Saturday, November 24, 2018

Happy Holidays and a #bookgiveaway!

Character:      Savannah Webb
Title:              Shattered at Sea
Series:           Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries
Author:          Cheryl Hollon

Hi, Savannah here. It's been so exciting to watch the downtown area turn its waterfront park space into a festive holiday celebration. Since the city's incorporation in 1903 - the waterfront parks have been the focus of holiday celebrations.

My favorite event from the time I was a kid is when Santa comes to town. The Mayor lights up the whole waterfront and it turns into a fairyland! Our annual Children's Santa Parade is on a new date and time this year. It's tonight, November 24th, at 5:30 pm. The parade begins at Albert Whitted Park and runs Bayshore Drive to 5th Avenue Northeast. The tree lighting will immediately follow the Santa Parade at 8 pm in North Straub Park. Here's a city brochure of the festivities. I hope you can visit.


If you want to know more, here's the link for the Parks and Recreation events: 

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


For the Season's Readings campaign, 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 November 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 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. Cheryl and her husband George live in downtown St. Petersburg visiting museums, walking the parks, and sampling the adult beverages.

Visit Cheryl and her books at her WebsiteFacebook or Twitter


  1. Sounds good! Up early for Small Business Saturday. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. Today is a small craft show, south of my town which has a Western theme. Next Thursday, there are holiday activities and a Christmas light parade and tree lighting. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  4. I do like this series. Thank you for giving away a book.
    My small city is putting up the outdoor decorations and lighting the tree this weekend. The stores, especially the big ones, have had their decorations up for a month!

  5. I am new to my home now and am looking for some things. I am going to a tree lighting next weekend.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  6. Your festivities sounds awesome. Wish I did live closer to be able to visit to see them. We live in a small town of less than 3,000 people and we are the county seat for the county. However, we do go out big for holidays. Our big events this year are next Saturday starting with a fair sized parade with Santa riding on the firetruck. There are lots of singing and events on the courthouse lawn followed by Santa arriving on the square to light up the town Christmas tree which is permanently planted on there. Then Santa takes lots of time to talk and take photos with all the kiddos. Needless to say, it's a big event in town. Hope that the weather cooperates not only for our big event but for everyone else's as well.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "Shattered at Sea". I'd be thrilled if I were fortunate enough to be selected to win a signed copy. Thank you for the chance! <3
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  7. Wow so many things to take part in. Thanks for sharing Cheryl Hollon's latest book.
    This is a great series. Also thanks for the giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  8. We have a beautiful River of Lights event each December in the evening which is loved by all. Also a parade in Old Town where shops stay open and are welcoming. Your event sounds wonderful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Thanks for your great books. Your area is certainly special and so much to enjoy. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  10. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. Cincinnati has a lot of festivities,. I am very blessed to live here.

  11. I have wanted to read this series, but my library just can't seem to get the books in. Thank you for a chance to read this. johnstonkaren(at)bellsouth(dot)com.

  12. Happiest of holidays!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  13. Yesterday was the tree lighting ceremony and concert in the park in our town. Last Saturday was a Disney parade in downtown Chicago and tree lighting.

  14. Our neighboring little town will have Old Fashioned Christmas this coming Monday. We're hoping to go if the weather cooperates. barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. Santa will be at my town's tree lighting celebration which is the first weekend in Dec.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  16. The tree lighting ceremony will be happening soon.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  17. We have a stroll along the avenue where many independent shops are located. We also have a breakfast with Santa sponsered by the local merchants. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  18. How wonderful to craft your art on a cruise ship and your gentleman friend gets to come along!?!? I bet investigating a disappearance wasn't on the itinerary.

    We live out in the boonies so our closest Christmas festivities are 20-30 miles away. They do a super job for a smallish couple of towns, though.

    Thanks for the book contest. How exciting!!! luann(DOT)braley(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  19. A bunch of the towns around me are having their light ups within the next week or so. Plus there are a bunch of other activities going on, holiday bazaars, the theaters in the area are putting on performances of The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol, as well as one of the local attractions having more than 800 Christmas light displays. It all sounds like some interesting events leading into the season. Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. Monday is our Tree Lighting Ceremony & start of our Festival Of Trees in our small town. Free hot dogs, cider & visits with Santa. I love this series & would love to win this book. Thanks for the great post & giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  21. Another new to me author! This one sounds really good. Thanks for the chance to win.

    marthalawson8 (at) (gmail) dot com

  22. I am a fan of this series and would love to win!! Thanks for offering the chance!! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. Our nearest town has a Christmas parade :-)
    Donah42 at aol dot com

  24. No festivities yet. There will be in December.


  25. Love this series - waiting to read Shattered at Sea!

  26. This book sounds great--I'd love to read it! We haven't had any Christmas festivities yet other than that the grandsons went to see Santa at the mall today.

  27. I'm looking forward to reading this and reading about glass blowing. Thank you for the chance to win! jeaniedannheim(at)ymail(dot)com

  28. WildLights winter program at The Living Desert zoo and gardens in Palm Desert near me.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  29. We are a small town--but we have lots of craft and bake sales during the holiday season.