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Happy Homicides the Purr-fect Crime Blog Tour Day 8

 

Hang in there kitty, we are on day 8 of the Happy Homicides 5: The Purr-fect Crime. Today Joanna Campbell Slan is making an author to author visit to Jacquie Biggar’s blog. Jacquie writes romantic suspense so check her books out too!

Here is a description of Joanna’s story for the anthology.

The Catnip Caper: A Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery

The Cara Mia Delgatto series is a spin-off from Joanna’s popular Kiki Lowenstein mysteries. Cara and her friends are all animal lovers, but sometimes love can go astray.

Click Here to go to read more about Joanna Campbell Slan at Jacquie Biggar’s Blog

Happy Homicides Purr-fect Crime Tour Day 2

 

Today Joanna Campbell Slan is visiting Fabulous and Brunette.  Joanna writes the Kiki Lowenstein Mysteries and is one of the leaders of this motley group of cozy writers.

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My story Double Tap has Betsy and Aunt Maggie tap dancing with the Pecanettes. Have you ever been part of a local dance class or group?

 

Guest Post: Joanna Campbell Slan “Proud to Be a Trashy Girl”

mermaid finished

Proud to be a Trashy Girl

By Joanna Campbell Slan

For decades now, I’ve suffered in isolation. My crime? (Or perhaps my addiction?) Is a love of trash. I hate seeing stuff thrown away. Especially GOOD stuff, usable items that still have a lot of life in them.

My husband despairs of my habits. Once, as I struggled to pull a big piece of wood out of a Dumpster, he pretended not to know me. “La-la-la,” he sang loudly while walking in the opposite direction.

“Help.” I grunted with the effort of my task. His lack of interest only spurred me on. It took some doing, but finally I wrangled the wood out from under other trash. “See?” I balanced it on top of my head. “It’ll be perfect as the platform for a dollhouse.”

But rather than hold the door to the apartment building open for me, he yelled, “Got to go! See ya!”

Fortunately another neighbor took pity and helped me haul the wood up the stairs and into our apartment.

Happily, I’ve since met a kindred spirit named Carol. She’s a girly-girl, but like me, she’s never one to turn up her nose at other people’s cast offs. We’ve bonded over glue guns, E-6000, and Elmer’s. In fact, when she bought a perfectly plain plywood cut-out of a mermaid, the two of us plotted to gussy up the sea creature. Carol had seen a similar project selling for $500, where the tail was made of squashed plastic bottles. That seemed too clunky for me. As we stood there in Carol’s garage, I had a brainstorm. Grabbing a pair of kitchen scissors, I cut empty aluminum pop cans into scales like fish have. Then we savaged an old silver plastic tray that was in the recycling bin. It became the fins on the tail. Next, we glued on nubby yarn Carol had snapped up at a thrift shop for a buck. Bit by bit, we filled in the blank form. I painted her face and shaped a broken glass candle holder into a bra. Carol added gems in her hair and “jewelry.” After spray-painting seashells a vivid purple, we glued them on, too.

I think our finished project is divine. In fact, in the next Cara Mia Delgatto mystery, I plan to have Cara sell mermaids just like this in her store. In between solving crimes, she and her crew will dress up plywood mermaids. Maybe even expanding the idea to seahorses…crabs…boats…fish…the sky’s the limit!

all-washed-up smallIn the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series, Cara and her crew transform trash into treasure as a way of stocking her store, The Treasure Chest. In Book #3, All Washed Up, Cara comes face to face with the idea of treating humans as “trash,” when they are tossed overboard by smugglers. I wrote the book after a shipwreck spilled illegal aliens on the sands of the small island where I live. For a limited time, it’s only $.99 so grab your copy today. Click here —

About the author: National bestselling and award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan has penned 30 books, both fiction and non-fiction, including a dozen featuring Kiki Lowenstein. RT Reviews has called Joanna “one of mystery’s rising stars.” Her newest mystery series introduces Cara Mia Delgatto, a spunky entrepreneur dedicated to turning “trash into treasure.” IndieReader Reviews has called it “incredibly charming.” Joanna’s historical mystery series featuring Charlotte Brontë’s classic heroine Jane Eyre won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence. You can read two of Joanna’s books absolutely free by going to http://www.booklaunch.io/joannaslan/inkreddead and http://www.booklaunch.io/joannaslan/teardownanddie Visit Joanna at www.JoannaSlan.com

The Joy of Writing With Other Writers

Mystery Writer's LightbulbHow many mystery writers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

What a silly question, they want a dark and stormy night.

Last year I was tickled pink when Joanna Campbell Slan asked me if I might be interested in being a contributing writer in an anthology. Eventually the project came together as a  Christmas anthology to be named Happy Homicides. So there I was, watching the fireworks on the Fourth of July writing about Christmas. My very favorite kind of story to write has always been set at Christmas. Even before I started my Pecan Bayou series, I usually wrote a Christmas story every year.  The psychological boost I receive every Christmas season from heartwarming tales of hope and renewal is awesome, so creating my own story was just plain good for my soul. Of course, this was a mystery anthology which meant every story had to have a homicide, which is not very renewing, but that was okay. This was the first Christmas mystery I have written and truth be told, I hated to put the murder in!

I grew up loving authors like Faith Baldwin and remembered thinking Stephen King was wicked…but wonderful. So when I write my Christmas stories, I try to channel a little Faith and maybe a little faith as well.  I was writing my yearly story, but this time I was in a group of other storytellers. Here are some of the benefits I received from this project.

I found a  knowledge base of writing, publishing, and marketing in the other writers. Every question that was asked by anybody in the group led me to learn something. When writers spend time creating their own little worlds, it can be easy to forget to come out of the clouds and see the rest of world. There have been dinners when my family discussed what went on during the day, and I would tell them about what happened in Pecan Bayou.  They always gave me a look like, “You know it’s not a real place, right?”  Many of these writers in the group were bestselling authors and way up on the food chain from me.  Some of the information I gleaned from them was better than what I’ve learned at writing conferences. Then, as we grew closer to publication time, they pulled out their marketing resources. Again I was astonished.

I’ll admit, I’ve always been pretty cautious of co-writing and partnerships, but in this case it was pretty painless.  Joyfully, my readers reaped the benefits. They found a new Pecan Bayou story with Betsy Livingston, but they also discovered the characters Kiki Lowenstein, Cara Mia Delgatto, Savannah Martin, Neil Plakcy’s dogs, Nancy Jill Thames Teddy series, the wonderful prequel to a new series by Camille Minichino and so much more.

So, maybe the Beatles had it right when they sang, “Everybody come together, right now…”

Good news! If you’ve already finished the Christmas anthology, Happy Homicides, there is a Valentine’s anthology in the final stages right now. I’ll keep you posted on this one, and yes, there is new Pecan Bayou story coming, just for you.

 

Photo found on Morgue File and used with permission

Get Ready…Happy Homicides the Cozy Mystery Bundle is Coming!

I am so excited Happy Homicides is finally about to come out!

Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries will be available for pre-order on Sept. 15 on most platforms for only 99 cents. Price includes a special bonus file with recipes and craft ideas. Authors include Joanna Campbell Slan, Neil Plakcy, Lois Winston, Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett, Nancy Warren, Sara Rosett, Camille Minichino, Nancy Jill Thames, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Teresa Trent. This collection of novellas and short stories is a whopping 213,000 words long! Release date will be Oct. 15, 2015.

Joanna Campbell Slan has worked very hard to put this all together, so thanks Joanna for the patience and inspiration that you shared with the rest of us.  I have to say it has been a pleasure spending my summer chatting with the other authors and learning from their expertise. So, here are some links for my anxious readers.

Happy Homicides Website

Our Facebook Page

Don’t forget you can pre-order this book starting on September 15 and the phenomenal price? Ho Ho Ho! 99 Cents!