Monday, June 29, 2020

Cast Iron Stake Through The Heart (+ Giveaway)

I'm delighted today to be participating in the Great Escapes Book Tour for CAST IRON STAKE THROUGH THE HEART by Jodi Rath and Rebecca Grubb.

As part of the tour, we have Tabitha Turner visiting to tell us a little about living in Leavensport and two of the village residents, Jolie Tucker and Ava Martinez.

(The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)  
by Jodi Rath and Rebecca Grubb
Cozy Mystery 4th in Series 
Publisher: MYS ED LLC; 
1 edition (May 29, 2020) ~200 Pages  

On again, off again, ON AGAIN–Jolie Tucker and Mick Meiser are giving their relationship another try. Things seem to be working out for them so far, and love is on the menu all over Leavensport! An unexpected pregnancy with a surprising partner, a therapist pairs off with the chief of police, and the mayor of Leavensport falls for Jolie’s Aunt Fern!

Although Leavensport is serving up affairs of the heart, there are a lot of mysterious activities lurking in the air. The townspeople awake to find freshly dug empty holes throughout the fields that were recently up for sale under suspicious circumstances. Jolie and Ava believe they are taking a break from solving murders when they start teaching an online cooking course–until they witness one of their students take a stake through the heart!

Welcome to Leavensport, OH, where DEATH takes a DELICIOUS turn!

Now let's see what Tabitha has to say. Welcome, Tabitha.

When I first opened my therapy practice in Leavensport, Chief Tobias asked if he could hire me as a consultant on crime cases that had been occurring Leavensport, Ohio recently. I can always use a little extra cash, so I agreed. I am a licensed forensic therapist and have FBI training, so it was a perfect fit. It doesn’t hurt that Chief Tobias, or Teddy, as I like to call him, is a good-looking guy.

I remember walking around the village when I first got here, taking it all in. Leavensport is lovely. There is a rich medley of cultures here, plus a flourishing art scene and plenty of good eateries and shops. If you need a sugar kick, stop by No Cones About It and Chocolate Capers. They are side-by-side with a cute little red-and-white-striped awning over the entrances. The ice cream is delicious, and Betsy, who owns Chocolate Capers is very talented with chocolate. If you are looking for a nice dinner out, check out Cast Iron Creations. Jolie and Ava own it, so Jolie writes the menu: tasty, creative cast-iron-cooked food. Their chef, Carlos also creates some amazing Mexican dishes.

The people in this village make it what it is. Some I have met in town and some come to me for therapy sessions. One in particular (I can’t tell you her name, doctor-patient confidentiality, you know) is making a lot of progress overcoming some things in her past. I am so proud of her.

Many villagers are eccentric and a bit peculiar, but they all care about one another deeply, which is why the recent wave of crime in Leavensport is so confusing and troublesome.

Not long after I moved here, terrible things began happening: murder, kidnapping, break-ins, destruction of property. It doesn’t seem to fit. Some people in town are worried about urban sprawl from the big city nearby, Tri-City. I hope I can be of some help. I don’t mind having to meet with Teddy on a regular basis.

Two villagers, Jolie Tucker and Ava Martinez, have become amateur sleuths and helped crack a few of the cases. I heard Ava is actually taking some PI training. I just hope they stay safe.

I haven’t been here long, but I already feel like Leavensport is home. I hope the crime wave is over so everyone can relax!

Tabitha, thanks for dropping by today and sharing this look at Leavensport. It sounds like an interesting place.

About Jodi Rath

Author Jodi Rath
Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her 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 nine cats.  

For more on Jodi and her writing, connect with her on the following sites:

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About Rebecca Grubb

Author Rebecca Grubb
Rebecca Grubb utilizes her experience in the high school English classroom and her decades as a bookworm to coach writers and edit fiction and creative non-fiction.

She enjoys reading and writing books, particularly mysteries and science fiction.

She lives in a small town in Ohio with her husband and the three mischievous children.  

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Thanks everyone for stopping by today. I hope this has enticed you to check out this fun series. Don't you just love the name of this book?

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  1. I always love hearing from the characters on book tours. Thank you all.
    And yes, it does sound good. Of course.

    1. Thanks--they don't feel like characters after spending so much time with them. LOL! Hope you enjoy! Jodi Rath

  2. Great title and cute cover! Sounds like a fun story.

    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth! Believe it or not, I created every title before writing word one of the first book. I have SO much fun coming up with titles!

  3. I really like those small towns where you get to know a cast of 'regular' characters. It's a great background for all sorts of stories. Thanks for sharing this one, Mason.

    1. I grew up in the inner city then moved to a small village in 5th grade and graduated from there--moved--came back and taught HS English there for 13 years and live here again--so Leavensport is based off my little village :-) Jodi Rath

  4. Sounds like the town is a character all on its own.
    A cast iron stake would really hurt...

    1. You are right, Alex--it is it's own character--I created a map of the town and a PPT that has multiple slides with how I envision each place--names of places--many pictures on each slide--it is based on the village where I live and where I taught HS English for 13 years. And yes--that cast iron stake--I'm sure it did hurt! LOL! Jodi Rath

  5. Sounds like Leavensport is a great place! Love the title and cover too!

    1. Thanks so much, Jemi! I created all the titles of each book in the series before I ever wrote the first word of book one. It's all a lot of fun. Have a great day! Jodi Rath

  6. Thanks for having Tabitha come by! This was a fun book to write with the amazing Jodi Rath. I would love to go visit Chocolate Capers or No Cones About It right now.

  7. Sounds like a fun read. Looking forward to reading the book.

  8. Thanks, Dianne! We hope you enjoy it!

  9. Thanks for having us here today--also, your Little One looks EXACTLY like my Bobbi Jo (who passed away in 2019) she was a bobtail kitty. She lives on with Jolie Tucker in the series though. Jodi Rath

  10. This sounds like a really fun book.

    1. Thanks Glenda! It was a ton of fun to write with my BFF, Rebecca! She did FABULOUS work! Jodi


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