The Great Blog Hop

I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting lately, what with the book trailer and the surveys and such, so when I got an email from fellow indie author Tammy Salyer about engaging in a blog hop, I though, “Sure, why not! … What’s a blog hop?”

It turns out a blog hop (or at least this blog hop) is when a bunch of bloggers agree to join forces and do a cross-blog promotion. As you might imagine, the other bloggers and I are teamed up because we’re all indie authors and we’ve all got books we’d like to spread the word about. Aside from myself, here’s the roll call:

Some of these authors I am quite familiar with, and others I’ve met only as a result of the blog hop, but I can tell you that it is a great lineup all around. Heck, Scott even made this nifty graphic!

7 for 7 copy


Now, if you just want to learn more about the books, you can click through to the author’s blogs or scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the synopses. If I know you, though, you’re probably thinking, “Well what exactly makes this blog hop special? What’s in it for me?” Bunches, that’s what! You see, what we want more than anything is for people to read and enjoy our books. Obviously people can’t do that unless they get their hands on our books. The best way to do that is to give them away, so that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Here on my blog and on each of the other blogs there will be a contest of some description. The prize will be a bundle with items from all seven of the blog-hoppin’ authors. We’re all contributing at least one title, while Moira is contributing a whole trilogy and Isaac is providing an ARC of his new book. It is a literary bonanza, I tell you. We’ve each been given some leeway as to how we want to run the contest/giveaway, and since I’m a purest, I’ll keep my giveaway simple.

Comment on the blog below, or sign up for my newsletter, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a bundle of books from all seven authors! In one week I will pick a random winner.

To keep things fair, only one comment and one newsletter entry will be counted per person, so don’t go spamming. It’ll do you no good. However you choose to enter, make sure you fill in your email address in the comment or newsletter form so that I’ll be able to contact you about your winnings.

The best part of this is the “hop” part. See, there’s no rules against you entering the contests being run on the other six blogs. In fact, it’s encouraged! So head on over to the links below, see how they’re running things, and claim your additional chances to win!

As promised, here are those synopses, and links to the other blogs. Happy hopping!

Tammy Salyer |

Contract of Defiance

In a few hundred years, the Algol system becomes humanity’s new home. The question is: is it a better one? When a crew of arms smugglers botches their latest job, Corps-deserter and crewmember, Aly Erikson, is separated from her brother, the only person she can trust, and left behind to fight for her life. In the aftermath, as she tries to piece together what happened, a crew of roughneck settlers pressgang her into a dangerous mission in the heart of Corps territory. Time is running out to get back everything she’s lost: her crew, her brother, and her options. But no one is taking her gun.

Isaac Hooke |

The Forever Gate Compendium

3740 A.D. The ice age has immobilized the world. Colossal walls seal off the cities from the uninhabitable Outside. Humanlike entities called “gols” run society, and force the humans to wear collars that block the innate powers humankind has evolved.

What one man will do to save the woman he loves could destroy his world.

Peter Lukes |

The Dominus Runes

Thomas Gianmarco likes his liquor strong, his women plentiful, and his friends well-armed. While the rest of the human race is barely surviving in the rubble of destroyed cities and scorched countrysides, he enjoys a life of debauchery through the spoils of his contraband empire.

Until he kills a Commander of the Titan Army, capturing the attention of the overlords who have subjugated humanity. The supernatural forces are on the verge of war, and Gianmarco finds himself caught in the middle of powerful competing interests. Some want him dead, but others want him alive, and working for them. Will he be able to transform from rogue to rebel in order to survive?

Gianmarco is a master at leveraging the perfect deal. But this time, he’s the item for sale, and the art of this deal could change the course of human civilization forever.

Moira Katson |

The Light & Shadow Trilogy

It has been only two generations since Arthur Warden seized the throne of Heddred from the Conradines, and now the crown rests on the head of Garad, sickly and weak. Shadows gather: legacies of the centuries-long rivalries for power, old betrayals, the endless plots of the courtiers, and the murmur of rebellion in the southern provinces…

Catwin, plucked from her life at the edge of the Kingdom, is thrust abruptly into the world of the Court when she is chosen by the Duke of Voltur to be a Shadow—spy, shield, and blade—to his niece, the Lady Miriel DeVere. The Duke’s ruthlessness is legendary, and he will stop at nothing to become the power behind the throne, using Miriel as a pawn to catch Garad’s heart.

But the Duke’s carefully-laid plans are only a piece of the intrigue of the court, and greater forces than Catwin can imagine are massed against her, determined to eliminate Miriel and impose a new order of their own. If Catwin and Miriel are to survive, they must learn quickly who to trust, and when to turn their skills against the very people who have trained them…

Scott Whitmore |

The Devil’s Harvest

Note: Set in the same alternate history universe, the stories of the Carpathia Timeline stand alone, although some characters appear in both books.

France, 1916: The Great War in Western Europe is at a stalemate with the Allies and Central Powers facing each other from muddy trenches on either side of the deadly No Man’s Land. To end the years of bloody warfare, the Germans plan to unleash the perfect weapon in a villainous attack that will guarantee an unconditional victory over France and Britain.

Bullet-proof and impervious to shellfire, a horde of the undead is about to sweep over Europe in a wave of unrestrainable death. Except no one told the Germans two things: anyone killed by the bite of a zombie becomes a zombie … and zombies don’t pick sides.

To stop the Germans, an elite team of British soldiers led by Major Daniel O’Brien set out on a daring raid behind enemy lines. But in war no plan survives intact, and when the Germans lose control of their perfect weapon O’Brien’s group, including two vampires and a raconteur dame, must fight their way aboard a highly-armed German airship to halt the spread of the zombie plague throughout Europe.

The Devil’s Harvest, an action-packed Steampunk/paranormal thriller and the second book in The Carpathia Timeline, is set thirty years after the events of Carpathia.

Ren Zelen |

The Hathor Diaries

Twenty-five years after the devastation of the Resource wars and the Rei-Blasts that destroyed all of the major cities and populated areas of the world, straggling wanderers struggle to survive in the desert zones of the Western Block. Scraping a living from the deserted way-stations and abandoned remnants of past life buried in the desert sands, fighting frequent dust-storms, they must also defend themselves against the scavenging, deadly night-mutants – the Leps.

Meanwhile, a new force is growing. A corporation, bent on taking control of an emerging civilization and on cleaning-up the ‘filth and detritus’ left wandering in the deserts, using a cloned and bio-chipped Zoid army. Its aim is to create a generation of ‘wunderkind’- using whatever means possible to achieve this end. But the desert nomads, known as the ‘Fuginoms’ have their own methods of fighting back….

And last but not least!

The Rise of the Red Shadow by me!

The contest runs until October 24th, so act fast!

UPDATE: Due to a book rights snafu, Ren Zelen was forced to drop out. Never fear though. With Moira’s trilogy and the bonus ARC from Isaac, we’re still over 7 books.


  1. Excellent idea…love to getting more info on indie writers, couple I do not know yet!
    Great way to introduce them and their works. Will be checking them out.
    Keep up the great work!

  2. This seems interesting I will enter because I haven’t got Rise of the Red Shadow yet (as you know) but the other books seem interesting too so it doesn’t matter which one I get if I get picked 😀 ..Anyway good luck to the other fans too 🙂

  3. Cool giveaway. I’ve liked the idea that my reading various books like this in some small way is “helping” indie writers and frankly my nook has many authors out there who may not have the big name (yet) but write some damn good stories. And the interaction we as fans can get with authors such as yourself is always refreshing.

    1. Well said…I think a lot of us fans fell the same way.
      I love the big name authors but the Indie writers have some fresh story lines and
      characters. My Nook is also full of these fine people.

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