By Kiki Lowenstein from Joanna Campbell Slan's Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series (aka "Scrap-n-Craft" Mystery Series. Sigh, try saying that three times!)
Newest release--Ready, Scrap, Shoot/April 2012/Midnight Ink
People have this habit of confusing me with my ghost writer, Joanna Campbell Slan. In fact, a couple of moderators at panels have even called her, "Kiki." (Okay, one moderator called her, "Kinky," but slips of the tongue happen, right?)
I think I need to set the record straight: We are NOT the same person. I allow her to write about me. Well, actually, we're friends. Did you ever have an invisible playmate? It's that sort of relationship. She's invisible. Joanna, that is.
Yes, we have a lot in common. We both have naturally curly hair. I mean, would we pay to have perms like this? Not likely. One of the characters in a "Peanuts" cartoon said that naturally curly hair is a sign of genetic superiority. Joanna and I agree about this. Now you know.
We both love to do crafts, although I'm much better at it than she is. She's coming along. And we're both really messy when we do. See her dining room table? Is that a disaster or what? I, at least, contain my messes to Time in a Bottle, the scrapbook store where I work.
We both love Great Danes, but Joanna never owned a harlequin. She did own a beautiful Boston named Tia, a dog mostly black with a white stomach, white socks, and a white throat. Tia had cropped ears. I hate that idea! So cruel!
Although Joanna does NOT have an Aunt Penney, she does have a globe-trotting aunt who was born on St. Patrick's Day. You can meet my Aunt Penney in my new short story, "Kiki Lowenstein and the Lucky Charm." (Come on, live a little! It's only 99 cents! Even I can afford that!)
Not only is it a fun mystery, but "Kiki Lowenstein and the Lucky Charm" includes three recipes, three craft projects and a downloadable string on which you can do a Zentangle design. The cover is filled with Zentangle designs that Joanna did, see?
Meanwhile, Joanna and I both are celebrating the upcoming release of my next adventure--Ready, Scrap, Shoot. The actual release date is April, but a few stores have already been shipped their copies. I hope she gets cracking on making our bookmarks. Sigh. I have to nag her about things like that.
After reading our new book, Kirkus Reviews said, "Slan's mysteries are most valuable for the well-developed characters and the issues they raise, in this case the hardships of caring for elderly parents."
RT Book Reviews gave it four stars, and said, "Kiki is so darn entertaining she'll keep readers hooked through the shootout at the end....A fast-paced, nail-biting ride."
One last point: Joanna has never, ever been in a shootout. Trust me. If she had, she would have blogged about it! That woman canNOT keep a secret!