Tuesday, 30 May 2017

'Days of Christmas' Audiobook Release

Morning. I haven't been up to much (still!) but working on 'Red Ice Run' with Ryan C. Thomas and getting ever closer to releasing all my back catalogue in audio formats. This is the latest, read by Molly King (she's @mkaudiotx, if you want to follow). 

The End.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Iain Rob Wright's 'A-Z of Self-Publishing'

Iain asked a while back if I'd write a testimonial for his 'A-Z of Self-Publishing' website/tutorial/course. I said yes, if it was any good. So I did the course. It's good.

He's been around for the last ten years or so and he sells tons of books. As a hybrid author (tradition and self-published) it's proven useful - I make more than I did, put out my back catalogue as audiobooks, and learned how to format my self-published novels so everything looks like it should - like novels. It was worth the ride. He's one of very few who know the business well enough to teach it, and he's got a lovely singing voice.

I'm sorry. I'm trying to be serious so Iain can use something I say as a testimonial. I'm flippant, though. What you gonna do?

It is a great resource, though, and I'll just repeat that little bit at the top there - I make more in royalties since following the advice and knowledge Iain's worked hard to learn. I like writing more than the business side of things (as I'm sure you're well aware after a hundred or more blogs) but sometimes it's good to listen to someone who knows how to do both sides of this thing called 'being a writer'.

Here's the link and a nice picture of Iain.

A-Z of Self-Publishing.

Nice picture of Iain:

Love you.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Acute Meh

Not sure if it's been chronic or acute. The prior, more probably. I've been stuck in editing hell, which I literally despise...and as a result I haven't been doing that but all of the other things. I can't do anything else until it's done.

It is quite the most debilitating case of meh-syndrome I've suffered (first discovered by Marvin off of Hitchhiker's Guide).

Woke up this morning with a mild sense of maybe I can get this done.


None of this is bad stuff...it's just shit I don't want to do. In the right frame of mind I'd have got on with it without being such a wuss.

Overwhelmed - for some it might be finances, so they don't look at their bank statement. Might be housework, or the garden, but sometimes things seem heavier than they are. All I've done lately is facebook posts. I'm very creative, you know. My facebook posts are the toast of facebook.

At some point, whether you want to or not, you've just got to get shit done. So I'm going back to bed.



I funny.

Not really. I did three covers this morning and I'm going to force myself to do a little editing. It's only 80-odd pages. I'm aiming for 5 a day so I don't get tuckered out.

If I get it done can I get a couple of cheerleaders on the quiet? Older ones, though, because you know, youngsters are creepy. They're actually creepy. They have no wrinkles and all their hair. Like they're not real people.

Sorry youngsters.


The three covers I cunningly interspersed with this post are the base images (without text) for various versions of 'Hangman', 'Highwayman', and 'Coachman' (the third book in the series). Highwayman's image is for the audio, Hangman for kindle and paperback (I've sold the rights for a limited hardback edition) and Coachman will come along later...

;) Love you.

Friday, 7 April 2017

A Scarecrow to Watch over Her coming soon

Just approved the audio, wonderfully done by Molly King, so this will be out soon, too. 

A Mulrones novella. 

Related stories inc. Flesh and Coin, Deadlift, Highwayman, Hangman, Death by a Mother's Hand.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Deadlift Audiobook Cover and News -

Lee David Foreman's finished the audio for Deadlift. I done did a cover for it, and it'll be out soon. 

That pretty much covers it. 

Love you.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Audiobook progress -

I approved 'Flesh and Coin', read by Molly King, today.

...and 'Cold Fire', read by Lee David Foreman, in the week.

These will both be available to buy very soon. 

I'm just listening to the audio for 'Insulation', and approved 'Days of Christmas' (read by Molly), so they'll be out in the next month or so. Later today I'll be listening to 'Deadlift' and 'Death by a Mother's Hand'. 

Nearly there, thanks entirely to Lee and Molly, who are doing a fantastic job with a rather large back catalogue. 

That's it - short and sweet update.

Love you.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

A Home by the Sea paperback available from Amazon

This is the last of the previously published horror novels, reissued by me, available in paperback again (it's available in ebook formats and audio, read by Molly King, too).

It came out perfectly.

A small bit of other news - I set up a YouTube channel. So far there are two videos of me reading my work, and one on me speaking about agents and story structure. Link below if you wish. 

Love you, and thanks for being the wind beneath my wings...



Thursday, 16 March 2017

Me, on agents, and on story structure.

I put this on YouTube (learning and growing). Part one, to 16 minutes (ish) is on agents. Part Two is on story structure.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Highwayman out in paperback, hardback and kindle

Highwayman is now out in paperback, hardback and kindle formats. The hardbacks (52 only - signed and limited) are sold out, but the others aren't sold out. I don't think you can sell out kindles.

That's it for now on Highwayman.

Other news: I'm listening to the audio for Deadlift and Cold Fire, so they will be out soon.

I'm trying to set up a YouTube account to upload video readings, too - Windows 10 broke Facebook Live. Here's the link to my YouTube Channel, and the first video (me, reading 'Highwayman'). https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCWyhBIY0q0MHA5EGmOXsSw

Love you. 

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Is Donald Trump a Nazi?

Am I asserting that the current president of the United States of America is a Nazi? Yep. Yes. That's precisely what I'm doing.

Why am I writing it here? Because all it takes is silence, and inaction, but I'm goaded into writing something, too, because of all the accusations hurled regarding the likening of Trump to Adolf Hitler. To make such assertions is childish, ignorant, foolhardy. Sure it is. Trump's not Adolf Hitler. Of course he fucking isn't, and no one is saying he is. He's a different evil. But if a word, or term, or a name comes into common usage and that word now applies more than aptly to a set of beliefs, or ideals, or statements, or actions, then is that name not appropriate? Words, language, grammar; these are all fluent things. Over the course of decades the horror of Nazism has not dissipated, nor weakened. But 'Nazi' was, before gung ho movies about guns going pew-pew, a political party, with beliefs, motivations, and goals.

'Nazi' refers to a very specific mindset, and Nazism still exists. Hatred still exist. And if that hatred takes a close enough form to ideals and actions which have not faded or disappeared, using the word doesn't lessen evil. It is not dismissive, as though using a term to identify a person who uses hatred as a tool as a Nazi is a childish insult, or poorly reasoned, or insulting to the memories of those lost, or those who still suffer victimisation daily. It is justifiable, sensible, and entirely reasonable to use a perfectly good term in a world which requires and functions on labels to call evil what it is.

A man does not need to revere Adolf Hitler, to adhere specifically to the tenets of a dead political system, nor to swear allegiance to any flag nor crown to be a Nazi. As a word, it has grown to hold meaning broader than that; one who victimises those without power, one who uses jingoism and xenophobia to further ambition and to create an atmosphere of such fear among those of the populous who do not belong. Those other people...those people who are not...us. Of course we don't hate them...we just want them to cease to exist.

Nazism focused on Aryans, and supremacy, and the inferiority of other social, religious, and racial groups. Pretty much all of us know the historical and current meanings. I'm all for using the right word for the job. It isn't like supporting a football team, or a baseball team, where there is no wriggle room. The word has come to be synonymous with hatred, and hate groups. ALT-Right, Far Right, Extreme Nationalism, whatever...it's all the same sport with a different kit on.

Words have power, and the word 'Nazi' has not lessened in strength over many years, and it should not lessen. Is it exactly the right word for the job? Close-e-fucking-nuff, isn't it?

Quit nitpicking, quit bickering, quit having tea with him and hoping for the best. There are parallels, whether you like it or not, and circumstances, while not entirely identical, don't have to be in perfect symmetry for you recognise the likeness. If you see your face in a funhouse mirror, it doesn't suddenly become the face of a stranger, does it? It's a face we've all seen before, and will again, and it is no different simply because certain features are larger or smaller than we remember or than some hoped.

Love you.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Highwayman Limited Edition Available for Pre-orders from Today

Highwayman limited/signed editions are available for pre-orders from today (17th January 2017) for those interested. Of 52 there are 15 remaining as the rest are reserved by DarkFuse subscribers. Link below. 


“Lyrical, haunting, and compelling, Craig Saunders creates a mystical otherworld where the living hunt the dead and the dead mourn the living. A wonderfully original voice.”

- Jon Bassoff, author of The Incurables

Love you.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Highwayman available for review on NetGalley

Highwayman, my next release, is available to reputable reviewers on NetGalley.

Here is the link: Highwayman by Craig Saunders on NetGalley.

Here's the cover:

Here's the blurb:

Legends never die. There's a highwayman who still roams ancient, lost forests. He's a murderer, a dead man who forgot to die. 

Once, he killed a girl called Madeline Rose Goodman. 

Now her father is the only one who can stop her killer. He might have to die to do it, lose all that he has left, but he won't face the highwayman alone. 

In a world where the old things still hold sway, good men will never have to fight alone.

And there's a short sample in the cunningly titled 'samples' section above.

All review requests will have to be approved by the publisher, DarkFuse. I don't deal with DarkFuse review requests, so please don't message me - requests have to go through the link!

Share appreciated, too, but I won't bung you a fiver.

Love you, and thank you :)

Monday, 9 January 2017

Dark Fable and Fable Books from me:

Just another quick update:

Set up two imprints for my independently published work:

Dark Fable (horror and dark fiction)

Fable (for fantasy works)

That's it for now. 

Love you.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Coming Soon in Audiobook and Print -

Another quick update on my 'getting up to speed' stuff:


Two new audible titles approved:

(Vigil) Narrated by Lee David Foreman

(The Love of the Dead) Narrated by Molly King

Both titles will be available through Audible, Amazon and iTunes as soon as ACX has run its checks.

New audible contracts:

Chris Barnes, who is working on 'A Stranger's Grave' has agreed to read for the complete 'Line of Kings' trilogy, which is comprised of 'The Outlaw King', 'The Thief King' and 'The Queen of Thieves'.

I'm currently in talks regarding possible audiobook versions of all novellas, too, and the DarkFuse titles 'Masters of Blood and Bone', 'Left to Darkness' and 'Highwayman' will be available this year, as will 'Hangman' (Not DarkFuse - details, sort of, below).


The Outlaw King and The Thief King are ready for paperbacks. I'll put these out when I've got enough spare to order and check over proof copies!

The Queen of Thieves won't need anywhere near as much work, so that will follow shortly after, as will an omnibus paperback edition of the complete trilogy.

A Home by the Sea (paperback) will be out at the same time as Outlaw and Thief.

Amazon have a new feature available to independent authors to issue paperbacks through them. I'm going to try this out with the four volumes of collected fiction I have out:

Dead in the Trunk
Angels in Black and White
Dark Words
The Cold Inside

I'm releasing first paperback editions of novellas which haven't been printed before (Death by a Mother's Hand, Days of Christmas)


I'll be issuing paperback versions of all novellas out of print at the moment - A Scarecrow to Watch Over Her, The Walls of Madness and Insulation (Insulation was only printed as part of an anthology).


Highwayman won't be long, and the companion novel 'Hangman' is in the works. More news on that very soon - vague, sorry, but while publication has been agree, I need to finalise the contract.


Pig, Ghost Voices, and the conclusion to the Rythe Quadrilogy (Beneath Rythe) will be out this year

Love you. x

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

The Happy New Year Post

Just a small, very small, tiny update. Inconsequential, really. I'm not even sharing around, just posting on here. A post with such a low profile it's no more than 2D in a world that's at least 6D, and arguably 7.

I don't know how many D's there are. I think two D's are probably just fine for most.

Boob joke - start out how you mean to go on, right?

Anyway, don't expect anything new from me. I'm still stuck in boring stuff hell.

Highwayman's out soon, so at least there's a new release. I'm forcing myself to finish off 'work' before I can get back to 'writing', which I consider the fun bit.

Good update, eh?

Here's a picture.

It's a snowflake landing in icing sugar, both are smiling and hugging because they haven't seen each other in a while and saying 'wheee, I love you man', because that's a cute image, isn't it? But they still can't see each other, so really, when you think about it, it's kind of sad.

Love you.*

*Edit: God damn it I forgot my blog theme was blue.