|On average, the Sun is 1.496×108 km away. |
That's 8 min 19 s for those of you
travelling at light speed.
DEBBIE: Damn it’s hot! Where are we?
LAURA: We’re in central Mexico checking out some Aztec ruins.
DEBBIE: Why???? And why did you have to pick the hottest day of the year to do this?
LAURA: It’s the summer solstice. It’s the day marking that summer is halfway over already.
DEBBIE: Ummm, didn't summer just begin?
LAURA: Yeah, kinda. For the kids out of school, absolutely. Course, I’m not really an expert in any of this solstice stuff—but I do find it fascinating. I do know today is the longest day of the year. You've got over fifteen hours of daylight today! Fifteen hours of sightseeing. Fifteen hours of cruising the local markets.
DEBBIE: Fifteen hours of drinking margaritas.
LAURA: Fifteen hours of writing time…which reminds me, where is that next chapter?
DEBBIE: I thought this was a research day? Pushy, pushy, pushy. So why are we in Mexico on the longest hottest day of the year?
|Sacrifices were made while the person was |
still alive. The heart was ripped from the chest
and held up to the gods while still beating.
Often, the priest would take a bite.
....Here. Let me help you up on this alter....now layback (eases Deb back). Comfy? Now, imagine that the people are all disgruntled and want food. What better way to do it than to rip out a heart and offer it to the gods?
....(unzips fanny pack) And check out this knife. (Holds it over Deb so she can see it) I got it at a local shop where the owner flintnaps his own blades. And I’m pretty sure this handle is an actual animal bone! Pretty cool, huh?
DEBBIE: Laura, I swear to all your Aztec gods if we don't get off this damn thing now I'll never let you have coffee again. I am NOT your sacrificial lamb here. Get what we need for this next Red River book and we’re out!
LAURA: (puts knife back in fanny pack) Sheesh. I wasn’t really gonna sacrifice you.
|Aztec Priest or Summer Solstice Eye Candy?|
Either way, Debbie says she's
volunteering for the sacrifice.
"Somebody's gotta do him- er, it. Um, yeah."
LAURA: Yes, you are unique!
DEBBIE: HAHAHAHA, you’re stuck.
LAURA: Okay, so…since the summer solstice has been around for, well, since the beginning of time. I can easily imagine that the Aztec’s understood the significance and took advantage of pleasing their gods through sacrifice.
LAURA: I’m sure it was. I thought since the next book in our Red River series has an Aztec tie, we should visit and get a feel for the place. Did lying on the alter get you in the mood to write?
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....2nd Prize -a library of science fiction romance titles from over 20 authors (these will be mostly ebooks with one print anthology), and an Anabanana Gift Card.
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2nd Prize - a library of science fiction romance titles donated by various authors and an Anabanana Gift Card. Most of the books will be in digital format, with one print anthology.
Midsummer Blog Hop Participants
|1.||Pippa Jay||13.||Liana Brooks||25.||Debra A. Soles|
|2.||Misa Buckley||14.||A. R. Norris||26.||Marlene @ Reading Reality|
|3.||Arlene Webb||15.||L.J. Garland & Debbie Gould||27.||Rae Lori|
|4.||Pauline Baird Jones||16.||Sandra Sookoo||28.||Bella Street|
|5.||Frances Pauli||17.||Cara Michaels||29.||Kyn Hatch|
|6.||Imogene Nix||18.||Sheryl Nantus||30.||T.K. Anthony|
|7.||Natalie Wright||19.||Diane Dooley||31.||Jo Jones|
|8.||Greta van der Rol||20.||Kathleen Scott||32.||A.B. Gayle|
|9.||Jessica E. Subject||21.||Ella Drake||33.||Sue Ann Bowling|
|10.||Kayelle Allen||22.||Cathy Pegau||34.||S. Reesa Herberth and Michelle Moore|
|11.||Joanne Elder||23.||T. C. Archer||35.||DL Jackson|
|12.||Melisse Aires||24.||Kitty Roads||36.||Hywela Lyn|