Monday, 23 November 2015

UNIT 731, The Dead Boy: Two new releases in January 2016

UNIT 731 will be released by DarkFuse as in a signed/limited hardcover edition (and eBook) in January 2016. 'The Dead Boy', available for pre-orders now, will be released/delivered on 1st January 2016. I'll write about each separately nearer the time, but for now, here are the covers and descriptions:

Luke Benson is a troubled young man obsessed with the history of Imperial Japan's Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Department, later known as “Unit 731,” a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development department that undertook lethal human experimentation.

But is it a veil to mask his more sinister passions? Luke's sole-surviving family members are about to find out. When bad memories surface and deeds long forgotten come to light, Luke's obsession will shake their family to its core. 

The family's only hope is to face the evil within themselves...only then might the good that men do shine from the darkness.

'Saunders manages to weld interesting, true to life characters together with a fantastical plot, a splatter of gore and, as ever, a killer twist at the end. Highly recommended.' 
- Richard Rhys Jones, author of 'The House in Wales' and 'Division of the Damned.'

How can one man end the world? How can a dead boy save it?

Kurt William O'Dell is a dangerous man. He has the power to tell people to do what he wants, and what he wants is for the world to burn.

Alone, O'Dell doesn't possess the strength to control the whole world. To do that, he takes children with powers like his and changes them. Most serve him. One, George Farnham, will not.

Only George is strong enough to stand against O'Dell in a war where the battleground is the endless dark highways of the mind...but other forces, more powerful than man or boy, roam those roads.

They call themselves US.

That's the lot for this update, but don't forget 'Death by a Mother's Hand' is available now (pre-order) for 99c/77p for just three days, then up to normal price after release on 26th November. And, 'Flesh and Coin' by me, published by DarkFuse, will free for a few days from 26th November, too. One Mulrones' novella dirt cheap, one Mulrones' novella completely free...

Free for a few days from 26th November.

Pre-order for 99c until 26th November.

Or, pre-order this RED LINE double for $1.99 (packaged with 'A Scarecrow to Watch over Her'), until 26th November.

As always, thank you for reading, and love you!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Winding Down 2015...Part 3/4

Well then, here's the new thing. Since I've decided to make an honest go of being a hybrid author, I came up with these. Two novels, or two novellas, discounted (works out at buy one, get one half price). You save money, I make money! 

...something like that. *ahem*

These are the RED LINE DOUBLES available so far:

Each double is on a similar theme, so I've given them labels. For example, 'SUPERNATURAL', includes RAIN and Damned to Cold Fire, both of which concern the supernatural. Cunning, eh? Felt like Moriaty, coming up with that.

I'll add more as I have more content. 'A Stranger's Grave' will be added to a double at some point when I've got a spare novel about ghosts.

There you go, the RED LINE DOUBLES...series tag line: Seemed like a good idea at the time.

Love you. x

Oh, The Love of the Dead is free from today (17th November 2015) for a few days. Flesh and Coin will be free for a few days from 26th November 2015 - get 'em if you want 'em.

Part 4/4, which I'll upload in around a week, features details on 2016's first releases 'The Dead Boy', and UNIT 731 (DarkFuse).

Friday, 13 November 2015

Winding Down 2015...Part 2/4

Part 2/4, where we shall be discussing a little old lady who never seems to get any older...and some news on free stuff from me.

My new novella 'Death by Mother's Hand' is availabe from pre-order, released on 26th November, in two editions. It's a Mulrones' story. The Mulrones, if you've never read any of their tales, are a travelling family with a strange, powerful and seemingly vengeful matriach at their head - Ma Mulrone.

Edition #1 - 99c/77p pre-orders until November 25th. Normal novella price from Nov. 26th (I price mine at $1.99).

Edition two - a RED LINE DOUBLE. Packaged with A Scarecrow to Watch over Her (A Mulrones' Novella) for $1.99 (Pre-order price). The price for this edition will rise to $2.99 from Nov. 26th.

If you are interested, or curious, there are samples of all my current work in the 'sample' section above, along with back cover copy for a quick rundown of what these stories are about.

Free Promotions:

...all of which coincides nicely with a free promotion DarkFuse are running on my novella 'Flesh and Coin'. Flesh and Coin will be free from Nov. 27th for a few days.

All three novellas concern that matriach, known as Ma Mulrone. They're linked to Deadlift, too, and two novels, Hangman and Highwayman, which I've sold to DarkFuse. Highwayman is due December 2016.

Other promotions and freebies this month:

The big one, I guess, will be 'The Love of the Dead', which is free from 17th through 21st, a BookBub featured deal. Hopefully BookBub will push a few downloads, but to be honest, it's my first time...we'll see.

Check on any of the 'Rythe Tales' - for as long as I can manage, Rythe Awakes will be free, as will some of the other Rythe Tales. If you check each weekend, you'll find something.

In Part 3/4, to come, news of 'The Dead Boy', released 1st January 2016, available for pre-orders now in two editions (standard, and as a RED LINE DOUBLE) and my novella UNIT 731 out in January, too, in eBook and Limited Signed Hardcover editions.

In Part 4/4, news and details of the RED LINE novel and novella packages...and that, I think, will be just about it for this year until the 'end of year roundup'.

Love you, and thanks for reading. x

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Winding Down 2015...Part 1/4.

Seems a little premature, maybe, to be winding down 2015...but it's not. Not really. This is the first post of around four coming over the next few weeks, and by the end of these it'll be time for the yearly round up. Writing kind of goes in fits and starts, and this, I think, is a fit - there's too much to blog about in one pop.

Today, reissues and cover art news. First, rights reverted to four stories, which I've reissued with new covers and new formatting, but little else. If you've bought these already, they're not new...just all mine...all mine! Wahaha...

Available on Amazon now:

John March is having a good day. He doesn't have many. Then it starts to rain. 
John March runs a struggling bookshop with just one regular customer - Mr. Hill. His life is defined by routine until the day he discovers he is sole beneficiary of a will worth £5 million thanks to the eccentric Mr. Hill's untimely death. But Mr. Hill also leaves behind something else - a lock of hair, a finger bone and a tooth in a jar of water. It's certainly not the worst day of John's life...until the rain comes and the dying starts. There is something in the rain and only John can give it what it wants. And yet, even when people are dying, even in the midst of terror, it's not the hardest thing John's ever faced. He faces horror every day when he locks his shop, drives to August House and opens the door to the room where his wife clings to life. But what he doesn't know could kill her, because if the rain doesn't get what it wants, his wife will serve just as well...

 ('Damned to Cold Fire' - Previously titled 'The Estate'.)

How far would you go to save those you love? Into the house of the damned? Into Hell itself? 
It takes a near death experience to open Sam O'Donnell's eyes to what he is - just another addict on the road to ruin. He knows it's time to make a fresh start, and yet when Sam and his wife move to an estate by the sea, nothing goes as planned. The estate is not what it seems. Something has taken it over and it is cold. It hungers. To save all he loves, Sam must go into the house of the damned...and into Hell itself. When weighed in the balance, a man can only face his demons alone and pray he is not found wanting. 
But Sam is not alone.

In an idyllic home by the sea, a widow heals...but sometimes the dead come back. 
Irene Jacobs always wanted a home by the sea. Pregnant with her dead husband's twins, she comes to the Blue House to heal and raise her babies. She thinks she's found solace from her sorrows, but her nightmare is far from over. Her husband's killer is coming for her and her children...and he's unstoppable.
What will Irene sacrifice to keep the family she has left? 

Best Novella, Solstice List 2012. 
Billy Hunter sees things other people only imagine; he sees the low beasts and the dark man, too - a man called Marlin. People call Billy crazy, but sometimes nightmares are real and the walls are thin, and sometimes in the dead of night that man, that Marlin, comes through...

The following are just updated covers:

In Part 2/4:

Sometime in the week when the dust settles after my uploading spree on Amazon, I'll blog about upcoming offers, promotions and freebies and the new release 'Death by a Mother's Hand'. I'll do it before the promotions run, because some novellas and novels will be going free - pointless running a free promotion only for you to have to pay for stuff, eh? Pfft...what would I do with all the money?

In Part 3/4:

Something new I've been up to - first of which will be ready and up by this point...SECRET SPECIAL PROJECT (TA-DA)!

In Part 4/4:

News about the forthcoming novel 'THE DEAD BOY' (pre-orders are up, and on 1st January it will be released, officially my first novel of 2016).

And, just signed a contract for more work with DarkFuse, so as soon as the ink's dry I'll let you know about that, too.

Love you x

Monday, 2 November 2015

Reissues and Original Fiction - and a few thoughts on paths to publication...

After a lot of soul searching I'm going to be issuing some novellas and novels on my own. Soul searching sounds a bit knobby, but it's true in this case. For a few years now, I've been striving and chasing for a 'big' deal, and working with publishers to that end, to build up a publication history with a view to submitting, when I can, to agents and the larger publishers. I'm still doing that. It's always been the ultimate goal.

But, I think, goals and reality are two different beasts. Do I want a big publishing deal? Yes, of course. Will I get one? I have no idea. Is it worth sacrificing income in the meantime?

No. It's that last question that's the kicker. I can, and do, make money on self-published titles. I want them with publishers, in paperbacks and hardbacks...but why? If I'm honest? Largely, because they look good on my shelf. I think, at this stage in my career, certainly, ebooks are going to far outsell paperbacks. If I had books in ASDA, maybe that would be different. Simple fact is, though...I don't.

I've been watching a lot of writers over the last few years, some I know, some I don't. People I think know what they're doing and who are much better at self-promotion than me. Matt Shaw and Iain Rob Wright have been doing this very well for a few years. Edward Lorn and Brian Keene, J.A. Konrath...but lots and lots of people are either independently publishing work, or at least dabbling. Tim Lebbon, Keith Deininger, even Stephen King. Stephen King could probably do whatever he wanted and manage just fine. I can't.

Self-publishing no longer excludes writers from a traditional publishing deal. In fact, many people I know have been offered 'traditional' routes after proving successful in what people think of as 'indie' publishing. Scott Nicholson, Colin F. Barnes spring to mind. Indie novels aren't the weird uncle nobody wants to talk about any longer. It's more than possible to make money, to sell books, on your own. I still have a traditional publisher (DarkFuse) who are brilliant. Other publishers who've taken chances on my novels (Crowded Quarantine Publications, Grand Mal Press, Evil Jester Press) have been wonderful for me, too...but I write more than five books a year...they can't publish all of those...and nobody (nobody) wants a reissue originally out from a small or independent publisher.

I have novels going through the submission process with publishers at the moment, and that's fine. But I've finally come to think it's high time I embraced this 'hybrid' approach fully - no greater weight to either route to publication, but equal. Both are good for me, but there's something about the indie side that appeals to me. Control over the product from top to tail is a big bonus when writing is your main income.

I'm a pretty slow thinker, when it comes down to it, but this is how things are going. For the few years (five or so) I've been watching, learning (or trying to) and seeing which way the wind's blowing. I don't think it's entirely decided yet, but you can guess stuff like that, and passing up earnings when you're trying to make a living...I can't do that any longer.

So, Death by a Mother's Hand - I'm issuing that myself, without going through a publisher first.

I've already reissued some novels that have reverted to me this year, and I'm doing the same for one novella and three novels when I get the covers and formatting done. The novella is 'The Walls of Madness'. The novels are 'A Home by the Sea', 'Rain', and 'The Estate'. And, in the future, when I feel it's appropriate, some horror will go to publishers, but some, I'll issue as originals directly to Kindles.

For the first time (first time I've ever done it with a horror novel, at least) I'm going to put an original horror straight on the Kindle, too. It's called 'The Dead Boy'. It will be something new for me, trying to promote a horror entirely on my own...but I think it'll work out just fine. I'll post updates on here, from time to time, about progress, and this new direction. Probably more detail, as always, in the end of year round up. If you're interested, look out for it. If you're not...fair enough. We've all got our own thing going on...

As always, love you. But, in a new, weird my books! I think I'm gonna be hungry.