Nancy J. Cohen

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Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine, won a Readers' Favorite Gold Medal and a RONE Award, earned first place in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy's instructional guide, "Writing the Cozy Mystery," was nominated for an Agatha Award, earned first place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards and in the TopShelf Magazine Book Awards, and won a gold medal in the President's Book Awards.

Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. Her books in this genre have won the HOLT Medallion Award and Best Book in Romantic Scifi/Fantasy at The R
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Nancy J. Cohen Readers like cozies because they offer an escape from reality. Unlike the real world where criminals often go free and victims may lack justice, in a …moreReaders like cozies because they offer an escape from reality. Unlike the real world where criminals often go free and victims may lack justice, in a cozy the crook is always caught and the sleuth emerges unharmed. Any violence is off-scene. The focus is more on the puzzle of solving the mystery than the forensics. The sleuth's world and her relationships are just as important. We read these stories to learn about a new occupation or to vicariously explore a new locale. Hopefully, we can follow along with the sleuth's life in the personal arena, which is a prime attraction. So these books are popular for many reasons. Some contain humor, which is another draw. Others contain recipes or craft tips. Rather than being scary, often these stories are funny. Readers who don't like to be frightened know they will get a lighthearted story with a challenging puzzle, interesting characters, and a view of a world they might not experience otherwise.(less)
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 writ…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)
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Easter Hair Hunt (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: An Easter egg hunt at historic Tremayne Manor leads hairstylist Marla Vail to discover more than just dyed eggs. The dead body in the bunny costume is definitely not having a good hare day. Marla and her husband, homicide detective Dalton Vail, make an eggcellent team. He knows Marla finds solving mysteries and hare-raising adventures to be irresistible, but she may have found a basketful of trouble this time. Can Marla pull a rabbit out of her hat and crack the case of the body in the bunny suit? Recipes Included!
A Bad Hair Day Cookbook (Cooking, Food & Wine)
1 chapters   —   updated Feb 11, 2020 04:39AM
Description: Enjoy 160+ tasty recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s popular Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series. Included in this cookbook are excerpts, cooking tips, and anecdotes written by hairstylist and savvy sleuth Marla Vail. From appetizers to desserts, Marla offers cooking tips and tricks along with commentary about the dishes she prepares for her family. Whether you’re a skilled cook or an eager novice, this cookbook will unravel the mystery of cooking. Put on your apron and plan to make some killer recipes!
Trimmed to Death (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Savvy hairstylist and amateur sleuth Marla Vail enters a charity bake-off contest at a fall festival sponsored by a local farm. While she waits to see if her coconut fudge pie is a winner, Marla joins a scavenger hunt where people playing character roles are the targets. Instead of scoring points with a live person, she finds a dead body planted face-down in the strawberry field. Who would want to cut short the life of food magazine publisher and fellow bake-off contestant Francine Dodger? As she investigates, Marla learns there’s no shortage of suspects. A celebrity TV chef, food critic, olive oil importer, food truck owner, pastry chef, and cookbook author may be stirring up more than their next recipe. Can Marla unmask the killer before someone else gets trimmed from life? Recipes Included!
Hair Brained (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 14, 2017 09:18AM
Description: When hairstylist Marla Vail’s best friend is hurt in a suspicious car accident, Marla assumes guardianship of her infant son. No sooner does Marla say, “Baby want a bottle?” than she’s embroiled in another murder investigation. Her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, determines the crash may not have been an accident after all. Can she find the culprit before someone else ends up as roadkill?
Warrior Lord (Romance)
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Description: Pottery sculptor Erika Sherwood marries a stranger in Las Vegas who turns out to be an alien. A warrior from another planet, he’s come to Earth to quell an invasion by soldiers from another dimension. Thrust into his company, Erika plunges into a whirlwind of danger, passion, and heart-pounding suspense in their pursuit of a weapon that can defeat the enemy. More alarming are the feelings she develops for her newfound husband. Will he leave her when their mission is done?
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message 27: by Nancy

Nancy Thanks, Donna. I am always grateful for reviews so let me know when you post one for any of my books.


message 26: by Donna

Donna Nancy, thank you for friending me on Good Reads. I am also following on Twitter. All your books look really good. I have entered the giveaway for your book. If ever you need someone to review a book, I would be glad to do so. I love reading and never can get too many books to read.
Blessings to you for your work.


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...


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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!


message 12: by Nancy

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
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