Belle of Charleston’s Legacy

 

Belle of Charleston, the first book in Southern Legacy serial, is a sweeping American historical romance. Belle of Charleston is a perma-free book, written from my heart.

 
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Southern Legacy is my best selling series. Matter of fact, Belle of Charleston was named one of the best books of 2015 by Digital Book Today…and Belle of Charleston is free!
Being a Southerner, I grew up believing that the war was because of state’s rights and not about slavery. As an adult, I discovered how differently others saw the South. When my children came home one day talking about the movie Mississippi Burning, I found myself trying to defend my home state. That is not the Mississippi I know, but I can’t dispute facts. Although those weren’t the actions of the people I know and love, there is no justifying the indefensible.
My purpose behind the Southern Legacy serial was to depict how all sides felt during the war: Southern, Northern, slaves, and abolitionists. I wanted to capture the romance of the antebellum South, but also portray slavery as it was—horrific.
Readers may not realize my intent. As I stated, this is a sweeping romance, but within the series I wrote about the Underground Railroad, including leaders I wasn’t aware of until my research, like William Still.
This is what one reviewer of the whole series, Southern Legacy, 4-Bk Collection, said.


I NEVER write reviews! On this series I have too. I read 100’s of books and have to say, this has been the most pleasant surprise. I urge everyone to buy this series. The characters are many and you will hate and love everyone of them from one moment to the next. The History is not so much captured in the Civil War itself but the feeling is captured. You can FEEL how each of these characters felt, whether they were from North or South, slave, or freedmen. Thank you to the Author for such a wonderful experience that kept me on edge, and awake at all times of the night. It was well worth it.

 
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Being an Indie bestselling author, I have had to overcome several obstacles. One of them was deciding how to release Southern Legacy. I have gotten hit hard with one-star reviews with readers upset this is a serial—despite the warnings that there are cliffhangers. I have no desire to get into an agrument with anyone, but the warnings have been up since the beginning.
Unlike some other bestselling authors, I can’t get bad reviews taken down…I have one-star reviews up that have nothing to do with my book—one was mad at Amazon about how its kindle was downloading, another lambasting about things that weren’t even in my book, and others that leave one and two star reviews for all the books they review. As you can guess, Amazon and I don’t see eye to eye. Little things that make a difference, like a reader being greeted by negative reviews when they look at my books. A couple of examples— The Governor’s Daughter, the first review you see is a one-star liked by only 2 people, yet there are 5 and 4 star reviews liked by 29 and 11 readers below it. Another, The Bastard Son. The first review is a one-star liked by 8, but there are other 5 star liked by 10 that you can’t even see when you look at the book. I have numerous emails from readers complaining that their reviews never went up. There is absolutely nothing I can do about it. Amazon has control.
I mention this because at conferences I attend and online with other authors, there are a group of authors that never let a negative review stay up, especially on a new release. They talked about making a simple phone call. I am not one of those authors.
Amazon and I butt heads all the time. Last year, they threatened to take my one of my books down, Fragmented. They froze my book and readied to take it down. Their reason—they said that Fragmented wasn’t mine—despite the fact I had the copy-right and proved it was mine. They told me there was nothing I could do. I finally got through to someone that would listen, but not before losing two weeks of sales.
In April, Amazon again went at me. They placed a warning on Winds of Betrayal. They said there was something wrong with the formatting. This was on a book that had been up for years.

This was the error they gave me—

 “Formatting-Forced_background_color; Kindle Location: 5601; Comments: The background color for some texts appears to be forced in your book, because of which the text in the book is highlighted. This especially affects readers who prefer reading on black, sepia and green background. Please remove the forced background color. You can see this issue at location 5550 and 5564.”

First— this was the last page of the book where I listed my other published books. Nothing to do with the book itself. Second—Despite not understanding what the issue was with the formatting, I deleted the page and republished immediately. The warning stayed up for more than two weeks. This came when I just released the conclusion, Set Fire to the Rain, to the series and was doing promotions. I wrote to Amazon several times. I didn’t understand the warning, but more importantly why the warning hadn’t come down. During a vital time for my series, Winds of Betrayal couldn’t be downloaded and had a warning on it. Finally, I got ‘we’re sorry.’ They gave me no explanation on why it took so long to take the warning down— only sorry. Really…sorry? I got the line that nobody has anything against me. They just followed procedure, but it was a series of mistakes on their end on why the warning didn’t come down. They promised me they want to see me succeed. But to be honest…it certainly doesn’t feel that way.

I’m sure I’m not the only one that deals with these issues with Amazon, but I don’t know of another author that does. One of my best author friends got an email about the formatting on their new release. There was a formatting-forced in the middle of their book. Did she get a warning on her book? No.

So, it seems that Amazon’s rules are subjective…and there is nothing I can do about it. Amazon can do what they want. Let me say that Amazon is the reason I make money being an author. No matter the obstacles I have to overcome, I still owe Amazon. Could they make my life easier? Sure, but in the grand scheme of things, I’m just a little fish in their sea of publishing.

I wish thing were different…better…between Amazon and my books. Hopefully, one day it will be. I do have several of my books in Kindleunlimited. I certainly don’t hold anything against Amazon. I shop there all the time and am a Prime member. Like I said, to Amazon, I’m a small fish. Just another obstacle for me to overcome…because more than anything, I want to get my books in your handss .

 

SOUTHERN LEGACY SAGA! A SWEEPING HISTORICAL SERIAL!

I want to thank everyone that has taken the time to leave reviews for Belle of Charleston! I do appreciate the feedback. I just want to clear up one little thing.

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Torn Between Honor and Duty, Her heart Must Choose!

Belle of Charleston is a serial…it is a CLIFFHANGER. Shadows of Magnolia is a CLIFFHANGER. I understand readers frustration when you read a book and expect it to end, but it doesn’t. BUT I hope I left a sufficient warning about the book in the Author’s Note.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:
This is a serial! The books may have cliffhangers and hooks to make you want to continue to the next book. Do not begin if you don’t want to become addicted to the series! Southern Legacy will consist of four books– Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born to Be Brothers and The Sun Will Rise. Enjoy!

I have no desire to mislead anyone. It is the only way I saw of releasing the books. I wanted to release it as a true serial where you pay one price and I release it a little at a time until the end. Amazon has serials, but they refused for me to release it that way. Remember I’m an Indie writer. I don’t have the resources of the Big Five nor do I have the support of Amazon. I do the best I can.

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Somewhere between and love and tomorrow is forever!

This series is special to me. I have spent numerous hours laboring on this series and debating how to release it. I want to give readers a book they can enjoy…not frustrate anyone. My intention is write a memorable series to be enjoyed.

If you don’t like serials, please wait until the last book is released in the series to read it. It is why I am working diligently trying to get these books out in a timely fashion. When the last book, The Sun Will Rise, is released, I will put the series into a boxed set. I have not put these books into print yet for the exact reason they are cliffhangers.

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Coming Spring 2015!

 

If you enjoy sweeping historical romances, I truly believe you will enjoy the Southern Legacy saga.

Keep Warm…Keep Safe! Have a good one!

RAVES About THE HEAVENS SHALL FALL—Now on SPECIAL!

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RAVE REVIEWS:

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…”
~Eileen Dandashi- BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN
 
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?

COMING SOON:
BELLE OF CHARLESTON, Book One Southern Legacy Series!
Catch a first glimpse of my next release over on Kindle Scout….if you nominated the book and its accepted, they will send you a free copy of the book!
If it’s not a go with Kindle Scout…it will be release in December!
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Can’t Argue With Ignorance!

Can’t Argue With Ignorance!

My Daddy used to say it all the time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can’t argue with ignorance!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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