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I love history. It is the reason I write so many historical novels. I used to sit for hours listening to my grandmothers talk about when they were younger…of their families…of how they lived.

I listened to how my grandparents met. I was even flabbergasted to discover that my grandmother married in a black dress in her father’s living room. Until then I thought everyone married in a flowing white dress in a church. I learned of the hardships faced during the depression…of the hatred of carpetbaggers that still simmered in their hearts long after the civil war…I can recite the tale how my Grandmother’s brother, Troy, saved her during a tornado that destroyed their community. I still see the love emanating from my grandmother’s eyes when she talked of her beloved brother. The first book I ever wrote was a biography of my father (He was an amazing high school basketball coach). I wanted my children to have a piece of my father that they never got to know.

I wanted my children to have a connection to their past.

History helps form our lives. Don’t misunderstand me. History doesn’t make who we are, but our history…our ancestors define our existence. Let me explain with the example of Prince William. If his grandmother wasn’t Queen Elizabeth, would we know who he was? Would he be in line for the throne of England? The same is said for us all. Whatever circumstances we are born into defines who we become.

Growing up, I admired many men and women: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Audy Murphy (To Hell and Back), Douglas MacArthur, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, and Clara Barton… What do all these people have in common? I read their autobiographies. Somewhere in history, someone thought them so important that their lives were memorialized by the written word.

Then, as I grew older, I began to comprehend that not all heroes were acknowledged for their sacrifices and deeds. The question becomes—Who was lost in the pages of history…has the keeper of history failed mankind?

The first such omission I realized was Martin Luther King. I truly admire anyone who can stand up for their beliefs and willing risk their life for the betterment of others. When I grew up, I really didn’t realize what Martin Luther King had accomplished. I will openly admit I even heard his name scorned. Now, thankfully, his deeds have been acknowledged.

When I began researching for my series, Southern Legacy, I discovered more figures of the past that deeds had not been acknowledged in the light they should have been. We have all heard of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the effect her book had on calling attention to the plight of slaves. I had heard of Harriet Tubman, but never fully understood the extent of her work or her courage. There were others, but one, William Still, stood out to me so much so I included a character loosely based on him in Southern Legacy.

During the turmoil of the past few years concerning race, perhaps we should understand why some African Americans hold so much resentment and frustration. It is easy for most of us to say that slavery was abolished over a hundred and fifty years ago. Why are these African-Americans holding on to something that is no more?

I can’t answer for someone else, but I suspect it comes from being denied their heritage…from being denied the acknowledgement of their past. There is power in the truth.

No one has ever denied that there was slavery. But how slavery was presented, I believe, is the many objection. We, Caucasian Americans, skim over the fact of how horrifically awful the practice was because it does not reflect well upon us. Slavery never does. History went so far as not to emphasize potential heroes and their deeds of those that opposed slavery.

The past cannot be undone. No one living today should be held accountable for the deeds of others in the past. We are not responsible for slavery…BUT we are responsible for acknowledging what was done and that it still has an effect on their descendants today.

We need to hold in admiration those that fought against the practice—back then it was an unpopular stance, not only in the South, but the North as well. We need to acknowledge those that displayed courage and bravery in the face of death. They, too, should stand with other true American heroes.

Harriet Tubb, William Still, Frederick Douglass, The Grimke Sisters

Denying African-American history is denying American history. The reason America is a great country is because it embodies all its citizens. This should never be forgotten. While America is not perfect, America’s Constitution allows for change and to correct wrongs.

I recommend watching Underground, the tv series, for everyone to watch.

Don’t forget those that came before us. Remember the path they took…the sacrifices they made for us all. American heroes are not defined by race. There should not be a division of white heroes and African-American heroes. American heroes are just simply—American.

For America to survive…to thrive…we need to remember ALL who help define our great nation.

 

 

ROMANTIC PICKS #HISTORY #TRAVEL Dumfries Through Time by Allan Devlin and Mary Smith

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Dumfries, a market town in south-west Scotland known as the Queen of the South, is the administrative capital of the Dumfries and Galloway region and has a population of almost 32,000. Dumfries has a turbulent and sometimes bloody history with links to the Roman occupation of Britain, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s failed Jacobite uprising, the colonisation of America and imperialism. Most famously Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns, spent his final years in Dumfries with many places in the town having connections to the poet. Its thriving port trade is now a thing of the past and although once one of the largest tweed producers in the world, it has never been a major industrial centre. The photographs show that much has changed in Dumfries – not always for the better. Some of the photographs in this collection have special poignancy as many historical buildings have been demolished in the name of progress. Doonhamers are proud of their town and its history. Dumfries Through Time hopes to demonstrate the importance of the town’s built heritage and is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Dumfries.

BROKEN LEGACY by Colleen Connally

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BROKEN LEGACY

by Colleen Connally

AMAZON US     AMAZON UK    BARNES AND NOBLE

Book Two of Secret Lives Secrets

Lord Gerard Lenister needed the ladyafter 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 Englandrumors 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 desperatebut soon he discovers that Lady Eloise is not what she seems.

ABOUT

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.

BROKEN LEGACY by Colleen Connally

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BROKEN LEGACY

by Colleen Connally

AMAZON US   AMAZON UK   BARNES AND NOBLE

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.


BROKEN LEGACY by Colleen Connally

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BROKEN LEGACY

by Colleen Connally

Book Two Secret Lives Series

AMAZON US   AMAZON UK   BARNES AND NOBLE

Lord Gerard Lenister needed the ladyafter 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 Englandrumors 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 desperatebut soon he discovers that Lady Eloise is not what she seems.

ABOUT

Thrown into the midst of the Reign of Terror that the French Revolution became, Eloise had long struggled with the questions arising from her birth. She had run from her past. Still, an air of mystery surrounds her. Forced into a marriage she neither wanted or desired, she finds herself drawn to the man who is now her husband. She commits herself to his mission and places her life in jeopardy for his cause.

 

Lord Gerard had put into place his plan to save his children. Marrying Lady Eloise would give him the leverage he needs to save them. He needed her connections…nothing more. Soon, he realizes the woman he married is nothing like the woman she had been portrayed. Gerard learns quickly not all is what it seems. Never did he consider she would risk her life not only for him, but his children as well 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. But fate has intervened. Now, time is running out and Gerard is faced with a decision. A choice has to be made—his children or his wife.


READERS REVIEWS


Amazon Review

Awesome March 1, 2013By MalissaFormat:Kindle EditionThis book was just as good or even better than the first in the series. The writing was excellent. The plot was well organized. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The character story’s were competed. There was just enough of everything a book should have to be excellent.

Overall it was a great book

 

Goodreads Review

Heather I’m a particular fan of this authors brand of historical romance. The lamdscapes are vibrant and beautifully written. I can visualize the settings and want to visit them. I am drawn to the characters. I feel empathy for their plight. I enjoy particularly the strong female leading lady in this book. I would recommend this to anyone who loves being taken back in time and treated to a love story that has depth. This story wraps you up in interesting people and places. I couldn’t ask for more.

 

BROKEN LEGACY by Colleen Connally

brokenlegacy (1)

BROKEN LEGACY

by Colleen Connally

AMAZON US     AMAZON UK    BARNES AND NOBLE

Book Two Secret Lives Series!

Lord Gerard Lenister needed the ladyafter 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 Englandrumors 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 desperatebut soon he discovers that Lady Eloise is not what she seems.

Don’t forget SEDUCTIVE SECRETS, Book One Secret Lives Series is FREE!