Welcome to my SPFBO Hub! For those of you who are not familiar, SPFBO (pronounced spiff-bō), is the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, hosted by the incredible and amiable Mark Lawrence, Champion of the Indie Community, and one of my favorite authors. I won’t go into the details here, but I will point you to this lovely post with all the official info:
SPFBO5 is right around the corner, and I have the honored privilege of judging this year’s competition with my fellow blogmates over at Fantasy Book Critic! All the important bits will be happening over there, but I’ll be posting some updates and my reviews here, as well, so be sure to check back every once in a while. Let’s get this show on the road and discover some amazing authors!
SPFBO5 ANNOUNCEMENT PAGE
July 17, 2019
The First Cull
And the bloodbath begins! Lukasz has read through his batch of six books and one semi-finalist has emerged! Visit https://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2019/07/spfbo-first-cull-semi-finalist-update.html for his feedback, mini-reviews, and his choice for the book that will be moving on in the competition!
June 26, 2019
Fantasy Book Critic has released their official SPFBO introduction post! Here you’ll find short bios of all the team members, including Cindy Hannikman, Mihir Wanchoo, David Stewart, Lukasz Przywoski, and myself, as well as our plan of attack, books allotted to us, and our choices for top three covers.
HERE ARE THE 30 BOOKS WE’LL BE JUDGING:
Petrified by Ben Meeks
Fear the Wolf by Andrew Butcher
Into the Labyrinth by John Bierce
Exhumations by Christian Corbitt
Silvertongue by Casey White
The City Screams by Phil Williams
The Fox and the Hunter by Linn Tesli
Enchantress Undercover by A.C Spahn
The Deadbringer by E.M Markoff
Ayana by Geetha Krishnan
Journey to the Top of the Nether by William C Tracy
Shadowless by Randall McNally
Devian by Shanna Bosarge
Beggar’s Rebellion by Levi Jacobs
Pursuit of Shadows by J.A Andrews
The Harvest by K.B Benson
The Shadow Rises by Kelly Marsden
Windwalker by H.G Chambers
Cleansed by G.S Scott
Magpie’s Song by Allison Pang
Children of Shadows by Andrew Hall
Grayden by L.K Evans
Wanderer by Nancy E Dunne
The Stolen Karma of Nathaniel Valentine by Justin Bloch
A Keeper’s Destiny by Carol Ann King
Gorp: Goblin Janitor by Jon Ray
A Halo of Mushrooms by Andrew Hiller
The Ukinhan Wilds by Eldon Thompson
The Dark Ability by D.K Holmberg
Starheart by Hailey Griffiths
These titles will be divvied up amongst the five of us, and we’ll choose one or two from each batch to share with the rest of the team. And finally, without further ado, here are our top three covers to be included in this year’s cover contest:
And that’s about it, folks! Head on over to FBC to check out all the specifics.
JUNE 17, 2019
And we’ve hit 300! Let’s do this!
And we’re off! SPFBO5 has commenced, and the submissions have been coming in all day. As I write this, there are 239 hopefuls, which means we only need 11 more for a competition! I’m almost 100% sure we’ll reach that in no time.
There are TONS of great names on this list and I’m so excited to see the lot assigned to Fantasy Book Critic! As soon as we hear word, I’ll be sure to post everything here.
And that’s about it for now! Until next time!