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Sports Illustrated Cover Shoot- Boston Marathon!

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What a great morning! Got up early and went up to Boston for Sports Illustrated Cover Shoot. I got an email from work that invited everyone from the hospital to come down for the picture. Sports Illustrated is going to make the picture its cover. So technically I guess I’ll be on the cover!

It was touching to be down at the finish line at the spot where the first bomb went off. The front row of the picture had some of the survivors, Mayor Walsh and former Mayor Menino, first responders… My husband and I had a wonderful time in the middle of other Bostonians. The whole of Boston was invited on the news. We were standing by other hospital employees from across Boston, marathon runners, and Bostonians that came to support the city. Some brought their children. I have to say I haven’t been around small children in a while. I love the way children look at the world. Matter of fact, our marker for the picture is a little boy wearing an orange sweatshirt sitting on his father’s shoulders.

After the picture was taken, my husband was in seventh heaven because the Red Sox World Series trophy was also being displayed. They allowed everyone to take their picture with it. Made my husband’s day! One little girl was upset that she wouldn’t be able to see herself on the cover. So I promised her I would post her on the blog. Here it is Aspen-

aspen  Everyone deserves their momentespecially showing their support for the Boston Marathon, the runners, the victims, and everyone that enjoys the day. The tragedy served to bind us together and helped us remember our neighbor. Boston is more than a city. It is a community. We care for our own.

Also, there were lovely scarfs being given out to marathon runners and first responders for the marathon. I was fortunate to happen to be given one because I work at one of the hospitals that cared for the victims. Six thousands scarfs were made from all over the country…91ZpmFSoQcL._SL1500_

 

 

Boston is a wonderful city. I’m so happy to be a part of this community. I’m also so happy to be giving half my royalties of Fragmented to The One Fund.

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TURNING THE NEXT PAGE

Writing suspense you want the reader to be so swept up into your book that they are totally at your mercy…they have to turn the next page.

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 I have spent a great deal of time promoting Fragmented. Most know that half my royalties from Fragmented are being donated to The One Fund. It’s my way of giving back to my community. What I haven’t done is focus on the book.

When I decided to give back, I did so with what I consider one of my best books. I had written Fragmented a few years ago. I went back to it when I wanted a book to help the victims of the bombing. I believe my best books are the ones that have sat for a while and I go back and revise them. This happened with Fragmented. 

What would you do for a love one? Would you cross the line to protect that person? Would you? Could you?

A thrilling read!,
This review is from: Fragmented (Boston’s Crimes of Passion) (Kindle Edition)
The first murder caused concern among the public; the second alarm. Brophy, the cop who solves cases but who no one likes, knows the third murder will cause panic. These atrocities have to stop. This story includes a beautiful nurse called Cameron, whose brother Zach is always making trouble for her, especially with her roommate who has problems of his own. Mathew, her former fiancé decides he’s made a horrible mistake in ditching her with a bunch of unpaid bills and marrying another. He wants her back. Cameron’s best friend Meghan relies on her to continually save her from the sticky situations that she gets herself into. Then there’s Darren Kennedy, a handsome ADA who works for the District Attorney’s office and who’s life shut down after the death of his wife, Sara – Brophy’s sister. Until he meets Cameron! Then all hell breaks loose. A thrilling read that’ll keep you on your toes.

 If you love a good mystery…a book to keep you on the edge…Fragmented is the book for you!

Enjoy!

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CLASSIC ROMANCES REVISITED

I was thinking whether classic books would be published today? This isn’t a new topic, but I wanted to take a moment and go into a publishing house and listen to what they might say about the classic romances today.

So just for fun. I want to sneak in and read a few imaginary rejection letters…

Let’s start with the classic Gone With the Wind.

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Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is one of my favorite books. So if Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind today, would it get published?

SeriouslyI could just see the letter Ms Mitchell would receive…

While I see promise in your work, you do understand romances have to have a happy ending. Having the hero slam the door in the face of the heroine and swear at her doesn’t qualify. Could you edit the ending? And while you editinghaving Melanie die is quite sad, could you work on that as well? Andwell I don’t want to say anything but the book seems to be quite racist, maybe Prissy could be Scarlet’s friend who just happens to want to wait on Scarlet hand and foot… 

Onto Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Oh, I know what you’re thinking, you can’t touch Jane Eyre. Let’s just read on to the rejection letter…

Ms Bronte, while impressed by the storyline you have created, I do so love that the governess got her man! But I do have a few issues that I believe will enhance your chances at success. It’s this plain Jane heroine. How on earth do expect the readers to connect with a woman who isI do so want to be kindbut let’s be honestshe’s not pretty. Our readers want a tall, slim woman kinda like Heidi Klum. Why don’t we rework the heroine just a tad…

Next just for fun…

Return of the King by J RR Tolkien

Dear Mr. Tolkien, I have to politely decline. While I understand you believe you have written an epic fantasy, it’s not what we would consider a romance. Even in your romances you have within the book, we have a few issues. First have you ever heard of the alpha malehe needs to be front and center at all timesnot too much gorebut having Eowyn kill the witch-kingahno. Can’t have that. Needs to be the alpha male. And while we are talking about alpha males, why on earth do you have that meek little Frodo destroy the ring? Come onhe’s too short!

FinallyRomeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Dear Mr. ShakespeareI almost didn’t write back to you. I cannot believe that you intend to publish this. Seriously!!! You need some major rewrites to your ending. I happen to have a couple of suggestionsdon’t have your hero and heroine die for starters! But if you insist on their deathsyou have to have them come back as vampires, werewolves or perhaps zombiesthey are all the rage now….

Am I wrong? What do you think? Romance is a different kind of genre for a reason!

LOVE OUR ROMANCES…

Blog From the Pastfirst posted on the Roses of Prose Blog January, 2013

This month I’m focusing my attention on Fragmented, Book One Boston’s Crimes of Passion. I would love for you to enjoy Fragmented. Half proceeds from Fragmented goes to The One Fund to benefit the victims of the Marathon Bombing.

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The Heart of a City

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Last fall, my little nephew didn’t know which team to cheer for…

 

It’s Spring! That means Baseball! Hopefully it also means that there will be no more snow or cold. It’s been such a long winterlong, long winter. I’m so ready for the sun!

But today Baseball is back in Boston! The last we saw of our beloved Red Sox was at the celebration parade. Of course, they aren’t starting off their season in Boston. We have to wait for them to come home to get their World Series rings. There is so much more to Boston than the RedSox, but they are the heart of the city.

Last April, Boston suffered a horrendous terrorist attack. I remember the day well, etched in my mind as 9/11 will always haunt me. I remember what a beautiful day 9/11 was. The sun was bright in the sky with hardly a cloud. The day was much like last April. Now the shocking images of people running, smoke, blood and death are etched into my heart as well.

Boston is a small city with the heart of a community. It cut to the core of the city to attack innocent peoplechildren. But it also brought out the best of the city and the people.

The Red Sox created a diversion from our problems, revitalized our spirits, and helped restore a semblance of normalcy…

The Spirit of Boston refuses to submit to terrorism. It rose above and showed the world what it means to be a Bostonian!

It is in that spirit that I donate half the royalties of Fragmented, Book One Boston’s Crimes of Passion

The people of Boston pulled together after the tragedy. Moreover, generous people from all the world gave to the victims. I also realize that the victims have life long injuries. I don’t want them to be forgotten. Giving half my royalties is my small way of doing so…

Tomorrow is Aprilit has been almost a year since the Marathon Bombing. Help me this coming month to help others. If you’re looking for a great mystery to read, try FRAGMENTED! I believe you will enjoy it. Then tell everyone! Help get the word out!

To begin the month, I have lowered the price to $.99 for the first week!

Enjoy today! Enjoy a good baseball game no matter which team you cheer on to win! Enjoy a good book- hopefully Fragmented! Have a great day!

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Remembering By Giving Back

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FRAGMENTED is now available everywhere…Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes! It has come out of KDP Select.

For the month of April, my main focus will be Fragmented. The anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing is coming up.  I have pledge not to forget. By remembering, I will be giving back—half of my royalties from Fragmented are being donated to The One Fund in Boston.

If you are looking for a suspense-filled mustread, look no further.  Fragmented, Book One Boston’s Crimes of Passion is just the book for you!

The first in the Boston’s Crimes of Passion Series! A pulse-pounding thriller! Ms Connally’s first murder mystery delivers! Suspenseful…shocking…a psychological thriller– leaving readers on the edge of their seat. Cameron Quinn is caught in a web of deceit. Protecting her brother from being framed for a murder places Cameron in untold danger. When the real killer diverts his attention to her, she has nowhere to turn, especially not to the man she shared one unforgettable night… who now is trying to put her brother in prison. A “must read” for any suspense lover!

Praise for Fragmented~

Fragmented is a thoroughly engrossing romantic suspense which will have you turning the pages as fast as you can! Author Colleen Connally does a masterful job diving into the demented mind of a serial killer. If you liked Silence of the Lambs, you’ll love this story. Highly recommended!” ~ S.G. Rogers

“A gripping, page-turning thriller. You won’t be able to stop reading. And you’ll sleep with the lights on! Colleen Connally creates evocative words that will send more than chills down your spine. There’s also a few scenes that will grip your heart!”~ Elaine Raco Chase

“A fast-paced, sensual romantic suspense with a compelling heroine and a caring, dynamic hero.” ~ Lindsay Townsend

“A compelling read that will keep you guessing until the very end. Well done, Ms. Connally!” ~ Mary Campisi

 

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Enjoy the Simple Things in Life! Chocolate! A Warm Fire! A Good Book!

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I love this book! I’m so proud of it. So happy so many of you have had the opportunity to read it. If you haven’t, it’s FREE! Enjoy!

Someone wants Alyce Hythe dead…

Shunned from London society for being the daughter of England’s most notorious spy, Alyce Hythe desires only to clear her father’s name. For years, she has been hidden away from all prying eyes, given a new identity and told to forget who she was. But strange things have been happening causing old rumors to once more be whispered. Long has Lord Julian Casvelyn lived with guilt brought on when his brother was murdered by England’s most infamous traitor. But one eventful night has changed everything Lord Julian believed about his brother’s death. Never did he suspect the woman he has just saved from certain harm is the daughter of that man. Now Julian is caught in the midst of a conspiracy and desire for that woman. Thrown together by fate, the two search for answers long denied them and along the way discover a love that can free them both.

If you enjoy Seductive Secrets, try the rest in the series as well.

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If you’re in the mood for Contemporary Suspense/Thriller, try Fragmented, Book One Boston’s Crime of Passion. At the moment, the only place to get Fragmented is Amazon. Coming next week, Fragmented will be on all the sites! I am going to be concentrating on Fragmented in April. The anniversary of the marathon is coming up. I want it to be the best month yet for Fragmented! It’s my small way to give back to my community and remembering the victims of the marathon bombing. Great readtoo.

fragmentedstandardThe first in the Boston’s Crimes of Passion Series! A pulse-pounding thriller! Ms Connally’s first murder mystery delivers! Suspensefulshockinga psychological thriller– leaving readers on the edge of their seat. Cameron Quinn is caught in a web of deceit. Protecting her brother from being framed for a murder places Cameron in untold danger. When the real killer diverts his attention to her, she has nowhere to turn, especially not to the man she shared one unforgettable night… who now is trying to put her brother in prison. A “must read” for any suspense lover!

She would do anything to protect her family…
Cameron Quinn watched her father fall into a world of despair after being falsely accused of causing her mother’s death. Now, her brother is a suspect in a crime she knows he’s not capable of committing. She’ll risk everything to save her brother from the same fate as her father, even destroying evidence that implicates him in a series of murders.

He would do anything to win a case…
ADA Darren Kennedy is known as ‘the bulldog.’ He doesn’t lose. When a killer emerges on the streets of Boston, he’s dead-set on putting that killer behind barsalong with anyone that stands in his way.

A killer would do anything to get his heart’s desireCameron soon discovers that the police aren’t the only ones who suspect her of covering for her brother. The murderer is still out there and he isn’t happy his plans have been disrupted. Now, the twisted psychopath has turned his attention towards Cameron and will stop at nothing until he has her in his control.

Dear Readers,

Fragmented was born out of my love for mysteries. It was also born out of my love for my community. Fragmented is set in Boston. Boston is my adopted home. I moved up here from the deep South back in 1985.Fragmented is dedicated to the people of my adopted home. During the marathon bombing, I have never been prouder of the place I call home. If you’re not from Boston, you might not realize what the Boston Marathon is to the city. It’s huge. The bombing was something that wasn’t supposed to happen in our countryour homeour Boston.
I wasn’t in Boston when one of the suspects was killed and the other caught. I had flown out earlier that morning. I had gone back to Mississippi. While I was flying down South, the city of Boston was on lock down. I listened to travelers talk about Boston and I couldn’t have been prouder of the people. The people of Boston did what they needed to do.

After the danger passed, it left the victims to pick up the pieces of their lives. In the immediate, the hearts of everyone opened up and gave. At the time, I pledged a week’s royalties and I did donate. I split what I gave between two charities. I pledged to do more. One of the things I comprehended quickly was how horrific some of the injuries were. They were life changing. Some of the victims have lifetime disabilities. I don’t want to forget the victims. In most crisis situations, I can’t do more than give a donation to a cause.But with the Boston Marathon bombing, I wantedneeded to do more. In the community I grew up in, when someone was in need, people gave what they could. Giving is a quality that I was instilled with as a child. It’s who I am. I want to give what I can. So I decided to give a part of me… my writing.This I pledge to you. I will donate half of my royalties that I get from Fragmented to a charity in Boston. Know this pledge comes from my heart.  I wanted to do something that would keep giving. To me, this is not a temporary gift. It is my intention for this to be a permanent arrangement.I hope you enjoy Fragmented.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Colleen Connally

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Mean People Need Jesus

It’s hard at times to gain prespective. Last month, I was sick for a time. I ended up in the Emgerency Room twice and having to have more test run, which took time. I had to have a CT scan. For five days, I was worried. Not  about myself, but what I would be leaving behind if it was my time.

My mind raced. First, I didn’t have time for this. I have too much to do. But we don’t get to choose when its the right time to deal with serious circumstances. It’s part of life. Second, I was sick despite the medicine I was taking. So, I didn’t have much of a choice but to slow down. When you’re not feeling well, all you want is to feel better. My mother-in-law always said “If you have your health, you have everything.” How right she was!

When the call came that the CT scan came back negative, relief flooded me. Thankful to God! Thankful to my wonderful husband! But…but I swore to myself I wouldn’t forget…wouldn’t forget that my time on this earth is limited. No matter if I got good news this time, I need to live each day.

Do you remember the line from Tim McGraw’s song, Live Like You Were Dying by Nichols, James Timothy/wiseman, Craig Michael? Here’s a couple of lines-

And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denyin’
I needed that prespective. I walked away from the scare promising I would feel more appreciative of everything, more forgiving, more compassionate. Then I discover my trolls are back on attack. God give me strength!
 
I have never responded to these trolls…never have gone after them. I have tried to ignore them. But I have wanted to say something for a long time. When Carrie Underwood appeared on the Sound of Music on NBC, she responded to her critics with a simple sentence. It’s my response to my trolls. Mean People Need Jesus!”   
 
It’s delusional behavior to believe that you are doing the world a favor by trying to save them from my writing. There is something wrong with a person who can’t leave a person alone for over two years. It’s called stalking.
 
I believe that every reader has a right to their opinion. If a reader doesn’t enjoy my book, they have a right to leave a review reflecting their feelings. What you don’t have a right to do is slander, libel, and stalk me for over two years. Hacking into a private group and posting that information is illegal.
 
I just have a question—Why waste so much negative energy? Why?
 
I just have to remind myself—
 
When we are angry we are blind to reality. Anger may bring us a temporary burst of energy, but that energy is blind and it blocks the part of our brain that distinguishes right from wrong. To deal with our problems, we need to be practical and realistic. If we are to be realistic, we need to use our human intelligence properly, which means we need a calm mind~Dalai Lama
 
Even more important than the warmth and affection we receive, is the warmth and affection we give. It is by giving warmth and affection, by having a genuine sense of concern for others, in other words through compassion, that we gain the conditions for genuine happiness. More important than being loved, therefore, is to love.
~Dalai Lama
I am going to continue on my path. I have too much in my life to waste it on such negativity. I’ll let my lawyer deal with it.
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