Sunday, April 24, 2016

Florida Festival News and a #Giveaway

By: Savannah Webb
Title: Shards of Murder
Series: Webb's Glass Shop Mysteries
Author: Cheryl Hollon



The peak tourist season is nearly over down here in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Spring Break frenzy has gone and the students are back in class. The mad Canadians who swim in the Gulf of Mexico at bone-chilling temperatures have returned to shovel snow. The last big event of the season is the Spinnaker Art Festival. 

In the past, I wasn’t much concerned with the internal workings of the festival. Then, I inherited the family-owned Webb’s Glass Shop. This year, I’m going to judge the glass category. That changes everything. No strolling through the aisles admiring the artist’s wares and creative display booths. No sampling from the beer truck for me. I need to have all my wits at full strength. I’m going to choose the winner of the glass category.

You bet I’m nervous. I’ve only been back in St. Pete for a few months and most of that time has been spent in getting used to being a small business owner. It was a shock and great honor to be appointed to take my late father’s role as judge. Dad was a pillar of strength in the art community and everyone trusted his judgement for choosing the best of the best emerging artist in the festival. I’m not so confident.

Anyway, come on downtown to the waterfront and enjoy the last major event of the season. Wave hello if you see me. I’ll be the one with the clipboard in my hand and a worried look on my face. I hope I choose the right artist.

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Savannah’s adventures began in Pane and Suffering, the first book in the “Webb’s Glass Shop” mystery series, published by Kensington Books. The second book is 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. . .
You may pre-order book #3, Cracked to Death, due for publication on June 28, 2016.

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GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment for the chance to win a pair of fused glass earrings created by Cheryl and her husband George in their small studio behind the house. 

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, etched glass and painted glass artworks.

You can visit Cheryl and her books at her WebsiteFacebook, or Twitter.


30 comments:

  1. Shards of Murder sounds like a fun cozy, and the festival is a great setting. I am looking forward to reading the book.
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  2. I love festivals. NOw I can see behind the scenes.
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  3. Shards of Murder looks like a great read and the behind the scenes look is doubly enticing. Love glass works. Fused glass earrings sound great. Have seen a few that were just gorgeous. Thanks for the chance at a pair. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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  4. I love cozies with a skill or hobby that is new to me. Glass works sounds so fascinating. And what a terrific giveaway. Thanks for the chance.
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  5. This unique and intriguing cozy interests me greatly. Glass Works is so creative and special. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. What a wonderful and captivating cozy. The glass making idea is very interesting. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Looking forward to reading "Shards of Murder". Glass making is a different storyline for a cozy and I would like to know more about it.

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  8. I have some dichroic glass pieces, but am not sure if that is the same as fused glass~ I'm adding your books to my TBR list -- they sound wonderful! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  9. The first book was great. Looking forward to Shards of Murder. I'm thrilled there is a third book in the series.

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  10. Both books both books in this new series are very good.

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  11. I love the idea of this series and will be picking them up soon!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  12. This series sounds like fun! I'm always looking for new authors.

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  13. I've read and loved Pane and Suffering and Shards of Murder. I'm looking forward to the release of the third book in this series, Cracked to Death. Thank you for this chance.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  14. I love the colorful cover art and the setting in Florida. Being a Gulf Coast resident, I'm always looking for books that take place in familiar locations. Sounds like a fun series! And my son has made me some beautiful blown glass Christmas ornaments. It looks like hard yet satisfying work.
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  15. I'm off to Amazon to start this series!

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  16. This sounds like such a wonderful series.

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  17. I love the look of stained glass but haven't the budget to be able to try it. Thanks for
    the opportunity to enter this giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  18. This is a new series to me but sounds like an interesting one. I have a stained glass window that I took from my parents old farm house. dbahn@iw.net

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  19. I love this series because the career in the book is unique. I'm learning a lot! And I love glass. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  20. Cool. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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  21. A new series on one of my favorite things, glass making!!!!!

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  22. I enjoy going to our local arts festival. What a fun way to showcase this cozy.

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  23. I have not had a chance to read this series yet and I have to say that makes me sad. I do enjoy watching glass be made so I'm sure I will enjoy this series. utaker555@gmail.com

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  24. 'Shards of Murder' and series is great! I did some glass-making projects when I was young. It was fun despite a few cut fingers.
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  25. Gave all my glass tools away, but enjoy reading your glass mysteries. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  26. Would like to try glass making pwtish171@gmail.com

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  27. I love fused glass pieces. I think it would be great to read a mystery that has glass as a key element.
    jenne.turner@unt.edu

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  28. I am looking forward to reading this series! Thanks for the chance!
    Lisa H
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  29. Thank you for having such a nice giveaway! It looks like it is going to be a good book to ready and I hope to get that chance.

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  30. And the random.org number generator picked: Trish - Congratulations!

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