Pinot Red or Dead? by J.C. Eaton #BookTour #Giveaway #CharacterGuestPost


About the Book


Pinot Red or Dead? (The Wine Trail Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (March 26, 2019)
Paperback: 206 pages
ISBN-10: 1516108035
ISBN-13: 978-1516108039
Digital ASIN: B07F5XDH41


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 . . .


Still Waiting for Someone to Recognize My Name
By Norrie Ellington (Wine Trail Mysteries)

It’s apparent that I have a long way to go before Norrie Ellington becomes a household word. I was just hoping that someone in upstate New York might watch the Hallmark Channel and actually read the credits. I’m a screenwriter for a Canadian film company whose movies regularly appear on that channel. And a few others, too. And while the movie titles might be memorable, my name, obviously, isn’t.

Still, I’m hopeful.

Just this past week a driver blew through a light and rammed into my Toyota. Thank goodness this was Penn Yan and he was going fifteen miles an hour. Still, it was a fender bender to say the least. When I gave the police officer my information, I said that I was the owner of the car and “maybe he’s heard of me.” I went on to tell him I write screenplays. He replied, “Haven’t heard of you and I write tickets.”

I cringed. “Well, don’t write one for me. I wasn’t the one who blew through the light. I had a green light.”

He nodded and walked over to the other driver. And even though I wasn’t ticketed, I was really disgruntled. Not because of the car but because of my ego. How many screenplays would I need to write before my name became a household word?

And then, the reality hit me. No one cared who the screenwriters were. Not at the Oscars or Academy Awards anyway. We were right up there with the film editing and sound mixing people that everyone glossed over while waiting to hear which actor or actress would take home the coveted prize.

I suppose if I had mentioned I was the manager of Two Witches Winery on Two Witches Hill on Seneca Lake, he might have raised an eyebrow. Not because of the terrific wine our family produces, but because of the recent murders that took place on our little lake view property. Best to keep that to myself.

Maybe the next romance I write should incorporate those murders. Still, if I’m not starring, directing, or producing the movie, I doubt anyone will notice my name. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to be optimistic. And although I hope I’m never involved in another automobile accident, should that happen, perhaps the responding officer will ask for my autograph and not my insurance card.

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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One thought on “Pinot Red or Dead? by J.C. Eaton #BookTour #Giveaway #CharacterGuestPost

  1. I love a good mystery. Sometimes you think folks are what they appear and sometimes you aren’t even close.

    Have a fabulous day, honey. Big hug and lots of love. ♥