Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Pirates invade Tampa Bay!


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 getting ready for the pirate invasion of Tampa celebrating  the 100 years of history commemorating the exploits of Gaspar the Pirate. This will be the first year that I will be taking Edward, my British boyfriend, to this event. 

I'm sure I'll feel nostalgic about it because my late father used to take me to the children's parade -- the non-alcoholic version with not quite so many noisy cannon and pistol shots splitting the air. As a teenager, I regularly attended the night parade and hoped to catch some of the beads thrown from the floats. I can't wait to see what Edward thinks of this unique event. 

There's more information here -> http://gasparillapiratefest.com/

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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 January 26 for the chance to win a signed copy of 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

97 comments:

  1. Sounds wonderful. I love relics.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. I love this series! Thanks for the chance to win...

    salvatoresmom71 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  3. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  4. This book sounds great. I bet a pirate invasion is awesome!
    moonbay(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It is awesome and attracts lots of tourists. Good Luck!

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  5. Sounds wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway. lady(dot)janel(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. A pirate themed event sounds like fun. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Thank you for the giveaway. I love the books, I got a late start on them and am so amazed by the work you & your husband do with glass.
    daw655 (at)hotmail (dot)com

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    1. Thanks, thanks, thanks for the nice words. Good Luck!

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  8. I love this series! It would make a great birthday present! mommatoodle at msn dot com

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    1. Happy Birthday! Good luck to you in the drawing.

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  9. Thank you!
    Nelson_ee at yahoo dot com

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  10. I would love to read this book it sounds great! Thank you for the giveaway. Appreciate the chance to win a copy.
    Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc ((dot) com

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  11. Love visiting the Tampa Bay area. This looks like a fun read! mbradeen(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. I love living in the Tampa Bay area. Good Luck!

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    2. Congratulations Marla! My RANDOM.ORG app has selected you as the winner! I'll e-mail you directly.

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    3. Thanks so much, Cheryl and the Killer Characters gang!

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  12. This book sounds captivating and special. Your work is very creative and artistic. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Awwwww - thanks for the encouragement. I need all I can get. Good Luck in the Giveaway.

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  13. Sounds like a good read. Thank you. suefoster109@netzero.net.

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  14. My kind of read.
    judytucker1947(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. We have a condo in Madeira across from John's Pass, and we have gone to the pirate days there. It's so much fun!

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  17. Stained glass is a craft on my bucket list to learn. I love the ability to combine different colors/textures of glass to make an additional piece of art. Thank you for sharing Cheryl Hollon's newest book and series. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's a joy to work in glass -- so many different types. I don't think I'll ever get bored. Good Luck!

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  18. Looks like a great read
    donnaing1(at)gmail((dot)com

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  19. This sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. The location and pirate theme sounds fun and I love the glass aspect. We do know someone who does glass work. I did see her work and supply area and it was so interesting. I love seeing people's creative sides and talents. Thanks for the chance to win.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Maryann

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    1. I love glass working almost as much as writing. Good Luck to you!

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  20. I love books that feature a career I don't know much about! lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. The two arts combined (glass and writing) add up to a fun career. Good Luck to you!

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  21. I'd like to read this.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  22. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I would love to win! Who doesn't love a treasure hunt? mommomsworld(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I love treasure / scavenger hunts a lot. Good Luck to you!

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  24. Thank you!!!! Pam.guynn@gmail.com

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  25. Love, love, love this series!!!! Thanks for the chance to win too!
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Good Luck to you!

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  26. Thanks for the chance to win this book! It sounds like a great read!
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  27. Would love to read a print copy and will review on a few sites. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk about the book as it sounds so good. ptclayton2@aol.com

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  28. Great series. Thanks for the chance!
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  29. Oh, I love this series, and a good pirate festival sounds exciting! I do like stories that include more than just the story...tips and information, history, and hobbies. This series is perfect for that.
    kat8762(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I live in an interesting town. Good Luck to you!

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  30. This sounds so good, I'm hoping to get started on the first book of the series this week, I can't wait to get to this one.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  31. This looks like an amazing book to read!! Thank you for a chance to win!! Piogkm19(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. It was fun to write. Good Luck to you!

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  32. A pirate festival sounds like fun---and a mystery to solve is even better. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell(dot)farrell(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I've been to this festival many times -- great fun. Good Luck to you!

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  33. Do we find out what the Brit thinks about all the pirates in this book?
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. The British have a lot more experience with pirates than we do -- not impressed. ;-)
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  34. Pirates in Tampa Bay, I love it. Thank you for the chance to win. pgenest57 at aol dot com

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    1. It's a wonderful celebration. Good Luck to you!

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  35. Sounds like a great book!

    Parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  36. I really do like this series a lot! And, yes - YAY! There's a giveaway!!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  37. I love this series and would love to win this book. Thank you so much for the chance.

    frauenb at aol dot com

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    1. That is SOOOOO nice to hear. Good Luck to you!

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  38. Love the description of this book. Thanks for the chance to win. Lisamil46@gmail.com

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  39. Thanks for the opportunity...the books sounds great ! You certainly have had interesting careers. Best of luck on the book !!
    fess2 at aol dot com

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    1. Live & Luck have been good to me. Good Luck to you!

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  40. Sounds like a fun series, thanks for the chance to win.
    ceciliayoung(at)gmx(dot)com

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  41. Thank you for the chance to win. wskwared(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  42. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the chance to win.
    babemomara(at)att(dot)com

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    1. You are very welcome. Good Luck to you!

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  43. Love this series, so thanks for the giveaway & chance to catch up. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. So nice to hear that! Good Luck to you!

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  44. I have the first couple in this series but haven't gotten to read them yet. It looks so good. I'd live to add this to my collection.
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    1. I hope you get a chance soon to catch up. Good Luck to you!

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  45. I would love to read Savannah's next adventure! Thanks for the chance to win. kgarten20(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. I've read some of the previous Glass shop series and enjoyed them very much. Looking forward to reading this new mystery. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. Glad to hear you enjoy reading about Glass shops. Good Luck to you!

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  47. Sounds like a really fun story!
    becky(at)craigmay(dot)com

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  48. Oh, a new series to me. 🙂 Love cozy mysteries but my library doesn't carry many. Thanks for the chance to win. Jrparkfan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  49. I read one of the books in the series. I like the green on the cover.
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  50. I enjoy this series. This title sounds really fun with the addition of pirates Aye Matey!

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  51. My favorite thing about this series is learning about the art of glass blowing. I'll probably never try it, but I love to learn about it. bobwiesmann - at - gmail - dot - com.

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