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“Cinnamon Roll Murder” Book Tour

Jo’s note: Vida (my publicist at Kensington), John, and I started planning the tour for CINNAMON ROLL MURDER long before Christmas

 


 

 Still at Home in California

 

John makes notes in the tour calendar at a working lunch with Jo.

John makes notes in the tour calendar at a working lunch with Jo. 


Early Launch Party at

Mysteries To Die For

in Thousand Oaks, CA

 

An array of colorful Hannah books at the launch party.

An array of colorful Hannah books at the launch party.

A sampling of JoAnn Hecht's gorgeous food for the party.

A sampling of JoAnn Hecht’s gorgeous food for the party.

Here's Jo's Piggy Chicken. (It's in the book.)
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.)
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.
Alan from M2K4 wearing a Joanne Fluke apron.
Jo and Judy. Judy poured champagne at the launch with panache.
Jo and Judy. Judy poured champagne at the launch with panache.
Here's Laura Levine (Jaine Austen mysteries) with Jo.
Here’s Laura Levine (Jaine Austen mysteries) with Jo.
Jo with a jigsaw puzzle of the book's cover from Danny and Michele.
Jo with a jigsaw puzzle of the book’s cover from Danny and Michele.
The signing line at the Launch Party.
The signing line at the Launch Party.


THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY

Held on the release date, Tues.. Feb. 28 at
POWELL’S BOOKSTORE in Portland, OR

Waiting for Jo to arrive at Powell's Cedar Hills Crossing Bookstore.
Waiting for Jo to arrive at Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing Bookstore.
Cinnamon rolls that Media Guide Marilyn brought to the party.
Cinnamon rolls that Media Guide Marilyn brought to the party.
It's a full house at Powell's.
It’s a full house at Powell’s.
Getting in the photo
Getting in the photo
Jo and John's treat at the after-launch dinner.
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!"
“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.
Jo in the club car on the train from Portland to Seattle.



SEATTLE, WA

 

It's always fun at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop.
It’s always fun at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop.
And JB's wife, Gretchen, always bakes the title recipe! Her cinnamon rolls were fantastic.
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.
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 Mariners' mascot.
They also had a giant sculpture of Mojo the Coho, the Seattle Mariners’ mascot.
The crowd was waiting for Jo at Third Place Books  in Lake Forest Park, just outside 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.
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, CA.
Part of the crowd waiting for Jo at Mysterious Galaxy in Redondo Beach, CA.
See the Skype program on the screen behind Jo? Two bakers are baking cinnamon rolls as Jo talks about the book.
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.)
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!)
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.
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.
Here’s the photo of the event at the Jupiter Beach Branch Library.
Jo's windblown on the beach at the hotel.
Jo’s windblown on the beach at the hotel.
Jo in the hammock on the beach.
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!"
“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.


 

Vero Beach, FL

At the Vero Beach Books A Million Bookstore. Both BAMs made special cinnamon coffee drinks to go with Media Guide Carole's cinnamon rolls.
At the Vero Beach Books A Million Bookstore. Both BAMs made
special cinnamon coffee drinks to go with Media Guide Carole’s cinnamon rolls.
Here's Jo with the cinnamon rolls in the foreground.
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.
When we returned to the hotel, Trudi printed out boarding passes so that
we could fly to Pittsburgh the next morning.

 


Pittsbugh, PA

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 Pennsylvania.

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 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
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!)
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.
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!
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.
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.
Here’s the view from Trudi and Jo’s window
at the Four Seasons Hotel. The arch is so picturesque.

 



WICHITA, KS

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.
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.
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 non-tasty things.)
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 non-tasty things.)

hat-ladies

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.
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.


MINNEAPOLIS. MN

It's warm here too! Go figure! Here's Jo getting ready for a  baking segment on KARE-TV on Minneapolis.
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!)
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.)
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).
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.

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.
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.
The station asked for a second baking segment to air later. Jo “baked” Sinco de Cocoa Cookies from the book.

 



Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

 

High Tea at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, TX.
High Tea at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, TX.
"It's ringing, but I can't get my phone out of my purse!"
“It’s ringing, but I can’t get my phone out of my purse!”
At A Real Bookstore in Fairview, TX.
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.
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.
And here’s the sculpture from another angle.
Standing room only at the event at a Barnes and Noble in Fort Worth.
Standing room only at the event at a Barnes and Noble in Fort Worth.

 


Houston, TX

Jo by King Tut at the ZaZa hotel in Houston. (They were having a King Tut exhibit at the museum next door.)
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.
Trudi in the gazebo at the hotel.
We do this every year. Here's Jo in the zebra chair 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 Cat Chair at the ZaZa.
The Dog Chair at the ZaZa
The Dog Chair at the ZaZa.
Trudi can't decide whether to play Beethoven or Tchaikovsky.
Trudi can’t decide whether to play Beethoven or Tchaikovsky.
Early arrivals at Jo's Houston event at Murder By The Book.
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 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 wonderful cat.)
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 wonderful cat.)
It rains every 20 minutes at the Fairmont Hotel's Tonga Room, but nobody gets wet.
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.
A table away from the lagoon and the rain.
An inside garden bench outside the Fairmont Hotel lobby.
An inside garden bench outside the Fairmont Hotel lobby.
A Hannah fan who's happy to get her book signed.
A Hannah fan who’s happy to get her book signed.
Lunch at Top of the Mark (Mark Hopkins Hotel) with John.
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!)
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.
View from the window at the Top of the Mark.
John calls this photo "Peasant Under Glass."
John calls this photo “Peasant Under Glass.”

Chicago, IL

 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 Vida, her publicist, who led the charge when it came to ordering six massive and  delicious desserts. Did we make short work of those yummy concoctions?  You betcha!
Jo and John at dinner with Kensington Publishing VIPs. On Jo’s left is Vida, her publicist, who led the charge when it came to ordering six massive and
delicious desserts. Did we make short work of those yummy concoctions? You betcha!

 


Jo’s note: John and I no sooner got home from Chicago and did our laundry 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 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 Witch,"  (September release). The poster was a gift from Jo and John.
Laura shows off a poster of her new title, “Death of a Neighborhood Witch,” (September release). The poster was a gift from Jo and John.
Jo and Laura at the Sisters in Crime booth.
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 rolls. They tasted every bit as good as they looked.
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 rolls. They tasted every bit as good as they looked.
And here's the Butterama Cake. Yum!
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!
Part of the crowd, eating and listening to Jo talk. We just couldn’t wait to taste such wonderful treats!