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A Degree of Hope

April 2, 2020

Although my planned return to Crete, the island I regard as my second home, is not scheduled until late this year, as the virus pandemic increases that trip seems less and less likely to happen. My regret at missing the chance to see the beautiful island and to meet up with my many friends there is offset somewhat by the pleasure that comes from my most recent writing project.

Many of you will be aware that for over three years I have supported ELEPAP, the centre for the rehabilitation of disabled children and young adults in Chania, northern Crete, with all royalties from The Fountain of Daphne, one of my Greek Island Romances, going in their entirety to the charity. I was conscious that whatever I achieved would be insufficient to repay all the kindness and hospitality I have received over the many years I have visited the island.

Now in the current climate of lockdown, ELEPAP has been forced to close temporarily; the risk to many of their brave children from the coronavirus is far too great, and fund raisers and events have been cancelled. So I decided the first book of a planned trilogy written as William Gordon specifically to support ELEPAP, should be released earlier than planned. The Shepherd’s Lodge, 1st Generation, Anastasia, Intended as a holiday read – can be read anywhere! Part two will be released at the end of April.

Again, all royalties for all three titles will be paid directly to the charity and these proceeds will be theirs perpetually. So, if in the future someone buys any of them in any format, the charity will continue to benefit long after I am gone – and I’m not planning on going anywhere yet! For an insight into the charity check out my blog ‘George’ 22nd October 2016 or

Buying or downloading these titles will enable you to contribute to this worthy cause. I hope you will enjoy the books, but this is of secondary consideration. Your support is the overriding factor, and for this I thank you most sincerely.



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