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Sunday, January 12, 2014



You can't define Roland's books by genre. Part literary, part horror, part mythos.  The longer you spend in his world, the more back stories, side stories, and complicated twists and turns emerge.

 D.G. Hudson 
Alex said that very well, Roland, and I say, 'what he said'.

The more we learn about your characters, the better we can see the interconnections. Readers love that. I think Death in the House of Life is one of your best.

Here is a snippet of DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE:


 We live in an ocean and hours are the islands, linked in ways we cannot imagine while we are hopping one from the other.  It is only in looking back that we can see the path we took … and whether it was a wise one or not.

The Lakota call God the Great Mystery.  I do, too. I am a man or I once was.  What I am now is a mystery to me.  And maybe to the Great Mystery as well.

But men are creatures who tell stories. This is a gift from the Great Mystery, who spoke our species into being, but left the end of our story untold. Perhaps that is why the Lakota call Him The Great Mystery. 
Anyway, that mystery troubles us. How could it not? Without the final part, how are we supposed to make sense of all that went before: which is to say, our lives?

So we make stories of our own, in stumbling imitation of our Maker, hoping that we'll tell, by chance, what God left untold. And finishing our tale, come to understand why we were born. 
Maybe it will work.  Maybe not.  Only the Great Mystery knows, and He comes by His name naturally.

Ada Byron, Winston Churchill, and I stood studying the door to Room 333.  No matter how hard we stared, it didn’t tell us a thing.  Doors are like that.  You only learn by going through them.

“Should we knock, do you think?” whispered Churchill.

“I would have at first,” said Ada softly, “and it got me killed.”

Churchill studied Ada carefully and sighed.  Apparently, her face told him no more than had the door.   His first lesson in understanding women: don’t try.
{What do they find?  Gamble $2.99 for a thrilling, mysterious read and find out!}


  1. Intriguing snippet! A crumb to lure us to the big story.

    I was reading more of your 'Death in the House of Life' last night. It's holding my interest well, maybe a little because of my interest in the setting and the characters. . .

    PS had to watch that Mummy trailer, even though I've seen it many times; I like when she says, 'if he turns me into a Mummy, you're the first one I'm coming after. . ." great line.

    Hope your weekend is going well.

  2. That is indeed the first lesson.
    (Second lesson is to shut up and listen.)
    Time to open the door.

  3. D.G.:
    You found me out. I'm a tease. :-)

    I'm glad DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE is holding your interest well. It is a fun setting with delightful historical characters to watch be themselves!

    I often re-watch parts of THE MUMMY myself! And that is a great line. Dialogue can make or break a movie.

    Still working this weekend. Whew!

    Yes, Churchill's lesson and yours can save your scalp with the ladies! I hope you didn't mind me using your quote to lead off my post. :-)

  4. Compelling excerpt, Roland. Who can resist a closed door mystery? I agree with lesson #1 wholeheartedly. I don't even dare try to understand myself. :)

    VR Barkowski

  5. VR:
    Trying to understand myself and others drove me to psychology. Now, I have a fancy degree and very, very few answers -- which are subject to change as the days teach me different!

    I thought the mystery of WHAT'S BEHIND DOOR 333 might tease a sale or two. So far there are cyber cobwebs on the book's Amazon page!

    Thanks for visiting! Happy early Birthday!! :-)

  6. I am so very grateful to the story tellers. Those that were, those that are, those to come...

  7. Elephant's Child:
    The story tellers in print and screen saved my sanity as a child. :-) And my mother's tale, THE BEAR WITH TWO SHADOWS, I think saved my life.

  8. Hi Roland .. I obviously need to start to read your books, then I would understand more .. but I love the way you can move the characters across into different times ..

    The weavings in your world draw me in ..

    Cheers Hilary

  9. Thank you so much, Hilary:
    I hope if you do read my books that they will entertain you, for you have always been my good friend. Thanks again.