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Monday, October 17, 2016

With His Cat's Help, Roland Yeoman Hijacks My Blog

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
 – Mark Twain



Here is the next stop in my DON’T BUY MY BOOK! Blog Tour.  Hey, don’t blame me.  Lee let me in.

Seriously, thank her for her generosity and kindness by commenting at the bottom of this post, will you?


We live life with no sure light but that which we carry within us.  We sail into the darkness with an uncertain map made of the perishable paper of our flawed perceptions.

“When you have made a mistake, think not: ‘This is misfortune’ think rather: ‘To bear this worthily is good fortune.’”  
- Marcus Aurelius

In the cursed Samuel McCord, I wanted to make, not a hero, not even a protagonist, but merely a man who finds himself with terrible “gifts” and a propensity to screw up when he wants to do right.

A lot like each one of us, right?

How many times have you gambled on forgiveness and been bitten by the act?
Samuel, too.

But when Samuel spares a coven of dragons and gives them a renewed chance at life, he sets into motion consequences that will trigger the terrible San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

How can he live with that? 

How do any of us live with the consequences of well-intentioned acts gone terribly awry?

Bram Stoker has Dracula say: “We learn from failure, not from success.”
But at what cost?



Samuel rescues a British girl from rape.  Being with him will be a death sentence so he leaves her with friends on rough Parisian streets.
Decades later, he runs into her again: the famous courtesan Cora Pearl


From the 1836 Sidhe kidnapping of Princess Victoria to a 1867 encounter with the Chinese Celestial Dragon, Qing Long to his Red Wedding beneath the Rouen Cathedral and betrayal by the werewolves of Paris to contesting with brutal Paris Surgeons in the Hotel Dieu …

Samuel strives to do the right thing and mostly fails epically  … much to the delight of Samuel Clemens and the dismay of 11 year old Nicola Tesla.

Excerpt:
Samuel is standing atop the dirigible, that is really a star-craft, holding up the Xanadu, considering if he should just step off into the stormy ocean far below.  
It would be but fitting punishment for screwing up royally, dooming San Francisco to the revenge of the celestial dragon, Qing Long.  Rind, the Angel of Death, whose blood flows through his veins, appears behind him:

     No.  I wouldn’t give my enemies the satisfaction of self-destruction.  Besides, Meilori would think I had believed she deserted me.
     A voice of icicles murmured behind me.  I should not have been able to hear it what with the howling winds shrieking all about me.  But you always hear Death’s voice no matter your circumstances.
     “Eternity is a long time to brood over what you should not have done.”
     I turned around, the gale force winds threatening to blow me off the dirigible despite my resolve to stand my ground.  The storms in my life always had that effect on me.  Rind, the Angel of Death, was in an odd costume.
     Rind, the name she asked me to call her, was clothed in a black uniform that I had never seen before.  In a time when it was scandalous to show a bit of ankle, the skirt was just above the knee.  The tunic was tight with collars studded with silver bent-arm crosses. The tunic’s buttons were silver skulls.  On her right sleeve was a red band in whose center was a circle of white blazing with another black bent-arm cross.  I had seen that symbol in India.
     The Sanskrit word for it was svastika. It meant “Lucky.”  Rind had a dark sense of humor.  But then, again, she was the Angel of Death after all.  
It was downright chilling to see that the hurricane winds didn’t even muss a single strand of her long silver hair which matched the color of my own that was flying like a mane of a winged stallion.
     I spoke to her with the assurance that she would hear me.  Death might not grant your pleas, mind you.  But she heard them all the same.
     “Suicide is running from your mistakes.  A man cleans the mess he makes, Rind.  I aim to go to San Francisco a few years from now after Qing Long has a chance to cool down some.  I’ll clean up this mess then.”
     “And if you cannot?”
     I shrugged, “Then, I will try to learn from this mistake to become a better man and go on to ease the suffering this mistake has caused in any way I can.”
     “How Marcus Aurelius of you, Samuel.”
     “I’ll try to be a mite better and not get poisoned.”
     “That was not how he died.”
     “Well, being Death, you would know.”

Despite the name of my tour, would you consider buying my book?  It is but 99 cents, has a free short story at the end, and a Readers’ Discussion Section at the back for book clubs.

Write an honest review for it and get a free Neil Gaiman audio book!  How cool is that?



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Roland Yeomans was born in Detroit, Michigan.  But his last memories of that city are hub-caps and kneecaps since, at the age of seven, he followed the free food when his parents moved to Lafayette, Louisiana.  The hitch-hiking after their speeding car from state to state was a real adventure.  Once in Louisiana, Roland learned strange new ways of pronouncing David and Richard when they were last names.  And it was not a pleasant sight when he pronounced Comeaux for the first time.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in Psychology.  He has been a teacher, counselor, book store owner, and even a pirate since he once worked at a tax preparation firm.

So far he has written thirty-four books.  You can find Roland at his web page: www.rolandyeomans.blogspot.com  or at his private table in Meilori’s.  The web page is safer to visit.  But if you insist on visiting Meilori’s, bring a friend who runs slower than you.



And there's Roland! Doing what Roland does best. Spinning wild and captivating tales. Don't buy this book. Buy all of them!


My Quote of the Week: "Lighthouses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining." Anne Lamott

96 comments:

  1. Yes, buy all of them!
    Those dragons caused the earthquake? They skipped that part in the history books.

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    1. Thanks, Alex! Yes, history fails to mention many things -- like once Jefferson was a traitor to become president (sadly, the truth.)

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    2. Dragons cause all sorts of things and never get the credit. We must change that.

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  2. It really is nice to think tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes but I have yet to get through today. Maybe I will sit here and read blog posts all day which would not be a hardship if they are all as good as this one.
    Happy to meet you Roland, I had no idea dragons caused the earthquake – you see I learnt something today.

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    1. Happy to meet you, too, Barbara. Your nice compliment brightened my morning and will stay with me all day. :-)

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    2. I'm thinking of hiring Roland to write all my posts.

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  3. As I've read the first I will now run right down to my local Amazon and pick up the second!

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    1. So very nice of you, Bish. I pray THE BOWL AND THE STONE is having great sales!

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    2. Roland's reverse psychology is working!

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  4. If you're going to fail, do it epically.

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  5. I knew it! I just knew it was really dragons that did it.

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    1. You're so smart. Way ahead of the rest of us. :-)

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  6. The excerpt is powerful. Yes, buy them all! Congratulations, Roland.

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    1. If he keeps writing, I'll have to build a bigger library.

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    2. What nice things to say, Joylene and Lee!

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  7. Nice! I had a boss once you had a great attitude about mistakes. He said they were great learning experiences. It softened the blow when I screwed up.

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    1. My biggest goal is to not make the same mistake three times.

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    2. The tuition of mistakes seems steep for wisdom!

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  8. All the tidbits are great, but you really had me at 11 year old Tesla. UGH! So cool!

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    1. In the audio books, Roland's characters are amazing.

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    2. Robert Rossman is doing the audio of DRAGONS OF THE BARBARY COAST for me. He makes me sound great, doesn't he?

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    3. Oh, I forgot, Libby. 11 year old Tesla has his black cat, Macak, in these books (he really did have Macak as a young boy who followed him around like a dog.) Macak makes a special visit to Shelly Akton's blog next week, too.

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  9. Sounds like a good read. I'm intrigued.

    Love your quote of the week. I wrote it down this summer as a keeper.

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    1. Intrigue is at the heart of his stories. That's for sure. Glad you liked the quote. It spoke to me, too.

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  10. May as well fail and create a new trail, may need to bleed before you can succeed.

    And here I was blaming dinosaurs when really it was dragons.

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    1. Those dragons were here and stirring things up long ago. The dinosaurs either munched on leafy greens or ate each other. Glad Roland cleared that bit of history up.

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    2. Pat, may be on the Dragon Hit list for revealing that secret! :-)

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  11. Maybe dragons caused the earthquake in Seismic Crimes. It could be possible... ;) Hi, Roland! I am so happy to see you on C. Lee's blog!

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    1. You never know, Chrys. Looking forward to taking part in your bloghop next Friday and on your blog for the last stop on this tour Nov. 11th!

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    2. This has been one busy month and I'm seeing why! You two are writing and blogging ninjas.

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  12. Hi, Roland & Cheryl Lee!

    Roland has a witty writing style. Even the About the Author piece made me smile. I like that! There is also an abundance of wisdom to be found in his writing. As the familiar trope reminds us, no good deed goes unpunished, and the misadventures of Samuel McCord provide documentation. In an effort to help, Samuel intervenes at pivotal moments in history. His well intended meddling sets the universe on a trajectory that ironically causes harm at future points on the timeline.

    Thanks for the book intro and review, Roland and C-Lee!

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    1. Thanks for such nice words about my bio -- I tried to make it amusing as well as informative. Samuel proves that good intentions do not always end in good results!

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    2. Writing that either brings a smile or makes me laugh is always welcome, and Roland does both quite regularly. Thanks Shady.

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  13. I like stories where the choices a character made in the past impacts the story in the present.

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    1. I have taken to making the first chapters of my books earlier incidents that have consequences in the body of the main story, Misha. It makes the story seem more like reality to me that way and hopefully, it seems that way to the reader, too!

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  14. Great excerpt and congrats on your blog tour, Roland. Oh, and hi to Midnight. I like that tomorrow has no mistakes and we can charge into with so much promise.

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    1. Midnight waves his paw back! I am happy you like the excerpt. In tomorrow's excerpt on D.G.'s blog, the Apache, Elu, and Samuel walk the early morning streets of Paris with chilling results. :-)

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  15. Congratulations Roland.
    Regrets can be wasted energy - unless we act on them can't they?
    Lee mentioned Midnight. Hiding from us?

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    1. Thanks, Elephant's Child. Regrets are only useful if they motivate us to learn from the mistakes that birthed them and go forward. Living forward by always looking back is how many of us stumble on life's path!

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  16. Roland's book has a great premise, and I adore the name Samuel! If I ever have a child before I'm too old, and it's a boy like I've always dreamt about, he'll be named Samuel.

    Congratulations to Roland!

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    1. In the 21st Century, Father Renfield tells McCord that his first name means in Hebrew: God has heard. And that often in his long life, Samuel has been the answer to the prayers of the hurting. :-)

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  17. Congrats Roland - your tour is epic, I'm seeing you everywhere!

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    1. Thank you, Annalisa. I am trying to at least keep my name in the public eye! Like Mark Twain says: If you cannot be successful, be epic about it! :-)

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  18. Congratulations, Roland - you deserve to succeed with all the hard work you're putting into your tour.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan. Cross your fingers for me!

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  19. Congratulations, Roland - you deserve to succeed with all the hard work you're putting into your tour.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  20. Thirty-four books is a lot of books. Congratulations on your latest, Roland, and on all the others. You have a great sense of humor too. Good luck.

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    1. The ghost of Mark Twain claims all the credit for my sense of humor! :-)

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  21. Congrats on your new release! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Congrats on the book! Sounds fascinating! And yes, Lee is kind and generous. :)

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  23. Most things that go wrong started with the best of intentions.

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  24. Congrats to Roland. I just love his voice. He is telling the truth about pronouncing last names in Louisiana. His author bio makes me laugh. I have to read the book, now.

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    1. Hope you will! You'll enjoy it.

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    2. Only people who live or have lived in Louisiana understand the name confusion in my bio. :-) I hope you will read my book now. The ghost of Mark Twain knows you will enjoy it -- but that is only because he is in it!

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  25. Wow! What a treat, Lee! Roland Yeomans is amazing--Can't wait to read his books, which I just happily discovered, are all available on Amazon and accessible to me. I like his sense of humor. Visiting you is always a pleasure! And yes, we do learn more from our failures than our successes. Great inspiration, what with NaNoWriMo around the corner.

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    1. Good luck with NaNoWriMo, Vidya!

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    2. Well, Vidya, my many mistakes give me lots of opportunities to learn that is for sure! You made my morning by saying you like my sense of humor and are thinking of buying some of my books on Kindle! :-)

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    3. Oooh! Thank you Roland! :) Just got your email. Thrilled! My very first audiobook--and this will always be very special to me! Thank you, Lee! :)

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  26. Congrats Roland what a wonderful book.
    Hope all goes well with the sales.
    Yvonne.

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  27. I won a copy of your book thru Roland's post!!! Yay. Thanks, Lee. I'm looking forward to reading it. And I will, as soon as my tour is over. Best!

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    1. Congratulations! And good luck on your tour, Joylene.

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    2. Like Lee wrote: best of luck with your own tour!! I was so happy when your name was drawn. :-)

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  28. What a fun post, If Roland's book is anything like this, it's a winner.

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    1. Jacqui, the ghost of Mark Twain thinks it's as much fun -- but then, he says that is because he is in it!! Take a 99 cent gamble on it, maybe?

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  29. Sounds great! Congratulations, Roland.

    Hi, Lee. :)

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  30. I like that you've got a Readers’ Discussion Section at the back of the book.

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    1. I don't know if they still have book clubs but there are Goodreads Forums that could use it, too. I'm glad you think it a good idea.

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  31. I'm turning into a Roland groupie :) So great to join him on his tour. Congrats, Roland!! Thanks for hosting, Lee. Wish you both a great week.

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    1. I love groupies! Great to have you with me in this group.

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    2. I think of you as a friend, Nicola. :-) All those who enjoy my books have paid me the greatest compliment! Thank you.

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  32. Whew! Dragons and earthquakes, courtesans... Altered history is a blast, eh? Too fun.

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    1. Seems as if all bases have been covered. . .very well.

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    2. I think I may have written my own version of GAME OF THRONES! :-) Thanks for liking my novel and for having me on your blog, too!

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  33. Love the complexity of your main character and his ability to survive his own screw-ups. Congrats, Roland!

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    1. I wish I could survive my own screw ups. I need to hire Roland to write my script.

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    2. Lee, I have hours to think of a way out of Sam's' problems, only seconds to think my way out of my own!! :-)

      Tyrean, I wanted to create a man who breathed on every page. Thanks for liking him!!

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  34. I'm loving these pictures, Lee! I believe book discussions can only help writers connect to their readers. All the luck with your new release, Roland. I like the book cover. Thanks for sharing this with your followers, Lee.

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    1. He's always a visual delight, then there's those words and the way he has with them. Thanks for the visit! Please come back.

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    2. I write movies in my head that come out as novels. :-) I am so happy you like the pictures I have chosen to evoke the spirit of my tale,Victoria. Lee, you are so kind to say that of my prose!

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  35. This sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing!


    www.ficklemillennial.wordpress.com

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    1. I write books that I would like to read. Give my book a 99 cent gamble, will you, Gina?

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  36. Roland has an amazing tour going on. Been loving catching it all over the blogosphere. Great excerpt!
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks, Jess. And thanks for following my blog! :-)

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