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Tonia Sotiropoulou Imagined as Helaina Karras in The PRIYA CLUB Novels by Ashley Barron
Tonia Sotiropoulou imagined as character Helaina Karras in the Priya Club novels.

Helaina Karras was the twelfth member to be inducted into the the Priya Club. She is a prolific restaurateur, third generation, and has already expanded her holdings globally.

Helaina’s parents and younger brother, all restaurateurs themselves, live in and around Washington, D.C. The Karras family’s collective empire, including the holdings of aunts, uncles, and cousins, spans three continents and nine nations.

Helaina’s best friend within the Priya Club is Tessa Marshall.

The Darlings is a fictional restaurant group owned by character Helaina Karras in the Priya Club novels.
Helaina’s family has found her on trademarking the Karras name for her global restaurant interests. Her brother, in particular, looks to challenge every new step she takes with her business. While he does have one restaurant of his own, he is his parents’ legal heir, and feels that his sister’s success outside the family fold is placing the security of his inheritance at risk.

Lately, his attacks have been turning personal. Small details about Helaina’s life, most of them unimportant or uninteresting, are finding their way to various food blogs and gossip sites. So far, Helaina can’t prove it is her brother. But who could it possibly be? He has been harassing her with constant legal action for nearly a decade.

Foolish man. His repeated attempts to tear Helaina down have only made her stronger. Helaina does not consider herself to be in competition with any of her family members, and she openly promotes their restaurants whenever she gives an interview or places a new ad. She even adds web links and contact information for their restaurants to all of her own social media. Helaina believes that if her brother redirected his energies and applied his talent to building his Brands, he would be one of the top restaurateurs in the city.


The Backstory

The Thrills

Keep an eye on this space for hints about the thrills in Helaina’s story.

Who is this Priya's true love?
Who is this Priya's true love?

The rumors are true: It’s love, Lover.

For the first time, Helaina has named one of her restaurants after the man in her life. He hasn’t been in her life for very long, not romantically, but he fits her in a way no other man has been able to do. Her brings out the best in her, professionally and personally. Just the thought of him causes her knees to shake.

No one is more surprised about this truth than Helaina. She is woman who is hard to date, for many reasons. Her success is near impossible match. She wakes up early and stays up late. She is demanding of everyone, but first and foremost, of herself. She is accustomed to taking all risks alone, and to making all decisions alone, too. He wants in, this man does — in her heart. He wants to be a “real” couple, planning a life together, making choices together.

Oh, that word “together.” Why does it scare it so?

LOVER is a fictional restaurant owned by Helaina Karras in the Priya Club novels.

Helaina Karras owns “The Darlings,” a fleet of restaurants she designed that incorporates the particular lifestyles and favorite foods of the Priya Club members. Each woman eats and drinks for free at her namesake establishment.

Lover is designed to as a modern take on classic Greek architecture. Sculptures, columns, fountains, high ceilings, a harpist. Very lush, very upscale, very romantic. Marbles, neutrals, and discreet use of deep reds,

Every woman is offered a corsage, every man a boutonniere, all fashioned in Lover’s signature style. For those who enjoy a cocktail, a complimentary glass of champagne finds it way to your hand within a minute of being seated.

Dining is by reservation only at Lover, and, by the way, good luck getting one. (OK, unless you are a Priya.) Helaina does not rent out restaurant for private events. They are not open for lunch. A five-course dinner is done in three seatings, groupings the wait staff collectively refers to as the Pops (5:30 PM), the Mids (8:00 PM), and the Babes (10:30 PM) — always out of Helaina’s earshot, of course.

What Readers Are Saying About AVA

AVA a Priya Club Novel by Ashley Barron

“I will say it again, I am amazed I didn’t figure out this mystery! Most the time I have a pretty good guess and I didn’t even have a guess with this book.”

“From the first chapter you are hooked. It is hard to put down. Great book. Can’t wait to read the next one.

“Ashley Barron has an uncanny ability for communicating the intricacies of human relationships. For that reason alone, I am looking forward to her next installment.”

“The plot develops nicely and never veers off course…and as it comes to its conclusion, you are left fulfilled, but craving more.

“I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more from the author, Ashley Barron. This book had humor, fun, suspense and much more.”

“Wasn’t expecting this to be such a good book, so I was thrilled to find it was. Look forward to reading the ones to follow it in the Priya series.”

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