Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Book Birthday with three #Bookgiveaways!

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

Hello. I'm Miranda Trent from Pine Ridge. That's in Wolfe County which is in eastern Kentucky in the Daniel Boone National Forest. I'm about to open up a new kind of business here and I'm plenty nervous.

Let me back up a little, I was raised up in Dayton, Ohio, but as a child, I was so lucky to be able to spend my summers and long weekends at the family farmhouse. My grandparents are gone now and my Uncle Gene took over the homestead. He had a wonderful way of letting you teach yourself important life lessons.

I have always been interested in all forms of art, drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, you name it, I've dabbled in it. My talent got me a scholarship to the Savannah School of Art and Design (SCAD) and my grades there got me a job in a New York City art gallery. 

I tried my best to break into the big time there, but everyone kept saying, "No one is buying landscapes right now. Give me some work in the (insert hottest new trend here) and we'll exhibit you." So, I had the talent, but I remained true to my vision. I nearly starved to death.

Then came the sad news that my dear Uncle Gene passed away. That was immediately followed by a call from his lawyer notifying me that I had inherited the family farmhouse.  

I decided to start a cultural adventure business that touched on all my strong points. I lead a group of tourists on a woodland trail and as a group we create a painting of a sandstone formations. Then I take them to my farmhouse for a traditional southern meal paired with home brewed moonshine. The name of the business is Paint & Shine. I am so excited.

What major event has caused a big change in your life?


To celebrate this book's birthday on June 30th, there are three #GIVEAWAYS 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. 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. The winners 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.

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. Sounds like an interesting read! Thanks for the chance.
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  2. Sounds good and thanks for the chance
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  3. So looking forward to this new series. Thanks for the opportunity!
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  4. Being a homemaker, I considered my "job" was to help and care for my parents as much as I could - with hubby's help. I always said it was the most fulfilling job even if there wasn't any pay. After Dad went to his heavenly home, there was more to do. Then Mom had cancer surgery and the onsite of Alzheimer and came to live with us full time. Caring for Mom became a 24/7 thing, but no sacrifice was too much and was just repayment for the years of the loving care she had devoted to all of us. Mom eventually went to join Dad who I'm sure was there waiting with open arms.

    All at once, I had no "job". We looked around and there was nothing and no one keeping us where we were. Hubby and I had always dreamed of living in the Ozark Mountains, but I'd never been a great one for change. However, I was the one that said "Think we can do this?" After great thought and a lot of planning, we sold out, greatly downsized, got rid of a lot of "stuff" and moved to our dream destination 3 years ago. Best decision that we ever made.

    The major event in my life was the passing of my parents and end the "job" that I so loved doing. The BIG change was moving and leaving behind the place we called home.

    Thank you for the wonderful chance to win an ARC of "STILL KNIFE PAINTING" and swag! It's most definitely on my TBR list and I can't wait for the opportunity to read it. Shared and hoping to be one of the very fortunate ones selected.
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  5. What a wonderful series which I am anticipating. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Covid has had a huge impact on my life. Not in a good way at all. Very sad!! Thank you for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  7. A big chance was enduring a great deal of suffering due to several life threatening illnesses and conditions. Learning that in life we have to have the strength to understand adversity and then conquer the problems. Now I am feeling stronger than ever and hope that my health will continue to improve. Your new series sounds unique and captivating. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. Hmm. Hard choice. Being a nurse, deciding to go to Scotland to train to be a midwife. But the hardest was taking my husband off life support. Then I moved to Arizona. Thanks!

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  10. I was gifted with a friend's ARC of the book. I read it, loved it, and am now waiting with baited breath for the announcement of the 2nd book in the series. My younger son's in-laws are from Lexington KY. One day we'll drive down and spend some time in that

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  11. I think that covid-19 is the major event that has effect not just me but everyone in the world.
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  12. Thank you for the giveaway.

  13. Moving to Chicago was a major change in my life in good way. Congratulations on your new release, looking forward to starting a new series.

  14. Just knowing that because of my age and asthma, I’m supposed to be staying home and not let anyone in has made a great change in my life. cathmassey(at)aol(dot)com

  15. After college I moved across the country. A good, big change.
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  16. I would love to read the start of your new series! Thanks for the chance to win! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  17. My life changing event was the birth of my daughter. Such joy! lkleback (at) hotmail (dot) com

  18. I don't think I've experienced a big life-changing event yet. Definitely want to read this book though. Looking forward to it!

  19. Selling the family home.

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  20. I’d love to read this new book!

  21. The biggest life changing event for me was being diagnosed with breast cancer. That was 19 years ago. Cheers (at) marjimmanor (dot). Com

  22. Having children and now grandchildren were the major events of my life. They changed everything in my life for the better.

  23. I became a grandmother this year which is the best thing to ever happen!! Thanks for the chance.
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  24. This book sounds amazing! The event that caused the biggest change in my life (and my husband's) was when our son was stillborn at full term. We had planned happily to bring our son home from the hospital and we were totally oblivious to the fact that anything can happen, even when you think you are "out of the woods". That changed our outlook on life and 4 years later, we had a healthy baby girl. What we went through taught us to live every single day as if it is our last and to enjoy every second we have with our daughter. It also helped to make the decision easier for me to become a stay at home Mommy to her. bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

  25. There have been many major life changes in my life, most recently, the passing of my unmarried Aunt and having to deal with the estate. Plus right after her passing and funeral, the world went into the Covid 19 pandemic which has changed many of our lives. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  26. We're in the process of moving to Virginia Beach. We're so excited. This is the biggest change we've made, with the exception of getting Jax,but we're so happy to finally be moving to the place we love.

  27. At the age of 67, I've had a bunch of life changing events. My 4 children being born,the passing of my grandparents & my daddy. 14 grandchildren, 3 of these 14 graduating high school in this crazy pandemic. My mother having lung cancer..and honestly much more than just these few tidbits! Stay safe & healthy everyone! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  28. This sounds like a wonderful book! This year's life-changing event was discovering all over again that my true friends are my true family. teabird17 *at* yahoo (dot) com. Thank you!

  29. Sounds very good, thank you for the chance to win this contest

  30. Thanks for the giveaway. Can't wait to read this new series. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  31. Thanks for the chance to win.
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  32. Major event that changed my life? I decided to take time after college to travel via an exchange program. Met my husband and did not return home for over a decade.
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