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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lucky 13 -- Thirteen Kindle Reads FREE Only on April 13!

By Joanna Campbell Slan



To celebrate the release of Ready, Scrap, Shoot, the fifth book in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery series (aka “Scrap-n-Craft Mystery series”), I wanted to do something really special. Something fun, something extra for my fans. So I’ve joined together with a dozen other mystery writers, and we’re turning Friday the 13th into a lucky day for anyone who loves to read. Yep, today you can download thirteen great reads for free on Kindle.


One of the reads is a short story featuring my protagonist, Kiki Lowenstein. I named it “Kiki Lowenstein and the Purple Passion,” and it’s been getting five-star reviews on Amazon.
Is it lucky for you? Undoubtedly. You’ll get to load up your Kindle with a fresh crop of books (and a short story!). If you don’t have a Kindle, you can load the app onto your computer for free.

Will it be lucky for me? I dunno. It’s a brave new world out there for authors with the advent of so many ways for readers to access our work. Since all thirteen of us are pitching in to promote our reads, I’m sure I’ll attract at least a few new fans.

So why not check out these thirteen offerings? And let me know…does this sound like a good promotional idea to you? Why or why not?
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Sink or Swim by Stacy Juba- After starring on a hit game show set aboard a Tall Ship, personal trainer Cassidy Novak discovers that she has attracted a stalker. Can she trust Zach Gallagher, the gorgeous newspaper photographer assigned to follow her for a local series? As things heat up with the stalker and with Zach, soon Cassidy will need to call SOS for real. "Easy read and extremely well written." Stephenie LaGrossa, Survivor; "I could not put this book down." Book Club Queen





Darker By Degree by Keri Knutson - A missing girl. A mysterious break-in. A brutal murder. Actress Maddie Pryce is looking for her big break, but finds herself at the center of a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. Soon she’s tangled up with a persistent detective, a driven director, a playboy producer, and an unstable ingenue. Can Maddie unravel the clues before her next role is as a serial killer’s victim?





Diary of Murder by Jean Henry Mead - Dana Logan's wealthy sister, Georgi, dies and Georgi's husband claims it was suicide. Dana knows her sister would never take her own life and sets out to prove it was murder, with her friend, Sarah Cafferty. During their investigation, they stumble over more bodies and place their own lives in jeopardy when they encounter a vicious drug ring.







Ghost Island by Bonnie Hearn Hill - Is Aaron a dream, or is he something much more deadly? Livia Hinson has just begun a Seminar at Sea when a storm hits their boat. Now, she is stranded with the other students on an island off the coast of California. Far away from her foster home and her heartbreak, Livia finds Aaron, the perfect love. But the only way they can be together is in her dreams.





One Small Victory by Maryann Miller -the story of one woman's courage. Suspense novel by Maryann Miller, based on a true story of a woman who infiltrated a drug ring and helped bring down a major distributor in her small Texas town. Don't discount what a mother can do to protect her children. First published in hardback, now available as an e-book and as a trade paperback.





Rock & Roll Homicide by RJ McDonnell - The 1st novel in the Rock & Roll Mystery Series finds PI Jason Duffy helping the widow of a slain rock star after she climbs to #1 in the police suspect charts. Duffy, an inexperienced former club musician, sorts through suspects ranging from band members to the Russian Mafia in this rocking whodunit. 4.67 Star Average.





Southeast Asian Quartet by William S. Shephard - Suspense and murder in Southeast Asia in the style of Somerset Maugham, these four tales evoke Singapore, Borneo, Malaya and Indochina. Perhaps you'll solve the disappearance of Jim Thompson, the Thai Silk King, missing for 35 years. Draw up a chair at the Raffles Bar and join us!





Taken by Debra Lee - Welcome to the fictitious little town of Watery, Pennsylvania where the district attorney’s personal secretary, Mary Murray never planned to become a single mom or a suspect in her infant’s disappearance, but she plans to find Jena before she suffers the same fate Mary’s younger brother had when he was taken twelve years earlier.







The Four Last Things by Timothy Hallinan - Hired to follow a young woman, private eye Simeon Grist becomes mired in murder and a million-dollar religious scam in The Four Last Things, the first in a series of highly-praised LA private-eye novels written in the 1990s by 2011 Edgar nominee Timothy Hallinan. The Drood Review called it “One of the 10 best books of the year.” Publisher's Weekly: “Very satisfying;” Booklist: “a sure winner.”





When a Man Loves a Woman: Enhanced Multimedia Edition by Alina Adams - Can a man and woman ever truly be just friends? What about if one of them is married? What if one of them suddenly isn't anymore? Originally published as a paperback by Dell in 2000, the 2011 e-book re-release multimedia edition now features all the text of the original, plus a bonus musical soundtrack to compliment the story! A romance from mystery author Alina Adams.





Willowtree: A Bruce DelReno Mystery by Mike Bove - Bruce DelReno, retired postman, golf and food nut, finds a body near the golf course. He believes the murder is connected to others and involves his Apache friend. Together, they stay a step ahead of the police in trying to solve the cases. They uncover dark secrets of a close knit group of friends in the town of Willowtree, Arizona. This is a fun read with some interesting characters.





Kiki Lowenstein and the Purple Passion: A Kiki Lowenstein Short Story by Joanna Campbell Slan - When a customer’s daughter is falsely accused, Kiki Lowenstein foils a nasty plan to ruin the girl’s reputation. Mystery, crafts, recipes, humor, romance/short story.









Whispering by Gerrie Ferris Finger - Will Cleo Snow admit to making love with charming World War I fly-boy Graham Henry to

clear him in the disappearance of an island woman who claims he plans to marry her? Will Graham compromise Cleo to clear himself? With her spirit firmed by deceit, Cleo vows to uncover the truth and keep her secret.







Please mark your calendar for Give Your Child a Free Kindle Book Day on April 19 - in which numerous books for children, pre-teens, and young adults will be free.

28 comments:

Mary said...

Omg, Joanna, I got the 13 books downloaded. The only one that does not show as a free one is Ghost Island. Thank you for sharing this wonderful deal with us!

Mary Havlovic

Anonymous said...

the link to GVE YOUR CHILD A FREE BOOK is not working :-(

Christine Jensen said...

Thank you for sharing these free ebooks!!

Sheila Glazov said...

Thanks for the informatin and offer, Joanna. I still love holding a book and have resisted a Kindle. However, because of your message I did download the Kindle to my coomputer to read your short story! Hope you are all well and enjoyed a lovely Passover. Love, Sheila, "Your Jewish Mother"

Adoptivemomto2 said...

Great idea! I downloaded your book and 7 others :) I love your Kiki series!

Anonymous said...

What a great surprise to find in my inbox today - thank you!! A good way to introduce readers to new authors too.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

I think we overwhelmed Amazon!

Regarding the kid's book. I emailed Stacy Juba and she wrote this back to me:

check my blog http://stacyjuba.com/blog/ this weekend and I will have a post very similar to the one on your blog now with all the links. Thanks! You can delete that graf from your blog if you want.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Hmmmmm. Maybe Friday the 13th poltergeists are at work!

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

I think it's a super way to meet new authors without spending a bundle. Kind of like dating. No commitments, just fun!

Bec Clarke said...

Thanks to you and your fellow Authors, I can't wait to sink my teeth into all these wonderful new books.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much. This will be my first attempt at reading fiction online.

Darshell said...

Thank you for the new Kiki story & the chance to "meet" some new authors!

Sue Colerick said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful gift of ebooks available for free on Kindle. Now I have a few new books and authors to read in the next few weeks.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

I'm delighted to be a part of this. And I'm very happy to let people sample my work. If you like it, I hope you'll tell a friend!

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

As for reading it online, the best part is that you'll see the images in great detail. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the link!! I can't wait for the kid's day as well. If you get another link, please send out another email. Oh, and keep up the scrapping mysteries! Wonderful!

Fedora said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to read your new Kiki.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Thanks, Fedora. Hope you are well.

sue b said...

COOL! 13 books for $2.99 (if that author will share out the profits with the rest of you) :-)

Thanks!!

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

REminder to all--please sign up for my e-newsletters at www.JoannaSlan.com When the link didn't work today, I sent an e-mail blast out to everyone on that list and updated what to do. So it's a useful way to communicate. Also, check out my author's page on Facebook

Facebook.com/JoannaCampbellSlan

Anonymous said...

I think this is a mighty good idea for you guys to get your books seen by new people. I download all I can and will read authors I didn't know about and wouldn't have tried was it not for this promotion of yours.

Char said...

Oh my gosh...what a delightful Friday the 13th 'gift'....I downloaded all the free books ;-) Can't WAIT to start reading!!! Thanks to all of you for this fun day!!

Linda said...

This is so exciting! Thank you, Joanna. I downloaded all 13 plus I bought your other 4 short stories. Can't wait to get started!

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Woopee! It's been a great day! Glad you could come along for the ride!

scrapperjen said...

Thank you all so much! I got these dowloaded and look forward to reading them.

Karla Yungwirth said...

Thanks so much for the links and the Kiki story! I can't wait to start reading it. Love your books :)

Penny said...

I do not have a Kindle, but downloaded to my computer and downloaded the books. This was a great idea. Thank you so much.

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

Penny, you'll probably get a better look at the projects on your computer, so I'm eager to hear from you. Thanks to all for giving us a try! Remember: I'm attempting to write a Kiki short story every month, so you'll want to come to my facebook page for announcements: http://facebook.com/joannacampbellslan