My Books & Writing

EBotziou

I have self-published four books and have written for various publications. You can read article samples or find out more about my work as a Freelance Writer here.

MY BOOKS

All of my books (with the exception of The Ink Pot Planner) are available on Kindle and in paperback format from Amazon worldwide. You can see my Amazon bookstore for the UK and US here.  Alternatively, if you would like to contact me I can send you a signed copy of any book for the usual retail price.

 Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing

Theseus & the Mother-in-Law and Other Myths & Legends

Seraphina: a short story in verse

The Ink Pot Planner: a guided workbook for the writer within

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CHILDREN’S BOOK SERIES:

The Adventures of Omicron: The Temple of Olympus

The Adventures of Omicron: Voyage on the Argo

The Adventures of Omicron: The Gorgon’s Head

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My first book GREEK EXPECTATIONS: THE LAST MOUSSAKA STANDING was released in October 2013 and is available to purchase from Amazon worldwide in paperback and on kindle.

The Blurb

“A life full of Greek expectations will not be an easy one, but with a little help from the Gods, you can be sure that yours will be the last moussaka standing.”

Part memoir, part rant, part survival guide, Ekaterina’s cautionary tale of Greek love and life gives a hilariously witty insight into the trials and tribulations of being a modern woman tormented by guilt-inducing mother-in-laws, pandofla-wielding Grandfathers, and oppressively hairy husbands.

Primary important facts about Greek men:

  • Their mother is number one.
  • Their father is number two.
  • Their sibling(s) are number three.
  • Their car is number four.
  • Their cousins, uncles and aunts are number five.
  • Their pet(s) are number six.
  • Their village community is number seven.
  • You do not have a number – your opinion is not valid!

Growing up in a big, not-so-fat, semi-Greek household, Ekaterina Botziou spent much of her childhood defying her father’s wishes for her to learn to play the bouzouki, and refusing third helpings of moussaka.

Determined never to be the stereotypical Greek woman stuck in the kitchen, she chose to while away long summer days holidaying in Greece playing, “What’s the time Mr Wolf?” with her 101 Greek cousins, rather than be stuck inside learning to cook with Yiayia.

Unfortunately Zeus had other ideas, and in a twist of fate some years later, Ekaterina found herself married to a Greek-Cypriot and battling against the stale old laws of Greek tradition.

Available to buy in Paperback from Amazon UK, Amazon.Com and on Amazon Kindle.

Signed copies can be requested by clicking on the Contact Me button.

Find out more about my book or read a few excerpts and see photos from my book launch party by clicking on Writing Greek Expectations.

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My second book THESEUS & THE MOTHER-IN-LAW AND OTHER MYTHS & LEGENDS was released in September 2014 and is available to purchase from Amazon worldwide in paperback and on kindle.

The Blurb

“In the beginning there was only Chaos; Greek Chaos.”

In the time before time, when the Titans came forth and battled the Olympians for immortal supremacy, Zeus, the greatest of all the Olympian Gods, emerged victorious and took to his throne on Mount Olympus. Bored with the petty squabbling between his brothers, he instructed Prometheus to create man and thus the age of the Greek Heroes began.

Fearless and brave, they battled whatever mythological creature the gods threw at them, from the hideous, hissing Medusa, to the monstrous, multi-headed Hydra, to the rampaging, raging Minotaur. Whether fighting for glory, for love, or for immortality, the champions of myth and legend made their names on the battlefields of Ancient Greece.

But who was the greatest hero of all? Was it the valiant Perseus fighting for the freedom of his dear mother? Could it be Theseus the suave slayer of the Minotaur? Perhaps it was fearsome Achilles the golden boy of Troy? Or was it the mighty demi-god Heracles, the son of Zeus himself?

You decide.

Think you know the tales of the Greek heroes? Think again.

Available to buy in Paperback from Amazon UK, Amazon.com and on Amazon Kindle.

Signed copies can be requested by clicking on the Contact Me button.

Find out more about my book or read a few excerpts and see photos from my book launch party by clicking on The Making of Theseus.

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My short story in verse SERAPHINA was released in February 2015 and is available to purchase from Amazon worldwide in paperback and on kindle.

The Blurb

“All were about to fall from the den of the hyena,

For the Order had not foreseen the strength of little Seraphina”

Born into a world ravaged by the fires of war and hate, little Seraphina is forced into hiding after her mother and father are brutally murdered by the Order.

Led by the despotic Fanatic and his army of metallic pawns, the Order seeks to crush all who defy their tyrannical regime and slaughter those who stand in their way.

But amidst the bloodshed, a secret Alliance forms who dare to challenge the Fanatic’s reign.

As Seraphina grows into a fierce and respected young woman, she gains the adoration of those who fought by her parents’ side and becomes a beacon of hope for the land’s tormented souls.

With Fear and Death lurking in the shadows, Seraphina must find the courage to avenge her loved ones and free the people from the chains of eternal darkness.

Available to buy in Paperback from Amazon UK, Amazon.Com and on Amazon Kindle.

Signed copies can be requested by clicking on the Contact Me button.

Find out more about the book or read a few excerpts by clicking on Experimenting with a short story in verse.

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Workbook and planner THE INK POT PLANNER was released in November 2020 and is available to purchase from Amazon worldwide as well as a digital download right here.

The Blurb

A guided workbook, planner and journal all in one designed for those looking to unleash their inner creativity. With an undated planner, weekly writing exercises and pages of inspiration, The Ink Pot Planner is the perfect companion for any writer.

The workbook is designed to give as much flexibility as possible whilst also offering guidance where it may be needed for any writer. Whether you want to write a full-length novel, a memoir, a book of short poems, or just try your hand at journaling, this guided workbook will lead the way.

Available to buy in Paperback from Amazon UK, Amazon.Com

Signed copies can be requested by clicking on the Contact Me button.

You can purchase a downloadable PDF file here.

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My first children’s book THE ADVENTURES OF OMICRON: THE TEMPLE OF OLYMPUS was released in November 2019 and is available to purchase from Amazon worldwide in paperback and on kindle.

The Blurb

When the mighty god Zeus gives his daughter Athena a little mechanical owl for her birthday, she is overjoyed and names him Omicron. But poor Omicron is not allowed to stay with Athena on Mount Olympus until he has proved himself worthy of living amongst the gods. So Zeus sends him down to Ancient Greece to battle mythological monsters and outwit cunning creatures.

In his first adventure, Omicron must help Delphina the High Priestess to protect the Temple of Olympus against the dangerous giant Thoon and his band of burly brothers. Will Omicron ever return to Mount Olympus?

Available to buy in Paperback from Amazon UK, Amazon.Com and on Amazon Kindle.

Signed copies can be requested by clicking on the Contact Me button.

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My second children’s book THE ADVENTURES OF OMICRON: VOYAGE ON THE ARGO was released in April 2020 and is available to purchase from Amazon worldwide.

The Blurb

Omicron’s quest to prove his worth and rejoin the goddess Athena continues as he meets Jason and the Argonauts on board the famous ship, the Argo.

Surrounded by the finest Greek warriors, Omicron wonders what on earth Zeus is thinking. Surely the fearsome Argonauts don’t need the help of a small mechanical owl?

But all too soon the Argo enters troubled waters, and Omicron must find the courage to face the deadly dangers ahead. Will he ever return to Mount Olympus?

Available to buy in Paperback from Amazon UK, Amazon.Com.

Signed copies can be requested by clicking on the Contact Me button.

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My third children’s book THE ADVENTURES OF OMICRON: THE GORGON’S HEAD was released in September 2020 and is available to purchase from Amazon worldwide.

The Blurb

In his third adventure to prove his worth to the gods and rejoin Athena, Omicron finds himself fighting alongside Queen Myrina and her fearless tribe of warrior women known as the Amazons. Sent to protect Pandora and her mysterious box, the Amazon warriors will surely fight off any danger.

But this time their enemy is far more powerful than any foe they have encountered before. And with Hades making trouble, Omicron will find his faith in the gods shaken. Will he ever return to Mount Olympus?

Available to buy in Paperback from Amazon UK, Amazon.Com.

Signed copies can be requested by clicking on the Contact Me button.

If you enjoy the books, please consider telling your friends or posting a short review on Amazon (both UK and US). Word of mouth is an author’s best friend and much appreciated. Thank you!

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FREELANCE WRITING ENQUIRIES / COPYWRITING

I have written for a wide variety of magazines including STATUS Magazine , LIFE & LUXURY, THE OROKLINI NEWS, THE HUFFINGTON POST and THE LOVE WIMBLEDON GUIDE. I am used to meeting strict deadlines and I am happy to write on virtually any subject and in any style.

You can see samples of my work here.

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