We held the Book Launch party for my first culinary cozy mystery, Cinnamon Girl: A Village Cooks Mystery at Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe (winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars) in Chester, NJ on October 27, 2013. The book is set in a cookbook/cookware store in a fictional Morris County, NJ town, and Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe was the perfect party “spot.”



What an event it turned out to be! There were over 80 people — I know there were at least that many because we ran out of chairs!

Launch party guests

Because it was Halloween weekend, and what’s Halloween without Vincent Price?—we gave away a gift basket containing Vincent Price’s A Treasury of Great Recipes and all of the makings for his recipe for banana nut bread, which is featured in the book. Cinnamon Girl includes quotes and recipes from treasured cookbooks in every chapter.

gift basket

We served light refreshments based on the book, including the banana nut bread.


banana bread sign

I gave a short reading and answered questions.

Valerie Horowitz reading

And signed lots of books!

signing a book

I gave a gift of cinnamon sticks with each book.

book and sticks

Love this basket of cinnamon sticks. Just imagine one in a cup of hot cider!

cinnamon sticks

After many years as a book editor, I am delighted to have published my first book. I am humbled and thrilled to have been able to share this day with so many. Thank you everyone for your interest and support.


CG sign

It was a beautiful day, and everyone had a great time!