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Adios, Mexico–the send off


MIBs let me use a laptop to send this from the jet hanger, the undisclosed one, at the Cancun Int’l Airport.

Father Dragon arranged a grand send-off  for me with mariachis, in full black and gold costume, playing Mexicanisimo–the traditional farewell song. So touching, I almost shed a tear.

While they played, I stood in a corner of the hanger for pictures and farewells–surrounded by a truckload of flowers that Father Dragon’s four head dwarfs—Tassin, Sessin, Pancolin, and Milin—brought.  The flowers were gifts from all 150 dwarfs who were at the interview. And I got massive bouquets from Sessin and Pancholin. Father Dragon gave me a Dragon’s Breath Mum . . . sending pictures. Got to go–wheels up in ten.  I can’t believe this trip is ending . . . see you soon.

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Left hand holds Dragon’s Breath Mum. Right, green wrap, Sessin’s bouquet to me. White wrapped tulips from Pancholin. I’m holding two DVDs–one classical Mexican music, the other of the interview. Milin and Sessin gave me a big tin of cookies (at my feet) with a giant bow.

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Isn’t this Dragon’s Breath Mum spectacular?











*****It’s 1,783 miles to Pennsylvania from Cancun.  Winter Storm Helen is cutting a swath across the Eastern Seaboard.  Will Darq encounter delays?  Visit tomorrow and find out.

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Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Darq’s Fruity Cake

IMG_0224It’s late afternoon of New Year’s Day when Darq enters the farmhouse with snow on her carryall and CATHERINE says: Welcome back. You look . . .  Are you a tad hungover?

DARQ: No, I’m not hungover. I know what hungover is and I am not hungover. And before you ask, I had a great New Year’s Eve party, and I did not end up naked in the pool with the rich guy or the actor or that Wall Street broker-guy.

CATHERINE (blinking in shock about the naked, pool, and men) whispers: Okay. Only somewhat hungover but definitely cranky-tired.

DARQ:  I heard that.

CATHERINE, pasting a smile on her lips: Supper’s in ninety minutes. Why don’t you go unpack your carryall?

DARQ nods and goes upstairs. There she not only unpacks but also takes a nap, coming downstairs feeling more herself, and hears Catherine call: Supper!

DARQ stands in the kitchen doorway: What’s the pungent smell in the kitchen? What are you fixing?

CATHERINE: We’re having a traditional McLean/Polish/German/Serbian/New Year’s Day meal of pork and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and peas.  John likes peas. It’s his favorite vegetable.

DARQ grunts but takes her place at the table. When the meal is finished, she says:  The pork was good. Very good. Some people at the party last night said they hated sauerkraut’s smell and taste, but this shredded stuff tasted okay to me.

CATHERINE:  A lot has to do with how the sauerkraut is fixed. I rinse mine to take the edge off it it before cooking it.

DARQ: So, what’s for dessert?

CATHERINE  leaves the table and returns with the dessert for everyone.

DARQ:  Is that what I think it is?

CATHERINE:  Yep– Darq’s fruitycake topped with vanilla ice cream!

DARQ: You actually made the fruitycake from scratch?

CATHERINE:  No, I took a shortcut and used a boxed mix and canned fruit, not fresh.

DARQ says after tasting the concoction:  Unbelievable.  This tastes like the real thing.

CATHERINE:  It should.  I recognized the ingredient list you gave me and took a shortcut.  Nothing to it– one carrot cake mix, 4 eggs, 1 stick of butter, 1 fourteen ounce can of Delmonte no sugar added, very cherry fruit mix (not drained), 1 eight ounce can of pineapple tidbits, drained, and three quarters of a cup of chopped pecan, but I ran out of pecans so I added walnuts. Mixed well. Baked in a bundt pan for 50 minutes–well, until done–ovens being what they are and mine is old . . .

IMG_0218DARQ stares at Catherine for a moment then says: I’m having seconds.

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******Special notice: January 9-10, 2013, Darq is going to be interviewed in Mexico by “Father Dragon”–to keep abreast of Darq’s activities, join us at Twitter 

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***Darq is the protagonist/heroine of Jewels of the Sky, available at (as an eBook and paperback).

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Jewels of the Sky

Jewels of the Sky

A Futuristic-fantasy-adventure novel by Catherine E. McLean

Heaven or Hell?

Mercy or Miracle?

One woman’s choice.

Being a direct descendant of the captain who massacred the Mayans, Darq is a Wysotti woman and a duty-oriented, pragmatic interstellar fighter pilot.  She doesn’t believe in miracles or forgiveness, or that J’Hi-inti (god) would ever rescind the death curse on her people for what happened to the Mayans.

Only J’Hi-inti hears one compelling plea for reconciliation and decides to let chaos rule–and test Darq.  After all,she’s a wild card like her nefarious ancestor. What will she do when she faces the ruthless alien fleet commander who spearheads the blitzkrieg that is to finally destroy her homeworld, and who she once witnessed murder her cadet comrades?

Blinded by hate and survivor guilt, all that stands between survival and extinction, heaven or hell, for Darq and her people, is mercy–or a miracle.

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Posted by on November 8, 2012 in Uncategorized


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