Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The BOUCHERCON Mystery Conference and 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. My hometown, St. Petersburg will be hosting Bouchercon 2018 from September 6-9. This world-famous mystery convention is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization which holds an annual convention in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author. It is the premier annual event for readers, authors, and all lovers of crime fiction.

Most of the action will be at the gorgeous Vinoy Renaissance Resort.  The conference organizers are expecting around 1600 attendees who will be experiencing the charm of our city eateries, museums, art galleries, boutiques, bars, and breweries. 

Out of town friends of mine are attending and they enjoy a good value when it comes to Happy Hour in the Sunshine City. Here's a list of those that are close to The Vinoy. 

400 Beach Seafood & Tap House
(727) 896-2400
400 Beach Dr. NE
Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm
Half off on all Draft Beers, House Wines & Well Drinks

The Birchwood
(727) 896-1080
340 Beach Drive NE
Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm (Canopy)
$3 House Wind & Single Well Drinks, Domestic Draft Bottles, BudLite and Yuengling draft

Cassis St. Pete
(727) 827-2927
170 Beach Drive
Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm
$2.50 Red & White House Wine, BudLite bottles & Well Liquors, $5 Draft Beer

Hops & Props
(727) 803-6806
335 2nd Ave NE
Tue-Fri 12-5pm $1 off all Craft Beer, 5-7pm $2 off all Craft Beer

Parkshore Grill
(727) 896-9463
300 Beach Drive. NE
Mon-Thu 3pm-6pm, $2 off all mixed drinks and $1 off beers

Thirsty First Lounge
(727) 317-333
119 First Ave N
Mon-Fri 11am-7pm and Friday 10pm-1am
$3 select drafts, $3 Wells, $5 calls, happy hour food menu for $5.


Do you enjoy Happy Hour?


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 July 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. Seems like glass blowing on a cruise ship would be difficult! I tried once on land and found a new respect for glass blowers. I can't wait to read this book! Thank you for the opportunity to be entered into this contest. konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. There's a mystery conference I would love to attend! Bet everyone will appreciate a local's suggestions. I live near a lake, and it is fun to take people to happy hour there to watch the boats and how the light changes. Can't wait for the new book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. I think a cruise and a mystery conference would be fun! I'm not a drinker, so I probably would skip happy hour. mcastor07 (at) gmail (dot) com.

  4. I would love to attend this mystery conference! I loved watching glass blowing at a store I would go to many years ago. It is amazing how a lump of hot goo turns into such beautiful and delicate things. Thank you for the book giveaway.

  5. Bouchercon 2018 sounds fun! Thanks for the chance to win Shattered at Sea.
    sonniperry [at] gmail [dot] com

    Entries close at midnight on June 25?

  6. Shattered at Sea is one I haven't read yet and I'd love to go to Boucheron cccnardi [at] gmail [dot] com

  7. I'm going to be attending Bouchercon 2018 this year. We live about an hour or so from there and will be staying in an RV park so we don't have to keep going back and forth. I hope the hubster brings his wallet. LOL He is building me a bookcase now to match our bedroom set. One time we were visiting Vermont and we went into this glass shop and they also did glass blowing, it is very fascination but I can't imagin it on a cruise ship and yet I've been cruising quite a few times. Thank you so much for this chance to win "Shattered at Sea" pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  8. I do enjoy happy hour. I have seen glass blowing on a cruise ship before. Fascinating. I like the bar choices.

    debby236 at gmail dot com

  9. I would love to go to this year's Boucheron and it would be really fun to visit the places you recommend for Happy Hour. I love the Webb's Glass Shop series and can't wait to read Shattered at Sea. bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

  10. I am loving seeing all these new series. The conference sounds like it would be great!

  11. Thanks for the restaurant list. Looking forward to your new release. I'll add it to my collection and get your autograph at Bouchercon. lizboeger@verizon.net

  12. I am an author from New Port Richey and will be attending Bouchercon. I am excited at the prospect of meeting Cheryl Hollon at the conference. I haven't had the pleasure of reading her books, but plan on it! CocoIhle@gmail.com

  13. Went to one Bouchercon, 2014. What fun! Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Sounds like )ts of fun.
    Clgade at att dot net

  15. Its been a long time since I've been at an official "Happy Hour" but some times enjoy a glass of wine, after supper, in my home. What fun it would be to join some fellow mystery readers at one of the locales listed in your interview. dbahn(@)iw(dot)net

  16. Blown glass is such a lovely art form. The colors are usually spectacular.
    browninggloria(at) hotmail(dot)com

  17. Would enjoy catching up with this series! Thank you for the chance to win! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  18. I love a good happy hour!! What fun this post is about!! Thanks for a chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

  19. I do enjoy happy hour at times. Love your books. Thanks for the chance. kckendler at gmail dot com

  20. I have never been one to go to the bars as I don't really drink. So I have never been to a happy hour. deniseaustin59(at)yahoo(dot)com

  21. I don’t go to bars! Thanks for the chance to win!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  22. I'd love to go to Bouchercon one year. I don't drink very often, so tend to not go to happy hours. turtle6422(at)gmail.com

  23. I'm wondering just how one would do glass blowing on a ship. i guess I'll have to read the book to find out.

  24. My idea of a "happy hour" is spending some quiet time reading one of my cozy mysteries without being interrupted! I'd love to read this ARC Cheryl. Thanks so the chance to win. sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

  25. Great series! Would love to read "Shattered at Sea", will be interesting to see how glass blowing is done on a ship.

  26. I enjoy meeting friends for Happy Hour.
    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  27. I never was into Happy Hour. Even when I liked people, lol. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

  28. I love meeting friends for Happy Hour, but it's been a while. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  29. I love books about cruises -- I really hope I win! Sounds like a good book.
    digicats {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

  30. Love happy hour. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  31. I would love to attend this conference & read this newest book. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  32. I own a winery, so every day is happy hour! cheers (at) marjimmanor (dot) com

  33. What a great name! lol I love our "happy hour" at home. No worries of drinking and driving! I would love to win this newest book as you are a newer-to-me author. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  34. It is my hearts desire to someday attend one of these conferences. Although I'm not a writer but am a reviewer, I would love to meet the authors. Thanks for featuring Cheryl and her latest book on your blog. Her books are wonderful. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  35. I haven't been to happy hour in many years.


  36. Don't do happy hour very often, but enjoy it when I do. Would love to win! nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

  37. I don't drink. I'll take a coffee.

  38. I just found your books today on audible . I can't wait to listen to them. I love stained glass and glass art. Thank you for the opportunity.

  39. I have always been fascinated by glass blowing. I'd never imagine it on a cruise ship. Sounds interesting.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com