Since 1997, you’ve been coming to BarnesandNoble.com to discuss everything from Stephen King to writing to Harry Potter. You’ve made our site more than a place to discover your next book: you’ve made it a community. But like all things internet, BN.com is growing and changing. We've said goodbye to our community message boards—but that doesn’t mean we won’t still be a place for adventurous readers to connect and discover.

Now, you can explore the most exciting new titles (and remember the classics) at the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. Check out conversations with authors like Jeff VanderMeer and Gary Shteyngart at the B&N Review, and browse write-ups of the best in literary fiction. Come to our Facebook page to weigh in on what it means to be a book nerd. Browse digital deals on the NOOK blog, tweet about books with us,or self-publish your latest novella with NOOK Press. And for those of you looking for support for your NOOK, the NOOK Support Forums will still be here.

We will continue to provide you with books that make you turn pages well past midnight, discover new worlds, and reunite with old friends. And we hope that you’ll continue to tell us how you’re doing, what you’re reading, and what books mean to you.

Reply
Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!

Lois Winston should be a familiar name to those of you who frequent Barnes & Noble's Mystery Forum. Not only is she a regular visitor here, but she also wrote a guest blog for us a few months ago:

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Mystery/Guest-Blog-by-Author-LOIS-WINSTON/td-p/1127840

 

And she was featured here when her first book came out:

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Mystery/Please-Welcome-Author-LOIS-WINSTON/td-p/770934/page/6

 

Now Lois is back to celebrate the release of her second book in the Alexandra Pollack series of crafting mysteries, DEATH BY KILLER MOP DOLL.

 

 

Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!

 

Check out Lois' website here: http://www.loiswinston.com/

 

And her blog here: http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com/

 

Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers

the blog of Anastasia Pollack, crafts editor and reluctant amateur sleuth

 

Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!

BIO

 


Lois Winston straddles two worlds. She's an award-winning
author of romantic suspense, humorous women's fiction, and
mystery. She's also an award-winning designer of needlework
and crafts projects for magazines, craft book publishers, and
craft kit manufacturers. Like Anastasia, the protagonist in her
ANASTASIA POLLACK CRAFTING MYSTERIES series, Lois
worked for several years as a crafts editor. A graduate of the
prestigious Tyler School of Art, she often draws on her art
and design background for much of the source material in her
fiction. She lives with her husband a stone's throw from 
Manhattan (assuming you can throw a stone across the 
Hudson River.)

 

 

WRITING AWARDS 
- 2008 Winter Rose Award for Excellence in Romantic Fiction, 1st Place
- 2008 Laurie Awards, 1st Place
- 2008 More Than Magic Award, 1st Place
- 2008 Beacon Awards, 2nd Place
- 2008 Golden Quill Awards, Finalist
- 2007 Readers and Book Buyers Best Award, 1st Place
- 2007 Beacon Awards, 2nd Place
- 2007 Laurel Wreath Awards, 2nd Place
- 2007 Golden Leaf Awards, Finalist
- 2006 Golden Leaf Awards, Finalist
- 2006 Reviewers' Choice Awards, Finalist
- 2005 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award, Finalist 
- 2004 St. Martin's Press Malice Domestic Competition, Finalist
- 2004 Dorchester Publishing American Title Competition, 1st Runner-up
- 2004 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award, Double Finalist

FUN FACTS
- Favorite color: black because it's so slimming <G>
- Favorite drink: vanilla latte
- Favorite dessert: creme brulee
- Favorite city: Manhattan
- Favorite vacation spot: a cruise to anywhere 
- Favorite activity (other than writing): going to Broadway shows
- Favorite mystery author: Janet Evanovich
- Favorite modern movie: Shakespeare in Love
- Favorite classic movie: Casablanca
- All-time Favorite TV show: M*A*S*H
- Favorite Broadway show: Wicked
- Favorite song: just about anything written by George and Ira Gershwin
- Favorite singer: Andrea Bocelli
- Favorite actor: Pierce Brosnan (that man can star as the hero in any of my books!)
- Favorite actress: Meryl Streep
- Pet peeves: reality TV, people who don't answer their emails or return phone calls
- Person I'd most like to meet: Leonardo da Vinci 

 


Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!

[ Edited ]


APPEARANCES

January 11, 2012
Booksigning
8am - noon
Curves
299 South Ave. East
Westfield, NJ 07090
FMI: 908-232-3200

January 19, 2012
The Funny Side of Crime panel with Lois Winston, Nancy Martin and Tom Straw
6:30pm 
NY Public Library, Mid-Manhattan branch
40th St. & 5th Ave., 6th floor
NY, NY 10016
FMI: 212-340-0837

January 20, 2012
American Library Association Mid-winter Conference
7:00pm
Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX

In celebration of the release of DEATH BY KILLER MOP DOLL, the second book in Lois Winston's critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries, Midnight Ink will be raffling off a handcrafted mop doll and signed copies of ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN and DEATH BY KILLER MOP DOLL during the Exhibits Opening Reception. Librarians and reviewers in attendance are encouraged to stop by the Midnight Ink booth opening night to register for the raffle.

January 27-28, 2012
Space Coast Writers Guild Conference
International Palms Resort and Conference Center 
Cocoa Beach, FL

February 11, 2012
Virginia Romance Writers
Richmond, VA

March 17, 2012
Liberty States Fiction Writers
Create Something Magical conference for readers and writers

book fair open to the public 
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ 

April 27th - 29th, 2012
Malice Domestic
Hyatt Regency 
Bethesda, MD 

CONTESTS
Want to win a signed copy of Death By Killer Mop Doll? I'm giving away 3 copies over at Goodreads. Enter between now and the end of February. Or follow my January blog tour and post comments. 5 names will be drawn for copies of Death By Killer Mop Doll from the people who left comments on the blogs during the tour.

Over at Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers (Anastasia's blog) we host guest authors every Friday. Post a comment during the week to be entered in weekly drawings.


ARTICLES ABOUT LOIS WINSTON 
NJ Monthly magazine, June 2009 issue

The Westfield Leader, November 8, 2007

Star-Ledger I Am NJ profile, June 23, 2007

The Westfield Leader, July 20, 2006

Norristown Times Herald, February 5, 2006

Suburban News, February 8, 2006

Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!

Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun  

 

 

 



Assault With A Deadly Glue Gun 
Book 1 of the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries 
Available January 2011 from Midnight Ink

Assault With A Deadly Glue Gun is a finalist in the Salt Lake City Library System Reader's Choice Awards!

BLURB 

When Anastasia Pollack's husband permanently cashes in his chips at a roulette table in Vegas, her comfortable middle-class life craps out. She's left with two teenage sons, a mountain of debt, and her hateful, cane-wielding Communist mother-in-law. Not to mention stunned disbelief over her late husband's secret gambling addiction, and the loan shark who's demanding fifty thousand dollars.

Anastasia's job as crafts editor for a magazine proves no respite when she discovers a dead body glued to her office chair. The victim, fashion editor Marlys Vandenburg, collected enemies and ex-lovers like Jimmy Choos on her ruthless climb to editor-in-chief. But when evidence surfaces of an illicit affair between Marlys and Anastasia's husband, Anastasia becomes the number one suspect.

REVIEWS
"Crafty cozies don't get any better than this hilarious confection...Anastasia is as deadpan droll as Tina Fey's Liz Lemon..." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review 

"Winston has hit a home run with this hilarious, laugh-until-your-sides-hurt tale. Oddball characters, uproariously funny situations, and a heroine with a strong sense of irony will delight fans of Janet Evanovich, Jess Lourey, and Kathleen Bacus. May this be the first of many in Winston's Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series." --
Booklist, starred review

“North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum. Funny, gutsy and determined, Anastasia has a bright future in the planned series.”
 -- 
Kirkus Reviews

"...a delightful romp through the halls of who-done-it." -- The Star-Ledger

"Make way for Lois Winston's promising new series...I'll be eagerly awaiting the next installment in this thoroughly delightful series." -- Mystery Scene magazine 

"A fun book." -- CrimeSpree magazine

"...funny and clever debut..." -- Library Journal 

"...once you read the first few pages of Lois Winston's first-in-series whodunit, you're hooked for the duration...." -- 
Bookpage

"...a comic tour de force...Lovers of funny mysteries, outrageous puns, self-deprecating humor, and light romance will all find something here as Anastasia progresses through repeated misadventures to emerge triumphant in the end." --
ForeWord Reviews

"A promising start to a new series." -- RT Book Reviews

"...madcap but tough-as-nails, no holds barred plot and main character...a step above the usual crafty cozy." The Mystery Reader

"...Anastasia is, above all else, a JERSEY girl..., and never, ever mess with one of them. I can't wait 'til the next book in this series..." -- Suspense Magazine

"Fans of Stephanie Plum will love Lois Winston's cast of quirky, laughable and loveable characters. ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN is clever and thoroughly entertaining--a must-read!" Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author 

“What a treat--I can't stop laughing! Witty, wise, and delightfully clever, Anastasia is going to be your new best friend. Her mysterious adventures are irresistible—you’ll be glued to the page!”
 Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha-winning author

Anastasia Pollack is as crafty as Martha Stewart, as feisty as Stephanie Plum and as resourceful as Kinsey Milhone. Mary Kennedy, author of The Talk Radio Mysteries

“You think you've got trouble? Say hello to Anastasia Pollack, who also happens to be queen of the one-liners. Funny, funny, funny — this is a series you don't want to miss!”Kasey Michaels, USA Today Bestselling author

 
Large Print Edition

ANASTASIA'S BLOG 
Anastasia and her fellow magazine editors have gotten together to blog at Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers. You'll find craft projects and tips; recipes; decorating, beauty, travel, fashion, health, and budget advice along with Book Club Fridays where Anastasia will host guest authors, many of whom will be giving away copies of their books. So stop by often at http://anastasiapollack.blogspot.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!

Death by Killer Mop Doll  

 

 

BLURB 
Overdue bills and constant mother vs. mother-in-law battles at home are bad enough. But crafts editor Anastasia Pollack's stress level is maxed out when she and her fellowAmerican Woman editors get roped into unpaid gigs for a revamped morning TV show. Before the glue is dry on Anastasia's mop dolls, morning TV turns crime drama when the studio is trashed and the producer is murdered. Former co-hosts Vince and Monica—sleazy D-list celebrities—stand out among a lengthy lineup of suspects, all furious over the show's new format. And Anastasia has no clue her snooping has landed her directly in the killer's unforgiving spotlight.

REVIEWS
"Anastasia is a crafting Stephanie Plum, surrounded by characters sure to bring chuckles as she careens through the narrative, crossing paths with the detectives assigned to the case and snooping around to solve it." -- Booklist

"Several crafts projects, oodles of laughs and an older, more centered version of Stephanie Plum." -- Kirkus Reviews

"In Winston’s droll second cozy featuring crafts magazine editor Anastasia Pollack… readers who relish the offbeat will be rewarded." -- Publishers Weekly

"...a 30 Rock vibe...Winston turns out another lighthearted amateur sleuth investigation. Laden with one-liners, Anastasia's second outing (after Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun) points to another successful series in the works." -- Library Journal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!

 

Excerpt from DEATH BY KILLER MOP DOLL
Copyright 2011 Lois Winston

Upstairs, the front door slammed with enough force to register a five on the Richter scale. Dust dislodged from the exposed basement rafters and drifted down like polluted snow, settling over the basket of clean laundry I’d been folding. The ensuing shouting, barking, and yowling drowned out my muttered curse of choice and yanked my attention away from the now Dalmatian-spotted white wash.

Once more unto the breach, dear friends,” squawked Ralph, the Shakespeare-spouting African Grey parrot I’d inherited when Great-aunt Penelope Periwinkle died two years ago. “Henry the Fifth. Act Three, Scene One.” He spread his wings and took flight up the basement stairs to check out the action. I raced after him, eager to prevent World War Three from erupting in my living room.

“Muzzle that abominable creature, or I’ll have the pound haul him away,” shrieked Mama. “He’s traumatizing Catherine the Great.”
“So shove some Prozac down her throat,” said my mother-in-law Lucille. “What the hell are you doing back here? And don’t you ever bother to knock? Just barge right in like you own the place.”

“I have more right to be here than you. This is my daughter’s house, you…you pinko squatter.”

As I hurried through the kitchen, I glanced at the calendar tacked next to the telephone. Mama wasn’t due back from her Caribbean cruise for another three days. Damn it. I needed those three days to steel myself for the inevitable explosive reaction that occurred whenever Flora Sudberry Periwinkle Ramirez Scoffield Goldberg O’Keefe, my mother and the former social secretary of the Daughters of the American Revolution, locked horns with Lucille Pollack, my mother-in-law and current president of the Daughters of the October Revolution. I’d been swindled out of seventy-two hours.

By the time I entered the living room, Mama’s and Lucille’s voices had reached glass-shattering decibel range.

“Crazy communist!” yelled Mama. She stood in the middle of the room, cradling Catherine the Great, her corpulent white Persian with an attitude befitting her namesake.
Manifesto, my mother-in-law’s runt of a French bulldog, stood inches from Mama’s Ferragamos, his bark having switched to growl mode as he glared up at his nemesis. With a hiss and a yowl, Catherine the Great leaped from Mama’s arms. Showing his true cowardly colors, Mephisto, as we always called him behind his back and often to his snout, scampered to safety behind my mother-in-law’s ample girth.

Lucille barreled across the room, waving her cane at Mama. “Reactionary fascist!”

“How dare you threaten me!” Mama defended herself with a French manicured backhand that would have done Chris Everett proud. The cane flew from Lucille’s grasp and landed inches from Mephisto’s nose. Demon dog yelped and dove between Lucille’s orange polyester clad legs.

My mother-in-law’s rage multiplied into Vesuvian proportions. Her wrinkled face deepened from a spotted scarlet to an apoplectic heliotrope. “You did that on purpose!”

Mama jutted her chin at Lucille as she rubbed the palm of her hand. “You started it.”

“And I’m stopping it.” I stepped between them, spreading my arms to prevent them from ripping each other’s lips off. “Knock it off. Both of you.”

“It’s her fault,” said Mama. She jabbed a finger at Lucille. Her hand shook with rage, her gold charm bracelet tinkling a dainty minuet totally incompatible with the situation. “And that vicious mongrel of hers. She sic’d him on us the moment we walked through the door.”

Highly unlikely. “Mephisto’s all bark and bluster, Mama. You should know that by now.”

Manifesto!” shrieked Lucille. “How many times do I have to tell you his name is Manifesto?”

“Whatever,” Mama and I said in unison. It was an old refrain. Mephisto better suited demon dog anyway. Besides, who names a dog after a Communist treatise?

Behind me, Ralph squawked. I looked over my shoulder and found him perched on the lampshade beside one of the overstuffed easy chairs flanking the bay window. A chair occupied by a cowering stranger, his knees drawn up to his chest, his arms hugging his head. I glanced at Mama. Glanced back at the man. “Who’s he?”

“Oh dear!” Mama raced across the room, flapping her Chanel-suited arms. “Shoo, dirty bird!”

Ralph ignored her. He doesn’t intimidate easily. Mama was hardly a challenge for a parrot who had spent years successfully defending himself against Aunt Penelope’s mischievous students. “Anastasia, I told you that bird’s a reincarnation of Ivan the Terrible. Do something. He’s attacking my poor Lou.”

Her Poor Lou? Okay, at least the man had a name and someone in the room knew him. I stretched out my arm and whistled. Ralph took wing, landing in the crook of my elbow. Poor Lou peered through his fingers. Convinced the coast was clear, he lowered his hands and knees and raised his head.

“Are you all right, dear?” asked Mama, patting his salt and pepper comb-over. “I’m terribly sorry about all this. My daughter never did have the heart to turn away a stray.” She punctuated her statement with a pointed stare, first in Lucille’s direction and then at Ralph.

Lucille harrumphed.

Ralph squawked.

Mephisto bared his teeth and rumbled a growl from the depths of his belly.

Catherine the Great had lost interest in the family melodrama and dozed, stretched out on the back of the sofa.

Before Mama could explain Poor Lou’s presence, the front door burst open. Fourteen year-old Nick and sixteen year-old Alex bounded into the living room. “Grandma!” they both exclaimed in unison. They dropped their baseball gear and backpacks on the floor and encircled Mama in a group hug.

“Aren’t you supposed to be on a cruise?” asked Nick.

“Who’s this?” asked Alex, nodding toward Poor Lou.

Poor Lou rose. He wiped his palms on his pinstriped pants legs, cleared his throat, and straightened his skewed paisley tie. “Maybe I should be going, Flora. The driver is waiting.”

I glanced out the front window. A black limo idled at the curb.

“Yes, of course.” She walked him to the door without bothering to make introductions. Very odd behavior for my socially correct mother.

“I’ll call you tomorrow,” Poor Lou told Mama.

She raised her head, batted her eyelashes, and sighed. Poor Lou wrapped his arms around my mother and bent her backwards in a clinch that rivaled the steamiest of Harlequin romance book covers. His eyes smoldered as he met her slightly parted lips. Mama melted into his body.

I stared at my etiquette-obsessed mother, my jaw flapping down around my knees, and wondered if she had eaten any funny mushrooms on her cruise. Out of the corner of one eye, I saw my two sons gaping with equally bug-eyed expressions. Behind me, Lucille muttered her disgust. Even Ralph registered his amazement with a loud squawk.

Over Mama’s shoulder, Poor Lou stole an anxious glance toward Ralph, broke the kiss, and darted out the door.

Mama fluffed her strawberry blonde waves back into place, smoothed the wrinkles from her suit jacket, and offered us the most innocent of expressions as we continued to ogle her. “Is something wrong?”

“Wrong? Why? Just because my mother was doing the Tonsil Tango with a total stranger?”

Lucille stooped to retrieve her cane. “I suppose this means that trashy hussy is moving back into my room.”

Your room?” asked Mama.

“Hey, it’s my room!” said Nick.

Poor Nick. He was none too happy about having to give up his bedroom to his curmudgeon of a grandmother. He didn’t mind the occasional upheaval when Mama came to visit because he knew it was temporary. Besides, the boys and Mama had a great relationship. Lucille was another story. When she moved in with us to recuperate after a hit-and-run accident and subsequent hip surgery, none of us had expected a permanent addition to the household. Then again, I had suffered from quite a few delusions back then.

Lucille scowled at me. “You should teach those boys some respect. In my day children knew their place.”

“Don’t you speak to my daughter like that.”

Lucille scoffed. “Look who’s talking. A fine example you set.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?” demanded Mama.

“Strumpet.” Lucille pounded her cane once for emphasis, then lumbered from the living room, Mephisto following at her heels. Lucille habitually pronounced judgment with a pounding of her cane, then departed.

“At least I’m getting some,” Mama called after her. “Unlike a certain jealous Bolshevik who hasn’t experienced an orgasm since Khrushchev ruled the Kremlin.”

“Mama!”

Nick and Alex grabbed their middles and doubled over in hysterics.

Mama brushed my indignation aside with a wave of her hand. “For heaven’s sake, Anastasia, I’m a grown woman.”

“Then act like one. Especially in front of your grandsons.”

She winked at the boys. “I thought I did. Besides, if they don’t know the facts of life by now, they’ve got a lot of catching up to do.”

I glanced at my sons, not sure how to interpret the sheepish expression on Alex’s face nor the feigned innocence on Nick’s. After the initial shock of seeing their grandmother in the throws of passion, both seemed quite amused by the drama playing out in our living room. “They know all about the facts of life. What they don’t need is a graphic demonstration from their grandmother.”

The corners of Mama’s mouth dipped down. “Honestly, Anastasia, just because I’m over sixty doesn’t mean I’m ready for a hearse. When did you become such a stick-in-the-mud, dear?” 

I suppose right around the time she morphed from Ms. Manners into Auntie Mame. Other sixty-five year old women might behave this way in front of their daughter and grandsons, but up until today, Mama wasn’t one of them. Was Poor Lou’s last name Svengali?

Alex spared me from defending myself. “So who’s the stranger dude, Grandma?”

“Lou isn’t a stranger. He’s my fiancé.”

“Your what?” Surely I hadn’t heard her correctly. Had some of that rafter dust settled in my ears? “What about Seamus, Mama?”

“Seamus?”

“Yes, Seamus. Remember him?”

Mama heaved one of those sighs reserved for children who need repeated instruction and explanation. “Seamus died, Anastasia. You know that.”

Of course I knew Seamus had died. He’d suffered a cerebral aneurysm while kissing the Blarney Stone. “But he just died. Three months ago.” Within days of losing my own husband, Mama had lost hers.

“Well, it’s not like we were married very long. He died on our six-month anniversary. Besides, I’m not Merlin. I don’t grow younger with each passing year.”

Ample justification for getting herself engaged to a total stranger, no doubt. “Where did you meet him?”

“On the cruise, of course.”

“So you’re engaged to a man you’ve known for all of one week?”

Mama shrugged. “Time is meaningless when soul mates connect.”

Soul mates? The now-departed Seamus had been soul mate Number Five for Flora Sudberry Periwinkle Ramirez Scoffield Goldberg O’Keefe. When Mama finally met her maker, she’d have a line of soul mates waiting for her at the Pearly Gates. She’d better hope St. Peter allowed polygamy up in Heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!

 

Please welcome LOIS WINSTON!

 

 

 

 

Author
LoisWinston
Posts: 208
Registered: ‎06-09-2010
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!

Hi Becke--

Thanks for the grand welcome! I'm looking forward to spending time this week with you and everyone else at the B&N mystery forum.

Lois Winston
http://www.loiswinston.com
http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com
Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!


LoisWinston wrote:

Hi Becke--

Thanks for the grand welcome! I'm looking forward to spending time this week with you and everyone else at the B&N mystery forum.


I'm very excited to read your new book - I ordered both books for my mom, too!

Author
LoisWinston
Posts: 208
Registered: ‎06-09-2010
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!


becke_davis wrote:

I'm very excited to read your new book - I ordered both books for my mom, too!


Thanks so much, Becke! I hope both you and your mom enjoy them.

Lois Winston
http://www.loiswinston.com
http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com
Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!


LoisWinston wrote:

becke_davis wrote:

I'm very excited to read your new book - I ordered both books for my mom, too!


Thanks so much, Becke! I hope both you and your mom enjoy them.


I've been meaning to ask you about something from the first book. There are several references to Morris County, Rt. 80, the Delaware Water Gap, etc. Did you live there at one time? Because I did - years ago. I lived in Succasunna, not far from Chester, right off Rt. 80. So much fun to see familiar names!

Author
LoisWinston
Posts: 208
Registered: ‎06-09-2010
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!


becke_davis wrote:

I've been meaning to ask you about something from the first book. There are several references to Morris County, Rt. 80, the Delaware Water Gap, etc. Did you live there at one time? Because I did - years ago. I lived in Succasunna, not far from Chester, right off Rt. 80. So much fun to see familiar names!


No, I grew up in Essex County and Union County and moved back to Union County from Phila. about 14 years ago. It's a small state, though. I'm I'm familiar with a good deal of it. As a teenager, I was dragged along on weekend camping trips up in that area. Hated every minute of it. Besides dealing with severe pollen and ragweed allergies, I'm so not a sleep-in-a-tent person, and I hate creepy crawly wildlife -- especially when they're creeping and crawling over me! Give me the concrete jungle any day!

Lois Winston
http://www.loiswinston.com
http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com
Distinguished Wordsmith
Fricka
Posts: 2,237
Registered: ‎05-04-2010
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!

bah! I'm having problems with getting into the system again. Darn gnomes!

 

Anyway, LOIS, welcome back to our forum! I've read your first book, Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun, and enjoyed it very much, and I'm really looking forward to your second book.Love your Anastasia Pollack blog, too, and I won a book from posting for a visiting author, so I encourage our new members to visit the Anastacia site as well.

I'm  a bit disappointed to see that your appearance schedule doesn't currently include any visits to the Southtwest US. If you are ever going to be in Arizona or California, please let us know. I'd love to meet you in person and get a signed version of whichever book you are promoting. ( exits hurriedly, pursued by a gnome)

" A murder mystery is the normal recreation of the noble mind."--Sister Carol Anne O' Marie
Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!


LoisWinston wrote:

becke_davis wrote:

I've been meaning to ask you about something from the first book. There are several references to Morris County, Rt. 80, the Delaware Water Gap, etc. Did you live there at one time? Because I did - years ago. I lived in Succasunna, not far from Chester, right off Rt. 80. So much fun to see familiar names!


No, I grew up in Essex County and Union County and moved back to Union County from Phila. about 14 years ago. It's a small state, though. I'm I'm familiar with a good deal of it. As a teenager, I was dragged along on weekend camping trips up in that area. Hated every minute of it. Besides dealing with severe pollen and ragweed allergies, I'm so not a sleep-in-a-tent person, and I hate creepy crawly wildlife -- especially when they're creeping and crawling over me! Give me the concrete jungle any day!


Me, too! The little camping I did was in northern Wisconsin and northern Michigan. A pretty area, but I'll take a real mattress over a sleeping bag any day.

Inspired Wordsmith
eadieburke
Posts: 1,925
Registered: ‎01-27-2007
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!

Welcome Lois!

 

I'm looking forward to reading your new book

 

Death by Killer Mop Doll 

 

I have also read these other books by you and enjoyed them very much!

 

Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun 

 

 

Love, Lies, and a Double Shot of Deception 

 

 

Talk Gertie to Me     

 

Your sense of humor clearly comes across in these books. They are hilarious! People look at me like I'm crazy when I am reading your books. What me care? It's their loss!

 

I also happen to know the Delaware Water Gap area, as I don't live too far from there!

 

Hope you enjoy your visit with us and come back soon!

Eadie - A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest. - Eleanor Roosevelt
Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!


Fricka wrote:

bah! I'm having problems with getting into the system again. Darn gnomes!

 

Anyway, LOIS, welcome back to our forum! I've read your first book, Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun, and enjoyed it very much, and I'm really looking forward to your second book.Love your Anastasia Pollack blog, too, and I won a book from posting for a visiting author, so I encourage our new members to visit the Anastacia site as well.

I'm  a bit disappointed to see that your appearance schedule doesn't currently include any visits to the Southtwest US. If you are ever going to be in Arizona or California, please let us know. I'd love to meet you in person and get a signed version of whichever book you are promoting. ( exits hurriedly, pursued by a gnome)


Fricka - Do you have my email? I'm not sure you'll be able to access my personal messages here if you're having so many problems. Send me an email or a message detailing the problems you're having and I'll let the techs know. 

Moderator
becke_davis
Posts: 35,755
Registered: ‎10-19-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!

Lois - Is there going to be a book three in this series? Are you working on it already and, if so, can you give us any hints about it?

Author
LoisWinston
Posts: 208
Registered: ‎06-09-2010
0 Kudos

Re: Please Welcome Author LOIS WINSTON!


eadieburke wrote:

Welcome Lois!

 

I'm looking forward to reading your new book

 

Death by Killer Mop Doll 

 

I have also read these other books by you and enjoyed them very much!

 

Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun 

 

 

Love, Lies, and a Double Shot of Deception 

 

 

Talk Gertie to Me     

 

Your sense of humor clearly comes across in these books. They are hilarious! People look at me like I'm crazy when I am reading your books. What me care? It's their loss!

 

I also happen to know the Delaware Water Gap area, as I don't live too far from there!

 

Hope you enjoy your visit with us and come back soon!


Thanks so much, Eadie! I hope you enjoy the new book. I'm doing a month-long blog tour throughout Jan. (you can find the schedule at my website and blog) and have talked about writing humor and how people respond to humor in books. You might want to check out the various blogs. Also, I'm giving away 5 signed copies of Death By Killer Mop Doll at the end of the blog tour. To enter all you have to do is post a comment to one of the posts on the tour.

Lois Winston
http://www.loiswinston.com
http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com