by Elaine Viets
Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an e-book copy of Happy Homicides 2: Thirteen Cozy Mysteries ~ Crimes of the Heart, and a dozen roses.
What’s a writer’s biggest problem?
Getting discovered by readers.
That’s what Joanna Campbell Slan believes. Joanna is a national bestselling author and Daphne du Maurier award winner. But, like all writers, she wants more.
“I was talking to Linda Hengerer, author of Dying for Holiday Tea,” Joanna said. “We both knew that developing a good mailing list for contacting readers was essential. I’m not sure what happened next, but I think a bottle of wine and some chocolate was involved.”
The result? The two authors decided to expand Spot On Publishing, an imprint Joanna started, and do e-anthologies. They invited other successful authors with solid fan bases and a knack for writing short stories with a twist to participate in a holiday-based anthology.
“The e-anthology is a good way to meet new-to-you authors,” Joanna said, “and $2.99 is a good price. You can’t even buy a Hallmark card for that. You know some of the writers–and you should meet the others.”
Happy Homicides 2 has short stories or novellas by Maggie Toussaint, Carolyn Haines, Camille Minichino, Sally Lippert, Randy Rawls, Linda Hengerer, Neil Plakcy, Annie Adams, Teresa Trent, Nancy Jill Thames, Kathi Daley, Anna Celeste Burke, Joanna Campbell Slan – and me. The collection also has a bonus: 19 recipes and five crafts.
I sent in my Agatha-award-winning story, “Wedding Knife.” Any woman who’s ever had to wear an ugly bridesmaid dress (and aren’t they all?) will appreciate this story of love and revenge.
Here’s a sampling of a few more entries:
“Stupid Cupid:” A Cara Mia Delgatto Novella by Joanna Campbell Slan. Cara Mia’s search for love gets her involved in a star-crossed, homicidal romance.
“A Heart for Murder” by Teresa Trent. An expensive family heirloom is stolen from a local jewelry store, and Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick would love to figure out who’s responsible.
“The Sodium Arrow” by Camille Minichino. The love of a student for a favorite teacher drives a freelance embalmer to seek out justice.
“Bones and Arrows” by Carolyn Haines. Intrepid Sarah Booth Delaney would rather face a gun than a party on Valentine’s Day. She’s decided that Cupid is a big phony. But is he a jewel thief, too?
“The Missing Jacket” by Randy Rawls. A golfing buddy offers Jonathan Boykin big money to retrieve a stolen jacket. Jonathan is smart enough to know the difference between love and lust. But can he also figure out the scam?
“Really, Truly Dead” by Maggie Toussaint. Lindsey McKay reluctantly returns back home when her father is accused of murder.
You can pre-order Happy Homicides 2 at amzn.com/B01B3FKGOU.
You can win a dozen roses from the authors of Happy Homicides 2: Thirteen Cozy Mysteries~Crimes of the Heart. We are giving one lucky winner a dozen roses. Sign up for the contest at www.facebook.com/HappyHomicides/app/228910107186452/.
But wait – there’s more! Win a copy of Happy Homicides 2:
To enter to win an e-book copy of Happy Homicides 2, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “homicides,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 20, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.
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