Saturday, December 24, 2016

Traditions

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'm in the kitchen preparing for an 'at home' party. My mother held them on Christmas Eve for her friends and family. The tradition is simple. If you had known her in any way during the previous year, an invitation would arrive asking you to stop by between 1 PM and 7 PM for snacks and cocktails. Mostly it was to make sure she kept in touch with her large circle of friends.

Since my dad is also gone this year, it's up to me to carry on the tradition of an open house. I'm going to serve finger foods and my boyfriend Edward is going to bring some of the specialty foods from QueensHead Pub. Namely, the crispy chickpeas and the Thai shrimp. I'm making cheesy toast and individual peanut butter pies. There will be Craft Beer from 3 Daughters Brewing and my special champagne and cranberry juice mixture which is called a Hibiscus.

My friend Amanda, who runs Webb's Glass Shop with increasing skill, will be here with a rum cake and my apprentice Jacob will be bringing a vegetable platter with blue cheese dip. Of course, you're welcome to add to the table. Please stop by to visit with me and my friends. There will be good conversation, good food and good drink. 

I'm grateful beyond words for the support my friends have given me during the first year of owning Webb's Glass Shop. In tribute to this meaningful holiday, I wish you PEACE. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!



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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! Leave a comment and your email address in the form of name(AT)server(DOT)com to avoid the SPAM bots. Do this by midnight on December 26 for the chance to win a signed Cracked to Death. This giveaway is open to U.S. 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.



Visit Cheryl and her books at her WebsiteFacebook or Twitter

73 comments:

  1. I would love to read this book. Merry Christmas! Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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  2. It sounds like an amazing story. Thanks for the chance and have a very Merry Christmas
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. This sounds like a good read and I hope to start this series soon. Thanks for sharing!
    Merry Christmas!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and yours -- Good luck with the giveaway!

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  4. Awesome, sounds so good! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  5. Love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway. Lady(dot)Janel(@)Hotmail(dot)com

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  6. Wow what a great giveaway. What more could someone want than a good book? Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. I love getting books! Have a wonderful holiday, Kristi. Good Luck!

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  7. This is such a terrific series! Looking forward to reading the latest. Merry Christmas!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  8. Thank you so much for the chance and such great entertainment! Katie katieh(at)mvdsl(dot)com

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    1. My pleasure indeed! Good luck with the giveaway.

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  9. Our university added a new building and art degree in glass blowing. I love "Cozies", so this goes with my new interest in art glass.

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    1. I love everything associated with the glass arts. Good luck!

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  10. Merry Christmas! Thank you for this holiday giveaway. I would love to read your book.
    mommomsworld(at)yahoo(dot(com

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    1. Merry Christmas and good luck with the giveaway.

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  11. Merry Christmas, I would love to read this book, thank you so much for the giveaway! lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Good luck.

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  12. Merry Christmas! Thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, too. Good luck in the giveaway.

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  13. Would love to read this book. Merry Christmas mama2bulls(@) gmail(dot) com

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  14. Great series! I worked on a lead glass project when I was younger...burned my fingers a couple of times on the soldering iron, too. Thanks for a great reading experience...
    kat8762@aol.com

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    1. I love soldering - which was a surprise to me! Merry Christmas and good luck!

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  15. I am hungry just reading this, wow. Thank you for the giveaway and happy holidays to you.
    daw655(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. Happy reading. mommatoodle at msn dot com

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    1. I've been reading like fury. Merry Christmas and good luck!

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  17. I wish we had a glass shop in town! Happy Holidays and thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. We have a lot of art glass in St. Petersburg - makes me happy. Merry Christmas and good luck!

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  18. A glass shop would be a good thing for us to have as that is one of the presents my husband wanted to give to a friend. Sounds great and would love to read and post a review on a few sites. ptclayton2@aol.com Happy Holidays

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    1. I hope he finds a glass shop nearby - such fun! Merry Christmas and good luck!

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  19. Glass shops are beautiful and unique. Many thanks for this wonderful feature. Merry Christmas. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. St. Petersburg has three major glass blowing shops - awesome! Merry Christmas and good luck!

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    2. CONGRATULATIONS!!! My Random Number Generator App has selected your comment entry! I have e-mailed you to ask for your address so I can send out your signed copy of CRACKED TO DEATH.

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  20. Would love the chance to read this book. Thank you.
    Jhdwayne(at)peoplepc(dot)com

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  21. Happy Holidays! turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I would love to read this book. It is already on my TBR list.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net
    Happy Holidays to all!

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    1. The first in the series e-book is on sale right now for $1.99. Grab it while my publisher has the price reduced. Happy Holidays and good luck!

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  23. Merry Christmas Cheryl. Thank you for being on Killer Characters today and sharing your book. Your book just happens to be one I have on my list to ask Santa for this year. Fingers are crossed I might get lucky to win it instead. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. I love this series. I always learn something new. bobwiesmann at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks -- love hearing that. Merry Christmas and good luck!

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  25. What a nice family tradition
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. It's a no-stress way to gather and celebrate. Merry Christmas and good luck!

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  26. Merry Christmas! Looks like a great book!

    strgth4yu(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. Sounds really good and thank you for the review and chance. Merry Christmas to all of you at Killer Characters..
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. It is fun and low key - may favorite ways to entertain. Merry Christmas and good luck!

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  28. Loved the first book & have to get caught up. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I'm so glad you liked PANE AND SUFFERING. Good Luck in the giveaway!

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  29. Looks like a good read.
    Thereadmaster(at)me(dot)com

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  30. Merry Christmas. I really enjoy these cozies. Thanks for this opportunity. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  31. Looks like another great read, but I also must admit that I am now craving some rum cake and Christmas goodies! Thank you for the chance for a great read!

    kellyblackwellwrites(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Blessed Yule! And Merry Christmas, too! My hungry tummy is saying, "Where are the recipes?". Love this series & can't wait to read this newest one! Thanks! jan_healthandhealing(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. So happy you like the series -- I love writing them. Good Luck in the giveaway!

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  33. Hi! Merry Christmas!!! After reading about your books, I think they sound great! I love the cozy mysteries! I have had Hodgkins Lymphoma for quite some time now, and my recent CTscans came out clear so I have had 6 weeks off! I was so excited. When I go back to doing chemotherapy treatments, I always take a book with me and when I am done, I leave it for one of the other cancer patients to pick up and enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win! Patty pc1977(AT)zoominternet(dot)net

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    1. What a wonderful way to share stories. Congratulations on your clear CT scans. Good Luck in the giveaway!

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  34. Merry Christmas!
    kkat(dot)edwards(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. This sounds like an interesting story. Count me in, please.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  36. this is a good series.
    Enjoyed it a lot.
    thanks for sharing.
    Happy new Year

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    1. I am so HAPPY you enjoy Webb's Glass Shop Mysteries. Happy New Year!

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  37. I just read the first book. I'd love a chance to read this one.
    wskwared at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for entering. Good Luck in the giveaway!

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