Over the summer I will be updating author’s details in the Cafe and Bookstore and also sharing their bios, books and recent reviews with you in this series…
Meet Roberta Eaton Cheadle (Robbie Cheadle)
Robbie Cheadle is a children’s author and poet.
The Sir Chocolate children’s picture books, co-authored by Robbie and Michael Cheadle, are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision.
Robbie has also published books for older children which incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.
Robbie writes a monthly series for Writing to be Read called Growing Bookworms. This series discusses different topics relating to the benefits of reading to children.
Robbie has a blog, Robbie’s Inspiration where she shares book reviews, recipes, author interviews, and poetry.
A selection of books for adults and children by Roberta Eaton Cheadle.
One of the recent reviews for A Ghost and his Gold
I have had this book on my TBR list ever since I heard about it. Then, as luck would have it, I won a print copy in a giveaway! I was overjoyed and not disappointed. I tend to be a slow reader, especially if there is a lot of detail and characters, as this story has, but I could not put it down.
It is a well-written blend of historical and paranormal fiction. I love history but am not as keen on paranormal, but in this case, it works well. The author has skillfully used the ghosts of the past to tell their story, which give history a personal and more honest viewpoint. The attention to detail shows the huge amount of research Ms Cheadle has done to ensure the story rings true. In any war, there are always two or more sides and I like how all sides of the Second Boer War are represented in this story. The good, the bad and the ugly, from the point of view of both the men and women.
This is not simply a war story, it is about family dynamics, friendships, hardships and heartbreak, and ultimately forgiveness and redemption. A lot is packed into this novel and it is well worth a read.
Meet James J. Cudney
James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I began working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment, media, retail, and hospitality industries. Although I enjoy my job, I also want to re-focus on my passions: telling stories and connecting people through literature.
In 2017, I published my debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor, and romance. The sequel, Hiding Cracked Glass, released exactly three years later in 2020. I’ve also written another family drama novel, Father Figure, and created the Braxton Campus Mysteries, a light investigation series about a humorous thirty-something guy dealing with murders and the drama of a small town. I am currently co-authoring a book with a surprise writer and finalizing the next Braxton Campus Mystery, both set to be released in early to mid 2021.
Most of my books are available in hardcover, paperback, electronic, and audiobook formats, as well as in a variety of bookstores. We’ve begun translating into Portuguese, Spanish, German, and Italian for some of the books too. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website:James J. Cudney
A selection of books by James J. Cudney
One of the recent reviews for Weathering Old Souls
Weathering Old Souls is definitely different from anything I’ve read before. It has a twisting of elements, numerical alignments, unusual weather phenomena, and the trauma of spiritual entanglements, along with a serial killer and family relationship issues. The story begins with a murder. The serial killer, The Fashionista strikes and young Margaret is in danger. He thinks she has seen him, so Margaret and her family move. Meanwhile in Concepcion, South Carolina, Oliver as met and married his soulmate, Nadia. She is expecting when Margaret’s family moves in to the other side of the duplex. It is a stormy night when Nadia goes into labour and Abigail is born. Unfortunately, Nadia does not survive. As Abigail grows she exhibits strange behaviour as well as knowledge of things a child her age should not have. She also has an imaginary friend, May. She eventually learns to pretend to “be normal” so she doesn’t have to keep seeing doctors and psychologists. It is Margaret and her parents that come to her rescue, basically raising Abigail, while her father gladly gives up his single father duties.
I really liked the relationship that develops between Abigail and Margaret. They are like sisters and become best friends as they get older. Her mother tries to help Abigail and convince Oliver to get her help using regression hypnotism, but he refuses. They are more like her parents than Oliver. I had mixed feelings about Oliver. He seemed very selfish to me, yet still wanted to be the one to make decisions for Abigail. When they finally begin to develop a parent/child relationship, I give Abigail credit, as it would have been too late for me. I don’t really believe in reincarnation, so had to suspend belief for this story, but reading about previous lives and how the spirit moves into a new body was very interesting. As Abigail and those helping her research find more answers, the interwoven families was wonderful. This story is unique, well-written and very intriguing. I really enjoyed it, even though it is completely out of my comfort zone. There are so many twists and turns you have to pay attention while reading this story, or you might miss something that is important later. There were a lot of storylines throughout as Abigail finds out about her previous lives, but the authors neatly tied them all up into a wonderful ending. I am shocked at how well James Cudney and Didi Oviatt came together to write this novel. You would never know that this book was a collaborative effort. Bravo!
Meet Natalie Ducey
With a BA in Psychology, Natalie has worked in the Counselling field for 15 years. Through her work and personal journey, she has witnessed the remarkable power of the human spirit. Now, as an author and poet, she is passionate about stories that touch the heart and awaken the soul. Through words, she aspires to offer solace and hope, love and understanding.
Natalie is the Co-owner and Writer of Peace by Piece Puzzles and the Owner of ND Designs.
She was born and raised in beautiful Newfoundland, Canada, with her two brothers and twin sister. She now resides in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and their little dog, Bella. She loves sailing and the freedom and serenity of being one with water. She is an avid reader, passionate writer, and seeker of tranquility along life’s mystifying journey.
To contact or to learn more about Natalie, please visit her website: Natalie Ducey
Books by Natalie Ducey
One of the recent reviews for The Heart’s Lullaby
“The Heart’s Lullaby” is a beautiful collection of poems that come from love. I felt many emotions as I read through the poems, some made me smile, and others brought tears. Each one offered something of the heart’s experience. Here are a couple of passages that moved me: “The power of a thousand suns/Delicate as morning dew/The dawn course of enchantment/This is my memory of you,” and “His haggard guitar;/Every note frees his soul/His voice carries on the wind/All welcome this one man show.” A thoughtful book to enjoy more than once.
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.