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“It’s very easy to quit during the first ten years of writing. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.” Andre Dubus

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Roland Yeomans. Whistle stop at the DON'T BUY MY BOOK! blog tour. Roland comes in from the cold...I have a photograph of Mystery Man!

Beware!

Some blogger/authors are a tad insecure about blog tours. This was evident when Roland Yeomans sent me a blog tour request. Not surprising, when you see how many cover reveals, book tours, new titles there are out there! 

When we release a new book, we're certainly a little fish in a big pond. 

How do we get noticed? 

We've worked so hard on our writing, been scrupulous with editing, either self, paid or unpaid, sweated over formatting...then comes the big release! That's Roland's position today!

First Wed of Every Month
But before Roland kicks off, thanks to Alex J Cavanaugh and the co-hosts of IWSG this month.

Alex's awesome co-hosts for the October 5 IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley! 

After you read Roland's guest post, please visit the co-hosts and click HERE to visit other participating bloggers.

And if you're up for a writing challenge, Write...Edit...Publish is now accepting submissions to the October WEP--CONSTELLATIONS or HALLOWEEN. More info at WEP or at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by at my DON’T BUY MY BOOK Blog Tour.  


One of Denise's most recent posts was on poetry, so I'll begin here with a poem which I'll explain later...

“Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have
Immortal longings in me:
I am fire and air; my other elements
I give to baser life.”  

- Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra quoted by Meilori Shinseen

Now, why do I call my Blog Tour: DON’T BUY MY BOOK?

Have you ever noticed how many people DON’T buy your book when you do a blog tour?  This way I will at least get what I ask for, right?

But if you don't buy my book, you will miss one heck of a ride:

One is the first Air/Steamship, Xanadu, on its maiden voyage taking the newly-weds, the undead Captain Samuel McCord and the alien Empress, Meilori Shinseen, across a turbulent Atlantic to France and all its deadly mysteries.

In its fantasy pages you will find Sidhe, a kidnapped Princess Victoria, a vampire Benjamin Franklin, Captain Nemo, 11 year old Nicola Tesla, Mark Twain at the start of his tempestuous career, an insane Abraham Lincoln …

Clashing Vampire Kingdoms, evolved raptors, werewolves of Paris, and
Dragons … both at the beginning and at the end in a dizzying, wild aerial combat around the Eiffel Tower and above the Louvre! 

Along the way you will discover that history lied, for it was written by the survivors, anxious to whitewash their legacy.

Take the Kensington System which was a strict and elaborate set of rules designed by Victoria, Duchess of Kent, along with her lover, Sir John Conroy, concerning the upbringing of the Duchess's daughter, the future Queen Victoria, so that they could rule England through her.

Victoria’s “protector?”  William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne.

His wife had a quite public affair with Lord Byron where she proclaimed the poet, "mad, bad, and dangerous to know.”

One of the famous passengers aboard the Xanadu is Byron’s daughter, Ada, in fact.
But back to William Lamb, Victoria’s “protector” –

The historian Boyd Hilton writes, "it is irrefutable that Melbourne's personal life was problematic. Spanking sessions with aristocratic ladies were harmless, not so the whippings administered to orphan girls taken into his household as objects of charity."
Outraged?  I am. How about you? So let's have a closer look.

Outrage:
Samuel McCord is the target of outrage from many notables: Louis Napoleon, Queen Victoria, High Fae Queen Oyggia, the undead Empress Theodora, the Azure Dragon, Qing Long to name but a few.

Outrage:
It means you haven’t been paying attention.  Outrage comes from being asleep in life and being jabbed awake.  It’s a sudden, shocking awareness that you have not been minding your surroundings, your world.

If you are wise, you know that the shock will pass.  The more you see the world and the people in it for what they truly are, both good and bad –

The better you will be able to assess life and to understand it rather than being outraged that the world does not center around you.

The outrage of the powerful, both political and supernatural, towards McCord comes from their being totally self-absorbed.

McCord is a Texas Ranger, not indifferent to their plots and to the dangers to him, but he goes out and does what must be done to protect those innocents he sees in harm’s way … for no one was there to step up when his helpless sister was killed.

Intrigue and Betrayal:
Think Game of Thrones … in fact, there is even a chapter in this Steampunk novel entitled, RED WEDDING.

Why did I quote from Antony and Cleopatra at the start of this post?  McCord sees himself and Meilori as the two star-crossed lovers:

{As Samuel sits by Meilori’s bedside as she lays exhausted by recent efforts, he tries to reassure her}

“You can rest safe now.  The Great Mystery knows, this honeymoon has all the earmarks of being even bloodier than Cleopatra’s and Antony’s.”

Meilori nestled deeper into the satin sheets and murmured, “Shakespeare entitled the play: Antony and Cleopatra, if I recall.”

I shrugged.  “What did you expect?  He was a man after all.”

She opened one sleepy eye.  “You see yourself as Antony?”

“He probably looked better in a toga.”

That one emerald eye looked about to lose its struggle to remain open.  “His love for Cleopatra led to his death, Beloved.”

I smiled sadly.  “They both died.  At least that way neither held a grudge against the other, right? And though they walked in the dark, at the end, they found they didn’t have to walk it alone.”

Her heavy-lidded jade eye was almost closed, and her words were faint.  “They died alone, Samuel.”

My smile grew sadder as I looked into the encroaching darkness.  “We all die alone, Meilori.  But if we meant something to someone, if we helped someone, loved someone and was loved back …  who knows?  Even if only one soul remembers us, perhaps we never truly die at all.”




I’ll end with the poem that starts out the chapter where this exchange takes place:

“And while she was fire,
So fierce and so wild,
I could only hope to be for her;
The forests and the winds to carry her flame.”

– Morris R. Gates

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“Roland Yeomans is funny, charismatic and fun to read..."Mary Kirkland 

And Roland is the king of videos to deepen the atmosphere. This one is gorgeous! I've been listening to it on repeat while I prepared this post. 





Roland Yeomans!!
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.
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.
Follow him on twitter: @rxena77

  • I hope you like this post of Roland Yeoman's and you consider doing the opposite of what he asked: PLEASE DO BUY HIS BOOK!
  • Are you insecure when requesting a guest post? Releasing your new book?
Now Roland is a founding member of the great WEP writing group. 
On October 1, the inLinkz sign up for the new Write...Edit...Publish challenge went live. Check it out at WEP or here in my sidebar. Consider writing for us. Genres are wide open. It can be as simple as a photograph or image. This month there is a choice of themes: CONSTELLATIONS or HALLOWEEN, or if you're very, very clever, a combination of both! So get your little sci-fi, fantasy or horror brains around the next challenge. SUBMIT between Oct 19-21.








40 comments:

  1. No need to be outraged at life. Doesn't do any good anyway, right?

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    1. Shaking a fist at the rain never kept anyone dry, right? :-)

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  2. I love the passage! I hope to dive into this book next month. (Much needed vacation coming up.)

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    1. You enjoy that vacation! You work hard enough to have earned a fine one. I, and Samuel McCord, are romantics at heart. I am happy you enjoyed that passage. Reading that made my morning. :-)

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  3. Roland certainly has a tantalizing hook. Kidnapped Victoria? 11 -year old Tesla? Vampire Benjamin Franklin and Insane Abraham Lincoln? I want to check this out!

    Love the title by the way. I read Innocents Abroad in college ... and I don't remember a darn thing about it. :/

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    1. Twain's book is fun to listen to on long car trips. Mark Twain makes this book fun, too. The vampires Abigail Adams and Franklin make it ... interesting. Having revenge-minded Sidhe in the mix makes it ... volatile! Take a 99 cent gamble on my tale. :-)

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  4. HI, Denise... Hi, Roland...

    SOUNDS like a VERY EXCITING READ! I agree with Dianne! Lots of intrigue here.... ALL THE BEST ROLAND! I'm sure many will snap this one up!

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    1. Thanks, Michael! Lots of intrigue ... also laughter and love. What a mix, right?

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  5. Hi Roland - wonderful how you include quotes for us to read and relate to your writings ... I picked up on Byron and Ada Lovelace ... and I'd like to read both books - yours, already purchased, and Twain's travel writings around Europe. He had a fascination with mechanical automata ...

    Good luck with the Tour Roland, and thanks, Denise, for highlighting Roland's works .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Twain makes me laugh, although I have to keep reminding myself that his worldview was a by-product of the times. I have the Xanadu peopled with interesting figures of history, Lincoln, Sherman, Ada Byron, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Horace Greely, Thomas Edison, and the still alive Saint Luke to name a few! I hope you enjoy my book and perhaps a few words about it on its Amazon Page. :-)

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  6. A fully packed novel. 34 books is a lot. Wow.

    Is that really you Roland?

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    1. Yes, Donna, that is me. I thought I should show my face after so long hiding it. :-) Some of those 34 are collections of short stories and novellas.

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  7. Roland, I love the intrigue and wonder you have blended together. A great idea for a book tour too!

    Denise, I agree with you about video. Lovely music I could listen to all day.

    Thoughts in Progress
    and MC Book Tours

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    1. What drew me into reading in the first place was the magic, awe, and wonder of those books which lured me into their pages by their siren song of myth come to life. I thought to recreate that wonderment in my book. Thanks for liking the music.

      You might enjoy "Colors of Love" from the same album which I used in my head as I wrote of the Air/Steamship, Xanadu, flying through the clouds to meet its enemies:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuGiwDQEvDc

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  8. I knew it!! You are a Trekky! :) Congratulations on all your achievements, Roland. Shout it out and be proud. You are an exquisite writer! Thanks for 'outing' Roland, Denise. Great post!! Wishing you both much success in this world and throughout the universe :)

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    1. Guilty as charged, Nicola! :-) Thanks for the kind words about my writing. It means more than I can say. The universe is safe from me I think ... unless it comes for me! :-)

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  9. All of this and a Trekky, too? I love your book tour and so happy to be a part of it! Good luck, Roland.

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    1. Yep. I helped start the Star Trek Fan Club here and now talk and sell my books at the yearly convention here as well. I am looking forward to visiting you on the 17th!! :-)

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  10. I love that author pic! Wishing you great success with your book.

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    1. You are fortunate the photo was tiny! :-) Thanks for the well wishes, Lynda! If Batman can defeat Superman maybe I have a chance for good sales for once!!

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  11. Wow, so many facts about Roland I didn't know! Michigan and THAT many books?!? Oh my goodness! Best of luck to him! And I've never checked into WEP, so will definitely do that! I have lots to check out, in fact, it's been a while since I've looked at all your stuff here on your blog! Lots to catch up on!Christy

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    1. Christy, lovely to hear from you. Glad you found things to check out here. It would be beyond beautiful if you join us for WEP.

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    2. DO join WEP. It is fun and you get to meet such lovely people. Think about gambling 99 cents on my latest. Mark Twain, at least, will make you laugh. (His ghost made me say that!)

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  12. Hi,
    This was an informative and engaging post. I got to know a little bit more about one of the writers and founders for the WEP. I won't be participating in this one because of writings that I must complete before NaNo starts in November, but I will definitely try to drop in and read some of the writers who present.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

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    1. Pat, so sorry we will be missing one of our stalwarts this month. I wish you all the best for your writing commitments. NaNo? Not sure this year. Have 5 unfinished novels from past NaNo...now I need to finish some!

      Shalom aleichem

      Denise :-)

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  13. Patricia, we will miss you. Best of luck with NaNo! The ghost of Ernest Hemingway is not a fan, by the way. :-)

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  14. So glad I stopped by today, I love Roland and his work. I've been absent from blogging for so long I had no idea what was going on. I'm going to have to ignore the request and actually buy this book.

    Also, I'm working on getting my entry ready for WEP. Hope I make it.

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    1. I'm so happy you're joining us for WEP. I'm sure you'll get something together.

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    2. Thank you so much, farawayeyes, for purchasing my book. It means a lot to me!! :-)

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  15. Hi, Roland, so happy to see you still on the trail. Marketing is never done, is it? Great job, though. I need to take lessons. Love the Star Trek uniforms!
    Hi, Denise. I'm safe at home and no longer in the path of a hurricane, but I do hope to return to the beach soon!

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    1. Glad to hear you are safe Yolanda. This too shall pass.

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    2. Like Denise, I am very happy you are safe. I have been forced from my city three times by hurricanes. No fun!

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    3. Yeah we Aussies are always facing natural disasters--cyclones, bushfires, floods, drought...but you have Donald Trump, so we can't trump that! 😝

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  16. Roland, your book sounds fascinating, and I absolutely love the cover. I'm glad Denise invited you to her blog.

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    1. I'm glad she did, too! Good to meet a new friend!

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  17. I have been seeing Roland all over the blogosphere today. Wishing him the best of luck! Love his blog tour theme. :)
    ~Jess

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  18. Congratulations, Roland!
    Wait, 34 books?? Double congratulations!

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  19. You are so amazing, my friend. I'm excited to read this, which is now on my iPad, and will of course write a review. I'm also doubly excited i.e. elated to finally "see" you in person, you handsome dude you. :) :)

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