#Read about Guest #Author Kristina Stanley | Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Taught by my dad to ski at Camp Fortune near Ottawa, Canada, I’ve spent a good part of my life on the slopes. Winter is my favorite season. I know that sounds crazy since I’ve spent 9 years living …

Source: #Read about Guest #Author Kristina Stanley | Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Stone Mountain Mysteries: All 3 Together!

Thank you Cheryl Kaye Tardif and Imajin Books for yet again surpassing my expectations!

Imajin Books is releasing the Stone Mountain Mystery series in a bundle. Now available for pre-order. To be released October 7, 2017.

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If you only want to read one, click the book cover below…

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Avalanche Season: Saturday’s Storm has ingredients for large avalanches!

As I drove through Rogers Pass on Thursday, I was awed by the number of avalanches almost reaching the highway.

Look to the left. Look to the right. Slides of snow surrounded us.

Avalanche Canada is forecasting a dangerous time.

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So why not stay home and read a book? I happen to have written one called AVALANCHE.

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A mountain as deadly as it is majestic; characters far too familiar with the Seven Deadly Sins and murder−Kristina Stanley’s Avalanche has it all. This fast-paced mystery is as thrilling as a heart-stopping run down the slopes. ~ Gail Bowen, author of the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mysteries

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Descent Had Me Falling for Canadian Author Kristina Stanley – Sarah Butland – Imagination Captured

I love how Facebook sends me memories. This one appeared today from one year ago and it’s too lovely not to share…


Source: Descent Had Me Falling for Canadian Author Kristina Stanley – Sarah Butland – Imagination Captured

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If I hear of a contest I’m eligible for I enter it, especially if the prize consists of books so when I heard of Imajin Book’s contest celebrating their Canadian success and authors I had to enter.

A few days later I found out that I won the ebook by Kristina Stanley, Decent (A Stone Mountain Mystery Book 1) and I was thrilled! Only it got buried in another pile of downloads, projects and my own writing and then I was reminded again and went searching for it.

With a much more pleasant winter than last, I was delighted to read of a fictitious, but very likely, blustery mountain and ski resort. Downhill Skiing While you Sit!Much like I imagine a mogul run would feel like, the mysteries of Descent had my heart racing with all of its bumps in the road and twists on the path. Filled with a lot of characters, each one seemed as real and honest as […]

Source: Descent Had Me Falling for Canadian Author Kristina Stanley – Sarah Butland – Imagination Captured

Audio Books: Self-publish or Traditionally Publish

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve sold the audio rights for DESCENT to Auspicious Apparatus Press.


What does this mean?

Sometime during 2017, DESCENT will be available on Audible.

There are so many choices for an author to make during the journey to publication. Self-publish? Traditional publishing?

The decision applies to audio books as well as printed and eBook editions. If you self-publish, you control most things about the publishing process.

If you publish via a publisher, you want to be careful what rights you sign away. My print and eBooks rights are with Imajin Books. But I didn’t sign away my rights for foreign language or for audio books.

I sold the German language rights for DESCENT to Luzifer-Verlag.

This means I now have the ability to sign with a different publisher for audio books.

Why did I decide to go this route?

For me, I want to spend my time writing and not publishing. Hence, I chose to use another publisher for audio books. This means I share the royalties, but it also means I’m free to write more. You’ll have to decide what’s right for you and what fits your skill sets.

If you have an audio book out, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to listen to it.

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Happy New Year To Avalanche

It was a wonderful New Year’s gift to receive this review for AVALANCHE.



It made me feel terrific and motivated that a person out there in the world took the time to post a review after reading AVALANCHE. These are the little moments in an author’s life that should be celebrated.

So let’s celebrate and share our great reviews.

Post your latest review in the comments below with a link so I (and my readers) can check out your books too.

Happy New Year.

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Final Day for Sale of Stone Mountain Mysteries

Are you still looking for a gift for yourself?  Maybe you deserve a little down time during the crazy holiday season? Imajin Books is here to help.

Imajin Books (check out their full listing at http://www.Imajinbooks.com) are on sale for the final day today.

But closer to my heart…All three Stone Mountain Mysteries are on for 99 Cents US.


The Author’s Guide To Selling Books To Non-Bookstores is also on sale.


Happy reading and Happy Holidays.


Canadian Writing Legends Praise the Stone Mountain Series

The Stone Mountain Mysteries are on sale. I wrote the books, so I think they’re great. But don’t take my word for it. Find out what Canadian legends, Barbara Fradkin, Joan Barfoot, and Gail Bowen had to say. And then check out the sale put on by my publisher, Imajin Books!


DESCENT shortlisted for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Unhanged Arthur for excellence in crime writing.

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


BLAZE shortlisted for the 2014 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger.

“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


Praise for AVALANCHE: A mountain as deadly as it is majestic; characters far too familiar with the Seven Deadly Sins and murder−Kristina Stanley’s Avalanche has it all. This fast-paced mystery is as thrilling as a heart-stopping run down the slopes.Gail Bowen, author of the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mysteries

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Did it work?

For me, Yes .That’s a big YES. I completed my 50,000 words today.

It may seem like a little thing to get a winner’s badge. but it’s what’s behind the badge that’s important. There are 50,000 words of a novel.

So why did this work for me?

Watching the daily word count motivated me to write every day. It’s so easy to miss a day or two, and not get the words written. But just being accountable to my camp members was enough.

The other thing I found is my friends and family gave me time to write, knowing I was under a deadline. The closer I got to 50,000 words, the more they cheered me on. The excitement around here grew each day. That motivated me to keep going, too.

Here’s what my word could looked like on a daily basis.

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You can see I fell behind on days 8, 9, and 10. Those days fell on a weekend, and life took priority. At that moment, I knew I had to get more serious and bump up writing on the priority list.

Would I do NaNoWriMo again? Yup.

I’m going to participate in November. In the mean time, I’ll start keeping track of my word count to help me focus. I’ve got to get this novel to 80,000 words before September. Then I need a month to edit it before sending it to beta readers. After that, November is closing in, and it all begins again.

Anyone else our there in Camp NaNoWriMo? How are you doing? What did you like or not like about the camp? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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