Monday, 19 November 2018

Thank you - 100,000 visits!

That's at a rate of around visit a year over 100,000 years, but nevermind that. Thank you for putting up with my nonsense.

Rather than prattle on about me, me, me, I thought I'd share some of the stuff I've been reading over the last year. I try only to mention things or people I enjoy.

Frederick Douglass
Pat Cadigan
Neal Asher
Ernest Hemmingway
Isaac Asimov
Ursula Le Guin
Cory Doctorow
Ian Creasey
Elizabeth Bear
Langston Hughes
Carl Sagan
Tim Lebbon
Alexandre Dumas
Kurt Vonnegut Jr
Karl Marx
Isaac Newton
Graham McNeill
James S. A. Corey
William Gibson
Martha Wells
Kameron Hurley
Yoon Ha Lee

That'll do. It's not a recommended reading list or anything, just some people whose thoughts and stories I've enjoyed.

Love you. x

Here's a picture. It's not mine. It's by Sergey Kondratovich. I just like robots.


Monday, 29 October 2018

Red Ice Run sold out

I don't know what I'm expecting when I write a book, but it's always a surprise when people buy or read them. Red Ice Run, a little mobsters versus vikings novel with Ryan C. Thomas went to Thunderstorm Books for a limited run and sold out. That's pretty cool.


They're beautiful things, too. If you have one, thank you very much for buying it, and thanks to Thunderstorm and of course Ryan, too. 

Love you.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Lore Audio coming soon

I approved the audio for Lore, read by Mike Fallek, so as soon as it's cleared through ACX it'll be available for purchase from Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.


Mike's Bio: 

Mike Fallek studied film and voices his own pet documentary mostly focused on pet history (Hamsters: The History, and Spiders Will Eat Your Face) because animals cannot write it themselves. His films have appeared on tv, are available in libraries, and are featured on many online platforms. Mike is a podcaster of note with a weekly audience into the 7,000 plus listeners. Also an animator, all of Mike's work commercial and independent plus contact information can be found on http://bigweasellilweasel.club

Lore's available permafree as an eBook, as a paperback, and the link's here if you want to read the words on paper or screen:


or on Amazon where you are.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Bingo Bango Bongo Red Ice Run News.

Title's not relevant at all. Just thought I should post something on here and I like the song.

'Red Ice Run' from Thunderstorm Books, written by me and Ryan C. Thomas, came out two days ago as a 52-copy limited signed hardback edition.


The cover art is from Dave Kendall, the lettering by Zach McCain. 51 have sold, so there's one left. I think my maths is right on that, but I can never be sure.

The link is here if you're interested: http://thunderstormbooks.com/thunderstorm/book/red-ice-run/

Love you.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Ghost Voices - New Release

I wrote this a while ago and never really knew what it was, or what to do it...so I put it out under my own 'Dark Fable Books' label. It's a supernatural, psychological military thriller. It was slated to be a DarkFuse release, but never made it because they died. I didn't, yet, so I made the cover, formatted it, and here it is:



There's a sample and the back cover copy in the 'Excerpts' section near the top of the blog, but here's the back cover copy if you're interested.

Graham Calder was once a soldier. He lives a quiet life now, far from people in the Scottish Highlands, ever since a terrible injury in Afghanistan. It wasn't the enemy who scarred him, though - it was his brother-in-arms, Simon Bussey. Now Bussey's back.

The Grant sisters, Claire and Emily, hope for an adventure in Scotland's forests and mountains. Neither planned on fighting for their lives as they become entangled in the soldiers' deadly feud.

Bussey assumes Calder hides away because of his injury. He's wrong. Calder lives with schizophrenia, and can, because a ghost taught him to lock the nightmares in a box inside his mind. If he opens the box and let his demons out, will the Grant sisters survive?

They might...or it might just be Calder who kills them all.

I probably won't bother harping on about it much because I'm moving on to the next thing. 

Love you. x



Sunday, 12 August 2018

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Anti-Writing

Prologue

It was a dark and stormy night, but somewhere else and not where the story was set at all. Where the story was set, which was on a blog, it was hot as balls. Like the bayou, but only in underwear.

It was a writer who was writing the story, overthinking everything. He kept a gun in his pants, because Alfred Hitchcock indicated in a McGuffin style speech once that he should.

Chapter 2

SUDDENLY! As if by some catastrophic failure of mental hardware, the writer blurted out something in a strange accent that wasn't even his. 'Aye ham very well-educated,' in a blurty fashion, was what he said when he said it back then, in the speech marks. He used a long word, then, but irrelevantly and only thought it.

Hmm, he thought. That was perpendicular, and quite unnecessary to the story

...so he cut that part and noted 'TLDR' in the edited version.

Then, he put upon his sparsely-haired head a Burberry patterned trilby while he prepared to leave the library in the west wing of his caravan, which he didn't have, and he wasn't in the library, but it would have had books had it been interesting at all, but it wasn't. He'd cut that later, too. He resolved to spent less time blogging and more time working, but he wouldn't get the chance because of foreshadowing!

Hitching up his pants before setting out, he shot off his cock.

The End.

Epilogue

Love you.




Saturday, 11 August 2018

R.I.P. 'Drift Glass'

Not often I get to do an obit for two long stories in a week, or month, even, but the first draft of this is done. I'm doing the second through the night, and a final check tomorrow to send to Tor. I have rather large expectations of rejection, but I'm doing it anyway. It's near-future military scifi noir with a touch of space exploration, I guess. I suck at categories. I don't know. Haven't quite figured out how to pitch that.

Either way, 'Drift Glass', RIP.

Here's a picture. Gotta have a picture. This is Igor Sobolevsky, whose work I love...just like I love you.






Friday, 10 August 2018

R.I.P. 'It Always Rains when the Circus Comes to Town'

It's basically magic space clowns. That'll do for an explanation. I wrote it with Tor's open window in mind, and finished about a week ago...

...and, it's not that I don't like it (it's magic space clowns, what's not to like?) I just didn't feel it'd fit with Tor, and I didn't want to waste the chance. I sat down last Sunday and started something else  instead, which I've got 'til this Sunday to finish. I'm not far off, and I don't know if I made the right choice writing something else, or if it'll make a difference either way, but what the hell. Worth a shot and a few late nights. Right?

Yeah, I don't know, either.

It Always Rains when the Circus Comes to Town is done, though, so whatever I decide to do with it won't be wasted, and fingers crossed I'll get the current one finished to submit, and be able to write a little obit on that (in time!).

Love you...back to work.


Monday, 23 July 2018

PERMAFREE books project

Here's the list of all books I've made permafree so far:

Vigil (post-apocalyptic time travelling vampires)
The Dead Boy (post-apocalyptic horror)
The Outlaw King (old school heroic fantasy)
Rythe Awakes (old school heroic fantasy)
Lore (space opera with a dash of adventure)

All are permafree on Amazon and all other platforms.

I just made Lore available in paperback. All the others are already available in paperback.

Vigil and The Dead Boy are available in audio formats, too, from Amazon, iTunes and Audible.

Here's the Lore paperback wrap and link:


Paperback Links:

Lore will also be released in Audio format, and Mike Fallek has signed up to narrate.

The last book I will put permafree is 'Hangman', the 1st of a trilogy, but I can't do that until September as it's tied into Amazon until then. 

Love you. x

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