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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 Beginnings

NEW Revised Edition Available Now!

I’m excited to share my latest writing news. A new revised edition of “Cross-Stepping Your Way to Success,” a personal development book is now available for download from Amazon FREE w/Unlimited.

We are all going through some difficult times during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is my hope that this book will inspire and motivate you to discover a renewed passion for living. I look forward to your sharing your journey with me.

Cross-Stepping Your Way To Success!

Simple Steps to Change Your Life!

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. She 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.

March Winds

Quote of the Day:In March winter is holding back and spring is pulling forward. Something holds and something pulls inside of us too.” Jean Hersey

Today is March 1st and I can feel a tugging of something wonderful, an expectation of things to come. These last few months have been exciting for my new Sydney Jones Series. The mysteries are catching the wind and I’m grateful. I am completing the final in the series and expect to share some great news soon. Follow now to be kept in the loop!

If you’re a book reviewer or book blogger, please let me know if you’d like to be one of the first to read my new novel. And, if you haven’t read books 1 & 2, they, too, will be made available to you.

Sydney Jones Series – Books 1 & 2

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Hemingway’s Advice to Writers: Part 2

Quote of the Day: “For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.” Ernest Hemingway

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Part 2: Hemingway’s Advice to Writers

As promised, today’s topic is part two of Hemingway’s advice to authors provided to Samuelson, a journalist and aspiring author at the time. His book is titled, Arnold Samuelson, With Hemingway, A Year in Key West and Cuba.

Note: The book was published after the author’s death in 1981. You may have seen the movie, if not watch it. The book is available in hard copy from Amazon and at most libraries.

We’re looking at the novels Ernest Hemingway considered the “good stuff” in literature. Although, not handwritten as the list below, in conversation with Samuelson, he said, “the best book an American ever wrote,” the one that “marks the beginning of American literature” – “Mark Twain Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

Hemingway’s “Good Stuff”

In looking over the book list, I’m reminded of another quote by Hemingway about studying authors considered the best after their death for that was the true sign of greatness for their work had endured. In doing so, Hemingway’s novels should be added to the list of good stuff for today’s reading.

In his own words…

“Here’s a list of books any writer should have read as a part of his education… If you haven’t read these, you just aren’t educated. They represent different types of writing. Some may bore you; others might inspire you and others are so beautifully written they’ll make you feel it’s hopeless for you to try to write.”

Note: You’ll find most of these at your public library.

  1. The Blue Hotel by Stephen Crane
  2. The Open Boat by Stephen Crane
  3. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  4. Dubliners by James Joyce
  5. The Red and Black by Stendhal
  6. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  8. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  9. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
  10. Hail and Farewell by George Moore
  11. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  12. The Oxford Book of English Verse
  13. The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings
  14. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  15. Far Away and Long Ago by W.H. Hudson
  16. The American by Henry James

Following Hemingway’s method of studying the writing of great authors whose works have stood the test of time, what author and books would you add to the list?

Here are a few of my favorites. Comment below with your must-reads of classic novels.

  • The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Catcher and the Rye – J. D. Salinger
  • James Bond Spy Series – Ian Fleming
  • Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck 
  •  In Cold Blood – Truman Capote   

Note: If you missed Hemingway’s Advice to Writer’s Part One, read here.

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For more information about my novels, click here. Thanks, Carolyn Bowen

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Fiction: When Truth Fails

Quote of the Day: “That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.” Tim O’Brien

One of the political topics in the air right now is about Pro-Life. I don’t usually get into political debates and I’m not this time. What I will say is that my latest mystery-thriller addresses this issue.

In my latest novel, Primed For Revenge, the main character Sydney Jones was brutally beaten and raped by her kidnapper. She became pregnant from the accoster and couldn’t imagine giving birth to the child that she’d always see as a result of the manhandling and rape. For the rest of the story read here.

There have been times in the past when fiction clearly stated the obvious truths about social, political, world events, and futurists’ expectations, and many have come true in our lifetime.

My suggestion about the current political restrictions concerning a woman’s body is doing the research: look at the mental health, financial, social welfare of THE woman affected. Then answer the question, should her life be legislated without her consent?

For more about my novels, click here!

Thanks for following my blog and reading my mystery novels. You are appreciated! Carolyn Bowen

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Upping the Stakes for Spring Cleaning

Quote for the Day: The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment. Marie Kondo

 

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Spring is the season to clear away the cobwebs from the winter and breathe in the freshness of peace and joy in your surroundings. Most times this calls for deep cleaning of your home and office.

A friend recommended Marie Kondo’s cleaning method. After reading her book, I decided to pursue decluttering using her guidelines. And, let’s just say it’s a huge undertaking, but I’m game! Here’s my review from Goodreads.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō

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Primed For Revenge Book Signing

Quote of the Day: “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”  Mark Twain

New Mystery-Thriller

Excitement is in the air as the official release date approaches for my new mystery-thriller Primed For Revenge, Sydney Jones Series Book 1. The official launch date is April 2nd, 2019.  Preorder Now!

Primed For Revenge, Sydney Jones Series Book 1, Carolyn M. Bowen

Meet the Author

A book signing, along with fun and games are scheduled for March 30th, 4 PM EST, at Copperhead Lodge, 171 Copperhead Pkwy, Blairsville, GA. Make reservations now for the weekend and enjoy the scenic beauty of the North GA mountains and meet the author.

Copperhead Lodge

Book Bloggers/Reviewers

Do you enjoy reading and reviewing crime fiction and mystery novels? Primed for Revenge, Sydney Jones Series, Book 1 has a strong female protagonist posed against a robust multicultural Atlanta GA backdrop. You’ll not want to miss reading this one! Fill in the contact information below for a Kindle version of this new mystery-thriller. Thank you. Carolyn Bowen

Follow my blog for the latest news about my writing life. Join my journey for the fun side of the writing life. Carolyn Bowen

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Interview with ASK WIN

Quote for Today: “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” John Holmes

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Yesterday, I had an interview with ASK WIN and it was fun! Of course, Win promoted my latest mystery-thriller, Primed For Revenge, Sydney Jones Series, Book 1. And, I’ve included the interview for your enjoyment. Listen on iTunes.

Also, Win made an announcement about a new upcoming novel. So, follow Win Kelly Charles on Amazon so you’ll know when it’s released. I know I have!

Thanks again, Win, for having me on your podcast – ASK WIN. It was a blast!

Counting down to the official release of Primed For Revenge, Sydney Jones Series, Book 1. April 2nd, 2019  Preorder Now! 

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For more information about my novels, see my About Page. Follow my blog for the latest news about new releases, my writing life, and giveaways. I appreciate your support. Carolyn Bowen

Celebrating Your Life – 2019

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Quote of the Day: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”   H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You!

It’s time to begin thinking about plans and goals for the New Year. Most years I come up with some New Year resolutions that after a week, at the most, I abandon.

This year I’m going to plan differently. Instead of making New Year resolutions, I’m going to make a list of things to do in 2019. I’ll pick out the top 5 and make a commitment to achieving them.

When making a decision to move forward toward reaching my goals I’ll have a timeline to keep me on the path. Should a need arise to make adjustments to the plan, I’m prepared.

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There’s something special about writing your goals down. The psychological effect spurs you to complete the tasks as planned. By whatever name you choose to call your goals for 2019, stay committed. What would you like to accomplish in 2019?

Thank you for following my blog and connecting on social media. I appreciate your support. Carolyn M. Bowen

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