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This is the first time Joanna Campbell Slan has visited with us, so please give her a big welcome!

 

Her website is here: http://www.joanna-campbell-slan.com/

 

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Joanna Campbell Slan


Joanna Campbell Slan was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but she grew up in a small town in Indiana. After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in journalism, she worked as a newspaper reporter, a newspaper ad salesperson, a television talk show host, a college teacher, a public relations professional, and a motivational speaker. In that capacity, she was named by Sharing Ideas Magazine as “one of the top 25 speakers in the world.” 


When her son, Michael, got his driver’s license, Joanna was freed from carpool duty and finally able to pursue her dream of writing full time. She has since written eighteen books, eleven non-fiction and seven fiction. 


Joanna's personal essays have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and one was made into a television program on the Pax Network. The college textbook Joanna wrote—Using Stories and Humor: Grab Your Audience—has been praised as an invaluable resource by Benjamin Netanyahu’s speechwriter and has been endorsed by Toastmasters, International.


Joanna’s first novel—Paper, Scissors, Death—was an Agatha Award finalist. It features Kiki Lowenstein, a spunky single mom who lives in St. Louis. The sixth book in that series will be released Summer 2013.

 

Kirkus Reviews has said, “Slan’s mysteries are most valuable for the well-developed characters and the issues they raise.” RT Book Reviews awarded Ready, Scrap, Shootfour stars and said, “Kiki is so darn entertaining that she’ll keep readers hooked.” In between the traditional books featuring Kiki Lowenstein, Joanna has written a series of short stories that are available on Kindle.  


Joanna’s newest series—The Jane Eyre Chronicles—began with Death of a Schoolgirl(Berkley) and continues with the release of Death of a Dowager. The series features Charlotte Brontë’s classic heroine Jane Eyre as an amateur sleuth. 


Joanna is married to David Slan, owner of Steinway Piano Gallery, which serves metro- Washington, DC, as well as Steinway Piano Gallery in St. Louis, MO, which serves most of Missouri and much of central Illinois. They have one son, Michael, who is a professional poker player. The Slans live with their two dogs, Rafferty and Victoria, on Jupiter Island, Florida.

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 Joanna Campbell Slan at the Oatlands, a National Trust Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark, near Leesburg, VA. Photo by Robin Templeton.

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[ Edited ]

 

April 8-13--Barnes & Noble Mystery Forum (online)

 

April 9/9pm--Berkley Prime Crime Chat (online)

 

April 13/11am--Romance Writers of America, Ft. Lauderdale Sheraton, Ft. Lauderdale FL

 

May 2/8:30pm--Colorado Book Club (Skype)

 

May 3-5--Malice Domestic, Bethesda MD

 

May 6--Festival of Mystery, Oakmont PA

 

May 21--Dinner Mystery Theatre evening (private party)

 

June 21--Reception with Ambassador to Spain

 

July 17-20--RWA Conference, Atlanta GA

 

Aug. 15--WXEL Book Club on the air

 

 

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SOUTHERN BEAUTY SHOP MYSTERY SERIES

 

(Note: Joanna only wrote the fourth book in this series--Wave Good-Bye--the others were written by another author. However, all books in this series are listed as having been written by "Lila Dare.")

 

Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop Series #1)   -- Book #1

Polished Off (Southern Beauty Shop Series #2)   -- Book #2

Die Job (Southern Beauty Shop Series #3)  -- Book #3

 

Wave Good-Bye   -- Book #4 (by Joanna writing as "Lila Dare")

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Check out Joanna's blog for giveaways!

http://www.joannaslan.blogspot.com/

 

Joanna Campbell Slan

 

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The Death of a Dowager (Jane Eyre Chronicles Series #2)  

 

 

Overview

In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. The Jane Eyre Chronicles pick up where Brontë left off, with Jane married to her beloved Edward Rochester and mother to a young son. But Jane soons finds herself having to protect those she loves…
 
While extensive repairs are being made to Ferndean, their rural home, Jane and Edward accept an invitation from their friend Lucy Brayton to stay with her in London. Jane is reluctant to abandon their peaceful life in the countryside, but Edward’s damaged vision has grown worse. She hopes that time in the capital will buoy his spirits and give him the chance to receive treatment from an ocular specialist.

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Excerpt from Death of a Dowager

 

by Joanna Campbell Slan

 

Despite the familiar irregular features and hazel eyes, the woman in the mirror scarce resembled me. My reflection wore a blue silk bandeau in her hair, which supported a gathering of white ostrich plumes and blond court lappets. A white satin slip with an embroidered border of blue flowers peeked out from under a blue petticoat festooned with miniature blue rosettes and clusters of seed pearls. Over the dress, she wore a robe train of gros de Naples in a darker shade of blue, ornamented with miniature blue rosettes. In addition, that strange mannequin staring back at me wore white satin gloves that stretched from the fingertips past the elbows. And around her neck was a strand of diamonds that caught the candlelight and broke it into rainbows with a million splendid colors.

 

Jane Eyre, governess, would never dress in such a flamboyant manner.

 

Mrs. Edward Rochester, wife of the country squire, might.

 

Surely one might fight for a middle ground!

 

I lifted my blue and silver wrap to decorously cover my décolletage and shoulders.

 

“No, no, no!” Lucy scolded as she readjusted the drape around my upper arms so that more of my skin was uncovered. “This shawl should softly embrace you, not bundle you up as if you were a parcel. Besides you want the Rochester diamonds to show. Their sparkle matches that of your eyes.”

 

Lucy peeped over my shoulder and into the cheval mirror at our reflections. Our twin ostrich feather headdresses mingled in a flurry of downy white fluff. Behind us, I saw the sumptuous gold and white decor of Lucy’s guest room. Rags, Lucy’s beloved little white dog, stood watching us from the bed, his tail wagging like a king’s standard flaps in the breeze.

 

“But I feel too exposed. This can’t be proper.”

 

“It’s not only proper but required. The King sets the rules for court dress, and court dress is de rigueur at the theater. At least George IV has decreed that we won’t be wearing hoops under our skirts. But the décolletage, bare arms, and ostrich plumes are still expected.”

 

I cast a longing glance at my old brown muslin dress—a gown so plain that in it I could pass for a woman of modest means, the woman I once was. Polly, Lucy’s lady maid, noticed and placed the dress over her arm. “I’ll clean this for you and mend the tear, Mrs. Rochester.”

 

“Lucy, I appreciate all you have done,” I said taking my friend’s hand, “but I would feel much more comfortable in simpler attire. We are going to the opera house to watch the performance onstage. Why should anyone care what I am wearing?”

 

“You have so much to learn.” Lucy shook her head. “A vast portion of tonight’s entertainment will be in watching the audience. Everyone who is anyone in London will be attending tonight to see Corri-Paltoni’s triumphant return to the London stage. They will use the evening to catch up on the latest gossip. The actors and singers will need to strain to be heard over the chatter and commotion!”

 

I touched my shawl and watched the silver threads glisten most alluringly. Lucy had given it to me as a wedding gift, and thus I treasured it. “Are we to be the object of such attention because your box is so prominent?”

 

“That is but one reason. For another, the entire routine of social calls is excruciatingly boring, so the appearance of any new personage infuses much needed excitement to the mix. You wouldn’t want to cheat the others of the spectacle, would you? As a newcomer to the social scene, tomorrow you will be the subject du jour!”

 

“I have no desire to be the subject du jour. I am attending the opera because my husband is eager to revive his memories of hearing Corri-Paltoni on the Continent, not because I wish to make a spectacle of myself!”

 

“Aye, there’s the rub. You cannot do one without the other.”

 

Polly draped our trains over our forearms so we would not trip over them, and I caught the scent of lily-of-the-valley perfume as Lucy moved me toward the doorway.

 

I admit I dragged my feet a little, scuffing my lovely silk slippers. “Won’t the other patrons have more important subjects to discuss? Such as the quality of Corri-Paltoni’s voice?”

 

“Bah! What does society know of musical talent? Not much, I assure you. But to see a new face in a fifth-level box, that is a subject they can explore with great amusement. Think of this as a grand lark, and you are perfectly prepared for your part.”

 

I hardly thought so.

 

In fact, I felt a bit ill.

 

~

 

This excerpt from Death of a Dowager is shared with kind permission of The Berkley Publishing Group, a division of the Penguin Group, and all rights are reserved. http://www.us.penguingroup.com

 

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Please welcome JOANNA CAMPBELL SLAN! I've got a family party on Sunday and on Monday my daughter goes home, so I'll be on the computer in fits and starts. I hope you'll all make Joanna welcome when I'm not here - thank you!!

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OMG Joanna is also moonlighting as Lila Dare??? I love those books. Sort of like reading the Nancy Drew books I guess, with all the different Carolyn Keenes out there. I will be adding Joanna's other books to my TBR pile now.

Oh, and welcome to our forum here at Barnes and Noble, Joanna. So glad you could join us.

What's your favorite and least favorite part of writing mystery novels?

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Hi, Everyone! By the way, I did not write DUTCH ME DEADLY. That's one I can't take credit for although it does show up under my name! (I hope they pay me for it, tee-hee.)
Author of the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series (Agatha Award finalist), The Jane Eyre Chronicles, and (writing as "Lila Dare") the fourth book in the Southern Beauty Shop Mystery Series.
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I love building characters. Kiki Lowenstein is like my best friend--and I love revisiting favorites such as Jane Eyre in my The Jane Eyre Chronicles Series. Working with Grace Ann Terhune was fun because I have Southern roots, so that was like a visit to another part of my life.

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As for the least favorite, hmmm. I wish there were more hours in a day so I could write longer!
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Joanna_Campbell_Slan wrote:
Hi, Everyone! By the way, I did not write DUTCH ME DEADLY. That's one I can't take credit for although it does show up under my name! (I hope they pay me for it, tee-hee.)

Sorry - I deleted that book title, Joanna. Thanks for catching it! I searched your name and it came up, even though when I look closely it's a different author's name on the cover. Weird!

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Joanna_Campbell_Slan wrote:

I love building characters. Kiki Lowenstein is like my best friend--and I love revisiting favorites such as Jane Eyre in my The Jane Eyre Chronicles Series. Working with Grace Ann Terhune was fun because I have Southern roots, so that was like a visit to another part of my life.


What inspired you to go with the Jane Eyre theme? Was it a favorite book of yours?

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Joanna - Thanks for joining us this week! Tomorrow I'll be on the computer on and off, mostly in the afternoon and evening. My daughter has been visiting and she's heading home tomorrow. Plus, I'll have my 8 month old grandbaby here. These days, I do most of my posts here when she's napping!

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Joanna - I love hearing how authors got the call (or email) telling them their first book had been sold. Would you share your "call" story with us?

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Actually, it wasn't a call or email. I "pitched" my agent and editor at Sleuthfest, the yearly conference held in Florida. They both said, "Send me your first fifty pages." After that it was a roller-coaster ride of "can you change this?" and "what about that?" and I just kept writing during the whole shooting match.
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I grew up in a violent, chaotic home with alcoholic parents. Early on, I found a copy of Jane Eyre and thought, "Gee, if she could find a way to change her life, so can I!" So Jane Eyre was, in my mind, the book that saved my life. Writing an extension of it was a delight. 

Author of the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series (Agatha Award finalist), The Jane Eyre Chronicles, and (writing as "Lila Dare") the fourth book in the Southern Beauty Shop Mystery Series.