Sunday, June 23, 2019



Welcome to Leavensport, Ohio where DEATH takes a delicious turn!

Financial fraud of elderly villagers in Leavensport, an urban sprawl threat to the community, disastrous dates, cross-sell marketing gone wrong, and another murder? Jolie Tucker is ready to try dating again. Well, she has no choice—since her family auctioned her off to the highest bidder. Her best friend, Ava, has agreed to a double date, but both friends find out hidden secrets about their partners as well as deception by one of the village’s own, who will soon be found dead. This plot is sure to be spicy!

Book Details:

Title: Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder

Author: Jodi Rath

Genre: Culinary cozy mystery

Series: The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series, book 2

Publisher: MYS ED LLC (June 21, 2019)

Print length: 185 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours



If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be?
Teacher, own a purse boutique, own a bohemian jewelry boutique, own a cast iron skillet restaurant.

If you had to do community service (or already do volunteer work), what would you choose? Special Olympics—which I’ve done for many years! LOVE it!

If you could meet any author for coffee, who would you like to meet and what would you talk about?
Sara Paretsky, and I’d just sit and let her tell me EVERYTHING about her life. She does the most in depth research for her books, and I’m completely obsessed with her V.I. Warshawski novels!

If you could choose a fictional town to live in what would it be and from what book? Leavensport, Ohio—from my series—The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?

Florence, Italy



5 favorite possessions: 
    •    books
    •    phone for music and e-books 
    •    kickboxing bag 
    •    purses
    •    beaded jewelry

5 things you need in order to write:
    •    cats 
    •    background noise like TV or music  
    •    staring at my woods out my window when deep in thought  
    •    books surrounding me
    •    iced tea or hot tea  

5 things you love about writing:
    •    cats
    •    cast iron skillet recipes  
    •    love 
    •    tolerance
    •    a fun mystery to solve

5 things you never want to run out of
    •    chocolate
    •    tea
    •    pizza
    •    books
    •    great TV shows and movies to watch—not necessarily in that order! 

5 things about you or 5 words to describe you: 
    •    fierce
    •    moxy 
    •    risk-taker 
    •    lover of life  
    •     bad ass  


What’s your all-time favorite place?
Home—wherever my husband and cats are.

What’s your all-time favorite memory?
Meeting my husband for the first time.

What’s your all-time favorite movie?

Pretty Woman.

What’s your all-time favorite author?
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Agatha Christie, Sara Paretsky, Emily Dickinson, Arthur Golden, Elaine Viets, Janet Evanovich, Donna Leon, Sue Grafton, I really like myself as an author too!

What’s one thing that very few people know about you?
I’m a kickboxer. I worked up to a brown belt (one lower than the black belt) but tore a ligament in both ankles sparring and now do it at home in my basement regularly.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Lack of open-mindedness and lack of tolerance in some people.

What’s the loveliest sight you’ve ever seen?
Looking out at my woods sitting on my deck or in my office.

What’s the most beautiful sound you’ve heard?

 My cats meowing or my husband’s voice. I also love to hear wind blowing and the sound of a bright rainbow.

What’s your favorite meal?
Fried hash browns made in a cast iron skillet with a little bit of onion and garlic in them.

What’s your favorite song?
Anything Tom Waits, Sia, or Aurora.

What’s your favorite thing to do?
Read, write, research, draw, acrylic/oil painting, kickboxing, hanging with my hubby and cats, watching TV or movies, listening to music.

What’s your favorite snack?
Queso, chocolate, chips.

What’s your favorite dessert?
Pineapple Upside-Down cake made in cast iron skillet.

What’s your favorite beverage?
Coke, Pepsi, hot or cold tea.

What’s your favorite ice cream?
Cherry cordial.

What’s your favorite thing to do when there’s nothing to do? 
Hang out with my hubby and cats.

What’s your favorite quote?
 “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

What’s your favorite candy bar?
Milky Way.

What’s your favorite movie snack?

Popcorn and Sour Patch Kids.

What’s your favorite social media site? Would you rather tweet or post on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest?
 I like them all, but I use FB more than anything.

What’s your favorite color?
 Grass green and chocolate brown.

What’s one thing you never leave the house without?
HUGE purse with all my stuff!

What drives you crazy?
Lack of tolerance.

What is the wallpaper on your computer’s desktop?

The woods outside my home on my phone, and on my laptop a collage of all my cats, me, and my hubby.

What do you know now that you wish you knew then?

 Life’s a journey, not a race to be won.

What movie genre do you prefer: drama, comedy, action, adventure, thriller, or horror? 

What is your obsession?
Hubby, cats, writing, reading, art, music, good TV and movies, kickboxing


What is a pet peeve?
Nails on a chalkboard---OOOOHHHH OR when people move my things around—everything has a place for me.

What are your idiosyncrasies?
See above. LOL

What book are you currently working on?
 Thanksgiving holiday book coming out 11/18/19 called Turkey Basted to Death.

What’s your all-time favorite picture of yourself?
This picture of me in my new tee that my hubby got me for my 46th birthday on 5/25/19—we just got three new five week old kittens making it a total of nine in our home now and the tee reads “I was normal three cats ago” with the three little faces—all of our girls are black cats! LOL

What do you collect?
Purses, beaded, funky jewelry—nine cats—is that a collection?

What smells remind you of your childhood?
Homemade noodles


What author would you most like to review one of your books?
 Leslie Budewitz


What’s your all-time favorite place you’ve visited?

What’s your latest recommendation for:
Food: cast iron jalapeño cheddar cornbread—Hey, there’s a delicious, spicy recipe in the back of the book Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder—she says tongue in cheek!
Music: Aurora—anything Aurora—or anything Sia—or anything Tom Waits.
Movie: Good Will Hunting.
Book: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden—the imagery in the book is out of this world!
Audiobook: I don’t listen to them. On another note though—for music—don’t just listen to Tom Waits—you HAVE to see him perform in person!
TV: Big Little Lies, True Detective, Homeland, Bachelor—the entire franchise, So You Think You Can Dance, World of Dance.
Netflix/Amazon Prime: Happy Valley, Sherlock, Absentia.
Miscellaneous: Huge purses—large totes to carry books, tablets, phones, make-up, highlighters, note cards, Dollar Tree squeezes for when I’m thinking, small leather journals to jot down notes anywhere, pens, phone, wireless headset for listening to tunes, big leather wallet filled with crumpled up receipts and papers with thoughts written on them and coupons that expired three years ago.

What books do you currently have published?
Pineapple Upside Down Murder
Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder 


 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 nine cats.

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