Indie Authors Who Have Inspired Me, Cheryl Bradshaw


imageCheryl is one of the most talented indie authors I know. She writes murder mystery novels.  Two of her novels from the Sloane Monroe series, Stranger in Town and Hush Now Baby made the bestsellers list of USA Today. Hush Now Baby made the New York Times bestsellers list in September 2014. She has just released Echoes of Murder, the second in the series, Till a Death Do Us Part Novella Murder Series. She also has a paranormal thriller series, The Addison Lockhard Series. She has many awards for her books.

Cheryl is much more than an author, she is an inspiration, role model and proctor for beginning authors as well as her peers. Besides writing 5 star novels, she runs the Facebook Indie Authors Group of 3000 plus named Indy Writers Unite! that provides help to authors. Cheryl also runs wonderful blog hops and giveaways.

I recommend Cheryl’s books for all you lovers of murder mystery. I gave her 5 stars in my review of  I Have A Secret:
I Have A Secret by Cheryl Braimagedshaw is book three of The Sloane Monroe Series. It is a fast-paced murder mystery thriller that grabs your attention from the start.
On a twenty-year high school reunion cruise, Doug, the class heart throb is murdered. Sloane puts on her PI hat and promises his wife to find the killer. Ms. Bradshaw weaves a web of mystery, violence and intrigue as our heroine uses her ingenuity to solve the crime. Every chapter brings a new twist to the story, which makes it impossible to put down. The ending is a complete surprise.
The characters are well drawn and several of them remind us of our own high school acquaintances. This is a must read for those who love murder mysteries. Amazon link

You may reach Cheryl at her Facebook Author Page or her Website.

Guy Fawkes Day, fifth of November.

As a boy, my English husband always celebrated Guy Fawkes night with family and sometimes friends in his back garden (yard). His dad would set off the fireworks, then light an enormous bonfire they had built. Sometimes they had an effigy of Guy Fawkes to toss on the bonfire. They all stood around and sang:


Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Marilyn Holdsworth describes gunpowder plot

Members of Gunpowder Plot

Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords.

Marilyn Holdsworth shows Westminster Palace as it was in 1605

Houses of Parliament in 1605

The Gunpowder Plot was not just about blowing up Parliament as many believe. It was an attempt to kill King James I of England, his wife and elder son, much of his court and most of his government by detonating gunpowder beneath the Houses of Parliament. The King’s younger children were to be abducted the same day and one declared as monarch by the plotters, hopefully starting a great rebellion, one in which a Catholic minority would rise up, form a new government around the child ruler and seize back control of an increasingly Protestant England.