A sampling of JoAnn Hecht's gorgeous food for the party.
Here's Jo's Piggy Chicken. (It's in the book.)
Jo's friends, R.T. Jordan and Billy Barnes.
(Check the book's dedication for Billy's name.)
Alan from M2K4 wearing a Joanne Fluke apron.
Jo and Judy. Judy poured champagne at the launch with panache.
Here's Laura Levine (Jaine Austen mysteries) with Jo.
Jo with a jigsaw puzzle of the book's cover from Danny and Michele.
The signing line at the Launch Party.
THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY
(Held on the release date, Tues.. Feb. 28)
POWELL'S BOOKSTORE, PORTLAND, OR
Waiting for Jo to arrive at Powell's Cedar Hills Crossing Bookstore.
Cinnamon rolls that Media Guide Marilyn brought to the party.
It's a full house at Powell's.
Getting in the photo
Jo and John's treat at the after-launch dinner.
MORNING IN PORTLAND, OR
"John, it's too early for photos. We've got a train to catch!"
Jo in the club car on the train from Portland to Seattle.
It's always fun at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop.
And JB's wife, Gretchen, always bakes the title recipe!
Her cinnamon rolls were fantastic.
Media Guide Gail took John and Jo to a late lunch at the wharf.
That's where John took this photo of a giant deco fish.
They also had a giant sculpture of Mojo the Coho, the Seattle
The crowd was waiting for Jo at Third Place Books
in Lake Forest Park, just outside Seattle
Jo got to stay at the Author's Suite at the Alexis Hotel in Seattle.
They had a bookshelf filled with books from the authors who'd
stayed there and a copy of Cinnamon Roll Murder just happened
to find a nice place on the shelf, face out of course.
BACK IN CALIFORNIA, AGAIN. IN REDONDO BEACH
Part of the crowd waiting for Jo at Mysterious Galaxy in Redondo Beach,
See the Skype program on the screen behind Jo? Two bakers
are baking cinnamon rolls as Jo talks about the book.
And here are the two Skype bakers who walked in the door right
after Jo's talk with fresh cinnamon rolls! (His daughter is in the
photo, too —
Jo thinks she helped by sprinkling on the cinnamon.)
Here's Jo after the signing, getting ready to taste that cinnamon roll.
(It was delicious!)
Jo's note: I don't have any photos from Vroman's in Pasadena or
Book Carnival in Orange, CA. They were wonderful events. I just wish the
photos had turned out!
JUPITER BEACH, FL
Trudi joined Jo for the second leg of the book tour.
Here's the view from their balcony in Jupiter Beach, FL.
Here's the photo of the event at the Jupiter Beach Branch Library.
Jo's windblown on the beach at the hotel.
Jo in the hammock on the beach.
"Put down the camera, Trudi! Don't you dare take a
picture of me trying to get out of this hammock!"
Jo's note: We don't have any photos of the event at the Jupiter
Beach Books A Million, but it was a fun event.
At the Vero Beach Books A Million Bookstore. Both BAMs made
special cinnamon coffee drinks to go with Media Guide Carole's cinnamon
Here's Jo with the cinnamon rolls in the foreground.
When we returned to the hotel, Trudi printed out boarding passes so that
we could fly to Pittsburgh the next morning.
Jo's note: Trudi and I started out the first week in March and
traveled through the first week in April.
This is definitely snow weather in the Midwest and western
Trudi and Jo expected freezing weather, but it was warm in Pittsburgh!
Here's Jo at the Carnegie Branch Library in Oakmont, at an event
sponsored by Mystery Lovers Bookshop.
Trudi couldn't resist taking a photo of the
beautiful Pittsburgh Glass building
Media Guide Margo couldn't resist taking a photo of Jo and Trudi
by the outdoor skating ring. (You'll notice we're not skating —
Jo hasn't skated since she left Minnesota!)
ST. LOUIS, MO
It's also warm here. Where's the ice and snow? Here's Jo
baking on Fox2-TV in St. Louis, MO. She demonstrated how to bake
Cinnamon Apple Whippersnappers, a recipe that John developed for her.
And here's Jo on KNOV-TV "baking" the same cookies!
Lining up to have books signed books after
the event at the Schlafly Library in St. Louis.
Here's the view from Trudi and Jo's window
at the Four Seasons Hotel. The arch is so picturesque.
Trudi, Media Guide Sally, and Jo after a baking segment
on KCTU-TV in Wichita. Sally prepped the cookies and Trudi
helped decorate the set.
A breakfast book signing arranged by Sally.
These Wichita ladies made hats depicting some of Hannah's
title recipes and wore them to the event at Watermark Books.
(The treats aren't edible — they used colored spongers and other
Here's Trudi and Jo at dinner with the staff from the
Derby Library. What a fun way to celebrate a successful
afternoon event at the library.
It's warm here too! Go figure! Here's Jo getting ready for a
baking segment on KARE-TV on Minneapolis.
A second baking segment at a second Minneapolis TV station.
(No the studio was not shrouded in fog!)
And no, Jo and the co-hosts weren't fuzzy that afternoon!
(We don't know what happened to these photos, but they're the
only ones Trudi has.)
A very nice event at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in
Edina, MN (just outside Minneapolis).
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (JUST OUTSIDE PHOENIX)
Food Stylist and Media Guide Lois Brown preps for
Jo's baking segment on KPNX-TV.
Jan (from "Midday Arizona") and Jo on the set
before the lights go on.
The station asked for a second baking segment to air later.
Jo "baked" Sinco de Cocoa Cookies from the book.
That night there was an event at the Poisoned Pen in
Scottsdale, AZ. This is the fifth year Jo's been there and it's
TEXAS — DALLAS/FORT WORTH AREA
High Tea at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, TX.
"It's ringing, but I can't get my phone out of my purse!"
At A Real Bookstore in Fairview, TX.
Everything IS bigger in Texas. Here's the 2-story high cowboy
sculpture at a Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Fort Worth.
And here's the sculpture from another angle.
Standing room only at the event at a Barnes and Noble in Fort Worth.
Jo by King Tut at the ZaZa hotel in Houston.
(They were having a King Tut exhibit at the museum next door.)
Trudi in the gazebo at the hotel.
We do this every year. Here's Jo in the zebra chair at the hotel.
The Cat Chair at the ZaZa.
The Dog Chair at the ZaZa
Trudi can't decide whether to play Beethoven or Tchaikovsky.
Early arrivals at Jo's Houston event at Murder By The Book.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Jo's Note: Trudi deplaned in Los Angeles and John joined me for the
final leg of the tour.
Here are some Hannah fans in San Francisco at the
Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito, CA (just outside San Francisco).
Here's McGregor's Mom (Helen's cat) at the event at Books, Inc.
In San Francisco. (Sadly McGregor is gone, but Helen has adopted another
It rains every 20 minutes at the Fairmont Hotel's Tonga Room,
but nobody gets wet.
A table away from the lagoon and the rain.
An inside garden bench outside the Fairmont Hotel lobby.
A Hannah fan who's happy to get her book signed.
Lunch at Top of the Mark (Mark Hopkins Hotel) with John.
Look at the dessert platter!
(No, I won't tell you how many we ate!)
View from the window at the Top of the Mark.
John calls this photo "Peasant Under Glass."
Jo's Note: Four days at home and we were off again, this time to the
Romantic Times Booklover's Convention in Chicago Illinois.
Jo and John at dinner with Kensington Publishing VIPs. On Jo's left is
her publicist, who led the charge when it came to ordering six massive
delicious desserts. Did we make short work of those yummy concoctions?
Jo's note: John and I no sooner got home from Chicago and did our
before it was time to
go to the Los Angeles Festival of Books on the USC campus
LOS ANGELES, CA
Laura Levine (Jaine Austen mysteries) and Jo waiting to sign
books at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore booth.
Laura shows off a poster of her new title, "Death of a Neighborhood
(September release). The poster was a gift from Jo and John.
Jo and Laura at the Sisters in Crime booth.
LET'S GET COOKIN', WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA
Phyllis and her staff at Let's Get Cookin' always bakes several
recipe from the book for the crowd to taste. This means Jo's talk
has to be short so everyone can taste the goodies. Here are the cinnamon
They tasted every bit as good as they looked.
And here's the Butterama Cake. Yum!
Part of the crowd, eating and listening to Jo talk.
We just couldn't wait to taste such wonderful treats!
LOTS MORE TO COME!
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