Indie-Pendence Blog Hop Day 5: The Emissaries of Speculative Fiction

Welcome to the final day in Shaggin the Muse’s Indie-pendence Blog Hop Blowout. First things first, to those of you who commented: thank you. I fully intend to join in the conversation once I get a free moment. It’s been quite the week with the holiday and pushing to get both a novel and short story finished on top of five blog posts. Spinning plates, my friends, spinning plates.

Next order of business: be sure to check in tomorrow, when I’ll be announcing the winners of this week’s book bonanza. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, we’re  giving away loads of books for free. Let’s review what you stand to win this week:

-eBooks of the Corridors of the Dead (limit 5)
-eBooks of the Kayson Cycle (limit 5)
-eBooks of the Station (limit 5)
-Advance eBook of Room 3 when it releases (limit 2)
-eBooks of the Newfoundland Vampire (limit 3)
-eBooks of Marie Loughin’s Valknut the Binding (limit 5)

That’s 25 free books ready for folks to win. And all you have to do is comment. Once you’ve commented, you’ll go into the drawing spreadsheet. On Friday, I’ll draw your number from the hat (a random number generator), and notify you of what you’ve won. Your odds are really, really good, and I know the involved authors would love your comments on our posts. I’m hoping this will be fun for everybody and spur some discussion.

Now, then. If you’re a new reader, I’d like to introduce you to our writers group, the Emissaries of Speculative Fiction, also known as TESSpecFic. The concept behind our group is very relevant to the Indie-Pendence Blog Hop, as it was originally created to bring together like-minded indie authors in not just marketing, but also supporting one another, whether it be through beta reading, editing, formatting advice, or just support when things suck. It’s the embodiment of the idea that I’ve pressed a few times here: that we, as indie writers, need to find ways to present quality and add value to works for readers. I had thought of guilds as a solution, and this is similar in nature. Each week, I typically handle a week-in-review retrospective showing what our team has been up to, but I think this week I’d like to take a look at each member.

 We start with Marie Loughin, founder and subject of Day 2’s interview. You can get up close and personal with her by reading that interview, or you can check out her site at You can get her book, Valknut the Binding, on Amazon. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and reviewed it here. You can find Marie on Twitter at @mmloughin.

Kim Koning has two blogs, her personal writing blog Wrestling the Muse, and genre/reader focused site The Dragonfly Scrolls. You can find Kim’s work in Tales for Canterbury, which is next in my list of Emissary writings. Follow her at @authorkimkoning on Twitter and get in on her weekly #storycraft chats. Well worth the time.

J W Manus is our resident formatting/style/template expert and editor extraordinaire. She also runs two sites, one more focused on the editing, writing, and formatting side of things, and one about her love affair with genre writing. Be sure to follow her at @callieshand on Twitter.

Penelope Crowe writes dark fantasy and horror and, in her spare time, does a touch of graphic work and children’s fiction. Her site, As the Crowe Flies, touches on unusual subject matter for a writer’s blog, but is always thought-provoking. Her short story, Absorbed, is free on Smashwords. Go get it! She also has 100 Unfortunate Days out on Amazon – see my review here. You can find her at @penelopecrowe on twitter.

Paul Dail primarily writes horror fiction, though he’s dabbled in mixing it with other genres. Paul’s set of short stories (Free Five) is now available on Amazon along with his political horror story The Golden Parachute and his novel The Imaginings. You can find him on Twitter at @pauldail.

Aniko Carmean writes horror fiction, as well, with a dark fantasy twist to them. Good stuff. You can find her book Stolen Climates at Amazon and read my review here. You can also find her at @anikocarmean on Twitter.


Admittedly, I had hoped to be able to go into more depth with each of these writers these week, but time gets away from us all. I’m glad to just get the chance to introduce you to them. If you like their sites, be sure to give them a shout-out or check out their works.

Come back tomorrow to see if you’ve won! I’ll see if I can drag myself across the finish line at that point.

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  1. All these books sound good.


  2. To have a guild makes a huge difference. I feel not only accountable to the readers, but to my guild. I want my work to honor their greatness.


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