Labyrinthine Ways featured in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Labyrinthine Ways" by Aurelia (Cosmos Publishing). The Greek islands never had a more enthusiastic promoter than Aurelia T. Smeltz, a local writer who writes under her first name only. "Labyrinthine Ways," the Duquesne University grad's second … [Read more]

Labyrinthine Ways Reviewed by The Pappas Post

The Pappas Post is the largest and most widely read American publication covering Greece. They just published a wonderful article reviewing Aurelia's new novel Labyrinthine Ways, which can be seen here. The article written by Kathy Tzilivakis is … [Read more]

Reflection on Crete (The Story of Aurelia’s Pendant)

In this video, Aurelia tells the story of the pendant she bought to remember her time in Crete, and the connection it has to a great American author.   … [Read more]

Sfakia: Where White Mountains Meet the Blue Libyan Sea

The Story of Labyrinthine Ways unfolds in rugged Chora Sfakion . . . Where the Mountains Meet the Sea. By Aurelia Come, take my hand.  Let us go to another world, where time passes slowly and is marked by the arrivals and departures of a majestic … [Read more]

Pittsburgh Book Launch on January 17

Thursday, January 17 -- 6 to 9 pm. Chatham Village Club House -- 655 Pennridge Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15211. Aurelia will read excerpts from her new novel, Labyrinthine Ways, set in modern times on the isle of Crete. Enjoy complimentary wine … [Read more]

My Story of Crete (Video) … [Read more]

Labyrinthine Ways Excerpt in Greenwich Visitor

Read an exclusive excerpt from Labyrintine Ways, featured in the Greenwich Vistor, published in Greenwich, UK. Aurelia will be reading selections from the novel at Waterstones Greenwich on December 19. The excerpt can be found on pages 14-15. … [Read more]


A few chapters in Labyrinthine Ways unfold on Mykonos, one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan  of all the Greek islands, seducing all who walk on its dazzling sands and swim in its deep blue waters.  It is said that when the Muses need … [Read more]

The Blessing of the Sheep

In the orthodox religion, every profession has a saint and shepherding is no exception. Saint George is the patron saint of shepherds and every year on his day, April 23, there is a spectacular ceremony in the Cretan mountain village of Asi Gonia … [Read more]

A Ghosly Apparition in Mystical Crete

Most visitors to Crete come to see the splendid Palace of Knossos and the golden artifacts of the Minoan age; others make pilgrimages to the gravesite of Nikos Kazantzakis in Iraklion, or to his the birthplace in Varvari; and still others come to go … [Read more]