Friday, 26 December 2008

On the Second Day of Christmas my True Love Gave to me ... Two Turtle Doves

by Guest Writer: M.G. Harris

Maria G. Harris was born in Mexico City, but grew up in Manchester, England. She has a PhD in Molecular Biology. From her youth, she was interested in the Mayan culture and travelled regularly to Mexiko. Out of action for a longer period, following a skiing accident, she began to write, the result was the first volume of the Johua Files; Invisible City.

She lives with her husband and two daughters in Oxford, England.

Two turtle doves makes me think of true love.

“The course of true love never runs smooth. Discuss, with relation to Tom and Becky” was a question I remember from school, studying ‘Tom Sawyer’. That classic adventure novel must be deep in my psyche because the relationship between Josh and Ixchel, his reluctant betrothed from the ‘invisible city’, isn’t too different.

Ixchel is the enigmatic girl who encounters Josh in the depths of the jungle during ‘Invisible City’. Then she runs away from home. Only later will Josh discover that she’s leaving to avoid her arranged marriage – to him.

‘Ice Shock’, book 2 in the Joshua Files series, sees Josh begin to tackle the reality of his adolescent emotions. He may be brave and intrepid but when it comes to pretty girls, Josh can be clueless and helpless. Who knows what he’ll be like as an adult, but at 14 he’s still vulnerable. Especially via his heart.

‘Ice Shock’ sees Josh embarking on a perilous journey with Ixchel. They venture right into the lair of the enemy, confront the past and also Josh’s destiny. But it’s no lovefest – they squabble like brother and sister. “I don’t know how I’m ever going to get these two together”, I remarked to my agent. “They could have the odd moment,” he suggested.

I took his advice. So there are moments. Josh may not realise it at the time, but those moments have soaked into his subconscious. The effect may not be noticed for a while. But when it hits later in the series, it will be seismic.


Invisible City
Format: Paperback 384 pages
Date of publication: 04/02/2008
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9781407104027

Ice Shock
Format: Paperback 384 pages
Date of publication: 02/03/2009
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9781407104034

Find out more, at The Joshua Files website.

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