Journalist and nonfiction writer with two books, "Texas Big Rich" and "Connecting: The Enduring Power of Female Friendship" published by HarperCollins/Avon and a third, "Imperiled Reef: The Fascinating, Fragile Life of a Caribbean Wonder," due out October 5 from University of Florida Press. Her first novel, "Deserts of the Heart," from White Bird Publications, is available in print from independent bookstores and in print and e-book formats online from Barnes & Noble and Amazon. When not traveling, Sheehy splits her time between Albuquerque and Galveston.
Deserts of the Heart
Orphaned by the 1797 Veracruz yellow fever epidemic, Sofia, 21, and her beautiful, impetuous sister Valeria, 14, take positions as governesses to children on a ranch 1600 miles north near Santa Fe. As Sofia struggles to adapt to the new and multi-layered cultural environment, she uncovers her employers' dark family secrets and becomes drawn to the ranch's half-Pueblo foreman. Meticulously researched, this romance of the Spanish Colonial Southwest takes the reader to a richly diverse, highly nuanced place and time.