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Welcome to Day 1 of the #AGhostAndHisGold Blog Tour! @RobertaEaton17 @nonniejules @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #RRBC

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Hello, friends!

It seems this beautiful blog of mine has been neglected lately, but today, I’m rectifying that.  I’d like to introduce you to Author, Robbie Cheadle and her book, “A GHOST AND HIS GOLD.” This is the first day of her tour and since it’s so close to Halloween, I selfishly wanted to get us all in the mood by opening up for her today.

Before I turn it over to Robbie, I’d like to congratulate “A GHOST AND HIS GOLD” for being named the GRAND PRIZE WINNER in RRBC’s first ever “BEST” BOOK COVER Contest, during our 6th Annual Writers’ Conference & Book Expo!

And now, my guest of honor…

Robbie, take it away!

HOW THE COVER FOR “A GHOST AND HIS GOLD” WAS CREATED

A GHOST AND HIS GOLD by Roberta Eaton Cheadle

The purpose of a book cover is to convey the theme or purpose of the story in a distinctive manner.

When it came to the cover for A Ghost and His Gold, I wanted the cover design to give away enough about the story to entice potential readers of the paranormal historical genre, without giving away too much. I also wanted the cover to connect with potential readers on an emotional level.

The main themes of A Ghost and His Gold are gold, war, devastation, and loss. A significant part of the story is set in South Africa during the Anglo Boer War.

I like using silhouette designs for my book covers as I think they are very striking and don’t overload the potential reader with two much visual detail.

I elected to feature a South African Burgher on his horse, riding away from a scene of domestic destruction. Ox wagons were the mode of transport for family units during this time and symbolic of the frontiers and pioneering spirit of the Afrikaner people. The silhouette of the burning ox wagon on the cover, plays the dual role of indicating the time frame of the story and conveying the concept of destruction and domestic disruption.

The silhouette of the Burgher on his horse riding away from the burning wagon is intended to symbolise the decision by the Boers to utilise guerrilla warfare tactics in response to the ‘Burned Earth Policy’ implemented by the British invaders.  The British troops burned the farms, slaughtered the farm animals, and incarcerated the Boer women and children in concentration camps in a bid to force the Boers to capitulate and surrender. The shape of the Burgher’s hat is important in differentiating a South African Boer from an American cowboy.

The veld grass, trees and birds on the cover reinforce the story setting as African, and the yellowy gold background gives the reader a sense of dryness, wildness, and vastness of South Africa in the early 1900s. The tones of the cover also resonate with the word gold in the title and highlight the important role played by gold in this novel.

Finally, the golden sunset is also symbolic as it indicates an ending. The Second Anglo Boer War was the end of the independence of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State in South Africa. Both republics were annexed by the English during the first 12 months of the war.

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Blurb…

After Tom and Michelle Cleveland move into their recently built, modern townhouse, their housewarming party is disrupted when a drunken game with an Ouija board goes wrong and summons a sinister poltergeist, Estelle, who died in 1904.
Estelle makes her presence known in a series of terrifying events, culminating in her attacking Tom in his sleep with a knife. But, Estelle isn’t alone. Who are the shadows lurking in the background – one in an old-fashioned slouch hat and the other, a soldier, carrying a rifle?
After discovering their house has been built on the site of one of the original farms in Irene, Michelle becomes convinced that the answer to her horrifying visions lie in the past. She must unravel the stories of the three phantoms’ lives, and the circumstances surrounding their untimely deaths during the Second Anglo Boer War, in order to understand how they are tied together and why they are trapped in the world of ghosts between life and death. As the reasons behind Estelle’s malevolent behaviour towards Tom unfold, Michelle’s marriage comes under severe pressure and both their lives are threatened.

Meet the Author…

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Roberta Eaton Cheadle is a South African writer and poet specialising in historical, paranormal, and horror novels and short stories. She is an avid reader in these genres and her writing has been influenced by famous authors including Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, Amor Towles, Stephen Crane, Enrich Maria Remarque, George Orwell, Stephen King, and Colleen McCullough.

Roberta has short stories and poems in several anthologies and has 2 published novels, Through the Nethergate, a historical supernatural fantasy, and A Ghost and His Gold, a historical paranormal novel set in South Africa.

Roberta has 9 children’s books published under the name Robbie Cheadle.

Roberta was educated at the University of South Africa where she achieved a Bachelor of Accounting Science in 1996 and a Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science in 1997. She was admitted as a member of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2000.

Roberta has worked in corporate finance from 2001 until the present date and has written 7 publications relating to investing in Africa. She has won several awards over her 20-year career in the category of Transactional Support Services.

Check out Robbie’s Social Media…

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Purchase Links…

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Friends, thanks bunches for dropping by today to support Robbie and “A GHOST AND HIS GOLD.” Please don’t leave without sharing a comment for her and also sharing this post to your social media.  Remember, leaving a comment puts you in the running to win one of her awesome giveaways!

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 book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HEREThanks for supporting this author and her work!

49 responses »

  1. Boy, best title I’ve heard in a while – definitely drew me in! Great also to hear about the book’s background – especially since it’s a genre I could never do myself. Kudos and best wishes!

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  2. petespringerauthor

    I’m reading this book right now. I remember when I first saw this cover a few months ago for the first time and immediately loved it.

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  3. Great opening tour post with this beautiful cover! Sharing…

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  4. Nonnie, I love this tour and your host it so nicely. I do like the winner of the Best Book Cover honored in this tour. Robbie, I really like this insight to this post. Thank you both for sharing A Ghost and His Gold.

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  5. Congrats on the cover, Robbie – well-deserved!

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  6. Hi Robbie,

    Congratulations on a stunning cover. The amount thought and symbolism you put into designing the cover for A Ghost and His Gold is amazing. This book is next on my list! Already on my Kindle!

    Best wishes!

    Joy

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    • Hi Joy, thank you, I’m glad you like this cover. This book is important to me as it tells the story of one of the great wars fought in South Africa. The other is the Anglo-Zulu war which I also plan to write a book about. I hope you enjoy it when you get there, Joy.

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  7. Beautiful! Interestingly, it could just as easy be the dry grassland of the American Wrest, our cowboy leaving the destruction of a wagon train headed west, destroyed probably by the Indians.

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  8. It’s a great book and the perfect season for such a thought provoking ghostly tale. Good luck on your tour, Robbie.

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  9. It’s a striking and evocative cover, well deserving of the award. (K)

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  10. It is a wonderful cover. I never realized how much thought goes into the cover. You may have written about this before, but did you come up with the idea for the cover and someone else designed it, or did you also design the cover?

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  11. There’s so much to getting the cover just right.

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  12. Good Morning Robbie,
    The first question that popped across my mind while reading this posting was where were all of the African people? I have heard much about the Boers wars and also you mentioned the Afrikaner people but I don’t think they are the black people, or are they? I was always under the impression that the Afrikaner were the offsprings of people who had moved to the country. I am just pondering over it because it interests me.

    Also, congratulations on winning the best cover award during the Writer’s Conference and Book Expo. You did a great job on the cover.

    Wishing you all the best on this tour.
    Shalom aleichem

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    • HI Pat, it is an interesting question you have asked. The answer is that I have tried to cover the indigenous African experience of the Anglo Boer War as best I could. The amount of information available is very limited from an indigenous African perspective because it was never recorded in writing. The information that is available is mainly from oral stories that have been passed down. I did a lot of research and I found a thesis on the Indigenous African concentration camps and I also read all the government historical sites. I have included as much as I could. The indigenous African characters are supporting characters because of this lack of information and also because I needed to be careful of cultural expropriation. I didn’t want to presume a knowledge I didn’t have.

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    • PS If you decide to read this book, I would be interested in your thoughts about how I covered this aspect.

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter

      Pat your question has always been in the back of my mind. It’s like the “elephant in the room.” The black population was swept under the rug. They were conquered and became slaves of the conquered. Just like the native Americans here in the US. They are like strangers in their land. It wasn’t until I was a grown-up that I learned that Egypt was in the continent of Africa. How was that even possible to misrepresent, But they did. In America our democracy is under attack. If we Americans don’t wake up, we will no longer be free and the black race will lose everything again. Sorry if I’m sounding pessimistic.

      Robbie it’s scary that you couldn’t answer Pat’s question throughno fault of your own. History is saved only if it’s the dominant race telling the story. It does all of us a disservice when the truth is not told.

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  13. How wonderful for your cover to win this award!

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  14. I am really impressed with the cover, so striking. The story within sounds interesting and poignant, so much history many of us know little about, swept away under the huge events early in the twentieth century. What events do lie lurking beneath our homes which should be our domestic sanctuary? Robbie is not going to let present day folk enjoy domestic bliss by the sound of it!

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  15. Hi Nonnie and 4 Wills team, thank you for this lovely post and the artwork which is wonderful.

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  16. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Thank you to 4Wills Publishing and Nonnie Jules for this wonderful first post for my A Ghost and His Gold Halloween book tour. The cover of this book recently won the Rave Reviews Book Club Writers Conference and Book Expo and this post is all about the thought process behind this cover.

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  17. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Hi Robbie. Your cover is so striking. That’s why you won. Your story is interesting. Everyone has a story when it comes to our book covers. I have one for every book I wrote.

    Nonnie thank you for starting the tour. It is fitting and your introduction proves it. I love it.

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  18. Robbie–I had a slight knowledge of the Boer wars, but not much. I will have to read your book to learn more. The British were not very kind when they were trying to control their colonies. Thanks for explaining so much of this. Thanks, Nonnie, for hosting!

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    • Hi Wanda, I learned a lot more about this war through the writing of the book. It was an interesting process for me as I am of English descent and my biological father was friends with Winston Churchill. My husband’s family are related to Andries Pretorius, the man who the city of Pretoria was named for. Our family encompasses both sides of this war and this is not uncommon. In the beginning, it was almost a civil war.

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  19. Wow! I’m so happy that Robbie broke down the meaning behind her cover. I found it fascinating how so much was conveyed in that one picture. Congratulations on winning the Best Book Cover award, Robbie. Thanks for hosting her today, Nonnie! 🙂

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