Thursday, May 9, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Nancy Cohen

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I write romance and mysteries and have 18 published works in my repertoire. My humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series features hairstylist Marla Shore, who operates a salon in sunny South Florida. When not cutting and coloring people’s hair, she solves crimes along with hunky Detective Dalton Vail. Shear Murder is the tenth and latest title in this series.

My wild side urges me to write romantic adventure, and so I’ve written five futuristic/scifi romances. These have won the HOLT Medallion Award and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. Currently I write The Drift Lords Series which takes place in a contemporary setting and involves Norse mythology, magic, romance and danger. Warrior Rogue is book #2 in this series.

The Drift Lords are a team of space warriors who are called to duty whenever a breach occurs in the space-time continuum. Usually these rifts involve an old enemy, the Trolleks. This time, the Trolleks have devised a means to open the rifts themselves, rather than it being a natural event. Anomalies occur at these sites, like the Bermuda Triangle. Due to an unforeseen ally aiding the Trolleks, the Drift Lords cannot repel this latest invasion on their own. According to prophecy, they must join with a select group of Earth women whose special powers can defeat the enemy. If they fail, Ragnarok—the end of times—will occur and the multiverse will be destroyed.

Each book in this series features the story of one Drift Lord and his destined mate. They may be working toward an overall team goal, but the main characters have personal issues to overcome, and each volume holds its own in terms of a happy ending.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

The action in
Warrior Rogue starts in Tokyo and then moves to Hong Kong, Manhattan, and Palm Beach. I’ve been to all of those places and used my travel diaries to help me set the scenes. The hero—Paz Hadar—is stranded in a strange land, unable to contact his team, and lacking his equipment and weapons. Jennifer Dyhr, an American woman he meets in Tokyo, offers him a ride to the States in her business jet, but along the way they are assaulted mid-air. Jen and Paz get into one scrape after another, all the while trying desperately to get home.

My research involved such interesting topics as Chinese junks, sea serpents, dragons, theme parks, alchemy, electromagnetic weapons, and more. It’s fun to write a story where anything can happen to the characters within the parameters of my imaginary world. It becomes so real that you fear the next person you meet might be a Trollek. And if these creatures, who look human, touch your skin, you become their mind slave. That’s one reason why the Drift Lords need their mates. The prophesied six Earth women are immune to this mind spell and kissing them transfers their immunity. Does this give the Drift Lords an excuse for intimacy, or what?

Are you a mom (or parent)? If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

Yes, I have two children. They are grown and living independently. When they were babies, I wrote during their nap time. Later, I wrote when they were in school. You find time by making writing a priority.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

All the time! My personal experiences are often incorporated into my stories. My travels are reflected in the places where Jen and Paz find themselves, and I’m always putting situations I’ve experienced into my books.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

While struggling to get home, Jen and Paz both have things to learn along the way. She has to accept herself rather than the sophisticated image her mother wishes for her. Paz has to take a leap of faith and trust himself. The character growth is just as important as the fast-paced story. Overall, the lesson they learn is that some risks are worth taking.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I like watching period costume dramas on TV. I’m a fan of Downton Abbey. I also like to read historical romance and mystery, but I’d never want to write one.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

Reading, movies, fine dining, outlet shopping, cruising, meeting friends for lunch.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

Warrior Lord is book #3. Lord Magnor, a Tsuran swordsman, is assigned the task of locating the fabled Book of Odin. Therein lies a clue to the destruction of the Trolleks. Magnor starts out at the Viking Vegas Resort where he’s received a tip the book may be found. As soon as he enters the casino, he zeroes in on the woman he’s destined to meet. Here’s where I had some fun. Vegas is the place for spur-of-the-moment weddings, right? What if he finds himself hitched to this woman, a perfect stranger? And what if she gets caught up in his troubles with the Trolleks? The story was a blast to write. I have one more stage of proof-reading to go before turning it in.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

My favorite has to be Marla Shore, my fictional hairstylist and sleuth. I am her in many ways, although she is braver than me and has skills with hair that I totally lack. Marla has matured through the ten books in the series, so she grows and changes like a real person. Many of my personal experiences make their way into her life. Her friends and family have become my friends.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in

Coming next is Hanging By A Hair, #11 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries. And then I expect my 20th book to be Warrior Lord, #3 in the Drift Lords Series. I’ve already planned a research trip for Bad Hair Day #12. Then I’ll have to work on Drift Lord #4. It refreshes me to alternate genres.

What is in your To Be Read pile?

First on the list are books by my fellow authors at Booklover’s Bench. I’ve teamed up with several other writers to offer contests and excerpts at My plan is to read at least one book by each team member. Otherwise, I have favorite author’s books on my TBR shelf and new authors to try. Too many books, not enough time. Generally, I read genre fiction—paranormal or historical romance, scifi/fantasy, and cozy mysteries.

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Warrior Rogue
The Drift Lords Series Book Two
Nancy J. Cohen

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date of Publication: April 26, 2013

Trade: 978-1-61217-739-7
Digital: 978-1-61217-740-3

Number of pages: 410
Word Count: 100,688

Cover Artist: Tamra Westberry


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. 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 the lovely Jen is as much a challenge as keeping them both alive.


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.

About the Author:

Nancy J. Cohen is an award-winning author of eighteen romance and mystery novels. Her humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series features hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several of these titles have made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list.

Shear Murder is the tenth and latest title in this series. Nancy's imaginative romances have also proven popular with fans. Her paranormal romance titles have won the HOLT Medallion Award and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews.

Warrior Rogue, #2 in the Drift Lords Series, is her latest title 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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