Dario Ciriello (Fairduncan on QT) has signed with agent Anne Devlin of Max Gartenberg Literary Agency.
When I joked to my wife about packing up everything and moving to a tiny Greek island, I never thought she'd take me seriously. But what use are dreams if they only remain dreams? How awful would it be to grow old knowing you'd been too timid to take risks to make them come true?
'Aegean Dream' is the true story of two slightly crazy people who gamble everything they have on their dream.
In November 2006, my wife Linda and I leave California for a new life on the tiny Greek island of Skópelos (the 'Mamma Mia!' island). We've studied Greek, done our research, and have a simple goal: to set up an island-branded, natural cosmetics business, and live happily ever after. Our means are modest, and everything we have is at risk if we fail.
After a promising start in our new home, the rascally and incompetent lawyer we've hired to file Linda's residency application first drops the ball, then bribes a public official right before our eyes. Within hours, we're warned this will spark an international incident involving Greece, the US, and Britain. Suddenly, Linda's status is that of an illegal alien, and her vital residency and business permit, on which our whole enterprise depends, beyond reach.
In Greece, connections are everything. But will the efforts of our friends -- the proud and complicated Dr. Yiánnis; the mayor's gentle and intelligent daughter, Iliána; and Tákis, the island's chess-playing, motorcycle-riding Casanova -- be enough to help us out of a deepening mess before our very slim finances run out and we're forced to abandon our dream? And how will we cope emotionally as our dreams collide with some very ugly realities?
Dr. Yiánnis quickened his pace. "We must go to the police station." I hesitated. "Look, Yiánnis, I don’t want to make things worse." "Ehh, this is not possible," he said, grim-faced. "It is already so bad that you cannot make it worse."
Often comical, sometimes edgy, and always truthful, 'Aegean Dream' is a bittersweet story of dreams, friendships, and the resilience of the human spirit; of mistakes made, and lessons learned.
I've sold short fiction to several print and online publications, including 'Shimmer' magazine (Fall '05 and Winter '07 issues) and the upcoming 'Best New Tales of the Apocalypse' anthology (Permuted Press); I was also a semi-finalist in the 'Writers of the Future' contest in 2008.
At 140k words, the ms of 'Aegean Dream' is complete and in a good state of polish. I'd be deliriously happy to send you a partial or full.
Thanks so much for your time thus far, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.