Elaine Orr




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Also published as Elaine L. Orr
Elaine Orr has written fiction and nonfiction for many years and introduced the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series in 2011. "Any Port in a Storm" was the fourth book in the series, and came out in mid-September 2012. "Trouble on the Doorstep" debuted in mid-March 2013. It hit bestseller status on Amazon (cozy mystery category) within a few days and continued to pick up speed. Writing is wonderful, being appreciated by readers is even better!

"Behind the Walls" and "Vague Images" have continued readers' positive reactions to Jolie and friends.

With more time to write and the ease of self-publishing I've been able to put more work in front of readers. I have some traditionally published nonfiction, and now make muc...more


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Elaine Orr I do several things, some geared to writing, some to distracting myself so I can relax and then come back to writing. Geared to writing would be: do…moreI do several things, some geared to writing, some to distracting myself so I can relax and then come back to writing. Geared to writing would be: do some background research (my favorite was on Prohibition for "Rekindling Motives"); tell myself I only have to write 100 words--and then do it; look at my bank account and ask myself if I want it to stay at that level. Usually one of these three will light a fire under my buns.(less)
Elaine Orr The eighth book in the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series. Jolie walks into Java Jolt, the Ocean Alley coffee shop she frequents, and gets an unpleasant…moreThe eighth book in the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series. Jolie walks into Java Jolt, the Ocean Alley coffee shop she frequents, and gets an unpleasant surprise.(less)
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Any Port in a Storm  (A Jol...
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Appraisal for Murder (A Jol...
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In the Jole Gentil cozy mystery series, most of the books include a fundraiser for the Harvest for All Food Pantry, which Jolie volunteers with. These events are essentially an opportunity for some comedic moments--with a bit of awareness of the needs of hungry people thrown in. Not too much of the latter, since people read fiction for fun.

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Rekindling Motives (Select)
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Description: Jolie appraises the vacant Tillotson-Fisher house and finds the skeleton of Richard Tillotson hidden in an antique attic wardrobe. He vanished just after his sister married his business partner in 1929. Jolie sees a link to the Fisher family's Prohibition era business and works with friends Scoobie and Ramona to gather clues from old photo albums and ledgers. The photo albums lead her to Mary Doris Milner, Richard's girlfriend, who has fond memories of him and is certain of who murdered him. But, there was nothing to link her suspect to the murder then, and he's long dead himself. The present day murder of Mary Doris tells Jolie and Scoobie they are on the right track. Did the secret she kept all these years finally kill her? Between running the food pantry at Christmas time and escaping a burning building, Jolie and Scoobie hope to figure out who the modern killer is before someone else gets hurt.
When the Carny Comes to Town (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Sep 01, 2012 06:46PM
Description: The first chapter of "When the Carny Comes to Town" sets the stage for a good time in Ocean Alley with Jolie, Scoobie, Aunt Madge and friends.

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description: I'll be signing copies of my books at Our Town Books on the Jacksonville (IL) square on October 3rd, from 5 - 7 PM. If you have not visited this wonderful independent book store, you've missed a treat.
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Behind the Walls by Elaine Orr
"This book was wonderful! Although this was the first book I read in this series, I did not feel that I was lost. I felt that I could relate to the main character. The story line was easy to follow. I did not want to put the book down. I am so grat..." Read more of this review »
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“An idea is a gift, a finished project is turning that gift into a book by making yourself write even when you don't want to. There is no such thing as a block of time to write. You have to carve time from a busy day. Elaine L. Orr”
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“An idea is a gift, a finished project is turning that gift into a book by making yourself write even when you don't want to. There is no such thing as a block of time to write. You have to carve time from a busy day. Elaine L. Orr”
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