#SPFBO5 My second batch of books

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Today is the second month of the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off.  As with previous years I have divided my 30 books into five batches of six books (selected using a random sequence generator).  Each month I will highlight that month’s selection at the start of the month, providing details about the books and the authors.  As the month progresses I hope to have a clear favourite out of each batch – although things don’t always go to plan of course – I will provide mini reviews for each book and hopefully a full review for each semi finalist – which I’m thinking should be five books in total.  The aim being to then choose a finalist from those semi finalists.

I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck and I hope you all enjoy the competition.

On a separate note, if any of my authors wish to pay me a visit for either an interview, a guest post, or anything else then let me know.  Also, if any of my books have audio versions available then let me know – I’m happy to use audio too.

Without further ado here are my six books for August:

 

Healer'sHealer’s Ruin by Chris O’Mara

Chalos the Healer is marching to war. As the Ten Plains King lays siege to the mysterious kingdom of the Riln, the Healer realises that if he is to survive, he has to think and fight like a soldier.

But Chalos isn’t a soldier. He doesn’t even own a sword.

To make matters worse, the famed Wielder of Aphazail, a mage of extraordinary power, has come to the aid of the Riln… and is slaughtering the invaders in droves.

Empires clash, gods walk, kingdoms tremble and sorcery carves a bright and blazing path across an ancient and mysterious land… a path that leads to HEALER’S RUIN.

Author Info:

Twitter : Aphazail

 

TheOwl.jpgThe Owl & the Dragon by Randy Nargi 

Hytwen and Ortwen: two remote villages on the southern edge of the Empire of Harion. Separated by a misty lake. And a deadly family secret.

When ex-Imperial Investigator Bander arrives in the village of Hytwen, ragged and half dead after a savage attack on the road, all he wants is the aid of a healer and a new pair of boots. But he’s soon pressed into service by the wealthy lord of Hytwen to find a twelve-year-old girl who’s been abducted from the manor. Everyone suspects the neighboring village, and with the drums of war beating, time is running out.

As Bander digs deeper, he confronts a brutal gang of trained killers, a mysterious barmaid, and a sinister mage plotting destruction from the shadows. Soon it becomes clear that things aren’t what they seem, and the hunt for the missing girl is just part of a diabolical mosaic of murder and chaos that threatens to destroy scores of innocent people.

But not if Bander can help it.

Author Info :

 

TheLoreThe Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

John Carver has three rules: Don’t drink in the daytime, don’t gamble when the luck has gone, and don’t talk to the dead people who come to visit.

It has been almost five years since the incident in Kabul. Since the magic stirred within him and the stories began. Fleeing the army, running from the whispers, the guilt, and the fear he was losing his mind, Carver fell into addiction, dragging himself through life one day at a time.

Desperation has pulled him back to Afghanistan, back to the heat, the dust, and the truth he worked so hard to avoid. But there are others, obsessed with power and forbidden magics, who will stop at nothing to learn the truth of his gifts. Abducted and chained, Carver must break more than his own rules if he is to harness this power and survive.

Author Info :

Twitter : grayaustin

 

RealmofRealm of Beasts by Angela J Ford

An enchantress and a wizard get tangled in the grisly plans of an undead creature. 

Tor Lir, the Nameless One, is unsure what he is. However, he knows he was born to bring balance to the powers of good and evil.

Forsaking his birthplace and fleeing from suggestions of a dark knowledge he’d rather not discover, he decides to take his fate into his own hands.

A chance encounter with a dead body, a dangerous beast, and a desirous creature lead him on the path to Paradise, where he senses imbalance.

Banished from her village and lost in a wicked forest, Citrine makes a deal with a dark creature, but that was before she found Paradise—the legendary land of a friendly giant.

Falling in love with the land, Citrine takes advantage of her time to study the lore of herbs and craft a spell of protection for her mythical beasts.

When darkness creeps into Paradise, bringing the mysterious Nameless One and an omen of death, Citrine realizes the consequences of her actions spell danger for herself, her beasts, and Paradise.

As time runs out the undead come to life. Citrine faces the ultimate showdown as everything she holds dear is ripped away.

Author Info :

Twitter : aford21

 

PrinceofCats.jpgThe Prince of Cats by Daniel Olesen

To stay alive, Jawad must succeed where all others have failed: he must catch the Prince of Cats. More legend than man, the Prince is draped in rumours. He can steal the silver teeth from your mouth in the blink of a smile. He is a ghost to walls and vaults, he laughs at locks, and Jawad must capture him before powerful people lose their patience and send the young rogue to the scaffold.

Ever the opportunist, Jawad begins his hunt while carrying out his own schemes. He pits the factions of the city against each other, lining his own pockets in the process and using the Prince as a scapegoat. This is made easy as nobody knows when or where the Prince will strike, or even why.

As plots collide, Jawad finds himself pressured from all sides. Aristocrats, cutthroats, and the Prince himself is breathing down his neck. Unless Jawad wants a knife in his back or an appointment with the executioner, he must answer three questions: Who is the Prince of Cats, what is his true purpose, and how can he be stopped?

Author Info :

 

Immortals'Requiem.jpgImmortals’ Requiem by Vincent Bobbe

There are beings that live a shadow’s breadth from our reality. They are the dreams and nightmares of humanity, the ancient seeds of fairy-tale and superstition.

These are the Immortals, creatures of magic that should live forever… and they are fading.

When a horror two thousand years dead returns to contemporary England, creatures long thought lost to myth and legend collide in a scramble for survival that could tumble civilisation back into the dark ages of blood and death.

If you like grimdark fantasy, ravening zombies, terrifying shapeshifters, scheming vampires, and vast supernatural worlds, you’ll love Immortals’ Requiem!

Author Info : 

Twitter : jumpstartpub

*Final note: if I have any of your details wrong then please let me know.

 

**Other SPFBO posts:

My Process

My 3 covers for the cover competition

Author Interview - Elise Kova

My First Batch of BooksMy First Batch of Books

Feedback on My First Batch of Books
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We’re almost at the end of the first month of the SPFBO competition.  At the start of the month I randomly chose my first six books.  Throughout the month I have been making progress reading at least the first 30% of each of those books and today I’m going to give feedback on my books so far.  I will be eliminating five of those books – with apologies to the authors, it’s not a part of the competition that I enjoy, but as has been said many many times before, there can be only one.  At this point I’ve chosen one book to read fully – I haven’t yet decided if this will be a semi-finalist but at the moment I’m carrying it forward for future reading.

So, without further ado here is my feedback on the first six books (my second batch will be posted at the start of August).

Courier'sThe Courier’s Code (The Kingdom of Bolaji #1) by T.S. Valmond

I’ve read the first 32% of The Courtier’s Code and up to that point I would say it’s an enjoyable read if a little predictable in parts.  We’ve made the acquaintance of Rasha and Lu.  Both couriers who work together and have a perfect record of delivering whatever the job or however difficult it may be. Rasha is actually a princess from one of the kingdoms but gave up her life of privilege and instead decided to stand on her own two feet.  Lu is her trusty companion although at the start of the story he takes a job that is going to be very trying indeed and may possibly put everything Rasha has worked for at risk.

It’s difficult to say too much about the world – Bolaji is divided into ten kingdoms and the Prince of the first realm is due to marry.  The Princesses from the other nine realms will all be potential marriage material and one will eventually be chosen – however, there is a lot of rivalry between the kingdoms and all the princesses could face great danger before the final choice is made.

I don’t really want to give away too much about the plot to be honest – obviously there is the delivery of the ‘package’ and clearly there is going to be adventures and mishaps along the way.  I’ve read the first third and so firstly I can’t speak with confidence about where the story is leading and secondly I don’t want to spoil this read for others.  What I can say is that this seems to be heading in a certain romantic direction although I can be totally wrong on that front.

I wouldn’t say that The Courier’s Code is particularly a book for me but I think readers of YA romance may enjoy this.

Dissident.jpgDissident (Forbidden Things #1) by Nikki McCormack

Dissident is a book that seems, so far, to be based around two central characters.  Indigo and Yiloch both from opposing kingdoms and with very different backgrounds.  Indigo is the only surviving member of her family and lives in disgrace (her father having been executed as a traitor).  She has regained some normality by becoming engaged to one of the nobles although the relationship is an abusive one and she trains to become a healer using magic known as ascard.  Secretly Indigo hides her talent and has done from a very early age.  Yiloch is a Prince, sent into exile by his own father.  He is held in a strange and almost hell-like land where demon-like hounds roam.  By a strange fluke he is able to appear to Indigo and seeks her help in escaping his imprisonment.

Again, this was quite an enjoyable and quick read to the point at which I left off (31%) but I had a number of issues that really prevented me from liking this as much as I wanted.  Firstly, the world building.  I’m puzzled about the world in a number of respects.  I don’t really get a feel for the place.  In some ways it feels very modern, there are no strait laced ideas of propriety – for example, Indigo lives with her fiance, there are no outdated ideas of chaperones, etc, and yet the modes of transport seem quite old-fashioned such as carriages and horses.  This isn’t really a problem as such – just that there doesn’t seem to be enough description of the place for me to form a picture in my mind.  On top of this there are some very obvious tropes.  Indigo is just incredibly beautiful and the constant mention of her beauty is a little bit over the top – which, when coupled with the fact that her magic is stronger than anything that seems to have been seen before, all labours the ‘chosen one’ element a little too much.

I liked the writing and the story has a lot of promise although it clearly shows signs of proceeding along an obvious romantic route, again not a problem as such, but the romance to this point was a little rushed for me.

The characters – hopefully they will be more developed as the story progresses.  I had a certain sympathy with Indigo and the circumstances that led to her rather hideous engagement – and I wanted to smack her fiancee by the way.  I can’t say I really liked Yiloch at the point I left off.  He was insufferably arrogant and everything felt as though it was all about ‘him’.  He didn’t really have any conscience about using others for his own needs and I thought he treated his friends and Indigo quite badly.  But, he’s clearly the handsome, rakish character of the piece – hopefully he improves as the story goes along.

Issues aside this was an easy read and I think readers of fantasy who enjoy a serving of romance might enjoy this one.

GhostGhost by Jordan C. Robinson

I really liked the description for Ghost but it didn’t work out quite as well for me as I’d hoped mainly because it feels a little fantasy-light to the point I broke off reading.

The story is told from three POVs.  Paul, who has recently been released from prison and is on probation.  He longs for his old job and his old life – having been committed for a crime he didn’t do – he really did lose everything and is trying to regain some normality – which isn’t easy given he’s discovered he has supernatural powers.  Lindsey, who when we first meet her despairs of ever meeting ‘Mr Right”.  Lindsey is a teacher who longs to move away from her current life – particularly to escape her mother who she really doesn’t get along with.  The other POV is Will, who is one of the characters from the Portland Institute of Special Persons – who are hopefully going to save the world.

So, Paul and Lindsey meet and have a mutual attraction.  Both of them are insecure though and to the point I read up to they were trying to get to know each other better, whilst playing it cool and also finding out about the future threat to the world as we know it.

On the one hand I think the relationship being developed between Paul and Lindsey is developing very well and at a nice patient pace, on the other hand the way the future threat is dealt with and the whole ‘the world is going to be invaded by monsters, magic and demons’ feels really rushed and under explained, particularly the casual acceptance of it all.  For me, this didn’t feel like the fantasy elements were given enough time, certainly not as much time as the relationship which is developing very well,  It leaves me feeling that maybe the author hasn’t fully gathered how to proceed with the supernatural aspects, they simply feel under-developed somehow.  Of course that could change as the book progresses but at the point I’ve read up to, this wasn’t really pulling me in which is a shame.  I suspect this is going to go down the route of the ‘super hero’ saving the world and winning the girl – hopefully with a little help from said girl!  At the moment though I feel like the fantasy elements are failing to compete with the story of Paul and Lindsey’s budding romance which seems to be the main focus with the potential threat feeling a little lacking in either tension or danger.

This didn’t quite pull me in but it might work well for readers who want a contemporary read that is more light in terms of fantasy – although having only read the first third the rest of the book could of course be crammed with monsters so bear that in mind.

Childrenofthe.jpgChildren of the Different by S.C. Flynn

Children of the Different is a post apocalyptic style story set in Australia.  This is a world where most of the population was decimated by a disease known as ‘The Madness’.  Pockets of survivors remain and mixed in amongst them are people known as ‘ferals’.

As the story begins we meet twins, Arika and Narrah who live on a settlement in the wilderness totally absent of any modern technology.  Arika has entered into a state known as the ‘Changing’ which I would describe as a dreamlike reality with challenges along the way.  The person in the Changeland can sustain injuries or even die and once they come through the ‘Changing’ they will be altered either becoming one of the feral or emerging with their own special abilities.  The Changing seems to affect all young people as they move into puberty and is something that they all live a little in fear of – never knowing or being able to prejudge the outcome.  Each experience is different and so it’s difficult to forewarn those that haven’t yet experienced it about what to expect exactly.

I actually thought this got off to a very good start, the writing certainly drew me in and I was intrigued by Arika’s experiences, especially when she becomes trapped and her brother enters this ‘other world’ to try and help her.

To be honest I haven’t, at this point, got any real criticisms for this book.  It was intriguing and had enough going on to immediately draw me into the story.  The only thing that I would mention is that at certain points it comes across really quite young in feel.  Obviously I haven’t read the whole story but at this point I would say this might appeal to a slightly younger audience.

TheNarrowsThe Narrows by Travis M. Riddle

The Narrows is a book that I actually almost read 45% of.  It’s well written and spends a lot of time on characterisation which is probably why it easily pulled me in and kept me reading long past my usual cut off point.  I have to say, that this is a book that I was really enjoying and it was a very close decision between this one and the eventual book that I’ve chosen from this batch of books.

A little about the story.  We early on meet the main characters of the story Oliver, Sophie and Davontae.  They’ve all returned to their home town following the death of a former friend, Noah.  There is a lot of reminiscing and casting back to childhood memories.  All of the characters are well sketched although Oliver is the main character that we follow.  There is a good deal of guilt and anger felt by all, Noah had drifted apart from the other three and actually committed suicide which has left all three of them with different levels of emotion and regret.  Oliver in particular dwells on the death of his friend and blames himself a little for giving up on their friendship.  He’s haunted by guilt and finds himself returning to the spot where the suicide took place and this is where he starts to encounter some very strange goings on.

To be honest this has a great sense of anticipation building as the read goes on.  The author manages to build the tension very well and there are a couple of creepy moments that gave me a King/Lovecraft horror vibe.

So, why isn’t this the book I’m taking forward?  I think it boils down to pacing more than anything else.  I enjoyed the book where I read up to which, as mentioned, was almost half way, but, even with the sense of anticipation and the building tension the pacing was slow and to be honest there is very little that really happens in that first half.  I expect that things will really hot up a little down the line from here but this is the point that I’ve had to stop and call it a day – although I may be intrigued enough to complete this later on when I’ve a little more time available.

CryHavocCry Havoc (Jack Frey #1) by Mike Morris

I’m not reviewing Cry Havoc for now as I’d like to read further before making a decision.  At this point I’m intrigued and would like to carry this forward.  I’m not calling it a semi finalist just yet as I really do need to read more and then post a review.

The synopsis is below:

They say when the demons come, you either fight or you die.

The Black Dogs know this all too well. For three hundred years, the warrior priests have sacrificed their lives to keep the island nation of Abios safe from the flesh-eating Nostros, while the rest of the world fell under the demons’ savagery. However, an armada now stands poised to invade mankind’s last bastion.

Child thief Jack Frey is saved from the gallows and joins the mysterious order. Trained with the bullet and the blade, Jack finds himself on the front-line of a centuries-old war.Across the Angel Sea, Lin is fighting for her life. As a slave of the Nostros, she knows death can strike at any time, either at the hands of her masters or her fellow humans.
Little do they know mankind’s fate lies in both their hands.

*Other SPFBO posts:

My Process

My 3 covers for the cover competition

#SPFBO5 Author Interview and Teaser : Elise Kova

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Today I’m really pleased to welcome Elise Kova to my blog.  Elise is one of my SPFBO authors and I’m very excited to pick up her book Vortex Vision – book one in the Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #1.  I have a question and answer session followed by a short teaser from Failed Future, No.3 in the Vortex Chronicles, which is scheduled for release today.  For information I will share covers and links at the bottom of the article.

So, firstly, welcome to my blog Elise and thank you so much for agreeing to pay me a visit.

Obviously I’ve read the book description but can you give me a quick idea (in a nutshell) of what to expect from Vortex Visions

Vortex Visions is a young adult fantasy with touches of elemental magic, slow burn romance, and royal intrigue all wrapped in a grand adventure to save the world. A seventeen year old princess discovers she has a rare power from a captive sorcerer and their fate is tied with that of their dying world.

Your new series is set in the same world as the Air Awakens series but a few years down the line.  Can this series be read without the benefit of having read Air Awakens?   

Yes! There’s three series set in the Air Awakens universe: Air Awakens, Golden Guard Trilogy, and Vortex Chronicles. The first book in each series (Air Awakens, The Crown’s Dog, and Vortex Visions, respectively) can all be read “first” without reading other books in the universe

However, because it is about twenty years after the conclusion of Air Awakens, there are light “spoilers” about the main villain and characters from the original series. Who lives, who dies, those types of things. So if a reader is very sensitive to spoilers, they may enjoy reading the original series first. 

But Vortex Visions was written with the intent that new and old readers alike can enjoy it regardless of how much they read before!

Being a series from a world you’ve already created how difficult is it to balance coming up with something new for established readers whilst giving a good feel of place for readers who haven’t read other books from your earlier works? 

It’s so tricky! Honestly, it was harder than I expected because I’d always planned on writing the Vortex Chronicles, but I needed some space before I was ready to write it. So I thought that because I’d laid the foreshadowing for Vortex Chronicles in Air Awakens it would come easily. It didn’t!

What really ended up helping was the fact that Vortex Chronicles focuses on new characters, a new conflict, and is in a new place. So even existing readers have a lot to learn about this new world. I also focused the first book on those new characters and places to give both new and existing readers alike a chance to get grounded in this brand new narrative.

I’m interested in having a feel for the era in which the books are set and the inspiration behind the world building. What sort of place is Solaris? 

Solaris is an Empire that draws inspirations from a number of sources. It’s somewhat Roman-esque in that it spread out to conquer an entire continent (the final conquest occurred in the original Air Awakens series). But I even hesitate to say that it’s “inspired by Rome,” because I don’t like the “cookie cutter” feel of basing one location off one real world place. Furthermore, each of the different regions of the Empire are also distinctly different.

How much of your own personality goes into your MC and does this present issues when you come to write a new series from a completely different POV?  Is there a danger of both of them becoming too similar?  In fact, how difficult is it to tear yourself away from a beloved character and start anew?

Oh this is difficult! I try not to have one character represent any other one person — myself or others, fictional or real. Naturally, there’s always parts of myself that make it into my characters. But it’s not really a conscious choice.

I’ve been a full time author now for going on four years. As a person I’ve grown and changed leaps and bounds in that time. So even with a little bit of “unintentional influence” from me… the person who I am has changed so that influence has changed.

Luckily, though, Vi is the daughter of the main character of Air Awakens. So in writing her I could have some similarities with her mother. But I also wanted her to remain her own unique person and felt very strongly about that

As far as tearing myself away and starting over… I find it a lot easier than you may think. At the end of a series, I find myself ready to see the conclusion of a character’s story. So when I get that satisfying ending, I’m ready to move on.

Finally, I’m curious about your experience of self publishing and how it compares to the more traditional publishing route?

Oh man, this is a tough question with lots of layers because there’s so many differences! And the really exciting thing about self publishing (or indie publishing, as I like to say) is that it’s constantly evolving and changing.

Some of the biggest differences lie in control, distribution, and income. 

A self published author, for better or worse, has total control of every aspect of their work—cover art, interior design, content, and editing. A traditional author has a lot less, or no control about most of these things. However, traditional publishing can give authors the chance to break into markets they could never reach (or would have a very hard time reaching) like brick and mortar bookstores and libraries on a mass scale. 

The income also changes dramatically; you get a much larger “cut of the pie” as an indie author. But the pie can be much larger in traditional publishing (if you’re successful), even if you’re getting a smaller slice of it.

As an author who’s been both traditionally and independently published, I can honestly say I like both, and both have pros and cons. I’m just glad that readers continue to move past the days where indie authors’ books were stigmatized. I think people are more focused about the content within, rather than the publisher behind the book.

Elise, thank you so much for taking part, I hope readers love your answers – I found them really interesting and it makes me so eager to pick up Vortex Vision.

Now, here is a short teaser taken from Failed Future, No. 3 of the Vortex Chronicles:

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“Now, last I saw you, you were traveling with the Voice himself. Where is he hiding?” A pulse of magic rushed over her, disorienting and powerful. Vi vaguely recognized it from the field that night—it was the same magic that had disrupted Taavin’s Lightspinning.

“I’ll never tell you.” If Taavin was still operating to plan, he was positioned somewhere in the square, hood up, as inconspicuous as possible, watching the entrance of the bar.

“No matter.” Fallor turned his eyes to her. “He’s not here now. Good. I wanted to speak with you alone.”

“And what makes you think I want to listen to you?” Fire crackled around her balled fists, singeing the bar. “I’m much stronger than when you last met me. I could—”

“Spare me.” Fallor waved a hand through the air, as though he could wave away her words like a bad smell. “If you so much as make one move against me, your father dies.”

“What?” Vi whispered. The spark stilled, iced over with horror.

“Adela is the pirate queen—do you think she rules by being everywhere at once?” Vi stayed silent, allowing him to continue in whatever way he wanted. “No, she delegates, as any good ruler would. As I’m sure you would understand.”

“Get to your point,” Vi ground out through clenched teeth.

“I know you’re not threatening me, are you?” Fallor looked to Charlie. Charlie leaned against the bar, fumbling with a large hoop earring in his ear. “Because, you see, Charlie here has an imprinted token of Adela’s.”

Vi’s hand went to her watch at the mention of an imprinted token. She knew what that was. It was what had started it all—it was the same as her watch. Though Vi had never seen one made, she knew they could be used to communicate over any distance.

“He’s not the only one.” Fallor’s grin grew wider, verging on the point of mad arrogance. “Each one of my crew has a token. If Charlie so much as thinks you’ll use one bit of magic, he’ll activate it. If he, or I, don’t return in due time, the rest of my crew will activate theirs.”

Each one of his words was like a hook to her flesh—digging in, pulling, peeling, exposing her. They had so quickly put together a plan… none of them had thought for one moment Fallor would have a better one to counter with.

“So, not one more word. Not one bit of fuss for my colleague here,” Fallor commanded as Charlie slowly collected his cards. “You’re going to come calmly onto my vessel, or your father dies. Do you understand?”

Vi bit the insides of her cheeks. She wanted to scream juth at him until her voice was hoarse. She wanted to burn the whole brewery down to ash, them inside. She wanted to sever head from spine with the blade of her scythe.

Maybe Fallor was lying. Maybe she could kill Charlie fast enough that he couldn’t get to Adela. But could she kill Fallor before he flew away? Could she, Taavin and Arwin take him down in the middle of Toris—a town where the majority of the population would stand for Fallor? And even if they could, how long until the pirates aboard Fallor’s ship would raise an alarm?

These were risks Vi couldn’t take—not with her father’s life on the line.

All she could do was nod.

“Good.” Fallor pushed away from the bar, starting for the back door. “Now, remember Vi, your father’s life depends on what you do next.”

More than you know. Because while Fallor had out-planned them, he had also overplayed his hand. Vi knew what she was dealing with. And most importantly, Fallor had just confirmed her father was alive. He was too valuable a bargaining chip for Adela to let him die without gaining something for it.

All Vi had to do now was get out of this.

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Intrigued – luckily book 3 is due for publications today!

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Books 1 and 2:

 

 

#SPFBO Cover Competition

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The cover competition for this year’s SPFBO is now live.  See here for all the details.  Each blogger will now pick four covers and place them in their order of first, second, etc.  Check out some of these covers – there are some absolute beauties here.  It’s going to be a real struggle to narrow this down to four – at the moment I have at least 10 very strong contenders!  Which ones are your favourites:

Fantasy-Faction


Fantasy Book Critic

 
Lynn’s Books

The Qwillery

Booknest

Kitty G

Thoughts Stained With Ink

SuperStarDrifter

The Fantasy Hive
Rockstarlit Book Asylum

#SPFBO5 My first batch of books

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Today is the official start of the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off.  As with previous years I have divided my 30 books into five batches of six books (selected using a random sequence generator).  Each month I will highlight that month’s selection at the start of the month, providing details about the books and the authors.  As the month progresses I hope to have a clear favourite out of each batch – although things don’t always go to plan of course – I will provide mini reviews for each book and hopefully a full review for each semi finalist – which I’m thinking should be five books in total.  The aim being to then choose a finalist from those semi finalists.

I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck and I hope you all enjoy the competition.

On a separate note, if any of my authors wish to pay me a visit for either an interview, a guest post, or anything else then let me know.  Also, if any of my books have audio versions available then let me know – I’m happy to use audio too.

Without further ado here are my six books for July:

 

Courier'sThe Courier’s Code (The Kingdom of Bolaji #1) by T.S. Valmond

A rebellious teenage princess with a day job?

Rasha enjoys the independence that comes with being a professional courier with a perfect record in the Bolaji kingdoms, that is until she’s tasked to deliver a mysterious package from the tenth king to the prince of the first kingdom.

When the package is accidentally opened her hidden royal past could be exposed, and she might lose her precious freedom for good. Worse than that the troublesome package could ruin her entire life.

If you want to escape into a young adult fantasy adventure on a faraway world, you’ll love this one.

Author Info :

Website : http://tsvalmond.com

 

Dissident.jpgDissident (Forbidden Things #1) by Nikki McCormack

Ascard power can strengthen, heal and create. It also has great potential to destroy, enough to topple entire governments. Indigo’s country places strict limitations on the use of ascard so she must channel her talents into the healing arts or risk severe punishment. An orphan from a disgraced family, trapped by her father’s treason, Indigo struggles to reclaim her place in a society that has driven her into an abusive engagement.

Then a mysterious stranger from a neighboring country contacts her using ascard. He needs help escaping his prison so he can bring an end to his emperor’s oppressive rule or die trying. His unshakable devotion to his cause and the passion hidden behind his cool arrogance move her to help him at the risk of being branded a traitor herself.

When the politics of society bring them together a second time, Indigo decides to use her growing powers to help him fight his war. If only she dared fight for her own future with such passion. Perhaps she can find the courage to do so by helping the man she has fallen for win his revolution. She might have exactly the power he needs to succeed.

Author Info :

Twitter : Author_NikkiMc

 

CryHavocCry Havoc (Jack Frey #1) by Mike Morris

They say when the demons come, you either fight or you die.

The Black Dogs know this all too well. For three hundred years, the warrior priests have sacrificed their lives to keep the island nation of Abios safe from the flesh-eating Nostros, while the rest of the world fell under the demons’ savagery. However, an armada now stands poised to invade mankind’s last bastion.

Child thief Jack Frey is saved from the gallows and joins the mysterious order. Trained with the bullet and the blade, Jack finds himself on the front-line of a centuries-old war.

Across the Angel Sea, Lin is fighting for her life. As a slave of the Nostros, she knows death can strike at any time, either at the hands of her masters or her fellow humans.
Little do they know mankind’s fate lies in both their hands.

Author Info :

Twitter :  scifimikemorris

 

GhostGhost by Jordan C. Robinson

Recently released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Paul is working a dead-end job with little hope for the future. But then he meets Lindsey, a girl that has the potential to change his world.

Their two seemingly incompatible worlds meet a third when a dangerous trio emerge to bring magic and devastation to Portland. Fortunately Paul’s powers are revealed to him, giving him a way to fight back.

Paul must find a way to win the perfect girl with a less than perfect situation while using his developing powers to save Portland from the trio that bring nothing but trouble.

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Website : https://www.jcrbooks.com

 

Childrenofthe.jpgChildren of the Different by S.C. Flynn

Nineteen years ago, a brain disease known as the Great Madness killed most of the world’s population. The survivors all had something different about their minds. Now, at the start of adolescence, their children enter a trance-like state known as the Changeland and emerge either with special mental powers or as cannibalistic Ferals.

In the great forest of South West Western Australia, thirteen-year-old Arika and her twin brother Narrah go through the Changeland. They encounter an enemy known as the Anteater who feeds on human life. He exists both in the Changeland and in the outside world, and he wants the twins dead.

After their Changings, the twins have powers that let them fight their enemy and face their destiny on a long journey to an abandoned American military base on the north-west coast of Australia…if they can reach it before time runs out.

Children of the Different is a post-apocalyptic fantasy novel set among the varied landscapes and wildlife of Western Australia.

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TheNarrowsThe Narrows by Travis M. Riddle

“I can show you how to enter the Narrows to find what you seek.”

Oliver and his friends have returned to their hometown of Shumard, Texas for the funeral of their close friend Noah. They each grapple with the loss in their own ways, trying to understand the strange circumstances of their friend’s unexpected death.

While visiting the site where the body was found, Oliver stumbles across a chilling discovery that he knows must be related to what happened to Noah. Wanting to protect his friends from these newfound horrors, Oliver takes it upon himself to venture into the grotesque otherworld known as the Narrows to learn what happened to his friend and find a way to bring him back.

Entering the Narrows is one thing, but will whatever he finds there allow him to leave?

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Twitter : traviswanteat

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