Monday, January 2, 2012


Sometimes the writing gods shake up the firmament and align the stars just right. This is one of those weeks, thanks to 7 Criminal Minds member and scheduling guru Gabi Herkert. This week is a free week where we can post about any topic of our choice.

As it turns out (and no, I didn’t pay Gabi to rig the schedule in my favor,) Death By Killer Mop Doll, the second book of my critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries,  officially released this week. So today I’ve invite Anastasia to tell you a bit about the book.

Bear in mind, though, that my amateur sleuth protagonist has more than a bit of Jersey ‘tude. So welcome
, Anastasia, and thank you for allowing me to write about your adventures. Given your life and family, you make my job relatively easy.

Anastasia: Hey, you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your relatives…or even what you inherit from them.

Lois: Very true.

Anastasia: Well, let’s get on with the important stuff -- me. In this latest book author Lois Winston has chosen to write about my foray into morning television.

Lois: Why don’t you tell our readers a bit about the book to whet their appetites?

Anastasia: Sure. Here’s an official blurb:

In Death By Killer Mop Doll crafts editor Anastasia Pollack’s stress level maxes out when her well-intentioned mother meets and seduces TV producer Lou Beaumont. Suddenly, Anastasia and her fellow American Woman editors find themselves roped into unpaid gigs for a revamped morning TV show. However, not everyone involved enjoys the idea of the overhaul, and a disgruntled staffer takes action by trashing the studio set. When that doesn’t halt production, vandalism escalates to murder, and a member of the production team is found with one of Anastasia’s knitting needles plunged through his heart.

The network decides the show must go on, but morning TV turns crime drama as a blackmail plot is uncovered, and another body is found. Because Anastasia fears the killer might go after her and Mama next, she has no recourse but to launch her own investigation.

Lois: Things got a bit complicated, though, didn’t they?

Anastasia: Did they ever! You nearly got me killed. For the second time in two books!

Lois: Hey, you were snooping. Killers don’t like that. You snoop, you land in the crosshairs.
Anastasia: Don’t remind me! That was one harrowing experience, and unlike the time I found myself locked in a killer’s trunk, this time I didn’t have any of my trusty craft tools to help set me free.

Lois: Don’t give away too much. We want people to buy the book. Let’s just say you live to snoop again.

Anastasia: Yes, but readers will have to wait until next year for that one. And speaking of buying the book, Death By Killer Mop Doll, is available from all the usual suspects, both brick and mortar and online.

Lois: Anything else you’d like to tell people while you have a captive audience?

Anastasia: We could tell them about the free books you’re giving away.

Lois: Why don’t you do the honors?

Anastasia: Lois is going on a virtual blog tour throughout January to promote Death By Killer Mop Doll. As part of the tour, she’s giving away 5 copies of the book. To enter the drawing, just post a comment to any of the blogs on the tour or to today’s post. You can find the schedule for the blog tour on her website and the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog.

In addition, Lois will also be giving away 3 copies of
Death By Killer Mop Doll on Goodreads.

But wait! There are still more goodies available! For anyone attending The American Library Association’s Mid-Winter conference January 20-24 in Dallas, Midnight Ink will be raffling off signed copies of Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun and Death By Killer Mop Doll, along with the hand-crafted mop doll shown in the photo (you were all wondering what a mop doll is, weren’t you?) during the opening reception Friday evening. Register for the drawing at the Midnight Ink booth #1459.


Rebecca Cantrell said...

Congratulations to both you and Anastasia!

Lois Winston said...

Thanks, Rebecca!