Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Name Is A Name...Is A Name!

A name is a name...is a name. I have three. Jerri Hines, Colleen Connally, and Carrie James Haynes. Three names...one write. I have a new series, Southern Legacy, that if you enjoy the Secret Lives Series, I'm certain you will enjoy this serial. I debated back and forth on which name to use, Jerri Hines or Colleen Connally. Colleen Connally tends to lean more into the romance; Jerri Hines, historical fiction. I decide to use Jerri Hines for the Southern Legacy Saga, even though the series is a sweeping romance. No matter the name I use, all my books hold everything one has come to expect from my romances—love, betrayal, intrigue and mystery! 
Today, the first book in Southern Legacy, Belle of Charleston, is FREE! Get your copy and be swept back in time!


 Set against the backdrop of Antebellum Charleston with the martial clash of brother against brother looming on the horizon—here is an absorbing, tantalizing saga of life during one of our country's most turbulent times—Southern Legacy Series.
Belle of Charleston, Book One
In a world of pageantry and show, the Montgomery family accepts the way of life that has been antebellum Charleston for over a hundred years. Two cousins, the handsome and debonair, Wade Montgomery and the bold and brooding Cullen Symthe, were born to be brothers. Raised as Southern gentlemen, their character could never be questioned—loyalty, honor, duty to one’s country, God and family. It was the tie that binds until...their bond is threatened, not only by the cry for secession but by a woman—Josephine Buchanan Wright.
Josephine Buchanan Wright is a dutiful, southern belle. Her future seems fated to the two Montgomerys cousins…until all she has placed her faith in falls apart. As her life spirals out of control, she tries desperately to cling to the honor and duty that has been instilled in her. But how can she do so when all she has known is no more?

Somewhere between love and tomorrow is forever!
Josephine Buchanan Wright is forced apart from the man she loves. She has chosen the path of honor and duty, denying her heart its desire. Unaware of a growing threat against her, she strives to make her dying father’s wish a reality.
Cullen Smythe returns to Philadelphia and tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered heart…forget her and make a life for himself—alone. But fate has other plans for once more Josephine enters his world.
Can their love be rekindled against the forces against them? Love and betrayal; jealousy and violence—all with a war looming on the horizon, bidding brother against brother.

Book Three

THE SUN WILL RISE, Book Four ~ Coming Late Spring/ Early Summer 2015!
This is a serial! The books in this series may have cliffhangers and hooks to make you want to continue to the next book. Do not begin if you don't want to become addicted to the series! Southern Legacy will consist of four books-- Belle of Charleston, Shadows of Magnolia, Born to Be Brothers and The Sun Will Rise. Enjoy!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to read the books in order. This is a SERIAL! One book ends and the other picks up where it left off. If you don't like cliffhangers, wait until the release of the whole series. Then all the books will be offered as a box set and will as be released in print at that time.

Monday, December 15, 2014

SEDUCTIVE SECRETS! Get Lost Within the Secret Lives Romance!


Find out why so many readers have fallen in love with Seductive Secrets!

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 the 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.

ENJOY SEDUCTIVE SECRETS —then get the latest release from Colleen Connally under her name, Jerri Hines, Belle of Charleston!



Warning: Southern Legacy Series is a serial! 
There will be a total of four books. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BROKEN LEGACY by Colleen Connally

BROKEN LEGACY, an Amazon #1 Bestselling Historical Romance!
Orangeberry 2013 Hall of Fame Best Romance!

Lord Gerard Lenister needed the lady…after their meeting, he wanted her.
For seventeen years Lady Eloise Granville lived in France thinking herself a bastard. Not until her life was threatened did her father cross the English Channel to reclaim her as his legitimate daughter. Now four years later a revolution roars its ugly head in France. Rumors abound of Lady Eloise’s life before her emergence in England…rumors that link her to the notorious leaders of the French Revolution.

Lord Gerard Lenister knows well the whispered connections Lady Eloise has across the Channel and the disdain that Society holds for the lady. It matters little to him. He could have cared less if she was the incarnation of a she-devil. He would marry Jezebel herself if she helped him on his mission. He is that desperate…but soon he discovers that Lady Eloise is not what she seems.


Intrigue, Secrets, Romance—Broken Legacy, Book Two of Secret Lives Series!

Thrown into the midst of the Reign of Terror that the French Revolution has become, Lady Eloise has long struggled with the questions arising from her birth. Forced into a marriage she neither wanted or desired, she finds herself drawn to the man who is now her husband.

Lord Gerard puts into place a plan to save his children. Marrying Lady Eloise gives him the leverage he needs. Soon, he realizes the woman he married is nothing like the woman she has been portrayed. Never did he consider she would risk her life for him nor did he consider that Eloise would evoke feelings within him he did not know existed.

Thrown into a terror few escape, Gerard and Eloise discover a connection that will bind their lives forever—love. That is if they survive.

Secret Lives series:
Seductive Secrets, Book One
Broken Legacy, Book Two
Seductive Lies, Book Three
Boston’s Crimes of Passion series:
Fragmented, Book One

New Release— Coming Soon!

Read the first chapter over on Kindle Scout
If it's not picked up by Kindle Scout, it will be released December 16, 2014! Watch for it!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014


For a limited time only $.99!

From the author of a #1 Amazon Historical Romance Kindle Bestseller, BROKEN LEGACY, comes FRAGMENTED, a suspense thriller that you won’t be able to put down!

Praise for Fragmented~

“Fragmented is a thoroughly engrossing romantic suspense which will have you turning the pages as fast as you can! Author Colleen Connally does a masterful job diving into the demented mind of a serial killer. If you liked Silence of the Lambs, you’ll love this story. Highly recommended!” ~ S.G. Rogers

"A gripping, page-turning thriller. You won't be able to stop reading. And you'll sleep with the lights on! Colleen Connally creates evocative words that will send more than chills down your spine. There's also a few scenes that will grip your heart!"~ Elaine Raco Chase

"A fast-paced, sensual romantic suspense with a compelling heroine and a caring, dynamic hero." ~ Lindsay Townsend

“A compelling read that will keep you guessing until the very end. Well done, Ms. Connally!” ~ Mary Campisi

The first in the Boston’s Crimes of Passion Series! A pulse-pounding thriller! Ms Connally’s first murder mystery delivers! Suspenseful…shocking…a psychological thriller— leaving readers on the edge of their seat. Cameron Quinn is caught in a web of deceit. Protecting her brother from being framed for a murder places Cameron in untold danger. When the real killer diverts his attention to her, she has nowhere to turn, especially not to the man she shared one unforgettable night… who now is trying to put her brother in prison. A “must read” for any suspense lover!

She would do anything to protect her family...

Cameron Quinn watched her father fall into a world of despair after being falsely accused of causing her mother's death. Now, her brother is a suspect in a crime she knows he's not capable of committing. She'll risk everything to save her brother from the same fate as her father, even destroying evidence that implicates him in a series of murders.

He would do anything to win a case...

ADA Darren Kennedy is known as ‘the bulldog.’ He doesn’t lose. When a killer emerges on the streets of Boston, he’s dead-set on putting that killer behind bars...along with anyone that stands in his way.
A killer would do anything to get his heart's desire...Cameron soon discovers that the police aren't the only ones who suspect her of covering for her brother. The murderer is still out there and he isn't happy his plans have been disrupted. Now, the twisted psychopath has turned his attention towards Cameron and will stop at nothing until he has her in his control.


Get the first glimpse of Belle of Charleston...read the first chapter! Nominate it if you enjoy it. If it is not a go on Kindle Scout, it will be released in December...more to come.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


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


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.
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

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!
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
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.