(4) e-book copies of “A GHOST AND HIS GOLD”
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
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.
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…
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.
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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 HERE. Thanks for supporting this author and her work!