Thursday, July 17, 2014

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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 life...her 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 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...
 The Saga continues….
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Friday, June 13, 2014

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 serial...one cliffhanger after another. Fantasy readers have never complained...only 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 cliffhanger...I 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 by...should be a lot of fun! Two of my books, Broken Legacy and Fragmented, are 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 series...I promise you will be swept away with romance....

COMING LATE 2014
 

Monday, May 12, 2014

INSPIRATION FOR WINDS OF BETRAYAL

Oh, what to write! A dramatic murder suspense? A scary page-turning paranormal? A love story for the ages? So many possibilities run rampant through my mind staring at a blank page. Why then am I drawn to historical suspense? Why does the past conjure up so many tales to be told?

WINDS OF BETRAYAL


Perhaps I romanticize the past or simply it’s a connection to the past I seek. I know only that I love the challenge of recreating a bit of history. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I love history. As you might suspect with my writings, I find the American Revolution utterly fascinating.

So many ideas swirl around my little head when I do research and none more so than when I was doing research for Winds of Betrayal. It was how I discovered the Culper Spy Ring. The more I read, the more fascinated I became with the spy ring. Inspiration! Everything one could wish to write a thrilleraction, intrigue, danger, love. So the Winds of Betrayal began loosely based on Washington’s elite spy network.

The danger of living the life of a spy was enormous. They lived with the constant fear of discovery. If discovered, they faced the hangman’s noose as was seen with the death of Nathan Hale.
During the occupation of New York by the British, Nathan Hale was caught by the Redcoats and hanged without trial. Afterwards, Washington appointed Tallmadge head of the Continental Army’s secret service. With that, Tallmadge established the Culper Spy Ring.

With secrecy being of the utmost importance, Washington never even knew the names of those in the ring. He knew them only by numbers or an alias.

 My research led me to speculate about women’s roles during this time. With nothing being more dangerous at that time than spying and the price of being caught for a man was hanging, what about a woman? At the beginning of the war, neither American nor British thought women capable of such a deception. But I believe that women wereand would have been quite efficient in their efforts.

The women seemed to have been just as passionate for their cause as the men of that time. Case and point, Margaret Kemble Gage, American born wife of General Thomas Gage, Commander of the British Army at the beginning of the American Revolution in Boston. Did you know that it was highly suspected that Margaret Gage supplied information to Patriot leaders? It was suspected she may have even given the information that led to the famous ride of Paul Rever. Her punishmentGeneral Gage sent her to England.
Although for another woman, I doubt the punishment would have been as lenient, especially after the war began to turn in favor of the Patriot cause. But without question, I write about strong, opinionated women, who have to overcome adversity to achieve their happiness.

There was no winner to the trivia game so far. No one has answered the questions!

Winds of Betrayal saga is a riveting, captivating historical series. I invite you to be swept away back into the past. Enjoy!
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Friday, April 25, 2014

GAME ON! WINDS OF BETRAYAL SAGA!


Coming May 20th, The Heavens Shall Fall, Book Four Winds of Betrayal, will be released!

I've been trying to decide how to celebrate the event. There will be the standard book giveaways, but I wanted to do something a tad different. So, I thought besides giving away books, I would host a trivia game of sorts. Test your knowledge of the series—a recap of the story to this point.

Anyone up for some little fun! I decided to give away $5 giftcard to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble for each category. The grand prize is a $50 gift card given at the end of the event who can answer the GRAND PRIZE question—

What is the underlining symbolism in Winds of Betrayal Saga?


What a serious question! Reminds me of sitting in English Lit class...mind you it was one of my favorite courses...ever! It's really not that hard of a question. I will give clues during the week, too. I'll draw a one winner of the $50 gift card from the correct answers.

But during the week, I'll have lots of fun questions not only about Winds of Betrayal or the American Revolution. There will be an assortment of questions. What kind of questions? Entertainment, sports, geography, literature, and history. What's your best subject?

Winds of Betrayal has been a long journey to this point. It has gone through a transformation over the years. When I started writing the saga back in 2000, the title of the first book was called Before the Sun Set. It wasn't a series, but one book. The concept to the story has never changed, but it was revised many times before it was published as Patriot Secrets in 2010.

The series was put on the shelf a few times. In that time, I wrote a Dreamscape, Whispers of a Legend, and started the Secret Lives Series. But I always went back to Winds of Betrayal.

Patriot Secrets expanded with the more research I did. I have always been fascinated with the American Revolution, but I didn't know much about the Southern Campaign. That research lead to the Tides of Charleston series and Kiss of Deceit in Winds of Betrayal. I fell in love with Charleston and its history.

Winds of Betrayal saga is about life during a turbulent time in our nation's history. Courage comes in many shapes and forms. Some people are born seemingly without fear; others have to draw it from the depth of their soul. Courage is only discovered when fear is faced.

Be swept back in time to the American Revolution! Read a riveting historical—the Winds of Betrayal saga!

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I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~Nelson Mandela

Saturday, April 19, 2014

THE CULPER SPY RING

COMING SOON IN AUDIO!
I have enjoyed both episodes of TURN on AMC. I think it is about time that The Culper Spy Ring got their due!

The show as I've stated before is based on a book, Washington's Spies, by Alexander Rose.  What a brilliant writer Mr. Rose has proven himself to be. A historian, he has done a masterful job depicting the life that spies faced during the American Revolution.

His book deals directly with The Culper Spy ring. My series, Winds of Betrayal, is loosely based on the ring. I haven't read his book. It's on my TBRL as soon as I finish up my series, both Washington's Spies and Washington's Secret Six.

There are discrepancies in the show and the real ring. Subtle differences. Necessary to bring drama to the spy ring, I'm certain. Liberties are taken. We have to when writing historical fiction. I write what I think would have been a possible scenario because the information on the ring is limited at best...at least for me it was.

On TURN, there is a back story between Abe Woodhull and Anna Strong suggesting a love affair. According to the information I researched, Anna Strong was a loving wife to her boisterous husband, Judge Seliah Strong. Also, Anna was born in 1740.

Abraham Woodhull was born in 1750. His father, according to my research, had Patriot ties, not Loyalist ties. Woodhull was a key link in the ring. He was a nervous man with just cause. The danger of being a spy was real. There again, Woodhull wasn't married during the war. He didn't marry until after the war.

The tavern and general store was owned by Austin Roe, who served as courier after Woodhull became concerned that the British might suspect him because he had no reason to visit New York. Roe would have had a reason because he needed merchandise for his businesses. The New York connection was Robert Townsend. Caleb Brewster was the seafaring captain that didn't seem to be afraid of anything.

Now I am being nick-picky here. The show said it began after the British occupied New York. That would have been late 1776. The Culper Spy Ring began spying in 1778. I, also, caught the scene with Major John Andre in the second episode. Andre was a prisoner of war in 1775, exchanged in December 1776 with the rank of Captain. He wasn't a Major until 1778. Also, I don't believe the intelligent officer would have  proclaimed his rank as head of intelligence to one he was bedding. Andre was a shrewd and sly man, keenly observant. I have no doubt he would have used the actress as a spy, but Andre had a way about him that he could manipulate others to do his biding without demanding it of them because of his rank. 

Of course, I am not a historian, only a lover of history. I find the American Revolution fascinating.
Here's a couple of links I have used in my research on The Culper Spy Ring,   Anna Strong   Abraham Woodhull  John Andre

In my series, Winds of Betrayal, I myself have taken quite a few liberties. It is historical fiction. I have taken a different approach to the ring. My characters come from the outside and fall upon the Culper Spy Ring. I have tried to cover the whole of the war. It is one of the reasons the series is so long.

When I first started writing Winds of Betrayal, I had intended only to write up to Benedict Arnold's betrayal. The more research I unearthed, the more I realized I had to continue the story. I discovered Charleston and the Southern Campaign. I had to include in my series.


No matter the differences in the real story and the one portrayed on TURN, the dangers were immense. These Patriots deserve the honors bestowed upon them. I enjoy watching the series and will continue to do so. I hope it is a huge hit.

Coming next month, The Heavens Shall Fall! It is a long book...I have three storylines converging to one, but it is non-stop action.

I also have Winds of Betrayal I & II: The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy combined for a book in print. Also the audio version is coming within the week. I will let you know. Until then, Winds of Betrayal I & II is on special for $.99. Enjoy!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

THE HEAVENS SHALL FALL, BOOK FOUR WINDS OF BETRAYAL

COMING MAY 20, 2014


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?

Be swept up within the Winds of Betrayal saga! Captivating!

Spies and Traitors; Love and Betrayal! 


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