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Blood makes you related; Murder makes you family!

Riley Ashcroft discovers that being born into one of the most prominent and powerful families in Massachusetts doesn’t mean a life of ease. Far from it. Since her father, Jack Ashcroft, took his own life thirteen years ago, she has lived in the shadow of scandal. When her grandmother’s personal secretary is brutally murdered, Riley begins to suspect everything she has been told as a child was a lie. Feeling betrayed, she vows to expose her family’s darkest secrets.

Josh Kincaid, an investigative reporter, is on the heels of a major story. Thirteen years ago, Harrison Taylor’s fate lay in the hands of his lawyer, Jack Ashcroft. In the midst of rumors and scandal, Ashcroft committed suicide and Taylor’s fate was decided. Taylor is a convicted killer, but his grandmother has never stopped believing in his innocence. Now, the woman of meager means has offered a reward for any information that will free her grandson. Kincaid’s interest is peaked, but it isn’t until an anonymous tip suggests that the convicted killer was framed that he takes on the case.

Determined that the sins of the past be revealed, Kincaid and Riley search together for answers to the questions that were silenced by Jack Ashcroft’s death. But there is a killer out there that has already proven he will do whatever necessary to keep those secrets buried.

In this tale of deceit and twisted revenge, the two soon realize that no one can be trusted, not even each other…

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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a great and safe day! I’m thankful for so many things. One is for you romance readers! Every day is a blessing! Thank you. I have a few books deals for you today! Enjoy!

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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.

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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 prying eyes, given a new identity, and told to forget who she was. But strange things have been happening, causing old rumors to be once more whispered.

Long has Lord Julian Casvelyn lived with guilt brought on when England’s most infamous traitor murdered his brother. 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 a conspiracy and desire for that woman. Thrown together by fate, the two searches for answers long denied them and along the way, discover a love that can free them both.

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Fragmented- 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!

Framed– Blood makes you related; Murder makes you family!

Riley Ashcroft discovers that being born into one of the most prominent and powerful families in Massachusetts doesn’t mean a life of ease. Far from it. Since her father, Jack Ashcroft, took his own life thirteen years ago, she has lived in the shadow of scandal. When her grandmother’s personal secretary is brutally murdered, Riley begins to suspect everything she has been told as a child was a lie. Feeling betrayed, she vows to expose her family’s darkest secrets.

Scream for the Camera– A murder…broadcast for thousands to see…has just become a viral sensation.

A brutal, methodical murderer, known as the Facebook Live Killer, has cold-bloodedly killed vibrant, beautiful young women in front of the whole world. The heartless bastard streams the footage on Facebook Live.

The latest killing stuns the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Known for its sun, sand, and sea, the vacation paradise hasn’t seen a murder in over ten years. Now the residents fear a murderer lives among them…taunting them…terrified this is only the beginning.

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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 comShe 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.
pelling 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!

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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!

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.

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

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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.

ROMANTIC PICKS #SUSPENSE SPOTLIGHT- Fragmented by Colleen Connally

918nUDqUNPL._SL1500_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!

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

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

TODAY ONLY! ROMANTIC PICKS FRIDAY FREEBIE- FRAGMENTED by Colleen Connally

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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! Suspensefulshockinga 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 barsalong 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.

Romantic Picks New Release- Fragmented by Colleen Connally

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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.

 

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

 

JOIN ME ON MONDAY FOR FRAGMENTED’S RELEASE CELEBRATION ON FACEBOOK AND MY WEBSITE!

I’ll be giving away lots of goodies…including a $50 gift certificate to Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Books, a print of bridge on the cover, magnets, Boston Strong T-shirts, Mike’s Pastry’s cannolis… stop by on Monday! Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

CHRISTMAS BOOK BLAST AUTHOR- Colleen Connally

Bestselling Author Colleen Connally has donated her new release, Fragmented, and her former #1 Amazon Historical Romance, Broken Legacy!

fragmentedB&NThe 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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Writing From the Heart

I think with my heart. So, I guess its natural that I would write from my heart as well.

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I have a new release coming in December…December 2. Fragmented is the first book in my new series, Boston’s Crimes of Passion. Its my first contemporary murder/thriller book. I’m excited about Fragmented for a couple of reasons.

I love murder mysteries. I don’t know what it is that attracts me to a good murder. Maybe because I love to solve puzzles. Solving a murder case in a book is kinda like a puzzle. Isn’t it? I get engrossed into the story. I love the ones where I can’t figure out who did it until the end. But…big but…it all has to make sense. It can’t be a suspect pulled out of a hat. I’ll give you example of what I love. One of my favorite thrillers is Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow.

Presumed Innocent built until the climax, when the verdict was read. But it wasn’t until the end when it was revealed who the true killer was and what a reveal! I absolutely loved the way the plot evolved. It had me wondering and trying to figure out whodunit. When I first read the book, I’ll admit I didn’t guess who it was, but when I went back and reread it, the story made sense. Subtle clues were left through out the book.  Mr. Turow did an excellent job.

Fragmented was born out of my love for mystery. It was also born out of my love for my community. Fragmented is set in Boston. Boston is my adopted home. I moved up here from the deep South back in 1985. Back before the Red Sox had won a World Series. Back when the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl only to be embarassed by the Chicago Bears. Back when the Celtics had Larry Bird. I moved for one reason—my husband.

My husband was born and raised in Boston. He is a typical Irish Catholic native. One of six children. He is what they call up here an Irish twin. Our wedding, though, was held in Mississippi. I realize that most married couples hold dear their vows, but mine was especially poignant to me. We didn’t write our wedding vows, but the preacher who married us added a little something. It came from the book of Ruth in the Bible.

 “for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.”

I didn’t realize it at the time how true those words would become. Boston is a different world than the one I grew up in. From the foothills of north Mississippi where I was raised on a 250 acre farm to the metropolis of Boston. I grew up in a small community where everyone knew each other and, for that matter, they knew each others business as well…where if anything happened to someone, neighbors would rally around one in need. When I moved to Boston, I was thrown into a world where people didn’t look at each other walking down the street. I always had greeted people while I walked. Here in Boston, I think everyone thought me strange for saying ‘hi’. If you’re thinking wide-eyed country bumpkin, you would be right. That would have been me. Still am to a certain extent. Oh…almost forgot —the weather! I never thought my first winter up here in Boston would ever end.

But despite the differences between the two cultures, there are undeniable similarities. Loyalty. Stubbornness. Don’t forget an accent. Both Southerners and Bostonians are unquestionably loyal. They are also unquestionably stubborn. Just ask someone their opinion on a subject. First, you need to understand they’re right. Each may be arguing different sides, but I can assure you they won’t be swayed. And there is no denying where you’re from when you speak—whether you’re a Bostonian or a Southerner.

Up until April of this year, I thought of myself as a Southerner. I still do, but I came to realize that I have become a Bostonian. Where I first moved here, I was a Baltimore Orioles fan. It didn’t take long to be converted to a Red Sox fan. Going to over thirty home games the first year did it to me. It was back when bleacher tickets were 5 dollars. I used to meet my husband down at Fenway after work. It was one of the advantages of working in the Longwood medical area.

Up until April, I would never have acknowledged I had become a Bostonian…even after living here all these years. There was something in me that didn’t want to admit that this place was my home.

After April, I was no longer denying I’m a Bostonian.

Fragmented is dedicated to the people of my adopted home. In a crisis, I have never been prouder of the place I call home. I remember exactly where I was when we heard about the marathon bombing. It was after watching the Red Sox’s game on TV. Hubbie was home because Patriot’s Day is considered a holiday in Boston. It was a beautiful day. We were going to do some lawn work and had just pulled into Lowe’s parking lot when my mom called. She wanted to know if my kids were okay. I didn’t even know anything had happened.

First, if you’re not from Boston, you might not realize what the Boston Marathon is to the city. It’s huge. Thankfully, my kids weren’t at the marathon. Two were in college in other states and the other was at his work. But we had family down at the marathon. My husband immediately called his brother who was at the finish line. Before his call was cut short, his brother was able to tell him that his family was okay.

Even after relief flooded us that our family was safe, we were glued to the TV at the unbelievable sight. It’s not supposed to happen in our country…our home…our Boston. Besides writing, I work at a major hospital in Boston. Going into work that night was surreal. I had never entered into the hospital with armed guards at the entrances until that night and there were a lot of armed guards with very visible guns… but honestly, I was glad they were there.

I wasn’t in Boston when one of the suspects was killed and the other caught. I had flown out earlier that morning. I went home to Mississippi. My mother was ill. While I was flying down South, the city of Boston was on lock down. I listened to travelers talk about Boston and I couldn’t have been prouder of the people. The people of Boston did what they needed to do.

After the danger passed, it left the victims to pick up the pieces of their lives. In the immediate, the hearts of everyone opened up and gave. There were funds set up for the victims. There was the American Red Cross. At the time, I pledged a week’s royalties and I did donate. I split it between one of the funds and the American Red Cross. But even then I wanted to do more.

I pledged to do more. One of the things I comprehended quickly was how horrific some of the injuries were. It was life changing. Some of the victims have lifetime disabilities. I don’t want to forget the victims. My heart goes out to anyone in need whether its here in Boston or anywhere in the world. I can’t tell you how horrible I feel for those poor people over in the Philippines at the moment, but most times, I can’t always do much more than give a donation to a cause.

But with the Boston Marathon bombing, I wanted…needed to do more. In the community I grew up in, when someone was in need, people gave what they could. Giving is a quality that I was instilled with as a child. It’s who I am. I may not can give a million dollars, but I can give what I have. This time I can give my writing.

Fragmented is set in Boston, but the plot has absolutely nothing to do with the bombing. The plot is a murder mystery thriller mingled in with a romance. You know I have to have my romance.

This I pledge to you. I will donate half of my royalties that I get from Fragmented to a charity in Boston. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I can say legally and what I can’t say about what I’m giving. But know this pledge comes from my heart.  I wanted to do something that would keep giving. To me, this is not a temporary gift. It is my intention for this to be a permanent arrangement.

I can’t say what Fragmented will do when released. I’m hoping it will do well. I have poured my heart into the book, but there are some things I don’t have control over.  I have to say thank you to so many people who have helped me over the last few weeks preparing for the release of Fragmented. I appreciated it and won’t forget anyone’s kindness.

So…what’s ahead? I’m going to do my first release launch. I will let you know probably right after Thanksgiving when it will start, but I imagine it should be the first of December. It will run until the week before Christmas. At least, that’s what I’m planning.

Please, join me for the launch of Fragmented- coming in a couple of weeks. I hope you get a chance to read it, review it, and let people know if you enjoy it.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Colleen Connally