#SPFBO Finalist

Today I’m announcing my finalist for the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off.  300 self published books, ten bloggers, one winner.  Brainchild of Mark Lawrence the SPFBO is in it’s third year and is going strong.

This year I’ve found it difficult to make a choice.  I had four books that were competing equally for my attention.  I’ve read and reviewed them and even been back and reread the beginning of each book over again to try and help choose a winner.  The four books in question (with links to the reviews) are:

Jack Bloodfist: Fixer by James Jakins

Today is Too Late by Burke Fitzpatrick

Empire of the Dead by Phil Tucker

The Archbishop’s Amulet by Watson Davis

I will say that having more than one book tied neck and neck is downright not good.  I hate having to choose between them but that’s the deal.

There can be only one

My winner is: Jack Bloodfist: Fixer by James Jakins


I liked all four of the above books for different reasons and I would definitely continue reading future books from all four authors.  What really stood out for me with Jack Bloodfist was the fun I had reading it and I hope the other bloggers enjoy it as much as I did.

I would just like to say a huge thanks to all the authors who took part.  Putting your work out for such scrutiny and potential criticism must be difficult and I applaud you all.  Thank you. 😀


8 Responses to “#SPFBO Finalist”

  1. Carmen

    Well done, Lynn! It sounds like you enjoyed this one and wouldn’t mind if it became a series. Like you, I’m not a fan of the cover, but I’m glad that that contributed to the pleasant surprise you encountered within its pages.

  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oh nice, I didn’t know you had chosen a winner already when I left my comment on your last review. Glad I wasn’t left in suspense for long! Grats to James Jakins and good luck to Jack Bloodfist: Fixer in the next phase!

  3. Mr and Mrs NW

    I hadn’t heard of this contest before. It’s such a cool idea. That’s great dedication on your part to read through so many contenders.

  4. Tammy

    Congrats to your choice, and to all the authors who made your short list! Im so curious to see how the next stage of the blog off goes.

  5. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I don’t envy you having to try and choose between four books! Well done on taking part in this epic competition again – I have thoroughly enjoyed all your posts again. Here’s to the final round!

  6. sjhigbee

    I think you are a superstar – what a difficult decision. Congratulations to all the finalists – it sounds as if they are all strong contenders, but particular commendation must go to Jack Bloodfist: Fixer. I hope you can relax a bit in the coming week, Lynn:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks Sarah – I admit this was a tough decision. It was difficult because you’re choosing amongst good books and when you can see the plus points in all of them its hard, but then there’s an extra level of difficulty because you’re also putting your book forward to 9 other judges to read – and they might judge it harshly! I liked Jack Bloodfist though – he kept me thoroughly entertained.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes – I frankly don’t know how you do it. I simply couldn’t, so my respect for you is immense:)

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