Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Heart or Head? with Paty Jager

Heart or Head?
by Paty Jager

Thank you for having me here Carrie Ann. Each person who comments on this post will be entered to win a $5 egift certificate from Amazon.
When I decided to write Secrets of a Mayan Moon I had an idea of the heroine in my mind. She was super smart, could figure things out, and had inept social skills. At first I wanted her to be bumbling and dorky, but as I wrote her story and came to know her as a person, she had a playful side, but her logical side would keep her from being over the top silly.
 I gave her some great foibles, like idolizing Indiana Jones and trying to use a whip. You’ll have to read her story to find out how that ended. She also has a “survival vest”. It’s my hat tip to MacGyver. And she uses the items in her vest several times, once to save the hero. Her inept social skills come from living in boarding schools and always being younger than the rest of her classmates. She started college at fourteen and when she was seventeen realized she wanted to be an anthropologist and began the studies and graduated with her doctorate at twenty-two.
All her life she has felt different and outside everything. Her parents worked constantly and only saw her on holidays and her birthday. Her classmates were always older and excluded her and then when she finally breaks into the anthropology world; the other anthropologists believe she only made it because of her family’s acquaintance with her mentor, Doctor Virgil Martin.
The fun part writing this book was having her logical side at war with her emotions once hunky Tino Kostas comes into her life as her guide to the dig. She’s been scorned before and told she’s just a stick with a brain. She can’t help her metabolism uses the food she consumes faster than it can make fat. Or that she can figure and memorize things others can’t even comprehend. She has often hated her gift. It’s what sets her apart from others when she wants desperately to belong.
Tino finds her intelligence interesting and her body, while not as curvaceous as his usual lovers, intriguing. His attention confuses her. He’s a gorgeous Latin man and he acts interested. Her logical mind determines he has been in the jungle too long. But her heart yearns for the connection they are both fighting.
Have you ever had to deal with your heart over your head? If so, did you make the right choice?
Blurb for Secrets of a Mayan Moon
Child prodigy and now Doctor of Anthropology, Isabella Mumphrey, is about to lose her job at the university. In the world of publish or perish, her mentor’s request for her assistance on a dig is just the opportunity she’s been seeking. If she can decipher an ancient stone table—and she can—she’ll keep her department. She heads to Guatemala, but drug trafficking bad guys, artifact thieves, and her infatuation for her handsome guide wreak havoc on her scholarly intentions.

DEA agent Tino Kosta, is out to avenge the deaths of his family. He’s deep undercover as a jaguar tracker and sometimes jungle guide, but the appearance of a beautiful, brainy anthropologist heats his Latin blood taking him on a dangerous detour that could leave them both casualties of the jungle.
Isabella climbed out of the boat, keeping as much distance between her and Tino as possible. He’d humiliated her, and she couldn’t get away from him. They were stuck together tonight and all of tomorrow until he delivered her to the dig. His taunting her with a kiss and then drawing away as if she were some vile creature hurt as deeply as the things Darrell Rutley had said to her face in grad school.
She walked into the forest, hunting for a place to have a few moments to herself.
“Do not go far,” Tino called in his seductive Latin accent.
She cursed her reaction to his voice, raised a hand acknowledging his order, and tromped deeper into the trees. The murmur of the river faded away in the steady drone of mosquitoes. She slapped at the leaves on the plants and wandered deeper. Rustling in the underbrush shot her heart into her throat. Jaguars were nocturnal weren’t they? A small, furry, pig-like animal trotted across her path, followed by five smaller versions.
She giggled at her jumpy nerves and the animals’ comical parade as she watched the last one disappear through the greenery. The waning light enlarged the shadows. Reluctance played war with her logical self. She should return to the boat before darkness descended and she couldn’t find her way back. But her pride, something she usually didn’t consider, wouldn’t let her face Tino.
Not yet.
It was stupid to believe he wanted to kiss her. Tino was handsome, virile, and so unlike any of the men she’d met during her college days or professionally. Exactly the type who toy with women like me. His chivalry and her attraction to him made her feel attractive, something she rarely experienced. But the way he brushed her off after he’d initiated the kiss... He’d only proved he could kiss her and not that he wanted her. She mentally slapped herself at her stupidity and virginal cravings.
The walk hadn’t settled her anger. Reliving the event only escalated her rage.
How could one be a genius yet stupid about life lessons?
She pulled out what she now considered her knife and hacked at the plants along the way. With each swing she lopped off something of Tino’s. Blue penetrating eyes. Devastating smile. A hand, so good at soothing her. The other hand. Her smile grew, and her frustration turned to the healthy exhaustion of an extensive taekwondo class.
Isabella wiped a sleeve across her sweaty brow and heaved a sigh of contentment. The vigorous exercise worked wonders on her disposition.
A fierce roar vibrated through the trees.

Secrets of a Mayan Moon is available at Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.
Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently ranch 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
Her contemporary Western, Perfectly Good Nanny won the 2008 Eppie for Best Contemporary Romance, Spirit of the Mountain, a historical paranormal set among the Nez Perce, garnered 1st place in the paranormal category of the Lories Best Published Book Contest, and Spirit of the Lake, the second book of the spirit trilogy, was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.
You can learn more about Paty at her blog;  her website; or on Facebook;!/paty.jager and twitter;  @patyjag.


  1. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it to see what's in Isabella's "survival vest" and to see how she deals with her attraction to Tino.


  2. I have several friends like Isabella-brilliant, top of their fields, and zero common sense with minimal social skills. This book sounds like a great read. I too am interested to find out what's in that vest.

  3. I will definitely be grabbing this one. I want to see how Tino switches it around and shows her he really is interested. I'm sure she won't believe it at first. Sounds like a very awesome story!

  4. i really like the sounds of this book. and isabella sounds a bit like me...inept social skills! i will have to wait to buy this book b/c i am inbetween jobs right now

  5. Carrie Ann, thank you for having me here today.Sorry I'm late. My husband decided we needed to go to our property in Eastern Oregon and winterize this weekend so I've been on the road.(three hour drive)then loading and unloading equipment.But here I am! And I have limited internet access here in the boonies.

    Joanne, Thanks for stopping in. Isabella doesn't go anywhere without the vest. Well anywhere she thinks danger or trouble might lurk.

    Hi Kris. Isabella isn't written with limited common sense because I just can't think that way. LOL But I've had lots of people really like her. thaks for commenting!

    Rhonda, Thanks! I'd love to have you grab this one and if you like it tell all your friends.

    Laurie, If you happen to get the egift card you could purchase the book or you can head by my website and enter the monthly contest or follow my November blog tour and have the chance to win lots of prizes.

  6. I'm pretty logical. But, when it came to falling in love with my husband, I lead with my heart.

    Good title BTW - Secrets of a Mayan Moon.

  7. I lead with the heart. It hasnt let me down yet.

  8. I tend to be pretty logical. Hubby's probably one of the exceptions-the thunderbolt struck my heart pretty hard when it came to him. :-)

    Looking forward to this read, Paty!

  9. This sounds good, Paty. I now go with my head, but I like reading about going with the heart. And I really enjoy reading about brainy women.

  10. Roxy, thanks! I liked the title,too!;0) I think leading with the heart is always a good thing.

    Laura, Fantastic! I think the heart is a pretty good thing to lead with.

    Hey Melia! Thanks for stopping by! I believe you are logical. I've witnessed your plotting methods. LOL Thunderbolts when it comes to the heart is a very good thing.

    Hi Gerri,
    I appreciate brainy women in stories and in life. Thanks for stopping in!

  11. Hi Paty, Sounds like an interesting story with a complex heroine. Love that. I lead with my heart, but hear plenty about needing to use my head more from my life's partner. He is very much a logical brain. :)

  12. Tamara,that's what's so great about this story. The heroine is the logical one and the hero is the one who follows his heart.

  13. I would love to say with my heart, but even with my husband, my head was fully involved.

  14. Hi Ella! That's a good thing to have them both working! Makes for a better outcome I'd think. Thank you for dropping by!

  15. Somehow my head tends to rule my heart since I try to approach most things very logically. I enjoyed the excerpt (and your description of the heroine, she sounds like a someone I can identify with). Good luck with the release.

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  16. What a great character! Gotta read this one soon!

  17. I've read this book and absolutely love it. That vest is a stroke of genius. As for heart over head, I've been in that situation several times. As an academic myself who always wished she was a FT novelist instead, I constantly put my logical/economic head over my heart. Then when I turned 50 I said, Enough! You can do both and I did. I also put my head over my heart, for awhile, when I met my husband. He is exactly the kind of man I would have run from in my college days. But my heart won out and I'm so glad it did!

  18. Elf, thank you for stopping in and leaving a comment. My beta reader loved the heroine.

    Hi Sarah! Thank you for dropping in. I would have to say to this point Isabella is one of my favorite heroines I've conjured up.

    Hi Maggie! I'm so glad you liked the book! The vest came from wanting her to be a bit MacGyverish. I'm so glad you followed your heart and are now writing and you found a great husband.

  19. I love both Indiana Jones and MacGyver! Sounds like a great read! On my TBR. All the best!

  20. Jessica, I like them both too. Thank you for stopping in and commenting!

  21. Elf2060 is my egift winner! Congratulations!