Friday, May 27, 2011

French Quarter Nocturne - A Dark Urban Fantasy

What do a haunted bar, a century old hero hoping for redemption, and the struggle between darkness and light  have in common? They're all ingredients in a devilishly addicting urban fantasy by Roland Yeomans. 

His novel, French Quarter Nocturne, is set in post-Katrina New Orleans and I've got to say, I love these stories. I've been a fan of his since reading excerpts a couple of years ago. Roland delivers modern day myths and epic battles that hook you and don't let go.

The hero, a man called Sam McCord, battles his own inner demons even as he protects the citizens from the encroaching danger that lurks the devastated city's streets. Struggling against evil both supernatural and not, Sam's own turmoil pushes the action to greater depths.

Written in Roland's darkly lyrical prose, French Quarter Nocturne is well worth reading. Though like Koontz or better keep the light on if you read at night. Spellbinding and spooky, the characters that inhabit his dangerous and chaotic world are richly layered.

The author himself is as intriguing as his tales. From surviving alone on the ravaged streets after Katrina, to his life at University and in Detroit, Roland writes what his heart knows...and he's lived plenty.

With Creole Knights available now and his current YA projects featuring the indomitable Victor Standish, Roland is a busy man. You can pick up any of his seven, yes seven, novels on Amazon. While you're there, if you leave a review, you'll be entered in a fabulous contest to win signed copies of books from Koontz, King, and more.

You can find out more about Roland and his novels at Writing in the Crosshairs.


Misha said...

Oooh cool! I love his excerpts. :-)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thanks, Misha. Sam tips his Stetson to you. And thank you, Raquel, for being so gracious and kind as to do this post for me. Roland

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Roland's writing is on a level above others.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Alex :
Your words made my morning -- and that is with my air conditioning broken!! Thank you, my friend, Roland

Michael Di Gesu said...

Terrific review, Raquel.

Of course I am not surprised. I have been awe of Roland's writing since I first visited his blog months ago.

His soulful and heartfelt words cut right through the your own.

Jo Schaffer said...

Awesome review. (= I am also a big fan of Roland's writing. He's really got "it". And on top of that he's a fabulous person.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Michael :
Isn't Raquel a great interviewer and wonderful friend? I'm grateful for stumbling upon your blog, too! You have a great talent.

Jo :
This means so much coming from you. Now, if only I can convince an agent of my worth! LOL. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Raquel Byrnes said...

Roland - It was a pleasure. Best wishes for your continued success!

L'Aussie said...

There's no telling about these blogger comments. i see I'll be able to comment on your post Raquel, so that's great.

I haven't read this one by Roland yet, but of course I've read many snippets over time on his blog which is always replete with his 'darkly lyrical prose'. Great to see a review. May there be many more.

I can't believe how many books Roland suddenly has up. That's a lot of hard work!


Roland D. Yeomans said...

Raquel :
It was a mutual pleasure. May the sales for your book shoot through the roof.

Denise :
Wasn't Raquel a gem for doing this? Whew! It was a lot of work doing all those books. Maybe I'll be the next Amanda Hocking? LOL. But the sales are beginning to trinkle in. Roland

Susan Fields said...

French Quarter Nocturne is making its way to the top of my TBR pile - can't wait to get into it!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thanks, Susan. Hope you like it once you start reading, Roland

Donna Hole said...

Excerpts from French Quarter are what drew me into McCords character originally.

An excellent review Raquel. I hope you're having a good weekend.


Roland D. Yeomans said...

Donna :
Didn't Raquel write an excellent review. I pray that both you and Raquel have a healing, great weekend. I think I'll visit Meilori's and enjoy the jazz and the pretty undead waitresses! They'll have to settle for cash money as tips and not my RBC's (that's red blood cells for those of you not rare blood couriers! LOL.)

Kittie Howard said...

Loved this! Roland knows how to tell a story!

Speaking of which, your Tension writing was delicious...!

I'm cross-checking Blogger as he's been a rascal. I distinctly remember clicking to follow you - but I'm not there - Anyway, my pic's up - very happy to follow you and you're close to 400 - yay!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thanks, Kittie :
You tell a mean story as well. And didn't Raquel do great in her tension entry? Have a great new week, Roland