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The Other Side of Hope
by R.F. Dunham


GENRE: Alternate History



In 732 A.D., the Frankish and Burgundian forces led by Charles Martel defeated an army of the Umayyad Caliphate led by Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi and halted the Muslim advance into Christian Europe. At least, that's what happened in the world as you know it.

Step into the world of The Other Side of Hope, where the world as you know it is turned on its head. A world where Charles Martel fell on that field south of Tours, France and was never given his nickname, "The Hammer." A world where Europe came under Muslim rule and Christianity was eventually forced to flee to the shores of a distant land in search of religious freedom. A land where, without support from European colonial powers, they found only conflict and poverty.

In the modern day, this world remains divided. The wealthy Muslim East and the poverty-stricken Christian West are constantly at odds. A single spark is all it takes to ignite fresh conflict and the cycle seems never-ending.

Follow the paths of Ethan Lewis and Hamid Damir as they are put on a collision course with the other side. Will they find hope for a brighter future or be lost in the despair of intractable conflict?



When Ethan saw Elisa turn the corner, his eyes lingered on her face for only an instant. The familiar details of her delicate features filled his mind at once and he wondered how they could have ever become blurred. He would have focused on those features longer, much longer. Would have memorized every inch of her face, from the curve of her cheeks, to her soft nose, to the gentle slope of her chin, to her soft red lips, and shining blue eyes.

He would have stared for hours and maybe he would have never left again. But his eyes were immediately drawn away from her face and to her belly, which was large and round.

Ethan stared at her pregnant stomach for a heartbeat that stretched on endlessly. He

blinked once and then hot anger, augmented by the sharp pain of betrayal, flared. He’d been gone for months and she’d gotten pregnant with another man’s child while he was fighting for their future.

He took a step toward her and she must have seen the rage in his eyes because she rested a hand on her stomach and backed away. Seeing her fear broke through Ethan’s anger and he stopped.

“Is it…?” he asked softly, almost breathless.

Elisa nodded once, just a small dip of her chin and Ethan knew it was true.

It was his child she was carrying. He was suddenly ashamed that he could have ever thought anything different. Elisa would never betray him.

Even though the revelation of her pregnancy was a shock, Ethan had to admit that it was possible. He hadn’t truly even considered the possibility that it would happen, that she would become pregnant before they were married. Or maybe he had just assumed that it wouldn’t matter if she did, that they would be married either way and no one would ever know the difference.

Yet here they stood.

Ethan stood just inside the doorway, wrestling with feelings of desperation and duty. Elisa at the end of the hallway, eyes wide with a potent mixture of fear and hope.

Ethan held those eyes with his own for a moment longer, then came to his decision. “I’m going to Turkey. Today.”




Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Well a big chunk of my intended audience is alternate history fans. They’ll find a unique alternate history story with a point of divergence I’m sure they’ve never seen before. So if you love alternate history and want a story that’s not about WWII or the Cold War, The Other Side of Hope is for you! But it will also appeal to readers of fantasy and even general thrillers. The world is certainly different from ours, but quite familiar at the same time. And at its heart you’ll find an interesting story with engaging characters to hold your interest. Finally, if you feel hopeless about all the violence and religious conflict in the world, The Other Side of Hope is written especially for you.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Ethan’s sister, Sarah, probably my favorite. She’s the only character who really “gets it” right from the start of the book. The others are on a journey to get to the level of understanding that she’s already at, although no one sees her that way.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

Well, when I’m not writing, I’m probably doing something with music. I play trumpet and keyboard in a low key, post rock band and I’m the assistant band director at a high school in my area.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

That’s one of my favorite questions because I really want to connect with readers! The best way to learn more about me is to sign up for my email list at You can also explore my website to see what else I have going on right now or send me an email directly from there. If you sign up for my mailing list, I’ll even send you the books I’m working on right now, one chapter at a time, as I’m writing them!

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’ve got lots of exciting things coming! First of all, there’s another story in the world of The Other Side of Hope. It goes back 1,300 years, to the point of divergence that sets up the alternate world you find in the book. Eventually, it’ll be available for sale as a complete book, but I’m currently sending out each chapter to my email list as I’m writing it! I’m also working on a fantasy project called The Samokei Chronicles. There are currently two branches of that.I’m sending out one chapter at a time for Line of Bunitheor to my email list, as it’s written and getting started on planning an extended series to release directly to Kindle.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Tell your friends! Word of mouth is better marketing than any ad I could ever buy. So telling your friends about the book and recommending it to them is the best thing you can do to help the book succeed. If you feel a little iffy about asking your friends to pay money for something, point them towards my email list. That way, they can start reading my work for free and only buy The Other Side of Hope if they like what they see.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

For readers, I would say not to be afraid to take a chance on indie authors. There are lots of great stories out there that aren’t released by major publishers. Sure, there are plenty of not-so-good ones, too, but think about the search for a good book as an adventure and don’t be afraid to take risks. If you want some help on where to start looking, I send out an email once a month with some links to indie authors I’m reading and plan to read.

For writers, don’t wait until your book is finished to start building your platform. Get started on building connections with readers and other writers right now so by the time you’re ready to publish (whether traditional or independent) you’ve already got a ready group of people eager to read your book.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

R.F. Dunham writes with one purpose: to take you places you've never been before. That might be a distant fantasy land, the far reaches of space, the future of earth, or simply to an idea you've never encountered. A student of language and culture, Dunham's stories will pull you into complex worlds that challenge your perception of your own surroundings.

After working for over two years as a professional ghostwriter, the time has finally come for him to release his first full-length novel published in his own name, The Other Side of Hope. His short story, “Just a Drop,” was recently published in Nebula Rift Science Fiction magazine and an interactive version of the story is currently in beta testing. When he’s not writing, R.F. can be found playing the trumpet, writing his thesis in Arabic linguistics, or hiking in the mountains of Virginia. 



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