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Southern Legacy, the 4-Book Collection, now has its own cover! Absolutely lovely! More importantly, this cover depicts the essence of the book—a sweeping historical romance!

This book represents why I wanted to write. Southern Legacy is the accumulation of years of research, hours upon hours of writing, and the heart-wrenching toil of putting on paper a part of me. My love for my Southern roots is within every page. There is an acceptance of the past that came with this book.

Explosive! Action-filled! Unforgettable Romance! A story that won’t leave you after you finish the last page!

REVIEW~ C. Roberts

I wept at the end of the book for more than one reason. I was ready for the end of the series but I still want more. I loved this book the most because it pointed out the failure of resolution. It also pointed out that the north held their own prejudices. The most meaningful quote for me was when Jo reflected, “life is not about making an impact on the world as we know it, but on the lives of those you love. I wonder what impact I have made…” This series is definitely the best I have ever read regarding the War Between the States. It was gripping, romantic, suspenseful and historical. A story well-woven.

 

 

THE BASTARD SON

It’s here—THE BASTARD SON!

If you read only one of my books—read this one!

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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.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS ANOTHER NIGHT FALLS, TIDES OF CHARLESTON SERIES!

HAPPY READING—The Governor’s Daughter is Available!

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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 Time of Gratitude

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I want to express my thanks for all the warm thoughts and prayers for my family and I during the last few months. I have tried to keep up with everything…I had the release of The Sun Rises and the completed version of Southern Legacy…I ran a special with Broken Legacy... but there is only so much I can do.

My attention over the last few months has been directed to my family so I want to express my gratitude for your patience on waiting for the conclusion of Winds of Betrayal. I promise it is coming.

For those of you that aren’t aware of what has happened in the last few months, my family has lost my mother-in-law in August to complications with her Alzheimer’s and then my father-in-law passed in October. His cancer reemerged after losing his wife. During that time, my mother suffered what the doctors called a series of mini strokes. A week and a half ago, she suffered a true stroke. I spent the last week by her bedside. Fortunately, my mother is stable at the moment and has been transferred to rehab. I can’t begin to tell you how much my family means to me, both in Mississippi and Massachusetts. How proud I am of my children…how much I love my husband…how much I love all my family…

I am not sharing this for sympathy, only to explain where I have been. Everyone has their own burdens to bear. It is life.

But I want to do something to make up for my absence. It is that reason I’m lowering the price of Belle of Charleston to $.99 indefinitely.

I hope everyone has a wonderful upcoming holiday season. Enjoy your family!

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WINDS OF BETRAYAL BOXED SET NOW INCLUDES— The Heavens Shall Fall!

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WINDS OF BETRAYAL BOX SET
Book One- The Cry For Freedom
Book Two- Embrace of the Enemy
Book Three- Kiss of Deceit
Book Four- The Heavens Shall FallA 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.

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…

THE HEAVENS SHALL FALL, Book Four Winds of Betrayal

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 challengefor 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.

CAUTION: READ WARNING LABEL BEFORE CONTINUING

I have come to the conclusion I need a warning label on the books of my Winds of Betrayal Series. Is Winds of Betrayal a series or a serial?

 

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A series by defintion is a group or a number of related or similar things, events, etc., arranged or occurring in temporal, spatial, or other order or succession; sequence. (taken directly from Dictionary.com)

 

A serial by definition is anything published, broadcast, etc., in short installments at regular intervals, as a novel appearing in successive issues of a magazine.(noun) published in installments or successive parts: a serial story. (adjective) (Again taken directly from Dictionary.com).

 

Without question Winds of Betrayal is a series. The question becomes is it also a serial. I had also thought of a serial as short stories if combined together would make a novel. But if you use the word serial as an adjective, then I guess you can say the books are a serial.

 

There are two types of series. A collection of books that can stand-alone. Books you can read without having to read the others to fully understand the book. An example of my one stand-alone series- SECRET LIVES: Seductive Secrets, Broken Legacy, and Seductive Lies. The books are connected by the heroines having to live secret lives at some point.

 

The other series I have written are all connected books. Winds of Betrayal, Tides of Charleston, and Whispers of a Legend. Coming later this year, I will release the Southern Legacy series…it is a serial. I’m taking a book I wrote a few years ago, Whispers of a Southern Heart, and am breaking it down into at least three books, probably four. I’m aiming to have each book be around 50,000 words. Southern Legacy will include: Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolias, Born to Be Brothers and if there is a fourth, The Sun Will Rise.  Southern Legacy will come with a warning label:

 

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THIS IS A SERIAL! THE BOOKS MAY HAVE CLIFFHANGERS AND HOOKS TO MAKE YOU WANT TO CONTINUE TO READ THE SERIES. DO NOT BEGIN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO ADDICTED TO THE CHARACTERS AND STORYLINE! 

 

 

So should Winds of Betrayal carry a warning label of its own? That I can’t answer for everyone. Should readers realize that Winds of Betrayal is NOT a Stand-alone series? I believe there are a few hints that lean to conclusion that it is an ongoing storyline.

 

First line of The Cry For Freedom’s blurb:

 

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

There are four books in the series with the same characters. There will be a fifth to conclude the series and the American Revolution- Set Fire to the Rain has a tentative date of late 2015.

 

Eventually, I will bundle all the books under one cover. At the moment, my bundle only holds the first three books. I have released the fourth, The Heavens Shall Fall, since I bundled the first three together.

 

Last of the #Bargain Days for Winds of Betrayal Boxed Set

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The Cry For Freedom

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.

Embrace of the Enemy

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

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…

The Saga continues….

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COMING 2015-

Set Fire to the Rain, Book Five Winds of Betrayal

Happy 4th of July!

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I hope everyone has a great 4th! I love the 4th of July! It’s my anniversary27 years this year! I was telling my husband in all the years we have been married, I don’t remember it ever rained. This year its supposed to pour. They have even moved the 4th’s activities in Boston to the 3rd. We’ll see.

Spotlighting my Winds of Betrayal Series today! Perfect for the 4th of July weekend. The beginning of our great country! Enjoy!

 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.

The Saga continues….

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 lifeher belief in her cause.

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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…

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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 challengefor 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?

CHANGES IN THE WIND

Changes are in the wind for the books I write under Jerri Hines. I’m excited about these changes.

Winds of Betrayal series began years ago with Wild Child Publishing. Patriot Secrets was published in Ocotber, 2010. When I got the rights back, I split Patriot Secrets into two books, The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy. Splitting Patriot Secrets made sense on two levels— I was able to give a sample away of my writing so the reader could get a feel for the story. Second, Patriot Secrets was a long book, over 110,000 words. Splitting the book made two regular length ebooks.

Winds of Betrayal is an ongoing series… a serial. Some reviewers of The Cry For Freedom were upset that it was a cliffhanger. Some were upset that it wasn’t a standalone, saying I gave it away only so readers would buy the rest of the series.

I’ve been known to write cliffhangers. My series Whispers of Legend under my penname Carrie James Haynes is a serialone cliffhanger after another. Fantasy readers have never complainedonly asked when the next one was coming out.

I will confess I do give away books so readers will want to read the rest of the series. Yes, I want you to get attached to the characters and story

But as for the cliffhangerI made the decision to put The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy back under one cover, Winds of Betrayal 1 & 2: The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy. I have put the series into print and Winds of Betrayal 1 & 2 is on audio. With the release of The Heavens Shall Fall, I have made up my mind to give Winds of Betrayal 1 & 2 away free.

It is free everywhere now, except on Amazon. To get it to be free on Amazon, the more readers that report it the lower price, the quicker it will go free. Just go to the Amazon link to report lower price. Take the link from Barnes and Noble or iTunes and enter into the URL link.

So here is the new look of Winds of Betrayal series:

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Big news on the horizon for me— Whiskey Creek Press has been bought out by Start Publishing. I’m happy to say that my series, Tides of Charleston, will be with Start Publishing. I had planned on taking back my rights to the series. After consideration about what Start Publishing could offer, I have decided to go with Start Publishing. I’m excited about the future of Tides of Charleston. I will give more details later.

I’m also attending RomCon next week. I leave for Denver on Thursday.  If you are in the area June 19-21, come byshould be a lot of fun! Two of my books, Broken Legacy and Fragmentedare up for Readers’ Crown Awards for Best Historical and Romantic Suspense.

Coming later this year, I’m planning on releasing the first book in the Southen Legacy series. Set during the Civil War in Charleston, Belle of Charleston is the first book in the seriesI promise you will be swept away with romance….

 

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CREATIVE MUSING

I suppose every writer has their own ritual in their writing process. We all need to call forth our muse to help create our story. With me, I love my music. It inspires me. The music I listen to depends on what scene I’m writing. Some writers like complete silence writing. Not me.

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There’s a song I love by David Nail called Sound of a Million Dreams. The chorus words say

 So I labor for hours ’cause I know the power

Of a song when when a song hits you right

Pouring my soul into stories of life

Hoping someone’ll hear one tonight

Maybe my voice will cut through the noise 

And stir up an old memory 

And out of these piano keys 

Comes the sound, the sound of a million dreams

 (More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/d/david_nail/#share)

Music does that for me. It can stir up a memory with only the first few beats. Music stirs emotions. I have to write to music. I get into a zone with the right music. If anyone is around when I’m writing, they may be entertained by the same song over and over again. I do that when I find the right song matching my mood when I’m writing…

Music takes me there.

When I hear the song again, it does take me back to where I was when I was writing that particular book. Memories come rushing back. I thought you might enjoy a list of some songs that inspired me while I wrote or am in the processing of writing the book.

Winds of Betrayal 1 & 2  :                                                  The Ghost of You and I by BBMak

If You’re Gone by Match Box 20

 

Kiss of Deceit:                                                                     Kissed You Good Night by Gloiranna

 

The Heavens Shall Fall:                                                     Mine Would Be You by Blake Shelton

 

Seductive Secrets  under my penname Colleen Connally:      Secrets by One Republic

 

Broken Legacy     under my penname Colleen Connally:        Come Wake Me Up by Rascal Flatts

 

Winds of Betrayal saga is a riveting, captivating historical series. I invite you to be swept away back into the past. Enjoy!

THE HEAVENS SHALL FALL has been released!

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