I'm so excited about my upcoming release, THE FIFTH KINGDOM (July 11, 2011) a romantic suspense.
I loved writing this novel because although it is a romantic suspense, there was something very magical going on and it wasn't just the sizzling energy between the hero and heroine. It was some very special powers from an unexpected item.
In THE FIFTH KINGDOM, those powers come from an ancient relic discovered in what could be Montezuma's tomb. The relic is a copy of the Aztec Sun Stone sitting in the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. The original sun stone is about 12 feet in diameter and weighs about 24 metric tons. You can read more about the original here.
The relic in the book is similar in terms of its look, but it is small enough to hold in your hands and made of obsidian and silver on stone. Pure black obsidian was actually quite rare to the Aztecs and that's the reason that many of their sacrificial knives and the like, were made from this precious substance. Obsidian was more prized than gold in fact.
The obsidian and silver relic is very different from the original in one important way: It has mystical powers which are released once it comes in contact with something very sacred.
What can be so sacred? What about blood?
Now I won't spill about whose blood awakens the energy in the relic or what it is because I don't want to spoil the story for you.
For the Aztecs, the original sun stone was not only a calendar or sorts, but also a way to tell the history of the Aztec people. It tells the story of the four kingdoms of their past history and hints at what might end their fifth kingdom. The fact that some believe we are now living in that FIFTH KINGDOM is what inspired the title of the book.
I'll leave you with the Aztec Sun Stone and it's supposed abilities to predict the end of THE FIFTH KINGDOM and also, the video premiere for the novel.
I'd love to hear from you as to whether you believe in the possibility of ancient relics having special powers.