Friday, January 24, 2020

It's a New Year with a #Bookgiveaway

Character:      Miranda Trent
Title:              Still Knife Painting (Book #1)
Series:           Paint & Shine Mysteries
Author:          Cheryl Hollon

It's a brand new year and I'm Miranda Trent, new owner of Paint & Shine. I've started a newfangled type of cultural touring business set in Eastern Kentucky. It's only been up and running for about a month. 

That's exactly how long ago I inherited my uncle's farmhouse. I love this place. It was the childhood home of my mother and her three brothers. The main house comes along with forty acres, some outbuildings, a spring-fed well, and a weathered tobacco barn. 

This is a view of the back of the farmhouse and the woodshed. It's still called the woodshed even though that's where we store all the coal. Everything is in good working order but in dire need of updating. I can't afford any remodeling right now, but if my Paint & Shine business takes off, I'll be able to make some improvements.

How would you feel about owning your mother's childhood home?


There's a Paint & Shine series inspired #GIVEAWAY! You'll be entering for a chance at this package. It contains a Kensington swag bag along with four paper coasters, two pads of sticky notes, a signed copy of DOWN IN FLAMES (Webb's Glass Shop Book #6), as well as two paint palette lollipops. Good Luck!

Leave a comment and your email address in the form of  yourname (at) yourserver (dot) com to foil the SPAM bots. Do this by midnight on November 26 for the chance to win all pictured plus a signed copy of Down in Flames. This giveaway is limited to U.S. and Canadian residents. Just a reminder, comments received after midnight on the 24th will go into a moderator's queue and will be approved the next day. I'll approve them before I make a random selection. Winner will be notified within 48 hours.

Still Knife Paining releases on June 30, 2020 and is available for pre-order at AmazonNookKoboIndiebound, and also in your favorite independent bookstores. It is published by Kensington Books If your budget is tight, please ask your library to order it for you and other readers.

About  Still Knife Painting:

Miranda Trent has set up a sweet life in a scenic corner of Appalachia--until she stumbles across the trail of a killer . . .

After inheriting her uncle's Red River Gorge homestead in Eastern Kentucky--smack dab in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest--Miranda comes up with a perfect business plan for summer tourists, pairing outdoor painting classes with sips of local moonshine, followed by a mouthwatering sampler of the best in southern cooking.

To Miranda's delight, Paint & Shine is a total success--until someone kills the cook. As the town's outsider, suspicion naturally falls on Miranda. Murdering the best biscuit baker of Red River Gorge is a high crime in these parts. Miranda will have to prove her innocence before she's moved from farmhouse to jail cell faster than she can say "white lighting" . . .

Naturally, my Webb's Glass Shop Mysteries are still available with more to come!

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. At one time I would have said that I would love to live in my Mom's childhood home - my grandparent's farm. However, the house is long gone. After being able to move to our dream destination, the Ozark Mountains, a couple years back, I now can't see us ever moving to live on flat farmland.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "Still Knife Painting" and read more about the adventures of Miranda. I'm old enough to remember the real thoughts about a woodshed. You sure didn't want to be taken behind one. :)

    Thank you for the chance to win such a fabulous giveaway!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. I would love to inherit my mother's childhood home. It is in Manchester, England. I live in NC and it would be wonderful to see where she grew up. I have seen pictures, but we have never been to England to visit. I can't wait to read "Still Knife Painting". I love cozy mysteries with entrepreneurs! Thank you.


  3. I actually did live on the farm where my mom grew up, in a house next to her's/my grandparents'. We lived there till I was 14. The houses are not in good shape now, but the land in beautiful and I've often thought it would be nice to build a new house there. We still own the land so maybe someday it will happen.
    I put this book on my list to watch for. Sounds like a great new series. I can't wait to get hooked!

  4. My mother never had a childhood home as she was a depression era child and was raised by a widowed mother who had nothing. Thanks for your wonderful feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Since we left my home and roots years ago there is no childhood home to inherit but I have always dreamed about a special place that I could create for my children and grandchildren to enjoy for years. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. My mom moved a lot as a kid, so she doesn't really have what I'd call a childhood home. I wouldn't mind owning the house my grandparents lived in when I was a kid. Lots of fond memories there.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  7. Congrats on a new series! I love the title of Miranda's business. As for living in my mother's childhood home, no thanks. She grew up in a "flat" in Chicago, kind of an apartment. They moved when she was a teenager to the country, which was much better.

  8. My mother's childhood home is no longer stands and was a very simple wood house. I wouldn't want to live there. Her last house in Florida would be much better!
    lkleback (at) hotmail (dot) com.

  9. I would love to inherit one of my mum's childhood houses. I'm not sure if any of the various places are standing, but if they are and I could choose, I would select the farm.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win. This is an awesome, generous giveaway! 👍ðŸĪžðŸ™‚❤ Good Luck to everyone!

    1. ðŸĪŠ Forgot my email address...jenandalana@gmail(dot)com

  10. My mother's childhood home is longer there, was torn down and replaced by a parking lot for a catholic academy now. If it was still there yes would love it, it was built by my grandfather who is no longer with us! My mom has 10 siblings so this was a pretty big house back in the day! Congrats on your release, sounds good!

  11. This sounds like a great new series. I am adding it to my TBR list. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

  12. My mother's childhood home no longer exists.
    Looking forward to the new series.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  13. My mother's childhood home is no longer standing. I have however wished I could have my childhood home. It's an old Victorian.


  14. My mom did not really have a childhood home. The town they lived in basically burned down! I am a fan of your Glass Shop Mystery books! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. My mom never lived in a house. Her parents were living in an apartment when she lived at home. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  16. My mother actually inherited her childhood home in Columbus, Ohio. The neighborhood has changed over the years and it is not what it once was. There is one home that I would have loved to have. It belonged to one of my aunt's when she lived in Upper Sandusky. A beautiful Victorian with sweeping staircase with window seat on the landing, a fun backstairs, a large kitchen and beautiful wood floors. I am looking forward to reading Still Knife Painting. Have a great weekend and enjoy the cool weather in Florida. Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com.

  17. I enjoy the glass shop series. My mom's childhood house is gone. I lived across the road from it growing up. Can't wait to read your new book! Thank you for the chance

  18. My Mother's childhood home is no longer standing just as my childhood home is no longer standing. The homes were on adjacent farms, the farms sold and the buildings burned down on both places. Very sad. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  19. My mom dad sister and I moved into my grandma's old house
    sbmooney (at) yahoo (dot) com

  20. Looking forward to the new release! I still live somewhat near my mom's childhood home. I have driven past it and have been happy to see the neighborhood has kept its' charm.

  21. My mother's childhood home no longer exists. It was knocked down for renovations in that neighborhood. If it was still standing I think it (atwould be interesting to see how the family lived. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  22. I would love to own my mom's childhood home. I would have to move to Finland because that's were she was born as was I.


  23. I would definitely move into my mom's childhood home if the circumstance arose. It is a beautiful brick house with a wonderful glassed in porch and 2 built in cedar closets. It is located on a quiet brick street in a small town on the Ohio River, not far from Pittsburgh. The new series has a fun sounding set up and I would be thrilled to win a copy.

  24. I doubt if my Mother's house is still there. There has been a lot of urban renewal in that area.

  25. Looks like another great read. I almost did get my Mom's old home. An accident has rendered it extremely difficult to do stairs. Used to love running up & down them. So the folks opted to have the house & everything else, sold & divided equally between us all. We have occasionally driven by. The new family re-roofed & painted the place. They were colors I would have never thought of choosing. But they work well with the surroundings plants Mom had put in and actually looks better. deepotter at centurylink dot net

  26. I loved my mother's childhood home, such wonderful memories there with my grandparents!.. When I was 12 they sold it and moved.One of my favorite things there was the huge fig tree, man, those fig were delish! I've driven by there from time to time over the years. I need to take mother by there again. Thanks for the chance and Congrats on the new book! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  27. I would have loved it! I was the trustee of my grandparent's estate and it was like torture to have to sell their house...I wanted to keep it, but could not afford to do so and my mom, aunt and uncle were in a hurry to get their money from the sale of the property. The guy that I sold it to swore it was where he wanted to have his family live and told me stories about what he was going to do with it, but in the end he was a conning house-flipper. He gutted it and hired the cheapest laborers and used the cheapest supplies. I was saddened to learn that the new occupant had to immediately put thousand into it to fix things he had covered. It was a very old house, old wiring, old plumbing...etc. He had told me he was going to update everything and make it a home. Pft. Now it breaks my heart when I drive by, I try not to, but sometimes it pulls me closer. I definitely want to read Still Knife Painting. Thank you for sharing! I wonder if you meant November to be the deadline? I just had a flash of the year going by and it's Christmas again. LOL! konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

  28. I'm not sure if my mom's childhood home still exists. It would be well over 100 years old and questionable if it has running water and inside plumbing. I can't remember discussing that. I know my dad's didn't. It might be cool to have it, though. It would be in a little town in Minnesota. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  29. I think her home was renovated a lot. She drove out there to look at it. That was five or ten years ago. It's out in the country. I prefer the city because I take the bus.

  30. love this series, this book has a fun cover, than you for the giveaway queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com