Sunday, December 14, 2014

Note: Joanna Campbell Slan is one of the founding members of the Killer Hobbies Blog. We welcome her back today to tell us about her new book, which is being released today.


A Special Gift for my Crafty Friends
By Joanna Campbell Slan

Years ago when Deb Baker and I cooked up the idea for this blog, we were both newbie authors who’d recently penned crafty mysteries. I had no idea that Kiki Lowenstein, my mythical heroine, would become my alter ego, but she has. Nor did I dream that Kiki would spawn a sidekick, Cara Mia Delgatto, who stars in her own cozy crafting series set in Florida. There are two books in that series—Tear Down and Die, and Kicked to the Curb. Cara runs a “trash to treasure” shop on the Treasure Coast.

Both Kiki and Cara are always trying their hands at new handmade articles. So it seemed like a natural departure for me to create a Special FREE Gift to celebrate the release of—Handmade, Holiday, Homicide (Book #10 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series). The Special Free Gift is available to anyone who pre-orders a copy today, December 15, 2014. Here’s how it works: Inside your copy of Handmade, Holiday, Homicide, there’s an email address that will automatically send you a FREE Bonus.
Included are the instructions and patterns for thirteen nifty, thrift craft projects! Also, I’ve thrown in six fabulous recipes! And, I’m also sharing the first chapter of Shotgun, Wedding, Bells, which will be the eleventh book in the Kiki Lowenstein Series.

The bonus gift includes color photos, patterns, and images.

I had so much fun making these crafts—and I think you will, too. You’ll learn how to make a trio of Christmas Carol Singers, an Icosahedron Ornament, a Crocheted Necklace, a Snowman that lights up, a Spa Basket with Bath Salts, Fantasy Jars for holding trinkets, a Turtle that opens to reveal a compartment, adorable Gingerbread Men out of clay or foam trays, a Quilted Glasses Case, a simple and inexpensive Scrapbook Album in a Folder, a Dollhouse in a 3-Ring Binder (plus furnishings for a bedroom), Mini Book Earrings, and a Book Garden. For the most part, all these gifts can be made with items that would usually wind up in your recycling bin. The Special Bonus Gift is worth $12.99, but the cost of Handmade, Holiday, Homicide is only $5.99. At that price, you can order a copy for a friend (and save the LONG lines at the post office.)

Here’s a sneak peak at some of these crafts—

See? There’s something for everyone. Why not pre-order your copy of Handmade, Holiday, Homicide right now?

Much love to all my crafty friends from your pal,


Barbara T. said...

I love how Joanna is giving my creativity a nudge. Time to get out of slump and back into crafting.

traveler said...

Joanna is very creative and inventive. What great books which and ideas. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda O. Johnston said...

So glad to see you back here, Joanna, even briefly! Welcome!

Joanna Slan said...

So sorry that the images didn't show up! Thank you all for having me!