Monday, March 24, 2014

New Adult Mystery Giveaway + Cover Reveal!

Mystery. I don't know about you, but a good mystery always piques my interest. I'm what you might call a mystery fan. Nancy Drew? Yes. MONK? Oh, my goodness, YES! Ellen Mansoor Collier is a great writer friend of mine, and in the last couple of years she has penned some pretty awesome historical fiction/mystery novels in her Jazz Age Mystery series - Flappers, Flasks, and Foul Play and its sequel Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets. You gotta love titles that make alliteration work like that. Her books are set during the Roaring Twenties, when the Prohibition made everybody crazy and glitzy dresses and glamorous women were the norm. It was a romantic time. It was a gritty time. It was the perfect setting for Ellen's books. 

A seasoned writer, Ellen used her experience in the world of journalism and her fascination with Galveston, Texas, to create the story world for Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play. The sequel was released last year, and was equally as enticing, laced with just enough period slang and descriptions to make you feel as if you were really there with the main characters as the events in the novels unfolded. 

Today, you can win a paperback copy of Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets right here on GoodReads. 

But the most exciting news is that Ellen is sharing the first glimpse of the upcoming third installment of her Jazz Age Mystery series with us! Check out the vintage cover art: 
Artist: George Barbier (French Deco Artist)
Summary: After Agent Burton's life is threatened, Jasmine and her brother get tangled up in the dangerous world of high-stakes gambling.

I love the cover! You can get all of Ellen's books on Amazon, available on Kindle for just 2.99 and 3.99! It's a steal, let me tell you! Be sure to add Ellen's books to your to-be-read shelf on GoodReads

About Ellen 
Ellen Mansoor Collier is a Houston-based freelance magazine writer and editor whose articles and essays have been published in a variety of national magazines. Several of her short stories have appeared in Woman's World. During college summers, she worked as a reporter for a Houston community newspaper and as a cocktail waitress, both jobs providing background experience for her Jazz Age mysteries. 

A flapper at heart, she's worked as a magazine editor/writer, and in advertising and public relations (plus endured a hectic semester as a substitute teacher). She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Magazine Journalism and served on UTmost, the college magazine and as president of WICI (Women in Communications). FLAPPERS, FLASKS AND FOUL PLAY is her first novel, published in 2012, followed by the sequel, BATHING BEAUTIES, BOOZE AND BULLETS, released in May 2013. 

She lives in Houston with her husband and Chow mutts, and visits Galveston whenever possible. "When you grow up in Houston, Galveston becomes like a second home. I had no idea this sleepy beach town had such a wild and colorful past until I began doing research, and became fascinated by the legends and stories of the 1920s. Finally I had to stop researching and start writing, trying to imagine a flapper's life in Galveston during 
Buy Links:

Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets on Kindle | Flappers on Barnes & Noble | Bathing Beauties on B&N

Until the release of the third installment of Ellen's book, here's the synopsis on her most recent novel, Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets! 

"Boardwalk Empire" meets "Miss Universe" in 1927 Galveston, Texasthe "Sin City of the Southwest." Jasmine ("Jazz") Cross is an ambitious 21-year-old society reporter for theGalveston Gazette who wants to be taken seriously by the good-old-boy staff, but the editors only assign her fluffy puff pieces, like writing profiles of bathing beauties.
Jazz becomes suspicious when she finds out the “Bathing Girl Revue” is also sponsored by the Maceos, hard-boiled Beach Gang leaders and co-owners of the Hollywood Dinner Club, where the girls will perform before the parade and pageant. Worse, her half-brother Sammy Cook, owner of the Oasis, a speakeasy on a rival gang's turf, asks her to call in a favor from handsome Prohibition Agent James Burton: He wants Agent Burton to raid the Hollywood Club during the bathing beauties dance routine--or risk revenge from the Downtown Gang leader.
Meanwhile, Jazz fends off advances from Colin Ferris, an attractive but dangerous gangster who threatens Sammy as well as Agent Burton.
In the end, she must risk it all to save her friends from a violent killer hell-bent on vengeance. Inspired by actual events.

Writing Belle will let you know when Gold-Diggers, Gamblers and Guns releases. Stay tuned - and keep reading!


  1. Many thanks for featuring my new GAMBLERS cover--look for it in a month or so. The Goodreads giveaway for BATHING BEAUTIES ends April 1st--good luck! Best wishes on your newest release--thanks, Summer! Ellen

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