Nancy J. Cohen’s Facials Can Be Fatal is an award finalist and a gold medal winner


Nancy J. Cohen’s Facials Can Be Fatal is a finalist in 2017 Royal Palm Literary Awards in the published book-length fiction mystery/crime genre category.   Winners will be announced at the Florida Writers Association annual conference Oct. 19-22 in Altamonte Springs, FL.

Facials Can Be Fatal is also a 2017 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Fiction—Southern genre.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 18 at the Regency Hotel Miami.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the internet. The International Book Award Contest received thousands of entries from around the world, ranging from new independent authors to New York Times bestselling and celebrity authors.

V. S. Alexander to give talk on “The Ins and Outs of the Agent Biz”

V. S. Alexander, author of The Magdalen Girls and the upcoming The Taster, will present “The Ins and Outs of the Agent Biz” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 26th, at Murder on the Beach Bookstore in Delray Beach, FL.  It’s the answer to the first question writers often ask: “How do I get an agent?” For more information about the talk, please visit the bookstore’s Upcoming Events page.

V. S. Alexander’s The Magdalen Girls goes into sixth printing

Kensington Publishing has gone back to press for a sixth printing of V. S. Alexander’s The Magdalen Girls.

Dublin, 1962. Teagan Tiernan is sent by her parents to the convent of The Sisters of the Holy Redemption when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest. The convent houses the Magdalen Laundries, a grim workhouse where “fallen” girls are forced to work in virtual slavery—if they can stay alive. Befriending two other girls, Teagan fights to survive…as she plots her escape….

Steve Goble’s The Bloody Black Flag receives starred Library Journal review

Steve Goble’s The Bloody Black Flag (Prometheus/Seventh Street, September 2017), the first book in his Spider John mystery series, has received a starred review in Library Journal:


DEBUT    After a fight in a Boston tavern, Spider John Rush and his friend Ezra escape by joining the crew of a pirate ship heading to Jamaica in 1722. But someone onboard spreads the word among the superstitious shipmates that Ezra’s grandmother and mother were hanged as witches in Salem. When Ezra is discovered dead, everyone claims it was a drunken accident. Spider John is the only one who suspects murder, and as the ship’s carpenter, he has the opportunity to move around and listen. Spider John has no one to trust, but he’s determined to stay alive long enough to find justice for his dead friend. VERDICT This original, gritty, action-packed debut is rich in historical detail. Suggest for readers who enjoy the Pirates of the Caribbean movies or Patrick O’Brian’s seafaring adventures.-LH