Sunday, June 24, 2018

Right in the Middle of the Festival and a #Giveaway!

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

Hi, Savannah here. St. Petersburg holds the largest Pride Festival in the state of Florida. Webb's Glass Shop is right in the middle of the festivities that occur on Central Avenue. This year the St. Pete Pride Festival will be held Sunday, June 24, 2018 beginning at 11am and ending at 5pm.

The Festival is expected to draw more than 50,000. It will be the largest community event of the season as festival goers come together to enjoy a day of live performances and entertainment, community booths, art and fantastic food in paradise.

Since we have a front row seat, we'll have tables on the sidewalk in front of the shop filled with glass art for sale from our students. Give a boost to your local artisans by purchasing their wares during the celebration. Stop by and see what you can learn to make in our on-going classes in stained glass, fused glass, glass painting and jewelry making. Amanda and I will be handing out class schedules all afternoon.

What's happening in your town?


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 June 25 for the chance to win a signed Advanced Review Copy (ARC) 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 releases on August 28, 2018 but is already available for pre-order on AmazonNookKobo, and in your favorite bookstores. It is published by Kensington Books You can also 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.

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 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


  1. I would love to go to a celebration like that and I would love to visit the g lass shop.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. I live in a small down (population less than 3000) in the Ozark Mountains. Our main claim to fame is that we are the Music Capital of the World. There is always something going on in town. There are music concerts at the Ozark Folk Center three nights a week. There is always free picking in the park downtown. Festivals are often and very well attended by folks from all over the world. Like most town, there is a big July 4th event planned with parade, games and a street dance. In August there is the fiddler’s contest and the Mountains, Music & Motorcycles Rally both of which bring in folks from every corner of this great nation. September brings us to the Grandpa Jones Banjo weekend during Labor Day weekend. Did you know he was from Mountain View? Only in the Ozarks could October bring you the Bean Festival and outhouse races followed in November with the semi-annual Bluegrass Festival. In between events you can enjoy the first Sunday gospel singing on the courthouse square, check out all our little unique stores, stop for some yummy food at one of our local eateries like The Rainbow CafĂ© where you can get fried pickle spears or fried grits as one of your side dishes or just sit and watch a great game of corn hole at The Music Store. If that’s not enough, go check out the Ozark Craft Village where there are 24 different artisans making things the old way from brooms to quilts or take a ride on Loco Ropes if you’re the adventurous type.

    Come visit us in Mountain View, AR where there’s always something to do, you will be treated like family and you’re bound to find something you enjoy doing.

    Thank you for this great opportunity to win an ARC of “Shattered at Sea”. I’d love the opportunity to read this book!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. I've been to Mountain View and it's a wonderful place. I was attending a dulcimer weekend at Modern Mountain Dulcimers. Beautiful area and friendly people.

  3. Nice and hot here at over 100 degrees. There's a lot going on in this small town.
    Tomorrow is Ace of Escape
    groups of two or more are locked in a keenly decorated room or series of rooms/Participants are challenged to use their knowledge, creativity, and problem-solving skills in a collaborative setting/Race against the clock to find all the clues, solve all the puzzles and unlock the final key to escape.

    Great series. Looking forward to this one. kckendler at gmail dot com

  4. I would love to win and this would be the perfect birthday happy!! I also love collecting ARCs and this would be my first of this series. (My b-day is the 25th!) dubecara(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. I love glass art! It would be fun to take some classes.
    Thank you for the chance to win this book!

  6. Oh love watching the glass blowers on the celebrity ships. I cannot wait to read this!!! And thanks for the opportunity to win!!
    idlivru1 at gmail dot com.

  7. This weekend our town has been invaded by hundreds of rodeo performers and rodeo fans. We have a pro rodeo that is in the top ten in terms of prize money on the Canadian circuit. For over 60 years our town has held this event. The entire organization is volunteer, and they spend many weeks painting, cleaning, upgrading, and general preparations. The entire community (about 6000 residents) gets involved, with pancake breakfasts and BBQ lunches put on by local businesses, (money raised going to charities or local non-profit groups), and a downtown street party with fun events for families, food, and specials at local businesses. The actual rodeo events cover Thursday to Sunday, but the entire week finds this community in "rodeo mode".
    Have really enjoyed the Savannah Webb series and would love a chance to read an advance copy.
    gnluciow (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. It is encouraging to see the younger people growing up with much fewer prejudices.
    People are just people to them, much more than some of us older ones.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  9. I love the cruise ship setting! This book sounds perfect for summer reading
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  10. This would be a new series to me. Thanks for the opportunity.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

  11. Our small town of Dahlonega, Ga, is filled with southern charm and mountain scenery. It's the location of the first gold rush and still has two active gold mines. There's always something going on at our wineries, meadery, and distillery. There's a jam every Saturday on the square. Bear on the Square in April is our favorite festival, filled with free music concerts and jams all over town. And, yes, there was a bear on the square that started it all. Our largest festival is Gold Rush in October - 250k people attend. Our Old Fashioned Christmas is our favorite time with the town dressed up in lights and decorated for Santa's visit; a month long celebration that takes us back to a simpler time.

  12. I really admire people who work with glass, they make such beautiful pieces. Would love to read "Shattered at Sea". Thanks for the chance.

  13. We had our Pride Parade last weekend here in Portland OR. Last night (Saturday June 23rd) we had the Naked Bike Ride. There's always something fun going on here. Thanks for the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. Farmers' markets are starting up - love the fresh produce and local crafts offered.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  15. i live about 15 min. away from a small Colorado mountain town of 500 people. I love it and it is always busy in the summer with tourists. We have several festivals and events going on all her long. faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  16. i am anxiously awaiting the release of this book. I would love an advanced copy.

  17. Lots of things going on in our area right now. "Days" celebrations in the surrounding cities. Carnivals, fireworks, parades, crafts, food, beverages, all through the summer & into fall, ending with Oktoberfest. I tried glass blowing...Lol, I made a "flower," that's what they called it. It was a lot of fun, but much harder than I anticipated. I gained a lot of respect for people that work with glass. It's definitely an art that requires a lot of strength and knowledge. This book sounds like the perfect summer read. Thank you for sharing it with us. konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. Minneapolis, MN, near where I live, celebrates big time. They had a huge parade today and they also have a fair for the LGBTQ community in one of the parks offering lots of different things. It makes me happy to see the involvement, support, and the acceptance by the community. Thanks for the chance. ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

  19. I can't wait to read this newest book in the series. Thanks for the fun giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  20. We have a pirate's Festival in the summer and a Celtic festival in the fall. cheers (at) marjimmanor (dot) com

  21. I enjoy the opening of the farmer's markets in our area. We also have a Medieval Faire beginning in July through August. There are several other festivals around the area so we are quite busy. Thanks for the hosting Cheryl Hollon's latest book and also for a chance to enter the giveaway.

  22. Thank you for this chance. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. there are various farmer's markets going on weekly. then there are the arts and crafts festivals being held at the local state parks.


  24. I live in Dunedin, Florida where they have something going on downtown every month. There are movies in the park, art festivals, and a big book event every spring. I cannot wait to read Shattered at Sea. I enjoy each book in the series. Unique series with the glass making. Thank you for a chance to win! Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

  25. New to me author and series..Thanks for this chance. nani_geplcs(@)yahoo(dot)com

  26. We have an Artsfest by the river that I love to attend. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  27. I love watching people work with glass. It must be an amazing thing to be able to create such beauty. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

  28. The book sounds great. Thank you for the giveaway.


  29. Thank you for the giveaway! I would love to read this one.
    teddi1961(AT) arcemont(dot) com

  30. We have a lot going on here in the Summer with Helen Keller Festival just ending. Thank you for the contest. Marilyn