Saturday, April 19, 2014


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 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!


Monday, April 14, 2014


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 RedCoasts, 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 amidst. 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! 



A rousing family saga for the fight for America's Independence!

Monday, March 31, 2014

TURN - New AMC Series on The Culper Spy Ring

Beginning this coming Sunday at 9:00 pm EST, AMC is premiering a new series, TURN. It is based on the Culper Spy Ring...the spy ring that my books are loosely based. The series is based on a book by Alexander Rose, Washington's Spies.

Washington's Spies
I have never read the book. I am planning to read this one and George Washington's Secret Six as soon as I finish up my series, Winds of Betrayal.

I have always found the Culper Spy ring's story fascinating. I'm so happy that it has its own series on TV now. I can't wait to watch it. I have no doubt that it will be different from my books because the first character I saw listed was Abraham Woodhull. There is a major difference between Winds of Betrayal and Washington's Spies. My story begins in Williamsburg, traveling into New York then into Setauket. Turn is all about the Culper Spies or at least Rose's take on the ring.

But...there is a connection, a strong one. I'm certain the book and series will show the dangers spies faced during this time, the constant threat of exposure and the consequences of being caught. Life was different back in 1776. It will interesting to see how it is portrayed in TURN.

THE HEAVENS SHALL FALL is coming out in May. In the Winds of Betrayal Series, this is climax of what the Culper Spy ring accomplished in real life. My characters and storyline converge with the ultimate betrayal of Benedict Arnold.

I had planned to end my series with Benedict Arnold's treachery, but I have decided to see the war to its end. There will be a fifth...

If you haven't started Winds of Betrayal, try the boxed set. This is not a stand alone series! You will be lost if you don't follow in order.

Watch TURN and let me know what you think. I'm keeping my fingers crossed its going to be a good series!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Winds of Betrayal Series Coming to Audio!

I'm addicted to audio now that I began putting my books onto audio. Secret Lives Series is completed. What a lovely job Allison Cope has done as narrator!

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

Winds of Betrayal 1 & 2 is coming to audio soon! It is already in print. Kiss of Deceit will be next for print and audio. Absolutely love this cover, too!

Friday, February 28, 2014


Book One- The Cry For Freedom
Book Two- Embrace of the Enemy
Book Three- Kiss of Deceit


A rousing family saga for the fight for America's independence!

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, Book Two

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, Book Three

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 set 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...

Coming May, 2014
, Book Four

Saturday, February 22, 2014



Winds of Betrayal 1 & 2: The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy is now in print! This book was once Patriot Secrets, but it was never in print. When I released in last year after the rights reverted back to me, I didn't really know what I wanted to do with it.

Now, I'm organized and set. Coming in May will bring about the fourth book in the series, The Heavens Shall Fall. By Arpil, Winds of Betrayal 1 & 2; The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy will be out on audio!

If you want the first three books in the series, I have the Winds of Betrayal Boxed Set


Fabulous Series 
By sylvia
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved these books, I got the first one for free and was so sad when it ended:( I immediately ordered the next 2. I wish they had the box set then. The character simply come alive. I was so drawn in I had it hidden my desk at work to read ever chance I got. I can't wait until the final book comes out.

I also looked up the author and read her other series immediately after reading these. The series about Charleston. They are Awesome also. So glad I found this author.

Enjoy your reading.

Winds of Betrayal Boxed Sets
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I am reading all of these books, looking forward to the next in the series. I am also reading The Tides of Charleston by this author. It is difficult to find good stories concerning the American Revolutionary War, these are great romantic and enlightening stories. Great Author.
 Historical fiction at it's best
This review is from: THE CRY FOR FREEDOM (Winds of Betrayal) (Kindle Edition)
My hat goes off to you, Jerri Hines. This well-edited and well-written tale had me up into the wee hours of the morning reading, only to wake up bleary-eyed the next day, still thinking about the characters. Such an incredible tale of a torn love between two people on different sides of the war. I've studied the revolutionary war and can see quite clearly this author really did her homework. Fascinating story! Can't wait for the next one!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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

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

The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy was once published under one title, Patriot Secrets! When the rights reverted back to me, I decided to break the book into two parts for a couple of reasons.

One:  Patriot Secrets was a long read for an ebook.
Two:  Giving away the first half of the book gives a reader a sense of the story.

This is not a stand-alone series. It was never intended to be.  Winds of Betrayal is based upon my love of history and family sagas. The American Revolution has long fascinated me. My job as a writer is to sweep you up into this world of intrigue, spies, betrayals and romance that was the American Revolution. The Cry For Freedom gives you a glimpse into this world. It's free! If you enjoy sagas and history, I believe you will enjoy it! But if you want both together it's here.

Only on Amazon- I brought back The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy under one cover again- Winds of Betrayal I & II: The Cry For Freedom and Embrace of the Enemy. Winds of Betrayal is now going to be offered in print and eventually audio!