Smorgasbord Blogger Daily # Book Reviewers – Monday August 4th 2018 – Robbie Cheadle, D.G. Kaye and Colleen Chesebro

Welcome to the first of the blogger daily posts of the week and today I am also sharing a couple of book reviews. They are always worth celebrating as are those who take the time to review. You will see that the bloggers today are also authors in the Cafe and Bookstore. I created that as a promotional platform for authors and as many are bloggers too, it is an opportunity to showcase their writing skills.

If you are not in the Cafe and Bookstore and would like to enjoy regular promotions then please take a look at how you can be added to the shelves.

The first is by Robbie Cheadle for Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney… I will start you off and then ask you to head over to Robbie’s to read her review.

What Amazon Says

After 40 years of marriage, Olivia Glass thought she could handle the unexpected death of her husband. But when Ben’s will reveals a life-altering secret, she suffers a blow no widow should ever experience.

Olivia learns that she gave birth to a baby who later died in the nursery. Instead of telling his wife what happened, Ben switched the child with another. And as if that’s not enough, Ben’s will doesn’t reveal which of their five sons is truly not hers.

While an attorney searches for answers, Olivia visits each of her sons to share a final connection before facing the truth that will change their family, and discovers that each of them has been harboring a painful secret, just like their father.

Olivia challenges herself to re-assemble and save their relationships. But will the secrets destroy their family beyond repair?


“Author James J. Cudney’s début novel is both atmospheric and contemplative, and delivers a gut punch of family angst, devotion, and heartbreaking love” – Cammie Adams, Amazon review
“One of the best literary books I’ve read.” – Cathleen Townsend, Amazon review

Head over and read Robbie’s review for Watching Glass Shatter:

Robbie is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy:


The next author with a great review is Toni Pike for her recently released psychological thriller Dead Dry Heart featured in the Sunday Book Review from Debby Gies.. D.G. Kaye.

My Sunday book review this week is for Toni Pike’s – Dead Dry Heart. This book has all the elements of a captivating read with well developed characters and a rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal and murder, with the human elements of fear, remorse, and a questioning of truth.


Tyler Thompson is Australia’s young, brilliant and charismatic Prime Minister, riding high on a wave of popularity. But the past has come back to haunt him and there is a shocking secret from his childhood that he will do almost anything to conceal.

The one man who knows what happened twenty-five years ago is back – and he is hellbent on revenge. Tyler’s precious wife and baby have disappeared and their safe return will cost him everything: family, career and freedom.

But even that may not be enough to satisfy his nemesis – and the truth may be more terrible than he could possibly imagine.

A chilling novel about deceit, betrayal and murder, with twists and turns that you will not see coming.

Head over and read Debby’s Five Star review for the book:

Both Toni and Debby are authors in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Toni Pike, Buy:

D. G. Kaye – Buy:

The next post is from Colleen Chesebro and shares her experience publishing a print book with Amazon book templates. Useful for new authors and  those planning to go this route for the first time.


I’ve recently published and (republished one from CreateSpace) both of my paperback books using 6 X 9 Template for a MAC.

After practically pulling my hair out by the roots, here’s what I learned.

If you are starting with a Word document with the intention of copying and pasting into the Amazon template, leave it at the 8.5″ X 11″ size. I used 1.5 line spacing on one book, and 1.15 line spacing on the one I brought over from CreateSpace. I justified the text and added page numbers. On the CreateSpace book, I left it at the 1.15 line spacing with first-line paragraph indents because the size increased.  shares some great tips on formatting your novel. There is a debate right now as to whether or not you need to do a first line indent on paragraphs in fiction books. I did do it for my fantasy book, The Heart Stone Chronicles, The Swamp Fairy.

However, for my short story/poetry book, Fairies, Myths, and Magic ~ A Summer Celebration, I did not. I used block paragraphs. This is acceptable for non-fiction like memoirs, according to what I read at the above site.

Personally, if I’m reading a paperback, I would prefer block paragraphs, but that’s just me.

Head over and find out more from Colleen:

Colleen is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Colleen Chesebro, Buy:


Thank you for visiting and I hope you will explore these posts further… Thanks Sally.


23 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily # Book Reviewers – Monday August 4th 2018 – Robbie Cheadle, D.G. Kaye and Colleen Chesebro

  1. Thanks so much Sal for sharing my review of Toni’s book. And I loved Robbie’s review on James’ book, which I of course downloaded. And great to see my Fey sister Colleen here today. She is becoming quite a wiz at book formatting! 🙂 ❤

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Pingback: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – A Summer Party, Music, Myths, Food, Great Books and Laughter…You are invited. | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

  3. Congrats to all authors on the great reviews. Looks like more interesting reads to consider for my bursting TBR. It’s groaning again! Sigh!
    As to the CS template, I used one once but did not like the finished product. No I do my own formatting and it comes out better, if I have to say so. Ha! Thanks Sallly, for the lovely post and authors. Hugs xx

    Liked by 2 people

I would be delighted to receive your feedback (by commenting, you agree to Wordpress collecting your name, email address and URL) Thanks Sally

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.