Thursday, October 30, 2014

BELLE OF CHARLESTON...MY LATEST!

KINDLE SCOUT
I have put my new release in the Kindle Scout program. I have been reading about the pros and cons to this program. My opinion...doesn't hurt to try it. Amazon is the reason I'm an Indie author. Over the last few years I've been an Indie author I've learned things about publishing. It's competitive.

One would think—write a good book and they will come. The truth is they have to know you have written the book. It's called promotion.

I feel I have been fortunate in one way. A couple of years ago, Book Bub picked up Seductive Secrets under my penname Colleen Connally when it was free. After they did, I began selling books. I'm not a New York Times bestseller, but for the first time readers were reading my stories.

I am a self-taught writer. Like most writers, I wanted to write since I was young. My parents never encouraged my writing. They wanted me to have a career. A sensible ambition. So few really make it being an author. Now I do have a career. I work at a major hospital in Boston. I enjoy my work, but the dream to write never left me.

I have to credit my husband for encouraging to follow my dream. Every book I write is and will always be dedicated to him. He has always believed in me. 

The Big 5 Publishers have rejected me numerous times. Despite the glowing rejections...in the end...the books I submitted sat collecting dust until I became an Indie author. I have been published by Wild Child Publishing and Whiskey Creek Press, but I found you don't have the control of your books with a small/medium publisher. I like the control of being an Indie. But my books with Whiskey Creek Press will stay with WCP. WCP was bought out by Start Media. They promised to let me revise my books and those books, The Tide of Charleston series, will stay with WCP. As a matter of fact, The Judas Kiss is going to be re-released November 12. 

I don't have an agent. I am not a business woman. I think with my heart and write from my emotions. I love writing romance because I believe in a love that can last forever. I'm a history fanatic. I don't think any one will disagree that I'm an old soul. Most of my stories emerge from the past. 

If my main concern was making money, I would be writing contemporary romances. But like I said, I write what I feel. I wish I could just write a book and publish it. To sell it, though, you have to deal with the real world. You have to get your book noticed in the sea of books. 

That is the reason I'm trying Kindle Scout—to find a wider audience for my books. 

If  Belle of Charleston isn't a go with Kindle Scout, I will be releasing it in December. I'm excited about the series. It is my first Civil War saga. It will be my only Civil War saga because it is so personal.

I love being Southern and proud of the fact of being from the Deep South. When I moved North, it is difficult to explain the loyalty one feels being born Southern. Within Southern Legacy, you will find a deep love story along with the conflicting emotions and turbulence the war caused...on both sides and the slaves themselves. There is no simple answers to the questions that arose about the war. Southern Legacy is a serial. It was once one huge book that I called Whispers of a Southern Heart. I'm revising it into four books: Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born to Be Brothers and The Sun Will Rise.  

I am so glad to have this opportunity to express myself with Southern Legacy Series. If you get the chance, Belle of Charleston will be up on Kindle Scout until November 26. Go to the site and nominate it if you like what you see and read. 

Enjoy! Have a wonderful day!  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SEDUCTIVE SECRETS #BARGAIN #.99C

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Someone wants Alyce Hythe dead…
Shunned from London society for being the daughter of England’s most notorious spy, Alyce Hythe desires only to clear her father’s name. For years, she has been hidden away from all prying eyes, given a new identity and told to forget who she was. But strange things have been happening causing old rumors to once more be whispered. Long has Lord Julian Casvelyn lived with guilt brought on when his brother was murdered by England’s most infamous traitor. But one eventful night has changed everything Lord Julian believed about his brother’s death. Never did he suspect the woman he has just saved from certain harm is the daughter of that man. Now Julian is caught in midst of a conspiracy and desire for that woman. Thrown together by fate, the two search for answers long denied them and along the way discover a love that can free them both.
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CTRR Award-
I positively enjoyed Seductive Secrets. Colleen Connally 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. Connally creates an enthralling read that surrounds with anticipation that continues to build, leaving this reader spellbound. - Cherokee
Previously published as Daughter of Deceit under Carrie James Haynes
RISQUE REVIEWS -Top Choice Award-
This story kept me on the edge of my seat as Alyce goes through the days trying to learn the truth. The suspense kept my heart racing as Alyce meets someone that knows something about her father. It turns out to be an attempt on her life. I literally held my breath until I knew she was alright.
Later in the story, Haynes takes Alyce through a journey of sensual feelings for Lord Julian. Alyce discovers that she is falling in love. And through the description Haynes uses throughout her story, I experience the same feelings Alyce felt. Haynes was able to make me place myself in this story to feel as if all the action that took place happened to me. I especially like when I read a book and can feel that way.
There is one scene toward the end of the book that made me not able to put the story down--when Alyce is led to old ruins at Colonel Tolworthy’s estate by someone trying to cause her harm. I stayed up late reading the last section of the book because I simply could not quit reading until I knew the outcome.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fragmented is Part of What to Read After FSOG-The Gemstone Collection Part Five


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Ssh! Don't tell Momma! What to Read After FSOG: The Gemstone Collection Part Five!
What To Read After FSOG: The Gemstone Collection Part Five! The collection of books is filled New York Times, USA bestselling, and Amazon bestselling authors!
CATHRYN FOX- Fever
MELINDA DUCHAMP- The Sexperts: The Girl With The Pearl Necklace
KAROLYN JAMES- A Voice to Love
SASHA WHITE-  The Principles of Lust
STEPHANINE QUEEN- Playing the Game
ELAINE RACO CHASE- Rules of the Game
V. J. DEVEREAUX-   Cooking Class
COLLEEN CONNALLY- Fragmented, Book One Boston's Crimes of Passion
TARA CRESCENT-  Triage
SUMMER DANIELS-  Summer's Journey
Yes...it has erotica romances in the collection...I'm not sure but Fragmented may be the token Suspense/Thriller in the bunch. My Momma is going to turn Fifty Shades of RED!!! So...ssh...don't tell her. She loves my books, but she has a hard enough time telling people she knows that I write romances 'sex books' as she calls it. No matter that she has a closet full of Romance books...where do you think I stole my first romance book I read...just makes a difference that her daughter is writing them...but to be in a collection of books with Erotica Romances...she just may have a heart attack. So....ssh...we just won't tell her.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

REDEMPTION OF A HERO

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 There are certain expectations of heroes in romance novels. The most important is for the reader to imagine herself falling in love with him. Romances are escape from reality. A reader knows when picking up a romance that there will be a Happily Ever After.

How the hero and heroine obtain their HEA is up to the imagination of the authorand talent of the author. It is my job as the author to create characters you can become attached to in the story. When you read one of my books, one knows I don’t write romantic comedy or light romance. I’ve tried, but no matter what I do, my characters divert my story to where they want to go. I write a few different genre, but my favorite is historical.

My imagination runs wild with historicals for many reasons. The rules that women lived under during these periods make compelling storylines. Tortured, angst and anguish souls.

I have prided myself with fresh and original stories. My characters are flawed. I don’t believe in perfection, but I do believe in love. Redemption is always a key element in my stories.

The question becomes can a hero be redeemed? Should a hero in a romance be allowed to be human for a momentIf they do make a mistake, can they be saved from themselves.

I understand we want a hero to be strong, confident, arrogant to a certain point. But can’t those same qualities led to issues?

When I wrote Seductive Lies,I wanted the reader to feel the reason Arthur made his decision to deceive Harriet. Afterwards, he discovered there were consequences to his actions. I believe that he paid for his liesand in the end, he found happiness.

I write what I love to read. Growing up I read and re-read my favorite books. I have found these books inspire meinspires my stories. Two of my favorites—Jane Eyre and Rebecca. If you remember in Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester was already married when he tried to marry Jane. The only reason he didn’t was because the brother of his wife told of the deception in front of Jane. Then Rochester confessed to Jane and she eventually forgave him. In Rebecca, Maximum believed he had murdered his wife.

Soyes, I believe that a hero can be redeemedby loveof course.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SEDUCTIVE LIES #FREEBIE FOR A LIMITED TIME!

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Every ingredient needed for an historical romance you won't forget is in this book. The level of deceit and treachery will astound you. You can tell this book was a labor of love. Ms. Connelly gives us a book that could easily become a series. The writing is amazing and the characters relatable. Your heart strings will be pulled and you'll feel the anger and rage- it's that well written. You must get this book, but be warned, it will leave you breathlessly waiting for the next one.--Have You Heard My Book Review, Reviewed by Melanie
From the author of a #1 Amazon Historical Romance Kindle Bestseller, BROKEN LEGACY, comes Seductive Lies! 
Only love can heal a heart betrayed... 

Harriet Burke has long been haunted by a family scandal. Abandoned by her mother as an infant, she has grown up in the shadows of the events that led up to that scandal. But all changes when she meets the future Viscount of Daneford. The dashing young Lieutenant Arthur Hammett defies his grandfather. Professing his undying love, he proposes to Harriet. Harriet quickly learns that all is not what it seems. Secrets, lies, and betrayal shatters Harriet's life, leaving Harriet little choice. She has to begin life anew…

They were destined to be together but fate had other plans… 

Lord Arthur Daneford made a rash decision years ago that cost him greatly...his biggest regret. Now, though, his past has reemerged. Chilling information has been called to his attention that Harriet's life is endangered. He will stop at nothing to ensure her safety, but will she accept his help before it's too late?

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Family scandal...Forbidden love...Ghosts and Curses

Harriet Burke has been cursed or so says her grandfather. In her youth, a gypsy’s blessing gave Harriet the ability to disregard the boundaries of death. Lord Arthur believes it is total nonsense, but he cannot deny there is no explanation for her knowledge. Haunted by visions of wrongs once done, Harriet fears there will be no escape.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rocky Mountain High- RomCon

ROMCON
I'm fixing to leave for RomCon in Denver. If you are in the area, stop by the conference. It's going to be a good time!

Two of my books are up for Readers' Crown Awards! Check them out if you get the chance.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE READERS' CROWN FINALIST

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ROMANTIC SUSPENSE READERS' CROWN FINALIST

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