Thursday, December 24, 2015



$100 in Amazon Gift cards

A 4-book print set of GAMELAND

Happy holidays! Here's another massive giveaway and it's only being announced to subscribers of my newsletter, the Tanpepper Tidings. There are 4 prizes this time:
  1. $50 Amazon Gift Card
  2. $25 Amazon Gift Card
  3. $25 Amazon Gift Card
  4. Personalized 4-book paperback GAMELAND set

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This contest runs for two weeks (thru the first week of January). Good luck! And happy reading!


Terms and conditions:
No purchase necessary. Click to be entered. Additional entries for posting links to book reviews. To be fair to everyone entering, all entries by winners will be verified. Winners will be announced on Facebook and will be contacted directly by email. Good luck!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Super Secret Signed Book Giveaway for Tanpepper Tidings Subscribers

Who wants a signed copy of Contain?

Condemn, the second book in the BUNKER 12 series goes live today, and to celebrate, I'm giving away a signed copy of the first book, but I'm only announcing this to subscribers of my newsletter, the Tanpepper Tidings

(note: I know this page isn't secret, but it doesn't get much traffic, so it's as close to secret as it gets. And if you happened to stumble across this by accident and you want in on future exclusive goodies [plus a free ebook starter library], then you can subscribe to my newsletter here.)

This contest runs for one week (thru 11/20). Good luck! And happy reading!


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Monday, October 26, 2015

ZOMBIE CRAWL: Rocking the Rot (Demystifying Decay in the Undead)


Demystifying Decay in the Undead

With a fondness that the uninitiated have difficulty fathoming, we fans of the undead often find ourselves referring to the zombie scourge as rotters. But the use of such an epithet belies a systemic lapse by contributors to the literature: our rotters don't rot. At least, not in ways that adhere to the natural processes of decay.
Putting aside arguments of suspension of disbelief (after all, we're talking reanimation here!), it's understandable that writers in the genre generally eschew the technical minutiae of decay in their

Thursday, October 22, 2015

z crawl schedule

Zombie Crawl 2 - Blog Party

October 22 - 31, 2015

How it works: Each day, the scheduled authors and bloggers will post awesome zombie-tastic content for your enjoyment along with a giveaway on their site/blog/page. You can hop around to all of the participating sites and enter as many giveaways as you like! If you would like to be emailed links to the new posts each day, join this Zombie Crawl Daily Digest list which will ensure you don't miss a post (or join the party on Facebook to get notifications). Make sure to leave comments and interact with the participating sites. Thanks for joining the party!

The Schedule:

OCTOBER 22 - Thursday
  Band of Dystopian Authors & Fans (Party & Grand Prize Host)
  Jo Michaels Blog (author)
  Rissa Blakeley (author)

OCTOBER 23 - Friday
  Claire C. Riley (author)
  2 Girls & A Book (blog)
  Emily Shore (author)

OCTOBER 24 - Saturday
  Kathy Dinisi (author)
  Us Girls & A Book (blog)
  The Voluptuous Book Diva (blog 18+)

OCTOBER 25 - Sunday
  Casey L. Bond (author)
  THE KATY blog (blog)

OCTOBER 26 - Monday Saul Tanpepper (author)
  Warren Fielding (author)
  The Leighgendarium (blog)

OCTOBER 27 - Tuesday
  Kody Boye (author)
  Rhiannon Frater (author)
  ER Arroyo (author)

OCTOBER 28 - Wednesday
  Allen Gamboa (author)
  Armand Rosamilia (author)
  Ethan @ One Guy's Guide to Good Reads (blog)

OCTOBER 29 - Thursday
  Kate L. Mary (author)
  aftershockzombieseries (author)
  Eli Constant (author)

OCTOBER 30 - Friday
  Aria Michaels (author)
  Brian Parker (author)
  Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps (blog)

OCTOBER 31 - Saturday
  Cindy Carroll (author)
  M. R. Pritchard (author)
  Toni L.H. Boughton (author)
  Digital Dirty Girl (blog)

To learn more about Band of Dystopian and/or to enter our Grand Prize Giveaway, visit and don't forget to join the group on Facebook!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Rotter - Are Zombies Self-Aware?

-posted by Saul

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Rotter

Alan Sillitoe’s short story, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, was required reading when I was a freshman in college, and one with which I had formed a profound and abiding intellectual connection. I was a budding scientist working on an ecology project deep in the backcountry above Santa Barbara, California. The site was quite remote, requiring a ninety-minute hike through some fiercely dense scrub along the bottom of a seasonal creek named after the cut it had dug through the rock, Rattlesnake Canyon. I often lost myself inside my own head during those hikes and would be startled upon reaching my destination having only the faintest memory of the ground over which I had just traversed. (At least until the day I stumbled upon an actual rattlesnake sunning itself in my path, but that’s different story.)

Suffice it to say, there was a period of time after finishing Runner that I entertained taking up the sport of cross-country. Fortunately, twenty minutes later, the takeout pizza I had ordered was delivered, and sense returned to me. So ended my brief foray — well, mental exercise — into track-and-field.

Fast forward roughly thirty years and once more I find myself revisiting that story, its main character Smith, and the theme it embraced— not of what it must be like to be a working class young man in 1950s England, but the mental processes that Smith uses to escape thinking about his dismal prospects beyond petty crime. As a writer of zombie fiction, I can’t help but wonder what it must be like to be trapped inside the mind of one of the undead slogging through the apocalypse, nothing to do but to contemplate a future far bleaker than Smith’s, no hope and only the slimmest promise that the slow eternal jog through hell will eventually lead to some blessed salvation.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Zombie Crawl Ushers in Prizes and the End of an Epic Undead Saga

October is the scariest of months, and to celebrate all things Undead, the fine folks at Band of Dystopians have set up the Zombie Crawl Blog Party and Giveaway (see schedule below). Please visit them to read more and to earn chances to win some great swag.

As my contribution to the crawl, I'm treating you to an exclusive inside peek at my forthcoming novel, Dead Reckoning, the second book in the Jessie's Game duology and the final installment of my GAMELAND saga, the epic cyberpunk, dystopian zombie series. (The final cover has not yet been decided).

To kick this off, I'm offering the entire first season omnibus (8 books) for only 99 cents everywhere and chance to win a personalized ecopy of Signs of Life (Jessie's Game, Book 1)! Just leave a comment below. The omnibus offer is good only through Halloween, so hurry to your favorite ebook store to get it. 


The lights in the cell flickered, then went off, throwing them all into a dull, gray twilight. The backup generator kicked in, along with the emergency strobes. Stu didn’t seem to notice.
Eric held up his free hand. “He needs help. We need to call someone.”
The rattling of the ventilation system came to a halt. All was eerily silent for a moment. Both men looked outside the cell, as if sensing that something had changed.
Marco sputtered on the floor.
From elsewhere in the block, someone shouted in dismay. Then the racket quickly grew as the other prisoners took up the chorus.
Stu turned back and stepped toward Eric again. Marco was holding onto the cuff of his pants, gawping for air. Stu tried to shake him off. “Get offa me, homes.”
“Wait a minute,” Eric said. He could see that Marco was trying to speak. He was gesturing with his other hand out through the bars of the cell. “There’s something—”
A screamed pierced through the growing clamor. The banging noises and shouts sharply increased. Then came another scream.
But Stu was too focused to hear them. He leaped. Eric hadn’t been expecting it, but he instinctively stepped back, barely managing to avoid what might have been a fatal attack, but Stu had misjudged the distance and gotten off balance. Eric grabbed his shirt and pulled him down. “Something’s happening out there! You need to stop!”
“It’s nothing compared to what’s happenin’ in here, f**ker,” Stu growled as he stood up again. His eyes flashed red. He backed Eric up against the bunk and laid the edge of the shiv against his nose.
“Now you gonna see what I’m gonna do to you for f**king up my friend Marco.”

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Zombie Crawl Blog Party Schedule

Party Host & Grand Prize: Band of Dystopian

October 22

October 23

October 24

October 25

October 26

October 27

October 29

October 30

October 31