My first novel, Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) is now available in paper back and can be purchased at amazon.com, smashwords.com  and/or barnesndnoble.com Ebook editions for Kindle may be purchased at amazon.com.

As a child, KATE O’DONNELL spends summers at her grandparents’ estate in Brands Crossing where she and her girl cousins battle make-believe monsters, rescue endangered victims and a save a mythical kingdom.

At twenty-five Kate is a singer/songwriter living in Nashville and pursuing a promising relationship with computer game designer PHILLIP NORWOOD. There, her only battles are fought in Aidenne’s Revenge, Phillip’s online fantasy game based on her childhood adventures. With her grandfather’s sudden death from injuries he sustained in a suspicious car crash, Kate is forced to make a choice.

Will she remain in Nashville to focus on Phillip and her music career?

Or will she move back to Brands Crossing and honor the promise she made to her grandfather that she would investigate the mystery surrounding his death?

Family trumps career and romance and Kate heads back to Texas where the monsters, victims and endangered kingdoms are all too real. In an attempt to protect Kate from danger, Phillip joins her quest and helps her search for incriminating documents, investigate a centuries-old family feud and confront an anonymous rose-bearing admirer who stalks Kate in both real and virtual universes.

Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) is the first in a series of novels set in Brands Crossing, Texas. It chronicles the lives of the Kincaids, a prominent family in this mythical town, and focuses on a mystery that extends back to the mid-eighteenth century and the young Texas Republic.

  1. Sounds fascinating! I love the premise…and the characters sound terrific. Adding it to my to-read list.

    Best wishes for much success!

  2. Awesome Sharon. I have it on my to-read list. Thanks for writing it.

  3. Interesting story. You may interested in joining the New Author Blog Hop @ http://worddiaries.blogspot.com/2011/10/calling-new-authors-and-book-lovers.html

  4. Thicker than Water sounds exciting with monsters. And Texas–love the history.

    • Marilyn thanks for the comment. If you would like a free ebook version of the book, please follow my blog, follow me on twitter and/or like my facebook page. then let me know you want the book and I will send you a coupon for it (available in all electronic formats).

  5. Sounds like an interesting book!

    • Thanks. If you click on my blog http:/http://www.ellestraussbooks.blogspot.com//sharonkowensimplycreating.wordpress.com and follow the blog, follow me on twitter or like my facebook page, you can receive a certificate for an ebook of Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series). Just leave a comment with your email address.

  6. hey, I met you at the creative writing club in the trinity arts guild last saturday. hope to see you there again this saturday!

  7. I do like the sound of this one. Can’t wait to read about how her admirer stalks her in both real and virtual universes… That line caught my attention.


  8. Seems like the book is a very twisted tale, Sharon. Good luck and best wishes!

    • Hi. Thanks for the comment. If you would like a certificate for a free copy of the Ebook, I will be glad to send it to you. Just follow my blog, follow me on twitter and/or like my FaceBook page.

  9. FB follower – Gloria Sell Schumann
    I would love to read this. Sounds right up my alley.

    geschumann at live dot com

  10. This book sounds really great. Seriously.

  11. Finally stopping by from the New Author Blog Hop. Congratulations on your book.

  12. Wait a minute! I knew Sharon Owen when she was Sherry Hays. Back at O’Donnell High School. She was a Drum Major and Twirler and wore a cute little outfit in white with gold boots. She also sang in a group called THE DONNELLS. She always had an imagination, but who would have thought she would turn into a famous writer. You just never know.

    Tom Hoskins, O”Donnell High, Class of ’62

    OOPS !, (Now they’re gonna guess your age. And you were saying that you were still in your 50’s)

    • Thanks so much Myndi. If you have not already acquired the book, could I send you a certificate for a free ebook?

  13. Hi Sharon. Sorry it’s taken me a little while to get over to your blog, but I’m here now and signed up by e-mail so hopefully I’ll get notices of future ones.

    Your book sounds great! So nice to see successful people doing what they love and realizing their dreams. Keep on writing!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  14. Sharon .. A copy of your book — THICKER THAN WATER — has been placed and accepted into the NEW MOORE LITERARY SOCIETY. It was the first book accepted for the year of 2012. Congratulations!

  15. Sounds like an amazing book Sharon! Good luck to you!

    • Thanks Suzie. For the rest of January and February the ebook version can be downloaded at Amazon for $2.99.


  16. This sounds great Sharon, it’s going on my TBR list.
    Sharon, I have awarded you the Versatile Blogger award. See details here. http://www.prudencemacleod.com/

  17. Thanks Prudence and thanks so much for the award.

  18. Sounds like a book I would love to read! Putting in on my list:)

  19. This sounds amazing! I already want to know what happens! 😉

  20. Sharon,

    I just discovered your blog through another site, “My Name Is Not Bob.” After reading your February 29 post on that one, I felt like you were describing my own life. I worked as an administrative assistant for a large bank in downtown Dallas, until they laid me off in 2001. I ended up at an engineering company late the following year – from where I got laid off in October 2010. Except for a brief stint as a contract technical writer last summer, I’ve pretty much been out of work since. On the brighter side, I finally finished my novel and started my own blog, http://chiefwritingwolf.com/. I still haven’t been able to get my novel published though nor am I at the stage where I can start making money from my blog. But, I haven’t given up on either endeavor, as I still try to find a full-time job. After all, writers have bills, too!

  21. Hello, every time i used to check weblog posts here in the early hours in the
    break of day, because i love to learn more and more.

  22. Linda Galloway

    Knock Knock….Sharon is that you??? Richard Adcock’s friend??
    Congratulations on your book.

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