244 PAGES Paperback, Kindle, ePub
LIFE IN UPSCALE VENICE CANALS COMMUNITY TAKES AN OMINOUS TURN
Retired doctor Al Shady and his wife Barbara Vice President and Treasurer of the Venice Canals HOA, disappear after a meeting. The cops are on it, but looking in all the wrong places. Get ready for characters from different books in this series to come together to dig the dirt. As fate would have it, Cameron Harson from GETTING EVEN, RIPOFF AND PAYBACK and former FBI agent turned author Danny Garrett from BUMPING OFF FAT VINNY, are neighbors who didn't know each other. A mutual friend and neighbor--89-year-old retired Colonel Michael Thompson introduces them at an HOA meeting. On their walk home, something looks suspicious at the Shady home on the other side of the canal. They cross over the bridge to investigate and find the house door ajar, the house is in a shambles and the Shadys missing. With their backgrounds in investigating crimes, they are tempted to see what they can uncover, but should they? With Cameron's friend Kate Steele, CEO of FraudBusters, visiting from San Francisco and Danny's friend, co-author and fellow sleuth Margaret Stanton, how can they resist? They delve into things that the cops won't, and find plenty but in the process risk getting in the way of Federal agencies! Twists and turns make this a fun meeting of the minds with a surprise ending.
THE AWARD-WINNING SILVER SISTERS MYSTERY SERIES
WRITERS' TRICKS OF THE TRADE
236 Pages Paperback, Kindle, ePub
FILLED WITH TIPS AND TECHNIQUES YOU CAN USE RIGHT AWAY
Writers Tricks of the Trade was inspired by the popular Writers Tricks of the Trade online column that ran for three years.
It contains a little about a lot, sort of like the appetizer table at a writing buffet. It is packed with tips, techniques and tricks--every chapter has something you can use immediately-- and it is all written in lively, entertaining prose.
For technique, general information, reference and inspiration on those days when writers bloc strikes, it is a valuable addition to any aspiring or published writer's bookshelf. If you are a beginning writer, learn from author Morgan St. James' own experiences, successes and backfires.
VANISHING ACT IN VEGAS
292 Pages, Paperback, Kindle, ePub, Audio
WHAT SECRET IS THE BEAUTIFUL MAGICIAN "MARA THE MAGNIFICENT" HIDING?
A fun-filled Silver Sisters escapade in "Sin City"... Godiva's son Torch buys a condo in Las Vegas, and his grandmother Flossie and great uncle Sterling decide to pay him a visit. The old vaudeville magicians drag him to the Pageant of Peacocks starring sexy Mara the Magnificent and it's love at first sight. The romance blossoms but when Torch returns from a meeting in L.A., Mara seems cold and distant. Goldie, Godiva, Flossie and Sterling take a trip to visit him and while attending Mara's show, a stagehand dies during the performance. Mara is convinced its murder. Flossie and Sterling uncover a diabolical plot and come close to doing a disappearing act of their own! Twists, turns, murder and
mayhem. Just when you think you've solved it, something else happens.
A CORPSE IN THE SOUP
272 Pages Paperback, Kindle, ePub, Audio
A WILD, FUNNY ROMP THROUGH THE GLITZY WORLD OF TV CHEFS IN SEARCH OF A KILLER
When Godiva Olivia DuBois, a.k.a. G.O.D. - an advice columnist from Beverly Hills - takes her niece Chili to a taping of the TV cooking show Flirting with Food she's selected from the audience as a food taster - and winds up in the hospital with food poisoning. Chili's mother, Goldie Silver, an 'aging hippie' living in Alaska, already sensed trouble through a psychic bond with her twin and immediately hopped on a plane to California. Together these two wisecracking amateur sleuths try to solve the 'who's sabotaging the cooking show' mystery - with the help of their 80 year old mother Flossie and their Uncle Sterling - both former Vaudeville magicians
A HANDBOOK FOR WRITERS AT ALL CAREER STAGES
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CONFESSIONS OF A COUGAR
242 Pages Paperback, Kindle, ePub
3 WEEKS IN ENGLAND AND LOTS OF GORGEOUS YOUNG ENGLISHMEN
Audrey's "wheeler-dealer" millionaire boyfriend sent her and Audrey's best friend Susan to England, all expenses paid after Susan's husband died. He leased a cottage in Surrey, sight unseen and said, "What could be more perfect than having you and Susan check it out for me?"
Of course, Audrey is excited beyond belief but doesn't know he has an ulterior motive. The taxi driver pulls up in front of what looks as foreboding as a haunted house. What might have been a disaster for these 42-year-olds, turns into an adventure beyond anything they imagined. After they hook up with two handsome young Bobbies at Leeds Castle for a night of passionate lovemaking, the friends throw caution to the wind, forget about age, boyfriends at home and Susan even stops thinking about her dead husband. For three glorious weeks Sue and Audrey travel around England and Holland on Bob's dime, get into hilarious situations and rack up enough encounters with young men to officially qualify as cougars. Inspired by true experiences.
MURDER ON THE MENU
268 Pages, Paperback, Kindle, ePub
THERE ARE A RASH OF MURDERS WHEN GOLDIE'S DAUGHTER MOVES TO PORTLAND
Goldie Silver's daughter Chili Pepper receives a phone call from her high school boyfriend, Roscoe Bean, and a fantastic offer to move to Portland Oregon to become Executive Chef at a new restaurant. Is it worth it for her to leave her career on the Flirting With Food TV show? You bet it is. The new restaurant is owned by Jordan Jambon, who has just been named as one of the top 20 chefs in the country. What she doesn't anticipate is a rash of murders, all in the Pettygrove mansion where she and Roscoe plus Jambon, her Alaskan friend Ozzie and a seemingly innocent girl from Minnesota named Willow are roommates. The plot deepens in every chapter, and, like every Silver Sister Mystery, the ending is a twist.
DIAMONDS IN THE DUMPSTER
294 Pages, Paperback, Kindle, ePub, Audio
MAYHEM TURNS TO MURDER ON THE AURORA BOREALIS
It’s trouble at sea when eighty-year old Flossie and Sterling Silver are invited on a relaxing cruise. Goldie’s husband, Captain Red Pepper, has arranged a free trip on the Aurora Borealis so they can mingle with magicians during the Magic on the High Seas cruise. Goldie thinks it’s a great idea and her twin sister, Godiva, sees it as a chance to keep the old folks out of trouble while she spends time with her new boyfriend, Dexter Diamond.
Magic turns to mayhem when one of the star magicians is murdered on board and Uncle Sterling becomes a suspect. The FBI gets involved and soon the whole Silver family is caught up in the search for an international jewel thief. How will the feisty octogenarians get out of hot water this time? When can Goldie Silver return to her quiet antique shop in Juneau? Will advice columnist, Godiva Olivia DuBois, find true love this time around?
TERROR IN A TEAPOT
258 Pages Paperback, Kindle, Audio
RUSSIANS ON THE RAMPAGE, MISSING TEAPOTS, OLD MAGICIANS AND MURDER
Twin sleuths Goldie and Godiva, are at it again-tracking seven stolen teapots from Alaska to LA. Why are the teapots worth killing for? What are the thugs really after? Will they get away with murder? The ladies from the Russian Orthodox church who ordered one for their retiring priest are driving her crazy, his young replacement is murdered. That's just the tip of the iceberg in quiet little Juneau! The twins and their eighty-one year old mother and uncle, former vaudeville magicians, must solve the secret contained in those deadly teapots before more people die. Let the chase begin.
CAN WE COME IN AND LAUGH, TOO?
150 Pages Paperback, Kindle, ePub
GROWING UP AS THE YOUNGEST OF 10 IN AN IMMIGRANT FAMILY IN THE EARLY 1900s
This isn't a book filled with jokes, but with slices of life in a bygone era.
Rosetta's family didn’t have much money, but the riches of their zany antics and laughter overflowed into the neighborhood.
Born in 1909, Rosetta was the youngest of a family of ten children. Rosetta's memoir, written when she was 80, takes the reader from her childhood as the baby in a zany family through events like World War II all the way up to 1989. She passed away in 2006 as she neared her 97th birthday, and her love of laughter and dancing continued throughout her long life. One of her fondest childhood memories was when neighbors knocked at their door, saying, “Can we come in and laugh with you?” TRUE STORY
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THE REVENGE IS FUN SERIES
288 PAGES Paperback, Kindle, ePub
WHO'S RIPPING OFF THE FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM, AND HOW?
A funny crime caper with a diabolically clever scam. Thirty-something Kimberly was living the good life with a great executive job, a wardrobe to die for, and a hot young boyfriend. until her company went bankrupt and her boy-toy took off with her money. After she accepts a job with the Federal prison system, she and her sidekicks are faced with not only a "whodunit" but a "howdunit" Manufacturing in Federal prisons is BIG business--nearly a Billion Dollars a year and that is true! A plan to embezzle millions was going fine until these down-on-their-luck women were hired and red flags went up. Get ready for a mind-blowing romp. ***IMAGINE CHARLIE'S ANGELS STARRING IN 9 TO 5 MEETS THE FIRST WIVES CLUB!*** The three amateur sleuths lead the reader on a merry chase filled with twists, turns and backfires and they wind up knee deep in trouble.
BUMPING OFF FAT VINNY
226 Pages, Paperback, Kindle, Audio
THREE AUTHORS SCHEME TO KILL THEIR OBNOXIOUS PUBLISHER
Introducing the second set of sleuths in the Revenge is Fun series.
A lighthearted look at the attempts three authors make to do away with a scoundrel who seemingly has more lives than a cat, and confirms the old adage that the best laid plans of mice and men sometimes do go astray.
The authors were contracted to write the true story of Maria Mancuso, widow of murdered Mob boss Tony “The Nose,” but publisher "Fat Vinny" Vitali refused to accept the manuscript as written. Instead, he demanded the authors actually solve the murder of “The Nose,” and threatened to hold the project in limbo until they gave in to his demands. After several tense meetings with Fat Vinny and consultation with an attorney, the authors conclude the only way out of their publishing contract is if Fat Vinny dies. The more obnoxious he became, the more convinced they were they might have to help Vinny's "untimely" demise. The fun begins when the three writers become murder conspirators, in what they believe will be a foolproof effort to save their book and the movie deal.
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258 PAGES Paperback, Kindle, ePub
SCAMS, INTRIGUE, MAYHEM AND MURDER ALL OVER AGAIN FOR OUR TRIO
Join Kimberly, Ever since Cameron Harsen was fired by voicemail after ten years with the Century City advertising firm of Reid/Cunningham years before, she vowed she would get even with them. She had grabbed a job with the Federal Association of Criminal Reform where she met best friends Kim and Kate. Now Cami has her own award-winning advertising firm and it is payback time. She put all of her talent into stealing their accounts right and left but, her former bosses weren’t taking it sitting down. Every time she stole one of their clients, Tyler Cunningham, the old goat, tried to make life miserable for her. As if that wasn’t enough, Kim came to visit from D.C. with an agenda far more than just a friendly visit--an undercover assignment related to money laundering. Kate, now the CEO of Fraud Busters, was hot on the trail of a new fraud and in meetings for a movie about her life story. Can it get any crazier? You bet it can. Before she knew it, Cami’s problems took a back seat. The three friends find themselves knee-deep in danger when Kim convinces them to team up like they did a few years back and help with her undercover assignment for Homeland Security.
Short story - Prequel to the series - Kindle and ePub only
THE EVENTS THAT LED UP TO BOOK 1 "RIPOFF" AND THE BEGINNING OF THE SERIES
KIMBERLY MARTIN thought her day couldn't get any worse. In the span of a heartbeat she went from riding high to the depths of despair. She felt like a triumphant empress returning to her minions until she opened her office door to a scene of utter chaos. Within minutes she went from Vice President of Finance to unemployed.
she thought her boy-toy lover would be at home to comfort her, only to find he flew the coop with her money, furniture and anything else he could grab while she was at a conference.
But,she wasn't one to take this sitting down. She would GET EVEN! She wasn't the only one who had been ripped off by this pretty boy. Enter the CONNED COUGARS -- women with a vengeance.
Inspired by true events
360 Pages Paperback, Kindle, ePub
ISBN 13: 978-1492885252
KIDNAPPED, RAPED AND LEFT FOR DEAD--BUT, SHE SURVIVED
Imagine waking up in a strange bedroom, bound and gagged. That's what happened to beautiful teenage ballerina protege Laurel Murphy after she was kidnapped and sold into a brothel. But Laurel didn't die. As she rebuilds her life and her spirit it is filled with high spots and with tragedy, but through it all she must deal with the need for revenge smashed deep within her soul. Then the unthinkable happens...
NO MORE CRYING ANGELS
239 Pages Paperback, Kindle, ePub
TRUE STORY - SURVIVING DESPITE OVERWHELMING ODDS
Bella Capo is not her given name, but who she has become. Bella grew up as the abused child of a well-to-do power broker with organized crime ties, a drug-addicted mother and a physically and sexually abusive brother. She divorced herself from emotions to survive until she could no longer even cry. She had a crying angel tattooed on her back to cry for her.
Bella spent much of her youth in foster homes, rehab facilities and for short periods of time on the street. None of this broke her spirit. She became a powerful woman in the after-hour club culture on Hollywood's famed Sunset Strip--a culture that included drugs, guns and crime. During this period, she says she "got in touch with her gangsta girl." It was a life she loved, but she made the mistake of marrying the wrong man. After the divorce, with her ex threatening her life, she got back in touch with that gangsta girl and became a white woman boss in the Crips.
Finally the fear for her life and that of her daughters became overwhelming and she fled into hiding under a victim protection program. She founded an online movement known as La Bella Mafia to help abuse victims who have endured what she has and worse. It grew to an international following and she and her "Bellas" have helped hundreds of victims through their love and personal knowledge of abuse.
THE MAFIA FUNERAL AND OTHER SHORT STORIES
136 Pages Paperback, Kindle, Audio, ePub
A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES BY MORGAN ST. JAMES - MANY AWARD-WINNERS
The Mafia Funeral, the title story, was inspired by a true incident that really happened to Morgan St. James.
When Susan attends the funeral of a young friend whose father was in the Mob, what happens at the church is like a scene from a funny movie complete with an irate priest and five shocked Jewish pallbearers.
Later a gangster from San Francisco mistakes her for the daughter of a Mafia mobster.
This collection of short stories has something for everyone. You'll laugh at the funny ones, try to solve the mysteries and feel your heart warm to others. The collection includes several of Morgan St. James's award-winning short stories--some fiction--some true. This is the perfect book to read when time is limited.
8 SUREFIRE SIGNS OF A JEWISH MOTHER
30 Pages Kindle, ePub ONLY
A COMICAL LOOK AT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN "OFFICIAL" JEWISH MOTHER
A Jewish Mother doesn't have to be Jewish, a mother or even a woman!
Just about everyone has heard oodles of jokes about Jewish Mothers. Comedians love them.
So, what really qualifies someone to be a Jewish Mother?
Morgan's mother was Jewish, but she would have been drummed out of the corps in a heartbeat for failing to conform. Outside of encouraging everyone to eat something—-her favorite saying was: you could stand to gain five pounds, honey—-I don’t think she would have made it past the first plateau as far as placing of guilt and practicing Jewish Standard Time are concerned. On the other hand, picture the character Marie on Everyone Likes Raymond. Now there was a bona fide candidate if I ever saw one. Sure she was supposed to be Italian, but so what. This woman was what would be called a Maven Jewish Mother. The best of the best!