Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Character:        Savannah Webb
Series:             Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries
Author:            Cheryl Hollon

Hi there, I’m Savannah Webb, owner of Webb’s Glass Shop on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida.

I love to make spoon rests and cheese trays from recycled bottles – mostly bottles that I have liberated from their delicious contents. I favor beer, wine and vodka bottles that have labels that have a theme or image that would please the client or a friend if it is a gift.

First, I have to say my favorite part of the process is selecting the bottles. Aside from drinking the contents, of course. 

I like to retain the design on the bottles so I only select the ones that have a screen printed image. If they have paper labels, those have to be removed along with the glue. 

On my last forage to the specialty beer shop, I came home with these lovely bottles:



I think THE MUSE by Angry Orchard is my favorite so far. It’s a sparkling cider with an amazingly fresh and crisp flavor with a hint of apple that will make a perfect cheese tray. I’m also happy with the ROGUE Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout – absolutely delicious and a perfectly literary gift.

The preparation is fairly simple. I rinse them off and place them in the kiln so that they don’t touch or roll over on each other. Here’s a kiln load ready to be fired overnight:


The most fun is opening the kiln the next morning and taking them out and washing them to reveal a bottle that has flattened out perfectly. For example, it didn’t break, roll, or burn away the lovely design. 


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You can read more about Savannah in Cracked to Death, the third book in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries, published by Kensington Books. Available at your favorite book vendor.

About Cracked to Death:

When a treasure hunt leads to deadly plunder, it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb and her trusty investigative posse to map out the true motives of a killer . . .

It's the dog days of summer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Webb's Glass Shop proprietor Savannah Webb has an eco-friendly plan to help locals escape the heat--a recyclable bottle-crafting workshop taught by reticent store manager Amanda Blake. Turns out, the class is a bigger smash than expected, thanks in part to a pair of staggeringly old bottles brought in by snorkeler Martin Lane . . .

Linked to a storied pirate shipwreck, the relics definitely pique Savannah's interest. But intrigue turns to shock when Martin's lifeless body washes ashore the next morning, another glass artifact tucked in his dive bag. With cell phone records connecting Amanda to the drowning, Savannah must voyage through uncharted territory to exonerate her colleague and capture the twisted criminal behind Martin's death . . .

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Yay! There's a GIVEAWAY as part of the Cozy Up To Summer with a Killer Character: Leave a comment by midnight on July 24 for the chance to win a signed Cracked to Death along with a recycled beer bottle turned into a cheese tray created by Cheryl and her husband George. It's reasonably small -- actually it is exactly the size of a beer bottle. The illustration on the right is one example -- we use all sorts of brands. Include your name and email in the comments. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.



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 WebsiteFacebook or Twitter

80 comments:

  1. Beautiful work, and thanks for the chance to win!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  2. Love this series!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol[dot]com

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  3. I love the idea of the beer bottle cheese tray. Very clever. Thanks for the chance to win.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. These creations from beer bottles sound fantastic as so does the book. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

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  5. I forgot to add my email. marlene(dot)Ezell(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Awesome! Fingers Crossed. twelch@coj.net

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  7. I love your books! Can't wait for the next books in the series! Kkcochran(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. This would be a new series for me but I'm always looking for new series to read. Glass shops are interesting. pgenest57 at aol dot com

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  9. I've already read the book (and it's fabulous!), so I don't want to be in the running for the giveaway, but want to pipe in and recommend it to those who haven't read it yet! I do like the beer bottle creations, my husband brews his own beer, this is a really neat idea. I need to look for a glass class in my area, this could be fun! Nicole

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  10. This has been on my wish list for a while.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  11. I love Cheryl Hollon's books. Thank you for this chance to win win a signed Cracked to Death along and a recycled beer bottle/cheese tray!
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  12. We live an hour ir so away from the Rogue brewery. The family will drive to the beach for lunch (and a beer) then rock hunting, driftwood collecting, or just the search for the *best* piece of salt water taffy. I buy new flavors of rogue beer just for the bottles. 💖

    llcejka at gmail dot com

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  13. I used to do testing of the software for military flight simulators. The writing and glass art idea sounds like much more fun. It's fascinating to me, especially since I am not that crafty. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  14. I'd love to enter...what a clever idea of making the bottles into cheese trays! I'm Kim S. at freecycleloudoun at yahoo dot com. Thank you!

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  15. Love the idea of repurposing beer bottles. Only wish I were that creative! My talents lie more in the culinary area. Muffins, anyone?

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  16. this is a new series for me. Sounds really interesting.
    I love to do crafts and this is something I've not heard of
    before. Get some good ideas for projects, as well as
    some good reading time.
    thanks
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. That is so cool!!!
    Sjgolding@sbcglobal.net

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  18. Have been looking forward to this new release! And what an interesting concept for reusing beer bottles. Thanks.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I've looked at this series before but my bookstores haven't had the first one yet. Thanks fire the chance to win.
    Awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  20. I'd love to read this series. Having the beer bottle tray would be fun! Thank you!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  21. What a fun thing to make! The book sounds great!
    jawdance@yahoo.com

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  22. What a wonderful idea! Would love to win one! Laura
    JLAURA272@yahoo.com

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  23. I would love to read this book! I'm actually in St Petersburg for vacation!
    Megs979@yahoo.com #giveaway

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  24. Sounds like a great series. I'm always looking for new cozy series and authors. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    bah195@yahoo.com

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  25. What a wonderful instructive introduction to the series. This is a new to me series and I like the story as well as the information on how the glass process works. Thank you. annettena (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  26. What a fun and unique giveaway! Thanks for sharing. I'm putting this series on my to-read list right now! aleonardi (at) my.com

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  27. This series sounds fascinating! And I love the idea of recycling bottles and making them into unique things that people can use. dbahn@iw.net

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  28. I like the idea of recycling the bottles that have such tasty contents----I could contribute quite a few empties! Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  29. I love recycled crafts! Linda Kleback lkleback@hotmail.com

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  30. That is the coolest thing I have ever seen! I have never read any of your books but thanks to this post i will be going to my library today and checking them out!
    Stacey mygnomeshome@gmail.com

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  31. What a fun giveaway! I'm always looking for a new cozy mystery series. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Josie Gardiner crossxjo @hotmail. com

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  32. Great books, and LOVE your glass art!

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  33. These are so cool! I love it. Such a fun and unique item. Thank you for the chance.

    brookeb811[at]gmail.com

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  34. This series has been on my want to read list for too long. I have to find the first book, I know its on my shelf somewhere. utaker555@gmail.com

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  35. Awesome work! Looking forward to reading your book! Strgth4yu@hotmail.com

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  36. As a teacher, I always tried to assist my students with remembering their parents on special days. A fun project was taking old bottles and creating candle holders for Mother's Day...you know, "You Light Up My Life!" (Did that suggest my age?) We covered the bottles with a patchwork of tissue paper, flowers, beads, and a little photo plaque. Can you imagine the conversation I had to have with the principal when he walked in and saw a couple dozen beer bottles soaking in the sink?
    kat8762@aol.com

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  37. Sounds like a fun read.

    Ann Mettert
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    Auburn, IN 46706

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  38. This series looks great! As far as the bottles, that is amazing! I had now idea that that's what's used! I would love to win!!! Thank you for the chance!!!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  39. I love this idea, how fun! I haven't started this series yet, I do have the first two books on my tbr pile...er, list on my kindle, I'm hoping to get started on them this week. I can't wait, I loved stained glass, bottles (I have a beer bottle with the label Moose Drool on it,LOL, gotta love it), anything glass so I'm sure I'll love this series.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  40. With so many cool beer bottles out there, I'm sure that you've made quite a few of them for your own use. I love this craft as I am fascinated by glass art. Thank you so much for the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  41. Heard great things about this book on a review group! Hope I'm a winner!
    Sara Gordon sweetest1337@gmail.com

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  42. Heard great things about this book on a review group! Hope I'm a winner!
    Sara Gordon sweetest1337@gmail.com

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  43. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  44. Love this series! What a fabulous way to repurpose bottles. I have to try this. Fingers crossed I would love to win this.
    Stacieamelotte (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  45. I stumbled across your wonderful site/book thanks to Victoria Hamilton. I live in BRADENTON so would love to win/read a book from my neighbor in St Pete. Rachelle Arnold rachellearnold69@hotmail.com

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  46. What a great giveaway. Oh how I would love to read this book. Thsnks for the chance.
    Jhdwayne@peoplepc.com
    Deana

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  47. Thanks for your he chance zeta@iwon.com

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  48. That's fascinating! I love watching glass art being made. It is my hope to one day have an interesting glass collection of my own (you know, once the kids have moved out, haha!).

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  49. This is a great series. I look forward to reading this latest installment.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  50. I always wondered how these were made!

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  51. I always wondered how these were made!

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  52. you are a new to me author but I love the cover of this book..and crafts..this is an awesome prize combo to win...what a neat idea to make the spoon holder like that..very creative mind..thank you for this chance rosep@bayland.net

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  53. Love your books and the fascinating crafts.

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  54. What a neat idea! Thank you!!

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  55. Love the books and the author as well! Cannot wait to read all about their further adventures!

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  56. That looks really cool. Anne M. -- critteranne@yahoo.com

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  57. The book sounds awesome and the cheese tray is phenomenal! Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  58. Those bottles really are transformed. What a cool idea!

    bookishnotions@gmail(dot)com

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  59. Those bottles really are transformed. What a cool idea!

    bookishnotions@gmail(dot)com

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  60. This book is now on my TBR list and I can't wait to read it. brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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  61. This is a very interesting read! Love it. Thank you for posting about it. Ninaatmyhouse( at)yahoo( dot) com

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  62. Those are awesome! Those spoon rests. Book sounds real good too. Thanks for the chance. lady (dot)janel @ hotmail (dot) com

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  63. Wonderful and so creative. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. Your artistic ability is extraordinary and special. The book and bottle are unique. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  65. That is amazing what you can do with a beer bottle. I would love to win. What a wonderful and unique idea to recycle bottles. Margaret Rushton scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

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  66. Sounds delightful! Thanks for the chance.
    mjhopper(at)cox(dot)net

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  67. This series is definitely on my list!

    ElaineE246 (at) msn (dot) com

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  68. this is a neat series and gift Carol Edwards centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  69. Would love to read these!!! It is on my tbr list

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  70. Would love to read these!!! It is on my tbr list

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  71. We always had a family story about two Brothers who owned a bottling Company in the 1800's and my Aunt had been looking for a bottle to prove it. We finally found one in an antique store in Texas and it looked very much like yours...I need to read your book. Thank you for the Contest. Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  72. This sounds like a fun book. Will definitely check it out. Melissa Castor mcastor07@gmail.com

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  73. Definitely want to read this series!!!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  74. Definitely want to read this series!!!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  75. Love creative glass work almost as much as this series.. thanks for the chance to win!
    salvatoresmom71@yahoo.com

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  76. Thank you for offering this!! I love cozy mysteries!! lindaherold999@gmail.com

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  77. .love this. Hope I made it in time

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  78. I know it's too late, but I realy like this series.

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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  79. Love this series! doward1952@yahoo.com

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