Joanna Campbell Slan

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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Joanna Campbell  Slan

National bestselling and award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan has written 30 books, including both fiction and non-fiction works. Her first non-fiction book, Using Stories and Humor: Grab Your Audience, was endorsed by Toastmasters International, and lauded by Benjamin Netanyahu’s speechwriter. She’s the author of three mystery series. Her first novel—Paper, Scissors, Death (Kiki Lowenstein Mystery #1) --was shortlisted for the Agatha Award. Recently she released Glue, Baby, Gone (Kiki Lowenstein Mystery #12). Her first historical mystery—Death of a Schoolgirl: The Jane Eyre Chronicles—won the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. Her contemporary series set in Florida continues this year with All Washed Up (Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery #3). In addition to writing fiction, she edits the Happy Homicides Anthologies and has begun a new series of “how to” books for dollhouse miniaturists. When she isn’t banging away at the keyboard, Joanna keeps busy walking her Havanese puppy Jax and watching her family’s League of Legends Team Apex on Twitch. Her husband, David, owns Steinway Piano Gallery-DC, so he provides the class in the family while she figures out how to turn trash into treasure. The Slans make their home in Jupiter Island, Florida


Paper, Scissors, Death: Book #1 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Book #1 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series Every scrapbook tells a story. Memories of friends, family...and murder? Mousy housewife Kiki Lowenstein has two great loves: scrapbooking and her young daughter, Anya. But her happy family album is ruined when her husband, George, is found naked and dead in a hotel room. Kiki's scissor-sharp words make her the prime suspect. As Kiki tracks down George's murderer, she discovers his sordid secret life. supported by her loyal friends, along with a little help (and a lot of stomach flutters) from the dashing Detective Detweiler, can Kiki design a new life for herself and Anya?

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Happy Homicides

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Special Limited Time Offer Buy Happy Homicides 4: Fall Into Crime and get Happy Homicides 3: Summertime Crime absolutely free! Find your new favorite author—or enjoy a new story by an old fave—with Happy Homicides 4: Fall Into Crime, a collection of 13 clean autumn-themed mysteries. Also, enjoy Happy Homicides 3: Summertime Crimes, an anthology with 12 clean summer reads. That’s a total of 25 mysteries for less than a buck! Both books feature traditional mysteries by a bestselling and award-winning authors. Each comes with its own free bonus file of recipes and craft ideas related to the book’s theme. Authors include Joanna Campbell Slan, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Margaret Lucke, Nancy Jill Thames, Teresa Trent, Maggie Toussaint, C. A. Verstraete, Randy Rawls, Terry Ambrose, Jeffrey Marks, Deborah Sharp, Anna Celeste Burke, Carole W. Price, Lesley A. Diehl, and Nancy J. Cohen.

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House of Refuge

My books are repositories for all of my favorite things in life--and blessedly, there are many. The Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge is one of these. Until I visited I had no idea such places existed. I had never stopped to consider the fate of a person who was shipwrecked on the nearly uninhabited coast of Florida in the mid-1800s. I hope I've brought this place alive in my readers' minds.

Where I got this idea...

One of my friends, Amy G., and her kids were accosted last Halloween. When I heard her story, I couldn't help but feel a chill. To be threatened like that when you were with your children? Ugh. In real life, Amy and her kids escaped harm, and the young thugs were caught. In my story...well, you'll have to read it.

Inappropriate thoughts in times of stress

We tend to think the oddest, silliest thoughts. That's what Cara and Sam do here. I suspect it's our mind's way of distancing us from the crisis at hand.

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