Thursday, 4 September 2014

Greek destinations in Marissa Tejada's book

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It's time for the next guest post. This time Marissa Tejada who is the author of the newly released romantic comedy Chasing Athens is talking about the inspiration behind her setting her chick-lit novel in Greece and the fabulous Greek destinations readers are discovering.    You can find her author web site and link to her travel writer blog here:


Thanks so much for having me on your blog!

Contemporary women’s fiction can take you to fantastic destinations all over the world.  For my novel I, like many other debut authors, was influenced by the experience of traveling and living in one particular place. 

Greece is one of the most traveled to vacation destinations in the world and I’m sure you know someone who has it on their bucket list.   There are a few reasons why. Yes, the sea is clear and sparkling, the islands full of charm, the food is fantastic, the architecture and history is ancient and the people are friendly.   

My contemporary romance/chick-lit novel, Chasing Athens, follows the story of 30-year-old Ava Martin, an American ex-pat living in Athens, who suddenly finds herself wondering where she truly belongs after her husband walks out on her. What happens next leads her through a humorous, touching and cultural journey that forces her to confront her disappointing past and redefine the true meaning of home.

Readers so far have said how they enjoyed the Greece as a setting for the book and as a result want to visit or come back.  
Here’s a rundown of the places you’ll discover in Chasing Athens.

Athens: The capital of Greece is a place of contrasts where you’ll find everything old and new, ancient and modern, fast and slow but all within its own unique Mediterranean vibe and character.   Chasing Athens takes you right in the center of the city where the ancient Acropolis stands tall, up to Mount Immitos mountain slopes that border the city and then there are scenes that take place along the vibrant coastal areas along the city’s seaside that are collectively known as the Greek Riviera.   

Hydra: Hydra is a short ferry ride away from Athens which makes it one of those ideal getaways for Athenians and travelers alike – romantic, quaint and picturesque.  There’s literally no traffic on Hydra because no cars are allowed!  You can choose from some well-dressed donkeys to give you a little tour instead.  Hydra is truly lovely and for many writers and artists continues to be considered on those inspirational destinations in Greece.

Mykonos:  This stunning Cycladic Island’s rocky scenery is dotted with whitewashed buildings and churches and since it’s known for its cosmopolitan night life it remains one of the most visited islands in Greece. It’s developed into a destination known for its five star restaurants, sexy nightlife, celebrity sightings and party atmosphere.    

If you’ve traveled to Greece I’d love to hear your stories.  You can also connect with on all sorts of social media like Twitter @tejadamarissa and Facebook

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