The Bookworm

Soleil enjoys reading and writing cross genre. Her favorite elements are:

~ Visionary Fiction
~ Fairy Tales, Folklore, and Mythology
~ Magical Realism
~ Romance
~ Paranormal and Supernatural
~ Historical Fantasy
 
Soleil is the award-winning author of The Mermaids Melt at Dawn, Snow Dust and Boneshine: The Chronicles of Granny Witch (Book 1), and Limbo Jubilee.

The books are available on Amazon. Click on the links below if you're interested in taking a peek.

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Snow Dust and Boneshine:

The Chronicles of Granny Witch (Book 1) Synopsis

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.  

Reviews for Snow Dust and Boneshine

  • A warm and spellbinding tale…This is a tale of hope, of deep love and of giving. Grendolyn Peach Soleil’s writing flows like a stream. It is relaxing and almost exotic in the telling. Mixed with folk magic, simpler times and beliefs, this is a wonderful escape from the day to day stresses... Highly recommended for a special reading break!” ~ Tome Tender   http://tometender.blogspot.com/2021/01/snow-dust-and-boneshine-by-grendolyn.html

  • “Grendolyn Peach Soleil is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. After falling in love with The Mermaids Melt at Dawn last year, I was more than happy to review Snow Dust and Boneshine. There's such a beautiful, dreamy quality to her writing that just sends tingles down my spine. Magic pours out of every word, and the heart found within them is pure gold…Snow Dust and Boneshine is gorgeous in a way I can't describe. It's a story of star-crossed lovers and a story of a woman who only wants to help the souls of the people who come to her…Snow Dust and Boneshine lulled me into a fairy tale. Everything about it was beautiful and lyrical, and I loved that the story came to life so vividly in my mind. It perfectly combined the supernatural with what regular, ordinary life on the prairie might have been like to build a world and story that reads like a dream. Overall, this was a huge pleasure to read and absolutely spun its spell around me.” ~ The Lily Café   https://thelilycafe.com/book-review-snow-dust-and-boneshine-by-grendolyn-peach-soleil/

  • Soleil’s writing is riveting and the entire storyline surrounding the two main characters is gripping…Soleil’s writing is much more than a fantasy – it’s a story of love and faith... I look forward to many more installments and new adventures involving the granny witch and those in her small, tucked away Wyoming town” ~ Literary Titan (Gold Award)    https://literarytitan.com/2021/01/11/snow-dust-and-boneshine/ 

  • “Soleil's prose is beautiful, evocative, and tranquil and tender, almost as if she's reading us a bedtime story. The folk-magic system is fascinating, and I loved that each chapter was delineated by a type of moon. I also loved Soleil's weaving of her characters' Irish ancestory into their new lives in America, and how she let the echoes of that past ripple into their future. I can't wait to see how the next step in Fawna's journey unfolds!” ~ R.K. Hart, Author of To Dream of White & Gold

  • "Soleil keeps in mind the plot and momentum is maintained whilst couched in the gorgeously imaginative writing. Snow Dust and Boneshine is a beautifully written and spellbinding little novel from a skilled and original storyteller. Highly recommended." ~ Rose Auburn

  • "I adored this book. It was so captivating from the moment I began reading to when I finished...There’s romance, intrigue and lots of magic. It’s very well written, so much so, I could feel the cold 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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ all the way.” ~ Angela Scavone, Author of Celebrity Status   https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3803877633?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

  • Snow Dust and Boneshine is historical fiction, and the author does a fantastic job with the writing style to make us believe we are living in that era and place. I could imagine myself in the beautiful snow-swept prairie of Purgatory Bend living with all the people in the town…The story reminded me of the poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, which states that sometimes we are tempted to stay in the beautiful woods a little longer, but life has to go on…The author captivates you with her writing. The backdrop of the enchanting woods and the snow-swept prairie forms a perfect setting for a book filled with magic, hope, and love.” ~ Prerna at Book Friends Forever      https://prernaamarnani17.wordpress.com/2021/02/25/snow-dust-and-boneshine-review/

  • "It is always exciting to discover a new writer who can create a story that captures the imagination and introduces you to a new set of interesting characters. I wish I could reread this for the first time over and over and would highly recommend it!" ~ Texas Book Nook

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The Mermaids Melt at Dawn Synopsis

 

Faraway, on the edge of a sapphire sea, there’s a fabled island where Cajun folklore meets Greek mythology, where the bayou meets the sea, and where humans meet mermaids.

 

On the surface, The Mermaids Melt at Dawn appears innocent enough, but the swamp hags and sea witches of old remind us that appearances can be deceiving. Filled with fascinating characters, a touch of romance, some wicked twists, and a dash of magic, The Mermaids Melt at Dawn is a captivating voyage for fans of historical fiction, fairy tales, and mythology.

 

From the Louisiana swamps to the wild waters of Barbiche Island, Rok Lejeune embarks on a nautical adventure to the mystic island of mermaids, but Rok is not the only creature with a story to tell. Barbiche Island is home to a pair of warring mermaid sisters, power-hungry Poseidon, petulant gods, and other mysterious monsters. The mermaids of Barbiche Island sing of love, survival, and betrayal, but will they answer the burning question? Why do the mermaids melt at dawn?

Reviews for

The Mermaids Melt at Dawn

  • "My goodness, the writing! Soleil managed to perfectly capture the beauty, the nature, the words of spun silver that epitomize fairy tales. The Mermaids Melt at Dawn is an astounding story, brilliantly conceptualized, carefully crafted, and masterfully spun...I adored every yarn, every word... It's gorgeously written and has such a dreamy quality that I couldn't stop reading...While it borrows and twists fairy tales, Greek mythology, and the folklore of the bayou, it manages to create its own dark story that is at once beautifully haunting and detached in the same way the stories of old feel. It brought to life its own folklore that could rightly have its own place in the halls of time." ~ The Lily Cafe                              https://thelilycafe.com/book-review-the-mermaids-melt-at-dawn-by-grendolyn-peach-soleil/ 

        

  • “Soleil writes a breathtaking story with a dark mythology...All folklore has some myth behind it, add a dash of horror, and you have some of the best fables we all cherish. Grendolyn Peach Soleil channels this same folkloric energy into her book...As the reader travels closer to Barbiche, the spun tale gets darker and darker still. The Mermaids Melt at Dawn is an imaginative adventure over the sea, filled with fantastic creatures.”  ~ Literary Titan  (Gold Award)                 https://literarytitan.com/2020/08/23/the-mermaids-melt-at-dawn/

  • "A Cajun boy follows the tales told by his grandfather to find the marvelous island of mermaids in this richly woven fable by Grendolyn Peach Soleil...Soleil has a way with both French and American folk argot. The intermingling of Greek myth, European history and scenes from the Louisiana swamps is captivating...Her adult fairy tale borders on poetry and will attract readers with imaginations as unfettered as her own. Quill says: Read The Mermaids Melt at Dawn for fact, fiction, and fascinating fable that almost requires a genre of its own. Once you pick it up, you will want to hang on to the stories until all the threads are connected."   ~ Feathered Quill  https://featheredquill.com/the-mermaids-melt-at-dawn/   

  • "Beautiful. One of my top books I've read this year." ~ Goodreads Reader

  • "A breath of fresh air when it comes to mermaid tales." ~ Amazon Reader

  • “The Mermaids Melt at Dawn was just as beautiful as the cover foretold, and I was so glad I got to experience this story. Soleil's writing is beautiful. It is clear that she is a storyteller at heart…I like to think of this story as a cleanser, one to read if you are in the midst of a book hangover. It will definitely give you your spark for stories back!” ~ Heart of Tati   https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3819942588?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

  • “I took a walk on the dark fantasy side and loved it! Soleil's writing is absolutely captivating. There was an enchanting melody in each sentence, almost as if each word was specially selected to serenade the reader. It's been such a long time that a book made my imagination go wild and allowed me to create elaborate imagery in my mind's eye. Her descriptions are just magical.”  ~ Narderley at Coffeelovers Bookclub

  • "Holy mother of fairy tales, this book captivated me in every way. The stories were soul deep, based in roots of Cajun folklore and Greek mythology. The writing is absolutely magical, lyrical and mystical. If you're looking for a quick read that makes you believe in fairy tales, this is absolutely the book. I'm left speechless. Five shining stars!" ~ Hailey at Page Pixie

  • “A mix of mermaids and authentic Louisiana bayou combine to tell an amazingly wonderful story. This is a really lovely read with beautiful prose. I definitely recommend it!” ~ Kristina Jordan

  • "A wonderful fairy tale adventure...An adult fantasy that is mythical and magical and a mermaidy delight!" Jess at Little Bookish Teafox

  • “How to describe a book so rich in imagery? The Mermaids Melt at Dawn weaves soft and beautiful French undertones with bold and brash bayou flavor. On top of that, a strong mythical and Cretan story comes to life and grabs the reader, pulling them down into the deep, dark, fantastically terrifying ocean from which the mermaids swim.” ~ Amazon Reader

  • “First, can we just take a moment to admire the book cover? This is absolutely stunning! Also, can we take a moment to admire Grendolyn's writing? Wow, this book may be a short one, but it was amazing. One that I am buying and putting on my shelf because I definitely want to read it again! This was a 5 star worthy book indeed.” ~ Jen Rose at A Midsummers Night Reads   https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3874601032?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1 

  • “I can tell a lot of research went into writing this book. I especially loved that the author wasn’t afraid to show a darker side. A lot of people only think of mermaids like Ariel, but in the old stories, a lot of mermaids were terrible creatures…I would definitely recommend it, and I can’t wait to read more of this author’s work.” ~ The Fairytale Addict

  • This was such a beautifully unique group of short fairytales that all interlink. The writing was poetic and just enthralling. I loved how the Gods of Olympus were included and how the writing flowed perfectly from story to story. I loved learning about the mermaids and their human interactions.
    Really well done and very enjoyable.” ~ Lianne Anta

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Limbo Jubilee Synopsis

 Neala's surreal story begins in the backwoods of St. Roscoe, West Virginia. Neala's hero is her Aunt Betsy, who saves the day in a pair of red cowgirl boots. Neala's life is forever changed as she witnesses the death of her Aunt Betsy. Neala longs for a love that will heal her wounds, so when she meets Brick, she is tempted to cross the imaginary line, but she finds herself in a dangerous limbo. Neala's spooky voyage transports her to the fringes of reality where she flirts with some creepy-crawly surprises. While a macabre sickness hunts Neala down, she experiments with what it means to be human. Neala's panic escalates with every page, but could her paranoia be grounded in wisdom?

Reviews for Limbo Jubilee

  • “Limbo Jubilee by Grendolyn Peach Soleil is a perfect blend of magical realism, humanity, and a raw, intimate look at life, loss, love, and mental illness. To try to sum up Limbo Jubilee would be impossible. And, that’s not a bad thing at all. Soleil has a way with words that makes you sit back and think, Damn, I wish I could write like this. This novella is not only beautifully written, but it’s incredibly unique. Written as a fictional memoir based on Neala’s life, loss, love, mental illness, attachment, abandonment, and more. The characters in this story are raw, intimate, vulnerable, and…human. And this is before you even add in the magical realism and fantasy elements which only makes it that much more magical and mysterious.” ~ Ashley Hubbard at Books, Beans, & Botany  https://booksbeansandbotany.com/limbo-jubilee/ 

  • "Soleil’s novel Limbo Jubilee is a psychological drama written from the perspective of the West Virginian born Neala. I was quickly taken in by Neala’s story, even as it is interwoven with her growing madness as her psyche breaks down. Neala means champion—the heroine should be a champion—but midway, as she begins to unravel, you know it’s going to end in tears as she loses herself bit by bit until there is nothing left except something she has called the “Choisi.” This is wistful and somewhat somber but utterly compelling. The book and narrative reminds me a lot of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam because I felt like it carried much the same tone. Fans of Atwood’s work in that series will enjoy Limbo Jubilee as I did. While it isn’t a book for the faint of heart, it is definitely one with plenty of potential that needs to be on the bookshelf of anyone that appreciates a complex and thought-provoking read. Limbo Jubilee has been masterfully written."  ~ Literary Titan (Gold Award)     https://literarytitan.com/2020/06/18/limbo-jubilee/

  • “This novella was beautifully written. Soleil had a marvelous way with words. Based on my first impression of her writing style, I’m going to be keeping an eye out for anything she writes in the future. One thing I did need to adjust to when I first began reading this tale was how much it jumped around from past to present and from one topic to the next. While it did require a little bit of patience in the beginning as I grew used to it, there were excellent reasons why it was written that way. I’m glad I relaxed into the flow of the scenes and allowed them to take me where they wanted to go. Limbo Jubilee was truly delightful. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” ~ Long and Short Reviews https://www.longandshortreviews.com/book-reviews/limbo-jubilee-by-grendolyn-peach-soleil/

  • "An incredibly raw and beautiful read, absolutely mesmerizing from start to finish.” ~ Amazon Reader

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed this no holds barred fictional memoir." ~ Amazon Reader

  • “An intriguing peek into the human psyche. This writer has a keen imagination and very deft way with words. I truly enjoyed the whole thing and gobbled it up in one sitting. It fired my mind and amused me and made me speculate all at the same time. It is a total page turner! Can't wait for more books from this budding author.” ~ Amazon Reader

  • "The beginning seems innocuous enough, but as we move further into the book we realize that perhaps Neala isn't totally grounded in reality.  Or perhaps there is more to the story than even she knows. I am still not really sure if Neala is delusional or if she truly is of another world and a being called a spryling. This book is a nice combination of fantasy and reality and just enough to leave you wondering how her life might turn out." ~ StoreyBook Reviews

     

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