Paint Me Fearless (Shady Gully #1) By Hallie Lee
Christian Contemporary Fiction
Paperback, ebook & audiobook, 322 Pages
January 6, 2021 by WordCrafts Press
Although their petite appearances are strikingly similar, ROBIN and DESIREE (DESI) have little in common. When Desi moves to the small town of Shady Gully, Louisiana, the unpopular Robin feels diminished by the new girl's notoriety.
But fate has other ideas, and as these two isolated girls are drawn together, a friendship born in high school evolves into a bond that promises to last a lifetime. Even as their paths diverge, and they clumsily marry and plow through raising families of their own, they remain true.
Even as they nurse their respective bruises, and carry their traumas from childhood into their own marriages, they always have each other's backs. Even when a sordid secret from their past emerges to threaten their families, together...they remain a force to be reckoned with.
Until years later, when they're enjoying the prime of their lives, a stunning rumor surfaces that threatens their lifelong connection. The allegation suggests that one has betrayed the other.
Truth? Lie? Does it matter? Sometimes just the hint of betrayal is enough to ruin a lifelong bond.
As their worlds collide, and old insecurities rise to the forefront, the layers of Desi and Robin's legendary friendship begin to unravel.
Just when it seems they've lost everything, the truth brings them full circle...and in their brokenness they come to realize that there is only one true way to fill the emptiness inside, to quiet the lies...and to ultimately become...fearless.
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On the bus ride home, a husky high school guy wearing cowboy boots and a western belt slipped into the seat in front of me. He stretched his arm along the top of his seat and casually turned back to me. “Howdy,” he offered with a lazy drawl.
He grinned and let out a low chuckle.
His name was Adam, and he said he was going to be a country music star one day. He
just thought I should know.
“Is that so?”
“Count on it,” he said.
He had reddish hair. A nice smile. I believed him.
He chatted for a bit, pointing out dirt roads here and there. “Yonder direction is where the
Wolfheart clan stays. You need to steer clear of Brad and his bunch. Ain’t no place for a girl like
Interesting that Adam already had me pegged for a particular kind of girl. I resisted the
flair of irritation. Instead went with a wide-eyed, earnest nod. “Thanks. Good advice.”
“My pleasure.” Adam tipped his imaginary cowboy hat.
Mama said to smile and make friends, so I figured I could add Adam to the list. He ought
to count for more than one, seeing as how he was going to be the king of Nashville one day.
He rolled the bus window down, and the breeze felt good. It was a hot breeze, but that
might be as good as it was going to get here in Shady Gully, Louisiana.
Adam hummed a song, and it wasn’t half-bad. He acted real casual about it, but I could
tell he was giving it his best effort. I sat back in my seat, surveying my surroundings.
Country roads indeed. No red lights, traffic jams, or five-car pileups. Just twisty blacktop
paths and an occasional house set back from the road.
Excerpted from Paint Me Fearless by Hallie Lee, Copyright © 2021 by Hallie Lee.
Published by WordCrafts Press.
About the Author
Born and raised in Louisiana, most of Hallie Lee’s screenplays and novels are set in the south. Inspired by a landscape rich with cantankerous, salt of the earth folks, Hallie’s characters tend to be dramatic, but kind, and quirky, but smarter than they appear.
A move to the creative community of Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2005 gave her the opportunity to take up screenwriting. As her screenplays were recognized with awards and placements in various contests, she had the opportunity to learn from award winning talents like Kirk Ellis (The John Adams miniseries) and Ronnie Clemmer (A League of Their Own).
But alas, her heart is southern, and when she and her family made another move to Kentucky, it renewed her passion for writing novels. And southern story telling.
Paint Me Fearless is the first in The Shady Gully Series, a series which promises thought provoking, relatable journeys whose cast of characters tend to be ornery, but loveable.
It’s women’s literature. It’s book club fiction. It's faith based. It’s Hallie Lee.
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