I’ve been very lucky that my day job has let me visit Mexico on a number of occasions. I’ve been to Mexico City, Guadalajara and Tequila. Fascinating places, great food and good-hearted people.
I’ve been fascinated by the Aztecs and the Maya since I read The Conquest of Mexico and Peru as a kid. It’s no wonder that I decided to set two of my books in Mexico: Aztec Gold and The Fifth Kingdom. The Fifth Kingdom in particular is one of my favorite books and it features the Sun Stone, a symbol of Mexico, in the story. That’s the Sun Stone in the bottom left of this photo! It was truly a pleasure to share with you how the Aztecs lived and their culture, as well as their gods and goddesses.
P.S. – My fascination with the Maya was in large part responsible for inspiring the Sin Hunters and the special powers that you first see in THE LOST.
Years ago I was lucky enough to be at a legal conference where they took us to visit the archaeological site of Teotihuacan which is just north of Mexico City. This site was the location for one of the largest pre-Columbian cities in the Americas. It is thought to have been destroyed in either 5 or 6 A.D., possibly from internal strife or climate change due to meteor strikes and/or a volcanic eruption.
Now, for the regulars, you know how I hate heights, but I refused to let that fear keep me from getting to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. Here are some photos from my trek. You can see how far up it really is! The first photo is of the Avenue of the Dead which is actually a series of multi-family dwellings.
This is me on my way up the pyramid. Going down was a lot harder due to the steepness of the grade.
I recently got to visit Mexico City again and go to the Anthropological Museum where I saw lots of artifacts and this recreation of what Teotihuacan may have looked like at one time. It was awesome to see all this history up close and personal because I had included a lot of it in AZTEC GOLD and THE FIFTH KINGDOM, my two novels with Aztec themes.
I hope you enjoyed this Throwback Thursday look at my visits to Mexico.
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Last night was Twelfth Night, the eve of the last day of the Christmas season. It also signals the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas plus the arrival of Los Reyes, the Three Wise Men, bringing gifts to the baby Jesus.
I woke up this morning to see the gifts waiting there. Some small gifts to celebrate Los Reyes Mago, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany.
In many Latin countries, Los Reyes are done up in big fashion, with parades or fireworks such as these in Madrid on Twelfth Night (called the Cabalgata de los Reyes). If you can’t see the video below, you can cut and past this link to watch: http://youtu.be/x9WS3c85IVM
Happy Reyes everyone!!
So now onto the good news: AZTEC GOLD has been nominated as a Reviewer’s Choice of 2011 by the Paranormal Romance Guild.
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Now I know that woke you up this morning, but ladies, go get another cup of coffee while we chat a little about tonight’s live video event with Aimee and David Thurlo, the husband and wife writing team responsible for the wonderful Ella Clah suspense series. Did I mention that Aimee is also a writer for Harlequin Intrigue and that her latest release, WINTER HAWK’S LEGEND, is currently a bestselling Intrigue on Amazon?
So you’re probably wondering what that has to do with being naughty or nice/alone or with a partner. Well, tonight at 9 pm EST, we’ll be chatting about romance through the decades and how it’s changed. I think back to some of the old stories where non-consensual sex was quite common and even back to my old contemporaries which were spicy back then, but now barely raise an eyebrow. I’d love to hear your thoughts tonight on all that!
We’ll also be talking about how it is to write with a partner, especially if that writing partner is also your hubby! I so can’t imagine. My hubby has only read two of my books and says he skipped through all those scenes. It’ll be great to hear how David and Aimee do that balancing act in their writing partnership.
So please drop by tonight at 9 pm EST for this live video event. Bring your questions and your comments.
Did I mention there would be giveaways? Yep, I’ll be giving away a copy of A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS, a LOST T-shirt as well as an Audible gift card for you to download AZTEC GOLD and one other audio book!
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I’ve got my wonderful editor, Selina McLemore, with my friends at Danger Women Writing! Visit with us for a chance to win a $10 Gift Card, autographed copy of SINS OF THE FLESH, STRONGER THAN SIN Tote bag and an autographed copy of AZTEC GOLD.
I’m off today to run some personal errands and also to do a workshop at the wonderful Bucks County Romance Writers. I hope you all have a wonderful day and I’ll be back tomorrow.
For starters you can join me for a series of incredible video chats over the course of the next few weeks. I’ll be meeting you face-to-face thanks to the wonders of technology and also sharing some of my favorite authors and friends. Come join the fun at our very first chat this Thursday as we preview THE LOST, the very first book in my new SIN HUNTER series.
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