Sunday, August 5, 2012

Mark Your Calendars! Death of a Schoolgirl Release Date and a Chat Room Book Launch

I love this cover!

I admit it: I’m a bundle of nerves. The release date for Death of a Schoolgirl is Tuesday, August 7. All you can do as an author is your best. After that, it’s up to the readers to decide whether a series will “have legs” or not. Being chosen as a Featured Alternate by Mystery Guild was an early positive nod, but…the true test is yet to come.

I wonder if all of you readers know how incredibly important you are to a book’s success? You can talk it up to your friends, post a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, to name just a few ways to support an author or book you enjoy. You can suggest it as being worthwhile for your book club. You can buy a copy and give it as a gift.


Meanwhile, I’m celebrating and I’ll be giving away prizes. You can join me!  I’m holding a book launch chat in my chat room at my new website. The cool prizes include a Charlotte Bronte Coffee mug, a Lowood Lacrosse tee-shirt, and a signed copy of Death of a Schoolgirl. 

The chat will be from 7 to 9 p.m. EST on August 7 (Tuesday.) To join us, go to my website [], click on the CONTACT label, scroll to the bottom of that page and click on CHATROOM. In the chat room, you’ll type in your comments at the BOTTOM of your computer screen and hit ENTER.

See you there!--



Kirkus Reviews: “Slan refashions a beloved heroine as a surprisingly canny detective. Her stylistic imitation of Charlotte Brontë is seasoned with a dash of social commentary and plenty of suspects to mull over.

Publishers Weekly: “Fans of historical cozies will best appreciate Slan’s first in a new series featuring Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre … credibly recreates Regency London and the era of the Bow Street Runners.”

Brontë Blog:  “The novel makes an excellent holiday read, to be read at leisure if the curiosity to find out who the villain(s) is (are) allows. A light, fun take on a well-loved classic which is clearly well-loved by its author as well.”

WGCU/NPR Affiliate: “While Death of a Schoolgirl isn’t Brontë (nor is it intended to be), in actuality, it’s a charming read…smart, sexy, and delightfully fun.“

Terrie Farley Moran for Criminal Elements Blog:  “Anyone who has ever read and loved Jane Eyre will be captivated by Death of a Schoolgirl.”

Story Circle Book Reviews: “Slan has created an engaging mystery and peopled it with dear and familiar characters.”

RT Book Reviews:  “A very entertaining, believable extension of Jane Eyre. (Slan) has done an impressive job using rich historical details to transport readers back in time.”

Lesa Holstine’s Blog: “Joanna Campbell Slan succeeds in writing a compelling, fascinating mystery.

Bookish Whimsey:  “…It is easy to sit back and enjoy this layered, well-executed historical mystery.  And fans of the original novel will appreciate the intelligence and care the author has taken to maintain the spirit of Jane.”


Katreader said...

I look forward to reading this book. Sadly, I'll be at work during your chat-but best of luck on your release and party!

Linda O. Johnston said...

Can't wait to read it, Joanna!

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Thank you both! I'm excited!

Michelle said...

Congratulations on the new series! Now, when do we get a new Kiki Lowenstein mystery? :-)

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Hey, Michelle, the next book is scheduled for Spring/Summer 2013. But I'll have short stories out in the meantime. They'll be available on Kindle, as the other Kiki short stories are. Thanks for asking!

Betty Hechtman said...

Congrats on the new book and all the nice reviews. Being the Mystery Guild's featured alternative is great.