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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Scrapbook Updates Spotlights Paper, Scissors, Death

Need a good summer read? How about scrapbook fiction?

Asks Nancy Nally of

Scrapbooking's popularity has spawned a whole crop of fiction books that have scrapbooking themes which are starting to show up in bookstores. If you are looking for a good summer read, here are a few suggestions--

(A marketing idea for local scrapbook stores: you might want to try donating copies of scrapbook-themed fiction to your local library. It might get readers in the mood for scrapbooking, and even better, a lot of libraries allow labels to be placed in donated books that say "donated by..." which would be a great advertisement for your store! This might also be a productive use of unsold copies of scrapbook publications - turn them into advertising by donating them to places as reading material with your name on them.)

So let's take a look at the scrapbook fiction shelf...

Something to look forward to... The fall (specifically September) will bring the release (a) new mystery series featuring an expert scrapbooker... from a name that may be familiar to some in the scrapbook industry.

Paper, Scissors, Death: A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery by Joanna Campbell Slan will be released on Sept. 1st. The book focuses on Kiki Lowenstein, a recently widowed mom of one and scrapbook store employee, who must solve the murder of her husband to avoid being next on a hit list.

Campbell Slan is familiar to many in the scrapbook community for her long resume of writing there and it will be exciting to see if she can deliver on the fiction side as well. She certainly has the knowledge of the scrapbooking arena to make her setting authentic.

Campbell Slan is having a contest on her website where the winner gets to name a character in her next book, Cut, Crop & Die, coming in June of 2009.

Joanna Campbell Slan writes for a site called Killer Hobbies, a blog by seven mystery writers that write hobby themed books.

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