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The Pauline Sokol Humerous, Romantic, Mystery series!
Pauline and Jagger have a story in this anthology. It is Book #2 in a series of 3. Many wonderful authors in all the books and the theme is a hotel set in Las Vegas. Check out "What the Hell Happened in Vegas?" with Pauline and Jagger. It is the blue book.The Excelsior Hotel and Casino is the setting for all stories. Built in Las Vegas in 1960 by mobster Louis “The Lip” LaFica. For decades the towering hotel has been the subject of incredible stories and rumors that have kept it in the public eye the world around. Why have so many lovers been mysteriously, magically, magnetically drawn to this magnificent edifice? And why now have so many bestselling authors at last come together to reveal the adventures of these lovers who have stayed at the glorious Excelsior? Three Awesome Collections featuring Heather Graham, Lance Taubold, Richard Devin, Doris Parmett, Jennifer St. Giles, Kimberly Cates, Tara Nina, Ed DeAngelis, Rebecca Paisley, Christina Skye, Pamela Morsi, Linda J. Parisi, Jeff DePew, Lori Avocato, Connie Corcoran Wilson, Mathew Kaufman, C.H. Admirand, Tina Wainscott, Crystal Perkins, Amanda McIntyre, Hailey J. Bissell, Tina DeSalvo, Sabrina York, Carole Nelson Douglas and Kathryn Falk Lady of Barrow

If you liked the Pauline Sokol series, order in June from any bookstore or Amazon. If enough people purchase, the publisher, Avon Harper/Collins, may publish more in the series. Tell your family, friends or purchase for gifts! Then, we may have more new stories of Pauline and Jagger's adventures. There are two new short stories of theirs coming out. Stay tuned for details!

The first in the series. Introducing Pauline Sokol RN and the fabulous other characters!
Travel the high seas with Pauline and Jagger!
Travel to swanky Newport, RI with Pauline and the gang!

TEMPORARY DUTY is a top 100 Bestseller in Teen and Young Adults even though it is a sweet adult romance!

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Especially to my readers, I have decided to end 2015 with a little something. I wrote a military/romance short story called "Temporary Duty," about an Air Force reservist nurse and an active duty pilot. Yum! . It is available on Amazon Kindle. If you belong to Kindle Unlimited, it is FREE. If not, it is 99 cents. Hope you pop over to check it out!
I also wish a wonderful 2016 to EVERYONE!

Pauline and Jagger had another escapade--this time in a pychiatric hospital. But not any psychiatric hospital! Each story in this anthology is based on a Tarot card. I pulled The Lovers and thus Pauline and Jagger's story began again!

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Dead Weight
by Lori Avocato

Nothing – not even murder – keeps Pauline Sokol off the case.

Pauline Sokol, ex-RN turned medical insurance fraud investigator, finds herself embroiled in a scam at a weight loss clinic in the scenic New Mexico desert. As if being undercover isn’t bad enough, she’s not allowed to eat chocolate, she lives in a body suit that weighs a ton, and her roommate turns out to be a mysteriously hot guy!

Nearly finished with what seems to be an open-and-shut case, Pauline befriends a woman who is an undercover reporter, also interested in the goings-on at the weight loss clinic. Pauline is grateful for the help – until that help turns up dead. Pauline knows the clock is ticking – and it’s not just counting down how long until she can get a candy bar.

Back to square one and the probable need to turn to her handsome, but incorrigible, co-worker, Jagger. Pauline must rely on her nursing skills as well as her ever-increasing skills as an investigator – despite her wish not to be one.
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Contemporary romance
A Pauline Sokol short story. Humorous mystery

The first three books in the Pauline Sokol mystery series are now available in all ebook formats! Put "Lori Avocato" in the search engine Amazon and you should get the info for A DOSE OF MURDER, THE STIFF AND THE DEAD, and ONE DEAD UNDER THE CUCKOO'S NEST.

Second latest ebook!

Dead on Arrival
by Lori Avocato


Romance – and murder – is in the air!


Medical insurance fraud investigator Pauline Sokol likes to keep her feet firmly placed on the ground, but her new undercover assignment has the aero-phobic ex-nurse flying high and her stomach lurching! Compelled by her convictions of right and wrong, she takes off in order to ground a land-and-air ambulance company that's been doing some rather creative billing, and needs to crash and burn before they soak the insurance company for more.


Pauline's insides do a real loop-de-loop when the company's owner is found dead, and Pauline starts to receive threatening phone calls. Suddenly the air feels safer than the ground! If Pauline (and handsome, irritating, fellow investigator Jagger) doesn't solve this case soon, even a jolt of electricity from the sexy helo-pilot-paramedic ER Dano won't be enough to revive her.

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Some of Lori's works are now available in audio format! How cool for Lori to hear some hot guy's voice reading HER work! Check out OOPS!, TIME SUSPENDED, and DO YOU TAKE THIS MAN...AGAIN? on Amazon when you stick "Lori Avocato" in the search box.


Also, very soon the first three books in the Pauline Sokol series will be available as e-books! I'll let you know when. Those are: A DOSE OF MURDER, THE STIFF AND THE DEAD and ONE DEAD UNDER THE CUCKOO'S NEST.

Released ebook: In DEAD WEIGHT, Pauline Sokol, ex-RN turned medical insurance fraud investigator, finds herself embroiled in a scam at a weight loss clinic in the scenic New Mexico desert. If that isn't bad enough, she can’t eat chocolate, she lives in a body suit that weighs a ton, and her “roommate” turns out to be…a mysteriously hot…guy!

Talk about an "OOPS" moment! Only Lori could come up with this one. Buy the ebook at
Veteran Lori's Air Force days come to life in this reunion story! E-book available at:
A romantic story set in sultry, steamy New Orleans! Available as an ebook from:

New Lori Releases! Click on "My Works" above for blurbs of these books.


Here are three new releases for Lori. Available on Amazon. Note the hot, hunky, heroes on the covers above! Yum! The titles are: Oops! Time Suspended and Do You Take This Man...Again?

Spanky is a character in the Pauline Sokol Series...and will live on forever. Lori lost the "real" Spanky this past March. Sniff...

Air Force veteran Lori belongs to RomVets--Women writers who are veterans too! To check out their website, click here.

Check out my military anthology's at It's called Mission Mistletoe! A Portion of the Proceeds from the Sale of Each Book is donated to the SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARRIOR FOUNDATION. "The mission of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation is to provide full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations people who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations people and their families."

With the release of Lani's Makeshift Family, I hit the 21 books published mark!


Often I get asked how I ended up an author after a career as a registered nurse. Good question. Wish I knew the answer! All I can tell you is that after serving in the Air Force as a registered nurse, I decided to switch careers and now I write a humorous mystery series for Avon Books.

I was always the type of reader who looked at a novel and thought: I could do that. I could write a book! Ha! Not as easy as I thought. I'm a Yankee from New England here I landed again after 20 years of travel. I'm a card-carrying member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America (served on the Board of Directors of the CT chapter for eight years), The Author's Guild and Sisters in Crime. Guys, I gotta tell you, I really believe that we all need a great entertaining read and humor always helps. Thus the Pauline Sokol Mystery Series,in which a burned out nurse becomes a medical insurance fraud investigator, was born. It's a perfect medium for my quick wit and amusing, believable characters.
The first book of the series, A DOSE OF MURDER, made the best-selling suspense/thriller list on Amazon(Alongside the likes of Stephen King!) and placed in the Reviewers International Organizations award of excellent for debut novel. Yippee! Great start!

Pauline is named after my grandmother,who was a real kick-ass lady! Grandma died on her birthday at the age of 93 and A Dose of Murder came out on her birthday many years later! What karma! DEAD ON ARRIVAL, about ambulance fraud and introducing a new hunk, ER Dano, came out July 2007. All books of the series are still available.
Drop me a note and let me know how you like the series. The Pauline Sokol Mystery Series has been touted as: "A thirty-something House meets Scrubs meets female Monk" series. Each novel is a wonderful medical-world story enlivened by an exceptionally fun and sassy voice about a burned out registered nurse who becomes a medical insurance fraud investigator only to be yanked back into the nursing field by an experienced hunk of an investigator who she just can't say no to--until she keeps stumbling upon dead bodies. Humor, suspense, mystery and sex--all salable in today's market—and all damn fun to read!

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