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!

FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME ON AMAZON

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?

ABOUT: 

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

AMAZON    BARNES AND NOBLE    ITUNES

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE READERS' CROWN FINALIST

AMAZON    BARNES AND NOBLE    ITUNES

Thursday, May 15, 2014

#SPECIAL SEDUCTIVE LIVES

AMAZON     BARNES AND NOBLE 
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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? 

ABOUT: 

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. 

Secret Lives series: 
Seductive Secrets, Book One 
Broken Legacy, Book Two 
Seductive Lies, Book Three 

Boston’s Crimes of Passion series: 
Fragmented, Book One 




REVIEWS: 
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

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Love As A Legacy



Seductive Secrets
We all want forever. When we are love and are loved, it is forever.

Love is a legacy. 

I was thinking what we leave behind—what we have given to this world. I was thinking of my grandmothers...my dad and I smiled. Their passing left a void, but it is filled with memories. Some memories fade in time; others magnify. I was fortunate to have been closed to both my grandmothers. Both gave taught me invaluable lessons, not by their words, but actions.

My grandmothers came from different worlds. One came from money and privilege; the other...not so much. If I credited one person for my writing it would have to be my Grandmother Dotson, the one with not so much money. I would sit for hours listening to her talk of her youth. She encouraged my imagination. She grew up the youngest of seven and she was the only girl. I can still picture her talking to me, her house, her room...even her smell. For some reason, we had a special connection. The greatest gift I ever received came from my Grandmother Dotson.

I am a middle child. No different than most middle children. In front of me, I had a beautiful sister who could do no wrong. Behind me, my brother, who got to go with my father everywhere because he was male. I was so envious. I felt that I kinda got lost in the mix. Grandmother Dotson made me feel special. Although she lived about an hour away, my mother and I would go visit every Saturday. Most times, it was only my mother and I that went. One Saturday in December...just after I turned eleven, we went to visit, only to find my grandmother collapsed on the floor. It was so strange and surreal. Even before Momma opened the door, I knew. I knew and already ran to the neighbors. My grandmother had passed away. Sadness enveloped me. It was only two weeks before Christmas.


SEDUCTIVE LIES

Christmas wasn't the same that year until after everyone had opened their presents. Then away from all the others, my mother gave a small package, beautifully wrapped. Opening it, it was a watch. My grandmother, who didn't have a dime to spare, had bought it for me. My sister had wanted a particular watch for Christmas that my grandmother knew my parents were going to give to her. My grandmother wanted me to have one. It may have only been a simple Timex watch, but I loved it. I still have it to this day. The band is long gone. Worn. Broken. But it’s one of my most precious items I own.

There are several times of love. Passionate love. Tender love. Motherly love. Compassionate love. Love.

My grandmother has been gone for over forty years, but I have always felt she is with me. She has never left. A love that crosses time...a love that is forever.



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

REMEMBERING BY GIVING BACK

 
FRAGMENTED, BOOK ONE BOSTON'S CRIMES OF PASSION
AMAZON        BARNES AND NOBLE     ITUNES

For the month of April, my main focus will be Fragmented. The anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing is coming up.  I have pledge not to forget. By remembering, I will be giving back—half of my royalties from Fragmented are being donated to The One Fund in Boston.

If you are looking for a suspense-filled mustread, look no further.  Fragmented, Book One Boston's Crimes of Passion is just the book for you!

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!

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