Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The #Budweiser #Clydesdale #Beerwagon was here! #Bookgiveaway!

Character:      Savannah Webb
Series:           Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries
Author:          Cheryl Hollon

Hi, Savannah here. The Budweiser Clydesdales were here on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg! Fifty years ago on January 1st, 1968, Great Bay Distributors started selling beer in Pinellas County.
  
Today, the 2nd and 3rd generation of founder Claude Focardi continue to operate Great Bay as a local family owned business. With 20 trucks, 30 Great Bay "family members," and a small warehouse in St. Pete to over 250 vehicles, 360 "family members," and two warehouses.

The celebration featured the famous Budweiser Clydesdales pulling a vintage beer wagon with a Dalmatian riding shotgun. 

The event started at 7 PM at Corrigan's Irish Pub and moved down to the popular bars and eateries on Central Avenue. 
Then they they turned down 1st Avenue South for a final stop at the Park & Rec. The event lasted until 9 PM, but everyone was completely captivated by the charm of those gentle giants. What a wonderful way to celebrate. Cheers to 50 years of service from the family at Great Bay Distributors and good luck for 50 more!




Have you seen them?


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 January 25 for the chance to win your choice of a signed copy of any book in the Webb's Glass Shop Mystery Series, Pane and Suffering, Shards of Murder, Cracked to Death, or Etched in Tears. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes.





Etched in Tears released on November 28, 2017 and is available on AmazonNookKobo, and in all your favorite bookstores. It is published by Kensington Books You can also ask your library to order it for you.

About Etched in Tears


When a famous glass artist is murdered at his own exhibit, deadly secrets are put on display, and it's up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb to see through a killer's cover.

Celebrated glass artist Dennis Lansing is returning to St. Petersburg, Florida, for an exhibit at the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum. His unique style of embedding document images in his art is at the vanguard of contemporary glasswork. But as Savannah's first boyfriend and a former apprentice to her father, Dennis's return home has her reflecting on the past--a trip down memory lane that takes a dark turn when Dennis is found murdered at the museum with an old reference letter from her father in his pocket. A search through her father's records sheds new light on Dennis's history, but it seems his present life wasn't so transparent either. Now, with a gallery of suspects to consider, it's up to Savannah to figure out who fits the mold of a murderer.


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

63 comments:

  1. No I've never seen the horses. I would love to win a copy of "Etched In Tears",thanks for sharing! Veronica, vboudreau57@gmail.com.

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    1. Well worth it to see them if you get the chance. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  2. I've never seen the Budweiser Clydesdale horses in person but think they are magnificent creatures. This series is on my TBR list and I'd be thrilled to win a copy to get acquainted with this series. suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. The Clydesdale horses are a woderful experience in person. So gentle. So BIG! Good luck in the drawing.

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  3. Thank you for the giveaway. I look forward to reading your books.🐱

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  4. Although I've never seen the Budweiser Clydesdales in person, seeing them is on our bucket list. Now that we are retired, I'm hoping to scratch that off our list sooner than later. We have friends that live in the St. Louis area where they appear frequently. However, work schedules of theirs or ours have prevented us from attending one of the event so far. Also, they are kept full time in Warm Springs Ranch near Boonville, Missouri which is about 150 miles west of St. Louis. So, maybe a short day trip with friends the next trip us!

    Thank you for the amazing chance to win a signed copy of one of the Webb's Glass Shop Mystery Series books! I'd very much love to read "Etched in Tears".
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. They used to keep a stable in Busch Gardens in Tampa. Sadly - no more. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  5. I saw the Clydesdale horses at the Texas State Fair in Dallas years ago. They were lovely. My email is beturner0418@icloud.com.

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    1. Thrills me every time. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  6. Many years ago I saw the Clydesdale horses at an exhibtion . Thanks for your lovely feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Because this was an anniversary celebration that was barely publicized -- we could walk right up to the wagon. Amazing. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  7. Clydesdale horses are amazing. When I was young I was taken to the CNE where they were shown daily. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Wow! Lucky you. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  8. I have never seen the Clydesdale horses in person. They are beautiful.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Pictures and videos don't do justice to these gentle giants. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  9. the Budweiser/Clydesdale hitch is very impressive to see. I've seen them twice, once when I was about 12 yrs old and then a few years ago, when they appeared at our Riverboat Days celebration. I'd love to read Etched in Tears if I am lucky enough to win. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. We've seen them more than once, but yes - very impressive. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  10. There is a Anheuser-Busch plant in my state, New Hampshire. I've been on tours and when my son was little, my friend and I would bring our kids to see the Clydesdale and the Dalmatian just for fun. I believe the plant has a Clydesdale Day every year to get photos with them. I don't know if you can still visit them like I did years ago.
    scarletbegonia5858(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. We had similar access when the kids were small at the Busch Gardens plant. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  11. I've never seen the Clydesdales---but I'd sure like to see them.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. I hope you get a chance -- it's one of those bucket list things. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  12. I love the TV ads featuring the Clydesdales. If I win, I'd love a copy of Etched in Tears. I really love this series because I've learned so much about glass. bobwiesmann {at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. So happy you like my little glass world. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  13. Mary Lynette MillerJanuary 24, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    The Clydes a amazing! Looking forward to Etched in Tears. Really enjoy this series. nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

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    1. I enjoy writing this series. The vibrant art and small business community here in St. Petersburg inspires me. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  14. I never seen the Budweiser Clydesdales in person - love the ads.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Well worth it if you get the chance. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  15. I've never seen the Clydesdales in person, but they make the sweetest commercials. Thanks so much for the giveaway--the book looks great! legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Their personalities are as big as they are. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  16. I've never seen the Clydesdales in person either. I always see their yearly big commercial or just other times they're on TV. Bet it's really awesome in person! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You can tell they LOVE being hitched and working. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  17. I have seen the Budweiser Clydesdales in a parade years ago. They are beautiful horses. I've also been to St. Louis where they have a brewery and raise the horses. They are beautiful horses.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I like that they are beautiful, but don't seem to know it. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  18. I saw the Clydesdales in St. Louis when I was little. They are beautiful. Thanks for the book giveaway. I've read your first three books in the series but haven't read "Etched in Tears" yet. I started reading this series since I dabble in both traditional stain glass and glass fusing and kept reading because I enjoy them tremendously.
    lpharless(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for reading the series. I also like traditional stained glass and fusing the most. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  19. Yes, I've seen the Clydesdales in parades, and up close and personal at both the Budweiser Brewery and Grant's Farm in St. Louis, MO. I actually got to give one of the horses a good scratch on his neck. :) johnstonkaren@bellsouth.net

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    1. Oh, how lucky! I got to stand within a few feet of them. The local police simply detoured traffic around them so it was a street event. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  20. I don't watch the Super Bow;, but I usually manage to catch the Budweiser ad at some point. They are usually terrific.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. I don't watch the Super Bowl either -- I would rather read. Try to skulk out the new Budweiser ad in the few days before or after. I can usually find it on-line. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  21. I'd like to see the Clydesdales in person one day.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It is well worth the effort to see them. Can't quite get their real impact from the ads. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  22. If I ever did see them I must have been quite young. I love how beautiful they are and so majestic in movement. ematov(at)comcast(dot)com

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    1. For such large horses, they move with delicate precision. It's awesome! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  23. I live just 20 miles own the road from a big Budweiser Brewery and we always go to see the Clydesdales.The Clydesdales and wagon have led our small town parade a few times and they are at our fairgrounds and you visit them after the parade. They are so big but so gentle. The drivers are so good with the crowds and of course a beautiful spotted dog. RUTH NIXON ruthenixon(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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    1. Oh, I am so jealous. They used to have a permanent exhibit at the Tampa Busch Gardens Park, but they've been gone a long time. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  24. I haven't seen the Budweiser Clydesdales. I would love to. Thank you for the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmai(dot)com

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    1. Well worth the trouble to find them. Gorgeous! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  25. Gabrielle HashimotoJanuary 25, 2018 at 1:33 AM

    I've only seen Clydesdales on tv but they look beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity.
    ghsurfhash(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's a wonderful experience to see them in person. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  26. I have seen the Clydesdale and they are incredible. My daughter used to ride and compete
    debby326 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh my goodness! What a great adventure for your daughter -- discipline and confidence in one sport. Good Luck in the giveaway!

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  27. Oh I love the Clydesdale horses. They're so majestic! I've never seen them in person, but would love to.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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    1. I enjoy them every time. Every. Single. Time. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  28. What mighty power these beauties have. I enjoy watching our Amish neighbors plow their fields with these beautiful animals. Thanks for hosting Cheryl Hollon and her Stained Glass series on your blog. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. No, I have never seen THE Clydesdales in person, although I saw a Clydesdale at the State Fair and wow they are big! Thanks so much!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. It has been ages since I have had the pleasure of seeing those horses. But I have never missed seeing their ads. They are wonderful. Almost as good as seeing them in person. Would love a print copy of Pane and Suffering if drawn. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  31. Never seen the Budweiser Clydesdales in person but love to watch them whenever they are shown. I would love to read any of the books in this series. However, Pane and Suffering would make a good start. Thanks for this opportunity. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  32. I haven't seen them but would love to.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  33. The Budweiser horses and wagon used to participate in one of the annual parades in Kansas City when I was very young. My Great-Grandfather used Clydesdales to farm with during World War II here in Iowa because you couldn't get gas or tires. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. I love seeing them at the State Fair! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  35. I have seen them several times. They are beautiful horses and very big.

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  36. When I was a child I was fascinated by those horses and their unusual look. Thank you for a chance at the contest. Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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