New Fiction Novel Mixes Archaeology, Adventure, and the Mayan Civilization

Santa Clara, CA, December 10, 2011 --( Author, Marjorie Bicknell Johnson is pleased to announce the release of her new book, Jaguar Princess. Johnson intertwines her love of the Mayan civilization and archaeology in this new historical fiction tale.

In Jaguar Princess, Chanla “Pesh” Pex, descendant of a Maya king, is destined to be a shaman. She learns to read the glyphs carved into the “stone trees” at a ruin in rural Yucatán and wins a scholarship to study archaeology. She wants to join the modern world, but the gods will punish her if she refuses their call to be a shaman; she hopes to fool them by never spending the night in a sacred cave. She finds an ancient Mayan bark-book hidden within a building stone and, while seeking treasure from its riddle, clashes with a knife-wielding looter. After he leaves her to die in a cave, she curses him to death by crocodile and discovers powers she didn’t know she had. Pesh uses her talents as a shaman to trace stolen artifacts to the black market and becomes the Indiana Jones of the Yucatán.

“This book was written for anyone interested in archaeology and the Mayan culture. Young people especially should find it appealing as the main character is a teenager,” Bicknell Johnson asserts.

Book Information:
Jaguar Princess: The Last Maya Shaman
Author: Marjorie Bicknell Johnson
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
ISBN: 978-0741467676
Pages: 343
Published: September 2011

About The Author
Marjorie Bicknell Johnson is fascinated by ancient civilizations and has accompanied archaeologists to Maya ruins in Yucatan and Central America. A pilot, she has flown small airplanes throughout the American Southwest.

A mathematician and teacher, her articles have appeared in The Fibonacci Quarterly and other academic journals. She has written two novels as well as short stories published in anthologies. She and her husband Frank live in California near San Francisco.

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Author, Marjorie Bicknell Johnson