Talk shop and crop with an author

I’ve mentioned before that I wear many hats: Besides selling Close To My Heart, I’m a freelance journalist with several regular clients and I co-own a scrapbook cropbiopic16 DESIGNED TO DEATH front webretreat, Mountain Mamas Retreats. A combination of all of those things led me to meet Christina Freeburn, author of several books including a cozy mysteries series set in a scrapbooking store in West Virginia. The heroine is Faith Hunter. I’ve blogged before about the first book in the series, “Cropped To Death.”

Christina’s publisher, Henery Press, is releasing the second book in the Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery series in September. Mountain Mamas Retreats is celebrating with Christina on Facebook. We are holding a Virtual Book Launch Party for “Designed To Death” on the Mountain Mamas Retreats Facebook Page.

Here’s how this virtual book launch party will work. Log into Facebook and go to the Mountain Mamas Retreats page at 8 p.m. Sept. 7. Interact with us. Christina will be online too. Ask her questions about writing and scrapbooking. We’ll post technique demonstration videos for you to watch and excerpts from Christina’s books for you to read. I’ll even share a recipe or two for food that I serve at crops and retreats. When you purchase a copy of “Designed To Death”, Christina will personalize and autograph it before sending it to you. If you pre-ordered the book, she will autograph a book plate and send it to you to put inside the cover. There will also be chances for you to win prizes by answering trivia questions and interacting with us on our wall in other ways. Some of the prizes will be Close To My Heart products supplied by me.

We have already posted a contest under the Facebook event announcement for the party, and here’s how you enter:

Scraplifting is not a crime — as long as you give credit to the artist who inspired you. Scraplifting — copying a layout, technique, embellishment or title you saw elsewhere in your own scrapbook — is a plot point of “Designed To Death.” It inspires this contest.

By noon ET Sept. 7, upload a photo of something you’ve scraplifted and show (if possible) or at least tell where you got the idea/what you copied. Please put your entries in an album called Scraplifting Contest Entries on the Mountain Mamas Retreats Facebook Page. I have put an example in the album already — wish I could find the magazine with the layout I scraplifted! We’ll choose one person to win a prize that will be awarded during the virtual book launch party from 8-10 p.m. Sept. 7.

Because you don’t have to get dressed up and/or drive anywhere, we hope you’ll join us — from the comfort of your own computer — at 8 p.m. Sept. 7.

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12 responses to “Talk shop and crop with an author

  1. How fun to meet a scrapbooking mystery writer. I crochet, knit, garden and read so I like to pick up mysteries with those themes. Your blog page is beautiful!

    • That’s stock art. But I have made 3-D roses. You cut them from paper using the Cricut cartridges that are exclusive to Close To My Heart, such as Art Philosophy and Artiste. Then you roll them up and form them.

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