Friday, December 5, 2014

Family Matters and the Black & Blue

Cathi Stoler is here for Drinks with Reads with a great drink matched to the New York Sisters in Crime short story anthology, Family Matters, edited by Anita Page...

You'll need a "Black & Blue" when Family Matters get out of hand this holiday season. 

Nearly everyone wants to murder a family member at one time or another. And, it’s no different with the families in Murder New York Style Family Matters.

If you thought your relatives were bad news, wait until you meet the people in this new anthology of 20 stories from the members of the New York/Tri State Sisters in Crime, including Terrie Farley Moran, Clare Toohey, Cathi Stoler and Leigh Neely. 

With tales that take you all over New York City, from the Marathon to a secret cellar in Queens; from the hard life of immigrant culture to the moneyed world of art; from brutality and poverty to privilege, you’ll find crime in all its forms fueled by all the usual suspects: jealousy, greed, rage, revenge and more—you know the stuff New Yorkers kill for.

After taking in all this crime, you’ll probably need to sit down with a stiff drink, like The Black & Blue. It’s delicious and easy to concoct. A drink that goes down well with murder.

And, from today until December 8th, you can get your very own copy of Family Matters on sale for just $2.99 in Kobo Holiday Favorites or from your favorite online retailer. It could be the perfect gift for someone in your family.


Fill an ice cube tray with pomegranate/blueberry juice
and put in the freezer until solid.

Pour a jigger and a half of vodka into a rocks or wine glass.
Add 3 or 4 of the frozen juice cubes
Float 1 teaspoon of Blue Curacao on top.
In a minute, the cubes will begin to melt and the Curacao
will filter down.

Sip and enjoy

Cathi Stoler is a native New Yorker who's devoted much of her life to writing. After graduating from The Fashion Institute of Technology, her career path led her from fashion copywriting to the stimulating world of advertising. There, she honed her skills as a Creative Director/Copywriter developing award-winning campaigns for clients such as The New York Times, Folgers' Coffee, DuPont Lycra, and the Marriott Marquis hotel.

Realizing a life-long dream to write fiction, she wrote "Telling Lies," her first full-length mystery/suspense novel that takes on the subject of stolen Nazi art. The novel was selected as a finalist in the Brighid’s Fire Books Fiction Contest.