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Set Fire to the Rain has been one of the hardest books I have ever written, but I have finally completed the conclusion of my Winds of Betrayal series. Winds of Betrayal has been my baby for such a long time and has gone through many changes over the years, especially the titles to the books. The first book alone has been titled Patriot Secrets, The Cry For Freedom, Embrace of the Enemy, Winds of Betrayal 1&2 to simply—Winds of Betrayal.

 

I don’t believe it will be surprising to know that the Culper Spy Ring has been my inspiration for Winds of Betrayal. But my story is purely fiction. The history, though, I have tried my best to stay true to the facts as well as I could. The time line may have been stretched in places to fit my story.

 

I have spent so much time with these characters. I feel as though they are family. I started writing this series almost fifteen years ago when all that could be found on the internet about the Culper Spy ring was a single page with only a couple of paragraphs dedicated to these brave men and women. In my research, I discovered just how important spying was to General Washington, but, also, how deadly to those that laid their lives on the line if they were caught—on either side. The Americans were not the only ones to spy. The British had their own spies, but I told this story from the American point of view.

 

When I began this series, I was going to stop at Benedict Arnold’s betrayal. I wanted readers to feel the sting of Arnold’s betrayal. Arnold went from being the beloved American hero at Saratoga to the most hated man in the colonies. Had his treachery been successful, Arnold’s betrayal could have handed victory to the British. But after I finished The Heavens Shall Fall, I realized there was too many loose ends. So, I finished my series with the last major battle at Yorktown.

 

I am not a historian, but a lover of history. I feel that the sacrifices of those before us should never be forgotten. The American Revolution has always fascinated me. Our Founding Fathers surely need to be admired for laying the foundation for such a great country. I hope I have done justice to their memories.

 

Thank you for reading Winds of Betrayal. I truly hope you enjoyed my series.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jerri Hines

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One of my loves is writing about the American Revolution. I have used the American Revolution as the setting in two of my series, Winds of Betrayal and Winds of Change.Winds of Change is set in Charleston as well as parts of Winds of Betrayal.Since the books are set during the same time period, some of the characters interact with each, especially in The Bastard Son.

If you have read Winds of Betrayal, you will know that the dramatic conclusion, Set Fire to the Rain, is coming out in April. Given the fact that Set Fire to the Rain is set to be release and the interactions of Winds of Betrayal characters in The Bastard Son, The Bastard Son will be FREE February 13-17.

Know that The Bastard Son is a standalone book. If you have never read any of my books,you will still greatly enjoy this historical romance.

 Enjoy! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Sumner Meador walked in a world of wealth and privilege as part of Charles Town’s elite, but that was years ago. Now he fights in the Southern backwoods driven by the passion he holds for the Patriot cause, shadowed by his past. Reeling from a devastating defeat at the hands of the British, Sumner seeks haven at his farm, only to find an interloper—an unwelcome and unwanted distraction. He has no time for the young woman or the complications she brings with her, but soon discovers he has no option but to give aid to the stubborn, courageous beauty whether she wants it or not.

Jane Kilmer has been violently thrust into the midst of the civil war ensuing in the backwoods. Hiding from one of the most dangerous vigilantes, Jane trusts no one. Suddenly, she has no choice but to put her life in Sumner’s hands. Both desire revenge, but neither wants what happens—to fall completely, undeniably in love with each other. As the war rages around them, their love is put to the ultimate test. The question becomes not whether their love will survive, but will they.

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“I say set fire to the rain. Ignite the flames with what is true and just. Torch the blaze with our courage and resolve so when we are done, all men will be free!”
~ General Daniel Morgan, Set Fire to the Rain, Bk 4 Winds of Betrayal

Six long years, the war has raged. Six long years, the Corbett siblings have clung to the belief in their cause. Moreover, the war is far from over!

The Southern Army is in tatters with the devastating defeat at Camden. But all is not lost. General Washington sends his most trusted general, Nathanael Greene, to lead what is left of the army. In the darkest hour, Greene, in turn, draws upon the Old Wagoner, General Daniel Morgan.

At his northern headquarters, Washington faces his toughest decisions. Once more, he turns to his most trusted spy ring. Once more, he seeks the information needed to turn the war. This time, though, he needs more. He needs to feed the British misleading intelligence. He needs the British to believe he is eyeing New York…at least, until it is too late for them to act.

Spies and traitors! Love and Betrayal! Winds of Betrayal is coming to a dramatic conclusion! Follow Jonathan and Hannah Corbett on their final path of their fight for freedom!

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Cathryn Blankenship has no desire for a season in London! Why on earth would her father want her to leave her home in Charles Town? Upon Cathryn’s steadfast refusal, Governor Blankenship is forced to assign a young lieutenant to watch over Cathryn on the journey and ensure his daughter’s appearance in London. Cathryn finds Lieutenant Jake Pennington the most aggravating, maddening man she has ever met…a man Cathryn soon admits she is in no hurry to see leave.

But fate has other plans for her in a world she is ill prepared to enter. She descends into a place where love and betrayal go hand and hand, where greed and treachery are second nature, but moreover the threat her father believes he has sent her is awaiting her arrival. When fate tears her apart from her Lieutenant, Cathryn finds herself desolate and alone. Soon, Cathryn makes fateful decisions that will send her back to her home.

A home far different than the one she left. A war rages. Soon, she discovers her life is in danger and the only one that can save her is the one who left her heartbroken.

Author’s Note: This book was previously published with Whiskey Creek Press as The Judas Kiss and The Promise under the Tides of Charleston Series.

A SOUTHERNER’S PERSPECTIVE

People stereotype. It’s natural. I’ve never watched the Soprano’s, but I started watching the series on Amazon Prime a few weeks ago. It got me thinking about stereotyping.

Are all Italians in the mafia? Are all African-Americans in gangs? Are all muslims terrorists? Are all Southerners dumb, poor, not quite sophisticated with an underlying hatred toward African-Americans? Of course not!

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I love history. I have enjoyed writing about the American Revolution. I feel strongly that we were in the right fighting for our independence. It is easy to write when you feel the emotions of the characters. Writing about the Civil War, Southern Legacy, has been much harder.

The Civil War is personal to me. Growing up in the deep South, even after over a hundred years, people still hung onto the defeat. Etched into my memory is my grandmother talking about carpetbaggers and the hardships seen by Southerners after the Civil War was over. The pain and hurt still lived in her voice.

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My home in Mississippi!

My immediate family during the Civil War didn’t own slaves…never own a slave. They barely had enough money to take care of their own families. My great-great grandmother Annie Bolton wrote her autobiography. She was a young girl during the Civil War living on a small farm in Alabama. She talked of hearing the cannons during the Battle of Shiloh. Her father died fighting for the South. His death caused extreme hardships for her mother. Awfully poor, Annie ended up raising her younger siblings before she ended up marrying my great-great grandfather. It is a heartwarming story of the struggle and hardships of rebuilding after the war.

We Southerners take pride in our heritage. I wish I was half the woman who Annie Bolton was. In her writings, there was no animosity toward the North, only a deep felt love for her family and God. She placed her faith in God, hard work and the love she held for those around her.

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Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC

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Southern Legacy Serial is a love story. A romance—I’m not trying to defend history. Rather, I’m trying to write a possible scenario. Gone With the Wind is a classic because Margaret Mitchell wasn’t afraid of making sure she didn’t say or write something not socially acceptable. So many romance authors stay away from Antebellum South because of the stigma of what the war stood for.

Let me say—It is awfully hard. How do you write about the romance and glitter that the Antebellum South held without condoning the way they gain their fortunes…off the backs of slaves? So how do you write a simple romance during that period. You don’t. It’s not simple…it’s complicated.

I’m Southerner—born and bred. I am extremely proud of being from Marietta, Mississippi. My father was a high school basketball coach; my mother, a kindergarten teacher. Just because my view may not be yours, it doesn’t mean its wrong. I respect everyone’s opinion, but don’t tell me I don’t know the South. I do.

I have lived for years in the Boston area. My husband is from here and I have never regretted my decision to move up here. But it doesn’t mean I don’t miss the South. Let me tell you, I have missed the people terribly. There are no nicer…kinder souls than from Northeast Mississippi. My momma is turning 80 in May and my whole family is going down for the occasion. I can’t wait to go home. Not to mention that my husband and I fell in love with Charleston and plan to retire there.

Southern Legacy is a book I had to write. Why? When I moved up North, it became quite apparent that most of the people I met perceived Southerners including me as a backwards, stupid, and prejudiced. To be honest, I was taken back when I moved to Boston to see how prejudice this city was.

Boston seemed to be broken up into four parts: Irish, Italian, Jews and African-American. When I first arrived in Boston, I’ll never forget walking by a park where children were playing. There was a group of white children no more than four or five years old. As children do, one of the little boys threw a rock and hit one of the other children. Of course, the little one hit went running to his mother. As fate would have it, there was one little African-American boy sitting playing happily by himself. But suddenly the mother of the injured child swept down and accused the African-American boy of throwing the rock, yelling and screaming at him. The little boy’s mother tried to tell them he hadn’t done it. It was then I interrupted them and told them what I saw. The white child’s mother didn’t even apologize. Honestly, it was the first time in my life I had seen the discrepancy in treatment of whites and blacks.

I thought to myself—See it’s not the South. Why it’s worse up here in Boston! I felt justified in my conclusion until two things happened. One—I had children. I’ll never forget the day my child came home from school after watching the movie, Mississippi Burning. He asked had it really happened? I couldn’t lie. While the movie was fictional, it was based on the true story of the murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi. I could argue that it was overly dramatic and filled with Hollywood’s perception, but I couldn’t dispute that three innocent people died. Second—a co-worker of mine. Cally, an African-American born in Mississippi, was one of eleven children born in a small town in the Delta. She grew up in the ’60s. When she was six or seven, the sheriff came out and arrested her momma. I don’t know where her father was at the time, but the sheriff took her momma away from her eleven young children, leaving them alone for three days. Her momma’s crime—she had missed one payment of $10 on her TV. That was the Mississippi that Cally took away from her youth.

On the other hand, I never experienced that Mississippi. The Mississippi I know and love is nothing like it has been portrayed in the press and media. Why the discrepancy? Just my opinion. I think we Mississippians are a stubborn lot. We don’t like to be told what to do. We put up a facade that if you don’t like us, we don’t care. But we do…or I do.

I’m proud to be a Mississippian. I am proud of my ancestors that fought in the Civil War. They were brave and true. It took a great deal of courage and fortitude to fight in the war. They fought for their homes and family. The issue with the Civil War—given the fact that less than 10% of the population owned slaves—is that the rich land owners were the politicians. Now, I know that it’s been said the Civil War was fought over state rights. I believe that to be true, more so than we fought for slavery. But don’t you believe that it was mostly the plantation owners fighting to preserve their way of life. The question becomes did our Southern leaders lead us blindly into a war to maintain their wealth, while we loyal soldiers fought under the guise of loyalty and duty?

In all of this, where were the voices of reason? Why didn’t anyone ever question our Southerner leaders? Wade Hamilton of South Carolina expressed concerns, but even being the well-respected citizen he was, no one listened to him and even mocked him for his opinion. Our military leader, Robert E. Lee, had his reservations, but chose to be loyal to his state.

So, you think that I’m saying this because it’s politically correct. No, I felt this way even as a youth. My sister confiscated a paper I wrote in the fifth grade thinking she held something over me…like I would be embarrassed by what I had written. It was a civil war essay contest. I came in second. The teachers told my mother I would have come in first place if I hadn’t said that the South was in the wrong. I said the South should have never fought the Civil War.

Even during the war, it was questioned in households. Here is the viewpoint of one Southern lady that lived during the Civil War.

I was never a Secessionist, for I quietly adopted father’s views on political subjects without meddling with them. But even father went over with his State, and when so many outrages were committed by the fanatical leaders of the North, though he regretted the Union, said, “Fight to the death for our liberty.” I say so, too. I want to fight until we win the cause so many have died for. I don’t believe in Secession, but I do in Liberty. I want the South to conquer, dictate its own terms, and go back to the Union, for I believe that, apart, inevitable ruin awaits both. It is a rope of sand, this Confederacy, founded on the doctrine of Secession, and will not last many years – not five. The North Cannot subdue us. We are too determined to be free. They have no right to confiscate our property to pay debts they themselves have incurred. Death as a nation, rather than Union on such terms. We will have our rights secured on so firm a basis that it can never be shaken. If by power of overwhelming numbers they conquer us, it will be a barren victory over a desolate land. ” Sarah Morgan Dawson
Confederate Girl’s Diary, p32.
Call number 973.78 D27c 1913 (Davis Library, UNC-CH)

One aspect of the Civil War that is not addressed often is that not all Southerners chose the Confederacy. Granted most did, but there were those that wanted the Union to stay unified. The first Admiral of the Navy, David Farragut, was Southern. He is the one the said “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” General George Henry Thomas was in command of the Union Army of Tennessee. Then there was also Percival Drayton from Charleston. He served in the US Navy and fought against his brother in the Battle of Port Royal. (Another time I will talk more about the Draytons.) There were many families split over the war. Brother fought against brother.

Should I feel disloyal for writing what I feel? No, everyone has a right to their opinion whether it’s popular or not. Besides, I don’t believe I’m the only Southerner who feels this way. What most Southerners might take offensive to is that it may feel like I’m being disloyal. I don’t think I am. I’m not an outsider making a judgment. I’m part of the South trying to come to grips with our Southern heritage.

I don’t believe that people are born with prejudice. Prejudice is taught. My daddy always taught me to judge a person by their actions. I’ll give you example. When I was going into first grade, the school I was going to, Booneville Elementary, was being integrated. Daddy chose to send my sister and I to Booneville. My sister and I could have gone to another school where there wouldn’t have been any African-Americans. He was coaching at a small country school, New Site. Daddy was a great basketball coach. He didn’t want us given special treatment because we were his daughters. So he sent us into Booneville. He had no misgivings about us going to school with African-Americans. You teach by example. Daddy did that.

Daddy taught me many things. My love for history comes from him. He instilled in me the importance of character. He took pride in his home. So do I.

The reason I wrote Southern Legacy is not to justify the Southern stance. If you consider the Civil War a statement for slavery, then there can be no justification. I wrote it not to reason, but to come to an acceptance. Embrace the good; learn from the mistakes so they won’t be repeated.

The Civil War does not define a Southerner, but it is a part of who we are.

Born To Be Brothers will be released on May 26th. The dramatic conclusion, The Sun Rises, will be released tentatively on  August 25th.

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Spies and Traitors; Love and Betrayal!
The world of spies and traitors-love and betrayal converge on the path to the ultimate betrayal–the treachery of the American’s most infamous turncoat, General Benedict Arnold!

The cry for Freedom is at its darkest hour!

After the devastating loss at Saratoga, the British respond with a vengeance, aiming at taking a strategic hold on the South. In New York, the American spy network is in turmoil, leaving Rupert Arnett to pick up the pieces. Never has it been more dangerous, but never has the stakes been higher.

Under siege by the RedCoats, Charles Town collapses, giving the Americans their most humiliating and worse defeat of the war. When Dr. Jonathan Corbett is taken prisoner, Rebekah faces her greatest personal challenge…for the only way to save her husband’s life is to betray his trust. She turns to the one man Jonathan despises the most, General Marcus Durham.

On the return of Major John Andre to New York, Rupert recognizes something is amiss. The British intelligence seems to know Washington’s every move. Pressure mounts on him to discover what the British have planned. Amid untold dangers, Rupert turns to his one operative that can uncover the truth.

Now, time is of the essence. The crucial hour of the revolution is upon the Americans. There is a traitor in their midst. Can the network determine who the traitor is before all is lost? At what cost? Who one will pay the ultimate price for the cry of freedom?

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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 set within Jonathan a desire he swore never to feel again. When Rebekah’s life is threatened, Jonathan is determined to save the stubborn woman whether she wants to be saved or not. Now Jonathan and Rebekah must face the perilous threat together–only to discover a passion they never imagined…

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THE CRY FOR FREEDOM, Book One

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

The winds of change brews over the colonies. Tension against the crown is mounting daily. In Williamsburg, the rebellion burns strong in the hearts of two siblings, Jonathan and Hannah Corbett. Spirited and headstrong, Hannah finds herself thrust in the middle of a conspiracy when her father receives a strange package from Philadelphia. Jonathan, a physician for the Continental Army, is torn between duty and family. With war looming on the horizon, the siblings soon discover there is a high price to be paid for the cry for freedom.

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EMBRACE OF THE ENEMY, Book Two

It’s a dangerous game you set to play, Miss Corbett. One that can have far worse than deadly consequences!

In the midst of the struggle of America’s bid for independence, Hannah Corbett makes a fateful decision, descending into a world of deceit. Spurred by revenge, she heads to New York, setting in motion a dangerous game for which there is no return. Searching desperately for the man who betrayed her family, she faces the cold and brutal reality of the life of a spy. Caught in a web of lies, living with betrayal, she is trapped. She has nowhere to turn except to a man it would be treasonous to love, setting duty and desire at war. Her heart is ripped apart when she must choose between the man who risks his career and life to protect her and the only thing that has remained constant in her life…her belief in her cause.

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A Wonderful Series for History Buffs and Romance Lovers of the American Revolution — Jerri Hines is quite the writer
“This book was no less spectacular than the three preceding ones. It carries us further through the events of the American Revolution introducing new characters and more intrigue. As characters were introduced I’d check the internet to know if these military officers existed or not. Ms. Hines builds such a convincing story that you have to remind yourself that it is fiction, albeit the historical characters were real and the events of the war were, too…”
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Amazon Reviews:
I have enjoyed each of the novels in this series.i never had considered the reality of the role of spies in the Revolutionary War. I found the characters well- fleshed-out and believable. I liked the realities – both fictional and factual that Hines created.
Once more I have come across another amazing series that I can’t wait for each book to come out! You can’t help but want each character that you make connections with to find happiness but with war that will not happen especially when it involves both sides
Be swept up within the Winds of Betrayal saga! Captivating!

Spies and Traitors; Love and Betrayal!

The world of spies and traitors-love and betrayal converge on the path to the ultimate betrayal—the treachery of the American’s most infamous turncoat, General Benedict Arnold!

The cry for Freedom is at its darkest hour!

After the devastating loss at Saratoga, the British respond with a vengeance, aiming at taking a strategic hold on the South. In New York, the American spy network is in turmoil, leaving Rupert Arnett to pick up the pieces. Never has it been more dangerous, but never has the stakes been higher.

Under siege by the RedCoats, Charles Town collapses, giving the Americans their most humiliating and worse defeat of the war. When Dr. Jonathan Corbett is taken prisoner, Rebekah faces her greatest personal challenge…for the only way to save her husband’s life is to betray his trust. She turns to the one man Jonathan despises the most, General Marcus Durham.

On the return of Major John Andre to New York, Rupert recognizes something is amiss. The British intelligence seems to know Washington’s every move. Pressure mounts on him to discover what the British have planned. Amid untold dangers, Rupert turns to his one operative that can uncover the truth.

Now, time is of the essence. The crucial hour of the revolution is upon the Americans. There is a traitor in their midst. Can the network determine who the traitor is before all is lost? At what cost? Who one will pay the ultimate price for the cry of freedom?

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