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About Joanna Campbell Slan
"Our best friend, our next-door neighbor and ourselves with just a touch of the outrageous." That’s how RT Book Review describes Joanna’s protagonist, Kiki Lowenstein. The truth is that’s a pretty good description of Joanna as well.
Joanna is a New York Times Bestselling, USA Today Bestselling, and Amazon Bestselling author as well as a woman prone to frequent bursts of crafting frenzy, leaving her with burns from her hot glue gun and paint on her clothes. And the mess? Let’s not even go there.
Otherwise, she’s a productive author with more than 80 written projects to her credit. Her non-fiction work includes how to books, a college textbook for public speakers, and books of personal essays (think Chicken Soup for the Soul).
Currently she writes four fiction series: The Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series (Agatha Award Finalist, contemporary, St. Louis setting, crafting), the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series (contemporary, Florida setting, DIY and recycling), the Jane Eyre Chronicles (Daphne du Maurier Award Winner, 1830s England, based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic), and the Sherlock Holmes Fantasy Thrillers (late 1800s, based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s books).
A former TV talk show host, college teacher, and public relations specialist, Joanna was one of the early Chicken Soup for the Soul contributors. She won a Silver Anvil for her work on the original FarmAid concert to benefit farmers.
In her ongoing quest never to see snow again, Joanna lives with her husband and their Havanese puppy, Jax, on an island off the coast of Florida. You can email her at email@example.com or visit her website at http://www.JoannaSlan.com
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THE SCHOOL NURSE CALLS TO SAY THAT KIKI'S DAUGHTER HAS STUMBLED OVER THE CORPSE OF A DEAD TEACHER.
BUT don’t worry. Everything’s all right. (Ha!)
And Kiki might just believe that a badly shaken daughter is the worst of her worries...EXCEPT that pre-teen Anya might have actually seen the killer fleeing the scene of the crime.
>>>Now Kiki must track down a murderer before the creep "guarantees" Anya's silence forever. After taking a vow to have nothing to do with her crush, the hunky police detective, Kiki is all on her own. Her natural curiosity, bravery, and crafting skills are all that stand between her and a dead daughter.
>>>But Kiki is nothing if not determined. Her digging around uncovers a decades-old secret, one that still haunts St, Louis today. Kiki will put her life on the line to save her child.
>>> If you enjoy reading clean, cozy mysteries that feature realistic, well-developed characters, Kiki and her pals will quickly become your new best friends. This fast-paced plot includes an intriguing mystery, a taboo romance, a secret society that still exists today, and the struggles of a single mom who's determined to make her way in the world while parenting her young daughter.
>>>Photo, Snap, Shot harks back to a dark time in the history of St. Louis. The tendrils of the past still haunt that city (and the Midwest in general), but that toxic cloud is nothing compared to Kiki's belief in the innate goodness of people. Grab your copy today!
These books will appeal to fans of Elaine Viets, Brianna Bates, Ellery Adams, Alexander McCall Smith, Laura Childs, Lois Winston, and Mollie Cox Bryan. If you like to learn new things, think about topical issues, and identify with fabulous characters, this series is perfect for you! Scroll up to purchase. FREE GIFT-- Download your copy of Bad, Memory, Album by going here--https://bit.ly/BadMAlbum
DUMPSTER DIVING FOR HER LOST PAYCHECK IS DEFINITELY THE LOW POINT OF KIKI LOWENSTEIN’S DAY—THAT IS, UNTIL SHE FINDS A SEVERED LEG IN THE TRASH.
Who'd toss a body part in the garbage outside of Time in a Bottle, the crafts store where Kiki works?
Accompanying the grisly "gift" is a creepy computerized voice message, a warning to the store's "rich and snotty" female shoppers. Kiki soon discovers that the amputated leg belonged to a customer with a tyrannical and violent husband, a powerful man in the community. And that jerk is now harassing Kiki at work and at home.
Kiki decides she’s had enough. She can’t wait passively on the sidelines. Combing through the customer’s scrapbook projects for hidden clues, Kiki takes it on herself to find the killer.
Meanwhile, drama inside the crafts store builds to a fevered pitch. Kiki keeps trying to make friends with her new co-worker. Why is the other girl so stand-offish? Kiki’s feelings and her ego are wounded. In fact, the pain is deep enough to lead Kiki into temptation. And that brings out the worst in our spunky heroine. Can Kiki make amends in time to save her job? And figure out whether her abused customer is missing in action or dead as a doornail?
These books will appeal to fans of Elaine Viets, Brianna Bates, Ellery Adams, Alexander McCall Smith, Laura Childs, Lois Winston, and Mollie Cox Bryan. If you like fabulous characters, this series is perfect for you! Grab your copy today!
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A MAY DAY PAGEANT TURNS DEADLY WHEN A SNIPER TAKES AIM -- AND A WEALTHY MATRIARCH, A BEER BARON'S DAUGHTER IS SHOT.
Is it possible that Kiki was the real target? Unfortunately, the answer is YES.
>>After running for her life and huddling in a car until the all-clear is sounded, Kiki needs a shoulder to cry on. Instead, she gets chewed out by her browbeating mother. But things can always get worse...and they do.
>>>Kiki's mother-in-law announces that she's getting married, and Kiki's daughter, Anya, becomes unglued. Suddenly, Anya will be the last Lowenstein standing...and that's enough to break a young girl's heart. In the meantime, Kiki must cope with her own grouchy, self-centered, elderly mother. And there are also all of those logistical problems that inevitably come with being a single mom with a full-time job.
>>>Meanwhile, an old enemy has put out a contract on Kiki. She's worth a lot more dead than alive, which isn't surprising given the state of Kiki's finances. This would be a good time to focus on work at the scrapbooking and craft store--except Kiki can't shake the memory of those sniper shots raining down.
>>>While creating a memorial album for the murdered heiress, Kiki discovers murky family politics that could be a motive for murder. With help from friends in high and low places, including hunky beau Chad Detweiler, Kiki finds herself facing a grave ultimatum: catch the killer or be cropped out of her own family album.
Photo, Snap, Shot explores the tensions created by family expectations while sharing a privileged insider's look at a bizarre, springtime ritual still practiced today in St. Louis. It’s a mystery with a touch of history!
This series is a sure thing for fans of Clare O'Donohue, Elaine Viets, Diane Mott Davidson, Brianna Bates, Laura Childs, Lois Winston, and Mollie Cox Bryan. If you like to be entertained, inspired, and educated, Joanna Campbell Slan writes the sort of books you'll love! Grab your copy today!
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A CRAFTY BUNDLE OF COZIES INTRODUCING A LOVABLE FEMALE SLEUTH...
The second SEVEN books in the Kiki Lowenstein Cozy Mystery Series!
FANS OF CLEAN, FUNNY READERS LOOKING FOR BOOKS FILLED WITH GOOD FRIENDS, FAMILY, FOOD, AND FUR-BABIES REJOICE! You will want to binge read the entire series. p>
Readers who love clean traditional mysteries will appreciate just the right mix of romance and intrigue. Agatha Award finalist and Daphne du Maurier Award winner Joanna Campbell Slan displays a unique gift for turning life’s most dismal moments into humor, making us feel there’s hope for us all, even in dark times.
Those who love feel-good cozy mysteries, especially amusing ones with animals and hobbies and food, will discover a new favorite author, especially if they enjoy writers like Alexander McCall Smith, Hope Callaghan, Amy Vansant, and Carolyn Hart. This series is a sure thing for craft cozy fans of Brianna Bates, Laura Childs, Lois Winston, and Mollie Cox Bryan.
"A nicely crafted cozy full of amusing moments, real-life insecurities, and scrapbooking tips."--Kirkus
˃˃˃ BOOK #7—PICTURE, PERFECT, CORPSE
WHEN HUNKY DETECTIVE CHAD DETWEILER’S ESTRANGED WIFE IS FOUND DEAD AND SHOT WITH BULLETS FROM HIS GUN, public opinion turns against him and Kiki, who is portrayed as a scarlet woman. It’s enough to make a scrapbooker see red.
Determined to save the man she loves, Kiki vows to track down the real killer.
Hobbyists and non-crafters alike will admire Kiki’s spunk. Slan also provides a fabulous cast of female secondary characters. “This is a great read with characters you can't help but love that takes you on a journey that will warm the cockles of your heart and leave you eager for the next book in this delightfully charming and character-driven series.” – Dru Ann Love
˃˃˃ BOOK #8 – GROUP, PHOTO, GRAVE
THE WEDDING WAS WONDERFUL, EXCEPT FOR THE CORPSE IN THE PUNCH BOWL. Kiki has knocked herself out to make her mother-in-law’s wedding picture perfect, but a dead body is always a disaster. When the bride gets blamed, Kiki relies on her nose for clues as she sniffs out the killer.
“The richness and diversity of the characters makes the story so compelling that the pages just fly by!” -- J. Barker
˃˃˃ BOOK #9—KILLER, PAPER, CUT
A HALLOWEEN HACK JOB CUTS DOWN ONE OF KIKI’S FRIENDS. When an event at a spooky historical mansion becomes a venue for a stabbing, Kiki refuses to let the slasher get away with carving up one of her dearest friends.
"Awesome series and wonderfully entertaining. Great author, she has a good sense of humor.” − Donna R. Rush
˃˃˃ BOOK #10 – HANDMADE, HOLIDAY, HOMICIDE
A PREGNANT KIKI WATCHES IN HORROR AS A WOMAN DIES UNEXPECTEDLY IN A HOLIDAY CLASS. When one of Kiki’s besties is unfairly blamed, the intrepid (and very pregnant) amateur sleuth pulls up her big girl maternity panties and discovers someone has been not nice and very naughty indeed.
“I was reading the book while I was at Starbucks and seriously laughed out loud!” -- Tricia Conner
˃˃˃ BOOK #11 – SHOTGUN, WEDDING, BELLS
KIKI’S WEDDING IS INTERRUPTED BY GUNSHOTS AND HER NEW HUSBAND GOES DOWN. Two weeks from her due date, a pregnant Kiki traces the hired hitman to a “gentleman’s club.
>>>In this case, there’s Clancy’s side and then there’s the JERK ‘s side. Of course, Kiki sides with Clancy because they’re BFFs (Best Friends Forever). As for the JERK, well, the poor guy can’t make up his mind. The JERK has left and come back to Clancy once before. Now he’s fed up with his young girlfriend and wants to come back to Clancy yet again. Or does he?
>>>Then JERK drives over a bridge in a low-lying area known for flash floods. Wouldn’t you know it—his car is swept away and he’s found unconscious. As he lies in his hospital bed fighting for his life, Clancy and his girlfriend are waging warfare, and it ain’t pretty. One secret after another tumbles out.
>>>Kiki is there for Clancy to lean on, but Kiki has problems of her own. Another divorce has her attention, as does the corpse Kiki finds in a car.
>>>Kiki’s hunky husband is dealing with police department problems. Her bi-racial son is being picked on. Her daughter’s Hebrew tutor is decidedly against mixed marriages. And Kiki needs to hire more help at her store, Time in a Bottle.
>>>If you love clean books (no graphic sex or violence) with a touch of crafts, a lot of female friendship, rescue animals galore, a pinch of family drama, plus a heroine you'll want as a BEST FRIEND, you'll love Kiki Lowenstein. Scroll down and grab your copy today! Perfect for readers of Tonya Kappes, Dianne Harman, Amy Vansant, Laura Child, and Mollie Cox Bryant.
Buy this book and escape to a world where a mom with passion, kindness, and love in her heart is a SUPER hero you can relate to. See why Publisher's Weekly calls Joanna Campbell Slan's books "a cut above the usual craft-themed cozy."Joanna Campbell Slan writes the sort of books you'll love! See why readers call Kiki Lowenstein their "new best friend." Grab your copy today!
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The Next Three books in the Kiki Lowenstein Cozy Mystery Series!
Book #14 – Grand, Death, Auto
To clear her calendar, Kiki must juggle multiple obligations and make a tough decision: Can she trust her in-laws (including her alcoholic mother-in-law) to take an out-of-state vacation with her kids? To make everything work, Kiki must move in with her OTHER mother-in-law and that's enough to make Kiki want to commit suicide.
Once in place, Kiki suspects these are not just copycat deaths. There's another dynamic at work. Could it be that someone is encouraging vulnerable young adults to take their own lives?
Who would orchestrate something so evil? The perpetrator has to be someone inside the school. Where Kiki is. Alone. Defenseless. But who? And what if the mastermind realizes that Kiki is there to foil him…or her? As the body count rises, Kiki finds herself enmeshed in a high school culture full of secrets and crushed dreams.
Can Kiki figure out who is ordering the kids to die in time to save another teen's life? Or will she be the next victim on this cunning killer's hit list?
Book #15 – Law, Fully, Dead
THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY DIVORCE…YOURS AND THE JERK’S.
In this case, there’s Clancy’s side and then there’s the JERK ‘s side. Of course, Kiki sides with Clancy because they’re BFFs (Best Friends Forever). As for the JERK, well, the poor guy can’t make up his mind. The JERK has left and come back to Clancy once before. Now he’s fed up with his young girlfriend and wants to come back to Clancy yet again. Or does he? Then JERK drives over a bridge in a low-lying area known for flash floods. Wouldn’t you know it—his car is swept away and he’s found unconscious. As he lies in his hospital bed fighting for his life, Clancy and his girlfriend are waging warfare, and it ain’t pretty. One secret after another tumbles out.
Kiki is there for Clancy to lean on, but Kiki has problems of her own. Another divorce has her attention, as does the corpse Kiki finds in a car.
Kiki’s hunky husband is dealing with police department problems. Her bi-racial son is being picked on. Her daughter’s Hebrew tutor is decidedly against mixed marriages. And Kiki needs to hire more help at her store, Time in a Bottle.
Book #1 – Fleece, Navi, Dead
Introducing the Miss Fits, ordinary women who do extra-ordinary things!
Every holiday season, Kiki Lowenstein plans 12 days of classes, her Holiday Craft Extravaganza. And every year, it nearly kills her.
This year is no exception. As the holiday season approaches, Kiki over-schedules herself and winds up running herself ragged. To make life even more stressful, she must fend off a stalker, a man determined to possess the object of his affection. But that's only one problem.
Kiki's ace full-time employee, Clancy, has HUGE decisions to make. How do you put aside your hurt and disappointment when you've been betrayed? Why should you upend your whole life because of another person's mistake? Is it selfish to think of yourself first? As Clancy ponders questions, Kiki stands on the sidelines, knowing this is not her choice to make. And yet...Kiki feels Clancy's agony.
Meanwhile, both of Kiki's older kids are having problems with teachers. Kiki wonders, "At what point does being an involved parent tip over into being a helicopter parent?" There's also a staff shortage that leaves Kiki in the lurch, both at home and at the store. Kiki might have found an answer to that dilemma when a mysterious woman applies for a job.
Set in 1986, Joanna Campbell Slan’s latest cozy mystery—Tuesday Trash and Trouble--features a down-on-her-luck divorcée whose passion for solving crimes lands her in the arms of a secretive cowboy--and the cross-hairs of a vengeful killer.
The year is 1986, the place is…pitiful. It’s Decatur, Illinois, known for high unemployment, striking unions, the pervasive stink of soybean processing, and seven railroad crossings at one intersection.
A wrong turn along life’s marital highway has left Catherine “Cragan” Collins stuck in Decatur. With a mountain of post-divorce bills to pay, Cragan takes a job selling high-priced newspaper advertising. If she’s lucky, her commissions will cover the cost of her grandmother’s stay in a nearby retirement home.
After the divorce, Cragan swears off men, but she’s a sucker for a guy in a nice suit. She falls hard for a man who publicly snubs her. On the rebound, she accepts an invitation from Ross Gentry, a quiet hunk who favors pearl snaps and cowboy boots. Cragan reasons that her heart is safe, because she and Ross come from two different worlds. But one night in his arms might be enough to prove her wrong.
Without warning, everything blows up in Cragan’s face. Her boss threatens to take away her accounts, a friend’s little sister is kidnapped, and an overnight guest is shot. Cragan’s best friend, Pru, is accused of attempted murder. After all, Pru’s gun was used in the crime.
Cragan calls an emergency meeting of the Friday Night Mystery Club. These mystery-loving career women are a group of smart cookies. Can their combined talents prove that Pru is innocent? And will they find an answer in time to save Cragan from the wrath of a vengeful shooter?
It takes a club to solve a mystery!
JUST BECAUSE HER HUSBAND’S NAKED, DEAD, AND IN A HOTEL BED...
...it might not be what it seems. But there’s that scarf in his mouth. Of course it is.
Given the situation, Kiki Lowenstein can’t help remembering that her (late) husband got her pregnant while cheating on his girlfriend.
>>>True, he did the right thing at the time, and their much-loved daughter Anya is now eleven years old. But suddenly he’s dead, and Kiki’s financially embarrassed—that jerk disinherited his own family!
>>>Time for the timid to toughen up. Passive Kiki transforms herself into a fighter, walking right out of her luxurious life and into a scrapbooking store, where she deftly turns a hobby into a moneymaker. Her new gig goes slightly awry when her late husband’s not-so-ex-girlfriend insults her in public, but that’s just the beginning. The hurts keep piling up. How much can one woman stand?
>>>As her husband’s secret life explodes before her eyes, Kiki discovers that their daughter has a shocking secret of her own. Then the cops come for Kiki. And Family Services comes for Anya. No more Mrs. Nice Guy. Kiki has to fight for all she holds dear, and her quest must start with tracking down her late husband’s killer. Hope arrives for Kiki in the twin forms of a hot, homicide detective and her own newfound ability to cope.
Paper, Scissors, Death was an Agatha Award Finalist. It is the kind of mystery that keeps you turning the pages just to spend time with the characters, who somehow make you feel this could be you if your life turned upside down—and make you hope you’d turn it around as gracefully. Joanna Campbell Slan’s first Kiki Lowenstein mystery showcases the author’s delightful gift for turning life’s most dismal moments into humor, yet making us feel there’s hope for us all, even at the darkest of times
In case that’s not enough of a stress-reliever, Slan also provides the ultimate warm-and-fuzzy: a wonderful floppy-eared dog. Fans of feel-good cozy mysteries, especially funny ones with animals or hobbies, will enjoy this book if they love authors like Alexander McCall Smith, Hope Callaghan, Amy Vansant, CeeCee James, Cindy Bell, Diana Orgain, Tony Kappes, Laura Child, and Carolyn Hart. Grab your copy today!
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Being a divorced career woman in the late 80s isn’t easy. Cragan Collins finds the friendship of other working singles invaluable, especially as she learns the ropes of selling. When Cragan finds a saleswoman unconscious in the mall parking lot, she runs for help. But being a Good Samaritan means taking the blame when the other woman dies. Later Cragan learns the woman lied to her…repeatedly. Cragan is left wondering if she really knew her friend at all! Now a grieving Cragan sorts through her own feelings of disappointment while dodging accusations by the dead woman’s family. In the meantime, Cragan has attracted the interest of three attractive men. No wonder her head is spinning! To top it off, her friend’s killer thinks Cragan knows too much. The problems keep piling up. All Cragan needs is a kernel of truth, and she’ll figure out whodunnit.
THE DEATH OF A RIVAL CRAFTER IS NOTHING TO SNEEZE ABOUT...KIKI'S LEFT CRYING THE BLUES
In front of a meeting room full of customers and merchants, Kiki watches helplessly as a rival crafter takes one bite of a scone and goes into anaphylactic shock. Suddenly all eyes turn to Kiki Lowenstein, who was Dead Woman’s archenemy.
Just that fast, Kiki’s moment of triumph turns into a disaster.
Just when Kiki was settling into her new job, her first real career, she’s become the poster child for dead customers. But Kiki’s life isn’t all doom and gloom. On the bright side, her mother-in-law has invited her to a gala event. A spa day is in order…and that doesn’t go as planned either.
In fact, Kiki’s heart is about to smashed into a zillion tiny pieces. That dead woman was the least of poor Kiki’s problems.