Friday, September 28, 2012

Whispers of a Legend, Part Four-Time of the Nuxvenom

I love the Fall! It's my favorite time of the year. Octoberfest With Books is starting Monday! I have such a fun October planned...books, books and more books! Romance, Romance and more Romance...

Starting next Monday, a group of Wild Rose Press authors is coming for a visit at Novel Works and Romance in Books. You have to stop by...again this year I'm giving away a week to host Novel Works. Same rules as last year. I will post starting Monday.

You know, I think...if I'm not mistaken, I'm supposed to have a book release in October with Whiskey Creek Press. Another Night Falls is due out. I love this book—it's the third and last in the Tides of Charleston series, but in my opinion the best. I absolutely adore Sumner Meador as the hero. 

Then coming in November...Whispers of a Legend, Part Four- Time of the Nuxvenom! 
I believe I have told everyone that this installment is a full length novel. The tentative date is November 20th!

Until then....



Reviews— Malicious Envy or Friendly Constructive Criticism?

Last February, I got hit by an organized group of trolls. They attacked my book, Daughter of Deceit. I'm not going to go into the details because legally I can't. Not yet. You may think that the publishing houses take a long time. Just have to handle something in a legal manner and you learn that time is relative. 

In the mean time I have to endure. I have been told to place blinders on when it comes to reviews, but in honesty it has taken a part of writing away from me. The not so great reviews could be used as constructive criticism...they could be, but now I looked at them and wonder if it came from a troll. But really what can you take away from a one-star review? A one-star review says that there is nothing redeemable about the book.

Let me explain. Readers have the right to express their opinion about any book they read. When an author's work is published its fair game. Fair...remember the word. The other word to remember is malicious. When a review is done with malicious intent, it is a whole different ballgame

A while back the New York Times ran an article about writers paying for reviews. Getting good reviews is essential to sell your books especially on Amazon. My experience was just the opposite of what the New York Times was debating. I am dealing with what happens when you get an avalanche of bad reviews. This is where it gets dicey about what I can say. But I think its safe to ask—are they true, honest reviews or they done with malicious intent? Just to let everyone know what a one-star review does- it harms your potential to get Amazon to promote your work. They won't promote books lower than a 4.0 rating. 

This is where I can't get into too much detail, but what I would like for everyone to do is read my book. Today Ruse of Love is free on Amazon. It has gotten some wonderful reviews, but I just received another one star review. I don't want to be paranoid, but it seems to me the bad reviews directly correspond to how well my book is doing. Take Seductive Secrets when it wasn't free...when it was Daughter of got 25 bad reviews. 25! This is the book that received two top choice awards and yet these 25 reviewers said that you couldn't get through the book because of all the editing and spelling mistakes. 

But again, what I say is take a moment and read the book or just the beginning of it. I say this because Seductive Secrets/Daughter of Deceit is free now. I didn't have a choice in letting it go free. 


I take pride in my writing. I want to give the reader my best. An author I'm certain is not suppose to get emotional but I just can't help it. I have never...ever...done anything to anyone with malicious intent. I have tried to be the best person I can be. I know I live in a bubble world, but I like my bubble world. 

All my life, I have tried to help people. I try to be a good person so it's hard for me to deal with this vindictiveness. And I don't understand what I have done to deserve it.  

Am I so stubborn that I can't see beyond my own writing? Is my writing so bad I should stop? But then I get reviews like these

Patriot Secrets

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Patriot Secrets! I am a huge 'Gone with the Wind' fan and this story takes place during the Revolutionary War with the same social structure as the characters in 'Gone with the Wind'. Hannah Corbett is strong willed and determined to do what she can to support the cause and find out who betrayed her family. Loved how each character is brought out throughout the entire book and the historical references from the war. The end does leave room for future books and the second installment in the Winds of Betrayal series 'Ruse of Love' is almost as good as the first (telling the story of Hannah's brother, Doctor Johnathan Corbett). I eagerly look foward to future books and to read more about each character.

I thoroughly enjoyed "Patriot Secrets" by Author Jerri Hines. It is not only an intriguing and suspenseful novel, it is a history lesson as well. The main character, Hannah Corbett demonstrates the true essence of courage and determination as she goes to great lengths for the cause she so desperately believes in. She is driven by her desire for revenge and justice over the deaths of her father and brother.

There is much sadness, brutality, and death in this novel as the reader is taken on a journey through the conflict and war between the British and the Americans during the period of colonization around the time of the Declaration of Independence. The Patriots, which included Hannah Corbett and her family, suffered more than their fair share in this heroic battle. Betrayal, lost love, rape, and murder are part of their devastating experiences.

Author Jerri Hines has done her fair share of research in the writing of this novel. She has my respect and admiration in doing so. There appears to be a cliff-hanger at the end which could easily lead to a series of books which may very well be this author's intention. I have only one constructive comment to say about "Patriot Secrets" which is slightly affecting my rating. There are numerous typographical errors that do take from the pleasure of the content of this historical novel. I think it could benefit from another good proofreading or two to make this the great novel that I think it to be!


A beautifully written story about a young girl's first love, the wages of war that tear her from her safe life and compel her to be strong and to find herself. The prose is wonderfully accurate to the Revolutionary War, the descriptions of the clothing, homes, and scenery are lovely. I felt I was there! A perfect book for history buffs as well as romance lovers. Great writing, Ms. Hines!

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 I 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!

Maybe I'm just oversensitive due to my past experience. But I do wonder about these one-star reviews and their intent. I wonder if the New York Times reporter has looked into the effect of receiving malicious reviews. 

I really hope another author doesn't have to go through what I am going through. Truly, I do. I don't wish ill on anyone. Truly, I don't. It's just I don't understand the whole situation or maybe I do understand it...and it just breaks my heart.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I love the fall. It's my favorite time of the year! What does Fall mean...leaves changing, football games, cooler weather and books. I love to cuddle under a blanket with a book, kindle, nook, ipad...

Romance in Bloom

Last year I had a month celebration of books, Octoberfest With Books. I'm so excited because this year I'm hosting it over on Romance With Books, Romantic Picks Just For You! Have a great line up. A group or Wild Rose authors, Crescent Moon Press authors, a host of Indie book finalists from The New Kindle Book Review and more... You never know what I will come up with.

At the end of the month I will be offering up a week of hosting Novel Works . I'm sure somewhere in the mix I will be giving away books!

Still working diligently on the next segment in the Whispers of a Legend Series. It's still on schedule. Now to get the cover. That's the fun part. Hopefully should have it in October at some point. Have a great day! And keep reading!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012


First, the news I wanted to share has been put on least for the time being. The news is still on the horizon. I just have to be a little more patient. So much going on that it's making my head spin, but I will let you know as soon as I can.

For the next few days I will be pressing Whispers of a Legend, Part One-Shadows of the Past!
It's FREE! Have a few places where it will be featured today such as FREE KINDLE EBOOKS AND TIPS.

Onto Whispers of a Legend saga! As it looks at the moment...if nothing upsets my schedule...I've moved up Whispers of a Legend, Part Four- Time of the Nuxvenom's release to the end of November. I've changed the format a tad with the saga. Instead of small installments as I did with the first three parts of Whispers of a Legend saga, Time of the Nuxvenom will be a full length book. I did this because of the feedback I've received. The majority of fans of Whispers of a Legend seem to want the longer book instead of the shorter versions.

Just want to take a brief moment here. Got a strange comment yesterday concerning Whispers of a Legend saga. Someone left a message who seemed confused on my series and how my books were released. Somehow they thought that Whispers of a Legend, Volume I, was the first book and somewhere in this confusion I was supposedly tricking the readers into thinking the other books were just as long as Volume I. This was never my intention and I'm confused how someone would come to that conclusion. But just to clarify.

Whispers of a Legend, Part One- Shadows of the Past was released last October. It's FREE! everywhere. Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Smashwords...everywhere. Shadows of the Past is the beginning of the Legend...

Shadows of the Past is the beginning of the Whispers of a Legend saga which follows Kela's battle to embrace her destiny, where as a young woman unsure of her ability and her confidence in facing the challenges before her to where she emerges as a strong leader who learns to lean upon her own strength, to stand not behind, but side by side with her warrior.
Whispers of a Legend, Part Two-The Path Now Turned was released at the end of November last year. It is only $.99 everywhere...Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Smashwords...

The Path Now Turned. Having proven her ability during the Payelaga Desert battle, Kela believes herself ready to follow her destiny beside her warrior. Fate has another path for Kela. When she discovers all she has long believed is not as it seems, the betrayal leaves Kela torn by her desire for Cono and the path she has been given to follow.

Whispers of a Legend, Part Three-Vision of Destiny was released last spring. It is also only $.99 everywhere...Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Smashwords....

Vision of Destiny. Trained for only one purpose, to protect the innocent from an evil that threatens to destroy her world, Kela has never questioned her destiny. The enemy has never been in doubt and her path laid clear before her. Now all is blurred. Left with only one choice, she escapes from Yucca in search of the one known as Seilda the Tvopac, the Guardian of the Pastbut Kela learns quickly the Past holds its own dangers.

Now after releasing all three parts-as I have stated in past blogs-I wanted to put the saga in print. So I pulled all three part together and put them under one cover.

Whispers of a Legend, Volume I is $2.99 for an ebook at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Smashwords... Now if you want to save $.99 cents you can get all three separate books. If you want to have all three under one cover, you can buy Whispers of a Legend, Volume I which is the only one in print.

When you click on Whispers of a Legend, Volume I the first thing you see—

THREE COMPLETE BOOKS! The first three in the Whispers of a Legend Saga from Multi-published author Carrie James Haynes, including:



Then it goes into the blurb. Many authors do this. It is not a gimmick of any kind. It clearly states Volume I is all three books together. So I'm confused at this confusion if it was confusion, but I hope this clears up any misconception.

Now...I'll be looking forward to Time of the Nuxvenom's release! So much to little time!

Have a good one! Keep reading!