Fall Reads: Cross-Ties Historical Romance

I don’t know about you, but I love the contrasting seasons of the year. Whether traveling outside my homeland, to experience the winter wonderland (not so much this year), or take in photos of scenic locations, the season is pristine and washes away the cares for the day.

Fall is in the air and the cool mornings are a great time to reflect and read. Me with my fluffy cat Tookie, and the elder tabby Ollie spend a lot of time contemplating the universe on the balcony. Between saying no-no to Tookie who wants to eat the plants and anything else that may be edible, my universe is almost complete.

Looking for a new novel to take your cares away? Let me recommend Cross-Ties eBook, a historical romance. This week during our special promotion it’s just 99 cents (10/21-25/21). Tap the link below to read today! Everyone has an immigration story, and this coming-of-age tale is one to remember.

Cross-Ties by Carolyn Bowen

Cross-Ties Book Description

A page-turning epic of adventure, suspense, and romance that crosses the chasm of societal rules.

You’ll be spellbound by the twists and turns Leah’s life takes some by her doing, and others as she rubs against the social rules of the 19th century. Finally, you’ll learn the ties between people and cultures matter and may come wrapped in unexpected packages.

Cross-Ties is a historical romance featuring a beautiful young woman who seized the opportunity to be more independent for nothing else would suit.

Cross-Ties by Carolyn Bowen

Autumn Reads: Chance by Carolyn Bowen

The seasonal changes are refreshing and supply the perfect backdrop for reading surrounded by nature or while relaxing in your favorite comfortable chair. If you’re in the mood for a romantic mystery, then you’ll love this special offer on Chance: A Novel. Grab your eBook now for just 99 cents and tell your friends about the super deal. Limited offer: 10/15-19/21

“This story is plot-rich with plenty of action to keep you turning the pages. With well-developed characters, some you’d love to hate, and a fascinating behind the scenes look inside the legal world, Bowen pulls out all the stops to deliver a fascinating story.”

Click the link below for a sample read!

Chance: A Novel

Chance (Book Description):

They took her lover. Getting him back could be the last thing she ever does…

High-powered Atlanta attorney Sydney Jones never backs down from a case. So, when her bodyguard and boyfriend is accused of murder, she’s determined to fight for him in court. Instead, the charges are suddenly dismissed, and he vanishes without a trace…

Suspecting CIA involvement, Sydney takes on a lawsuit with Chinese Black Society ties and finds a startling connection to her missing man. But as she digs deeper, she discovers that someone may kill to keep the secret.

Will this dangerous cat-and-mouse game reveal the truth or put a bullet in Sydney’s head?

Chance is the second book in the Sydney Jones psychological thriller trilogy. If you like fearless heroes, page-turning action, and shocking twists, then you’ll love Carolyn Bowen’s gripping story.

Buy Chance to board a wild roller coaster ride today!

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Summer Reading: Cross-Ties eBook Deal

Cross-Ties by Carolyn Bowen

Summer and the livin’ is easy.

Summer is flying by this year. My plans are simple. I enjoy the natural wonders of nature and mellowing out with a novel in my hands while occasionally gazing at the surrounding scenic beauty.

Whether on the sea shore, mountains, or in your recliner, a book is all you need to escape into another world. During our special promotion you can step back in time with Cross-Ties, a historical romance action novel and let the world go by.

Limited offer (7/21-25/2021): Cross-Ties eBook on sale for 99 cents. Grab your copy today and journey with Leah in this action-adventure, coming of age historical romance. Also, available in  paperback, hardcover, and Audible.

I’d love to hear from you. Share a photo of your reading Cross-Ties today for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of this novel. Happy reading! Carolyn Bowen

Mental Health & You: 2021

This has been a crazy year for me and likely for you as well. It’s during our most difficult times we need to stop and evaluate our life choices to make better decisions about our future.

In 2021, everyone has felt insecurities about what’s next for them affecting their health and livelihood. Many workers in the retail and hospitality sector have been slam-dunked during this pandemic and are seeking new opportunities.

For those with mental health issues, this year was especially difficult. My goal is to let you know you’re never alone. There is help for you in your darkest moments. Reach out and connect with a friend, family member, or a caring organization. Your life matters!

Mental health awareness is important to everyone. To take charge of your own life, and to recognize when others are in need of help.

To take a stand for Mental Health Awareness with are offering “Cross-Stepping Your Way to Success” for a special eBook promotion for 99 cents from June 13th -17th. Click the link below to read today!

This is a bite-sized inspirational guide to put a smile on your face, and let you know you’ve got this. Healthy tips about depression, grieving, fitness, life satisfaction, and career advice is succinctly rounded in for a quick and informative read. Please share with friends and family, or gift someone that could use a mental health boost.

Power to Transform 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.

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Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday

Quote of the Day: Courage is grace under fire. Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway’s Birthday

July 21st is Ernest Hemingway’s birthday and an excellent time to reflect on his contributions to the literary world.

He lived larger than life – can’t think about the running of the bulls without thinking of him or salt-water fishing, war and peace, extreme sports… His passion for cultural experiences, at times, placed him in harm’s way.

We are the winners as he gathered bits and pieces in his pursuits and used his imaginative storytelling to produce masterpieces that are classics today.

His novels are guideposts for future writers to measure their growth. May he rest in peace! Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961)

Ernest Hemingway’s Novels and Non-Fiction Books

These are his novels and non-fiction books. For more information about movies, and other writing, visit Wikipedia for details.

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Hemingway’s Advice to Writers

Here are a couple of my past posts about Hemingway with some tips for writers. Enjoy!

Hemingway’s Advice to Authors – Part 1 

Hemingway Advice to Authors – Part 2

Thank you for following my blog. Carolyn M. Bowen

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Quote of the Day: “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes

Today is a celebration of motherhood with a thankful heart for the blessing of having a loving mother who supports your dreams.

From my house to yours, wishing you a day filled with joy and good tidings. Happy Mother’s Day, 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

Full Speed Ahead – 2019

Quote of the Day: “What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Full Speed Ahead - 2019, The Writing Life, Carolyn M. Bowen Author
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January 2019 is here and I’m ready to re-engage with my writing life. One thing I’ve learned from mistakes from the past – never stop writing.

As you probably know, I did, immediately after releasing The Long Road Home. I couldn’t calm down and focus on a new novel. I was so excited with the attention the novel was receiving and trying to stay on top of correspondence and marketing was a full-time job.

I learned. As you probably know by now, I’m releasing a new mystery-thriller in early 2019. This time I’m back at my keyboard writing a new addition to the yet unpublished series. I promise you’ll want to wait for it! I have made a special video for my followers to announce this new mystery series. I think you’ll love it!

I’m trying something new with my plotting in this new mystery series. My subjects tend to be complex with a lot of spinning pieces and twist and turns. Being a visual person, I wanted to map out the plot in larger detail than on a typewritten page.

My answer was to go retro with a chalkboard to plot the course and map out the theme. I found just the one I wanted at you know where – Amazon. I can’t wait to use the board to amplify my vision for this new mystery murder series. I hope to share this experience with you via YouTube!

Writers are often looking for ways to improve their writing life. I saw this today and felt it had merit. It makes good sense to me.

8 Surprisingly Simple Tips That Will Make You a More Efficient Writer (Infographic)
Source: www.grammarcheck.net

By the way, if you’ve like to be an advance reader and reviewer of my upcoming 2019 new release, fill out the info below and I’ll send you a Kindle version for your enjoyment.

Wishing you the absolute best of everything in 2019! Carolyn M. Bowen

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

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