Still Knife Painting by Cheryl Hollon – Meet Miranda Trent + Recipe for Ale & Shine

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Still Knife Painting by Cheryl Hollon
A Paint & Shine Mystery Book 1
Kensington • June 30, 2020

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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Guest Post

Hello. I’m Miranda Trent appearing here on Brooke Blogs. Thank you Brooke for hosting me on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour.

I am the proud owner of Paint & Shine, my brand spankin’ new business specializing in cultural adventure tours set within the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. My clients paint a picture and then sample a traditional southern meal at my rural farmhouse paired with moonshine. I’ve been back in Kentucky for a few months now and the business is catching hold with the tourists.

One of the many pleasant things about this new business is that I’m experimenting with various moonshine cocktails. This is my favorite and I’ve named it Ale & Shine which I frequently pair with fried green tomatoes.

Ale & Shine

1 ounce of clear unflavored moonshine
Ale-8-One Soda or Mountain Dew
Squares of candied ginger
Lemon twist

Fill an 8 oz. mason jar halfway up with ice
Pour moonshine over the ice
Top up with Ale-8-One Soda or Mountain Dew
Garnish with the ginger and lemon twist.

I enjoy this kind of research. It helps me relax after a stressful day dealing with problem clients and construction issues. Especially when the cocktails connect so strongly with my family. I feel closer to my late Uncle Gene when I’m mixing up a moonshine cocktail. it gives me comfort.

About the Author

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. Visit her online at, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.

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  1. Thank you for being part of the book tour for “Still Knife Painting” by Cheryl Hollon.

    Enjoyed hearing from Miranda Trent and can’t wait to read more about her with the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list. Always love this author’s books. Love the cover!

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