Monday, September 27, 2021

Read an exclusive excerpt from Paint Me Fearless by Hallie Lee

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Welcome to the book tour for Paint Me Fearless by Hallie Lee! I have an exclusive excerpt for you to enjoy. And you can get more if you follow the tour via the link posted above. Best of luck in the giveaway!

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.

Praise for the Book

“Lee’s prose is fluid and full of personality.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A standout novel for contemporary women from all walks of life.” –Readers' Favorite

“Novelist explores themes of faith and lies; betrayal and redemption; and the unfathomable value of friendship when everything falls apart.” –Wordcrafts Press

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Read an exclusive excerpt:

When I heard the sporty guys tromping into class, I straightened my shirt over the roll around my belly. Converse shoes and flashes of blue and white everywhere, the junior high athletes liked to make an entrance. Lenny, the quarterback, headed straight for the window. Supposedly he had the talent to go varsity, whatever that meant.

He raised his arms, held up his imaginary gun, and shot a fluffy squirrel, who fluttered along the branch of an oak tree just outside the classroom window.

“Puuhhh. Puuhhh.” Gunshot sounds. Lenny nodded, pleased with his aim.

“Nailed him,” confirmed Ricky, his best friend.

The squirrel looked fine to me. In fact, he came closer to the window, twitched his tail, and chomped on an acorn while giving Lenny the eye.

“I’ma get me a few this weekend at my camp.” Mitch tugged at his blue-and-white letter jacket, winking at his friends. “Squirrels, I mean.”

I rolled my eyes. Mitch was some kind of back. Halfback, fullback, hunchback, I don’t know, but of all the sporty guys, I hated him the most. Number one, he wasn’t even cute or foxy. Number two, he always acted like he was in on some secret that you weren’t, as if you weren’t good enough to even imagine all the great things going on in his world. Like stupid hunting trips at some camp in the swamp. And number three, Mitch acted like this camp in the swamp was the playboy mansion, and he himself was the old perv guy kissing all the girls. 

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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1 comment:

  1. Thanks Uplifting Reads for including the excerpt! It's from the first chapter, the very moment Desi and Robin meet for the first time. As you can see, it wasn't a match made in heaven. LOL