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Nancy J. Cohen writes the humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several of these titles have made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list. Nancy is also the author of Writing the Cozy Mystery, a valuable instructional guide on how to write a winning whodunit. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. Her titles in this genre have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. C ...more


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It’s always exciting when reviews trickle in for a new book. With Peril by Ponytail’s release date on Sept. 16, I am thrilled to share the first batch of reviews.


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“Hairdresser Marla Vail spends her honeymoon at the dude ranch from hell. Marla is annoyed when her handsome husband, Dalton, accepts his cousin Wayne’s offer of a post-wedding stay at the Last Trail Dude Ranch in Arizona. She’d rat...

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Peril by Ponytail (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Marla and Dalton’s honeymoon at an Arizona dude ranch veers from dangerous to downright deadly faster than a horse headed to the corral. With her husband’s uncle—the resort’s owner—on the suspect list for murder, Marla races to prove his innocence. She hopes her blind trust isn’t misplaced, especially when she learns their relative has secrets he’d rather keep buried. As the bodies pile up, she digs deeper to find the killer. With her new family in jeopardy, she’d better figure out who’s adding to the spirits at a nearby ghost town before someone she loves is hurt. Saddle up for Marla’s latest adventure in the Wild West where a Bad Hair Day is the least of her worries.
Writing the Cozy Mystery (Nonfiction)
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Description: Do you want to write a mystery but don’t have a clue where to start? Or maybe you’ve begun a story but are stuck on the plot? Perhaps you’re already writing a series, and you need tips on how to keep track of your material? Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen is an informative guide on how to write a traditional whodunit.
Hanging By A Hair (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Marla’s joyous move to a new house with her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, is marred by their next-door neighbor who erects an illegal fence between their properties. When Dalton reminds the man of the local permitting laws, tempers flare—and worse, the neighbor is found dead the following day. Dismayed when Dalton is removed from the case due to a conflict of interest, Marla decides it’s up to her to find the killer. Can the intrepid hairstylist untangle the clues and pin down the culprit before he strikes again?
Silver Serenade (Romance)
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Description: Ace pilot Jace Vernon is forced to flee his home world after being framed for murder. He seeks justice, but S.I.N. agent Silver Malloy gets in his way. The platinum-haired beauty counters his every move in the quest to clear his name. As he makes it his mission to break her, he doesn’t count on the personal consequences of success. Silver refuses to abort her deadly mission even if it means killing the one man Jace needs alive to prove his innocence. Her resolve wavers when Jace’s charms melt the barriers around her heart. Can she help him win his case, even if it means betraying her own people?
Warrior Prince (Romance)
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Description: When mythologist and Florida resident Nira Larsen accepts a job as tour guide for a mysterious stranger, she's drawn into a nightmare reality where ancient myths come alive and legendary evils seek to destroy her. To survive, she must awaken her dormant powers, but the only person who can help is the man whose touch inflames her passion. After a dimensional rift in the Bermuda Triangle cracks open and an ancient enemy invades Earth, Zohar—leader of the galactic warriors known as the Drift Lords—summons his troops. He doesn't count on a redheaded spitfire getting in his way and capturing his heart. Nira has the power to defeat the enemy and to enslave Zohar's soul. Can he trust her enough to accomplish his mission, or will she lure him to his doom?
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"Honeymoons can be dangerous. Marla may be away from her shop, but she still cuts hair and gets into dangerous situations while helping her new relatives. Visiting Sedona again via this book was enjoyable. It also convinced me not to visit a copper..." Read more of this review »
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message 25: by Nancy

Nancy I wish you the best of luck but I have too many books to read and don't take books to review. Thanks for thinking of me, though.


message 24: by Nancy

Nancy Thank you, Thomas, for friending me.


message 23: by Nancy

Nancy Enter my Goodreads Giveaway to win a signed copy of Warrior Rogue (The Drift Lords Series #2): http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sho...


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Nancy LAST DAY--FREE on Kindle: Warrior Rogue (The Drift Lords Series) by Nancy J. Cohen will sweep you away on a thrill-packed ride with legendary villains, Norse myths, and ancient prophesies. Download it now: http://www.amazon.com/Warrior-Rogue-D... Please Like the page and share the link with your friends.

Last Day to enter Nancy’s Valentine’s Day Contest for a free ebook of Warrior Prince and a $10 Amazon gift card. Go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-... and Click on the Contest tab button.


message 21: by Nancy

Nancy Angela, I'm glad you received the book okay and hope you enjoy the story!


message 20: by Angela

Angela Hi Nancy!! I got the book today! So excited to get started, after I finish the one I'm reading! It looks really good and the cover... sigh. ;)


message 19: by Angela

Angela I will!! Thanks again!!


message 18: by Nancy

Nancy Angela, I mailed it out yesterday. Please let me know when you have received the book.


message 17: by Angela

Angela THANK YOU!!! I'm so excited I won Warrior Prince and can't WAIT to read it! I'm sure I'll dive in as soon as I get it. THANK YOU! SQUEEE!!!


message 16: by Nancy

Nancy Enter my Goodreads Giveaway for Warrior Prince: Book One in The Drift Lords Series. Norse myths and magic enliven this paranormal romantic adventure set in modern day Florida. One more week to enter! http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sho...


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Nancy Enter to win a signed copy of Warrior Prince, #1 in my new paranormal romance Drift Lords series based on Norse mythology: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sho...


message 14: by Nancy

Nancy Enter to win a signed copy of Warrior Prince: The Drift Lords Series, #1 http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sho...


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Nancy Please vote for Warrior Prince at iBookBuzz so my book can be selected as the next paranormal Book Club selection. Go to http://www.ibookbuzz.com/Vote-for-Nex... and choose #1 Warrior Prince. I'd be very appreciative!


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Nancy Thanks for the info, Derick, and good luck with your debut title.


message 11: by Derick

Derick Hudson Thanks for the connection, Nancy! You may like my 2012 debut,an hilarious, Irish romcom called 'Dysfunctional Romance!' which has 21 five star reviews on Amazon and nearly 10,000 followers on Twitter already! see my blog for details:
www.derickhudson.blogspot.com
Kind regards,
Derick :-)


Harlequin Books Hello Nancy, it is a pleasure to meet you.


message 9: by Nancy

Nancy Elizabeth wrote: "Thank you for your friendship, Nancy."

My pleasure. Happy Reading!



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E.A. Thank you for your friendship, Nancy.


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Lee Thanks for being my goodreads buddy, Nancy!

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message 6: by Nancy

Nancy Hello Ilyn. I believe I have signed up for the Authors Program, but thanks for mentioning it.


message 5: by Ilyn

Ilyn Ross Hello Nancy,

Thank you for being my friend. How are you? Congratulations - I wish you good fortune on your books.

When you have the time, please join me at the Happy & Brainy Group. Please check out the author giveaways (Reason Reigns is listed).

I will check out the Author's Society. I discovered Goodreads a week ago; I'm so glad to be here. Is there a reason why you haven't signed up for the author's program?


Warmest regards,

Ilyn



message 4: by Nancy

Nancy Thanks, Daniel. Actually, the first title in my Bad Hair Day series is Permed to Death, not Perfumed to Death, although I like that one, too! And I wouldn't call my series "death-drama". They're humorous romantic mysteries featuring hairstylist and amateur sleuth Marla Shore. I hope you enjoy them!


message 3: by Daniel (last edited Feb 24, 2008 10:25AM)

Daniel
Hey Nancy, I've added your death-drama series Perfumed to Death, Body Wave, Murder by Manicure, Perish by Pedicure and last but not least Hair Raiser to my to-read list.


message 2: by Nancy

Nancy Thanks for the info, Kelly. I'm busy reading the books for the RITAs now. If you're not familiar with this contest, see my blog at
http://mysterygal.bravejournal.com
Nancy


message 1: by Kelly

Kelly Moran Thanks for the add. The books look great. Pleasure to meet a fellow author. You might like my new one.
Kelly Moran
home.wi.rr.com/kellymoran
XXXOOO


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