Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Spirit of Sweetgrass by Nicole Seitz

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

SPIRIT OF SWEETGRASS

Integrity/Thomas Nelson (March 6, 2007)

by

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

NICOLE SEITZ is a South Carolina Lowcountry native and freelance writer/illustrator published in South Carolina Magazine, Charleston Magazine, House Calls, The Island Packet and The Bluffton Packet.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism, she also has a bachelor's degree in illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design. Nicole is an exhibiting artist in the Charleston, South Carolina area where she owns a web design firm and lives with her husband and two small children.

ABOUT THE BOOK:


Essie Mae Laveau Jenkins is a 78-year-old sweetgrass basket weaver who sits on the side of Hwy. 17 in the company of her dead husband, Daddy Jim.

Inspired by her Auntie Leona, Essie Mae finally discovers her calling in life and weaves powerful "love baskets," praying fervently over them to affect the lives of those who visit her roadside stand.

Relations are strained with her daughter Henrietta, who thinks Essie belongs in a retirement center. If Essie can't pay $10,000 in back taxes to save her home, she may have no choice. More tensions: her grandson EJ wants to marry a white girl, Essie discovers that a handsome man she's trying to find a girl for is gay, and her daughter carries a hidden secret.

When she's faced with losing her home and her stand and being put in a nursing home, Daddy Jim talks her into coming on up to Heaven to meet sweet Jesus-something she's always wanted to do.

The SPIRIT OF SWEETGRASS shifts less successfully to the afterlife, where her Gullah-Creole ancestors surround her; but soon, her heavenly peace is disrupted, for she still has work to do. Now Essie Mae, who once felt powerless and invisible, must find the strength within her to keep her South Carolina family from falling apart. Together, with Daddy Jim, they team up to return to Earth and battle two spirits conjured up by Henrietta's voodoo that threatens to ruin an attempt to save the sweetgrass basket weaving culture.


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Posting Information


The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1591455065

Author's picture is:



The book cover photo is:

Nicole can be reached through the Contact link on her Website

23 comments:

Camy Tang said...

I just posted mine:
http://camys-loft.blogspot.com/2007/05/cfba-spirit-of-sweetgrass-by-nicole.html

I keep forgetting to post a comment when I've posted.
Camy

M. C. Pearson said...

Posted at Mimi's Pixie Corner.

Deena said...

I'm up...and interested in everyone else's views on this one

Deborah said...

mine's up

Rel said...

Up Down Under but no review as I am bookless to date!!!

Kelly Klepfer said...

Links and review up at Scrambled Dregs http://kellyklepfer.blogspot.com

Interview Friday

Michelle said...

I'm up now, too. Great story so far!

Todd said...

I've got mine up now. Technorati is pinged. Long day, sorry it took a while to post.

April Erwin said...

Mine's up at www.ProjectingA.blogspot.com

Trish, an ordinary life artist said...

Mine's up......http://ordinarylife.typepad.com

Erica Vetsch said...

mine's up...I'm curious to see what "Less successfully" in the canned review means.

storyline said...

Posted. I don't have the book, your reviews are great, it makes me want to see what I missed.

LaShaunda said...

Mine's up.

Ruth said...

Posted...but since I'm on a Mac and I'm Mac illiterate, it looks funny...will try to clean it up when I'm back in PC land on Sunday.

http://www.xanga.com/christianfictionqueen

Gretchen said...

Mine's posted! Thank you for the code :).

Christy LaShea Smith said...

I'm up!

Alexis Jacobs said...

I'm up!
http://ajpr2.blogspot.com/2007/05/cfba-spirit-of-sweetgrass-by-nicole.html

Jake said...

I'm up!

Vicki McCollum said...

Post is up at SavvyReview

CeCe Lane said...

I'm up. What an odd book.

Jenny said...

Slow on the uptake here gang, but I'm up now! :D

Hisart777 said...

Posted!

Nicole Seitz said...

Thanks, everyone, for reviewing the book. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your taking the time!
Continued blessings on your writing,
Nicole