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The Long Road Home: Goodreads Giveaway

The Long Road Home: Goodreads Giveaway

Quote of the Day: The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair. Mary Heaton Vorse

Exciting news! Today my Goodreads giveaway kicks off (November 28th -December 28th). Follow me and enter for a chance to win a signed copy of The Long Road Home.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen

The Long Road Home

by Carolyn Bowen

Giveaway ends December 28, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

The book reviews on The Long Road Home are beginning to show up on various social media sites. I am grateful for the readers who have taken the time to comment about my book. The present goodreads rating is 4.5 stars! Wow!

Today’s book review was posted by Katherine’s Book Reviews. I love the four star rating and her blog comments about The Long Road Home. Thank you Katherine!

Reviewers Wanted: If you’re the real deal, reader/reviewer and would like a copy of my book, The Long Road Home, let me know and I’ll send you a Kindle version with no strings. Please note that books will be sent this week to reviewers previously signed up for copies. Thank you!

ATTN: Book Clubs
Contact me about reading and discussing The Long Road Home for your special discount.

More Good News

I’m so happy about launching The Long Road Home! I’m offering Cross-Ties Novel with reduced pricing. It’s a story about love, passion and family with some hiccups here and there. (Historical Fiction) Purchase today at Amazon: Paperback $9.99 – MatchBook $0.99 – Kindle $1.99 and Barnes and Noble Nook Book -$1.99.

I enjoy my social media communities. Please join me on  for exciting updates and giveaways.

I hope you’ll follow my blog for the latest writing news and updates. I love hearing from you.

Something to talk about this holiday season. Order your copy of The Long Road Home today!

Wishing you a wonderful day. Carolyn Bowen, Author “romantic novels of suspense”




Flexing Some Muscle: Imagination

Quote of the Day: “Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.” Philip José Farmer

Carolyn M. Bowen Author, The Writing Life

Flexing some muscle

I love the changing of the seasons. It’s inspiring to see the colorful display of autumn colors. It makes my imagination soar.

I am so ready for you to read The Long Road Home.

It’s tough waiting to launch a new book. I’m excited! We’re moving closer to announcing the release date of my new murder-mystery, The Long Road Home. Hint: It’s looking like early November.

Just for you!

In the anticipation of this new release, I’m offering Cross-Ties Novel with reduced pricing.  It’s a story about love, passion and family with some hiccups here and there. (Historical Fiction) Purchase today at Amazon: Paperback $9.99 – MatchBook $0.99 – Kindle 1.99 and Barnes and Noble Nook Book -$1.99.

The Long Road Home, Carolyn M. Bowen, AuthorReviewers Wanted: If you’re the real deal, reader/reviewer and would like a copy of my book, The Long Road Home, let me know and I’ll send you a Kindle version when released, no strings.

I enjoy my social media communities. Please join me on Goodreads for exciting updates and giveaways.

I hope you’ll follow my blog for the latest writing news and updates.

Wishing you a wonderful autumn weekend. Carolyn Bowen


Waiting to Launch – The Long Road Home, Murder-Mystery

Quote of the Day: “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” Philip Pullman

The Long Road Home, Carolyn M. Bowen


I’m getting ready for the release of my latest mystery-suspense novel, The Long Road Home. If you’d like to be one of the first to read and review it, please let me know. I think you’ll be intrigued with the action and adventure.

Thank you for your wonderful response to my Amazon Giveaway. It’s completed and all winners have received their Kindle book. I hope you enjoy reading Cross-Ties and will let me know your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

Click on this link to buy an Amazon Cross-Ties Novel paperback or Kindle edition or here for a Barnes & Noble Nook book.

Do you want to be the first to know about new books, free promotions, and giveaways? Follow my Blog and my Amazon Author’s Page for the latest news.

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.

I enjoy social media communities. It gives me a chance to meet new folks. Here’s where you can find me: On Facebook

, and Goodreads.

Wishing you a blessed day. Carolyn Bowen


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


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.

Black Friday, Books

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


Social Media Tips for Writers

Thought for today: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Maya Angelou

I am a writer and have a passion for writing. Today’s writer wears more than one hat for it is important to know how to market your books too. In addition, it is not uncommon for many writers to hold other employment as well. Marketing is my other passion. So, time is of the essence.

For marketing, many hours of a day are spent on a variety of social media sites updating fans with latest writing news, inspiring others to achieve their dreams, and connecting on a personal basis. So when do you have time to work on new material?

I have found that prioritizing my goals for the day is helpful. I like to wake early in the morning and work on my manuscripts for new books. It’s a great time when my mind is fresh and thoughts come together easier for stories. Even though I have an urge to check my email’s and tune in to my social network, I attempt to stay focused on my writing. When my mind is set – most times I win.

In the search for social media applications that will make my life run smoother, I found two that standout for their easy use and refreshing content – Canva and Post Planner. What’s so great about both of them is that you can try them for free. Once you see the results you can subscribe or not. I enjoy the benefits of using my own content or theirs from pictures, quotes to relevant articles. These applications provide me with the opportunity to do more of what I love – writing and forming relationships with those of similar interests. Yes, I love content writing that is pertinent within the scope of my interests. And, you can see I do a lot of it. Yet, a little help is always welcome when wearing several hats. You may want to try these too.

Do you have favorite digital applications for sharing on social media? Share your time saving tips with me. Streamlining frees us to focus on what’s more important in life. I’d like to get to know you. Let’s connect on Google Plus,  Facebook and Twitter. Carolyn 

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