Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sweet Tea and Murder!

If you are coming to Cottonwood, Kentucky, you have to stop and have a sweet ice tea from Cowboy’s Catfish. Bartleby Fry not only makes the best fried fish ‘n’ chips this side of the Mississippi, he brews the sweetest ice tea that will have you craving it and send you back3/4 to get more!

He might get mad as a wet hen when he finds out that I gave the recipe, so I’m figuring y’all are going to keep it a secret. So here we go.



Ingredients:
Four large cold ice tea bags
One cup of water
¾ cup of sugar
Combine the water and sugar for a mixture and set aside.

Directions:
Bring three quarts of cold water to a boil. Remove it from the heat and emerge the entire four large cold ice tea bags. Let them steep for about five minutes.  Then you add that water and sugar mixture. Stir real good. Fill you up a mason jar full of ice cubes and pour the tea right over it. Enjoy with a lemon garnish or sprig of mint. I like mine plain, but we all got different tastes.

You especially want to make this homemade sweet tea while reading Fixin’ To Die. Y’all will be on the edge of your seat wondering who killed Owen Godbey and your mouth is going to go dry with anticipation. Plus it gives you a sweet, treat straight out of Cottonwood.

So you might'swell settle in because we'll be hanging out a few years longer. Tonya Kappes, my author friend who is bringing my story to life, just signed a seven book deal about my life! That means there will be TEN Kenni Lowry Mysteries coming your way! 

What is your favorite drink? Leave me a comment and I'll see if I can get Bartleby to stick it on the menu! Winner will receive a print copy of Fixin' To Die! Winner will be notified by email and you have ONE week to email me back before I pick another winner.

If you are on Facebook, jump over to my own Facebook page! I'd love to connect with Tonya's readers there. Especially the readers who love my story! Kenni Lowry Mystery Series Fan Page

Enjoy!

Kenni Lowry, Sheriff of Cottonwood

Tonya Kappes is a USA Today Bestselling author that has three grown children, another in high school, and an amazing Eddy (her husband). She's known for her super charged characters that not only spill humor all over the pages, but end up tripping over a lot of dead bodies. Be sure to check out her MEMBERS ONLY section on Tonyakappes.com for freebies and contests.

Tonya is from a small town like Cottonwood and when Longmire was taken off the TV, Tonya was devastated. Then she played the what if in her head. What if there was a girl sheriff like Longmire? And the Kenni Lowry Mystery Series was born. Not only is LOWRY Tonya's maiden name, the small town sheriff feel fits her Kentucky life since there are more sheriff departments than police stations.

The Kenni Lowry Mystery Series is a ten book publishing deal through Henery Press and a ten book audio deal through Dreamscape! 


125 comments:

  1. This sweet tea sounds delicious! If I'm not having that or boring old water, I might go for a lemonade, or something a little stronger. :)

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    1. Country lemonade is good too! I'll have to put that in Tonya's head!

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    2. That would be a great recipe to have! :)

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  2. I love root beer, Barqs is my favorite. Root beer has been my favorite drink for as long as I can remember.
    yellowwyytch@yahoo.com

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    1. We also have an awesome drink in central Kentucky called Ale 8. It's a staple too. I like root beer floats with LOTS of ice cream!

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    2. I love root beer too and a root beer float is extra special
      j.presler@yahoo.com

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  3. Sweet tea is my favorite. I drink it everyday. I also make a drink with sprite, o.j., and cherry juice mixed. It's very good.
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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    1. I might have to try that. I wonder if Jolee, my friend who owns On The Run food truck, has something like that.

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  4. Sweet tea is my favorite. I drink it everyday. I also make a drink with sprite, o.j., and cherry juice mixed. It's very good.
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  5. Sweet tea IS my favorite, but when I need to switch it up, I want Dr Pepper - NOT Mr Pibb - so maybe he'll make sure and have that!!

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    1. Oh yeah! Dr.Pepper is definitely a southern drink! We love that too!

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  6. Iced tea is my favorite 28th a lemon garnish. I always make my own. Keep on writing Tonya Kappes! Love your books.

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    1. Lemon garnish does add that little ump! I'll be sure to tell Tonya to keep writing! Did you know she's already writing ten books in my life??

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  7. I like iced tea but I like it unsweetened. I'm not big on anything that's very sweet.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  8. I drink coffee. All day long it's coffee. The caffeine does what it needs to do but won't keep me up at night. Even in this 90 degree heat I still drink it hot. Can you get a cup of coffee all day long at Cowboy's Catfish?? ��
    Thanks for the chance!
    Becky
    Rlewis11797@yahoo.com

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    1. Heck yeah! Bartleby has the best coffee!! Come on by and I'll buy you a cup.

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  9. I love sweet tea and can't wait for this book!

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    1. Oh fun! I can't wait for you to read all about my crazy town.

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  10. I suppose you mean other than coffee? It would have to be a nice big Oregon Chai latte - hot or cold - with soy milk. So yummy!!!!

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    1. Now your talking Tonya's language. I'm glad she drinks coffee because she lets me keep her up at night.

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    2. Oregon Chai Tea is sweet too! Add milk and it's also creamy. Creamy and dreamy, hot or cold!!!!

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  11. I like iced tea but Coke is my favorite soda. dbahn@iw.net

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  12. Cannot drink tea as I am allergic to it but if I win this book I would drink a creamy strawberry milkshake made with goats milk whilst I am reading it. Not sure if I can enter though as I live in the UK but if I can then my email is carolsmoky@gmail.com

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  13. For an evening backyard bbq, I like to turn that sweet tea into a frozen bourbon slush. Have to watch out 'cause you may forget that it has a kick!

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    1. Oh yeah...good ole Kentucky bourbon at that!

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  14. I like tea but I like flavors like raspberry or strawberry tea.

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  15. I like tea but I like flavors like raspberry or strawberry tea.

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  16. Kyrr ( white wine with blackcurrant sirup tasty)
    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I love a good cherry limeade!!

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  18. I love a good strawberry lemonade. Sweet tea is a bit too sweet for me! (I'm just a transplanted northerner living in South Carolina).

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  19. Ice tea is my favorite drink. I prefer it unsweetened though. I sometimes add lemon or lime wedges. I also add lemonade or limeade to it if I want to sweeten it up a little.

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  20. My favorite drink is a nice cold ice tea. Thanks for the giveaway.
    bah195@yahoo.com

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  21. The sweet tea sounds delicious for company, but just give me an old fashioned Diet Coke on ice, but for something stronger I would go for a Pina Colada. Love your books, Thanks for this generous giveaway. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  22. Iced tea sounds like the perfect summer drink! I also like good old fashioned lemonade on a hot day, made with real sugar and lots of lemon! Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Love me some sweet tea!!! or a strawberry margarita!

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  24. I am from the south. My husband is a northerner, who had never had sweet tea! He is now addicted!

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    1. God love your husband for being mistreated all those years....

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  25. Sweet tea is my favorite but a Ski every now and then isn't bad!

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  26. Diet pepsi. Thank you for this chance. I love Tonya Kappes books! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  27. Coffee is my favorite, but I also love cold milk. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  28. Sweet tea is my favorite. I bet I make 2 gallons a week, more if my son is in from college. jmhinton@psci.net

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  29. I'm not a sweet tea person but when I used to make it that was the recipe I used. I was told it tasted great!

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    1. You are too sweet for anymore sweet in you!! xoxo

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  30. My favorite drink is tea! But I have to go with decaf, its ok though because there are lots of flavors for me to pick from! dnrocker@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh yeah! Sometimes when I need to wet my whistle late at night, I'll make a decaf tea!

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  31. Fixin' to Die is a great start to a new series - Can't wait for more of this series.
    j.presler@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you so much!! So excited to bring you Southern Fried!

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  32. I prefer my tea unsweetened (darn Yankee!) but I've been known to enjoy a sweet tea now & again. And I specially love any beverage with a side of Tonya Kappes!!

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    1. Well you and Finn are both darn Yankees! BUT we are converting him!

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  33. I love sweet tea but I can never make it taste as good as
    when I get it in a restaurant. I'll be trying this recipe.
    My favorite drink is a cola - Pepsi first choice.
    Book sounds good.
    thanks
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Give it a try! I'm not sure Tonya makes it better than Bartleby Jones at Cowboy's Catfish, but she might give it a go!

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  34. My drink of choice is Diet Dr Pepper! Thanks for the chance to win! cking78503@aol.com

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  35. I like unsweet tea with just a touch of sweet mixed in (with lemon too) centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  36. I don't really have a favorite drink. When I do have a drink it is either caffeine free diet coke or ginger ale. Thank you for the book giveaway! crossxjo @hotmail. com

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  37. Being from the south I have drank my share of sweet tea, but I prefer lemonade or diet Dr Pepper.

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  38. Congratulations, Tonya!!! My favorite summertime drink is fresh lemonade with sliced strawberries, and I'll be making a pitcher today! :-)

    Nicole
    nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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    1. Let me know how it turns out. I need to try that with strawberries.

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  39. Like your secret on the tea. I have had quite a few different versions in my life and travels. In Chicago, back a few years, I finally had to start ordering hot tea with bag on the side and a glass of ice. I will admit there was snow on the ground. Lol

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    1. Hot tea or coffee is also great anytime of the year.

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  40. That sound refreshing. I usually have water or Diet coke.
    Sjgolding@sbcglobal.net

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  41. Growing up in Franklin, Ky. I drank sweet tea, still my favorite drink but I like it with lime. Many years ago I moved to New York. Met some of the nicest people who thought I was crazy when I asked for sweet tea. They could tell by the accent I was not from the area but I learned to drink unsweetened tea. Now that I am back in the south the supply is endless. The best accompaniment is a good book. Can't wait to read Fixin' to Die.

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    1. Welcome home!!! No place like being home around your people. I've been to NYC a few times. There is no good sweet tea there.

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    2. That is true. But the food was great, people were nice and I miss it. But my heart is truly southern country girl.

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  42. Sparkling water is for summer days. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I drink tea all year round. Chai tea and green tea are my favorite. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  44. I love sweet tea all year round. And when it is cold out (in Texas that is the third Tuesday in January) I make things like mint tea, orange tea etc. annettena (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  45. Sweet Tea is a delight. The best mix I found was served at a Jamaican restaurant called the Breadfruit Cafe. It was refreshing and complimented the spicy jerk chicken we ate. But, drinking it next to the pool on a hot day with a Tonya Kappes book in my hand? Priceless!
    kat8762@aol.com

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  46. Yum. I've been drinking lots of water, but tea sounds like a refreshing change.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  47. I like my ice tea with just lemon-no sugar. I must be sweet enough already lol. Thanks for the chance to win this book. I love this contest for introducing me to so many mystery writers.

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  48. I really love peach tea with splenda. There's a brand that I get that has splenda in the tea bags and its prefectly sweet without the sugar.

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  49. My fav drink is a peach margarita and it is few and far between but i do have 1 once and awhile and oh it is so good. ptclayton2@aol.com

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  50. Coffee's my favorite then it's strong brewed unsweetened ice tea. I use the cold brew tea bags too. However I do love Crystal Lite,raspberry lemonade, and pitchers of it. Now I am going to try this recipe. Love trying new things. Waiting for Kenni's new adventures.

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  51. Coffee's my favorite then it's strong brewed unsweetened ice tea. I use the cold brew tea bags too. However I do love Crystal Lite,raspberry lemonade, and pitchers of it. Now I am going to try this recipe. Love trying new things. Waiting for Kenni's new adventures.

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  52. SWEET TEA OR LEMONADE ARE MY FAVORITES. THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  53. My favorite drink is unsweetened ice tea. What can I say I'm from the north. My husband however loves sweet tea. I think he is crazy. utaker555@gmail.com

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  54. I love sweet tea, especially sweet tea made in the South. Being from up North, we don't see it at restaurants up here. I will definitely try making it from the recipe in the excerpt. Glad there are more books to come in the series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. I love sweet tea, especially sweet tea made in the South. Being from up North, we don't see it at restaurants up here. I will definitely try making it from the recipe in the excerpt. Glad there are more books to come in the series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. I really like iced tea, but give me a hot tea and I'm in heaven. I can take it sweet or plain and raspberry tea is great!

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  57. looks great. mollie. iemercedez@aol.com

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  58. I love sweet tea, but have never made it----now I'll try.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  59. i love sweet tea, but mainly drink half sweet, half un-sweet tea if i have it. i get it at McD's at times where they call it "cut tea" locally! most days it is lots of water with lemon!

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  60. (oops...sparkle40175(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  61. I love sweet tea debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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  62. I love sweet tea debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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  63. In the summer definitely sugar sweetened, sweet tea. In the winter coffee with lots of cream. servedogmom(at)yahoo.com

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  64. I do prefer my tea unsweetened.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  65. Hi, thanks for the giveaway. I drink coffee from the time I get up until I go to bed. I put at let a tsp of honey in each cup. Figure the honey is a good thing. The cover of this book is so cool. I want to read this. Georgia
    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  66. Sweetened tea with peach slices. Making my mouth water just thinking about it. Thank you for the fun contest!
    konecny7@gmail(dot)com

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  67. Holy gee...sweet Tea love it.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  68. Hot tea in the morning, diet coke in the afternoon, Manhattans before dinner. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  69. Strawberry lemonade. Thanks for the chance. turtle6422 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  70. My favorite drinks and icy cold Ale 8 (KY soft drink) or icy cold coke <3

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  71. Hot tea is my favorite drink. Thanks for the chance to win.
    babemomara@att/net

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  72. HI!!! Well, SWEET TEA is my favorite drink!!! Your recipe sounds delicious, and your book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win a copy! Patty pc1977@zoominternet.net

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  73. Sweet tea for those hot and humid afternoons, but cafe au lait for the mornings!

    davisel1830@hotmail.com

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  74. I make decaf green sweet tea. I have to make a gallon every few days in the summer, we go through it so quickly. Kkcochran (at)hotmail (dot)com

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