Richard W. Connelly, Sr.

Author Richard W. Connelly, Sr., Denver, North Carolina


Richard proudly presents Bloodline Detective,

The True Story of a Man Seeking the Love

of a Mother He Never Knew


In youth, we look forward to accomplishments not yet achieved. In maturity, we look back on achievements fully accomplished.


Unlike many mature men and women, my greatest accomplishment in life was not marriage and having children, though my four children are precious to me and my marriage was a great learning experience.


My first and greatest accomplishment was recognizing my alcoholism by removing denial, humbling my heart and taking sobriety in earnest. My second was building a family and bringing wonderful children into the world. My third was discovering my biological mother.


Mothers are the heart of a home. They not only give birth to a new family line, but give their children purpose. Even if mothers are impatient, critical, demanding or judgmental, their very presence gives children a sense of family and the desire to belong.

For many reasons, I did not feel as if I belonged in my adopted family. Perhaps this was because I was originally taken in on sufferance, not as a son but as a companion for a boy who had already been adopted. However, this was not the inspiration for the diligent search that led to my maternal roots.


Ill health and concerns about my future inspired me to delve into genealogical records that were not easily available. Once the Pandora’s Box of such research was open, I could not contain my curiosity. It was as if I were born with the seeds of a genealogical detective dormant in my heart. Successful research brought a garden of possibilities into bloom. These possibilities resulted in heartwarming discoveries.

Some led to closed doors or dead ends. All provided an education in humanity that was empowering and worthwhile.

This was my journey. This is my life!


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  • Twisty (Wednesday, November 04 15 01:00 am EST)

    Richard,heard people in Barbados raving about your book,and your generous contribution to the orphanage.Your life was a struggle from the beginning. The honesty you portrayed in your book was heart
    felt. This book was certainly meaningful to me.Can not wait for your next book.Anymore news on your screenplay.
    Best of luck to you with your book and in your personal life as well.
    May love, happiness, and continued success follow you.
    You certainly are

  • do na (Wednesday, July 08 15 03:46 pm EDT)

    --- DStanworth wrote:

    Good morning , Really enjoyed your book , I couldn't put it down !
    Can't wait for the next one .

  • Margie Rummell (Tuesday, April 28 15 12:17 pm EDT)

    I was really interested in you and your book. Was hoping to maybe get you to come talk to my book club. But, you never replied to me about where I could get book in Ashville area.

    Good luck

  • Margie Rummell (Monday, April 20 15 07:07 pm EDT)

    Mr Connelly,
    I dropped you a note several days ago asking about your screenplay, next book and a store in Ashville a friend could purchase your book. I am not sure I filled in everything properly to get the note
    to you. If you have time, I would really appreciate your letting me know about the Ashville location where to get your book.

    Thank you so much.

  • Margie Rummell (Sunday, April 19 15 12:37 am EDT)

    Mr. Connelly,

    Loved your book.I would like to know if any bookstore in the Ashville area carries it.I know it can be purchased online thru Amazon. When I recommended your book to a friend, she said she did not buy
    anything on line.

    I Would also like to know about your screenplay and when your next book will be released.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.

    Margie Rummell

  • Barbra Quadrini (Saturday, April 18 15 04:17 am EDT)

    Looking forward to your 2nd book. Please let me know when it is released.

  • MRGARET (Monday, February 23 15 12:32 am EST)

    Rich, I am so excited that you are writing a screenplay for your book. This opportunity could not come to a better or more deserving author.Your journey, in print, has been an inspiration to all who
    have read it. Your screenplay will touch more lives and inspire even more people. When will you know the details of this screenplay? Keep us posted.

    Best of luck to a most deserving man and a fine author.


  • Melitta (Sunday, February 08 15 12:16 pm EST)

    Bless you for having the courage to find your roots. You are to be congratulated for sure, by giving many others the confidence to do the same

  • SW (Wednesday, February 04 15 08:35 am EST)

    Richard, I have read your book several times. I have an adopted son, who has been searching for his birth mother for years. After he read your book, it gave him hope that he, too may be able to
    finally locate her.Thank you for sharing your journey. I heard you are writing a screenplay for your book. How exciting. Can not wait on your second book. An inspiration to all who has read your
    work. Best of luck

  • Patricia Thackston (Monday, January 26 15 05:59 pm EST)

    I would like to find this book and read it!Such dedication to finding your biological mother!

  • Joan P. Hopp aka/ Ruby Diana (Saturday, January 24 15 04:48 pm EST)

    Your journey is very much like my own. Surprisingly, God led me also to places I could never have dreamed of.
    We come to this earth for a purpose... I have learned along the way. Whether our natural born parents do a good job or not, we are not here by mistake. They are simply the vessels to get us here; to
    do what God has intended us to do...
    It is a painful journey until one realizes this. We, who are without our parents, relatives e.g. siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, can, and will feel deprived. That is, until we spot the
    magnificent hand of God in the plan of our lives. Then, we feel LOVED, PROTECTED, and SPECIAL.
    Looking forward to reading this book, and I will promote it and its author, because of its value.

    Books Our Passion -- Twitter
    ID: rubydiana

  • Heidi Copsetta-Dean (Tuesday, December 09 14 04:17 pm EST)

    Dear Richard,

    I would like to know when your second book will be out. I loved your story and would love to read your continuation. Your first book was great. I read it in one day. Could not put it down. Thank you
    so much. Your journey was heart wrenching. I think that your journey will help many who are about to give up. I am so glad that you did not. My Aunt is anxiously waiting for your next book also. She
    bought me your first book. I'd love to buy her your second book on your long journey.

    Heidi Dean

  • Cynthia (Saturday, November 29 14 08:16 pm EST)

    You did a great job in writing your autobiography. You gave such an articulate account of you life's experiences, it allowed the reader to visualize your written words. The added pictures were a plus
    Your book might make an interesting movie.

  • Frances A. Laughter (Tuesday, October 21 14 05:24 pm EDT)

    Thank you for your brutally honest account of your life journey in search of a mother you never knew. It shows perseverance, great courage and integrity on your part.
    Your use of metaphors, analogies, and vivid imagery immediately engages the reader and offers encouragement and insight. I couldn't put it down until the last word was read. The theme of "Neediness"
    runs throughout and identifies the cause for so many of our actions. Your references to God and use of scripture were appropriately placed and appreciated. I am delighted that you plan another book

  • Diane (Monday, September 22 14 06:27 pm EDT)

    What an inspiration! Your book was wonderful, Rich. It made me so sad at times and yet I found myself being so proud of you (and I don't really even know you) for how you picked yourself up, with the
    help of our amazing God, and found the meaningful life you were meant to know. What a success story!...Thank you for being so honest.

  • Arminda (Friday, September 05 14 10:48 am EDT)

    Richard, your story touched my heart and like the song says:
    “how did you keep from going crazy?”

    My heart sank profoundly with some of the tests you had to endure for all the unjustified rejections you had to go through since the moment of your birth. (Brought tears to my eyes). But, at the end
    you were victorious, you didn’t win the battles, but you won the war. God Bless You, because you, like every human being on earth deserves to be happy and loved, as our Father in Heaven wants us to
    be, that is our most precious and most important heritage.
    “I raise my hands, bow my head
    I'm finding more and more truth in the words written in red
    They tell me that there's more to life than just what I can see
    Oh I believe” -

  • Gaye McGinnis (Wednesday, September 03 14 01:15 pm EDT)

    Anxiously awaiting my autographed copy of your book. God's Blessings on you now and in your future.

  • Nora L. Young (Sunday, August 17 14 01:28 am EDT)

    Can't wait to read it.

  • gail smathers (Thursday, August 14 14 04:38 pm EDT)

    So proud of the great person you have become.

  • Nora L. Young (Tuesday, August 12 14 04:50 pm EDT)

    WOW! A great story.

  • JUNE NORTH (Friday, July 04 14 12:41 pm EDT)

    Richard I am so very happy for all you have accomplished.
    I am your friend from Bermuda

  • Susan Claytor (Saturday, June 28 14 10:51 pm EDT)

    Richard, your book, “Bloodline Detective”, was extremely captivating to me! I never wanted to put it down because I couldn’t wait to see what you discovered next! Every page kept my undivided
    Your journey was unbelievable from beginning to end!
    The entire book was easy to read and VERY well-written and am sure anyone else would say the same thing!
    I will anxiously be awaiting the next book!
    As for myself, I would call it a Best Seller already!
    Susan Claytor

  • sri suci lestari (Saturday, June 21 14 11:38 am EDT)

    My dear friend Richard,I am speechless,just wanna say you're a real gentleman with good heart and soul. I am longing to read your book.

  • sue (Friday, June 06 14 09:51 am EDT)

    Now I know the connection my Grandfather was orphaned with his sister after a tragic accident. He became a successful business man who also was a handsome man who was and is my most admired person.
    Know I know can't wait to read the book

  • Barbra Quadrini (Friday, June 06 14 06:30 am EDT)

    I am looking forward to reading this book. since I was there in the beginning.

  • G (Saturday, May 31 14 01:18 pm EDT)

    Margaret also sent me to your website! The book sounds very interesting ... I look forward to reading it.

  • Donna (Friday, May 30 14 08:07 pm EDT)

    I agree with Shirley, I read her comment. I am impressed with all the people your story may help. In the end will anyone know you completely or just sides you show them. People that have been through
    your experience and become successful and have great heart and soul. They also grow up becoming camelions. Continue on your journey Richard. My best to you

  • Kelly Ellis (Saturday, May 24 14 11:42 am EDT)

    Margaret told me to check out your website. I'm looking forward to reading Bloodline Detective!

  • glenis (Thursday, May 22 14 08:25 am EDT)

    I want to read this book sounds fascinating

  • Linda Becker (Saturday, May 03 14 08:41 am EDT)

    Richard,Margaret was right ..Your book sounds terrific. We are all anxious to get our copies, just from reading the excerpt.Best of luck for a job well done . Linda Becker

  • Hal Sain (Thursday, May 01 14 10:44 pm EDT)

    Richard, I feel I know you from the things Margaret has told me about you and your book.She insisted I go to your Website. I now know why. I too, was orphaned and adopted.I have felt all my life
    something had been missing. I have felt cheated. It was only after reading a small part of your book, that I feel
    someone truly understands.I can not wait to read Bloodline Detective. Please let me know as soon as it is available. Best of luck on your book, and I commend you for your perseverance.

  • Tim Calvert (Thursday, May 01 14 12:59 pm EDT)

    Margaret Derrick, a lovely lady and mutual friend, told me about your book. It shows a lot of feeling, passion and pure determination. Looking forward to reading it in its entirety and hopefully one
    day meeting you.” Good Luck, Tim Calvert,

  • margaret Derrick (Monday, April 28 14 12:44 pm EDT)

    Fantastic journey,should be a great book, by a wonderful man. Should touch the hearts of anyone who is adopted. Can not wait til it is on the market.

  • Andre Chernovetz (Friday, April 25 14 11:17 am EDT)

    So very proud of Richard, my dear friend whom deserves all the Blessing life can give. I'm so very proud of you & only wish you the best I life. Bless you !! Andrea

  • Sterling Savage (Sunday, April 13 14 01:18 pm EDT)

    Although we idealize the role of "mother" there are nurturing qualities that an individual may have toward a child which are more important than the biological incident of birth. As a teacher of
    children, I have "nurtured" my students when the biological parents weren't emotionally available for them. I hope your book gives credit where it is due. . .to the people who nurtured the character
    and made it possible for him to evolve as a balanced individual. Hope you find a publisher.

  • Dominic Pawinski (Friday, April 11 14 08:51 am EDT)

    Great cover verbiage, would really love to read your writings

  • Sheri Z. Stewart (Thursday, March 27 14 12:56 pm EDT)

    Hi Richard, I was orphaned at 9 weeks of age. I was never adopted, but I was raised from age 1 year to almost 16 years of age. I located my biological father in 2001 and discovered he had passed away
    in 2000. Finding my biological mother's whereabouts has proven more difficult and unfruitful. I am anxious to read your story; I was unable to 'take a sneak preview'.

  • 12happytime (Monday, March 24 14 01:21 pm EDT)

    Richard, this book sounds wonderful. I can't wait to read it. While reading what you were telling us about it I could feel your pain. I could just imagine not having my mother's love in my life. Your
    writing is so beautiful.

  • Jean (Tuesday, March 18 14 07:40 pm EDT)

    Can't wait to read!

  • Chris Anderson (Sunday, March 16 14 06:30 pm EDT)

    Uncle Rich I cant wait to read your book.Love you Chrissy

  • Dianna (Sunday, March 09 14 12:12 am EST)

    How touching, heartbreaking yet inspirational...The strength you have within amazes me. You are a very talented writer. The choice to share, your life story will be a gift to others.

  • Gaye McGinnis (Saturday, March 08 14 09:26 pm EST)

    When and where can I get it? Sounds sadly intriguing and I'd love to read it.

  • Nita Wilson (Friday, March 07 14 04:20 pm EST)

    Truly awesome Rich, the honesty of your words. I surely wish you and I had had the opportunity for more talk about who we are and how far we've come.

  • Karen Haupricht (Thursday, March 06 14 10:48 am EST)

    I can't wait to read your book. We have many things in common.

  • Wanda Lane (Wednesday, March 05 14 10:38 pm EST)

    I'm interested...My gut impression about you was correct. A very distinguished, intelligent man. Your eyes will tell me the rest.

  • Debi Garrison (Wednesday, March 05 14 10:10 am EST)

    I can't wait to read your book and hear your story. I am sure you felt like a detective.

  • Linda A. Elrod (Wednesday, March 05 14 09:30 am EST)

    Richard, I'm so impressed! I cannot wait to read your book. Is it possible to get a copy in advance?

  • Arminda Resto (Tuesday, March 04 14 08:05 pm EST)

    My heart shrunk just by reading the introduction to your book, and felt impelled to know more about this beautiful story. Perhaps is because I have an adopted cousin whom I love very dearly, and
    wonder if he has ever met his real parents.

    Do tell me, where would you be selling your book so that I may buy it.

  • Ana Esquivel (Sunday, March 02 14 06:07 pm EST)

    Hi Richard I would love to read this book is a truly inspiration for many of us that for one reason or another did not get to know one of our parents.

  • Terry Wilcoxon (Friday, February 28 14 07:39 pm EST)

    Hi Richard!
    This is a wonderful book and a great way to learn more about you! I can't wait to read!!


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  • Lynn Henderson (Thursday, October 09 14 08:18 am EDT)

    Family is very important to the nurturing Cancer. Intriqued by your story...want to read your book.


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  • Barbra Quadrini (Sunday, October 05 14 02:39 am EDT)

    Rich, I am reading your book for the second time. Hoping to gain more insight into you and how you think. This is a great first book. I am always in your corner, always wishing you only the best.
    Looking forward to your second book. Always only the best. Barbra