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Welcome, Jordan Mierek!

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Cogling

 

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When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother’s neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.

Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags’ swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors.

Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.

 

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About The Author

 

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Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. With an eclectic job history behind her, she is now diving into the world of author. It happens to be her most favorite one yet. When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog. Jordan is the president of the Utica Writers Club. She roams Central New York, but she loves to travel.

 

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Welcome, Joe Cosentino!

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Do you know what Bruce Willis, Nathan Lane, Rosie ODonnell, Holland Taylor, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards have in common? I worked with all of them when I was an actor. My love for storytelling started long before that though. As a kid I played make-believe constantly. Lets put on a show! was my motto with full scale musicals in the garage starring my sister, friends, and I. Thankfully my parents and teachers indulged me (rather than committed me-hah).

Eventually I acted in theatre, film, and television, including the role of Ted Davis in the ABC-TV movie My Mother Was Never a Kid. Morphing into writing plays and now novels seemed like the perfect progression. After writing some plays, I knew my novels would include show business in some way, since show business has always been such a huge part of my life. As an avid mystery reader, it was clear to me that my novels would also be page-turning mysteries with clever plot twists, engaging characters, romance, and lots of clues leading to a surprising yet earned conclusion. Since coming from a funny Italian-American family, I also knew humor would play a role in my novels.

As a child I loved child stars like Shirley Temple, Hayley Mills, and Patty Duke, seeing their movies over and over. So I created a heroine who was the biggest child star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. That back story is presented in Paper Doll.

In PORCELAIN DOLL (The Wild Rose Press), ex-child star Jana Lane, now thirty-nine and living in a mansion in the Hudson Valley, New York, makes a comeback film and uncovers who is being murdered on the set and why. Her heart is set aflutter by her incredibly gorgeous romantic co-star, Americas heartthrob Jason Adonis. The other suspects include Janas James Dean type young co-star, her older John Wayne type co-star, her childrens Eve Harrington type nanny, the films gossipy makeup and hair artist, a local reverend trying to stop the films production, and Jasons agent.

Also to come from The Wild Rose Press are Jana Lanes future adventures in Satin Doll, China Doll, and Ragdoll.

Through the course of the books, Jana not only solves the mysteries, but also reclaims the courage and fortitude she had as a child. This is an important message for all of us. As one reviewer wrote, she starts out as a wounded bird, and ends as tiger.

I set the series in the 1980s since I love the music, hair styles, clothing, and decadence of that era. I had great fun writing about Janas mansion, wardrobe, makeup, and hairstyles. I was also able to incorporate some of the music, films, television shows, Broadway shows, and political and social events of the era, including the AIDS epidemic. Id love to come full circle and play Janas funny, resilient, and fiercely loyal agent, Simon Huckby in film or television version!

The reviews have been amazing. For example: Porcelain Doll is Joe Cosentino at his finest. We are drawn back to the fashions and attitudes of the 1980’s in a character-driven story full of intrigue and passion.” Kirsty Vizard, Divine Magazine

Beautifully written and intensely detailed, Porcelain Doll is one not to be missed. Flirtatiously decadent with a strong moral undertone, set in a decade of extraordinary social change this is a story of its period that is as poignant today as it was then. Joe Cosentino controlled the emotions that the book encouraged with a deft but delicate touch. Suspenseful and mysterious, Porcelain Doll is a masterful creation, one that was impossible not to be affected by. Carol Fenton, BooksLaidBare Reviews

As another reviewer wrote, I use my insider knowledge of show business to devilish ends!

I hope you read PORCELAIN DOLL and let me know what you think. I love to hear from readers at http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com. You can also find out about my other books, including the Nicky and Noah mysteries (Drama Queen and Drama Muscle), where college theatre professors Nicky and Noah use their theatre skills to solve murders. Curtain up!

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PORCELAIN DOLL

A Jana Lane Mystery Novel – Book 2

 

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Is art imitating life in 1982? Jana Lane, ex-child star, is doing a comeback film about murder. When a crew member is killed on the set, it looks like Jana could be next. Thickening the plot is Janas breathtakingly handsome and muscular leading man, Jason Apollo, whose boyish, southern charms have aroused Janas interest on screen and off. Will Jana and Jason stop the murderer before the final reel, or end up on the cutting room floor in this fast-paced whodunit with a shocking ending?

 

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PRAISE FOR PORCELAIN DOLL

 

Porcelain Doll is Joe Cosentino at his finest. We are drawn back to the fashions and attitudes of the 1980’s in a character-driven story full of intrigue and passion.” Kirsty Vizard, Divine Magazine
Beautifully written and intensely detailed, Porcelain Doll is one not to be missed. Flirtatiously decadent with a strong moral undertone, set in a decade of extraordinary social change this is a story of its period that is as poignant today as it was then. Joe Cosentino controlled the emotions that the book encouraged with a deft but delicate touch. Suspenseful and mysterious, Porcelain Doll is a masterful creation, one that was impossible not to be affected by. Carol Fenton, BooksLaidBare Reviews

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

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Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery, Porcelain Doll and Satin Doll Jana Lane mysteries (The Wild Rose Press); Drama Queen (Best LGBT Mystery of the Year in Divine Magazines Readers Choice Awards for 2015) and Drama Muscle Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press); Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (Nine Star Press); In My Heart (An Infatuation & A Shooting Star), A Home for the Holidays, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreampinner Press); and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie ODonnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are ChinaDoll a Jana Lane mystery (The Wild Rose Press) and Drama Cruise a Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best LGBT Author of the Year in Divine Magazines Readers Choice Awards for 2015.

 

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Welcome, Susan Lynn Solomon!

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The Magic of Murder

 

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When his partner is discovered in a frozen alley with eight bullets in his chest, Niagara Falls Police Detective Roger Frey swears vengeance. But Detective Chief Woodward has forbidden him or anyone else on the detective squad to work the case. Emlyn Goode knows Roger will disobey his boss, which will cost him his job and his freedom. Because she cares for him more than she’ll admit, she needs to stop him. Desperate, she can think of but one way.

Emlyn recently learned she’s a direct descendent of a woman hanged as a witch in 1692. She has a book filled with arcane recipes and chants passed down through her family. Possessed of, or perhaps by a vivid imagination, she intends to use these to solve Jimmy’s murder before Roger takes revenge on the killer. But she’s new to this “witch thing,” and needs help from her friend Rebecca Nurse, whose ancestor also took a short drop from a Salem tree. Also in the mix is a rather hefty albino cat (Elvira detests being called fat). Rebecca’s not much better at deciphering the ancient directions, and while the women and the cat stumble over spell after spell, the number possible killers grows. They’d better quickly come up with a workable spell: when Chief Woodward’s wife is shot and a bottle bomb bursts through Emlyn’s window, it becomes clear she’s next on the killer’s list.

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What People Are Saying

 

“This book pulled me right in. I think it must have been the fact that Susan Lynn Solomon puts her characters first. The story revolves around the murder of a Niagara Falls Police officer… The adventure that ensues is absolutely entertaining and well-written. It is funny, exciting, and fast-paced. Every character has depth and is…believable. The Magic of Murder is one fun read and is definitely worthy of all 5 stars.”
Frederick Crook, author, Of Knight & Devil

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Suspense, humor, compelling characters, a dash of the supernatural dating back to Salem, a powerful sense of place, and Emlyn Goode, a passionate and determined woman new to witchcraft and murder. Susan Lynn Solomon captures both the city of Niagara Falls and its quirkiest resident, an unusual sleuth. The magic of Murder is a winner ad, we hope, only the first appearance of Emlyn Goode.
Gary Earl Ross, author of Blackbird Rising and the Edgar Award-winning Matter of Intent

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About The Author

 

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Formerly a Manhattan entertainment attorney, and then a contributing editor to the quarterly art magazine SunStorm Fine Art, Susan Lynn Solomon now lives in Niagara Falls, New York, where she is in charge of legal and financial affairs for a management consulting firm.

After moving to Niagara Falls she became a member of Just Buffalo Literary Center’s Writers Critique Group, and since 2009 a number of her short stories have appeared in literary journals, including, Abigail Bender (awarded an Honorable Mention in a Writer’s Journal short romance competition), Witches Gumbo, Ginger Man, The Memory Tree, Elvira, Second Hand, Sabbath (nominated for 2013 Best of the Net by the editor of Prick of the Spindle), and Kaddish.

Her latest short stories are Going Home, which appeared in the October 19 issue of Flash Fiction Press, Captive Soul, which is included in Solstice Publishing’s Halloween anthology, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, Volume 1, and Yesterday’s Wings, about a woman searching for the courage of her past, appears in the October 2015 edition of, Imitation Fruit.

Susan Lynn Solomon’s new Solstice Publishing novel, The Magic of Murder, is available at Amzon.Com

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