Monday, November 26, 2012

Holidays Gifts—GO FOR IT!

It's that time of the year! The holidays are upon us and it's time to get your favorite people their special gifts. So much to choose from...I mean the commercials...I'm like a little kid. I want it all! There is one phone, I think its a Samsung, I want. Not because I need it, but because it seems to be the neatest thing. Click it together with another Samsung phone and magic. I'm not sure what kind of magic, but it looks like it's awesome! My husband laughs at me. He told me I could never figure out how to use it. He's right, but boy I want it. I love their commercials too. You know the ones where everyone is waiting in line for the iphone..3, no- 4, no-wait it's 5 and the people in line envy the Samsung hoping the next model of iphone will catch up with the Samsung. Love it!

Really, though, I'll stick with my dinosaur model. I know how to text so I can keep in touch with my kids. It's all I really need. Besides I already know what my husband got me for Christmas—Jason Aldean tickets to Fenway Park next summer. The BEST! I can't wait. All I've been doing is listening to his CD's. See how behind the times I am...

But...I am excited about Cyber Monday. I have so many books to download. I do love my nook...and kindle. Okay...maybe I over do it a tad. I had a kindle, but love Barnes and Noble. So many presents to buy, so many decisions to make. So take a moment. Sit down relax. Grab your kindle, nook, ipad...whatever and grab yourself a great read for a little escape. You will thank me after all that shopping.

Romantic Picks


Over on Romance in Books blog there is a whole selection of great reads and great authors. Check out the new releases...there is every type of romance—Contemporary, Historical, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Mystery. Check it out!

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If you're following Whispers of a Legend series, Time of the Nuxvenom has been released! Don't forget it's in print also...great gift idea for an fantasy lover. And if you're interested, I will give away a couple of copies each week. Comment if you would like a chance to win.

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Start at the beginning if you haven't started yet. Whispers of a Legend, Volume I has the first three installments.



If you're interested in contest, I know a couple of contest you might be interested in—Melody Anne and Kathleen Brooks both have contest starting up December 1st. I know they are giving away some great prizes and lots of books...even a few of mine!







Then I have the collection of my other books.

PARANORMAL ROMANCE/SUSPENSE

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DREAMSCAPE

Haunting dreams have come before for Ramona Damsun, but night after night, a vision pulls her, calling her back into the world she'd prayed she'd never have to face again. When the body of a brutally murdered young woman is found, Ramona is forced to once again walk and fulfill her destiny as a 'Dream Walker'. Reluctant, Ramona is thrown into the middle of a serial killer investigation.

With no viable suspects or evidence, Chief Douglas Thorpe responds an anonymous tip which sends him into the eye of a storm to thwart an attempted abduction by the killer. The tip leads Thorpe back to Ramona. At first skeptical about any paranormal source of information, Thorpe is thrown into Ramona's world. A world he has no idea exists; a world where Ramona can walk through dreams, walk a soul back from the brink of death, and a world that holds untold terrors and hellish demons.

Together they have to find a way to track down a demon-possessed killer. The time has come for Ramona to face her fear, her past, and walk the path destiny has chosen for her.



HISTORICAL ROMANCE

WINDS OF BETRAYAL SERIES

PATRIOT SECRETS (Book One) Important it will only be around for the next couple of days. I'm getting my rights back. So I will be taking it down temporary, do a little editing and revamping the covers. So get your copy today!


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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.

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RUSE OF LOVE (Book Two)

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


TIDES OF CHARLESTON SERIES


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ANOTHER NIGHT FALLS (Book Three)

Sumner Meador walked in a world of wealth and privilege as part of Charles Town’s elite, but that was years ago. Now he fights in the Southern backwoods driven by the passion he holds for the Patriot cause, shadowed by his past. Reeling from a devastating defeat at the hands of the British, Sumner seeks haven at his farm, only to find an interloper—an unwelcome and unwanted distraction. He has no time for the young woman or the complications she brings with her, but soon discovers he has no option but to give aid to the stubborn, courageous beauty whether she wants it or not.
A widower, Sumner has been haunted by the death of his wife and is consumed with a desire for revenge.


Jane Kilmer has been violently thrust into the midst of the civil war ensuing in the backwoods. Hiding from one of the most dangerous vigilantes, Jane trusts no one. Suddenly, she has no choice but to put her life in Sumner’s hands. Both desire revenge, but neither wants what happens—to fall completely, undeniably in love with each other—so much so, that both are willing to die for the other. And they might have to.



I would also be happy to give away a print copy of Another Night Falls. Again comment for your chance to win!

I know I pressed alot into this post, but I don't know how many post I'll be doing this holiday season. It's not what I had planned, but again I'm dealing with sickness in my family. This time its my mother. This is even harder than my husband's aunt that I was so close too because I'm not physically close to my mother. She lives over 24 hours away and it's killing me. So I don't know what I'll be doing.

Hope you get the best deals on all your gifts! Keep reading! Have a good one!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING

I love Thanksgiving. What a great time of the year to reflect on what's important in life. I have Thanksgiving off this year. Haven't had Thanksgiving off in years, part of working in a hospital. But what I'm most thankful for this year when it comes to my writing...you the readers.

Over the last year, I have been fortunate to have met some great writers, read some great books, and hopefully published a few good reads myself.

Whispers of a Legend series has been close to my heart.  I just released Part Four-
Time of the Nuxvenom.

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Going Indie has been a journey in itself. I have found the biggest obstacle has been the concept that as an Indie writer my books might suffer from lack of edits. Besides the fact that they all my books have been edited...how does one go about to prove that fact? I thought the best way was to go to a reputable place to get it reviewed. I choose to place both Whispers of a Legend, Volume I and Daughter of Deceit into the Writer's Digest Self-Publishing Writing Contest back last spring. Whether you win or not you get a honest evaluation of your work. How much more reputable evaluation can you get than from Writer's Digest?

Here's what they said about Whispers of a Legend... WRITER'S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHING WRITING COMPETITION

Whispers of a Legend Volume One by Carrie James Haynes is a powerful, otherworldly tale sure to delight fantasy readers of all ages. The story is well written by an author who clearly loves this genre. The front cover graphic is attractive and has just the right amount of color to grab the attention of prospective readers. The back cover copy is powerful and shows readers just enough of a hint of what̢۪s inside. The prologue gives sufficient back story to show character motivation. Dialogue throughout the book comes across natural and true to the characters. There are no glaring errors that would pull readers from the story.

Now onward to Daughter of Deceit which is now Seductive Secrets under my new pen name Colleen Connally. 

Here's what they said about Daughter of Deceit... WRITER'S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHING WRITING COMPETITION

Daughter of Deceit by Carrie James Haynes is an intriguing tale of suspense guaranteed to keep readers riveted from the first page to the last. Ms. Haynes does a very good job of setting the stage for this story. The front cover is attractive and will grab the attention of prospective readers. The back cover copy is interesting. The author bio in the back of the book gives readers enough information to help them relate. The story starts in the right place and continues at a nice pace that quickens and slows when needed. There are no glaring errors that will pull the reader out of the story.

What I could do better for both stories- both said the covers especially placing of my name as the author.

I don't think you can get a more fair, honest evaluation.

Patriot Secrets
Ruse of Love
Now for what I have planned...I closed my regular website. Never went over to it. I'm going to bring up another blog just for my works...all of them together. All my books. Just to let you know Patriot Secrets will be coming down on November 27th. The rights are reverting back to me. I want to revamp the covers of both Winds of Betrayal Series. So if you want Patriot Secrets, grab it before it goes down...at least for the time being. Probably looking at the beginning of the year. Have to catch up with myself.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Keep reading! Have a good one!





   

Friday, November 16, 2012

THE TIME IS NOW!

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TIME OF THE NUXVENOM


Whispers of a Legend saga began with
SHADOWS OF THE PAST, THE PATH NOW TURNED, VISION OF DESTINY

Kela Calledwdele was born with a destiny, a Euchoun with only one purpose in life...to protect. Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both. Now she must find the courage to face the destiny fate has dictated to her. Half Witheleghean and half, Sordarin, she knows well her parents gave the ultimate sacrifice to give her a chance to live. Yet, in so doing, they have left Kela unprepared to face the dangers that await her. Her instincts are to protect and in this she does, but in so doing it leads her into a world where she knows not whom to trust. In time her power matures and grows stronger when she bonds with a Sordarin warrior, Cono. She learns well why she holds the power. An evil as no other before, Asmeodai, has emerged but all is not what it seems as a dark cloak encompasses her family. Betrayal, distrust, treachery leaves Kela alone. She is torn by her desire for Cono and the purpose, the path, she has been given to follow. And when another emerges within her world, one who seemly wants only to help her along her path, she is pulled further away from her Sordarin.

Part One- Shadows of the Past- FREE! 


Whispers begins 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.

Part Two- 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. 

Part Three- 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 Past…but Kela learns quickly the Past holds its own dangers.
The Legend continues…
WHISPERS OF A LEGEND, PART FOUR- TIME OF THE NUXVENOM.
The Nuxvenom—the time declared by the Arachindaens for their ascension to power…the time of their rule…the time for the annihilation of all who do not submit to their authority. Over the years, the Sordarins have slept well secure in the knowledge that the Great One guards over them and protects them from this Nuxvenom. Now, though, our world has once more been targeted; Asmeodai’s evil looms on the horizon and fear lives in the hearts of the Sordarins for our very existence is threatened.
I, Kela Calledwdele, have been trained for one purpose—to protect my people from this evil threat of Asmeodai. I did not ask for this, but have embraced my destiny. The path before me has never been easy, nor do I expect my tribulations to lessen as I continue my journey, but I hold to this destiny for I hold to my faith in the Great One.
With the acknowledgement as King Edulf’s granddaughter, Kela is swept into a world strange to her. Moreover, Kela discovers the world she now walks harbors its own dangers. For not only does Kela face the looming threat of the evil Cyaika and Arachindaens, she is forced to confront deception and betrayal from within her own ranks. Never have the stakes been greater—never has her world faced a greater danger—never has more been asked of the Euchoun.  The time of the Nuxvenom is now!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

THE VOICE

I love The Voice. There is just something about the show that ropes me in. I love the coaches, especially Blake. I'm country what can I say. But I think there's another reason I like The Voice so well. It's their premise that it's the voice they are looking for...and for the most part that's what happens.

The coaches,all of them- Blake, Adam, Christina, and Ceelo- are nice and respectful to the contestants.  I never could stand Simon Cowell. Don't get me wrong. I watched American Idol for years. I don't anymore nor do I watch the X-Factor. I don't like having a show where it sets up people for failure and we sit and watch it as entertainment. You know what I mean. Those poor people that think they can sing and try only to get shot down and basically humiliated.

We all want to be good at something. It's human nature. Honestly, it takes a great deal of courage to at least try to go after your dream. We all need to dream. Dreams give us hope.

So back to The Voice. There are several reasons I like The Voice. One of them is there isn't a contestant I don't like. I wouldn't be disappointed if any of the final twelve won. I do have my favorites. Okay, I'll admit it...I'm a huge Blake Shelton fan so I'm partial to anybody on his team. But the reason for this blog today is about one of the final twelve on Ceelo's team, Nicholas David.

Don't know the man, but boy do I love him. He's got a great voice and does his own thing. Blake said the other night 'Thank God for The Voice' because Nicholas David probably wouldn't have had a shot at fame otherwise. But you know the biggest reason I love Nicholas David...you can just tell he loves what he does.

Not everyone has to fit into a certain little mold to be successful.

It reminds me why I began my series Whispers of a Legend. I chose the fantasy format for a partial reason. It gave me freedom to write. The premise of Whispers— it's okay to be less than perfect.

I hate bullies. I don't understand their reasoning because it's the direct opposite of mine. I look for the good in people. I enjoy watching others succeed and working hard toward my own success. Bullies take joy by inflicting pain in others. Insincere with themselves they try to bring down what they perceive as some one weaker. Bullies latch onto what they point out is a weakness. Bullies want to destroy confidence and replace it with doubt. Bullies place themselves on a pedestal and proclaim themselves righteous.

In Whispers I wanted to show that even hero/heroines make mistakes. The most important thing to remember is don't lose faith in yourself. Hold to what you believe in. Don't expect perfection out of yourself, but don't stop trying to achieve the best you can be. Above all—don't give up.

I just heard a new song by Gary Allan called Every Storm Runs Out of Rain. Listen to it. Great song.

When I began Whispers of a Legend Saga, I wrote it because my heart went out to the teenage victims of bullies. My heart broke when I heard stories of teenagers committing suicide because of bullying. Growing up is hard enough. No one needs the added stress of being bullied, especially when teenager's have such tunnel vision. Saying all that, teenagers aren't the only ones that get bullied.

It would be a wonderful world if we all respected each other. While it may be an impossible task, it is one we all should strive for because everyone should understand there is no perfection in this world. Perfection is an illusion; not a one of us is perfect.

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Whispers deals with a multitude of issues and will continue to do so as Kela follows her path. The saga is full of adventure, action, romance...an epic fantasy, but I also hope it holds a tad more. If you haven't read it yet, Whispers of a Legend, Part One- Shadows of the Past is free everywhere- Amazon and Barnes and Noble. If you want the first three installments under one cover, you can find it with Whispers of a Legend, Volume I. 

If you have read the series up to this point, know that Whispers of a Legend, Part Four- Time of the Nuxvenom is due out November 20th.



I can't wait until the next episode of The Voice. Whose your favorite? Have a good one! Keep reading!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

NOVEMBER WINDS

It's already November. Time goes by so fast. It's coming soon....






Coming November 20, 2012- Whispers of a Legend, Part Four-Time of the Nuxvenom

The Legend continues…

TIME OF THE NUXVENOM.

The Nuxvenom—the time declared by the Arachindaens for their ascension to power…the time of their rule…the time for the annihilation of all who do not submit to their authority. Over the years, the Sordarins have slept well secure in the knowledge that the Great One guards over them and protects them from this Nuxvenom. Now, though, our world has once more been targeted; Asmeodai’s evil looms on the horizon and fear lives in the hearts of the Sordarins for our very existence is threatened.
I, Kela Calledwdele, have been trained for one purpose—to protect my people from this evil threat of Asmeodai. I did not ask for this, but have embraced my destiny. The path before me has never been easy, nor do I expect my tribulations to lessen as I continue my journey, but I hold to this destiny for I hold to my faith in the Great One.


With the acknowledgement as King Edulf’s granddaughter, Kela is swept into a world strange to her. Moreover, Kela discovers the world she now walks harbors its own dangers. For not only does Kela face the looming threat of the evil Cyaika and Arachindaens, she is forced to confront deception and betrayal from within her own ranks. Never have the stakes been greater—never has her world faced a greater danger—never has more been asked of the Euchoun.  The time of the Nuxvenom is now!

Don't Miss Out! Start at the beginning.

The Legend begins.....


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