Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 14th October – Nicholas Rossis #Bookblurb – Charles F. French with Robbie Cheadle #1984 and Susannah Leonard Hill #Halloween Children’s story competition.

This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post today comes from Nicholas Rossis who has a wonderful archive of posts about writing, publishing, blogging and software. Nicholas hosts guest Ashley Halsey, writing about the importance of having an effective blurb for your book.


This is a guest post by Ashley Halsey. Ashely is a professional writer at and and is also involved in several nation-wide projects. A mother of two, she enjoys reading, traveling, and attending business training courses!

Today, she tackles one of the most annoying things about being an author: writing the blurbs to your books! I have shared some nice tips on writing blurbs in the past, but the whole subject still seems to be a nightmare for most authors, so I hope you’ll get inspired by her tips.

Top Tips on Writing a Book Blurb That Really Sells

They say not to judge a book by its cover – but let’s be honest, we all do exactly that. The cover and blurb are crucial in drawing in potential readers, sparking their interest and, in many cases, can be the difference between a sale and a missed opportunity. Bearing this in mind, hook your reader from the start with a blurb that sells!

Head over and read the rest of this post for all authors to ensure that our books stand out from the crowd:

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The next post on from the blog of author Charles F. French, whose guest is a familiar face over here.. Robbie Cheadle, with her debut post for the Underground Library Society dedicated to opposing book censorship and book banning.. Robbie explores the futuristic and frighteningly prophetic 1984 by George Orwell.

Underground Library Society

Thank you to Robbie Cheadle for her post on 1984 by George Orwell. With this entry, Robbie has joined the U. L. s., the Underground Library Society, dedicated to opposing book censorship and book banning. Please visit her blog Robbie’s inspiration .

If a society similar to that depicted in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury were to somehow come into existence and all books were banned, I would want to be part of any group involved in preserving books. If that meant learning a book off by heart, I would be prepared to do that. The big question for me would be what book to choose.

Out of all the wonderful and amazing books out there, my choice is 1984 by George Orwell. My over view of this book and my reasons as to why I believe it is still relevant to us are as follows:

1984 is a dystopian novel that was written years ago to portray a possible future for mankind as envisaged by the author in 1949. Why would anyone want to read this book now? 1984 passed more than thirty years ago so why would this book still be a worthwhile read today? The answer is that the content and ideas presented in this book are still relevant and it portrays a future that is still a possible outcome for humanity if the threats to our existing lifestyles and our planet are not resolved and harsh totalitarian measures need to be introduced as a last desperate measure to save our world. The threat of world destruction using nuclear weapons is much less likely now than in 1949, but modern people merely face new threats and obstacles which are also of our own creation.

Head over to read the rest of this fascinating post by Robbie Cheadle:

About Charles F. French
I am a writer, novelist, and a professor of English Literature. I live in Pennsylvania. I am a devoted lover of nature, including hiking and fishing. I love reading, movies, cooking, and eating. I enjoy comic books and superheros as well as horror novels and movies.


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And the last post today is news of a Halloween children’s story competition from author Susanna Leonard Hill.


It was a dark and stormy night!

Ghostly shadows lurked among the grave stones…

…and from the mist-shrouded forest a ghastly voice shrieked, “BOO!!!!”

Please ignore the fact that it’s morning and the kitchen smells comfortingly of fresh coffee and toast with strawberry jam and the only sound is your preschooler singing the alphabet song. We’re setting a mood here! 🙂

And I bet you can guess why!

Because it’s time to announce the rules for. . . The 9TH Annual HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST!!!

Head over to get the full submission details:

About Susannah Leonard Hill

Susanna Leonard Hill grew up in New York City with her mom and dad, one sister and two brothers, and an assortment of cats. She went to the Brearley School for K – 12, then received her B.A. in English and Psychology from Middlebury College. She then went on to get her M.A. and M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and Special Education of Children With Learning Disabilities from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

She worked for many years teaching dyslexic students, but stopped after her third child was born. Now she spends her time being a mom, writing, teaching writing, and visiting schools whenever she gets the opportunity.

Susannah is the author of twenty children’s books and you can find them all on Amazon.

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – September 4th, 2019 – Jennie Fitzkee, Sue Vincent, Robbie Cheadle, James J. Cudney

A return of the Blogger Daily at least once a week.

It is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is very timely as children and teachers return to school, and it is by Jennie Fitzkee, who shares the wisdom gained from over 30 years as a teacher of the youngest school children, preparing them for life and infusing their absorbent minds with a love of learning.

Finding Joy – A Letter to Teachers by Jennie Fitzkee

This is a re-post of a letter I wrote to teachers on Joy.
Joy is the magic word!

Dear Teachers,

As you start your new school year there is one word that will get you through the uncertainty and the worry. It’s the same word that is the heart of educating. That word is ‘joy’. No, it’s not the happiness that children bring. It’s the happiness that you bring because it inspires and ignites the mind and the heart of children. Yes, that’s how it works.

Children come to you with big eyes, looking at you to teach them. They don’t know what to think. They want to learn, yet what they really want is to be inspired to learn. That is where you can make a difference.

What do you like? Because whatever it is, from math to music, that ‘like’ will become your best buddy, your guiding star, and the foundation to teach all the things that you like. It will also become a portal to help you teach the things you may not enjoy. If you know that every day you have some window of time to teach what you love, then you become an educator. You go beyond teaching curriculum; you teach the child.

Do you like reading? Does Because of Winn-Dixie or Charlotte’s Web make your heart jump? Well, carry that book around and read it aloud on the playground, in the lunchroom, or at the bus stop. If this is your passion, children will know, and they will listen. They will learn.

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The next blog post is from Robbie Cheadle as a guest on the blog of Sue Vincent who incidentally loves guests and if you would like a fantastic place to showcase your blog and books then head over and find out more…

Robbie has recently been on tour of England and Scotland with some wonderful tales to share on her return.. This post is about the legendary Highwayman Dick Turpin.. but was he really that legendary… A snippet to whet your appetite and then click on the link to find out the truth.

The myth of Dick Turpin by Robbie Cheadle

Fiction writer, Harrison Ainsworth, glamourised thief and highway man, Dick Turpin, in his 1834 novel, Rookwood. The novel is set in England in 1737 at a manor house called Rookwood Place and the plot revolves around the mysterious death of the owner, Piers Rookwood, and the subsequent rivalry for inheritance of the property between his two sons.

During the course of the story, Dick Turpin, a highway man, is introduced at the manor under the pseudonym Palmer. During his stay, Palmer makes a bet with one of the other house guests that he can capture Dick Turpin. He is eventually forced to escape upon his horse, Black Bess. The horse, although fast enough to stay ahead of all the other horses, eventually collapses and dies from the stress of the escape.

In the novel, Ainsworth describes Turpin as galloping north in the dark: “His blood spins through his veins; winds round his heart; mounts to his brain. Away! Away! He is wind with joy.” Ainsworth’s depiction of Turpin, together with the local narratives, poems and ballads that resulted from it, gave Turpin a notorious posthumous status.

Head over to read the truth about Dick Turpin and don’t forget to check out the opportunity to guest post with Sue Vincent:

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Finally today author James J. Cudney with a post on the subject of authors reviewing each other’s work… and also a request for your views on the subject.  I have read two of James’s books and have the rest on my TBR.. he had reviewed several of mine and I appreciate the perspective that another author brings to a review. I can recommend that you take him up on his author for this reciprocal support.

AUTHORS: Have You Read and Reviewed One of My Books?, by James J. Cudney

I ask this question specifically to authors because I want to be sure I’ve acknowledged and thanked any author who has taken the time to read and review one or more of my books. As a writer, part of my job is to see what other people think of my books. I check Goodreads, Amazon, BookBub, blogs, and social media daily to see any new reviews from any type of reader. If I’ve received a positive review, I always “like” it on the tool where the review was published. I rarely comment unless it’s on a blog post, as that’s more interactive to me. If I’ve received a bad review, I will cry. Okay, that’s not true… but it will make my day a bit worse. And I won’t like it. I’d rather the negative reviewer have an open mind and message me to discuss what they didn’t like.

ACTION ITEM: If there is an author who has reviewed my work, I would like to return the kind gesture. I generally use Goodreads to find reviews from authors, then pick one of his or her books to read and review within the next month. I can’t search every site or tool, so that’s what I use as my starting point to check for them. As of August 31st, I believe I’ve located all the reviews (not just those with a rating) and reciprocated by reading some of that author’s books too. If you’re an author, and you’ve reviewed my book, and I haven’t acknowledged it or reviewed one of yours, please let me know by responding to this post or privately. It’s accidental, and I want to be sure we’re supporting one another. Let me know, and I’ll correct it.

Head over and chat to James about reviewing each other’s work and also if you have reviewed one of James’s books, he would like to return the favour.. so opportunites for everyone.:

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Thanks for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to read the posts in full – Until next time.. Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Human in Every Sense of the Word – A Sense of Pain by Robbie Cheadle

Welcome to the Sunday Interview- Human in every sense of the word.

As humans there are five main senses that we rely on to navigate through this world.  And there is one that we all possess but do not necessarily use all the time…

Sight, Hearing, Touch, Taste, Smell….Sixth Sense.

You can choose to write about one sense or all of them, including that elusive sixth sense we have clung on to from the early days of man. 

If you would like to participate then here are the details along with my take on senses:

This week my guest is Robbie Cheadle who with her son Michael has created a wonderful series of stories and cookbooks for children. In addition Robbie shows her versatility as a writer by publishing poetry, memoir based fiction and an upcoming YA paranormal novel in September.

Today Robbie shares every mother’s nightmare, when your child is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease and you have to put your trust and their lives in the hands of someone else.

A Sense of Pain by Robbie Cheadle

She pulled herself up, using the side of the large, shell-shaped bath as a lever. Water ran down her face from her soaked hair and her clammy and wet clothes clung to her body. Her little boy stared at her with round, scared eyes. She could imagine his thoughts: What are you doing, Mummy?

“I’m just going to quickly change my clothes, love.” Backing out of the bathroom, she dashed into her bedroom and stripped of her soggy jeans and sweatshirt. Her hands trembled as she pulled on dry pants and a long-sleeved top. It was summer so she shouldn’t be cold, but she was.

Heading back into the bathroom, she pulled his thick and fluffy towel from the rail and, lifting him out of the bath, wrapped him in its warm depths. She cuddled the child to her heart, fighting back the tears that threatened to spill from her eyes. If she started crying, she didn’t think she would be able to stop. She would descend into a hurting and traumatised animal.

Carrying him out of the bathroom, she stood him on the carpet in front of his cupboard and slipped his pyjamas onto his small, four-year old body. He looked so perfect with his mop of blonde curls, deep, blue eyes and sweet smile. Can there really be a tumour growing inside his stomach? Maybe it will be benign. We can’t know until they do the operation tomorrow. Tomorrow … such a long time to wait.

Holding out her hand towards him, she started moving towards the passage that led to the kitchen. He took it and followed her. Her mother, father and sister were gathered around the large, wooden table; all trying to give her support during this terrible time.

Plastering a smile onto her face, she stepped into the kitchen. The strong aroma of chicken curry reached her nostrils making her stomach clench into a tight and churning ball. There was no way she would be able to eat anything, the thought made her feel like vomiting. Her mother was worried about her. “You have to eat and keep your strength up. It won’t help him if you collapse.” She knew this was true but the knot of horror in her stomach was relentless and would not let more than a few mouthfuls of food into her body.

Dark purple smudges beneath her tired eyes told them that she wasn’t sleeping. Who could sleep at a time like this?

The paediatrician had phoned and asked her and her husband to come into her office. They had sat there together while she told them that Michael had a tumour in his stomach. It was the reason for the chronic stomach pain he was experiencing. She told them that she had arranged for their son to be admitted into hospital on Monday and for a special paediatric surgeon to remove the tumour and send it for biopsy. The paediatrician had delivered Michael. She had treated him through his many asthma induced illnesses. She offered them her blood if a transfusion was needed.

The weekend crawled passed. At 7.30 A.M. on Monday morning she unstrapped Michael from his car seat and led him into the hospital. Relief that the operation was imminent, mixed with anxiety and fear at the possible outcome. What will today bring?

The outcome: Michael was diagnosed with a non-malignant tumour which had wrapped itself around the main artery in his stomach. The paediatric surgeon was only able to remove half of the tumour as the risks of further removal were too high. Dr Loveland came out of theatre after the operation and told us that he thought the tumour was non-malignant. The biopsy result that came on Friday that week, confirmed his initial view.

©Robbie Cheadle 2019

A selection of books by Robbie Cheadle

One of the recent reviews for While the Bombs Fell

An interesting compilation of memories of a young girl during wartime in Britain. The author relays her mother, Elsie’s memoirs of what transpired in her day-to-day life growing up during WWll.

We see life through the eyes of Elsie who didn’t know what was going on around her with the war because of her young age. All she knew was she was cold and hungry and loved to have some sweets at Christmas time. She remembers the fun she had with her siblings and curling up in bed together on cold nights to keep warm. She remembers helping her mother make Christmas pudding and receiving a beautiful doll as a Christmas present.

Elsie lived on a farm with cows and chickens and other animals around. She was fortunate to have eggs and milk daily. Others were not as fortunate. She didn’t realize the hardships caused by war but she and her family adjusted and were resilient. Her father was a farmer who delivered milk daily while her mother kept the home clean and children fed and cared for even if they had very little to eat at times.

This story displays the tenacity, strength, courage and resourcefulness of this generation of people, known as the greatest generation of all times. We, today, could not do what these amazing people did to survive. We are too spoiled and cosseted in our ways and life styles. We can’t imagine a time where war came to our doorstep. Thank God for that.

A lovely story for young adults to read in order to learn about life during the toughest of times. The collection of recipes at the end of the book is a nice touch to further display what these truly courageous and resilient people had to use daily to survive.

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About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with five published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications. Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.

I have been drawn to the horror and supernatural genres of books all my life. At the age of ten years old I embarked on reading Stephen King’s books including The Shining and Salem’s Lot. These books scared me so much I had to put them aside by 6P.M. in the evening in order to get a good night’s sleep but they also fascinated me. I subsequently worked my way through all of Stephen King’s earlier books as well as those of Dean R. Koontz.

I have read a large number of classics, in particular, I enjoy Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Charles Dickens and the works of the Bronte sisters.

I am hugely interested in the history of the United Kingdom as well as the mythology and tales of the paranormal that are abundant on this intriguing European island.

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My thanks to Robbie for sharing what must have been a challenging and heartrending time for the family, thankfully with a positive outcome.

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Smoregasbord Posts from Your Archives – A visit to Te Wairoa The Buried Village by Robbie Cheadle

Today Robbie Cheadle shares a visit to an historic site in New Zealand with her family. A devastating event buried a village and took the lives of over 150 people. It is also the story of a brave woman called Sophia Hinerangi.

A visit to Te Wairoa The Buried Village by Robbie Cheadle

In 2016, my oldest son, Gregory, was part of the team from his school that won the South African leg of the Kid’s Lit Quiz. That year, the finals were taking place in Auckland, New Zealand and we grabbed the opportunity to visit this beautiful country. We visited many amazing places on the North Island and learned a lot about life in New Zealand but the most memorable place for me was Te Wairoa The Buried Village.

Te Wairoa was a Maori and European settlement located close to the shore of Lake Tarawera. The settlement was founded in 1848 by the Reverend Seymour Mills Spencer as a place where visitors could rest and stay on their way to visit the Pink and White Terraces which were considered to be the eighth natural wonder of the world.

On 10 June 1886, Mount Tarawera erupted, destroying the Pink and White Terraces and burying the villate of Te Wairoa. For more than four hours, rocks, ash and mud rained down on the village killing more than 150 residents.

The Buried Village experience comprises of a fascinating museum that houses a huge collection of objects that have been excavated over the past 80 years from the Mount Tarawera eruption and the Te Wairoa Archaelogical Site.

The museum provides a lot of insight into life in the settlement at the time of the eruption and tells stories of several the people who were living in the village. I found it to be a very emotional and intense experience to read the stories of these families and individuals, some of who were very heroic during the catastrophe, and learn of some of their tragic deaths. I became totally engrossed in their stories and seeing the excavated remains of their homes, buried beneath 1.5 to 2 meters of mud, ash and rocks was almost traumatic for me. I have always become very involved in such stories. I felt the same way when I visited the Titanic exhibition.

One of the lead figures was a guide called Sophia Hinerangi, a woman of Maori descent, who spoke both Maori and English. On 31 May 1886, a party of tourists accompanied by Guide Sophia, sighted a phantom canoe. This was believed to be a warning of impending danger. When Mount Tarawera erupted in the early hours of the morning on 10 June 1886, Guide Sophia was the heroine of the night and sheltered 62 people in her small whare. Sophia’s whare withstood the force of the eruption due to its steep-pitched roof and strong timber walls.

After surviving the eruption, Sophia left the village and set up a new life in Whakarewarewa. Her incredible story of having experienced this terrible natural disaster combined with her knowledge and natural manner with tourists resulted in her becoming the Caretaker of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve in 1896. Sophia put her status and influence to good use by encouraging local women to become guides, thereby, giving them the gift of independence through earning their own living.

©Robbie Cheadle 2016

Thanks for Robbie for sharing this story of tragedy and bravery. New Zealand is a stunning place to visit and along with its history the scenery is amazing.

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

Books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

One of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees.

This is the most creative children’s and bakers’ heavenly book I’ve ever experienced! This is definitely a one-of-a-kind treat!

There are no illustrations, just incredible photographs of “… visions of sugarplums that dance in their heads …”; made of chocolate with vivid colors and totally edible.

What an amazing collection of literature with uniqueness I’ve never encountered before, and I’m a collector of classic and unusual books as well as an avid reader and reviewer!

This little book is a treasure of mixed art for all ages. This BOOK is for families and generations to come. An incredible, delectable keepsake.

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Thank you for dropping in today and Robbie would love to read your feeback thanks Sally