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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at http://www.JoannaSlan.com
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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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Man plans and God laughs. – Anonymous
Cara’s life is spinning out of control. A double-wedding is canceled at the last minute. A baby comes early. Her son decides he hates college. But none of that is as upsetting as the death of a young acquaintance, a delightful food service professional with her whole life ahead of her.
The drive-by shooting has left the cops without a suspect. Maybe it was simply a random act of violence. But Cara’s curiosity, and her innate sense of humanity, drives her to keep asking questions. Who killed the girl with the purple hair? And why?
Of course, Cara has plenty to keep her occupied. “Season” in Florida is the short window of time when visitors from the North come to town and spend money. It’s a make-it or break-it time for a retail shop like The Treasure Chest. It’s also the worst time ever for Cara to learn that her ex-husband is withdrawing his financial support. How will her son finish his education? How will Cara pay the looming tuition bill when she’s knee-deep in the holidays? She can’t even take time off to talk to her banker, given his short Christmas/New Year working hours.
But Cara is nothing if not resourceful. She’s a multi-tasker, and her mind never stops. Add in a generous amount of creativity, and Cara’s practically unstoppable. Except…except…there’s still that unsolved murder. It’s taking up a lot of her psychological energy.
Can Cara keep her head above water? Can she keep her business afloat? Can she rescue her son’s college career? Or is she about to go down with the ship?
Grab your copy today and celebrate a Christmas on the beach with Cara and her friends! (Note: Very small bits of this book appeared in an earlier short story.)
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>>>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 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.
The BIGGEST Kiki book yet!
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. Her name is Nona, and she claims to be an old friend of an old friend. But is she?
Nona seems too good to be true. Sadly, that might be the least of Kiki's problems with the woman. Because Nona isn't what she seems to be. Nona is a Miss Fit.
A CRAFTY BUNDLE OF COZIES INTRODUCING A LOVABLE FEMALE SLEUTH…The first three Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mysteries.
Fans of clean, funny cozies and hobbyists on the trail of fun-filled inspiration will tear through these pages.
This yummy bundle by Agatha Award finalist Joanna Campbell Slan showcases the author’s appealing 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.
Fans of feel-good cozy mysteries, especially funny ones with animals or hobbies, should run, don’t walk, and pick up the pace if they love authors like Alexander McCall Smith, Hope Callaghan, Amy Vansant, and Carolyn Hart. 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
Volume 1: PAPER, SCISSORS, DEATH
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.
When pampered, passive Kiki Lowenstein’s husband suddenly turns up embarrassingly dead, Kiki transforms swiftly into a fighter, walking right out of her luxurious life and into a scrapbooking store, where she deftly turns a hobby into a moneymaker. As her husband’s secret life expands before her eyes, the police come for her, Family Services comes for her eleven-year-old daughter.
Only one option: the scrappy hobbyist turns into a budding detective.
Fellow hobbyists will love the way author Slan weaves the art of scrapbooking into the solution, and everyone will love Kiki herself. Slan also provides the ultimate warm-and-fuzzy: a wonderful floppy-eared dog. Paper, Scissors, Death 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.
Volume 2: CUT, CROP & DIE
SWEET MEMORIES MADE OF MURDER—
PASTRY, PIZZA, AND A POISONOUS PILL…
Recovering from financial ruin and the murder of her husband—she’s not saying which was worse—Kiki Lowenstein’s getting her life back on track as a professional scrapbooker, in charge of a huge event at the Missouri Botanical Garden. But during the scrapbooking soiree, somebody goes into anaphylactic shock and dies, right in front of half the hobbyists in the state of Missouri. Bad press for Kiki’s scrapbooking cred!
Author Slan weaves pro scrapbook sleuthing tips effortlessly into the plot, making the reader feel like they’re getting a crash course in cropping and hunting down a depraved murderer. It’s a double how-to for the price of one!
Volume 3: INK, RED, DEAD
AS MANY SECRETS AS PILES OF STUFF—
MURDER IN A HOARDER’S HAVEN…
Kiki and her hobby store co-worker arrive for a scrapbooking crop to discover their client passed out from heat stroke in her feline-filled hoarder’s haven… with a body in her freezer! With a helping hand from her longtime crush Detective Chad Detweiler, Kiki digs deep into a treasure trove of clues—from the hoarder’s semi-estranged children to her barely-touched inheritance—meticulously gluing the pieces together as only a scra
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
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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AN EPIDEMIC OF TEENAGE SUICIDES LEAVES A RURAL COMMUNITY GRIEVING--AND THE DEATH TOLL KEEPS RISING. CAN KIKI GO UNDERCOVER AS AN ART TEACHER AT A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL TO HELP?
>>>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?
>>>Grand, Death, Auto is a fast-paced, ripped-from-the-headlines book that will remind you that even the meekest among us can make a difference. If you like books that make you think, feel, and cheer, you'll love the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series. As an added bonus, crafters will enjoy listening in as Kiki teaches paper-piecing skills!
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." This series is perfect for fans of Clare O'Donohue, Elaine Viets, Diane Mott Davidson, Brianna Bates, Laura Childs, Lois Winston, Ellery Adams, and Mollie Cox Bryan. If you like to be entertained, inspired, and educated, 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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AS MANY SECRETS AS THE PILES OF STUFF—IN A HOARDER’S HAVEN A BODY IS HIDDEN…The phrase “hostess with the mostest” takes on a whole new meaning when crafty amateur sleuth Kiki Lowenstein finds herself smack in the middle of a hoarder’s crime scene. But proceed with caution: this one’s as littered with surprises as it is clutter. Craft maven Kiki happens to be a card-carrying Episcopalian—but she respects the power of intuition. So when she has a “bad feeling” on the way to Marla Lever’s house for a crafting party, she heeds her instincts. Something is definitely wrong. Marla’s nowhere to be seen, although her car’s in the garage—buried under a heap of garbage and lawn furniture. Sadly, that mess is the tip of the iceberg. Because the potential horror of a party in a hoarder’s paradise pales in comparison to the body that’s found in Marla’s freezer. Marla’s nearly dead herself—passed out from heat stroke, no thanks to the suffocating aroma of her 101 feline friends. Or so it seems… But the hoarding and the human popsicle aside, something about Marla’s circumstances just doesn’t seem right to Kiki, a woman whose insatiable curiosity and endearing persistence make her an ace amateur sleuth. For one, why would Marla turn off her A/C in the thick of a heat wave when she’s expecting company? Kiki digs deep into a treasure trove of clues—from Marla’s semi-estranged children to her barely-touched inheritance. Kiki meticulously glues these puzzle pieces together. But it’s only a matter of time until Kiki’s curiosity sends her down a path even more treacherous than one of Marla’s hallways. To say that Ink, Red, Dead is a page-turner is an understatement. You will fall in love with Kiki—whose fearlessness would make her intimidating, were she not so adorable. Plus, her delectable romance with Detective Chad would provide a delightful relief—if it weren’t so steamy. The duo's tension heats up ever-so subtly. 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, Tonya Kappes, Brianna Bates, Lois Winston, and Mollie Cox Bryan. FREE gift--Get your copy of Bad, Memory, Album (full-length digital book) by going here: https://bit.ly/BadMAlbum
POLICE DETECTIVE CHAD DETWEILER IS OVERJOYED TO LEARN THAT HE'S GOING TO BE A FATHER. BUT HE MIGHT BE VIEWING HIS NEWBORN FROM THE FRIENDLY CONFINES OF DEATH ROW.
When Detweiler's estranged wife is found shot to death with bullets from his revolver, the proud papa-to-be finds himself up the creek without a lawyer. The dead woman's family immediately points the finger at the detective. An exhausted Kiki does all she can to be supportive. After all, the dead woman was a drug addict! But when Detweiler’s family makes a request that Kiki can't honor without breaking a promise, a solemn oath to her daughter, Kiki puts her foot down. Keds and all. And she won't do that. No way.
>>>Worried, heartsick, and the target of the Detweiler family's rage, Kiki must keep up appearances and hold her head high, even as the entire St. Louis area brands her as a slutty excuse for a woman. Maybe she is, but she's also a loyal friend.
>>>When her boss at Time in a Bottle, the craft store, is confronted by the heartbreaking, new information about the death of her son, Kiki offers emotional support. She embarks on a memorial project as a way to unravel the facts surrounding the boy's untimely demise.
>>>Even as she untangles the messy threads connected to the past, Kiki can't stop herself from wondering if the man she loves is tangled up in murder. Could it be that the hunky cop just snapped?
Picture, Perfect, Corpse offers an intriguing mystery while considering the many ways addiction in its various forms can devastate a family and its circle of friends.
>>>If you like to be entertained, inspired, and educated, Joanna Campbell Slan writes the sort of books you'll love! See why fans call Kiki their "new best friend." 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. Grab your copy today!
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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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