Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Wide availability of my books...

I'm working on putting some of my work permafree on Amazon and other platforms, and have taken some others out of KDP Select (an Amazon program) so that I can make those books available at other sales sites.

I have 'UBL's which open a page to links for all sites selling/listing each work.

Those that will be free everywhere:

The Dead Boy books2read.com/u/mvKqoe
Vigil books2read.com/u/md07dW
The Outlaw King books2read.com/u/mledAZ
Rythe Awakes books2read.com/u/bxZeQq
Lore books2read.com/u/mBPGDk

Hangman will be free, too, but it's tied into exclusivity with Amazon until August.

Paid books widely available are:

The Walls of Madness books2read.com/u/bppzxk
The Cold Inside books2read.com/u/bwYoxO
The Rythe Quadrilogy Boxed Set books2read.com/u/3yDexp
A Home by the Sea books2read.com/u/meAjxE
Rain books2read.com/u/mVB65Z
The Love of the Dead books2read.com/u/bazZJ6
A Stranger's Grave books2read.com/u/b62O7W

I'll be adding 'Bloodeye' and 'Masters of Blood and Bone' to the paid novels in August, when they're no longer exclusive with Amazon.



Monday, 18 June 2018

The Rythe Septology Completed

This was an unconscionable amount of work over a span of more years than I've been married. I've known these characters since before I began to work on the novels, from the very first character in my first published short story (A Matryr's Tale - concerning Tirielle A'm Dralorn's father, who warrants little more than a mention by the time she appears in 'Rythe Awakes'). That was something like seventeen years ago, and the first novel was written around fifteen years ago.

I will put out paperbacks for the last three (Rythe Falls, Beneath Rythe, and The Rythe Quadrilogy Omnibus) pretty much when I get around to it! The entire Line of Kings Trilogy, and the Omnibus, is available in paperback.

I need to say a huge thank you to Faith Kauwe, too, who is a terrific editor. She's worked on every single one of these books, editing over 800,000 of fiction. She's super cool. Thank you, Faith.

Thank you to you, too, for reading these books. It's taken a long while, and there have been problems along the way. Mostly, I didn't know how to do it fifteen years ago, but I wanted to. I hope I learned how by the end.

Love you.

The entire Septology (in order) is as follows:

#1 The Outlaw King
#2 The Thief King
#3 The Queen of Thieves




The Line of Kings Omnibus/Boxed Set Edition contains these three novels.


Next, The Rythe Quadrilogy is the continuation of the story/prequel trilogy, and closes all circles:

#1 Rythe Awakes
#2 The Tides of Rythe
#3 Rythe Falls
#4 Beneath Rythe





The Rythe Quadrilogy Boxed Set Edition contains these four novels.


All novels can be found on any Amazon at my page. I'm not putting links in, because fifteen years is enough. I'm moving on. 

xxx

Friday, 15 June 2018

Lore free for five days, Beneath Rythe Kink-free.

Lore is free for five days (from today).


Links: US

Beneath Rythe, the concluding book in the Rythe Quadrilogy, is officially kink-free now, so if you've downloaded it, now's a reasonable time to read it. If you haven't, it's safe at last. I am ridiculously sorry it got all squiffled, but by way of recompense...Lore's free. ;) Love you.


Links: US

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The Rythe Quadrilogy Boxed Set out soon


I'll be releasing this soon. I'm still ironing out some kinks with 'Beneath Rythe', but at this point I'm looking at around another four or five hours work to get that finished until I'm satisfied with it. This boxed set is only for Kindle, so that's probably a few hours work at most. I'll post again when I'm ready to go, and my sincere apologies if you've been caught by the kinks. I suck, I know. Sorry, love you, etc...

x

Friday, 1 June 2018

Coming Soon

As always, time to move on to the next thing.

Next in line to be published is Red Ice Run by me and Ryan C. Thomas, which will be published in a signed/limited hardback format by Thunderstorm Books, after which we'll look for a publisher for the paperback and Kindle rights.

I enjoyed writing Lore, and Severed Press have contracted me to write three science fiction novels (I write sci-fi under the cunning pseudonym 'Craig Robert Saunders'). I'm finishing up 'Field of Heroes' for Severed now; a heroic, space marine romp.


I'm currently shipping 'Hush' (science fiction) and 'Ghost Voices' so I'm hoping they'll be out this year. They are, obviously, finished, so we'll see and fingers crossed etc. Ghost Voices was under contract with Dark Fuse, but they died, so I've had to start the submission process all over again...

Next I'll be either working on 'Coachman' (independent release and the concluding chapter in the Hangman/Highwayman story) or one of two others due for Severed Press. I don't have a timescale for the Severed books, but I'd like to get two of the three down before the end of the year.

Toward the end of the year I'll put out a Rythe Quadrilogy Omnibus, and next year the entire seven Rythe books as a Boxed Set (I'll only do that as a Kindle). I intend to start looking for an audio narrator for the Rythe novels nearer the end of this year, probably. Enough going on for now.

Anyway, that's that, and I'm not making any promises. That way lies madness...also disappointment and headaches...

Love you. x

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Beneath Rythe Sample Chapters

Three sample chapters of my latest novel, 'Beneath Rythe', the conclusion to 'The Rythe Quadrilogy'.

Beneath Rythe/The Rythe Quadrilogy Book IV/Sample

 

Mostly suitable for a YA audience, too, these books. No swearing or nooky, although there is a bit of death and the like. Quite a bit. And some flaying. Beheading and wotnot. And a bit of nooky.

Fine for kids, though. ;)

Love you, bit busy, toodle-oo and that.

x

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Mega Free Epic Fantasy Promotion

'Beneath Rythe', the conclusion to the entire Rythe Septology (seven book saga, if that works better for you...) is available now. 

To commemorate the end of the largest project I've ever undertaken, and around fifteen years of work (and Faith Kauwe's tireless work editing away at around 800,000 words of fiction) the previous books in this series will be free to download from 28th May until 1st June 2018. 

You can find all of them on my Amazon pages in whichever country works for you. Sample chapters all available through Amazon's 'Look Inside' feature, and all books (this includes 'Beneath Rythe') free to Amazon Prime members.



The final book. Available now. Priced $2.99

All six of the following books are free to download all Amazon sites for five days:

The Rythe Quadrilogy:



The Line of Kings Trilogy:
(Prequel Books to the Rythe Quadrilogy, above):



Ta, love you etc etc. 

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Red Ice Run to be published by Thunderstorm Books

Ryan C. Thomas and I wrote this novel over the course of a year and a half or so, between other commitments, and it turned out rather well, I think. Thunderstorm Books will publish a signed, limited hardback 1st edition of our mobsters vs vikings action mash-up.

I uploaded a short sample on the blog. I will of course reveal more as I know more, but have put links to those involved to date. Dave Kendall (I love his work) is due to do the cover art, so I've included his link, too.

Links:
Thunderstorm Books (Publisher)
Ryan C. Thomas (Co-Author)
Dave Kendall (Artist)

And, lastly, the sample:

Red Ice Run

Love you.


God damn it, Google. 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

What I've been doing

Just realised I haven't blogged anything for ages, so I'm blogging, because I haven't blogged for ages.

And forgot how to blog, it seems.

Wrote 'Taking the Nine to the Last Shop', a short, which got good feedback but I'm sitting on it 'til I figure out where it might go.

Just finished first drafts of 'Drift Glass' and 'Instead, she Lived the Gangfight Dreams of Madmen' (shorts), and I'll send those out for whatever may be soon.

Working on 'Field of Heroes' 2nd draft now for Severed Press.

Rythe Falls is with Faith Kauwe for edits. When that comes back, a tidy and paperback.

When Field is done it's final draft of Beneath Rythe.

Then I'm free for the next thing. That's all deadlines and big jobbies done, hopefully by summer. Still two to go for Severed and whatever else comes up, but no deadlines and I can go back to doing what I want, when I want to. Which is working all the time.

Love you, that's it - just putting this here so I remember, really.

Didn't say it'd be interesting...

Monday, 12 March 2018

Lore by Craig Robert Saunders - Promotion of Improbable Size


Released 31st March. Pre-order available now.

I'm running a massive 99p/99c sale to coincide with the release of 'Lore', by me, on the 31st of March. The sale will run from release day for one week.

All but four independent releases/reissues of mine will be 99p or 99c (Amazon will only allow the promotion in the US and UK, and those four aren't yet elligible). That's twelve novels on sale, cut from the usual 2.99 in the US, and one boxed set cut from the usual 4.99.

The list:

The Thief King, The Queen of Thieves. Or, the Line of Kings Boxed Set, which seems much more sensible to me.

The Tides of Rythe, Rythe Falls and read 'em in anticipation of the release of the concluding book 'Beneath Rythe' on April 30th. 

The Love of the Dead, RAIN, Vigil, A Home by the Sea, The Dead Boy, A Stranger's Grave, Masters of Blood and Bone, and finally, Cold Fire.

Short story collections and novellas are only .99p/.99c anyway.

I've yet to work out if this will help or hinder the launch of 'Lore' (or make no difference at all...), but hopefully you'll find something you like either way. 

Love you. 

Thursday, 8 March 2018

A Stranger's Grave Audiobook


Read by Lee David Foreman

A Stranger's Grave will be available in audio formats from Amazon, iTunes and Audible very soon, because I just approved it. It's one of my 'Norfolk' stories (like 'Hangman', 'RAIN', A Home by the Sea, The Love of the Dead - all set in places I know and love). When I started writing I was rather shy, unsure of what I could manage, and didn't really stretch myself with regard to location, so I centred a lot of those earlier novels in Norfolk. 

This is set in my local cemetery (just down the road from me) where I walk and think, and walk the dogs, or just sit when I'm stuck, or thinking my way through a story or life. It's beautiful there. This isn't exactly beautiful. It's a hard ghost story - a mystery, too - and I'm really pleased with it, and with Lee's reading.

I'll update this post with the links when it's approved by ACX, and there's a link and sample in the 'excerpts' section above the post if you're interested. 

Love you x

Sunday, 25 February 2018

The Tides of Rythe Available in Paperback for the first time

Out in paperback for the first time, already available for the Kindle. Edited, as always, by the wonderful Faith Kauwe. That's it. Love you.



Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Lore Pre-Orders Live

Lore is a 1/3 done, still on track (ahead, if anything) for the end of April release date. Paperback and Kindle will be out by then. I added a three-chapter sample of the penultimate draft in the section above these posts, but here's the link:

First Three Chapter Sample Link

And, managed to do that with both little ones off school with scarlet fever, which wasn't easy, believe me.

Pre-Orders are live for Kindle. It's $2.99. I was going to muck around with pricing, but all my indie issues are $2.99 because I can't be bothered mucking around with pricing and I don't intend to start today.

US Link
UK Link


Love you. x

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Masters of Blood and Bone available for pre-order


This is up for pre-order now. There are no edits to do, just formatting. I've given myself (and you, if you order it) until the end of April, but it's just a few hours work so it won't be that long. 

Pre-order links:




Lore is taking longer to get perfect (I really like this, and I'm putting a ton of effort in) but that's not until the end of March, so no problem, and it'll still arrive early. 

Pre-order links:




Rythe Falls is with the incomparable Faith Kauwe for edits, and after that she'll be the last on, Beneath Rythe - all on track.

Pre-order links:


Other news - 

'Taking the Nine to the Last Shop', a short, was rejected by Lightspeed, and I sent it to Clarkesworld, but I'm not expecting anything. 

Hush, a novel, is with a few places, and I haven't heard anything, so...whatever. It will or it won't. 

The first draft of my contracted novel with Severed Press 'Field of Heroes' is done, but I don't have a deadline so I'll do the finals for that after I've finished Lore. 

The end, for now. Bye!

Friday, 2 February 2018

Lore - New Release

Lore is up for pre-order here: PREORDER.

There's a sample in the 'Excerpts' section just above these posts.

It's Science Fiction. Hopefully the cover's a giveaway, but you never know...


Love you. x

Rythe Awakes Available in Paperback

Rythe Awakes is available in paperback for the first time. This is an independent issue, a very, very long time in the making. Edited by the wonderful Faith Kauwe, as with all Rythe books. Covers by me. Out now. Sample in the 'Sample' section if you want a look, links here if you fancy. 


Love you.
x



Monday, 29 January 2018

The Rythe Quadrilogy

This is about a billion years overdue, but the last is up for pre-order, the covers are done, and the paperbacks and the omnibus/boxed set will be along shortly too. (Pictures posted in order).

I wanted to give a quick thanks to David R. Shires @davidshires of 'The Image Designs' for the suggestion, too. He's on here if you want to take a look: www.theimagedesigns.com






Love you. Later.




RIP Field of Heroes

Finished a rough first draft of Field of Heroes today, the first of three novels for Severed Press.

It's missing the last part (just works out like that - can't write it 'til all the pieces are in place), and it'll be about twice as long by the final draft, but it's fine for a first draft and I'm going to rest it and do something else.

Field of Heroes
Jan-Jan 29th.

It's been far too long, and I've been putting it off, so I'm working on the Rythe Quadrilogy between projects to draw a line under that. It's only edits, so I'll edit/write something new/edit, which is my preference and suits me fine.

Also (putting these things here so I know what I did for the year end round up...), reading, Abnett's Embedded, Remic's Toxicity, Reynold's Revenger, Bear's Queen of Angels, and the Cyberpunk Anthology.

Wrote a first draft of a short 'Taking the Nine to the Last Shop' and began work on 'Instead, she Lived the Gangfight Dreams of Madmen'.

Had a rejection from Black Library, which is honestly for the best.

Waiting on submissions from Baen and Angry Robot, both fire and forget, a couple of agents, and a couple of other publishers for 'Hush'.

Still wondering what to do with 'Ghost Voices'.

Waiting on submissions for 'Red Ice Run'.

Otherwise, no news.

Love you. x


Artwork: Long Ouyang

Monday, 15 January 2018

Where to Find Me:

To anyone interested.

I'm shutting down my FB 'Business' page (I never liked it, and hardly use it)

Here: https://www.facebook.com/craigrsaundersauthor/

I'm still on FB normal, but I don't accept friend requests from people who don't say 'hello' at least (bit like knocking on someone's door and just walking past into the house, I feel).

I'm on Twitter @grumblesprout and I like it there and use it.

I like my blog, https://craigrsaunders.blogspot.co.uk/ so I'll still be there.

Amazon's easy enough to find.

The YouTube channel is running, but a tiny thing I don't really do often, and I usually either read from a new book, or just ramble about writing stuff.

I'm on Google+, but that, too, is mostly just me sharing this blog.

Love you, and for those followed me on the FB Business page, thank you very much, and hope to see you and chat to you on Twitter, or FB 'normal', or here.

Love you.



Picture from the wonderful Daryl Duncan, for my Twitter profile.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Diary of a Forgetful Man

Largely writing this post so I can keep track of what I'm doing - I can focus like a demon watching porn when I'm doing one thing, but when I've got more than one? Memory of a peanut. Hence, figuring I've basically got a diary, even though it's public...my BLOG!

So, this week, began 'Patriot Company', this/next month's project. I submitting Hush to an agent, to Angry Robot and to Baen.

I wrote a short for 'Black Library' last year (called 'Into the Black'), I think, and decided against it, not confident enough in the Warhammer world, but I figured the story was good, and even if I don't know all the ins and outs of Space Marines and Deathwatch and the like, they do. So I sent it. Baen and Black Library are submit and forget kind of timescales, so it won't hurt to have a record of it here.

8K into Patriot Company as off tonight.

And decided it's high time I got off my arse and finished 'The Land between Midnight' Trilogy (Hangman, Highwayman, and Coachman) so that's next, then, the second of three contracted for Severed Press (Alternity Engine) and after, finish the 'Rythe' books, the third for Severed after that (title I can't say because it's good), and I'll finish up the Oblivion series all at once.

Unless someone offers me an unconscionable amount of money to do something else.

Also, take the bins out and walk the dog.

Love you x

Picture of a Space Marine...
Until Games Workshop tell me off. ;)


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Dunno why I called it that. Kind of makes sense. I'm just putting this here so I can remember when I began this latest project.

I started writing 'Field of Heroes' for Severed Press today. It looks to me like a longer story, but a trilogy, too, and the third one, at that. They didn't ask for a trilogy, or book one and two, but they all stand alone so if they want one and two, all good, if not, they'll go out as prequels. No biggy, but a story is what a story wants to be, I think.

Anyway, a new bouncing baby 'Field of Heroes' is born, as are 'Born Soldier' and 'War 'til Death'. I'm going for a 'Heroic Military Science Fiction' vibe, following Gemmell's ethos, I guess - don't write the boring bits.

Same as always, I'll see how it goes, I guess.

Hoping to finish all three by the end of February, and writing them concurrently, because I hate owing anything and I'm done putting out trilogies I haven't finished. Haven't finished putting out three series and it's stressing me out something chronic.

Later.

Love you.


Dmitry Vishnevsky (I think).

Saturday, 6 January 2018

UNIT 731 Reissue

The last of the novella reissues that were with DarkFuse. Since their demise last year I've been slowly putting these out on my own. Out in paperback and eBook formats now.



As with all reissued novellas, it's priced at .99p/.99c...which is pretty cheap. Just saying'. 

Just follow the link if you're interested, or read a sample in the section at the top of this blog. 

Only two more reissues to go, but next job is writing one of the three novels contracted with Severed Press. 

Love you. x

Thursday, 4 January 2018

R.I.P. Red Ice Run by me and Ryan C. Thomas

Our gangster vs. Vikings mash-up is done. Wrote 'The End' today, and signed off on it for submissions.

It wasn't hard work, but it has taken bloody ages between all our other jobs, and Ryan keeps having babies, too. Well, he's not having babies, per se. But you know what I mean.

I've got a dog, but that's not relevant right now.

I honestly don't know when Red Ice Run was born, but it's finished as of today.

Red Ice Run
R.I.P.
4th January 2018.

Here's a picture of Ryan, because you've got to have a picture, haven't you?