Smorgasbord Blogger Daily #Meet the Reviewers – Monday, November 5th 2018 – Robbie Cheadle with Stevie Turner, Don Massenzio, Miriam Hurdle


Welcome to the first of the blogger daily posts this week and meet the reviewers, where I share bloggers who promote authors.

The first is Robbie Cheadle who is an avid reader and reviewer and today she has featured A House Without Windows by Stevie Turner

Newly-pregnant Dr. Beth Nichols is happily engaged to Liam Darrah, a fellow doctor. She has no idea she is being stalked by ex-patient Edwin Evans as she makes her way home one evening after a late shift at the hospital. After being anaesthetized, she wakes up in Edwin’s basement, held against her will, and eventually gives birth there without medical help. However, Beth tries to stay positive, and somehow knows that Liam will still be out there searching for her. Every night, she looks up at the light bulb that is never switched off, and prays that one day they will be together again.

This romance/suspense story is written from different perspectives; from Beth’s nine-year-old daughter Amy, born in captivity, from Beth herself, unwillingly pregnant again years later with Edwin’ s baby; from Liam and Edwin; and 16 years later from Joss, Beth and Edwin’s son.

Head over and read Robbie’s review of the book: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2018/11/03/bookreview-a-house-without-windows-by-stevie-turner

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ
Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/Goodreads: Robbie Goodreads

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Stevie Turner, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU
Website:http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/

Please visit Amazon or Stevie’s website to view all her books.

Have you ever wondered about incorporating time travel into your writing… Don Massenzio has and in this post he shared the various theories of how it might be achieved according to writers who have ventured into the unknown.

As a reader, my fascination with time travel began as a child. When I first read The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, I was enthralled by the idea of travelling either backward or forward in time.

Traveling backward could allow one to catch glimpses of historical events or important figures. You could go back and wander among dinosaurs. Similarly, traveling forward gives a view of the development of man, technology and the future of our planet.

As I sat down to write my book, Extra Innings, I was fascinated by the different views of time travel that have been used in fiction. This post will discuss those various theories and I’ll give you a view of my thought process in landing on one.

Head over and discover some of the theories that have been presented in fiction and leave your views on the subject: https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/time-travel-a-recurring-theme-in-science-fiction

Don Massenzio, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Don-Massenzio/e/B00JJVN0UI
Blog: https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com

Please visit Don’s Amazon page or his blog to view all his books.

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Time for a book launch and Miriam Hurdle is celebrating the release of her poetry collection. Songs of the Heartstrings was released today and although I will be doing a new book promotion this week, here is a taster with drinks on offer too.

Welcome to my Book Launch party. My book is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle. Paperback is in black and white and Kindle is in color (see below).

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It’s wonderful to see you dropping by to give me support. Please help yourself with some drink.

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I would like to tell you about my book. Songs of Heartstrings is my poetic memoir. It has nine themes:

– Songs of Nature – Lessons learned from observing the surviving power in nature

Head over and find out more about the other eight themes and also enjoy the images that Miriam has used in the book: https://theshowersofblessings.com/2018/11/05/songs-of-heartstrings-book-launch/

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope that you will head over and read the posts in full.. thanks Sally

 

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – #Poetry – Open a New Door by Kim Blades and Robbie Cheadle


Congratulations to Kim Blades and Robbie Cheadle for their collaborative poetry anthology – Open a New Door

About the collection

Open a New Door is a poetic peep into the lives of the poets, Kim Blades and Robbie Cheadle, both of whom live in South Africa.

The book is divided into four categories: God bless Africa, God bless my family and friends, God bless me and God bless corporates and work. Each part is sub-divided into the good, the bad and the ugly of the two poets’ experiences, presented in rhyming verse, free-style, haiku and tanka, in each of these categories and include colourful depictions of their thoughts and emotions.

The purpose of this book of poetry is encapsulated in the following tanka and haiku poems:

What drives me to write?
To share my innermost thoughts
The answer is clear
It’s my personal attempt
To make some sense of this world.

Inspiration blossoms
Like the unfurling petals
Of the Desert Rose

Head over and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Open-new-door-collection-poems-ebook/dp/B07K4RRC4W

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Open-new-door-collection-poems-ebook/dp/B07K4RRC4W

About Kim Blades

Kim Blades has lived in Durban, South Africa, since she was three years old.  Kim was born in England. She is married, with two sons aged 18 and 20.  The family have five dogs and two cats.

Since early childhood she has loved to read and write – poems and stories.  English and History were her favourite subjects at school and she was encouraged to take up Journalism as a career by my high school teachers and parents.

Her favourite poets are the Romantics, especially those who wrote about the beauty of Nature like William Wordsworth in his poems:  To A Butterfly I Wandered Lonely as A Cloud, and many others.

Kim likes to write poems about the natural world and am inspired by simple everyday things that we all take for granted, like sunsets, flowers, birds and bugs.

You can connect to Kim at these links:

Blog and Website: https://kim153.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kim.blades.16
Twitter: http://twitter.com/kimtracyblades

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books.

 

A selection of other books by Robbie Cheadle

One of the recent reviews for While the Bombs Fell on Goodreads

Oct 27, 2018 Darlene Foster rated it really liked it

A lovely memoir written by a mother and daughter team about a young girl living in the UK during WWII. Elsie is very little during the war but can’t help feel the fear and anxiety of her parents, siblings and neighbours. What I found interesting is that in spite of the threat of invasion, bombs falling on homes, air raid shelters, and food shortages, everyday life carried on. The cows were still milked, children attended school, went swimming and to the movies, neighbours met for tea, Christmas cake was made and Christmas was still celebrated. Never having lived under these circumstances, it was a good insight into another time and place. An added bonus is the wartime recipes at the end of the book. Well done Elsie Hancy Eaton and Robbie Cheadle!

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Connect to Robbie Cheadle

Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
Website: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirChocolateBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Meet the #Reviewers – October 22nd 2018 – D.G. Kaye with Robbie Cheadle, Teri Polen with Jacquie Biggar and Cindy Knoke


Thanks for joining me today. The Blogger Daily is an opportunity to share blog posts that you might have missed from around the community. I wish I could feature all the ones I have read.

The first is a review from Debby Gies… D.G. Kaye in her usual Sunday book feature and it is a review for While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle in collaboration with her mother Elsie Hancy Eaton, the inspiration for the book.

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today I’m sharing my review of Robbie Cheadle’s latest release – While the Bombs Fell. While Robbie is better known for her children’s books she co-authors with her son, Michael Cheadle, Robbie has written this book in collaboration with her mother, Elsie Eaton, to share her accounting of her childhood during World War II in Suffolk, England.

Blurb:

What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?

Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes.

Please head over to Debby’s blog to read her review of the book: https://dgkayewriter.com/sunday-book-review-bombs-fell-robbie-cheadle

Check out both authors and discover all their books via Amazon

D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com – Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ
Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/Goodreads: Robbie Goodreads

Now time for an author interview.. Jacquie Biggar is the guest of Teri Polen as part of her Bad Moon Rising feature. Apart from putting Jacquie on the spot, you also get to enjoy and excerpt from The Beast Within.

About Teri Polen

If you’re not superstitious, this featured author may change your mind. She also confirms why basements in haunted houses aren’t a place you want to hang out. Welcome Jacquie Biggar!

You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

I would be the skeptic saying, “Yeah, sure that’s a real chainsaw with blood dripping all over my clean floor. When you’re done goofing off, I hope you plan on cleaning that mess up!”

Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

We lived in a haunted house when I was growing up. My bedroom was in the basement and normally the streetlight would shine through the three windows and provide plenty of light. But, once in a while I’d wake up and literally not be able to see my hand in front of my face. There’d also be a strong, malevolent presence (or maybe that was because I was scared witless!). I’d bang against walls and furniture to get upstairs, my heart drumming right out of my chest, and the light would be on outside. I could see it through the bay window and its glow lit up the kitchen.  Most scared I’ve ever been.

Head over and be prepared to be thrilled or scared…or both: https://teripolen.com/2018/10/18/badmoonrising-the-beast-within-by-jacquie-biggar-paranormal-thriller

Jacquie Biggar, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jacquie-Biggar/e/B00MSIJQBG
Website: http://jacqbiggar.com – Goodreads: Jacquie Biggar at Goodreads

Please visit Jacquie’s Amazon page of website to view all her books.

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Teri Polen, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Teri-Polen/e/B01MYOUA6V
Website: https://teripolen.com/

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And last but by no means least… some amazing (as always) photographs from Cindy Knoke. Normally I reblog Cindy’s posts but I am only going to give you two of her images and ask you to go over to view and comment on the rest. The location is Oban, Scotland and the theme is very appropriate for Halloween – The Witches Woods…..

Image Cindy Knoke: In Oban Scotland, The Dunollie Woodland Trail, will lead you into The Witches Woods!

Image Cindy Knoke: In Oban Scotland, The Dunollie Woodland Trail, will lead you into The Witches Woods!

Please head over and view the rest of these stunningly creepy woods: https://cindyknoke.com/2018/10/20/witches-woods/

Thanks for popping in today and I hope you will explore the posts by following the links.. thanks Sally.

The Music Column – Houston and Chester 1986/1987 – Dirty Dancing – Hurricanes – #Requests Robbie Cheadle and D.G. Kaye


In December 1986 we packed up all our worldly goods that had accumulated whilst we had been living in Houston for two years. Bear in mind we had arrived with two suitcases of clothes each! We now had an apartment of furniture, a couple of wardrobes of clothes, posters of most of the places we had visited and a car that I refused to be parted from.

The company agreed to pay our removals back to England and two men duly arrived from the shipping company and one packed as one sat behind a makeshift desk and wrote every item down. In a nutshell; our furniture and belongings were packed carefully around my Ford Topaz car which had been drained of all combustibles.

In one last massive party our friends congregated in one of the big downtown hotels for a New Year’s Eve party and rather the worse for wear we boarded our flight for London on January 1st.

David was coming back to Prescott as Chief Engineer of the company and we moved into a B&B in Chester for the first six weeks and house hunted in the surrounding area. When not viewing properties we resumed our walks in the Welsh mountains close by and also explored this ancient city. You could walk around the walls in those days and David found a useful spot to lock me away from retail therapy.

We found a very nice house in Runcorn close to the village of Frodsham and in the middle of February we moved in. David left the decorating to me and in the first six weeks I eradicated the smell of nicotine with a couple of coats of magnolia. Our belongings had been delivered and installed and I then set about finding garages that sold unleaded petrol for my Topaz. Eventually I discovered a garage on the M6 about 25 miles away and I would fill the car up once a month. Thankfully unleaded gas became more common and I could stop carrying an emergency gallon in the trunk the whole time.

David found his new job a little different from expected and this was partly down to the freedom he had experienced working in the US for two years. I had only just finished decorating the house when he was offered a job in London with his former boss in cable TV. More money, responsibility and freedom to manage the job. I popped back into the estate agents who had sold us the house and told him to stick the details back up in the window.

David was going to work in the fast growing Docklands development and so we opted to live north of the city in South Woodford backing onto Epping Forest. We were lucky to find a semi-detached house within our price range and moved in April of 1987 having sold the Runcorn house quickly.

Again there was some redecorating required but thankfully this time we would be living here for the next nine years. I began looking around for a job but before I could start work I had another important engagement to keep. As matron of honour for my best friend in Texas, Debby.

In the summer I flew back to Houston and stayed with a friend of ours in the Chancellor Apartments before heading out to the family ranch the day before the wedding. I received a lovely welcome and apart from ensuring that the bride was dressed and on time (not difficult since the wedding was in their back garden!) I also was given another important duty.

Debby’s mother asked me to make sure that all the various guests sleeping in spare rooms and on mattresses throughout the house, were up at 7.00 in time for breakfast. She told me that I would hear her husband get up about 6.30 and be in the kitchen getting breakfast started.

I was honoured to be in a bed and I shared the room with the bridegroom’s delightful elderly grandmother. We kept the door open to allow fresh air into the room as this was a Texas summer and still being jet-lagged I slept lightly. However, on cue, I saw Debby’s father passing along the corridor and leapt out of bed, donning my clothes before walking through the house waking everyone up. In 30 minutes the kitchen was filled with people expecting coffee and a cooked breakfast. Obviously there was a fair amount of chatter and eventually Debby’s mum arrived in her nightdress.

Sally…. It is only 6.00… Why is everyone up?’

So I explained that I had seen her husband passing the bedroom door and had assumed that was the signal…

‘Honey… He was only going to the bathroom!’

Anyway the wedding went off without a hitch and was wonderful… Here is a shot of my backside as the ceremony took place in the rose decorated garden.

Back in the UK I began the process of finding a job. In the September I received an interview for a London advertising publication in South Woodford and I began work as Sales Trainer the first week of October. I had barely time to get my feet under the desk when nature decided to rip through our lives. The daily weather on the 14th of October predicted some high winds! That was an understatement as the next night a hurricane, something we thought we had left behind in Texas, devastated many parts of the south of England. Trees were down on our estate of houses but I was able to make my way to the office in the high street. Nobody else made it in that day as there was no public transport but luckily we did not suffer as badly as people in counties such as Kent.

Of course music still played a huge part of my life especially when decorating two houses back to back! Rick Astley was at the top of his career with Never Gonna Give You Up... StarshipNothing’s Gonna Stop us Now, Whitney HoustonI Wanna Dance With Somebody (A lot of Gonnas and Wannas that year in the charts). Los LobosLa Bamba, Michael Jackson and Siedah GarrettI Just Can’t Stop Loving You, Pet Shop BoysAlways On My Mind, Percy SledgeWhen A Man Loves A Woman, U2 With or Without You and one of my most played tracks Labi Siffre with Something Inside – Woman So Strong.

That year saw the release of one of the most popular musicals of the time. Dirty Dancing still draws people in and the final dance scene is re-enacted at weddings and on reality dance shows every year.  And why should this blog be any different!!! R.I.P Patrick Swayze. 💔

You can buy Dirty Dancing: Amazon

Now time for two requests this week…. get in early with yours for next week by emailing me with the youtube link for your favourite track – sally.cronin@moyhill.com… or leave in the comments.

The first is for author Robbie Cheadle ”  I dedicate this to my own Mr Fox who took me to see Like a Bat out of Hell in London recently. Such a lovely man”

Meat Loaf – I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) available: Amazon

Robbie Cheadle is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ
Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/Goodreads: Robbie Goodreads

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And the second request this week is from D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) who says it reminds her of those last dances of the evening, when a little smooching went on…..

Turn off the Lights by Teddy Pendegrass available: Amazon

D.G. Kaye is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com – Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s music column and please do let me know what your favourite piece of music is, and take an opportunity to promote your blog and books at the same time.. Tune in again next week.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Post – Rationing during World War II by Robbie Cheadle


Today author Robbie Cheadle shares some of the hardships endured by the British people during World War II. Food was rationed but in fairness it did produce a generation of very creative cooks.   You can find out more and enjoy some recipes from that era when you buy  While the Bombs Fell which is written by Robbie Cheadle and her mother Elsie Hancy Eaton.

 

Rationing during the war by Robbie Cheadle

My mother didn’t have a high opinion of her own mother’s cooking. I remember her describing it as bland and unappetizing. During the writing of While the Bombs Fell, I came to understand the extent of the food shortages that were suffered by the British people during World War II. It led me to wondering if it was really my grandmother’s culinary skills that were the problem or whether it was the lack of ingredients to make into tasty dishes.

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The British government implemented food rationing at the beginning of 1940 and it only ended completely in July 1954. As a result of food shortages, British families found themselves eating some unusual dishes such as the following:

• Whale meat – this meat was rather tough and had a fishy taste;
• Snoek – a canned fish (barracoota) imported from South Africa;
• Horse meat – butchers had to relabel this meat as fit for human consumption as, prior to rationing, it had been fed only to dogs;
• Offal – the innards of an animal such as liver, kidneys and tripe;
• Sheep’s head – the head itself wasn’t eaten, it was used to add some flavour to a vegetable stew;
• Spam – a canned meat made of pork that came for the USA;
• Dried egg powder – used mainly for cooking;
• Pom – powdered potato which was mixed with water to make mashed potatoes;
• Dried milk powder

Butter was not available during the war, so people spread dripping, the fat from roast beef, on their toast instead. Of course, dripping was only available after the traditional roast on a Sunday and then only if the family was lucky enough to afford a tiny bit of beef.

Interestingly, fish and chips were not rationed.

©Robbie Cheadle

About While the Bombs Fell

What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?

Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GZ2NZFK

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/While-Bombs-Fell-Robbie-Cheadle-ebook/dp/B07GZ2NZFK

Also by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

One of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves.

James rated it it was amazing 25th July 2018

I’m in absolute awe thinking about the creativity within the Cheadle family. Their culinary and literary talents are fantastic. In one of their newer books, Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook, Robbie Cheadle and her children take us on an extraordinary journey to the sugar crystal caves which are in danger of melting. Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet save the day showing us how much they love the world they live in. I need to try one of these recipes in the fall… all the creations look delectable. The stories are adorable. It’s the perfect way to bond with children on a lovely weekend where you stay in to have fun! 

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Connect to Robbie and Michael

Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
Website: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle
Plus.googlehttps://plus.google.com/105609586198905397891
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirChocolateBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Thank you for visiting and I hope you will head over and buy Robbie’s latest book.. thanks Sally

If you would like to promote your blog or books with a guest post then please email me sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Meet the #Reviewers – Tuesday September 25th 2018 – D.G. Kaye, Robbie Cheadle and Frank Parker


Welcome to today’s look at posts from around the community. What always amazes me is the diversity and passion that is expressed in posts that reach out across social media around the world. You only have to touch one person to make a difference to their lives and the ripple effect is astonishing. As we have seen with the #MeToo movement. The first post today is by D.G. Kaye… Debby Gies who writes about the movement and the reasons that it has gathered so much momentum.

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The #MeToo movement is loud and clear and making a difference. How many centuries and decades had to pass before women who fought for their power and finally began to own their right to speak out against sexual harassment and abuse became heard?

We know the history of women’s rights so that question is basically redundant. But in the past almost two years, women have begun to stand up for their rights and speak out loud about crimes against their person and human rights.

Where did such brevity stem from? Without getting into politics, which I follow very closely, both in my own country Canada, and the U.S., I would have to say that women began to take a stand by speaking out louder and protesting first after the Bill Cosby molestings and increased when the new administration took over in the White House inspiring women all over the world to join in with their protests and stories. Many politicians and Hollywood names have been called out and have and are facing the repercussions for current and past bad behavior.

We’ve seen famous household names been named and charged for their crimes. So why has it taken so long for this movement to rise? Because every haystack has its breaking point – the point where just one more straw on the pile finally topples over and spills. This inspired women to come together and speak their truths – some hidden for decades, some still fresh. One voice alone couldn’t be heard, drowned out by naysayers and persecution for telling their truth. But strength in numbers has given women the voice of many to speak out and be heard. One spark of truth became an inferno, and this inferno became the catalyst for women to take back their power – a power they’ve always held under wraps, keeping their stories silent in fear of retaliation, more abuse, losing their jobs and fear of being called out as liars from their abusers, and often, the law.

Please head over to read the full post and to add your voice to the issue: https://dgkayewriter.com/metoo-heard-sexual-abuse/

D.G.Kaye is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore

D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com – Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Now time for one of Robbie Cheadle’s thoughtful and constructive reviews. This time for Born in a Treacherous Time by Jacqui Murray.

The book’s plot is similar in key ways to … Jean M. Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear–Kirkus Reviews

Born in the harsh world of East Africa 1.8 million years ago, where hunger, death, and predation are a normal part of daily life, Lucy and her band of early humans struggle to survive. It is a time in history when they are relentlessly annihilated by predators, nature, their own people, and the next iteration of man. To make it worse, Lucy’s band hates her. She is their leader’s new mate and they don’t understand her odd actions, don’t like her strange looks, and don’t trust her past. To survive, she cobbles together an unusual alliance with an orphaned child, a beleaguered protodog who’s lost his pack, and a man who was supposed to be dead.

Born in a Treacherous Time is prehistoric fiction written in the spirit of Jean Auel. Lucy is tenacious and inventive no matter the danger, unrelenting in her stubbornness to provide a future for her child, with a foresight you wouldn’t think existed in earliest man. You’ll close this book understanding why man not only survived our wild beginnings but thrived, ultimately to become who we are today.

This is a spin-off of To Hunt a Sub’s Lucy (the ancient female who mentored the female protagonist).

Head over and read Robbie’s review of the book: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2018/09/25/book-review-born-in-a-treacherous-time-by-jacqui-murray/

Both Robbie and Jacqui are authors in the Cafe and Bookstore

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ
Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/Goodreads: Robbie Goodreads

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Jacqui Murray, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jacqui-Murray/e/B002E78CQQ
Website: https://worddreams.wordpress.com/

The final post today is an author interview by Frank Parker.. his guest is Paul Ian Cross

My latest author date is with Paul Ian Cross. Paul is originally from Redditch in the English Midlands but now lives in London.

“ I left Redditch in 1999 to go to university. I was eager to move to a city as I’d been in Redditch all my life, and I was ready for a change! It was nice to move away, but I do enjoy going back there to see my sister, brother-in-law and nephew who still live there. I moved to Nottingham for my studies and later moved to London for work, where I’ve been living ever since. I love London as we always discover something new there, whether it be a café, restaurant, art event or bar. However, the craziness of the capital can sometimes be too much. It’s nice to have a balance, and get away from the city sometimes.”

Paul is a research scientist. His first books were an attempt to introduce science in a lively and entertaining way to young children which he believes is an important mission.

“I’ve always had a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, fp), so I always knew I’d go into a science career. I believe it’s very important for children to be introduced to STEM early on, as the concepts will be much easier to digest when they eventually study the subjects at school. We also need more people to go into the sciences, so I hope by introducing STEM concepts to children in a creative way it’ll inspire them to follow a similar career path.”

Paul has also explored family relationships, teamwork, and the idea that children can “achieve whatever they set their mind to”. In a world where adults sometimes seem to be beset by anxieties, does he think it important to give children and young adults a positive message?

Head over and find out more about Paul Ian Cross and his children’s books: https://franklparker.com/2018/09/20/a-date-with-paul-ian-cross/

Frank is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Frank Parker, Buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frank-Parker/e/B0076JVE5I
Blog/website: https://franklparker.com/

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you will explore these bloggers and their posts further. Thanks Sally

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton


Absolutely delighted to feature While the Bombs Fell which is written by Robbie Cheadle and her mother Elsie Hancy Eaton.

About While the Bombs Fell

What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?

Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GZ2NZFK

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/While-Bombs-Fell-Robbie-Cheadle-ebook/dp/B07GZ2NZFK

Time to take a closer look at books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

One of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves.

James rated it it was amazing 25th July 2018

I’m in absolute awe thinking about the creativity within the Cheadle family. Their culinary and literary talents are fantastic. In one of their newer books, Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook, Robbie Cheadle and her children take us on an extraordinary journey to the sugar crystal caves which are in danger of melting. Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet save the day showing us how much they love the world they live in. I need to try one of these recipes in the fall… all the creations look delectable. The stories are adorable. It’s the perfect way to bond with children on a lovely weekend where you stay in to have fun! 

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Connect to Robbie and Michael

Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
Website: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle
Plus.googlehttps://plus.google.com/105609586198905397891
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirChocolateBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Thank you for visiting and I hope you will head over and buy Robbie’s latest book.. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord End of Summer Party – Dinner – Taster Menu with Robbie Cheadle, Patricia Salamone, Leslie Tate, Carol Taylor, Debby Gies, Noelle Granger, Marjorie Mallon and Mary Smith


Welcome to the third of the end of summer party meals today. Afternoon Tea is a time for sandwiches, cakes and scones… and I hope my guests today have brought their appetites with them. Later on this evening.. a dinner party to round the day off. And tomorrow Sunday Lunch.

I asked my guests if there was one particular food that they could not live without and hopefully I have catered for all of their tastes if not I hope they will enjoy the menu I have selected. I have also asked for their music requests and I have drawn four of the choices out of a hat to play in each post.

Those tracks that there is not time for will be shared during next week in special editions of the Blogger Daily.

With that out of the way I hope you will enjoy this opportunity to meet blogger friends in a slightly different setting, and also new contacts that will increase your blogging pleasure.

This is a party and if you are popping in then please do not leave without leaving you name, a little bit about yourself and the link to your blog and to Amazon if you are an author.

My first guest is children’s author  Robbie Cheadle co-writing The Sir Chocolate Series with her son Michael.Robbie is also the author of While the Buzz Bombs Fell, a biographical novel set in WWII based around her mother’s childhood years. We can also expect another new release as part of a YA supernatural/horror series under the name of Roberta Eaton and at her new blog Roberta Writes

Here is a brief background for Robbie and you can find out more on her website along with amazing recipes  Bake and Write

Robbie Cheadle was born in London but tragically lost her father when a baby. Her mother immigrated to South Africa when Robbie was three months old, and they have lived in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant specialising in corporate finance, but still amazes us with her writing, blogging and fabulous baking skills. She is married to Terence and they have two great boys, Gregory and Michael and they now live in Johannesburg.

Here is a selection of Robbie and Michael’s books on Amazon

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Here is one of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves

This latest adventure of Sir Chocolate contains some of the most beautiful decorations in the series so far – the Chrystal Cave must have taken ages to construct and the other fondant figurines are lovely. The recipes are ideal for children as it shows them to make aeroplanes and wind mills with wafer biscuits. Sir Chocolate and Lade Sweet embark on another adventure to make sure that the sugar crystals won’t melt and they would still be able to make cool drinks for the inhabitants.

Robbie says she loves grilled prawns and chips… and it so happens that one of the starters this evening is some grilled prawns…

And to kick the music off this evening, here is Robbie’s request for Making Love Out of Nothing At All by Air Supply. Robbie says she loves this song because it reminds her of her relationship with her husband Terence.

Another starter to enjoy as the guests chat to each other, smoked salmon and cream cheese and chives on oatcakes, and also  a glass of wine direct from the Smorgasbord Vineyards……in Italy so I hope that my next visitor will enjoy.

My next guest is the lovely Patricia Salamone who was born in Queens, New York to her Italian mother and German father. The Italian influence always dominated in her home, and from that seed, and her tip to Sicily in 2002 to meet relatives, was born her first memoir The Italian Thing Amazon. I am particularly happy to see Patricia here as she has had a very tough year with complications from a knee replacement and the return of cancer for the fourth time, which she is determined to beat again. A very strong lady who is an inspiration to us all. You can read some of her wonderful fiction serials on her blog The Writer’s Desk

One of the terrific reviews for The Italian Thing.

Michele DeLuca  5.0 out of 5 stars This story inspired me to begin planning my own trip to Italy

As a woman raised in a large extended Italian-American family, I have to say that the author and her husband lived out my dream: to go to Italy and meet with long-lost relatives.Every bit of their adventure as recounted in this book, helps me to understand even more about the traditions and behavior of my own beautiful extended family, especially the endless meals and delicious, lovingly made food.

This is is a simple travel account written by a joyful storyteller, but the author’s sense of humor and love for the people they met and the experiences they had, elevates it to a culinary adventure that made me smile from my heart. I am inspired now to create my own trip and hope it is just as love-filled and delicious.

Patricia requested I Hope You Can Dance by Lee Ann Womack, and I will be playing that during the week in the Blogger Daily

 Time for the salad course and my next guest has a preference for green olives, and there are plenty to be found in this Greek Feta cheese salad with tomatoes.

Meet author Leslie Tate who shares a little bit about himself on his Website

On my website I post up weekly creative interviews and guest blogs showing how people use their imagination in life, in many different ways. I studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and have been shortlisted for the Bridport, Geoff Stevens and Wivenhoe Prizes. I’m the author of the trilogy of novels ‘Purple’, ‘Blue’ and ‘Violet’, as well as my trans memoir ‘Heaven’s Rage’, which has been turned into a film. I run a comedy club, a poetry group and a mixed arts show in Berkhamsted, UK.

You can find out more about Leslie’s books on Amazon

Here is a review for Leslie’s latest book Violet

Violet is a beautifully written study of life: its trials and tribulations as well as its joys and delights. It tackles many of the most important questions of humanity – the dichotomy of religion and faith, duty and free-spiritedness, imprisonment and freedom, sickness and health, battle and surrender and, of course, love in its many manifestations.

The ‘love in later life’ story centres around Beth and James, both of whom have a failed marriage behind them but both of whom are willing to take the ultimate risk of starting again, seizing the day and opening themselves to the happiness as well as the heartache that love can bring. The plot is revealed through a variety of techniques: narratives, conversations, phone calls, letters, poetry, dreams and imaginative descriptions of photographs and a garden map. It is poignant, happy, sad and sensitively-written with many references to art, poetry, architecture, music, faith and nature which are all important to the protagonists.

Beth and James experience intense joy as well as deep despair and anguish and are not afraid to show their vulnerability, anger, sense of injustice and coping strategies in a very open and honest way which draws the reader in. Throughout the book we get to really know them – their life experience, love of nature, spirituality, appreciation of the arts and their deep and immortal love. We are, indeed, taken to ‘the place where love makes us whole’.
Mary Rose

Leslie is married to Sue Hampton who was here earlier today for Afternoon Tea and has requested the Second Movement of Beethoven’s last piano sonata opus 111 which was played as he walked down the aisle. However the piece is over 25 minutes long, so I hope that he will forgive me for substituting one of my favourite pieces, The Moonlight Sonata.

It is now time for the Fish course and I have opted for delicious Salmon, and in honour of my next diner, it has a spicy and tangy Thai dressing.

Carol Taylor has been a fixture on Smorgasbord for over a year now with her first series that we wrote together, Cook from Scratch and now with The Food and Cookery Column.

Here is Carol in her own words: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetables ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

There are now hundreds of recipes to enjoy, created and perfected in Carol’s kitchen in Thailand. With a background in the hospitality trade, and years of experience of working with exotic flavours, it is no wonder that Carol is writing a cookbook, which I will have great pleasure in promoting.  You can catch up with Carol’s life in Thailand and many delicious recipes each week, as well as her travels in Thailand, on her blog Retired No One Told Me

While Carol was on a break from the column this week, I hit the rewind button and shared her recipes for Salmon including a lime, coriander and chilli sauce.

Carol also writes fiction and has contributed to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:  https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Carol requested Puff Daddy and I’ll Be Missing You... and I will be playing that later in the week on her column on Wednesday.

My next guest requested that she be sat next to Carol (who supplied the dish) as she loves Pad Thai when it is authentically prepared, and so here it is to accompany the Salmon dish.

Debby Gies, author D.G. Kaye is also a treasured member of the team here on Smorgasbord, having recently joined us with her amazing Travel Column. Debby is incredibly supportive of her fellow writers and if ever you are in need of a friend and advisor then look no further.

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives. You can find out more at her eclectic blog D.G. Kaye Writer Blog

A selection of Debby’s books all the books and read the reviews on Amazon

A recent review for Conflicted Hearts

I give this author kudos for revealing the deepest parts of her soul and sharing her experience with readers. Many readers, myself included, will identify with many of this author’s feelings of loss and abandonment in childhood. The guilt, anger and resentment felt growing up and the sense of urgency to break free was well-described—even to the point of triggering in me some of the feelings I also experienced. These are feelings that when held inside eat away at us and make us physically and emotionally unhealthy. Letting go of the guilt, anger and sadness is sage advice. This is a must-read self-help memoir for those who have harbored resentment and have yet to let go.

Debby has selected So Amazing by Luther Vandross, which is the song that she chose to walk down the aisle to. She says it reflects the way her husband made her feel then and still does.

It is now time for the main course and since the nights are getting a little chillier for us in the Northern hemisphere, I have chosen the rich and tomato infused Beef Goulash served with some Bastmati Rice.

It is time to introduce you to Marjorie Mallon who writes as M. J. Mallon, who I hope has been enjoying the oriental flavours that she loves with the previous courses of prawns, and Thai dishes. She is the author of the YA Science Fiction Fantasy novel The Curse of Time Amazon

Here is a little about Marjorie and her blog Kyrosmagica

What can I tell you? Well before we start I’d like to suggest that you might want to pull up a comfy chair, sit back and enjoy my blog, Kyrosmagica, which is all about the magic of writing, my love of books, crystals, laughter, and much, much, more! I’m writing a second novel, and blogging, of course, writing book reviews here, and on Goodreads, and Amazon, and in fact anywhere else that will have me! Being an open minded type of gal, I like to review a wide a range of genres as possible, including YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Asian Literature, Detective, LBGTQ, and from time to time when I’m feeling brave I read dark thriller, or perhaps a horror story..read more Kyrosmagica

The most recent review for The Curse of Time on Goodreads

Jul 29, 2018 Karen rated it it was amazing

This book introduces you to 15-year-old Amelina Scott, living in a rather unusal home. With The Curse of Time, M. J. Mallon has created a well-crafted paranormal teen story that made me follow Amelina as an invisible ally; inwardly cheering her on as she tried to find a solution for her family’s issues. It is a very compelling read that draws you close to Amelina and her quest. M. J. Mallon introduces Amelina with utmost care, she is a complex and believable teenager, and you want to find a possibility to support her. The story has a steady yet fast-paced flow, still leaving you sufficient opportunity to grasp the situations. Even if I am way past my teenage times – I had a great time reading this first book in the Bloodstone series. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

This is a book for you if you like paranormal and occult stories with believable characters, mysteries, the young adult genre per se, and if you appreciate great story-telling. Highly recommended

Marjorie requested The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd as it reminds her of her youth… and I will be playing that later in the week on the Blogger Daily.

It is now time for some dessert which I hope everyone has room for and there will be some cheese to follow. Cheesecake usually goes down well and I know that there are some chocolate fans in tonight too.

And also something a little special for my next guest whose birthday it is today. Happy birthday Noelle and I hope you enjoy this pavlova made with strawberries and cream

Noelle Granger, writes as N.A. Granger and was recently a guest on the Getting to Know You interview and if you want to know about knitted swimsuits, and their distinct drawbacks, then head over and read.

Noelle grew up in Plymouth, MA, in a rambling, 125 year old house with a view of the sea. Summers were spent sailing and swimming and she was one of the first tour guides at Plimoth Plantation.

She graduated from Mount Holyoke college with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and from Case Western Reserve University with a Ph.D. in anatomy. Following a career of research in developmental biology and teaching human anatomy to medical students and residents,the last 28 years of which were spent in the medical school of the University of North Carolina, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction.

Apart from the three Rhe Brewster Mysteries, Noelle has also had short stories, both fiction and non-fiction,published in Deep South Magazine, Sea Level Magazine, the Bella Online Literary Review, and Coastal Style Magazine.

Noelle’s books and their reviews can be found on Amazon

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One of the recent reviews for Death In A Mudflat

Another great mystery by N.A. Granger! The plot is intriguing, as mystery after mystery piles up and one senses a connection between seemingly unrelated murders. The small college of Pequod is also visited by drug traffickers and leads to several tragedies. Through all of this, Rhe Brewster is on the trail with her sidekick, Paulette, taking a larger role than in the previous books. Of course the Chief of Police, Sam Brewster, is still there trying to do two jobs at once: his own and attempting to keep Rhe from endangering herself — a job too big for just one man. Altogether another fantastic mystery read!

Although Noelle requested Peace Train by Cat Stephens... I thought that since this was a special occasion…here is something more appropriate for her birthday. A little Jazz Piano with Jonny May.

My next and last guest today loves cheese so I am ending with a mixed platter with a glass of red wine…

Here is the lovely author Mary Smith who has been a generous supporter of my blog, and so many others in the last few years.

Mary Smith has always loved writing. As a child she wrote stories in homemade books made from wallpaper trimmings – but she never thought people could grow up and become real writers. She spent a year working in a bank, which she hated – all numbers, very few words – ten years with Oxfam in the UK, followed by ten years working in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

She longed to allow others to share her amazing, life-changing experiences so she wrote about them – fiction, non-fiction, poetry and journalism. And she discovered the little girl who wrote stories had become a real writer after all. Find out more at her new blog Mary Smith’s Place

Here is a selection of Mary’s books and you find more and reviews on Amazon

Here is a recent review for No More Mulberries on Goodreads

Jul 02, 2018 Darlene Foster rated it Five Stars

I bought this book because I love reading stories that take place in the middle east. I was not disappointed. Mary Smith has written a wonderful story about cross-cultures, family, relationships and Afghanistan. The detailed descriptions of the land, people and culture are fascinating. The story is told through the point of view of Miriam, the main character, who is a wife, mother and medical practitioner. It is easy to identify with her as she struggles to maintain a home for her family in a culture so different from her life in Scotland. Miriam also has to deal with ghosts from the past and feelings she has suppressed for too long which are having a negative effect on her marriage. This well-written book takes place in a troubled time just before the Taliban take control. Since the reader knows what will eventually happen, but the characters don’t, it keeps you on your toes and turning the pages. I highly recommend this book.

Mary requested Highland Cathedral to celebrate the beauty of Scotland and for your after dinner entertainment I have picked the version by a great band, Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Please enjoy with a brandy……

Followed by coffee with after dinner macarons

As with any of these parties, it is an opportunity to introduce yourself and leave your link to your blog and your Amazon author page. It would also be great if you would share the post as far as possible through the web…

My thanks to https://pixabay.com for providing the food that I could not make myself.

I hope you have enjoyed sharing dinner with us today and don’t forget to sign the visitors book on your way out the door… thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sunday Interview – Getting to Know You with Robbie Cheadle.


Thank you for joining me today and I am sure that many of you already are connected to children’s author Robbie Cheadle, who writes story and cookbooks in the Sir Chocolate series with her equally talented son Michael.. The exciting news is that Robbie will be publishing a new book later this year set in wartime Britain, While the Bombs Fell. We can also expect another new release as part of a YA supernatural/horror series under the name of Roberta Eaton. Exciting times ahead.

Before we get to know Robbie a little better, here is the official word on this talented author and poet.

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books

More about Robbie and Michael’s books a little later, now it is time to find out which of the questions Robbie has decided to respond to.

How would you describe your fashion sense?

I never really thought I had any fashion sense as I have a blatant disregard for fashion. My Mother, however, says that I do have a fashion sense, it just isn’t really like anyone else’s. She says it is quaint and quirky.

I am a chartered accountant by training. People have a perception of chartered accountants, especially the women, as having a very conservative way of dressing. Grey, black and navy suits are what come to mind, with formal shirts or blouses, nylons and high heeled court shoes.

I have never favoured these colours or suits of any description. I like to wear colourful and bright clothes in yellows, pinks, pale blues and oranges. During the summer I wear full skirts with frilly, tight fitting tops and flat ballet-style shoes. Alternatively, I wear short dresses with high heeled shoes and no nylons. I love cardigans and have at least 50 in my cupboard. I have a cardigan for every occasion.

Sally here: I found this lovely photo of Robbie on Facebook at a book show wearing a beautiful red dress.

During the winter I like to wear slim fit trousers in bright colours or which sport flowery patterns. I wear long shirts over these trousers with a jersey or cardigan, colourful scarf and often short boots.

Even my hair no longer behaves itself and has gone quite wavy over the past few years. I wear it quite long now and often loose and wavy with a clip to keep it out of my eyes. No short and sharp power haircuts for me.

What do you consider the best “cake” that you prepare – and have you the recipe?

The most popular cake I make is a moist and rich chocolate cake. It is best made in a deep tin. It is not ideal for fondant icing but, as it is my family’s favourite, I often use it, together with a lovely milk vanilla cake recipe, to make a marble cake which is suitable for fondant icing.

I made a short video of how to make the rich chocolate cake which gives the ingredients. I don’t like making videos, partly because my son, Gregory, never seems to have time to do the filming and editing now that he is in high school, and partly because I often do my baking early in the morning when he wouldn’t be around anyway and I am still in my pyjamas. I have never fancied marketing myself as a pyjama-clad baker.

Sally here: You can find a number of tutorial videos on Robbie’s Youtube channel but I have to admit that I was very engaged in her video on how to make my favourite…. Choc Chip Cookies.

What is your favourite childhood song and why?

When I was a young girl we did not have a television in our home. I had to entertain myself by reading books and listening to my Mom’s record collection on her old and battered record player. Before she gave birth to me, my Mom used to enjoy to go to the theatre in London as often as possible. She would buy the record of the Broadway production after the show. She had a huge collection of Broadway records. I loved these records. I used to listen to them over and over again and I learned all the words and would sing along. My younger sister, Cath, also joined me quite often and she also learned the words. Our favourites were Mame, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music.

When my family moved into our new house and my parents moved into the cottage on the same property, my Mom gave her records to me. I still keep them in the old trunk she brought with her from England when we first came out to South Africa when I was a little girl. I often pull them out and listen to them and sometimes the boys come and listen to.

Their favourite is The Warrior from the South African musical Ipi Ntombi.

What is something you look forward to when you retire?

I harbour a hope that when I retire, I will finally have the time to do all the things I want to do. At the moment, I work full time in a demanding job, help my boys with their homework, projects and studying and also write poetry and prose, bake and make my fondant figurines. As a result, I am always frantically busy and never seem to get everything done that I want too. I hope when I retire this will change a bit but it may not as I may just find new projects to take on.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I would love to live in England. I love the history and the literature that you find in England. I am not an outdoors person, preferring to spend my time doing fondant art, writing and reading to being outside. I try to squeeze in a bit of walking and pilates for health reasons but it is not a primary love.

I have travelled the UK a bit and my favourite areas are around Canterbury. I love the castles, Cathedral and other historical and religious points of interest. I feel quite familiar with this area now which is an added attraction.

I also enjoy Reading and the surrounding areas. I did enjoy Suffolk, and we have lots of family there, but I think if we moved we would need to be either close to London or Reading from a work perspective.

And I hope Robbie achieves her retirement dream and ends up living in the UK… and I thought that to end her interview I would share one of her music choices with this snippet from My Fair Lady.

Time to take a closer look at books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

About Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook.

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet get sugar water from the Sugar Crystal Caves to make delicious goodies for their shop. Unfortunately something is making the crystals melt. What can Sir Chocolate do? Includes four lovely new recipes.

One of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves.

This latest adventure of Sir Chocolate contains some of the most beautiful decorations in the series so far – the Chrystal Cave must have taken ages to construct and the other fondant figurines are lovely. The recipes are ideal for children as it shows them to make aeroplanes and wind mills with wafer biscuits. Sir Chocolate and Lade Sweet embark on another adventure to make sure that the sugar crystals won’t melt and they would still be able to make cool drinks for the inhabitants.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Connect to Robbie and Michael

Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
Website: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle
Plus.googlehttps://plus.google.com/105609586198905397891
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirChocolateBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Thank you for visiting today and I know Robbie would love to receive your comments and answer any of your questions.. thanks Sally.

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.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-free-author-promotion/

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?

Praise for WATCHING GLASS SHATTER:

“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: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2018/08/04/bookreview-watching-glass-shatter/

Robbie is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ
Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

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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.

Blurb:

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: https://dgkayewriter.com/sunday-book-review-dead-dry-heat-toni-pike-psychological-thriller/

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

Toni Pike, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Toni-Pike/e/B009I70E8Y
Website www.tonipike.com

D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com

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.

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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.

Selfpublishingschool.com  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: https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/08/05/publishing-your-print-book-with-amazon-book-templates/

Colleen is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

Colleen Chesebro, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Stone-Chronicles-Swamp-Fairy/dp/1541015967
Website: https://colleenchesebro.com

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