Yohl Ik’nal Wins Writer’s Digest Award

Writers Digest Award 2014The first book in the Mists of Palenque Series about Mayan queens won a Writer’s Digest Award for self-published eBooks in 2014.

The Controversial Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik’nal of Palenque received Honorable Mention in the Mainstream/Literary Fiction category.

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The judge’s commentary:

“In The Visionary Mayan Queen by Leonide Martin we are presented with a story that is fully imagined yet as real as the ancient past that it gives voice to once again.  In reading it, we find that the historical fact of the world’s societies makes them not so different from the ideas and struggles we see playing out all around us today.  The title seems to this reader to be a perfect introduction to the character(s) and setting of the book. . . The overall design of the book is appealing with a striking cover image for the book that gest the reader in the right thematic and tonal frame of mind for the story that comes.  The characters here are fully realized, vivid and alive, and often do surprising things. . . or say things that are very human, which can be rare.  The chapters are nicely paced, with enough meat to make them satisfying but not so ponderous as to make it difficult to keep track of the narrative as it develops.  I like especially the way the novel weaves fact with speculation without ever seeming heavy handed.  The reader is able to understand the truth of these people’s lives and struggles while also welcomed in to a conception of the world that is bigger than anything they might have expected  or experienced before.” – Judge, 2nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards


Mists of Palenque Series

Book 2:  The Controversial Mayan Queen: Sak K’uk of Palenque (June, 2014)

Book 3:  The Mayan Red Queen: Tz’aakb’u Ahau of Palenque (anticipated publication June 2015)

Book 4:  The Prophetic Mayan Queen: K’inuuw Mat of Palenque (planned for early 2016)




Leonide (Lennie) Martin, retired California State University professor, former Family Nurse Practitioner. Currently author and Maya researcher, my books bring ancient Maya culture to life in historical fiction about real and fictional Maya characters. My books draw upon extensive research of scientific and indigenous perspectives, and are based upon archeological knowledge of Maya sites and historical persons. Apprenticing with Maya elders, I became a Maya Fire Woman and Solar Initiate.

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