Welcome to Day 4 of #AGhostAndHisGold Blog Tour! @RobertaEaton17 @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org

Thank you to author, Karen Black, for hosting this post about the gun used by the Boers during the Second Anglo Boer War. Thank you to 4Wills Publications for organising my A Ghost and His Gold tour.

Stories By Karen

For those who don’t know her, I am delighted to introduce Roberta Eaton Cheadle and her latest novel, A GHOST AND HIS GOLD. Roberta combines history with fiction and weaves a story that is educational as well as entertaining. Leave a comment below for a chance to win one of four copies of this historical fiction.

A Ghost and His Gold

The gun used by the Boers during the Second Anglo Boer War

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Mauser Model 93/95

Prior to the Second Anglo Boer War, Imperial Germany supplied the two Boer Republics with tens of thousands of modern Mauser rifles. The most common of these was the Mauser Model 93/95 chambered for the 7x57mm cartridge.

This is how Tactical Life Magazine describes the Mauser Model 93/95:

“Paul Mauser’s first smokeless-powder, bolt-action, charger-loaded, magazine-fed rifle featured a tubular receiver that held a one-piece both with dual front-locking lugs. The bolt was drilled out…

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Roberta Writes – My YT reviews of Dead of Winter Journeys 6 & 7 and short readings

Dead of Winter by Teagan Riordain Geneviene

I am really enjoying Dead of Winter by Teagan Riordain Geneviene and Journey’s 6 and 7 are simply thrilling. Keep them coming, Teagan.

Journey 10, Pergesca is now available and you can read about it here: https://teagansbooks.com/2021/10/13/announcing-dead-of-winter-journey-10-pergesca/

Journey 6, The Fluting Fell

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My review

Journey 6 opens with Haldis realising that Arawn has somehow overcome the binding and managed to cross over from the Realm of the Dead. The reality that is Arawn becomes clearer still as this journey progresses and he attempts to kidnap Boabhan. Fortunately, his attack is unsuccessful but Boabhan is left injured and weak. Boabhan is unable to put up a barrier to stop Emlyn from penetrating her dreams and Emlyn is subjected to a realistic reperformance of a traumatic event in Boabhan’s life.

The Deae Matres decide to seek shelter in an old and seemingly empty estate which was abandoned by its owner when her entire family died during the Fever Days. The estate proves to not be as abandoned as the party thought and Emlyn, with her gift of seeing spirits, meets a ghost who she is able to help and another who is able to help her with some vital information and an important indicator of the path the group must take.

Throughout this journey, Emlyn continues to learn from the Deae Matres and learn more about their pasts and experiences, many of which feed into their present circumstances and help determine the way forward.

As always there is rich language and beautiful descriptions like “A dream latched onto her and pulled her into a deep sleep.”

This journey ends on quite a cliff hanger which certainly left me eager to move onto Journey 7.

Here is the link to my YT review and a short reading:

Journey 7, Revenant Pass

Dead of Winter: Journey 7, Revenant Pass

My review

Oh my, this journey starts with such a bang. Haldis remembers how she came to be all alone, bound to a beautiful and magical, but excruciatingly lonely, building. The flaws that marred the society of the Deae Matres come out and we see various characters presented as they were at the height of their power. No structure administered by human being can ever be perfect, but the society does manage to save that which is most important to them, even if the outcome isn’t exactly as hoped and expected.

Arawn’s status as a nightwalker becomes clearer and his intentions towards the Deae Matres is revealed.

Through the world of Dreams Emlyn enters a different part of the Realm of the Dead and discovers who the young man with the silver hair is. She learns a bit of his backstory and motivations. His limitations are clearly stated, but he does offer to try and help Emlyn and the other travelers out of their difficult situation trapped in the World of the Dead. He is not able to guarantee success and Emlyn is sent back to her friends with a message for them to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

A little more is revealed about Boabhan’s strengths and weakness as well as Emlyn’s own concerns for her future. As circumstances and situations unravel, Emlyn continues to learn who she can count on the most within the group.

This is one of the most exciting journeys in the series to date, and the story moves along at a rapid rate.

Here is the link to my YT review and a short reading:

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Journey 6, The Fluting Fell

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Journey 4, The Old Road

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Journey 3, the Fever Field

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Roberta Writes – Divine Comedy, Inferno: Canto 7

Picture credit: https://dantesinferno.fandom.com/wiki/Plutus

Plutus, referred to as the “God of Wealth”, formerly worshipped y the Greeks and Romans, tries to stop the poets from entering the fourth circle, but Dante chastises him and Plutus collapses, falling to the ground.

Circle 4 is the circle for Wasters and Hoarders who spend the afterlife rolling enormous weights at one other, using only their chests. The two sectors of souls shout at each other: :”Why do you hoard?” shout the Wasters and “Why do you waste?” shout the Hoarders. After each clash, the souls hurry their weights back again, and then repeat their same actions while continuing to scream at each other.

Virgil hustles Dante on and they cross to another bank and discover a fountain which flows down though a crack in the rock. At the bottom of the stream the pair discover a marsh called Styx where souls are immersed in the mud, striking out at each other with their hands, feet and head and also biting each other. These are souls who have been destroyed by anger and sullenness. They now spend their lives in the mud, choking on it as they did on their own malevolent hatred during their lives, as a punishment for wasting the sunlight and wallowing in ‘mud’ when they were alive.

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An extract from Canto 7:

“Said the good Teacher: “Son, thou seest now

the souls of those whom anger overcame;

nay, more, I ’d have thee certainly believe

that ’neath the water there are folk who sigh,

and make this water bubble at its surface,

as, wheresoe’er it turn, thine eye reveals.

Stuck in the slime, they say: “Sullen we were

in the sweet air that ’s gladdened by the sun,

bearing within us fumes of surliness;

we now are sullen in the swamp’s black mire.””

Appendix to Bad Moon Rising featuring Teri Polen

A header picture I borrowed from Teri Polen’s most recent BMR post here: https://teripolen.com/2021/10/11/badmoonrising-ailuros-by-matt-doyle-horror-lgbtq-scifi/

Every October, Teri Polen generously hosts Bad Moon Rising, a series of daily posts featuring horror, sci-fi, and paranormal books from the Indie author community. Teri never includes her own wonderful books in this series and so this year I invited Teri over to Roberta Writes for an Appendix to Bad Moon Rising post featuring her horror novel, Sarah.

Introducing Teri Polen

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Robbie!  For those of you not familiar with my blog, throughout the month of October I host Bad Moon Rising, which features a horror, paranormal, supernatural, or thriller indie author daily.  Each author completes a short interview with both fun and writing-related questions and chooses one of their books to highlight.  When Robbie asked if I’d like to answer my own BMR interview questions, I jumped at the chance—especially since my first book, Sarah, is FREE TODAY ONLY on Amazon! 

Sarah is a young adult horror story, but there are also plenty of comedic moments.  Two of my friends are very much not horror fans, books or movies, but out of loyalty both read it and survived just fine.  Strangly enough, the story was inspired by my black cat, Shadow.  We’d just moved into a new house where no one had ever lived, and Shadow would sit at the bottom of the stairs, fur bristling, staring and growling at something we couldn’t see.  It got the wheels turning and made me wonder how a house could be haunted if there were no previous occupants.  And the story was born from that little nugget.  I mentioned Shadow in the acknowledgements and also wrote a black cat, Eby (short for Ebony), into the story.  He deserved the credit. 

Even if you’re not a horror fan, I hope you’ll take a chance on Sarah and download it for FREE today! 

I must add that I have read Sarah and loved it!

What’s your favorite season of American Horror Story?

That’s a difficult question to answer.  The first season, Murder House, was a favorite for a couple reasons—I’m a Dylan McDermott fan, and I was stupid excited a show like that was finally on TV.  I was skeptical about the addition of Lady Gaga in season five, Hotel, but she did an outstanding job.  I adored season eight, Apocalypse, because it brought the witches back into the mix, and Cody Fern gave a mesmerizing performance as Michael Langdon, the antichrist.

If you watch horror movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, covers your eyes, or falls asleep?

I’m definitely the person who yells at the characters over their idiotic actions.  Of course it’s a good idea to check out the basement/attic/outside by yourself.  Then I usually start laughing and cheering for the villain because the naïve characters got what was coming to them.  I’m aware I have a dark, twisty sense of humor that not everyone appreciates.

Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

Yes.  Sometimes they’re real.  For years (and as recently as last month), hubby or my sons tried to scare me by jumping out of the closet, from behind furniture, etc., but it never worked.  I’m not a nervous type of person.  Sometimes I see things in my peripheral vision that aren’t my hubby or sons.  Who knows what they might be?

If you decided to write a spinoff of a side character, who would you choose?

I didn’t even need to think about this one.  It would be Finn, the best friend of my main character, Cain, in Sarah.  He’s blatantly honest, eternally loyal, and has a soft spot for Cain’s little sister, Maddie.  I also never knew what would come out of his mouth.  He was snarky from the beginning and gave me plenty of laughs.

What do you do to get inside your characters’ heads?

Sometimes my characters are pretty forthcoming about who they are and how their minds work.  When they’re stubborn, I use a technique I learned at a writer’s retreat.  I interview them.  It’s surprising what they’ll reveal. 

What are you working on now?

I just turned in the sequel to my third book, Subject A36, a young adult sci-fi/dystopia.  It’s releasing later than I’d like (May 2022), especially for a sequel, but writing during the pandemic was a struggle for me.  I wanted to make sure these characters were able to tell their story.  I’ve had another story floating around in my head for the past two years, a YA supernatural/horror, so I’m working on that right now.

Thank you, Teri, for joining in this Appendix to Bad Moon Rising, I really enjoyed your responses to the questions.

Sarah by Teri Polen

The Blurb

Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.

A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah’s death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her. But when he discovers Sarah has been hijacking his body, he realizes she wants retribution instead of justice.

Terrified of what could have happened when he wasn’t in control, Cain commands Sarah to leave his house – but exorcising her isn’t that easy. She retaliates against her murderers in bloody, horrific ways, each death making her stronger, then sets her sights on Cain. With the help of friends, Cain fights to save himself and his loved ones and searches for a way to stop Sarah before she kills again.

Purchase Sarah by Teri Polen

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My review of Sarah

I listened to the audio book of Sarah by Teri Polen. I thought the reader did a good job and narrated the story at a good pace and with sufficient expression and interest factor to keep the listener engaged.

I thought this book was really creepy. It is a YA book and the characters are all older teenagers which I think worked well for this plot as teenagers, particularly males, do not see risk and are likely to react to situations with a lot more bravado than an adult would in the same circumstances. The almost underhanded and devious way the ghost of Sarah, a murdered school girl, introduces herself to Cain, a jock with a kind heart, lets you know in a subtle way right up front that this is not a particularly friendly ghost and that there is more to her than initially meets the eye. 

Cain has assumed the role of man of the house after the death of his father and is protective of his Mother and much younger sister. His compassion, youth and naivety does not stand him good stead in identifying the potential threat posed by Sarah although, as he finds out more about her death, he gradually realises that she is after retribution against her killers and is not looking for help to move on from her current status.

The author’s descriptions of Sarah as she becomes more and more evil and travels further down the path of revenge are very vivid and disturbing. Sarah’s evil thoughts and deeds are reflected in her ghostly face and form. 

Fortunately for Cain, he has good friends on his side in the form of Finn, an intelligent and clear minded childhood friend, and Lindsey, a lovely young lady with an aunt who deals in the occult and is able to provide talismans and assistance in fighting Sarah as she becomes more deranged and angry. The clairvoyant aunt was a bit convenient but I did not detract from the story for me.

Welcome to Day 1 of the #AGhostAndHisGold Blog Tour! @RobertaEaton17 @nonniejules @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #RRBC

Thank you to 4Wills Publishing and Nonnie Jules for this wonderful first post for my A Ghost and His Gold Halloween book tour. The cover of this book recently won the Rave Reviews Book Club Writers Conference and Book Expo and this post is all about the thought process behind this cover.

Books By Nonnie

A GHOST AND HIS GOLD TOUR BANNER

GIVEAWAYS:

(4) e-book copies of “A GHOST AND HIS GOLD”

Hello, friends!

It seems this beautiful blog of mine has been neglected lately, but today, I’m rectifying that.  I’d like to introduce you to Author, Robbie Cheadle and her book, “A GHOST AND HIS GOLD.” This is the first day of her tour and since it’s so close to Halloween, I selfishly wanted to get us all in the mood by opening up for her today.

Before I turn it over to Robbie, I’d like to congratulate “A GHOST AND HIS GOLD” for being named the GRAND PRIZE WINNER in RRBC’s first ever “BEST” BOOK COVER Contest, during our 6th Annual Writers’ Conference & Book Expo!

And now, my guest of honor…

Robbie, take it away!

HOW THE COVER FOR “A GHOST AND HIS GOLD” WAS CREATED

A GHOST AND HIS GOLD by Roberta Eaton Cheadle

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Thursday Doors – Delta Park

Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

I am late – like the White Rabbit

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We have a lovely park near our home. Sometimes, Terence and I go walking in the park. As is is in a residential suburb and is adjacent to several houses, there are a few back yard doors that lead from peoples homes into the park. These pictures were taken in March when the Cosmos was in flower.

Whew! Made it!

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Roberta Writes – Divine Comedy: Inferno, Canto 6

My blogging friend Rebecca Budd is currently participating in a #KaramazovReadalong, you can read about it here: https://ontheroadbookclub.com/2021/07/27/karamazovreadalong-day-1-who-is-fyodor/.

The reading group are reading one chapter a day of this book and it inspired me to tackle Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri in the same manner.

Canto 6 has Dante and Virgil passing into the third circle of Hell which is guarded by Cerberus. In Greek mythology, Cerberus is referred to as the hound of Hades and is depicted as a multi-headed dog that guards the gates of the underworld so that the spirits cannot escape. As the third circle is inhabited by gluttons, Cerberus with his multiple mouths and endless hunger is a suitable guardian.

Picture credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerberus#/media/File:Cerberus-Blake.jpeg

The naked spirits lie on the ground rolling in the mud like pigs which a stinking slush falls from the sky. Cerberus stands over the howling spirits and barks furiously at them, clawing and biting those within his reach.

Cerberus requires a concession for each of his mouths to allow passersby passage through the third circle. Virgil satisfies this requirement by throwing the revolting slimy mud into his mouth.

As Dante and Virgil cross the swamp, one of the gluttons sits up and speaks to Dante. The spirit is Ciacco, the Hog, who claims to be from Florence and to know Dante. Dante is sympathetic to Ciacco’s fate and, knowing that the Damned can foresee the future, asks him why Florence is so divided and what the city’s fate is. Ciacco makes a prediction about a future war and defeat with one party being expelled. Dante asks about the location of certain famous Florentines and Ciacco tells him they are deeper in Hell.

Virgil tells Dante that Ciacco and the other gluttons will remain where they are until the Last Judgement afterwhich they will feel more pain as well as more pleasure having moved a little closer to perfection.

Here is an extract from Canto 6:

“Cerberus, cruel monster, fierce and strange,
Through his wide threefold throat barks as a dog
Over the multitude immers’d beneath.
His eyes glare crimson, black his unctuous beard,
His belly large, and claw’d the hands, with which
He tears the spirits, flays them, and their limbs
Piecemeal disparts.  Howling there spread, as curs,
Under the rainy deluge, with one side
The other screening, oft they roll them round,
A wretched, godless crew.  When that great worm
Descried us, savage Cerberus, he op’d
His jaws, and the fangs show’d us; not a limb
Of him but trembled.”

Gluttony in Dante's day and today
Picture credit: https://www.ilcastelloditara.com/en/gluttony-dantes-day-and-today

Roberta Writes – Book review: Why?: A Complicated Love by Daniel Kemp and a promotional offer

I usually post about the Divine Comedy on a Monday, but as author Daniel Kemp has his book Why on promotion for the next few days and I have just read it, it am switching my posts around and will share about Canto 6 of the Divine Comedy on Wednesday. You can read Daniel’s promotional post here: https://theauthordannykemp.com/2021/10/03/free-kindle-8/

What Amazon says

Why? Is a story set in a web of despair, sex, unreachable emotion and love.One man’s crippling injuries, caused by an unprovoked, vicious attack, ruins the lives of everyone around him. This includes Terry Meadows, a nineteen-year-old boy who falls in love with the main character’s daughter Laura, twenty-seven years before the opening of the story.The twisted, interconnecting matrix in which Francis, Laura’s father, lives, destroys and distorts his daughter’s image of life beyond repair. It is a sad tragedy with an unexpected ending.

My review

Why is a most unusual romance between 19-year old Teri and Laura, the young and beautiful daughter of a crippled and vicious gangster. While out on the prowl one evening, Teri picks up an older woman of colour who invites him home for an evening of uncomplicated sex. Sammy is exotic and provocative, and Teri can’t resist. The evening doesn’t turn out as planned when Sammy’s daughter, Laura, and husband, Francis, turn out to be unexpectedly at home.

Teri is lucky to only be ‘carefully’ beaten by Francis’ henchman, Gary. After the two criminals depart, Teri is left with Laura who tells him how her father came to be crippled before she was born, and the details of the twisted sexual games he plays with his wife and her various lovers. Fascinated by Laura and attracted by the life of luxury Francis waves under his nose, Teri starts working for Francis.

Francis is a deeply disturbed and mentally twisted man who take a perverse pleasure in tormenting his already emotionally damaged wife. He is filled with rage and anger at everyone and the world in general, and deliberately tries to play with the minds and emotions of everyone he engages with. Sadly, Francis doesn’t exhibit a single redeeming feature and it is impossible for the reader to pity him, despite his terrible disability.

Laura is disturbed sole. She has a huge heart and lovely personality which is what draws Teri to her. The mental abuse she has experienced her whole life due to her father’s inhuman behaviour and her mother’s bizarre sexual activities are a huge burden on her shoulders. Laura is a victim and her story is compelling. It is impossible not to root for Laura and hope that she is able to conquer her past and many psychological traumas.

Teri is young and misguided at the beginning of this story. He is easily influenced by promises of sex and money and has little conscience about going after both. His character experiences the most growth in this story as he goes from an impetuous and naive youngster to a man who wants to change his life’s path and give his children a better future.

Why is an excellent and complex story which exposes the hypocrisy, debauchery, and corruption that plagues the lifestyles of the world’s most wealthy and influential people.

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Daniel Kemp Amazon Author Page

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Chaucer’s Franklin

April Munday shares a most interesting discussion about the Franklin from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

A Writer's Perspective

This week I’m returning to another occasional series. This time it’s the one based on things I’ve found interesting or confusing in The Canterbury Tales. Today, it’s one of the pilgrims: the Franklin.

In The Canterbury Tales the Franklin is a symbol of the upward mobility that was a feature of the late fourteenth century. Franklin was a term used for a man of free birth. He wasn’t a serf, but he was still someone who held and worked land on a manor, even if that work was done by men he employed. The exact social status of Chaucer’s Franklin isn’t clear and has been argued about for decades. He might have been a member of the gentry, or, more likely, he might be someone who made a lot of money that enabled him to move among the gentry. The term ‘franklin’ covered a lot of possibilities. This franklin…

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Thursday Doors – Kloofzig Lodge & Spa

Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

Our base, during our recent short vacation when we visited the Cradle of Mankind was Kloofzig Lodge & Spa. You can learn more about it here: https://guvonhotels.co.za/kloofzicht-lodge/

I can’t tell you anything about the spa as those aren’t my scene and I didn’t visit it, but the food, accommodation, and surroundings were splendid.

Pictures of the hotel:

Pictures of our room:

The surrounds:

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