Wednesday, December 26, 2012

THE DAY AFTER

The day after Christmas. It's so hard to get up and go back to the routine of normal everyday life. For a month, you plan and shop for the day. Then its over. You have your pictures and memories...but getting back to the routine...it's hard.

I had such a wonderful, simple day. Nothing life shattering....just hubbie, the kids, my husband's family. It was great. My mother-in-law wasn't with us this year. She has Alzheimer's and is in a nursing home, but yesterday she said my father-in-law's name. She hasn't said it in...has to be a couple of years. I haven't seen my father-in-law that happy in a long time. Nice to have my kids home, see my niece and nephews...I even enjoyed cooking (I only cook once a year). Such a nice, enjoyable day.

Now, though, it's back to work.

Been doing a lot of thinking about this last year. Have to say, it's been interesting to say the least when it comes to my writing. I'm so appreciative of friends and readers. So much more so than last year. I have a deeper appreciation of everything around me. Thank you all.

So this last year...I've been busy. I have released more books than I ever have. It won't be like that this like this next year. I had three books released with Whiskey Creek that was written years ago that was released this year. The Tides of Charleston Series.

THE JUDAS KISS, THE PROMISE and ANOTHER NIGHT FALLS.
THE PROMISE

I also released the second book in the Winds of Betrayal Series, Ruse of Love.
This coming year, I will be revamping the look of Winds of Betrayal. Patriot Secrets will be revised and republished.

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Whispers of a Legend saga continues.....

I released Vision of Destiny along with putting all three titles under one, Whispers of a Legend, Volume I.
Also, excited about continuing the series with the release of TIME OF NUXVENOM.


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Then my release, Daughter of Deceit...Seductive Secrets.

Seductive Secrets is FREE! Always Free! Along with Whispers of a Legend, Part One-Shadows of the Past  
is Free, too!

I hope you had a great 2012...and a better 2013! Keep Reading!


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Saturday, December 15, 2012

MY HOBBIT REVIEW

THE HOBBIT
I was so excited yesterday. I went to the Hobbit. I have been waiting for the release. I'll admit I've gone through withdrawal since the last film, Return of the King. I am a huge J RR Tolkien's fan. My girls are home for college break and they went with me. I had such a great time.

I was eager to see how Peter Jackson would evolve one book into three movies. While I'll concede that the plot may have been somewhat thin, I enjoyed it immensely. It is not the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but watching the Hobbit was like going home and seeing friends you haven't seen in a long time. 

I read where the movie was filmed 48-frames-per-second. Now, I'm not a technical person, but I loved the feel of the movie. Kinda made you feel as if you were there. 

Just reading over some of the reviews of the Hobbit, I can't say I disagree with what they are saying. But to me, it doesn't matter. The Hobbit is all part of the world J RR Tolkien created and I loved it. If you are like me, you'll enjoy it also.

I have a special place in my heart for the Lord of the Rings. The series has inspired many a person, including myself. Lord of the Rings probably was my biggest influence when it came to writing my epic fantasy series, Whispers of a Legend. It is a standard to compare any epic fantasy series. I will always admire J RR Tolkien's writing ability and hold his works close to my heart.

Epic fantasy hold the same characterizations—the ingredients that make it a fantasy—magical worlds and mystical beings where the story line revolves around the mysterious nature of our hero's heritage. The difference with Whispers of a Legend, our hero is a heroine caught between two worlds. 

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I invite you to try Whispers of a Legend. The first installment is free. Won't loss a thing seeing if you too will enjoy this series. I have just released the fourth installment, Time of the Nuxvenom. 

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Enjoy! Enjoy the Hobbit! Enjoy the holiday season! Enjoy Whispers of a Legend! Keep reading!

 




 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

DREAMSCAPE- My gift to you!

DREAMSCAPE
DREAMSCAPE is free today and tomorrow! I love giving away free books! It gives a reader an opportunity to read my writing. Dreamscape isn't normally free. So take advantage.

My writing is like my gift to you. Take an escape from the holiday shopping, wrapping Christmas gifts, and sending out Christmas cards. Curl up with a good book. Dreamscape is paranormal suspense. A thriller. It was my first book I had published.

But if paranormal suspense isn't your thing, I have two more free books that are free all the time.

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Seductive Secrets under my pen name Colleen Connally. Historical Romance with a tad paranormal mixed in! Two more books will be released in 2013. Broken Legacy is due out in February!

Whispers of a Legend Series

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Epic Fantasy Series! 

Fantasy Romance!

Family Saga!

Four installments have been released, but the first one- Shadows of the Past is FREE!
Check out the latest in the series- Time of the Nuxvenom!

Want to see all my books- Have a new website under Jerri Hines, Romance Author!

Also over on Romantic Picks, have a little give back. Leave a recommendation for me to post next week and you will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble!
Or you can leave a comment here. I'm taking any of my social links...facebook, twitter, blogs...just let me know!

Happy Holidays! Keep Reading!

Monday, December 10, 2012

PREQUEL TO DREAMSCAPE

My first book I published was Dreamwalker. I got the rights back last year and republished it as an Indie. It's now Dreamscape. It's going to be free this coming Thursday and Friday. I thought you might enjoy a few chapters of an unedited, unpublished of a prequel. It's over on my website- Jerri Hines, Romance Author.
Enjoy! 

Short blog! Keep reading! Happy Holidays!

DREAMSCAPE

Saturday, December 8, 2012

ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS


ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER
I grew up anticipating watching Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer every year on TV. It was part of Christmas. Did you know Robert L. May wrote Rudolph as a poem for his employer, Montgomery Ward back in 1939?

I mention this for a couple of reasons. I love Rudolph. I loved Rudolph as a child because of all the adorable characters: Rudolph, Hermey, Clarice, Sam the Snowman, Yukon Cornelius, The Abominable Snow Monster (Bumble), and Santa. But do you remember the Island of Misfit Toys—Charlie-the-Box, the Spotted Elephant, Bird Fish…

As an adult I love the story of Rudolph for numerous reasons. What a great way to inspire children to accept others who are a little different. Because when you think about it Rudolph was all about bullying. Wasn’t it?

Never sell anyone short because you never know when you might need them. We do need that difference. To survive in this world, we all need to embrace differences. If we don’t it would become a world of Stepford Wives.

Have you ever felt like you live on the island of misfit toys? That you are that Charlie in the Box? That you don’t quite fit into the peg on the board… That’s okay.

I have a thing about bullying in any form. I was at work the other night. I was working with a couple of people who might be considered candidates to live on the island of misfit toys. I guess I’m different because instead of seeing their failures, I see what makes them shine. If you only focus on the negative, you will miss out on the light inside of a person.

This blog today is a tad personal because I’ve seen what bullying can do to a child. My daughter was bullied when we first moved to the town we live in now. She was only in fifth grade, but was never accepted. Think of Mean Girls. Everyone wants to fit in and liked. Even today my daughter who now is in college, I can still see the effects that bullying has left. Bullying destroys confidence. And lack of self-confidence leads to a multitude of issues especially in children.

It isn’t only children though that are bullied. I learned that this year with my writing. It’s not a good feeling. I know what I have gone through and I can’t imagine a child questioning themselves.

I know what it’s like to be different. I have always walked to a different beat. Growing up, I was different than my siblings. I always thought differently. I never kept back my opinions either, which got me into more trouble than you can imagine. I still remember my mother being embarrassed that I came in second place in a writing essay contest about the Civil War when I was in middle school. Not because I came in second place, but because the teacher told her that I would have come in first place if I hadn’t said I thought the South was wrong about seceding from the Union. My sister hid the essay from me and threatened to show it at times when she thought it would embarrass me. She still has it because I never cared if she did show it. I wrote it and believed it. But at the same time, it hurt because my family thought I had done something wrong. It hurts at times to stay true to your beliefs.

Being right doesn’t necessarily mean you will be supported. I believe that you have to find the strength within yourself.

Over the centuries people have been ridiculed for thinking outside the box. Can you imagine the person who tried to convince people that the world was round? That you didn’t just fall off the edge when you got to the end. Can you imagine the courage it took to sail off on that ship to prove your theory?

Sometimes it takes bravery. Other times, we just want to exist in a peaceful environment and live our lives.

I will admit this year I considered stopping writing. I took so much enjoyment from writing and meeting both authors and writers until last February. I lived in a little bubble world where I wasn’t making much with my writing, but was having the time of my life being part of a community.

Oh…the reality of the world outside can be harsh and cruel. In my little bubble world, there is a place for us all. In reality, it’s like the show Survivor—to outwit, outlast, outplay the other contestants. Nice guys don’t always end up first.

What I have learned over the last year is what I really want, I have. I am fortunate that I have a loving husband, children and friends. I need to write because I enjoy it. I can’t worry about the other factors that come into play. I can’t and won’t worry about the things I don’t control. The only thing I can control is what I write.

So I fit better into the world of misfit toys than I do in the outside world. It’s who I am…that naïve country bumpkin who still dreams.

So this Christmas, grab your child, your grandchild, or just by yourself and watch Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer. You don’t have to wait for it to be shown on TV. It's out there somewhere to be seen on DVD, on demand…it is out there. Enjoy it!

Happy Holidays!

Not promoting any books today, but I do have a new website with all my books and pen names. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Shopping...

It's December and I haven't begun any shopping. I'm so behind. I have my Christmas decorations out, but my Christmas tree isn't up. So much has been going on. The good news is that my mother is doing so much better! Now I can focus on my many projects in December.

A few of friends are offering some great giveaways and contest this month. Great giveaways including Kathleen Brooks, Melody Anne, Ruth Cardello...so many. You have to check them out. I have donated a few books to the cause including Another Night Falls and Whispers of a Legend, Volume I.

I have created a new website, Jerri Hines, A World Filled With Romance which includes all my titles. If you have a moment, check it out and let me know what you think.

My first post was about Strong Female Protagonists.

The stories I write have strong female heroines. I write all different genres: historical fiction, epic fantasy, and romance. Then you might wonder how I write about strong women when I write romance. I mean most women read romance to fantasize about their prince rushing in and rescuing the damsel in distress. Romantic fantasy? Without question…I’m the first to acknowledge that the romance genre is a fantasy. Why do women love romance so much? The answer is simple. We grew up on fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen to Charles Perrault’s tales; Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White…
So are women really damsels in distress waiting to be rescued? If that was the case, most of us would still be waiting…wouldn’t we?

So can women relate to strong female protagonists? Can men? Again the answer is simple…yes. Strong female protagonists have been embraced throughout literature. The difference is perception. The first one that comes to mind for me is Jane Eyre.

Jane Eyre was a woman of strong conviction and character. When someone wrote that behind every good man there is a great woman, they would have to had a woman like Jane Eyre in mind. Women are different than men. Women don’t have to be Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! or Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!” to exhibit strength. Women have a quiet strength within us which is as powerful as any physical feat.

Not that some women can’t exhibit physical strength. A great example is Katniss Everdeen. Suzanne Collins did an excellent job in creating Katniss into a believable woman of strength and courage, but Katniss more powerful moments in the book had nothing to do with her physical prowess. Who could ever forget Katniss holding the poison berries in her hand and then putting them in her mouth? With one act she began a revolution.

And we can’t forget Éowyn from Lord of the Rings and the classic line “no living man can kill me.” I loved it when it was Éowyn who thrust her sword into the Witch-king of Angmar.

So where does the inspiration come from these strong female protagonists? Examples of strong female protagonist are not fantasy. Though, most women don’t seek the acknowledgement for their sacrifice, courage or bravery. A few examples come to mind: Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, and Irena Sendler… Irena Sendler? If you don’t know her, don’t feel bad. I only learned about her a couple of years ago. She was the leader of a group of women who risked their lives to save Jewish children during WWII. Irena Sendler is the epitome of a true hero. No one should ever question whether women can be a strong female protagonist.

The difference between a male alpha hero and a strong female protagonist is that most times the woman becomes a heroine out of necessity.

My series, Whispers of a Legend, centers around a strong female protagonist.

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. Whispers of a Legend is the story of Kela’s journey.
Whispers of a Legend began with…

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Shadows of the Past- 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. This book is FREE!
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.
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...

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Whispers of a Legend- 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 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!

Enjoy! Have a good one! Keep reading!