long night he thought.
  “Michael, would you like a cup of coffee?” Yannis asked, holding up a small china cup.
  “Are you crazy, Yannis? I will have a large vodka and orange. When the police come to take me away for attempted murder I want to be completely wasted!” Mick answered putting his hands on his head.
  “Don’t be such a drama queen Mick, it’s not that bad.” Danielle said sternly.
  “The police are taking Stuart very seriously. If they think he is telling the truth you could all be in a lot of trouble,” Yannis said, sipping his coffee. You are not helping Yannis, Danielle thought. Then Pannos sounded his horn out the front of the hotel.