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Welcome to Day 7 of #AGhostAndHisGold Blog Tour! @RobertaEaton17 @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org

GIVEAWAYS:  (4) e-book copies of A GHOST AND HIS GOLD 

A Ghost and His Gold

BLOG POST:

What is a poltergeist?

The word poltergeist is derived from the German for “loud ghost” or “noisy spirit”. A poltergeist is a type of spirit or ghost that can create physical disturbances in the real world such as making loud noises and moving objects or even destroying them. It is also believe in ghostlore, that poltergeists can pinch, bit, hit, and trip people, as well as being able to levitate objects and move them around.

The film, The Exorcist, is based on the ‘real-life’ haunting of a 13-year-old boy referred to as ‘Roland Doe’ in 1940. After the death of his aunt, Doe began to experience strange occurrences whereby his mattress would move, a mysterious liquid dripped from the walls of his bedroom, and scratching noises came from beneath the floor.

His parents asked a local priest to perform and exorcism on their son, but the exorcism was never completed because Doe injured the priest with a spring from his mattress.

Doe’s parents took him to St Louis for another exorcism. The attending priests noted that mysterious scratches appeared on his body and his mattress moved violently. The boy also entered trance-like states and spoke in a guttural voice. A mysterious “X” was also carved into his chest.

A final exorcism took place, and this time it was successful.

An extract from A Ghost and His Gold relating to the poltergeist, Estelle:

“Michelle slips off her bathrobe and stands on the edge of the pool. Dipping her right foot into the cold water, she shivers violently, and jerks it out again.

“It’s really cold, Alice.”

Alice rushes up to the edge and leaps in, hitting the water with a huge splash and sinking below the surface. Her face breaks through the roughened surface and she squeals with laughter, just like a small child.

“Come on, Michelle,” she calls.

A dark shadow hurtles across the surface of the water like a torpedo rom an old war movie. Michelle’s mouth gapes open as it whistles past her. A ripple of displaced air causes her to jerk her head around just in time to see the shadow perform a tight U-turn and head back towards her. It thuds into her like a cannon ball and she flies forward and drops into the water like a sack of potatoes. Her head surfaces and she gulps air.

“You whore!”

The words float on the air as the shape darts around the pool. They seem to bounce off the mosaiced edging.

“Your husband is a rapist and a murderer, but you refuse to acknowledge it.”

Cold hands press down on Michelle’s face. The water is too deep for her to stand in this part of the pool and she can’t muster the force necessary to push back against the downward force. Her head slips into the icy water which fills her eyes, nose and ears. Adrenalin fuelled strength floods her body and she fights ferociously against the determined spirit pining her down. Her lungs are ready to burst when the pressure suddenly releases and her head bursts out of the water, like a cork from a champagne bottle.

“I’m going to kill you, whore,” the voice snarls at her.

From this close, the shadow has features. Large piercing green eyes glow in a pale face, so fair the fine scattering of freckles on her nose stand out like dark marks. Recognition stirs as she gazes into the eyes of the young girl who had revealed her presence, firstly on her computer screen, and then on the television.

The spirit’s thin face is surrounded by a thick mass of straight blonde hair that falls well below her shoulders.

The same blonde hair I saw in the shower drain.

Despite her youth, the ghost looks about fifteen or sixteen years old, evil pulses from her like a deviant heartbeat and a wicked red light burns within the depths of her brilliant eyes.

“Why? Why must you kill me? What have I done?” screeches Michelle, her eyes dilated with fear.

“Why?” the girl throws back her head and laughs. “Because you knew that he was guilty of rape and murder but did nothing to bring him to justice.”

“But I didn’t know,” Michelle cries.

“Yes, you did know. There were signs all around you. You chose to ignore them just like my father chose to ignore my mother’s abuse of me,” the ghost’s voice drops to a low tone, but it still reverberates through the air. “She neglected and ignored me and, when the worst thing that could happen to me did, she rejected me and said I was unclean and defiled. I hated her almost as much as I hated him. My father, Pieter van Zyl.”

Her hands reach out again and deliberately push Michelle down be-neath the dark water. Numb with cold and shock, Michelle struggles against the downward pressure.”

BOOK 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.

AUTHOR BIO:

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.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Robbie Cheadle

Website

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

Blog

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

Goodreads

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

Twitter

https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Website

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

Blog

https://wordpress.com/view/robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19631306.Roberta_Eaton_Cheadle

Twitter

https://twitter.com/RobertaEaton17

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/robertawrites/?modal=admin_todo_tour

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Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Gold-Robert-Eaton-Cheadle-ebook/dp/B096H39FG3

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!

 

Indigenous People’s Day

 On October 8, 2021, U. S. President Joseph Biden declared that

October 11th will be celebrated as  Indigenous People’s Day.

 As a person descended from the Ottawa Indians, I appreciate that people be reminded that our people were here to greet those who “found” this continent all those years ago. In fact, my Great-Great Grandfather was an Ottawa Indian Chief. 

 So, may this day be a celebration of life with music, food, dance, and worship with family & friends. 

AND an opportunity to honor the INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

of

the United States of America

International Coffee Day October 1

Ideally, I believe that every day is COFFEE DAY. Considering that there is no real documentation of the origins of INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY, you can celebrate as you will.  Buy someone a cup. Try a new blend. Mix coffee with chocolate and baking cookies, cakes, or make fudge. Have fun!!

 

Welcome to Day 5 of Breakfield and Burkey’s “SHORT STORIES” Blog Tour! @EnigmaSeries @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #RRBC #4WillsPub.

Welcome to Day 5 of Breakfield and Burkey’s “SHORT STORIES” Blog Tour! @EnigmaSeries @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org  #RRBC #4WillsPub.

(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.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Blog Post

Jamie Griffin, our roguish young Irishman, made his debut in The Enigma Gamers. He initially appears in the Macau high-end nightclub, adjusting the casino’s slot machines. Jamie works as a contractor, along with his love interest Frieda who is in the data operations side of the business. Jamie convinced Frieda to take this on as an opportunistic gig for the massive payoff in this rich target environment.

Julie and Juan, heads of our cyber assassin establishment technology services (CATS) team, are vacationing in the region. The pair decide to enjoy a new state-of-the-art nightspot using lots of artificially intelligent-enabled components. Julie spots Jamie’s covert skimming that deftly avoids the cameras and artificially intelligent robots serving the casino guests. They chuckled at his sleight of hand, marveling at the risks the young man took.

The CATS team crosses paths with the rogue Irishman along with Frieda in the threads of this story. Readers fondly commented on Jamie, and in The Enigma Dragon, we had an excellent opportunity to bring him back. In The Enigma Dragon, he deepens his relationship with the CATS team and provides clues to their working case.

Ernesto, Jamie’s primary contact, likes the young man, taking him under his wing. Enjoy this audible extract for insight into Jamie.

  Ernesto discovers the additional layers to Jamie along with this talent for Irish blarney. This young man has the rare gift to sell the improbable, much like selling a refrigerator to Eskimos.

Readers and fans commented on Jamie. They liked his contribution to the story and sent emails wondering about his background and family life.  We dedicated Destiny Dreamer as the background on his early life and lessons learned as he grew up.

Characters in our stories are multifaceted people. Their interactions, life challenges, and travels make an impact on the soul. We invite you to explore Jamie’s beginnings, meet his family as he learns the depth and breadth of the heart of an Irishman.

We encourage you to post your review and let us know if Jamie should continue to appear in our novels of the Enigma Series.

About the Short Story

  Jamie started life as a carefree lad in Ireland, living in a farm family. When his brother Ian was born, he vowed to show him all the best things as a big brother. They became best friends from the time Jamie taught Ian to drive a tractor. Their bonding exercises as young men was rebuilding a motorcycle from a box of greasy old parts. They traveled to learn their destiny together.

Jamie met his love Frieda as he ventured into a new career in technology as their paths crossed on a bus. The relationship blossomed into a family. The future looked bright for the young lovers.

Jamie faces emotional highs and lows as he travels. His one consistency is the bus rides to find hope for his future.

Where will his future lead him?

The book is available on Amazon    We look forward to your review and comments on our short stories

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.

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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

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.EnigmaSeries.com.

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!

A Bolder Gift

Ah, the boulder me, large, clunky, and heavier than could be lifted. Sitting high atop the mountain, it was an existence of non-descript proportions. Birds would perch and lizards would scramble over my expanse. Vines would wrap me in green.

One day, I began to tumble down from the summit, chipping away at the edifice surely hiding a new identity. Momentum carried me with a crash, then a bounce, into the waiting water which swallowed me whole.

Treasure hunting, small hands fished something from the water and exclaimed with delight, “Look, I’ve found a polished river stone! How pretty!”

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben