Friday, April 25, 2014

New Author - First Novel "Chasing Athens"

I really enjoyed Marissa Tejada's first book. The character, Ava, had me laughing in the opening chapter. Her encounter over not getting her ticket validated sounds like something I would do in one of my rush about madly moments. To be hauled off to the police station in a foreign country only adds to Ava's misery, but the way Miss Tejada describes the situation I could only laugh. A book that combines humor with the pain of self-growth.

Author: Marissa Tejada
Publisher: Musa Publishing       

Suddenly dumped, a heartbroken American ex-pat stays on in Greece, confronting culture shock, crisis, and the charm of Mediterranean men as she redefines the true meaning of home.

When Ava Martin’s new husband unexpectedly ditches her months after they’ve relocated across the world to Greece, the heartbroken American ex-pat isn’t sure where home is anymore. On the verge of flying back to the States with her tail between her legs, she makes an abrupt decision to follow her gut instead and stay on in Greece. She soon discovers that the tumultuous, culture-rich Mediterranean country is coloring her life in a way no place else can, changing her forever. But is it where she belongs?

Ava’s newfound independence throws her into the thick of Athenian reality, where she has brushes with violent police riots and gets a taste of both the alluring islands and the city nightlife. Despite pressure from her mother, uncertainty over her impending divorce, and unresolved issues with her long-estranged father weighing on her, she’s determined to make it on her own. With the help of two very colorful Greek friends, she laughs and learns while facing culture shock, language barriers and the charm of Mediterranean men, until a life-threatening medical emergency back home in sleepy Ithaca, N.Y., forces her to decide where she truly belongs – and what truly matters.

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Sloane Taylor said...

Congratulations on your debut release, Marissa!

Sam Cheever said...

This sounds like a wonderful book! Congratulations, Marissa.

Sharon Ledwith said...

Wow, sounds like an intriguing story of growing pains and self-development, Marissa! My cousin was an ex-pat in Bermuda and had to deal with a lot of cultural issues (including the climate and bugs!). Best wishes for a Bestseller! Opa!

Vonnie said...

What an original-sounding book! Congratulations on all those twists that make it sound so different from what has gone before.

Eleni Konstantine said...

Culture shock galore, I bet for your character, Marissa. It's a culture shock for us who have our roots in Greece :)

Congrats on your debut release! Enjoy!