Sunday, January 5, 2014

Death in the House of Life: by Roland Yeomans

Today I'd like to share with you the newest book by Roland Yeomans. Roland is the author of several books, and a blogger friend of mine. 

Amazon books

Writing In The Crosshairs


Samuel McCord is a man cursed with death in his veins, with an outdated code of honor, and with a mysterious wife who is older than the Sphinx.


In fact the Sphinx was modeled after her.

Follow Samuel McCord to

the living nightmare world of a 12 year old Sammy Clemens in Missouri.

to –

a nocturnal campfire visit from Pele beside a 31 year old Mark Twain in the Sandwich Islands

to –

a cursed archaeological dig in 1895 Egypt with Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Nikola Tesla, and his alien wife, Empress Meilori Shinseen.

Ancient Egypt murmurs mystery. And well it should. Excavating ruins tempts so many. So many die from venturing where mystery kills.

Samuel McCord has seen untold horrors.

The worst is yet to be unveiled: the monster within the woman he loves with all his heart.

The End is coming. The portents murmur in the stars. Death is on the breeze, and madness dances in the darkness.

Awakened Evil slithers from its opened crypt.

Can one cursed Texas Ranger manage to save the world AND his marriage? 






I've had the privilege of reading several of Roland's books. I am rather fond of Roland's Character Samuel McCord.
It might be that fact that he is a Texas Ranger, or that he has a curse that he uses for good. Like most of Sam's Adventures he finds himself in the company of historical figures that we can relate to. From the very beginning every detail of historical, and political events are outstanding. There are several pictures to tie the events together. 


{Sphinx partially excavated – 1878 - image in the public domain}

The reader is taken on a journey of the imagination.
The year might be 1895, but you are surrounded by supernatural and Otherworldly creatures and dimensions. The fact that the lead character is an undead lawman makes for a unique twist to begin with. You don't need to read the previous books to follow along with the story. 




My wife asked me to explain what type of book it was to her. I feel it has no true "set in stone" genre. To those that like a mystery it is that. To others it is a paranormal adventure, and to some horror, or historical fiction. To me it is romanticism at its best. A man at odds with the world he lives in. The condition of who, and what he is. Finding out if his love for his wife is more than his thirst for justice. 

About the Author: Roland Yeomans

  Dreamer. Writer. Believer in the worth of each soul I meet. It is not so bad a thing to have been born with the gift of laughter and the knowledge that the world is mad.

Find the book here
Death in the House of Life

Be sure to check out Roland's Blog 
Writing In The Crosshairs


57 comments:

  1. What an intro to my book, David. Meilori is impressed ... and as you know, she has seen most everything! I do not envy you trying to explain DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE to your wife. Sandra says it's THE MUMMY meets LOVECRAFT meets Louis L'amour! I am humbled by your fine spotlight. You deserve a medal. Thanks! May you win that life-size Dalek! :-)

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  2. Thanks to you. I love Sam's adventures. I was thinking he is similar to The Doctor. He is old, and he has companions. I would like to see him go up against the Daleks. ;-)

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  3. That would be fun ... for the lawyers going after my scalp! Sam did fight off an invasion of the Earth in END OF DAYS, though it is told through the eyes of the Victorian ghoul, Alice Wentworth. Thanks for this fine post. Like Sam, I know have companions, too -- and you're one of the main ranks. Watch out for those Daleks!

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  4. Following orders, I have arrived. To discover yet another reason for Death in the House of Life to queue jump in my (large) unread pile. Cunning. Very cunning. And probably successful.

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  5. Came here cos the Empress says if I don't the world will end or worse! LOL! So here I am! Hello David and Roland! Thanks for the lovely intro to Samuel and his dysfunctional and gorgeous family! :-) Take care
    x

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  6. You can't define Roland's books by genre. Part literary, part horror, part mythos - difficult to describe.
    I think Alice is a wicked character. True to a woman - she'll either love you or eat you.

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  7. Thanks for following orders and coming over.
    It is a fabulous book.

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  8. I'm sure she could come up with worse!

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  9. The moment my wife asked me, was the moment I realized it was all things to all.

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  10. Congrats to sir Roland!

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  11. I don't know how he puts out so many quality books.

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  12. Roland is a talented soul, dig his work... though I think the voices may take over someday, someday. Great job DW!

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  13. May someday never come.
    I had a friend in school who called me DW...We both liked Dark Wing Duck.

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  14. Creepy beautiful cover. Congrats Roland!

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  15. Elephant's Child, Meilori murmured this plan to David and me. :-) I hope when you read DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE, you truly enjoy it. I thought of it as a movie I was writing and tried to completely entertain my audience ... after all I think of all of you as friends! David, thanks for doing this and for the nice words about my book. Meilori graces you with a smile.
    :-)

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  16. David is right" Meilori could come up with worse or her twin sister surely could! Sam is almost Biblical in his dysfunctional family and friends. Makes it interesting!

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  17. Alex, what a nice thing to say. I have created a unique challange for myself: writing books in a linked universe where the background characters of one become the lead in another. David, I think your wife would like at least Mark Twain in my novel. He's a winner -- at least that is what he keeps telling me!

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  18. Thanks, Dezmond. David, I think I will concentrate on the next one a little while. :-)

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  19. The voices only keep me company when reality is nasty. :-)

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  20. Thanks, J.A. Leonora Roy outdid herself this time. Try the first free sample pages on its Amazon page, why don't you? :-)

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  21. Sounds like something I'd really enjoy! Thanks for the tip--I'll definitely check this out!



    (And discus isn't liking me at the moment--hopefully this posts!)

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  22. Meradeth, Discus wouldn't let my friend, D.G. Hudson, post either and she tried twice! I hope you give DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE a chance -- I think you would enjoy it. :-)

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  23. Congratulations to Roland! Happy New Year!

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  24. Yes, I join David in wishing you a Happy New Year as well. Meilori murmurs icily, "This Lange human did not mention me." Ah, I'll put in a good word for you. :-)

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  25. I already have two of Roland's book in my (gosh I hate to admit how far behind I am) 105 book TBR pile and am on a book buying freeze (self-imposed) until I make at least a 25 book dent...great review though. Roland, all the best with this latest adventure. Sounds awesome!

    Tina
    @ Life
    is Good

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  26. Thanks for buying 2 of my books already. Empress Meilori Shinseen read of your loutish Jim Kirk (alias) and promptly vowed to turn him into a midget gerkin should she ever run across him! She also sent you DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE -- as Empress she expects not to have wait in line! You know supernatural empresses! :-)

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  27. Congrats Roland! I love books that cross Genres.

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  28. Wow, Roland, I'm really touched. Seriously. The Empress has defended my honor, and I love that he is now a gerkin. Well deserved fate for such a lout. You're really awesome, you know that?

    Tina
    @ Life
    is Good

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  29. Sounds pretty awesome! I, of course, will try to pick it up and read. It can be hard though, honestly, I have too many things! Argh.

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  30. The great thing about Kindle or eBooks is that they take up no physical room and only a little bit on your reader or your computer (there is an app: KINDLE FOR PC offered for free on Amazon). Thanks for the compliment.

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  31. SP, I think you'd like this one. Humor, horror, historical fantasy, mystery -- it is the best that I could make it. Thanks for the kind words.

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  32. Thanks, Tina! :-)

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  33. This is a great book. I understand having a list of books that need to be read it is like having a basket of laundry that needs folding.

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  34. I forgot to include humor as part of the appeal.
    Roland has a way with words.

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  35. It was a fast read for me. I told Roland, one night my wife made me go to bed because it was late.So I finished it the next day.

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  36. Wow. I'm flattered that you enjoyed it so. My apologies to your wife! :-)

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  37. Great review, David. I'll be sure to check out this book further - it sounds fascinating.

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  38. Thanks Carol.
    Amazon has the look inside sample that helps to get a feel for the book.

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  39. David is right: that Look Inside sample is super! I think you will enjoy the verbal fire between Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde that starts in Chapter 3 and runs for the rest of the book! :-) And thank you, David, for doing this for me!!

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  40. wonderful review! Congrats to Roland :)

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  41. Thank you, It is a wonderful book.

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  42. Gary Philip PennickJanuary 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Hey David,


    Delightful to see you have done such a wonderful review of our good friend, Roland. I know that Roland writes fantastic books. The latest is no exception. Well done, Roland. And David, very good of you to bring such awareness.


    Take care, my friend.


    Gary :)

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  43. Thanks Gary.
    Roland does write fantastic books.

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  44. Wasn't David wonderful to do this for me? He has a unique take on Sci Fi and Fantasy. And thank you, Gary, for the nice words about this book. If you like it, would you mention that on its Amazon page? Empress Meilori would look fondly upon you --- and that is never a bad thing!

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  45. David did do a great review, didn't he, Lynda. And thanks for the nice words, too. :-)

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  46. that girl looks deliciously evil! love it!

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  47. Thanks, Sherry. Check my book's LOOK INSIDE option. :-)

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  48. Meilori is indeed deliciously ... self-focused. :-)

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  49. Cathrina ConstantineJanuary 17, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Roland's book sounds amazing!! Has everything I like to read!!

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  50. Almost. If you keep adding more laundry without folding more than a sock a week...

    Tina
    @ Life
    is Good

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  51. That looks like a very cool book. Love the title, too!

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