Cracked To DeathHi there, I’m Savannah Webb, owner of Webb’s Glass Shop on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida. I’m so exited about our new class that begins at the start of summer – typically a very slow season here in the Grand Central District. It’s slow because most of our students return up north until the snow begins to fly. The new twist for this class is that my good friend and intrepid store manager, Amanda Blake, will be trying her hand at teaching. I know she’s capable, but the first time is always a nerve-wracking experience. She’ll be fine – absolutely fine.

The class roster filled up quickly and it appears that we will enjoy the lively company of the Rosenberg twins, Rachel and Faith. They are a fixture for Webb’s Glass Shop classes. I can’t remember exactly when they started to attend classes, but it’s been a long, long time. They must be nearing eighty-years-old by now. You certainly can’t tell – they are sharp as tacks and have been staunch supporters of the small businesses in our local community.

The exciting news in the media is that some real evidence has been found confirming that a treasure site has been uncovered in the Intercoastal Waterway near the beach community of Treasure Island. That would be an exciting find. It could confirm the myth that Gaspar the Pirate had indeed used the inland waterways for burying his plunder taken from ships making their way through the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. I’ve heard that both coins and bottles have been found.

I must go now and help Amanda get ready for the new class. We need to create a teaching plan for each day of the workshop and put that information in a notebook. We also need to gather some examples of the projects that will be created and make sure that all the materials are copied and compiled into handouts ready for the students. A lot to do, but we hope the students will enjoy taking bottles that would end up in the trash and creating beautiful cheese trays, garden decorations and hand crafted gifts.

You need to sign up for a class, too. Check your local business listings or search the Internet for a glass shop near you.


Cracked to Death is the third book in the Webb’s Glass Shop mystery series, published by Kensington, June 28, 2016.

When a treasure hunt leads to deadly plunder, it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb and her trusty investigative posse to map out the true motives of a killer . . .

It’s the dog days of summer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Webb’s Glass Shop proprietor Savannah Webb has an eco-friendly plan to help locals escape the heat–a recyclable bottle-crafting workshop taught by reticent store manager Amanda Blake. Turns out, the class is a bigger smash than expected, thanks in part to a pair of staggeringly old bottles brought in by snorkeler Martin Lane . . .

Linked to a storied pirate shipwreck, the relics definitely pique Savannah’s interest. But intrigue turns to shock when Martin’s lifeless body washes ashore the next morning, another glass artifact tucked in his dive bag. With cell phone records connecting Amanda to the drowning, Savannah must voyage through uncharted territory to exonerate her colleague and capture the twisted criminal behind Martin’s death . . .

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About the author
CherylHollonCheryl 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. In the small glass studio behind the house, Cheryl and her husband George design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks.

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IPA Stone cheese trayGiveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Cracked to Death along with a recycled beer bottle turned into a cheese tray created by Cheryl and her husband George. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end June 29, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

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