ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH…COLORADO

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Back in June I attended RomCon. I had a wonderful time. It was the first time I have been to Denver. It is a wonderful city. I never shared a lot of what I did at that time, but I have to mention a few highlights. At RomCon I meet some wonderful authors and readers, including Jerrie Alexander, Cherry Adair, and one of my favorite authorsI’m a huge fan….Heather Graham.

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Afterwards, we headed for Estes Park. A lovely area…we went for a hike around Bear Lake in the Rocky Mountains.

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Of course, we had to go by the Stanley Hotel where Stephen King stayed while writing the Shining. Loved the book and the movie. Turns out that Stephen King wasn’t happy with the movie. The movie wasn’t shot at the hotel, but the miniseries was…as well as a couple of scenes from Dumb and Dumber. We even went on a ghost tour…I wanted to see a ghost… Unfortunately, I didn’t, but we had a great time. Highly recommend stopping there if you are in the area.

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I have an awful fear of heights. Thank goodness my husband doesn’t. We drove up to the highest point in the Rockies Mountains in this area. I don’t know if there is a higher point…I think I had my first panic attack driving up, stopping at every lookout point…There were cliffs. I made it to the tundra and it was breathtaking. I loved it…because it wasn’t on a cliff. On  the way down, I closed my eyes!

Got back home…a little different scenery. Good to be home, but loved seeing another part of the country.

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I did get some writing done while I was gone. Have a lot of things going on…revising The Judas Kiss and working on Belle of Charleston. Until they come out make sure you, read Winds of Betrayal Series!

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REDEMPTION OF A HERO

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There are certain expectations of heroes in romance novels. The most important is for the reader to imagine herself falling in love with him. Romances are escape from reality. A reader knows when picking up a romance that there will be a Happily Ever After.

 

How the hero and heroine obtain their HEA is up to the imagination of the authorand talent of author. It is my job as the author to create characters you can become attached to in the story. When you read one of my books, one knows I don’t write romantic comedy or light romance. I’ve tried, but no matter what I do, my characters divert my story to where they want to go. I write a few different genre, but my favorite is historical.

My imagination runs wild with historicals for many reasons. The rules that women lived under during these periods make compelling storylines. Tortured, angst and anguish souls.

I have prided myself with fresh and original stories. My characters are flawed. I don’t believe in perfection, but I do believe in love. Redemption is always a key element in my stories.

The question becomes can a hero be redeemed? Should a hero in a romance be allowed to be human for a momentIf they do make a mistake, can they be saved from themselves.

I understand we want a hero to be strong, confident, arrogrant to a certain point. But can’t those same qualities led to issues?

When I wrote Seductive Lies, I wanted the reader to feel the reason Arthur made his decision to deceive Harriet. Afterwards, he discovered there were consequences to his actions. I believe that he paid for his liesand in the end, he found happiness.

I write what I love to read. Growing up I read and re-read my favorite books. I have found these books inspire meinspires my stories. Two of my favorites—Jane Eyre and Rebecca. If you remember in Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester was already married when he tried to marry Jane. The only reason he didn’t was because the brother of his wife told of the deception in front of Jane. Then Rochester confessed to Jane and she eventually forgave him. In Rebecca, Maxium believed he had murdered his wife.

Soyes, I believe that a hero can be redeemedby loveof course.

LOVE AS A LEGACY

We do want forever and when we love and are lovedit is forever. Love is a legacy. I was thinking what we leave behind—what we have given to this world. I was thinking of my grandmothersmy dad and I smiled. Their passing left a void, but it is filled with memories. Some memories fade in time; others magnify. I was fortunate to have been closed to both my grandmothers. Both gave taught me invaluable lessons, not by their words, but actions.

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My grandmothers came from different worlds. One came from money and privilege; the othernot so much. If I credited one person for my writing it would have to be my Grandmother Dotson, the one with not so much money. I would sit for hours listening to her talk of her youth. She encouraged my imagination. She grew up the youngest of seven and she was the only girl. I can still picture her talking to me, her house, her roomeven her smell. For some reason, we had a special connection. The greatest gift I ever received came from my Grandmother Dotson.

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I am a middle child. No different than most middle children. In front of me, I had a beautiful sister who could do no wrong. Behind me, my brother, who got to go with my father everywhere because he was male. I was so envious. I felt that I kinda got lost in the mix. Grandmother Dotson made me feel special. Although she lived about an hour away, my mother and I would go visit every Saturday. Most times, it was only my mother and I that went. One Saturday in Decemberjust after I turned eleven, we went to visit, only to find my grandmother collapsed on the floor. It was so strange and surreal. Even before Momma opened the door, I knew. I knew and already ran to the neighbors. My grandmother had passed away. Sadness enveloped me. It was only two weeks before Christmas.

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Christmas wasn’t the same that year until after everyone had opened their presents. Then away from all the others, my mother gave a small package, beautifully wrapped. Opening it, it was a watch. My grandmother, who didn’t have a dime to spare, had bought it for me. My sister had wanted a particular watch for Christmas that my grandmother knew my parents were going to give to her. My grandmother wanted me to have one. I may have only been a simple Timex watch, but I loved it. I still have it to this day. The band is long gone. Worn. Broken. But it’s one of my most precious items I own.

There are several times of love. Passionate love. Tender love. Motherly love. Compassionate love. Love.

My grandmother has been gone for over forty years, but I have always felt she is with me. She has never left. A love that crosses timea love that is forever.

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Happy 4th of July!

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I hope everyone has a great 4th! I love the 4th of July! It’s my anniversary27 years this year! I was telling my husband in all the years we have been married, I don’t remember it ever rained. This year its supposed to pour. They have even moved the 4th’s activities in Boston to the 3rd. We’ll see.

Spotlighting my Winds of Betrayal Series today! Perfect for the 4th of July weekend. The beginning of our great country! Enjoy!

 THE CRY FOR FREEDOM, Book One 

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

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.

The Saga continues….

EMBRACE OF THE ENEMY, Book Two 

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.

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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…

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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?

Seductive Lies #Freebie For a Limited Time!

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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 greatlyhis 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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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.

With A Heavy Heart

I just returned from Denver after attending RomCon and vacationing at Estes Park. It is beautiful country. We stayed at this great cabin with a wonderful view in the mountains. Animals were all around us. The strange thing to me was that the animals didn’t seem to have fear of humans. Elks roamed freely and humming birds came right up to you. It was peaceful.

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I intended to sit down and write about all the fun things I have done in the last week. I got to meet one of my favorite authors, Heather Graham. Yes, I’m a fan, too. Lovely lady. I wanted to tell of sitting beside Sharon Cramer at the book signing, author of The Execution, which is going to be either a Netflix series or a movie. I’m sure I will at some point.

But today I’m writing with a heavy heart. One of my beta readers, a truly lovely lady, passed away last Wednesday. I will miss her terribly. Karen Skiby was a dear friend. I met her on Facebook. She had sent me a message about a small grammatical error with one of my books. We hit it off instantly. With her eagle eyes, I knew I needed her as a beta reader. She was wonderful.

While I was in Denver, I got to meet her in person. I had an absolutely lovely evening with Karen and her sister, Kit. I am so grateful for that time.

She will be missed.

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CHANGES IN THE WIND

Changes are in the wind for the books I write under Jerri Hines. I’m excited about these changes.

Winds of Betrayal series began years ago with Wild Child Publishing. Patriot Secrets was published in Ocotber, 2010. When I got the rights back, I split Patriot Secrets into two books, The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy. Splitting Patriot Secrets made sense on two levels— I was able to give a sample away of my writing so the reader could get a feel for the story. Second, Patriot Secrets was a long book, over 110,000 words. Splitting the book made two regular length ebooks.

Winds of Betrayal is an ongoing series… a serial. Some reviewers of The Cry For Freedom were upset that it was a cliffhanger. Some were upset that it wasn’t a standalone, saying I gave it away only so readers would buy the rest of the series.

I’ve been known to write cliffhangers. My series Whispers of Legend under my penname Carrie James Haynes is a serialone cliffhanger after another. Fantasy readers have never complainedonly asked when the next one was coming out.

I will confess I do give away books so readers will want to read the rest of the series. Yes, I want you to get attached to the characters and story

But as for the cliffhangerI made the decision to put The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy back under one cover, Winds of Betrayal 1 & 2: The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy. I have put the series into print and Winds of Betrayal 1 & 2 is on audio. With the release of The Heavens Shall Fall, I have made up my mind to give Winds of Betrayal 1 & 2 away free.

It is free everywhere now, except on Amazon. To get it to be free on Amazon, the more readers that report it the lower price, the quicker it will go free. Just go to the Amazon link to report lower price. Take the link from Barnes and Noble or iTunes and enter into the URL link.

So here is the new look of Winds of Betrayal series:

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Big news on the horizon for me— Whiskey Creek Press has been bought out by Start Publishing. I’m happy to say that my series, Tides of Charleston, will be with Start Publishing. I had planned on taking back my rights to the series. After consideration about what Start Publishing could offer, I have decided to go with Start Publishing. I’m excited about the future of Tides of Charleston. I will give more details later.

I’m also attending RomCon next week. I leave for Denver on Thursday.  If you are in the area June 19-21, come byshould be a lot of fun! Two of my books, Broken Legacy and Fragmentedare up for Readers’ Crown Awards for Best Historical and Romantic Suspense.

Coming later this year, I’m planning on releasing the first book in the Southen Legacy series. Set during the Civil War in Charleston, Belle of Charleston is the first book in the seriesI promise you will be swept away with romance….

 

COMING LATE 2014