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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

WHEN YOUR AUTHOR DOLES OUT LEMONS...

Since Lois Winston, she who writes about me, suggested we start out the New Year by inviting authors and their characters to share their best of/worst of experiences on the blog, she insisted I also share mine. Well it seems obvious to me that the worst moment of my life happened when Lois decided to take over my life.

Pre-Lois I was a happily married middle-class suburban working mom of two teenagers. Post-Lois? Hey, there are seven books and three novellas that document everything she’s put me through since she first decided to mess with my life, and there’s no sign she’s about to stop anytime soon. Rumor has it she’s hard at work on Book 8. Not only did she knock off my husband, she decided he was living a secretive life that involved gambling and loan sharks, leaving me with debt equal to the gross national product of your average Third World nation.

You’d think that was more than enough, right? Oh no! Lois wasn’t finished messing up my world. She stuck me with a cantankerous communist mother-in-law who is now permanently ensconced in my house—until death do us part. The woman has never had a kind word for anyone other than her deceased son and her fellow commies.

Still not satisfied, Lois decided to put my life in jeopardy, not once, not twice, but continually. She turned me into a reluctant amateur sleuth—emphasis on the reluctant. Trust me, I don’t go looking for danger. I don’t need to. Lois thrusts it upon me on an almost daily basis.

So there you have it, the worst thing to ever happen to Anastasia Pollack. And the best? Two words: Zachary Barnes. Except Lois wasn’t satisfied to give me a new love interest. She had to complicate my life further by hinting that he may be much more than a photojournalist—and the much more involves certain government agencies, the alphabet kind. He says it’s all in my imagination, that my worries are groundless. I say it’s all in Lois’s imagination, and I don’t trust her.

Anyway, Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, the first book in the series, has been on sale all month at 80% off. Tomorrow is the last day of the sale on Amazon and iTunes. If you haven’t yet read how Lois turned my life upside-down and sideways, now is your chance to find out at a huge savings.

Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun
An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, Book 1

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.

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