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The Curse of the Jade Amulet

(available at Amazon)

Can the mysterious jade amulet transport Nic Porter through time to the era of the classic Mayas? This is just one of the questions the twenty-year-old Mayan history major wants to answer in The Curse of the Jade Amulet. And why does the amulet only come alive when Nic, and no one else, touches it? Most importantly, why does his host family at Chichen Itzá, the ancient Mayan ceremonial site where Nic is living and studying, have one of these amulets—when all the others have been found at the bottom of the Sacred Well of Sacrifice along with the remains of the sacrificial victims they were intended for?

For Nic these are more than just intriguing questions. For at least a thousand years, the women of his host family have suffered from an unexplained wasting condition which gradually undermines their health and strength, resulting in early death—and now beautiful Itzel, daughter of his host José and Nic’s true love—is showing symptoms as well. José thinks the fact that they have one of the amulets can only mean one thing, that centuries ago an ancestor intended for sacrifice somehow escaped her fate, angering the vindictive Mayan gods and causing them to place a curse for all time on the female line of the family. Nic doesn’t know what to think, but it’s becoming obvious that the amulet itself wants to use him to fulfill its long-dormant destiny…

Thus begins an adventure that takes Nic from present-day Yucatán, Mexico to the era of the ancient Mayas and back on a magical quest to discover the secret of the jade amulet and save the life of the girl he loves.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

5.0 out of 5 stars

Keeps you wanting to turn pages” (January 30, 2012)-

By Ingrun Roberts

Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

An engaging book for the young reader that keeps you wanting to turn pages. It blends expertly an adventure of two young people, Nic and Itzel,with the ancient Mayas of Mexico. All is set in Mexico's Yucatan at Chichen Itza, a pre-Columbian city, and the Pyramid of the feathered serpent Kukulkan. Historical facts are well researched and intertwine seamlessly in the story without being tedious. I can't wait for the next book to be published. Absolutely loved it.

5.0 out of 5 stars

“Cultural Diversity At Its Best” (August 22, 2012)

By So I'm Fifty - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Curse of the Jade Amulet (Paperback)


By now you should know that I'm very interested in books that focus on cultural diversity. It's not so unique. We all read to either escape, validate or understand our world. This is a passionate story of love across cultures and time. I especially appreciated the depth with which Crawford seeped her characters in the cultural characteristics of Mexico. She's adept at creating images and settings that are three dimensional and dripping with detail. After reading I found it hard to bring myself back to the everyday because I felt like I had actually traveled to this exotic setting. Crawford has an exceptional ability to bring understanding and respect to her treatment of the cultural rituals and beliefs of a people long since extinct. Bravo!


The Ring of Leilani (available at Amazon)

The last thing fifteen-year-old Julia Dickinson expects while vacationing with her parents in Cancun is to find an ancient crown in an underwater cave, try it on. . .and be transformed into a mermaid. And not just any mermaid, but a direct descendant of the long-lost Princess Leilani and the heir to Leilani’s throne. The idea of being a queen is exciting, and the members of the mer-clan are overjoyed to have a leader once more. . .but Julia’s not at all sure she’s ready to give up her life as a human.

Julia’s fate hinges on a missing magic ring. Before she can become queen, she must find the ring, lost for a hundred fifty years, since the crown is useless without it. And when she learns that the combined power of crown and ring can make her human again, she’s even more motivated to search for it.

Accompanied by one of the merclan elders, Julia embarks on a perilous quest to find the ring. Along the way she blunders into a fishing net and meets Chac, a seventeen-year-old Mayan boy enamored of merfolk who promises to help her in her search. But if and when Julia does find the ring, can she also find happiness as a mermaid queen?



“I haven’t been a real fan of YA books lately, as I have found them to be eye-rolling and cringe inducing. . . So imagine my surprise. . .when I realized this book was really unlike any I’d read. . . Julia is completely likable as a strong heroine. . .The writing was near flawless. . . pacing was perfect.”

Anabella Johnson, Smashwords


5.0 out of 5 stars

Love it” (May 10, 2013)

By Johanna

Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

“Loved the story line, I was glued to my seat from the first page. Great for Mer lovers of all ages!”


5.0 out of 5 stars

Amazing book” (January 16, 2014)

By ChrystyD

Format:Kindle Edition

“Whoa, amazing book. I was amazed at all the descriptions and amazing plot. I had a smile on my face the entire book.”


5.0 out of 5 stars

Love It!!!!!!!!” (December 29, 2013)

By rebekah spotts

Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

“Beautifully written story, no typos. This story goes smoothly, and has the perfect amount of surprise/predictability. Aside from Naked Lady On Cover, (:D) it is the perfect mermaid story.”

Reviewed by a Water Lover :)


27 Scoops of Gelato (available at Amazon)

How many scoops of gelato can two people consume on a three-week trip through central Italy? What happens to people who don’t slam their glasses on the table after a shot of limoncello? Are gladiatorial combats still held under cloak of darkness in the old Roman town of Pisa? Discover the answers to these questions and much more in this funny, sometimes irreverent, but always entertaining romp through the cities and towns of Tuscany.



1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

Love this very personal take on Italy!

By S. McCann (February 1, 2013)

Format: Paperback

“Be forewarned: you will want to leave immediately for Italy after reading this whimsical and loving description of the author's trip to Italy. Lavishly illustrated with photos throughout, the descriptions are both lovely and honest - you could even follow in their footsteps, avoiding the pitfalls and relishing the high spots, including the many delicious meals and gelatos. This is a wonderful, personal, and very funny description of an enchanting country.”


The Portal and The Stone (available at Amazon)

Two families torn apart. One ordinary dog who carries with her a life-changing secret.
A year has passed since fifteen-year-old Tessa’s brother Mark vanished without a trace while backpacking in Washington. That same day Joey, Tessa’s black lab, came into her life. Several states away, Dylan, exiled from his homeland through a cruel twist of fate, struggles to make a life for himself while his own missing brother Cormac finds himself in grave danger.
Then comes the day when a chance event brings the two families together, setting in motion consequences none of them could ever have imagined…


Well written with great characters that will stay with you long after you read the last page.

By Sandra (February 21, 2021)

Format: Paperback

Considering what is out there on the market for young adults today, this book is utterly refreshing. It’s the perfect blend of fantasy, adventure and heart. I was absolutely grabbed from the beginning, through to the last page. What makes it so interesting is the portal that bridges today’s world and an altogether believable second more interesting world. I only wish that I could find my own portal stone someday.


5.0 out of 5 stars


Can’t wait to share it with my granddaughters!

Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2021

Verified Purchase

What a fun adventure. If you like magical worlds in your stories, this is the book for you! Great characters and plot and a strong family role model. Plus a wonderful dog story. I can't wait to read it to my granddaughters (ages 11 and 14).

Jane Doe

5.0 out of 5 stars


Great Book!

Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021

I loved this book; couldn’t put it down. Great storytelling and well-written. Highly recommend!



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