The full-figured Esther Redding doesn’t realize it, but she desperately needs a change. Her Cinderella tiara is tarnished, and her glass slippers cracked.
No longer any one’s knight in shining armor, Briggs Stokes always had a soft spot for Esther. She was in his blood, and he didn’t want a transfusion. When he returns to Detroit, he decides that nothing will keep him from her door. Well, nothing . . . but the once reformed bad girl, Monica Stokes Hawthorne, Briggs’s ex, who wants to be his—give me one more chance, again—wife. The resulting tug-of-war that ensues may be the catalyst that destroys the person they both love the most.
More than one household is upset when the prison doors swing open and a “rehabilitated” Roger, Esther’s ex, returns home. Following Roger is a sinister force so malicious that no one in their community will be left untouched.
When truth is held hostage by lies, mayhem ensues. And when it does, the lives of Esther, Briggs, Monica, and Roger are forever changed.
Don’t blink—pray—these shenanigans are too shocking to miss . . .
The second stand-alone book in the Heaven over Hell trilogy
I love a multi layered story with rich characters that keep you turning the pages late into the night. Solid, satisfying, salivating HEA's that at the same time depict Christians in a real and honest platform. In my first novel, The Devil Made Me Do It, the characters became three dimensional in their quest for redemption. My inspiration for Tell The Truth; The Devil Won't, was to lift the shades and peek into their new dreams, temptations, and drama. The result; a nail biting, gasping, romantic story with important spiritual lessons.
Which character do you think that readers will love to hate and why?
The character Roger is good looking, insecure and self-absorbed. He's plotted to steal and to murder. When the book opens he is finally sitting behind bars. As the story evolves, you discover the root of his darkness. But, after all he's done . . . does why really matter?
If you were to create a spin off of Tell The Truth; The Devil Won't with one of your supporting characters, which one would it be and why?
As a writer you never know who is going to ease their way into your heart. Naomi is a supporting character I have loved writing. She has no filter. What she thinks, she says. She’s a gossip, and prejudges people based on their past. At the same time, she is back bitingly honest and loyal. I realized while laughing out loud at her antics, she had to have her own story. So, I created The Devil Wears Two Faces starring front and center; Ms. Naomi.
What is it that you'd like readers to walk away with after reading Tell The Truth; The Devil Won't?
I would like the characters and their story to resonate in their souls long after the last page is read. To know that we live complicated, sometimes messy lives, but forgiveness and redemption are available.
What is a hidden talent or favorite pastime that you enjoy that may surprise others?
This is a hard one because I'm pretty transparent. Maybe, a pastime most people don't know is that I love to go to thrift stores or flea markets. You find the best stuff!
About Colette R. Harrell
She’s a wife, mother, author and playwright. A Detroit native, she currently calls Ohio home. She holds a master’s and is a Director of Social Services. Writing with humor and compassion to engage and minister to the human heart. Her motto is: whatever you do, do it “for love alone.”
Her lastest novel, Tell The Truth; The Devil Won't is filled with wisdom and humor. This adventourous love story goes where Ms. Harrell loves to tread, down an unbeaten path. No millionaires rescuing damsels in distress—although she enjoys these reads herself—but every day people, falling and getting back up.
The Devil Made Me Do It was her debut novel. It was nominated for The 2015 Phillis Wheatley Book Awards in First Fiction. It has been held as one of Black Pearl Magazine’s, top ten Christian fiction books for 2014. Make no mistake, her sophomore novel, Tell The Truth, The Devil Won’t will cement her as an author to watch.