The Stakes are High

Let’s all welcome Judi Lynn today. She’s a long-term blogger/author friend, and she has a new book to tell us about today. Please check it out, maybe consider it for your summer reading list. Before you leave make sure to use those sharing buttons. All of us struggle to get the word out and a click or two is pretty simple.


I’ve been a fan of C.S. Boyack for a while now—his blog: Entertaining Stories | Just a fiction writer, trying to reach the world. (, his posts about writing on Story Empire: Suspension of Disbelief | Story Empire (, and his many wonderful books: C. S. Boyack: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle. So, I’m happy to be his guest today to promote my cozy mystery, THE STEAKS ARE HIGH.

This is the second book in my Karnie Cleaver series. Karnie works in her family’s butcher shop with her parents, brother Chuck, Aunt Aida, and Aida’s son and daughter. They not only work together, but they get together every Sunday for suppers. They like each other. That led me to write a story that focused on family dynamics, the good and the bad. When Karnie married Matt Roeback, Chuck’s best friend, his family is close, too. And she inherited his two kids, Chelsea—almost three—and Jackson—five. When Matt’s ex-wife left him, Chelsea was only six months old and doesn’t remember her mother. Jackson doesn’t want to. They’re both ready to have a woman who loves them. So was Matt. And I wanted to show how all of them bonded as a family in this book.

I also wanted to show that even when people love each other, sometimes the need to do your own thing can cause chasms. Karnie’s older brother, Porter, left the butcher shop and moved to Florida soon after he graduated high school and never looked back. He was always their parents’ golden boy who could do no wrong. He’s handsome, smart, and maybe a little too into himself. He didn’t come home for weddings and rarely answered phone calls. Until now. But when he gets into trouble, home looks better than it once did. Karnie and Chuck aren’t jumping up for joy when he wants to return to the family business, but their parents greet Porter with open arms, their prodigal son returned.

And then there’s the mystery. And it emphasizes relationships this time, too. Farley Rawlins is the victim, and people would line up who disliked him. He and his wife can barely tolerate each other, but she stays with him. Why? He’s such a pain, she doesn’t want to bother with one court battle after another to get rid of him. Then there’s his mistress, Cecilia, who’s not happy because he’s left her for someone else. Not his wife. And there’s the myriad of people who rent from him, and he’s threatening to throw them all out so that he can raise his rents.

I also wanted to show the hardship of parents who have kids with special needs. Don’t get me wrong. They love their kids with all their hearts, but they always worry what will become of them once they’re gone.

I enjoyed writing this book. I didn’t even fuss through the messy middle (and that’s unusual for me). And I thank Craig for helping me promote it. If you try it, I hope you like it.

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Judi Lynn lives in Indiana with her husband, a bossy gray cat, and a noisy Chihuahua.  She loves to cook and owns more cookbooks than any mortal woman would ever need.  That’s why so much food sneaks into her stories.  She also loves her flower beds, but is a haphazard gardener, at best.   

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33 responses to “The Stakes are High

  1. Pingback: The Stakes are High | Legends of Windemere

  2. Good luck to Judi with this one, sounds like a lot of stuff to keep track of!

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  3. Sounds very interesting. Family dynamics have always intrigued me. Thanks for sharing. Katie

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  4. Thanks so much for hosting me, Craig! I appreciate it.

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  6. Families are so complex, and it sounds like this one has a lot to deal with. Congrats on the new release, Judi Lynn. Thanks for spreading the word, Craig.

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  7. Congratulations on the newest, Judi. Sounds like a super read. Thanks for hosting Judi today, Craig

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  8. Gwen M. Plano

    Congratulations, Judi. Thank you for hosting, Craig. It sounds like a great read.

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  9. Congratulations, Judi! This sounds like a fun read. Thanks for sharing it here and than you, Craig, for hosting!

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  10. Congrats on the new release, Judi! Family dynamics are important. I think they add depth to a story.

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  11. Love that clever title. Family dynamics can always make for a good topic. Best wishes with the new release, Judy!

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  12. Happy book birthday, Judi! Sounds like a fun read.

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  13. Grabbed the book and am looking forward to reading it.

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  14. Sounds like a fun read. Haha, a “Cleaver” series from a “butcher shop”!

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  15. I love books that delve into family connections- this looks good!

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  16. HI Craig, this books has a lot of themes and sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing about it.

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  17. Spicy family dynamics are fun and so is a cozy mystery. Congratulations to Judi and many thanks to Craig.

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  18. Loving this little discussion about the themes and dynamics in this book! ❤

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