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Thursday, April 4, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets by Ellen Mansoor Collier

The title of this book grabbed me right away when I got the email about this cover reveal and I was curious. The book is set during America's Jazz Age and I think both the title and the cover reflect that very well. Before I share the cover with you, let me tell you about the book and its author.

Ellen Mansoor Collier is a Houston-based freelance magazine writer whose articles and essays have been published in several national magazines, including: FAMILY CIRCLE, MODERN BRIDE, GLAMOUR, BIOGRAPHY, COSMO, PLAYGIRL, etc. Several of her short stories have appeared in WOMAN'S WORLD. A flapper at heart, she’s the owner of DECODAME, specializing in Deco to retro vintage items (www.art-decodame.com). 

Formerly she's worked as a magazine editor, 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. During college, she once worked as a cocktail waitress, a short-lived experience since she was clueless about cocktails. "FLAPPERS, FLASKS AND FOUL PLAY" was her first novel. She lives in Houston 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 Prohibition."
 
 
Book Blurb from the author ~
 It’s 1927 in Galveston, Texas—the “Sin City of the Southwest.” Jasmine (“Jazz”) Cross is an ambitious 21-year-old society reporter for the Galveston Gazette who tries 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. The last thing Jazz wants to do is compare make-up tips with ditzy dames competing in the “International Pageant of Pulchritude and Bathing Girl Revue.”

She’d rather help solve the murders of young prostitutes who turn up all over town, but city officials insist on burying the stories during Splash Day festivities. After Jazz gets to know the bathing beauties, she realizes there’s a lot more to them than just pretty faces and figures. Jazz becomes suspicious when she finds out the contest is sponsored by the Maceos, ruthless 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—an impossible task that could compromise both of their jobs and budding romance. While Agent Burton gives her the cold shoulder, she fends off advances from Colin Ferris, an attractive but dangerous gangster who threatens Sammy as well as Burton. In the end, she must risk it all to save her friends from a violent killer hell-bent on revenge. Inspired by actual events.


Publication date:  April 2013
Genre: New Adult Jazz Age Mystery

The cover is very reminiscent of artwork of the Jazz era, I really like it. 

9 comments:

  1. Many thanks for the nice words re: BATHING BEAUTIES, on sale 4/28! Please check it out
    on Goodreads, along with the first book in the series, FLAPPERS, FLASKS AND FOUL PLAY. Enjoy!
    Best, Ellen

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  2. Yeah, the cover definitely reflects the title, blurb, and time period very well. I love the artwork.

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  3. Cool cover and it sounds like an interesting mystery!

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  4. Thanks so much, ladies! I found the artwork and my brother designed both covers---didn't he do a great job?
    Ellen

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    1. He did indeed. The covers are eye-catching.

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    2. Thanks, Bea--glad you like the covers! I'll be glad to send you a review copy of FLAPPERS and BEAUTIES when you have time to read again. Thanks again for the cover reveal!
      Best, Ellen

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  5. I love the cover and this time period is such a interesting era to read about. Thanks for sharing this one Bea:)

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  6. I am on a historical kick lately and I know very little about the Jazz era so this would be a fun and educational read. I will be on the lookout for it.

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    1. Thanks, Heidi! Why don't you check out FLAPPERS, FLASKS AND FOUL PLAY, the first in the series?
      Enjoy!
      Best, Ellen

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