On a recent road trip from Tucson to Santa Fe, I was reminded how many of my books are set in the southwest. As we headed east on I-95, we drove through a lot of western-expansion history. This is Apache country, where soldiers built forts and families settled in the far southwest. We are near the US-Mexico border, Tombstone, and El Camino Real or Royal Road, from Mexico City to Santa Fe.
A LASTING LOVE was my first glimpse into living in the distinctive southwest through my character when she moved west.
If you take the I-25 turnoff toward the south, you can be in Mexico in less than an hour. One settlement near Tubac, along the Santa Cruz River, was ravaged twice by Apaches in the 1700's. Now it's a beautiful little arts & crafts town, and the setting for LOVE'S DAWNING. If you go further southeast, there's Tombstone, the town too tough to die. That's where we find CALLAHAN'S GOLD. Further East lies Douglas, a dusty, rusty town right on the border. ROGUE DIAMOND came from a news story of baby trafficking from Mexico with a transfer house here on this remote border. At Wilcox, don't pass up Annie's Apple Orchard! UNDER THE DESERT SKY and UNDER THE DESERT MOON tell stories of inspiration and following your dreams in an area above a mile high that produces apples and wine.
An interesting stop along the way to Santa Fe is the well-preserved El Rancho de las Golandrinas. There you can see 17th Century culture in action featuring housing, food, tools and transportation. I was invited to their Panza LLena Food Festival to present my co-authored, nonfiction books. PANZA LLENA, CORAZON CONTENTO has authentic Mexican food recipes and TALES FROM WIDE RUINS is for those who are intrigued by trading post history (as I am).
Far horizons, a vast blue sky, and amazing stories of strong, adventuresome people are some of the reasons we love the southwest. Take a trip through my books for your adventures west.
You can also travel to northern Arizona in RARE BREED, set in the Grand Canyon, and SPEAK TO THE WIND, set in the White Mountains. All of my books are available on my website-www.marytateengels.com and at Amazon and Smashwords. My non-fiction, print books are available by contacting me, email@example.com .
I am passionate about time. It is our most precious gift. Use it wisely making yourself and those you love happy. Let's remember with compassion those who have felt tragedy this year and work with passion to do what we can to help relieve their suffering.
We all desire to be safe, healthy, and well-loved.
Some are suffering during this holiday time of bells and glitter, as my hero in OUR TIME TO LOVE. Trauma changes everyone's journey but love can ease the way.
Let's open our hearts and share the love .
In MYSTIQUE, Dani thinks she lives in a perfect world. But she learns that giving is receiving, in love and in life.
Both MYSTIQUE and OUR TIME TO LOVE are available for holiday rates on my website at www.marytateengels.com
Peace and love in the New Year from our family to yours.
And more books about love.
Where does the time go? Just yesterday…
I was walking the streets of a six hundred year old village in France.
I was entering a medieval castle with double walls and a moat.
I was dancing in a street in Pays Basque (Basque Country) with a cheerful native in a black beret.
I was standing on a narrow, rising road in the Pyrenees where the Tour de France grinds to the summit.
I was standing on the shores of the Atlantic at St. Jean de Luz and taking a small boat to Spain for the afternoon. I was savoring the best paella ever!
For two weeks I was feasting on the finest bread and cheese and wine and chocolate in France. I was walking where others have walked and lived for hundreds of years.
Then I was flying away…
I've been home about two weeks and yet, all that seems like just yesterday. I want to grab it and hold on tight. Relive it. I want to hold to all those precious moments. But, time is elusive. Time flies. All I have are my photos and memories.
I remind myself to make this day the best of my life. That time is a scarce commodity. And I try to cherish it and spend it wisely. Time and time again.
Do you ever want to hold onto time? Is time real? Or does it only exist in memory? Is time something created by mathematicians or religious advocates? Is this day all that matters? And what if, in a wicked twist of fate, we lost all those wonderful memories so that each day begins anew? That must be the cruelest twist.
So, cherish each memory and I hope you enjoy mine.