Monday, June 24, 2019

A Bit of Pressure and a #Giveaway!

Character:      Savannah Webb
Title:              Down in Flames
Series:           Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries
Author:          Cheryl Hollon

Hi there. My name is Savannah Webb. I own the stained glass shop on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida. It's located in the Grand Central District right next door to the Queen's Head Pub, a local favorite. It also happens to be owned by my fiance, Edward Morris.

He's pressuring me to set a date for the wedding. I'm finding that difficult. I shouldn't be having any trouble. I love him to bits and pieces. I have no close relations to object and I adore his family. Oh, even better, he's British, so there's that delicious accent as well as heavenly good looks.

I've known him for about seven or eight months now and we've been living together in my late father's Craftsman cottage. There have been some adjustments, of course, but we've been unbelievably happy.

However, there's one subject I haven't talked about with him. Oh, it's not about having children, we both agree on at least two maybe even three. Nope it's about changing my name. Yes, I know it's not a difficult question, but as yet I don't fully know how Edward will react to my preference to keep my maiden name.

My justification is pretty straightforward and simple. I own Webb's Glass Shop and I would like to honor the memory of my parents by keeping their name.

There are alternative solutions, of course. I could agree to hyphenation, but that gets complicated. You know, on application forms, passports, utility bills, and especially children's names. Although his parents are very traditional, I think they would be gracious no matter what we decide.

How and when should I ask him?


There's a #BOOKGIVEAWAY! Leave a comment and your email address in the form of yourname(AT)server(DOT)com to foil the SPAM bots. Do this by midnight on May 26 for the chance to win a signed Advanced Review Copy of Down in Flames. This giveaway is limited to U.S. and Canadian residents. Winner will be notified within 48 hours.

Down in Flames will release on June 25, 2019 and is available for you to order at AmazonNookKobo, and in your favorite bookstores. It is published by Kensington Books If your budget is tight, please ask your library to order it.

About Down in Flames:

A fatal hit-and-run in front of Savannah Webb's glass shop proves to be no accident. . .

A highlight of Savannah's new glass bead workshop is a technique called flame-working, which requires the careful wielding of acetylene torches. Understandably, safety is a top priority. But as Savannah is ensuring her students' safety inside, a hit-and-run driver strikes down a pedestrian outside her shop.

The victim is Nicole Borawski, the bartender/manager at the Queen's Head Pub, owned by Savannah's boyfriend Edward. It quickly becomes clear that this was no random act of vehicular manslaughter. Now the glass shop owner is all fired up to get a bead on the driver--before someone else meets a dead end . . . 

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 WebsiteFacebookInstagram or Twitter


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  2. I do enjoy this series. Thanks
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  3. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love a copy of this!

  4. I have really enjoyed this series and am always fascinated by the glass making descriptions. I know that DOWN IN FLAMES will be a wonderful read. Thanks so much for the giveaway! bobandcelia(at)sbcglobal(dot)net ~

  5. Great series! Looking forward to reading "Down in Flames". Thanks for the chance.

  6. Taylor R. WilliamsJune 24, 2019 at 11:40 AM

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  7. Good question. When I got married 50 years ago the wife always took the husband's name, and in my case I got great alliteration - SS - so I was good with it. Wonder what I would do today, though? Sometimes I tell hubby I would make him take my name! And if you keep your name and he keeps his, what name(s) would the children have? Thanks for the giveaway. Love the series and the location.

  8. I married 46+ years ago and did not change my name.
    There was some confusion when we began filing our joint taxes. After 5 years of the government sending an inquiry each year, I filled out the form and sent it back with a notation:"This is the 5th time you have requested this information. Kindly file it so you can find it next year."
    That was the last time I got the questionnaire.
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  9. Some women change their name, some don’t I hope this is the biggest dilemma you two have to face. Cheers (at) marjimmanor (dot) com

  10. I had an English friend who kept her name with no problem from her husband. I don't see the problem and suspect he won't either when you explain why. Good luck and thanks for the chance!!
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  14. Its not uncommon for a woman today to keep her last name. I would talk to him BEFORE you set a date and see how he feels about it, This shouldn't be a deal breaker so relax and enjoy your true love. Vicki nvictoria77(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Thank you for the giveaway.


  19. I took my husband's name. I wanted to have the same name as my children. I have a friend who kept her maiden name, but now her children have a different last name. It keeps it simple in the long run. But it is up to the individual.

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  20. You could keep your name for informal reasons and change it for legal reasons (drivers licenses, contracts, etc). anajs95 at gmail dot com

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  22. this sounds like a book that cant be put down. i would love to read it. on my list now.
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  23. Thanks so much for the chance to win your book. I do have some of the other books in your series but haven’t had the chance to read them yet. This one sounds good!
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