Thursday, December 24, 2015

SUPER-SECRET HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!

WHO WANTS TO WIN?

$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




(note: If you haven't subscribed to my newsletter, you can do so here. Members get exclusive access and are the first to know about special offers and giveaways.)

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

~Saul


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!

~Saul

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Monday, October 26, 2015

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

ROCKING THE ROT 

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 BandofDystopian.com 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.