Sunday, February 23, 2014

From Despair to Relief - A Scary Road

EXTRA! EXTRA! Sunday News!

In Roland Yeoman's novels, Sam McCord and Samuel Clemens are good friends and survive many adventures together. Their creed: a friend is there when you need a helping hand. A friend does what he can. Roland has always been a great supporter of the blogging community. Now we can pay back that support and generosity by buying one of Roland's books. If that doesn't fit your budget, then offer a word of support at his blog. You can make an author smile. Let's continue the Book-a-thon idea started by Sean at the Midlist Writer and  Civil War Horror blogs.

Roland is at home now, recuperating. The surgery was successful, and he's sleeping a lot as part of the recovery. How do I know this? The ghost of Hemingway told me.  Writing in the Crosshairs, Roland blog, is where he shares his wisdom, wit and writing chops. He's also shared the journey from discovery of the cancer to the removal.

I'm highlighting three of his books that are in my TBR stack. Roland has created a unique universe woven in layers, with well-rounded characters and an undead cast of regulars. Following is a snippet about each.


***

French Quarter Nocturne
New Orleans after Katrina.
 



The French Quarter after dark. Don't look in the shadows and don't run. The darkness is trying to envelope the city after the flooding and before help arrives. Only one man and his unusual priest friend face the darkness in the battle to help those who can't help themselves. Sam McCord and Renfield, an unlikely, but highly effective pairing. I'll review this when done.


***

Death in the House of Life
A tale of Egypt shortly after the completion of the Suez Canal





A story of Egypt in its period of British Occupation and the international 'assistance' it received in running the Egyptian government.  A young Winston Churchill. Tombs uncovered in the desert reveal secrets hidden beneath the sands. My favorite book of Roland's to date is Death in the House of Life, and not just because Sekhmet makes an appearance. Click  for the review and interview on location in the past. . .


***

Next up: Her Bones are in the Badlands
A story of the silent film era, on location




***

Have you read any of Roland's novels? Do you have a favorite character? Do you know who' Hibbs, the Bear with Two Shadows' is?

Please share in the comments here, and don't forget to visit Roland's blog. 'You've got mail' is sometimes nice to hear, and especially so when you've just had a surgeon working on your face. Any mention on your blog about Roland's books would be appreciated.

BTW - it's been snowing off and on here, since yesterday. I am not amused. . .

***

47 comments:

  1. Thanks, D.G. This post is very kind of you. Sorry about that snow. I would love for it to be snowing here. You are a great friend.

    So many of my friends have emailed me and posted comments on my blog -- it has helped me feel not quite so alone. As for my pain and swelling -- I need Bones from Star Trek to help there --- or Elu! :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My pleasure to highlight what I'm reading. Bones would be nice. I liked him.

      Delete
  2. I've read three of them and own all of them. Very nice of you to highlight his books, DG.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, you know maybe you could send him some minions. . .

      Delete
  3. Thanks, Alex and D.G. If the minions could look like Cate Blanchett and Jamie Alexander, I would be in Asgard! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Good on you, DG, for highlighting some of Roland's great books. Like you say, he's a good bloke who deserves a break.

    Hope many sales are made, Roland!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The ghost of Mark Twain agrees and asks me, "Which leg do want broke?" :-)

      Delete
  5. You are such a good friend, D. G. and isn't it wonderful how many Roland has turned out to have. I am to amazon right now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do what I can, but Roland did the tough part. Thank you Inger!

      Delete
  6. I have a thing for Sam McCord. It might be that he is a Texan!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, there is that. . .
      He's my favorite, as well.

      Delete
    2. Thanks, David. I try to portray McCord as what a thinking Texican might become after 200 years. I'm glad you, Inger, and D.G. like him. He tips his Stetson to you. :-)

      Yes, D.G. going through that surgery conscious really drained me emotionally. My heart is with all the other patients who have to undergo MOHS surgery -- having to have it done conscious in stages with an hour in between surgeries as the lab scans the excised tissues to see if any cancer cells remain!!

      My friends keep me upbeat and positive!

      Delete
  7. Thanks, Inger. Yes, I am truly blessed with my friends. I went to get the right size bandages, weaved a bit as I was getting out of my car, slamming the door on my thumb!! I started laughing despite the pain ... I have so many friends - now, if I were only one of them!! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Sam McCord is one of my all-time favorite characters. I too enjoy the world Roland has created and how so many of his tales overlap and interlock.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the extra help getting the word out, Milo! One day we'll have to analyze what attracts readers to Sam McCord.

      Delete
  9. Thank you, Milo. Overlapping and interlocking my tales was an experiment on my part. I am glad you liked them. Thank you for FB-ing, Tweeting, and Googling D.G.'s gracious post of today! With friends like you, D.G. and others how can I not get better?

    ReplyDelete
  10. Roland's spirit and writing are magical. It's great of you to highlight him, DG. He deserves a lot more recognition than he gets.

    Blessings to you,
    xoRobyn

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah, Robyn, but as Sandra, my best friend, says: "I probably deserve a kick or two more in my rump than I've gotten, too!" She is like Bette Midler like that! Thanks for being my friend!

      Delete
  11. I just started hearing about Roland and his surgery/cancer on various blogs. I have been praying for him. So glad that he came through it successfully!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Robin, all the prayers must have helped!

      Delete
    2. Robin, your prayers are much appreciated and still needed ... I am so weak but have to get back to work (no more time off available). And thanks for pulling for me. :-)

      Delete
  12. Lovely of you to highlight Roland's books, D.G. Lest you think I'm uncaring, I have wished Roland well on his blog. I have most of his books and have reviewed several, some reviews disappearing notwithstanding. I reviewed Badlands but that disappeared. I'm currently reading Death in the House of Life.

    Ha...snow...when will it end, eh?

    Denise

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would never think you uncaring, Denise. As I'm twitter and fb challenged, commenting is how I drop hints.

      I could also trade you a lot of snow for a little more sun. What do you say?

      Delete
    2. Denise, if only some of D.G.'s snow could come to broiling Australia, right?! I count you as a good friend. And D.G. is a super trooper friend!! :-)

      Delete
  13. Isn't Roland wonderful??? I'm so proud of all that he's accomplishing under the circumstances he's in. Thank you for this update and for this highlight, DG. If we could all have the strength that Roland has!!! (And YOU, DG... your daughter has CVS??? Wow... that would be AWFUL... *hugs*

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Roland inspires with his ability to bounce back, and he is a giving and encouraging blogger. He's a fast writer, too.

      Yes, our older daughter has this debilitating rare disease. Our doctor has been our greatest asset. Writing helps, takes me away from the worry.

      Delete
    2. D.G.'s daughter has a steady spot in my prayers, Morgan. And I am grieved for all that you have been through recently. Sandra credits my round bottom for being able to bounce back!!

      Delete
  14. This was nice of you DG. I hope it gets many sales for Roland.

    .......dhole

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too, Donna. Thanks for dropping by.

      Delete
    2. Thank you, Donna. May life be kinder to you as well!

      Delete
  15. This is great! I'll pass along the book-a-thon Wednesday.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Much Appreciated, Shannon. Any help at spreading the word will increase interest.

      I know I'm always looking to see what's new on your blog detail at the bottom of your posts!

      Delete
    2. Shannon, that would be fantastic of you. But D.G. deserves huge applause for being the friend she is to everybody when life keeps punching her!

      Delete
  16. Hi DG .. I've been checking in on Roland and am so pleased to see he's recuperating and I hope will sit still for 5 minutes to recover properly!

    I'm glad you're reviewing his books - as I've got the lot now and I'll be able to come here and check out the review before getting my reading eyes on ...

    Great to see this in your postings .. cheers Hilary

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Hilary! Nice to know that you boosted his sales. I have quite a few of his titles, but I'm guessing at 10 or more. Someone else says he's written nearly 30.

      I try not to include spoilers in my reviews, so yes, please do come here to read a hint of what to expect. I have reviewed some of his other works on Amazon, the only other place I review books. Roland's books offer suspense, humor, history and a great cast.

      Delete
    2. Hilary! You have all my books? You are a champion! Sam tips his Stetson to you and Victor sends a wicked wink your way ... for which he is now having to race away from the jealous Alice!

      If life will let me sit still for 5 minutes I will gladly do it! (I should be off to work right now!)

      I just had to check in on D.G., you, and my other friends first.

      D.G. gives the best reviews with teases but no plot spoilers.

      Thanks to you, D.G, and my other friends, I go off to work with a big smile. Now, on to adventure! :-)

      Delete
  17. Great post, thanks for sharing. I own Roland's books. And yes, I do know who is The Bear with two shadows.

    Hope Roland's recovery is fast.

    Nas

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for visiting, Romance Book Haven! Nice to hear from another fan.

      Delete
    2. Thanks, Nas. Hibbs visited your site at one time, didn't he? :-)

      Delete
  18. Soooo happy Roland's recovering nicely. Have his books and can't say enough good things about them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for dropping by Kittie! I agree, once you know the characters, you're hooked.

      Delete
    2. Kittie, thanks for being so nice. AND D.G. that was really great what you said. :-)

      Delete
  19. Glad to hear Roland is recovering. I'll be reading Death in the House of Life. It looks like such a good book!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think you'll like it, Sherry, I did. Oscar Wilde makes an appearance too!

      Delete
    2. Thank you so much, Sherry. Now, I am solo this weekend, working my 6th & 7th day straight after return to work. Whew!

      I hope you enjoy DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE. If all works out, come the end of June, it will be an audiobook by the awesome talent of Robert Rossmann!

      And thank you, D.G., for doing this kindness!!
      :-)

      Delete

Comments will be reviewed before they appear.