My guest today is Nancy J. Cohen, 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 her new paranormal 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.
How many of you wish you could have made another choice in life, whether of a mate or a career or another aspect of your existence?
We’re always making choices since there’s no straight path for any of us. Life consists of choices like branches of a tree or a fork in the road. Multiverse believers might even state that you exist in multiple dimensions, having taken all those different routes.
In Shear Murder, my tenth Bad Hair Day mystery featuring Florida hairstylist Marla Shore, weddings are the theme, although you could say second choices are a huge part of this. Marla is engaged to Detective Dalton Vail when she attends her friend Jill’s wedding as a bridesmaid. At the reception, Marla discovers the matron of honor dead under the cake table. Is the bride as innocent as she seems?
Jill has given everyone the impression that this is her first marriage. However, an earlier slip of the tongue by the victim makes Marla wonder if Jill has purposefully mislead her. What secret is Jill harboring that she wanted her sister, the matron of honor, to keep? Could it be that a second choice is involved here, one that Jill doesn’t want to smudge with reminders of her past?
Marla’s upcoming nuptials will be her second marriage, and she has nothing to hide about it. She’s overjoyed to devote her life to Dalton and his teenaged daughter, Brianna. Letting go of her past hasn’t been easy. For years, a tragic event that occurred when Marla was nineteen scarred her against having a family of her own. She’d married the attorney who helped her get through that ordeal, but she ended up divorcing him. Dalton has given her a second chance at happiness.
She’s helped him as well. Grieving over his dead first wife, he hadn’t changed a thing in his home when she met him. Gradually, her love helped him move past his grief to embrace the future.
All of these characters have a second chance at love. Marla atones for her mistakes, realizing she’s a good person and still has much to contribute. She becomes a better person, making wiser choices as she matures.
Making a second choice often means letting go of past baggage to leap ahead and grasp new opportunities. Whether it’s a career move, a love interest, or another aspect of life, we’ve all made these choices. I went from being a clinical nurse specialist to a novelist.
What second choice have you made?
Who knew weddings could be murder? Hairstylist Marla Shore is weeks away from becoming a bride herself when she walks down the aisle as a bridesmaid at her friend Jill’s ceremony. Things take a turn for the worse when the matron of honor ends up dead, the cake knife in her chest. Now what will they use to cut the cake?
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