Sandra O'Briant

The Sandoval Sisters' Secret of Old Blood, August 2012. Santa Fe, New Mexico... read more

Sandra O'Briant

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The Sandoval Sisters' Secret of Old Blood, August 2012. Santa Fe, New Mexico was the first foreign capital captured by the U.S. An unbelievable influx of men occurred, but nary a word has been written about how that affected the New Mexican women. Until now. When Alma flees with her young lover to Texas to escape an arranged marriage with a much older man, she sets in motion a drama that will put the sisters and their legacy at risk. Pilar, a 14-year-old tomboy, is offered as a replacement bride, and what follows is a sensuous courtship and marriage clouded by the curses of her husband’s former lover, Consuelo. She will stop at nothing, even the use of black magic, in her effort to destroy the Sandoval family. The Mexican-American war begins and the Americans invade Santa Fe. The sisters are caught in the crosshairs of war from two important fronts-New Mexico and Texas. Their money and ancient knowledge offer some protection, but their lives are changed forever. "Woven among the stories of love and life is eroticism, mystery, witchcraft, folktales, superstition, political intrigue, corruption, and violence. Told with a fluid style that grabs you from the first page and leaves you hungry for more at the end." Dr. Michele Shaul, Co-Editor of the e-journal Label Me Latina/o "This story of love, mysticism and betrayal tests the ultimate boundaries of sisterhood. I loved this brave, lushly written tale of life in old Santa Fe." Jill Smolinski, author of Objects of My Affection and The Next Thing on My List. "A brilliantly told story of the Sandoval Sisters . . . The book is written with great skill and talent." The Latino Author (thelatinoauthor.com/top/) "An outstanding family saga!" Great Historicals From the Author Merchants have always loved the Santa Fe trail. The Mexican-American War was fought to gain more land, but it was also about controlling trade, and that meant controlling Santa Fe. I've been a full-time writer for the last 15 years. My short stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in print and online, as well as in several anthologies. A complete list can be found here: www.thesandovalsisters.com or at my blog: www.bloodmother.com My blog has links to reviews of The Sandoval Sisters as well as interviews.