Whether you actually believe the world is going to end or think it's a silly old myth, the year 2012 has always had a certain doomsday quality to it. Elizabeth Lowell's Beautiful Sacrifice travels deep into the recesses of the Yucatán Peninsula, and the Mayan legend of the 2012 "great change" makes the attraction between archaeologist Lina and former Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer Hunter even hotter.

Lowell's newest romantic thriller is featured in our June 2012 Romance column, and it sounded so tantalizing, we just had to talk to her.

Describe your book in one sentence.
Romancing the Stone meets Indiana Jones on the Riviera Maya.

What's your favorite thing about being a writer?
Living in my imagination.

If you knew for sure the world would end on December 21, 2012, how would you spend this year?
With family and friends.

Your books are often packed with folksy idioms. What's your favorite?
So soon old, so late smart.

Who is your favorite character you've ever written?
Jacob MacArthur Catlin in Tell Me No Lies. He is an intelligent, honorable man with a dark past and a difficult present.

What is one book you think everyone should read?
Any book, anywhere, anytime. Just read.

What are you working on next?
A book with the working title Dangerous Refuge, a romantic suspense set on the border between California and Nevada—Lake Tahoe resort glitter, western ranching grit.

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