Book Lover’s Blog Hop–Your Free Gift is Below!

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Can it really be that the holidays are upon us? How does this happen every year? Since I was a teenager, I’ve been promising myself that I’d shop early so I could relax and enjoy the season. But it’s never happened. Even the one year I was away from home for Christmas–I spent a year abroad in college–I didn’t get my presents mailed home until right before Christmas, so my family received them in March! Oh well, maybe it’s time for me to admit that I enjoy the last minute running around.

In any case, I’m glad the people who organized this blog hop have their act together. They are offering a $100 AMAZON GIFT CARD, which you can enter to win. Just click on this link for a Rafflecopter giveaway and you’ll see how to enter the giveaway.

My present to you is a pdf of the first two chapters of LIVING BY EAR. Living by Ear is a women’s novel about a Boston musician who gives up her career for the stability of marriage and financial comfort, but then realizes–sixteen years and two teenagers later–that she’s unhappy with some of her choices. So she files for divorce, starts dating, and tries to get back on the music scene.

To receive your first two chapters, please leave your email address in the comments section below and I’ll send the pdf right away. Or, if you prefer not to leave your email address in a public place, you can email me at Whichever works best for you! And if you like the premise of the story, the entire book is available here on Amazon.

Oh, and to get you in the holiday spirit, here’s a video of one of my very favorite Christmas songs. I remember watching this Bing Crosby Christmas Special live with my parents in our living room when I was a kid, and both of them wondering who this strange man named David Bowie was.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the chapters. To find other great sites to visit–all of which are giving out free gifts–please go back to the main site. The full schedule is posted there. And please share the link to the main site ( with your friends so they can get some great presents too!

Peace, and happy holidays to you and your family!



About Mary Rowen

My three published novels, LEAVING THE BEACH (a 2016 IPPY Award winner), LIVING BY EAR, and IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY focus on women figuring out who they are and what they want from life. Music and musicians have a way of finding their way into the stories. I live in the Boston area with my family and pets.
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2 Responses to Book Lover’s Blog Hop–Your Free Gift is Below!

  1. jan says:

    Best of luck with the blog hop! I remember the time Bowie sang with Bing Crosby – it was very strange! I think you have my email address! Looking forward to reading!

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  2. Mary Rowen says:

    Thanks, Jan! Those were the days when shows were only on TV once, so we were probably watching at the same time. That segment *was* strange, wasn’t it? But I recall wishing I could see it again too. And now, we can. Over & over if we want. Crazy. I’ll send the chaps right away. Hope you enjoy them. And happy holidays!


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