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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Guest Character Interview feat. A Sew Deadly Cruise by Lois Winston-Great Escapes Tour




Character interview
Hello Zack thanks for taking a moment to chat with me. I know you’re a busy photojournalist, but have you ever been interviewed for a blog that caters to the ladies? 
Hello, and thank you for inviting me to your blog today. To answer your question, no, I have to admit, this is a first for me, but I’m thrilled to be here.

Well before we get into Anastasia, can you tell us a little about yourself?  Like what was your best/favorite assignment? How long have you been a journalist? Was photography a gift or a learned profession? 
First, to clarify, I’m a photojournalist, not a journalist. That means I mostly use my camera to tell a story rather than words. I became interested in photography as a teenager and immediately knew I wanted to pursue a career using my camera. I’ve also always had a keen curiosity about the world. Combining those two passions led to a career in photojournalism.

As to my best or favorite assignment, I’d have to say anytime I travel somewhere I’ve never been and have the chance to learn something new.

How did you meet Anastasia? 
Anastasia found herself in a huge financial quagmire when her husband suddenly dropped dead in Las Vegas. She thought he was at a sales meeting in Harrisburg, PA. That’s when she learned of his hidden gambling addiction and that he’d not only wiped out their savings but racked up thousands of dollars in debt to both credit card companies and a loan shark. 

Prior to learning all this, she had used the apartment above her garage as a studio/office. To bring in some extra income, she rented out the apartment. I was looking to move out of my high-rise condo in Manhattan for a quieter location away from some crazy neighbors who kept calling the cops on me, claiming I was cooking up meth in my darkroom.

Can you tell us about your first date?
I took Anastasia to the Campbell Apartment for drinks, followed by dinner. If you’d like to know how special a place that is, you’ll have to read Death by Killer Mop Doll. Once you do, you’ll want to stop by yourself if you’re ever in New York.

Did you realize that she is such a sleuth? 
Not at first, but then again, neither did she. Anastasia refers to herself as a reluctant amateur sleuth. She’d be more than happy to give up this sideline that has been thrust upon her, and truthfully, I’d be thrilled if she did. I don’t like her risking her life. Unfortunately, the dead bodies don’t stop coming.

So this might be an odd question but just how many murders has she solved? 
We’re into the ninth book in the series, and there’s been at least one murder per book, plus a number of attempted murders. I’ve lost count at this point, but it’s well north of a dozen.

Does her sleuthing and stumbling onto dead people worry you? 
Constantly. It also worries her sons and mother. She keeps promising she’ll leave the sleuthing to the professionals, but when the safety of her family is at stake, she can’t help herself. How can you blame her?

I know guys don't usually get asked this, but I am just curious. How did you know Anastasia was/is the one? I mean she's always in some kind of trouble or murder investigation. Are you some kind of superhero guy, or do you just like to live dangerously?
Anastasia is convinced I work for one of the government alphabet agencies because of where my assignments often take me and some of the situations I’ve found myself in. Of course, I deny this. Then again, even if I were a spy, I’d deny being a spy. And if I were—which I’m not saying I am—I guess that would make me a superhero. But that has nothing to do with falling for her. When you meet “the one”, you just know. Nothing else matters.

And so, you bought the ring. Have you guys set a date? 
Not yet. We’re in discussions.

So how confident were you she would say yes? 
You could say a little birdie told me, or in this case, a not so little one—Ralph, Anastasia’s Shakespeare-quoting parrot. We’ve sort of bonded.

What about her sons. Did you hit it off with them from the beginning? 
I did. Nick and Alex are great kids.

Just between you and me, when wedding plans become the focus do, you think Anastasia will become a Brideszilla? 
Definitely not. However, I can’t say the same for her mother. If it weren’t for the fact Flora would probably kill us, we’d elope.

Are you worried that you'll have to run interference if Lucille (the ex-mother-in-law) sticks her two cents in? 
Lucille likes to push her weight around, but she knows I push back. I’m bigger and meaner. I think I’m the only person who has ever intimidated her.

Well I know you have to run since you guys are off on a fabulous cruise. I hope we can chat again, and next time bring Anastasia. I'd love to hear all about the cruise!
Thanks! I’m sure she’d love to stop by for a visit. As for the cruise, though, you know author Lois Winston writes murder mysteries, right? What are the chances of getting through this cruise without at least one dead body?

Until next time, Bon Voyage!

A Sew Deadly Cruise
An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, Book 9

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.

Buy Links
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3fwHR7X 
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-sew-deadly-cruise 
Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-sew-deadly-cruise-lois-winston/1137427499?ean=2940162697930 
Apple iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/a-sew-deadly-cruise/id1526052822

Bio: 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 a former literary agent and 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.

Website: www.loiswinston.com 
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Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog: www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com 
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/anasleuth 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Anasleuth 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/722763.Lois_Winston 
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lois-winston
About the book 
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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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Have A Happy Month

 

 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Outdoor/Wordless Wednesday/Enjoying Fall

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What's On Top Your Fridge

 

Hello and Good Morning today I am sharing a post inspired by a question on Face Book.

What's On Top Of Your Fridge?

I laughed out load when I read some of the answers.  As a person that has been a professional housekeeper I have seen a lot of homes in a lot of stages of of disorder and chaos.

My Cowboy went with me once for an interview because I was approached by the husband and well I just felt I needed to make sure I had 'back up'.  They turned out to be a great family and I loved working for them.


But when we went for the interview the lights were really, really low and there were table lamps also burning very softly.


When I went to clean the first time I was amazed at how much dust was in the house and how much that very low lighting hid!  It became a joke with us The Cowboy and I.

It is amazing how disgusting and cluttered our houses can get.  

I don't know why but I've always been big on a no clutter clean Top O the Fridge kind of girl.  And so I am not embarrassed to show you the To O my Fridge.  

I actually made changes recently.  I did have a pretty decorative basket that held chips.  And the cookie sheets and cutting boards leaned against the wall.  The Cowboy could not reach the chips so we moved them.  The cookie sheets kept falling so I added the fabric bins and put my Dry Beans and Rice in them to give some weight to hold the cookie sheets up.


 This is the side view and what I see while I am cooking.  I used to have the tray sitting beside the stove but I realized it fit here and I like it better.  So that's What's On Top O My Fridge  . . .

But
Don't look inside!

On the To Do List!

Clean the inside of the Fridge . . . . How often do you cleans yours? I don't clean the inside like I should.  A good time to clean it is the night before trash day.  We have trash service on Monday and Thursday.  It should be easy for me to keep it clean.  A task I need to do better with!

Clean the fronts of the cabinets . . . I try to do a good Bleach wipe down about once a month.  Around the first is a good time. 

Mop the house . . . I could do this everyday.  But this is another task that I don't do often enough.  We do not have carpet and I love it!  I do dust mop, sweep or vacuum everyday.  

Empty that laundry basket . . . Do you keep up with your laundry? Putting away clean clothes is a task I rarely complete lately!

Well thanks for coming by and seeing my fridge.  I hope I gave you some pointers and inspiration today.  Let's get our houses clean and running smoothly! 

 

 Have A Blessed Day

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Menu Monday

 Good Morning or afternoon maybe I am getting a super late start today.

It was a super busy weekend here for us.  How was your weekend?

Well it's Monday so let's talk 


The Journey Back: Menu Monday

Menus

Do you plan a weekly menu?  Or do you have a rotating menu?

I think my mother had more of a rotating menu but it wasn't something we ever talked about.  Mother only cooked a few things and they seemed to always rotate quite frequently to the dinner plate. I always loved Mommy's cooking and I miss it.   I know my kids miss a few things I cook because occasionally I get a call about a certain meal or dish and we chat and reminiscent.  

Things are much different now a days with only me and The Cowboy.  We have very few leftovers.  I wish when I had a house full of kids I had thought of this . . . 

                                               C.O.R.N. 

Do you put CORN on your menu?  Clean Out Refrigerator Night.

 Haunted Refrigerator Night | Ghent Eats

Usually now a days I try to plan something early in the week that I expect to have either re-invented or as actual leftovers.  Like this week I am planning a Pork Loin. The are big so we'll get 3-4 meals.  I am roasting it tonight and then on Wednesday probably I'll make Green Chili Stew.  I don't have a 'real' recipe and I'll probably look for pointers on Pinterest. 

Here's my menu plan for the week with a couple planned leftover meals . . . 

Monday . . . Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Potato's and Carrots

Tuesday . . . Mexican Catfish, Spanish Rice and Cowboy Beans (a fancy? name for Pinto's)

Wednesday . . . Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potato's, Green Beans

Thursday . . . Green Chili Stew from L/O Pork, Corn Bread

Friday . . . Tortilla Soup, Tamale's L/O Rice

 

On my 'To Do' List this week is to Clean Out The Refrigerator.  I admit it is really 

like the above cartoon.  Wish me luck!

 

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