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The Serpent, The Puma, and The Condor

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$16.99
ISBN:
9781732678118
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Expected release date is 1/22/2019


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The tale begins in the sacred city of Machu Picchu when a temple virgin is immaculately impregnated by Inti, the Sun God, during the June Solstice of 1511. Her child will become a prophet and will be a boy, because all children conceived in this manner are male. But for the first time in the history of The People, the child born nine months later is a female and carries a birthmark on her forehead in the shape of a condor, the sacred bird that delivers the souls of the deceased to the Celestial River.

From an early age, Umiña’s clairvoyance and ability to communicate with animals and even plants become apparent. Seeking to improve upon her natural gifts as a healer, she convinces a shaman to take her on as his apprentice. With his help, she becomes aware of the strange details of her birth and of a secret prophecy – that one day her land will be invaded by tall, white strangers from across the sea who will tear down The People’s sacred sites and cause their gods to be forgotten. Knowing that everything happens for a reason, Umiña comes to believe that her destiny is to somehow prevent The Prophecy from occurring.

Father Cigueña is a Spanish priest who has broken eight of the Ten Commandments. Fearful of condemnation to everlasting hell, he confesses his sins and is forced to travel to the New World where, as his penance, he is to convert the “soulless heathens” and build a church. Among the other Spaniards on the ship bound for Perú is Rodrigo de Cotero, a peace-loving atheist who finds himself surrounded by brutes looking forward to killing their first "savage".

When the three meet in the land of the Incas, the clash of cultures and faiths results in a stunning conversion for one of them.

About the author

Gayle Marie was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. Always an avid reader, she spent the summers of her youth escaping the confines of the overstuffed couch in her parents’ home, traveling to foreign lands by way of Dumas, Hugo, and Dostoevsky. She was just a kid in the sixties when she begged her mother to buy Shredded Wheat so she could read about the Wonders of the World on the back of the box. Never once did she dream that she would one day see a “Wonder” with her own eyes, let alone write a novel about one.

Her first career was as an astrologer, and that same curiosity about what makes people “tick” ultimately led to a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Now retired, she enjoys using her obsessive research methods, her insight into human nature, and her love of magical elements in everyday life, to tell her stories.

Always the romantic in search of true love and a life worth writing about, Gayle has led a peripatetic existence, leaving her hometown of Boise, Idaho, and moving to Arizona where she became fascinated by The Hopi Way. From there, she lived for a time in Mississippi; New Orleans; Whitefish, Montana; and Ojai, California. But always, the mountains called, and she returned to the northwest, eventually settling in the ski town of Jackson, Wyoming.

When not eavesdropping on the imaginary conversations of her characters, Gayle enjoys trail running, hiking and snowshoeing with her golden retriever, biking, and traveling to her favorite places — Peru; Botswana and Zambia, Africa; and anywhere in France. She currently lives in her dream house – a cabin in the woods near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

With the launch of The Serpent, The Puma, and The Condor: A Tale of Machu Picchu, Gayle looks forward to completing her second novel, The Muse of Albi, a time-travel story that takes place in New Orleans and France.


Other Details

Author:
Gayle Marie
Page Count:
356

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