Then Next in Line- Broken Legacy in Audio!

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AVAILABLE NOW IN AUDIO!

BROKEN LEGACY, an Amazon #1 Bestselling Historical Romance!
Orangeberry 2013 Hall of Fame Best Romance!

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—Broken Legacy, Book Two of Secret Lives Series!

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.

Secret Lives series:
Seductive Secrets, Book One
Broken Legacy, Book Two
Seductive Lies, Book Three

Boston’s Crimes of Passion series:
Fragmented, Book One

IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY OF SEDUCTIVE SECRETS ON AUDIO, COMMENT AND I’LL SEE IF I HAVE ANY FREE COPIES LEFT!

Winds of Betrayal: Spies and Traitors—Love and Betrayal

Winds of Betrayal Series the epic journey of the path to freedom.

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The first three books in the series have been bundled under one cover. Coming soon Winds of Betrayal will be in print along with audio. I’m going to combine The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy under one title for the print and audio.

A 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.

The Saga continues….

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…

Coming MAY, 2014

THE HEAVENS SHALL FALL, Book Four Winds of Betrayal

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The Heavens Shall Fall has a date for release!  Tuesday, May 20th!

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!

Saying Goodbye to 2013

Here’s to 2013! Looking back over the year, I had my best year in sales to date.

I released three more books, Broken Legacy, Seductive Lies and Fragmented under Colleen Connally.

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I had my first #1. Broken Legacy hit Amazon paid #1 Historical Romance!

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We were all shocked by the Boston Marathon Bombing. I was deeply touched. I made a pledge that I kept. I wanted to do more than just give a donation. So I’m going to give half my royalties from my latest release, Fragmented, to The One Fund. I encouraged everyone to remember not only the victims of the bombing, but the victims of any disaster. My heart goes out to the mid-west tornado’s victims and well as the disaster in the Philippines. There are so many good causes to donate. I choose the bombing victims because I live and work in Boston.

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Looking forward to 2014! I’m going to be releasing Seductive Secrets as an audio book! I’m excited about it. I’m having such a wonderful time listening to each chapter. I get excited to see more chapters come in. It’s bad, isn’t it? I mean I wrote the book. I know what’s going to happen. Yet, I can’t wait to listen to the next chapter. Audio books are addictive! I absolutely love the narrator, too. I could listen to her read all day!

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One of the things I’m working on this coming year is trying to figure out how to encourage readers to leave reviews when they enjoy not only one of my book, but any book they enjoy. Reviews are the lifeblood of an author’s work.

I know I treasure a good review!

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Holiday Season.
Putting everything on the back burner for a few days. It’s time for family and friends. My family is doing things a tad different this year. My mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s. We usually have Christmas Eve over at my in-laws with my husband’s family, but this year my father-in-law isn’t up for that. So we’re on our own for Christmas Eve. Now for Christmas, it will be the same. I cook. The only time of the year I really cook is Christmas. We are having everyone over at our house, which should be a great time. Looking forward to Christmas dinner.
Now there is a void on Christmas Eve. So we start a new tradition… New isn’t bad. It’s just different. The most important thing is that I’m going to get to enjoy another year with all my kids and hubbie.
My favorite commercial this year is the Apple commercial where the teenage boy goes around filming his family during the holidays. Heart warming.
Take a moment and make a memory. I think this year it has hit me that not everything will stay the same. My husband’s mother…my mother…both are dealing with health issues. My son moved out of state this year. My daughter wants too to…
So I realize that it’s important to stop and enjoy this moment.
My Christmas present to you is SEDUCTIVE LIES! I’ve made it .$99 for a few days—only on AMAZON.

Don’t forget to get a copy of Fragmented. You get a great book to read and know that half of the proceeds will go to a charity!
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MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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!

 

FRAGMENTED’S RELEASE CELEBRATION HAS BEGUN!

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Join me today, Monday, December 9th, while I celebrate the release of FRAGMENTED, BOOK ONE BOSTON’S CRIMES OF PASSION! Lots of goodies to be given away all day. Most of the activity will be over on Facebook, but you can comment here or Goodreads also.

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Rules and updates can be found on the Fragmented’s Celebration Page here at Jerri Hines, Romance Author!

Over on Goodreads, I’m also hosting a book giveaway for Fragmented. I’m giving away FIVE signed copies of Fragmented at the end of the month.

LOTS AND LOTS OF GIVEAWAYS! So join me for the fun!

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!

CELEBRATE FRAGMENTED’S RELEASE!!!

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It’s here! Fragmented!!!! Today is Fragmented’s Release day! My first Contemporary Suspense Thriller! I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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!

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 bars…along with anyone that stands in his way.

A killer would do anything to get his heart’s desire…

Cameron 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.

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

Dear Readers,

I have pledged to donate half of my royalties that I get receive from Fragmented to a charity in Boston. This donation will go to help the victims of the Marathon Bombing. 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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DON’T FORGET FRAGMENTED’S RELEASE LAUNCH NEXT WEEK!

I’ll be giving away lots of goodies!