Inspired by true events, Don’t Cross the X is a historical, heartbreaking story of a woman’s tragic life after crossing paths with the local witch.
In 1919, twenty-two-year-old Pearl Hayes leads a blessed life with her husband and two sons in rural South Carolina. But when she crosses a large X etched into the dirt near a local blackberry field, she comes to find that she has entered into the realm of a force of evil she has no hope of stopping. Slowly, her life deteriorates, and through her misery she knows who is to blame: Hazel Sullivan—who is known, to the town of Walterboro, as a witch.
Eighty-two years later, in 2001, Pearl Hayes can no longer remember her past—all that she knows is the grief and longing she feels deep in her wounded heart. Then, when her estranged great-granddaughter and great-great-granddaughter come to visit her at her nursing home, the memories of her prior life come rushing back to her. At the end of her harrowing life, Pearl is desperate to tell her story to what is left of her family, and to deliver a warning: that the evil that took her life from her will come to take theirs, too.
Evocative, poignant, and heartbreaking, Don’t Cross the X illustrates the indomitable strength of the human spirit in the face of despair.
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Tina LePere was born and raised in South Carolina, but now she resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, three kids, and very spoiled Yorkie.
Tina got her inspiration for her debut novel, DON’T CROSS THE X, from stories passed down through her family. She didn’t realize when hearing those stories as a child, they would find themselves shoved inside the pages of a full-length novel.
When she’s not writing, Tina spends her time traveling, binging on old TV shows, or getting lost in a good novel for hours on end.