Saturday, January 19, 2019


I'm most happy to be a stop on the blog tour for
Book 4 in the Sophie KimballMysteries
by J.C. Eaton

Bowled over . . .
Sophie “Phee” Kimball is getting dragged into the drama again at her mom’s Arizona retirement community. A new board member wants to get rid of two golf courses and replace them with eco-friendly parks, and some of the residents are pretty teed off about it. On top of that, her mother’s book club friend Myrna is being pushed out of the bocce league. These seniors are serious about winning, and Myrna’s dragging them down. She’s so bad at bocce, in fact, that when a community mem.ber’s dead body is discovered while Myrna’s practicing for a tournament, she assumes it was one of her own errant balls that killed the woman.
But before Myrna can be tossed off the bocce court and into criminal court, the police find an arrow in the victim’s neck. It looks like this was no accident—and Phee and her investigator boyfriend Marshall will have to team up to bounce a killer into the slammer . . .



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LKBR: Thank you for being here today. Please tell us a bit about BOTCHED 4 MURDER.

JCE: BOTCHED 4 MURDER is the fourth book in our Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington). Forty-something amateur sleuth and bookkeeper/accountant Sophie (Phee) Kimball from Mankato, MN, winds up in her mother’s retirement community of Sun City West, AZ when she’s asked to solve a number of suspicious deaths. Her mother, Harriet Plunkett, and her loony aunt Ina, coupled with their book club ladies drive Phee crazy as she tries to unravel the clues and solve the mysteries. To make matters worse, Phee’s mother has adopted the most neurotic little dog ever, a Chiweenie by the name of Streetman, whose quirks are enough to push anyone over the edge, especially Phee.

In BOTCHED 4 MURDER, Phee is at it again, only this time at the Sun City West bocce courts when her mother’s friend, Myrna, is convinced she killed someone with a lobbed bocce ball that managed to get into the adjoining golf course. Naturally, there’s a dead body, but it wasn’t a bocce ball that felled the victim – it was a bow and arrow!
To make matters worse, the community is all a-buzz with the latest proposal from one of its board members – turn the golf courses into eco-friendly parks. With more threats than imaginable, Phee’s worried the golf course victim won’t be the last.

LKBR: How did you come up with the concept?

JCE: We live in Sun City West and watch all of the antics that go on around here. Then, we embellish them and use hyperbole to move the story and characters along. We take composites of people, including our own relatives, and create quirky characters.

LKBR: What are your future plans for the Sophie Kimball series? Any hints or spoilers you can give us about the next book?

JCE: The series continues with MOLDED 4 MURDER, HOLIDAZED 4 MURDER, BROADCAST 4 MURDER, AND RAILROADED 4 MURDER. Each book focuses on a different club or activity going on in Sun City West and its surrounding communities in the West Valley of Phoenix. Right now, we’ve completed some first drafts and a number of edits so we can stay on schedule.
MOLDED 4 MURDER is set for release in the spring of 2019 and it deals with a mysterious murder at the clay club.

LKBR: Is writing an energizing experience, or does it take a lot out of you?

JCE:  Wow. Both. Sometimes one of us gets on a roll and goes non-stop. Other times, it really involves pushing a boulder uphill. We really enjoy the experience and can’t imagine not doing this.

LKBR: Once you knew you wanted to be a published writer, who was the first person you reached out to for help?

JCE: Before we started on this joint venture, Ann wrote a number of YA time travel novels ( and she reached out to other published authors in that genre. Our agent, Dawn Dowdle, has been indispensable in terms of help and support as we were getting started on our cozy mysteries. She continues to be there for us and we genuinely appreciate it. In addition, we have a fabulous editor at Kensington, Tara Gavin, as well as a very supportive editor, Jennifer McCord, at Camel for our Marcie Rayner detective series.

LKBR: What sort of research do you do for your books? Is it more computer based or hands on?

JCE: We do both kinds of research for our novels. We talk with people who are familiar with the different aspects that appear in our novels and we use the internet all the time for our searches. In our Wine Trail Mysteries, (Kensington), Jim did a tremendous amount of research on chocolatiers and the processes they use for making chocolate. Spoiler alert – That novel, SAUVIGONE FOR GOOD, won’t be out until next year.

LKBR: What is your writing process? Place, time of day, by the hour or word count?

JCE: We write whenever we can and we both work in different parts of the house or we’d drive each other nuts. Then, we get together and review our notes, etc. The summer is the best writing time for us because it gets SO hot here in Arizona (triple degree temps) that we are indoors from noon to seven at night. Great time to write.

LKBR: How do you come up with character names?

JCE: We look at club directories, church/synagogue directories, and real estate agent names. Then, we alter them to create new names that fit our characters. Sometimes, out of the blue, a name just pops up. In the case of Sophie Kimball, we named her after our great niece, Phee.

LKBR: Is it difficult to write characters of the opposite sex?

JCE: Since we are a husband and wife team, we rely on each other.
(LKBR: Readers, did you know J.C. Eaton is a husband and wife team?)

LKBR: Do you read reviews of your books? If you do, and a review is bad, what effect does it have on you? (I know some reviews are mean as opposed to constructive.)

JCE: Jim doesn’t let the negative reviews get to him but Ann sure does if the review is mean-spirited. Constructive advice is always welcomed and we do use it.

LKBR: What are 3 things readers may not know about you?

JCE: We are total animal lovers and have worked with a number of rescue groups. 

We are also foster failures and that’s how we wound up with our five cats and our dog.

Ann is terrified of snakes and when one of them got into our house she called the fire department even though Jim was well on his way of removing it. We used that scenario in our first Sophie Kimball mystery, BOOKED 4 MURDER.

LKBR: Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?


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LKBR: Thank you so much for letting us get to know you better!

Having read only the first book in the Sophie Kimball Mysteries, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to follow along in this fourth installment. Of course, things have changed, and the characters have grown, but I had no problem following this story at all.

BOTCHED 4 MURDER was another fun visit to Arizona with Phee, and the sassy seniors of Sun City West. This mystery was full of hijinks, mayhem, and surprises. The twists and turns were so sharp even a seasoned sleuth would have been shocked at the story’s reveal.

BOTCHED 4 MURDER is not to be missed by fans of this series. And like me, you’ll be left highly anticipating the next book.

About the Authors


  Ann I. Goldfarb
New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing as J. C. Eaton, along with her husband, James Clapp, she has authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington) set for release in June 2017. In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. Visit the websites at and

James E. Clapp
When James E. Clapp retired as the tasting room manager for a large upstate New York winery, he never imagined he’d be co-authoring cozy mysteries with his wife, Ann I. Goldfarb. His first novel, Booked 4 Murder (Kensington) is set for release in June 2017. Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.S. Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
by Jenn McKinlay

Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library’s annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover’s dream—it’s the library’s biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board president is busy raising a stink and making the staff miserable.

Although Olive Boyle acts like a storybook villain, Lindsey is determined to work with her and make the event a success. But when Olive publicly threatens the library’s newest hire, Paula, Lindsey cracks like an old book spine and throws Olive out of the library.

The night of the fund-raiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive—but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive’s dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she’s not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer before the book closes on Paula’s future . . .



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1 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed
1-1/2 cups finely chopped onion
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 cups French bread, cubed
6 ounces grated Gruyère cheese
2 ounces finely grated Parmesan cheese
2-3/4 cups milk, 2% or whole
9 large eggs
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard


Dry spinach with a paper or lint-free towel, then finely chop

Cook onion in melted butter in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until soft.

Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and nutmeg. Cook for 1 minute.

Add spinach, then remove from heat.

Spread one third of bread cubes in a buttered 3-quart casserole dish and top with one third spinach mixture. Sprinkle with one third of each cheese.

Repeat layering twice, ending with cheeses.

Whisk together milk, eggs, mustard and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large mixing bowl and pour evenly over strata.

Chill, covered with plastic wrap, for 8 hours to allow the bread to absorb the custard.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). 

Let strata sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.

Bake strata, uncovered, in middle of oven until golden brown and puffed, about 45 to 55 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. 


8 cups of cubed bread is about 12 ounces or 14 - 15 slices of bread.

Dried out, stale bread absorbs the egg mixture more readily. You can cube bread, place on a baking sheet and leave out overnight. Alternately, you can warm in a 180 degree (F) oven for 15 minutes, stirring twice. Allow to completely cool before proceeding with recipe. 

A cup of diced ham would be a terrific addition to this recipe! 

Perfect for a cold winter's meal!


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Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading.

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

My Book Beginnings

September in New England was about as perfect a season as there was on earth. The days became cooler, pumpkins ripened and colorful leaves decorated the trees like they were getting ready for a party, the last colorful gala before winter. 

My 56

"No, no, no," she shouted. 

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

What's Cooking?
Slow and easy meals.


Wonderful, cold days are here! 
(Yes, I said wonderful. I love cold weather!)
It's the perfect time to fill your house with the tantalizing aromas of a slow cooker meal.

The Crock-Pot Ladies Big Book of Slow Cooker Dinners is a lifetime of delicious dinner ideas that are as easy to make as they are flavorful.

The Crock-Pot Ladies walk the walk of raising busy families and feeding them well. Meet Heidi, Katie, and Sarah, three awesome cooks who preside over households that together include ten children along with a variety of husbands, grandchildren, and other relatives—all while they maintain super-busy work-at-home schedules that fill most of each day.

The hundreds of thousands of readers of their wildly popular website, Crock-Pot Ladies, rely on them for nutritious and tasty recipes that deliver variety over monotony, comfort over pretense, and, above all, quick prep work over laboriously fancy productions.

In this book, their first, featuring 275 recipes—over half of which are brand new and not available on their website—the Crock-Pot Ladies use easy-to-shop-for, available-anywhere ingredients to build terrific soups and stews, dips and spreads, sides and casseroles, and, especially, protein-packed main courses for big appetites. Experts at cooking for the freezer, the Ladies serve up 25 freezer meal plans, covering 5-, 7-, and 10-day plans, that use the many freezer-friendly recipes in the book.

Nobody knows Crock-Pots and other slow cookers like the Crock-Pot Ladies, and The Crock-Pot Ladies Big Book of Slow Cooker Dinners is chock-full of tips and tricks that show you how to get the most from any model or size of slow cooker. This is a book you can rely on, day in and day out, weekdays and weekends, for fabulous dinners that don't demand time that you don't have.


I’m always happy to learn new recipes for my slow cooker. Nothing is better on a cold day than to smell the delicious aroma that fills the house while the crock-pot cooks away.

THE CROCK-POT LADIES BIG BOOK OF SLOW COOKER DINNERS is as good a cookbook as you’ll find. It begins with the introduction, SLOW COOKER MAGIC which is everything you need to know about buying and using the best slow cooker. Each chapter that follows is filled with wonderful recipes. And not just dinner ones as the title suggests. From appetizers to entrees and sauces to desserts, you’ll find something for everyone’s tastes.

Prepare  your taste buds for recipes like . . . Warm Broccoli and Cheese Dip, Sweet-and-Sour Pineapple Little Smokies, Decadent Lobster Bisque, Tex-Mex Chicken Taco Soup, Kid-Friendly Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pasta, Simple Ravioli Casserole, N0-Fuss Chicken Marsala, Delicious Turkey Potpie, Cornish Game Hens and Potatoes, Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes, Salisbury Steak Meatballs, Spicy BBQ Bison Brisket, Asian Pork Lo Mein, Spicy Sausage and Rotini, Crustless Veggie Pie, So-Easy Coconut Quinoa Curry, Tart Apple Crumble, Sweet-Sugar Cookie Party Mix, Lemony Lemon Spon Cake, Pizza Sauce, Italian Dressing Spice Mix, Au Jus Mix, and so very much more!

There aren’t many photos in this book. I prefer mine filled with them. But the large color photos that are included will make your tumbly rumbly. The recipes range from easy to follow, to a little more in depth. From classic, to revamped with a twist, your mouth will water with every page.

With THE CROCK-POT LADIES BIG BOOK OF SLOW COOKER DINNERS, authors Heidi Kennedy, Katie Handling, and Sarah Ince will have you breaking out your slow cooker every day!

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