Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Guest Author Roland Yeomans: The Bear With Two Shadows; part one

We interrupt Hump Day Improvisation to welcome our mutual friend and fellow blogger Roland Yeomans. You’d have to live in a cyber cave not to know that Roland has a book out. The Bear With Two Shadows, an e-book. That title has me curious and I wanted to know a little about the combination of myths that Roland used to craft his book. Without further delay, here’s Roland.

Hi, Everyone :

Nancy has graciously allowed me to slip in through the back door of her cyber domain to talk a bit about my Native American Lord of the Rings, THE BEAR WITH TWO SHADOWS.

Or rather about the meld of the world’s myths that makes for the world of Hibbs, the bear with two shadows.  Why two shadows?

Isn’t there a duality of natures in all of us - a white wolf and a black wolf both contesting for control of our spirit, the Lakota would say.  And the one who wins?  The one we feed.

Ancient cultures were defined by their mythology, shaping the sacred stories to show their values, beliefs, and concerns.  Those myths expressed the spiritual and intellectual life of the people of those cultures.
Those myths had superhuman beings such as Gilgamesh of Mesopotamia – not just a culture hero, but he was the founding father of a whole society.  Hibbs is such a character, more than what he seems, though less than what he yearns to be.

In many myths, the discovery of knowledge is related to the human characteristics of curiosity and playfulness.  Such is the case with the ever-curious, ever playful Hibbs  -- much to the consternation of the mysterious Turquoise Woman.

She represents several dualities common in myths :

Trickster –
The Native American tricksters often take on animal form such as Raven or Coyote.  That particular role is taken on by Little Brother, often seen as a hawk.  But rarely, and luckily so, seen as Chaos or the ThunderBird.

Goddess/Teacher  -
Estanatlehi, the Turquoise regally assumes this role, much like Spider Woman.  Though a helper and teacher, she can also be dangerous and unpredictable.  And that is to be expected as she is also :

Gaia –

The Turquoise Woman is the electro-magnetic consciousness that circles from pole to pole of our world.  She is, in fact, the mind of this planet, who can take physical form.  And because of that she leads to an important aspect of my novel :

A comment will give you one entry to win one of the signed books above. Another two entries for linking the book to twitter or Facebook. Any blogger who posts a legitimate review on Amazon by March 31st will get three entries into the drawing. That is a win, win since you will get to read Roland’s amazing book. If you twitter and do the facebook link, make sure you email Roland at: rxena77@yahoo. with the links to your to your twitter and facebook.

To buy Roland's book you can click The Bear With Two Shadows, an e-book, on the top right and it will take you to to purchase. $1.99 while he is on tour.

After you've left your comment, please go to  Write Hope, a blog to help the victims of Japan, started by Rachael Harrie at Rach Writes. Thank you, Nancy


Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thanks, Nancy.

Come to my blog to receive a nice bear hug from Hibbs, the cub with no clue.

At least you will see the cute picture of him running to you! But don't let him squeeze the breath out of you!

I want to thank you for your gracious invitation and kindness to let me slip through the cyber-window of your blog and tell our friends about the different mythological facets to my fable.

The download of Kindle for PC is free. You can find the link to the application on my blog. And my book is only $1.99 for this month.

Everyone, have a great Wednesday! And again, Nancy, thank you for being such a grand friend, Roland

Nicole MacDonald said...

Sounds awesome, I'm off to buy the book! :)

The Arrival, Book 1 of the BirthRight Trilogy available now

N. R. Williams said...

You're welcome Roland, I'm glad to have you. Off I go to your blog.

Hi Nicole, thanks for dropping in.


Kristin said...

I find it amazing that even though I have been folowing Roland's blog tour that I still learn something new about the book or him each day :)

Jules said...

Thank goodness, now the 2 shadows makes sense. Sorry Roland life is getting in my way. Will be by later.

Nancy, thanks for hosting Roland. What a super person you are.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Summer Ross said...

I was wondering about the two shadows idea! thanks for sharing this with us Roland, I like learning about this stuff- wish there was a mythology class I could take at the college-
Nancy- thanks for hosting!

N. R. Williams said...

He Kristan, Roland is a fascinating guy, that's for sure.

Hi Jules, I wondered about the two shadows too.

It would be interesting to take a mythology class, Summer.

Thank you all for dropping in and leaving a comment. I know that Roland appreciates it, as do I.

Anonymous said...

Best wishes with The Bear With Two Shadows and your blog tour! A great premise. I can see these internal struggles in my character now that you write about it. Thanks!

Bookblogger said...

I'll be sure to check out the book as well. Sounds very interesting.

N. R. Williams said...

I agree Stephen.

I think you will find Roland's writing totally amazing Scott.

Thank you both for dropping in.

Margo Benson said...

I love blog tours as you get to learn little aspects of the book and'or the author everyday. Thanks Nancy and Roland for more glorious information on the book.

Oh, Nancy - in response to an earlier question from you, I haven't read 'Treasures' yet as because of the DRM I have to wait until we can swap Kindles...doh!

Heather said...

Excellent interview Roland! It was great to solve the mystery of the two shadows. I've convinced a friend of mine who has an e-reader to buy this so I can read it! Yay!

The Golden Eagle said...

I had wondered about the two shadows! It's great to learn more about the book as the blog tour progresses.

Thanks for hosting, Nancy!

(I would prefer you didn't count this toward the book giveaway.)

N. R. Williams said...

Thanks for the update, Margo. I hope your man is enjoying my book.

I am so jealous, Heather. The memory on my computer makes it impossible for me to get an e-book, and my smart phone is too little for my old eyes. Yes, I know you can get larger print.

I'm glad you find the post interesting, Golden.

Thank you all for dropping in and leaving a comment.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Blogger hates me. I've been trying all morning to comment but with no success. Thanks, Nancy, for being so kind as to have me and to respond to our visitors.

Nicole : Thanks for buying my book. I hope you like it.

Kristin : I researched so much and, in a way, lived this book so that there is a lot of it in the shadows, so to speak. Thanks for following me along this tour. It means quite a lot to me that you have.

Jules : There is more to the 2 shadows than what I've said -- isn't that always with a man! Isn't Nancy amazing for being such a good friend?

Summer : I'm glad you like my two shadows explanation. I know how much you like mythology, so there is a lot of it in my interview with you. I hope all of you join me with Summer. The date has not yet been set.

Stephen : Thanks for the well wishes. Try out the free chapters and see if you like them. And sometimes in other authors, we see more of our own works. Have a great day!

BookBlogger : I think Nancy is very kind to say what she did about my work. But I do think you may enjoy my novel. Magic and myth. It's hard to mess up with those as your guiding stars!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Margo : I am so pleased that you've visited my blog tour in all its stops. And I, too, have bought Nancy's book, but have little time to read it. Work and tours sure consume your time!!

Heather : Yay! You can finally read my book! You have a great friend to do this for you. Memory problems have kept Nancy and Wendy Quillfeather from downloading the Kindle for PC, too. Rats!!!

Golden Eagle : Thank you so much for following my tour. Sometimes it gets lonely journey across the cyber-verse. Thank goodness for the company of good friends like you!

Nancy : I'm racing off to work and the blood wars now. Thank you so much for having me here today and Friday. You are a special lady and an even more special friend! Roland

Wish me luck, everyone, as I travel the unfriendly roads taking rare blood to major cities and rural towns. You guys are all special! Roland

Nas Dean said...

Hi Nancy, Hello Roland.

It's great to read more about The Bear with Two Shadows.

Amamzing journey!

N. R. Williams said...

Roland, my prayers are with you, be safe. deserve all the praise. I hope your book becomes a best seller.

Hi Nas, it is an amazing journey. So glad you stopped by.

Cheers all,

Jeffrey Pierce said...

I really enjoyed learning more about your book, Roland. (Thanks for the interview, Nancy!) I'll definitely be here on the 18th to hear more!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Roland, Hi, Nancy,

Enjoyed the interview. It's always fun to learn more about the novel THROUGH the author's eyes. No matter how many time one can read a novel, you just might miss a piece of the author's perspective.

Good luck, Roland on lots of kindle sales!


L'Aussie said...

Great interview guys. I so enjoyed learning more about the myths Roland. You are most gracious Nancy.


N. R. Williams said...

Hi Jeffrey, glad you stopped by and enjoyed Roland's post.

You're right about that, Michael.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thank you, everyone!

Still at work. Just wanted to say thanks to Nancy. Come back Friday!

And tomorrow, I'll be at the blog of V R Barkowski with a bit of St. Patrick's day book blog interview.

Nancy, you're a special lady and friend. Have to go back to work now, Roland

Mike Ruchhoeft said...

Hi Nancy,

Thanks for stopping by my spot. Yours looks great. I hope ours evolves a nicely.


The Words Crafter said...

I read the whole interview...but I was stuck on the sentence, "And the one who wins? The one we feed."

The one we feed. Wow. That's profound. And my brain is busy soaking and chewing and what not. So...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Kat_RN said...

I am intrigued, is it available as an ebook?

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Kat Rn : Yes, it is available as an eBook : just hit the link here on Nancy's blog or on mine. Still at work, but I wanted to let you know. Thanks, Roland

Ella said...

I love the idea of two shadows; Indian folklore is fascinating~

N. R. Williams said...

You're welcome Mike.

I was struck by that sentence too, Words.

Kat, I will make sure that that is clearer.

Hi Roland, be safe at work, things are great here. I appreciate your checking in.

N. R. Williams said...

I agree, Ella. Thanks for stopping by.

Donna Hole said...

Interesting philosophies Roland. I like how well you weave the mythologies together and make the characters seem real. A fresh take on ancient mysteries.


Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thanks, Donna, I've lived with them for so long that those characters began to feel real! And thanks even more for the compliment of how I weaved the mythologies together. Have a great end of week, Roland

LTM said...

ooo--very cool about the dual natures and who wins. And I like learning about the different spirits. Native American LOTR... interesting~ :o)

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you, Donna and LTM, for stopping in and leaving a comment.

Roland, I'm so glad you came by whenever you could. Most appreciated by all.

Rachael Harrie said...

Hi Nancy/Roland, it was lovely to read about this book and the mythologies behind it. And thanks so much for helping to spread the word about Write Hope.



Roland D. Yeomans said...

Rachael : Thank you for your kind words. Nancy is a special, warm-hearted lady, isn't she? Roland