Saturday, September 24, 2016

SHINE in the Sunshine City and a #giveaway

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. 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.

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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.

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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 . . .


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, on Facebook or on Twitter.

56 comments:

  1. I think every city and town needs to have a SHINE festival. The glass creations sound beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway. sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  2. Cheyenne, Wy needs something like this. Wonderful giveaway. Thank you.lady(dot)Janel(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. Great giveaway! Thank you for this opportunity. I love to recycle. mommomsworld(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. Would love to win. This would be a great birthday gift for me. Thanks for the chance to win.
    judytucker1947@gmail.com

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  5. Wow! What a wonderful giveaway! Love anything made with recycled glass.
    Thank you for the chance.

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  6. Sounds like a very interesting read, thank you for the giveaway!
    lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  7. I've just gotten into this series and really enjoy it.
    I tried stained-glass but it wasn't my thing. Did
    enjoy reading about the glass projects in the series.
    thanks
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance. Lisamil46@gmail.com

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  9. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance. Lisamil46@gmail.com

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  10. I love this series. I'm learning a lot about glass. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  11. Captivating series and wonderful giveaway. Thanks for this feature. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. Thanks for this lovely giveaway which is special. The series is fascinating. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I would love to attend the SHINE festival someday. It sounds like a lot of fun. That cheetah is amazing. utaker555(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Sounds like a series I'd really like!! Thanks for the chance to win this book.
    nschwenkner at gmail dot com

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  15. Great post. Book looks most intriguing. Would love to read sooner. Rather than later. Della at deepotter at peoplepc dot com.

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  16. A Shine Festival sounds like it would be a lot of fun. When I lived in Pittsburgh they had an Art Festival every year, it was interesting to see all the different forms and ideas that people came up with.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  17. Thanks for sharing the Shine Festival with us -- beautiful colors and designs. I love the idea of a re-purposed beer bottle and would love to have one. Thanks so much for the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  18. Wow, a Shine Festival sounds like fun! Would love to read your book....thanks for the giveaway! strgth4yu (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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  19. The art is so pretty. This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Thank you for this chance. areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  21. Delightful art work.
    Libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  22. Love your recycling! Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  23. I love this series - it's terrific!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  24. Thanks for the chance to win. I am anxious to see this artwork up close.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  25. Thank you for the giveaway and sharing with us today. I'm so pleased to hear you will be continuing on with Webb's Glass Shop! Fantastic news for the fans of your series! I can't wait for more!

    Bec
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  26. I love the idea of the Shine Festival. I would love the chance to read your book. Thank you.
    Deana
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  27. I love this series. It was wonderful meeting you at Bouchercon last weekend. Looking forward to the on in St. Pete.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  28. Can't wait to read! jawdance@yahoo.com

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  29. You had me at treasure hunt! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    vernagass@gmail.com

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  30. Can't wait love treasure hunts! Maryh_happygirl@yahoo.com

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  31. Can't wait love treasure hunts! Maryh_happygirl@yahoo.com

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  32. great giveaway. thanks for the chance. janngrogan@yahoo.com

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  33. Love to read this it sounds great...and thank you for the chance.The Review sounds wonderful...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  34. I would love to read this book thank you for the chance to win debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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  35. I would love to read this book thank you for the chance to win debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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  36. That's an amazing giveaway! mjhopper (at) cox (dot) net

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  37. This festival looks amazing. I'd love to join in on it. Tanks for your very generous giveaway, I do appreciate it. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  38. The book is an awesome prize, the bottle is cool! Donamaekutska7@gmail dot com

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  39. Love these books and love glass art. Thank you for the chance to win! wtrllyiisu@yahoo.com

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  40. The books sound great, so does the festival!

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  41. I would love this book! Thanks for the chance!
    Lisa H.
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  42. Thanks for the opportunity! bobwiesmann at gmail dot com

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  43. I just recently started this series and love it. I wish there was a shop like this near me :) novelsallnight(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. Nice post & thanks for the giveaway. I loved the first book & can't wait to catch up on this series. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  45. Would love to read! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  46. These sound really good.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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  47. Thanks for the opportunity! cheers at MarjimManor dot com

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  48. I love this series! Thank you for this chance.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  49. Would love to read about what they made from the recycled glass. A friend gave me recycled stained glass from a landfill and I made a picture of a man and woman holding hands. Exciting what you can do with recycled stuff.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  50. Sounds like a great read. Thank you for the giveaway!

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  51. What a charming book to feature on your blog. I love stained glass and combining it with a mystery even better.
    Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  52. sounds interesting! thanks for the chance to win! amandasmother at aol dot com

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  53. The cover of this book just looks too good to pass up. Would love to read this book. I am imagining that there will be a lot about the area in the book. Thanks for the giveaway Georgia
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  54. This old historical town could use a little spice like that.Thanks for this opportunity. Nancy at jluebke (at) frontier (dot) com

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  55. Hello! This book sounds very interesting! I love the cozy mysteries and have never read any with this type of glass artwork. I always take a book with me to my Chemotherapy treatments, and then, after I am done reading it, I leave it on a table for the other ladies to pick up and read. Thanks for the chance to win the bottle and the book! Patty pc1977@zoominternet.net

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  56. Thanks for a chance to win this great giveaway.
    babemomara@att.net

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