I love November! Sure, it’s my birthday, but there’s more to it than that. Family gatherings with delicious-tasting food are high on my list of living a good life. November is a prime month for giving thanks for our good health, many blessings, and sharing time with friends and family.
As the clock ticks off, the time spiraling into a new year, I want to invite you to become a member of my ARC (Advance Readers Group). You’ll receive a PDF of my new novels before they’re published. Your feedback is welcomed and will play an important role in the final copy.
Joining this group is easy. Click the link below to learn more. The first ten people to signup will receive a Kindle version of my latest thriller: The Death of Me, book 1, Legacy Series.
David Jones moved to Tuscany to claim some much-needed headspace. Hoping to focus on his philanthropic efforts and find love, he vows to steer clear of his family’s underworld business. But he’s dragged into an ugly web of organized crime when a good friend is heartbreakingly murdered…
Thrust into a leadership role, David navigates the treacherous mob world while becoming romantically entangled with a stunning young female intelligence agent. But even as he faces traitorous threats from within, his new love interest’s standing with Italian authorities might be his fatal undoing.
Will this struggling humanitarian get his happily ever after or end up sleeping with the fishes?
The Death of Me is the sweeping first book in the Legacy series of mafia thriller novels. If you like morally gray characters, expansive European settings, and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll adore Carolyn M. Bowen’s gritty tale.
“I recommend this book to anyone seeking their next big thriller.” 5 stars Readers’ Favorite
“Carolyn M. Bowen has proven once again what an excellent writer and storyteller she is. 5 stars Chick Lit Café
Author Carolyn M. Bowen has done the research to breathe a new perspective on the fictional portrayal of the Italian mafia. If you enjoy organized crime fiction, ‘The Death of Me’ is a great beginning to this ‘Legacy Series’. 5 stars by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network)
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About the Author
CAROLYN BOWEN is a mystery author who calls on her life escapades and an adventurous, imaginative spirit to inspire and entertain. Bowen uses travel as a muse to explore cultures and dialogue to bring her stories to life. Her writing credits include Cross-Ties, a romantic adventure; The Long Road Home, a contemporary crime fiction mystery; The Sydney Jones Mysteries, and The Legacy Series.
The release of The Death of Me has produced questions about the story behind the writing of the novel. And one of the top reviewers and bloggers, Recommendations by Prashant, is a favorite of mine. To read the full interview, click the link below.
Today began with my waking up and learning my latest mystery-thriller, The Death of Me garnered a 5 Star rating by Readers’ Favorite. Oh, joyful day!
I’m excited to share the news with an excerpt from the book review.
“Throughout the entirety of The Death of Me, I found myself kept on the edge of my seat by the author as they constantly found new ways to intrigue and thrill me in equal measure. I recommend this book to anyone seeking their next big thriller.” 5 Stars Reviewed by Lexie Fox for Readers’ Favorite ~ Tap the link below to read the full review.
Oh, happy day! I just received a new 5-star rating for my latest novel, ONE, in the Sydney Jones Series.
I love it when readers love my novels and leave a rating. This one is from an excellent book blogger, Kathleen Van Lierop, My Crazy Life Full With Books. Click below to read the full blog post. Also, I’d appreciate your sharing this with your mystery lover friends.
Writing novels that readers find interesting and noteworthy is a passion of mine. If you’re a mystery lover, and enjoy reviewing novels, join my VIP group to receive advance copies of my latest novels. We have some great surprises planned for you in 2021.
Author interviews are a lot of fun for me to share my writing life. Today’s interview was posted by BlogEspresso. We had a chance to talk about what motivates me as an author and looked behind the scenes of my selecting titles and book covers for specific novels. Please note the take-away from the last question. Hint: Yes, there is more to the story! Thank you!
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: “People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know what they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.” R.L. Stine
A long-ago traumatic experience at Camp Wikwakee leaves Toby with shameful feelings in adulthood. And, yes, she’d gotten counseling. But just when she thinks she’s making progress; she’s reminded again of that humiliating awful night.
Toby now an attorney returned to her hometown in Victoria Canada to care for her mother, Ivy. One of her first clients was Josh, the best-looking and most unattainable guy from summer camp. The memories burnt into her mind come full circle when she sees him.
She debated whether to represent him. The attraction to him was strong. But seeing him brought back the repulsion of being confined in the damp insect ridden Wikwakee cabin and the fallout afterward. She wondered if he stood up for her against the bullies. Somehow, she doubted it since he married the most vicious bully of all, Tonya Cabrilatto.
Now, he’s seeking a divorce attorney and melting in his presence with conflicting feelings, she had agreed. Her role changed quickly when he became a prime suspect in the murder of his wife. She referred him to the leading criminal attorney in town, Jackie, who is also her best friend Quinn’s mother.
Jackie recovering from injuries enlisted her aid for building a case for him. Toby investigates and finds incriminating evidence involving those from summer camp. Josh lied to her and yet she still gets flustered and was gullible to his advances. But, is he a psychopath with murderous tendencies?
Divorce is murder and the nemeses from camp are involved. And, one murdered Tonya, Josh’s wife. How far back does the treachery go – Camp Wikwakee?
Ray provides layer upon layer of intrigue with the intermeshing of the personal and social lives of the main characters. Her description of the characters and scenic imagery places you in the story. This whodunit will keep you guessing to the end. Highly recommended reading.5 Star Review – CarolynBowen
Quote of the Day: But you have to allow a little for the desire to evangelize when you think you have good news. Larry Wall
I love good news. And, early this morning I received some great news. My latest thriller, Primed for Revenge, the 1st in the Sydney Jones Series has received a 5 Star review from Readers’ Favorite.
An author loves readers/reviewers who understand the emotional peaks and valleys of the storyline from beginning to end. And, this reviewer, Ruffina Oserio does. Thank you!
Reviewed By Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite
Primed For Revenge: Sydney Jones Novel Series by Carolyn M Bowen is a spellbinding psychological thriller with a rock-solid female protagonist: Sydney Jones works for Birdman & Birdman and at the time she is looking for bigger engagements in the firm, there is fallout with her boss. As if this wasn’t enough to rattle her nerves, she is abducted as she leaves the office. She is badly beaten and raped and sent home with warnings to never talk about the kidnapping. What is worse is that she has lost a great deal of her memory but she hasn’t forgotten her resolve for revenge.
This is an interesting story about a character who is deeply hurt and damaged and who must navigate a very dangerous landscape to determine who kidnapped and hurt her and why. Her biggest challenge is identifying the right people to talk to. The reader follows her, feeling her pain and seeing her struggle with her options. Primed For Revenge is a sophisticated, deftly written thriller with a protagonist that instantly captured my attention. The pathos is strong as the reader watches her go through the rough experience. Her inner transformation and the quest for revenge are so real, reflecting the abuse she has experienced. The writing is wonderful and Carolyn M Bowen comes across as a perfect wordsmith. Primed For Revenge: Sydney Jones Novel Series is very engaging, emotionally rich, and fast-paced. The kind of book you read in one sitting. A highly recommended read – 5 Stars
How To Order Your Copy!
Primed for Revenge is available online and at your favorite bookstores. Click here for more ordering options for an ebook or paperback. Thank you!
Sydney Jones Series Book 2 is in developmentand will be available online and in bookstores soon. I’m seeking advance mystery readers to provide feedback. Please let me know if you’re interested, and I’ll forward a PDF for your review.