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“Wow I really loved Phantasia…..I didn’t know how much I would love this book. If you like fantasy and Greek Mythology then this is for you.” ~ Goodreads 

“Think Percy Jackson meets Clash of the Titans with a little De Vinci Code thrown in for good measure. . Efthalia’s knowledge of Greek gods and the Greek language helps draw you into the story and the grandmother’s antics are hysterical. After reading this, I had the urge to rush out and buy some Baklava.” ~ Amazon 

“I have read both Phi Athanatoi books and enjoyed every second. They are fun, fast-paced and you’re bound to learn something about Greek mythology (you are also likely to drool over supernatural hotties).” ~ Goodreads

Start reading this paranormal romance right away!


Hello beautiful people,

Today is release day for PHANTASIA – A Bad Day on Olympus, and I am pleased as punch. I had a lot of fun with this book and there were several intrusive characters that just didn’t want to keep the chatter down, so much so, that they wanted to steal the show. I’m sure you will be seeing a lot more of them in the books that will follow. 

So without further adieu, TA-DA!! 


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Torn apart by separate missions, can their love survive an impending apocalypse?

Demigod ex-cop Carissa Alkippes is hellbent on clearing her father’s name. But when she’s sidetracked into saving Zeus’ life, she’s forced into a dangerous mission to locate missing deities. To find them, she must face a horde of bloodthirsty demons.

Xen Lyson shouldn’t dwell on Carissa when he’s supposed to be stopping demons from feasting on humanity. But the sexy vampire worries her solitary journey to Olympus will put her in grave danger. And with absent gods causing devastating natural disasters, he must trust her father, Ares, to keep her safe.

With every mortal sphere at risk, Carissa races to retrieve a magical codex believed to hold the key to defeating her enemy. And when Xen discovers the true source of the threat, saving both humans and gods will put his own immortality in jeopardy.

In between battling Titans, gods, missing keys, and baklava can Carissa and Xen summon the power to conquer the sinister foe and return to each other’s arms?





Pre-order links for PHANTASIA - A Bad Day on Olympus

Hi everyone,

Finally, finally, finally. Here are the pre-order links on Amazon for my 18th of February release of PHANTASIA – A Bad Day on Olympus.

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Torn apart by separate missions, can their love survive an impending apocalypse?

Demigod ex-cop Carissa Alkippes is hellbent on clearing her father’s name. But when she’s sidetracked into saving Zeus’ life, she’s forced into a dangerous mission to locate missing deities. To find them, she must face a horde of bloodthirsty demons.

Xen Lyson shouldn’t dwell on Carissa when he’s supposed to be stopping demons from feasting on humanity. But the sexy vampire worries her solitary journey to Olympus will put her in grave danger. And with absent gods causing devastating natural disasters, he must trust her father, Ares, to keep her safe.

With every mortal sphere at risk, Carissa races to retrieve a magical codex believed to hold the key to defeating her enemy. And when Xen discovers the true source of the threat, saving both humans and gods will put his own immortality in jeopardy.

In between battling Titans, gods, missing keys, and baklava can Carissa and Xen summon the power to conquer the sinister foe and return to each other’s arms?


Pre – Order PHANTASIA – A Bad Day on Olympus to save the gods and humankind today!





Cover Reveal and Release Date

Not long now before you all have PHANTASIA, A BAD DAY ON OLYMPUS in your hands… the release date is scheduled for the 30th of July, 2019.

Pre-order links will follow soon, both here on my website and on all social media platforms. 

And a big drum roll please for my new book baby cover art…


I am really looking forward to sharing this story with you all. I had a lot of fun writing it. A little on the crazy side but fun. 

Cover reveal - coming soon

I have new cover art for Book 2 – PHANTASIA, A PHI ATHANATOI NOVEL. Yay!!!!

I will be sharing it soon and will also share release date news and pre-order news with the coming cover reveal.

More to follow in my newsletter but for now just a little tease…

Can’t wait to share this book baby with you all.   

Why do we need stupid people?

The other day I got into a discussion with a friend about stupid people and the damage they inflict, merely by opening their mouths and spreading their random thinking without any consolation to the consequences of their actions. The best quote that came immediately to mind was from Forest Gump who’s mama summed it up nicely,

“Mama says, stupid is as stupid does.”

Dave Grace, talks about having a way to benchmark stupid people, like we do for intelligent people. How great would it be if we could measure stupidity? We would be more prepared when we came up against their toxicity. Sadly, there is no real way to quantify stupidity. However, there is a way to identify stupidity, whilst we might not be able to measure it in terms of IQ testing, we can distinguish stupid people through their irrational behaviour.

Professor Carlo M. Cipolla, argues that there are five laws to identifying stupid behaviour and his message is loud and clear, stupid people are dangerous and there is no way of protecting ourselves from them because they are “paragons of consistency, acting at all times with unyielding idiocy.” Sounds a lot like ZOMBIES doesn’t it?

Zombies have no brains and stupid people have no brains. A scary parallel. So if stupid people keep multiplying does that mean we will have a zombie apocalypse? I think we need an evacuation plan or some weapons or something. 

Let’s face it, stupid people really rile us up and honestly if someone gave me a taser gun, I would use it. Think of how much fun it would be? 

Truthfully, stupid people have no goals in life, they act out without thinking, achieve no personal gain from their actions and are of no benefit to society. But they do have one purpose and one purpose only, stupid people are needed because they are the necessary compost in society. Yep you read that right…NOTHING BUT MANURE!

DUNG! I like that word. Next time you come across a stupid person in your life just remember they are COMPOST! 




Note: Photos from top, Pintrest funny memes, Giphy, and clipart. 

A short PHI scene in celebration of Greek Easter.

Hello Readers,

In celebration of Greek Orthodox Easter this weekend, I am posting up a short story with Xen, Carissa, yiayia and aunt Paula. Yiayia and aunt Paula get a fair bit of space in Book 2 and this is just a little teaser of what you might expect from these two women in PHANTASIA, for release later this year. 


“Get a look at Stella and her fur coat.” Paula said to yiayia. “Who wears a winter coat to midnight mass?”

“Obviously, Stella does.” Yiayia’s dry tone told Paula that she didn’t give two hoots.

Paula didn’t like the woman. She gossiped about everyone. “Doesn’t she watch T.V. Animal rights and all that?”

“It could be fake.”

“Ha, that would be so up Stella’s alley, everything is fake. Especially her words.” They were once good friends but when Stella married a second time it was for money and that’s when her true colours came out. Paula crossed her arms over her chest, a wave of terrible thoughts cascaded through her mind. Stella chose money over friendship.

Paula’s scalp tingled, something wasn’t right tonight. They were standing outside the church for the Greek Orthodox midnight mass. The Parish couldn’t accommodate the volume of people inside. Everyone stood wherever a spot was available. “Well, we best not get too close to her, I don’t think I could do the fake kissing thing. What is that anyway. Kisses in the air, since when do Greeks do that?”

Yiayia looked over at her and raised a finger. “You’re letting her get to you again.”

“Well, I can’t help it. Do you remember that year that her hair went up in smoke and wasn’t it only last year her fury bag caught fire. Honestly, I reckon that woman wants attention.”

“Paula, if you look at statistics someone’s hair or something catches fire every year. Now where is Carissa? She said she’d be here.” Yiayia looked vexed but Paula knew she changed the topic to get her mind off the hoity-toity Stella. 

No sooner had yiayia uttered the words when Xen’s deep greeting danced in Paula’s ears, “Kalispera.”

“Good evening yiayia and thitsa.” Carissa kissed yiayia and then Paula. 

“What took you so long?” Yiayia asked.

“We had a few loose ends to tie up.” Carissa answered as she straightened from greeting them.  

Paula raised an eyebrow. “What loose ends?”

Xen’s lips turned up. “The type that require swords.”

A wave of nausea rose in her throat. She knew exactly what they were implying. “They…they wouldn’t come here would they?” She had a close shave with demons, the episode remained fresh in her mind.

“I have a Taser gun.” Yiayia rummaged through her bag. Xen leaned over and stayed her actions. “No need yiayia, the Phi are stationed at every church. Watching and protecting.”

Xen’s tone comforted Paula but the thought still sent shivers down her spine. Paula relaxed her shoulders. Then it hit. “Wait a minute, are you telling me that we’re their all they can eat buffet?”

Carissa nodded her head. “A smorgasbord, so to speak.”

This Paula didn’t really need to hear. She was nobodies sandwich, especially not some crazy looking demon’s. 

“Paula look it’s time.” Yiayia’s tight fingers on her arm and voice bought her back to the present moment.

In a few seconds all the lights in the church would go out and the bell would ring. Then the holy light would be passed around and the words Chistos anesti and alithos anesti would be uttered from the giver of the light and receiver, signifying the death and resurrection of Christ. This was safe. This she understood. This made sense. She opened her mouth to question how Xen and Carissa fitted into that ideology.

“Now is not the time for the discussion on religion.” Xen’s voice was low. 

“He tells me the same thing thitsa, Every. Single. Time.” Carissa threw in. 

“Xen’s right. Look, here is our light.” Yiayia said as she lit her candle from the fellow who had accepted it before her.

Paula looked at Carissa and they both rolled their eyes.  Looked like yiayia had sided with the vampire.


“No buts.” Yiayia said. 

Paula lit her candle but as she took a step to the right and back she hit something furry. Her foot twisted and her arms flailed. The candle in her hand became air born. In seconds her bottom crashed to the concrete. The horrible smell of something burning hit Paula’s nostrils. Flames licked up Stella’s coat. Everything happened so fast. Within seconds Xen had removed the blazing coat and thrown it to the ground. Carissa helped Paula to her feet while yiayia hit the coat with her walking stick. Others soon joined in in, stamping out the flames.

“Stella…” Paula’s words died on her lips.

“Paula. How could you be such an imbecile.”

“Well if you weren’t parked right up my ass I wouldn’t have fallen over.”

Stella’s fake lips thinned into a line. She reminded Paula of one of those circus clowns. Her eyebrows were too arched and pencilled in, her hair a ball of red with curls and the make-up heavily overdone.

Carissa stepped between them. In a low voice a litany of words passed from her lips. “It was an accident. You will light your candle and leave. Forget you had a coat. It went missing.” Like a robot Stella did as Carissa had bid.

“Oh my.” Paula said.

“That’s my girl.” Yiayia raised a fist in triumph.

“What was that?” Paula asked.

“That is the power of anagke – compulsion.” Xen beamed.

“She can do that?”

Xen’s face lit up with pride. “And whole lot more.”

“Light your candle thitsa.” Carissa handed her aunt the now extinguished candle that caused the commotion.

“Who are you and what have you done with my niece?”

Carissa winked. “I’m the daughter of a god.”

2018 (copyright) Efthalia


New Release - Inheritance of the Blood by Imogene Nix

Hello and welcome Imogene Nix

Thanks for coming over to talk about your brand new sparkling book, Inheritance of the Blood, which releases on Sunday 1st of October. 

Why did you choose to write this book/story, what inspired you?

This book was written around the time of my husband’s accident. I guess it’s kind of a mixture of where I was at that time, the darker focus I’m now seeing in my work.

The inspiration is what could happen if fate tore apart two lovers apart. Then through strength of will they manage to find their way back together, albeit with a supernatural foe determined to keep them separated.

That was a tough time and totally unexpected but I am glad to hear that all is well now with your husband. 


Inheritance of the Blood


In the darkness evil waits…

As a young bride Kira was whisked away from everything and everyone she knew, including her new husband and became Christina, an operative of the Displaced Persons Unit.

As the danger grows she sees an opportunity to save her husband Vasya and sister Serina. But nothing is the same. Serina is grown up—married and pregnant.

Vasya too is older and darkly forbidding. Trusting Christina doesn’t come easily until a catastrophic event takes place. Now, knowing the truth everything he thought he knew is changed. But at a very high cost.

The four must work together to defeat the Demon, Zuor and the stakes are higher than they imagined and all could be lost.

Now for the important stuff, if you pre-order Inheritance of the Blood today you get it at a super special price of 0.99 cents. 

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New Release - Wild about Harry by Susanne Bellamy

Hello and welcome Susanne Bellamy! 

Today is indeed and exciting day because we are all “Wild about Harry,” your new release!

Tell us about what spurred the idea for your story.   

I worked in Cloncurry years ago and spent weekends getting to know the area. We visited places such as Mary Kathleen (sadly the mine had closed by that time) the field of crosses, Quamby, a dam where I attempted to learn to waterski, and much more. I learned to play netball (badly), took part in a fashion show, learned to drive a monster pick up truck, and was a member of CATS, the Cloncurry Amateur Theatrical Society. We put on several theatre restaurant/reviews and a play. On one memorable occasion, we took our show ‘on the road’ down to Kynuna … in the back of a cattle truck! It had been power-cleaned, and sported a canvas ‘roof’, with an armchair, beanbag, eskies, and lots of enthusiastic ‘players’. We stayed at the Blue Heeler pub, quintessential Outback accommodation.

The thing about living so far west was that there were so many opportunities to do different, fun things. We made our own fun, and enjoyed life. Harry, the protagonist of my next book, has forgotten how to enjoy life, but Bri turns his life upside down. In doing so, she also learns a lot about herself, and discovers what a wonderful place outback towns are, and comes to know the warmth and welcoming nature of people in the west.

Wild About Harry is book 5 in my series, Hearts of the Outback. Set in and around Mt Isa, the books are linked by location, and characters from each book pop up in other books, although each story is complete in itself. I love meeting familiar characters again, especially when I’ve previously enjoyed their company, and this group of characters have ties that bind, family and friends. I hope you enjoy them too.


Wild About Harry


Trying to be both father and mother to his young daughter, Harry Douglas has no interest in a new relationship. If he had known that helping Briony Middleton on a lonely Outback road would put his closely guarded secret at risk, he wouldn’t have played the white knight.

Bri has no time for relationships; her focus is on avenging her grandfather’s ill-treatment at the hands of a big mining company by gathering photographic evidence of wrongdoing and stopping a proposed super mine.

But as fate and Harry’s daughter keep throwing them together, what will Bri do when she discovers Harry’s secrets?



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7 Minutes with an Author - Rachael Johns - Part 2


Thank you for coming over to chat about your writing life in this two part special of 7 Minutes with an Author. 

1. How do you balance your writing day?

Often not well! But writing is my full time job, so for me this means dedicating school hours (most of the time) to my profession. I drop the kids off at school, then come home and head into my cabin (office). I check emails, social media etc, then usually read through the writing from the day before, tweak/edit that a bit and then get stuck into new words. Writing is only one part of being an author, so I have to juggle deadlines for other things such as edits, blog posts, promo articles, etc. Often I’m writing one book, editing another and thinking about the one I’ll be writing next. Oh and promo-ing the latest release. I’m not very organised, so I wouldn’t say I have a specific method to juggling these things, I just get it done! (A bit like an organised madness that works eh?) 

2. What time do you get to bed when writing a new story? 

Whether or not I’m writing a new story, I go to bed between 10-11pm every night. I rarely write at nights these days, so it’s not really a factor. Saying that I’m actually ALWAYS writing a new book! Breaks are few and far between in my life at the moment. 

3. If you knew then what you know now, about writing, what advice would you have given yourself? 

Don’t be impatient to get published. Take time to learn your craft and listen to feedback but don’t take it all on board as gospel. Protect your writing voice and keep at it. You’ll get there eventually. I think today we are so lucky to have the option of self-publishing but I think a trap many new writers fall into is self-publishing their first books because they are being rejected by traditional publishers. Sometimes this is because a book doesn’t fit a publisher’s imprint, but often it’s because they are simply not at publishable standard yet. But with it being so easy to self-publish, the option is very tempting. I’m so glad it wasn’t around when I started out as I’d hate for some of my earlier practise books to be “out there”. Saying that, I’m not against self-publishing – it’s definitely a viable option these days, but people need to be sure they are doing it for the right reasons!  (All good advice. I know I have made every mistake possible with my first self-published book.) 

4. What types of stories do you like to read?

Of course I love reading books about relationships – whether that be romance or the complicated relationships between friends or family – but I also really love a good crime novel. I find I can enjoy these books much more than I can books in my own genre, as when I read WF and romance, it’s hard to switch off my internal critic. As I’m reading, I’m always analysing whether I think things are working and how/why the author has done certain things. 

5. What are you reading now?

I’m almost finished Monica McInerney’s A TRIP OF A LIFETIME. I love her book LOLA’S SECRET and this one is linked, so it’s fab to read about Lola again! 


6. What T.V. shows do you like to watch or binge on?

I need to make more time to watch TV as I have so many recommendations from friends. I love Offspring, Nashville and Packed to the Rafters. Currently though I’m watching The Handmaid’s Tale with my hubby! It’s so disturbing! (I haven’t watched Handmaid’s Tale yet, but everyone is saying the same thing about it.) 

7. If you could be one superhero who would you be?

Hmm… you know, I’m not really a superhero fan so I have no idea!!! Sorry :) (OMG! We have to convert you!) 

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Lawson Cooper-Jones has two priorities in life – his son, Ned, and the survival of the dairy farm that has been in his family for generations. Despite the best efforts of the town matchmakers and the determined pursuit of local girl Adeline Walsh, Lawson’s heart belongs still, and only, to his late wife.

But when a flat tyre strands Lawson and Ned in nearby Rose Hill, he’s surprised to find a woman living alone in the old general store of the deserted town. Ned immediately forms a bond with the beautiful stranger called Meg, and Lawson is surprised to find himself captivated by her too.

Although shy at first, Meg starts to open up to him about the haunting secrets of her new home and, with Lawson unable to get her out of his head, they agree to investigate the history of the old building together. Soon they find their friendship has bloomed into something more.

But when meddling Adeline makes it her mission to uncover the truth about the newcomer and her real identity is revealed, Lawson and Meg’s budding romance comes crashing down. Can they both learn to forgive in order to claim a future for their damaged hearts?

A moving story of secrets, love and new beginnings from bestselling author Rachael Johns. 

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