My favorite panel during the 35th Annual RWA Conference was Treasures, Artifacts, and Curses: Archaeology 101 for Writers:
Rachel Grant and Mary Sullivan
An archaeology professor and private sector archaeologist give a behinds the scenes look at real life work of archaeologists. They'll alert attendees to common pitfalls they see in novels and discuss how to weave realistic archaeological details into stories.
Rachel and Mary addressed the myths about archaeology that are often romanticized in pop culture - in reality, Indiana Jones was a thief! I came to appreciate the effort of these archaeologists in uncovering the past. Both confirmed that archaeologists take many notes ... so it must be a natural progression to write romances featuring archaeologists!
The bonus - both Rachel and Mary have lived in Hawaii. Plus Rachel's husband, an underwater archaeologist for the US Navy, recently returned from a trip to Djibouti, Africa. She shared a stone he received for teaching purposes that is dated as a million years old. I was impressed!
Mary co-wrote the Case Study in Archaeology - A Student's Perspective. Rachel is the author of the Evidence series with smart heroines and sexy heroes. Back in May, she celebrated the release of Book Five, COVERT EVIDENCE:
Falling in love was never part of his mission…
With visions of professional glory, underwater archaeologist Cressida Porter embarks on a research trip deep into the heart of Eastern Turkey. Her dreams turn into nightmares when she becomes the unwitting courier for a terrorist network. Stranded and unable to speak the language, she turns to a handsome and enigmatic security specialist for help, even while fearing he may be behind a violent assault that leaves her vulnerable.
CIA Case Officer Ian Boyd’s mission is clear: follow the courier, identify the terrorist leader, and intercept the microchip before it falls into enemy hands. For Ian, cozying up to the alluring archaeologist to find out where her loyalties lie isn’t exactly hardship duty. But spending time with her proves dangerous when she awakens a longing for a life he can never have.
Attraction wars with distrust as Cressida and Ian are forced on the run. When violence erupts in the already unstable region, Cressida discovers everything she knows about Ian is false. With all secrets revealed, Cressida must decide if she can trust the spy with her life, while Ian faces his own impossible choice: Cressida or his mission.
I am giving away RWA conference "treasures" (aka swag) to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Do you have a favorite "treasure hunting" movie? For hints, check out this list. I enjoyed the movie THE DA VINCI CODE although I did not read the book.
2. Comments are open through Saturday, August 22, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 23.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
|Hawaii offers many treasures ....|