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Once in an eon, when the Earth eclipses the moon on a winter solstice, an immortal is born under a witching moon. Anne has always had the strangest feelings—memories she couldn’t place; strangers she inexplicably yearned for.
After she rescues the enigmatic Phillip from a shipwreck, her comfortable life on the island of Cusabo is shattered, and the mystery of her destiny starts to fall into place. Anne leaves behind the life she’s always known and sets out with Phillip on an arduous journey to Amaranth, where her ancient family awaits her. But the path is dark and daunting, and Anne’s powers have only just begun to manifest.
“When a lunar eclipse occurs on a winter solstice, immortals are born. K.E. Bonner has written a story that’s hard to put down. With compelling characters and a quick-paced plot, readers are swept into a world that spins the ordinary with the fantastical so cleverly it’s difficult to separate the two. Protagonist Anne always knew she was different, that something was missing in the quiet life she led with Mama Jane and her patchwork quilt of a family.
There were too many memories she could only catch the edges of, and there was something potent and curative inside her that Mama Jane called her ‘shine.’ Anne is happy on Cusabo Island, but from the moment she finds half-drowned Phillip and passes her healing cure into him, it’s clear things are going to change. Weaving the mythical with the biblical, the common with the magical, the mortal with the eternal,
Bonner tells a tale of mystery, dangerous conflict, and more than a hint of romance. As immortal Anne begins a quest to reunite with her sister and bring the powerful forces of prophecy and healing together again, we lucky readers can sit back and enjoy the ride.” —Sandy Coomer, author of Available Light and director of Rockvale Writers’ Colony
“With a magical mixture of romance and historical adventure, Witching Moon brings heroic characters and an action-packed plot together in a book that will keep the pages turning and the imagination churning.”—Rebecca Wells, author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, and other novels
“The action-packed Witching Moon grabs you by the throat and never lets you go as the magically gifted Anne sweeps you along on a heart-stopping, heart-tugging journey to find her true home and her true love. Witching Moon is a fantasy, but the emotions are as real as they come. Treat yourself to this unforgettable heroine and this unforgettable book.”—Kimberly Elkins, author of What Is Visible
“Young heroine and gifted healer Anne is as tenacious as the boot-sucking marsh mud on the barrier island where she grew up. Readers will cheer her on as she embarks on a perilous journey over land and sea in search of her beloved ‘selfsame’ sister, Rowan, and her rightful tribe on the magical island of Amaranth. Infused with the ancient vibrations of other worlds, Bonner’s first historical fantasy is a heart-thumping odyssey of self-discovery, danger, and most of all, love.” —Leslie Muir, author of The Little Bitty Bakery, Gibbus Moony, C.R. Mudgeon, and Barry B. Wary
“‘Deep in my bones, I always knew a part of me was missing.’ This is how K.E. Bonner begins her debut novel, Witching Moon. If you’ve ever felt lost or alone or out of place; if you love historical fantasy, especially one set during the Civil War; if you like adventure; then this book is for you. I love every description, especially those of the outer banks of South Carolina. This magical novel begs you to savor each page. Congratulations to K. E. Bonner on an exquisitely written and suspenseful book!”—Katharine Crawford Robey, creative writing instructor and author of Cardinal Coat and Other Stories, Hare and the Big Green Lawn, Where’s the Party?, and The Sleeping Bear Wakes Up
“Witching Moon is a rollicking adventure yarn and a hugely impressive debut. It is, at once, intimate and epic and is elevated beyond its genre trappings by a vivid sense of time and place. The exotic and enchanting locales aren’t just set pieces: they’re authentic-feeling ecosystems, brimming with well-drawn characters whose rich inner lives are every bit as fascinating as their daring, breathless exploits. This is the sort of book you want to pick up and read again as soon as you’ve finished it.”—Brendan Murphy, writer-director of Speakeasy, game writer of Republique and Marvel’s Iron Man VR
“K.E. Bonner’s Witching Moon renders the historical American South into a rich and magical land in which ancient immortals of myth confront a real and messy history. From the first engrossing paragraph, the reader is catapulted on a riveting adventure of the familiar and the fantastic with engrossing beings that have much to teach and much to learn.”—Stacey Margaret Jones, author of Mr. Catherine