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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Border Lore released

Lamar University Press released my book Border Lore: Folktales and Legends of South Texas. The volume is already available at Amazon and will soon go live at other major venues.  

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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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Summer Prelude

THE CREEPYPASTA CLUB 1. Summer Prelude The heat of early September had been tempered by clouds streaming off the Gulf of Mexico, across the coastal plains, and up into the Hill Country. Children had been playing all Saturday in a lush green park on San Antonio’s northernmost edge, joyful at…

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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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Cover for Shattering and Bricolage

Here is the cover of Shattering and Bricolage, my first collection of original poetry, out June 20 from Ink Brush Press.    

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