About Jen Talty

Jen Talty is the Co-Creator and COO of Cool Gus Publishing with NY Times Bestselling Author, former Green Beret and West Point Graduate, Bob Mayer.


Jen grew up in Rochester, NY, a city with the highest murder rate per capita in the entire state. With notorious cases such as The Alphabet Murders, The Genesee River Killer (Arthur Shawcross), The Murder of Kali Ann Poulton by Mark Christi, and the case of funeral homes stealing body parts from corpses awaiting cremation, Jen became fascinated by the darker side of human nature. She brings this fascination to her romances, creating dark villains who wreak havoc on the hero and heroine, and producing page-turning suspense.


Jen received a BS degree in Business Education with a concentration in Marketing and Sales from Nazareth College of Rochester. She taught Business Applications at both the high school level and in Continuing Education. After leaving the teaching profession, she worked as a product and sales trainer for various hardware and software companies such as 3Comm, HP and McAfee, and was the regional merchandising representative for Buena Vista Entertainment.


Jen is a true Gemini. She has always had a creative side. As a small child she loved to dance and honed that craft through her teenage years. As an adult, she taught dance for nearly 20 years. She also hand crafted many dance costumes. But she's also always had a head for business. She's always managed two different part-time jobs while being a hockey mom, making sure both sides of her brain were being tapped. While teaching dance to pre-schoolers, she also worked part-time in merchandising as well as doing contract work for various local businesses.


Today, she uses her unique background with computer software and business to help run one of the most agile Publishing Partnerships in the business.


If she isn't in her office working on Cool Gus stuff or writing, she can still be found at the hockey rink cheering on her youngest child. Go Knights!


It's a great time to be an author and Jen enjoys traveling around the country to various writer and professional conferences to present workshops and keynotes. Please click on the workshop button to find out more about her workshops both alone and with her business partner, Bob Mayer and find out how you can bring the dynamic duo to your conference.




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Latest Release

Jane Doe's Return

Imagine spending your entire career looking for the one person you believe will unlock the mystery of who killed your sister only to find her the most unlikely place; in your office, as your new partner.


Special Agent Travis Brown has set his life up so he can have access to information that will lead him to the one woman he believes can tell him who killed his sister. But he's not prepared for the drive and determination of his new partner; Special Agent Shauna Morgan. Her instincts are sharp and her beauty undeniable. His attraction to her is as strong as his need to find his sister's killer. But Shauna has a secret. A secret that will ultimately put his heart on the line, along with her life.


Jane Doe's Return is a completed contemporary romantic suspense set between the city streets of Albany, New York and the scenic beauty of Lake George where I lived for many years. It is a tale of one woman who believes the only way to move beyond her past, is to shut the door on it, and the man who breaks it down.


Jane Doe's Return is the recipient of The Molly and The Beacon Romance Writing Contests.