Wednesday, October 14, 2020

A Sew Deadly Cruise (+ Giveaway)

It’s a pleasure to be a part of author Lois Winston’s Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for her latest release, A SEW DEADLY CRUISE, the ninth installment in her Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery.
Join me today as Lois stops by to answer some questions and we learn more about this charming cozy.
A Sew Deadly Cruise
By Lois Winston
*Cozy Mystery
*9th in Series - An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery
*Independently Published (October 1, 2020)
*Print Length: 226 pages
*Digital ASIN: B08F4FTVP6

Life is looking up for magazine crafts editor Anastasia Pollack.
Newly engaged, she and photojournalist fiancĂ© Zack Barnes are on a winter cruise with her family, compliments of a Christmas gift from her half-brother-in-law. Son Alex’s girlfriend and her father have also joined them.
Shortly after boarding the ship, Anastasia is approached by a man with an unusual interest in her engagement ring. When she tells Zack of her encounter, he suggests the man might be a jewel thief scouting for his next mark. But before Anastasia can point the man out to Zack, the would-be thief approaches him, revealing his true motivation. Long-buried secrets now threaten the well-being of everyone Anastasia holds dear. And that’s before the first dead body turns up.
Craft projects included.
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Now join me in giving a warm welcome to Lois as she answers those questions. Welcome, Lois.

What led you to write a series with a sewing theme?


The Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries is a cozy mystery series where my amateur sleuth is the crafts editor at a women’s magazine. I chose this profession for her because I wanted a crafting series where I wasn’t limited to one type of craft, such as quilting, needlepoint, or scrapbooking. Each book in the series features a different craft.

A Sew Deadly Cruise is the latest book in the series of nine books and three novellas. As the title indicates, this one features sewing crafts, but other books have featured decoupage, knitting and crochet, Christmas ornaments, paper crafts, and many other crafts.

How do you go about researching for your books?


I’m a news junkie. The ideas for most of the plots and subplots in my books have sprung from actual events I’ve read about or seen on the news. I keep a 3-ring binder that’s crammed with news clippings. Whenever I’m stuck for an idea, I’ll sit down with that binder and start reading through the articles until I’m inspired by one of them.

What's the most unusual thing you've learned writing this series?


I’ve learned I can make people laugh. I’m someone who either never remembers the punchline to a joke or totally mangles it. Writing this series has unleased my latent sense of humor. When I began writing years ago, I was penning very dark romantic suspense novels. I had no idea there was this funny person lurking inside me, waiting for the right moment to make her appearance.

List two things you hope readers will take away or remember from reading your book.


I hope that my books provide readers with an enjoyable few hours of mystery and laughter. We can all use an escape from what’s going on in the world around us right now. If my books enable readers a few hours of respite from their worries, I consider that a job well done. And if when they finish a book, they want to read another in the series, that’s an added plus.

Lois, thanks for stopping by today and sharing this insight into your writing.

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name.

Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.

For more on Lois and her writing, you can connect with her on the following sites:


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You can follow Lois’ tour by visiting the sites below. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you ever read a book that talked about a craft project and wished the instructions were included for you to try? Have you ever tried a craft project that was included in a book?


October 1 – eBook Addicts – SPOTLIGHT


October 2 – I'm All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

October 2 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 3 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

October 4 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 5 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 6 – I Read What You Write – GUEST POST

October 6 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – CRAFT POST


October 7 – Here's How It Happened – REVIEW

October 8 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

October 8 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

October 9 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

October 9 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 10 – Baroness' Book Trove – CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST

October 11 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW

October 12 – Christy's Cozy Corners – SPOTLIGHT

October 12 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 12 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 13 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT


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  1. It does sound great. And we all need laughter, now more than ever.
    Thank you both.

    1. Thank you Elephant's Child. I hope you'll get to know Anastasia.

  2. Cruises are really such great contexts for stories, Mason! And it sounds as though this one combines some family history and secrets with a murder mystery - interesting! Thanks for sharing.

    1. There's quite a bit of mystery and family history in this ninth book in the series, Margot. I hope you'll decide to read it.

  3. That's great she found her funnybone. Again, cozy mysteries have the best titles.

    1. Thank you, Alex. We all need to laugh more right now, don't we?

  4. Thanks so much for inviting me to visit with you and your readers today!

  5. How is the fiance mixed up in the secrets? Sounds like a fun mystery and on a cruise ship. What more can you ask for?

    1. Denise, I hope you'll read the book to find out the answer to your question.

  6. I love mysteries with a large dose of humor. Thanks, Lois. Making people laugh is a gift.

    1. Thanks, Kathleen! Laughter is so needed right now, isn't it?

  7. Hi Lois and Mason - sounds an ideal story ... and a great way to have a series building - clever idea. Also as you say laughter helps so much ... connects us - let alone battling through life. All the best - Hilary


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