Mary Elizabeth Coen

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Excerpt form Love & the Goddess by Mary Elizabeth Coen:
It was with great reluctance that I got ready to go out that evening, since I would
have preferred to spend time writing in my journal before taking an early night.
But there was no dissuading Ella, who called for me at eight to tell me our black
cab was waiting. The driver took off at speed up the main street before turning
down a side road with high white walls on either side.
It seems very quiet for a party. Are you sure you have the right night?” I asked
as Ella paid the taxi driver and we got out on the silent street in front of what
appeared to be a plain pebble-dash house. With its continuous high wall running
along the side, it was difficult to make out its exact size or shape.
I fibbed. It’s a double date. Oh don’t be mad, Kate. Nothing serious – just a bit of
male company. They’re fine. Virtual monks, if you ask me. Hey, you can even
team up with the good-looking guy.”
Are you mad? They could be crazies!” I was about to turn away when the
wrought-iron door opened wide.
Hello, ladies,” said one of the most fascinating-looking men I had ever met. Of
indeterminable age, anywhere between thirty five and fifty, his facial features
were so strong and outrageously unusual; he qualified as both ugly and beautiful.
Ebony black skin, wide nose, wide lips, cheekbones so sharp they could slice
cheese. With huge expressive eyes and a charming smile, the effect was totally
disarming. “We’ve been expecting you. Adolfo’s inside. I’m Nat.”
Ella smiled at me and I felt as if I was compelled by a supernatural force to go
along with whatever was about to unfold, despite wondering had I taken leave of
my senses. As we followed Nat through the house, Ella nudged me, nodding at his
trim torso visible through a black t-shirt over denim-clad snake hips. With his
graceful, animal-like stride, he led us down the cool white stucco-plastered
corridor into a large villa-style living room. There he introduced me to Adolfo, a
short, stocky man in his early fifties with an air of business and a whiff of Cuban

cigars about him. Ella had told me on the way there that Adolfo was originally

from Rio de Janiero, but she hadn’t told me anything about this other man.
Where are you from Nat?” I asked, after we got over the initial pleasantries.
I grew up in LA with a Jamaican mother and a father who was half-Brazilian and
half-American.”
And where did you two meet each other?”
I worked in LA for a while,” said Adolfo. “Our wives became best friends. I’m
divorced now and back in Rio, and Nat’s lovely wife passed on two years ago. But
we still get together, and I keep this place here for whenever I come to see the
Healer, maybe twice a year. Would you like some wine, ladies, or something non-
alcoholic?”
Judging by the elaborate mosaic tiles on the floor, I guessed Adolfo was wealthy
to afford a place like this merely for the odd visit. Not having started my herbs
yet, I agreed to one glass of wine as I sank into the squishy tan leather sofa beside
Nat. I wished Ella would stop winking. It was becoming very obvious. Soon the
conversation was flowing along with the wine. I was on my second glass. The two
men were interesting, both mellow and gentle in the way people who meditate
regularly appear to be. Adolfo said he had become less hung up on making lots of
money after he underwent a two-year battle with cancer, which had now been in
remission for over seven years. Nat’s wife had been diagnosed with ovarian
cancer and Adolfo had suggested she visit the Healer, and stay in his house.
Nat took up the story: “Lexie didn’t recover but she lived a year longer than any
doctor predicted and she gained a great acceptance of death, for which we were
both grateful. While she was ill, we visited the Healer four times and Lexie found
an inner peace she’d never had in her life before. She was so devoted to him; she
used to kiss his feet each time she came. She really loved the energy in the
ashram and the village.”
Book Blurb:
Touted in the press as ‘An Irish Eat, Pray, Love’

meets
‘Sex and the
City’.
Love & the Goddess
One woman, One myth, Three Goddesses
A woman’s voyage of self discovery begins on the internet leading all the way to
Brazil and onto the Andean highlands of Peru.
Devastated from her relationship break- up, Kate Canavan is at a loss until she re-
discovers a hidden painting of the triple Goddess from Greek mythology. Her interest
in mythology and spirituality is re-ignited. A voyage of self discovery begins with
internet dating using the names of each of the Goddesses in the triple myth.
When a health scare intervenes Kate and her friends go together to visit a famous
healer in Brazil and a spiritual guru in Peru, where all three friends begin spiritual
journeys of forgiveness, gratitude and learning to live in the now.
Ferdia Mac Anna (author of cult book to movie Last of the high Kings) says:-
“Funny, informative heart-warming and wildly entertaining. This novel takes the
reader on an exhilarating roller-coaster ride though modern romance, internet
dating, Peruvian Gurus, wannabes, has-beens and lotharios and brings them home
safe and almost sound. This book rocks!’

nXOBl9Evy-9UJhh11IDS4uVo8BuQRW_Um--qXZ02oKsAuthor bio :
Mary Elizabeth Coen
Living in Ireland, Mary Elizabeth Coen is a former Home Economics teacher and
lifestyle journalist. Mary E. runs a website called
Goddess MECA which stands for Mary Elizabeth Coen Assists the Goddess
in everywoman through sharing her love of cookery fashion and mythology.  The url is http://www.goddessmeca.com
Mary says “Though I always dreamed of being a writer, I took a rather circuitous
route getting here. You could say I have had several incarnations in this lifetime from
Home Economics teacher to Fashion Editor of a magazine, along with being mother
to my three wonderful children, Mark, Janet and Emily. Due to demand from clients I
opened my own pr consultancy firm specializing in fashion; – the dream job for a
fashionista, availing of great discounts on wonderful shoes and vintage clothing!
Sadly it was not meant to last as in 2004 my health deteriorated and as a result, work
had to take a back seat. I became interested in holistic medicine, personal
development and writing in an attempt to cope with my diagnosis of fibromyalgia. In
the process, I developed a passion for mythology, philosophy and the study of ancient
spiritual traditions. As a spiritual seeker, I’ve travelled to Mayan sites in Mexico,
visited a famous healer’s ashram in Brazil and undertook a shamanic journey through
Peru.”
Love & the Goddess is closely based on memoir.
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