Author Archives: Mary Rowen

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.

Virtual Launch for IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY Part 2: Featured Books and Authors

Hello again! If you saw Part 1 of this post, you know I recently held a virtual launch for my novel, It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way, complete with a raffle, featuring cool literary prizes. Unfortunately, due to a … Continue reading

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A Virtual Book Launch for IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY, Part 1 (Includes Video from Launch)

2020 will always be remembered as the year hijacked by COVID-19. So much suffering, so much confusion, so many deaths. And plans? Well, with pretty much all indoor events involving more than a few people getting postponed, moved outside, canceled, … Continue reading

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Change, a New Novel, an Author Talk, & Free Audiobooks

It’s September, and like every month since March 2020, things don’t feel normal or safe. COVID-19 rages; police continue to brutalize Black and Brown people; far too little is being done to combat climate change. In 2016, the majority of … Continue reading

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Book Review: It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way by Mary Rowen

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It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way by Mary Rowen Molly Dolan dreams of a steady relationship. At twenty-five, she’s floundering, drinking too much and making poor decisions. The only good thing going is…

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2020: A Year to Stay in the Moment. And Wear a Watch.

I’m hearing it everywhere, especially from middle-aged people and seniors: 2020 is a year unlike any they’ve ever experienced. Sure, some years are really difficult, while others seem to fly by. But 2020? How can it even be described? And … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Cannot Cancel Earth Day

Regardless of where you live, your life has almost certainly been drastically affected by COVID-19. Whether you’ve fallen ill, lost one or more loved ones, lost a job, have begun working or studying from home, and/or lost countless hours of … Continue reading

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LIVING BY EAR–3rd Time Charm

After I “finished” writing Living by Ear in 2012, I “self-published” it in 2013. Little did I know that LBE was not complete. And “self-published” was far from an accurate term, because so many amazing people were involved in that … Continue reading

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A New Day for LEAVING THE BEACH

Readers, I have some exciting news to share: after being out of print for almost three years, my novel Leaving the Beach is available once more, thanks to the wonderful people at Evolved Publishing. Leaving the Beach took an unplanned vacation … Continue reading

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What’s That Book? Leaving the Beach by Mary Rowen

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Title:  Leaving the Beach Author:  Mary Rowen Genre: Fiction Rating:  4 stars What’s it about?  The story of Erin Reardon and her search for happiness. Told in the first person and set in the…

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Where Would You #Read, If You Could Read Anywhere?

I was a tomboy as a kid. It was the 1970s, and my neighborhood friends and I played outdoors whenever we could. My grass-stained knees and shins were usually dirty and covered in scrapes and bruises; I adored all the … Continue reading

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