#SPFBO 7 : My First Batch of Books


Woo hoo, the 1st of June is upon us and with it SPFBO 7 begins.  Release the Krakens, unleash the warg riders, saddle your dragons and let’s go. 

For those of you unfamiliar with SPFBO here and here are two posts that might provide some enlightenment.  Basically, SPFBO is the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off, brainchild of Mark Lawrence.  300 hopeful authors submit their word babies.  10 Judges are allocated 30 books each.  Each judge chooses a finalist, the competition narrows to 10 hopeful candidates.  Alas, there can be only one winner so following an intense reading session where all the judges read and score each others finalists a winner finally emerges.  

The main change for myself this year is that I am joining up with the wonderful Critiquing Chemist and her lovely boffin.  We are very excited to start reading our batch (at the moment equally divided between the two blogs).  I love this part of the competition, it’s full of expectations and hope.  As in previous years  I will give a brief introduction to the books and authors that I’m picking up that month together with an update at the end of the month where I may roll some books forwards and cut others.  I know!  It’s a part of the competition that I’m not overly fond of but it is unavoidable.  Personally, I like to think that as the competition begins we already have 300 winners who each took that bold step to throw their hat into the ring and join in.  So, enjoy yourselves, take the opportunity to make friends and become part of the community.  

This month the four books that I will be reading are:



Stranded (The Shorten Chronicles #1) by Rosalind Tate


Sophie Arundel is stranded in history, stuck in a grand house in 1925 England. Thankfully, she has her faithful dog Charlotte with her. Oh, and fellow student Hugo, annoying and charming in equal measure.

Baffled by upper-class rules, courted by boring suitors, Sophie is desperate to get back to the twenty-first century, but the only way home is through a hidden portal — and she must work with Hugo to unlock its secrets.

As one clue leads to another, Sophie and Hugo discover that history is unfolding differently. Mobs rule the streets. And when chaos turns into a deadly revolution, anyone in a grand house is fair game.

Sophie and Hugo are running out of time…

RTAbout the Author:

Rosalind Tate is the author of the Shorten Chronicles — the acclaimed time-travel series featuring Sophie Arundel and her dog, Charlotte.

Join Rosalind’s ♥ Readers Club ♥ and get the short-story prequel, completely free, at www.rosalindtate.com/home-impossible-…

Visit Rosalind’s website: www.rosalindtate.com

Find out more about Charlotte: www.rosalindtate.com/meet-charlotte.

Follow Rosalind on BookBubhttps://www.bookbub.com/books/strande…

Follow Rosalind on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheShortenCh…

Follow Rosalind on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/shortenchro…

Follow Rosalind on TikTok at https://www.tiktok.com/@rosalindtate1…




Graves Robbed, Heirlooms Returned (Reed Lavender #1) by Ashley Capes


At least when you’re Death’s nephew the bad guys literally have nowhere to hide, right?

Meet Reed Lavender, a mostly-human detective with the uncanny ability to hear the final words of the dead. But on this case he’ll need more than his usual tricks to solve the murder of a teen runaway – he’ll need something that just might be more trouble than it’s worth – the help of his ragtag Reaper-cousins.

But the deeper Reed digs the more he realises there’s something far bigger and darker beneath his city, something vast, something that is ripening to rot…

ACAbout the Author:

Ashley is a poet, novelist and teacher living in Australia.

He teaches English, Media and Music Production, has played in a metal band, worked in an art gallery and slaved away at music retail. Aside from reading and writing, Ashley loves volleyball and Studio Ghibli – and Magnum PI, easily one of the greatest television shows ever made.

See poetry and fiction at http://ashleycapes.com/



Deathborn (Sovereigns of Bright and Shadow #1) by CE Page


Corruption is a disease with no cure that ends with a rapid descent into madness and violence. And until now it only targeted mages.

When an infected warden shows up challenging everything Margot thought she knew she is thrown into the chase to find the impossible cure. But to understand this new revelation she needs someone who knows possession … She needs Nea and lucky for Margot, her warden friend Garret has been tasked with tracking the rogue necromancer down.

Garret is used to dealing with dangerous mages so this should be like any other job: find the mage and deliver her to the king. But from the moment he finds Nea he is dragged into a deadly game of dark secrets and brutal machinations. Now he must make a choice: deliver Nea as promised and place a weapon in the hands of a madman or deny his king and change the lives of wardens and mages forever.

CEPAbout the Author











One of Us: the City of Secrets by ML Roberts


The witch wants her dead, the fae want her alive, the police want to bring her in for questioning. High school should not be this way.

Olivia knows the rules: study hard, never lie, do unto others, but when a witch makes the rules and the others are fae, telling the truth will get her locked up.

Last month she saw the impossible, now she sees it again. She tells herself it’s all in her head. How else explain a shining man who fell out of nowhere or a student who died but still lives?

She carries on with her usual activities: volleyball, pop quizzes, a favor for Mom, but denial won’t make it go away. When she thinks it can’t get any worse, it does.

Friends, enemies, the police, someone is lying. If not one of them, one of us.

About the Author:



Finally, good luck to everyone.  Don’t forget, if you want to pay me a visit here on the blog you’re more than welcome.  Just email or leave a comment. 😀




13 Responses to “#SPFBO 7 : My First Batch of Books”

  1. Tammy

    Looks like a fun first batch! Of these four I think Stranded sounds the most interesting to me. Looking forward to your thoughts!

  2. Raina Nightingale

    Hi! What does ‘pay you a visit here on the blog’ mean?

    Also, I should look into some of these a little more!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Hi Raina, apologies for not getting back to you sooner. By ‘pay me a visit’ I mean if you’d like to provide me with some content for a guest post in relation to your book then I would be happy to host that over on Lynnsbooks. So, a guest post (topic of your choosing) an excerpt of your book that you think will make a great teaser, something in relation to the cover or an interview. If you’re interested then drop me an email on lynnsbooks64@gmail.com.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    You have some with real potential here!

  4. Kate Danley

    Just grabbed a bunch of these! My Kindle has informed me I’m running out of storage AND I DON’T CARE!!

  5. dianthaa

    Stranded looks so cute!

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