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Jenna's Journey

My debut novel is called 'Jenna's Journey' and is a romantic mystery set in Greece. Part of my inspiration in writing this novel was a love of the country gleaned over many years but it is essentially a reminder of when I lived there during the eighties. I taught English as a Foreign Language and although the work is fictional, some of the amusing things that happened at that time may inadvertently have found their way into my book.

I have always written, mainly short stories and poems but this is my first novel. Ironically it also started life as a short story until inspired by my good friend Linn B Halton, it developed into the work you see today. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing process even when my charaters took off in a totally different direction to what I had planned. Maybe especially when that happened! It did mean lots of frustrating moments though when I had to totally rewrite the story and change the characters until it evolved into somthing quite different to the first version. Looking back I probably have enough material from the rewrites to write another novel. 

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 When Jenna decides on a whim to go to Greece, she’s trying to escape her failing marriage.  Will Greg let her go so easily though? Can she make a new future for herself and how did she get involved in an antiques smuggling ring? Is fellow holidaymaker Tom all he seems and will it be happy ever after with Nikos?  It’s not until twenty-five years later that some of the questions are finally answered.

Sophia's Secret

Having finished writing 'Jenna's Journey' I hadn't planned on writing another book about Greece but the idea wouldn't leave me alone. My second book 'Sophia's Secret' can be read as a standalone although some of the characters from the first book do make an appearance.

Kat has never understood why she was sent at the age of seven from Greece to live in England with her Aunt Tigi. When she receives an email from her grandmother, the first contact in over twenty years, informing her of her mother’s death, she knows this could be her last chance to find out the truth. Little by little she finds out the shocking facts as her grandmother opens her heart.  It seems everyone has a secret to tell, not only her grandmother, as Manoli, her school friend, also harbours a guilty secret. Then there’s a twenty year old mystery to solve as well as a murder and what happened to the missing Church treasure?

Sophia's Secret  is available on Amazon  




I hope you enjoy reading my work.

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Jony | Reply 13.05.2015 11.10

Sophia’s Secret is a convoluted journey across several generations and i like this book and show on QuotesRain homepage as well as create author page

Julie Ryan 13.05.2015 11.33

Thank you Jony. So glad you liked the book.

Pam Keevil | Reply 10.09.2014 12.40

Hi Julie,
Love the website! I will certainly be downloading some titles the next few weeks when my current stash of kindle goodies is depleted.

Julie Ryan 10.09.2014 13.46

Thanks for popping by, Pam x

Elise Williams | Reply 29.08.2014 15.01

Thank you so much Julie for reviewing my debut novel -'Going Upside Down'. l promise my next one will be set in Greece!

Julie Ryan 29.08.2014 18.10

Can't wait to read it xx

Julie Ryan | Reply 20.11.2013 14.22

Thank you so much Effrosyni - will be in touch to reciprocate.

Effrosyni | Reply 20.11.2013 13.12

Hi Julie! Your novel sounds very interesting and I love the way you express yourself! I am Greek by the way and would love to read your book :)

Julie Ryan | Reply 20.11.2013 09.15

Hope you enjoy it Ekaterina

Ekaterina | Reply 20.11.2013 09.12

Great blog Jenna! Currently reading your book :)

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When reading all the reviews I just can not wait to read this for myself. I adore stories of hardship and how they unfold and hopefully have a good ending.

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