Wednesday, October 24, 2018

New SHINE in the Sunshine City! Also a #GIVEAWAY

Character:      Savannah Webb
Title:              Shattered at Sea
Series:           Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries
Author:          Cheryl Hollon
Website:         www.cherylhollon.com


Hi, Savannah here. There's been a lot of activity going on in downtown St. Petersburg - or to use the new acronym, DTSP. Because everything needs an acronym.  Anyway, DTSP is mural mad. They're everywhere! 

Since 2015, the St. Petersburg Art Alliance has been the Sponsor for the SHINE Mural Festival, an art exhibit all over the city. October is the month when the brand new  murals pop up throughout the city.  The event also features an exhibition of local artists whose work can be seen on the streets and a fashion installation with models posed in front of canvases covered in graffiti created by local street artists -- along with live music, DJs, drinks and a great time with great people.    

There are so many new murals this year but here is my favorite:  





The reason it is my favorite? The artist is still looking at tweaking it even though the paints are put away, the event is long over, and even the light is fading quickly. It is the artist's way, however, to always want to make perfect even better. Wisely, she's leaving it alone -- it is absolutely perfect.


If you want to know more, here's the website for the SHINE Festival: 

https://stpeteartsalliance.org/shine-mural-festival/



What kind of festivals are going on in your neck of the woods?


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There's a #GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment and your email address in the form of yourname(AT)server(DOT)com to avoid the SPAM bots. Do this by midnight on October 25 for the chance to win a signed copy of Shattered at Sea. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes.








Shattered at Sea released on August 28, 2018 and is already available on AmazonNookKobo, and in your favorite bookstores. It is published by Kensington Books If your budget is tight, please ask your library to order it for you.

About Shattered at Sea 

A Mediterranean cruise gives glass shop owner Savannah Webb a chance to demonstrate her expertise--and fire up her skills when it comes to foul play.

When Savannah signs on to perform glass blowing on a cruise ship, part of the appeal is that she'll get to meet her boyfriend Edward's family in England. As an added bonus, Edward's cousin, Ian, will be joining them on board. But when Ian disappears at the beginning of the cruise, the ship's authorities initially consider it suicide.

Savannah tries to balance her growing suspicions with work on her shows, but her relationship with the other glass artists begins to crack. And she can't let love color her judgment when Edward suddenly jumps to the top of the suspect list. His fate is in Savannah's hands, and she'll do everything she can -- on land and sea -- to clear his name.



About 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 writing with a passion for creating glass art. 

In the 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

35 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book. I would love to go on a cruise.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Husband and I love to cruise -- we went on one of the Celebrity ships that has the glass blowing. It was delightful research.

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  2. There are lots of church fall festivals going on here. On Halloween several area churches will host Trunk or Treats for the kiddos.
    Wendy
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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    1. Trunk or Treat events are very popular at the schools here. I'm going to the Murder on the Beach Bookstore event next week - costume in the works!

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  3. Oktoberfest just ended here last weekend. Right now there are a lot of churches, schools, and other places hosting fall festivals.

    Thanks so much for the chance. I haven't read any books from this series yet and would love to read one.

    jackielizn (at) Gmail (dot) com

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    1. There's also going to be a Zombie party tonight on the steps of the Fine Art Museum downtown. Husband and I are going to see the costumes. Should be fun!

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  4. Sounds wonderful! Vickihardman318 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  5. Can't wait for the opportunity to read "Shattered at Sea". It is on my TBR list.

    Funny you should mention festivals. I live in a small town of less than 3000 people, but we have one festival or other about every month during the tourist season - April through the end of October. This weekend is the BeanFest, one of the two larger ones we have drawing people from everywhere. There is a parade, vendors, a craft area, lots of huge cauldrons of beans cooked in the bean and cornbread contest, an outhouse race where each team builds their mobile outhouse for speed but must have all the "equipment" of an outhouse with the winner getting the golden toilet seat, and of course lots of music since we are the folk music capital of the world. In the evening there will be pickin' on the square or you can go out the folk center for a music concert. It's a lot of fun and we get to meet new friends and connect with some old friends. Come on and join the fun!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. That sounds like to much fun -- the outhouse race! Good Luck!

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  6. The Balloon Fiesta is held every October. Amazing sight and beautiful blue skies are memorable and special. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Love, love, love the balloon launches. Good Luck!

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  7. Sure would love to win - the books sound great. I hope to go to the balloon festival some day

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    1. I've been to the one held in August in Bristol, UK. Over 300 balloons launching each morning. Wow! Good Luck!

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  8. There are a lot of festivals in our area this time of year. Fall festivals, apple festivals, scarecrow festivals and of course Oktoberfest. Would really like to read "Shattered at Sea".
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. We just finished a seafood festival -- fantastic dishes! Good Luck!

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  9. This sounds so good--I'd love to read it!

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    1. forgot to leave my email--legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  10. Took a Carribean cruise and almost died. Think I will skip anothet.
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  11. I'm not too far from St. Pete, we were there in early September for some beach time. Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. I'd love to visit the SHINE Festival some day. I went to a local UFO festival earlier this year that was a lot of fun.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. The festival in St. Petersburg sounds wonderful. We have travelled to many cities that have interesting murals, including Belfast, Havana, Chemainus (BC Canada), and are planning to visit Barcelona next year. Last year on a river cruise in Europe we had a demonstration of glass blowing. While he did have some of his art glass on display, he told us about how he got started. He worked for a company that made technical glass at very high standards. Think test tubes and pipettes for chemistry. Was very interesting. Would love a chance to win a book.
    gnluciow (at) gmail (dot) com

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  15. A local CSA farm is having hay rides and pumpkin carving.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  16. There are hay rides and petting zoos at some of the apple orchards. Our zoo has a trail lined with lots and lots, as in thousands, of carved pumpkins that are lit up at night. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  17. Love this series & would like to win this one for me & then donate to my small town library. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. We had a little Octoberfest a couple of weeks back :-)
    Donah42 at aol dot com

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  19. Hi and thanks for the giveaway. There are so many fall festivals around here and church sales, food. My favorite thing to go to in the fall is a fainting goat festival. So many goats to see. A lot of food and vendors of every kind. One big old goat named old Abner loves to pose for pictures. The lady that owns him sometimes has a wig of dark hair for the old white goat, He is so funny, I get a new picture every year. Thanks for the giveaway. Georgia

    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. Your books are wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your contest. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. Sounds like a good read. Can’t wait to read it or take a cruise
    jwhaley4@aol.com

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  22. We recently had a Fall Festival in the town I live in. We also have Pumpkin Patch farms.

    Sounds like a great series. Love the covers.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  23. We have a fall festival this weekend. Food, games, food trucks galore. It should be fun! Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. Just went to a Pumpkin festival and an Apple Fair. Love this time of the year. Thanks for a chance to win.
    babemomara at att dot net

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  25. This sounds like a great series -- if it is centered around a Cruise, I am in! I hope I win!
    digicats {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

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  26. We love to go to our local town festivals in the summer. Not much happening now in the fall. anajs95 at gmail dot com

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