Thursday, December 31, 2015

Welcome our guest, Cheryl Hollon, with a special #giveaway


First Night by Savannah Webb
From Pane and Suffering, a Webb's Glass Shop Mystery by Cheryl Hollon 

Leave a comment below for a chance win a signed copy of PANE AND SUFFERING and a pair of glass earrings, handmade by the author!

I didn’t expect to be back home in St. Petersburg running my dad’s glass shop. I was very happy in Seattle – thank you very much – studying the art of glass blowing with the finest instructors in North America. I loved creating a work of beauty using a lump of molten glass and some basic tools. I made each of these tools myself to fit my larger than ordinary hands and my taller than ordinary height. I miss the strenuous work in front of the hot furnaces already.

After Dad died, I’ve taken over Webb’s Glass Shop and reclaimed St. Petersburg as my home. The last time I was home over the holidays, my visit was so short, I didn’t attend First Night on New Year’s Eve.

This year I’m inviting my newly appointed store manager, Amanda Blake. We are in desperate need of a girls’ night out. St. Petersburg rings in the New Year with music, lights, dance, fire, bubbles, stories, creative fun, fireworks and much more! First Night St. Petersburg will celebrate its 23nd Annual New Year's Eve celebration of the Arts on Thursday December 31st in downtown St. Petersburg. I’ve ordered and received this year’s admission button. It lights up!
  
I can’t wait for the celebration to begin. The New Year will be an exciting time with my friends old and new.



You can read more about Savannah in Pane and Suffering, the first book in the “Webb’s Glass Shop” mystery series, published by Kensington Books.

About Pane and Suffering:

To solve her father's murder and save the family-owned glass shop, Savannah Webb must shatter a killer's carefully constructed fa├žade. . .

After Savannah's father dies unexpectedly of a heart attack, she drops everything to return home to St. Petersburg, Florida, to settle his affairs--including the fate of the beloved, family-owned glass shop. Savannah intends to hand over ownership to her father's trusted assistant and fellow glass expert, Hugh Trevor, but soon discovers the master craftsman also dead of an apparent heart attack.

As if the coincidence of the two deaths wasn't suspicious enough, Savannah discovers a note her father left for her in his shop, warning her that she is in danger. With the local police unconvinced, it's up to Savannah to piece together the encoded clues left behind by her father. And when her father's apprentice is accused of the murders, Savannah is more desperate than ever to crack the case before the killer seizes a window of opportunity to cut her out of the picture. . .

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GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment, with your email address, for the chance to win a signed copy of Pain and Suffering along with a pair of handcrafted glass earrings created by Cheryl and her husband George. The winner will be chosen on Sunday, January 3. 


Cheryl Hollon now writes full time after leaving an engineering career designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind the house, Cheryl and her husband George design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks.

You can visit Cheryl and her books at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

94 comments:

  1. Sounds like great mystery series. Thanks for the chance to win. Happy New Year!!
    babemomara@att.net

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  2. Thank you so much for the chance to win. The book is already on my wish list, and the earrings are lovely. Happy New Year! Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. So happy to offer a signed book. Good luck!

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  3. Happy New Year, Cheryl!!
    I'm truly looking forward to your new series! mtrver@gmail.com

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  4. It looks like a good mystery to read! Thank you for a chance to win. :)

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  5. This series sounds great and the earrings are beautiful. Thank you for the chance.
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, I enjoy making the jewelry. Good luck!

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  6. I love mysteries. The earning are so pretty. Thanks for the chance to win and happy new year!!
    lindaherold999@gmail.com

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    1. The earrings are my down-time activity. Really fun! Good Luck!

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  7. I love to find a series that is just beginning. And what an impressive craft! Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. My pleasure to share my hand-crafted jewelry. Good Luck!

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  8. I enjoy cozy mysteries, and I am looking forward to learning more about crafting glass. Thank you for the giveaway.
    Jeanetta
    myrifraf (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Good Luck to you and Happy New Year!

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  9. Looks great and I hope to get a chance tow read it :) jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    1. Good Luck to you. Watch the price point for the e-book. It is scheduled to drop to $1.99 early in the new year.

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  10. This sounds wonderful, I have always been fascinated with the art of crafting glass. Looking forward to this new series. Thanks for the opportunity to win. poohwine1217@gmail.com

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    1. You should sign up for a class. It's a wonderful craft. Good Luck!

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  11. Working with glass is fascinating. Reading your mysteries is fun. Thanks for the chance.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. I do love working with my hands and creating the jewelry. Good Luck!

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  12. Welcome, Cheryl! It's a great book (yes, I've already read it), and Cheryl clearly knows what's what with glass (I can say that because I, or Sarah Atwell, used to write about glass, and I/she tried her hand at it). And if you run into Cheryl at an event, you'll get to see some of the lovely wearable glass items she makes.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sheila. I'm new to the blogging arts! You have probably written a dozen books in blog form. I'm going to Left Coast Crime February 25-28. See you there and Happy New Year!

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  13. Happy New Year! This series sounds interesting and have added it to my wish list. Thanks for the opportunity to win it. I love cozy mysteries and earrings.
    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Good Luck to you and Happy New Year!

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  14. sounds like a great book love to read this

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  15. A new series - YAY! Glass-making - sounds fascinating! Happy New Year.

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. The art is indeed fascinating - it has so many forms. Good luck!

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  16. Glass work is such a fascinating subject. A few years ago I did a bit of research because we were going to get stained glass windows. Savannah looks to be in a fine pickle. I would love to see how she handles her situation. And yes, it looks like a most intriguing read. You are a new author to me and I look forward to seeing more of your works. In writing. And in glass works.
    Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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    1. Thanks for your good wishes. Good luck!

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  17. Welcome Cheryl. Love the series.

    Dru

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    1. How nice to see you here, Dru! Happy New Year!

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  18. Love the chance to work with glass. Love to make some little glass dragons anyway. Thank you for the chance.

    Lady(dot)janel@hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm going to try my hand at lampworking later this year. Good Luck!

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  19. I'm really looking forward to reading this book, it's on my to be read list! Thanks for the chance to win. Happy New Year! annelovell12@yahoo.com

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  20. This sounds like a great series! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  21. This sounds like a good book.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  22. This sounds like a good book. Thanks for the chance to win. Jlsbookclub (at) nc (dot) rr (dot) com

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  23. Sounds like a great series! Would love to win this book & earrings. Happy New Year!
    mlduffer@att.net

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  24. Happy New year looks like a great new series mama2bulls@gmail.com

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  25. Sounds like a really good series. Thanks for the chance to win.
    angelbear19662000@yahoo.com

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  26. Thank you for the chance to win. The earrings are lovely and I'd love to add a copy of Pane and Suffering to my library. Happy New Year!
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  27. Oh... Sound like a great series. Stained glass classes at the local community college are on my list of things to do now that the kids are off to college. susierobertsmom at Hotmail dot com

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  28. What an interesting setting for a book. Glass blowing actually sound dangerous to me---all that fire and molten glass. I'd love to win.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  29. The Killer Characters are delighted to welcome Cheryl Hollon as our guest today -- and to announce that she's joining the crew! She and her characters will be posting on the 24th of each month, so stay tuned for more fun with Savannah and the gang!

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    1. Thanks for the lovely welcome, Leslie. I'm going to enjoy challenging Savannah with unique giveaways each month.

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  30. Thanks for this lovely feature and special giveaway. What a delightful series which I can look forward to. Happy New Year. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. This book sounds captivating and enjoyable. The earrings are beautiful and unique. Many thanks for this great featgiveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  32. I can always count on getting a great review for another intriguing reading adventure. I love that "cozy mysteries" have such clever titles and themes. A glass shop? I can't wait for a great story and maybe some information on glass. Also thank you for always hosting wonderful giveaways to get us started. kat8762@aol.com

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  33. This series sounds like a great read. My partner and I collect blown glass from each of the glass blowing sites we've visited on our vacations. From as far south as the Colonial Williamsburg area to Cape Cod. I love choosing interesting pieces (even pretty seconds) to put on our chatchke shelf. I'd be thrilled to win the book and earrings right now. My wife has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and they would definitely cheer her up.

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    1. Big HUGS! Good Luck to you both in the New Year!

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  34. I love the cover. The books sounds good. I'm definitely going to have to add it to my ever growing reading list.
    kvmatlock(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. I love everything about the art of glassmaking and am looking forward to reading your book. The earrings are beautiful -- are they dichroic glass? Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Hi Celia, No, the earrings contain no specialty glass -- just many turns in the kiln. Good Luck!

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  37. Wow I just love the cover and ready to read any of your new books that you have coming out in the cozy dept. The earrings are an added plus ptclayton2@aol.com

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  38. Another book to be added to my TBR pile. pwtish171@gmail.com

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  39. I love the cover. I will add it to my TBR list. Dspinlexo@aol.com

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  40. I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the chance.
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  41. Looks like an interesting series. I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the chance. Happy New Year!

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  42. Would love to win a copy of your book. Happy New Year. elainehroberson@gmail.com

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  43. SaraCarver07@gmail.com.December 31, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Love to read, would love to win!!! saracarver07@gmail.com

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  44. I'm always looking for great new cozy mystery series and this one sounds like a winner.
    sa7mrt@aol.com

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  45. What a unique set up for the mystery! Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. New author and series for me - looking forward to learning more
    about the art of glass.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  47. I love getting in on the beginning of a new series. This one sounds right up my interest alley.
    robeader53@yahoo.com

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  48. New author & series to me. Sounds great!
    kkdurban@gmail.com

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  49. Looking forward to reading this new mystery series which involves working with various forms of glass. Happy New Year! dbahn@iw.net

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  50. PANE AND SUFFERING looks fantastic. Love the earrings. You are very creative.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  51. This looks so good.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  52. A new series and cute earrings, what a wonderful combination! Happy New Year
    becky@craigmay.com

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  53. The earrings are gorgeous Cheryl! You are a new-to-me author so I'm looking forward to reading your series.
    sxygrndma48[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  54. Happy New Year, thanks for the giveaway! elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

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  55. The earrings are very pretty! The book sounds great!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  56. this book looks so good. The earrings fabulous. thank you for the giveaway. Enjoyed reading about the book and seeing your picture. Happy New Year Georgia
    queenvictoria50@aol.com

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  57. Love discovering new authors to read. Definitely on my TBR list. Happy New Year!

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  58. Yikes! Forgot to include my email address. terry.nav at gmail dot com

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  59. Beautiful earrings! Thank you for the giveaway and Happy New Year!

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  60. How nice to write a book about a craft you enjoy. ( :
    I'd like to find out how Savannah's father really died. Sounds like a great little cozy mystery. Great cover by the way.
    Lauigl [at] carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

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  61. On my wish list, in case I don't win! Love the earrings. cheers@MarjimManor.com

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  62. Sounds like a fabulous read. Love the earrings.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  63. I really enjoy cozies and this looks to be a great one. I used to make more of my jewelry, but now mostly converting pierced earrings to non pierced.I don't have pierced ears and it's getting harder to find that type of earrings. Yours are lovely of course. Happy New Year.

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  64. Sorry, my email is jluebke@frontier.com. BTW the color variations in the earring make them look almost like some kind of stone from the distance. Nice touch.

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  65. Would really enjoy reading this book. Interesting setting for a new series.
    diannekc8@gmail.com

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  66. What an awesome giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  67. I love mysteries of all kinds. Thanks for the chance to win this one and the earring.
    Happy New Year
    amhengst AT verizon DOT net

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  68. Thanks for the very nice giveaway! Happy New Year!
    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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  69. I love this new series.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  70. So wonderful to see so many readers here to welcome Cheryl -- and Savannah -- to Killer Characters! The contest will end TONIGHT!

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  71. I have always liked glassblowing and my sister did stained glass work when she was alive. They were very pretty. I would love to read your book as the storyline sounds very interesting. And, the earrings are beautiful.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  72. Thanks for the giveaway. Will have to add to my to be read pile. I love stained glass artwork.
    elisanabby at gmail dot com

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