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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A WIND TO FILL MY SAIL

I was looking at my Amazon Page when I noticed a new review for HER BONES ARE IN THE BADLANDS:

http://www.amazon.com/HER-BONES-BADLANDS-Roland-Yeomans-ebook/dp/B00FPFOJNO/

 
And I found this:
 
 

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful blend of western, horror, and human insight, May 19, 2014


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I don't normally "do" westerns, but this author's voice intrigued me, so I gave it a shot---and I loved it.
 
This wonderful story has plenty of action, but what really grabbed me were the philosophical insights woven into the narrative.
 
I bookmarked far more pages in this novella than I normally do in a whole novel just because the phrasing was so lovely and the sentiment so wise that I want to go back to contemplate further.
 
And yet...I can completely picture this story on the big screen with viewers at the edge of their seats.

The characters are absolutely fantastic with color and personality and so much depth.
 
I see this author has lots of other stories out, and I look forward to checking them out.

 
And right after it was D.G. Hudson's fine review:
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Sand in my Boots and The Badlands, May 14, 2014


 
By D. G. Hudson (Vancouver, BC, CANADA)
 

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      It's about 'The Industry' in the early days of Hollywood and early western films.
 
The Badlands are dry, barren, windblown rugged, and formerly the home of the Navajo and Lakota tribes, it's known as an unforgiving land.
 
A movie on location sees it's usual expectations shelved when an evil that lurks unseen is called. . .
 
the air is charged with apprehension, all the actors are spooked.
 
Something isn't quite right, but the guy in charge, Durand / McCord, can't determine what.
 
A body is found, attacked by something inhuman. Signs of an old enemy increase the stakes.

An excellent cast for the movie in the book:
 
Tom Mix, Marlene Dietrich, David Niven, Errol Flynn, and others, is balanced by the cast from the world of Sam McCord:
 
Meilori, Elu, Tesla, Wolfe and the Sheriff.
 
Delighted to see his love, Meilori beside him and Elu's surprise appearance, McCord is ready to do what must be done - ever the Texas Ranger.
 
The confrontation with the danger must be met by Sam alone. . . against the entity hiding in the cave. An entity with unknown capabilities.
 
I'd recommend this book to readers who like old movie sets, western tales, or stories of heroes like Sam McCord. 
 
I liked it a lot, I enjoy the McCord stories.
 
 Have you ever stumbled upon good reviews of your books?

11 comments:

  1. How lovely. I hope the cockles of your heart are appropriately warm. And that your sales increase and warm those cockles further.

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  2. Well-deserved, Roland. I usually do reviews on Amazon now, even when I feature the review on my blog. Wow, I like the idea of a movie from your books.

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  3. Congratulations! Keep on writing!

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  4. Very well deserved!
    I really should do more reviews on Amazon.

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  5. Elephant's Child:
    No reflection in increased sales but at least one reader liked my tale. :-)

    D.G.:
    A movie from my book would be nice. :-) And a date with Cate Blanchett. Both have the same likelihood of happening! LOL. But I can dream. Thanks for being happy for me.

    Sean:
    Still writing. Right now I'm introducing a character that will re-appear over a hundred years later in CARNIVAL OF THE DAMNED to plague the son of my current protagonist.

    You keep writing, too. It helps keep the dream alive. :-)

    David:
    Sam would appreciate it. :-) Thanks for being my (and his) friend.

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  6. I am so happy for you.

    I've read on Author Blogs the perils of reading reviews. They can be devastating. Of course, the opposite is also true. You can stumble upon Praise for your work. Woohoo! I know that must have felt amazing!!!!

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  7. Yes! A couple times I've been surprised by tweets that announced the reviews, but every single one is welcome. Congrats on these! They're both wonderful and well earned.

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  8. Great to get a review from a respected blogger.

    Eva Green always makes a viewer sit up straight.

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  9. This is awesome! It's nice that you put the Penny Dreadful trailer at the end. Eva Green is one of my most favorite actresses.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  10. Good stuff, Roland. Thrilled for you :)

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  11. Robin:
    Thanks for being happy for me. And it did feel amazing. :-)

    Crystal:
    I am happy about your own great reviews. :-)

    Susan:
    D.G. is not only respected but a talented writer herself. Eva Green has the most expressive eyes!

    Gina:
    PENNY DREADFUL is much like RITES OF PASSAGE, ADRIFT IN THE TIME STREAM, and DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE -- so I wish it the best!

    Eva Green is a riveting actress, isn't she?

    Wendy:
    Every good review makes me feel as if all my work is not in vain! :-)

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