Thursday, October 30, 2014

TRYING OUT SOMETHING NEW IN AN OLD BUSINESS

I have put my new release in the Kindle Scout program. I have been reading about the pros and cons to this program. My opinion...doesn't hurt to try it. Amazon is the reason I'm an Indie author. Over the last few years I've been an Indie author I've learned things about publishing. It's competitive.

One would think—write a good book and they will come. The truth is they have to know you have written the book. It's called promotion.

I feel I have been fortunate in one way. A couple of years ago, Book Bub picked up Seductive Secrets under my penname Colleen Connally when it was free. After they did, I began selling books. I'm not a New York Times bestseller, but for the first time readers were reading my stories.

I am a self-taught writer. Like most writers, I wanted to write since I was young. My parents never encouraged my writing. They wanted me to have a career. A sensible ambition. So few really make it being an author. Now I do have a career. I work at a major hospital in Boston. I enjoy my work, but the dream to write never left me.

I have to credit my husband for encouraging to follow my dream. Every book I write is and will always be dedicated to him. He has always believed in me. 

The Big 5 Publishers have rejected me numerous times. Despite the glowing rejections...in the end...the books I submitted sat collecting dust until I became an Indie author. I have been published by Wild Child Publishing and Whiskey Creek Press, but I found you don't have the control of your books with a small/medium publisher. I like the control of being an Indie. But my books with Whiskey Creek Press will stay with WCP. WCP was bought out by Start Media. They promised to let me revise my books and those books, The Tide of Charleston series, will stay with WCP. As a matter of fact, The Judas Kiss is going to be re-released November 12. 

I don't have an agent. I am not a business woman. I think with my heart and write from my emotions. I love writing romance because I believe in a love that can last forever. I'm a history fanatic. I don't think any one will disagree that I'm an old soul. Most of my stories emerge from the past. 

If my main concern was making money, I would be writing contemporary romances. But like I said, I write what I feel. I wish I could just write a book and publish it. To sell it, though, you have to deal with the real world. You have to get your book noticed in the sea of books. 

That is the reason I'm trying Kindle Scout—to find a wider audience for my books. 

If  Belle of Charleston isn't a go with Kindle Scout, I will be releasing it in December. I'm excited about the series. It is my first Civil War saga. It will be my only Civil War saga because it is so personal.

I love being Southern and proud of the fact of being from the Deep South. When I moved North, it is difficult to explain the loyalty one feels being born Southern. Within Southern Legacy, you will find a deep love story along with the conflicting emotions and turbulence the war caused...on both sides and the slaves themselves. There is no simple answers to the questions that arose about the war. Southern Legacy is a serial. It was once one huge book that I called Whispers of a Southern Heart. I'm revising it into four books: Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born to Be Brothers and The Sun Will Rise.  

I am so glad to have this opportunity to express myself with Southern Legacy Series. If you get the chance, Belle of Charleston will be up on Kindle Scout until November 26. Go to the site and nominate it if you like what you see and read. 

Enjoy! Have a wonderful day!  
 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

WINDS OF BETRAYAL 1 AND 2: The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy is FREE!

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WINDS OF BETRAYAL 1 & 2: The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy
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.
The Saga continues….
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.

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