Today we have Lois Winston visiting – Thank goodness, you get a break from me! Take it away Lois…
Laughing Out Loud
by Lois Winston
Have you ever been reading a book and come across something so funny that you laughed out loud? It’s not a problem when you’re home, but when you happen to be reading on a train or plane, people tend to give you really odd looks. Especially if you keep laughing as you keep reading. If you’re like me, the more you try to contain yourself, the more you laugh.
I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me, but it’s far better than when I’m reading an emotionally gripping book and begin blubbering during an extremely sad scene. I’m one of those people who cries during Hallmark commercial, so you can imagine how the waterworks flow while I’m reading certain books. The last book that did this to me was Kristin Hannah’s Winter Garden. Not only did I cry while reading the book, I teared up for weeks afterwards whenever I thought of it. I’m even tearing up now as I type this.
However, this blog is called Mystery With a Side of Laughter, so enough with the sad stories and onto the funny ones.
We writers are extremely needy creatures. We need to know that readers “get” our books. A note from a reader, telling me how much she enjoyed a book of mine, is priceless to me. I walk around with a huge grin pasted on my face for the rest of the day as I channel Sally Field: You like me! You really like me!
Since I write humorous amateur sleuth mysteries, my favorite reader comments are the ones where I’m told the reader laughed so hard, she snorted coffee out her nose. One reader told me she read Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun on a flight to Florida and laughed so hard, the flight attendant came running! The reader waved my book over her head so all the passengers could see what was making her double over with laughter. Wow! Whether that episode resulted in any of those other passengers buying a copy of my book, I’ll never know, but talk about fabulous promo! Fans like that are priceless!
Death By Killer Mop Doll, the second book in my Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries, officially releases in two days. Initial reviews have called it “droll” and “offbeat,” “sure to bring chuckles” and containing “oodles of laughs.” The true test will be whether readers snort coffee out their noses.
Overdue bills and constant mother vs. mother-in-law battles at home are bad enough. But crafts editor Anastasia Pollack’s stress level is maxed out when she and her fellow American Woman editors get roped into unpaid gigs for a revamped morning TV show. Before the glue is dry on Anastasia’s mop dolls, morning TV turns crime drama when the studio is trashed and the producer is murdered. Former co-hosts Vince and Monica—sleazy D-list celebrities—stand out among a lengthy lineup of suspects, all furious over the show’s new format. And Anastasia has no clue her snooping has landed her directly in the killer’s unforgiving spotlight.
Have you ever had an over-the-top reaction to a book you were reading? Post a comment, and you could win one of 5 signed copies of Death By Killer Mop Doll I’m giving away as part of my blog tour this month. The full tour schedule can be found at my website, http://www.loiswinston.com, and the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com. In addition, I’m giving away 3 copies of Death By Killer Mop Doll on Goodreads, http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/15173-death-by-killer-mop-doll
Also, for anyone attending The American Library Association’s Mid-Winter conference January 20-24 in Dallas, Midnight Ink will be raffling off the hand-crafted mop doll shown in the photo and signed copies of both books in the series during the opening reception Friday evening. Register for the drawing at the Midnight Ink booth #1459.
Lois Winston is the author of the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries published by Midnight Ink. Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, the first book in the series, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. The new year brings with it the release of Death By Killer Mop Doll (Jan. 8th), the second book in the series. Read an excerpt at http://www.loiswinston.com/excerptap2.html. Visit Lois at her website: http://www.loiswinston.com and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog: http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com. You can also follow Lois and Anastasia on Twitter @anasleuth.