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
Quote of the Day: Any chance we take maybe the one in a million winners worth the effort. Carolyn M. Bowen
You can probably tell I’m excited about my upcoming new release, Chance – A Novel. (Smiles) This is the second book in the Sydney Jones Series *Trilogy. If you like fearless heroines, page-turning action, and shocking twists, then you’ll love this gripping story. Tap the link to preorder Chance today!
We’ll be hosting a birthday party on Twitter for the official release, November 5th, at 9 a.m. EST. Plan now to join us with the hashtag #ChanceBirthday for fun giveaways and more.
Hope you enjoy the book trailer with a scene from the novel. Share with your friends and family. Carolyn M. Bowen
Quote of the Day: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou
Today my attitude is one of gratitude. Frankly, my days go better when I begin the day being grateful for my health, family, friends, and fans.
I have many things, personal and professional, to be thankful for. I appreciate the many people who’ve reached out to me in the spirit of collaboration or simply to support me and my writing life. You folks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, you rock! Thanks for liking and sharing my posts. Check out my media page for more interviews, and blog posts, and articles about my books.
Quote of the Day: A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” Richard Bach
Today I’m writing about self-publishing versus traditional publishing. One of my Instagram fans asked the question about the pros and cons of each. My reply was it’s a subject requiring more than a line or two for an explanation of my views. Depending on who you ask, you’ll likely get a different response. That’s ok to listen or read them all and make your own decision about what works best for you.
The Pros of Self-Publishing
Control of content
Timeline for delivery
Ownership of copyright
Marketing freedom (design and publish)
Sales information confidential
Larger royalty – Paychecks every 60 days for what you’re doing right now.
Free advertising for your author brand – on booksellers’ platforms
The Cons of Self-Publishing
Author platform – Website (design and maintenance especially security)
Responsible for all aspects of publishing
Editing and formatting
Registering copyright and obtaining ISBN identity
Book covers – Professionally designed
Creating a description and short blurb about the novel – Your own or freelanced
Developing advanced reader fanbase
Publishing decisions: For example, go exclusive or wide including multiple author platforms.
Publicist – Help for getting your novel seen by readers!
Book Reviews – Paid – Remember reviews sell books and editorial reviews from paid sources can be used on your website and marketing materials.
Marketing – Development and Expense
Marketing tools and resources – software, freelancers, etc.
Digital – Social Media Sites – creation and updates
Development and purchasing of ads
Pros – Traditional Publishing – The BIG 5
Partnership and collaboration for the success of your novels
Knowledge and name recognition (how to place your novel to become a bestseller)
Inhouse advance readers fanbase for your genre
Phenomenon Marketing – digital and traditional
Advance for copyrights for novel/s present and future royalties
Cons – Traditional Publishing – The BIG 5
Note: Provide a manuscript with professional editing and formatting for the agent. The Big 5 deal exclusively with agents.
Literary Agent – Querying and obtaining an agent – Finding the right fit with your writing style and genre may be time-consuming and negligible.
Copyright ownership shifts
Loss of creative/marketing input
Smaller royalty over time – based on the original contract
Patience, practice, and persistence – keep working at creating your best novel.
Practice without progressing in your craft is useless. Learn as you go along. Read and write every day. Be professional and kind to others including your fellow authors.
If you could choose which path to follow, would you go the traditional publishing route or indie? Talk to me and let me know your thoughts.
Thank you for following my blog for updates about my writing life. I appreciate your support. Carolyn M. Bowen
My latest Sydney Jones Series Book 2 is coming soon. Are you a reader and reviewer or book blogger of murder mysteries and women’s crime fiction? Leave your contact information below and receive an advance readers’ PDF copy of my latest novel when available.