Chichen Itzá

Rick and I are in Los Angeles this week soaking up some much-needed sunshine, after our recent snow and ice storms in Washington. He’s working and I’m visiting friends and family, resting up a bit from the push to publish The Curse of the Jade Amulet last week. (It’s available on now, by the way, and any day it’ll be showing up on the other retail sites as well.) LA definitely is a world unto itself! Even though I lived here only a few years ago, each time I visit it gets more and more bizarre. The local Starbucks is stocked with enough colorful characters to jumpstart the most creatively-blocked novelist.

But that’s not what I’m going to talk about today. Today, since I’m on vacation, you get a “lite” post. I thought I’d show you a few photos of where Jade Amulet is set–Chichen Itzá. It’s in the eastern part of the Yucatán peninsula, fairly close to Mérida, the capital of Yucatán.

The university Nic went to (photo by Rachel Porter)

The hero of Jade Amulet, Nic Porter, is an exchange student at the university in Mérida. When he goes to Chichen Itzá, he’s deeply impressed by the grandeur of this bygone civilization rising out of the jungle. (I know, because I have been every time I’ve gone there! : ) Nic fantasizes about how (if he gets to do an independent study there) he can sit on the top step of the Great Pyramid gazing out over the jungle and letting the mystery of the past soak into him.

El Castillo, the pyramid Nic found the secret room inside. Unfortunately, the pyramid (inside and out) is now closed to tourists since an American fell to her death in 2006.

Temple of the Warriors










He also spends a lot of time wondering about the Temple of the Warriors, and, of course, the most mysterious part of Chichen Itzá, the Sacred Well of Sacrifice, a massive limestone sinkhole that archaeologists think was once used as a vehicle for human sacrifice. The Sacred Cenote plays a big role in The Curse of the Jade Amulet.

Just think of all the bones mouldering down there. . . ; )




I want to thank all of you for the enthusiastic and loyal way you responded to the book launch last week! Thanks SO MUCH for all your support!! I hope you all enjoy the book, and if you do, please spread the love!