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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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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.
An Agatha Award Winning Finalist for Best First Novel (Paper, Scissors, Death)
"This [series] should quickly become a favorite.” - Booklist
"Topically relevant and chock-full of sides stories." - Library Journal
"One of the things I like most...is the engaging characters whether they are the good bad, or in-between people in the story." - An Avid Reader
The wedding should have been perfect. Kiki Lowenstein certainly did her part to make everything just right for her mother-in-law Sheila's special day. But the discovery of a corpse can put a damper on any festivity. Why did somebody want to cut a retired plastic surgeon out of the big picture.
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!
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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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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She began a journey of self-discovery. She never expected to uncover an old boyfriend and a dead body…
Stuart, Florida. With her parents deceased and her son away at college, Cara Mia Delgatto longs to reinvent herself. And a sentimental purchase of a fixer-upper in a small, coastal town seems ideal for a new business selling repurposed relics. But when she trips over a corpse at her rundown building, she flips from renovator to prime suspect.
Desperate to clear her name, it shocks Cara to discover that her property once housed a multi-million dollar art collection—stolen after the original owner’s death. And when her first love shows up and tugs at her heartstrings, her whirlwind life upgrades to a hurricane. With accusations of murder and theft looming, she’s running out of redos…
Can Cara crack the case and rebuild her reputation, or will her desire to upcycle treasures send her to jail?
Tear Down and Die is the charming first novel in the Cara Mia Delgatto traditional mystery series. If you like cozy reads, witty heroines, former flames reconnecting, and Florida’s beautiful Treasure Coast, you’ll adore Joanna Campbell Slan’s captivating tale.
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Find your new favorite author - or enjoy a new story by an old fave - with this collection of clean mysteries.
Cuddle up with intrepid sleuths, stunning locations, and puzzling crimes.
˃˃˃ Authors include: Joanna Campbell Slan, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Carole W. Price, Lesley A. Diehl, Nancy Jill Thames, Teresa Trent, Randy Rawls, Terry Ambrose, and Deborah Sharp.
Happy Homicides 1: Fall Into Crime Authors and stories: Joanna Campbell Slan’s The Haunted Flamingo: A Cara Mia Delgatto Short Story; Linda Gordon Hengerer’s Dying for School Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella; Carole W. Price’s The Glass Birdhouse; Lesley A. Diehl’s Bobbing for Murder; Nancy Jill Thames’ Raven House ; Teresa Trent’s Falling for Murder; ; Randy Rawls’ Accident, Suicide, or Murder ; Terry Ambrose’s Spirit in the Rock ; Deborah Sharp’s Haunting in Himmarshee.
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Life in Paradise isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Cara Mia Delgatto feels like she is drowning in problems!
Stuart, Florida. Her ex-husband is refusing to pay their son’s college tuition (as promised), her sister is pulling mean pranks, and her old boyfriend has broken her heart…again. And that’s just the personal stuff.
She’s also concerned about keeping the cash register ringing at the Treasure Chest, her store specializing in upcycled, recycled, and repurposed goods.
An important media event goes sadly wrong and Cara’s famous temper gets the better of her. Then a prying reporter turns up dead, practically in Cara’s backyard. Could the reporter’s murder have anything to do with a century’s old blot on Florida state history, the infamous Dozier Boys School? Suddenly, Cara’s personal problems seem trivial compared to the abuse and murder of hundreds of innocent boys.
Kicked to the Curb is the charming second novel in the Cara Mia Delgatto cozy mystery series. If you like witty heroines, former flames reconnecting, and Florida’s beautiful Treasure Coast, you’ll adore Joanna Campbell Slan’s captivating tale.
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Cara Mia thought she found a sculpture of a mermaid in the sand…and then it moved! Rescuing a half-drown immigrant was not what she wanted on her morning walk.
Stuart, Florida. Was it the right thing to do? Will the woman survive? And if she does, will she be okay? Or was she better off dead? And where are all the other immigrants who made the perilous ocean voyage with her?
Someone is behind all these beached landings of immigrants. Cara might have uncovered a human trafficking scheme. To trace these soggy deaths back to the source will take every bit of Cara’s courage, plus a lot of help from her cranky grandfather. And then her son gets involved.
Suddenly it’s Cara’s family that’s at risk as a run-in with deadly coyotes threatens to destroy everything and everyone Cara loves. How could one good deed go so badly wrong?
All Washed Up is the charming third novel in the Cara Mia Delgatto cozy mystery series. If you like witty heroines, ripped-from-the-headlines plots, and a generous helping of Florida’s beautiful Treasure Coast, you’ll adore Joanna Campbell Slan’s captivating tale.
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Also published as Second Chance at Hope.
Book #3 in a series that IndieReader calls "an incredibly fast and enjoyable read"
A Florida set gem--Deborah Sharp, author of the Mace Bauer Mysteries
Crafts, crime, and cunning twists--Nancy J. Cohen
A CRAFTY BUNDLE OF COZIES INTRODUCING A LOVABLE FEMALE SLEUTH...
The first SIX books in the Kiki Lowenstein Cozy Mystery Series!
FANS OF CLEAN, FUNNY BOOKS FILLED WITH GOOD FRIENDS, FAMILY, FOOD, AND FUR-BABIES REJOICE! You will gobble up these books faster than you can say, “I love chocolate!”
Readers looking for a hilarious escape with just the right touch of romance and drama will love these appealing mysteries. 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.
Lovers of feel-good cozy mysteries, especially amusing ones with animals, hobbies and food, will discover a new favorite author. Perfect for readers of 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
˃˃˃ BOOK #1-- PAPER, SCISSORS, DEATH (AGATHA AWARD FINALIST)
JUST BECAUSE HER HUSBAND’S NAKED, DEAD, AND IN A HOTEL BED, it might not be what it seems. Of course it is. (Sigh.) New widow, Kiki Lowenstein, walks out of her pampered life and into a scrapbooking store, turning a hobby into a career. In short order, the police come for her and Family Services come for her daughter.
With no other options, this papercrafter turns amateur sleuth.
Hobbyists and non-crafters alike will love Kiki. 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.
˃˃˃ BOOK #2 -- CUT, CROP & DIE
SWEET MEMORIES MADE OF THIS: PASTRY, PIZZA, A POISONOUS PILL AND MURDER? Recovering from financial ruin and her husband’s murder, Kiki Lowenstein’s getting her life back on track until a rival scrapbooker goes into anaphylactic shock and dies. Now Kiki must rely on her new sleuthing skills.
“This is without a doubt the best book I have read in ages.” -- Amazon Reviewer
˃˃˃ BOOK #3 -- INK, RED, DEAD
AS MANY SECRETS AS PILES OF STUFF. IT ALL HIDES A MURDER IN A HOARDER’S HAVEN” An off-site event goes wrong because the hostess’s house is filled with cats and there’s a body in the freezer!
"This [series] should quickly become a favorite." -- Booklist
˃˃˃ BOOK #4 -- PHOTO, SNAP, SHOT
A RACIST PAST COMES BACK TO HAUNT ST.LOUIS AND ONLY A MOTHER’S LOVE CAN DEFY IT. Kiki must protect her child’s life by following clues that lead to an ugly chapter of St. Louis’s racist history. (Author’s Note: This book actually resulted in me receiving threats…but I wrote it anyway.)
“Ms. Slan is a WRITER!! Not just a hack stringing words with no meaning on a page. She is an honest-to-god writer who does her art brilliantly.” -- Kathy Harris
˃˃˃ BOOK #5 -- MAKE, TAKE, MURDER
KIKI FINDS A SEVERED LEG IN A DUMPSTER AND a cryptic message suggests that only she knows why it’s there. Can she prove that an abused wife was murdered and save the woman’s daughter from a similar fate? “There is something in every book that I identify with, whether it be love of food or a f
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?
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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!
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