Tis the season of homecomings…

Christmas Spirit (Pixabay)

When I think about Christmas my thoughts naturally gravitate to family and celebrating the season with loved ones. The expectations this year is no different from the previous happy holidays before we heard the word COVID and understood the reasons for limiting social gatherings.

For most families, including mine, the present year has precluded family gatherings and the isolation and loss of loved ones have left an indescribable heartache and void in our lives.

The season has its difficulties at the best of times dealing with family issues, but the social restraints of living in today’s world added another dimension. Yet, to live on we must rely on the promise that our lives will improve and that we will adjust and overcome that which seeks to destroy us.

This year’s optimism for a semblance of normalcy is forefront in our minds and hearts. My wish is for you and yours to have a merry and jolly Christmas Day.

Homecoming books to read…

The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen

Kate’s longing for home and family after her parents were killed led her to take the long road home. She relocated from Charleston to the home she inherited from her grandmother on the Florida shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

Her life was a tangled mess with her fiancé showing his true self, leaving her to face the investigation into her parents’ death with the professional jealousies, rampant criminal behavior, and buried family secrets that surfaced in the aftermath.

As an only child with no close friends or living relatives to comfort her during this challenging time, she needed a reminder of a happier time with family and their shared love. She chose to take the Long Road Home.

The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen

A low country romantic murder-mystery about family, love, loss, and redemption. Cuddle with your blanket, and your favorite beverage and read this southern mystery with ties across the pond.

I enjoy hearing from my fans. Drop me a line or two to say hello and I’d also appreciate a review on the site where you ordered the book or audible. Thank you for supporting my novels, Carolyn Bowen

Cyber Monday Deal: The Death of Me “Being Italy’s FNG”

Cyber Monday Super Sale

I am excited to announce the upcoming release of my latest mystery-thriller, The Death of Me “Being Italy’s FNG” book 1 in the Legacy Series. You’ll get first peek at this new series and have something to talk about during your holiday gatherings. Grab your copy today and order extras for friends and family on your holiday shopping list. They’ll thank you later!

For those of you who have read the Sydney Jones Series and encouraged me to write a new series spotlighting David, this is for you! Thank you for your interest in the development of my novels. You are my super fans!

The Death of Me by Carolyn Bowen

Background Info

David the main character is grown-up and became a man in his own right. You were there when he was born (Sydney Jones Series, book 2: Chance) and watched as he matured and accepted his fate being the son of Sydney Jones (Sydney Jones Series, book 3: ONE). But, when he decided to leave his island home to pursue his passion in life to not lead enemies to their door, he quickly learned the bloodlines he inherited from his mother transcended anything he’d experienced before with deadly mafia ties.

For those of you who haven’t read the Sydney Jones Series, you can quickly pick up his past from this novel, and read the Sydney Jones Series later for you’ll want to. The Legacy Series is the new horse in the stable celebrating the coming of age of David, the son of Sydney with a passion to help the global community with greater depth than superheroes. And he has the talent and skills to have influence in the world economy with focus on the seconds to midnight dooms day clock. Until….

The Death of Me “Being Italy’s FNG” is available for preorder now at a discounted price. Order yours and your mystery-loving friends copies today!

The Death of Me “Being Italy’s FNG”

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The Death of Me: Preorder LIVE Today!

The Death of Me “Being Italy’s FNG” is live on Amazon for preorder today! Be one of the first to get a sneak peek at this January 4th 2022 new release by Carolyn Bowen. Tap the link to order yours now.

The Death of Me: Preorder Now!

Book Description:

He’d rather save the Earth than exploit it. But buried bloodline secrets could force this man of peace into a life he dreads…

David Jones moved to Tuscany to claim some much-needed headspace. Hoping to focus on his philanthropic efforts and find love, he vows to steer clear of his family’s underworld business. But he’s dragged into an ugly web of organized crime when a good friend is heartbreakingly murdered…

Thrust into a leadership role, David navigates the treacherous mob world while becoming romantically entangled with a stunning young Foreign Intelligence agent. But even as he faces traitorous threats from within, his new beau’s standing with Italian authorities might be his fatal undoing.

Will this struggling humanitarian get his happily ever after or end up sleeping with the fishes?

The Death of Me is the sweeping first book in the Legacy series of mafia thriller novels. If you like morally gray characters, expansive European settings, and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll adore Carolyn M. Bowen’s gritty tale.

Preorder The Death of Me to settle old scores today!

Cover Reveal: NEW Legacy Series – The Death of Me

Exciting news

I’m happy to reveal the cover for my latest romantic mystery-thriller, The Death of Me, book 1, in the Legacy Series. Coming January 2022!

Mark your calendar to order this new thriller on January 4th and be taken into the underbelly of Italy’s organized crime syndicates. Follow on my Amazon author page to be reminded of this new release.

Carolyn Bowen Amazon Author Page

For those of you who wondered what would happen next after the Sydney Jones Series, this is it. The answers you were waiting for have arrived. And I’m looking forward to your reviews and comments. Thank you for being a fan. Carolyn

Book Title: The Death of Me

Subtitle: “Being Italy’s FNG”

Series Title: Legacy Series

Book Number: 1

Book Description

He’d rather save the Earth than exploit it. But buried bloodline secrets could force this man of peace into a life he dreads…

David Jones moved to Tuscany to claim some much-needed headspace. Hoping to focus on his philanthropic efforts and find love, he vows to steer clear of his family’s underworld business. But he’s dragged into an ugly web of organized crime when a good friend is heartbreakingly murdered…

Thrust into a leadership role, David navigates the treacherous mob world while becoming romantically entangled with a stunning young Foreign Intelligence agent. But even as he faces traitorous threats from within, his new beau’s standing with Italian authorities might be his fatal undoing.

Will this struggling humanitarian get his happily ever after or end up sleeping with the fishes?

The Death of Me is the sweeping first book in the Legacy series of mafia thriller novels. If you like morally gray characters, expansive European settings, and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll adore Carolyn M. Bowen’s gritty tale.

Buy The Death of Me to settle old scores January 4th.

Fall Reads: Cross-Ties Historical Romance

I don’t know about you, but I love the contrasting seasons of the year. Whether traveling outside my homeland, to experience the winter wonderland (not so much this year), or take in photos of scenic locations, the season is pristine and washes away the cares for the day.

Fall is in the air and the cool mornings are a great time to reflect and read. Me with my fluffy cat Tookie, and the elder tabby Ollie spend a lot of time contemplating the universe on the balcony. Between saying no-no to Tookie who wants to eat the plants and anything else that may be edible, my universe is almost complete.

Looking for a new novel to take your cares away? Let me recommend Cross-Ties eBook, a historical romance. This week during our special promotion it’s just 99 cents (10/21-25/21). Tap the link below to read today! Everyone has an immigration story, and this coming-of-age tale is one to remember.

Cross-Ties by Carolyn Bowen

Cross-Ties Book Description

A page-turning epic of adventure, suspense, and romance that crosses the chasm of societal rules.

You’ll be spellbound by the twists and turns Leah’s life takes some by her doing, and others as she rubs against the social rules of the 19th century. Finally, you’ll learn the ties between people and cultures matter and may come wrapped in unexpected packages.

Cross-Ties is a historical romance featuring a beautiful young woman who seized the opportunity to be more independent for nothing else would suit.

Cross-Ties by Carolyn Bowen

Autumn Reads: Chance by Carolyn Bowen

The seasonal changes are refreshing and supply the perfect backdrop for reading surrounded by nature or while relaxing in your favorite comfortable chair. If you’re in the mood for a romantic mystery, then you’ll love this special offer on Chance: A Novel. Grab your eBook now for just 99 cents and tell your friends about the super deal. Limited offer: 10/15-19/21

“This story is plot-rich with plenty of action to keep you turning the pages. With well-developed characters, some you’d love to hate, and a fascinating behind the scenes look inside the legal world, Bowen pulls out all the stops to deliver a fascinating story.”

Click the link below for a sample read!

Chance: A Novel

Chance (Book Description):

They took her lover. Getting him back could be the last thing she ever does…

High-powered Atlanta attorney Sydney Jones never backs down from a case. So, when her bodyguard and boyfriend is accused of murder, she’s determined to fight for him in court. Instead, the charges are suddenly dismissed, and he vanishes without a trace…

Suspecting CIA involvement, Sydney takes on a lawsuit with Chinese Black Society ties and finds a startling connection to her missing man. But as she digs deeper, she discovers that someone may kill to keep the secret.

Will this dangerous cat-and-mouse game reveal the truth or put a bullet in Sydney’s head?

Chance is the second book in the Sydney Jones psychological thriller trilogy. If you like fearless heroes, page-turning action, and shocking twists, then you’ll love Carolyn Bowen’s gripping story.

Buy Chance to board a wild roller coaster ride today!

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A Change Is Coming ~ Fall 2021

Quote of the Day: Summer is dancing away as the leaves change into mosaic colors as a reminder of the season’s end leaving only memories of days gone by. CM Bowen

Autumn: A Transition Season

The annual seasonal changes are a reminder that nothing remains the same. Today, September 22nd at 3:20 pm EST is the autumnal equinox marking the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s an exciting time to breathe in the freshness of the crisp fall air and relax with a pumpkin spice latte while reading your favorite book.

What happens during the equinox?

The sun crosses the Earth’s equator at the time of the equinox, from the Northern Hemisphere into the Southern Hemisphere. During the autumnal equinox, day and night are balanced to about 12 hours each all across the world. The Earth’s tilt causes the change in season with the Northern Hemisphere beginning to feel the chill of fall after the warmth of summer.

Daylight in the Northern Hemisphere becomes shorter leading up to the winter solstice in December. The polar opposite happens in the Southern Hemisphere, where daylight will gradually grow longer until that hemisphere’s summer solstice in December.

Relax and Enjoy the Season

Grab your blanket, and your favorite beverage to make this season special by reading romantic mystery-thrillers by Carolyn Bowen. Here are some to whet your appetite for more!

The Sydney Jones Series

Primed for Revenge

Chance: A Novel

ONE: A Novel

You can order all three in a set. Begin a thrilling adventure today, read the Sydney Jones Series.

Sydney Jones Series

Get Inspired!

Personal Growth

Get Inspired to Live Your Best Life Now!

Times are a changing and it’s up to us to prepare for the next phase of our lives. Are you ready to make some new life choices for your future?

To take a stand for Mental Health Awareness with are offering “Cross-Stepping Your Way to Success” in a special eBook promotion for 99 cents through September 17th.

This is a bite-sized inspirational guide to put a smile on your face, and let you know you’re not alone. Healthy tips about depression, grieving, fitness, life satisfaction, and career advice is succinctly rounded in for an easy and informative read. Please share with friends and family, or gift someone that could use a healthy boost. Tap the link below to read today!

Cross-Stepping Your Way to Success

Book Description

When surfers hit the waters, they use a technique called cross-stepping, or moving their weight forward and backward to stay standing. Cross-stepping isn’t just a good idea for surfers, though — you, too, can metaphorically use the same strategy of zigzagging motions to achieve success.

In “Cross-Stepping Your Way to Success,” career coach Carolyn Bowen shows you how to zigzag your way to success one step at a time. She examines grieving, life planning, owning your power, becoming health conscious, learning to love again, and more.

With “Cross-Stepping Your Way to Success,” you’ll discover how to maintain your balance on the choppy waters of life!

CAROLYN BOWEN was into life planning and career development before it was cool! With extensive advanced studies in psychology, adult learning, and career development, she has the background to guide you in becoming the best possible you!

She’s not only walked the walk but perhaps can save you a few steps in finding your niche — your purpose in life. She knows how to master cross-stepping as a surfer and life coach. Bowen can guide you in avoiding wipe-outs while discovering your niche — your purpose in life.

Bowen is also a mystery author who calls on her life escapades and an adventurous imaginative spirit to create entertaining novels. Her writing credits include “Cross-Ties,” a historical romance, “The Long Road Home,” a contemporary crime fiction mystery, and the Sydney Jones Mystery Series.

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New Audio Book Available: Chance: A Novel

Oh, happy day! I just received the exciting news that Chance: A Novel is now available in audio books. We’re celebrating with a giveaway for US & UK mystery lovers! Limited offer: Hurry and message me to receive a gift code for your FREE copy today!

Chance: A Novel

Chance: Audio US

Chance Audio UK

You’ll enjoy the clandestine and political spying about the Havana Syndrome experienced by the embassy staff and visiting the taverns made famous by Ernest Hemingway. Chance is plot rich with characters you’ll love and some you’d love to hate!

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Chance: A Novel