Author Cheryl Hollon writes the Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries and the 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.
Peeking Out from Under the Covers
What a wild and crazy year for mystery readers and writers. The publishing world is beginning a new swirl of both virtual and in-person events. Conferences are returning to familiar venues but keeping some of the online features as well. Through it all, I’m attending a combination of event types that no one could have predicted even a few months ago.
Nevertheless, I have the second book in a new series that releases on June 29, 2021. Unfortunately, my supportive, fan-favorite, local independent bookstore will still be closed. I genuinely support the owner’s decision to remain closed until they’re sure of a sustainable business plan. So many of our local St. Petersburg businesses haven’t been able to survive the whiplash changes in direction.
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 how my little books reach an audience, but many readers have told me that these books provide a much-needed distraction during challenging times.
I’ve arranged for both virtual and traditional book events for Draw and Order with my local independent bookstores.
The first is a virtual Zoom event with Tombolo Books on June 29th, at 6:30 pm. The next is a traditional in-person event on July 10th from 1-3 pm at Books @ Park Place, with JD Allen and Tara Lush joining the fun. The last event is a Sunday morning with Mimosas on July 11th from 10 am to Noon at the newest bookstore called Book + Bottle in downtown St. Pete. I hope to see many of you at one or more of them.
Draw and Order
A Paint and Shine Mystery, Book 2
Appalachian artist and local guide Miranda Trent opens a new murder investigation after her Paint & Shine tour group discovers the remains of a missing hiker along an ancient trail.
For her latest excursion, Miranda is thrilled to take a close-knit group of rock climbers, the Risky Business Adventurers, up the challenging Battleship Rock Trail to paint and sample moonshine. But the outing is cut short when they discover a skeleton near the trailhead. Even more startling, the bones belong to Howard Cable, Miranda’s cousin…and a former classmate of the Risky Business group.
The sheriff chalks it up to a hiking accident, but Miranda isn’t convinced that Howard, an experienced woodsman, died within sight of a well-marked trail. So, with the help of Ranger Austin Morgan, Miranda sets out on her own investigation and discovers that the Risky Business group is keeping plenty of secrets. But is one of them hiding the truth about Howard’s death?