Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's Coming...Ruse of Love! Celebrate with Me!

Celebrating the Release of Ruse of Love...let's have a contest! Ruse of Love, Book Two in the Winds of Betrayal Series, will be released August 7th! So for the month of August let's have some fun. How about some book give aways? Maybe throw in a gift certificate! Stay tune for more details.


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...

Don't forget Book One of the Winds of Betrayal-  Patriot Secrets


Thursday, July 26, 2012

One Day at a Time

Klyemore Abby
I do still have the intention of writing about my trip overseas, but as you can tell I haven't gotten too far with that thought. Sometimes you just have to step back and take one day at a time. I had an absolutely lovely trip. I enjoyed my family and the sights along the way. The experience is one I will never forget.

I hope so because it may be a while before I write about it. When you go on vacation, it's like you disappear into a different world for a week or two. All your cares and worries dissipate, but they quickly reemerge the minute you step off that plane. During these times, you take it one day at a time.

So something has to give. At the moment one thing is this blog. There was so much I wanted to do to prepare for the Ruse of Love's release. It's still on schedule to be released early August; followed by Another Night Falls. But the rest of my writing has taken a backseat...


I don't want to end this with everyone reading and feeling bummed. So I'm going to leave you with a couple of sayings I found online from 100 Funny Sayings, Quotes and Phrases...

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not. - Mark Twain

The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think.

"One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures." -George W. Bush

Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.

They made me smile. Hope you do too.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My 25th Anniversary Venture Begins!

Dingle, Ireland
Last year, my husband and I decided instead of a party to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, we would rather enjoy a trip abroad...Ireland to be exact. My husband is from Irish descent. From the time I have known him, he had always wanted to go to the land where both sides of his parents' roots began.

Our trip developed from there. At one point we decided to take the kids. Then shortly after included our son's girlfriend. The reason...the realization that shortly everyone will be going their own way...soon. Our son is already out of school and has begun his career. Next year, my middle daughter will graduate college. She's talking of moving to California and going to grad school out there. My youngest- she just graduated from high school. She's going out of state to college. Do you ever have one of those 'this is it' moments?

It hit me...hard. My mind flashed back to the time right before hubbie and I married. I wanted to save the money and not go on a honeymoon. Hubbie, who never puts his foot down to me, refused. Said I would regret it if we didn't. We did go to Bermuda. I cherish those memories. I hold them dear. I even remember one of our meals in detail...down to the sauce served with the duck.
Cliffs of Moher

After it was decided for certain to go on this trip, another thought assaulted me. When I was a junior in college, I planned to go with a group of other college students on a European tour. I was to leave two days after finals. I didn't make it. Unfortunately, my father had a major heartattack in the middle of my finals. I never made it to Europe after that. My father survived the heartattack, but I never went to Europe then. The money that got refunded to me...I made one of my worst financial decisions. Well, I was talked into it by my sister. She wanted a horse. I love animals, but I'm awful with horses. I broke my arm on a horse and I let her talk me into buying it. I never understood how she became half owner when I paid for it...now I think about it. But getting back to my thought. I had a fear that something would happen to a love one before we left or while we were gone.

Can you tell I'm a worrier? I've always been that way, but what I want to do now is chronicle our time. I have been so busy since I've been back I haven't had time. I have always used this blog more for my personal journal at times. So as I have the time, I'm going to try to remember the trip the best I can.

I could kick myself though. You know those moments you say to yourself you won't forget that...now I wish I wrote it all down. All the one-liners my daughter said; my son's help from the back seat driving through Ireland's countryside; my middle daughter's keen sense of direction (which I can tell you didn't come from me). I can tell you this trip is etched into my memory fondly. What a wonderful time! Not even a National Lampoon's vacation moment.

I was compulsive when it came to passports. I had this morbid fear of losing one along with a dread of all the tires of the car blowing out. (Before I left, one of the girls I work with told me she had a friend who drove through Ireland's countryside and blew out two sets of tires!) I went prepared to be rained on for twelve days. But my greatest concern was falling over a cliff.

You know what though...no passports were lost. The car survived without a scratch (I was the only one to have kinda have gone off the road once...okay the tire had dirt and grass bedded into it...once. You do realize that they drive on the wrong side of the road, too.). It only rained one day. Last but not least...we didn't fall off a cliff. Not only that, but I saw the most awesome, breathtaking, beautiful sights!  Ireland truly has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth.

I was also able to mark one of my bucket list off. I got to go to London!

I'll start today with the first day. Traveling to Ireland was a whole day's affair, but I was amazed by the whole process (You would think I don't get out often.) To wake up in Massachusetts and by evening be in Ireland. Just off hand- did you know that in June Ireland doesn't get dark until around 10:30 pm and the sun's out by 4:30! Somethings just amaze me. I know what you're thinking that I'm some small town country girl from the deep South who has never...oh, wait...I am!

I love the time before you leave on a big trip. Half the fun is the anticipation. It was no different this time. Laughing about whose suitcase would weigh the most. Odds on favorites- Lyndsay and Becca. The winner...Hubbie! Yes. My husband's suitcase weighed the most. To be honest, we were all happy he brought over his pullovers and light jackets later I assure you. The items that were indispensible- plug in converters from AC to DC or the other way around. All I know is that our plugs wouldn't have worked without them!

Getting through the airport security wasn't an issue (I do have a story about the way back, though.) The plane...we flew on Aer Lingus. Love the name. The plane flight. I guess it could have been worse but I was stuck in the middle and my daughter's tv screen didn't work. So I let her use mine. Hers would work for a while until the pilot would say something then it would click off. The other issue was we were sitting in the exact middle of the plane. When they started with drinks and the meal, they started on both ends, meeting in the...middle. Problem when they run out of diet coke and food...Oh, since I mentioned diet cokes. It's a good thing I drink diet cokes in the states. Otherwise I would seriously have to cut back on my intake. So much more expensive!

Driving on the WRONG side of the Road!
Survived though! Thank the Good Lord! Flew into Dublin, got stamped into the country, and onto the car rental. That's right Car Rental in Ireland. Wrong side of the road, stick shift, awfully small roads and did I say wrong side of the road in a large van. Everyone in Ireland drives nice, small cars for a reason. Large vans don't fit on their roads!

I'll leave you here with me driving away in a large van, wrong side of the road and in a stick shift! I'm driving!!!!

As for my writing, I have to tell you that I'm excited about my upcoming release, Ruse of Love. It's been a long time in the making- Book Two in the Winds of Betrayal Series! Coming soon!!!
Working on Broken Legacy at the moment; then I'll revise the next release to Whispers.

I'm also setting up a new blog- Romantic Picks. Check it out if you get a chance. Have romance authors contributing a blurb on their books every week. Excited about it!

Romantic Picks Blog

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Enjoy the 4th!

I'm back! Kinda sort of. I have been non-stop since I returned from vacation. I have planned a little synopsis of my trip, but I haven't had time to even download my pictures. I will.

Where we renewed our vows!
What a wonderful time. I absolutely loved Ireland's countryside. Lovely...breathtaking...there are no words to describe Dingle. I completely understand why National Geographic once named Dingle the most beautiful place in the world. We went up to Galway as far as Kylemore Abby, down through Banratty, then into Dingle. I confess it was an adventure, but just driving in Ireland is an adventure...the tiny roads and the cliffs!!!

But I will get to it all over the next couple of weeks. Today...today is the 4th of July! The day America gained independence and the day my husband lost his (he says it every year). Twenty-five years! I can't believe how fast time has flown by. The whole of our trip was to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We even renewed our wedding vows in Dingle...

Patriot Secrets
As for my writing...so much is going on. Ruse of Love is finished. It will be released at the end of July or first of August. Ruse of Love is the second book in the Winds of Betrayal series. What's the first? Patriot Secrets!

I wrote Ruse of Love so that it could stand alone if necessary, but my editor said she was so happy to have read Patriot Secrets first (She loves the series). So before Ruse of Love is released, check out Patriot Secrets if you get the chance.

The tides of war has shifted. As eyes turn to the South, Jonathan Corbett will once more find himself thrust into the war's turmoil. 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...Ruse of Love by Jerri Hines-Coming Soon! 

Whispers of a Legend, Vol I
I also came back with a couple of wonderful news with my writing. Whispers of a Legend, Volume I is a semi-finalist in The Kindle Book Review Book Contest. Whispers is a semi-finalist in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category. I'm so honored to be included with the other semi-finalist including Wool by Hugh Howey. Whispers of a Legend, Volume I includes the first three books of the Whispers saga under one title, Shadows of the Past, The Path Now Turned, and Vision of Destiny.     

The other great news...Daughter of Deceit got a 5 cup review from Coffee Time Romance review site...also chosen for a CTRR award.
...I positively enjoyed Daughter of Deceit. Carrie James Haynes 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. Haynes creates an enthralling read that surrounds with anticipation that continues to build, leaving this reader spellbound.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

If anyone has noticed, I have pulled Daughter of Deceit, but be patient. You will be able to find it again soon. I'll let you know when I put it back up.

Romantic Picks Blog
Also working diligently on bringing up a couple of new blogs...an extension of Novel Works. I'm excited for Romantic Picks blog- Romance in Books. It should be up and going fully by mid-July, the latest first of August.

So stay with me...exciting times!

Have a happy and safe 4th!