#SPFBO 7 Introductory Post

Posted On 29 May 2021

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Today I’m taking the opportunity to post a brief outline of my process for this year’s SPFBO Competition.  SPFBO 7 will begin on the 1st of June.  Stage 1 of the competition lasts for five months and during that period each team/judge will read their 30 selected books before choosing a finalist.

I already took the opportunity a few days ago to announce that this year I will be teaming up with the Critiquing Chemist and her fellow boffin, (our posts can be found here and here).  We’ve already split our books equally into two groups, we will be approaching the contest in a similar way and the Critiquing Chemist will also be posting soon to outline their approach. 

At the start of each month I will post which books I will be reading during that month (these will be randomly selected using a number generator), at the end of the month I will provide an update of those books chosen and which ones I will be rolling forward.  Between myself and the CC we will be aiming to read at least 30% of every book but the likelihood is that we will read much more than that. 

As with previous years I will write full reviews for the books that I complete.  Any books that I don’t read fully will receive short summaries.  

Hopefully, the Book Gods being willing, we will be able to choose 5 or 6 SFs before narrowing our choice down to one.  

For more information about the other judges and the books submitted this year check out Mark Lawrence’s post here.

You can also follow the competition on Twitter (#SPFBO) and through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/122875124938545/

Check out this page for the results of the recent cover competition.  So many beautiful, standout covers this year.  Congratulations to the winners.

Finally, I would like to wish all the authors the best of luck.  As with previous years, the best advice I can offer is to enjoy the competition as much as possible, make friends in the community and take part in as many events as possible.  As with previous years I would like to extend an offer to any authors taking part to visit my blog either to post an excerpt, discuss covers or for a general interview.

Below are the list of books allocated to Team LB=TC2

  1. Deathborn by C.E. Page
  2. The End of the Line by David Nelson
  3. Orphan’s Rite by M Warren Askins
  4. Rising Shadows (The Pillar of Creation #1) by Phillip Blackwater
  5. Carrion by Alyson Tate
  6. Squire George & the Dragon by Adam Digger Stolz
  7. Stranded by Rosalind Tate
  8. As Fierce as Steel by Christopher P Walsh
  9. Iarraindorn by Philip Dickens
  10. Ghost Line by M.A. Poole
  11. By the Pact by Joanna Maciejewska
  12. Face of Glass by Damon L Wakes
  13. Stone Magus by Stephanie C Marks
  14. Blades Falling Softly by Sarah Lin
  15. Little White Hands by Mark Cushen
  16. Subversive (Clandestine Magic #1) by Colleen Cowley
  17. Dragon Birth by Raina Nightingale
  18. The Darkness that Slept by Tristen Kozinski and Keegan Kozinski
  19. Out of the Dust by Joe Coates
  20. The Ballad of the Songbird by Jon Ford
  21. Graves Robbed, Heirlooms Returned by Ashley Capes
  22. Children by Bjørn Larssen
  23. The Throne of Ice and Ash by J.D.L. Rosell
  24. Ten Thousand Stitches by Olivia Atwater
  25. Berserker by Dimitrios Gkirgkiris
  26. Lycoris in Moonlight by Kova Killian
  27. Book of Secrets by Claudia Blood
  28. Hall of Bones by Tim Hardie
  29. One of Us by M. L. Roberts
  30. The Crown of Death by David Schratz



#SPFBO 6 Introductory Post

Posted On 3 June 2020

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300 books           10 Judges            1 winner

The 1st of June marked the start of the sixth Self Published Fantasy Blog Off.  The brainchild of Mark Lawrence this is a competition for self published authors, it’s mission statement :

‘The SPFBO exists to shine a light on self-published fantasy. It exists to find excellent books that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. It exists to help readers select, from the enormous range of options, books that have a better chance of entertaining them than a random choice, thereby increasing reader faith in finding a quality self-published read.’

For further information check out Mark Lawrence’s post here.  To check out this year’s entries, judges and allocations check here. (My allocated books are cut and paste below for ease of info).

Now, a quick introduction.

I usually aim to read at least 30% (or 100 pages) of all the books I’ve been allocated, often more than 30% depending on how I’m getting along with the book in question.  I will review all the books that I complete, the other books I will provide mini reviews for.  I usually aim to choose between 4 or 5 semi finalists over the course of the first five months and then choose my finalist.  My batch of books will be randomly split into five groups with six books in each and I aim to read one batch per month (more if I get ahead of schedule – although, this doesn’t usually happen).

In terms of my reading I have a very wide range of ‘likes’ and very few ‘dislikes’ and I will give every book a fair shot.  This blog is a hobby as is reading and so I tend to focus on the positives of the books I review rather than the negatives.

I think the best advice I can give to all the authors taking part is to enjoy the competition, make friends, become part of the community, enjoy yourself as much as possible and take part in any events being offered.  There can be only one winner but that doesn’t mean that everyone can’t take something good away from the competition.

There is also the cover competition, each blog chooses 3 covers from their selection of books and these are then voted on by both the judges and the public.  Go ahead and take a look at all the lovely covers and make sure to vote on your favourites – the link is here.

Finally, as with previous years, I would like to extend an invitation to all the authors taking part to visit my blog.  This year I was hoping to include some excerpts from as many of the books in the competition as possible. If you’d like to throw your book into the ring and choose an excerpt for me to post then please don’t be shy, get in touch in the comments and let me know, let’s get some tasty teasers out there.  I’m also going to be focusing on some of the covers and also some of the books that really stand out to me.  Also, for those authors who have books in audio – even if you’re not in my group, I’d love to hear from you and listen to your book.

That’s it for now.  Feel free to reach out and leave a comment.


Lynn 😀

The other judges:

Fantasy-Faction; Fantasy Book Critic; Booknest; Kitty G; Weatherwax Report; The Fantasy Hive; Rockstarlit Book Asylum; The Critiquing Chemist; The Fantasy Inn

My three cover contestants:

Follow the competition on Twitter using #SPFBO or join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/122875124938545/