Saturday, August 24, 2019

The new St. Petersburg Pier and a #BookGiveaway!

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

The new St. Petersburg Pier is finally beginning to take shape. The construction effort has finally moved above water and I must confess, it looks weird.  Here's what the old pier looked like:

I have so many wonderful memories of this pier, so I was sad when they tore it down. But, a thriving city needs to move forward, so the project was approved and has been slowly coming to life.

Here's a current image of the new pier still under construction. There's going to be plenty of parking so I can take my lovely weimeraner dog, Rooney, for an early morning run. I loved the unique flavor that the old pier gave the city skyline so I am hoping for something equally fantastic from the new one.

The city officials say the new pier will be open by the end of the year. I hope so. What do you think? Does your city finish projects on time?  


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 August 26 for the chance to win a signed 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 released on June 25, 2019 and is available 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


  1. I hope the new pier finishes on schedule!
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  2. My husband worked in city and state government for 45 years. I can tell you from experience that most if not all projects take longer than anticipated or stated. There are too many variables like weather and subcontractors to deal with. I know they put in extra days just for those reasons, but still seem to run much longer just the same. The winning bid contractors I think overprice just for that reason as well. They know that are going to be penalized for each day over the original contract and still need to make a profit thus for the cushion.

    Like you, I think the new pier doesn't measure up to the old one - at least wise yet. Looks like they are going to go modern looking. The old one had character and would be one you would remember by it's odd shape.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "Down in Flames". Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win a copy!
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  3. I live in a small town along the shore of Lake Erie in Ohio. Funding plays a big factor in projects as well as weather and who the contractor is that is hired. I'm sure this is the same all over. I love Cherul Hollon's books and my fingers are crossed. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. I would absolutely love to read this.

  5. St. Petersburg is such a beautiful place. I hope this adds to it. Nope, my city doesn't finish things on time. Funding comes and goes. Projects do go on and on. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I like the old pier look since it is charming and appealing for your city. My city has their priorities upside down unfortunately. Thanks for your lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. I hope that you enjoy the new pier and it reflects your beautiful surroundings. Funding is always an issue. Love your books. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. I'm sure the new pier will be worth wait. Such a beautiful setting. Looking forward to reading "Down In Flames". Thanks for the chance.

  9. Do you have a picture of what the new pier is supposed to look like when finished?

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  10. Fantastic! I live in my husband's hometown in Pensacola and visited Saint Pete when I was 12 (Summer of 1967). I really enjoy a cozy mystery set in Florida!

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  11. All city and state projects in my area have always taken longer than expected.

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  12. I hope the new pier gets finished on time. If it's anything like in my city projects always take longer than expected. Love this series. Thanks for the chance.
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  13. My town doesn't have many projects going on. Several years ago they revitalized down town! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. The Books sounds great...thank you for the contest.

  15. I enjoy this series. Port Charlotte is building the new Sunsetters Resort on the harbor by the Rt 41 bridge to Punta Gorda. I can't wait for it to be done. New shops and restaurants to check out. Thank you for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  16. I have read read two books in this series and they were both great.Thank you for this chance to win. 1cow0993(at)gmail(com)

  17. It's always nice when they complete something on time when they give a scheduled time. Thanks for the opportunity for the read, sounds good!

  18. Love this series. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  19. We've been waiting years for a shopping center to be built and they keep putting it off. They've been talking about it since I moved here in 2003. Maybe they will start by the time I move away.
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  20. They hardly ever finish projects around here on time. JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com