#SPFBO Finalist Announcement

You may have noticed that my blog has been very quiet during the month of December.  I decided to focus on reading the nine books I’d rolled forward for the first stage of the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off and with all nine now complete I’ve chosen my finalist.  It wasn’t an easy decision and in fact I have 3 very close runners up but without further ado my finalist for #SPFBO 2018 is :

Sworn to the Night (The Wisdom’s Grave Trilogy #1) by Craig Schaefer.

Sworn to the Night

I have to say I had a great batch of books and I’d like to thank all the authors who took part in the competition.

My second, third and fourth place books are:

As promised I will be reviewing all nine books in the forthcoming weeks starting with Sworn to the Night.

My thanks again to all the authors who took part.  I wish I could have chosen more books but at the end of the day there can be only one and with that in mind I would conclude by wishing all the finalists the best of luck in the second stage of the competition.

Details of the other finalists can be found here.





21 Responses to “#SPFBO Finalist Announcement”

  1. Tammy

    Congrats to Craig! Looks like there was lots of stiff competition, so kudos to all the entrants😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was definitely a tough decision and I’m relieved that the first stage is over – some very good reads.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Jen Rasmussen

    Lynn, thanks so very much for the time and thought you’ve put into this. An excellent choice, I absolutely loved Sworn To the Night. Congratulations to Craig!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks Jen – I have to say that I really enjoyed Forsaken Kingdom too. It was a tough choice to make with some many excellent contenders.
      Lynn 😀

  3. amjusticewrites

    Congratulations to Craig and the runners up. The competition was ridiculously tough this year. Can’t wait to read the full reviews of everyone’s work.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It really was a fantastic set of books – no fun having to choose just one but all the best to Craig for the finals.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Jen | Book Den

    Exciting! These all look great.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I had some great books to read and it was certainly a tough decision.
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I’m eager to read your reviews, especially for “Sworn to the Night”: that eye in the center of the cover is both intriguing and weird! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m pleased to say that the contents are as good as the cover promises.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Carmen

    Good to have you back, Lynn! 🙂 Congratulations to Craig and the three runner ups too! I look forward to the rest of your reviews.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, I’m going to catch up with the blog first and visiting everyone. Then onto the reviews and a new start for the New Year.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Congratulations to Craig Schaefer! I look forward to see how Sworn to the Night will do in the next phase 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, it’s always a relief to make my final choice – although it was so difficult because I liked so many of my books. I hope Craig’s book does well, it hooked me fairly early days.
      Lynn 😀

  8. waytoofantasy

    Oh wow, glad you were able to get through all of them to put forth a finalist! Congratulations to Craig and to all the runners up!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I’m relieved to be honest. I just had to hold the blogging back and do some serious reading. Hopefully all back to normal now – although reviews need to be written.
      Lynn 😀

  9. aeinspruch

    Thank you so much Lynn for your time, commitment, and consideration. So, so appreciated. Congratulations to Craig, and good luck with the next round. Cheers,

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks Andrew, that’s really good of you. I hope to start posting reviews soon.
      Lynn 😀

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