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.
Quote of the Day: Summer is dancing away as the leaves change into mosaic colors as a reminder of the season’s end leaving only memories of days gone by. CM Bowen
Autumn: A Transition Season
The annual seasonal changes are a reminder that nothing remains the same. Today, September 22nd at 3:20 pm EST is the autumnal equinox marking the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s an exciting time to breathe in the freshness of the crisp fall air and relax with a pumpkin spice latte while reading your favorite book.
What happens during the equinox?
The sun crosses the Earth’s equator at the time of the equinox, from the Northern Hemisphere into the Southern Hemisphere. During the autumnal equinox, day and night are balanced to about 12 hours each all across the world. The Earth’s tilt causes the change in season with the Northern Hemisphere beginning to feel the chill of fall after the warmth of summer.
Daylight in the Northern Hemisphere becomes shorter leading up to the winter solstice in December. The polar opposite happens in the Southern Hemisphere, where daylight will gradually grow longer until that hemisphere’s summer solstice in December.
Relax and Enjoy the Season
Grab your blanket, and your favorite beverage to make this season special by reading romantic mystery-thrillers by Carolyn Bowen. Here are some to whet your appetite for more!
Oh, happy day! I just received the exciting news that Chance: A Novel is now available in audio books. We’re celebrating with a giveaway for US & UK mystery lovers! Limited offer: Hurry and message me to receive a gift code for your FREE copy today!
You’ll enjoy the clandestine and political spying about the Havana Syndrome experienced by the embassy staff and visiting the taverns made famous by Ernest Hemingway. Chance is plot rich with characters you’ll love and some you’d love to hate!
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Take a break from the sultry heat and read a thrilling psychological thriller. The 2nd novel in the Sydney Jones Series, “Chance” is an engaging story to grab your attention from the beginning and keep it to the end. Order your copy today for 99 cents during this limited offer (7/15-19/2021).
“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.”
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 heroines, 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!
Enjoy the gorgeous month of May when the flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping with novels by Carolyn Bowen. Travel to scenic vistas and experience native cultures as the mysteries unfold.
We’re celebrating with an eBook deal (May 3rd-5th) on the latest mystery in the Sydney Jones Series, ONE —A Novel. Grab a bargain and read this month’s romantic mystery-thriller deal for just 99 cents.
5 Star Book Reviews
“ONE the 3rd novel in the Sydney Jones Series is a captivating well-written story that hooks you with its imaginative plot, bold characters, and scenic venues.” 5/5⭐
“I was so intrigued because of the settings of the storyline and I must say, it’s not a usual thriller or detective novel because it is filled with drama and action which keeps it more edgy and sharp.”
“The author does an excellent job of pacing the story leaving bits and crumbs for us to follow. Bowen provides a dynamic ending with clues making me believe there’s another series in the works. A must-read for romantic mystery lovers.”
“If you like fearless heroines, page-turning action, and shocking twists, then you’ll love Carolyn Bowen’s gripping story.”
Sydney Jones Mystery Series … “Bold & entertaining reads for mystery lovers.” Book 1: Primed for Revenge; Book 2: Chance, and Book 3: ONE. Available in eBooks or paperbacks
I’m excited to announce the release today of my latest mystery-thriller, ONE, Sydney Jones Series, Book 3. Tap the link below to download and read FREE with Kindle Unlimited.
Reviews for ONE from Advance Readers
ONE ~ 5 Stars
“All the action and surprising twists and turns this story takes kept me turning the pages quickly hungering for more.” Chick Lit Café
ONE ~ 5 Stars
“This fast-moving thriller will hold your attention, as no one is really safe.”Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network)
ONE ~ 5 Stars
“This psychological thriller is an outstanding addition to the Sydney Jones Series and is sure to gratify any mystery lover’s thirst for a great read.” Amazon Reviewer
Here’s a little background info about my quirky writing life during the research and writing of this novel.
I began writing ONE immediately following the release of Chance, Book 2, in the Sydney Jones Series. I’d already begun plotting the new story and named it before beginning the manuscript. This is a mysterious phenomenon for me and hopefully, it will continue for future books. This knowing adds to the excitement of writing for I’m trying to understand why I chose the name while the story unfolds. If you’re an author, I’d like to know your decision-making process for naming your novel.
Getting in the mood…
Mentally I prepare to write by listening to the music from the settings in the novel before beginning my day. I research the favorite foods of the locale and prepare them to add flavor to my writing. I take on the persona of someone living the story sometimes including clothing and accessories, a fun activity for me.
You’ll find from reading my novels, I enjoy adventure and scenic locations. I hope that I’m able to give you a taste of the land in my writing and you’ll embrace the culture.
Travel is an important part of my writing process. At times, I sense a story is waiting at my destination. This is a great experience and I attempt to take in the sight, sounds, smell, and feel of cities and towns in my stories.
I hope you enjoy reading ONE and look forward to your comments and reviews. The Sydney Jones Series, book 1: Primed for Revenge, book 2: Chance, and book 3: ONE.
Stay safe and believe we’ll travel again! Carolyn Bowen
Quote of the Day: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
ONE (Sydney Jones Series #3)
Exciting news! The latest Sydney Jones Mystery, ONE, eBook is now available for preorder at Amazon. ONE will be available for download on 7/28/2020. The paperback will be released on August 4th, 2020.
Expect to be blown away by Carolyn Bowen’s newest thriller in the Sydney Jones Series — ONE.
Ace attorney Sydney returns in this gripping thriller that sends her into a chilling tailspin when enemies attack with vengeance. Will her desire for answers about her ex-military former lover be her undoing or will the hand of fate set her free to live and love again?
Sydney’s daredevil attitude for taking on legal cases most would run from catches her in a snare. Will she use common sense and leave the past behind or is it too late?
Walker the father of her son is dead. She had suspicions about his abandonment after the Rockstar Roxanne’s murder investigation was announced a suicide. Could his death be related to what she believed to be the CIA’s intervention?
A summer vacation with her son in Barbados was warranted. Enemies from her past were already scouting out the island for their next move. Was there no place she could have peace?
She makes new friends on the island. Godwin appears in Sydney’s life after booking a charter for her son’s first salt-water fishing trip. She has no idea how deep the friendship goes between the two, but her son appeared happier since arriving.
Reality sets in upon returning home to Atlanta. She’d made many enemies from her personal injury and human trafficking cases. Would her first day back at work be the day the assassin’s bullet hit its mark?
Her friend and confidant, Director Thomason of the GBI insisted she has a worst-case scenario plan for her son’s care. Would the plan be carried out in her absence? And, would her son inherit a perpetual target on his back? There were no options for protecting David, except the truth which could be as catastrophic as the world news.
This spellbinding new novel by the imaginative Carolyn Bowen will hold you in suspense until you turn the final page. Tap the link to “buy now”and dive deep into the electrifying action of this novel.
ATTN: Book bloggers, Amazon & Goodreads Reviewers
If you’re interested in reviewing ONE, Sydney Jones Series #3, please fill in the contact form here. An ARC will be emailed to you for your reading pleasure. Thank you! Carolyn Bowen
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: “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