Monday, July 1, 2019



A fatal hit-and-run in front of Savannah Webb’s glass shop proves to be no accident . . .

A highlight of Savannah’s new glass bead workshop is a technique called flame-working, which requires the careful wielding of acetylene torches. Understandably, safety is a top priority. But as Savannah is ensuring her students’ safety inside, a hit-and-run driver strikes down a pedestrian outside her shop.

The victim is Nicole Borawski, the bartender/manager at the Queen’s Head Pub, owned by Savannah’s boyfriend Edward. It quickly becomes clear that this was no random act of vehicular manslaughter. Now the glass shop owner is all fired up to get a bead on the driver—before someone else meets a dead end.

Book Details:

Title: Down in Flames

Author: Cheryl Hollon

Genre: cozy mystery

Series: A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery, book 6

Publisher: Kensington (June 25, 2019)

Print length: 304 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


When did I decide to become a writer?

I started thinking about my next career about ten years before my planned early retirement from a fabulous engineering career. There is an incredible amount of writing involved in the delivery of a highly sophisticated flight simulator. It also takes a serious amount of skill to make technical proposals interesting, compelling, and compliant as well as entertaining.

The idea of writing as a profession took hold when my boss and her boss were reviewing the summary of a major government contract for a multi-million, multi-year, multi-location project.
I’ll never forget the comment my boss tossed over to her boss. “Oh yeah, this is good. I keep forgetting how well she can write.” It’s not rare for an engineer to write well, it’s just not typical. I stored that compliment away like a squirrel anticipating a hard winter.

It got serious for me when I attended my first Malice Domestic Convention in 2005. I had been dabbling with photography when a particularly haunting image spoke to me to tell her story. The image is of a homeless woman dressed completely in white moving slowly through the flower market in Boston. I titled it “Wishing for Daffodils” and started writing a mystery about her haunted life. That was my first attempt at a full-length manuscript.

That first attempt will never see light of day, but it kindled a fire to learn how to write. That photograph still inspires me to keep putting words on the page – good words – then better words.


Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of 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 her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. 

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