Discussion Questions for The Smoking Mirror

What is the most likely reason Carol wakes up in her back yard with a dead jackrabbit in her hands? How has the disappearance of the twins’ mother affected their family? Why is it ironic that Johnny says, “An animal? Maybe I am one, too” in Chapter 2? At the…

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Teaching resources for The Smoking Mirror

Here are a few resources than can be used by teachers in connection with The Smoking Mirror Glossary for The Smoking Mirror Related readings The Mayan Hero Twins story from the Popol Vuh Condensed version Newly translated and adapted version by David Bowles Description of the Aztec Underworld from the Florentine Codex 1978 translation…

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Glossary for The Smoking Mirror

Here is a list of mythological characters, objects, places and concepts mentioned or featured in The Smoking Mirror. Acolmiztli—A black puma who leads the Balamija in the second level of Mictlan Ahuiateteo—Gods of vice and excess. ahuitzotl—(pl. ahuitzomeh) “Water dog,” a sort of magical aquatic creature with a hand at…

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More artwork from The Smoking Mirror

Here is an image from the back cover of my upcoming YA fantasy novel The Smoking Mirror. It features the twin protagonists of the series, Johnny and Carol Garza.  

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Cover Reveal for The Smoking Mirror

IFWG Publishing has just released a cover reveal of my middle-grade/YA fantasy novel The Smoking Mirror, the first book in the Garza Twins series. Here it is: Synopsis: Carol and Johnny Garza are 12-year-old twins whose lives in a small Texas town are forever changed by their mother’s unexplained disappearance.…

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Publishing update on The Smoking Mirror

IFWG has announced their publishing schedule for 2015, and my upcoming YA fantasy novel The Smoking Mirror is set for release in the second quarter of the year. See specifics and learn of other titles at http://ifwgpublishing.com/forthcoming-titles/  

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The Smoking Mirror to be published in 2015

The international small press IFWG Publishing, which specializes in speculative and children’s fiction, has picked up my YA fantasy novel The Smoking Mirror for publication in 2015.  

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Strange Texas Tales That Never Die

In September of 2014, Overlooked Books released a series of illustrated, bilingual readers for young people. Titled Strange Texas Tales That Must Not Die, the series features twelve tales that I have penned: The Black Dog of Driscoll The Devil at the Disco The Hitchhiker of Highway 281 Storyteller A Mermaid in…

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The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge

In April of 2011, Absey & Co. released The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge, my first short-story collection. Those tales, several written in collaboration with my wife Angélica Maldonado, range from retellings of Mexican legends to original contemporary fantasy, weird West and magical realism, all set along the border…

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Mexican Bestiary

On June 30, 2012, VAO Publishing released Mexican Bestiary | Bestiario Mexicano, an illustrated encyclopedia of legendary creatures from Mexico that will delight both young and old. Featuring fabulous art Noé Vela, this volume serves as an introduction to the mythology of a great people as well as a tool…

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