Friday, July 12, 2019

Happy Publication Day to Vision of Destiny! #NewRelease #FantasyAdventure


AMAZON      NOOK     ITUNES     KOBO     GOOGLEPLAY

The Third Book in the fantasy fiction series, THE THREE REALMS, has been released!

For a Limited Time at $0.99!

THE THREE REALMS SERIES! 
An evil like no other! A destiny to follow! Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both!

For the next week, Vision of Destiny will be discounted at $0.99 as well as Past of Shadows, Book One of The Three Realms, will be FREE! After that time, the books will revert to their normal price.

I'm so excited for today! I love the feeling of knowing the book is out there for everyone to read! When I first began this series, I thought writing fantasy would be freeing with no constraints with the rules that a historical presents. But I discovered there is a distinct challenge in creating a fantasy world where your imgaination could know no limits. I love challenges.

I encourage you to get your copy because next week it will go to its normal price. The series will never be cheaper than today! Don't miss out!

Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both.

Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. 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 dangerous world, where she doesn’t know whom to trust. In time, she bonds with a Sordarin warrior, Cono. Together, they prepare to face an evil as no other before, Asmeodai, but betrayal and treachery leaves Kela alone. She is torn by her desire for Cono and the purpose, the path, she has been given to follow. 

Now, Kela questions her destiny. The path that once was so clear before her has 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.










Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July! God Bless America!

This morning I read a headline that said that Patriotism plummets ahead of Independence Day. Over the last few years, it has fallen below 60% of Americans that feel proud to be an American. That fact is a shame, but I'm one American who is still proud to live here in this great country.

I love history. It is the reason I have written two series about the American Revolution and one about the Civil War. The American Revolution totally fascinates me. The brillance of how our forefathers set up the United States of America is truly astounding.

As I write this, I am totally aware that some of these great men owned slaves. Yes, it would have been far better if slavery never happened. Slavery was a terrible instituion...horrible. At the time, the sad fact was that it was an accepted practice. I certainly don't give our forefathers a pass because of its acceptance. The writer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson was publically against slavery, yet owned over 600 slaves. He called it "moral depravity." So, slavery is certainly a black mark on our country and one that we will never live down. That is not in question.



Back in 1776, the United States became the land of the free! I know...I know that was for white men. But this is the difference than any other country at the time, the United States government gave the power to the people. We still have that today. Our forefathers set up a series of checks and balances that has allowed for change—and we have evolved.

When the South seceeded from the Union, the Union fought under our red, white and blue to not only free the slaves, but maintain the United States. 

So, this is my status on the flag. Fly it high and proud!

 This is a great country. We just need to let our voices be heard! (We need to vote in the next election that's for sure.)

I believe that all Americans have a right to protest, no matter if its kneeling for the flag...if its done for the right reason. If someone is calling attention to a issue that needs to be addressed, that is the right they have. A peaceful protest is one our rights as an American. I'm from Mississippi and would love if they took the Confederate flag off our state flag. (I have wrote on that before) I understand completely with the people that have issue with the Confederate flag...but not the American flag.

Men and women have fought under Old Glory to give us the freedoms we have today. As I respect the right to protest, we ALL should respect the symbol of America that gives us this right.

I do worry. I feel that there is a movement to take us backwards. 

It is our responsibily to not let that happen. The power is in the people. Let our voices be heard! We can make a difference! (No, I'm not running for political office.)

Let's respect those that have differing opinions and listen. The key, I believe, is listening. America is made up of all sorts of different people with different skin colors and different religions. Let's us find common ground for the betterment of all that live in this great country.

Okay, said my little piece. Have a great 4th!!! Enjoy the day...and be safe.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

VISION OF DESTINY, Bk 3, The Three Realms is Coming!


COMING FRIDAY, JULY 12TH!

LIMITED TIME ONLY ~ $0.99!

NOT ONLY THAT, BUT FOR THIS LIMITED TIME~ 

Want to escape from the world around you? May I recommend— The Three Realms.
The fantasy fiction has everything you're looking for if you love adventure, romance and magic! Enter into the fantasy world where you feel you walk among the vivid characters. Let your imagination take you away!


Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both.

Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. 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 dangerous world, where she doesn’t know whom to trust. In time, she bonds with a Sordarin warrior, Cono. Together, they prepare to face an evil as no other before, Asmeodai, but betrayal and treachery leaves Kela alone. She is torn by her desire for Cono and the purpose, the path, she has been given to follow. 

Now, Kela questions her destiny. The path that once was so clear before her has 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.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

#Blindsidedbyhomosexuality A problem with a #GayCharacter...Really? Review of Past of Shadows

I woke up this morning to a lovely review. A one-star review. Now, I'm not a stranger to one star reviews. When I first came out as an Indie Author, I got slammed by a group of trolls that eventually became known as the GoodRead Trolls. They went after my book, Seductive Secrets.

I mention this because there is a similiarity. Seductive Secrets is a historical romance, romantic suspense book, but the main secondary character is gay. I don't write gay romances. I write romances with vivid characters, which includes having a gay character if the storyline takes me there. Charles is one of my favorite character I've written. I wrote Charles because my daughter, who is gay, told me that growing up, she never read a book with a positive gay role model.


The original title was Daughter of Deceit. I changed it to Seductive Secrets and my penname to Colleen Connally. I had to...I was running from the trolls. To this day, I swear I was attacked because of my character Charles.

Now, I just got a nasty review on my series, The Three Realms, Past of Shadows. Reviews are hard to come by now adays for me. My writing has slowed down due to an injury three years ago that has left me in constant pain. I took to revising an old fantasy series I had written. My next release is in just over a week. So, the timing of this review, in of itself, is questionable.

So, this morning, I was excited to see that I got another review on the first book, Past of Shadows, until I looked at it.


July 1, 2019
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I read 3/4 of an otherwise interesting book when the author decided to interject homosexuality. If I wanted to read about homosexuals, I’d look for a book in that genre. So disgusted by authors who trick people into reading this trash and I won’t read this author again. Just be honest and people will trust you, I certainly don’t now. Bye.

Yes, some of my books have gay characters. This character, Johannes, is one of a dozen side characters in the book...but I'm not going to apologize for writing about a gay character. You would think by the review that the character went on an orgy. (He didn't even have sex. It was just acknowledge that he was gay.) I'm not going to apologize for writing likable, smart, intelligent gay characters. I'm not.

Saying that, the sad fact is that it does hurt sales because I don't write to the gay community. My historical romances are traditional romances where boy meets girl. Not all my books have gay charcaters, but when I feel the need, I include them. What author gets slammed for writing a gay character in her book?

I feel for the reviewer. I do...and I will pray for her. Yes, I consider myself a Christian and go to church on Sundays. But I understand the struggle of being gay. My daughter didn't get up one morning and decide to be gay. This is who she is and always has been. She is the sweetest, most caring person I know. I'm so proud of her.

So weighing my options as an Indie writer, would it be best not to include gay characters? Honestly, the answer is yes. I have been told the smart thing to do is to write to the wants of your readers if you want to succeed. But I have never written for the money. I write the story inside of me.

I'm not going to lie. It hurts to read a nasty review. I'm only human. But this review just makes me sad that someone has so much anger in her. There is too much anger in the world, way too much.







Monday, April 29, 2019

WOW! What A Battle! What a Show! Well Done #GAMEOFTHRONES

What do We Say To the God of Death? Not Today!

Like most people, I stayed up watching Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 3, with great anticipation. I wasn't disappointed. I was wrong by a couple of things. I thought Brienne and Davos

Loved it! I will admit I was totally taken by surprise that it was Arya that killed the Night King. Yet, looking back, it all seems so clear.

That what makes a great series...great books! I commend both George RR Martin and the series creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

I just had to say how much I enjoyed it...except that I couldn't see a thing. I realize they wanted to keep it realistic, but there were times I couldn't see a thing.

So...what are is going to happen now? Are they going to tell us more about the Night King? Is he a Targaryen...my guess—no. I'm guessing that is going to happen in the prequel that is coming.

Three more episodes.

Will Cersei cunningly win by letting Daenerys, Jon and the North sacrifice their army for humanity? Will Daenerys consider Jon a threat? Does Jon even want the Iron Throne? How will Daenerys win the throne with her army decimated? Will Arya kill Cersei? Could it be Genry really is the son of Cersei and Robert...(remember she said she lost a child before Joffrey)? Will Bran ever warn anyone about the danger they truly face...or just sit there in his chair? Will Bronn use the crossbow on Tyrion? (I hope not.)

So many questions...so little time!

Monday, April 15, 2019

VISION OF DESTINY, BOOK THREE OF THE THREE REALMS IS COMING!

#LETTHELEGENDBEGIN #THETHREEREALMS #FANTASYFICTION #FREEEBOOK

I'm celebrating the Upcoming Release of Vision of Destiny—




THE THREE REALMS, BOOK ONE

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.

Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. Half Witheleghean, a passive, peaceful race where magic runs freely and the other half, Sordarin, a valiant warrior race of hawkmen who rule the sky, 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 danger that awaits her--an evil like no other--Asmeodai!

COVER REVEAL FOR THE THREE REALMS, BOOK THREE




Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both.

Kela has always known what path in life she would follow. She was born a Euchoun. 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 dangerous world, where she doesn’t know whom to trust. In time, she bonds with a Sordarin warrior, Cono. Together, they prepare to face an evil as no other before, Asmeodai, but betrayal and treachery leaves Kela alone. She is torn by her desire for Cono and the purpose, the path, she has been given to follow.

Now, Kela questions her destiny. The path that once was so clear before her has 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.
Vision of Destiny is the third installment of fantasy fiction—The Three Realms Series. Follow Kela's battle to embrace her destiny.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Why I'm On Patreon





This is my post on Patreon. I have postponed putting one up for a long time. Now, I'm giving it a whirl. There are a hundred other Patreon creators on the site. Why would you choose me to support?

I want to give you insight into my books. I want you to follow in my journey to create. Most importantly, I want you to read my books. I'm offering some fantastic rewards for your support. Right now, I'm offering the first glimpse into Book 3 of The Three Realms, Vision of Destiny...you can even get a first look at the cover. Would you like to be included in the book's acknowledgement? Or the entire series (print) autographed?

I want to interact with my fans! Colleen Connally Patreon Page!

So What is Patreon?

This is my first venture into this venue. I have heard some wonderful things about this site. I have come to discover that the best way to discover if something works is to try it out. Hopefully, this will be beneficial to us both. With your support for me, you will gain access to my writing process and books. 

I will also be blogging. I can’t promise you what I will be blogging about. I imagine it will be mainly about books and writing. I love talking about not only my books, but other authors as well. I will confess, I will probably include my dog, Charlie, cooking, and who knows what else.

If you love history, I have some great series for you. Winds of Betrayal, Winds of Change and Southern Legacy are American Historical Romances. For a taste of English historicals, I have the Secret Lives Series. I have a romantic suspense series, Boston’s Crimes of Passion and the beginning of a paranormal suspense series, Boston’s Crimes of Horror.

My Current Project!

The Three Realms is a high fantasy series. I love writing fantasy because I can indulge my imagination. It’s one of the reason I like being an Indie author, the creative freedom. Two books, Past of Shadows and The Path Now Turned, have been released in the series. The third book, Vision of Destiny, will be released later this year. 

I would like for you to follow along the journey of The Three Realms. I’m going to serialize The Three Realms here on Patreon. For my supporters that subscribe for $10 a month, I’m going to release portions of the series to you each month. The first month will be Past of Shadows; the next month, The Path Now Turned. Afterwards, I will release a portion of Vision of Destiny until the book is complete. Then, we will go from there.

I appreciate all my readers, regardless of whether they support me here or not! 

Thank you!