Sunday, January 26, 2020

Please Welcome Guest Elle Brooke White & #Giveaway

Please welcome today's guest Elle Brooke White.  She has a delightful new series debuting in April!
I have a new whimsical mystery series debuting on April 7th that I’m excited to tell you about. It’s called the Finn Family Farm Mysteries and the first installment is titled DEAD ON THE VINE. Here’s the scoop:

Reluctant farmer Charlotte Finn needs the help of the livestock to sleuth a mysterious death.

Charlotte Finn never wanted to inherit the family's produce farm--much less plow a heap of money into it. Her plan is to hammer a great big FOR SALE sign into the farm's fallow furrows--but Charlotte's sunny hopes of a quick sale succumb to a killing frost when she finds a dead body entwined supine in the tomato vines. The poor man, it seems, was run through...with a pitchfork?

Now, Charlotte is stuck with running the farm in the midst of a murder investigation. Charlotte's knowledge of farming is smaller than her bank balance, so she relies on caretakers Joe and Alice Wong and their farmhands. Can she trust them? She doesn't know them. There's also farmer Samuel Brown, who still carries a childhood grudge. But the case gets personal when Charlotte learns that the victim might have been her own kin--and seeds of suspicion grow into a fertile field of suspects.

Charlotte turns to the farm's baby pig to help root out the killer. Soon, the goats, geese, and horse join in, but will Charlotte harvest a murderer--or buy the farm?

         Can’t wait to find out? You can pre-order the book on Amazon today!

The Finn Family Farm Mysteries are set in the rich and verdant land in the Santa Barbara Mountains of California where nature is respected and revered. For today’s recipe it seemed most organic to go with something that is tomato based. This is a great summer refresher but if you are lucky enough to have access to tomatoes year round. Perhaps from a hot house?

Green Tomato Gazpacho

Serves 6

3 ounces of French bread, crusts cut off (about a handful)
1½ cups of water
¼ cup chopped shallots
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sriracha sauce (Optional)
2 large cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped (I use a melon baller for the seeds)
2 large green tomatoes, chopped (I remove the seeds to avoid any bitter taste)
3 tablespoons crème fraiche
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
¼ pumpkin seeds

This is all about the prep work, once this is done your blender or food processor does the rest.

Tear bread into pieces and place in a bowl with the water and let it soak for 5 minutes.

Add bread mixture, shallots, garlic, oil, vinegar, salt, sriracha, cucumbers and tomatoes into food processor and blend until smooth.

Whisk chives and crème fraiche and divide among the 6 bowls of soup. Garnish with pumpkin seeds, (flavored or plain).

About The Author

Elle Brooke White is the author of the new series, The Finn Family Farm Mysteries, coming April 7, 2020.

         Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio Elle became a world traveler at a young age when her family moved to Europe. She grew up in Paris, Brussels and London until returning to the U.S. to attend Vassar College.

         She then moved to New York City with the hopes of becoming a renowned actress but took a job in advertising, as Elle says, “just until”.

         Success followed in the ad world where she worked on both coasts. Elle started an interactive agency in the ‘90s creating web sites, apps and social media.

During a home remodel Elle was forced to go through old files and discovered that she had been a writer her entire life. She found plays, articles, scripts and book ideas. It was time for her to return to "a world of pure imagination".

Elle lives in Southern California with her famous diving dog, Bardot. Together they often take a spur of the moment drive to Santa Barbara to visit the farms, wineries and enjoy traditional local fare. Elle has a deep passion for California’s history and a great respect for its natural beauty. She also has an uncanny habit of giving a name to every living creature she meets, regardless of their species, color or number of legs.

You can follow Elle Brooke White on Facebook.


To celebrate my new series, I'm offering a giveaway of an advanced, signed copy of DEAD ON THE VINE.
Leave a comment and your email to enter.
Winner will be notified by 1/27/2020


  1. This book sounds wonderful! Love the setting and the little pig. Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Congratulations on the new series! Thank you for sharing this recipe, which sounds very tasty!

  3. Thanks for the chance! I am so looking forward to reading this book. Love cozies and love recipes. lol. Am I the only one who even reads cookbooks?....

  4. I love all things California and I love pigs, too. Count me in. Sounds fun. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  5. In southern Florida it's fresh tomato season. This is perfect.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  6. Please enter me!

  7. Definitely an original idea. suefoster109 at gmail dot com

  8. Oh, a new series for me to start on, yay! I've never tried gazpacho, but that looks tasty. Thank you for the recipe. Very nice to meet you! konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Your recipes sound great! I love anything with tomatoes. I’d love to read your book.

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  11. Awesome NEWS! Would love to win! dollycas (at( hotmail (dot) com.

  12. This sounds like a Fabulous book... looking forward to the series! Can't wait to try the soup- it's Vegan (minus the creme fresh).
    Kelly Braun

  13. Sounds like a great new series. Like that the pig helps investigate, looking forward to reading the book.

  14. Sounds like the start of a fun new series! Would enjoy reading it. jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  15. Looks like a great fun book. Would love to win and read it. I'll share with a friend as well

  16. Love that the animals are helping to solve the case! That just makes it so much more fun. Can't wait to read this.

  17. Sounds like fun to read. Thanks for the chance animals especially horses are my favorite thing in a book. Yours sounds like a lit of fun! Is the pig a little one or like Wilbur in Charlotte's Web? I really want to read it! I'm new to you and happy to have found you. The recipe sounds delicious.donakutska7@

  18. This premise sounds great — I can’t wait to read the book. Hopeful to win a copy! lgillettemartin@

  19. I love new mystery series and “new to me” writers!! I’m very excited about this story!! My email address is and I would love to win!!!

  20. Looks like a great new series! Thanks for the chance!
    valleyreader (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. Having farm animals help solve the murder is certainly different.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  22. Love finding firsts in cozy mystery series! And a baby pig as the animal helper in this one... adorbs!!!

    kimheniadis at gmail dot com

  23. I grew up on a farm and while we never found any dead bodies on the farm (other than farm animals on occasion), I would find a mystery set on a farm, with a female protagonist who is trying to be a farmer, an interesting scenario. I'd love to win. dbahn(at)is(dot)net

  24. What an exciting new series. Congratulations! I grew up in the Bay Area, I've been transplanted a few times, but my roots will always be in CA. meg85242 (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. Looks like a fun series. I would love to win. Thank you.


  26. Looks like a really fun book to read! Thanks for the chance to win!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  27. This looks like fun. Thanks for the chance to win. Katherinestamps at msn dot com

  28. Not only does your book sound good...your whole life does...
    Thank you for the contest.

  29. Yes, new series!!!

  30. Would love this!

  31. This book looks awesome can't wait to read it

  32. This sounds like a good book
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  33. Love living in the country and we love to garden. Which means that the recipe for Green Tomato Gazpacho is on my try this for this year.

    DEAD ON THE VINE has a fabulous cover and a story I'm dying to read. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy so I can read all about Charlotte"s adventures.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  34. Sounds like an interesting new series. Thanks for the chance.

  35. Sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for the chance to win it! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  36. The new series sounds great. I love your interest in the history of California and its agricultural resources. I lived in Cleveland for a year eons ago and spent plenty of time in Shaker Heights!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

  37. Love the recipe and the book sounds great!

  38. This looks like a wonderful series to add to my list. Thanks for the chance to win!
    529 jay vee bee at gmail dot com

  39. sounds great. and the recipe does as well. thanks for the chance to win. congrats on the new series. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

  40. Sounds like a great new series. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  41. Looks like a wonderful new series, can't wait! Thanks for the chance.

  42. Congrats on your new series debut in April. Looking forward to reading it. deepotter at centurylink dot net

  43. Congrats on your new series!! It looks like a great book and I just HAVE to try that recipe! Thanks so much for the chance!✨ Lisa Blessedfllady62 at Yahoo dot net

  44. I can't wait for this to be released. Looks like a fun series! Thanks for the chance.
    Stacieamelotte (at) yahoo (dot) com