So you can read my books

Monday, April 28, 2014


Ghost of Mark Twain here again, children --

How mankind defers from day to day the best it can do, and the most beautiful things it can enjoy,

without thinking that every day may be the last one, and that lost time is lost eternity!

We are nearing the end of the month, and it occurs to me that some of you are much closer to your end than you would imagine. 

Cherish each moment.  I wish I had done that more.

On this day in 1969, old Duke Ellington got the Medal of Freedom on his 70th birthday.

In 1965, the Music Jury of the Pulitzer Prize Committee unaminously recommended him for a special award, but the Advisory Board declined it. 


Old Duke just smiled, "Fate doesn't want me to be famous too young!"

I like especially what he once told me, "I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues."

Now, there's a man for you!

Ah, gentle readers, that shows you the power of music, that magician of magicians,

who lifts his wand and says his mysterious word and all things real pass away and the phantoms of your mind walk before you clothed in flesh.

Joan of arc miniature graded.jpg
Painting, c. 1485

On this date in 1429,

young Joan of Arc arrived to relieve a siege in Orleans.  The siege had been going on since October of the previous year,

and Joan's success in lifting the siege was the first of a series of stunning victories.

Think of it: a young peasant girl, unschooled in the arts of war, leads seasoned men and commanders to a victory long denied them.

That is the way with us:

 we may go on half of our life not knowing such a thing is in us, when in reality it was there all the time, and all we needed was something to turn up that would call for it.

On this day in 1945:

Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun. 

The two married in the Fuhrerbunker, where they had been living underground for months, and committed suicide together the next day.

American troops guarding the main entrance to Dachau just after liberation, 1945

Dachau was liberated. 

Dachau was one of the first concentration camps opened, and was the site of some of the worst atrocities of World War II.

When it was finally liberated, most of the 30,000 inmates were severely emaciated, and many more had died.

Of all the creatures that were made, man is the most detestable.

 Of the entire brood he is the only one--the solitary one--that possesses malice.

That is the basest of all instincts, passions, vices--the most hateful.

He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.

Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel.

He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.

1992 --

In a sour example of "justice",

an all-white suburban Los Angeles jury acquited four white police officers accused of beating black motorist Rodney King.

The case centered on a video, taped by an amateur cameraman which caught the scene on film

as the four police officers beat, kicked and clubbed unemployed laborer Rodney King while other officers looked on.

Three days of rioting ensued.  Man sure doesn't improve with age does he?

John Dillinger
John Dillinger mug shot.jpg

On this day in 1934, the Outlaw, John Dillinger,

is still on the run from a nationwide hunt after escaping from a band of policemen

with orders to catch him dead or alive 1 week ago in North woods Wisconsin.

On this date in 1958, Michelle Marie Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, U.S.

  Michelle Pfeiffer is an American actress who has won a number of awards including

a Golden Globe Award ( The Fabulous Baker Boys ) and a BAFTA Award ( Dangerous Liaisons ).

That gal is recognized for her talent and beauty

and was at one time featured in People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People in the World' issue in 1990.

I keep showing up in her boudoir, asking her to put on her catwoman outfit.  She keeps asking me to jump in the cat litter box!

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of
Buckingham Palace.

The couple married in Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 (St. Catherine's Day) with the day declared a bank holiday in the United Kingdom.

On this date in 1974, old Richard Nixon announced the release of the Watergate tapes.   

Nixon had tried to keep the tapes private for months and had exhausted virtually every legal channel, 

including executive privilege. He resigned before he could be impeached in August of that year.

There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Politicians!

Now, Roland has told me unreservedly NOT to pick him for Y when it come to authors.

But when did you ever know me to do what I am told?

Besides soon the audiobook, GHOST OF A CHANCE, will be out,
 detailing Roland's and my adventures as he is sought for the murder of the ghost of Ernest Hemingway!

Roland starts off the book with a quote from himself -- something he hardly ever does:

"To all of life there is a shadow. The shadow of sadness, doubt, despair. Still it is but an echo of a heart moving forward."
-Roland Yeomans


  1. Wonderful quote. Yes, we are cruel and spiteful and commit hateful acts to each other and the other species which share our world. But there are also individuals who do their best to make the world a better place. For our species and for others. Unsung heroes, but heroes just the same.

  2. Hitler got the honeymoon he deserved.

  3. Elephant's Child:
    The ghost of Mark Twain sometimes gets bitter from all the cruelty he has seen the children of Man commit. But you are right: there are unsung heroes walking among each day, silently healing those around them with quiet love and compassion.

    He deserved much, much worse! :-(

  4. I enjoyed Ghost of a Chance, it was one of your books that I read fast, Roland, to find out what happened. I bet that is one of your fave escapades. . . with Marlene, too (right now). I recommend it, and said that in my review.

    And the Duke, love his work. Have some of his music. Black and Tan fantasy is one I like a lot. Saw some underground movie short clips or 'soundies' of Ellington. (a film society presented them)

  5. D.G.:
    I'm hoping the audiobook of GHOST OF A CHANCE tempts my friends into listening to my adventures with Mark Twain, Marlene Dietrich, and myself!

    I envy you seeing those "Soundies" of Ellington!

  6. Cat litter box! Well when in Rome...

  7. What a haunting quote you have for your book, which I'm looking forward to.

    So many good quotes here, but I think the Duke's is my fave, and how he wrote blues instead of pouting. What a wise class act he was.

  8. It is true: man is his worst enemy. Oh, Nixon. Sin cannot hide forever.

  9. I distinctly remember the verdict of the Rodney King trail, living near LA at the time. Not a pleasant bit of history there.

  10. Time plows relentlessly forward. It is hard to believe that William and Kate married three years ago. That just doesn't seem right, but I know that it is.

    I love the quote you selected from today's author, Roland Yoemans. I haven't read any of that guy's novels, but I am going to have to change that situation!

  11. David:
    Michelle, as always, is a lady to Twain's ghostly advances!

    Duke put it into perspective for us, didn't he? To constructively use the pain life deals us. :-)

    I hope you enjoy the book.

    It does seem in Man's nature to destroy himself, doesn't it? :-(

    I bet you didn't visit LA in those times! Scary days indeed.

    You're right: it seems Kate and William married last year some time!

    Thank you for the kind words about my quote and wanting to read some of my books! You're very nice to say that. :-)

  12. Helena and Robin:
    If you gave me your email addresses, I would send you a free audiobook of HER BONES ARE IN THE BADLANDS (a paranormal account of the filming of the first talking Western in the Badlands of South Dakota.) :-)

  13. The opening of this post was brilliant and really got my thinking. What's funny is that it reminds me of something I read last night in the book "Where the Heart Is". A character is explaining to the MC that every second we're dying. At one point he says this, "Every year you live, you pass the anniversary of your death." It's not something we think of much, but we should because if we did I think we would live more and appreciate more.

  14. We've just had a sweet time feteing William and Kate Down Under. I got to see them. They appeared to be a genuine couple. Life is certainly full when you do a roundup like that Roland.

    When I crank up my computer I will check that link to Carrie Butler's blogfest and send it to you.

    Haven't read Ghost of a Chance. Still trying to get through Death in the House of Life, but life is very busy.

    Thankfully the A~Z is nearly done!


  15. Roland, here is the link to the e-book for your letter to writers:


  16. Chrys:
    I like the concept of each year you passing the anniversary of your future death. Sobering, isn't it?

    I'm all signed up. :-)

    Kate and William do seem to be enjoying their time together -- a nice thing to see! Shame on the Queen for getting on to Kate for the length of her dresses! At least that's what the ghost of Mark Twain says!!

    I hope you enjoy DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE! Sam and I tip our Stetsons to you. :-)