Archive for the ‘Announcements’ Category

Spaceman Sid in “Mirages and Speculations”

August 20, 2017

Mirages and Speculations coverI’m delighted to announce my latest release – a fun, pulp-fiction style short which is included in Mirages and Speculations, a collection of desert-themed fantasy and science fiction.

Over-the-top heroes and improbable adventures are at the core of the pulp fiction novels, action comics, and Saturday afternoon creature-features I grew up with. So when a red-rock, alien landscape on the cover of a favorite comic book caught my eye, I let my imagination wander, and my own inner fiveyear-old out to play.

Spaceman Sid and the Tentacles of Peace is an homage to the ‘Spaceman Spiff’ cartoon character from Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes comics. I hope you have fun with it!

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Mirages and Speculations is distributed through BundleRabbit, and also available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and the iBooks store.

The Last First Time wins prize!

July 1, 2017

The Last First Time cover

I am delighted to announce that my short story, The Last First Time, is the Second Place winner in the 2017 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story competition!

I wrote this charming story during a Short Story Intensive workshop led by my good friend, Mary Robinette Kowal (who you may also know as one of the hosts of the Writing Excuses podcast), and am pleased to share it with you now. You can read it free of charge on the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable website.

Enjoy!

2017 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable award

Mother of the Waters in “Beneath the Waves” collection

June 15, 2017

Mother of the Waters coverWhen I was invited to write a story for the Beneath the Waves collection, I knew that I didn’t want to write about the same sea-creatures everyone else would be writing about. Instead, I let my mind drift back to a vacation in the Caribbean a few years ago, and let my search through myths and legends lead me to the warm waters – with results I hope you’ll enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing!

In the spring of 1810, the death of his father – and discovery of an unknown uncle – sends fifteen year-old Samuel Harlowe from his simple life in England across the sea on a journey filled with dangers and wonders he never imagined.

And when a kraken attacks his ship, Samuel must choose to whether to let his crewmates perish in the watery depths, or to pay the price demanded by the Caribbean goddess, Mami Wata, the Mother of the Waters.

Available as part of the Beneath the Waves bundle, on BundleRabbit, or from your favorite ebook distributor (Kobo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iBooks).

One Magical Christmas in “The Very Merry Christmas” collection

November 15, 2016

One Magical ChristmasAround my house, we usually hold off on the holiday decorations until (much too late in) December, but since I just *happen* to have a story in this great holiday collection, I thought I’d break with tradition and share it with you now!

The short story, One Magical Christmas, is part of The Very Merry Christmas Bundle, a collection of twenty holiday-themed short stories.

Nick wants to plan a festive Christmas surprise for his girlfriend, Emily. Easy enough, right?

Wrong!

Finding a street vendor in Manhattan with a nice tree on the last Friday before Christmas – a huge challenge. And the tree he does find comes with some surprises of its own.

Available as part of the Very Merry Christmas bundle, on BundleRabbit, or from your favorite ebook distributor (Kobo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iBooks).

The Very Merry Christmas Bundle

The Night of Brahma in “Visions of the Apocalypse” anthology

July 29, 2016

Fiction River - Visions of the ApocalypseI’m not a huge fans of apocalypse stories – but when the opportunity presented itself to write a story for the Fiction River anthology, Visions of the Apocalypse, edited by John Helfers, I accepted the challenge,  and The Night of Brahma was the result.

People have been predicting the end of the world almost since the beginning, with speculations about the actual nature of mankind’s demise varying widely across the board. This led me to ask, ‘what if they’re all right?’– and as soon as the question formed in my mind, the structure for the story appeared, as if the universe itself had struggled with the same question, and we’d both suddenly discovered the answer.

Working with John was an amazing, educational experience. I am very proud of The Night of Brahma, and hope you like it, too!

 — Leigh

Paper Craft is back!

February 24, 2016

Digital Fiction - Horror collectionIf you missed my short story, Paper Craft, when it came out in the Ragnarok anthology, That Hoodoo, Voodoo That You Do, I’m happy to announce that it’s making a second appearance over on DigitalFictionPub.com

I also have to brag a little, and post this review quote:

“…Paper Craft by Leigh Saunders, was a perfect way to round up the anthology. I loved the way the story was structured, alternating between the past and present, and thought the ritualistic element was fascinating.

I also couldn’t help but instantly like the main heroine, Tracy. She’s not a witch, or a sorceress, or a Voodoo Queen. No, she’s a woman using her extraordinary gift to help those around her. The final image of the story was beautiful and magnificently described, and will no doubt stay with you for a long, long time…” 

S. R. Manev, Amazon reviewer

Browse on over to Digital Fiction Pub – and you can read Paper Craft and a whole lot of other great, short fiction – absolutely free!

Can’t beat that!

Heaven’s Flight in “Alchemy & Steam” anthology

May 26, 2015

Alchemy & Steam, a Fiction River anthology, containing the story Heaven's Flight by Leigh SaundersI got into Steampunk because of the cool costumes and nifty gadgets – and then started reading about the amazing worlds they “came” from. So when I had the opportunity to write an original Steampunk short story for the WMG Fiction River anthology “Alchemy & Steam” (edited by the fabulous Kerrie L. Hughes), I couldn’t resist!

My story, “Heaven’s Flight” adds just a drop or two of magic to a world where gears and clockworks rule the day – and introduces some characters I guarantee you I’ll be writing more stories about.

ISBN 978-1-56146-627-6
ebook, $6.99
Trade paperback, $15.99

Available wherever you like to buy books!

Paper Craft in “That Hoodoo, Voodoo, That You Do” anthology

January 26, 2015

That Hoodoo, Voodoo, That You Do containing my story "Paper Craft" by Leigh SaundersOnce in a while, I write creepy dark fantasy, just for the fun of it. Yeah, I know, I clearly have a twisted sense of humor. Go with it.

So when I saw the anthology call for “That Hoodoo, Voodoo, That You Do,” (published by Ragnarok Publications and edited by Lincoln Crisler), I couldn’t resist the challenge: write a creepy, dark ritual short story, that leaves the reader going “but what if…” and makes them go check out what might be hidden in their own attic. I’m proud of “Paper Craft” and hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it (and if you’re looking, it’s the last story in the collection).

And isn’t that just an awesome cover!

Available in paper and pixels, wherever you like to buy books!

Approx. 390 pages (100,000 words)
Categories: Anthology / Short Stories / Supernatural Horror
Release Date: January 26th, 2015
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-941987-30-8 / $20.95
ePub ISBN: 978-1-941987-31-5 / $3.99 USD

Synth: Gold Record

May 21, 2013

"Memoirs of a Synth: Gold Record," a novel by Leigh SaundersI’m very pleased – very, very pleased – to introduce you to my good friend, Brianna Rei, the main character of Gold Record, the first full-length novel in the Memoirs of a Synth series. If you’ve read the short story, Firstdawn, you’ve already met Brianna, and you know that she’s smart, a little sassy, takes risks for a living, and is always on the run.

What you may not know is that she’s been pestering me for ages to tell her stories – and as you might imagine, someone with Brianna’s background has lots of stories to tell! (And yes, I’m already taking notes for the next installment.)

I hope you enjoy Memoirs of a Synth: Gold Record. It was a lot of fun to write – all 149,220 words (400+ pages) of it! In future posts, I’ll tell you some of the stories behind the writing of some parts of the book – if you have specific passages you’re curious about, drop me a note and I’ll be sure to tell you about those scenes.

Available on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and Smashwords, $5.99

Memory at Lascaux

March 30, 2013

I attended a writing workshop not long ago where thirty writers crowded around large tables listening to four professional editors comment on short stories we had written for them. On some stories the editors agreed, on others they disagreed. It was entertaining, enlightening, and educational. And a whole lot of fun.

For one of the stories, we’d been given the following assignment: “…One of the greatest attributes of mankind is our ability to fight for survival, even when the struggle to continue seems hopeless. [Your assignment] is to write stories detailing humanity’s struggle after a planetary disaster…”

Coincidentally, the same day I received the assignment, I also received a copy of BBC Knowledge magazine – and not just any copy. I got the “Days that Changed the World” copy.

As you might expect, the assignment and the articles in the magazine collided in my brain, tumbled around, and, after a little bit of research and fact-checking, the ideas spilled out onto the page to create a story based loosely on events in our own planetary history. Here’s how I describe the story:

With the world covered in ash and clouded in despair, there are only two choices: lie down in the ash, or find a way to survive. 

While I usually write stories that are clearly science fiction, I think I might have accidentally committed literature with this one. You’ll have to tell me!

Available on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. $0.99