Western TourFellow author John Billheimer and I swung through the western states in our Stonewall Jackson's Elbow / Candy from Strangers tour. Our first stop was Murder by the Book in Denver Colorado:
Owner Lauri Ver Schure always has a cake made for visiting authors with a likeness of the cover of their books. John and I were both very impressed with how well the marzipan version matched the paper one--check out the shading on the woman's back on my cover in particular. Turns out the bakery that makes the cakes actually specializes in "naughty" pastries in the shape of various body parts ...
Next stop was High Crimes Mystery Bookshop in Boulder, Colorado. We had a great time with owner Cynthia Nye and some of the fans at the signing even made John go out to the car to retrieve editions of his earlier books that he was carrying for a later signing in West Virginia.
After Colorado we flew to Nevada for a signing at If Books Could Kill (aka Albion Book Company) in Las Vegas. Here we are with owner Mike Hoover and his partner Jim Gattis. The store has a great selection of mystery firsts--many of them signed. Mike is putting in a bid to host the 2010 Left Coast Crime in Vegas. Very cool.
Our final stop was the Well Red Coyote in Sedona, Arizona. The name is a pun on the famous red rocks in Sedona. Here's John looking authorial in front of the store.
And here we are posing with one of the event attendees. The event at Well Red included more than just a signing. John and I lectured on the topic of dialogue. Kris and Joe Neri are the owners of the store--Kris being a very accomplished mystery writer in her own right--and they've found that with the high concentration of writers and artists in Sedona, they get a better attendance at signings if the event includes a discussion of craft. Hopefully John and I didn't set anyone's fiction writing efforts back too far!