Character: Savannah WebbSeries: 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. It’s September. That means I’m ready for summer to be over but not quite ready for Pun’kin Spice beer or Coffee. Although the temperatures still climb into the 90’s, there’s a subtle change in the mornings. If you’ve lived here for a few years, you know to look for a freshening of the breeze and a lowering of the oppressive humidity. Fall is not yet around the corner – more like down the street a few blocks – and we’re looking forward to its arrival.
At Webb’s Glass Shop, September is the start of the slow ramp up to our busiest season. Students are back and taking classes. Retirees are back from and taking classes. The Canadians are down and taking classes. You get the trend, right? From now through December, we’ll enjoy the influx of lots of students.
The premier event of September is the SHINE festival – Made up of local artists and community members, SHINE is an art project, intended to illuminate the power of art in public spaces by revitalizing areas, inspiring dialogue and uniting our community--while cultivating new standards of artistic excellence and reflecting St. Petersburg's creative and vibrant spirit. It lasts for a mere ten days, but the effects of the fresh new murals revitalizes our section of Central Avenue and gives the district a yes, you guessed it, a SHINE. Here’s a picture of the my favorite mural in this year’s competition by @arlin_graff who unleashes this cheetah on the 600 block of Central Avenue.
New this year is a colorful geometric mural by Alex Pardee at Martin Luther King Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue North. See, it really is the intersection. They finished it minutes before it began to rain. You can't help but smile when you see its beauty and color.
Well, I’ve got to get back to the shop. We have more ideas for new classes: recycling wine bottles, sand etching on clear glass, mosaic creations and I have an idea to start teaching flame work glass beading. Sign up for a class! Your local business will love you.
There’s a giveaway! Add a comment with your e-mail in the form: name at network dot com (so that the spam bots won’t catch you) and you’re entered for a chance to win a recycled beer bottle and a signed copy of CRACKED TO DEATH (Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery, Book #3). This giveaway is open to US residents only. Your comment must be dated no later than midnight September 26. Thank you for your support to this blog and to cozy mysteries.
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 . . .
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.