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My book Secrets of an Aztec Temple is set in Mexico City. I checked out the flights, the cost of a motel and talked a friend into going with me to do the research for the book and my husband put his foot down. He didn’t want me going to a city that was full of drug violence. So I called my friend and said we couldn’t go.
But I still needed sensory information to be able to write the story and make is sound like the characters were in the city. That’s when I put out feelers to other writers asking if they or anyone they knew had been to Mexico City and if so I’d like as much sensory descriptions as they could give me. I was fortunate to have three different people send me some good stuff and by comparing their notes, I could get the info I needed along with watching YouTube videos of the city, museum, and temple in the story.
I also found that the museum in the story had a virtual tour so I could “walk” the halls and see the set up of the building. Then I dug up all the info I could on the digging going on under Mexico City to unearth one of the most prominent Aztec temples. A temple that was used for human sacrifice.
Usually, I prefer to go to the area where I set a story but both this book and the first Isabella Mumphrey book, Secrets of a Mayan Moon, my husband was too worried I could come to harm if I went to the places of the books. But I plan to go to the area where the net book takes place because it will be on the U.S. / Mexico border.
Have you ever traveled to some place exotic? Was it safe or did you have to be careful?
For every 20 comments I will give-away a $5 egift certificate to Amazon.
Title: Secrets of an Aztec Temple by Paty Jager
Publisher: Windtree Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Length: 287 pages
Revenge is not always sweet…
Isabella Mumphrey can’t leave a puzzle alone. This time she attempts to use her anthropology knowledge to uncover who is stealing priceless artifacts from an Aztec Temple in Mexico City. She believes the discovery will prove her worth to the World Intelligence Agency.
Tino Constantine is also in Mexico City. He has infiltrated a drug lord’s organization to find enough evidence to not only prove the man’s illegal activities, but to bring him down for numerous deaths. Namely those of Tino’s family.
But when the love of his life, Isabella, strolls into his enemy’s home, Tino is challenged with the choice of saving her or fulfilling his revenge.
Isabella slipped her arms into her survival vest. The many pocketed fishing vest held every item needed to get out of any situation. She may not be exploring a jungle or cave, but knowing her tin of survival items and first aid kit were handy made her feel less vulnerable. And keeping her passport, money, and visa on her, felt safer. The vest and all its contents had been folded in her tote bag when she visited the drug lord. One never knew when disaster might strike.
Isabella exited the hostel. The exhaust fumes from the bumper to bumper traffic made her sneeze and wish for a scarf to cover her nose and mouth. How could people live every day of their life in this toxic air? She tried to take small breaths as she walked down Argentina Street and crossed, entering the sacred grounds of Templo Mayor. She strode toward the museum intent on checking the archeology logs for the list of artifacts found at the same time as the two carvings in señor Garza’s home. Tourists and employees moved in unison toward the secured area that led to the underground archeological dig. What could be of interest there?
Shifting her direction, she nudged her way through the crowd, picking up snippets of conversation about the possibility they finally found Ahuitzotl’s resting place. Adrenaline pumped through her body. The quest to find the most feared Aztec ruler’s burial spot had been going on since the religious site was unearthed in 1978.
She pulled out her temporary “Visiting Specialist I.D.” and flashed it toward the guard at the opening. He allowed her entrance and the crowd behind her collectively groaned. There were perks to being an anthropologist studying Native American people.
Award winning author Paty Jager is a member of national and local writing organizations. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it. With sixteen novels and several short stories published, she continues to have characters cavorting in her head.
You can learn more about Paty at her blog; her website; or on Facebook; Goodreads and Twitter.
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