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Valentine’s Day 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Quote for Today: “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” George Sand

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A simple definition for Valentine’s Day: A holiday for expressing love to the one you have an intense feeling of deep affection. This translates to one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, florists, and chocolate makers.

History of Valentine’s Day

The auspicious beginning of this holiday has been filtered through the ages. The lasting legacy is about Saint Valentine. It is the story about a romantic priest who defied Roman Emperor Claudius II’s order that all marriages and engagements be canceled so he could fill his army.

The ruler believed the difficulty in recruiting soldiers was because the men were married. When he discovered that Valentine was secretly marrying couples, he was beaten and put to death on February 14 (circa 270 A.D.). The priest was proclaimed Saint Valentine after his death.

Through the ages, Valentine’s Day celebrations have changed and some would argue its luster has been lost. Yet, love never fails. Share your love with someone special this Valentine’s Day.

Suggested Reading

Novels by Carolyn M. Bowen

Cross-Ties – Adventure/Romance
“Great epic story of love, life, and loss.” Amazon Reviewer

Follow my blog for my latest writing news! Thank you, Carolyn Bowen
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All Hands on Deck

Quote of the Day: We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. – Dakota

We’ve kicked off the promotions for the Sydney Jones Series and want to say thank you for supporting our new mystery series. If you want to be one of the first to know about future releases, sign up below. Here’s a snippet about the Sydney Jones Series Books 1 & 2.

Exciting news

Chance – A Novel is available for download FREE with Kindle Unlimited or purchase as a  paperback or ebook.

From the back cover

Walker didn’t plan to fall in love with Sydney. He blamed their closeness in proximity, horrid circumstances in her life, and no friends but a paid confidant to comfort her. There was no one to hold her in their arms, and that’s what the lady needed—to cry and release the pain in her life.

Sydney struck a chord in his heart. Her beauty, along with her spark to keep going through the hell in her life, enamored him even more. Did he love her? Yes!

The government had him now. It didn’t take him long to realize they’d framed him for Roxanne’s murder, then got his case dismissed when he agreed to become their agent.

The problem was, Sydney may still think him guilty of murder. The agency didn’t give him time to discuss the dismissal of charges against him. All he could tell her was the government needed him and he was catching an early morning flight.

Primed For Revenge, Sydney Jones Series Book 1 is available online and at your favorite bookstores in ebook and paperback format now! 

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Book Blurb 

Practicing law in a large partnership, Sydney Jones was primed for making partner. Then her life turned upside down after a disagreement with her boss at Birdman & Birdman.

Leaving the office, she was swiftly kidnapped and taken to her assailants’ hideaway, beaten, and raped. With no memory of whom she has put her at a disadvantage with her captors. Through gritted teeth, she promised a day of repercussions for their actions while mentally visualizing her revenge.

Warned by her assailants to keep her mouth shut or else, she was delivered to her home. Not recognizing her former living quarters, she was careful in exploring her options for regaining her memory.

Piecing together the reasons for her kidnapping brought her into contact with people, some she could trust and others risky. The problem was the amnesia prevented her from recognizing the difference.

Tapped for a crime once nudged her toward caution for something afoul was going on at Birdman & Birdman. She prepared for a fight. With a vision of fury, she made a chilling decision – never to be a victim again.

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‘Tis the Season

Quote of the Day

“City sidewalks
Busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air
There’s a feeling
Of Christmas…” Silver Bells

Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year. The festive decorations and lively spirit of the holiday puts a smile on my face. I enjoy listening to Christmas music and smelling the aroma of freshly-baked cookies. What are some of your favorite things to do?

New Release

This Fall I released the 2nd  book in the Sydney Jones SeriesChance – A Novel. If you enjoy reading mystery thrillers with an undercurrent of conspiracies, you’ll love this one. Check out some of these awesome reviews on my media page.

You’ll find it will be a great conversation starter when it gets eerie quiet during friends and family get-togethers. I look forward to reading your reviews. Thank you.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season. Carolyn M. Bowen

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New Mystery-Thriller: Chance A-Novel

Quote of the Day: “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” Ernest Hemingway

Latest News

Chance A-Novel is now available at Amazon and you can read FREE with Kindle Unlimited. For mystery lovers who enjoy reading paperbacks, order yours here.

Thank you to all the readers and fans that supported this new release. You made the birthday celebration for Chance A-Novel a wonderful success. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Chance A-Novel Paperback Preview
Chance A-Novel Paperback Preview

For Mystery Lovers

You can download and read this new mystery-thriller, Chance A-Novel today, and be ready for some juicy conversations during the holiday season.

About Chance A-Novel

Walker didn’t plan to fall in love with Sydney. He blamed their closeness in proximity, horrid circumstances in her life, and no friends but a paid confidant to comfort her. There was no one to hold her in their arms, and that’s what the lady needed–to cry and release the pain in her life. Sydney struck a chord in his heart. Her beauty, along with her spark to keep going through the hell in her life, enamored him even more. Did he love her? Yes! The government had him now. It didn’t take him long to realize they’d framed him for Roxanne’s murder, then got his case dismissed when he agreed to become their agent. The problem was, Sydney may still think him guilty of murder. The agency didn’t give him time to discuss the dismissal of charges against him. All he could tell her was the government needed him and he was catching an early morning flight. When Sydney Jones’s bodyguard and lover, Walker, is framed by the CIA for the murder of a has-been rock star he once guarded, he has to leave the only woman he ever truly loved and go undercover for them or be found guilty and thrown in jail for life. He’s not even allowed to tell Sydney where he’s going or what he’s doing; he just has to…disappear.

Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Chance by Carolyn M. Bowen

Chance

by Carolyn M. Bowen

Giveaway ends December 01, 2019.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Counting Down to Chance – A Novel

Quote of the Day: “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi

30 Days to the release of Chance – A Novel.

Today we are exactly one month away from the release of Chance – A Novel, the 2nd in the Sydney Jones Series. Preorder your copies today!

Primed For Revenge, the 1st novel in the Sydney Jones Series has been reduced for a limited time to just 99 cents to introduce you to Sydney Jones. Check it out and download yours today from Amazon or your favorite online store here (U.S. U.K.)

We’ve planned a Twitter Party to celebrate Chance’s birthday. I hope you’ll join us at 9 a.m. EST here. Watch for giveaways on Facebook and Instagram to welcome Sydney’s next adventure.

ATTN: Book Clubs
Please let me know if your group is planning on reading the Sydney Jones Series.  We have special rates for you.

Let us know of your interest in a book signing, and we’ll visit when in your area, if possible. Thanks for supporting my writing life. You are appreciated! Carolyn

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Goodreads Giveaway: Chance – A Novel.

Quote of the Day: “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” William James

Fun times are here! My Goodreads giveaway is LIVE now for Chance – A Novel, Book 2 in the Sydney Jones Series *Trilogy. Enter for a chance to win one of 20 copies today. If you haven’t read Book 1, Primed For Revenge, download your copy, and be ready to continue the adventure with Chance – A Novel on November 5th. Preorders available now!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Chance - A Novel by Carolyn M. Bowen

Chance – A Novel

by Carolyn M. Bowen

Giveaway ends October 22, 2019.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Chance – A Novel: Behind the Scenes Action

Quote of the Day: It’s splendid to be a great writer, to put men into the frying pan of your imagination and make them pop like chestnuts.  Gustave Flaubert

Chance – A Novel 

Chance – A Novel by Carolyn M. Bowen

We are getting closer to the countdown for the release of Chance – A Novel, book 2 in the Sydney Jones Series. The official release date is November 5th.

If you haven’t ordered your copy, do it now with an easy preorder link to Amazon. Stay tuned for some exciting giveaways happening during our birthday week. They’ll blow you away!

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 heroines, 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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Cover Reveal: Chance – A Novel

Quote of the Day: “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” Franz Kafka

Chance – A Novel (Sydney Jones Series Book 2) – November 5th, 2019

Excitement is in the air as I prepare to release, Chance – A novel, the second book in the Sydney Jones Series trilogy. This new psychological thriller is now available for preorder at the Amazon Kindle store.

I’ve worked with some super nice folks in preparing for this new release. Thank you!

If you are a book reviewer of mysteries and crime fiction especially women’s fiction, please contact me below for an advance reader’s copy for your enjoyment. If you’ve missed book one, Primed For Revenge, let me know so you’ll have the background for Chance – A Novel.

The official release date is Tuesday, November 5th. This will give you a chance to read and write your reviews prior to the holidays. Yes, I’m thinking of you – smiles!

From the back cover

Walker didn’t plan to fall in love with Sydney. He blamed their closeness in proximity, horrid circumstances in her life, and no friends but a paid confidant to comfort her. There was no one to hold her in their arms, and that’s what the lady needed—to cry and release the pain in her life.

Sydney struck a chord in his heart. Her beauty, along with her spark to keep going through the hell in her life, enamored him even more. Did he love her? Yes!

The government had him now. It didn’t take him long to realize they’d framed him for Roxanne’s murder, then got his case dismissed when he agreed to become their agent.

The problem was, Sydney may still think him guilty of murder. The agency didn’t give him time to discuss the dismissal of charges against him. All he could tell her was the government needed him and he was catching an early morning flight.

Click here to learn more about my books and purchase options.  Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. Carolyn

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Self-publishing vs Traditional Publishing

Quote of the Day: A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” Richard Bach

Photo Credit: Luisella Planeta Leoni – Pixabay

Today I’m writing about self-publishing versus traditional publishing. One of my Instagram fans asked the question about the pros and cons of each. My reply was it’s a subject requiring more than a line or two for an explanation of my views. Depending on who you ask, you’ll likely get a different response. That’s ok to listen or read them all and make your own decision about what works best for you.

The Pros of Self-Publishing

  • Control of content
  • Timeline for delivery
  • Ownership of copyright
  • Marketing freedom (design and publish)
  • Sales information confidential
  • Larger royalty – Paychecks every 60 days for what you’re doing right now.
  • Customer accessibility
  • Free advertising for your author brand – on booksellers’ platforms

The Cons of Self-Publishing

  • Author platform – Website (design and maintenance especially security)
  • Responsible for all aspects of publishing
    • Editing and formatting
    • Registering copyright and obtaining ISBN identity
    • Book covers – Professionally designed
    • Creating a description and short blurb about the novel – Your own or freelanced
    • Developing advanced reader fanbase
    • Publishing decisions: For example, go exclusive or wide including multiple author platforms.
    • Publicist – Help for getting your novel seen by readers!
    • Book Reviews – Paid – Remember reviews sell books and editorial reviews from paid sources can be used on your website and marketing materials.
    • Marketing – Development and Expense
    • Marketing tools and resources – software, freelancers, etc.
    • Digital – Social Media Sites – creation and updates
    • Development and purchasing of ads

Pros – Traditional Publishing – The BIG 5

  • Partnership and collaboration for the success of your novels
  • Knowledge and name recognition (how to place your novel to become a bestseller)
  • Inhouse advance readers fanbase for your genre
  • Phenomenon Marketing – digital and traditional
  • Advance for copyrights for novel/s present and future royalties

Cons – Traditional Publishing – The BIG 5

Note: Provide a manuscript with professional editing and formatting for the agent. The Big 5 deal exclusively with agents.

  • Literary Agent – Querying and obtaining an agent – Finding the right fit with your writing style and genre may be time-consuming and negligible.
  • Copyright ownership shifts
  • Loss of creative/marketing input
  • Smaller royalty over time – based on the original contract

Take Always

Patience, practice, and persistence – keep working at creating your best novel.

Practice without progressing in your craft is useless. Learn as you go along. Read and write every day. Be professional and kind to others including your fellow authors.

If you could choose which path to follow, would you go the traditional publishing route or indie? Talk to me and let me know your thoughts.

Thank you for following my blog for updates about my writing life. I appreciate your support. Carolyn M. Bowen

My latest Sydney Jones Series Book 2 is coming soon. Are you a reader and reviewer or book blogger of murder mysteries and women’s crime fiction? Leave your contact information below and receive an advance readers’ PDF copy of my latest novel when available.

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