Tuesday, August 21, 2012

THE HEART OF A ROMANCE NOVEL

Have you ever wondered why regencies do so well? Why are Billionaire series so successful? Why do we women love romance novels? The answer is quite simple. We love an escape from our lives if only briefly. I believe its true no matter how wonderful our life is...it's relaxing to fall under the spell of a magical book.

It's an escape from the ordeals of our ordinary life, don't you think? Not in a bad way. Remember that commercial...Calgon take me away. The phone is ringing; the kids banging on the bathroom door; hubbie calling out asking where something is; the dog running in the kitchen all muddy and shaking it all over the white cabinets... Life in general. Not a bad life...far from it...we love our lives, but its for a moment in time—while we have that book in hand—we women love to submerge ourselves in the fantasy that a romance novel delivers.

It's why I love to read romance novels; it's also the reason I write them. I'm going to let you in on a few little secrets. One of the reasons I love historicals is for the gowns and balls the heroine is bound to wear and attend. Going to a ball in one of those magnificent flowing gowns has always been one of my fantasies. Maybe it stems from growing up in the Bible belt. There weren't too many dances to attend. The other secret...I know without a doubt if I was in one of those gowns I would be transformed into Cinderella, a beautiful gorgeous princess.

Oh! But I can lose myself in contemporaries! I have a plan...a secret plan of writing a contemporary romance...before I die I have to write a love scene on the hero's private jet. You know it's why all those Billionaire Series are so successful...because you don't have to fly commercial. Now that I've brought this subject up—what about paranormal romances? Dark and forbidden, paranormal romances gives the romance author power over what goes bump in the night. For us readers, it gives us a glimpse into the dark side...can there redemption for our fallen hero?

What's your favorite type of romance novel? Does it depend on your mood? The story?

I have a great one for you— RUSE OF LOVE

RUSE OF LOVE
Book Two of Winds of Betrayal Series

The beginning of a nation, abounding in danger, immersed in deceit!

A time of betrayal, spies and traitors!



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...

Praise for Ruse of Love

"Ruse of Love weaves together a fine tapestry of romance and history. With intense emotion and passion the characters come alive on the page and engage you from the opening chapters. Author Jerri Hines has cleverly crafted her story around the war torn south with such rich detail it makes you feel as though you are right there in the midst of the American Revolution."


—Cynthia Vespia


If you love romantic suspense, you'll love Ruse of Love. Guaranteed. If you don't become entangled in this gripping family saga, I'll send you a copy of any of my other books. Just show me you bought my book and just tell me enough about the book 
thatknow you read it and I'll give you another one of my books...
I'm sure I have one you'll love.  You can email me
at jhines340 (at) aol (dot) com

Have a good one! Keep Reading!




Wednesday, August 15, 2012

RUSE OF LOVE!

AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE, KOBO, SMASHWORDS
Ruse of Love is up finally on Kobo! Oh, I'm so behind what I wanted to do for Ruse of Love. Life gets in the way, but what can you do.

The good news is that my aunt, even though is in hospice care, is doing fine at the moment. I'm just thankful for the time we have with her. My mother-in-law the one with Alzheimer's is coming home from rehab (she feel down the stairs a month and a half ago). My daughter...I can't believe this...is having her graduation party  Saturday. She's leaving for college next week out of state...a long way out of state. Ten hours from home! My son is moving out this weekend into his own apartment! My middle daughter is off to college the next weekend. So all hubbie and I will have at home is the doggies. I've got to get new pictures of my babies up here. Like I've said...so behind, but getting there.

Don't forget the contest this month...comment, like, comment and like...all over the place. Romantic Picks, Novel Works, Castles in the Air, here...

Also include a short excerpt from Ruse of Love...Spies and traitors...Love and betrayal...


EXCERPT
She needed not hear anymore. She spun on her heels, castigating herself as an absolute idiot. Rory was after her! Oh, what a fool she had been! She backed up, knocking into the table in the hall. The vase came crashing down. Trembling uncontrollably, she edged down the wall. Hearing hurried footsteps, fear encompassed her when she saw two men running up the staircase. Rory’s men! She panicked.


Bolting in the opposite direction, she headed for the back stairs. Her hope of slipping down the stairs undetected dissipated hearing the rumblings behind her. Rebekah quickened her pace, rapidly taking each step until she hit the first floor. She hit the back door running, struck by an impelling urge to get as far from the inn as possible.

Fleeing through the rainstormed night, she tried to peer through the pouring rain. She had gone some distance when she gasped for breath. Leaning against a brick building, she hadn’t a clue where she had run. Clasping her side against the pain, she blinked away the water streaming down her face, not knowing whether it was the rain or tears.

Suddenly a hand grasped her shoulder…



“Rebekah!” Jonathan fought the wind. Doubting she could hear him, he ignored the pelleting rain and rushed forward, grabbing her arm. In one swift motion, he swirled her around to face him.

Instantly, a look of sheer terror swept across her face. Slowly, recognition flooded her. She gripped tightly to his arm. “Oh, Jonathan!”

The next moment she collapsed into his arms. He wasted no time, but carried her down the street into the waiting carriage. A large black man quickly opened the carriage door for Jonathan. “Is she…?”

“She’s fine. She has only just fainted…”

“Jasper, Dr. Corbett, Jasper,” the old man said and closed the carriage’s door, but not before Jonathan heard the servant utter, “Thank the good Lord.”

Jonathan wrapped a blanket around Rebekah while he felt the wheels of the carriage move beneath him. He drew her into his arms and instinctually, she nestled into him. He stroked her head. As much as she claimed she had changed, she still inspired love and loyalty into those around her.

The wind picked up, shaking the carriage; the rain pounded harder. He was drenched and soaked. Strange—warmth spread through him he hadn’t felt in years.



“Jasper.” Jonathan set Rebekah down in the middle of her bedroom. A young blackie girl followed, frantically crying that her mistress was dead. No, Rebekah wasn’t dead, he thought. She had wakened and she wasn’t happy. “Jasper, shut the door and keep everyone else out.”

“Oh, Mistress Esther won’t like that none,” Rebekah’s maid uttered. “No sir.”

Jonathan shot her a look that silenced the girl. Rebekah pushed back from Jonathan, stumbling. Reaching out, he caught her arm. “Be careful,” he said in a harsh voice, his patience lost.

“Leave,” she answered his behavior. “You have done your duty.”

“Duty?” Jonathan’s voice rose. “Duty? You call looking for you in the midst of a torrential storm duty? Where was your head, Rebekah?”

“You would not understand,” she said. Her eyes flamed at him, but her hand reached down for her midriff; her hand trembled.

Immediately, he swept her back into his arms and carried her to the side of her bed. He motioned for the maid to step forward. “Get her dry clothes! She is to be put to bed.”

“Sully,” Rebekah said. “It is fine. I need only to get out of these wet clothes.”

Sully nodded, but fear shone in her eyes at Jonathan. She skirted to the wardrobe and withdrew a nightgown. Turning, she waited for Jonathan to leave, but he made no movement.

“If you don’t get her out of these wet clothes, I will.”

The young maid looked at Rebekah inquiringly, reluctant to begin undressing her mistress in front of a man.

“It is fine, Sully,” Rebekah said as she slung off her cloak. “Obviously, Dr. Corbett feels it is his duty.”

“I do.” Jonathan walked to the door. “I will be right outside. This is not over, Rebekah.”

He slammed the door behind him, shaking the wall. He found Jasper in the hall with a set of dry clothes for him. “Mistress Esther left these for you. You can change in the room down the corridor. I’ll take your boots to dry. It was some of Mistress Esther’s husband’s. Master Ian’s would be too small. She sent word to the others that Rebekah’s been found. I’ll stay here and make sure no one enters.”

“And Mistress Esther?” Jonathan asked.

“Said you can deal with Miss Rebekah.”

Have a good one! Keep Reading!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Last Day Patriot Secrets is FREE!

PATRIOT SECRETS
Last day PATRIOT SECRETS is FREE! Book One of the Winds of Betrayal Series!

Amazon Reader Review

Patriot Secrets is a stirring tale of war and valor as shown through the eyes of a young woman thrust into a situation she didn't want; of the man who loves her in spite of their being on opposite sides of the firing line, and of the consequences of the actions these star-crossed lovers must accept in order to survive.

Book Two of the Winds of Betrayal Series

RUSE OF LOVE 

RUSE OF LOVE

Amazon Reader Review

I'll admit it, I like history so I have a tendency to read Regency romance. But, I was
so intrigued with a romance set during the American Revolution that couldn't wait to try it. After reading Ruse of Love, I can't wait to go back 
and read Patriot Secrets. I loved the backdrop of the Revolution and how the author
took us from the battlefields to the high society of the South. 
The story and mystery kept me guessing the whole time. Who was good? Who was bad?
The characters were well developed and I felt for them during this chaotic time in history.
The story wrapped up nicely and, since I don't want to spoil it, let's just say it was great!
If you like Kathleen Woodiwiss or are interested in the Revolution period, 
you will love this book!





Wednesday, August 8, 2012

'Let Justice Be Done Though the Heavens Should Fall'—John Adams, 1777

"Let justice be done though the heavens should fall."
                                              -- John Adams, 1777

RUSE OF LOVE, Book Two of Winds of Betrayal was released yesterday. Winds of Betrayal Series...
                 Spies and Traitors...Love and Betrayal...

AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE, SMASHWORDS

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...



Praise for RUSE OF LOVE

"Ruse of Love weaves together a fine tapestry of romance and history. With intense emotion and passion the characters come alive on the page and engage you from the opening chapters. Author Jerri Hines has cleverly crafted her story around the war torn south with such rich detail it makes you feel as though you are right there in the midst of the American Revolution."

—Cynthia Vespia



PATRIOT SECRETS, Book One of Winds of Betrayal
                    FREE today and tomorrow!

It's a dangerous game you set to play, Miss Corbett. One that can have far worse than deadly consequences!
AMAZON
In the midst of the struggle for 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.


Don't forget the contest this month! For your chance to win a $25 gift certificate, comment or like here, Castles in the Air, Romantic Picks, Novel Works, or Patriot Secrets FB page.





"Nevertheless, to the persecution and tyranny of his cruel ministry we will not tamely submit -- appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free."
                                                                        -- Joseph Warren, 1775










Monday, August 6, 2012

WINDS OF BETRAYAL...Spies and Traitors...Love and Betrayal

PATRIOTS SECRETS
To Celebrate RUSE OF LOVE'S release, PATRIOT SECRETS is FREE on Amazon! The first book in the series is yours with a click of a button. Start at the beginning...what is the price one has to price to pay for freedom and liberty?


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 for 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.

RUSE OF LOVE

RUSE OF LOVE is coming soon....! Book Two of Winds of Betrayal Series. Follow Jonathan down to the Southern campaign and to where he will face more dangers than just the British to save the woman he discovers he can't live without...


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 to comment and like...to enter the chance to win a $25 gift certificate in celebration of Ruse of Love's release this month...lots of places Novel Works, Castle in the Air blog, Romantic Picks blog, here, Patriot Secrets FB (yes I do have a page...just haven't done much with it)!
Have a good one! Keep reading!



Friday, August 3, 2012

TGF! IT'S FRIDAY!

PATRIOT SECRETS
Four days to the release of Ruse of Love! Four days to Book Two in the Winds of Betrayal series! Four long days...so let's have some fun before hand!

Let's celebrate all month long. A grand prize, a $25 dollar gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble, will be given away at the end of August. I always like easy way to enter...a comment, a like on Facebook either personal pages or fanpage including both Novel Works and Patriot Secrets. I have one more way this time...Romantic Picks. So lots of places, lots of ways to enter. Good Luck!

So the gift certificate at the end of the month...what about now!

Starting on August 5th, Patriot Secrets, Book One of the Winds of Betrayal series, will be free on Amazon for 5 days. August 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9th! In celebration of Ruse of Love coming out! Ruse of Love is set to be released on August 7th!

Could you read Ruse of Love without having read Patriot Secrets? Of course you could. Ruse of Love could stand alone, but some of the background will be better understood if you read Patriot Secrets first. One of my favorite historical series is John Jakes, The Kent Family Chronicles. I read the first book, The Rebels, first. I didn't even realize when I started reading there was one before it, The Bastard. My mother had read it; I picked it up from her. I loved The Bastard. I became a huge John Jakes fan from that first book, but I did go back and read The Bastard before I read the rest of the series.

So before Ruse of Love is released, get a FREE copy of Patriot Secrets! I also have a blog post over on Roses of Prose today...a character interview with Jonathan. Don't miss it! I had a great time with it! Remember to comment or like. Just enjoy August.

COMING AUGUST 7TH!
Have a good one! Keep Reading!