#SPFBO 2018 : Batch 1, Books 1-3

Posted On 2 August 2018

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As mentioned in my post here, I’ll be randomly choosing six books off my list to check out each month.  I’ll post information about the first three at the start of the month and then about the remaining three during the mid way point with a conclusion around the end of the month about which books will be going forward or eliminated.

Here are the first three books that I will be reading with links to Goodreads, author pages, cover and blurb:

empireoftears.jpg1. An Empire of Tears (Tales of a Prodigy Book 1) by Tim Marquitz

Outlaw, mercenary, assassin. Prodigy.

Bred to kill, Gryl is scarred by the foul sorceries woven beneath his flesh and castrated to ensure he would have no love save for the blade. To his masters he was just another slave amidst the legion of remorseless prodigies. But Gryl had always been different.

Years after the failed invasion of the Shytan Empire he survives in hostile territory by selling his sword and hiding from those seeking to exploit him. Then a chance encounter with an enigmatic priest and his misfit charges offers Gryl the opportunity for penance, the chance to be a part of something not steeped in pain and death. Peace is fleeting, however.

Enemies amass and threaten his newfound family but Gryl will do anything to protect them, no matter how much blood must be spilled.

Goodread’s author page

Website: http://www.tmarquitz.com

Twitter: @Marquitz


Sanctuary2. Sanctuary’s Fiend by A. Lynch

Rel is your average 16 year old high school student. She just wants to hang out with her friends, scrape by in class, and avoid the mean girls.

Her best friend is a siren, the girl who just joined the class is a ghost, and her adoptive parents are succubi that simply don’t understand her – the rest of Sanctuary doesn’t get any less weird!

As she tries to be normal and tell the boy she likes how she feels about him, she experiences a case of sudden onset vampirism.
Let’s see how that works out for Rel, shall we?

Goodread’s author page

Website: http://www.lynchwriting.com


cursed3. Cursed Wishes (Three Wishes #1) by Marcy Kennedy

Nothing comes free with the fae, not even punishments.

After accidentally angering a fairy, Ceana Campbell cut a desperate deal and has lived a half-life ever since–cursed to fail at everything she tries and erased from the memory of her family and friends.

One thought keeps her going day after day. Her sacrifice would better the lives of everyone she cared for, especially her little brother and Gavran Anderson, the man she once loved.

Until the day she finds out she was wrong.

The deal that was supposed to save them all is a curse for more than just her. Now, to save her brother’s life, she’ll have to face a monster far worse than the fairy who cursed her.

The first time she cut a deal with the fae, she lost everything but her life. This time, her life might be exactly what it costs to rescue the people she loves the most.

Cursed Wishes is the first book in the Three Wishes trilogy. If you enjoy mythological creatures, clean romance, and a touch of mystery, then you’ll love this historical fantasy series set in the highlands of medieval Scotland.

Goodread’s author page

Website: https://marcykennedy.com

Twitter: @MarcyKennedy

20 Responses to “#SPFBO 2018 : Batch 1, Books 1-3”

  1. waytoofantasy

    Feels like an eclectic mix! I think this year should be interesting, seems like a little more variety in books. Looking forward to your thoughts!

  2. Tammy

    Sanctuary’s Fiend is calling to me, it sounds like it has lots of humor😁

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    My fascination with the fae would unfailingly lead me toward Cursed Wishes…

  4. sjhigbee

    It may be my imagination, but it seems there is more variety this year. Though, as ever, I don’t envy having to decide which ones to knock out…

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s never easy, and I don’t like eliminating any – but – there can be only one.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Oh absolutely! So long as you don’t go around chopping off their heads…

      • @lynnsbooks

        lol = i make no promises

  5. Ty Arthur

    Good luck to the first batch of authors!

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Hmm, all three of them are interesting in their own way. I’ll be curious to hear what you think!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m really impressed with the submissions, it’s going to be a tough choice I think.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Carmen

    I like the premises of the first and the third books. The second sounds like a fun romp. Enjoy. 🙂

  8. jessicabookworm

    I like the sound of Cursed Wishes 🙂

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