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Killed in Escrow:
A Lauren Vellequette Mystery

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Maggie's Mechanics: Murder & Mayhem Mixed with Love

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Killer Storm:
A Jo Spence Mystery

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Big Noise:
A Jo Spence Mystery

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Dead Ahead:
A Jo Spence Mystery

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Silent Words


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Bound Together: Like the Grasses

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The Dark Honey:
New & Used Poems

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Under the Influence of Lilacs


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By Heart: A Mother's Story of Children and Learning at Home

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Killed in Escrow

Book #1 in the Lauren Vellequette Mystery Series

by Jennifer L. Jordan

Featured in Curve Magazine!

Trade paper, 244 pp, $15.95
Print ISBN: 978-0-9846570-8-7

Digital edition ISBN: 978-0-9846570-9-4

Fiction / Lesbian Mystery

Killed in Escrow introduces Jennifer L. Jordan's second lesbian mystery series, following her popular Kristin Ashe series.

Disillusioned with her real estate career and life in general, Lauren Vellequette follows her dream of venturing into private investigation.

She cracks cases with the help of Rollie Austin, a 65-year-old seasoned private eye with a love for surveillance gadgets, and Sasha Fuller, a 17-year-old intern who introduces new employment demands on a daily basis. Together, the three women spend more time propping each other up than they do unraveling mysteries.

As much as Lauren wants to leave behind the deadening drudgery of real estate, she finds herself investigating its unscrupulous elements with a new passion—a passion for justice—in search of a murderer.

Killed in Escrow is a quick-paced, engaging, and humorous novel by two-time Lambda Literary Awards finalist Jennifer L. Jordan. For more information and to read excerpts from her books, visit jenniferljordan.com.

Listen to an interview with Jennifer on The Liz McMullen Show.

Chosen as a finalist for the Golden Crown Literary Awards in the Mystery/Thriller category!

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Watch for the second Lauren Vellequette mystery, Under Contract, to be released in spring 2016.

2013 Releases

Maggie's Mechanics book coverMaggie's Mechanics

Mystery & Mayhem Mixed with Love

by Sheila J. Connolly

Trade paper, 325 pp, $16.95
Print ISBN: 978-0-9846570-5-6

Digital edition ISBN: 978-0-9846570-6-3

Fiction / Lesbian Mystery

The opening scene in this story, set in California during the early 1980s, instantly propels readers into the world of Maggie McIntyre, a woman whose occupation as an auto mechanic makes her unusual and something of a mystery—especially to Bett Holman, the young lesbian who has fallen in love with her.

Maggie is injured as she tries to rescue a man caught up in a roadside explosion. Could the victim be her friend Scotty? Or has he simply disappeared into the night?

In the days that follow, Maggie relies on the survival skills she honed as an orphaned child and young adult.

But falling in love complicates things. And Bett, who has turned her back on healing as a way of life, now finds that she must turn again, taking huge risks in the process, to help Maggie heal on many different levels.

Chosen as a finalist for the Rainbow Awards!

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Also available as an ebook for the Kindle or Nook.

Or order from Bella Books.

Bound Together: Like the Grasses

“These things happen . . . the soul’s bliss and suffering are bound together like the grasses.” — Jane Kenyon

Poems by

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Candace Ginsberg
Ann Floreen Niedringhaus
Ellie Schoenfeld
Anne Simpson

Winner of the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry.

For sixteen years, we have met monthly over dinner, sharing our lives, the mundane and the sacred, sharing our words.The evolution and bonding of a writing group remains a mystery. Ours grows out of an atmosphere of affirmation, raucous laughter, and gentle challenge. Life stories, ordinary and profound experiences and insights, are shared. Distinct writing styles and philosophies express each individual's unique search for understanding, for a patch of ground to stand on in the wind. 

Walking together through time and transitions, through the dark struggles, and the surprise of joy, has woven the scattered sands of our lives together and given strength to each of our individual voices.

Trade paper, 156 pp., $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-9846570-7-0

October 2013

Poetry Anthology

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Listen to Ellie Schoenfeld reading four poems from this collection on KUMD's public radio program "Women's Words," October 20, 2013.