Break your mold and make magic
For this post, I decided to go personal. I will share with you an emotional story with as big a HEA as in Fate Accompli, my debut contemporary novel which you’ve been kind enough to host today.
I never thought I could write. Apart from teaching, I also translated fiction for a living and that meant twisting words in my language (Greek) to give new life to an English-speaking author’s vision. However, the vision was someone else’s, not mine.
In 2009, after numerous painful and intrusive efforts to get pregnant and finally expecting, I was geared toward motherhood with my whole being focused and primed to receive the greatest gift ever.
And then it went away.
That summer, I was lost, without purpose and facing what I later learned is termed “dissociation” or detachment from one’s surroundings. I had been a teacher for years, but teaching held no appeal to me anymore. What’s worse, losing the hope of motherhood, turned getting in touch with my feminine nature into an unfair struggle. Nothing could hold my interest, I stopped working and even speaking was an unpleasant task.
But quitter I am not, so while I was on paradise on earth—a beautiful Greek island, whose beauty was nevertheless lost on me—I decided to step out of the box. Change gears. Steer myself toward an unknown direction. Seeing love blooming around me as couples on holiday tend—and should—put it on display, I started writing about love, what it does to your heart and your body, tapping on emotions I had allowed to hibernate for too long. It wasn’t easy. Finding my own voice after years of adapting it to express other writers’ thoughts was a challenge. Investing my heroine with a healthy sexuality wasn’t cakewalk either, but making her express herself and explore her needs gradually brought down the walls I had meticulously built up without even realizing it.
That’s how Fate Accompli was conceived, and in an epic and triumphant HEA-style ending, by the time it came to the world last November, my life had already been graced with a rosy-cheeked, plump-footed presence that made every other dream fade in comparison. My daughter.
In Greek we use the expression “Along with Athena (the ancient goddess) move also your hand” meaning don’t wait for things to happen; make them happen for you. No one wields magic wands and wishing or even praying might be wise, but sometimes you need more. Break your mold, tread uncharted water, do the unthinkable.
And then sit back and watch magic happen.
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Aegean Lovers # 1
Aegean Lovers # 1
By: M.M. Jaye
Released November 21st, 2014
Monica Mitchell flies all the way from Boston to Athens, Greece, not to get a tan but a very specific job. Because besides an MBA, this twenty-four-year old has a mission: to prove to Alex Argiros, the gorgeous Greek magnate, that she has now grown out of the habit of flashing her underwear and looking like a zombie flick castoff … in the presence of hundreds.
The catch? She has to hide who she is. Thankfully, not having seen him since her early teens helps, and soon she gets all she wants and so much more. Not only does Alex not connect his highly qualified new assistant to the disaster magnate of his distant past, but apart from his admiration, he also offers her his heart.
Now, Monica has a new mission: to keep it forever. But first she has to come clean before he finds out her connection to the bane of his existence. Because if he does, he’ll rightfully assume she plays the part of the Trojan Horse, and then he’ll shed the sleek businessman exterior, letting his hot-blooded Greek nature take over.
She knows he could destroy her.
She knows, yet she needs just a little longer to savor his searing kisses…
Fate Accompli is the first book in her Aegean Lovers series, set on the Greek island where her husband proposed. MM Jaye lives in Athens, Greece, with her husband, daughter and Kindle. Yes, it’s that important.
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