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Archeological Legacy of Kan Bahlam II

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K’inich Kan Bahlam II Temple XVII Tablet Kan Bahlam II was a Renaissance Man centuries before that term was invented. He left an archeological legacy that is unsurpassed among Maya kings. His brilliant mind conceived a new calendar, the 819-day count and invented a secret code language called Zuyua. His command of mathematics and numerology led to a web of interconnections between his family history and cosmological cycles. He was an accomplished astronomer and created complex connections between mythological, historical, and family events. He also may be the earliest “cosmopolitan” Mayan, a sophisticate who traveled widely to the edges of the Maya world. K’inich Kan Bahlam II, eldest son of...
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Virtual Author Book Tour – Your Time, My Space


Join me in cyberspace for a book tour! February 5 – 28, 2019.  Come whenever you have time, you don’t need to dress up. Visit each blog stop, even those already scheduled, read interviews, guest blogs, reviews, and excerpts. Comment to enter book giveaway.   Doing book tours the easy way. With the launch of the fourth and final book of my series about ancient Mayan Queens, I decided to take the easier route. For each of the previous three books, I scheduled brick-and-mortar bookstore tours. Doing these took a huge amount of time, energy, coordination, and publicity. Physical tours are also quite expensive, with travel costs and presentation materials. For the most part, my bookstore tours we...
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Blog Tour – The Prophetic Mayan Queen


Join the Blog Tour for The Prophetic Mayan Queen: K’inuuw Mat of Palenque Mists of Palenque Series Book 4. Blog Tour Dates January 7 – 11, 2019.   K’inuuw Mat Name Glyph Journey back 1300 years to the splendor and intrigue of Mayan civilization, the most advanced in the Western World. K’inuuw Mat, a royal girl who wants to dedicate her life to serving Mother Goddess Ix Chel, instead finds her destiny is marriage into the Palenque royal family, overlords of her region. With her skills in scrying and prophecy, she seeks a vision of her future husband. But, upon arriving at his city, she realizes the face she saw is his older brother, Kan Bahlam. They are immediately attracted, though she resis...
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Guest Blogpost by Amanda Jayne


I’m delighted to host Amanda Jayne , intrepid author of Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind, stories of her near-death travel adventures in some of the world’s most exotic and unusual places. Jayne was inspired during her youth by a teacher, and always yearned for far-away places. She began these travels in the late teens-early twenties, and had much to learn about staying safe and well in foreign lands. In this humorous and gripping book, Jayne gives vivid descriptions of hair-raising escapades and provides wit and wisdom through “lessons learned” and”tips on how not to die” should other travelers be brave enough to follow her steps. Below are Jayne’s thoughts about why she sought travel...
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Teotihuacan – Empire of Enigma

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Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan Teotihuacan: Central Mexico Empire With Wide Influence into Maya Regions. A huge city was built in the Basin of Mexico, not far northeast of modern Mexico City. It flourished in these highlands between 150 BCE-650 CE, and for much of that time it was the largest city in pre-Columbian Americas. Population at its height was estimated at 125,000, making it among the world’s top 10 cities at the time. The architecture and layout were unique. There were multi-family residential compounds, apartments of several stories, towering pyramids, streets laid out in a grid pattern, and a 1.3 mile-long central avenue bordered by splendid elite residenc...
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The Devil is in the Detail

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Mayan Shaman or Brujo “The Devil is in the Detail” implies that although something might look simple at first, there is a catch hidden in the details. Often an idea seems wonderful, but turns out impossible to implement. We may be able to agree on generalities, but come to blows on specifics. A project may appear straightforward and easy, but takes more time and effort to carry out than we expected. “The Devil”—our difficulties and challenges—hides in the details. This is the contemporary understanding of the idiom. But, it was not always interpreted this way. Use of the phrase goes back at least to the early 1800s when French writer Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) said “Le bon Dieu est dans le...
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Speak the Speech

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Hamlet, in Shakespeare’s play about the Prince of Denmark says: “Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue, but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines.” (Act 3, Scene 2) Language is a powerful expression of culture. Writing systems, words, and phonetics convey meanings that reveal beliefs and cosmologic views of the people using them. The ancient Mayan language, with roots preceding Old English, is present as both oral and visible literature written on ceramic vessels, painted on murals and wall friezes, carved on stone monuments and wooden Mayan hieroglyph carved on monument. lintels, and in the few bo...
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What’s In A Name?

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Romeo and Juliet In Shakespeare’s play about the eternal love story Romeo and Juliet she asks: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” Juliet was referring to their last names, for she was a Capulet and Romeo was a Montague, two feuding families of medieval Verona. As we know, things did not end well for the star-crossed lovers. It appears there is more to a name than Juliet imagined. Names are important when writing historical fiction. They conjure personalities, attitudes, strengths and weaknesses, traits and inclinations. Can you imagine King Melvin of the Round Table instead of King Arthur? Mildred instead of Joan of Arc? Consider how much m...
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An Author’s Appreciation

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In the writing process, an author comes to realize that readers are an invaluable part. We may write due to internal compulsions, and our books are fulfillment of the creative process, but without people to read those books, something very critical is missing. As we move into 2018, I’m reminded of how blessed I am to have your support and friendship as readers.       In appreciation, I’m giving you a gift. This is a nonfiction booklet I wrote bringing together material about Mayan Queens and women rulers in several cities in Mexico and Guatemala. Magnificent Mayan Queens: Native women of Power and Vision, Maya Preclassic to Late Classic Periods. Magnificent Mayan Queens_V2   Why do we read? ...
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The Writing Process: Inspiration for The Mayan Red Queen Story

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Leonide Martin engrossed in The Writing Process Exploring The Writing Process With Leonide Martin. In this new series of posts, I’ll be taking a look at The Writing Process. Whenever I’ve done an author interview, one question always asked is how I navigate the process of writing. Every author follows a personal writing process, so no single formula fits for all. There are common steps we all go through in conceptualizing, developing, planning, researching, writing routine, revising, editing, and publishing. This series will explore each step in the writing process, using my own experiences as examples. The book I most recently completed is The Mayan Red Queen: Tz’aakb’u Ahau of Palenque . T...
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Guest Blogpost by J. Mitchel Baker

Guest blogpost by J. Mitchel Baker
It’s my pleasure to host a guest blogpost by J. Mitchel Baker as part of his blog tour. He is featuring his book A Journey Within , a lyrical mix of memoir, adventure, and philosophy as he follows his soul’s call to search for the higher design in his life. He embarks on a personal journey into the wilderness, encountering raw nature with its survival challenges and potential for spiritual revelation. This is the true story of a man whose career involves nature and animals, yet whose inner voice called him into the wilderness. After years of postponement, he embarked on his personal quest into the unknown. In raw nature, he encounters unexpected challenges and finds courage through his anima...
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Mayan Queens Kept Worlds in Balance

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Mayan Queen Holding Effigies of Two Deities Mayan Queens and Kings were Shaman-Rulers charged to Maintain Balance between the Three Worlds of the Maya Cosmos. Mayan Queens were powerful leaders in ancient Maya culture. Women rulers are well-documented during the mid to late Classic Period, 300-900 CE. Called K’uhul Ixik, Holy Lady in classic Mayan language, their role included entering shamanic states to access spirit domains and drawn upon the powers of deities and ancestors. The rituals rulers performed, and the sacred architecture of pyramids and temples in which rituals took place, were symbols of creation in the cosmos.   Temple of Inscriptions – Temple XIII – Temple of Skull (c.700)   ...
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Poetry of Creation Myth Recited by Yohl Ik’nal


Palenque’s Creation Myth Recited by Yohl Ik’nal.   Yohl Ik’nal Side of Pakal’s Sarcophagus   In her transformation to adulthood ceremony, Yohl Ik’nal recited the creation myth of B’aakal, her people and land. She correctly recited from memory, and was acknowledged as “bearer of the sacred royal blood” by the ruler of Lakam Ha. She became the first woman ruler of Palenque, ruling successfully for 22 years. From The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik’nal of Palenque. Book 1, Mists of Palenque Series.     Glyph of Muwaan Mat “It was before the Fourth Creation, in times long ago Ix Muwaan Mat was born. Of her birth it is said, she entered the sky On the Day of Lord (Ahau), Month of Conjuring (Tzek),...
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Palenque Creation Myth: Lady Cormorant and the Birth of the Triad


Cormorant Goddess from Dresden Codex The ancient Maya city Palenque (Lakam Ha) had a unique creation myth that linked the origins of their ruling dynasty to primordial goddesses and gods. All the Maya regions in southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras shared a common creation myth about the Hero Twins and how they outsmarted the Death Lords of Xibalba and resurrected their father, securing life on earth for their people. This legend is recorded in the Popol Vuh, an 18th century copy of the original codex rendition that has been lost. Palenque’s unique myth incorporates deities widely known in their region, but nowhere else honored in the same way. The Triad deities were the patron g...
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