Monday, March 9, 2020


I'm so happy to be a stop on the book tour for
Book 3 in the Cast Iron Skillet Mysteries
by Jodi Rath

Welcome to Leaven—oh wait—Santo Domingo, where DEATH takes a DELICIOUS turn!

Family bombshells, sibling rivalries, blackmail, and a trip that could be deadly...and the new year has only just begun! After a disastrous Thanksgiving, Jolie Tucker is beside herself and feeling the walls closing in around her. She feels like she needs to escape Leavensport before she loses her mind. She unexpectedly gets her wish when her best friend and co-owner of Cast Iron Creations, Ava Martinez, gets a terrifying email revealing that her papa, Thiago, is in danger in Santo Domingo. The girls are off on a dangerous adventure in new territory. Will they be able to save the day before danger finds them?



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Winner will be chosen after March 10 at the end of the tour.

This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours, not Lisa Ks Book Reviews.


 A Chat with Jody Rath

LKBR:  Thank you for joining us today, Jodi.

JR: Thanks so much for having me! I’ve missed you!

LKBR: Aw. Thank You.
Please tell us a bit about BLUEBERRY COBBLER MURDER.

JR: This book is set in Santo Domingo. Ava Martinez’s father is blackmailed, and it takes Jolie and Ava to the Dominican Republic. In Blueberry Cobbler Blackmail, you will find gut-busting Merengue dance competitions that will have you laughing out loud, hot Greek God men that will have you salivating, and cute dogs and cats that will have you ooohhhing and awwwing! A little romance, a little Dominican Republic history—a mishap at Christopher Columbus statue, and a whole lot of mystery…not to mention mouth-watering, delicious Dominican recipes to enjoy making and eating!

LKBR: What are you plans for this series?

JR: So far there are three books published in the series. Four more are coming in 2020. This year expect a baby on the way, and maybe one or two engagements with possible wedding/s in the Christmas holiday book. There will be fourteen books total in the series with two spin-off series that will have three books in each. Recently, we got all the paperbacks in bookstores Nationwide. This is SUPER exciting to me!

LKBR: Are you working on any new projects?

JR: Currently, I’m writing a paranormal short story to go in a Halloween Cozy anthology to benefit Wounded Warrior. It will be available this September. You’ll be meeting a new character, a gypsy turned witch named Topez Tethering or Tt as her friends call her! There MAY be a series in store for Tt!

LKBR: Wound Warrior is a fabulous organization. Thank you for helping them.

when did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

JR: Age five. No joke. It only took me thirty years to make it happen full-time! LOL!

LKBR: Was getting your first book published everything you thought it would be? The feelings? The process?

JR: I’ve been a high school English teacher for twenty years prior to starting my business MYS ED LLC. I’ve taught Creative Writing and academic papers. Still, I had NO clue what a labor of love writing a book would be. The entire process-there is so much to it, but I love it all. The first book was a learning curve on all fronts. With book two, I hit a stride and with each new book things get easier.

LKBR: How did you handle it when changes were made to your first manuscript? I don’t have a thick skin, so I know how I would have felt.

JD: I took creative writing courses in college and was an English Literature major—so I had lots of edits and critiques from college professors for the seven years I was in college. That helped. Then, I write for educational blogs, affiliations, and publishers too. They rip my work apart. I’ve learned to develop thick skin. Also, working with one hundred to three hundred teens a day will help thicken your skin too. LOL!

LKBR: What is your favorite part of being a writer?

JR: Everything. Truthfully. I’ve wanted it for so long that now that I have it, I love every minute of it. I work as hard as I can to keep this job because of how much I love it.

LKBR: Have you ever read a book that has stayed with you long after reading it?

JR: Tons of them. And She Was is a book written by Cindy Dyson. It’s an incredible book of literature.

LKBR: Why are reviews, good or bad, so important to authors?

JR:  I think every author has to make decisions on what they prioritize, especially if you are an indie author. As a teacher, reviews matter to me for the honesty. I never want someone to give me a good review just because they like me or think they should. I have a notebook and once a month, I look at my reviews and make notes from them. I use those reviews to help me grow and become a better writer. That is why reviews matter to me. Some authors want as many reviews as possible. That is not me. I want honesty in the reviews I get for my growth. I focus a lot of time and energy on marketing—but I’m strange—I LOVE marketing! Most authors hate marketing.

LKBR: On what sites do you recommend readers leave their reviews?

JR: Goodreads, Bookbub, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, on social media—anywhere other readers can view them.

LKBR: If you could spend one hour with a reader, what would you want to talk about?

JR: Universal topics. I do this all the time with my readers—we email and message on FB all the time about themes from my series like MS or LGBTQ homeless youth or urban sprawl or gentrification or effective ways to communicate or family. I’ve spent two decades teaching themes and now I get to write about themes in my series. My readers are the best in communicating with me. I’ll put a call out on social media tied to research and they never fail to come through providing me with personal anecdotes, thoughts, articles, links, etc. I’m a very blessed writer!

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

JR: Thanks so much for having me today! I can’t wait to come back! 


My Review

Having never read a book in the CAST IRON SKILLET MYSTERIES, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading BLUEBERRY COBBLER BLACKMAIL. What I found was an entertaining cozy with fun, eclectic characters.

I immediately clicked with author Jodi Rath’s style of writing. Smooth and flowing, it was an easy read and one that can be read in one setting, as I did. Of course it would have helped to start with the first book in the series, but all in all, with the help of the character list provided, I was able to pretty much keep up with the characters.

I had a heck of a time trying to figure out this mystery. Author Rath threw in plenty of twists, turns, and misleads to keep me guessing. She really did have me scrambling!

Not the most action packed story I have ever read, but it was perfect for the easy escape reading I need from time to time. And it did show the writing skills of Jodi Rath.   

BLUEBERRY COBBLER BLACKMAIL may have been the first book I’ve read in the Cast Iron Skillet Mysteries, but I hope it won’t be my last.


About Jodi Rath

Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her seven cats. Author Links
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Twitter @jodirath 

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  1. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "BLUEBERRY COBBLER BLACKMAIL" by Jodi Rath.

    Enjoyed learning more about the author. Can't wait for the opportunity to read this wonderful sounding book. Cute cover!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Sounds like a fun read. Adding to my TBR list.

  3. Blueberry Cobbler Blackmail sounds like a fantastic book. Love the book cover and blurb. Would love to review the paperback version of this book. So cute and adorable the cover is just perfect. My kind of read.
    I do I hope I win.
    My name is Crystal Stewart
    Email is: don(dot)stewart(at)zoominternet(dot)net

  4. Thanks so much for having me on your blog and for taking time to read and review the book! I truly appreciate it!