Author: Nancy J. Cohen

Nancy J. Cohen is an award-winning author who writes romance and mysteries. Her popular Bad Hair Day series features hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, while Nancy's imaginative sci-fi romances have garnered rave reviews. Her latest book, and tenth in her mystery series, is Shear Murder from Five Star. Coming next is Warrior Prince, book one in The Drift Lords series, from The Wild Rose Press. Active in the writing community and a featured speaker at libraries and conferences, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets.

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Peril By Ponytail - Bad Hair Day Mysteries, #12

Peril By Ponytail
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781432830984
  • Release: 2015-09-16
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Five Star Publishing
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Marla and Dalton's honeymoon at an Arizona dude ranch veers from dangerous to downright deadly faster than a horse headed to the corral. With her husband's uncle--the resort's owner--on the suspect list for murder, Marla races to prove his innocence. She hopes her blind trust isn't misplaced, especially when she learns their relative has secrets he'd rather keep buried. As the bodies pile up, she digs deep to find the killer. With her new family in jeopardy, she'd better figure out who's adding to the spirits haunting a nearby ghost town before someone she loves is hurt. Saddle up for Marla's latest adventure in the Wild West where a Bad Hair Day is the least of her worries.

Stands Alone: Yes


Hanging By A Hair - Bad Hair Day Mysteries, #11

Hanging By A Hair
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9781432828141
  • Release: 2014-04-18
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Five Star Publishing
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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?


Warrior Rogue - The Drift Lords Series

Warrior Rogue
  • Number: B00AU62NQS
  • Release: 2012-12-27
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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She seems like everything he despises--until her beauty challenges his warrior's heart.

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. Now 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 Jen is as much a challenge as keeping them both alive.


Warrior Prince - Book One in the Drift Lords Series

Warrior Prince
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B009ESNVOG
  • Release: 2012-09-21
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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A galactic warrior joins forces with a sexy mythologist to stop a dimensional rift from destroying Earth.

When mythologist and Florida resident Nira Larsen accepts a job as tour guide for a mysterious stranger, she's drawn into a nightmare reality where ancient myths come alive and legendary evils seek to destroy her. To survive, she must awaken her dormant powers, but the only person who can help is the man whose touch inflames her passion.

After a dimensional rift in the Bermuda Triangle cracks open and an ancient enemy invades Earth, Zohar-leader of the galactic warriors known as the Drift Lords-summons his troops. He doesn't count on a redheaded spitfire getting in his way and capturing his heart. Nira has the power to defeat the enemy and to enslave Zohar's soul. Can he trust her enough to accomplish his mission, or will she lure him to his doom?

"An urgent quest to save humanity leads to surprising adventures and dangerous passion! Nancy J. Cohen has penned a wild ride that will leave readers breathless and eager for more!" -Allison Chase, author of Recklessly Yours

Set in a contemporary world woven with magic, intrigue, romance, and suspense, Warrior Prince is based on Norse mythology. At its core is the story of a woman's search for her true identity and a man's need to accept his destiny. Their fate together is written in the runes.


Shear Murder - Bad Hair Day Mystery, #10

Shear Murder
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781432825546
  • Release: 2012-02-08
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Five Star Publishing
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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.


Keeper of the Rings

Keeper of the Rings
  • Number: B005C5YXRO
  • Release: 2011-07-10
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Nancy J. Cohen
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Taurin is shrouded in black when Leena first meets him, his face shaded like the night. At first she believes him to be a simple farmer, but the man exhibits skills worthy of a warrior. With his commanding presence, he's an obvious choice to be the lovely archaeologist's protector on her quest for a stolen sacred artifact. Curious about his mysterious background, and increasingly tempted by his tantalizing touch, Leena prays their perilous journey will be a success. She must find the missing relic, or dangerous secrets will be revealed that may forever change her world.

This title was originally published by Dorchester and written as Nancy Cane. The digital edition has been newly revised.


Starlight Child

Starlight Child
  • Number: B004A155RS
  • Release: 2010-10-30
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Belgrave House
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When terrorists kidnap the Great Healer's daughter, Mara Hendricks offers her extrasensory powers to help rescue the child. She joins Cmdr. Deke Sage on a journey to the distant planet Yanura, but their mutual passion threatens to distract them from their goal. Sage is unwilling to open himself completely to this tempting woman--until he realizes that without her powers their mission will fail.

This title was originally published by Dorchester and written as Nancy Cane. The digital edition has been revised and includes a bonus glossary.


Moonlight Rhapsody

Moonlight Rhapsody
  • Number: B0047DW5LS
  • Release: 2010-10-14
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Belgrave House
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When Lord Rolf Cam'brii's ship crashes on the planet Souk, he's taken prisoner and thrown into a slave labor camp. Here he catches the eye of the beautiful female overseer, Ilyssa. As he learns her secrets, he finds himself falling under her spell. But Ilyssa's gift comes with a curse, and to follow her heart means to lose her life-long dream.

This book was originally published by Dorchester and written as Nancy Cane. The digital edition has been newly revised and includes a bonus glossary.


Circle of Light

Circle of Light
  • Number: B0042P5CZM
  • Release: 2010-09-11
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Romantic Elements, * Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Belgrave House
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Attorney Sarina Bretton is kidnapped from Earth by Captain Teir Reylock of the Coalition Defense League. As the legendary Great Healer, Sarina is destined to marry Lord Cam'brii, a stiff politician, but falls in love with Reylock instead. Though Teir returns Sarina's passion, he must fulfill his duty as her bodyguard to protect her from the Coalition's enemies, and from his own heart.

This title was originally published by Dorchester and written as Nancy Cane. The digital edition has been revised and includes a bonus glossary.


Murder by Manicure - Bad Hair Day Mystery #3

Murder by Manicure
  • Number: B00427YLA2
  • Release: 2010-09-06
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: E-Reads, Ltd.
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Hairstylist Marla Shore is chewing her nails over her latest dilemma. She’s joined a fitness club to get in shape, but more than her abs tighten when a member is murdered. To complicate matters, Detective Dalton Vail disapproves of the charade she’s playing to help a friend. She'd better polish her act, or she’ll be the next one who ends up in the dead file.


Body Wave - Bad Hair Day Mystery #4

Body Wave
  • Number: B00427YLD4
  • Release: 2010-09-06
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: E-Reads, Ltd.
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Stylist Marla Shore goes undercover in a hair-brained scheme to catch a killer in her latest South Florida adventure. In a story braided with unexpected twists and curls, she takes on a role as nurse’s aide for wealthy Miriam Pearl. While Marla snoops into the elderly matriarch’s affairs, her friend Detective 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.


Permed to Death - Bad Hair Day Mystery #1

Permed to Death
  • Number: B003XREQRU
  • Release: 2010-07-01
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: E-Reads, Ltd.
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Sassy salon owner Marla Shore is giving grumpy Mrs. Kravitz a perm when the old lady croaks in the shampoo chair. If that isn't enough to give her a bad hair day, handsome Detective Vail suspects Marla of poisoning the woman's coffee creamer! Figuring she'd better expose the real killer before the next victim frizzes out, Marla sets on the trail of a wave of wacky suspects.


Hair Raiser - Bad Hair Day Mystery #2

Hair Raiser
  • Number: B003XREROM
  • Release: 2010-07-01
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: E-Reads, Ltd.
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When savvy hairstylist Marla Shore volunteers for a fund-raiser, she has to comb through a knot of suspects to determine who’s sabotaging the gala event. Participating chefs are dropping off the roster like hot rollers, and it’s only through a series of hair-raising exploits that the brazen beautician can tease the truth from them. Too late to stop a murder, Marla must salvage the grand affair before she’s moussed into oblivion.


Highlights to Heaven - Bad Hair Day Mystery #5

Highlights to Heaven
  • Number: B003XRES96
  • Release: 2010-07-01
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: E-Reads, Ltd.
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Hairstylist Marla Shore is thrust into her newest South Florida adventure when her animal-loving neighbor named Goat disappears, leaving his pets alone and a dead body in the master bedroom. After she notices the distinctive pattern of highlights in the deceased person’s hair, Marla gets hot on the trail of her missing friend. Soon she’s untangling clues involving hair growth formulas, exotic animal smuggling, and citrus canker. When dashing Dalton Vail’s interest turns decidedly personal, she wonders which pursuer will claim her first: the amorous detective or the killer?


Died Blonde - Bad Hair Day Mystery #6

Died Blonde
  • Number: B003XREU8K
  • Release: 2010-07-01
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: E-Reads, Ltd.
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Hairstylist Marla Shore stumbles over her rival’s body in the meter room behind their competing salons. When her boyfriend, hunky Detective Vail, asks for her help in solving the murder, she gets hot on the trail. The stakes rise when the victim’s trusted psychic warns that someone Marla loves is in great danger. Her investigation takes her to a smoky bingo parlor, a spooky town run by spiritualists, and sultry Delray Beach. But what scares Marla the most is her relationship with Vail which takes a surprising turn.


Dead Roots - Bad Hair Day Mystery #7

Dead Roots
  • Number: B003XREU30
  • Release: 2010-07-01
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: E-Reads, Ltd.
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Marla’s family reunion at a haunted Florida resort turns up dead bodies instead of fond memories. She and her fiancé, Detective Dalton Vail, launch another murder investigation in the midst of Thanksgiving dinner.


Perish By Pedicure - Bad Hair Day Mystery #8

Perish By Pedicure
  • Number: B003XRERJC
  • Release: 2010-07-01
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: E-Reads, Ltd.
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Marla takes a job as assistant hairstylist to a platform artist at a beauty show. The company director’s mysterious death causes unexpected chaos, but that’s nothing compared to the turmoil at home. Her fiancé Detective Dalton Vail’s former in-laws have come for a visit, putting Marla’s temper on a short fuse just when she needs her wits to solve another murder.


Killer Knots - Bad Hair Day Mystery #9

Killer Knots
  • Number: B003XREUGM
  • Release: 2010-07-01
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: E-Reads, Ltd.
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Troubled waters lie ahead when hairstylist Marla Shore and her fiancé Dalton Vail sail away on their first Caribbean cruise with a killer on board.


Silver Serenade

Silver Serenade
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781601547828
  • Release: 2010-06-17
  • Author: Nancy J. Cohen
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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A beautiful assassin and a desperate fugitive join forces to catch a terrorist before he starts an intergalactic war. 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 a quest to clear his name. As he makes it his mission to break down her defenses, 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 family and ruining her career?


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