New Release – Styled for Murder

STYLED FOR MURDER, #17 in The Bad Hair Day Mysteries, is now available in print and ebook formats. Happy Book Birthday!

Styled for Murder

When hairstylist and savvy sleuth, Marla Vail, gets a frantic call from her mother that there’s a dead body in her shower, Marla realizes this wasn’t part of the home renovation plans. The victim turns out to be the project manager, who had an untrustworthy reputation in town. Disgruntled customers, unpaid suppliers, and the design company’s staff are among the suspects. Which one of them wanted the foreman to pipe down about their shady dealings?

Meanwhile, the lead investigator sets his sights on Marla’s stepfather, Reed, who’s keeping secrets from his family. Reed has a past connection to the victim and won’t come clean about what he knows. As Marla drills deeper, she’s showered with suspicions, but nobody’s willing to leak any information. She needs to hammer down the prospects, or time will drain away and the murderer will strike again.

To flush out the culprit, Marla taps into her pipeline of resources. Can she assemble the clues and demolish the alibis to nail a killer? Or has someone designed the perfect murder? Recipes Included!

Styled for Murder
Copyright © 2021 by Nancy J. Cohen
Digital ISBN: 978-1-952886-21-8
Print ISBN: 978-1-952886-22-5
Cover Design by The Killion Group, Inc.
Digital Layout by Formatting4U.com
Cover Copy by BlurbWriter.com

Join me TONIGHT at 7:00 – 8:30 pm EST for a Book Launch Party with Fun & Prizes. Bring your friends! https://www.facebook.com/NewReleaseParty

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ON SALE

Permed to Death, #1 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries, is on sale for 99 cents Nov. 16 – 30! 

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Great Escapes Book Tour

Join my Great Escapes Book Tour to celebrate the release of STYLED FOR MURDER with excerpts, reviews, giveaways, interviews and recipes. 

Great Escapes Book Tour

Nov. 15 – 24 Great Escapes Book Tour
Visit as many sites as you can for a chance to win my ebook box sets. Please support my hosts by leaving comments!

November 15 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
November 15 – My Journey Back – RECIPE POST
November 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
November 17 – Novels Alive – “Origins of Bone China” GUEST POST
November 17 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 18 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 19 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
November 20 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST
November 20 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
November 21 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – GUEST POST
November 22 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 23 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW
November 24 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT
November 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

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Styled for Murder Book Tour Schedule

Join my virtual Book Tour to celebrate the release of STYLED FOR MURDER with excerpts, reviews, recipes, interviews and giveaways. 

Great Escapes Book Tour

Nov. 15 – 24 Great Escapes Book Tour
Visit as many sites as you can for a chance to win my ebook box sets. Comments welcome!

November 15 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
November 15 – My Journey Back – RECIPE POST
November 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
November 17 – Novels Alive – “Origins of Bone China” GUEST POST
November 17 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 18 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 19 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
November 20 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – “Edible Gold” GUEST POST, REVIEW
November 20 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
November 21 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – “Is Garlic Good for You?” GUEST POST
November 22 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 23 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW
November 24 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT
November 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

ADDITIONAL SITES

Tuesday, Nov. 2, Donovan’s Bookshelf – Book Review

Wednesday, Nov. 3 – Socrates Book Reviews – Book Review

Friday, Nov. 12Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers“The Case of the Cheesy Hash Browns” Guest Post

Friday, Nov. 12 – Buried Under Books – First Line Fridays

Sunday, Nov. 14 – Cozy Up With Kathy Spotlight 

Monday, Nov. 15 – The Book Diva’s Reads Spotlight & Excerpt

Monday, Nov. 15 – Christa Reads and Writes – Book Review

Tuesday, Nov. 16 – Carla Loves To Read – Book Review

Tuesday, Nov. 16 – Storeybook Reviews“Book Research Can Save Lives” Guest Post

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 7:00 – 8:30 pm EST, Book Launch Party for STYLED FOR MURDER

Wednesday, Nov. 17 – Fundinmental – Book Review

Wednesday, Nov. 17Dru’s Book Musings “A Day in The Life of Marla Vail” Guest Post

Monday, Nov. 22 – Woman’s World Magazine
STYLED FOR MURDER was mentioned in Woman’s World Magazine in the Book Club section on page 8 in the Nov. 29th issue!

Tuesday, Nov. 23, Cinnamon and Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder, “Peach Cobbler” Guest Post with Recipe & Ebook Giveaway

Dec. 1 – The Big Thrill – Author Interview

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ON SALE

Permed to Death, #1 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries, is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time only! Great gift to send to a friend!

PTD Sale

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Apple
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Timetable for Upcoming Events

November is my birthday month, and we have a lot to celebrate! Here’s a rundown of upcoming events. More detailed posts will follow in the next few days.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 12 – 24 Virtual Book Tour https://nancyjcohen.com/appearances

Nov. 16 Book Launch Party 7:00 – 8:30 pm EST https://www.facebook.com/NewReleaseParty

Nov. 16STYLED FOR MURDER Release Date https://books2read.com/StyledforMurder

Nov. 16 – 30 “Permed to Death” (book #1 in my series) on sale for 99 cents https://books2read.com/PermedtoDeath

Thanksgiving Weekend – Happy Birthday to me and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Happy Birthday  Happy Thanksgiving

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Styled for Murder Book Trailer

Watch this fun and enticing Book Trailer for STYLED FOR MURDER, a Bad Hair Day cozy mystery coming on Nov. 16th!

When hairstylist and savvy sleuth, Marla Vail, gets a frantic call from her mother that there’s a dead body in her shower, Marla realizes this wasn’t part of the home renovation plans. The victim turns out to be the project manager, who had an untrustworthy reputation in town. Disgruntled customers, unpaid suppliers, and the design company’s staff are among the suspects, but Marla is more concerned about her stepfather’s connection to the victim. Can she flush out the clues and nail the killer before he strikes again? Recipes Included!

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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour

Join my Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for excerpts, reviews, spotlights, giveaways and recipes. Comments welcome!

Great Escapes Book Tour

November 15 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
November 15 – My Journey Back – RECIPE POST
November 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
November 17 – Novels Alive – “Origins of Bone China” GUEST POST
November 17 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 18 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 19 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
November 20 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – “Edible Gold” GUEST POST, REVIEW
November 20 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
November 21 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – “Is Garlic Good for You?” GUEST POST
November 22 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 23 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW
November 24 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT
November 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

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New Mystery Release – Box Set Volume Two

I am excited to announce the release of The Bad Hair Day Mysteries Box Set Volume Two: Books 4-6!

Bad Hair Day Mysteries Box Set Volume Two

Copyright © 2021 by Nancy J. Cohen
Published by Orange Grove Press
Digital ISBN: Digital ISBN: 978-1-952886-17-1
Cover Design by The Killion Group, Inc.
Digital Layout by www.formatting4u.com

Meet Marla Shore, a Florida hairstylist and salon owner with a knack for styling hair and solving crimes. In this trio of adventures, Marla helps her ex-spouse solve a murder, searches for her missing pet-loving neighbor, and stumbles across the body of a rival hairdresser.

BODY WAVE – Book 4

In a story braided with unexpected twists and curls, salon owner Marla Shore takes on a role as nurse’s aide for wealthy Miriam Pearl. While Marla snoops into the elderly matriarch’s affairs, her boyfriend, Detective Dalton Vail, is afraid that the only affair she’ll snag is with her ex-spouse, Stan. Juggling work at her salon, crime solving, and two amorously inclined males, Marla fights a race against time to save Stan before the dashing detective nails him for murder. RONE Award Winner!

“Ms. Cohen’s plot has more twists than a French braid, and Marla is a shear delight.” Joanne Fluke, author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries

HIGHLIGHTS TO HEAVEN – Book 5

Hairstylist and amateur sleuth Marla Shore lands a case close to home when her animal-loving neighbor—a man aptly named Goat—disappears, leaving his pets alone and a dead body in his master bedroom. Even more disturbing is the pattern of highlights Marla notes in the victim’s hair. She recognizes the signature technique of her former mentor, master stylist Cutter Corrigan. Soon she’s untangling clues that link Goat, Cutter, and the unsavory pet fur trade to her own past. Someone at her former beauty school has a hair-raising secret worth killing to keep.

“Full of twists and turns, great characters, and an interesting setting. Who could ask for more?” Denise Swanson, author of the Scumble River mystery series

DIED BLONDE – Book 6

Hairstylist Marla Shore stumbles over her rival’s body in the meter room behind their competing salons. When her boyfriend, hunky Detective Dalton Vail, asks for her help in solving the murder, she jumps on the case. The stakes rise when the victim’s trusted psychic warns her that someone she loves is in danger. Her investigation takes her to a smoky bingo parlor, a spooky town run by spiritualists, and sunny Delray Beach. But what scares Marla the most is her relationship with Dalton that takes a surprising turn.

“Nancy Cohen has penned another follicle‑raising frolic with a wry twist of romance.”  P.J. Parrish, NY Times Bestselling Author

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Summer Book Blast Celebration – July 8, 2021

Save the date! Join us for a fun Summer Book Blast Celebration with 6 authors, prizes, and giveaways! The Facebook party is Thursday, July 8 at 8:00 – 9:30 pm EDT  https://www.facebook.com/NewReleaseParty

Summer Book Blast

 

“And the Women Gather” Annual Book Event – Aug. 21, 2021

Saturday, Aug. 21, 2:00 pm, “And the Women Gather” Annual Book Event with authors Nancy J. Cohen and Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes at the Museum of Art, 100 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL. https://www.desert-sage.co/single-post/and-the-women-gather-annual-book-event  Cost is $19.00. Buy tickets here – https://www.desert-sage.co/events

Desert Sage

 

Back-to-Back Book Releases: Yay or Nay?

Launching a series all at once can be a daunting task. You have to plan the promotion campaign with tight deadlines. This release schedule was a new venture for me. With two backlist trilogies, it made sense to book the releases close together. This meant getting all the titles ready before the pre-order dates.

Once I’d completed my revisions, here is what came next:

  • Assign individual ISBN Numbers and add to Copyright pages (optional but recommended).
  • Mention this title was previously published by your former publisher if it’s a reissue.
  • Add new front and back material.
  • Complete formatting for each book.
  • Add updated book covers to website.
  • Convert book into digital and/or paperback formats.
  • Set release dates.
  • Add book to vendor sites and schedule as pre-order.
  • Create memes for series as a whole and for each individual book.
  • If running a sale, create memes for sale book(s).
  • Write tweets for each title and for overall series.
  • Schedule a newsletter.
  • Book ads if desired.
  • Write blogs for Cover Reveals and Reissue dates.
  • Add distributor links to scheduled blog posts and website.
  • If a reissue, decide if you want to link to earlier versions to retain reviews.
  • Claim your titles on BookBub, Goodreads and Amazon Author Central.

I decided to run a pre-order sale. With the titles respectively at $.99, $1.99 and $2.99, this would give readers a saving of $6.00 over the regular retail price of $3.99 each.

There appeared to be a spike in sales for each book on their release dates, presumably due to preorders. The first book in each series had the most sales. I’m experimenting with these books on Kindle Unlimited and will evaluate the results once the royalties start coming in.

Would I do this again? Not for original titles. You’d have to write all three of them first and then promote your books to the next millennia. It gets tiring fast. There’s a reason why publishers produce one book a year in a series. You need time to contact reviewers, plan a promotional campaign, schedule ads, write copy, and so much more. It’s easier for backlist titles when you already have reviews, but you still want to attract new readers with fresh covers and added bonus materials.

In conclusion, a back-to-back publication schedule may work for more energetic writers, but I wouldn’t do it for my original works. I need more time for advance planning. In this case, though, with all three books in each trilogy already written, it was easier to get them ready for a fast launch.

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Have you ever rapid-released several books in a row? How did that work for you?

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Facials Can Be Fatal

I am excited to announce the reissue of Facials Can Be Fatal, #13 in The Bad Hair Day Mysteries. 

Facials Can Be Fatal

Copyright © 2017 by Nancy J. Cohen
Published by Orange Grove Press
Digital ISBN: 978-1-952886-04-1
Print ISBN: 978-1-952886-05-8
Cover Design by Boulevard Photografica
Digital Layout by www.formatting4U.com
Cover Copy by BlurbWriter.com

Salon sleuth Marla Vail determines to peel back the truth when a wealthy socialite has a fatal facial at her day spa in this stylish cozy mystery.

During the frenzy of the December holidays, the last thing salon owner Marla Vail needs is a dead body slathered in a green facial mask at her new day spa. The victim, Valerie Weston, had been a major donor for Friends of Old Florida, a nonprofit historic building preservation society. Marla’s stylists are scheduled to work backstage at their upcoming gala fashion show, but Val’s demise might put a crimp in their plans.

Hoping to salvage her reputation, Marla determines to track down the killer. Although Val had been well liked by most people, she may have stumbled onto secrets that others would kill to keep. Soon Marla is unraveling clues involving historic buildings, family journals, pirates, and shipwrecks off the Florida coast. She’d better prepare for a body count that has nothing to do with hot stone massages and everything to do with murder.

Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner    Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist

“Take a twisty mystery, add a cast of amiable characters, a dash of family drama, and a pinch of South Florida during the holiday season—they all add up to the recipe for a delightful cozy!” —Lucy Burdette, bestselling author of the Key West Food Critic Mysteries

Facials Can Be Fatal was originally published Five Star (Gale/Cengage). This Author’s Edition has been updated with added bonus materials.

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Booksellers & Librarians – This title is available at Ingram

“The death of a philanthropist has Florida salon owner Marla Vail tearing her hair out… Marla needs Valerie’s death solved pronto so she can go back to planning her blended family’s joint Christmas-Hanukkah party and fending off their inquiries about when she and her new husband plan to have a baby.” Kirkus Reviews

“Pirates, hidden treasures, secret identities, murder… Book 13 in Nancy J. Cohen’s Bad Hair Day Mystery series has that and a whole lot more! This is the first cozy mystery I’ve read where the main character is married to the sexy detective on the case and I love that! The Bad Hair Day Mystery series books are captivating and exciting. It only took reading one book for me to become a fan.” Missi S., Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

“If Cut ’N Dye hair salon owner Marla Vail was hoping for a quiet holiday season, she’s in for a disappointment. Instead, it’s going to be a Hanukkah and Christmas season of murder, secrets, a hidden treasure, and family expectations. The fast pace will have readers swiftly turning the pages of this compelling holiday mystery.” Cynthia Chow, Kings River Life Magazine

“The story had more twists and turns than a pretzel. And I ate them all up! It is really fast-paced and kept me thoroughly engaged to the end. I especially liked Marla and her detective husband as a sleuthing duo and Marla’s relationship with her step-daughter. The combination gives a relatable real-world feel to the story.” Mayor Sonni, Readerpolis

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