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Monday, July 6, 2020


Cheryl Hollon is the author of the Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries and the new Paint & Shine Mysteries. She writes full-time after an engineering career designing and installing military flight simulators in England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Living her dream, she combines a love of writing with a passion for creating art. Learn more about Cheryl and her books at her website. 

Making Lemonade out of Lemons
The publishing world is swirling in a combination of events that no one could have predicted even a few months ago. Nevertheless, I have a new series that released on June 30. Unfortunately, my wonderful local bookstore will be closed. That’s right. Still Knife Painting is the first book in the new Paint & Shine Mystery Series. I truly support the owner’s approach since their primary customers and their experienced staff members are all in the “safer at home” age group. 

This book will be out in the world trying to find readers who enjoy a bit of painting, some fabulous southern food, and homebrewed moonshine, accompanied by a puzzling mystery. It seems trivial to be concerned with this little book, but I have been told by many readers that these books provide a much-needed distraction during challenging times.

From the first, I had always intended to tie in the group painting aspect of these books with an event in our local Painting with a Twist business in St. Petersburg, FL. Website:  https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/stpetersburg/

We’ve created a unique event for my books with a virtual “Twist at Home” group painting class that draws its inspiration from the cover of Still Knife Painting. Exciting? Oh yes! I’ll be giving each participant a signed copy of the book along with some swag. I’ll also appear via ZOOM during the instruction to give a little talk about the mystery and answer questions.

During these uncertain times, we’re all trying to make lemonade—or maybe moonshine?—out of lemons.

Still Knife Painting
A Paint & Shine Mystery, Book 1

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 lightning” . . .

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Cheryl said...

Thank you for supporting my virtual book release tour. This new series is close to my heart. The setting is the farmhouse where my dad grew up, my parents met, married, and had me as their first child. I appreciate your help in spreading the word. Virtual Southern HUGS to everyone.


Happy to have you come visit, Cheryl. Good luck with the new release!

Maggie Toussaint said...

Making lemonade out of lemons seems to be a good mindset to have in these times of Cornona-virus. I've had similar chalelnges with my book that released earlier this year. Hard to get momentum going when everyone is basically doing their best to avoid catching the virus. I read the book and enjoyed it. Now I just need to get a review written and posted! Happy Book Tour to you, Cheryl.

Diane A.S. Stuckart/Ali Brandon said...

Can't wait to read it. Wish I could paint but that's not in my skill set. :) Good luck with the tour!!