Sunday, May 13, 2018

Escape Into the Past

#JerriHines That's Me!

I have written three historical series set in America. Winds Of Betrayal, Winds of Change and Southern Legacy were inspired by my fascination with history.

Southern Legacy is a sweeping romance about a woman torn between two cousins during the most turbulent time in American history...but it is so much more. The serial is broken up into four books or if you prefer, one long book.

No matter. Once you begin, you won't want to put it down.

The book shows the different perspectives of the characters from all sides; Northern, Southern and slaves. Yes, I have given a voice to all. This is a romance, a sweeping romance, but I had an underlying purpose in writing this story. That purpose was for the reader to connect to how the characters felt during this time, to understand, but more importantly, not to repeat history.

Belle of Charleston is FREE everywhere!


Soon all the Southern Legacy books will be on Audio. Coming next—




Exciting News ~ Winds of Betrayal is available everywhere now!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Winners! Winners! Winners!

I have a few winners to announce.

The winner of the Autumn Book Festival Giveaway ~ Paperwhite Kindle is Deborah F.

I'm also doing something new for my email subscribers. I'm giving away 2 $10 Amazon Gift Cards on my every email for the #20 and #120 person to engage the email. To engage the email, all you have to do is click on one purchase necessary. I know you get a ton of emails every day. So I thought this would be a great little perk for you guys (my email subscribers)!

The two winners for October's email are
Debra W.
Pam S.

If you haven't subscribed to my email list and want to here is the link— email list.

I'm so excited for November's many great many great bargains!

Just to let my fans know. This last year has been a slow year for my writing. I lost my mother a year ago this month. Despite the fact that she had a good, long life, it is just hard losing one's mother. The other factor that has slowed my writing is that I hurt my hand at work over a year ago. It has been a long road. I've had two surgeries and am still battling nerve pain. Over this period of time, I have only released one book, Set Fire To The Rain.

That is about to change. I am in the process of revising my old fantasy series, Whispers of a Legend. The first book, Past of Shadows, is set to be released January 16, 2018. It will be released under my pen name, Colleen Connally, as will the majority of work coming in 2018.

I am also hoping to come out with a new series...untitled... I will let you know more soon.

Have an awesome day!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Autumn Book Festival Giveaway


I love the fall. It's my favorite time of the year. Usually, I do something special. This year is no exception. I doing a giveaway ~ Autumn Book Festival Giveaway ~ I'm giving away a Kindle Paperwhite eReader!!!

The Giveaway goes from today until October 31st! It's easy to enter. Several ways...sign up for my newsletter, follow my penname, Colleen Connally, on BookBub and Amazon, subscribe to my Youtube Channel, or follow me on Twitter @jhines340. Enter for your chance to win! 

Don't forget if you are near Nashville October 4-7th—stop by and see me at INDIE ROMANCE CONFERENCE at Lebannon, TN. Check out this link for information.

Stay Tuned...I'm so excited. I will have a new release by the end of the year— 

Under my penname, Colleen Connally ~ The Three Realms Series ~

Past of Shadows


Sunday, September 3, 2017

We the People!

My daughter and I enjoyed a few days away together. Such a lovely time. It's not often that I get to spend quality time with just her. I let her choose a place within driving distance. Being a history teacher, she chose Philadelphia. 

Given my love for history, I jumped at it. I hadn't been to Philadelphia in over twenty years. We had a great time. One of the things I enjoyed the most about the city was that all the research I have done over the years for my American historicals was vindicated. As in my series, Winds of Betrayal, the cry for freedom echoes on the streets of Phildelphia.

What I found that vindicated my research further was with my book, Southern Legacy. Southern Legacy was written with a purpose. It is my most personal book. Southern Legacy is a sweeping romance, but underneath the romance is the message I believe the whole country needs today, an acceptance of who we are. Southern Legacy was written to give a voice to the different perspectives of the Civil War: Southern, Northern and slaves. 

I wrote about Philadelphia in Southern Legacy and the Underground Railroad.

I know that Southern Legacy is first and foremost a romance. That I'm not denying. Yet, I feel its more. At the end of the book, there is a passage I would like to share...
You looked beyond the color of their skin and saw them as people. I have had time to think on all the things in my life and have come to a realization that the world would be a better place to live if we all judged others by their deeds and not by their appearance. I have determined that it must have been the way your father raised you. It is my desire for you to raise our children in the same manner. I want them to see the good in all people for I have seen the worst. 

My daughter and I went to the National Constitution Center. I would highly recommend a visit to the center to every American. I was inspired by the performance of We the People. We Americans should never forget the path it took to gain our freedom and exactly what freedom means for us all. America is a nation of matter of our color, religion or sexual orientation. We are Americans...we are the people.

American stands for us all.

(The pictures above came from visiting the Liberty Bell.)


Monday, July 24, 2017

Free eBook ~ Amazon Echo Dot Giveaway! Enjoy Your Summer!

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 eventually send her back to her home where she will have to fight for her life. And the only one that can save her is the one she believes deserted her.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


If you are going to be around the Nashville area the first week of October, come and join me at the Indie Romance Convention. I'm so excited to attend! Going to be lots of fun, come meet some wonderful authors, grab some great reads and most important— have a great time!

I love Nashville. I fly there all the time going back and forth to my home in Mississippi. The convention is in Lebanon, Tennessee, just around thirty miles from Nashville. I will be featuring my book, Southern Legacy...even though my next release will be under my penname, Colleen Connally. The reason is that being in the South...Southern Legacy is the perfect book.

So come and join me. Pick up a signed copy of Southern Legacy at Saturday's book signing. Would love to see you there!