Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): J.C. Eaton & Pinot Red or Dead?

Posted March 26, 2019 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, J.C. Eaton, mystery/suspense / 10 Comments

As part of the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for Pinot Red or Dead?, I’m pleased to host the writing team of J.C. Eaton for a guest post today.

Series: Wine Trail Mysteries #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Pages: 206

There’s a lot of noir surrounding this rare pinot.

As the vineyards in Seneca Lake, New York, prepare for the seasonal “Deck the Halls Around the Lake” festivities, someone is determined to keep pinot noir off the wine list. Hijacked trucks and sabotaged ingredients have made it a hard-to-acquire vintage for the six local wineries—including Norrie Ellington’s Two Witches Winery.

The case of the stolen and spoiled wines gets stranger when Arnold Mowen, owner of the company distributing the wine, is found dead, the apparent victim of a hunting accident. As Norrie tries to find the connections between the pinot’s problems and Arnold’s death, she uncovers a conspiracy among many locals whose hatred for the wine distributor was bottled up for far too long . . .


 Don’t Throw Out Those Paper Files Yet
By Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp (J.C. Eaton)

At least once a month one of our file cabinets gets stuck. And we mean stuck! No amount of pulling, yanking or shaking will help return the drawer back into its cabinet. Pleading and cursing don’t help either. That means one thing. We’ve stuffed and crammed too many copies of our writing into the darn cabinet and the screws that are attached to the metal slides can no longer do their job. Yep, we’ve rendered it immobile.

The only way out is to empty the file cabinet, remove the drawer and reinsert the screws. Sounds simple enough, but it’s really a two person job and neither of us are thrilled. The last time this happened it took us two hours since the screws were so worn from previous attempts to rectify the situation. Then, of course, we had to look over the stuff like a walk down memory lane. Factor in twenty minutes to critique a short story written a decade ago, uncover two grocery lists from 2015, and an overdue notice from the library. (Yes, we returned the book!)

“We have a computer. Can’t we just back-up our files without copying all of them?” (Jim)

“We do that but it’s scary. We don’t want to lose them.” (Ann)

“That’s why they invented flash drives…and that cloud thing.” (Jim)

“But something could go wrong.” (Ann)

“What do you call spending an hour or two with the file cabinet?” (Jim, really exasperated).

In fairness, some of the stuff we’ve written was penned long before computers were around. And we simply haven’t had the time to re-type Jim’s junior high diatribes, Ann’s diary entries, short stories, plays, and that dreadful first novel that may never see the light of day. But we don’t want to part with them either. Just in case…

And then, there’s the “back-up” stuff. Yeah, we do make flash drive copies and we send email versions into cyberspace, but Ann still can’t sleep at night unless she knows we’ve got a written copy of whatever we’re working on, safely stored in a file cabinet. We blame our high school teachers for this. And our college professors. And our mothers.

The mantra was always the same for both of us.

“Don’t turn in any work without making a copy for yourself!”

Making copies was a big deal back in the sixties. We called it Xeroxing since the Xerox Company introduced the first photocopier. Their advertising went a long way and suddenly, everything had to photocopied, including our spelling lists, book reports, and term papers. Now, as cozy mystery authors, we wouldn’t dare leave a piece of work without a back-up copy or two.

And while computer technology certain beats old school, nothing can replace holding something tangible in the form of a written manuscript. Besides, if the computer crashes or something heinous happens to our flash drives, we’ll always have the file cabinets. Provided we can still open them!

J.C. Eaton is the penname for the collaborative writing team of Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp.

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, they have authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington), The Wine Trail Mysteries (Kensington Lyrical Underground), and The Marcie Rayner Mysteries (Camel). In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name.

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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. 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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10 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): J.C. Eaton & Pinot Red or Dead?

  1. Dianne Casey

    I haven’t gone totally digital, still a lot of paper in the house. Looking forward to reading “Pinot Read or Dead?”.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Do digital but then the old school in me kicks in and feel like I need paper copies. 🙂

    Can’t wait for the opportunity to read “Pinot Red or Dead?” Sounds wonderful and you just got to love that cover. 🙂

  3. Debra Branigan

    The book sounds great! Best wishes on the new publication. I am still overrun with papers on a regular basis! It never seems to get better although I use so much digital technology.

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