A simple definition for Valentine’s Day: A holiday for expressing love to the one you have an intense feeling of deep affection. This translates to one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, florists, and chocolate makers.
History of Valentine’s Day
The auspicious beginning of this holiday has been filtered through the ages. The lasting legacy is about Saint Valentine. It is the story of a romantic priest who defied Roman Emperor Claudius II’s order that all marriages and engagements be canceled so he could fill his army.
The ruler believed the difficulty in recruiting soldiers was because the men were married. When he discovered that Valentine was secretly marrying couples, he was beaten and put to death on February 14 (circa 270 A.D.). The priest was proclaimed Saint Valentine after his death.
Through the ages, Valentine’s Day celebrations have changed and some would argue its luster has been lost. Yet, love never fails. Share your love with someone special this Valentine’s Day.
I am thrilled to learn that my latest novel, book 1 in the Legacy Series, The Death of Me is short-listed for the 2022 CLUE Book Awards for Thriller/Suspense Fiction.
The Awards are sponsored by the Chanticleer International Book Awards. The winners will be announced at the CIBAs Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, April 29th, 2023, at the luxurious Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, Wash.
Grab your copy today for a dive into Italian culture and the making of the next-generation godfather. I look forward to reading your reviews. Thank you!
Introducing the next-generation Italian Godfather! This action and adventure thriller are for lovers of Italian culture, organized crime, and family drama. Proponents of climate change will especially welcome this gift to read for the holidays.
Throughout The entire 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, and I’m excited to see what future installments bring to the table. 5 Stars Readers’ Favorite
The Death of Me has an intriguing premise with its aim to help fight climate change mixed with the mob world, along with romance. There’s a little something for most readers in this novel. The design of the book, from its covers to its page layouts, is beautiful and the book is easy to read. Writer’s Digest
Fans of contemporary romance and legal thrillers will adore the action and romantic suspense throughout the series. Lovers of food and culture will enjoy the scenic explorations as the stories unfold in this mystery series.
“A great tale of someone overcoming the odds and stepping out of her comfort zone to grow as a person.” Book Reviewer
A coming-of-age story about a young woman who went against her aristocratic upbringing and decided her fate. The family saga continues as new immigrants in America, where face challenges from the terrain and locals to establish their homestead.
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It’s beginning to look like Christmas with festive holiday lights, and jungle bells playing to welcome the season. The scents of the sweet and hot spiciness of cinnamon along with fresh apples welcome visitors to our home.
Like many, I’m decorating our Christmas tree today. It always seems to brighten my holiday mood and gives our cats a chance to entertain themselves with decorations. Tookie especially likes swatting gold balls. By Christmas Eve, most of the ornaments will be at the top of the tree, out of his reach.
Enough about my writing life, this blog post is about you, and super deals for your holiday shopping. If you enjoy romantic mysteries, check out my books below.
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.
Leaf season is here and I enjoy seeing the changing of the foliage knowing it’s an indication that a new season has arrived. Like many of you, I’ve been busy taking care of day-to-day business and living an author’s life. No matter the circumstances, new ideas pop into my head to be integrated into a future novel.
For example, I recently visited a loved one in Florida. This feisty ninety-four-year-old always provides fresh ideas for a novel. She’s such an inspiration; I’ve dedicated a book to her in the past.
Her fondness for sitting at her pond and feeding fish quickly becomes a memory. After seeing a snake lying up in a tree over her head with his tongue poised to strike the top of her head, I lifted and snatched her out of harm’s way. An adrenaline rush saved the day.
The next afternoon she was determined to return to the fish pond, and knowing I don’t like creepy crawlers, she said, “You just go halfway with me; I can take care of myself. I’ll not only look on the ground but up in the trees.” That’s my granny!
Whenever you get a chance, say thank you to people in your life, which make a difference in your worldview. Celebrate your sameness and differences. There is much to learn from elders and young ones. I think they see the world much differently from most of us.
Wishing you and your family the best in this new season. Carolyn Bowen
The beginning of a new month is always exciting. The possibilities are endless for making your dreams come true. Make September 2022 your breakthrough month by setting goals and following through until accomplished.
I hope you’ve been enjoying the summer months. I’ve been busy doing the things I’ve recommended to others: reading, writing, learning new skills, and taking breaks to rejuvenate.
To kick off this month to reward mystery thriller lovers, I’m offering five (5) signed copies of my latest Italian mafia thriller, The Death of Me, Legacy Series, book 1. (US residents only. Sorry, the international shipping rate is out of my league).
How to enter? Share this post with your book-loving friends on social media for a chance to win. Tag me #carolynbowenauthor #sweeps so I can identify the winners. The promotion ends 9/24/2022 – Winners will be announced Friday, September 30th. Thanks for your support! Carolyn Bowen
I love the change in seasons, where budding plants burst forward with their foliage and flowers unfold their magnificence in timeless moments. It’s an awe-inspiring natural occurrence and a reminder of the beauty in nature. Take a moment and enjoy your surroundings. You’ll enjoy it and it’ll be a kick-start to a healthier you.
This has been an unusual year with limited social contact with yet a desire to meet and greet readers of my novels. The discussion is open for me to learn more about you, and your likes and dislikes. I humbly request your feedback on my blog, and review sites about your enjoyment of my romantic thrillers. Below I’ve posed some questions for you. I look forward to your comments.
I’m tapping the keys in the flow for producing book 2 of the Legacy Series. When that happens, I can write faster than normal, warp speed. I want readers of book 1, The Death of Me to post their reviews and talk to me about your favorite/or least favorite characters. Your feedback is important as the series grows. For instance, whose character flaws should kill them off in the series? In the finale, or by an accident early on? Talk to me, I value your feedback.
If you haven’t read The Death of Me yet, here’s a link below to read FREE with Unlimited or to buy your paperback or hardcover today! I don’t want you to miss out on the next generation godfather.
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.