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Elaine Orr

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Also published as Elaine L. Orr
Elaine Orr writes fiction and nonfiction. The three-book River's Edge cozy mystery series (from Annie Acorn Publishing) debuted in November 2015. "Demise of a Devious Neighbor" appeared in fall 2016 and was a finalist for the 2017 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards.

Elaine introduced the Jolie Gentil series in 2011 and many of the eleven books hit bestseller status on Amazon (cozy mystery category). "Behind the Walls" was a finalist in the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards. The most recent addition to the series is book 11, Underground in Ocean Alley.

The three books in the Logland mysteries feature a small-town police chief and have a 'cozy' feel. The second, Final Cycle, was published in late 2018.
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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 s…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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Is it Story or Structure?

I may not have any business writing about the story/structure dilemma, because I wrestle with both. Some would say this is the difference between pantsers and plotters (the former said to be writing by the seat of their pants). I do a bit of both.

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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)
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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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“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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“I can't believe Scoobie talked me into a Talk Like a Pirate Day fundraiser for the food pantry. I have a sense of humor. It's just been a crazy year, and I'm up to my eyeballs in work and chairing the Harvest for All Food Pantry Committee at First Prez.”
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