The Chronicles of Granny Witch (Book 1)

Paranormal Romance, Historical Fantasy, Magical Realism, Visionary Fiction

Date Published: December 27, 2020

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Once upon a winter’s night, a lost cowboy finds himself in Purgatory Bend. Patrick Doolin is plagued by a wound that won’t heal, but winter is the season of miracles. As Patrick wanders through Wyoming, he meets Fawna Darling, the mysterious granny witch, who channels the folk magic of her ancestors.

With nowhere to go and a secret Patrick doesn’t yet understand, he seeks shelter with Fawna in the snowswept prairie. Forbidden to fall in love, they form an eternal bond in the dreamscape, but when the bluebirds sing of summer and threaten their empire of dreams, they are faced with an impossible decision. Will Patrick stay in the land of the living, or will he cross over the prairie?

Summer is the season of surprises, and Fawna’s childhood sweetheart, Dezi Ketchum, longs to win her heart too. When winter melts across the gold-slick prairie, Fawna searches for answers under the rose moon. Caught between fire and water and flesh and fantasy, she follows her heart and ventures into uncharted territory.

Silk Moon, 1840

Yesterday, an unpleasant creature arrived in Purgatory Bend, wrapping the blue skies and dry earth in its flaming wings. A wildfire raged in the woods behind Fawna’s homestead, burning brighter and brighter under the sweltering heat of the silk moon. Fearfully, Fawna watched from the window as thousands of bonfires sizzled and scorched the land all around her, but there seemed to be an invisible force that kept the flames from engulfing her homestead. When she asked her mama√≠ how it was possible, Isleen said it was a divine mystery, and they should be grateful.

With wildfires, there was only one certainty. No matter how long they burned, they died out eventually. When the dust finally settled under the waning silk moon, there was nothing left but ashen limbs and the putrid smell of char. The beautiful woods that Fawna remembered were gone. Even the towering treetops were bald, and Fawna felt naked without them. She stood at the edge of the woods and cried a river, but Isleen didn’t shed a tear.

“Flames are a force of nature, and we need fire as much as we need water. There’s no need to be sad or afraid, for death is the path to the resurrection,” Isleen explained. “Now, dry those tears, my little Fawna. We have to trust the god of miracles. The woods will come back to us, and they’ll be even more beautiful than they were before,” Isleen promised.

“Mama√≠, I think we should call them the cinder woods now,” Fawna said, drying her tears with the sleeve of her dress.

“What a splendid way to honor their pain,” Isleen whispered.


Praise for Snow Dust and Boneshine


"A warm and spellbinding tale...Soleil's writing flows like a stream, relaxing and exotic. Mixed with folk magic, simpler times and beliefs, this is a wonderful escape." ~ Tome Tender

"Soleil's writing is riveting...It's much more than a fantasy - it's a story of love and faith." ~ Literary Titan

"Curl up under your blanket, grab a cup of tea, and let yourself wander between magic and reality in Purgatory Bend...Snow Dust and Boneshine is one of the sweetest, selfless, heartbreaking but also heartwarming love stories I have ever read...The characters, the atmosphere, and the imagery are done so beautifully. Every description made me sink my teeth into the story just a little bit more." ~ Snez at Book Lifey & A Quintillion Reads Book Club

“Snow Dust and Boneshine was incredible…There’s romance, intrigue and lots of magic. It’s very well written, so much so, I could feel the cold and bitter wind as I read about it. The characters are beautifully written, and I could see it playing out as a movie as I read. I highly recommend picking this one up. 5 stars all the way.” ~ Angela Scavone, Author of Celebrity Status

“This story was magical and fascinating with an element of surprise. It was well-researched and beautifully thought out to bring us so many amazing details. If witches and love stories set in a small town with a sprinkle of magic interests you, I would urge you to read this.” ~ Kriti Dalmia at This Reader Girl




 About the Author

Grendolyn Peach Soleil was born in the Appalachian Mountains on a full moon. She is an old soul and a folk magic fiend. Grendolyn loves twisted fairy tales, all things vintage, tales of true love, and creature features. Some of her fancies include pumpkins, black cats, mermaids, tea parties, cowboys, dahlias, and sunsets. She is a member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance and The Independent Author Network. Grendolyn is the author of Limbo Jubilee, The Mermaids Melt at Dawn, and Snow Dust and Boneshine: The Chronicles of Granny Witch (Book 1).


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