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Elizabeth Cooke


WINNER OF 2015 PARIS BOOK FESTIVAL
"INTRIGUE AT A SMALL HOTEL"
Paris, France - June, 2016

WINNER OF 2015 PARIS BOOK FESTIVAL GENERAL FICTION
'Hotel' Series in the window of L'Hotel Eber-Mars
Paris, France - April, 2015



Violet Rose by Elizabeth Cooke

Violet Rose by Elizabeth Cooke

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  • Violet Rose is the first book in The Rose Trilogy, which is set on the East End of Long Island in a resort town on the East End. The palpable animosity between summer visitor and local resident is vividly depicted.

    The ocean itself is a metaphor for the love/hate turbulence in the lives of the characters. They encounter danger and lust. Malevolent storms beset them, both in tempests of weather and anguish of heart as the encroaching sea sweeps across their world.

    Elizabeth Cooke

    Still Life by Elizabeth Cooke

    Still Life by Elizabeth Cooke

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  • On a January day in 1927, Paris, Camille de St. Phalle, a young girl of seventeen is approached on the avenue by a prominent painter, aged forty-five, who desires to paint her portrait.

    The love story that ensues between the two is passionate, lasting nine years, producing a daughter, but Camille is cut off from family and friends and lives a nearly isolated life because of her choice. A series of startling events occur that bring Camille a fearful realization.

    Still Life is based on the true story of Picasso and Marie-Thèrése Walter. It is an imaginative rendition of what it must have been like for Camille to live in the orbit of an artist the stature of a Picasso.

    Elizabeth Cooke

    The Hotel Marcel Dining Club by Elizabeth Cooke

    The Hotel Marcel Dining Club
    By Invitation Only
    by Elizabeth Cooke

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  • The 7th book in the 'hotel series' by Elizabeth Cooke returns to the Hotel Marcel near the Eiffel Tower. Elizabeth, an American widow in her 60s, visits her favorite and frequent Paris refuge, to find Jean-Luc Marcel, the owner, at war with the Manager of The Majestic Hotel next door, over the problem that their splendid dining room, Fusion, is losing money. He blames Jean-Luc for bad-mouthing the establishment.

    'By Invitation Only' provides a sumptuous combination of romance, elegant food (with 'A Baker's Dozen Recipes For The Emotions' at the end of the book). It presents the rivalry between the Hotel Marcel and The Majestic, with an intentional poisoning of a Majestic client, an American dress designer, and the roué of a doctor treating her symptoms (much to her delight). There is a grand opening of a show of paintings by Elizabeth's lover at a gallery on rue St. Honore, and a new Dining Club established at Hotel Marcel. "A Small Hotel, Paris — Dinner By Invitation Only" shows Paris in all its glory and at its most delicious.

    Vive Paris et Bon Appetit!

    Elizabeth Cooke

    Intrigue at a Small Hotel by Elizabeth Cooke

    Intrigue at a Small Hotel by Elizabeth Cooke

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  • Intrigue at a Small Hotel is the 6th book in the series about the fictional Hotel Marcel, near The Eiffel Tower, in Paris. Elizabeth, an American widow in her 60's, pursues the adventures and passions of friends and strangers she encounters on her regular sojourns to the hostelry of which she is so fond.

    In "Intrigue", a vindictive woman from her past, tries to steal our heroine's identity. With the help of people who have come to know and care about Elizabeth, the malicious woman is confounded by a mysterious man who enters the picture and foils her wicked intent.

    Filled with suspense and devious schemes, there is laughter and love as well: seduction in a lavish hotel suite, a would-be marriage ceremony in a French chateau, and a surprise ending that leaves the reader enthralled.

    Elizabeth Cooke

    Rendezvous at a Small Hotel by Elizabeth Cooke

    Rendezvous at a Small Hotel by Elizabeth Cooke

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  • Rendezvous at a Small Hotel is the fifth volume in the exciting series about the Hotel Marcel in the city of Paris near The Eiffel Tower. Elizabeth, an American widow in her 60s, returns to the small hotel, as she does yearly. For her, it is a visit with a purpose--to reconnect with her artist lover, Brit, with whom she has lost contact. Her search leads her to the Normandy beaches and the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. In the wake of her pursuit, a number of adventures occur, involving a vindictive Qatari sheikh, a secret wedding, aiding and abetting the planting of illegal Italian grape seedlings at the château of her American friend, La Marquise de Chevigny, and a final rendezvous at the Hotel Marcel.

    The City of Light is Elizabeth's passion to which she is drawn every few months. In the sixth volume, entitled Intrigue at a Small Hotel, Elizabeth is troubled by a malicious woman from the past who seeks to ruin her life. Intrigue will be available in early 2016.

    Elizabeth Cooke

    A Tale of Two Hotels by Elizabeth Cooke

    A Tale of Two Hotels by Elizabeth Cooke

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  • Read Elizabeth Cooke's A Tale of Two Hotels, the fourth and final volume in her original and exciting series about the Hotel Marcel, a small hotel in the city of Paris.There is mischief, passion and of course love...and much, much more.

    Read a review of "A Tale of Two Hotels" at ReadersFavorite.com.

    Elizabeth Cooke

    The Hotel Next Door by Elizabeth Cooke

    The Hotel Next Door by Elizabeth Cooke

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  • Compelling intrigue and characters join Elizabeth, a New York City widow in her 60s, in There's a Small Hotel and its sequel, Secrets of a Small Hotel She returns to the small Hotel Marcel, in this, the third of the series. A new, five-star hotel, The Majestic, has been built directly next to the two-star Hotel Marcel, and an intense rivalry between the two explodes. A Qatari sheikh, member of the conglomerate that owns The Majestic, arrives with entourage, including his beautiful daughter who is determined to shed her burka. She does so, much to the outrage of her father, who blames the small hotel next door for harboring her. More drama occurs with new love in the life of the narrator; an extremely merry widow resident of apartment 1 across the avenue; Christmas and New Year's in Paris; and the continuing duel between Hotel Marcel and The Majestic. A fourth book, A Tale of Two Hotels, is in progress, to be released in the spring of 2015.

    Elizabeth Cooke

    Secrets of a Small Hotel by Elizabeth Cooke

    Secrets of a Small Hotel by Elizabeth Cooke

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  • Secrets of a Small Hotel is the on-going story of adventures taking place in the Hotel Marcel in Paris near the Eiffel Tower, a sequel to the original There's a Small Hotel, published in 2014. The narrator, an attractive American widow in her 60s, returns to find much has changed, not only in the lives of apartment residents across the street, but within the Hotel Marcel itself. She encounters a deceptive English woman involved in art fraud; a young African-American in search of his father; even a violent murder, partially seen by the narrator from her balcony. She also finds an unexpected and exciting romantic liaison, and witnesses the opening of a grand, new hotel next door, named The Majestic. Secrets of a Small Hotel takes place in the month of May in Paris. The narrator determines to come back again to the Hotel Marcel at Christmas, her adventures to be continued in a new book titled, The Hotel Next Door.

    Elizabeth Cooke

    There's a Small Hotel by Elizabeth Cooke

    There's a Small Hotel by Elizabeth Cooke

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  • There's a Small Hotel is a novel set in the Hotel Marcel in Paris near the Eiffel Tower. The narrator, an attractive American woman in her 60s, can see over the treetops from her balcony, a row of apartments, that when lighted from within at night, reveal vignettes of French domesticity, involving love affairs, violent dinner parties, fisticuffs, and the police. She becomes involved with the personalities within the hotel and across the street, and thrills to an unusual and exciting Paris sojourn.

    Elizabeth Cooke

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    How To Game People Without Even Trying: A Daughter's Legacy by Elizabeth Cooke

    How To Game People Without Even Trying: A Daughter's Legacy by Elizabeth Cooke

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  • "Cooke's narrative reads like poetry but it's neither verbose nor dismissive of the plot. There's murder and mystery in Cooke's tale. A surprisingly tender story of a daughter devoted to knowing her father, even posthumously." ~ Kirkus Reviews

    In the 1970s, international financier Saul Mammon is king. He's enigmatic, charismatic, and, one could argue, evil. Nobody plays the game like Saul. His obsessive motivations are practically erotic in nature. He got what he wanted when he wanted it without even trying, but a sensational life lived so precariously on edge can never last.

    He was once a young boy in New York, born to a modest family, with dreams of climbing the gilded ladder to riches and fame. He achieves all this and more with direct connection to leaders not only in the United States but also in the Soviet Union, Paris, and beyond. His only daughter, Sara, watches from the sidelines as her father inches ever closer to the world of power and deceit.

    Saul's brilliance and dark side eventually lead to his mysterious death and a rapid cover-up. Perhaps it was inevitable that such an ambitious man would fall, but Sara is haunted by questions, most of which will never be answered. Based on a true story, the rise and fall of Saul Mammon shows what happens when ambition turns malicious and when money is never enough.

    "How To Game People Without Even Trying" can also be purchased at SaturnBookSellers.com and IndieBound.org.

    Elizabeth Cooke

    A Shadow Romance by Elizabeth Cooke

    A Shadow Romance by Elizabeth Cooke

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  • The French have a saying that goes something like this: "The most exciting part of a sexual liaison is walking up the stairs." Elizabeth Cooke, a New Yorker born and bred, graduated Vassar, and the Sorbonne in Paris where she developed a lifelong devotion to art. She is the author of LIFE SAVORS, a memoir, and EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, a book celebrating six particular artists and the women they loved.

    Elizabeth Cooke

    Eye of the Beholder by Elizabeth Cooke

    Eye of the Beholder by Elizabeth Cooke

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  • Eye of the Beholder views six individual acclaimed artists in terms of the women they loved. That love is revealed through their work, and the arc of the relationships can be seen through their various paintings and sculptures.

    Elizabeth Cooke

    Life Savors by Elizabeth Cooke

    Life Savors by Elizabeth Cooke

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  • With the taste of cold, red salmon roe on a warm poached egg – With the scent of lilacs on a late-spring afternoon – With the sound of "Autumn Leaves" wafting from an open window – With the view of the curve of the earth from an airplane – With the touch of a loved one's hand – With all of these moments, one knows one is radiantly alive.

    Elizabeth Cooke

    Claudia Riess


    Love & Other Hazards by Claudia Riess

    Love & Other Hazards by Claudia Riess

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  • GLENDA FIELDSTON is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her seven-year-old daughter, ASTRID, who is inspecting the anatomically correct parts of a male statue. Glenda considers this an appropriate learning experience since Astrid, whose father is an anonymous sperm donor, has never seen a nude male. EUGENE LERMAN is walking by at a distance with his eight-year-old daughter, MEREDITH, a schoolmate of Astrid's. Meredith spots Astrid and is grossed out. Eugene has a prudish twinge. Glenda and Eugene, who have never met, engage in long-range cursory assessments, and the families go their separate ways.

    But not for long. Glenda, a consultant at a computer firm, is scheduled to upgrade the computer system of a medical publishing company, where Eugene, she discovers, is an editor. In the course of analyzing the system, Glenda uncovers signs of fraudulent activity and is charged with the task of finding its source. The process takes an extended period of time and brings Glenda and Eugene into close association.

    So begins a friendship fraught with complications. Glenda's independence is self-imposed and fierce. Eugene's was foisted on him by a wife who left him. Although Glenda's and Eugene's personal demons are incompatible, their longings are, confoundedly, in harmony. Their cautious friendship is further inhibited by past and present relationships, and it remains to be seen if they can break out of their set ways—and mind-sets—to make a break for uncharted love.

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    Claudia Riess
    Claudia Riess
    Claudia Riess

    Semblance of Guilt by Claudia Riess

    Semblance of Guilt by Claudia Riess

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  • SEMBLANCE OF GUILT is the story of ELLEN DAVIS, a recently divorced local reporter who is set up as the murderer of a new friend, and with the help of a detective on the case, PETE SAKURA, finds herself in a race against time to uncover the evidence that will save her.

    Ellen's husband has recently left her for another woman, and she is trying to reassert her independence. She starts writing for the local newspaper, where one of her assignments is to cover weekly items in the police blotter. When she travels to the station to pick up the information, she meets her contact, Pete, a handsome, witty Japanese-American, and she is immediately drawn to him. Another of Ellen's assignments is to cover recent additions to the community in her "Around The Town" column. It is through this task that she meets GRAHAM and SOPHIA CLARKE. He is an administrator at Columbia; she, his beautiful Greek wife. Ellen and Sophia become fast friends.

    While visiting Columbia one afternoon, Ellen inadvertently catches Graham in the company of another woman, and briefly investigates on Sophia's behalf. This innocent act proves to be the start of Ellen's undoing.

    For reasons unbeknownst to Ellen, Sophia begins to suspect that she and Graham are having an affair. Then, Sophia is found murdered and to all appearances, Ellen is the last person to have seen her alive. When her fingerprints are found on the murder weapon, she is arrested. Prior to her indictment and as her trial progresses, the evidence mounts against her. As it begins to point overwhelmingly to Ellen as the guilty party, she must take matters into her own hands and prove her innocence. As her efforts to save herself intensify, so do the romantic feelings she shares with Pete. It is a complex relationship with mysteries of its own, and can either save them both or lead to utter disaster.

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    Claudia Riess
    Claudia Riess
    Claudia Riess

    Stolen Light by Claudia Riess

    Stolen Light by Claudia Riess

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  • STOLEN LIGHT is a suspense novel set in the art world and involving the Italian Renaissance, the Cuban Revolution, as well as a love story.

    Cuba, 1958: the art collection of sugar plantation owner, American –born William Delaney, is seized. Delaney is killed during the incident, and his pregnant wife flees Cuba, never to look back.

    Now, over fifty years later, Delaney's wife dies, and his daughter, Helen Gilmore, intent on "knowing" the father whose life was shrouded in secrecy, is determined to restore what she can of his legacy. She seeks the help of young Art News writer, Erika Shawn, whose boss hooks her up with a more seasoned hand, art historian, Harrison Wheatley.

    What begins as an academic endeavor quickly changes character when Helen is brutally murdered and Erika is anonymously warned to give up her assignment. Undeterred, she continues her investigation, Harrison following suit.

    Their quest leads them to finding what may be a Michelangelo drawing; to unraveling a mystery over a half-century old; and to solving Helen's murder. Their sleuthing is complicated by their burgeoning passion, as irresistible and, in a sense, as threatening as their mission.

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    Claudia Riess
    Claudia Riess
    Claudia Riess

    Claudia Baca-Moore


    Awake Unto Righteousness by Claudia Baca-Moore

    Awake Unto Righteousness by Claudia Baca-Moore

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  • Very few born-again Christians understand that righteousness is a gift; a gift from God. Many of these same Christians are still trying to earn their righteousness through their own actions and performance. Their sense of acceptance by God is entirley based on their effort, but still, at the end of the day, they feel that they just don't measure up; filled with guilt condemnation, and shame. Inside the pages of AWAKE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS, however, the mystery jumps out of the shadows to reveal how through Christ's death on the cross, His burial and His glorious resurrection, God's FREE gift of righteousness has been imputed, (assigned to or given) to all who believe in Him.

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    Claudia Baca-Moore
    Claudia Baca-Moore
    Claudia Baca-Moore

    Revelations from Heaven by Claudia Baca-Moore

    Revelations from Heaven by Claudia Baca-Moore

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  • There is so much more to god than how traditional religion has portrayed Him. Life here on earth was never meant to be tolerated until we finally get to heaven. In great contrast, however, life was created to be "Lived & Celebrated"  each and every day! REVELATIONS FROM HEAVEN will encourage, ignite and empower you to see Him, and as you see Him, you will see yourself in Him ... and LIVE LIFE as never before!

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    Claudia Baca-Moore
    Claudia Baca-Moore
    Claudia Baca-Moore

    Sharleen Daugherty


    Double Doll: Turning Myself Upside Down by Sharleen Daugherty

    Double Doll: Turning Myself Upside Down by Sharleen Daugherty

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  • The title, "Double Doll: Turning Myself Upside Down", comes from a pivotal experience in my life. I was only eight-years-old when I received a rag doll with a Navajo face and body on one end, an Anglo body on the other. The doll became a symbol for my journey into the world of the Navajo and the manifestation of a childhood prayer, "Please God, turn me upside down and make me an Indian".

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    Sharleen Daugherty
    Sharleen Daugherty
    Sharleen Daugherty

    Pamela Litman


    My New Family and Me by Pamela Litman

    My New Family and Me by Pamela Litman

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  • One cold, snowy night, a special baby is born in a hospital. The nurses and doctors dress the baby in green pajamas with a green hood. Then they call a special couple, a man with red hair and his golden-haired wife, to tell them that the baby has been born. They want a baby to love and care for more than anything. Can this darling new baby with curly black hair be the child they long for?

    My New Family and Me is the heartwarming story of the unconditional love shared between adopted children and their adoptive parents.

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    Pamela Litman
    Pamela Litman
    Pamela Litman

    Michael Gray


    Falling on the Bright Side by Michael Gray

    Falling on the Bright Side by Michael Gray

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  • Like its residents, Larry is not thrilled to be working at a last-stop warehouse, and he hardly notices the human spirit flowing around him. Then he meets Bill, a clinical psychologist, lying comatose after a left hemisphere stroke, as his patient, Philip, listens to his moans. Through Philip's understanding of Bill's mutterings, an unlikely collaboration begins between Larry and Bill. With his wife and son out of town, covering Bill's counseling practice rejuvenates Larry confidence as a therapist and — at the nursing home — he starts to see residents and staff as fellow human beings.But old traumas (the drowning death of his brother and the disappearance of his father) run deep. Each step leads to further pitfalls.This is a novel about disability and the human depth that is left behind after the loss of physical and cognitive faculties. It is also a book about the power of forgiveness.

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    Michael Gray
    Michael Gray
    Michael Gray

    Mike Phipps


    Shadow of an Assassin by Mike Phipps

    Shadow of an Assassin by Mike Phipps

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  • Detective Angela Callahan is used to taking on the tough cases. The brutally disturbing cases that no sane cop would ever want and the fiendishly clever ones that those same cops can't solve. For the last five years, these cases have included tracking down and putting away serial killers. Methodical, maniacal, never stopping until they are caught or dead, killing machines. And so far, she's gotten them all.

    Her latest case is a strange one. Members of San Francisco's most violent street gang are being murdered by night. One at a time, each by a single, fatal stab to the heart. Seventeen victims so far. Angela has been put on the case along with a new partner, with orders to get it closed as quickly as possible. But she soon realizes that there is much more going on here than meets the eye. As Angela begins to unravel the hidden secrets of the gang, she discovers that there is something deep and dark going on right here in her own city. Playing major parts in it are a dirty politician who will stop at nothing to achieve his dreams and a government organization that no one is supposed to know even exists. Throw in the fact that she can trust no one, not even her own department, and she finds herself facing peril and betrayal at every turn. And the only way to survive may be to put her own life, in the hands of a cold-blooded killer.

    In this riveting thriller, a scrappy San Francisco detective must put everything on the line in an attempt to stop a vengeful killer's murderous rampage that could destroy the political world as we know it.

    Donald Risho


    A Voice in the Wind by Donald Risho

    A Voice in the Wind by Donald Risho

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  • A Voice In the Wind is a romantic novel dating back to that ill-fated period in history, the American Civil War. Fictional characters are placed into historical events with notable personalities. A variety of diverse individuals encounter one another and weave an intricate web of unforgettable episodes. Everyone in the story is reluctantly caught in the turmoil of that dismal period. The leading figure in this epic tale is a young, passive school teacher from New Hampshire, named David. Like so many others, he is unwittingly pulled into the great struggle between the North and the South. Throughout the story, David keeps a daily journal, at various times shared with the reader. He writes faithfully about his experiences before and after battle. Also, the worthy men and the villainous rogues that have touched his life. He shares his inner most thoughts. David is merely a voice in the wind in this timeless classic.

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