Friday, June 1, 2012

June-Hometown Track Author in the Spotlight

June-Hometown Track Author in the Spotlight

It's June!  I love June, it is my favorite month of the whole year.  How much do I love June, let me count the ways.  1. because my birthday is in June, 2. school is out for the summer in June, 3.  I get to play and have adventures with my kids for the whole summer, 4.  June is warm and I can go to the beach and read, 5.  because I love planting and watching my garden grow and 6.  this year in June, I am taking students to the National History Day event and staying in the dorms at the University of Maryland for a whole week. 7.  Oh and let us remember the lazy days spent reading outside on the deck swing with the kids and dog.   I could go on and on but I won't because I need to introduce June's Author in the Spotlight, Jonathan Odell!
Welcome Jonathan.

Jonathan Odell is the author of A View From Delphi and The Healing.
Here is the synopsis of The Healing from Goodreads:

Mississippi plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield loses her daughter to cholera after her husband refuses to treat her for what he considers to be a “slave disease.” Insane with grief, Amanda takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada, much to the outrage of her husband and the amusement of their white neighbors. Troubled by his wife’s disturbing mental state and concerned about a mysterious plague sweeping through his slave population, Master Satterfield purchases Polly Shine, a slave reputed to be a healer. But Polly’s sharp tongue and troubling predictions cause unrest across the plantation. Complicating matters further, Polly recognizes “the gift” in Granada, the mistress’s pet, and a domestic battle of wills ensues.

Seventy-five years later, Granada, now known as Gran Gran, is still living on the plantation and must revive the buried memories of her past in order to heal a young girl abandoned to her care. Together they learn the power of story to heal the body, the spirit and the soul.

Rich in mood and atmosphere, The Healing is the kind of novel readers can’t put down—and can’t wait to recommend once they’ve finished.

This month, the wonderful month of June you can expect a book review, an author interview, a contest and hopefully (fingers crossed) a guest post.  Stop by Jonathan's website facebook page  and keep checking in at Booksnob as June is going to be great a month!