Sometimes I think I should have studied anthropology or archeology instead of journalism, marketing and sociology. But my multiple and varied interests may be blamed on my ADD.
Writing Christmas in Cancun seemed easy because I had researched the effect the Spanish invasion had on the Yucatan Peninsula and have visited many of the sites. My family has spent several Christmas vacations in Cancun.
As you may know, I write factual fiction. I base my stories in fact and allow the reader to decide where my imagination takes over.
I found it fascinating that the light emanating from the Mayan temple to the four goddesses drew the Conquistadores right to the island they later named Isla Mujeres, the Isle of Women. Until they found those golden statues and the silver, gold and jewels offered by desperate women to their deities, the men had found little of value in what they would soon claim for their queen as the New World.
As with many conquered societies, the Mayan women adopted the Virgin Mary as another female holy entity, someone else to pray to and receive sacrifices. It was a delightful surprise when I first dove on the underwater Madonna at the North end of Isla Mujeres. She serenely stands on an outcropping of stone surrounded by coral in vibrant shades of red, swaying purple fans, and mounds of yellow brain coral. Iridescent blue parrot fish weave through the ancient organisms hardened into rocks, while schools of yellow fish pass by her. Smaller silver fish flash in the clear turquoise water like tinsel on a Christmas tree. Yet, the constantly moving ocean filled with minuscule particles give her a surreal appearance.
Several miles down the mainland from Cancun, Rio Secreto, the Secret River, empties pristine water into the Caribbean Sea. All over the area called the Riviera Maya you can find cenotes. These holes in the earth were created thousands of years ago when a river cave collapsed, exposing its endless supply of untainted water to the surface.
In Christmas in Cancun, I brought all these elements together and added the human drama of the Girard family in this action-packed romantic suspense that goes on sale December 1, 2014. It is the first of the “In Cancun” series. Look for a novella and two more novels next year.
Busy building a new career with his catamaran company, former SEAL Jack Girard had all but forgotten about his grandfather’s quest to find the golden Mayan goddess statues until his brother’s beautiful widow, Jillian, and adorable daughter, Addison, arrive in Cancun with the research materials. His need to complete the family mission is almost as strong as his desire for Jillian.
Between raising her daughter alone and finishing her doctorate in Mayan anthropology, Jillian doesn’t have time for a man in her life. Although, after mourning her husband’s murder for two years, she’s ready for a man her bed.
An underwater Virgin Mary statue and centuries-old manuscripts lead the two of them through the Mayan Riviera and directly into danger.
During steamy Caribbean nights together, will they develop the ability to move on and discover the real treasure isn’t gold?
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