LOOKING FORWARD TO 2017! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

COMING APRIL 4, 2017!

THE DRAMATIC CONCLUSION TO WINDS OF BETRAYAL!

Winds of Betrayal is coming to its conclusion! The war is at its turning point, finding Jonathan Corbett anxious to rescue with his brave and courageous wife before its too late to save her and his sister, Hannah, finds herself facing her worst fears. Spies and Traitors; Love and Betrayal, Set Fire To The Rain has it all. It will be up for pre-order January 10th.

One thing I would recommend for those that have read the whole Winds of Betrayal series up to this point— Winds of Betrayal, The Darkness of Deception, and The Heavens Shall Fall—there is one more book that has a connection to Winds of Betrayal—The Bastard Son. You don’t have to read it, but there are some crossover characters that help lay the foundation for Set Fire To the Rain. 

Also, don’t miss out on Southern Legacy! Highly Recommended to Read! If you haven’t read it, pick up your copy! January will be Southern Legacy’s month!

AMAZON          BARNES AND NOBLE        ITUNES     KOBO

READER’S REVIEW

By Nancy on March 10, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

My first experience with Jerri Hines was reading her “Winds of Betrayal” series. I loved the series and, in fact, read the first three books again when I discovered the fourth installment (I’ve since subscribed to her newsletter so I won’t miss any new releases). Anyway, I enjoyed the series so much I decided to read “Southern Legacy” but only after the series was complete. I’m just too impatient to sit through cliff hangers and Ms. Hines gave plenty of warning each book left you hanging, which I was grateful for. It too was an excellent series and I highly recommend it do anyone who enjoys historical fiction. It’s one of those books that keeps you thinking about the characters long after you’ve stopped reading. That, to me, is a sign of an excellent story teller.
Also, coming in 2017, I’m revamping my fantasy series, Whispers of a Legend. I will be bringing it under my penname, Colleen Connally and revising each book along with publishing the next book in the series.
Also, I want to congratulate Michael P., the winner of the Kindle Voyage Contest!
Welcome 2017 with a great read!!! Happy New Year everyone! Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

May Your Christmas Be Filled With Friendship and Love!

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Happy Holidays! Here’s wishing everyone a safe and Merry Christmas!!

If you need an escape from the holiday madness, it’s as close as your kindle:

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The Legend Continues…WHISPERS OF LEGEND SPECIAL!

Starting today through September 29, Whispers of a Legend…Shadows of the Past, The Path Now Turned, Vision of Destiny and Time of Nuxvenom will all be $.99 each! Don’t miss out.

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Whispers of a Legend saga: Kela Calledwdele was born with a destiny, a Euchoun with only one purpose in life…to protect. Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both. Now she must find the courage to face the destiny fate has dictated to her.

Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. Half Witheleghean, a passive peaceful race where magic runs freely and the other half, Sordarin, a valiant warrior race of hawkmen who rule the sky, she knows well her parents gave the ultimate sacrifice to give her a chance to live. Yet, in so doing, they have left Kela unprepared to face the dangers that await her. Her instincts are to protect and in this she does, but in so doing it leads her into a world where she knows not whom to trust. In time her power matures and grows stronger when she bonds with a Sordarin warrior, Cono. She learns well why she holds the power. An evil as no other before, Asmeodai, has emerged but all is not what it seems as a dark cloak encompasses her family. Betrayal, distrust, treachery leaves Kela alone. She is torn by her desire for Cono and the purpose, the path, she has been given to follow. And when another emerges within her world, one who seemly wants only to help her along her path, she is pulled further away from her Sordarin.

Shadows of the Past, Book One of the Whispers of a Legend is the first in nine installments of the saga. It is a journey of a young woman’s battle to embrace her destiny. Whispers of a Legend follows Kela along this conflicting path, where as a young woman unsure of her ability and her confidence in facing the challenges before her to where she emerges as a strong leader who learns to lean upon her own strength, to stand not behind, but side by side with her warrior.

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Having proven her ability during the Payelaga Desert battle, she believes herself ready to follow her destiny beside her warrior. Fate has another path for Kela. When she discovers all she has long believed is not as it seems, the betrayal leaves Kela torn by her desire for Cono and the path she has been given to follow.

The Path Now Turned is the second installment of the Whispers of a Legend saga. Follow Kela’s battle to embrace her destiny. Whispers of a Legend follows Kela along this conflicting path, where as a young woman unsure of her ability and her confidence in facing the challenges before her to where she emerges as a strong leader who learns to lean upon her own strength, to stand not behind, but side by side with her warrior.

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Trained for only one purpose, to protect the innocent from an evil that threatens to destroy her world, Kela has never questioned her destiny. The enemy has never been in doubt and her path laid clear before her. Now all is blurred. Left with only one choice, she escapes from Yucca in search of the one known as Seilda the Tvopac, the Guardian of the Past…but Kela learns quickly the Past holds its own dangers.

Vision of Destiny is the third installment of the Whispers of a Legend saga. Follow Kela’s battle to embrace her destiny. Whispers of a Legend follows Kela along this conflicting path, where as a young woman unsure of her ability and her confidence in facing the challenges before her to where she emerges as a strong leader who learns to lean upon her own strength, to stand not behind, but side by side with her warrior.

The Legend continues…

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The Nuxvenom—the time declared by the Arachindaens for their ascension to power; the time of their rule; the time for the annihilation of all who do not submit to their authority. Over the years, the Sordarins have slept well secure in the knowledge that the Great One guards over them and protects them from this Nuxvenom. Now, though, our world has once more been targeted; Asmeodai’s evil looms on the horizon and fear lives in the hearts of the Sordarins for our very existence is threatened.

I, Kela Calledwdele, have been trained for one purpose—to protect my people from this evil threat of Asmeodai. I did not ask for this, but have embraced my destiny. The path before me has never been easy, nor do I expect my tribulations to lessen as I continue my journey, but I hold to this destiny for I hold to my faith in the Great One.

With the acknowledgement as King Edulf’s granddaughter, Kela is swept into a world strange to her. Moreover, Kela discovers the world she now walks harbors its own dangers. For not only does Kela face the looming threat of the evil Cyaika and Arachindaens, she is forced to confront deception and betrayal from within her own ranks. Never have the stakes been greater—never has her world faced a greater danger—never has more been asked of the Euchoun. The time of the Nuxvenom is now!

 

 

 

 

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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AMAZON     BARNES AND NOBLE

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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AMAZON    BARNES AND NOBLE

Social Media: What’s Working- Hashtags

I like easy and simple when connecting to Social Media. First let me say, I need help understanding some Social Media- Tumblr, Stumbleupon, Reddit… I’m on them. Just don’t know how to use them to their full advantage. So if anyone does, please let me know.

So I have confessed I’m not an expert, but I can tell you what I like and what I don’t.

I used to love Facebook. Now, I’m rarely go on Facebook. I lived off Novel Works…loved to promote myself and others there. Now, Facebook charges for your fanpage to go out to others, even those that ‘like’ your page. It doesn’t stop anyone from dropping by, but it certainly put a damper on how it used to work. I have tried to promote by Facebook. I haven’t found any benefit for a writer…at least for me. What I had always used Facebook for was exposure, getting your book out there in front of the public. I am not happy with what Facebook has done… Maybe somebody else has had a different experience. I still like the way you can catch up with friends and family, but as for promotions…not so much.

Twitter is popular. I’m a huge of twitter. It’s simple and easy, quick and to the point. Another reason I like Twitter- HASHTAGS. Even if you tweet doesn’t go out to a certain person, they can pull it up with the hashtags. Here’s some hashtags I use for promotions take in account your own genre and book.

BOOK GENRE:

#Romance

#Crime
#Comedy
#DarkFantasy
#Erotica
#HistFic
#Historical
#Literature
#LitFic
#Mystery
#Paranormal
#Poetry
#Romantic
#RomanticSuspence
#TrueStories
#ScienceFiction
#SciFiChat
#ShortStory
#SteamPunk
#Suspense
#UrbanFantasy
#WomensFiction
#YA
#YALit

TO CONNECT WITH READERS:

#FridayReads

#BookGiveaway

#MustRead

#MustRead

#TeaserTues

#FreeBook

#FreeDownload

#Books

#WhatToRead

#GreatReads

#BYNR

PROMOTIONS

#99c (to offer or pick up an eBook bargain)
#AuthorRT #RT
#BookGiveaway
#BookMarketing
#FollowFriday #FF
#FreebieFriday
#FreeReads
#Novelines (to quote your own work)

EPUBLISHERS:

#Amazon
#eBook
#BookBuzzr
#eReaders
#ePubChat
#iPad
#Kindle
#KindleBargain
#Kobo
#KPD (Kindle Publishing Direct)
#Nook
#Pubit
#SmashWords
#Sony
#Webfic

 What are some HASHTAGS that work for you? What social media are you most comfortable with? Do you make up your own Hashtags?

So want to connect to me:

@jhines340

@colleenconnally

@carriejames.haynes

@romanticpicks

Also you can sign up for email annoucements here too! Sign up to follow and get all the news that is going on with Winds of Betrayal. Going to have The Heavens Shall Fall cover soon! I have a tentative date for its release!!!

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Examples of tweets for my books

WINDS OF BETRAYAL SERIES BOXED SET #HistFic at its best! #Spies and traitors! Love and Betrayal! #BYNR http://goo.gl/IAVfhL 
 
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Seductive Secrets @ColleenConnally #historical #romance Chance to win #FREE #audiobook http://jerrihines.org/

(I still have around 10 copies left to give away! If anyone wants a copy-first come-first serve!)

Have a good one!

The Challenges of Writing!

A few years ago between my historical suspense romances, I sat down and wrote a contemporary murder mystery. Writing a contemporary mystery story wasn’t a giant leap for me. In my historical romances, there has always been a mystery behind my stories. I have never written a simple romance.

The challenge for me with Fragmented was coming back into the present. When you write, you submerge yourself into that world. One would think it would be easier to write a contemporary story than a historical, but for me, I’m an old soul. A contemporary mystery presented itself with its own obstacles, but I look at a mystery like a puzzle. I love puzzles.

When I decided to start this series, Boston’s Crimes of Passion, I went back to my Fragmented manuscript. It needed revising. I tweaked the story and the characters until I was satisfied. I believe you will find Fragmented has everything you want in a thriller—action, danger, and mystery.

When I began writing Indie, I made the decision to give the first book in my series away for free. I did it with Whispers of a Legend, Secret Lives and Winds of Betrayal. The purpose behind giving a book away is letting a reader get a feel for your writing, become a fan and buy the rest of your books. Some writers absolutely refuse to give a book away. It’s hard to give a book away, but for me, it has worked.

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With Boston’s Crimes of Passion, I chose not to give away Fragmented. I have a desire to give back to my community. So with Fragmented, I’m giving a portion (half) of my royalties to help the Boston Marathon Victims!

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I’m excited about Fragmented! It’s got great feedback. The first reader’s blog reviews came in from THE BOOKWORM’S BLOG.

Fragmented is the perfect read for all those mystery/thriller lovers out there. It is a page turner that will have you guessing until the very end. The plots twist will have you doubting every character and their intentions. I would suggest you read this book when you have nothing to do the next day because you will absolutely not stop reading this until you find out what happens.

It took me until the 5th chapter to really get into the story. I think it was because the point of view of the story kept changing every time you got into one person’s story. But, I promise you it all comes together in ways that will blow your mind. The author is donating half of all royalties made from the book to a charity in Boston as mentioned in the “About The Author” section in the back of the book. (Yes it’s that good I literally read it cover to cover!)

Over on Goodreads, I’m in the process of a GIVEAWAY! I’m giving away 5 signed copies of Fragmented at the end of the month!

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2013 was a good year for me as a writer. I’m so grateful and thank you for that opportunity. I’m looking forward to 2014! I’m in the process of trying to set up my first audio books. The first one, hopefully, will be Seductive Secrets! The Heavens Shall Fall is my next release. Then I turn my sights on another installment of Whispers of a Legend…then a project close to my heart— Belle of Charleston!

I’m also participating in Christmas Book Blast– lots of ebooks given away next week! I will be giving away copies of Fragmented, Winds of Betrayal Box Set, Broken Legacy…join me. There will be over 50 ebooks given away! All you have to do is comment. The winning begins December 16th!

 

SIX WAYS OF REDUCING YOUR HOLIDAY STRESS!

I have come up with SIX of reducing the holiday stress this year. Hope it helps you!

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First one— Laugh!

 

Laugh! I would tell a joke, but the way I tell a joke is worse than a six-year old. You know what I’m talking about. You’ve seen others blow a joke. A sure sign is catching their breath a couple of times while they’re in the middle of the joke, while they are building the suspense. Then busting out laughing before the punch line. Yeah, that’s me.

Of course, there is the other extreme. The jokester who tells every detail and backs up when he forgets one (and he will forget one). By the time the punch line comes you’ve forgotten what he was even talking about. Then you have this dead air between you when he stops talking and you’re standing thinking of your grocery list for your Christmas dinner. That’s my husband.

I have an odd sense of humor. I love the jokes that are so stupid they’re funny. Case in point—one of my favorite movies when my kids were little was Spaced Invaders. I still laugh when I hear “Prepare to die earth scum!”  I feel the same way about the movie, Airplane. Not so much Dumb and Dumber or even The Hangover. For my husband, I don’t even have to ask what was one of his favorite funny movie. Ghostbusters! I swear he knew everyone word of the script. “Ray, Ray, Come in Ray!”

As for tv show, my favorite comedy was Modern Family. I still love it, but I watched Trophy Wife the other day online. Honestly, I didn’t think I would like it, but I couldn’t stop laughing.

Second one- Eat Chocolate!

No explanation needed.

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Now this suggestion is interesting. For me, talking Colbie for a walk causes more stress, but for most people taking time out in the fresh air with your loyal companion is enjoyable. It’s my fault that walking my dog is stressful. That’s because I have no control. My dog walks me. We see anything and everything she wants and at her pace. My daughter reprimands me all the time. Says I need to be the ‘pack leader’…I think she’s watched Dog Whisperer a little too much. Colbie and I are just fine.

Fourth one—  Take time off from work in the middle of the busy week.

You know you need to with the list you have, especially this year. There is only a short window of opportunity to shop. My children are older. So I can get by with gift cards and online shopping, but I have a few on my list I have to get gifts that I need to see to make sure its the right gift. It means battling the stores if you do it on the weekend. Mid-week—mid-day!

Fifth one— Relive a Memory!

Take time to remember your past. It made me smile just writing that line. You remember how you felt the night before Christmas. There is power in believing. The excitement and joy that the holidays held for you as a child. Waking up on Christmas morning and seeing if Santa came. He always did and he always bought me a doll. I was happy as long as I had that doll. I also loved Christmas Eve with all the cousins. Then Christmas day, the other side of the family would come. My grandmother. God Bless her. I can still see her so clearly. But I believe remembering good times warms the heart.

Sixth one-  Give!

It doesn’t have to be money. It can be time. Volunteer. Do a kind deed. Give encouragement.

So— I’m going to relieve some stress. I’m going to GIVE.

I have a few things going this holiday season. Over on GOODREADS I’m doing a giveaway. I’m giving away 5 signed copies of Fragmented at the end of the month. All you have to do is click a button to enter for your chance to win a signed copy!

Monday over on Goodreads….here….mainly on FACEBOOK, I’m hosting Fragmented’s Release Celebration!!!!  Lots and lots of goodies:

Boston Strong T-shirts!

Boston magnets

Boston Irish knit cap

Boston Strong Ornament

Small print of the Bridge in Boston Gardens (It’s of the bridge on the cover of Fragmented)

A box of cannolis from Mike’s Pastry

A fifty dollar gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Giving away copies of all my books! Ebooks and signed copies of Another Night Falls, Seductive Secrets, Broken Legacy and Fragmented!

Join in the celebration!!!

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One last giveaway for the month. Over on Romance in Books, Romantic Picks lots of ebooks to be given away during CHRISTMAS BOOK BLAST! Over twenty-five authors are donating ebooks for the event- over fifty ebooks. The giveaway will happen during the week of December 16th -20th, but you can comment anytime between now and then for your chance to win. COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT

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HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!

Expressing Gratitude…A Month of Thanksgiving

The best and most beautiful things in the world

Cannot be seen or even heard,

But must be felt by the heart.

~Helen Keller

It’s November. Time is flying by or maybe I’m just too busy. I need to slow down. It’s important to stop and appreciate everything you have. I’m so thankful. I’m so grateful for my life and the opportunity I have to do what I love.

A few years ago, I would never have had the opportunity to be the writer I am today. Opportunities for writers were limited. I worked hard on my writing for my chance…that one opportunity to become an author. Back then it meant sending query letters and waiting…and waiting… Today, because of the explosion of Indie world, I am an author. For that, I am grateful.

Twenty-eight years ago, I moved up North. I married a Bostonian and now Boston is my home. It took awhile to call Boston home, but it feels that way now. For my husband and home, I am grateful.

I was blessed to have had three beautiful children, numerous nieces and nephews. For the fulfilling feeling encompassing being a mother, I am grateful.

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My first grand-nephew! He was going to enjoy the World Series no matter who won!

Not only do I write, but I work at a job I enjoy and allows me the freedom to do the things I enjoy. I live in a country that gives me the freedom to live my life. I am grateful.

This is the month for thanksgiving. Sometimes in this crazy life, I forget everything I have to be thankful for and why. I do need to slow down and enjoy the simple moments. It was great this year to enjoy the Red Sox again, climaxing with a World Series win. It was awesome. More so, I think, because they worked together as a team. We love our sports in Boston. The Red Sox exemplified the meaning of coming together as a community.  After that dreadful day back in April, the day of the Marathon Bombing, Boston was no more a city, but a community.

It was the first time I realized that Boston was my home. I was so proud of the way the Boston reacted to the horrible, horrible bombing. Everyone…everyone came together for the better of the community. I work at one of the major hospitals in Boston. To get into work, I had to pass through a whole squad of law enforcement officers fully armed. I can honestly say I was happy they were there. It was an uncertain time. You just don’t think it will happen to you…but it can. My heart went out to the victims…it still does.

Growing up in the South, I was taught you help those in need. I felt the same way about the bombing. When a disaster happens, the spotlight is on that area and people. Help is needed and most of the time, people respond. It is only afterwards that the spotlight fades. Unfortunately, the needs of the victims don’t disappear. The injuries of some of these victims of the bombing won’t ever vanish. I believe that Boston set up a great fund so the victims won’t be forgotten. The people of Boston responded. That’s what makes me proud to be a part of this city.

I gave a week’s of royalties to a couple of different charities at the time, but I pledged to do more. In December, I’m planning on releasing Fragmented.  I wrote Fragmented with one purpose in mind—giving back. It’s something I want to do. I am going to be giving half my royalties to a Boston charity. I have discovered I can’t name which charity until I get a co-venture agreement. I will apply for the co-venture after I start donating what I pledge. I just wanted everyone to know I’m keeping my word.

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Coming December, 2013

Fragmented is set in Boston and wrote for Boston, but I believe everyone can enjoy the story. It’s my first contemporary murder mystery. Who doesn’t love a good mystery?

Giving makes me feel better…gives me a sense that what I do can make a difference, no matter how small. It makes me feel I’m part of this community. For that, I am grateful.

Give this month. Doesn’t have to be much. It can even be a smile. What’s the saying…pay it forward…

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity,

These are but trifles, to be sure;

But scattered along life’s pathway,

The good they do is inconceivable.

~Joseph Addison

Can’t Argue With Ignorance!

Can’t Argue With Ignorance!

My Daddy used to say it all the time.

For the record, I have picked the Red Sox to win the World Series this year. This has absolutely nothing to do with writing or reviews. It has to do with the fact I love the Red Sox. After enduring the last two years, I have been able to watch and enjoy the Red Sox again instead of cringing when they played. My pick, also, has nothing to do with logic. I picked them because I love their spirit and will defend them to the end because they are once more playing with heart.

So I betca wondering why I mentioned the Red Sox…or maybe not…but anyhow I was thinking about when I first began not exactly writing but participating in social media.  I’m not what one would say a social butterfly. I never have been. I had the misconception that being behind the computer I would be able to participate in the cyber world around me and not feel so much like a wallflower. Hasn’t worked out that way.

When I started my first blog, it was more like a journal for me. I enjoyed writing about my family activities, my nephew’s ‘first’ book and his interview, my dogs, my adjustment living in the North after being raised in the deep South… I stopped. Not because I wanted to stop, but because of the reality of the internet. I would have loved to have shared different milestones in my life—for my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary renewing my vows in Dingle, Ireland, stories about my dogs, my mother’s health issues and her ignore it and it will go away attitude that seems to be working for her, my husband’s mother Alzheimer’s, where I get my ideas for my books, my other job…

I know…I know that not every one is interested in my life…okay…most people aren’t interested in my life. It was mainly for me, but I stopped because I started seeing what I wrote on my blog being used against me in reviews. For some reason, my personal life became fair game in reviews about my book.

If anyone has been following my blogs (Jerri Hines and Carrie James Haynes) other than my stalker and myself, you will remember when I first got attacked. To me it came out of no where… the viciousness startled me. The intensity of hatred aimed at me shocked me. I mean usually when I get that kind of reaction they have at least met me.

I’m kinda used to the bad reviews now. I expect them. The only trouble I’m having is deciphering whether they are real bad reviews or troll bad reviews. I shouldn’t say that. I can. Most the time the tone of the review will be the telling sign. I do pick up on things. I am not as dense as I may seem. Reviews like

Could any one who writes so poorly expect anyone to pay to suffer through another insult to the reader ‘s intelligence?

I did read the entire short “book” and even shared some of the funniest mistakes with my husband for a good laugh!

Or is it the reviewer’s only review? Or is it one of many bad reviews with on a few good reviews littered amongst the tattered ruins of one and two star reviews? There was one reviewer that left a one star review that reviewed four to five books a day with one to two star three to four times a week. Someone really needs to recommend a good book for the poor thing.

Yesterday, a friend called my attention to a blog written by Nathan Bransford. It was about Goodreads Bullies. After reading the blog, I felt obligated to lend credence to the blog by telling some of my story. For the first time (besides on my blogs) I came out and talked about my situation.

I took a deep breath…debated whether or not I should…walked away and then came back and wrote. After I hit the send button, I wondered if I should have commented or not. I watched and waited to see if it got any response…nope, none. No one even noticed what I said…they were too busy writing their own comments. Oh, my comment that I lamented on is just a whisper in the wind. The only ones that noticed, I’m certain, was my panicked heart and my stalker. Oh…I’m certain I will pay for my misdeed and pay I will. It was a difficult decision because no matter how bad I think it is now, it can get worse and probably will.

When I left my comment, the blog had 103 comments. I believe it now went over 200…talk about intense… it called to mind a saying my daddy used to tell me—

You can’t argue with ignorance!

Of course, he, also, said “You may be right, but I ain’t wrong.” (If you don’t understand that one, you’ve never met anyone in my family.)

But all kidding aside. Bullying is an issue that needs to be addressed. Like most issues, most of us turn our heads because it hasn’t happened to us. I would really like to understand why some people feel it’s necessary to be so mean, belittling, and malicious. There is no need. They feel it is their right. I disagree. Poor Lauren Howard. How can anyone leave a review on a book they haven’t read or for that matter has even been released? What about Lauren’s rights? What about common sense?

Now, while I’m on a rant and before I crawl back into my cave…I do have a book to finish…I want to say that I believe that reviews have been tainted long before it because fashionable to be an Indie writer. Long before readers’ reviews were so important.

Right after my first book was published, I read this book…released by a major publisher. I wrote about it on my blog years ago. I never mentioned the name of the author, but wondered where all the 5 star reviews were coming from…I mean at the time I was getting rejected right and left for some of the same errors I saw in the book…so I know errors when I see them… Really, it was a historical written like a contemporary.  I came to the realization that these blogs and websites that were giving the glowing 5 star reviews were also accepting advertising from these same publishers…large ads. I may not be a rocket scientist (For shame! I only I work in a lowly Chemistry lab), I believe that it is obvious that there may have been a conflict of interest…maybe. Do you think? Yet, it was and is an accepted practice…

Now, mind you, I have faith in my ability to chose my own books. Yes, I  read reviews, but I also read the blurb and the free sample that is given. Usually does the trick for me. Donald Maass said once at a conference, he knows within the first 5 pages whether its a good book or not. But don’t we all know most of the time whether the book is going to interest us or not very quickly?

I will say I strongly believe in a person’s right to their opinion. Strongly. But there is a line that has been crossed.

But once more I have veered off the straight and narrow path of my intended thought. It was the Red Sox. Right? What did I want to say? That’s right—Red Sox’s all the way! Go Sox!

Heat Up Your Summer!

July is vacation month, but I haven’t been on vacation. I’m working diligently on Seductive Lies under my pen name Colleen Connally . It’s coming. I’m at the stage in the book where I’m obsessing about it. It’s all I’m doing in my free time.

Ask my husband. Twice this last weekend he went to the beach without me. My hair…oh, my goodness…I need to go to the salon or just let it go gray. My house…if it wasn’t for my daughter, I don’t think you could get through it. And it’s so hot…

This is what I’m working on.

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Erin Dameron-Hill has created an absolutely gorgeous cover for Seductive Lies…

I don’t have a set the exact release date. Looks like early September. I have to get a few things organized. Then I will have a set date!

I just have to mention Book Bub. There aren’t  many places an author can promote to get the results you can when you’re on Book Bub. It’s Awesome! I’ve had two books on Book Bub—Seductive Secrets and The Cry For Freedom. Both are Free eBooks. Last Sunday, The Cry For Freedom was advertised. Today, Embrace of the Enemy should be in the top #100 of Family Saga. My fault. I thought I had it listed in Family Saga. Didn’t. Should be showing up soon.

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I just wanted to take a minute and answer a question. A reader asked me why I ended The Cry For Freedom as a cliff-hanger. Was it to sell my the other books in the series? Quite frankly, yes.

Isn’t that what an author is supposed to do? When I give away a book, I do so with the intention of selling more books. I want to give away a sampling of my writing so a reader can get a feel for my writing. It works two-fold. A reader gets a free book and I hope I gain a fan who wants to read more of my works.

I have a few series. Secret Lives Series under Colleen Connally are all stand alone books. They are connected by the premise behind each book. Each of the heroines live a secret life in some form or other.  I might in the foresee able future take a character from one or two of the books and write a story about them. I think Malissa in  Seductive Secrets deserves a book of her own as well as one of the new characters you will read about soon (I hope) in Seductive Lies.

Whispers of a Legend series is one cliffhanger after another. It won’t stop until the last book.

Winds of Betrayal isn’t quite as much a cliffhanger series, but the story won’t wrap up until the last book. There will be unanswered questions until that time.

While I’m thinking about it, want to share a couple of reviews….

Seductive Secrets:

Amazon Review—

What a book, the best. REALLY…… 🙂, July 10, 2013
This review is from: Seductive Secrets (Secret Lives Series) (Kindle Edition)

This book was the best ever. I could not stop reading it. It has everything in this book romance excitement, everything OMGawg just read the book. I agree with the others on this book to. I could go on and on about this book , but until you read it you will never know.

Broken Legacy:

Amazon Review—

SUSPENSE!!!, May 13, 2013
By Patty

This novel has taught me not to give up hope in the person you loved and trust. Colleen Connolly wrote this book with passion, loyalty and lot of suspense. I love how she introduces her characters, and how the story unfolds. It kept me from going to bed: as I snuggled up and read till it came to an end. GREAT BOOK!! I would recommend to anyone who love a piece of historical romance.

Have a good one! Keep Reading!