#SPFBO 2018 : Batch 2, Books 1-3

Posted On 3 September 2018

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As mentioned in my post here, I’ll be randomly choosing six books per month for the next five months, which I will then aim to check out at least the first 30% of each book during that 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.  The conclusion for my first month’s reading can be found here.  Ultimately, the aim is to choose one book from the thirty I’ve been assigned – that chosen one will be my finalist.

The first three books in my second batch are:

1. Crossfire by Andrea Domanski

crossfireBirthdays suck!

For her eighteenth, Mirissa Colson receives a package from the mother who abandoned her over a decade ago. The family secret it reveals transforms her life from trying on prom dresses to battling an ancient race of demons. Thanks, Mom.

Her nineteenth brings forth an even more treacherous foe—one maniacal demi-god bent on ruling the world. So much for dating. Thankfully, the years of martial arts and sharpshooter training her ex-Navy SEAL dad put her through gives her the perfect skill-set to build upon.

When she’s called on to save the world—literally—Mirissa finds she has a lot more in her arsenal than just a mean roundhouse kick. Burgeoning powers she previously thought impossible, like controlling the elements and sensory expansion, give her some confidence. But when she is propelled into a world teeming with preternatural beings—all with powers of their own—she finds herself outmatched and outgunned.

CROSSFIRE is a coming of age tale that bridges the gap between the world we think we know, and the one that lies just beneath the surface


2. Dark Oak by Jacob Sannox

dark oakHumanity has finally defeated the Dark Lord, but Morrick fought on the wrong side. Though he was a slave, he is branded a traitor and must earn the trust of new lords in order to return to his family – if they are still alive…

Now that their common enemy is dead, the nobles begin to forget old loyalties, and Queen Cathryn’s realm looks set to plunge into war once more. But there are older and more terrible powers dwelling within the forest, and when they are awakened, Morrick will decide who lives or dies.


3.  Shadow of a Slave by Saffron Bryant

ShadowIn the Known Kingdoms, Twins are killed at birth.

Twins harness energy in an unpredictable and dangerous way.

Twins almost destroyed the world.

Ash and Rae have always claimed that he is a year older to hide themselves from the ruthless Faceless Monks.

An order who’s apparent benevolent mission to keep the world safe, is a mask for nefarious intentions.

Energy can’t be created or destroyed… but it can be harnessed…

When Ash and Rae’s secret is discovered, Rae is taken by the monks. Ash must learn to harness his natural ability to manipulate the energy of his world to save her.

Two rules must always be observed. Two rules everyone knows.

Do not use energy from the living.

Do not reanimate the dead.

Ash will do anything to get Rae back…even breaking their sacred laws.

11 Responses to “#SPFBO 2018 : Batch 2, Books 1-3”

  1. sjhigbee

    These all look like strong contenders, Lynn – I really don’t envy your choices this year! I really like the sound of Crossfire.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I think I may have a struggle choosing this year. 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I think you will, too! Though it’s got to be a really good sign that the quality of indie writing goes on improving:))

  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    These all look pretty good! Based purely on their synopses though, I’m going to root for Dark Oak – sounds most like my kinda thing 😀

  3. waytoofantasy

    Dark Oak sounds pretty intriguing. Good luck with your next batch of books!

  4. Carmen

    I like the premises of the last two, and their covers too. Good luck with this set, Lynn! 🙂

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