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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 for writers 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 conferences, libraries, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, &...more

No matter how many times you review your manuscript, you’ll always find something to correct. I am reading through Peril by Ponytail for the third or fourth time. And here are the kinds of things I am still finding to correct.

Moustache or mustache? Both spellings, according to the dictionary, are correct. But I use the first variation 5 times and the second variation 3 times. I changed them all...

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Average rating: 3.55 · 2,017 ratings · 212 reviews · 20 distinct works · Similar authors
Permed to Death (Bad Hair D...
3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 311 ratings — published 1999 — 9 editions
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Murder By Manicure (Bad Hai...
3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 170 ratings — published 2001 — 5 editions
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Body Wave (Bad Hair Day Mys...
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 148 ratings — published 2002 — 6 editions
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Dead Roots (Bad Hair Day My...
3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 154 ratings — published 2005 — 14 editions
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Died Blonde (Bad Hair Day M...
3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 146 ratings — published 2004 — 13 editions
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Killer Knots (Bad Hair Day ...
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 140 ratings — published 2007 — 14 editions
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Highlights to Heaven (Bad H...
3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 140 ratings — published 2003 — 11 editions
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Hair Raiser (Bad Hair Day M...
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 150 ratings — published 2000 — 11 editions
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Perish by Pedicure (Bad Hai...
3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 133 ratings — published 2006 — 10 editions
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Shear Murder (Bad Hair Day ...
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 104 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
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Nancy J. Cohen In my view, writer's block is caused by extraneous distractions, not by any problems in the work itself. If you've laid the proper groundwork and…moreIn my view, writer's block is caused by extraneous distractions, not by any problems in the work itself. If you've laid the proper groundwork and written a detailed synopsis, you should know where your plot is going. But when bad reviews, non-stop marketing, rejections or other life events get you down, that can put a damper on the muse. At those times, it helps to talk about how you feel to your writing buddies. (less)
Nancy J. Cohen I love to hear from readers, and the best part of being a writer is when they say things like, "I stayed up all night to finish your book" or "When is…moreI love to hear from readers, and the best part of being a writer is when they say things like, "I stayed up all night to finish your book" or "When is the next one coming out?" So feedback from fans has been the best part for me. I like to know that I've helped someone through a difficult time by giving them a few hours of escape and entertainment. And I save every letter, either via email or snail mail, that I receive. Sharing with other writers what I've learned also brings me immense satisfaction. I serve in my local writing organizations to help out. You make new friends and belong to a community with common interests.(less)
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Bad Hair Day Mystery (11 books)
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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)
1 chapters   —   updated Dec 07, 2013 03:06AM
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?
Shear Murder (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Dec 31, 2012 06:30AM
Description: Weddings always make Marla Shore shed a tear of joy, and she’s elated to attend her friend Jill’s reception. Marla’s own nuptials are weeks away, and she’s busy following her frenetic to-do list. Her plans go awry when she discovers Jill’s matron of honor dead under the cake table, a knife embedded in her chest. Lots of folks aren’t sorry to see Torrie go, especially since the bride’s sister knew their deepest secrets. But when suspicion falls upon Jill, Marla wonders if her dear friend is truly innocent. She’d better untangle the snarl of suspects and iron out the clues before the killer highlights her as the next victim.
Warrior Rogue (Romance)
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Description: When fashion designer Jennifer Dyhr loses her lead actor for a video-game commercial, a replacement literally drops from the sky. Reluctant to let him leave, she hires him as a model for her studio. But when terrorists attack their flight home, Jen must awaken powers she didn’t know she had to protect them both. Will she be able to keep her heart safe from the sensual man beside her? When space ops warrior Paz Hadar falls through a spatial rift onto Jen’s set, he soon realizes she is essential to his mission. Not only must he protect her, his success depends upon her special powers. But as they struggle to stay one step ahead of the enemy, he discovers that fighting his attraction to the lovely Jen is as much a challenge as keeping them both alive.
Silver Serenade (Romance)
1 chapters   —   updated Sep 22, 2012 08:28AM
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?
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A sequel to Groosham Grange, this story finds young wizard David acclimated to this school that bears a strong resemblance to Hogwarts. Even the competition for the Unholy Grail will strike Harry Potter fans as a familiar storyline. But David has mor...more
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Haydon Kent, Marquess of Redmond, languishes in prison accused of murder and sentenced to hang. He is rescued by a street urchin whom he saved from a severe beating and is hidden in the house of Genevieve MacPhail. Genevieve is a gentlewoman who save...more
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message 27: 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 26: by Thomas

Thomas Jerome Hi Nancy! "I Live In Chile" is in PreLaunch Phase! I am currently looking for book reviewers, people who have reviewed books on Amazon before. If you have an account on Amazon, and are an Amazon Book Reviewer, and would like to have a FREE copy of this book, in return for your honest review on Amazon, please contact me by email, here ==> Please give me your name and email, and I will send you a copy of this book to review, free of charge.

Although I have given away thousands of books in the past, free, no charge, unfortunately I have not received the kindness of a book review on Amazon. I only ask for quid pro quid, something for something, a review for me, a free book for you.

Since I am only an indie author, with no marketing budget to promote a book in the way that a traditional publisher can do marketing and book promotion, a review on Amazon is the most powerful way I have to promote a book. If you will help me, by writing your honest review on Amazon, I will be most grateful to you for your kindness.

I thank you in advance for your understanding.

Best regards,
Thomas Baker

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Nancy Thank you, Thomas, for friending me.

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Thomas Jerome Hi Nancy! Thanks for being my friend on Goodreads!


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Nancy Enter my Goodreads Giveaway to win a signed copy of Warrior Rogue (The Drift Lords Series #2):

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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: 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 and Click on the Contest tab button.

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

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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.

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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!

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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:

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Nancy Enter to win a signed copy of Warrior Prince: The Drift Lords Series, #1

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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 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.

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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:
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.

message 7: by Lee

Lee Thanks for being my goodreads buddy, Nancy!

My new romantic suspense, The Twist is a Bookstrand #1 Bestseller! A story of mind-bending control and unnerving metamorphosis, The Twist unravels the tale of a hotshot consultant as he struggles to foil a plot to steal $12 million and to rescue the feisty, female scientist who has stolen his heart.



Lee Silver
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THE TWIST, BookStrand #1 Bestseller

message 6: by Nancy

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

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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,


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)

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

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

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