Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A visit to the Palladium for Opera 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. I'm planning to visit the Mainsail Art Festival on Sunday afternoon. This long-running event marks the end of our glorious winter season and the beginning of the hot days of summer. 

I'm arranging tickets to go to the opera with my assistant, Amanda Blake. She's new to opera, so I'm starting out with our local company, The St. Petersburg Opera. The performance is: Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffman). It plays at The Palladium, 253 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg on Friday, June 2, 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 4, 2 pm, and Tuesday, June 6, 7:30 pm. Check out their website at www.mypalladium.org.  

Hoffmann, the poet-hero of The Tales of Hoffmann, has four love affairs that haunt him in Offenbach's grand and final opera. The opera fantastique begins with Hoffmann waiting in a tavern for his current passion, an opera diva appropriately nammed Stella. To pass time time Hoffmann tells the other students stories about three of his previous loves, each of which ends in disaster. For example, Olympia turns out to be a mechanical doll! Each of his loves get wonderful music to sing before breaking Hoffmann's heart. It will be sung in French with English surtitles!


I can't wait to introduce Amanda to the joys of live opera from our local company.








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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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There's a #BOOKGIVEAWAY! 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 May 25 for the chance to win a signed copy of your choice of Pane and Suffering, Shards of Murder, or Cracked to Death. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes.



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

44 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great post. I love the sounds of your books.
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  2. I'm such a big fan and can't wait for Etched! Thanks for the fun post and giveaway. The Palladium is real!
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  3. This series sounds great! I will have to add it to my to be read pile. Thanks for the giveaway! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  4. Opera has never been a big hit with me. Magic Flute, maybe?
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  5. I own the first two books in the series and did enjoy them very much. I'd love to win Cracked to Death and add it to my home library.

    As for Opera, it does nothing for me. I prefer Orchestral Concerts and Big Band. I played a couple of instruments in high school. I was in the orchestra, marching band and Dance Band (big band).

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  6. I love opera. Your books are captivating and special. The glass creations are wonderful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. Opera is very emotional and memorable especially Puccini's. Enjoying your books is a great pleasure for me since I love the stories and the beautiful glassworks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I would love to win. Thank you for the chance to win.
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    Mary Fidler

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  9. I'd love to win a print copy of Pane and Suffering. Thanks for the opportunity. bobwiesmann(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I'd love to win a copy of Cracked to Death! lndklbckn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. A most intriguing post. Would definitely love to read. And so appreciate the chance to get the book.
    Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  12. This sounds like a fun series! Hope Savannah and Amanda enjoy the opera. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. So glad I found out about this series- I live in St. Pete!
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  14. Found this series when visiting Treasure Island. Thanks for the opportunity. Cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  15. Sounds so much fun to read! Thank you

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  16. Ilove decorative glass of any kind---so naturally I enjoy your series. Thanks for the contest.
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  17. Thank you for this opportunity. These sound interesting. lsum1258 (at) aol dot com

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  18. Sounds great. Count me in. elainehroberson(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. A new author to me and a book that sounds so good. Thank you for the chance peggy clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

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  20. The plot of this book sounds very intriguing. You're a new author to me. I've added you to my "To Be Read List."
    Thanks for the great giveaway.
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  21. I haven't read this series yet but it's on my to-read list! I'm hoping to really make some progress on that list this year...if only it wouldn't grow so fast. haha! Thanks for the chance to win.
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  22. Have fun at the opera! I enjoyed Cracked to Death and look forward to reading more with these characters. Dm_richards(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. Can't wait to read this. lady(dot)janel(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  24. Hope Savannah & Amanda have fun at the opera. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. This is a new series for me, this book sounds fun. Looks like I've found a new series to read. Thank you for the chance. Mompoust(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. BOOKS ALL SOUND AMAZING, i WOULD BE LUCKY TO WIN ANYONE OF THEM, tHANKS FOR YOUR GENEROSITY. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  27. I enjoyed the first book in this series esp. since I have a sister who lives in St. Pete so this location in your book reminds me of her.
    This is a great series and I would be thrilled to receive your book. Cynthia.
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  28. All of these books sound amazing. Thank you! mommatoodle at msn dot com

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  29. Would love to read more about working with glass and about St. Petersburg.
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  30. Would love to read more about working with glass and about St. Petersburg.
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  31. This is a fun series.
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  32. I love this series...the information provided about the glass shop is delightful.
    kat8762(at)aol(dot)com

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  33. Sounds like a great mystery and I would love to read the book. The plot sounds fascinating I have a friend that loves painting and working with glass. Thank you.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  34. Sounds so exciting! My kind of book. cocanvaz@gmail.com

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  35. I have never been to the opera, but it sounds beautiful. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  36. I would love to read the first book in your series, Pane and Suffering (A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery #1).I always try to start a new series with the first book. I have not read a cozy series with a glass shop as of yet. I like a new setting every now and then. eeyore(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I am fascinated by stain glass and someday hope to take classes on how to make it. Stain glass combined with a mystery all the better. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. Can't wait to read more of this wonderful series. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. If you are taking Amanda to opera for the first time, make it Madame Butterfly or La boheme. The music is lovely and lyrical and the stories are so emotional they make the audience fall in love immediately. This series sounds like another I need to read. annettena at yahoo dot come

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  40. great review! I would love to win a copy of Pane and Suffering. Thank you for the chance!

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  41. Sounds like a great read.

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  42. You are a new author to me and I enjoy cozies a lot.Thanks for this opportunity. Nancy at jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  43. Forgot to mention that if I should win, I would like of Pane and suffering.

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  44. Thanks for a chance to win one of your books, not sure i have read one yet.
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