THE TRADITIONAL QUINCEAÑERA is Marguerite Quintanilla’s special celebration, replete with splendid garments, gifts, and decorations. But a little girl disappears from the event, and another vanishes from the same location five years later. No one can explain how Marguerite’s last doll, a Quince gift, connects the two. Before she leaves the town of Pajarillo to begin her religious life, Marguerite gives away the rest of her Quince gifts: her first pair of high heels, the tiara, the scepter—all the regalos go to people special to her. But the gifts come with peculiar gifts of their own and begin to alter their new owners in particular ways. Two strangers and an unseen threat drawing its power from an ancient lost world mean that all is not what it seems, and immortal souls are at risk.
About Carmen Baca (Albuquerque, New Mexico Author)
Carmen Baca taught a variety of English and history courses, mostly at the high school and college levels, over the course of thirty-six years before retiring in 2014. She is a member of the Las Vegas chapter of the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees. Voted secretary last year, she also runs the association FB page.
Her command of both English and Spanish enables her to write with true story-telling talent. Her knowledge of the New Mexico Hispanic culture, traditions, and folklore enables her to tell the stories of her ancestors while also creating her own phantasmagorical tales. She has 5 books and 38 short works published thus far since 2017. Her first book, El Hermano, earned a finalist award in 2018 from the NM-AZ Book Association. It has earned its place in the Library of Congress as a “valuable contribution to New Mexico literature” and is endorsed by Jimmy Santiago Baca, poet laureate of New Mexico, and the late Rudolfo Anaya, the father of Chicano literature. Living on the land left to her by her father, she and her husband enjoy a peaceful county life in northern New Mexico.