Let Your Imagination Take Flight

Let Your Imagination Take Flight

New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America is holding their conference April 26-27 in Burlington, Massachusetts.

If you are going to be in the Boston area on Saturday, April 27, join me for my first book signing! I won’t be alone…Julia Quinn, Caroline Linden, Donna Alward, Hannah Howell, Marie Force…are only a few that are attending.  

I will be signing Seductive Secrets and Broken Legacy. Excited! This is the first time I’m doing a book signing. I’ve given away signed books, but I’ve always been too shy to do a book signing on my own. I have greatly enjoyed attending these romance conferences. I thought this would be a great way to start getting out and meeting readers instead of meeting readers only behind my  computer.  

So if you are around, please join me. Would love the support! Click here for the whole list of authors and who will benefit from the book signings.  

 2013 Annual Book Fair for Literacy –Open to the Public

3:30‐5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013

Burlington Marriot, Burlington, MA

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SECRETS BEHIND THE SPIES IN WINDS OF BETRAYAL SERIES

I have been asked how I came up with the concept for the Winds of Betrayal Series. The whole of the series is loosely based on the Culper Spy Ring. I had never heard of the Culper Spy Ring until I was doing research on the American Revolution for a book over ten years ago. The mystery surrounding spies during that time stirred my imagination, especially agent 355. Agent 355 worked for the Culper Spy Ring. Her identity was never known. The more I thought about the spy rings…about agent 355…the more I was convinced that women had more to do with spying than they had been given credit.
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Given the attitude of men during this time period, I believe a woman could have done a great damage to either side. But I believe the British were more susceptible. Arrogance, an air of superiority, underestimating the abilities of those surrounding them—all qualities that the British exhibited to the colonists. In the defense of the British, it was…is never that uncommon for a power to behave in the manner the British did when one is in control. Although, problems always arise when you don’t listen to the people you govern. To be fair, I don’t believe the British people had their heart in the war against the colonies. If there was blame to be had for the British losing the colonies, it should lay firmly on the shoulders of King George III. Time and time again he refused to compromise…refused to listen until it was too late.
I’m getting a tad off track. I wanted to address spying during the American Revolution, especially in New York. When I was doing my research, I came across several incidents which could have been due to spying, uncovering plots against General Washington, battle plans… You can find some of them in Winds of Betrayal and the spy network that Hannah belonged.
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A little tid-bit of information about the British’s stance on women during the American Revolution. General Thomas Gage, the commander of the British forces at the beginning of the uprise, married an American woman, Margaret Kemble from New Jersey. From all accounts the two had a successful marriage having seven children, but it is thought…not confirmed…that Margaret Kemble Gage was the informer…spy if you will…that gave information to Dr. Warren about her husband’s raid at Lexington and Concord. For her efforts…if it was indeed true… she was sent to England on her husband’s orders. Interesting.
This is the way I see the women spies of the revolution— they were overlooked in the beginning.  The British have an air of chivalry that gave women a certain leniency.  I believe General Washington showed the same leniency toward Benedict Arnold’s wife, Peggy Shippen. Times changed though the longer the war dragged on…especially given the British were losing.
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Ironic that the most famous American spy during the American Revolution was also probably the worst spy imaginable. His loyalty, courage, and committment to the American cause has never been questioned, but in reality Nathan Hale was ill prepared to have attempted his a dangerous mission he volunteered for. Nathan Hale gave the ultimate sacrifice for the cause he believed in…he was hanged. The young Patriot was treated horribly before he died having been denied. It was said he was denied a Bible, last letters to his family, and clergy. But it wasn’t so unusual during this time. Once a spy was caught, he was immediate hanged. It meant to be a deterrent.
Which brings me to the British’s most famous spy during the American Revolution—Major John Andre. He too faced death bravely, but his one request was to be shot instead of being hanged because of the stigma hanging carried with it. He too was hanged. I’m going to stop with that thought on Major Andre. He is one of the historical characters portrayed in Winds of Betrayal with good reason. He was in the midst of the biggest betrayal the Americans felt during the American Revolution…the defection of Benedict Arnold…which will be the focus of The Heavens Shall Fall.
The whole of the Winds of Betrayal is purely fiction. It is a product of my over active imagination…it is how I can imagine it might have happened. Remember secrecy was of the utmost importance. It is the reason we don’t have all the answers to what happened during the American Revolution.
The truth is we owe a great deal of thanks to the people who risked their lives for the belief in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Winds of Betrayal may be purely fiction, but it holds my respect for those who have  placed their lives on the line for all of us to enjoy the life we know today.

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE FANTASY

I write Romance. I write what I feel and Romance is what I feel. More than likely, the Winds of Betrayal series would be considered Historical Fiction, but on the whole Romance is the driving force behind my books.

I was reading an article on the internet that someone said that romance novels are bad for your health. I disagree. On the contrary, I believe it is just the opposite.

While I’ll concede that romance novels are fantasy, the love behind the books isn’t a fantasy. Sometimes we need an escape for a few hours into a different world than the one we live in. Not that there is anything wrong with the world we live, but sometimes its nice to be reminded about the love we share with our better half or that there is someone out there for us. In the midst of  all the appointments, grocery stores, laundry, rushing the kids from one activity to the other, the phone calls, bills…we live on a merry-go-round.

When you pick up a romance novel, there is one certainty before you even turn the first page—there will be a happy ending.  It’s the Golden Rule in romance. I myself love a happy ending. It’s what we all strive for in our lives.

I believe in love at first sight. I believe that there is a love that completes me. I believe in that happy ending. In reality, maybe our better half isn’t 6′ 5”, a body to kill for and eyes to get lost in with one glance. But to us, they are perfect. In reality, we have every day chores that have to be addressed. Perhaps that is more of a fantasy in the romance novels…that our characters don’t have to take the trash out, go to the grocery store, or stay up late waiting on your teenager to come home. But the love…love isn’t a fantasy.

In my romances, there is always something within them that is the substance of the story. I’ll take my book, Seductive Secrets, as an example. It’s a true romance complete with the happy ending, but I did something in the tale that was a tad different. My main secondary character is gay. Having a gay character in a book isn’t life shattering, but I put him in a traditional historical romance novel. I had a purpose behind doing so.

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I have someone close to me that is gay. In a conversation, this person expressed to me growing up they didn’t have anyone to connect with that was gay. They grew up feeling that something was wrong with them. There was no one to look up to and the gays that they were exposed to in the public eye were ridiculed. I can’t do much, but I could write a gay character in a positive light. I believe in Seductive Secrets Charles comes across as a respected member of society.  It was my intent.

Seductive Secrets has had many ups and downs. It has changed titles and pen names. I even decided to simply give it away. It has always done well free, but yesterday it skyrocketed back up the rankings. I’m happy to say that it’s ranked as #4 overall in Amazon free rankings; #1 Historical Romance and #1 Romantic suspense.  Simply thank you. Even if it is free, I appreciate that readers enjoy my book.

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AMAZON US       AMAZON UK    BARNES AND NOBLE

Following up Seductive Secrets, I released Broken Legacy last month. Again, this book was inspired. Broken Legacy was a hard book to write because of the subject matter—the French Revolution. In Broken Legacy, my heroine is truly a hero. She overcomes many obstacles and places her life in danger to save others. Fantasy? Perhaps but I want to acknowledge Eloise was inspired by a true life hero, Irena Sendler. Although Ms Sendler may have lived in a different time and place, she exhibited true courage.

So yes…my romance novels are a fantasy. But behind every fantasy there is inspiration, purpose and…a happy ending.

A NEW LOOK- WINDS OF BETRAYAL SERIES

It’s done! The new look for Winds of Betrayal. Erin Dameron-Hill did an awesome job!

THE CRY FOR FREEDOM is FREE today! Don’t miss out on your free copy! This series is best read in order. I am having one little problem with getting the right cover up for KISS OF DECEIT! The cover is download on the kindle, but the cover the customer sees is the old Ruse of Love cover. I’m working on it. I wanted to keep the original book up. The content hasn’t changed only the title and cover. Just a little glitch. So here it is—

 

WINDS OF BETRAYAL SERIES

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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….

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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 life…her belief in her cause.

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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 sets 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 2014
THE HEAVENS SHALL FALL, Book Four Winds of Betrayal

THE CRY FOR FREEDOM is FREE!

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THE CRY FOR FREEDOM, Book One Winds of Betrayal Series

by Jerri Hines

FREE TODAY THRU FRIDAY!

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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
Coming soon!

COMING SOON!

EMBRACE OF THE ENEMY is to be released in the next few days!

 
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 life…her belief in her cause.

KISS OF DECEIT, Book Three, Winds of Betrayal Series
Previously Published as Ruse of Love

 

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 2014
THE HEAVENS SHALL FALL, Book Four Winds of Betrayal

Happy Valentine’s Day! Broken Legacy, Book Two Secret Lives Series

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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BROKEN LEGACY, BOOK TWO SECRET LIVES SERIES

Lord Gerard Lenister needed the lady…after 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 England…rumors 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 desperate…but soon he discovers that Lady Eloise is not what she seems.

 
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Want a love story to enjoy. Grab a copy of Broken Legacy! Perfect love story for Valentine’s Day! Giving away an ebook copy of Broken Legacy today! Paperback will be ready by next week.
 
Want a copy! Still giving away a copy of Seductive Secrets paperback this week!
 

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                                 Amazon US    Amazon UK  Barnes and Noble

 FREE ebook! Would you like a free paperback?  

 Do you want a chance to win a signed copy of Seductive Secrets? I have some copies I’m giving away for the next few weeks. Not only Seductive Secrets, but a copy more of my books. In the Whispers of a Legend series under my other pen name Carrie James Haynes, Part Four- Time of the Nuxvenom or one of the Tides of Charleston Series, Another Night Falls. It will be your choice. But you have to comment to win!

 You can comment anywhere I’m at socially… here, Colleen Connally BlogCastle in the AirNovel WorksWhispers of a Legend Saga, or on twitter at @jhines340   @carriejhaynes  @colleenconnally or any of my Facebook pages.

Last week, I was hit with Nemo. So I didn’t draw a winner. I will choose a few this week to make up for last week and celebrate Broken Legacy’s release!

Enjoy Broken Legacy!

A CRY FOR FREEDOM, Book One Winds of Betrayal Series

 

“Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.”

                                              — John Adams, 1777

 

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THE CRY FOR FREEDOM, Book One Winds of Betrayal

Previously the first half of Patriot Secrets

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
Coming soon!

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 life…her belief in her cause.

Kiss of Deceit, Book Three, Winds of Betrayal Series
Previously Published as Ruse of Love

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 2014
THE HEAVENS SHALL FALL, Book Four Winds of Betrayal

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO JAYE

My husband always tells me I live in my own world. I do. I like my world. Sometimes, my husband calls it my bubble world. I know what he’s talking about. I look at the world differently than most people. I’ve done it all my life. I can remember time and time again when I have reacted in a different manner than most. My history teacher in 8th grade, Mr. Stewart, told my mother he had never meant a kid like me. He said that when I set my mind on something, it was almost impossible to change it. Okay, so I took it personally when he called Auddie Murphy a B actor.

I’ll go back a tad and explain myself. I watched a movie with my dad—To Hell and Back. After watching the movie, I fell in love with Auddie Murphy. It was his story. Auddie Murphy was one of the most highly decorated WWII soldiers. He was short and was told he couldn’t enlist. He finally did enlist in the army, forging papers about his age also. He was only seventeen. I thought he was the bravest man alive…so when Mr. Stewart said Auddie Murphy was a B actor, I took offense.  In my world, Auddie Murphy could do no wrong. In my world, he still can do no wrong. I admired the man.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. My friends and family call me Jaye. I know…I have so many names. Jerri Hines, Carrie James Haynes and Colleen Connally. When I sold my first story, I never wanted to go under Jerri Hines. I always wanted to go under a pen name, Carrie James Haynes. I also never intended to go under another pen name, but I have— Colleen Connally.

In my world, I would never had to go under another pen name, but reality crept into my world. Oh…that dreaded reality. The reality of the publishing world. What is it like behind all the perfect smiles. I can only tell you my experience. For a few years, I so enjoyed going to my local conference until last year. I loved having a couple of days to myself in April with others that shared a common interest. I loved making connections and networking. Everyone was so nice and friendly, so many smiles… I felt part of their world.

In my world, when you’re friends with someone, you do something nice for them. I tried. I offered free promotions to any author. In my years of Novel Works and my new blog, Romance in Books, Romantic Picks Just For You, I don’t think I ever turn anyone away who wanted a mention. Why would I offer free promotions? Because it was my way. I could have charged a fee or at least asked for a donation, but that’s not me. I enjoy feeling like I’m doing something to help others. Did I tell you I’m not a business person?

Last year, I was forced out of my bubble. I was ill-prepared for this publishing world. When I released Daughter of Deceit, I got slammed with negative reviews. I’m not going backwards with the details. Needlessly to say, I was stunned. I never expected it. Moreover, one of the reviewers decided it is her mission in life to save the world from my writing. For almost a year, it has been her mission.

First and foremost, I want to state— I respect everyone’s right to their opinion. I do. I also accept that not everyone is going to like my writing.

This is not a blog about negative reviews. It’s not a blog about right or wrong. It’s about my experience and what I‘ve endured this last year to a certain extent. I’m not going into details. When I got hit by this group, immediately I got emails from ‘friends’ with their thoughts. I have a pretty good idea what I’m going against at this time. I also understand exactly where I stand in this whole mess.

One one side, I have someone I’ve never met that hates me. She has spent almost a year watching my every move. I know she’s not going to stop. I don’t believe she can. This is the first time and only time I’m going to say something to her. Know I’ve known who you are since two weeks after your first review. Please note I have never, ever retaliated against you and for the record I won’t. It’s not me.

On the other side, my ‘friends’ long ago deserted my side. Those ‘friends’ you think are by my side left me long ago. Why? Because they were afraid you would attach yourself to them. I was told it’s not good for business. Well, the exact words were ‘We all build our own business strategies and our brand. I don’t judge you for what you do with yours — please don’t judge me for what I do with mine.’ I can assure getting attacked like I did was not part of my business strategy. This is where I differ from others, because I do care about my ‘friends.’ I have put myself on the line for others. I’ve never considered being  ‘friends’ a business decision. Guess that’s why I’m not the best business person in the world.

I was told when I got hit like I did ‘to leave my writings behind.’ I was informed that because of this person that has attached herself to me I had only one alternative—to walk away from all my years of writing. Drop it and become someone else. I have fought this every step of the way.

I love my writings…good or bad, they are part of me. Doesn’t mean I won’t become anyone else. I know how. It’s just I don’t have any desire to be someone other than myself.

I have a couple of things going on this month. Broken Legacy is going to be released. I’ve poured my heart into this book. I’m also revamping the look to Winds of Betrayal Series. Then, we’ll see where I go.

For now, I’m going back into my bubble world. Did I tell you I like it there? I have decided I can’t worry about things I have no control over. I can only do the best I can. My daddy told me once, “If you can get up in the morning and look yourself in the mirror, you’ve done okay.”

The only thing I have control over is myself. You know what I want to do…write. That’s all. I just want to write.

Oh…did I mention that I won the history award that year from Mr. Stewart. He was one of my favorite teachers.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen TURNS 200!

Back on January 28th, 1813, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was published. So launched one of the most beloved romances! It has become one of the most loved books of all time. Pride and Prejudice captures our imagination and pulls us into the world according to Elizabeth Bennett.

There is so much to love about Pride and Prejudice. I remember reading and rereading it in my youth. I also remember my joy when as an adult I picked the book back up at the library. It felt like I was reading it for the first time. Reading it felt like going home. In a sense, I guess I did. I relate Pride and Prejudice to a happy time and reading it allows me an escape from reality if only for a brief moment.

I was trying to think specifically what I loved the most about Pride and Prejudice. Ms Austen did a magnificent job of capturing the era. I confess my picture of the Regency period is reflective of this book. The storyline has held through out time. Ms Austen weaves a wonderful tale of romance and the rocky road it entails. But I believe that I love the characters the best in Pride and Prejudice.  Elizabeth Bennett has to be one of my all time favorite characters for numerous reason. Mostly, I loved her spirit.

I don’t think I have to analyze Pride and Prejudice. It has been analyzed and discussed many times in its 200 years. What I can do for you if you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice in a while is link you up to the Amazon site for a free download of the book.

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I hope you enjoy the moment as I do. Happy 200th Birthday, Pride and Prejudice!

Don’t forget about my book giveway! Do you want a chance to win a signed copy of Seductive Secrets? I have some copies I’m giving away for the next few weeks. Not only Seductive Secrets, but a copy more of my books. In the Whispers of a Legend series under my other pen name Carrie James Haynes, Part Four- Time of the Nuxvenom or one of the Tides of Charleston Series, Another Night Falls. It will be your choice. But you have to comment to win.

Gave away three books yesterday! Congratulations to Vanessa, Renee, and Jessica! I’ll be giving away books until Broken Legacy is released!

You can comment anywhere I’m at socially… here, Castle in the AirColleen Connally Blog, Novel Works, Whispers of a Legend Saga, or on twitter at @jhines340   @carriejhaynes  @colleenconnally or any of my Facebook pages.

History’s Legacy

Today’s Martin Luther King’s day.

A great day to reflect. The legacy of Martin Luther King left was one to be admired with his advocacy of the disadvantage and civil rights for everyone… That’s why I love history. You can draw from other’s experience to learn.

My inspiration from my writing comes from history. Makes sense being a historical romance writer, but even in my epic fantasy I draw from history. Human nature hasn’t changed…it never has. Greed, corruption, lust, selfishness, the thirst for power has been the undeniable forces that have led to unimaginable horrors within our history. But even at its worse throughout history there always emerges a light. Martin Luther King was one of those lights.  A light to remind of us of humanity. A light to lead us out of the darkness.

In fiction, it’s easy to come up with a happy ending. I have control. All the conflicts and injustices I have inflicted on my hero and heroine are vindicated by the end of the book if I so choose. Good versus Evil. In my world good always trumps evil.

History fascinates me. Certain people inspire me, but it’s not always the well-known heroes that have intrigued me. Heroes are ordinary people doing the extraordinary in a given situation. Not all the good that one does is immediately recognized. Some may never be recognized. But it is from these sacrifices that humanity survives.

Evil’s face is not always readily perceived as the evil they are. Evil has a way of twisting and turning the facts to justify their means to an end. My daddy always told me that most people can justify their actions to themselves. Excusing their behavior for the ‘betterment’ of others. To us looking back, we would never justify slavery. Yet at one time it was an accepted practice. Do you realize how hard it was to stand up and say that slavery needed to be stopped? In books today, heroes and heroines always do the political correct thing and oppose the practice. It’s easy to look back and say we would have made a stand and demanded slavery be stopped. I would like to think I would have, but it was a different world back then. People were ostracized for standing up and demanding slavery be stopped. It’s a hard thing to do to take a stand that’s not popular. To have society look down on you- telling you how wrong you are-having your life or your love ones lives threatened. Even in the North, abolitionists were frowned upon and shunned. But the adage one voice can make a difference…I think it does. Eventually, the good in people surfaces.

Isn’t that what Martin Luther King did? His voice emerged over all the bias and injustice. His sacrifice paved the way for voices to be heard here in America. A legacy to be remembered….

Just my thoughts on this day…

The whole intention of my blog today was to announce that I’m giving away books for a few weeks. Kinda went off topic…here’s what I intended to say.

In the mood for an epic fantasy or haven’t gotten the lastest installment of Whispers of a Legend! Would you like a signed copy of Whispers of a Legend, Part Four- Time of the Nuxvenom! Or how about a copy of Seductive Secrets…or Another Night Falls! Or if you prefer any of my ebooks. It’ll be your choice.

So leave a comment on Castles in the Air….Colleen Connally’s blog…my website, Jerri Hines, Romance Author...Novel WorksWhispers of a Legends Saga on Facebook (new page)
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