Thursday, March 3, 2016


Not-So-Innocents Abroad is Not-so-much-a-Blog-Tour. . .as a change of pace


Image of the Air/Steamship, Xanadu

Roland Yeomans, here: reader, writer, dreamer.

Ah, the “punk” would be me.  I’ve taken history, sprinkled in bad girls, airships, and villainous former presidents/Civil War Generals – and tossed them like a salad. All done with a strong punkish attitude toward socio-political injustices like V FOR VENDETTA. 

Have you read a bit of history and gone: “That was just wrong!”

Me, too.

Take Sherman’s Bloody March through Georgia.  Read this actual excerpt from Sherman’s telegram to General Grant:

“Until we can repopulate Georgia, it is useless to occupy it, but the utter destruction of its roads, houses, and people will cripple their military resources.”

Or read Sherman’s actual orders to his officers:

“If a torpedo (mine) is suspected on any part of the road, order the point to be tested by a carload of prisoners, or by citizens implicated, drawn by a long rope."

“We are not only fighting armies, but a hostile people, and must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war, as well as their organized armies.

“The entire populace must be ground to the dust.  Gentlemen, no consideration must be paid to the fact these homes are occupied by families, but all of Atlanta must be cannonaded.”

Or read this excerpt of Sherman’s letter to Secretary of War Stanton:

“There is a class of people, men, women and children, who must be killed or banished before we can hope for peace and order.”

Or consider President Lincoln ordering the most people hung in a mass execution (38 Dakota Indians). 

Their crime?  Fighting to keep their lands promised them by a prior treaty.  They were tried by an illegal tribunal.  Though they did not understand English and thus could not defend themselves or even understand the charges against them, they did not receive defence counsel.


The punk in Steampunk springs from anarchy and a rebellion against society’s injustice to those who cannot defend themselves.


So just what is my first Steampunk novel about?

Here’s the back cover copy:

Come aboard the XANADU, the first air-steamship!

Experience 1867 in a way history says never existed!

Sherman’s bloody march through Georgia never happened.
Lincoln was never assassinated.
The Great Sioux Nation still exists.

The Reason?
Great-souled Samuel McCord, cursed Texas Ranger.

Join him and his alien empress wife, Meilori Shinseen, on their honeymoon
Above the stormy Atlantic ocean

With their friends:
Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Horace Greely, Ada Byron, the immortal Lucanus, Margaret Fuller, 11 year old Nikola Tesla.

With their enemies:
General Sherman, former President Abraham Lincoln, revenant Benjamin Franklin, crafty Thomas Edison,  Captain Nemo, Revenant Empress Theodora;
And the twin sister of Meilori Shinseen – Maija Shinseen.

Steampunk Disasters were never so much fun!

When I write, I often think of my novel as a movie.  Here is the tune I imagine playing over the opening credits as the Xanadu sails across a brooding sky towards adventure and mayhem.



Roland Yeoman's Blog: Writing in the Crosshairs 

Check out the blog and you'll see how prolific Roland is, and learn about the haunted jazz club, Meilori's, in old New Orleans on a certain corner. It's a nightclub of changing dimensions and clientelle. Be sure to look for Sam McCord, former Texas Ranger. 


Have you read any of Roland's novels? Do you have a favorite? Do you like Steampunk tales? Airships? Time travelling characters?

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