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Friday Is My Day

Quote of the Day: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou

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Hot diggity dog, today is Friday. It feels good to see some of my goals accomplished this week. My new book, The Long Road Home now has cover art bringing us one step closer to a launch date. Stay tuned for updates.

Cross-Ties Novel, my historical fiction book is out and about. Click here to purchase: Paperback or Kindle at Amazon.com.

See this Amazon Giveaway for a chance to win: Cross-Ties (Kindle Edition). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Oct 1, 2016 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules.

Reviewers Wanted: If you’re the real deal, reader/reviewer and would like a copy of my book, Cross-Ties, let me know and I’ll send you a Kindle version, no strings.

Let’s connect on Facebook and Goodreads. Wishing you a blessed day. Carolyn Bowen 

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September News

Quote of the Day: “Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” William Faulkner

Carolyn Bowen Author, Cross-Ties Novel

H-e-l-l-o September! There is excitement in the air as we welcome this new month. The weather temperature is dropping and we know autumn is on the way. Let’s celebrate!

A new edition of my novel, Cross-Ties is now available online. If you would like a chance to win a copy (Kindle) from my Amazon Giveaway, enter here. No Purchase Necessary. Ends the earlier of Sep 15, 2016 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules.

Follow my Amazon page for the latest updates about new releases and giveaways. Hint: There’s more to come!

Reviewers Wanted: If you’re the real deal, reader/reviewer and would like a copy of my book, Cross-Ties, let me know and I’ll send you a Kindle version, no strings.

Wishing you a wonderful month filled with peace and joy. Carolyn Bowen

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Waiting to Exhale ~ Book Launch Soon

Quote of the Day: “The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.” Stephen King

Charleston SC, CM BowenAuthor
Hint: One of the settings for The Long Road Home

I am itching (in a good way) to announce the launch of my new suspense book, The Long Road Home. I understand we are closing the gap for announcing the release date. I can’t wait to hear your response.

I am looking for reviewers to step up and share their take, hopefully positive, on this trail of suspense and mystery. If you enjoy the thrill of reading books with a Southern flavor, you’ll love this one.

Waiting to Exhale ~ Carolyn Bowen

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Happy 4th of July

July 4th, Carolyn M. Bowen AuthorQuote of the Day: You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.  Erma Bombeck

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Wishing you a fun and safe holiday weekend. Carolyn Bowen  Cross-Ties

New Book Coming Soon

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

New BookI can’t hardly type this morning from the excitement about the progress on my new suspense book. It won’t be much longer before I can announce a launch date and party plans. I’ll be posting the latest news here and on my social media sites. Hope you’ll follow and talk to me on  Facebook, Google PlusTwitterAmazon Author’s Page, and other favorite sites.

Toker my cat, Carolyn M. Bowen Author

Today is National Camera Day which is fitting in my case. It’s time for a new head shot for the book. Usually, I welcome such occasions but on a bad hair day not so much. My cat Toker seems to agree a do over is merited. Wish me the best!

I appreciate your following my blog and connecting on social media. Thank you! Wishing you a wonderful day! Carolyn Bowen

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Today’s Inspiration

Quote for Today: If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer. David Brin

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Spring is in the air making my days even more wonderful. I love the distinct seasonal changes in the US. The number of entertainment opportunities are enormous. The timing is perfect for me to take a short break before the launch of my new book. This means spending time with friends and family. I hope you’re taking a spring break, too.

I look forward to sharing new information about my book soon. If you haven’t read my previous books, please check them out on Amazon.com.

Thank you! Carolyn Bowen Book Trailer for Cross-Ties Novel

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Easter 2016

Quote of the Day: Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless. Charles M. Crowe

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History Notes

Today is Good Friday which honors the day of the crucifixion of Jesus. Holy Saturday follows with remembrance of the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period after Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven. Check out the History Channel for more information.

What does Easter mean to you?

Easter means different things to people based on their individual values and beliefs. To some, pictures of fuzzy bunnies and Easter Egg hunts come to mind. These can be fun things to do in observing the holiday. My wish for you is the exploration of the meaning behind this holiday. I hope this Easter will be a time of personal reflection on the spiritual blessings of the season. Happy Easter! 

Cross-Ties Book Carolyn Bowen If you have a chance over the weekend, check out my  profile. I will be posting the launch date for my new suspense mystery coming out soon. Thank you! Carolyn Bowen

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When Less Is More: Social Media

Quote for Today: I continue to be drawn to clarity and simplicity. ‘Less is more’ remains my mantra. Stephane Rolland

The holiday season is in our wake and it seems everywhere we look there are some fantastic gifts starring us in the face. Everyone today is marketing something. It is just the way the world operates now from authors promoting their books, companies branding their product lines to non-profits creating awareness about their mission. What are we to do if we want our own offerings available for the world to see? Get more visible with a planned strategy to target our market.

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What is one to do when first starting out promoting their products or services? We question what platforms will deliver the greatest results for our efforts and pocketbook. Looking around the Internet there is a huge array of selections for posting on social media. It is tempting to say “I want to use them all and receive the most for my start-up.” I’ve been in that mind-set too and learned that sometimes less is more. Clue: Fresh content, visuals, supporting apps are just a few of the commodities needed for each site.

My suggestion is to use the social media sites where your potential customers already are active. It is best to begin with two or three sites and as you build your community expand your reach to others or use your talent and energy to continue improving your existing sites.

My favorites for ease of use, targeting folks interested in my products and building a community that enjoys the same things are as follows: Google+, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.   And, I did not do these all at once. Each site is a work in progress that has been expanded as resources became available. It is a good to have a budget for paid advertisements on your social media sites. It is generally agreed that it is a better option than buying followers who may or may not be interested in your offerings.

Another option this holiday season is partnering with a company that already markets similar products or services. For example holiday specials in the hospitality industry, an established blog that promotes travel, food and entertainment would be a bonus. Note: This is one of my companies.  However, for Cross-Ties
the search is on for a partner (book seller) that will help my young adult novel go viral.

Keep it simple, know your audience and market accordingly.  Special note  for companies marketing to businesses, it’s hard to beat Linkedin for news and growing your network.

I look forward to your comments about what’s working for your marketing program. Hope to see you on social media. Cordially, Carolyn

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Cross-Ties Book Trailer

Thought for Today: “Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso

Good morning everyone!
Today I want to talk about Cross-Ties, the Book. Cross-Ties, a young adult fiction, is full of visuals from the Pirates of the Caribbean, the beautiful Antigua and frontier America just to name a few. It was a treat to release the Cross-Ties book trailer that provides a peek into the journey of the main character Leah coming of age in the 18th Century.

Every young person proceeds through a rite of passage into adulthood. In Leah’s case, it was a stormy transition in finding true love and purpose in life. For many, this still holds true today. In Leah’s early adulthood, she had the mistaken belief that a man loved her only to find that it was a different kind of love. A love between friends, not the romantic love she had visualized in her dreams. Yet, she did find different kinds of love during her lifetime. Read Cross-Ties today and enjoy Leah’s adventure as she learns to love again – and again.

Cross-Ties Book, Carolyn M. Bowen, The Writing LifeHope to see you on Google Plus, Facebook and Twitter. Let me know your experiences in finding true love and purpose in life. It’s a never ending story. Carolyn

 

 

 

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