City of the Divine Sun
A famous archaeologist, last rumored to be in search of a hidden Maya city in Guatemala, has gone missing. Her daughter. Serena, worried and overcome by strange visions, abandons everything to search for her mother and the answers to the apparitions that have begun to haunt her.
Her mother wasn’t the only one searching for Mah K’ina. The Baron seeks to plunder the city for its untold riches and is willing to eliminate anyone that gets in his way. Out of her element and desperate to save her family, Serena must now rely on her past to show her the way.
“Now’s our chance. We have to go before someone figure’s out we’re missing!”
A rush of adrenaline flooded her system as Serena followed the rest of the group to the side of the helicopter, ducking and sticking to the shadows as much as possible. The landing pad was strangely quiet in the absence of the recent commotion; every sound they made seemed to echo cruelly across the opening.
They reached the side of the helicopter without incident, and Ryder creaked open the driver’s door and motioned for everyone else to pile in. Serena ducked in the passenger seat while Hunac and Madeline slid into the back seat. Tossing their bags in the small open cargo space in the back, everyone looked at Ryder expectantly.
Serena noticed he seemed nervous for the first time since she’d met him. Sweat rolled down his face as he tried to make sense of all the dials and switches on the dashboard. It seemed as though there were at least a hundred different things to look at.
I hope he knows what he’s doing… None of this makes any sense to me.
“Put on your headsets, folks. It’s about to get really loud in here.”
Serena put on her headset and looked behind her. If Hunac was nervous, it was not evident on his face. Her mother, however, seemed to fear for her life. Serena reached back and laid a hand on her knee, awkwardly, and gave her a reassuring smile.
“Here goes nothing…” Ryder muttered to himself.
He moved so quickly, Serena couldn’t keep up. She knew that time was of the essence. Once the rotors began to spin, everyone would know exactly where they were.
The engine cranked up, and she heard a mechanical whine as the rotors started to turn. To her left, she could see the two men fly out of the building, dazed.
The tall man frantically pulled out his radio, speaking rapidly to someone on the other side. Serena had no idea what he was saying, but a moment later, the man seemed to realize exactly what was happening.
He turned to yell at the man next to him, and they both ran back into the building.
Please hurry! We have to get out of here!!
Then the ground shifted nauseatingly before her, and she realized they were slowly rising into the air. The helicopter rolled forward, tipping dangerously down. The blades spun mercilessly close to the building where the men had gone. They flew out now, running madly away from the landing pad.
“Ryder!! Pull up!”
“I’m trying, darling. It seems I’m a little more rusty than I thought.”
The aircraft pulled back then, leveling out before rising again. Serena saw a jeep coming into the clearing now, men jumping out and pulling out their weapons.
They were high enough to be above the trees, but nowhere near out of the range of the assault rifles. If they did fire, however, the chopper would most likely crash into the trees. The Barón came out of the jeep last, looking up and making this realization himself. He raised his arm, signaling his men to lower their guns.
They were too high for her to be sure, but it seemed almost like the Barón had seen her and smiled. It wasn’t a good smile, either.
Becoming an Indie Author
When I first stumbled into the publishing arena, I was horribly inexperienced and naïve. Basically, I was somewhere between “Follow your dreams,” and “Anything is possible if you try hard enough!” Not to take a cynical approach to the whole thing, but I quickly found out that there was much more involved than writing a novel and sending it off to a magical place to be published and become a bestseller. I couldn’t have been further from the truth.
I wrote my first novel, and expected to land an agent and get published immediately. That’s simply not the way it works. I soon found out that you have to be either incredibly lucky, or God’s gift to fiction for that to happen. After writing, re-writing, editing, re-editing… I thought I had something worth publishing. I tried for years to get an agent, but all I got was rejection after rejection. Assuming they even bothered to send a rejection. It was heartbreaking.
I know that I’m no Jane Austen, but I love to write. And I couldn’t shake the idea that somewhere out there, there was someone who wanted to read my stories. I came to a place where I had to choose between giving up, or making this happen however I could. That is when I entered the world of Indie Publishing.
It was like freedom, in a way. I had complete control over every detail of the process, including royalty percentages. Indie publishing is a two-sided coin, however. I also had the ability to make a complete fool of myself.
It’s taken a lot of work, research, and mistakes, to get to the point I am now. With every mistake I make, I have the opportunity to improve, even if I feel I am at the mercy of an often unforgiving audience.
But if you are truly passionate about what you’re doing, and willing to do whatever it takes to get there, you can win. Your passion will be evident, and others will read your stories. Even if you never become a #1 New York Times Bestseller, you can still be a successful author.
You just can’t be afraid to make mistakes. Because you will make them… but you will be better for them in the end.
About the Author:
I was born and raised in the Houston, Texas area, and have lived in Texas my whole life! (Gotta love humidity!) I currently live in central Texas with my husband and two sons.
Nothing makes me happier than settling down with a good book, but they aren’t always easy to find! Some of my favorites (in no particular order) include: Jane Eyre, The Blue Sword, Dracula, Ender’s Game, Heir to the Empire, and the Harry Potter series. I love a good sci-fi/fantasy book, but it certainly isn’t limited to that genre.
You can read all about my current/published novels on my webpage, ww.hollymccaghren.com, as well as on Goodreads. Happy reading!
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