Tuesday, May 23, 2017

No Excuses—But...

Good Morning! Beautiful day...somewhere I'm sure. It's a rainy day here.

For the last few months, I have been dealing with a hand issue, my right hand. I had surgery the first of April. Finally, I got my cast off...but I have discovered its still going to be a while before my typing is back to normal.

So, I'm just a little slower getting anything done.

With the release of Set Fire to the Rain, Winds of Betrayal comes to a close. I feel it closes a chapter on my life. This series has been a part of my life for fifteen years. I have always had a deep fascination with the American Revolution. I hope my love for this country is reflected in my writings.

SET FIRE TO THE RAIN
Writing historicals is my comfort zone. I love immersing myself in the past...an escape perhaps.

There are a couple of things I realize. I write different than most historical romance writers. It's my voice.

For the last couple of years, I have focused on my writing name, Jerri Hines. Now, I'm turning my attention back to Colleen Connally.

I did release the second book in Boston's Crimes of Passion Series, Framed, last September to little fanfare. My mother was ill last fall.

No excuses...just the reason.

I'm coming back...taking on the challenge of breaking into the world of suspense and thrillers! I'm working a new series...new book under Colleen Connally—Scream for the Camera! Don't have a release date, but will let you know as soon as I do.

There is a couple of things you can do to keep up with my books.

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For anyone signing up for all three...email me at jerri.hines@jerrihines.com and I will email you the PDF of either Set Fire to the Rain or Framed!

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

SET FIRE TO THE RAIN IS NOW AVAILABLE!


Special on Amazon only at $0.99!



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


Sunday, March 26, 2017

"I breathed, I walked, but did not live until you.” Seductive Secrets

Someone wants Alyce Hythe dead... 
Shunned from London society for being the daughter of England's most notorious spy, Alyce Hythe desires only to clear her father's name. For years, she has been hidden away from all prying eyes, given a new identity and told to forget who she was. But strange things have been happening causing old rumors to once more be whispered.
Long has Lord Julian Casvelyn lived with guilt brought on when his brother was murdered by England's most infamous traitor.But one eventful night has changed everything Lord Julian believed about his brother's death. Never did he suspect the woman he has just saved from certain harm is the daughter of that man. Now Julian is caught in midst of a conspiracy and desire for that woman. Thrown together by fate, the two search for answers long denied them and along the way discover a love that can free them both.
COFFEE TIME ROMANCE & MORE
CTRR Award-
I positively enjoyed Seductive Secrets. Colleen Connally spins a tale that scoops up the reader and transports them into action, romance and intrigue. There is so much more that makes this story spectacular. It is filled with deception, treachery, romance, intense drama, and detailed characters that pull in the reader from the beginning until the end. The secondary players add great finesse to the storyline. I have to admit it was completely hard to put this book down. Ms. Connally creates an enthralling read that surrounds with anticipation that continues to build, leaving this reader spellbound. - Cherokee
Previously published as Daughter of Deceit under Carrie James Haynes
RISQUE REVIEWS -Top Choice Award-
This story kept me on the edge of my seat as Alyce goes through the days trying to learn the truth. The suspense kept my heart racing as Alyce meets someone that knows something about her father. It turns out to be an attempt on her life. I literally held my breath until I knew she was alright.
Later in the story, Haynes takes Alyce through a journey of sensual feelings for Lord Julian. Alyce discovers that she is falling in love. And through the description Haynes uses throughout her story, I experience the same feelings Alyce felt. Haynes was able to make me place myself in this story to feel as if all the action that took place happened to me. I especially like when I read a book and can feel that way.
There is one scene toward the end of the book that made me not able to put the story down--when Alyce is led to old ruins at Colonel Tolworthy's estate by someone trying to cause her harm. I stayed up late reading the last section of the book because I simply could not quit reading until I knew the outcome.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Enjoyed Winds of Betrayal? Here's a Gift for you!


The Bastard Son
MY VALENTINE GIFT TO YOU--February 13-17th!
The Bastard Son is FREE February 13 -17th! This will is the only time this book will ever be free.
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!
 
BLURB:
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.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FEBRUARY HISTORICAL FICTION PROMO

Historical Fiction Promo
I have a giveaway I thought would be of interest to you. A chance for you to win a bundle of 7 historical books! Three readers will win! To enter for your chance to win the bundle click here!
Good Luck!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Classic Love Story, Seductive Secrets, is FREE for a limited time!

Someone wants Alyce Hythe dead... 
Shunned from London society for being the daughter of England's most notorious spy, Alyce Hythe desires only to clear her father's name. For years, she has been hidden away from all prying eyes, given a new identity and told to forget who she was. But strange things have been happening causing old rumors to once more be whispered.
Long has Lord Julian Casvelyn lived with guilt brought on when his brother was murdered by England's most infamous traitor.But one eventful night has changed everything Lord Julian believed about his brother's death. Never did he suspect the woman he has just saved from certain harm is the daughter of that man. Now Julian is caught in midst of a conspiracy and desire for that woman. Thrown together by fate, the two search for answers long denied them and along the way discover a love that can free them both.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

It's UP ON PRE-ORDER—Set Fire to the Rain

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COMING APRIL 4TH!


“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 Yorkat 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!