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Tennessee Gunns

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A journey of faith, resilience and love through life's many  trials. 


Tennessee Gunns, The Tobacco Barn

The Tobacco Barn


A historic fictional romance novel taking place in Savannah, Georgia, where two unlikely friends discover they have common bonds. Humbling experiences lead to the strengthening of faith and relationships in the heart-warming journey that began in an old tobacco barn.

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Tennessee Gunns, American writer


The anticipated release of The Tobacco Barn and High West Lady will launch in 2019.  Follow the author on Twitter @Pete_Media for more details on the launch by author Pete Lester who writes under the name Tennessee Gunns. 

Barringer, North Carolina



Gunns steps away from the coast to the diverse landscape of North Carolina to write his next love story, Barringer. Here, Tipp Starr discovers life is full of challenges and love is difficult with his girlfriend, Jackie. Tipp's journey to the mountains requires more than grit and he soon finds that it's an expensive endeavor without his grandfather's resources resulting in some unlikely situations. Barringer  does not disappoint with unending misadventures alongside necessary matters of the heart; a must read.

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The Tobacco Barn

Review of novel by 

Holland Webb. 

International Editor and Author.

South Carolina.

 Gunn's debut novel explores a man's relationship with his family, his friends, and his love in a way that is both intimate and masculine. Through distinctive characters like Mickey, Tipp, and Volt, readers find mirrors of their own yearnings, faults, and passions. Gunn's tale is one part southern roughneck, one part bawdy comedy, and one part tear-jerker, leaving his readers entertained, moved, and ultimately hopeful. Readers of Pat Conroy-esque fiction can find a new storyteller with the same sharp wit and earthly humor. 




The Tobacco Barn is a fictional romance novel about seafood tycoon, Mickey Starr. The novel is an extraordinary story of resilience. Centered around a troubled businessman and his faithful grandson who try to save the oldest fishing company in America. When a harsh storm in the late nineties destroys their fleet, hope deteriorates. After a large business venture falls short, Volt’s grandfather returns a forgotten favor, remembering Mickey’s kindness from a half century earlier. The Tobacco Barn a journey of faith, friendships, and resilience. Love carries on and the heart remembers kindness and compassion. While dealing with war, bad weather and conflict. They find that life can be made whole again.


High West Lady

In High West Lady, Elina Gold, a marketing intern visits scenic North Carolina on business, where the lady falls for the blue eyes and shape look of Terry Hendricks, who emerges as a world renown saddle maker. His southern charm captures her attention at a show. Terry goes west with Elina to the High Country of Utah. In the west, life is busy and money calls the shots. 

his story shares the realities of how life pulls on the heart strings of love, career, and family. 

Novel is being written now.

Coming soon. 

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Professional Review The Tobacco Barn

 The Tobacco Barn is a double love story. As one man reminisces about his deceased wife, another man finds love in an unexpected place. The Tobacco Barn is a story of strength, friendships, and kept promises. This book has realistic language of young fishermen and the love scene is handled with a delicate balance of purity and passion.

Those who love historical romance will be thrilled with this story.  Tennessee Gunns has a way with words. I look forward to his next novel.

Cherrilynn Bisbano.

International Editor.

Rhode Island.

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Upcoming Novels

  • The Tobacco Barn
  • Barringer
  • High West Lady 
  • Left My Boots in California
  • Winters Seeds

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Savannah, Georgia

When Mickey Starr has an internal battle of faith, he brings together friends that challenge his perspectives on life. 

Anticipated publication...

Mickey's trip to the famous tobacco barn in Savannah, forces him to make decisions that change his life and through selflessness, he discovers his meaning through -- a promise.  

The action keeps you turning the pages

"Readers will enjoy a great story, one that touches their heart."

"The Tobacco Barn, is the feel and touch of Sparks, coupled with the masculinity and comradery of Hemingway." 

This will be a series of books ...

Faith and romance meet at the corner of the The Tobacco Barn. A life filled with regret, the hope and promise of a new beginning are reflected upon through the storytelling of Mickey Starr, Savannah's oldest fishing family. In the Low Country, relationships matter.

The story takes place in Savannah...

 “Love was the first emotion experienced on earth and the most vital component of shaping who we are,” says the author.


Q:  When can we expect the novel?   

A: If all goes well, it will be available in 2019. 

Q: Why the name Tennessee Gunns? 

A: Tennessee Gunns was actually developed as a character in the first draft of the novel. The name had such a strong ring and memorable  "catch", it was suggested to be used as a pen name.  Which was considered and will be used alongside the author's real name inside the copy.  Good question. 


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About the Author

Pete Lester didn't grew up loving books. He hated to read. He grew up with the desire to be an artist and like most college students do, he changed majors several times. He holds a BA degree in Geography, MA in Theology, MA in Strategic Communication, and a PhD in Leadership.  Later,  he found a gift in storytelling through travel, hiking, and touching landmarks which are the foundation for his novels. His southern romance novels unfold Carolina skylines, the scenic Georgia coast, Bluebonnets in Texas  and the High Country of Utah. To drive Highway 5 through scenic California is on his bucket list. Places he has visited  make for the best locations to write about and include fictional stories that are real, with unforgettable  characters, painting a picture with timeless imagery for readers.  

What to expect in his novels? Emotion. Feeling Connected. Friendships. Attraction. 

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Pete Lester is the author of  three books, Barringer, High West Lady and The Tobacco Barn. Books will be published in 2019 and 2020.

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