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Sunday, August 26, 2018


Peace…we all crave it, inner peace, world peace, peace among squabbling siblings or feuding neighbors or rival political parties…who among us wouldn’t benefit from more peace in our lives, right? Dona nobis pacem. Give us peace. Or as John Lennon said, “Give peace a chance.”

In celebration of Drop Dead Ornaments, the next Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, now available for pre-order, we’re giving away this handmade Christmas Peace ornament to one lucky subscribers of author Lois Winston’s newsletter (U.S. residents only). Not a subscriber? You can remedy that by clicking here or on the link in the sidebar. Information for entering will appear in the next newsletter, scheduled to go out on September 4th.

Now, if you’ve been following the blog recently, especially on Mondays when we feature crafts, you’ve probably seen some posts about Drop Dead Ornaments and will remember that the story involves a Christmas bazaar where the local high school students are selling handmade glass ball ornaments to raise money for the county food pantry. We featured one of the ornaments two weeks ago. However, as much as we’d love to give away one of these ornaments, we realized that no matter how well we packed it, the chances weren’t great that it would arrive unbroken. Hence, we’ve chosen this fabric ornament, bound to survive even the roughest of package handling.

The lucky winner will be chosen in a random drawing on November 1st and notified by email.

Drop Dead Ornaments will release on October 22, 2018, at which point the paperback version will also be available.

Drop Dead Ornaments
An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, Book 7

Anastasia Pollack’s son Alex is dating Sophie Lambert, the new kid in town. For their community service project, the high school seniors have chosen to raise money for the county food bank. Anastasia taps her craft industry contacts to donate materials for the students to make Christmas ornaments they’ll sell at the town’s annual Holiday Crafts Fair.

At the fair Anastasia meets Sophie’s father, Shane Lambert, who strikes her as a man with secrets. She also notices a woman eavesdropping on their conversation. Later that evening when the woman turns up dead, Sophie’s father is arrested for her murder.

Alex and Sophie beg Anastasia to find the real killer, but Anastasia has had her fill of dead bodies. She’s also not convinced of Shane’s innocence. Besides, she’s promised younger son Nick she’ll stop risking her life. But how can she say no to Alex?

Pre-Order Links (release date 10/22/18)

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