BLOG TOUR EXTRACT: Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) by Effie Kammenou @EffieKammenou @lovebooksgroup

Hello to all my lovely followers, I hope you are all keeping happy and reading away! Today I bring you an extract from ‘Love is What you Bake of it’ take a read and see what you think, it might just be something that takes your fancy! ENJOY 😊

The Cover:

Cover of Love is what you Bake of it!

The Blurb:

The only love Kally Andarakis is baking is in the form of the sweet treats she whips up in her café, The Coffee Klatch.

Kally never believed herself to be a person worthy of love, but when an intoxicating man she considered out of her league pursues her, she risks everything to be with him. Later, when tragedy strikes, truths are revealed that leave Kally brokenhearted and untrusting.

Eight years later, Kally is a successful pastry chef running the café she’d always dreamed of owning. With a home of her own, a profession she’s passionate about, and the support and love of friends and family, Kally is content with the life she has carved out for herself.

Until the day Max Vardaxis walks into her café…

With arguing parents, meddling relatives, an overly energetic grandmother, a man-crazy best friend, and the long ago, mysterious disappearance of a grandfather, this new man in town is just one more complication in Kally’s life, if not the main one.

Kally must now decide whether to keep her heart safe or to once again take a ‘whisk on love.


By the time the morning rush had died down, Kally’s mop of pinned-up curls had fallen out in random spots, her apron was covered with coffee splatters and her face was dotted with powdered sugar. Before she had a moment to change her apron and freshen up, a police officer walked in, presumably to retrieve the errant license plate.

Egypt came up behind Kally and clamped a hand over her shoulder. “Holy cappuccino. That is one hot macchiato sent down from heaven by one of your Greek Gods.”

Kally looked up to see what Egypt, who was now digging her nails into Kally’s skin, was making such a fuss over. 

From the corner of her eye, she had seen the blue uniform enter, so had promptly bent down to pull the license plate out from under the counter. But she hadn’t bothered to pay attention to which village officer it was that had come by. She knew most of them from the neighborhood and quite a few would stop by for some coffee while on their break. 

It wasn’t until Egypt’s nails had practically drawn blood while she whispered breathy squeals in her ear that she looked up to see an unfamiliar face—a face that looked like it belonged on the pages of a magazine or flashing across a movie screen. He exuded an air of wealth and power and her first impression was that the small-town uniform seemed out of place on such a man. Kally pried Egypt’s hand from her shoulder and made her way over to the edge of the counter.

“Hello, officer. I believe you’re here for this.” Kally handed him the mangled metal. One of his fingers inadvertently grazed hers as he took the license plate. A stab of nerves shot through her as their eyes met and she immediately looked away. Steeling herself, she lifted her eyes back up to him, nodding resolutely. She had done her civic duty and it was best she got back to work. If only her feet didn’t feel as though they were cemented to the ground.

Kally wasn’t short at five foot-six inches, but the constable towered over her by at least seven more.

“We ran the plate number you read to the dispatcher and the car belonging to this plate was stolen, so thank you for calling it in,” the officer said, his voice deep and velvety, despite his professional manner.

“I’m glad I could help.” Yes, Kally told herself. He was a good-looking man—thick, dark hair, the kind a woman wants to run her hands through—toned from what she could tell under that uniform—eyes the color of rich chestnuts. He’s probably the best she’s seen in well, years. But so what? It meant nothing to her. Nothing, she convinced herself as her heart began to thunder in her chest. Looks are superficial. He could be a creep. Doubt it. Or an axe murderer. Ridiculous. He could have a wife and nine children. Now that’s more like it.

About the Author:

Author Effie Kammenou

Effie Kammenou is a believer that it is never too late to chase your dreams, follow your heart, or change your career. She is proof of that. At one time, long ago, she’d hoped that by her age, she would have had an Oscar in her hand after a successful career as an actor. Instead, she worked in the optical field for 40 years while raising her two daughters.

In 2015, three years after the death of her mother from pancreatic cancer, she published her debut novel, Evanthia’s Gift, book one in a women’s fiction, multigenerational love story and family saga, inspired by her mother and her Greek heritage. Kammenou continues to pick her father’s brain for stories of his family’s life in Lesvos, Greece, and their journey to America. Her interview with him was published in the nationally circulated magazine Reminisce.

Evanthia’s Gift: Book One in The Gift Saga was a 2016 finalist in the Readers Favorite Book Awards. Waiting for Aegina: Book Two in The Gift Saga was awarded finalist status in the 2019 International Book Awards and Chasing Petalouthes, the last book in the trilogy, had also placed in the Readers Favorite Book Awards for the 2018 contest.

Her latest novel, the first book in a new contemporary romance series, is now complete. Love is What You Bake of It, follows Kally’s path to independence despite her sometimes stifling family and her tumultuous road to finding love. But it wouldn’t be a Kammenou novel without a delve into the past, or the references to mouth-watering foods.

Effie Kammenou is a first-generation Greek-American who lives on Long Island with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing or posting recipes on her food blog, aptly named cheffieskitchen, you can find her entertaining family and friends or traveling for ‘research.’

As an avid cook and baker, a skill she learned from watching her Athenian mother, she incorporated traditional Greek family recipes throughout the books for a little extra ‘flavor.’

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Hofstra University.

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Thank you to the Author and Publisher for giving me the opportunity to be on this tour and also a huge thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tour for always supporting me and letting me take part in all of the tours she arranges!

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Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum


Welcome to my blog, I am a mum of 2 beautiful boys, who lost all of her passions and hobbies by dedicating all of my time and my life to raising my 2 boys. It’s taken me 3 years to realise I can still enjoy some of my hobbies as well as raise them and even involve them to! I love to read, I always have from children’s books, to factual crime, to local and world history (although my knowledge is terrible), to all fiction especially crime, thriller and horror. I have decided to start blogging and reviewing books, and meeting some of the authors that may be starting out like myself and my blog to maybe even some of my favourite Authors! I hope you enjoy this journey with me and support me along the way! Please sit back and enjoy my reviews and here is to a new start of making sure we look after ourselves as well as our children!

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