Welcome back, Cheryl Hollon! Cheryl writes the wonderful Webb’s Glass Shop mystery series from Kensington Publishing. Cheryl is giving away a copy of one of her books to someone who leaves a comment!
Here’s a bit about Shattered at Sea: A Mediterranean cruise gives glass shop owner Savannah Webb a chance to demonstrate her expertise—and fire up her skills when it comes to foul play . . .
When Savannah signs on to perform glassblowing on a ship, part of the appeal is that she’ll get a chance to reconnect with her boyfriend Edward’s family. An added bonus is that Edward’s cousin, Ian, will be joining them on board. But when Ian disappears at the beginning of the cruise, the ship’s authorities initially consider it suicide.
Savannah tries to balance her growing suspicions with work on her shows, but her relationship with the other glass artists begins to crack. And she can’t let love color her judgment when Edward suddenly jumps to the top of the suspect list. His fate is in Savannah’s hands, and she’ll do everything she can—on land and sea—to clear his name
Thank you, Wicked Cozy Author Sherry, for letting me guest post on your wonderful blog.
I’m shattered! Yes, I know that’s the title of my next release, but it applies to me right now. The inspiration for my books is a real-life glass shop run by owners Eloyne and Bradley Erickson. Because Central Avenue property in St. Petersburg has become so valuable, their landlord doubled their rent. So, they’re moving their business to a rental house in Pasadena — which is about five miles away.
As an established business with a dedicated following, their new location will not be a problem. They won’t have the walk-in traffic that their storefront building enjoyed. But they have reshaped their business model to focus on their loyal students who need little instruction but will benefit from personal tutoring and consultation.
The graphics capabilities will continue to provide services to established and new clientele without missing a beat. The main target for their stained-glass creations will be providing custom installations to construction contractors and architects. They will also continue to build on their renowned repair and restoration skills.
Sadly, for the community, they’re not going to teach beginner classes or offer retail inventory of stained glass materials and equipment. Quite a change.
Regardless of what happens in real life, the location of Webb’s Glass Shop that appears in my books will always be exactly where I want it – on Central Avenue right next to Queen’s Head Pub.
Readers: What unexpected change has you shattered?
Each book in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery Series highlights a particular skill within the broad category of glass art. Savannah Webb will teach and participate in each skill area exploring and expanding her knowledge of the craft, along with her assistant, Amanda Blake. As a subject matter expert consulting with the St. Petersburg Police Department, her close associations within the art community and the unusually keen observation skills of her apprentice, Jacob Underwood, combine to solve crimes. Edward Morris, boyfriend and the British owner of the pub next door, fills out the investigation posse with more than moral support accompanied by coffee and scones. The craft topics for the third book in the series are etching glass and slumping glass to make dishware.
My husband, George and I have a glass studio in a freestanding cottage behind our house and we enjoy making promotional gifts for my blog tours. For this book, I will be giving away all sorts of vases, pendants, and earrings.
You can read more about Savannah in Shattered at Sea, the fifth book in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries, published by Kensington Books. Available at your favorite book vendor. It releases on August 28, 2018.
Bio: 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 her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art.
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