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Meet & Greet: Author Event

Quote of the Day: “Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” Ray Bradbury, WD

Meet & Greet!

Join me May 3rd, 7-9 p.m. for a meet and greet at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA. I’m tickled to participate in their Emerging Author’s Program.  I hope to see you there. Be ready for some fun and games with giveaways. Hint: What is your favorite scene or quote from any of my novels?

As many of you know, my latest mystery-thriller is celebrating an April birthday. Primed For Revenge, the first in the Sydney Jones Series is available now at your favorite bookstores. I look forward to your comments and reviews. Thank you, Carolyn Bowen

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A Tangled Mess: Hurricane Michael

Quote for Today: It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy, we face the storm and defy it.    Amelia Barr

Tangled Mess, Writing Life
Panama City Beach before Hurricane Michael

Recently I’ve decided to put my education to good use and help others by writing in the mental health area also. I’m a mystery-crime fiction author with a background in psychology and communication.  I look forward to sharing personal development and inspirational tips from time to time on my blog.

When storms blow your way

I had a feeling this hurricane season would be bad and the worst isn’t over until the end of November. (See the previous post) I just didn’t know how close it would hit to home – my community.

Many folks are still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Michael. The far-reaching effects inland are beyond comprehension. This is a look at Marianna, FL located 60 miles from the direct hit on Mexico Beach.

Marianna FL Hurricane Michael
Photo/Brendan Farrington)

How do you deal with this mess?

My family and friends in Panama City FL and Marianna FL are still without power, gas, water, ice….

A feeling of being overwhelmed is normal. One day you have a residence and the next you don’t. My Granny comes to mind, 90 years old and displaced by the hurricane. No home to return to and years of memories gone. She’s a fighter who left her home when it was engulfed during the hurricane and sought a safe place. No one expected the Hurricane Michael to reap damage 60 miles inland, maybe some rain and wind but nothing traumatic.

As Granny says, “The next time there’s a mention of a hurricane in NW FL, I’m gone.” Like I said, she’s a smart woman.

My sister and family in Panama City, FL experienced the brunt of the hurricane force. She and her family survived a harrowing experience. They’re alive – residence totaled.

Well, my place appears to have survived the worst. Besides needing a new roof and major road clearing up my driveway all seems good. Yet, I’ve not been able to get to the property for the trees in the lane leading to the house. Yet, looking at NOAA images, the damages may not be so bad. I’ll know next Wednesday when a path is cleared.

Family First

Check in with family as soon as possible and let them know your situation.

Make your request – what do you need? Food, medical supplies, lodging…

In times like this cash and supplies work best. Send cash and if possible deliver food, gas, ice and other needs. Gas is a premium for running generators for homes still intact and for getting out of town.

You are a survivor

You made it through this ordeal and you will be able to start over. This experience doesn’t define you. It will motivate you to become a more authentic person. You are more than a survivalist for this is just one part in your story. The next chapter will be a result of your rebuilding and claiming your destiny of goodness and prosperity.

To all those affected by Hurricane Michael, I wish you peace!

As always, I appreciate your following my blog and reading my books. Carolyn M. Bowen

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Spring 2018 Countdown – Writing Life

The Writing Life

Spring 2018 Countdown, The Writing Life, Carolyn Bowen Author

Quote of the Day: “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’Amour

Good News

I’m pounding the keys again working on a new novel. Excited – is an understatement. I’m enjoying watching the words appear on the pages and sharing my writing journey with you.

Around the house

Tookie and Bubba Blue are still strange bedfellows with a new friend joining them soon – a swim mate for Blue.

With the flu season making a major impact this season, I’m taking extra health precautions being more health and fitness minded. It’s taken me a long time to find a balance between work and health pursuits. I tend to focus on my writing and marketing and lose touch with everything else. I’m proud to say that’s changing and I’m still able to reach my goals.

Spring 2018 Countdown

There are 52 days left until spring 2018. If you haven’t already read my novels, now is a great time as winter bids farewell.

Where to Buy My Novels

Check at your favorite online bookstores and corner bookshops. Click the direct link to begin reading on Amazon. Happy reading!


The Long Road Home: Romantic Murder Mystery


Cross-Ties: Historical Fiction Passages

I’ll be writing and sharing on social media. Hope to see you there, too! Carolyn Bowen

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Book Blog Tour: The Lost Macaw

Quote of the Day: There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Book Blog Tour featuring author B. L. Blair

The Lost Macaw, B.L. Blair, Writing Life, Book Blog Tour, CMBowen Author, Book BloggerThe Lost Macaw by B. L. Blair

About the Novella

The Lost Macaw is the fourth novella in the Lost and Found Pets series. Alexandra Prescott is a licensed private investigator specializing in finding missing animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job.

A former client hires Alex to find her lost parrot. The bright colored bird has flown away before, but this time there is evidence that Molly was kidnapped. The demand is simple—the bird for the pictures.

When her client suffers a stroke, Alex is left with a ransom note, a missing bird, and some very incriminating photos. She is in a race against time to solve the mystery of the lost Macaw.

Excerpt:

“Your little old lady is quite interesting, Alex,” Halie said.

“What do you mean?”

“She didn’t exist until about thirty years ago.”

“What?!”

“I did a preliminary background search on her. In general, she is clean. No debt. The house is paid off as is her car. The one thing that jumped out at me was the fact that she had a safe deposit box at four different banks.”

Luke raised one eyebrow. I got a sinking feeling. I had noted the bank accounts but hadn’t really given them much thought.

“Yeah,” I said, “I saw those.”

“So why does an eighty-year-old woman need four safe deposit boxes?”

“Why does she need more than one?” Luke muttered.

“Exactly,” Halie said. “So I dug a little deeper.”

“What did you find?”

“About thirty years ago, Joseph and Trudy Kearns purchased the house on Carriage. Back then, it was a new neighborhood, and the prices were cheap. They paid cash. They also opened a bank account, and Joe got a job working for the city. Those are the first records I can find for either one of them.”

“Trudy would have been fifty at that time. Her husband probably a few years older. What about birth certificates? Social security cards?”

“They had them, but conveniently, they were issued from a small county in Virginia where a massive flood destroyed all their records. The county office was in the process of moving the old paper records to electronic when the flood hit.”

“Let me guess. The Kearns’s records did not survive the flood.”

“Nope.”

“So the only records for them are the ones they had in their possession.” I paused a moment. “Do they look real?”

“Yes,” Halie replied.

“So they could be authentic.”

“Or really good forgeries. In some ways, it was easier back then.”

“Anything else?” I asked.

“Not really. Lives on a fixed income of social security and a small pension from her husband’s job. It isn’t much because he only worked for the city for twelve years before he had to retire.”

“Okay, thanks, Halie.”

After ending the call, I looked at Luke. He had a perplexed look on his face that I had a feeling mirrored mine.

“Who the hell is Trudy Kearns?”

The Lost Macaw, B.L. Blair, Writing Life, Book Blog Tour, CMBowen Author, Book BloggerAvailable on Amazon, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords

The Lost Macaw, B.L. Blair, Writing Life, Book Blog Tour, CMBowen Author, Book Blogger

Thank you for following my blog and connecting on social media. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas! Carolyn Bowen, Author – The Writing Life
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It’s a Beautiful Fall Day for Reading!

Fall Reading In Nature

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Quote of the Day

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge Sundae. Kurt Vonnegut (November 11, 1922 –April 11, 2007)

Today is a beautiful fall day and I’ve got some extra pep in my step! I enjoy watching the seasons change! The first days of the full color burst in autumn or new flowers sprouting in the spring remind me how fortunate we are to live in nature.

Book Reviews

If you have a novel you’d like for me to review, drop me a note here! Check out some of my latest book reviews also on Goodreads!

It’s a Beautiful Day for Fall Reading, Carolyn M. Bowen author, The Writing Life, Book Blogs, Book ReviewsLooking for some winter novels to read and review? Click here for a Kindle gift version of my mystery, The Long Road Home or Cross-Ties adventure. Thank you!

Don’t forget this is National Novel Writing Month! Celebrate your favorite authors by leaving a great review. They’ll thank you! I certainly do!

Where to Buy My Novels

Check at your favorite online bookstores and corner bookshops. Click the direct link or image to begin reading on Amazon. Happy reading!


The Long Road Home: Romantic Murder Mystery

I hope you’ll enjoy a blissful November celebrating the holidays with family and friends. I’ll be writing – and enjoying some great times too. Carolyn Bowen

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National Novel Writing Month

Quote of the Day: “Make your novel readable. Make it easy to read, pleasant to read. This doesn’t mean flowery passages, ambitious flights of pyrotechnic verbiage; it means strong, simple, natural sentences.” Laurence D’Orsay, October 1929

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National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month! I needed the reminder to get my writing back on track. I will make a diligent effort this month to write more words a day. One sentence after another and a novel will be born. Then the real work begins in the editing stages. How many drafts does it take you to get it right?

For me, let’s just say it takes a long time! I write from inspiration, the seat of my pants, most times. This can lead to multiple drafts. Hopefully, my editor will make the job easier for my new novel.

National Novel Writing Month, Carolyn M. Bowen Author, Goodreads Author

I am prone to isolating myself when writing novels. I’ve got to train myself to come out of the own little world to breathe freshness into marketing my other books. Time management will be the key to accomplishing my goals. What works for you?

Book Reviewers Wanted

I’m looking for reviewers for my mystery, crime fiction novel, The Long Road Home and for Cross-Ties, a historical fiction adventure. Interested? I’ll gift you with a Kindle version of both or either one. The Long Road Home is available FREE through Kindle Unlimited.

If you’d like to be a beta reviewer for my next mystery novel, let me know and I’ll include you in the review process.

Thank You!

National Novel Writing Month, Carolyn M. Bowen Author, Goodreads Author

Thank you for reading and reviewing my books on reader/novel platforms. Your kindness is greatly appreciated!

Where to Buy My Novels

Check at your favorite online bookstores and corner bookshops. Click the direct link to begin reading on Amazon. Happy reading!


The Long Road Home: Romantic Murder Mystery

I hope you’ll enjoy a blissful November celebrating the holidays with family and friends. I’ll be writing – and enjoying some great times too. Carolyn Bowen

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What Are You Willing To Risk?

Quote of the Day: Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go. T.S. Eliot

What are you willling to risk?, The Writing Life, Carolyn Bowen Author

Today we celebrate the British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and “one of the twentieth century’s major poets” Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM (T.S. Eliot) birthday (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965). Wikipedia

His works continue to resonate with people today. The quote above is one of my favorites. Learn more about his lifetime literary achievements here.

Giving Away To Good Homes

Cross-Ties Adventure, Carolyn M. Bowen Author, The Writing Life, What are you willing to risk?Today I’m pushing, making an effort, to see how far I can go. What are my plans? I’m giving away (5 signed copies of my historical romance, Cross-Ties to good homes.

To enter for a chance to win: Follow my blog and leave a comment. The 1st five to participate will be the lucky winners. Good Luck! I look forward to a meet/greet soon.

Reviewers Wanted: Get added to my reviewers’ list and be the first to know about new releases and other fun events. Please let me know if you’d like to be a Beta reader for my future books.

Carolyn M. Bowen Author, The Writing LifeIf you like to read and review books, please let me know and I’ll provide a Kindle version (Cross-Ties and/or The Long Road Home) for your reading enjoyment.

I am so excited about the reviews for my novels. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment (nice) about The Long Road Home and Cross-Ties a historical fiction adventure. You make my writing life more interesting.

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If you like to connect with others who enjoy books, join my new Facebook group – Circle of Friends. I look forward to seeing you there.

Please check out my novels here and at your favorite bookstore! Thanks!

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Summer Reading Begins In June

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

Summer Reading

The month of June has started off with a bang! I’m so glad to have wonderful fans and supporters. You make my days brighter. Thank you!

The Writing Life, Cross-Ties NovelI love the new article from The Owl Branch Blog about Cross-Ties novel, my historical fiction book. Take a look here!

If you haven’t read it yet, you’re in for some surprises if you enjoy multicultural family sagas with a strong female character (rebel). You can find it online in paperback or KindleNOOK  or at your favorite bookstore.

The Long Road Home, Carolyn M. Bowen, AuthorThere’s been a lot of activity surrounding my latest mystery, The Long Road Home. Some days I visualize the demand for the novel if placed on a graph, much like an irregular heartbeat mimicking my own.

The Goodreads Giveaway for The Long Road Home is open until June 18th. Enter now for a chance to win a signed copy of this international mystery with a romantic twist. If you’ve already entered, thank you!

Can’t wait for your copy – Here are a few of the places you can purchase the novel to read now. Barnes and NobleAmazon, and createspace.

Looking for Reader/Reviewers

If you’re interested in reviewing either of my books, drop me a line and I’ll gift a Kindle version for you. Remember you can download a FREE copy with Amazon Prime (Kindle Unlimited).

More Good News

Annual BooksGoSocial Best Book of the Year Prize Contest 

I’ve entered The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen into this book of the year contest. I’d appreciate your vote and super comments about my mystery-thriller. (Smiles)  Vote here! Thank you!

I just received a song to match my book from the singer-songwriter recording artist and former The VOICE (NBC) contestant, Dr. Paul. I am honored in his interest of The Long Road Home. Here’s the song, let me know what you think.

I love my readers and am glad to connect on social media where I do a lot of hangin’ out. If you’ll send me a photo showing my book in your reading space, I’ll publish it on my Facebook page and give you credit. Think about it!

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Until next time, enjoy your day. Carolyn Bowen

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It’s A New Day: The Writing Life

Hello June, CMBowenAuthor, The Writing LifeQuote of the Day:It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses.”  Nathaniel Parker Willis

We welcome the month of June as we say farewell to Spring. It’s going to be a wonderful month, you just wait and see.

Carolyn Bowen Author, Cross-Ties Novel, The Long Road Home, The Writing LifeI want to share with you the latest news about what’s happening in my writing life. But first, let me thank my wonderful readers for sharing my books with their family, friends and social media contacts. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Readers and Reviewers Wanted

On that note, if you enjoy reading and reviewing mystery-thrillers, crime fiction or romantic suspense and would like a free Kindle version of The Long Road Home Please let me know. I’ll gift you with a copy.

Here’s one of my favorite reviews (5 Stars) by The Owl Branch blog. Thank you!

The Long Road Home, Carolyn M. Bowen, AuthorAnnual BooksGoSocial Best Book of the Year Prize Contest 

I’ve entered The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen into this book of the year contest. I’d appreciate your vote and super comments about my mystery-thriller. (Smiles)  Vote here! Thank you!

Books, Carolyn M. BowenGoodreads Giveaway – Enter for a chance to WIN a signed copy of The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen Giveaway ends June 18, 2017.  Enter here: The giveaway details at Goodreads.

Keep informed about the latest writing news. Follow my blog for the latest giveaways and contests.

Where to Find My Books

Amazon – Barnes and Noble – Createspace and your favorite bookstores.

Let’s have a meet/greet on social media. You’ll find me hangin’ out on my favorite sites.  Thanks, Carolyn Bowen

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Happy Summer Days Ahead

Quote of the Day: “One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

Summer,CM Bowen Author, The Writing LifeSummer officially begins on Tuesday, June 20th in the Northern Hemisphere. It fades away on September 22nd after several wonderful months of frolicking fun in the blissful dreamy days and nights. To have a book tucked away for reading in nature, and while fulfilling the everyday demands of life, is a delightful release from cares.

Not to get ahead of myself, but…

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I’m ready for summer fun and time with my family at our favorite gathering place, the beaches of NW Florida. Not to be taken away from enjoying every moment of the springtime, it is nice to have nice events to look forward too and great books to read.

Let me tell you about my latest mystery-thriller, The Long Road Home. You’ll instantly be taken on a journey with Kate as she discovers things are not as they appear. Her life is grand or so she believes. Kate’s beautiful, loved by her prominent family, has great digs in Charleston and a handsome fiancé on the fast track to becoming the next super lawyer. The brutal truth facing her includes murder, betrayal, conspiracy, and lots of looking over her shoulder. (Charleston Sunset, Photo Credit: Sean Clyde, C & C Media)

Charleston SC SunsetGet ready to enjoy The Long Road Home. The scenic places in the low country and the beaches of North FL will provide excellent prompts for summer travel. You’ll be intrigued with the mystery surrounding her as she takes The Long Road Home.

The Long Road Home: A Southern twist of fate where lust, love, money, murder and revenge play key roles. You can read The Long Road Home FREE with Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited. It’s also available in paperback and Kindle.

Reviewers Wanted

Are you a mystery-thriller lover who enjoys romance in your books? The Long Road Home may suit your taste in reading. Let me know if you’re interested in reading and reviewing my novel.

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More Good News – Historical Fiction Adventure

Cross-Ties Novel by Carolyn Bowen Author, The Writing Life

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 -$9.99.

All Things Southern Contest

bigstock-Cooking-With-Prawns-And-Garlic-45955618 (1)This month I’m gathering recipes for making Southern dishes. I will sample the different recipes and with my favorite chef, and I’ll choose one to star in my YouTube video. The winner will receive credit and a $25 gift card. I look forward to your responses.

Talk to me on social media! I post every day about my writing life or things I find interesting. Hope to see you there!

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