Sunday, January 24, 2016

It’s January in Florida.

The temperature is in the 50s and the tourists have arrived!

 by Savannah Webb, owner of Webb's Glass Shop
My name is Savannah Webb and I own a small storefront building on Central Avenue that has been in my family for generations. I’ve noticed more traffic now in Webb’s Glass Shop. The January chill brings thousands and thousands of tourists and snowbirds to St. Petersburg. They are keen to escape the frigid ice of the north and enjoy the sun and sand. Our downtown is busy with sidewalk cafes, museums, and art galleries. In the evenings, there are dozens of bands ranging from classical ensembles to hard rock to acoustic bluegrass -- all entertaining their customers far into the wee hours of the morning.

It is also the start of the festival season. Just this weekend, at the Albert Whitted Park downtown, there will be an enchanting European style equestrian arts show. Ma'Ceo Cavello Equestrian Arts offers high-end entertainment in an intimate atmosphere in their Big Top Theatre.

The Museum of Fine Arts presents the Third Annual MUSE Benefit for the Arts. MUSE will celebrate artistic inspiration at the fundraising benefit and will recognize the breadth and beauty of art and culture in our City of the Arts. The event will pay tribute to those that continue to inspire and guide St. Petersburg to its standing as an international arts destination.

Near my house is an Orchid workshop in Sunken Gardens. An orchid specialist will answer all your orchid questions; from caring for common and unusual specimens to the best ways to mount and basket these beguiling plants. Pick from many uncommon orchids during the plant sale following the program.

Those events are just the highlights for one weekend in January. I’m lucky to live in the City of the Arts.


You can read more about Savannah’s next adventure in Shards of Murder, the second book in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series, published by Kensington Books and available at your favorite outlet on February 23, 2016.

About Shards of Murder:

When a glass-making competition turns deadly, glass shop owner Savannah Webb must search for a window into a criminal’s mind. . .

As the new proprietor of Webb’s Glass Shop, Savannah has been appointed to fill her late father’s shoes as a judge for the Spinnaker Arts Festival, held in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. With her innovative glass works, the clear winner is Megan Loyola, a student of Savannah’s former mentor.

But when Megan doesn’t show up to accept her $25,000 award, rumors start flying. And when Savannah discovers the woman’s dead body on festival grounds, the police immediately suspect her of murder. To keep from appearing before a judge herself, Savannah sorts through the broken pieces of glass scattered around the victim for clues as to who took this killer competition too far. . .


GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment with your email address, for the chance to win a signed Advanced Release Copy of Shards of Murder. Canadian and US addresses only. Comment by midnight tonight (January 24th).

Meet the author:

Cheryl Hollon writes full time after she left 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, or Facebook, or Twitter.



40 comments:

  1. This sounds like an interesting series. I know nothing about working with glass. It would be fun to learn a little. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  2. Sounds like a great cozy mystery book, and I am curious to find out whodunit! Thank you for the chance to win.
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  3. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  4. I'm interested in reading this! Thanks for the chance!
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  5. Sounds like a great cozy series I would love to read!
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  6. I quite enjoyed the first book in this series and will look forward to the continuing saga of Savannah Webb. mommy_to_zoe@hotmail.com. I look forward to this opportunity.

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  7. Thanks for the chance to win. Dmskrug3@hotmail.com

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  8. Hi Savanah just came across your book and can't wait to read it sounds both mysterious and like a lot of fun
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  9. I'm looking at snow out my window this morning, and I would love to snuggle down with a book about sunshine, blue skies and murder, of course! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Lenore Dot English AT gmail Dot com

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  10. This sounds like an amazing series, love your mysteries, Thanks for this chance. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  11. I grew up in St. Pete so its great fun to read your stories. Keep them coming. Thank you. mbquilts4@aol.com.

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  12. Looking forward to reading your book. Thanks for the opportunity to win :-)

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  13. In all our years of vacationing up and down the East Coast, I think we've visited almost every glass blowing exhibit in the area. We also collect glass and enjoy having it on display in our home. I'd love to add a book about a glass shop detective to my home library.

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  14. Looks like a fun read! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  15. Really loved the first one in the series. I was fortunate enough to work on restoring vintage
    church windows when I was in college. They mystery was amazing and looking forward to the second one. I'd love an advance readers copy! ezrag2@aol.com

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  16. My daughter has a degree in Equestrian Studies. My father-in-law raises orchids. I am anxious to read this book!
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  17. I really enjoyed the first book in this series. I look forward to reading this second book.
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  18. I would love a vacation where it is warm, not necessarily hot. A location where there are a lot of activities that don't cost and arm and a leg to partake in. Thanks for the opportunity to enter for the giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  19. This series is delightful and special. Thanks for this great feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Wonderful giveaway and interesting book. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. The book sounds interesting.
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  22. You make me want to pack up and go to Florida for a month or so. I think I need to escape the cold winter here in Minnesota. Thanks for the contest.
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  23. I loved this first book and look forward to this one.
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  24. This series and author are new to me... Excited to explore. kat8762@aol.com

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  25. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  26. I have often wanted to do some kind of stained glass project that you can purchase, but havent as of yet. This sounds quite interesting. And wow what a life Cheryl Hollon has lead so far!! Thanks for the opportunity. kayt18(at)comcast(dot)net

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  27. This book sounds like an enjoyable read. I'm sure I would learn something about working with glass. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  28. This series sounds great! I can't wait to read it.
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  29. Oh, a glass making contest! Fun!

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  30. I loved Pane and Suffering (the first book in this series) and am looking forward to reading Shards of Murder. Thank you for this chance!!
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  31. The concept sounds interesting. This would be a new to me author and series. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  32. Sounds like a fun little cozy mystery. Count me in, please. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  33. Looks like a nice mystery.
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  34. I am thoroughly intrigued by this synopsis! Looks like I've found a new (to me) author & series!
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  35. I have this series on my list to try. I think it's great that the author actually makes glass art & doesn't just research it for the book.
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  36. Looking forward to reading a good mystery. cheetahthecat1986@gmail.com

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  37. I love to read cozy mysteries and try to figure out who done it. This one sounds like another good one. thanks for the giveaway

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  38. Sounds great! Cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  39. Now I have another new author to read. Thanks for the chance to win.
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  40. The Book sounds great...love things set in an Artistic environment. I used to have a friend that painted glass lamps...thanks for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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