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“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

We Interrupt this Regularly Scheduled Program for a Special Announcement

My new release, House of Diamonds, is being offered free on the Kindle for a limited time only! Regularly priced at $3.99, it is currently FREE from today through Sunday.

"Gowen has an amazing talent for rich and meaningful prose. The moment you open the first page you are captivated by her writing style. Through her narrator she gets into a conversation with you and it feels as though her characters are letting you in on their deepest thoughts and feelings. I was so pleasantly surprised by how deeply I enjoyed this book, it was a real treasure." --Wendy G. Ewurum, Fabulosity Reads

26 comments:

  1. I just downloaded it. Looking forward to reading. Thank you!

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  2. Cool! I'll definitely go for it. (Already have your other book, but haven't read it yet.) Thank you, ma'am

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  3. Now I will have to finally break down and buy a Kindle! But tell me Karen if your big is free these few days how do you, the hard working writer, get paid?

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    1. Donna, Good question especially considering that I'm a fan of authors getting fair pay for their hard work. It's a 5 day promotion only, and the idea is to boost sales for Uncut Diamonds, which has been languishing, and also to bring attention to House of Diamonds, which hasn't found its readership among Kindle readers. In fact, these two books have done so poorly in sales overall that I was doubting whether I knew how to write a book that anyone who didn't know me really wanted to read. The huge number of downloads of House of Diamonds in its first 24 hrs. of this promotion has shown me otherwise Plus sales of Uncut has increased as well. Restoring my faith in myself and my writing has been worth a lot to me right now, and possibly an increased readership will follow.

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  4. You STAR!! Yay!! Thanks for the heads up lovely KarenG! Take care
    x

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  5. Thank you for letting us know. What a lovely gift to receive today.

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    1. Sheila, I am thrilled to offer this to my bloggie friends! Maybe I'll put a little reminder link at the end of my Celery Tree promo posts this week, just so everyone who wants to can have it for free.

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  6. WOW! Karen that is very generous indeed. I just got my copy. Am so looking forward to reading more about Marcie and her family.

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  7. Did I tell you I loved Farm Girl? I will get these two next, but right now I have so many books to read. I have discovered them at the thrift store in town, where paperbacks are 25 cent and hard cover $1.00. I am amazed at the quality of the books there. They are so much better than those to be found in similar stores in Los Angeles. I wonder where these readers are hiding in our small town. Probably at home reading books.

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    1. Inger, Thanks for letting me know. I had a feeling that Farm Girl would be one you'd enjoy. I'm a sucker for used books, too. There's a thrift store in our area that sells used books galore. Unfortunately, we moved to a new home last year without any bookshelves. I'm missing the built in library of my old home, and currently have all of our books still in boxes.

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  8. How could I resist? Thank you so much:-)

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  9. Sweet! It was a great read. And a very moving story. I hope you sell tons!

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  10. I've heard that the short-term free periods really help to draw attention to the authors' work ... Best wishes!

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  11. Wow! What an opportunity. I just shared this on Facebook.

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    1. Thank you Theresa! I really appreciate it :)

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  12. Hi Karen! Thanks so much for the free Kindle version of your latest. I really appreciate it.

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  13. ...Karen's written a beauty! An emotional tearjerker. Download it, and thank me later ;)

    El

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  14. This is fantastic! Thank you so much Karen. I will download it right now! You are TOO kind,

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  15. Hi Karen - delighted House of Diamonds is up for special purchase .. = free! I've got your book here and enjoyed Farm Girl a great deal .. I love the cover of House of Diamonds ..

    Celery Tree seems to be wonderful - and I'm glad you highlighted those authors .. I shall be buying from you in the future .. cheers Hilary

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  16. Ooh, exciting! I should have bought it alreay, I know, but I'm certainly going to grab it now ...

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