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Monday, July 20, 2020


Recently Lois Winston, she who writes about me, finished the latest book in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Series where yours truly is a widowed magazine crafts editor and reluctant amateur sleuth. In A Sew Deadly Cruise Lois once again derives great pleasure in having me trip over dead bodies and find my life in jeopardy. What else is new, right? A Sew Deadly Cruise will be available in October, but you can catch a sneak peek by reading the first chapter here

When Lois finishes a book, she sets it aside for about a week before beginning the editing process. She was kicking back and relaxing last week when I reminded her of an item that had been languishing on her to-do list for more than five years.

Back in March of 2015, Lois created an ebook bundle of Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun and Death by Killer Mop Doll, the first two books in the series she writes about me. Her intention was to continue bundling previous books as she wrote new ones, giving readers a chance to save a few dollars if they bought a 2-book set instead of purchasing the books individually. Fast-forward to 2020, and there are now eight books in the series with the ninth due out in a few months. 

So where are those other bundles? Other than bundling the three novellas she wrote about me, she’s done zilch with the other full-length novels. Like any good protagonist, I decided to needle her into action. (Note the pun! Needle. Get it?)

Whether Lois felt guilty about never getting around to creating the other bundles or just wanted to get me off her back, the result was the same. She set to work on cover designs for the three additional bundles, updated the cover of the first bundle, and refreshed the interiors of all eight books in the series.

Now if I could only have her write a book where I win the lottery and stop tripping over dead bodies…Unfortunately, she tells me that won’t be happening anytime soon—if ever. The woman definitely has a huge sadistic streak.

You can click on the links below to read about each set and first chapter excerpts, plus find Buy Links for Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and iBooks.


C. T. Collier said...

Well done, Anastasia! The covers for the two-book bundles are so appealing! You and Lois are a winning team :-)


Thank you so much, C.T.!

Susan Oleksiw said...

I always enjoy reading what Anastasia has to say. She's a hoot. Lovely covers.


Thanks, Susan!

http://mypalbuddee.blogspot.com/ said...

Delightful article and I love the book covers are catchy!


Thanks so much, Vivienne!