Welcome to the WordCrafter “Behind Closed Doors” Book Blog Tour

Behind Closed Doors Book Blog Tour

To kick off the WordCrafter Behind Closed Doors Book Blog Tour today, we have a guest post by author and poet, Robbie Cheadle. In addition to being an author and poet, Robbie is a wife and mother of two boys, which shine through in her poetry. I always find Robbie’s poetry fun and heartwarming, and her fondant masterpieces are delightful. Today’s post discusses the inspiration by one of the poems in her newly released collection of unusual poems, Behind Closed Doors. I hope you will follow the tour this week, with a different guest post from Robbie at each blog stop, it should prove to be quite interesting. Join us to learn more about this fascinating lady and her poetry.

Behind Closed Doors, a collection of unusual poems blog tour – Day 1

On the 9th of February 2021, I had been married for 20 years. So much has happened since that Friday two decades ago. We’ve lost loved ones, moved to a new house, enlarged our family with two lovely boys, progressed in our careers, and are now living through a pandemic.

Through all these years, some periods of which were joyous and some difficult and strained, my husband and I have remained the same; two contrasting personalities that complement each other.

Terence is the conservative one. He reflects and considers before he takes any action. He rarely gets angry or emotional and is peaceful and calming to be around.

I am the colourful one, always busy with four or five projects on the go. I have great passions and become deeply obsessed with things. My obsessions have changed over the years from instructing spinning and weight training in the gym, to baking, teaching Sunday School, fondant art, blogging, and writing. The subject of my enthusiasm may change, but my single-minded devotion and addiction has not.

In the beginning, Terence had one emotional, arty, and obsessive person to deal with and now, two sons later, he has three of us. Gregory and Michael are both more like me in personality and behaviour.

I wrote Contrasting Colours, one of my few metaphorical poems, as a celebration of our difference.

Contrasting colours (a metaphorical poem)

My husband is….I am….
 
a calm expanse of water; glass smooth and clear,a whirlpool of relentless, swirling motion,
  
a gentle zephyr, mildly puffing through life,a tornado, tearing across fields and dales,
  
a leader with a firm attitude and commanding tone,a soldier, determinedly marching through life,
  
a tawny owl, silent, watchful and wise,a red breasted robin; bright eyed, perky and daring,
  
a spacious cavern, silent, restful and still,a babbling stream; vibrant, noisy and turbulent,
  
a grandfather clock, steadily marking the seconds, minutes, and hours,a cuckoo clock that loudly announces the hour,
  
a dictionary, providing an exact and definitive meaning,a mysterious poem with different shades of meaning,
  
a mighty redwood, solid, sturdy and dependable,a daylily flowering in a myriad of deep and bright colours,
  
a mural painted in calming blues and greens,a collage of bright colours; yellows, oranges and pinks.
  
classic piano; gently soothing, relaxing, and soft,raucous Broadway tunes; loud, lusty, and energised.

Do you think relationships work better if the couple are similar or different? Tell me in the comments.

Book blurb

Behind Closed Doors, a collection of unusual poems

What goes on behind closed doors: in the boardroom, after death, in the home, during lockdown, and in nature? This collection of poems, ranging from rhyming verse to twisted nursery rhymes, captures the emotions and thoughts people hide behind the masks they present to the world.

                                                                                          What thoughts are hidden

                                                                                          Behind her immobile face

                                                                                             Quite expressionless

                                                                                           Eyes cold and indifferent

                                                                                          Scrutinising me – hawk like

This book includes some of Robbie Cheadle’s spectacular fondant art and cakes.

Robbie Cheadle author bio

Author and Poet Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle is a South African children’s author and poet with 9 children’s books and 1 poetry book.

The 7 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 2 books for older children which incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.

Robbie has 2 adult novels in the paranormal historical and supernatural fantasy genres published under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. She also has short stories in the horror and paranormal genre and poems included in several anthologies.

Robbie writes a monthly series for https://writingtoberead.com called Growing Bookworms. This series discusses different topics relating to the benefits of reading to children.

Robbie has a blog, https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/ where she shares book reviews, recipes, author interviews, and poetry.

Social Media 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

Purchase links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09BBR94NC

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Behind-Closed-Doors-Robbie-Cheadle/dp/B099C8R3T4

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51 Comments on “Welcome to the WordCrafter “Behind Closed Doors” Book Blog Tour”

  1. Teri Polen says:

    Congrats on the new release, Robbie! Loved the poem about you and hubby – opposites attracted in our case also. Happy belated anniversary!

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  2. Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:

    Today is Day 1 of my Behind Closed Doors, a collection of unusual poems blog tour. This post features a metaphorical poem called Contrasting Colours. Thank you for hosting, Kaye Lynne Booth.

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  3. Wonderful poem, Robbie! Sharing and wishing you a grand tour with Behind Closed Doors.

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  4. marianbeaman says:

    I love this collection and have begun reading it. Like you, Robbie, I have charted the contrast between my husband and me. And at the risk of being considered a “spammer,” I give you my reflection on our last wedding anniversary: https://marianbeaman.com/2020/08/05/compensation-wedding-anniversary/

    Thank you, Robbie and Kaye Lynne! 🙂

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  5. Love this book and am reading it again before I leave a review. Contrasting Colors was most enjoyable as your contrasts are complementary thereby creating a whole.

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  6. Wonderful post, Robbie. I love your poem about you and your husband. Congratulations on your new release.

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  7. Jim Borden says:

    what a wonderful poem comparing and contrasting you and your husband. And I am not surprised to read that when you decide to pursue an interest, it is with a single-minded devotion!

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  8. Very excited to be on the tour!

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  9. Toni Pike says:

    Lovely to see Robbie here – she looks beyond stunning in her wedding gown! Loved her poem. Toni x

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  10. Norah says:

    That’s a lovely poem and a great photo, Robbie. You were married on my daughter’s birthday. I think it’s good to have contrasting personalities. Bob and I are quite different too. As with you and your hub, he’s the calm and patient one. I’m the passionate one who wants to do everything, and do it now.

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  11. TanGental says:

    It’s interesting question: why couples work? In our case we have many differences not all opposites and some fundamentals where we are aligned. One is that we tolerate and give space to those differences often glorying in and being a little jealosy of the other’s characteristics. I envy her placidity under stress, her ability to stay outwardly calm and clear eyed for instance. Whatever it is that makes our cogs fit together and keeps them lubricated, I am not totally sure and maybe I don’t what to look under the bonnet and show our workings: I’m just eternally grateful that the clockwork continues to function.

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  12. DL Mullan says:

    Reviewed Robbie’s poetry book on my site. Have a great and wonderful day.

    http://www.undawnted.com/2021/08/wordcrafter-blog-tour-robbie-cheadles.html

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  13. Smitha V says:

    I’m going to pick up your book now, Robbie. I’m tempted to write a poem on the same theme though I think it will end up being very similar to yours. Enjoyed reading your poem and couldn’t help noticing a striking similarity in the differences between you’ll and us.
    You look stunning in your wedding photograph. Reminded me of ‘Maria’ in the Sound of Music. 🙂

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    • Hi Smitha, I am sure artistic people like us all have similar impulsive and slightly fiery temperaments. I think people like us need the contrast of a calm and collected partner to keep us grounded. I hope you enjoy the collection, Smitha.

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  14. I enjoyed your poem “Contrasting colours.” It was quite thought-provoking, as my husband and I are very different. Best wishes for a successful blog tour!

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  15. Love those comparisons, Robbie. I relate more to your husband but love being around people like you. I’ve never seen a poem written like that.

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  16. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary, like on this lovely posting and the poetry, Robbie! You are wonderful multitalented, and i hope you also will keep on writing history related books. Best wishes, Michael

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  17. dgkaye says:

    I love your methaphoric comparison poem Robbie. Absolutely, opposites attract. You two seem to mesh beautifully Hugs xx

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