SHADOWS OF MAGNOLIA IS HERE!

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SHADOWS OF MAGNOLIA IS RELEASED TODAY! BELLE OF CHARLESTON IS FREE TODAY!

Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon–here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country’s most turbulent times–Southern Legacy Series.

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Somewhere between love and tomorrow is forever!

Josephine Buchanan Wright is forced apart from the man she loves. She has chosen the path of honor and duty, denying her heart its desire. Unaware of a growing threat against her, she strives to make her dying father’s wish a reality.

Cullen Smythe returns to Philadelphia and tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered heart…forget her and make a life for himself–alone. But fate has other plans for once more Josephine enters his world.

Can their love be rekindled against the forces against them? Love and betrayal; jealousy and violence–all with a war looming on the horizon, bidding brother against brother.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:
This is a serial! The books in this series may have cliffhangers and hooks to make you want to continue to the next book. Do not begin if you don’t want to become addicted to the series! Southern Legacy will consist of four books– Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born to Be Brothers and The Sun Will Rise. Enjoy!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to read the first book in the Southern Legacy Series, Belle of Charleston, before reading Shadows of Magnolia. This is a SERIAL! Shadows of Magnolia begins where Belle of Charleston left off.


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AMAZON LINK: Belle of Charleston (Southern Legacy Book 1)

In a world of pageantry and show, the Montgomery family accepts the way of life that has been antebellum Charleston for over a hundred years. Two cousins, the handsome and debonair, Wade Montgomery and the bold and brooding Cullen Smythe, were born to be brothers. Raised as Southern gentlemen, their character could never be questioned–loyalty, honor, duty to one’s country, God and family. It was the tie that binds until…their bond is threatened, not only by the cry for secession but by a woman–Josephine Buchanan Wright.

Josephine Buchanan Wright is a dutiful, southern belle. Her future seems fated to the two Montgomerys cousins…until all she has placed her faith in falls apart. As her life spirals out of control, she tries desperately to cling to the honor and duty that has been instilled in her. But how can she do so when all she has known is no more?

ON A SIDE NOTE: If anyone has tried to leave a review on Amazon for Belle of Charleston and was unable to do so, please let me know! Appreciate it!

BELLE OF CHARLESTON ~ Free For a Limited Time!

A name is a name…is a name. I have three. Jerri Hines, Colleen Connally, and Carrie James Haynes. Three names…one write. I have a new series, Southern Legacy, that if you enjoy the Secret Lives Series, I’m certain you will enjoy this serial. I debated back and forth on which name to use, Jerri Hines or Colleen Connally. Colleen Connally tends to lean more into the romance; Jerri Hines, historical fiction. I decide to use Jerri Hines for the Southern Legacy Saga, even though the series is a sweeping romance. No matter the name I use, all my books hold everything one has come to expect from my romances—love, betrayal, intrigue and mystery!

 

Today, the first book in Southern Legacy, Belle of Charleston, is FREE! Get your copy and be swept back in time!

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Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon—here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country’s most turbulent times—Southern Legacy Series.

In a world of pageantry and show, the Montgomery family accepts the way of life that has been antebellum Charleston for over a hundred years. Two cousins, the handsome and debonair, Wade Montgomery and the bold and brooding Cullen Symthe, were born to be brothers. Raised as Southern gentlemen, their character could never be questioned—loyalty, honor, duty to one’s country, God and family. It was the tie that binds until…their bond is threatened, not only by the cry for secession but by a woman—Josephine Buchanan Wright.

Josephine Buchanan Wright is a dutiful, southern belle. Her future seems fated to the two Montgomerys cousins…until all she has placed her faith in falls apart. As her life spirals out of control, she tries desperately to cling to the honor and duty that has been instilled in her. But how can she do so when all she has known is no more?

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 SHADOWS OF MAGNOLIA, BOOK TWO

COMING JANUARY 26! PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE

Somewhere between love and tomorrow is forever!

Josephine Buchanan Wright is forced apart from the man she loves. She has chosen the path of honor and duty, denying her heart its desire. Unaware of a growing threat against her, she strives to make her dying father’s wish a reality.

Cullen Smythe returns to Philadelphia and tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered heart…forget her and make a life for himself—alone. But fate has other plans for once more Josephine enters his world.

Can their love be rekindled against the forces against them? Love and betrayal; jealousy and violence—all with a war looming on the horizon, bidding brother against brother.

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COMING SPRING 2015!

THE SUN WILL RISE, Book Four ~ Coming Late Spring/ Early Summer 2015!

AUTHOR’S NOTE:

This is a serial! The books in this series may have cliffhangers and hooks to make you want to continue to the next book. Do not begin if you don’t want to become addicted to the series! Southern Legacy will consist of four books– Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born to Be Brothers and The Sun Will Rise. Enjoy!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to read the books in order. This is a SERIAL! One book ends and the other picks up where it left off. If you don’t like cliffhangers, wait until the release of the whole series. Then all the books will be offered as a box set and will as be released in print at that time.

 

The Romance of Antebellum Charleston

I love Charleston. It is an absolutely gorgeous city. Charleston is a city of romance—cobbled streets, twisted live Virginia oaks, large grand plantation homes and Southern charm!

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Situated between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, Charleston was established in its present site in 1680 as a port town. A wall was built around the new town to protect the inhabitants from Indians, pirates and assaults from Spain and France. The settlement became a major commercial center, which helped support the development of wealthy merchants and the planter class.  Soon, it became known that there was value in Charleston.

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Charleston was originally called Charles Town, named after the British king, King Charles. After the American Revolution, it was renamed Charleston and Charleston it remains. Charleston flourished…it holds such a rich and deep history.

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When I was doing research on the American Revolution, I discovered the history behind Charleston. I’m not from South Carolina, but I am a Southerner. Even today, the South’s people are instilled with beliefs long-held by their ancestors: loyalty, courage, duty and honor.

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Decisions made over 150 years ago still affect us today. Mistakes were made, only to be corrected by a long and horrendous war. We, Southerners, are a stubborn lot. Looking back in history, there were times when we could have taken a different route. We didn’t. The fact is we can’t ignore what happened in the past. It is part of our history.2014-10-23 14.51.53

I have always maintained that the Civil War was brought about because we didn’t want to be told what to do. Truly, I cannot believe, that the good Southerners I know they were, would not have realized what a dreadful institution slavery was. Perhaps, they choose to believe the propaganda themselves that was spread to justify slavery.

Because of the sensitivity of the subject of slavery, I believe that it has made it hard to write about the time period. I have no desire to offend anyone and I hope I haven’t in this story. It is purely fictionally, but I have tried to keep as true to the era as I can. I have made an effort not to white-wash the history. This—Southern Legacy Saga—is from my heart.

Most people visualize lovely Southerner Belles on large plantations when they think of the Antebellum South. With good reason, it is romantic. I know for a fact that not all ladies were Southerner Belles. My great great-great grandmother, Anne Bolton, lived in a small community in Alabama. Extremely poor. Her father died in the Battle of Shiloh fighting for the South, leaving her mother with four small children to raise. But Anne Bolton lived a wondrous life, one to be greatly admired. One day, I hope to tell you more about her.

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Writing this series has, also, been hard, but it is something I’ve always wanted to write. I wanted to show the romance of the era along with its hardships. The greatest love stories come from the most turbulent of times.

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Coming January 26!

 

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Coming Spring 2015!

 

 

Gone With the Wind has always been and will always be one of my favorite books. Southern Legacy is not Gone With the Wind. Southern Legacy Saga is a love story between two people who are struggling to find happiness in the world around them.

 

 

SOUTHERN LEGACY SAGA:

Belle of Charleston

Shadows of Magnolia ~ Coming January 26!!!

Born To Be Brothers ~ Coming Spring 2015

The Sun Will Rise ~ Coming Late Spring/Early Summer 2015

AUTHOR’S NOTE:

This is a serial! The books in this series may have cliffhangers and hooks to make you want to continue to the next book. Do not begin if you don’t want to become addicted to the series! Southern Legacy will consist of four books– Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born to Be Brothers and The Sun Will Rise. Enjoy!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to read the books in order in the Southern Legacy Series. This is a SERIAL! One book ends and the other picks up where it left off. If you don’t like cliffhangers, wait until the release of the whole series. Then all the books will be offered as a box set and will as be released in print at that time.

 

 

Exclusively Yours!

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I wrote a book a few years ago called Whisperings of a Southern Heart. It was the first book that I pitched to an agent at a Romance Conference. I have never had any luck with agents. I could get publishers to look at my books, but an agent…not often. Only once…with Whisperings of a Southern Heart. No, it wasn’t with the agent I pitched to at the conference. I was awful trying to pitch my book to her, but another agent I talked with casually during dinner offered to read over it.

I sent her my manuscript…my 180,000 word manuscript. She rejected it…but not without telling me what she thought would make it better. One of the things was to shorten the book…that was before I became an Indie author…before ebooks became all the rage. One of the things that she did tell me was that she thought the story had potential…it needed work, but it had lots of potential.

I have found over the years that I can take something from every rejection, but this one was harder because this book came from my heart. It was personal. It took me a long time to go back and pick up Whisperings of a Southerner Heart.

I believe in life we all have our strengths and weakness. Is it a strength to know our weaknesses? Without question, pitching my book to an agent is one of my weakness. But there again is stubbornness a strength? For I am quite stubborn. I knew I had to write this story…

When it was time and I was at a point where I could accept that the criticism, I went back to Whisperings of a Southerner Heart. Reading back over the manuscript, I looked at it differently and saw what the agent pointed out. It needed revisions.

To write the book the way I wanted…to make it easier for readers to read it… I made Whisperings of a Southern Heart into a serial and changed its title—Southern Legacy.

I went to Amazon and tried to have it released as a true serial…a little at a time. Another rejection. To try to give it full exposure, I tried to put it into Kindle Scout.  Even being an Amazon Bestselling author, it was another rejection.

Why then have I offered Southern Legacy exclusively on Amazon until the whole series is released? Because it is the best way for me to get my series before readers…because I want people to read the series. Amazon offers ways for me to promote my books that the other sites don’t.

Amazon is the reason I’m able to offer my books to readers. Amazon has made it profitable for Indie authors. Publishing is changing all the time, but at the moment…at least for me…Amazon is where I have made the majority of sales. I am a bestselling author on Amazon.

So for right now…until after Southern Legacy series is completely released…it can only be found on Amazon….Exclusively yours!

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BORN TO BROTHERS- April, 2015

THE SUN WILL RISE- May, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCING BELLE OF CHARLESTON’S RELEASE!

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AMAZON LINK:Belle of Charleston (Southern Legacy Book 1)

BELLE OF CHARLESTON HAS BEEN RELEASED!

BE SWEPT AWAY WITH ROMANCE!

I’m giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate in celebration of this release! All you have to do is follow Romantic Picks or email me at romanticpicks@aol.com and let me know its okay to sign you up to be on my email list! Thats all.

The other thing I’m offering— Buy and review Belle of Charleston in its first week of release and I will send you the PDF copies of the remaining books of the series before they are released. This is a limited time offer. You will have to show proof of your review by emailing me the link.

BLURB:

Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon—here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country’s most turbulent times—Southern Legacy Series.

Belle of Charleston, Book One

In a world of pageantry and show, the Montgomery family accepts the way of life that has been antebellum Charleston for over a hundred years. Two cousins, the handsome and debonair, Wade Montgomery and the bold and brooding Cullen Symthe, were born to be brothers. Raised as Southern gentlemen, their character could never be questioned—loyalty, honor, duty to one’s country, God and family. It was the tie that binds until…their bond is threatened, not only by the cry for secession but by a woman—Josephine Buchanan Wright.

Josephine Buchanan Wright is a dutiful, southern belle. Her future seems fated to the two Montgomerys cousins…until all she has placed her faith in falls apart. As her life spirals out of control, she tries desperately to cling to the honor and duty that has been instilled in her. But how can she do so when all she has known is no more?

I’m so excited with the release of the Southern Legacy series. If you enjoy Winds of Betrayal series and Tides of Charleston, I promise you  won’t be disappointed. It is a serial. I debated back and forth how to handle the release. I wanted to release it like a true serial a little at a time, but Amazon didn’t allow me that option. So, I have to release the books, one at a time. The first two will go, December and January, Belle of Charleston and Shadows of Magnolia. The final two I’m hoping April and May, Born to Be Brothers and The Sun Will Rise.

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COMING JANUARY 26, 2015

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! BE SAFE…BE HAPPY!

BELLE OF CHARLESTON’S RELEASE COMING MONDAY! Stop by for and check out how to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate!

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AMAZON LINK:Belle of Charleston (Southern Legacy Book 1)

BELLE OF CHARLESTON IS TO BE RELEASED ON MONDAY!

BE SWEPT AWAY WITH ROMANCE!

Over on ROMANTIC PICKS I’m giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate in celebration of this release! All you have to do is follow Romantic Picks or email me at romanticpicks@aol.com and let me know its okay to sign you up to be on my email list! Thats all.

The other thing I’m offering— Buy and review Belle of Charleston in its first week of release and I will send you the PDF copies of the remaining books of the series before they are released. This is a limited time offer. You will have to show proof of your review by emailing me the link.

BLURB:

Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon—here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country’s most turbulent times—Southern Legacy Series.

Belle of Charleston, Book One

In a world of pageantry and show, the Montgomery family accepts the way of life that has been antebellum Charleston for over a hundred years. Two cousins, the handsome and debonair, Wade Montgomery and the bold and brooding Cullen Symthe, were born to be brothers. Raised as Southern gentlemen, their character could never be questioned—loyalty, honor, duty to one’s country, God and family. It was the tie that binds until…their bond is threatened, not only by the cry for secession but by a woman—Josephine Buchanan Wright.

Josephine Buchanan Wright is a dutiful, southern belle. Her future seems fated to the two Montgomerys cousins…until all she has placed her faith in falls apart. As her life spirals out of control, she tries desperately to cling to the honor and duty that has been instilled in her. But how can she do so when all she has known is no more?

Along with a new release this week, I have a re-release with Whiskey Creek Press. The Judas Kiss, Book One Tides of Charleston, was re-released last month. This month, The Promise, Book Two of the Tides of Charleston, is set to be re-released on December 19th. Pick up your copy of The Judas Kiss and enjoy Tides of Charleston from the beginning.

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I’m so excited for the release of the Southern Legacy series. If you enjoy Winds of Betrayal series and Tides of Charleston, I promise you  won’t be disappointed. It is a serial. I debated back and forth how to handle the release. I wanted to release it like a true serial a little at a time, but Amazon didn’t allow me that option. So, I have to release the books, one at a time. The first two will go, December and January, Belle of Charleston and Shadows of Magnolia. The final two I’m hoping April and May, Born to Be Brothers and The Sun Will Rise.

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COMING JANUARY 26, 2015

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! BE SAFE…BE HAPPY!