#RRBCSpotlightAuthor Blog Tour #RRBC (@mbiermanauthor) Mark Bierman!!

It is my pleasure to welcome to my blog, a Member of Rave Reviews Book Club, Author Mark Bierman. He is in the spotlight today from the Spotlight Author Blog Tour. Here is his story…


Tell Your Story

Imagine, if you will, two scenarios. I will not delve into any more detail in this brief introduction, other than to say that both are set in a prison.

Here is the first:

Steven, the young correctional officer, raced after his fellow officers as they charged through the open doorway and onto the prison range. T Block had exploded into a battlefield. Fifty inmates were bent on sticking and slicing each other with shivs fashioned from the metal pins stolen from the exercise machines in the gym. The sharpened pins weren’t the only weapon of choice, for in the mix were toothbrushes with razor blades melted onto their handles, chunks of plexiglass, glass, and metal window trim. All with hair-splitting edges. Oh, inmates are a creative and stealthy lot. There are thousands of ways to die in prison.

Into that fracas, Steven ran. For him and the others, there was no other choice. Two of their fellow officers were trapped down there. The melee had broken out while the pair were conducting a routine patrol, and with only the defence of hands and wits, their situation had turned dire. The same applied to the Steven, others had grabbed the limited supply mace. No guns were allowed on the range, they were far too dangerous.

T Block was split into two levels. The upper tier, three feet wide, stretched over one-hundred feet in length, and was lined by open barred cells on one side, with a four-foot-high “safety” railing on the other.

The bloody skirmish was largely concentrated on the bottom level, and most of the troops, understandably, went in that direction. But blades were also swinging up stairs and several uniforms were interspersed among the prison blues worn by the clientele. Steven followed John, an experienced officer, onto the top tier, and into sheer madness.

For those on T Block that day, there was no sanctuary, no corner or nook was devoid of violence. The air was thick with hatred and fear, though not impermeable to the cries of agony and the sting of mace. Everywhere, weapons found their targets, blood spilled, and the century-old- limestone walls recorded every act.

A large inmate broke free of the others and had run upstairs. Steven watched the approaching inmate and knew he was in for a fight. The powerful man lived downstairs, so his intentions were obviously not good. The officer knew he couldn’t let the man pass.

“Get back downstairs!” Steven yelled several times

The orders went unheeded.

This was going to be a fight. But would the inmate choose his fists or a knife?

Now sandwiched between a pair of combating inmates, and the charging human moose, Steven had seconds to make a determination that could possibly kill him and others. He wished for time to at least slow down, as he prepared a defence. His old friend, the internal survival coach, the one who’d kept him alive in other incidents shouted a familiar warning. Watch his hands! No weapon yet! But if he reaches for his pocket or the waist band of his jeans . . .!

A scream, came from what seemed inches from behind Steven, it was followed by a heavy thud on the limestone floor, twelve feet below. Someone had been thrown over the railing, Steven knew it without even looking. Would he be next? Would he soon feel the blade or the point of a shiv as it penetrated him?  He wanted to turn around, but he couldn’t. Faith was needed. Enough to believe that his fellow officers would be there, that they would have his back. Danger was coming straight for him. The world became a tunnel that encompassed only the charging inmate.

This reaction too, was familiar. It was the body entering ‘fight’ mode. It was the body doing what it needed to survive.

Here is the second:

The two inmates squared off. From fifteen feet away, Janjak raced to close the distance. He tripped over soiled men and spilled waste buckets. The curses of fellow convicts were ignored. His vision morphed into a tunnel that encompassed only the combatants. Watch their hands! Almost there. Hands! Hands! Something flashed. Knife! The Haitian launched himself as Frantz pulled the weapon from his waistband. Shoulder met chest in a violent collision. Frantz cried out as he was tackled onto a stained mattress.

 

Notice any similarities? You might ask what books did I glean these excerpts from? Or perhaps you may think they are from the same one.

Well, to tell you the truth, the second scenario is from the first chapter of my novel, Vanished. The first is a page taken directly from my life. I changed my name to Steven, for this story.

Now, obviously I survived that experience and many others over the years, and while I personally am happy about that fact, that isn’t the point of this blog.

What I hope you will take away from this, is that you will be encouraged to tell your own. I hope you realize that all us have valuable life experiences that are unique. We can, and should, use them in our writing.

I don’t know about you, but there is no English Degree in my background. I am no expert in literature, or even everyday writing. One thing I do possess, what everyone has, is real life experiences. So, please don’t allow yourself to be convinced that you have nothing to offer readers. You have a life!

 

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VANISHED, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E4CZHIO/

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Blurb:

Tragedy . . . heartache . . . how much more can Tyler Montgomery and John Webster take? This missions trip, the “healing” one, has only added fresh layers of pain. Construction of an orphanage in Haiti’s northwest . . . yes. But a doomed rescue operation, human traffickers, human anomalies, extreme personal danger . . . risk of death? They hadn’t signed up for those.

 

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Author Bio:

Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark’s childhood consisted of chores, horseback riding, snowmobile races, fishing trips to local lakes, and many other outdoor adventures. He was, and remains, an avid reader of many genres.

Transitioning into adulthood also meant moving from the farm into large urban areas that introduced this ‘country boy’ to ‘big city’ life.

Drawing on his many experiences as a private investigator, and later, a correctional officer, Mark combines his unique experiences and imagination to create stories and characters.

 

Follow Mark online!

Twitter:   @mbiermanauthor

Facebook: Facebook

Website:  markbierman.com

 

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#RRBC #RRBCTreatReads DAY 2 Mary Adler @MAAdlerWrites

“Greetings!  Welcome to the 2nd RRBC “TREAT” Reads Blog Hop!  These members of RRBC have penned and published some really great reads and we’d like to honor and showcase their talent.  Oddly, all of the listed Winners are RWISA members!  Way to go RWISA!

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed, and after reading it, leave a review.  There will be other books on tour for the next few days, so please visit the “HOP’S” main page to follow along.

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the “HOP’S” main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!”

 

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Author, Mary Adler

 

 

Book: IN THE SHADOW OF LIEShttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K7WYTSU/

 

In The Shadow of Lies by Mary Adler

Book Blurb: Richmond, California. World War II.  Marine Lieutenant Oliver Wright comes home from the war in the Pacific injured and afraid his career as a homicide detective is over.  But when an Italian Prisoner of War is murdered the night the Port Chicago Mutiny verdicts are announced, and black soldiers are suspected of the crime, the Army asks Oliver to find out the truth.

 

He and his canine partner Harley join forces with an Italian POW captain and with a black MP embittered by a segregated military. During their investigation, these unlikely allies expose layers of deceit and violence that stretch back to World War I and uncover a common thread that connects the murder to earlier crimes.

 

In the Shadow of Lies reveals the darkness and turmoil of the Bay Area during World War II, while celebrating the spirit of the everyday people who made up the home front. Its intriguing characters will resonate with the reader long after its deftly intertwined mysteries are solved.

 

 

Twitter: @MAAdlerWrites

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Welcome to Day 3 of Breakfield and Burkey’s “SHORT STORIES” Blog Tour! @EnigmaSeries @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #RRBC #4WillsPub.

The author’s are giving away (7) ebook copies of “HOT CHOCOLATE”

Please leave the authors a comment anywhere along the tour for your chance to win one of these awesome prizes.


Rox Burkey and Charles Breakfield are co-authors for the Enigma Series. Our characters haunt us, demanding more of their stories get written. It began with a few heroes, then expanded to those with self-serving motives. We instigated this tour to provide insight and motivating factors on the shorts. We consider these fun standalone compliments to the series novels. Enjoy this tour, and please provide feedback

Breakfield is a technology expert specifically in security, networking, voice, and anything digital. He enjoys writing, studying World War II his­tory, travel, and cultural exchanges. Charles is also a fan of wine tastings, wine-making, Harley riding, cooking extravaganzas, and woodworking.

Burkey is a 25+ year applied technology professional who optimizes technology and business investments for global customers. She focuses on optimized customer experiences. Rox loves interviewing authors, writing white papers, reviewing books, and loves creating fiction.

Together they create award-winning stories that resonate with men and women, young and experienced adults, and bring a fresh new view to technology possibilities today. They invite you to visit their newly revised website, look around and grab some free stuff https://www.enigmabookseries.com/.

Day 3 Blog Post

Brayson Morris joins The Enigma Stolen as a part of the cyber assassin technology services (CATS) team. His background in covert military operations, multiple languages, technology, and analytical agility made him a perfect addition to the team. More than once, he illustrates his ability to respond to a situation effectively.

Gretchen Schmidt is a classic femme fatal, mathematical genius who cannot interact with any human compassion. In this novel, Gretchen, dominated by her grandfather, behaves obediently to the point of appearing subservient. 

Brayson’s assignment is to locate a source of significant computer power, coupled with an unknown stock trader who is way too successful. Following the leads provided by the CATS leadership, Brayson locates Gretchen. He realizes she is the same person he attended classes with when he attended university. Brayson plans to root out the evil plans based upon the details uncovered.

As the conflict and drama escalate, Brayson must explain his history with Gretchen to Petra so the CATS team will retain their trust in him. We wanted to share a portion of that discussion from The Enigma Stolen in this YouTube link.

Early reviewers of this novel found it interesting that two characters crossed paths in their youth. Readers and fans wanted to understand more about the brilliant Gretchen. In many ways, people wondered why this beautiful, intelligent young woman struggled with relationships. The short story sheds some tragic details of the two students whose paths crossed.

About the short story

Brayson is determined to graduate at the top of his class in the exclusive master’s technology program from Warsaw University. Distractions are nowhere on his schedule. His talent, military brat upbringing, and drive to succeed will allow many doors to open to him with this degree.

Rafael, a fellow student, seems to pursue a different direction for his life and education. His plan may derail Brayson’s success.

Enter Gretchen—beautiful, brilliant, and abrasive. This desirable woman has even less time for socializing than Brayson. Her drivers are to extract every morsel of information from her professors, regardless of the cost. Her bodyguards suggest there is more to Gretchen than just a pretty face.

Are these three destined to collide at some point and upset their end goals? Could their future become irrevocably altered by their search for answers? School is hard enough without adding emotional baggage.

Available on Amazon https://bit.ly/RiddleCodes

Follow us

Website:       https://www.EnigmaBookSeries.com

Blog:            https://EnigmaSeries.com

https://RoxBurkey.com

Connect and Follow on Social Media: 

LinkedIn:       https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesbreakfield  and

https://www.linkedin.com/in/roxanneburkey

Twitter:         @EnigmaSeries and @1rburkey

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/TheEnigmaSeries/

YouTube:      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Vz4x5ctTnx3yUhZk1OJkw


To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the authors’ tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site. If you’d like to schedule your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HEREThanks for supporting these authors and their work!

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#RRBC! #PIF (@karljmorgan) Karl J. Morgan!

Today I am giving a shout out to (@karljmorgan) Karl J. Morgan! Karl is a very supportive member of Rave Reviews Book Club and he is always supporting me. He is part of the twitter support team which is very important to the club.

Here is Karl’s website: https://www.karljmorgan.com/.

As usual, Karl is promoting the members of RRBC.

Karl J. Morgan

He a guest participant at Raters Not Haters every month with few exceptions. And he shows up at other venues presented in the club. He participates in blog tours, parties, conferences and other programs that are sponsored by the club.

Karl’s Website …

Karl has so many books that you will have to click the amazon link below to see them all …

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So let’s give a huge shout out to Karl on Pay It Forward Day today!

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#RRBC’s 6th Annual Writers’  Conference & Book Expo

Hello, followers and friends!

Monday, August 9th, is the start of RRBC’s 6th Annual Writers’  Conference & Book Expo, and we’d like to invite you to drop by!
There will be games, prizes, surprises and other goodies, so be sure to visit each Author Booth, take a look around, then leave a comment for your chance to win each Author Booth’s door prize!  

There is a Scavenger Hunt Game to play, a 2 Truths & a Lie Game to play and more!  In each Author Booth, you will find a clue, and if you find the correct answer to all the clues and are the first to submit your answers, you could be the winner of an awesome prize!  
Of course, we’ll have our READING ROOM open and one of our members is going to blow you away showcasing their talent!  

If you’re into BINGO, purchase your BINGO cards and join us for a game or two!
And what we all wait for every year – our RAFFLE!  Yes, each year we raffle off (7) $100 Amazon gift cards and this is open to the public so go on and snag your tickets today!  Raffle tickets are only $5!  How awesome would that prize be?  Some of them also include additional goodies like other gift certificates, ebooks, and more!  Enter for your chance to win one or more of these $100 Amazon gift card gift baskets.  The more tickets you buy, the greater your chances of winning.  (Please do not purchase more than 7 tickets).
This year for the first time ever, we’ve added our BEST BOOK COVER CONTEST!  This contest is open to the general public so go ahead and enter your book cover(s) now!  Share your comments with us and let us know which one you think is best!

Click for a full ITINERARY OF EVENTS!  

The venue opens at 5 PM CT on Monday, 8/9/21.  We hope to see you there!  In the event of minor time delays, please check the sidebar of the RRBC website for updates.

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#RRBC John Podlaski (@pdoggbiker) Today is #RAOK DAY! Welcome to a day on my blog!

Today is about YOU John Podlaski, A VietNam Veteran and member of Rave Reviews Book Club!

John can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.podlaski

Here is John’s Amazon Page where all his books can be found.

Here is John’s Author Page

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John is an active member of RRBC and is supportive of everyone. He keeps us informed on what happened in VietNam during a most unpopular moment in history.

John, We thank you for your service and your bravery.

Website: https://cherrieswriter.com/?fbclid=IwAR2VvkbYU1u8xms116mQFHI2DXbGF-1rHFGHFwePIaTlnSrHunN9bVhKrnA

HAPPY RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY TO YOU!

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Welcome to Day 6 of the “SIR CHOC” Book Tour! @bakeandwrite @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #RRBC

Sir Chocolate Books – Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five story and cookbook

(7) Paperback copies / 1 of ea book in the series

(2) 15 Amazon gift cards

Please leave Robbie a comment anywhere along the tour for your chance to win one of these awesome prizes.

Sir chocolate arrives at the Chocolate Land Zoo one morning to find the Fondant Five have disappeared. Who would take the lion, elephant, cheetah, rhino, and buffalo from their homes and why?

This rhyming verse book is aimed at teaching young children about the “Big Five” African animals as well as a few others including the giraffe, monkey, and hippo. It also includes a subtle message about teamwork and solving problems together.

How to make a chick out of an Easter Egg and fondant

You will find the step-by-step instructions on Youtube here:

OR

You can download a PDF of the step-by-step instructions here:

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/how-to-make-baby-chick-using-an-easter-egg/

BOOK BLURB:

Number 6 in the Sir Chocolate series. Five zoo animals go missing and Sir Chocolate needs to find them. Includes five lovely new recipes.

AUTHOR BIO:

Robbie Cheadle is a children’s author and poet.

The Sir Chocolate children’s picture books, co-authored by Robbie and Michael Cheadle, are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision.

Robbie has also published books for older children which incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Robbie Cheadle

Website

https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za/

Blog

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

TSL Books Author Page

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Twitter

PURCHASE LINKS:

TSL Publications (paper back is available at a discounted price):

Lulu.com (ebook):

Amazon (paper back):

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site. If you’d like to schedule your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE. Thanks for supporting this author and her work!

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Welcome to Day 12 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors (May) Series! @Pdoggbiker #Cherries @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC

Hello followers. Here is a piece for Memorial Day. Enjoy!

Watch Nonnie Write!

12 Days of Authors John Podlaski

GIVEAWAY:

At the end of this series, 1 lucky visitor will win a (12) Kindle e-book pack which will include a copy of each book featured in this series + a $10 Amazon gift card!  Simply leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing!

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On the 12th day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, JOHN PODLASKI!

Author bio:

I served in Vietnam in 1970 and received numerous military recognitions including (Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, two Air Medals, and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry).  After my military service, I spent 45+ years working in management positions within the automotive supplier sector. My wife, Janice, and I retired in 2013 and live in Sterling Heights, MI. During our retirement, we’re happily watching our only grandchild, 3-year-old Scarlett, while daughter, Nicole Patrick, works. What a joy seeing her grow both physically and…

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Welcome to Day 6 of #RRBC’S ’20 WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG TOUR! @RRBC_Org @enigmaseries

GIVEWAYS:

Be sure to leave a comment below to ensure that you have a chance at winning a $20 Amazon Gift Card!


The Enigma Ignite

The race is on to gain military dominance on the battlefield!

Global leaders demand the latest technology improvements to protect their soldiers in combat. Technologists are pulling out all the stops to use nanotechnology, dynamic programming algorithms, and drones for high-end field communications.

However, some guerrilla radicals are inserting themselves as middlemen and injecting chaos.

Texas university professor Su Lin quietly works in her animal husbandry field of study. Creative unconventional communication techniques place her in the cross hairs of multiple interested parties. Her research of nanotechnology, coupled with hybrid programming, earns her unwanted attention.

What does research into improving animal husbandry have in common with high-tech military communications?

Great ideas are often adapted in different ways from the original intent.

Keith Austin Avery, a U.S. defense contractor, uncovers new technology and leading-edge applications that draws the attention of a powerful terrorist group with traumatic consequences. Will he be forced to give up confidential knowledge or is all this information already on the Darknet?

R-Group members, Petra and Jacob, are engaged to locate the extremists and identify government corruption before more people die. Software tripwires in the new code start a dire race against time to save lives.

Award-winning authors, Breakfield and Burkey, deliver a solid espionage thriller. It builds a satisfying balance of technology, tension, surprisingly sensitive romance, and the blurred lines surrounding the age-old conflict between good and evil in the middle of today’s cyber playing field.

-Book trailer

-Amazon.com purchase link- http://bit.ly/K_TheEnigmaIgnite

-Social media links:

https://www.facebook.com/TheEnigmaSeries

https://twitter.com/EnigmaSeries

Thank you for supporting the books and authors along the RRBC ’20 WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG TOUR!  These authors are generous in their support of others so we want to show our support of them in return.  You may follow along each day of the tour by visiting the tour’s home page

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The Meghan Markle Phenomenon

In case you haven’t heard of Meghan Markle, she is an American who married the Prince of England, HRH Prince Henry (Harry) Duke of Sussex. She became the Duchess of Sussex. Meghan is a mixed race woman of color who is very accomplished in her own right. Her father is white and her mother is black.

She grew up in a separated home where both parents were hands-on in raising her. She went to the best schools and went on to graduate from a University with a major in political science and a minor in theatre. She pursued an acting career that finally paid off by the time she hit her thirties. She was living in Toronto where her hit show “Suits” was filmed. She got married to her longtime boyfriend after seven years of dating. It lasted 2 years because of the geographical distance between them; and they got a divorce.

During her growing up years she was shaped to be aware that she was blessed to have a place to stay and food to eat. Her mother took her to soup kitchens and they helped to feed the hungry. While she was working on the set of “Suits,” she would make arrangements to have leftover food brought in for the actors, taken to a soup kitchen or homeless shelter so it would not go to waste. She was born to be a royal.

She met Harry through a blind date set up by a friend to both of them. They got married and the rest is still to be written.

The one thing that is playing out is the race card and the mistreatment she has endured by the British press. They made up lie after lie against her for the sole purpose of destroying her character and Harry’s if they had to. The monarchy only has one rising star and that was the heir, Prince William, who will one day be King. So, her relationship with Prince Harry was doomed. She had no right coming into the royal family and becoming so popular. They were not going to have that. They hounded her and nitpicked everything she said and did. It took the famous interview with Oprah to shed light on their side of the story. This after four years of constant tabloid lies and made-up fabrications.

It was explosive!

But the thing that bothers me more than anything is how they treated Meghan. She was bi-racial, beautiful, smart, amazing and she loved charity work. That is what attracted Harry to her especially since he was getting ready to take his place on the world stage. The timing could not have been more perfect.

He said, “The stars were aligned when we met…”

Looking at Meghan took me back to an incident that happened in my life when I was working for a temp agency. My assignment was Hiram Walker, based in Canada. They moved some of their staff to the United States and I got a job there through Kelly Services. It was in the early nineties during a time after I was laid off from my newspaper gig after thirteen years of service. Affirmative Action was over and now, more people of color were either losing their jobs or working like me through an agency. I saw nothing but young people being hired at these temp agencies because corporations or businesses were not hiring them outright. These temp agencies provided the benefits that the companies used to be responsible for. That was an eye-opener for me.

As I was saying, I started working at Hiram Walker and a whole slew of black folks were hired at the same time. It looked like they were looking specifically for blacks to fill numerous new positions. I was an assistant to one of the managers and my work area was set out in a staff pool. I encountered this beautiful, bi-racial (black) young woman who came over to assist me in getting my computer to perform correctly. She showed me what the problem was and fixed it. I was so grateful for her help and was struck with how polite and warm she was. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember her name. I didn’t get the chance to really get to know her.

But I started to notice that she was not being treated well by the management. It got so bad that one day she was just gone. They had not even allowed her back in to get her belongings. The temp agency had to retrieve her things. To this day I don’t know what happened, and nobody was talking, but she clearly was under some kind of stress which I was able to observe at times. I never understood it.

I do believe that the good white folks there were behind it. After all, they ran the company. I never understood how she could be treated so poorly without having done anything that would warrant such abuse. I never was able to reconcile what happened to her but I never forgot it.

Seeing Meghan Markle so mistreated reminded me of that person and over the years I wondered where she was and if she was okay. I wished I had gotten an opportunity to really get to know her.

My point of all this is the phenomenon of Meghan and people like her. Mixed race, beautiful, poised, smart, amazing and above all kind. The young woman I knew was all of these traits. What did they have in common? The black in their blood. I saw movies of mixed race women who couldn’t be accepted in the white world. They had to live a lie to survive because of the mistreatment they got. Is it the white man’s guilt of what he did to the black race? The raping of black women produced this mixed blood and maybe they couldn’t stand it. Or they couldn’t own it. They wanted to be a pure race. They certainly were not going to claim this new breed.  So, create a climate of blame and victimization to soothe their guilty conscience.

Maybe what I am saying is too raw for anyone to accept. But I had to admit, there was something wrong with the picture that I saw at Hiram Walker. Meghan Markle’s picture is equally troubling. They will say, that the monarchy has to be protected and that is the excuse they will use. But we (the public) know better. We are on the outside looking in with clear eyes. Beauty and grace are usually to be praised. In Meghan’s case, it wasn’t. They preferred the awkwardness of Kate Middleton and Prince William to the poise and grace Meghan and Harry represented. Maybe they had no choice. Maybe they did.

In the name of Her Majesty the Queen.

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Welcome to Day 6 #RRBC MARCH “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour!!! Author, Robbie Cheadle! @bakeandwrite

Open a new door, a collection of poems

BLOG POST:

My mind’s eye is a freestyle poem. I fell in love with freestyle poetry through reading the poems of a good blogging friend of mine. Prior to reading hers, I had never attempted this form of poetry although it is popular. Freestyle poetry is free from the limitations of regular meter or rhythm, but not completely, as it still needs to have a musical flow.

About My mind’s eye

I wrote this poem in response to a discussion with my circle of friends about whether any of us would change anything in our lives if we could go back. I have this discussion some thought subsequently and concluded that, although everything in my life is not perfect and I have my ups and downs like everybody else, my life is good enough. I would not change it as who knows what unexpected knock-on effects such change would result in.

My mind’s eye

I reflect on my life

through my mind’s eye

Inspecting

Seeking

I open secret drawers

rummaging through

their hidden contents.

My childhood

A time of happiness

Innocence

and laughter.

My teenage years

I gently probe

Pulling out memories

Like old clothes

from the cupboard of time.

I run my eye over them

looking for rents,

tears and wrinkles.

Choices that impacted

on the elastic band of my life

liked pulled threads.

My eye moves on

My early twenties

Books, university and classes,

career decisions,

boyfriends and jobs.

Time then seemed stretched

Passing slowly

Each moment full and rich.

My wedding

A wonderful day

Happiness so evident

It lies like a fog blanket

over these memories.

Buying our home,

Building our careers,

and then

our babies

those perfect little beings.

Time speeds up

the elastic band

pulls tight

almost seeming to double back on itself.

I close my mind’s eye

A sigh of relief escapes my lips

There is nothing I would change

Everything is as it should be.

BOOK BLURB:

Open a New Door is a poetic peep into the life of poet, Robbie Cheadle, who lives 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 the poet’s 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

AUTHOR BIO:

Roberta Eaton Cheadle has published nine children’s books under the name of Robbie Cheadle. She has branched into writing for adults and young adults and, in order to clearly separate her children’s books from her adult books, is writing for older readers under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Roberta Eaton Cheadle has published two novels for YA and adult readers and has contributed to seven anthologies.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Robbie Cheadle

Website

Blog

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How The Professionals Handle Negative Book Reviews #RRBC @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA

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If you follow my blogs, you should know by now that when I post, there will always be a lesson to be gleaned from each post.  This one will be no different.  By now you should also know that I don’t sugarcoat things.  I’ll leave that to those who don’t know how to appreciate a world of truths. 

We’ve all been there … on the dirty end of a negative book review. And although negative book reviews cut some deeper than others, they all leave us with a special feeling – the need for a good cry, or they might even give us a hearty chuckle – that’s if you don’t feel that reviews “define” you, which clearly they do for some.

RRBC was founded almost 10 years ago because of a strong need for a place to go and get truly honest reviews of your books;  a place where…

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