“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” Walt Whitman
Presidents Day 2020 is celebrated on Monday, February 17th in the United States.
This holiday is legally designated as “Washington’s Birthday”. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is the federal government’s policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.
This Federal Holiday honors the USA’s first president, George Washington, whose birthday is February 22 and all presidents of the United States.
Many states show special recognition to Abraham Lincoln as his birthday was also in mid-February. Schools often organize events and lessons about United States presidents in the days leading up to this holiday. It’s also a popular day for stores to start their spring sales.
George Washington was the first president of the United States of America. His first term as president was from 1789 to 1793 and his second term from 1793 to 1797. Before he became president, he played important roles in the military, leading the American Continental Army to victory over the British in 1783.
The likeness and name of George Washington can still be seen in many places in the United States. There is a portrait of him and three other American presidents carved into Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. His image is also used on the one-dollar bill and the quarter-dollar coin. The capital of the United States, Washington D.C., Washington State and at least three universities bear his name. On the local level, there are cities and counties across the U.S. bearing his name.
Washington’s Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880. It was made a federal holiday in 1885. The holiday was originally held on the anniversary of George Washington’s birth, on February 22. In 1971, this holiday was moved to the third Monday in February.
Suggested Presidents Day Reading
A Psychological/Conspiracy Thriller
Sydney Jones walks a fine line when taking on a new case. As facts come to surface, she becomes immersed in the underworld of international crime. Should she continue knowing it is cloaked in political suspense? And, does she have a choice?
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.
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!
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.
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?
This Fall I released the 2nd book in the Sydney Jones Series – Chance – 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
Quote of the Day: “Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens
November is the month for gratitude, and I have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. I have released the Sydney Jones Series this year with books 1 and 2 now available for mystery lovers’.
I am grateful for my many supporters across social platforms and appreciate your help in launching this series. Check out my website media andGoodreads Author’sPage for some highlights from book bloggers and reviewers. Thank you!
Reminder: You can still enter for a chance to win one of 20 Kindle versionsof Chance – A Novel at Goodreads through December 1st.
Wishing you a heavenly holiday! From my home to yours – Happy Thanksgiving! Carolyn M. Bowen
Quote of the Day: “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” Ernest Hemingway
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!
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.
Quote of the Day: “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” Norman Vincent Peale
We are busy getting ready for the launch of Chance – A Novel. Don’t forget to join me on Twitter for Chance’s birthday party, November 5th at 9 a.m. EST.
We’ll be giving away some cool prizes for mystery lovers. From a signed copy of this latest thriller to t-shirts, and a Kindle edition of Chance – A Novel, many goodies are up for grabs. Follow the Twitter Chats for details about how to win your favorites in the giveaway@cmbowenauthor.
Mark your calendar for October 14th, 4-6 p.m. EST to join me and fellow guest authors on Blog Talk Radio. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of juicy comments to take you behind the scenes of the authors’ lives.
Thank you for following my writing life and leaving notes of encouragement. I am particularly grateful for the many people who’ve reviewed and promoted my latest novel. A special thank you to PromoNation for today’s cool YouTube Video. Thank you all for your support. You are appreciated! Carolyn
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 storehere (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. ESThere. 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
Quote of the Day: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin
Something to Talk About
Exciting news for mystery lovers! The first book in the Sydney Jones Series, Primed For Revenge is now available at Amazon and Smashwords for just 99 cents. Read now and preorder the 2nd Sydney Jones thriller, Chance – A Novel today.
Follow on social media for updates and giveaways to celebrate the birthday of Chance – A Novel this November 5th. Thank you for supporting my writing life. Carolyn