The story starts out in far west Texas but the primary location is in the southern Sacramento Mountains. Local desert dwellers call her la loca santa, the holy crazy one, who lives with a padre’s ghost in an abandoned adobe village. Whether he is Dominica’s savior or an avenging spirit from hell, the gunman rides out of the broiling foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains on a devil horse and releases horrors that for the past seven years were locked in a chamber of oblivion in Dominica’s mind. She intuitively knows he is linked to the secrets of the mountain which hold her to the place and has come to take her away. He does, into Apacheria where both their unexpected destinies lie in wait for them.
Cry of a Cactus Wren is a novel of suspense, mystery, adventure, and romance set against the historical backdrop of territorial New Mexico after the Civil War, leaning on the paranormal as Hispanic Southwest and Native American legends do.
Western Writers of America
Women Writing the West