Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Chronicle of the Mound Builders by Elle Marie

Archaeologist Dr. Angela Hunter discovers an ancient codex at a Mississippian Indian dig site in the St. Louis area. Knowing the Mississippians, or Mound Builders, had no written language, she is determined to solve the mystery of the 700-year-old, perfectly preserved codex.

In the early 1300’s, an Aztec family is torn apart. A judge rebelling against the Aztec tradition of human sacrifice is cursed and escapes his enemies with his 12-year-old son. They travel from the Gulf of Mexico up the Mississippi River to settle in the thriving community of Migaduha, modern-day Cahokia Mounds, Illinois.

Angela recognizes the symbols as Aztec pictograms and begins to translate the story. However, other forces also want the codex and will do anything to get it. Can she learn the secrets of the chronicle before the tragic events of the past are repeated today?

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Author Bio:

Elle Marie started writing at the urging of her husband, who always believed she was destined to be an author. After first publishing a nonfiction book, Living the Thin Life, she turned to fiction.

A visit to Cahokia Mounds sparked a fascination with the mysterious Mound Builders, about whom so little is known. What was their culture like? How did ordinary people live in the 14th century? What caused the civilization to vanish, seemingly overnight? She put her imagination to work and came up with a story line that put it all together.

By day, Elle works in the information technology field at a large financial services firm. She is a graduate of the Missouri University of Science & Technology and lives in the St. Louis area with her husband. Chronicle of the Mound Builders is her first novel.

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  1. I received my copy this week; looking forward to reading and reviewing!

  2. Sounds really interesting, I love Aztec and it sounds like a interesting mystery to unfold

  3. I love anything archeology-related so this book is right up my alley!

  4. sounds like an interesting read!

  5. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. I love culture and geography so this fits right in!

  7. You've piqued my interest and now I have to read this. Sounds like a great book.

  8. Archaeology fascinates me, so this is right up my alley!

  9. The plot looks exciting. Hope to buy it with the gift card :-)

  10. This book sounds very compelling. It sounds like something I would enjoy reading.

  11. Congratulations on your first release! It sounds like something that required a lot of research. What all was involved?


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