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Nancy Bush
(Aka Carolyn Keene, Ellen Ashley, Nancy Kelly, Natalie Bishop, Nicole Brooks)
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Profile created September 24, 2009

Note:  Nancy Bush is the sister of Lisa Jackson.

Writing as Carolyn Keene (Young Adult)
Writing as Ellen Ashley (Young Adult)
Writing as Nancy Bush

Historical Romance

Jane Kelly Mystery Series
  1. Candy Apple Red (2005)
    Jane Kelly is through following men. She left Southern California for the murky quaintness of Lake Chinook, Oregon, apparently so she could trade her bartending skills for much more glamorous work process serving. And the boyfriend, of course, is long gone. But things have been looking a little brighter lately. Her hobby doing PI work is kind of fun, especially when she lands a real case - that pays real money. But the case is about Bobby Reynolds, best friend of Tim Murphy, the only guy she's never gotten over. Everyone except Tim believed Bobby murdered his young family - isn't that why he vanished? Now Tim's coming home and Jane's on her way to talk to Bobby's father. Looks like Jane'll be trailing men after all - this time with a tape recorder and a camera. To top it off, she's being trailed by a homely pug named Binky, left to her by a distant relative. With a job she's learning as she goes along and her ex back in town, Jane's life just went from stress-free to completely stressed-out. And then there's the dead body...

  2. Electric Blue (2006)
    Some days are just weird city.

    Take today. Jane Kelly, thirtysomething ex-bartender, current process server, and owner of The Binkster, a pug, is dutifully putting in slave-labor hours working for Dwayne Durbin, local "information specialist" (i.e., private investigator), and on the road to becoming a P.I. herself. Next thing she knows she's socializing with the Purcells, a rich, eccentric rich family with a penchant for going crazy and/or dying in spectacularly mysterious ways.

    From what Jane can tell, the Purcells all want Orchid Purcell's money. And when Orchid turns up in a pool of blood, the free-for-all has just begun. Then when Jane finds a second body, it seems weird city is about to get even weirder...and a lot more deadly...

    In her second smash outing, Nancy Bush's wickedly funny heroine, Jane Kelly, proves herself a worthy successor to Stephanie Plum, but with a wit, style, and dog that are definitely all her own.

  3. Ultraviolet (2007)
    For process server-turned-private investigator, Jane Kelly, weddings are murder. Usually that's a metaphor, but for newly minted P.I. Jane Kelly, it's fast becoming an all-too-accurate nightmare. Roland Hatchmere, plastic surgery magnate, has been found murdered just before his daughter's society wedding. The weapon is a wedding gift: a heavy, silver serving tray. The prime suspect is Roland's ex-wife #2: Violet "Ultraviolet" Purcell, she of the eccentric-bordering-on-insane Purcell clan.

    Violet insists that she's completely innocent. After all, Roland was her absolute favorite ex-husband. And she was nowhere NEAR him at the time of the murder. Well, okay, technically she did meet him for a little pre-nup, bedroom tête-à-tête just before. And they did have a huge fight. And she did hit him with the tray. But just once. Honest. So could Jane just hurry up and prove her innocence? Sure. That should be easy. Let's just file this one under "12 Kinds of Crazy." But when Jane's boss, the temporarily sidelined Dwayne, is convinced Violet's telling the truth, well, there's nothing for Jane to do but take her lovable, misfit pug, Binky, and sniff out a few clues.

    Everywhere Jane and The Binkster look, there's a suspect odder than the last, including two grown, very troubled kids, an ex-wife strung out on Botox and a current wife who's a cross between Donna Reed and a sex kitten--all of them eager to blame Roland's death on Violet. It doesn't help that Violet's story keeps changing faster than a celebrity's hair extensions. To make matters worse, Dwayne's convalescence is turning him into Jimmy Stewart in "Rear Window," complete with binoculars, and he's convinced there is something very bad going down in the private houses across Lakewood Bay, something that needs Jane and Binky's close attention. Faster than she can say, "I took criminology courses for this?", Jane is up to her eyeballs in lies, secrets, Extreme Botox, New Wave bands, truck-stop coffee kiosks (don't ask), very good scones, Junior League, wedding bandits, high school sociopaths, Plastic Pet Cemetery (don't ask, part II), a budding attraction to her boss, the Millionaire's Club, and someone who would kill to keep the past buried.

    The deeper Jane digs, the less she wants to know. Every truth leads her deeper into danger, and soon, Jane wonders if her first official case might also be her last...and if the client she's been asked to clear just might be the coldest black widow of all...

Young Adult Books
  • Bittersweet Sixteen (1984

  • Dare to Love (1982)

    Stand-Alone
  • Blindspot (July 2010 release)
    "Look for Blindspot, my next thriller, release date July 2010. Many of you have asked about the excerpt for my next book, the one unnamed at the back of Lisa Jackson's novel, Chose to Die. That's Blindspot! It's another story featuring members of the secretive cult known as the Colony, and it's a thrill-ride that follows both Wicked Game, February 2009, my joint suspense novel with Lisa Jackson, and Unseen, April 2009, my first stand-alone suspense novel. I've added Blindspot's excerpt to my website. Check it out! I'm putting the finishing touches on the manuscript right now!" -- Nancy Bush

  • Unseen (April 1, 2009)
    In a shift from her Jane Kelly mystery series (Candy Apple Red, etc.), Bush pens an eerie suspense novel woven with a compelling romance and a touch of the supernatural. In rural Oregon, Gemma LaPorte wakes up in a hospital with a fragmented memory. Det. Will Tanninger tells Gemma that she’s a prime suspect in a hit and run that critically injured a child molester. As Gemma's memories start to return and she finds notes she had made about brain function, she wonders whether the concussion is the only reason for her amnesia. Suspense builds as a subplot involving a serial killer who burns his victims slowly merges with Gemma's story. As Will and Gemma's relationship becomes increasingly intimate, the plot takes a darker, more sinister turn, and the terrifying denouement will have readers riveted.

Writing with Lisa Jackson
  • Wicked Game (2009) with Lisa Jackson
    ONE BY ONE, THEY’LL DIE…
    Twenty years ago, wild child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth’s high school. Most in Jessie’s tight circle of friends believed she simply ran away. Few suspected that Jessie was hiding a shocking secret—one that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer…

    UNTIL THERE’S NO ONE LEFT…
    Two decades pass before a body is unearthed on school grounds and Jessie’s old friends reunite to talk. Most are sure that the body is Jessie’s, that the mystery of what happened to her has finally been solved. But soon, Jessie’s friends each begin to die in horrible, freak accidents that defy explanation…

    BUT HER…
    Becca Sutcliff has been haunted for years by unsettling visions of Jessie, certain her friend met with a grisly end. Now the latest deaths have her rattled. Becca can sense that an evil force is shadowing her too, waiting for just the right moment to strike. She feels like she’s going crazy. Is it all a coincidence—or has Jessie’s killer finally returned to finish what was started all those years ago?

  • Wicked Lies (February 2010 release) with Lisa Jackson

Writing as Nancy Kelly (Contemporary Romantic Fiction)

  • Ginny Blue's Boyfriends (2005)
    It starts the morning that LA film production manager Virginia "Ginny" Bluebell wakes up with her boyfriend Nate's arm draped around her and realizes that the warning bells she's ignored for months have become a deafening siren. Ginny knows that Nate is not the man for her. Turns out, Nate knows it too, and moves out before Ginny can deliver her well-practiced "maybe this isn't working" speech.Newly single and not-so-newly confused about what went wrong this time, Ginny sets out to reconnect with old boyfriends in an attempt to avoid repeating past mistakes. Don the Devout, Hairy Larry, Mr Famous Actor, Jackson Wright...well, Jackson doesn't really count, being more of a long time friend than an official ex. And yet, the deeper Ginny delves into the Ex-Files, the clearer it becomes that Jackson does count. A lot. In fact, on a path designed to help her find the perfect relationship, Ginny is starting to wonder if it's been hiding in plain sight all along...

  • If You Believe (1997)
    Returning to her native Washington to find the son she had been forced to give up at birth, child psychologist Liz Havers is reunited with her old flame, Hawthorne Hart, who is raising their son, but their rekindled relationship is threatened by a ruthless killer.

  • Tangled (1994)
    Haunted by the past and by the violent murder of their stepfather, three beautiful sisters--Dinah, a journalist; acclaimed actress Denise; and Hayley--struggle to find love and build new lives for themselves.

Writing as Natalie Bishop (Contemporary Romantic Fiction)
Writing as Nicole Brooks (Soaps Books)
  • Days Of Our Lives novels #8, #9, and #13

  • General Hospital novels #1 & #3

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