Leonide (Lennie) Martin, retired university professor and award winning author, writes historical fiction about the ancient Mayas. After publishing professional books, she branched into HF, receiving Writer's Digest awards for short fiction and novels, and Global Ebook Awards. To write historical fiction about the Mayas, she lived five years in Yucatan, Mexico, studied and apprenticed with Maya elder-daykeepers and shamans, and became a Maya Fire Woman and Solar Initiate in the Itza Maya tradition. Field trips to many Maya sites, extensive archaeological research, and participation in rituals bring factual accuracy to her writing, which blends scientific views with those of indigenous Mayas. Captivated by their unique architecture, arts, mysticism and cosmology, she hopes to share her enthusiasm for ancient Maya civilization through engaging stories that bring the culture and people vividly to life. She lives in Willamette Valley, Oregon wine country with her husband and two white cats.
Her focus on ancient Mayan women led to writing the Mayan Queens series called "Mists of Palenque." Three books of the 4-book series are published, telling the stories of powerful women who shaped the destinies of their people as rulers or wives of rulers. These remarkable Mayan women are unknown to most people. Dr. Martin's accurately researched historical fiction follows actual events from Maya history and uses both real and fictional characters. Now these remarkable Mayan Queens are accessible to a wide readership.
MISTS OF PALENQUE (MAYAN QUEENS SERIES):
Book 1: "The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik'nal of Palenque."
A royal girl with visionary powers rises to become the first Mayan woman ruler of Lakam Ha (Palenque). Her accession continues the dynasty. She uses her visionary powers to resolve problems, overcome opposition to her rulership, anticipate enemy attack and lead her people into times of peace and prosperity. Navigating treachery and betrayal, she finds love that sustains her as she envisions a great future for her city. Centuries later archeologist Francesca and her team discover the royal burial of a crimson skeleton, possibly the first queen's tomb found, and she begins to unravel a web connected to the ancient past that will change her life.
Book 2: "The Controversial Mayan Queen: Sak K'uk of Palenque."
Strong-willed Sak K'uk, daughter of Yohl Ik'nal, guides her city through devastation following enemy attack. She faces dissident nobles and spiritual crisis caused by destruction of the portal to the Gods. Undertaking a perilous Underworld journey, she invokes powers of the Primordial Mother Goddess to help her accede and hold the throne for her son, Janaab Pakal. His destiny is to restore the portal, and their intense trials forge a special bond between them that proves both a blessing and a curse. In modern times archeologist Francesca continues her quest to uncover the identity of the crimson skeleton found by her team at Palenque. She is also perplexed by her grandmother's cryptic message to discover her true self by listening to the lightning in her blood.
Book 3: "The Mayan Red Queen: Tz'aakb'u Ahau of Palenque."
The ancient Mayan city of Lakam Ha has a new young ruler, K'inich Janaab Pakal. His mother and prior ruler, Sak K'uk, selects his wife, the Red Queen. From a small city, Lalak is shy and homely, overwhelmed by the complex royal court and her mother-in-law's hostility. She struggles to find her place and win Pakal's love, as he is smitten by a now-banished beauty. Lalak sees she can play a pivotal role in Pakal's destiny, by bringing the immense forces of sexual alchemy to help him restore the collapsed spiritual portal. But first he must come to view his wife in a new light. Modern archeologist Francesca, ten years after discovery of the Red Queen's tomb, continues her research on the mysterious crimson skeleton. She teams up with British linguist Charlie to decipher an ancient manuscript left by her grandmother. It gives clues about family secrets that propel them to explore what a remote Mayan village can reveal.
Book 4: "The Prophetic Mayan Queen: K'inuuw Mat of Palenque" (pub date October 2018).
K'inuuw Mat hopes to dedicate her life as a priestess of Ix Chel, but her arranged marriage to Pakal's youngest son merges her future into the royal family of Palenque. As the last hope for producing a dynastic heir, facing forces intent on shaping or destroying her and contending with forbidden desires, she must answer the Goddess' mandate to save Maya wisdom as their civilization begins its decline. Centuries later archaeologist Francesca and her partner Charlie venture through jungles to a remote Maya village to unravel her grandmother's secrets, and discover the truth of her heritage.
ENTER THE WORLD of the ancient Mayas in these extensively researched historical novels. This 4-book series portrays the lives of four great Mayan queens during the Classic Maya period. Two were rulers themselves and two were wives of rulers in the lineage of K'inich Janaab Pakal, the most famous Mayan king whose rich burial is comparable to that of Egyptian King Tut. For more details: www.mistsofpalenque.com