Sunday, May 24, 2020

Moonshine Cocktail Recipe, a #Bookgiveaway plus #SWAG

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

Hello. I'm Miranda Trent, fledging owner of Paint & Shine, my brand new business specializing in cultural adventure tours set within the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. My clients paint a picture of a stunning mountain vista and then enjoy a traditional southern meal paired with moonshine. I've been back in Kentucky for a few months now and the business is doing much better than I expected. That's a nice surprise.

A main source of creativity for me is to experiment with various moonshine cocktails. This is a new favorite and I serve it along with Carr's Cracked Pepper Water Crackers topped with a generous portion of Wensleydale Cranberry Cheese.

     Cranberry & Sparkle

     1/2 tsp cranberry sauce (either homemade or store bought)
     2 oz sparkling water
     1 12 oz clear unflavored moonshine
     Unsweetened cranberry juice
     Fresh sprig of rosemary

     Place the cranberry sauce in the bottom of an 8 oz mason jar
     Add the sparkling water
     Fill the jar halfway up with ice
     Pour moonshine over ice
     Top up with cranberry juice and stir
     Garnish with sprig of rosemary

This is a refreshing and energizing cocktail. The cranberry juice is tart and gives me a boost

What's your energizing beverage?


There's a #GIVEAWAY plus #SWAG. You'll be entering for a chance at this package. It contains four paper coasters, a pad of sticky notes, a bookmark, and a signed advanced reader's edition of STILL KNIFE PAINTING (Paint & Shine Mystery Book #1). 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 25th for the chance to win everything picturedThis 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 pre-order at AmazonNookKoboIndiebound, and also in your favorite independent book store. It is published by Kensington Books If budget is tight, please ask your librarian to order it for you.

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 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, BookBub or Twitter


  1. That does sound delicious. I do enjoy a nice Seabreeze or perhaps a white Russian.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. I enjoy a rum and coke. Thanks for the chance.
    maceoindo (at)yahoo (dot)com

  3. I'm not much of an alcoholic beverage drinker. I do like a drink they call Skittle served at the Drury when we travel. However, I found I enjoy the virgin form of this drink just as well. It's made with a variety of fruit juices, sprite and grenadine cocktail syrup. In other words, it's a sweet and fruity drink.

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win a copy "Still Knife Painting" and swag! Shared everywhere and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.

    Please be safe, stay healthy and have a little adventure (whether in real life or within the pages of a great book) along the way.
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  4. I'm so looking forward to this new series. I abstain from alcohol but enjoy a nice sangria made with sparkling water rather than wine.

    Thanks for the opportunity.
    ryannaward (at) yahoo (dot) com

  5. Always looking for a new cozy mystery to dive into!
    lauratherose (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Thank you for the giveaway.


  7. Yum. I usually enjoy a frozen strawberry daiquiri or margarita this time of year. I'll have to try this one too. Still Knife Painting sounds very interesting, looking forward to the release.

  8. I enjoy sparkling water which is refreshing in the heat. Thanks for your giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. I like frozen lemonade.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  10. Sounds like a great new series. Cocktail sounds very refreshing, but I have never tried moonshine before.

  11. Sharon GuagliardoMay 24, 2020 at 1:34 PM

    I guess I don't really have an energizing drink. I mainly drink water. catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

  12. I like a Malibu bay breeze

  13. I like chai or ginger tea.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  14. Taylor R WilliamsMay 24, 2020 at 2:41 PM

    Well, for refreshing, love spearmint tea, but if I need a pick me up, it's got to have a lot of caffeine, and for relaxing in the evening, it would be a Mojito - thanks for the chance to own one of your books - trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com

  15. Looking forward to this series! lkleback (at) hotmail (dot) com

  16. Sounds good. Looking forward to the release. Thank you
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  17. Sounds so good and would love to read a print copy and review on a few sites. I am not a tea drinker nor a coffee drinker just water and cranberry juice. I do like to read books that have tea involved though even though not a fan. Thank you for the chance peggy clayton ptclayton2 at

  18. I like a Scotch Sour on the Rocks on occasion but daily drink iced tea

  19. Bacardi Gold and Diet Coke is my nighttime refreshment! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com

  20. I drink Diet Coke or flavored coffee when I need energy.

  21. Oh FUN! Looking forward to reading this! ilona(at)davisbunch(dot)net

  22. My energizing beverage is rhubarb cordial topped with white wine.
    littlelamblst (at) yahoo (dot) com

  23. Your drink concoction sounds good but I have no idea how or where to get moonshine, especially since I live in a large city. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  24. Haven't had real 'shine since my folks moved back from NC in the mid 80's. I love a good cocktail or two, and now that it's getting warmer I'm looking forward to enjoying mojitos, and watermelon margaritas! lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  25. The cocktail sounds delicious and refreshing. My go to drink is usually Iced Tea. Thank you for the giveaway. kittygirl15401 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  26. I don't usually go beyond a wine cooler. Thanks for the chance to win.