The Mayan Red Queen: Tz’aakb’u Ahau of Palenque

In ancient Palenque, shy and homely Lalak is chosen by Sak K’uk as wife of her son Pakal, the new young ruler. Lalak is overwhelmed by royal court splendors, her mother-in-law’s hostility, and her husband’s strange aloofness. She struggles to find her place and win Pakal’s love, using sexual alchemy to help him restore the spiritual portal as he brings his city to creative and artistic heights.


BOOK 3 – MISTS OF PALENQUE SERIES: The ancient Mayan city of Lakam Ha (Palenque) has a new young ruler, K’inich Janaab Pakal. His mother and prior ruler, Sak K’uk, selects his wife, the Red Queen. From a small city, Lalak is shy and homely, overwhelmed by the complex royal court and her mother-in-law’s hostility. She is puzzled by her husband’s aloofness and seeks to understand family secrets. She struggles to find her place and win Pakal’s love, because he is smitten by a now-banished beauty. Lalak sees she can play a pivotal role in Pakal’s destiny, by bringing the immense forces of sexual alchemy to help him restore the collapsed spiritual portal. But first he must contend with shamanic forces bent on defeating his mission, and come to view his wife in a new light.

Modern archeologist Francesca, ten years after discovery of the Red Queen’s tomb, continues her research on the mysterious crimson skeleton. She teams up with British linguist Charlie to decipher an ancient manuscript left by her grandmother. It gives clues about family secrets that propel them to explore what a remote Mayan village can reveal.


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Leonide (Lennie) Martin: Retired California State University professor, former Family Nurse Practitioner, currently author and Maya researcher. My books bring ancient Maya culture and civilization to life in stories about both real historical Mayas and fictional characters. For historical accuracy, I researched Maya archeology, anthropology and history from the scientific perspective. For indigenous viewpoints, I studied with Maya teachers including Aum Rak Sapper, Guatemalan Priestess-Daykeeper and Hunbatz Men, Itza Maya Elder-Daykeeper. I lived in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico for five years to apprentice with Hunbatz Men, becoming a Solar Initiate and Maya Fire Woman in the Itza Maya tradition. The ancient Mayas created the most highly advanced civilization in the Western hemisphere, and my work is dedicated to their wisdom, spirituality, scientific and cultural accomplishments through compelling historical novels. For more information about my writing and the Mayas, visit:

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