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My Appalachian Heritage

I’ve been celebrating the release of my latest mystery, DEATH A SKETCH (Paint & Shine Book #3). This book means the world to me. It is set in the county where my family originates. These precious guitars spent their existence in the talented hands of my parents. The long marriage of my parents – over […]

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I’ve been celebrating the release of my latest mystery, DEATH A SKETCH (Paint & Shine Book #3). This book means the world to me. It is set in the county where my family originates. These precious guitars spent their existence in the talented hands of my parents. The long marriage of my parents – over […]

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Once in a Lifetime

I’ve returned from a once-in-a-lifetime tour to visit a site on my bucket list – Petra, Jordan. I’ve been fascinated with this wonder of the modern world since it was featured in one of my all-time favorite movies: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The final scenes in the movie feature the iconic Treasury, the […]

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I’ve returned from a once-in-a-lifetime tour to visit a site on my bucket list – Petra, Jordan. I’ve been fascinated with this wonder of the modern world since it was featured in one of my all-time favorite movies: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The final scenes in the movie feature the iconic Treasury, the […]

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Our Favorite Celebration

It’s our Anniversary! It’s a BIG anniversary! George and I are celebrating this one by repeating a previous favorite. We’re taking a Royal Caribbean cruise on one of their giant ships to Aruba and Curacao. We’ll be having a special dinner tonight. The internet service in these floating cities is abysmal, so please be patient […]

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It’s our Anniversary! It’s a BIG anniversary! George and I are celebrating this one by repeating a previous favorite. We’re taking a Royal Caribbean cruise on one of their giant ships to Aruba and Curacao. We’ll be having a special dinner tonight. The internet service in these floating cities is abysmal, so please be patient […]

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It’s National Tater Day

Today is special because it’s National Tater Day. Husband and I can’t resist them. If they appear on the menu, we’re probably going to order them. I’m so glad they have a special holiday. Our favorites (at the moment) are at Bier Boutique in the Round Lake area of St. Petersburg, FL. I’ve been walking […]

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Today is special because it’s National Tater Day. Husband and I can’t resist them. If they appear on the menu, we’re probably going to order them. I’m so glad they have a special holiday. Our favorites (at the moment) are at Bier Boutique in the Round Lake area of St. Petersburg, FL. I’ve been walking […]

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Valentine’s Day

by Cheryl Hollon My favorite holiday after Christmas is Valentine’s Day. My husband is terrible at remembering our other special days like birthdays or anniversaries, but he never misses Valentine’s Day. He’s knocked it out of the park every time. Most times, it’s a sweet popup card. Sometimes, it’s a fabulous box of chocolates. The […]

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by Cheryl Hollon My favorite holiday after Christmas is Valentine’s Day. My husband is terrible at remembering our other special days like birthdays or anniversaries, but he never misses Valentine’s Day. He’s knocked it out of the park every time. Most times, it’s a sweet popup card. Sometimes, it’s a fabulous box of chocolates. The […]

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Posted on December 2, 2021 by Cheryl Hollon

The perfect decoration for the Holidays! By Cheryl Hollon This is the first holiday season after my beloved mother passed. It is a bittersweet joy to hang this treasured banner on my wall to celebrate the twelve days of Christmas. It’s a fascination we shared from my childhood. One year, my mom’s sister-in-law gifted her […]

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Posted on October 14, 2021 by Cheryl Hollon

I found a new co-working space for writing! By Cheryl Hollon Even before the shutdown last year, I had fallen in love with co-working spaces throughout downtown St. Petersburg. I loved the energy of a creative environment usually fueled by an in-house coffee shop. I would pick a quiet corner and pound out my word […]

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Posted on August 26, 2021 by Cheryl Hollon

Red Hot Time By Cheryl Hollon It’s a Red Hot Time in St. Pete! Unfortunately, cooler weather is still months away. As the calendar reaches the end of August, my tolerance for the relentlessly hot days also reaches an end. Typically, we would be on vacation to mountain country, enjoying cool mornings and firepits at […]

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Posted on July 8, 2021 by Cheryl Hollon

New eateries in St. Petersburg by Cheryl Hollon Things are opening up quite a bit here in St. Petersburg. My husband and I have both been vaccinated and find that we’re comfortable with outside dining. We have tried a few new places. One is called Bier Boutique. They specialize in scratch-made food, a fine selection […]

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Posted on May 20, 2021 by Cheryl Hollon

It’s World Bee Day By Cheryl Hollon In 2014, the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association proposed the idea for World Bee Day. Instantly, a resolution was proposed to the United Nations for the project. All UN countries adopted it unanimously and 115 countries signed on as co-sponsors. The day was designed “to raise awareness of the importance […]

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Posted on April 1, 2021 by Cheryl Hollon

Don’t Fool with my Sourdough By Cheryl Hollon It’s National Sourdough Day which is no April Fools’ Day joke with me. For my late father, it was a serious business. Dad made the holiday cloverleaf dinner rolls for Easter with his usual exacting focus. It was a production effort that rivaled the D-Day landing for […]

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Posted on February 11, 2021 by Cheryl Hollon

Happy Valentine’s Day! By Cheryl Hollon I’ve been receiving amazing Valentine’s Day gifts almost my whole life. Partly because my husband and I met on a blind date when I was only sixteen. Even then, he knew the secret to my heart and remembered the lesson every year. I love chocolate – a lot! Last […]

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Let’s Talk about Resolutions

Posted on December 31, 2020 by Terry Ambrose

We hereby resolve to… by Debra H Goldstein, Nancy J Cohen, Lois Winston, Cheryl Hollon, Diane A.S Stuckart, and Maggie Toussaint I’ve given up resolving to do things like exercise, lose weight, or be a kinder person; so, my resolutions for 2021 (beyond hugging family and friends again) are 1) embrace my tendency to procrastinate […]

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Let’s Talk about Light

Posted on December 24, 2020 by Terry Ambrose

Happy Holidays to All! What a strange year 2020 has been! And there’s good news-we’ve all survived the pandemic thus far. Keep up the great work of protecting yourself and your family by wearing masks and social distancing until we get through the vaccination process. Meanwhile, your friends at Booklover’s Bench want to help shine […]

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Posted on December 17, 2020 by Cheryl Hollon

City Lights in St. Petersburg by Cheryl Hollon As the holiday season approaches, I’m grateful to live in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. The city shines in so many delightful ways – the lighting of the tree is the start. Many festive scenes are displayed around the North Straub Park near the waterfront. The figures are […]

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Posted on November 5, 2020 by Cheryl Hollon

Pelicans Everywhere by Cheryl Hollon Earlier this year St. Petersburg, Florida declared the pelican as the official bird of the city. It’s been the unofficial bird for decades. It has adorned recycling bins, trash cans, and city promotional materials since the 1980s. A new sculpture at the entrance to the renovated pier is a large, […]

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Posted on September 24, 2020 by Cheryl Hollon

The sculptures around town are masking up By Cheryl Hollon Wild Bill Hickock in front of The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art is setting a good example of a masked sculpture. In order to tour the museum during the pandemic, you must wear a mask in addition to having your temperature checked. It […]

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Posted on August 13, 2020 by Cheryl Hollon

St. Petersburg has a New Pier By Cheryl Hollon We have a delightful brand-new pier in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. It’s been quite a long construction phase and quite a lot of money to replace the inverted triangle that was the city’s prior icon. In fact, I loved that pier so much, I had my […]

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Posted on July 2, 2020 by Cheryl Hollon

Summers on the farm in Kentucky By Cheryl Hollon It’s a new series! The Book Birthday for Still Knife Painting was two days ago and I’m still over the moon in delight! This new series is close to my heart. The setting is in eastern Kentucky where my parents were born and my grandparents were […]

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Posted on May 21, 2020 by Cheryl Hollon

Happy Anniversary By Cheryl Hollon It’s our wedding anniversary month. Over the years, George and I have celebrated in several spectacular but many more mundane ways. The tradition for your first anniversary was to have the top layer of your wedding cake as a dessert. However, George was in the Air Force stationed at Loring […]

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Posted on April 9, 2020 by Cheryl Hollon

Nah Dogs, Ice Cream, and Fried Chicken By Cheryl Hollon When life goes sideways, I seek comfort food. Eating well has become a habit in my family. Perhaps an obsession. We have been eating an organic, locally sourced, low sodium diet for a couple of years. The changes were VERY slow, but we feel fantastic. […]

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Posted on February 27, 2020 by Cheryl Hollon

An Extra Day by Cheryl Hollon It’s almost leap day! It happens every four years. We get an extra day to balance out the untidiness between the actual time it takes our planet to make an orbit around the sun versus trying to keep seasonal sense by the cycles of our moon. Some strange customs […]

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Posted on January 16, 2020 by Cheryl Hollon

Happy New Year! by Cheryl Hollon I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Nope. Not me. None of those well-intentioned wishes ever made it past February anyway. It turned out that they were also the same over and over again. Every. Single. Year. I was setting myself up for failure and feeling wretched. Not good. What […]

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Holiday Let’s Talk

Posted on December 19, 2019 by Terry Ambrose

Happy Holidays! Today, we’re sharing how holiday traditions changed over the years. New birth and Hanukkah for Nancy. December holidays for our family in the earlier days meant gathering around the menorah each evening in the dining room, lighting the candles, and then watching our kids open one of eight or more gifts for Hanukkah. […]

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Posted on November 21, 2019 by Cheryl Hollon

Thanksgiving Thanks! by Cheryl Hollon I am grateful for so many things this year. The list is long, but here are the most important ones. Specific to this blog, I’m grateful for readers like you. Without you, these books wouldn’t exist. I am extremely grateful that you keep support struggling authors by simply buying their […]

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Posted on October 10, 2019 by Cheryl Hollon

Falling into Writing By Cheryl Hollon When I retired early from a career in flight simulation engineering to pursue full-time writing, I knew some big changes were going to take place. Now that it’s been five years ago, I look back and I’m surprised at what was easy and what was challenging. A gradual transition […]

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Posted on August 29, 2019 by Cheryl Hollon

Service Dogs are Professionals By Cheryl Hollon One of the subjects I address in my Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries is that service dogs are professionals. There’s Suzy on the cover of the first book in the series. She’s a beagle just like the one my family had when I was a little girl. I have […]

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Posted on July 18, 2019 by Cheryl Hollon

Comfort Reads by Cheryl Hollon You’ve heard of comfort food, right? There are also comfort reads! My father passed away last month at nearly 92. He lived a full and rich life filled with both challenges and blessings. He was an example to his four children in the diligent application of persistent tiny steps towards […]

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Posted on June 6, 2019 by Cheryl Hollon

Summertime, and the reading is easy! by Cheryl Hollon   I always read more in the summer than in the winter down here in Florida. This is because I’m spending more time indoors in lovely air-conditioned comfort. The reason? It’s HOT here. It’s too hot to walk downtown in the noon-day sun. In fact, we […]

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Posted on April 25, 2019 by Cheryl Hollon

Decisions and Changes by Cheryl Hollon This is day 115 out of 365. Yikes, that means that this year is almost one-third done – how did that happen? I haven’t yet written down my goals for this year. But that’s another story. This is a year of change for me. Big changes. We’ve put our […]

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Posted on March 14, 2019 by Cheryl Hollon

Split Personality of a Writer by Cheryl Hollon At our January meeting of Florida Gulf Coast Sisters in Crime chapter, I interviewed one of St. Petersburg’s newest debut authors, Gale Massey. The interview was casual and intended to mimic a conversation. One of the topics we talked about is the split personality aspects of being […]

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Posted on January 31, 2019 by Cheryl Hollon

Just One Goal by Cheryl Hollon For my New Year’s Resolution, I’ve given up New Year’s Resolutions. At this time of year, most of us have a list of resolutions that read a bit like this: Save Money Exercise Lose Weight Make New Friends Find Love Every January, I would bring out my programming and […]

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Holiday Scents Group Post

Posted on December 20, 2018 by Nancy J. Cohen

HOLIDAY SCENTS Dear Friends, We’re sharing our special holiday scented memories with you. Enjoy! POTATO LATKES. Since we celebrate Hanukkah, my favorite holiday scent is the smell of potato latkes frying in oil. When I grew up, we lit the menorah candles each night for eight nights and got a small gift as well. Potato […]

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Posted on December 6, 2018 by Cheryl Hollon

It’s all about Beginnings by Cheryl Hollon A Holiday Season hello from Cheryl Hollon, the newest member of the Booklover’s Bench. I’m excited to join this amazing group of writers. Their posts make this site interesting, popular, and a source of inspiration. I write the Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries published by Kensington. The books are […]

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