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Nikkele L. Shelton is an English instructor, freelance editor, and novelist. In 2015 she penned her first novel, Crimson Sky, which tells the conversion story of the daughter of a voodoo priestess. She is in the process of completing the sequel, The Prophetess Witch.
Nikkele has received her BA and MA in English Literature from the University of Memphis. After teaching English Literature, Communications, and Composition for fourteen years, she returned to college in 2016 and earned an MA in Religion in Contemporary Society from King’s College London in London, UK. While at King’s, she has received the Walton Scholarship from the department of Theology and Religious Studies, and was awarded the Shelford MA Prize for best performance in her program.
The Prophetess Witch, sequel to Crimson Sky, chronicles the spiritual journey of Esther, a voodoo priestess who converted to Christianity.
“Little did my mother know that she would eventually go toe to toe with one of the fiercest spirits in the church; the spirit of Jezebel.”
Ester finds that the Christian walk is not as easy as she thought it’d be as the dark forces that once had her in their grip seek to draw her back. Esther also has to grapple with adversaries in the church; ordained leadership who are wolves in sheep’s clothing and go to great lengths to undermine her. Without the intervention of the pastor to protect her from their scathing treatment, Esther is tempted to resort to desperate measures in order to defend her honor. In the background is her daughter and the story’s narrator, Suzi, who experiences her own setbacks in helping her mother fight the battle. The journey to clear Esther’s name will result in mysteries unfolding, lies revealed, and a great fall in the church.
In her debut novel Author Nikkele L. Shelton tells the story of worlds colliding as the daughter of a voodoo priestess endeavors to take her own spiritual path while away at college.
“Here, she is your blessing. When she leaves, she will be your curse.”
Suzi, the daughter of a voodoo priestess, embarks on a journey to find her spirituality. After being invited to Bible study by Delilah, a fellow student, Suzi meets a group of strangers who assist her in her conversion to Christianity, a religion her mother despises. It was then that Suzi realized just how dark her mother’s world was and finds herself in a battle for her soul. Not only does she have to grapple with the truth she’d been running from all of her life, Suzi soon learns that the new people in her life also have a twist of their own. In the end, the battle between good and evil results in a drastic turn of events that cost one woman her life.
Crimson Sky is a welcome addition to American literature in a nifty novel which speaks to coming to oneself in a world full of influences and choices. Since the main character, Suzi, has a handle on what it is to be the child of a voodoo priestess, this story makes the pathway more incredible and enlightening. I love this book and can’t wait for more from author, Nikkele Shelton.
-K.D. Smith, Author of Crystal Stairs
Crimson Sky is a rich and descriptive novel. It’s a page turner that leaves you wanting more.
I read this book in less than one day. From the very start it grasped my attention and I did not want to put it down. Spiritual warfare is real.
The Prophetess Witch
The transformation that occurred in the characters in Crimson Sky was riveting as Spirit overcame demonic forces. As the main characters return in The Prophetess Witch manuscript and evil continuously tries to raise its ugly head against deliverance taking place, I could not put the book down.
-Joy L. Wilkerson, Author of Deliverance is Available to You