Two pairs of lovers discover their story goes deep into the Maya past. Gradually, it becomes clear that their accidental meeting on a Trescabras playground was no accident.
From the tiny border town of Trescabras, Texas to the dazzling city Yax Tok in the ancient Maya Yucatan, the story travels under the eye of the Godma and the two rebel shamans who serve her.
Riddled by the shamanic grandmother who raises her, Mocheela will find the answers she seeks in the deeps of a God-haunted pool -- Yax Tok Ts'ono'ot.
By turns visionary, dangerous, enchanting. With unforgettable characters to love, including a burro named Pants-on-Fire and two pairs of lovers whose stories reach deep into the Maya past. Under the eye of the Godma, two cousins, Mocheela and Liliana meet their past and future mates on a playground in Trescabras.
"...a lyrical masterpiece..." C.S. Holmes for IndieReader
"...a superb conjuring act!" Elizabeth Cunningham
"...masterful storytelling..." B.J. Austin, NPR radio journalist
Another world is not only possible,
she is on her way. On a quiet day,
I can hear her breathing.
A NOVEL THAT ROMANCES THE STONE
Romancing the stone takes on a whole new meaning in this epic tale that opens in a sleepy Texas border town and travels to the ancient Yucatan. Think jade skulls. Think Maya Gods locked in primordial rock. Follow two pairs of lovers whose story reaches into the deep past.
The Godma’s Daughters offers masterful storytelling and a colorful cast of characters to love and hate. With breathtaking imagery, the cinematic tale zooms in for a revealing close-up or goes wide-angle for a panoramic dive into a Maya technicolor spectacle. And scene by scene, it uncovers the suppressed herstory of a Maya Goddess, as a grandmother tells a nightly tale of herencia, or heritage, preparing her granddaughter for a journey into the past and a daring rescue.
BONUS! As in Isabella’s White Monkey Chronicles, a key character is a monkey. But instead of a shape-shifting old-world monkey-god, this one is a new-world spider monkey, a spirit animal that likes cupcakes, steals a communion dress, and hitches rides on a burro named Pants-On-Fire. Grab your popcorn! It’s a movie. Grab your seats! It’s an action-adventure romance.
B.J. Austin, Radio Journalist