scrapbook mystery

Scrapbook Novel: Who Wants to Win a Copy?!?

I’ve been lucky enough to again receive a copy of a new scrapbooking novel to give away! I know how much you love these :)

This time, it’s Gossamer Ghost (A Scrapbooking Mystery) by LAURA CHILDS.

{You can see other posts I’ve done about her books HERE, including a post where YOU got to ask questions of Laura and she answered them for you!}.

The prize is in hardcover because the book just came out in October 2014. All you do to enter is click on Comments under the title to this post and leave a Comment :)

The comment can be about anything but if you’re speechless today, here are some ideas:

– What do you love about scrapbooking novels?
– How many scrapbooking novels have you read? Have a favorite?
– How do you like the way my blog re-design is going (be honest!). Is the “all white” too hard on the eyes? Other suggestions or comments?
– How long have you been a Scrapbook Obsession reader?
– What types of things would you like to read about here that I don’t cover (or cover enough?)

Because I’m so curious about those last 3 questions, I’ll send out a lil’ scrappy prize to someone who thoughtfully answers one (or more) of those – and you’re still eligible for the book, too.

DEADLINE: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at midnight PST
*Open to mailing addresses in the US only

Winners will be announced the following week. Please make sure when leaving a comment that it includes a way to reach you if you win – a link to your blog, your e-mail, etc. Book winner will be selected by random draw. I will hand-pick the scrappy prize winner.

PS: If you’re too anxious to wait for the giveaway (or would prefer a Kindle version instead of a hard copy), the book is available NOW for sale RIGHT HERE. If you’d like to check out other Scrapbooking Mysteries by Laura Childs, you can find them all HERE.

Please tell your scrapbooking and mystery loving friends about the contest! You can use the Share buttons below to easily post to your social media :)

Thanks for entering and sharing!

Scrapbook Novel: “Designed to Death” Now Available … and Part One in the Series on Sale!

I love to read scrapbook novels, don’t you? This summer, I was lucky enough to get an Advanced Reader Copy of a new scrapbook mystery novel; I talked about it HERE.

Well, it’s book release time!! “DESIGNED TO DEATH” by Christina Freeburn is available as of today 09-10-13.

ETA: Originally I couldn’t find “Designed to Death” for Kindle so I asked the author about it and she had great news – it’s available today for Kindle too! Amazon wasn’t linking it to the hard copy for some reason. But never fear, YOU CAN GET IT HERE! For only $2.99.

From Amazon:

SMALL TOWN INTRIGUE, TWISTS & TURNS, AND PLENTY OF HEART…
“Faith Hunter planned the perfect event at her grandmother’s shop, Scrap This, featuring local scrapbooker and Life Artist Diva, Belinda Watson. But the extravaganza goes up in a cloud of glitter when Belinda and her cousin, Darlene, brawl over scraplifted designs. Faith attempts to break it up, but only makes things worse. Then when Belinda turns up dead behind the Scrap This store, Faith’s involvement goes viral.

As accusations against her turn vicious, Faith sets out to prove her nemesis, Darlene, committed the crime, only to realize they are both innocent. Now they must team up or the murderer’s plan will come together seamlessly with the frenemies sharing a jail cell or worse, a funeral.

“Designed to Death” is book 2 in the Faith Hunter “Scrap This” mystery series. To make this day even better, book 1 in the series – “CROPPED TO DEATH” is on sale for Kindle right now, only 99 cents! I asked the author how long “Cropped to Death” will sell for 99 cents and she said through 09-16-13. So don’t hesitate . . . go grab it right now before you forget!

Here’s my quick review:
I love reading series. “Designed to Death” picks up picks up right where “Cropped to Death” left off. The setting and many of the characters remain the same. I like that continuity and didn’t feel I had to spend any time getting to know these people because I was already comfortable with them.

There’s another murder and the main character, Faith, seeks to solve it in her usual saucy, sarcastic style {hmm … wonder why I relate to her so much?}. The romance also continues and in this book, Faith makes a choice between her two suitors. {I have to admit I was disappointed in her choice, lol}. The story is again filled with scrapbooking references that the scrapbook obsessed will appreciate and identify with. She takes the term “a new use for washi” to new heights!

One thing that cracked me up about this book is the role that a scrapbook message board plays. I’m a very active member of the TWO PEAS in a BUCKET message board (among others) and I think the author Christina must be there a lot, too! She has scrapbook message board behavior down to a T! If for nothing else, you have to read this book to LOL about scrapbooking MB’s being outed. Tooooo funny! Loved it.

Christina also wanted me to tell you that she’s working on Book 3 in this series – “Embellished to Death” – and it’s scheduled for release at the end of April 2014. Woot!

Make sure to read BOOK 1 and BOOK 2 in the Faith Hunter “Scrap This!” mystery series in the meantime so you’re ready for Book 3 in the spring!

Happy reading :)

Scrapbook Novel: “Cropped to Death” On Sale and “Designed to Death” Coming Soon!

I was recently contacted by author Christina Freeburn. She let me know that she has another scrapbooking mystery novel, to be released in September 2013. The book is called “Designed to Death” and it’s Book 2 in the Faith Hunter Scrap This series. {I blogged about Book 1 HERE}.

She’s such a sweetheart and will be sending me an Advanced Reader Copy of the new book when it becomes available in a few weeks. I’m very excited! {Want to see the cover for the new book? It’s right HERE}.

To prep for the big event, I’m re-reading the first book in the series, “Cropped to Death”.

Here’s a synopsis of “Cropped to Death” from the Amazon website:

Former US Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers’ scrapbooking store determined to lead an unassuming life after her adventure abroad turned disaster. But her quiet life unravels when her friend is charged with murder, and Faith inadvertently supplied the evidence.

So Faith decides to cut through the scrap and piece together what really happened. With a sexy prosecutor, a determined homicide detective, a handful of sticky suspects and a crop contest gone bad, Faith quickly realizes if she’s not careful, she’ll be the next one cropped.

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all! Cropped to Death is the first book in the Faith Hunter Scrap This humorous mystery series. Bonus: Includes book club discussion questions.

Would you like to join me in reading “Cropped to Death” (Book 1) before “Designed to Death” (Book 2) comes out in September? Well, you’re in luck! The Kindle version is on sale from June 21 thru June 30 for ONLY 99 CENTS! Click RIGHT HERE to get your copy instantly.

Remember, if you don’t have a Kindle, you can still download this book and read it. Just use the FREE Kindle app on your iPhone, Droid, iPad, or even on your computer. Easy peasy lemon squeasy.

I’m 29% through my re-read of “Cropped to Death” and am enjoying it all over again. The writing is excellent. There’s a murder, some romance (2 men fighting for her attention!), scrapbooking contests, an LSS setting, and more – all written by someone who you can tell actually scrapbooks and stays current with the hobby. Enjoy!

PS: Christina is now working on Book 3 in this series, called “Embellished to Death.” Yippee!

Scrapbook Novel: “Cropped to Death” by Christina Freeburn

Wanted to let you know about yet another scrapbook mystery novel, called “CROPPED TO DEATH.” It’s by an author I’ve never heard of: Christina Freeburn.

She’s a Renaissance woman . . . former JAG officer AND a scrapbooker! Schweet. Lookie, she’s even wearing a scrapbooking t-shirt.

Here’s a description from the above website:

Former US Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers’ scrapbooking store determined to lead an unassuming life after her adventure abroad turned disaster. But her quiet life unravels when her friend is charged with murder, and Faith inadvertently supplied the evidence. So Faith decides to cut through the scrap and piece together what really happened. With a sexy prosecutor, a determined homicide detective, a handful of sticky suspects and a crop contest gone bad, Faith quickly realizes if she’s not careful, she’ll be the next one cropped.

Sounds fun, yeah? I’ll be reading this one soon!

In other good news: The subtitle of this book is “Faith Hunter Scrap This #1″ . . . which means this is the first in a series, yippee! Bring on the scrapbook novels. I can’t get enough of them :)

HERE is the link to the Kindle version on Amazon. It’s at 99 cents as of today (01-04-13). According to the AUTHOR ON TWITTER, that price is good through 01-13-13. So snatch it up quickly!

Once you read “Cropped to Death”, please come back and give a review.

Scrapbook Mystery Novel Giveaway!

Hey, mah favorite scrapbook peeps, I have some exciting news … I have FIVE copies of a new scrapbooking mystery novel to give away!!! It’s a hardcover version of “Cut, Paste, Kill” by Marshall Karp (retails for $26.99).

Here’s a description of the book from the publisher:

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In CUT, PASTE, KILL, Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs are two hip LAPD detectives who discover socialite Eleanor Bellingham-Crump dead on the floor of a hotel bathroom. Next to Eleanor’s lifeless body, the killer has left an intricate scrapbook documenting a motive of vengeance in lurid detail. As more bodies are found, each one connected to a scrapbook left at the scene, Lomax and Biggs must decode the meaning behind the scrapbooks before the avenger has time to cut and paste the story for another kill.

CUT, PASTE, KILL is laugh-out-loud funny, with perfect dialogue and zinging last lines. Joseph Finder, bestselling thriller writer, describes Marshall Karp as the “Woody Allen of the murder mystery—smart, fast-paced, clever, and really, really funny.”

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For some early reviews (three 5-star customer reviews as of when I posted this!), you can check out AMAZON.COM. By the by, you can purchase the book from Amazon if you don’t win a copy … hint, hint. Right now, the hardcover is selling for $17.15 new and a Kindle edition for $12.99.

I think this portion of a review posted to Amazon sums it up perfectly:

The bottom line is that this is perfect summer reading — ideal for a lazy Sunday afternoon or a holiday beach read. If you want a great “entertain me!” murder mystery, I don’t think you can do better than Cut, Paste, Kill. Highly recommended… at least for people who like to giggle.

This book was just released June 8, 2010 so you’ll be the first on your block to own it, LOL! I’ve been reading my copy and absolutely enjoying it. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, full of one-liners and fun relationships between the main characters. Yeah, it’s a murder mystery, but a lighthearted one :)

I’ve read scrapbooking mystery novels in the past (those by LAURA CHILDS and JOANNA CAMPBELL SLAN) and this one is a bit different. Instead of it reading as a mystery written by a scrapbooker, it’s more like a “regular” mystery novel that has scrapbooking as a plot device. It’s told through the eyes of two LAPD detectives, not through the lens of a scrapbooker. So, even if you’re not big into scrapbooking but just like reading mystery novels, you’ll enjoy this.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post telling me why you want the book. I’m paying for the postage out of my own pocket, so PLEASE only enter if you’ll really read the book or know someone who will. If you have any friends who would be interested, please have them come enter!

Deadline is Friday, June 25, 2010* at midnight PST. Open to US residents only. One entry per person. FIVE winners will be chosen via Random.org.

* Deadline changed as of 6/22/10

Good luck and happy reading!

FTC Disclosure. ST MARTINS PRESS provided me with 6 free books. I received no monetary compensation. They are providing the books to the winners of this giveaway.

The Popularity of Scrapbook Novels

Check out this REVIEW of a new crafty novel; not scrapbooking per se, but still sounds very interesting, yeah? At the bottom of the article are 2 links that will tell you about scrapbooking novels. HERE is a link to another scrapbook novel and if you scroll down to the “Customers who bought this item also bought” section, you’ll see tons more.

I’m so happy to see the addition of all these scrapbooking novels and mysteries over the years. They combine my 2 favorite hobbies: reading and scrapbooking. In fact, I didn’t realize until I did that search on AMAZON that there were quite so many!

I’ve read all the LAURA CHILDS mysteries, with the exception of Tragic Magic …

… and I’ve read A PAGE OUT OF LIFE

but I think that’s it. Crikey! I have some major reading to do!

Do you ever read scrapbook-related novels? Why or why not? Which ones have you read, or would like to read?

I wonder if there’s an online book club or group for scrapbook novels. Hmmm … if there isn’t, someone should start one. I would love to have one place to purchase these books to read, then have a message board or chat room to discuss them. ‘Cuz I don’t know anyone in my ‘real life’ that would be caught dead reading a scrapbook novel, LOL! Anyway, just another one of my brilliant ideas (hardy har har …)