Jan Bono

Biography

I am a retired teacher-turned-writer on the Long Beach Peninsula, tucked away in southwest corner of Washington state. I’ve written for Guidepost, Woman’s World, Byline and Star. I wrote a bi-weekly humorous personal experience newspaper column for over 10 years, garnering 11 state awards.

I'm a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, with more than 50 stories accepted for publication, putting me in their top 5 contributors, world-wide. I have won or placed in many local short story contests, and I won the grand prize for an Astoria, Oregon, newspaper murder-mystery serial contest.

The SYLVIA AVERY MYSTERY SERIES has been a long-held dream of mine, and it is now COMPLETE at 6 books: Bottom Feeders; Starfish; Crab Bait; Hook, Line, and Sinker; Oyster Spat; and Tsunami Warning. These humorous cozy mysteries all take place in SW Washington state.

Thanks for checking out my bio; You can learn more and keep up-to-date on my JanBonoBooks Facebook page.
I hope you enjoy my writing!
Jan

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Series

Sylvia Avery (Cozy) Mysteries
Sylvia Avery (Cozy) Mysteries It was crazy fun writing this 6-book series taking place on the SW Washington Coast, and I hope you enjoy reading it! A “cozy” contains NO graphic violence, NO obscene language, and NO explicit sex. The amateur sleuth works with the police department in a small town. They have a quirky cast of characters and lots of laughs! 1 Bottom Feeders Drug runners on the North Beach Peninsula are raising havoc from the tiny unsecured port of Unity to the Spartina Point Casino and Resort. 2 Starfish A TV movie crew provides the set for two distinctly different murders to occur, and the sheriff thinks they might be related. 3 Crab Bait A geriatric troupe of belly dancers are under suspicion of murdering their husbands to collect the life insurance money. 4 Hook, Line, & Sinker Several geriatric belly dancers explore online dating, and the sheriff tries to keep them safe. 5 Oyster Spat A decades old murder and a very recent one take place in the tiny town of Willoopah along the northern tide flats of Shallowwater Bay. 6 Tsunami Warning A kidnapping brings the events of the previous 15 months full circle.

Books

Pen Pals
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,200. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Delia Griswald's pen pal resided in the state penitentiary. Her soulmate was an inmate and her family disowned her. But Delia believed in second chances, and she and her pen pal grew closer, month by month—until she learned he was eligible for parole.
Is There Room in the Backyard for One More Body?
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,720. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A collection of 12 "murderous" short stories all taking place on the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington State wherein the women all plan their former sweetheart's demise and the men "all have it coming!"
Tsunami Warning, a Sylvia Avery Mystery, Book 6
Series: Sylvia Avery (Cozy) Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,050. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
A kidnapping sets the stage to bring the events of the previous 15 months full circle before it's resolved and the series is concluded.
Oyster Spat, a Sylvia Avery Mystery, Book 5
Series: Sylvia Avery (Cozy) Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,080. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
A decades old murder and a very recent one take place among the oyster men, and women, in the tiny town of Willoopah along the northern tide flats of Shallowwater Bay.
Hook, Line, and Sinker, a Sylvia Avery Mystery, Book 4
Series: Sylvia Avery (Cozy) Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,410. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Some of those same belly dancers who appeared in Crab Bait are now trying out online dating, and the sheriff does his best to keep them safe, despite their efforts to disregard his suggestions.
Crab Bait
Series: Sylvia Avery (Cozy) Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,380. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
The members of a geriatric troupe of belly dancers, The Veiled Rainbow, are all under suspicion of murdering their husbands to collect the life insurance money.
Starfish, a Sylvia Avery Mystery, Book 2
Series: Sylvia Avery (Cozy) Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,330. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
A made-for-TV movie crew hasn't shot the first scenes before two distinctly different murders occur, and the sheriff thinks there's cause to believe they actually might be related.
Bottom Feeders, a Sylvia Avery Mystery, Book 1
Series: Sylvia Avery (Cozy) Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,320. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Drug runners are on the North Beach Peninsula, raising havoc from the tiny unsecured port of Unity on the southern end to the Spartina Point Casino and Resort up north. The first of six books in this cozy mysteries series, Bottom Feeders takes place on the SW Washington Coast.
Back from Obesity: My 252-pound Weight-loss Journey
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,290. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Dieting, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction & recovery
(5.00 from 1 review)
I was 45 years old and weighed 396 pounds. Now I am 60, and weigh 144. This is the story of my journey from life-threatening morbid obesity to healthy weight maintenance without gastric bypass, lap band surgery, liquid fasting, diet pills, or extreme exercise. Let me inspire you with my experience, strength, and hope. Learn the tips, tricks and tools I used.
It's Christmas! Forty-eight Stories and Three One-act Plays
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,210. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / essays
Forty-two humorous personal experience short stories, featuring everybody's family and friends, and the detailed scripts from three holiday one-act plays. Also includes the world's greatest Christmas poem (according to my mother).
Through My Looking Glass: A View from the Beach
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 48,250. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / essays
A collection of 68 humorous personal experience stories, gleaned from Jan's 11-time Washington Newspaper Association award-winning column.
Chasing Rainbows: Poetry for the Hopeful Romantic
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A successful relationship can be as elusive as the fabled pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. These poems reflect both the sun and the rain in our quest for connection.
Bar Talk: Poetry for Mature Audiences
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A chapbook of poems written in the dubious company of various assorted and sundry barflies. If you've ever spent any time hanging out where alcohol is served, you've undoubtedly met all these people!
Just Joshin': A Year in the Life of a Not-so-ordinary 4th Grade Kid
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,230. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire » Form / anecdotes & quotations
A collection of 63 humorous elementary classroom anecdotes, following Josh through his fourth grade year. Written by his teacher.
Romance 101
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,470. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Forty-two light, sweet, delicious, G-rated short stories. Those who enjoy short romance fiction in mainstream women's magazines will love these stories, where boy meets girl, and the future is full of unlimited possibilities.

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