WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S- LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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Please Give if you canit means a lot to my husband and to everyone that has a loved one affected by this awful disease. You can donate here at this link. It would be so much appreciated.

More than 5 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s. My husband’s mother, Marilyn, is one of them. From a personal perceptive, Alzheimer’s is an awful disease taking from your love ones their memories. I have watched my husband’s family struggle with this fact. At first, I watched a lovely, warm woman struggle to remember simple facts. Frustration sets in. She wasn’t what she wanted to be. Then after another stage, she became more like a child. Accepting what you told her amiably, instead it was his family who endured the hurt. I have watched my father-in-law stand by his wedding vows, for better or worse, in sickness or health, faithfully. When I write a romance, I write about finding a love to last a life time. It happensI’ve seen it.

So come Sunday, September 28th, my family and I are walking for Marilyn. My hubbie’s team. In a situation where you don’t have a lot of control, he wanted to do something for his mother. If not his, someone’s. Marilyn would have liked that. She was always helping someone.

If you are up here in Boston, you are welcome to join us. If you can’t walk, think about a small donation if you can. Every little bit helps. You can hit donate.

Thanks for letting me share. Thank you for caring….

Before you go, take a minute if you want and read a short story I wrote a couple of years ago…

Where Did She Go?     

 

Time is a relative thing. Isn’t it? I mean the older we get, the faster it ticks away. There are never enough hours in the day.

Running late as usual, I almost passed by my parents’ house. I was tired. Work had been so crazy and I needed to go by the grocery storeNo, I reprimanded myself. I needed to see Mom. I pulled my car in the driveway.

Sliding back the porch’s screen door, I walked in to find Mom sitting in her chair. She smiled up at me, the most beautiful smile. A laugh escaped her, a laugh to die for. The house used to echo with her laughter.

“Oh, it’s you. You have come to visit,” she said.

I smiled back at her. It’s been years since she said my name. I looked over at Dad. It had been one of those days. His tired worn eyes betrayed him, but not his words.

Leaning over and kissing Mom’s cheek, I turned to him. “Why don’t you go out? I’m here for as long as you need me. Aiden is at a dinner for work.”

“Do you mind? I could run down to the Knight’s?” he asked.

“Not a problem,” I answered, reprimanding myself once again. I should come by more often and watch her for him.

Realizing in that moment, I have taken Bree, my older sister, for granted. She had taken on the blunt of the responsiblity for Mom and Dad. Never having married, I had convinced myself Bree had the time to look after them. Forgetting perhaps, the woman in the chair was my mother, also.

I watched Dad leave from the window and turned back to Mom.

“Where did that man go?” 

I sighed. “He’ll be right back.”

“Who?” she asked. She stood up and walked toward the kitchen.

“Are you hungry? Let me fix you something,” I said, while following her.

She leaned down and picked up a tiny, tiny scrap of paper on the floor. I wondered for a moment how could she have seen it. She picked it up and placed it in the palm of her hand.

“Do you want me to take that?”

She doesn’t answer, but I reached over and took it. Throwing it in the garbage, I watched her walk over to the table and rearrange the centerpiece. She turned back to me.

“Where did that man go?”

“He’ll be back in a minute.”

I caught sight of a stack of pictures at the corner of the table. Picking them up, I flipped through them. I held the past in my hand. Pictures of my father fifty years ago. So good looking, smiling in his army uniform. Another of their weddingbaby pictures of us kids.

So long ago. How I missed those days. Engrossed in the pictures, I didn’t noticed at first she had sat down. She held the picture of Dad in her hand. Gently her hand glazed over the face.

“He’s handsome,” she said, not releasing it, but gripping it tighter. She reached for the stack. I relented the pictures and sat back, studying her as she looked through them.

Suddenly, the urge surged through me that I wanted her back. I wanted her to take me in her arms as she had when I was a child. Smooth away the pain. To tell me that everything would be okay.

“In the morning, the world will refresh itself and everything will be better,” she used to tell me.

Instead, she asked, “Where did that man go?”

“He’ll be back in a minute,” I answered once more. She seemed appeased and went back looking through the pictures.

We sat there looking at the past through the pictures in her hand. I answered her patiently when she asked me who it was.

“That’s Liam, your oldest grandson.”

“Are you sure?” she asked.

I nodded. She stared down at it thoughtfully. I saw her mind struggle to remember, searching for something familiar. There had been times in the past when she would break down and cry at this point. Today she went to the next picture.

How desperately I wanted to share with her my memories. Moments in my life I cherish. Would always cherishwouldn’t I?

I wanted to tell her I would never have survived high school without her. It wasn’t until my children got to be in high school that I realized why Mom stayed up and hugged me before I went to bed. Later in life she told me she just wanted to make sure I hadn’t been drinking. Nothing ever got by her. I wanted her to know I have done the same with my children.

I chuckled to myself remembering how much she disliked Aiden when I began dating him. She had never come straight out and told me. No, that wasn’t her way. Subtle remarks here and there. They stopped the day I married. Over the years, surprisingly to me, she formed a special bond with my husband.

Then the vision of her when I was giving birth to Janette flashed before me. Aiden was by my side when the doctor said her heart rate dropped. They needed to perform an emergency Cesarean. Being wheeled down the corridor to the OR, I heard her before I saw her. Running down the hall like a mad woman, she stopped us for a second.

Bending down over me, she whispered, “I love you.”

I heard her as I was being wheeled away. “I couldn’t let them take her in without telling her…”

I looked at her now. Oh, God, what happened to my mother? The woman who never forgot a date in her life, a birthday, an anniversary, dates that I didn’t even know meant anything.

Smiling at me, she asked, “Where’s that man? Suppose he forgot to come back.”

“He’ll be back in a minute.”

She nodded. Her head tilted to the side when she came to the next picture, the picture of a beautiful, young woman, beaming brightly, ever so happyit was Mom on her wedding day.

Her eyes met mine. “Where did she go?”

 

 

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Previously published as Daughter of Deceit under Carrie James Haynes

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This story kept me on the edge of my seat as Alyce goes through the days trying to learn the truth. The suspense kept my heart racing as Alyce meets someone that knows something about her father. It turns out to be an attempt on her life. I literally held my breath until I knew she was alright.
Later in the story, Haynes takes Alyce through a journey of sensual feelings for Lord Julian. Alyce discovers that she is falling in love. And through the description Haynes uses throughout her story, I experience the same feelings Alyce felt. Haynes was able to make me place myself in this story to feel as if all the action that took place happened to me. I especially like when I read a book and can feel that way.
There is one scene toward the end of the book that made me not able to put the story down–when Alyce is led to old ruins at Colonel Tolworthy’s estate by someone trying to cause her harm. I stayed up late reading the last section of the book because I simply could not quit reading until I knew the outcome.

WHAT TO READ AFTER FSOG- THE GEMSTONE COLLECTION- Part Five

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Ssh! Don’t tell Momma! What to Read After FSOG: The Gemstone Collection Part Five!

Join me tomorrow for the release of What To Read After FSOG: The Gemstone Collection Part Five! The collection of books is filled New York Times, USA bestselling, and Amazon bestselling authors!

CATHRYN FOX- Fever

MELINDA DUCHAMP- The Sexperts: The Girl With The Pearl Necklace

KAROLYN JAMES- A Voice to Love

SASHA WHITE-  The Principles of Lust

STEPHANINE QUEEN- Playing the Game

ELAINE RACO CHASE- Rules of the Game

V. J. DEVEREAUX-   Cooking Class

COLLEEN CONNALLY- Fragmented, Book One Boston’s Crimes of Passion

TARA CRESCENT-  Triage

SUMMER DANIELS-  Summer’s Journey

Yesit has erotica romances in the collectionI’m not sure but Fragmented may be the token Suspense/thriller in the bunch. My Momma is going to turn Fifty Shades of RED!!! Sosshdon’t tell her. She loves my books, but she has a hard enough time telling people she knows that I write romances ‘sex books’ as she calls it. No matter that she has a closet full of Romance bookswhere do you think I stole my first romance book I readjust makes a difference that her daughter is writing thembut to be in a collection of books with Erotica Romancesshe just may have a heart attack. So….sshwe just won’t tell her.

Going to have a great time tomorrow! Join me! Lots of prizes to give away!!! And don’t forget to get your copy tomorrow!!!

WINDS OF BETRAYAL BOXED SET NOW INCLUDES— The Heavens Shall Fall!

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WINDS OF BETRAYAL BOX SET
Book One- The Cry For Freedom
Book Two- Embrace of the Enemy
Book Three- Kiss of Deceit
Book Four- The Heavens Shall FallA rousing family saga for the fight for America’s independence! Follow Hannah and Jonathan Corbett path to Freedom!

The winds of change brews over the colonies. Tension against the crown is mounting daily. In Williamsburg, the rebellion burns strong in the hearts of two siblings, Jonathan and Hannah Corbett. Spirited and headstrong, Hannah finds herself thrust in the middle of a conspiracy when her father receives a strange package from Philadelphia. Jonathan, a physician for the Continental Army, is torn between duty and family. With war looming on the horizon, the siblings soon discover there is a high price to be paid for the cry for freedom.

Embrace of the Enemy, Book Two, Winds of Betrayal

It’s a dangerous game you set to play, Miss Corbett. One that can have far worse than deadly consequences!

In the midst of the struggle of America’s bid for independence, Hannah Corbett makes a fateful decision, descending into a world of deceit. Spurred by revenge, she heads to New York, setting in motion a dangerous game for which there is no return. Searching desperately for the man who betrayed her family, she faces the cold and brutal reality of the life of a spy. Caught in a web of lies, living with betrayal, she is trapped. She has nowhere to turn except to a man it would be treasonous to love, setting duty and desire at war. Her heart is ripped apart when she must choose between the man who risks his career and life to protect her and the only thing that has remained constant in her lifeher belief in her cause.

Kiss of Deceit, Book Three, Winds of Betrayal Series

The tides of war have shifted. When all eyes turn south, Doctor Jonathan Corbett finds himself once more thrust into the war’s turmoil. On assignment from General Washington, the dashing doctor discovers his mission has taken him straight into a conflict where the British are not the only ones to be feared.Rebekah Morse has no time to contemplate the exploding war around her. Caught up as a pawn in a deadly conspiracy, she finds her only hope lies with her old friend, but things have changed since they last saw each other.

Yet destiny has not intervened in their lives without cause. Rebekah’s strength, courage, and breathtaking sensuality set within Jonathan a desire he swore never to feel again. When Rebekah’s life is threatened, Jonathan is determined to save the stubborn woman whether she wants to be saved or not. Now Jonathan and Rebekah must face the perilous threat together—only to discover a passion they never imagined…

THE HEAVENS SHALL FALL, Book Four Winds of Betrayal

The cry for Freedom is at its darkest hour!

After the devastating loss at Saratoga, the British respond with a vengeance, aiming at taking a strategic hold on the South. In New York, the American spy network is in turmoil, leaving Rupert Arnett to pick up the pieces. Never has it been more dangerous, but never has the stakes been higher.

Under siege by the RedCoats, Charles Town collapses, giving the Americans their most humiliating and worse defeat of the war. When Dr. Jonathan Corbett is taken prisoner, Rebekah faces her greatest personal challengefor the only way to save her husband’s life is to betray his trust. She turns to the one man Jonathan despises the most, General Marcus Durham.

On the return of Major John Andre to New York, Rupert recognizes something is amiss. The British intelligence seems to know Washington’s every move. Pressure mounts on him to discover what the British have planned. Amid untold dangers, Rupert turns to his one operative that can uncover the truth.

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REVIEW:

Every ingredient needed for an historical romance you won’t forget is in this book. The level of deceit and treachery will astound you. You can tell this book was a labor of love. Ms. Connelly gives us a book that could easily become a series. The writing is amazing and the characters relatable. Your heart strings will be pulled and you’ll feel the anger and rage- it’s that well written. You must get this book, but be warned, it will leave you breathlessly waiting for the next one.—Have You Heard My Book Review, Reviewed by Melanie

 

From the author of a #1 Amazon Historical Romance Kindle Bestseller, BROKEN LEGACY, comes Seductive Lies!

 

Only love can heal a heart betrayed…

Harriet Burke has long been haunted by a family scandal. Abandoned by her mother as an infant, she has grown up in the shadows of the events that led up to that scandal. But all changes when she meets the future Viscount of Daneford. The dashing young Lieutenant Arthur Hammett defies his grandfather. Professing his undying love, he proposes to Harriet. Harriet quickly learns that all is not what it seems. Secrets, lies, and betrayal shatters Harriet’s life, leaving Harriet little choice. She has to begin life anew…

 

They were destined to be together but fate had other plans…

Lord Arthur Daneford made a rash decision years ago that cost him greatly…his biggest regret. Now, though, his past has reemerged. Chilling information has been called to his attention that Harriet’s life is endangered. He will stop at nothing to ensure her safety, but will she accept his help before it’s too late?

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Family scandal…Forbidden love…Ghosts and Curses

Harriet Burke has been cursed or so says her grandfather. In her youth, a gypsy’s blessing gave Harriet the ability to disregard the boundaries of death. Lord Arthur believes it is total nonsense, but he cannot deny there is no explanation for her knowledge. Haunted by visions of wrongs once done, Harriet fears there will be no escape.

 

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CAUTION! Be warned if you are looking for perfection in your characters— this is not the book for you! Seductive Lies has flawed, human characters! Every hero needs love to be redeemed!

 

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CAUTION: READ WARNING LABEL BEFORE CONTINUING

I have come to the conclusion I need a warning label on the books of my Winds of Betrayal Series. Is Winds of Betrayal a series or a serial?

 

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A series by defintion is a group or a number of related or similar things, events, etc., arranged or occurring in temporal, spatial, or other order or succession; sequence. (taken directly from Dictionary.com)

 

A serial by definition is anything published, broadcast, etc., in short installments at regular intervals, as a novel appearing in successive issues of a magazine.(noun) published in installments or successive parts: a serial story. (adjective) (Again taken directly from Dictionary.com).

 

Without question Winds of Betrayal is a series. The question becomes is it also a serial. I had also thought of a serial as short stories if combined together would make a novel. But if you use the word serial as an adjective, then I guess you can say the books are a serial.

 

There are two types of series. A collection of books that can stand-alone. Books you can read without having to read the others to fully understand the book. An example of my one stand-alone series- SECRET LIVES: Seductive Secrets, Broken Legacy, and Seductive Lies. The books are connected by the heroines having to live secret lives at some point.

 

The other series I have written are all connected books. Winds of Betrayal, Tides of Charleston, and Whispers of a Legend. Coming later this year, I will release the Southern Legacy series…it is a serial. I’m taking a book I wrote a few years ago, Whispers of a Southern Heart, and am breaking it down into at least three books, probably four. I’m aiming to have each book be around 50,000 words. Southern Legacy will include: Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolias, Born to Be Brothers and if there is a fourth, The Sun Will Rise.  Southern Legacy will will come with a warning label:

 

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Coming Fall 2015!

THIS IS A SERIAL! THE BOOKS MAY HAVE CLIFFHANGERS AND HOOKS TO MAKE YOU WANT TO CONTINUE TO READ THE SERIES. DO NOT BEGIN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO ADDICTED TO THE CHARACTERS AND STORYLINE! 

 

 

So should Winds of Betrayal carry a warning label of its own? That I can’t answer for everyone. Should readers realize that Winds of Betrayal is NOT a Stand-alone series? I believe there are a few hints that lean to conclusion that it is an ongoing storyline.

 

First line of The Cry For Freedom’s blurb:

 

A rousing family saga for the fight for America’s independence!

There are four books in the series with the same characters. There will be a fifth to conclude the series and the American Revolution- Set Fire to the Rain has a tentative date of late 2015.

 

Eventually, I will bundle all the books under one cover. At the moment, my bundle only holds the first three books. I have released the fourth, The Heavens Shall Fall, since I bundled the first three together.

 

THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF!

What do you dream about? What is your secret desire? Meeting the man of your dreams? The perfect vacation? Retiring before the age of 30I missed that boat long ago, but my point is that we all have dreams. Dreams are healthy. I believe we are happiest when we are striving for that dream.

My dream — writing. My desire is to write and to be read. It’s a great feeling to see your book go up the charts.  Maybe you noticed that I didn’t say make the New York Times or USA Best Selling List. I didn’t say sign a huge contract for millions of dollars. No…my dream is to write and create. My dream is for readers to enjoy these works. I love creating worlds to get lost inits that connection. An example is my Winds of Betrayal series. To me…in my worldmy characters come alive for that period of time. It’s the reason my characters for Winds of Betrayal and Tides of Charleston overlap. Because to me, the characters exist at the same time. So it would be natural they would interact if the opportunity arose.  It’s not the only time I have done so, either. Wonder if anyone has caught a character in two different books and series that crosses over besides Winds of Betrayal and Tides of Charleston. Of course, you would have had to read all my books to have caught it. But if anyone does, I’ll gift you a copy of my new release when it’s released. First oneif anyonethat can tell me the character’s name.

Get lost in another time and place…

I have written about the American Revolution in Winds of Betrayal and Tides of Charleston. Did you know I have also written about the French Revolution?

Broken Legacy under Colleen Connally has been a #1 Historical Romance on Amazon. Find out why…

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BROKEN LEGACY, an Amazon #1 Bestselling Historical Romance!

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Lord Gerard Lenister needed the ladyafter their meeting, he wanted her. 

For seventeen years Lady Eloise Granville lived in France thinking herself a
bastard. Not until her life was threatened did her father cross the English
Channel to reclaim her as his legitimate daughter. Now four years later a
revolution roars its ugly head in France. Rumors abound of Lady Eloise’s life
before her emergence in Englandrumors that link her to the notorious leaders
of the French Revolution.

Lord Gerard Lenister knows well the whispered connections Lady Eloise has
across the Channel and the disdain that Society holds for the lady. It matters
little to him. He could have cared less if she was the incarnation of a
she-devil. He would marry Jezebel herself if she helped him on his mission. He
is that desperatebut soon he discovers that Lady Eloise is not what she seems.

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Intrigue, Secrets, Romance…

Thrown into the midst of
the Reign of Terror that the French Revolution has become, Lady Eloise has long
struggled with the questions arising from her birth. Forced into a marriage she
neither wanted or desired, she finds herself drawn to the man who is now her
husband.

Lord Gerard puts into place a plan to save his children. Marrying Lady Eloise
gives him the leverage he needs. Soon, he realizes the woman he married is
nothing like the woman she has been portrayed. Never did he consider she would
risk her life for him nor did he consider that Eloise would evoke
feelings within him he did not know existed.

Thrown into a terror few escape, Gerard and Eloise discover a connection that
will bind their lives forever–love. That is if they survive.

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Be swept up within the Winds of Betrayal saga! Captivating!
Spies and Traitors; Love and Betrayal!

The world of spies and traitors-love and betrayal converge on the path to the ultimate betrayal–the treachery of the American’s most infamous turncoat, General Benedict Arnold!

The cry for Freedom is at its darkest hour! 

After the devastating loss at Saratoga, the British respond with a vengeance, aiming at taking a strategic hold on the South. In New York, the American spy network is in turmoil, leaving Rupert Arnett to pick up the pieces. Never has it been more dangerous, but never has the stakes been higher.

Under siege by the RedCoats, Charles Town collapses, giving the Americans their most humiliating and worse defeat of the war. When Dr. Jonathan Corbett is taken prisoner, Rebekah faces her greatest personal challengefor the only way to save her husband’s life is to betray his trust. She turns to the one man Jonathan despises the most, General Marcus Durham.

On the return of Major John Andre to New York, Rupert recognizes something is amiss. The British intelligence seems to know Washington’s every move. Pressure mounts on him to discover what the British have planned. Amid untold dangers, Rupert turns to his one operative that can uncover the truth.

Now, time is of the essence. The crucial hour of the revolution is upon the Americans. There is a traitor in their midst. Can the network determine who the traitor is before all is lost? At what cost? Who one will pay the ultimate price for the cry of freedom?