Fear of Shadows

Fear of Shadows


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Self-sufficient Texas Eugenia Thornhill espouses many rebellions, including giving a man-any man-authority over her heart, or her life. She hates the mother who named her "Texas" after her birth state instead of loving her enough to give her a real name. She hates the mother who ran off and left her young child with a cold, emotionless father.
Texas likes to brag that she's not afraid of anything-not even spiders or snakes. Her boast proves empty when she meets childhood friend West Strom and realizes that she is deathly afraid of shadows, but is clueless as to why. Time and again she shatters their nascent romance by mindlessly shrieking and running out of her childhood home, fleeing the shadows that terrify her.
Pranksters also seem intent on sabotaging the relationship. A dead raccoon is hung on the refrigerator, a rock is thrown through the window, furniture is trundled around the room in total disarray, then righted again before West arrives to investigate.
Texas is tricked into holding a séance. West, a strong Christian, is appalled that Texas is involved in witchcraft. That almost ends their friendship.
But the most destructive force entering her life proves to be the seemingly harmless fun of frequenting a Texas dancehall with Thornhill Ranch manager Jason Peace. She finds herself accused of murder and forced into hiding. When she escapes and clears her name, it only adds to the dystopia at the ranch.
Texas exhibits her paintings in a feminist art show in San Antonio and meets her mother. Her mother apologizes, but does not explain her abandonment. When they say goodbye, Texas is saying goodbye to a stranger.
West arrives to rescue her from what Texas has realized is a nefarious art exhibit revolving around hate and discord. But even though West gives Texas a kiss that stuns her with its passion, how many times can her childhood hero rescue her from her foolish choices and paralyzing fear of shadows?
When Texas finally solves the mystery of her mother's disappearance and learns the truth about her fear of shadows, it is a truth that threatens to destroy every single person she loves.

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ISBN-13: 9781499350593
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/14/2014
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Stephanie Parker McKean currently resides in Scotland with husband Alan McKean, an author in his own right with the best-selling The Scent of Time and The Scent of Home to his credit, and rough collie Angel Joy. Her Christian mystery-romance-suspense, Bridge to Nowhere, has been published by Sunpenny Publishing, the first of a series featuring forty-something Texan Miz Mike, whose attempts to mind her own business are foiled by her motto: "never let an adventure pass by unmolested." The second "Miz Mike" novel, Bridge Beyond Betrayal, is due to be published in summer 2014.

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