Thursday, April 4, 2013

{Cover Reveals} Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play & Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets by Ellen Mansoor Collier

Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play by Ellen Mansoor Collier
Publication Date: July 1st 2012
Genre: New Adult Jazz Age Mystery
"Gangster Squad" meets "The Great Gatsby" in this soft-boiled historical mystery, inspired by actual events. Rival gangs fight over booze and bars during Prohibition in 1920s Galveston: the "Sin City of the Southwest." Jazz Cross, a 21-year-old society reporter, feels caught between two clashing cultures: the seedy speakeasy underworld and the snooty social circles she covers in the Galveston Gazette.

During a night out with her best friend, Jazz witnesses a bar fight at the Oasis--a speakeasy secretly owned by her black-sheep half-brother, Sammy Cook. But when a big-shot banker with a hidden past collapses there and later dies, she suspects foul play. Was it an accident or a mob hit?

Soon handsome young Prohibition Agent James Burton raids the Oasis, threatening to shut it down if Sammy doesn't talk. Suspicious, he pursues Jazz, but despite her mixed feelings she refuses to rat on Sammy. As turf wars escalate between two real-life rival gangs, Sammy is accused of murder. Jazz must risk her life and career to find the killer, exposing the dark side of Galveston's glittering society.
Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets by Ellen Mansoor Collier
Publication Date: April 2013
Genre: New Adult Jazz Age Mystery
 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.
Ellen Mansoor Collier
Ellen Mansoor Collier is a Houston-based freelance magazine writer/editor whose articles, essays and short stories have been published in several national magazines. 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, where she enjoyed both coffee and colorful cocktails. A flapper at heart, she’s the owner of DECODAME, specializing in Deco to retro vintage items (
I absolutely just love doing cover reveals, spreading the word and helping out the authors but with this cover reveal I am a little bit confused. We are re-revealing the cover for the first book in this series, Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play and revealing the sequel’s cover, Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets.
So, the author decided to change the covers look and that’s cool but if you’re changing the first than why not make the second book cover match to newest cover for the first book? In my opinion I absolutely am more drawn to the original and the second book covers but the newest can warm up to me. However, if you’re changing it then you should most definitely change the second books cover too so we can see that they go together in a series.
What’s your opinion on this reveal?
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  1. Thanks for hosting FLAPPERS and BATHING BEAUTIES! I found this photo after my artist (my brother) designed BATHING BEAUTIES. The one-year anny is coming up and I thought it was perfect and wanted to do a re-release. FLAPPERS is still the same on Goodreads. Thanks again! Ellen

  2. @Ellen- Ah, i see, well I think that is a perfect time to do a re-reveal and I can't wait to see the new cover! ^_^

    You're very welcome!