AWARD: 2006 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll, TOP TEN Finisher, Mainstream Short Story category. SUMMARY Dark Fantasy Short Story. Maria and two of her siblings flee Mexico for the United States, illegally by way of the Rio Grande. Guided by human "Coyotes", they discover that the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence, especially when your powerful new employer harbors a dark secret within his heart. REVIEWS FOR COYOTE CROSSING From Sue Thurman, Television Producer & Author: A Mayan mystery unfolds as Marilyn Peake masterfully paints a colorful tapestry of images and sounds, while vividly capturing the harsh and beautiful landscape of the southwestern desert. In the intense heat of the guarded border, there is no escape from this suspenseful tale as it captures the danger and intrigue of a late night illegal crossing. The loss of innocence is the prelude to survi ...