Cooling in the Troodos Mountains & Free murder mystery book!

We decided to take a break in the Troodos mountains to escape the heat of Oroklini, and my husband and I also were celebrating our wedding anniversary the previous week so this was a special trip for us! We had been to the Troodos mountains In Cyprus before but never to the very charming village of Kalopanayiotis. It is so beautiful and peaceful up here – I have included a photo of our apartment balcony, which overlooks the river and has an amazing unrestricted view of the mountains. Kalopanayiotis village is very traditional in style, with cobbled narrow streets and pathways picturesque balconies and courtyards. It is surrounded by beautiful green forest vegetation and stunning landscapes.

The village is very attractive and there is a lot to see for such a small place, including several small churches as well as the Ayios Ioannis Lampadistis Monastery (courtyard photos below – you are not allowed to photograph the interior) which is literally on our doorstep. There are many restaurants and traditional taverns serving delicious food (some of the best we have tasted in Cyprus – I would definitely recommend the Old Cinema- the mezze was gorgeous!).

To celebrate our trip into the mountains in Cyprus, my kindle book Buried in the Hills which is partially set in the Troodos, as well as my own village Oroklini, is FREE on all Amazon sites at the moment. If you would like to have your own mountain adventure, then please follow the links on the Amazon photo below! It’s

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A Cypriot Wedding ~ Andreas and Angelique

On the hottest day in June Andreas Christou and Angelique  Eleftheriades were married in a traditional Cypriot ceremony at Holy Church Agias Paraskevis in Livadia village, Larnaca, Cyprus. It was a lovely traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony lasting around forty minutes. The very enjoyable Reception and Dinner were held at the Nautical Club on Dhekelia Road, which is a lovely location by the sea.

The bride was so beautiful and the groom very handsome as you can see from my photos from that wonderful day!

Many thanks for the invitation – it was a lovely experience to be part of your very special day!

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A very proud mum!
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The beautiful bride

Buried In The Hills – Free Promotoion

My novel, Buried In The Hills is a murder mystery set in the not-so-sleepy village of Vorokvadia, Cyprus. The fictional village is a combination of my own village Oroklini and the neighboring village of Lvadia. The photos, above, are of places which feature in my novel; it is a beautiful Cypriot village with the hills rising behind it descending to the seashore in front. The village has a lot of old world charm as well as its fair share of stories, some of which have been incorporated into this fictional story.

The village has a easy going, forgiving nature, but cross the boundaries of what is a considered to be acceptable and old style village justice may emerge, which can be just as real now as it was in the past. There is a saying in the village that “nobody knows how many bodies are buried in hills,” and that was the inspiration for this story….

The novel, which is the second featuring my detective D.I.FLynn reads as a stand alone novel – so it’s not necessary to have read the first in order to enjoy the second.

If you would like a FREE copy then please follow the links to Amazon: I  do hope you enjoy it!

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Praise for Buried In The Hills:

“This is a good read, folks! Fast paced and well written, held my interest to the end. Hope the author will do more with DI Flynn.”
“Brilliant”
“A great mystery”

The book is currently: 

#2,249 Free in Kindle Store (Amazon.uk)

and in the top 100 crime, mystery, thriller Amazon .com

Finikoudes – Larnaca seafront and marina before the tourists arrive!

The seafront is now bustling with tourists and the sun brollies are all up on the beach. I took a couple of pictures of Larnaca while it was quiet back in March, obviously its a lot busier now. I was told recently by a local bus driver that the promenade, Finikoudes, was named after the palm tree which is opposite the police station; I am not sure if this is true, but it is certainly a nice story!

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Travel Blog

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 Hi!  If you didn’t already know, I have a travel blog on blogger,  and here is my latest post at:

http://soniawriter.blogspot.com/2015/05/bucharest-romanitic-romania.html

 If you fancy a little armchair travelling, why not let me whisk  you away to an exotic destination?