Smorgasbord Reblog – Q and A with D.G. Kaye Featuring Robbie Cheadle- Through the Nethergate


A lovely post from D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) with her guest Robbie Cheadle, talking about her latest book Through the Nethergate… find out more about this busy author and her wonderful selection of books.

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Q and A with D.G. Kaye Featuring Robbie Cheadle- Through the Nethergate

Welcome to my Q and A series. Today I’m thrilled to be featuring Robbie Cheadle and her book – Through the Nethergate. Robbie is a multi-genre author who writes children’s books with her son Michael in the Sir Chocolate series, poetry and chilling thriller/horror stories and is a prolific blogger, baker, among many other talents.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

I am an author who has recently branched out into adult horror and supersupernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential my children’s books from my young adult and adult writing, these will be published under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. My first young adult supernatural novel, Through the Nethergate, has recently been published.

I have 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 as well as three short stories published in Death Among Us, a collection of murder mystery short stories by 10 different authors and edited by Stephen Bentley. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.

Head over and read the rest of the interview and discover more about Robbie’s books: D.G. Kaye featuring Robbie Cheadle

D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon US – Blog: D.G. Kaye Writes Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Catch up with Debby’s Travel Column here every month: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye/

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy :Amazon US Robbie on : Goodreads – blog: Robbie’s Inspiration

Visit Amazon to view all of Robbie’s books.

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I hope you will head over to read the interview in full if you missed last Friday.. thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves -#YA #Fantasy -Through the Nethergate by Roberta Eaton Cheadle


The latest book by Roberta Eaton Cheadle is now available in print on Amazon although it has been receiving great early reviews. Through the Nethergate

About the book

Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather, but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own. In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise. With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.

One of the early reviews for the book on 15th October from James J. Cudney

Through the Nethergate is the latest novel from author Roberta Eaton Cheadle and was published in October 2019. I snatched a copy as soon as it was available because I loved her short stories, children’s book series, and memoir co-written with her mother. This latest book falls within the young adult and fantasy genres, something we’ve seen a little bit of before from her, but never to this degree. Let’s get into the story.

Margaret’s parents die in a car crash when she is sixteen. Although Margaret would like to live with her aunt, the will indicates she should live with her maternal grandfather in an old castle that was converted into a bed-and-breakfast inn in Great Britain’s countryside. Although her grandfather is loving, he has high expectations of Margaret, and when some of the staff are busy, she pitches in to help. In the beginning, she sees a few ghosts in random parts of the castle that make her a tad nervous, but by 20% into the book, readers realize these ghosts might truly be out to hurt her. What we don’t know is why… until the game changes and the ghosts begin to materialize into human form. What is it about Margaret that makes them come alive again?

This is the quintessential story about good versus evil, except there are many twists to the traditional story. We also have several fabulous history lessons to root us in the time period when the original ‘problem’ began for these ghosts. When Margaret is attacked, her grandfather recognizes the signs and calls a priest to perform an exorcism. At first, I thought… “that might be a bit unnecessary.” Then, I see how wrong I was. All HELL breaks loose at this point, and I do mean HELL. These ghosts are being controlled by a ~900-year-old vengeful former member of the royal family and its close circle of supporters-cum-enemies. And let’s not forget the black dog with red eyes that seems to follow Margaret (and the victims) everywhere.

My absolute favorite aspect of this story was the way in which it was told. In the beginning, it’s almost like a collection of stories glued together by a common thread: Margaret. Once Margaret meets a new ghost, the chapter ends and we switch to how that particular ghost died years ago. It really helps amp up the spookiness and the suspenseful nature of the books. Robbie handled this with great care and expertise, and I found myself unable to put the book down because each time something came to an end, something else even more intriguing began. What a fantastic style!

Sections two and three follow a different format, but it’s also a strong one. The biggest shocker hurtles at us when we learn the connection of this ancient royal creep. Lucifer himself. This is actually a tale about religion and politics (in a good way), the penultimate battle in the garden of good versus evil. Who will win? Who will be hurt? When Robbie begins to talk about the fall of modern society because of technology and social media, it was all too obvious of a reality check. I’d also begun watching American Horror Story: Apocalypse that evening, so it was a huge theme taking over my life. Immersive, thrilling, and completely unexpected from the author.

Robbie weaves multiple themes within the plot. Various awful historical figures come back to life (Hitler’s cronies, for example) to show who’s controlling the ghosts and deciding the fate of the world. Though over-the-top in some aspects, there are beautiful lighter moments when Margaret turns to her family or the kind ghosts for help. I’m kinda hoping there is a part two coming out in the future because these characters are going to stay with me for a long time. Kudos to Robbie Cheadle for a great adventure and a thoroughly enjoyable book. I highly recommend this for something unique and captivating.

 Head over to buy the book in print: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1913294021/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1913294021

Through the Nethergate is available as an ebook from Lulu.com here: Lulu.com

A selection of other Sir Chocolate stories co-written with Michael Cheadle and other books by 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

About Roberta Eaton 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.

Connect to Robbie Cheadle

Website/Blog Roberta Writes: https://robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com/
Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
Website: https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirChocolateBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Thank you for dropping in today and as always it would be great if you could share the news of Roberta’s new book. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday 17th October – C.S. Boyack with Roberta Eaton Cheadle, Carol Taylor #Pumpkins and Jack Eason #Politicians


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 that I recommend that you read is the interview on Lisa Burton Radio of Hugh Bigod one of the stars of Through the Nethergate by Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

Lisa Burton

Welcome to this week’s edition of Lisa Burton Radio. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and today, my special guest is a cute black doggie with the awful name of Hugh Bigod. He’s here to talk to us about a problem he has. Probably something to do with that name. “Welcome to the show, Hugh.”

“A cute black doggie! How dare you refer to Hugh Bigod, the First Earl of Norfolk and the most evil man who ever lived in Norfolk as a cute black doggie? I am the most powerful ghost in Bungay, master to all the other ghosts. I choose to take the form of a huge black dog with red eyes as it strikes fear into the heart of my victims.”

“You’re telling me, you’re not actually a dog, but a ghostly apparition of a man named Hugh Bigod?”

“Yes, you imbecilic machine. After King Henry I of England died, I betrayed his successor, Stephen of Blois, usurper of the crown, and allowed him to be captured and imprisoned by dissidents. I then formed a huge gang of bandits who roamed the countryside, spreading terror, burning villages and torturing people and holding them to ransom.

Head over and discover more about Hugh Bigod and Through the Nethergate: https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/through-the-nethergate-on-lisaburtonradio/

C. S. Boyack, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/C.-S.-Boyack/e/B00ILXBXUY Goodreads: C.S. Boyack Goodreads Blog: http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

Please visit Amazon to view all of Craig’s books.

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

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The next post is from Esme’s Salon where Carol Taylor has been contributing a monthly A – Z Culinary alphabet, and today the featured letter is U…. from Ugli Fruit to Umani.

Welcome to this month’s installment of the Culinary Alphabet. The Culinary Alphabet, The letter U, yes we are on the letter U.

Halloween is nearly upon us, the trees are changing color and what glorious colors we are seeing around the world. I love the changes of the seasons and Autumn is one of my favorites. At this moment in time, it is 77 sleeps which sounds a lot. The reality is before we know it, it will be Christmas Eve.

Without further ado. lets look at the letter U – not so many this time although maybe as I write some more will spring to mind.

Ugli Fruit, Fruit, Citrus, Organic

If you would like to know what Umani is.. head over and read the rest of this informative post: https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-u/

About Esme

I grew up loving to bake and cook as I watched my Mom so lovingly prepare meal after meal for the family and all our friends. I live in Vancouver, Canada, for the past 20+ years, but originally from a then small village called Somerset West, just outside of Cape Town, in South Africa.

How did this blog come about?

Over the last number of years, I have been pouring my heart and soul into my blog, first The Recipe Hunter (Cook and Enjoy) and now I have upgraded to  EsmeSalon..

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:  https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

You can find out more about Carol and catch up with her Food and Cookery Column HERE

Connect to Carol via her blog and enjoy posts on healthy eating, conservation, waste management, travel and amazing recipes: https://carolcooks2.com/

The final post today is from author Jack Eason who does have a reputation for telling it how it is.. and in this updated post particularly, he has a very forthright and accurate opinion of the state of our politics in the UK…. and I would say that there were few places in the world that the population has a differing view about their politicians. Of course it could be worse. It could be the portrait of a dictator on the walls of our government offices. However, as Jack says, surely there is a better way to get things done. Can we truly afford them any more?

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Sometime during the last twenty years, the clear distinction between all political parties disappeared forever. At one time not so long ago you knew for certain that the Conservative/Republican party represented the privileged rich and big business while the Labour/Democrats worked to protect the rights and privileges of the ordinary working man and women – no longer.

Today’s crop of politicians, no matter which of the eighteen parties they belong to, can only be described at best as opportunistic chancers who entered politics to grow rich at the expense of the nation they purportedly represent. Here in the UK I defy anyone to show any appreciable difference between the Tories, Labour, Liberals, or any of the others, with the exception of the Brexit Party whose platform is all about getting the UK out of the EU.

If like me you believe that all politicians are pathologic liars and hypocrites, then, like me, you must be wondering can we as a nation truly afford them anymore. To illustrate my point, a previous Prime Minister paid a lot of lip service recently on the issue of tobacco. He declared that he was going to force the tobacco companies to either employ disgusting photographs of cancerous body organs like lungs etc on the packages, or force them to put out their product in plain packages with no company logo. To gain the bleeding heart vote he and his cronies had already acceded to the anti-smoking lobby by forcing retailers to hide all tobacco products, announcing that it was to discourage children from buying cigarettes. If you believe that you need your bumps felt. What a load of crap! Pull the other one; it’s got bells on it!
 

Do head over to Jack’s and I am sure he will be delighted to hear your views on politicians and also to offer any suggestions on how to improve things.. I left a couple: https://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/can-we-truly-afford-them-anymore/comment-page-1

Jack Eason, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Eason/e/B003MEA7AY/ Bloghttps://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/ – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4026249.Jack_Eason

To view all of Jack Eason’s book please visit his Amazon Page or his blog

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