Monday, February 24, 2020

Southern Roots and a #Giveaway package




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





Hello. I'm Miranda Trent, owner of Paint & Shine. My brand new business specializes in adventure tours set the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. My clients paint a picture and then sample a traditional southern meal paired with moonshine. I've been back in Kentucky for a few months now and the business is kicking off pretty soon, now.

Do you speak two languages? I do. One for my friends up in New York City where I nearly starved to death as an artist, and one language here at the family farmhouse in Wolfe County, Kentucky.






It is not as weird as you think. You see, my mom and dad were both born in Kentucky, but they moved up to Dayton, Ohio, right after I was born. So, I grew up with a plain Midwestern speech pattern. Pretty much broadcast radio with a flat accent and cheerful tone.

But my summers were spent in my mother's childhood farmhouse with my grandparents at first, then when they passed, with my mother's brother, my Uncle Gene. I loved those summers in the fresh, wild, pastoral, lazy, time of no time Kentucky highlands. When I was there, I learned a slow, drawl that used entirely different words.

I didn't see the issue until I went to New York and heard a million different versions of American English. I chose to stick to my Midwestern ways, but I revert to a drawl as soon as I step foot in the farmhouse.

Do you or do you know someone who speaks with more than one accent?


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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 the 26th 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. I'll approve them before I make a random selection. Winner will be notified within 48 hours.




Still Knife Painting will release on June 30, 2020. It is available for your pre-order at AmazonNookKoboIndiebound, and also in your favorite independent book store. It is published by Kensington Books If your budget is tight, please ask your library to order.



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 at her WebsiteFacebookInstagram or Twitter

39 comments:

  1. I know people whose accent changes based on where they are. It is interesting.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. I have been known to pick up a Southern accent when back in Kentucky. (A throwback to my time at the University of Kentucky). Katherinestamps at msn dot com.

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  3. I remember people laughing at the way I talked when I visited friends in Pennsylvania. Living in Ohio you wouldn't think it would be any different but simple words like root sounded strange to them. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. Now and then I use an accent in our murder mysteries -- usually the one my great-grandmother spoke with. cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  5. When I speak most people realize that I am from somewhere else since I am. North of the 49th parallel and it is a natural accent which I think is not evident at all. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. My southern accent gets stronger when I get stressed. Otherwise it's just a very slight southern accent. I live on the west coast & most people can't tell I was raised in the south.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  7. I can use an accent if necessary in certain situations since I know several languages which comes in handy. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. What a fun post. I've lived in California for years but especially when with family and sometimes just for certain words find myself slipping into that Midwestern "Chicaaaago" accent. The Midwest always seemed the perfect non-accent place but I guess not. Looking forwarding to the new series and thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Where I live not many accents There are certain times of the year we get people from all over the world sometimes, so it can be interesting. MarcieConnon(dot)com

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  10. I grew up in Michigan and moved to Chicago after I got married. When I go back to Michigan, I've been told that I have a Chicago accent. I think I sound like every other Midwesterner, but I guess we must talk a little differently in Chicago. Looking forward to the new series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I live in Iowa but since we're right next to the Minnesota border we pick up a bit of a Minnesota accent with certain words. Ya, ya betcha!
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. I'm from the South and have a slight southern accent. I can't really hear it because others' southern accents are stronger, but my non southern friends can hear it. JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance! (Fingers crossed)
    jlwinc(dot)org(at)live(dot)ca

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  14. I tend to pick up accents when I travel. Thanks for the chance to win! lkleback (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  15. I used to do that. Moved from Texas to the Medwest as a kid, so two very different accents at play! Looking forward to the new book! Thanks for the chance to win! Jholden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I’m from Oklahoma and it’s well known for having several dialects around the state. One sister moved from Tulsa to Fort Worth for a few years (5, maybe) and her accent changed. Then as soon as she moved to Alabama her accent changed again. Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  17. Yes, I have cousins and aunts that have 2 or more accents! It’s cool to hear when they switch in conversation. My email booksnpugs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Native Oregonians have a slight drawl, but I tend to pick up accents when I travel.

    kaye,killgore(at)comcast(d0t)net

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  19. I grew up in Pennsylvania and I definitely notice when I go south the accents but none near me. Thanks for the chance. maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. I have lived in several different states, but my French Canadian accent has stuck, even though I have never spoken French. I know I am going to enjoy this new book. queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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  21. I grew up in the Midwest but have lived on both coasts so I have a mixed accent. Thanks for the giveaway. Can't wait to read the new series. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. I've been known to pick up accents when I travel. But it's been a while since that has happened. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  23. I actually don't know anyone with an accent. I live in CA! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I tend to pick up what I listen to the most. These days that’s an East Texas twang. I look 👀 forward to reading your books! beturner0418@gmail.com♥️✡️🐑✝️♥️

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  25. I live in the Midwest so we don't have accents but my cousin, who grew up in Omaha, Ne has lived in the South (Louisiana and Mississippi) for the last 56 yrs now has a distinct "southern accent". dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  26. I think it’s possible to pick up the local accent if you live somewhere any length of time. Tari H barbie17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  27. I love new series! So exciting to hear of another great one on the way. I live in Ohio (close to West Virginia) and people always tell me I have an accent...kind of southern, but with my O sounds a bit different. brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  28. Think I'm guilty as charged in speaking two languages - both English of one sort or other. Born and raised in Arkansas, naturally there is the southern accent. Then when I was young as an Army brat we moved to California and spent 9 years there. I was poked fun of because of my southern speech. Then when Dad retired and we moved back to Arkansas, I had the west coast accent and they said I talked funny. Been in Arkansas so many years that my primary accent is most definitely southern, but from time to time the west coast accent slips out just as natural as a second language. Just goes to prove that you can take a girl out of the south, but you can't take the south completely out of the girl - or a bit of the ocean spray.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  29. Very nice giveaway.
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  30. I know multiple people, myself included, who seem to take on a southern accent when visiting down south long enough. It just sort of happens without even thinking about it. longbarb11 (at) aol (dot) com

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  31. My mum does British accent but now also Canadian accent.

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  32. AWESOME giveaway :) I can speak 2 languages (French & English), people wonder am I from Europe or the south, because I have a tendency to sound like I'm not PA Dutch due to a stuttering problem that was treated with speech therapy & a diction/elecution teacher (Miss Shelly, direct descendant of the poet Shelly). The stutter eventually went away but the accent stayed .

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  33. I live in Northwest Indiana & we have the Region accent. When I lived in Charleston, SC, it didn't take long for me to lose that region dialect & pick up a very Southern accent with some gullah words. To this day, if I speak with someone that has a Southern accent, I kind of segue into it 🤷‍♀️
    Cheers-
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. Thanks for the opportunity, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

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  35. No, I don't or should I say they always sound the same to me.
    Theresa Norris
    weceno at yahoo dot com

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  36. I am from Buffalo NY but lived in NC for over 20 years and return at least twice a year. Southern drawl returns..

    salvatoresmom71(at)Yahoo(dot)com

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  37. Nice bundle. Terrific cover. Thanks for the chance. positive DOT ideas DOT 4you AT gmail DOT com

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  38. Thank you for the opportunity
    lindalou64 (@) live (dot)com

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  39. From the Midwest and I sound the same. We have been relocated 7 times across the country :-(
    It does change EVER so much state by state..
    They notice and study you.. "Where you from?"
    New York... Talk very fast, New Jersey fast with a vowel twist-like you have gum in your cheek.
    Put us up North and still a change. Then the South..WOW..I still sound the same

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