This book has been a long time in the making. I have, over the last few months, redrafted my plot with what I hope, is a story with huge appeal to lovers of time-shift fiction. My two historical settings and their characters are now woven together, and eventually combine with a dramatic double conclusion.
I am delighted with the result. Now Spirit of the Jaguar has moved on to publication and will be released this summer in paperback and ebook formats.
The main story is set between 1924 and 1931. Christina Freeman is a Debutante and the daughter of an English Lord. The connection to her past-life character Tlalli, is first established when Christina receives a gift of an ancient piece of Peruvian gold; a pendant in the shape of a jaguar. Without giving the plot away, this pendant had once belonged to Tlalli. Circumstances eventually lead Christina to South America. She becomes obsessed with following the Spirit of the Jaguar hoping to unravel Tlalli’s story.
This is set in the Inca Empire at the time of the Spanish Conquest. We follow Tlalli Marina, the daughter of one of the Empire’s many tribal leaders. The horror and impact of the Spanish invasion, on a country which was largely self-sufficient in a challenging landscape, is seen through the eyes of this young girl. The story follows her as she is spiritually motivated by ancient Jaguar gods. Tlalli eventually becomes a rebel leader, desperately trying to hold back the treacherous injustices being wrought on her country and her people.
There is a host of colourful characters and settings in both stories. Villains, mythical gods, tribal legends, ardent lovers, treacherous enemies and good friends. Some of my characters were real people, others created to fulfil a special role within their own time slot in this dual story set the sixteenth and twentieth centuries.
If you know my previous work, you may be wondering if there is an airship in this story. Well I’m pleased to tell you there is. The Hindenburg’s predecessor, the Graf Zeppelin, made many successful voyages to South America between 1928 and 1937. I could not resist the opportunity to include this glorious mode of travel. Besides, how else would an affluent young lady have travelled across the Atlantic Ocean in 1930 arriving in less than three days?
I hope to give more details on purchase links to Spirit of the Jaguar when these are available.