For every 10 comments, I'll choose a random reader to get the code to claim a free copy of Prophecy of the Mayan Undead, from my publisher, Smashwords.
Reason one is that Mom passed away almost 10 years ago from dementia. She was diagnosed while my father was dying from colon cancer. It was a difficult time for me, since I had to take over her life completely. I sold her house, invested her cash (she was a Depression baby and didn't trust banks) and found her an assisted living place 3 miles from me, so I could visit her often, working around my two jobs. I used to sit with Mom's lead care-giver and cry, asking her how to deal with my increasingly different mom. She'd tell me, "Live in her world with her." It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do.
Reason Two is that my daughter-in-law's mom just passed away a few weeks ago. The main cause listed was Co-Vid 19, but she'd had dementia for a while. My Mother-in-law is also on the slippery slide of extreme forgetfulness. There are just too many older people losing themselves before they go. This has to be stopped!
Reason three is that intelligence has always been very important to me. My brother and I are both Mensa members. I don't consider myself gifted as much as lucky. But why can't we all be so lucky? That's what started me thinking about my heroine in this book.
Keesha is a neurobiology researcher, trying to find the key to intelligence, to help humanity reach its potential. When she's successful, she suddenly, and unexpectedly, finds herself a target. Yuri is a century-old Russian vampire, who has always wanted someone to answer for him how and why vampires can exist. When their worlds collide, it involves some centuries old vampires, an ancient Mayan mummy of a vampire, and a prediction from long ago--that the aliens who once visited earth will be returning--and they want to find a planet full of humans who have not yet achieved space travel, or their potential in other areas. Why?
By the way, when I first started to write this book, I knew Keesha was the heroine, and the Mayans were involved. I wrote the first chapter, then I got writer's block, which had never happened to me before. So I put the ideas aside for later. A few days after that, I had a dream in which a tall, pale man with very blond hair told me that I was having trouble with my book because I was giving her the wrong hero. It had to be him. Then he smiled, showing me his fangs. I told him that I don't do vampire romance--too overdone. He told me, "Research the Mayans."
Now I've had entire story arcs present themselves to me in dreams, but NEVER before or since, has a new character presented himself by talking directly to me in a dream. So when I woke up, what did I do? I researched the Mayans. It seems that all of their religious and public rites involved blood-letting. Their rulers would make themselves bleed into containers. Lots of gore. Why? Well, if their gods were vampires...
After that, the book almost wrote itself. Having a scientific mind, I had to come up with a real explanation for vampires. So they're not the tortured, angst-ridden vampires you're used to seeing in romance. But I hope you like them. I got very fond of them, even though some of them I didn't like at first. It's hard to warm up to eternal creatures who view you as their food source. LOL.