Thursday, December 29, 2011


With the New Year, I have a need to get organized. I know...I know it will pass. I used to be organized. I have always been a person that has to be busy to be happy. Well, I should be ecstatic at the moment. All good...have my new release with Whiskey Creek Press- THE JUDAS KISS- set to be released this January. Under my pen name, Carrie James Haynes, WHISPERS OF A LEGEND series has become my biggest seller to date. If I could only get Amazon to go free with the first installment, SHADOWS OF THE PAST...I digress (focus Jerri)...I'm working diligently on revisions for my next Indie venture, DAUGHTER OF DECEIT. I have even tried creating my own cover. I love the picture, but my creative skills well- I'll let you tell me what you think later in the blog. I have to edit Part Three of Whispers, VISION OF DESTINY by the end of the month. Then the little annoyance of my full time job. Writing the next best seller couldn't come too soon for me...

But the reason for my blog today. New Year- New Releases. Mainly this is just a reminder about Novel Works. For anyone that doesn't realize or forgot, I do post new releases for any author that requests. I have really only one requirement, the cover needs to be decent enough to post to anyone of my fans and/or friends. The best way to do so is send me an email at with Novel Works- new release in the subject heading. Usually I post the new release once a week for a month on either Wednesday or Saturday.

This is free. I don't ask for anything in return. Well, occasionally I'll announce one of my releases. It would be nice to have it reciprocated in some manner. A simple Tweet or post would be excellent. For those that do reciprocate, you may notice their books posted quite often on Novel Works.

If I notice a new release on an author I have spotlighted in the past, I will post for them. Case in point, Teresa Medeiros' new release, THE PLEASURE OF YOUR KISS. I'm a huge Teresa Medeiros fan. Love her books. Have The Pleasure of Your Kiss first on my list to read as soon as I finish edits on Daughter of Deceit.
Another author you will see a lot of is Brenda Novak.

I do have my favorites. Can't help it. You will see anything from S. G. Rogers, any of the Roses of Prose authors (which by the way my last chapter of a Holiday to Remember posted today- only two more days until the conclusion of the story!). Back to my favs- Lyndsay Townsend, Ruth Cardello...see I get started and I won't be able to stop. I have so many, but you can tell by my post at times.

Over the last couple of years I've had Novel Works, I have met so many great people, authors and readers alike. I have not intended to leave anyone out. If I have it wasn't intentional...I want to continue to make friends. The more friends...the merrier. With the New Year, I want Novel Works to grow and grow. I love books!  

Don't forget if you have a new release and would like it posted email me at the address above. If you're an avid reader, like myself, its a great way to discover a great read.

Oh! I almost forgot. Here's the tentative cover for Daughter of Deceit. Tell me what you think. Daughter of Deceit -historical/paranormal suspense romance- Really, I need your feedback.

Happy New Year! May 2012 hold all your dreams!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Holidays are Here...

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. These haven't been the best of holidays yet for me. Busy...yes. I love being busy, but I lost my little doggie the other day, Max. Fourteen and a half years old. Broke my heart. Can't talk too much about it yet, but I don't have my writing buddy anymore...

But...the holidays happen whether I'm ready or not for them. The Christmas tree is finally up and my edits are done on The Judas Kiss. I'm not certain when it's suppose to be released, either January 1st or the 15th. You'll know. I love the cover and I'm excited about the series.

On my other blog, Castles in the Air, I'm holding a contest until the end of the month. Check it out if you get the chance. I'll be hold a contest again in January with the release of The Judas Kiss.

On Novel Works, I'm posting random books this week. When I say random, I don't mean the books are random, but I don't have a theme or schedule. I'm posting books or blogs I think people might enjoy.

Shadows of the Past
Happy with my Indie venture also. So much so, I'm thinking about releasing more than just the Whispers of a Legend series. Everything has been so positive with Whispers. The reviews have been great. The only negative comments have been the books are too short. If someone was going to say something negative, I'll take that. One commentator said that the author must be putting them all together for one book. They're right. After Vision of Destiny is released, I am going to put the first three together for Whispers of a Legend, Volume One. There will be more.

Whispers of a Legend, Part One- Shadows of the Past is doing great over on Barnes and Noble. I'm thrilled to have the support from Barnes and Noble. They have even mentioned Whispers in their press releases. Check it out here. (#15 on the list)

I've never been mentioned before. A step up. Did I say I love BARNES AND NOBLE!!!! Amazon...not so much until Whispers of a Legend, Part One- Shadows of the Past goes free. Then they'll feel my love again.

Whispers of a Legend, Part Two-The Path Now Turned is climbing up the rankings also over on Barnes and Noble.

The Path Now Turned
Roses of Prose
I probably won't blog again until after Christmas. Happy Holidays everyone. Oh...and don't forget over on the Roses of Prose the progressive story continues. If you're in the mood for some romance stop by.

Friday, December 16, 2011


THE JUDAS KISS. It's the title to my next release set hopefully for January-the first book in the Tides of Charleston Series with Whiskey Creek Press. It's my first historical romance since Patriot Secrets although in truth Patriot Secrets is historical fiction with strong romantic elements.

I'm excited about the Tides of Charleston Series for a few reasons. When I was doing research on Patriot Secrets, I had focused on the American Revolution in the North. Williamsburg, the setting of Patriot Secrets, had been a hot bed for the Call for Independence. At the beginning of the war, most of the action took place up in the Northern colonies from Massachusetts down to Virginia. I found the whole of the American Revolution both fascinating and intriguing. I discovered the Culper Spy ring and I was hooked.

Now, I have my reasons why the rest of the Winds of Betrayal Series hasn't been published as of yet. However, it doesn't mean I haven't continued on with my interest in the American Revolution. I have a story to complete and I have every intention of doing so. I haven't stopped writing about the American Revolution. Following Patriot Secrets, the sequel will take Dr Jonathan Corbett south to Charles Town, South Carolina. That is the reason I began doing research on the Southern Campaign. The more research I did on the Southern Campaign, the more confused I became. How is it that more hasn't been written about this piece in history?

The people of Charles Town (Charleston) lived captivating lives. On one side you had the harbor; the other the wilderness. The elite society considered themselves on the same lines as the aristocrats in England. They lived life in extravagant luxury, educated at the best schools and traveled extensively. Then you have the mountain men to the west. The men and women who carved out a frontier before anyone went West. Loyalists. Patriots. Men that lived by their own rules. Violence was common place. Common sense...well?

Can you get the sense of why I found all so intriguing? I have my theory on why more hasn't been written in historical romance. I believe it has a lot to do with slavery. Most of the romance books I have read pertaining to the Southern Campaign or even the South itself before the Civil War try to have the hero/heroine strive against slavery. There is one problem with that picture. It goes against the historical accuracy of the times. Back during the American Revolution, slavery was an accepted practice. You had your sympathizers, but if you're writing about that era in the South, you can't simply dismiss the practice or turn a blind eye to what was going on. You can't rewrite history. It has to be included in your writing.

Who watched the movie The Patriot? Did anyone find it slightly over the top when Mel Gibson's character  didn't have slaves. He had freed slaves working for him. Was that Hollywood stepping in to make the movie politically correct? I know they rolled Gibson's character from a few Southern hero's at the time into one person, but none of the heroes from the war that I know of had freed slaves working for them. George Washington owned slaves. Yes, he freed them, but it was in his will. Does a good deed count after one's dead? And everyone knows about Thomas Jefferson. These were our Founding Fathers. The only well-known Patriot I know that took a stand against slavery was John Laurens from Charles Town, South Carolina. (I may love history, but I'm not an expert historian there may have been others I'm not aware of.)

Yes, slavery was an abomination- without question- inexcusable to the extreme, but it shouldn't stop one from writing about the era. It only means when you do write about it, don't ignore that piece. It is history. As I said you can't rewrite history, but you can learn from it.

I fell in love with Charleston when I did my research. I love its rich history, the good, the bad and the really bad. So much to write about and explore. With The Judas Kiss, the Tides of Charleston series will be launched. The series follows two siblings. Cathryn Blankenship, the only daughter of the former Governor of Antigua who settled in Charles Town, and Sumner Meador, her half-brother, the bastard son. One will stay true to the crown; the other will answer the Call for Liberty.

The Promise, The Judas Kiss sequel, will be released in May. In September, Another Night Falls will follow. Action, suspense, and romance!

And I will let you in on a little secret. Before Another Night Falls is released, I'm planning on releasing the second in the line with Patriot Secrets. I say this for a reason. Yes, it's set too in Charleston and you may recognize some of the characters as their lives may intersect with each other.

So much going on. So much to do. But it's all good! Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 12, 2011


The Path Now Turned
The Last Great Wizard of Yden
Oh, what to do for Christmas. I can't believe how far behind I am with everything. I love this time of year. A time of giving. So what am I giving. For the next couple of weeks, I'm hosting Christmas Binge With Books. Novel Works is open to anyone and everyone who wants me to post their book. I will be posting friends' books, blogs, websites. Hopefully giving everyone great ides for books as gifts or even keeping some for yourself.

Together Christmas
Nothing will be organized around here for the next couple of weeks. I am, really, behind in my house. I haven't even decorated. Today! I've promised the family. So, enjoy all the books I'm going to post. My wish is for everyone to have a safe and Happy Holiday Season.

The Judas Kiss
I have the cover to my new release with Whiskey Creek Press. THE JUDAS KISS! I'm so excited. It's release is coming up soon. I love the cover. Gemini Judson did a wonderful job. The next two in the series, The Promise and Another Night Falls, have release dates. May and September! Looks like I'm going to be a busy girl.

Beyond the Highland Whisper
Books...books...books make me happy. Truly everyone have a great Christmas season!
Immortal Hope
Just one little thing I want to mention. Until further notice, I won't be linking up anymore books to Amazon. Just my little protest because Whispers of a Legend, Part One- Shadows of the Past isn't free yet on Amazon. Once Shadows of the Past is free on Amazon, I will begin again with linkage, but until that time, I will be linking to the sites where you can find, Whispers of a Legend, Part One-Shadows of the Past, free such as Barnes and Noble, Diesel ebooks, Smashwords, and Freeebooks.

Shadows of the Past

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Guest for the Day- Brenda Whiteside talks about HONEY ON WHITE BREAD

Honey of White Bread

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers tap across the stage, her glittery dress flows around her ankles, and he bends her backwards in a graceful maneuver that nets him a kiss. I sigh at the black and white images.

Saturday morning, I carry my cup of hot cocoa and my white bread toast dripping with butter to the blanket spread in front of the television to watch an old movie starring Shirley Temple.

The actor with the funny nose makes cracks and the pretty redhead bats her eyelashes. I laugh at an old black and white Bob Hope and Lucille Ball movie on television while curled up with my little sister in a corner of the sofa.

I watched a lot of old movies on television when I was a kid. They were reruns to my mom but delightful first runs for me. Between the old movies and my mom’s tales of growing up in the 1940’s, I fell totally in love with that decade. So romantic, so colorful.

Honey On White Bread is the result of my infatuation with an era and is truly the book of my heart.
When seventeen-year-old Claire Flanagan is wrenched from her father and deposited at the Good Shepherd’s Home for Wayward Girls, all dreams for Hollywood stardom are lost. But when twenty-year-old Benjamin Russell helps secure her release, she starts to believe in a happy future with him…until she discovers his ex-girlfriend is pregnant.

In this post WWII coming of age novel, Claire discovers the silver screen can’t compare with the fight she takes on for the leading role in her own life.

When girls were girls and men were men. The time period following World War II is the setting for Honey On White Bread. The two families, the Russells and the Flanagans are the people who move through the novel. Both families are poor but rich with love and family. I had so much fun writing this book, doing the research and using some of the stories my mom told me about her childhood.

“I’ve never snuck into a theater before. Sneaking into a dark theater with Arnold …” Paulie laughed. “Are you sure this isn’t supposed to be a date?” Paulie appeared at once timid and suspicious.
“I’m sure. He’s getting me … us in to see a movie for free. Dick Hames! He’s so dreamy.”
Arnold’s dreamy.”
“You know, Paulie, Arnold is a dear friend …”
“Oh, pooh, Claire.” Paulie batted at my skirt.
“Okay, okay, a special friend. We haven’t made any promises to each other or anything. He’s cute, he’s fun … but …”
“But what?”
“Oh, I don’t know.” A hint of guilt over the difference between how I felt about Arnold compared to how he felt about me passed like the breeze drifting over the porch boards. His were childish whims of infatuation, pushy, uninvited. “It’s kind of hard to explain…” I toyed with the folds of my skirt. If most of the girls at North High were stuck on Arnold, a great catch I didn’t appreciate, then I wished my best friend could change places with me. If only …
“Hey, ladies.” The blur of a male figure in jeans had ascended the porch steps, not pausing to pass pleasantries.
He opened the screen door and stepped into the house. Benjamin. My second encounter brought on an unexplained reaction; my heart pattered even though I’d barely caught a glimpse.
“Oh, hey, Ben,” Paulie said. “You look tired, big brother.”
Her words stopped him. “Little bit.” He paused behind the screen door.
“This is Claire.”
He tipped his head to me. “Nice to meet you, Claire.” He continued on into the house.
 “Same here,” I muttered as the screen door shut.
“Now, where were we?” Paulie put a finger to her mouth.
I looped an arm through my friend’s. “We were going to see if your momma could use some help. Come on.” I pulled her from the seat. “Let’s help then freshen up before dinner.”
We let the screen door slam behind us and turned into the kitchen in time to see Benjamin lift his mother from the floor and spin around twice.
“You stop that, Benjamin Willis. Man or no, I can take a hand to your hide, if I need to.” Her hands flailed gently at his chest.
He laughed as he set her down, steadying her before letting go. Taut muscles on the back of his arms flexed with the effort; his deep laugh filled the kitchen. I couldn’t help being drawn into this entirely pleasant scene, comical and radiating warmth, inviting me to take part in their joy. His mother snatched a dishtowel from the counter and swiped at his legs.
“Hold off now. I give, I give.” He withdrew what appeared to be a check from his back pocket.
Mrs. Russell accepted the paper without comment and stuffed it into the frayed pocket of her red checked apron. He kissed her on the forehead, took the bottle of beer she offered him, and leaving the kitchen, nodded in my direction.
I sniffed the sweat of hard work and the yeasty smell of beer as he passed by. My head reeled for a moment with the warmth of the kitchen and the people within, combined with the essence of what I labeled man.

Brenda Whiteside
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Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Holiday Story

Holiday to Remember
Today on Roses of Prose, my first section is posted to A Holiday to Remember. Go by and check out the story. Love the cover to the story. Don't you?

Been so busy. The Holidays are here. I haven't done a thing. Have to make a start today and pull myself away from my computer.

So much to do. If you get the chance, I have the cover to The Judas Kiss. Look under Tides of Charleston Series. I'm so happy with the cover and excited. I love this series!

Shadows of the Past
Don't forget my fantasy series,Whispers of a Legend! Whispers of a Legend, Part One- Shadows of the Past is FREE on Barnes and Noble if you haven't gotten your copy. The reviews have come back- all good! Love good reviews.

The Path Now Turned
Starting next week, I'll be holding a contest on my Castles in the Air blog for the release of Whispers of a Legend, Part Two- The Path Now Turned. Have so much fun with contests. Going to make this one quite simple. It's Christmas you know. You can even buy The Path Now Turned on Amazon for the same price its sold elsewhere.

So much going on. I have to find time to write. But everything's good. Can't complain. Hope everyone's Holidays are going well. Enjoy!