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Thanksgivings Begins with Gratitude!

Quote of the Day: Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last. Lawrence Welk

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Thanksgivings Begins with Gratitude!

Thanksgivings Begins with Gratitude, Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Quotes, The Writing Life, Carolyn Bowen Author, Book Bloggers, BloggingThanksgiving Day is always a special family occasion and one of my favorite holidays. It’s a day of giving thanks for the wonderful blessings of the year.

I have a lot to give thanks for this year! The good health and opportunities myself and family have received. The wonderful friends I’ve met and longtime friends who choose to remain in my life make my life interesting and whole.

I give special thanks for the fans of my books that have taken the time to read, review, or comment about my books. You make my writing life worthwhile through your encouragement and support – thank you! You are invited to join my reviewer beta list to be one of the first to read my new books. Just let me know and I’ll include you with my heartfelt thanks!

Holiday Giveaway

In the spirit of the holidays, I’m giving away one Travel Bag to the top three entries in my “Snap a Photo” reading contest. A great go-to bag for your books!

It’s easy to enter for a chance to WIN! Just snap a picture of your reading or displaying The Long Road Home and submit here! Get as creative as you’d like! The winners will be announced Christmas Day!

Book Reviews

I love reading books and have learned much this year from soaking up writing craft books, fiction, and nonfiction from some very interesting, and skilled authors.

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Reviewers Wanted

I would like reviewers for my books. If you enjoy Mystery and/or Historical Romance, let me know. I’ll provide an Amazon Kindle version for your reading pleasure!

From my home to yours – Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with your family and friends! Carolyn Bowen

Follow my blog for the latest news about my writing life! You can also find me on social media, where I spend way too much time! (Smiles) Here are a few of my favorite hangouts!

Social Media Hangouts!

These are a few of my social media hangouts! Drop by and say hello!

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Facebook

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Book Blog Tour: Wise Before Their Time

Quote of the Day: Plan your life like you will live forever, and live your life like you will die the next day. Unknown

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“As Powerful As Any Great Classic of Fiction” so said Sir Ian McKellen in his foreword to my book. And it is.

 Wise Before Their TimeBook Blog Tour

Book Blog Tour, Wise Before Their Time, Author Ann Richardson, Holiday Reading, The Writing Life, Carolyn Bowen, Book Reviews, Book Bloggers, Book GiftsExcerpt from Author Ann Richardson

Do you remember the terrible times of AIDS and HIV in the 1980s and 1990s? If not, are you curious to learn what it was like for those diagnosed?

Book Blog Tour, Wise Before Their Time, Author Ann Richardson, Holiday Reading, The Writing Life, Carolyn Bowen, Book Reviews, Book Bloggers, Book GiftsWise Before their Time, first published in 1992, shows in moving detail what it was like to live with HIV/AIDS when there was no real treatment for this life-threatening illness. It tells the true stories of over forty young men and women from all over the world, attending an international conference of people with HIV and AIDS in London in 1991.

I have added a new cover and a short introduction to the new version, but the book remains essentially the same.

These were very young people (most were in their twenties and thirties) having to cope with an unexpectedly shortened lifespan.

They describe the difficulties of telling their parents, friends, and partners of their diagnosis, while trying to cope with the day-to-day problems of staying healthy, keeping in work and supporting their friends.

They all experienced enormous stigma, blame, and guilt because of the disease. This can be seen in all kinds of ways – from small things, like an Irishman being disappointed that friends did not want him to play with their child, to larger ones, such as a man being placed alone in an isolation hospital in Goa for some months with no help.

They all knew others who had died. And one mother tells the story of the death of her toddler.

Yet this is in no way a struggle to read. It is touching, it is enlightening and it is sometimes funny.  But most of all, there is virtually no self-pity. On the contrary, the participants were committed to celebrating the joys of life to the full. Which is why I chose the title – they were, genuinely, wise before their time.

Thank you for stopping by and reviewing author Ann Richardson’s book, Wise Before Their Time. For more information or to buy, click here!

This holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to practice compassion towards mankind. I hope you will share peace and love with those who cross your path this season. I plan to make a conscious effort to spread love and joy every day. CB

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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

Social Media Hangouts!

These are a few of my social media hangouts! Drop by and say hello!

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Facebook

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Book Review: The Messiah Matrix by Kenneth John Atchity

Quote of the Day: “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King

As an author, I challenge myself to read to enhance my writing skills and to experience new worlds through reading. That being said, today’s book review is based on “The Messiah Matrix” by author Kenneth John Atchity.

The Messiah Matrix by Kenneth John Atchity, The Writing Life, Carolyn M. Bowen AuthorThe Messiah Matrix by Kenneth John Atchity

Note Worthy: Religious mystery, action, and romance make this an incredible read.

You first have to believe the possibilities of this religious mystery. Otherwise, the story won’t make sense and the actions of the main and supporting characters will be absurd. That being said…

The Messiah Matrix” leads us on an incredible journey with believable research to reinforce the mystery. The characters are well-developed and support the story plot.

There’s a Jesuit priest, F. Ryan McKeon, whose world view is collectively shattered after meeting Emily, the stunning archeologist.

Emily’s finding of an ancient Roman coin recovered from a wreck off the coast of ancient Judea puts her on the path of discovery that threatens the very foundation of the Catholic faith.

She and Ryan fight their way through a passion for one another and the desire to unravel the truth about the historical existence of the real “Christ Savior.”

They follow the maze to intercept the Roman coin while questioning the Vatican’s interest in the valuable asset. Their safety was questionable with the Jesuits leaders involved in murdering one of their own, a once mentor of Ryan McKeon.

You’ll want to follow the investigative leads as the suspense unfolds with romance and suspense to the end. This was an incredible journey that you’ll want to read.

Carolyn M. Bowen, Author

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Bada Bing Bada Boom: March Writing News

Quote of the Day: March brings breezes loud and shrill, Stirs the dancing daffodil. ~Sara Coleridge 

March Wind, Carolyn M. BowenMarch winds have blown in a whirlwind of activities for my writing life and I love it. Let me introduce you to The Owl Branch and my latest interview where you’ll meet one of my kitties, Tooker.

https://theowlbranch.blog/2017/03/07/an-interview-with-author-carolyn-m-bowen/

The Long Road Home, Carolyn M. Bowen, AuthorAbout The Long Road Home Genre: Mystery, Suspense/Thriller, Crime Fiction and Romantic Suspense

The Long Road Home: A Southern twist of fate where lust, love, money, murder and revenge play key roles.

Blurb: Kate’s life was in turmoil after the death of her parents. She’d always been protected and sheltered by them. Suddenly she finds herself with a conniving fiancé living under her roof, a powerful businessman with terrorist ties from across the ocean trying to kill her and more family secrets than most American politicians. She was also unaware that a half-brother she knew nothing of was about to enter her life. Her situation was getting precarious right at the moment she was least able to cope with it.

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Do you want to know what all the talk is about? Ask for your copy of The Long Road Home to be in the know. I’ll gift you with the Kindle version for your enjoyment. Remember you can read it FREE on Kindle Unlimited. No strings attached. But if you don’t like it, remember the saying, if you don’t have something good to say, say nothing at all. <Smiles>

More Good News

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.

Around the House

Last month I talked about Southern foods. If you know why that’s important when talking about The Long Road Home, drop me a note. I’ll know you are reading or have read my novel.

Thank you for responding to my recipe request for making an old-fashioned Corn Pone. I tried one and it brought back childhood memories of eating cracklings’ and cornbread with fried chicken and of course iced tea.

I made some black-eyed peas in the crockpot with some beef broth substituting for the water and added some ham pieces along with a couple packets of Goya Sazón Seasoning. It was delicious and my corn pone was quite the accompaniment for this dish.

All Things Southern Contest

Iced Tea, Carolyn M. Bowen AuthorThis week I’m gathering recipes for making iced tea. I will sample the different recipes and 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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Get a Taste of Southern Living – The Long Road Home

The Writing Life

Quote for Today: “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.” Ernest Hemingway

Charleston, South CarolinaMarch is fast approaching and I look forward to marketing my latest novel, The Long Road Home. My writing life is split between the writing process and marketing. When I’m writing that’s my main focus. When my novels are completed I go to another happy place to let readers know it’s available.

It’s great to have others appreciate your work and help get the word out about your novel. I was fortunate to be featured by Adam Parker journalist with The Post and Courier this month. I am truly grateful.

Reviews are important to authors

Thank you for the reviews you’ve posted about The Long Road Home. If you haven’t read my novel, please do. If you enjoy reading mystery thrillers and romantic suspense you’ll find amusement. The Long Road Home is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and your favorite bookstores.

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A Short Blurb: The Long Road Home

A page-turning mystery about murder, money, and revenge set in Charleston SC.

Kate‭’‬s life was in turmoil after the death of her parents.‭ ‬She‭’‬d always been protected and sheltered by them.‭ ‬Suddenly she finds herself with a conniving fiancé living under her roof,‭ ‬a powerful businessman with terrorist ties from across the ocean trying to kill her and more family secrets than most American politicians.‭ ‬She was also unaware that a half brother she knew nothing of was about to enter her life.‭ ‬Her situation was getting precarious right at the moment she was least able to cope with it.

Reviewers WantedGenre: Fiction, Crime Detective, Mystery, Suspense/Thriller, and Romantic Suspense ~  If you’re the real deal, reader/reviewer and would like a copy of my book, The Long Road Home, let me know and I’ll send you a Kindle version with no strings. Thank you!

ATTN: Book Clubs
Contact me about reading and discussing The Long Road Home for your special discount.

More Good News

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.

national-iced-teaA Taste of Southern Living

The Long Road Home dives right into southern living. I’ve been doing some southern cooking but can’t get the recipe just right for the Southern Corn Pone like my granny used to make. It would be tasty with some black-eyed peas and ham hocks. If you have a family recipe you’d share with me, I’d appreciate it.

I post writing news and inspirational information daily on my social media sites. I invite you to connect with me there also. Thanks for sharing the love, Carolyn

Social Media Sites – Say hello here!

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Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Carolyn Bowen Author

Quote of the Day: “Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” Brad Paisley

Happy New Year Everyone! May all your dreams come true in 2017. Wishing you and yours love, peace and joy in this new year.

Wow! I am delighted at your response to my latest romantic suspense novel, The Long Road Home. The Goodreads Giveaway just ended and I’ll be mailing the winners their copies next week. Over one-thousand readers signed up for a chance to win one signed copy out of twenty. I appreciate the readers who have placed it on their book shelf for reading. Thank you for your interest in my novels.

The Long Road Home, Carolyn M. Bowen, AuthorThe Long Road Home is available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other great bookstores. The present average rating is 4.50 (yeah!). It’s because of my fans (you) sharing the book news personally with friends, family and others on their social media sites. If you are visualizing me jumping up and down, you would be right! There’s still more to do to make The Long Road Home a bestseller in 2017. Ask everyone to leave a comment, text review or rating on their favorite book sites. This is one of the ways authors and their books can be seen by others.

Reviewers Wanted: If you’re the real deal, reader/reviewer and would like a copy of my book, The Long Road Home, let me know and I’ll send you a Kindle version with no strings. Thank you!

ATTN: Book Clubs
Contact me about reading and discussing The Long Road Home for your special discount.

More Good News

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 Nook Book -$1.99.

I post writing news and inspirational information daily on my social media sites. I invite you to connect with me there also. Thanks for sharing the love, Carolyn

Social Media Sites

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Facebook

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The Long Road Home: Goodreads Giveaway

The Long Road Home: Goodreads Giveaway

Quote of the Day: The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair. Mary Heaton Vorse

Exciting news! Today my Goodreads giveaway kicks off (November 28th -December 28th). Follow me and enter for a chance to win a signed copy of The Long Road Home.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen

The Long Road Home

by Carolyn Bowen

Giveaway ends December 28, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

The book reviews on The Long Road Home are beginning to show up on various social media sites. I am grateful for the readers who have taken the time to comment about my book. The present goodreads rating is 4.5 stars! Wow!

Today’s book review was posted by Katherine’s Book Reviews. I love the four star rating and her blog comments about The Long Road Home. Thank you Katherine!

http://kwbookreviews.com/post/153750627185/the-long-road-home-review

Reviewers Wanted: If you’re the real deal, reader/reviewer and would like a copy of my book, The Long Road Home, let me know and I’ll send you a Kindle version with no strings. Please note that books will be sent this week to reviewers previously signed up for copies. Thank you!

ATTN: Book Clubs
Contact me about reading and discussing The Long Road Home for your special discount.

More Good News

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 Nook Book -$1.99.

I enjoy my social media communities. Please join me on  for exciting updates and giveaways.

I hope you’ll follow my blog for the latest writing news and updates. I love hearing from you.

Something to talk about this holiday season. Order your copy of The Long Road Home today!

Wishing you a wonderful day. Carolyn Bowen, Author “romantic novels of suspense”

 

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Flexing Some Muscle: Imagination

Quote of the Day: “Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.” Philip José Farmer

Carolyn M. Bowen Author, The Writing Life

Flexing some muscle

I love the changing of the seasons. It’s inspiring to see the colorful display of autumn colors. It makes my imagination soar.

I am so ready for you to read The Long Road Home.

It’s tough waiting to launch a new book. I’m excited! We’re moving closer to announcing the release date of my new murder-mystery, The Long Road Home. Hint: It’s looking like early November.

Just for you!

In the anticipation of this new release, 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 Nook Book -$1.99.

The Long Road Home, Carolyn M. Bowen, AuthorReviewers Wanted: If you’re the real deal, reader/reviewer and would like a copy of my book, The Long Road Home, let me know and I’ll send you a Kindle version when released, no strings.

I enjoy my social media communities. Please join me on Goodreads for exciting updates and giveaways.

I hope you’ll follow my blog for the latest writing news and updates.

Wishing you a wonderful autumn weekend. Carolyn Bowen

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Waiting to Launch – The Long Road Home, Murder-Mystery

Quote of the Day: “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” Philip Pullman

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I’m getting ready for the release of my latest mystery-suspense novel, The Long Road Home. If you’d like to be one of the first to read and review it, please let me know. I think you’ll be intrigued with the action and adventure.

Thank you for your wonderful response to my Amazon Giveaway. It’s completed and all winners have received their Kindle book. I hope you enjoy reading Cross-Ties and will let me know your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

Click on this link to buy an Amazon Cross-Ties Novel paperback or Kindle edition or here for a Barnes & Noble Nook book.

Do you want to be the first to know about new books, free promotions, and giveaways? Follow my Blog and my Amazon Author’s Page for the latest news.

Reviewers Wanted: If you’re the real deal, reader/reviewer and would like a copy of my book, Cross-Ties, let me know and I’ll send you a Kindle version, no strings.

I enjoy social media communities. It gives me a chance to meet new folks. Here’s where you can find me: On Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/CarolynBowenAuthor

, and Goodreads.

Wishing you a blessed day. Carolyn Bowen

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It’s A Wrap

Quote of the Day: Writing is a passion I have never understood, yet a storyteller is all I have ever wanted to be. Ruth Park

Cross-Ties NovelThank you for your wonderful response to my Cross-Ties novel Goodreads giveaway. All of the copies have been mailed to the winners.

Nearly 600 readers responded for a chance to win an autographed copy of Cross-Ties. Two hundred folks have placed it on their bookshelf to read. I look forward to reading your reviews and am grateful for your support. Here’s the link to follow on Goodreads. Hope to meet and greet you soon.

The Amazon Giveaway for Cross-Ties Kindle Edition is ending soon.

See this for a chance to win: Cross-Ties (Kindle Edition). Amazon Giveaway NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Sep 15, 2016 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules.

To purchase Cross-Ties: Paperback or Kindle Amazon

Reviewers Wanted: If you’re the real deal, reader/reviewer and would like a copy of my book, Cross-Ties, let me know and I’ll send you a Kindle version, no strings.

Wishing you a wonderful month filled with peace and joy. Carolyn Bowen

P.S. Let’s connect on social media: Facebook

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