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Photo by Kimberley Rae Sanderson
Photo by Kimberley Rae Sanderson

As the best-selling author of the Stone Mountain Mystery Series, my goal is to host a blog that shares helpful information about writing, publishing and promoting books.

After signing a two-book publishing contract with Imajin Books for DESCENT and BLAZE, and now that both books are published, I understand better how much there is to learn about the business of writing and selling books.

When I began writing my novels, I loved reading blogs about the writing process, about how to write, about how to publish, and about anything else to do with writing. And I still do. Now it’s time to return the favour. Over the next few months (or years), I’ll blog about the publishing and book promoting experience. I’ll do my best to share what I learn.


BLAZE was released by Imajin Books on October 25th, 2015. It is available  on Amazon at: myBook.to/BLAZEbyKristinaStanley

Early Praise for BLAZE:

“Filled with entertaining characters and as fast-paced as the conflagration that gives Blaze its title.” —Joan Barfoot, Scotia Giller Prize and Trillium Book Award shortlisted author

“Evil in a beautiful landscape—Blaze is an inferno of action and tension. ‪Its sizzling plot will keep you guessing until the end.” —Phyllis Smallman, award-winning author of the Sherri Travis murder mysteries

“Kristina Stanley’s latest novel, Blaze, is a fast-paced, hang-on-to-your-seat kind of mystery that will keep you reading until the wee hours of the morning.” —R. J. Harlick, author of the Meg Harris Mysteries

“Gripping action scenes and an engaging heroine make BLAZE a terrific read. Great insight into the risks and dangers of outdoor life by an author who’s been there. The forest fire fighting scenes are especially vivid. Don’t miss this!” —M. H. Callway, Arthur Ellis Finalist, Best First Novel

“Stanley captures the unrelenting brutality of a fire’s ruthless nature. The action and suspense doesn’t end with the blaze.” −Billy Stewart, Professional Firefighter.


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Early Praise for DESCENT:

On the twisty and bumpy trail of getting published, I’ve sent out my advanced reader copy of DESCENT for review by other authors. The idea is to get a blurb for DESCENT that can be published with the novel and used for marketing in the early days of release.

As difficult as it was to ask others to read and create a one to two-line sentence about DESCENT, I’m glad I did. Three talented Canadian mystery authors took time out their busy schedules to help me out. I’ve read every book by each of the authors and have been a long time fan of all three. Imagine how great I felt have them not only read DESCENT  but then to write  such wonderful reviews for me.

Here is what I received (in alphabetical order)  from Brenda Chapman, Barbara Fradkin,  and Garry Ryan::

Brenda Chapman: Award winning author of the Stonechild and Rouleau Mysteries.

“Murder rocks the competitive ski world in Stanley’s layered tale with enough suspects to keep readers guessing until the last chilling chapter.”

Barbara Fradkin: Author of the Inspector Green Mysteries and two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel.

“In this impressive debut, Kristina Stanley weaves a vivid, chilling tale of jealousy, secrets, and betrayal in a close-knit mountain ski village. Like its likeable young heroine, Kalin Thompson, DESCENT is both tender and tough.”

Garry Ryan: Award-winning author of the Detective Lane mysteries and Blackbird trilogy.

“From the first line, you’re strapped into a Stanley novel. Just turn the page, hang on, and enjoy the ride.”

All three are talented mystery authors, so if you’re looking for a good read, check out their sites.

Don Graves.  Canadian Mystery Reviews said: Descent is the first in a series of Stone Mountain mysteries. It’s an action packed story. Testosterone, stress, dangerous corners and pain lead to murder on the slopes of this remote ski resort. Kalin Thompson, head of security is ordered to investigate by her boss. A growing list of suspects leads Kalin to wonder if the dead Olympic calibre skier got what he deserved.  Descent, a mystery that keeps you riding the lift for one last read and the killer’s identity.

Stay tuned . . .

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  1. WOW! A BEAR!!! I never saw a bear in real life. You certainly are a courageous dog. You are very alert too. My human said I would probably Bark it too death if I saw it. ( I guess she thinks that’s funny)


  2. We are happy for your success down here on the dog daycare. I’m sure Farley is an inspiration to you. At least, we dogs will find a way to take SOME credit.

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    1. So far, what I have read from these awethors is amazing! Next month I’m going to be leaning more in the horror and thriller side of it. Hopefully you can find a gem once I get the series on its feet. Thanks for reading and I’m definitely going to purchase some of your books soon.

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  3. Kristina,
    We have met briefly in Pano though my IT brother in law (Paul), I have been working year round here for 7 years. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed Descent as I could relate to everything aspect you wrote about, from mountain life (as I live on mountain), to the PFD (as I am a member), to the ski racer aspects (as I am the catering and GH manager). It kept me glued to each page and I cant wait to get my hands on Blaze. I foresee your series anchoring a permanent section on my bookshelf.
    Thank you!
    Warmest regards – Rob

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  4. Rob, what a fabulous comment. It’s very nice of you to take the time to let me know. Can’t wait till my book signing in the Great Hall on December 12th. I’ll be there with Elinor Florence and Julie MacDonald – two other local authors. Panorama rocks – such great support of local artists.


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