Monday, 18 June 2018

SPFBO 2018, Phase 1

In phase 1 the ten blogs each select 1 finalist from the batches of 30 books they have been given.

Phase 1 runs from August 1st to December 31st 2018.

The allocations will be listed below as they are agreed.

Once the process starts, reviews will be linked from the book titles here and other SPFBO blog posts will be linked in a general section.

Here's a wordle made from all the titles. It seems dragons are popular this year!

This year's average title might be: Shadow Dragons of Blood City!

& here's the gender breakdown of the authors based on a swift check through the names. This of course assumes that traditional male and female names are being used by the statistically more likely sex.

There hasn't been much change in the breakdown over the years. Though the colour scheme does vary so don't let that mislead you.

Hiu has put 290 of the entries (the ones with Goodreads listings) on a shelf. Ordering it by number of ratings I see that Everblue has a very impressive 7,446 ratings, followed by The Arrival (1,579), Child of the Daystar (1,494), Orconomics (1,101), Rebel's Blade (874), and Continue Online (850).

The 20th book in that ordering has 286 ratings.

Blog posts (contestant reviews, and other SPFBO articles I notice)

Check out the COVER CONTEST!
From The Fantasy Hive: The Double Edged Sword of the SPFBO
Superstar Drifter joins team Weatherwax
I talk about the SPFBO making big waves!
On The Thousand Scars blog are many interviews with SPFBO contestants.
On Bookworm Blues Sarah talks cover art and her methodology for judging books.
On Fantasy Book Critic an introduction and cover choices.
Three more cover finalists chosen on Lynn' Books.
Kitty G talks about being in this year's SPFBO.
An introduction from the mighty Fantasy-Faction.
Fantasy-Faction choose their cover finalists.

Richard Fierce - Dragon Sphere
Angie Grigaliunas - Sowing
Dean Rencraft - Voices
Chris Weston - Fragile Nights
Jordan C. Robinson - The Last Whisperer
Jeffrey Collyer - Dreams and Shadows
Philip Dickens - From the Hill of Meggido
Domino Finn - Reboot
Aldrea Alien - In Pain and Blood
Anaya MacLeod - In the Moon's Shadow
Chad Ballard - Sentinel
Valery Keith - The Necromancer Princess
A. Woodley - Witch Spelling
Melanie Cellier - A Dance of Silver and Shadow
Miranda Honfleur - Blade & Rose
Michael Awadalla - Reign of the Walrus Witch
Fiona Tarr - The Jericho Prophecy
Tyler Kalarchian - Rucaern Orb
Olivia Rising - Gift of Light
James Wisher - The Impossible Wizard
Ivana L. Truglio - Rilla 
Elisabeth Hamill - Nectar and Ambrosia
J.L Metcalf - The Last Daughter of Lilith
K.S Mulholland - Escape
Coleman Alexander - Between the Shade and the Shadow
Adam Thielen - Integral
Jennifer Ellision - Threats of Sky and Sea
Cameron Smith - The Holtur Curse
Megan Mackie - The Finder of the Lucky Devil
Watson Davis - The Snow Tiger's Trail

2. Fantasy-Faction
Sarah Wilson - Dragon School
Matthew Ward - Spectre of the Spheres
Dorothy Dreyer - Phoenix Descending
T.J Muir - On Borrowed Luck
Lauren Kuzimski - Second Nature
G.D Talbot - The First Warrior's Code
Raymond St Elmo - Letters from a Shipwreck in the Sea of Suns and Moons
Ryan Mueller - Sunweaver
Sandell Wall - The Tenth Reaver
Alan Brenik - Rogue Arcanist
Jeffery L. Kohanek - A Warden's Purpose
Peter Fugazzotto - The Rise of the Fallen 
Anthony Jones - The Sword of Goliath
Emerald Dodge - Battlecry
Megan Crewe - Ruthless Magic
Ross Kingston - Awakening
Darran M. Handshaw - The Engineer
Ryan Hague & Ivy Smoak - Be Careful What You Joust For
Nathan Van Hoff - Boy of Dreams
Bryce O'Connor - Child of the Daystar
Rhiannon Held - Mirror Bound
William C. Tracy - The Seeds of Dissolution
Sherry Perkins - At the end of the Rainbow
Roh Morgon - Watcher
Caldon Mull - Mirrored Myrrh
John Magna - Rogue Hunters
Marilyn Peake - Blood and Ashes
D.P Prior - Carnifex: A Portent of Blood
Janeal Falor - Mother of the Chosen
T. Norman - Ascent Archives

3. Fantasy Book Critic
D.H Dunn - Under Everest
Skyler Grant - Glitch Hunter
Raymond St Elmo - Quest of the Five Clans
C.D Gallant-King - Hell Comes to Hog Town
Jason A. Holt - The Bladesman of Darcliff
Ingrid Seymour - Godmaker
A.K.R Scott - Inharmonic
Karen Peradon - The King's Voice
J.A Devenport - By Raven's Call
William Markham - Missing
Michael R.E. Adams - Recumon
E.M. Wooden - Dominus Silentia
Coleman Grey - Seeking Shiloh
Debbie Taylor - Nia Rae
Dale Ivan Smith - Agent
Derek Hampton - The Soul Prison
E.A. Burnett - Silverglen
Sheryl R. Hayes - Chaos Wolf
Heide Goody & Iain Grant - A Spell in the Country
Craig Aird - Truth or Darkness
Mitchell Edward Bell - The Kingdom of Thieves
Gwendolyn Pendraig - Dancing in the Dust
Matt Larkin - Apples of Idunn
J.D Hart - The Chronicles of Nartesis Shazarack
Jonathan J. Bowerman - The Secret Realms of the Hidden Elves
David Macpherson - Here be Dragons
Dominic Watson - The Boy Who Walked Too Far
Amy McNulty - Fangs & Fins
Philip Tucker - Death March
Nerine Dorman - The Firebird
Justan Henner - Death's Merchant

4. Lynn's Book
Phil Parker - The Bastard from Fairyland
K.D Wloch - Paragon
Christopher Percy - Dark of Winter
David Joel Stevenson - Victor Boone Will Save Us
Jacob Sannox - Dark Oak
Melika Dannese Lux - Deadmarsh Fay
Tim Marquitz - An Empire of Tears
Craig Schaefer - Sworn to the Night
J.C Kang - Songs of Insurrection
D.P Woolliscroft - Kingshold
Ben Myatt - Clockworld
Andrew Einspruch - The Purple Haze
Donna Maree Hanson - Argenterra
Saffron Bryant - Shadow of a Slave
Andrea Domanski - Crossfire
Douglas Todd - How to go to Hell in 10,000 Easy Steps
D.P Prior - Sorcerers' Isle
Andrew Lynch - Sanctuary's Fiend
J.R Rasmussen - Forsaken Kingdom
Viel Nast - Savage Swords
Phil Williams - Under Ordshaw
A.M Justice - A Wizard's Forge
Mike Sliter - Solace Lost
Kent Corlain - Heart of the Destroyer
Marcy Kennedy - Cursed Wishes
Suzanne Rogerson - The Lost Sentinel
Steve Thomas - The Sangrook Saga
Ty Arthur - Light Dawning
Frost Kay - Rebel's Blade
Alice Sabo - High Barrens

5. The Qwillery
Benedict Patrick - Those Brave, Foolish Souls from the City of Swords
Sandy Frediani - The Binding
R. Medhurst - Magically Bound
Rosalyn Kelly - Melokai
C.C Aune - The Ill-Kept Oath
Randal Doering - The Necromancer of Peach Valley Orchard
E.D.E Bell - Diamondsong
Mike Morris - Nathaniel Rane: He Who Fights
Aidan R. Walsh - The Game Bird
James Pyle - Minding the Heavens
Bryan Schuder - Ain't a Hero
Kevin Potter - Rise of the Overlord
S.J Hirons - Scenes from 'The War on Magic'
David Gowey - Kaschar's Quarter
Kian Najmechi - The Dragon's Heir
Donna Maree Hanson - Dragon Wine
Daniel Adorno - The Blade Heir
T.J Brown - The Unhappy Medium
Sharon Joss - Brothers of the Fang
Nicole MacDonald - The Arrival
Erik Bundy - Magic and Murder Among the Dwarves
J.C. Boyd & Joshua Robertson - Blood and Bile
Shakyra Dunn - The Final Lesson
Gareth Lewis - Glyphpunk 
Matt Larkin - Days of Endless Night
Carol A. Park - Banebringer
David Oliver - The Great Hearts
M.M Perry - Enchanted Legacy
Nicholas Kotar - The Song of the Sirin
Mike Shel - Aching God

6. The Alliterates
Travis M. Riddle - Wondrous
Russell Cullison - The Hidden Ones
Richard Nell - Kings of Paradise
Jeramy Goble - Coven Queen
Richard Writhen - A Host of Ills
Jane Barlow Funk & Steven Boivie - The Pendant Path
Vivian Lane - Never Trust a Vampire
J.A Andrews - A Keeper's Tale
Kieth McArdle - Fallen Empire
Casey White - Chosen
Edward M. Erdelac - Merkabah Rider
Matthew Thompson - Hunters of Life and all that Matters
Lorri Moulton - Magic's Betrayal
David Mullin - The Tempest Guild
Patrick LeClerc - Out of Nowhere
Aaron Cross - Robocopter Ski Patrol
Kal S. Davian - Casting Rights
S.K. Randolph - Dimensioner's Revenge
Caldon Mull - Omnipresent Occulation
Marilyn Peake - Whiskey and Dragon Fire
Jeffrey Hall - City of a Thousand Faces
Nazri Noor - Shadow Magic
Gabriel Michaelson - Hunter
Davis Ashura - William Wilde and the Necrosed
Marilyn Vix - Love in One Act
Stephen J. Coey - Scorpion's Sting
D.K. Girl - Metal Angels
Joyce Reynolds-Ward - Pledges of Honour
Leroy Nichols - The End Begins
M.L. Spencer - Darkmage

7. The Weatherwax Report
Watson Davis - The Shepherd Girl's Necklace
Brian O'Sullivan - Liath Luachra: The Swallowed
Travis M. Riddle - Balam, Spring
Andy Peloquin - Darkblade Assassin
Alex Lidell - Air and Ash
Ashley Capes - The Red Hourglass
J.A Alexsoo - The Knight's Order
Alex Marks - City of Crows
Kristen M. Corby - Daughter of Atlas
Rene Sears - Strangehold
Megan Hurst - When the Kingdom Falls
Kevin Wright - Lords of Asylum
Nick Smith - The Carnival of the Night
Lehua Parker - One Boy, No Water
Jeff Russell - The Lost Temple of Ssis'sythyss
Hannah Sullivan - Thunder
Christina Ochs - Shield of Kings
Samuel Gately - The Fire Eye Refugee
William Cope - No Sympathies
A.J VanOrden - To Walk a Road of Ruin
Alexander Grant - The Lion Prophecy
Adam Watson - Dawn of Darkness
Jennifer Ellision - Over Raging Tides
Brenda Pandos - Everblue
Dale Harker - The Gods of Winter
Jennifer M. Eaton - Dragon Mount
Barbara Kloss - The Gods of Men
Glendon Ewalt - Dixie
Toby Bennett - Cave Canem
Maaja Wentz - Feeding Frenzy
Kayleigh Nicol - Sorcerous Rivalry

8. Fantasy Book Review
Paul J Bennett - Servant of the Crown
S.C. Stokes - Dying to Meet You
Josh Erikson - Hero Forged
Toby Bennett - The Endless Ocean
Staci Olsen - Defender of Dragons
Virgil Debique - Angel of Destruction
David J. Normoyle - The Mage Team
Justin Lee Anderson - Carpet Diem
Michael DeAngelo - Silver Serpent
Cat Hellisen - Empty Monsters
Peter North - The Boy Who Fell Through The Sky
M.J. Kobernus - Blood in the Sand
Scott Kaelen - The Blighted City
Steve McKinnon - Symphony of the Wind
L.L McNeil - Moroda
Kay Ling - Wards and Wonders
Steve Rodgers - City of Shards
Aderyn Wood - Dragonshade
C.J Erick - A Season of Pure Light
Craig A. Price Jr - Dragonia: Rise of the Wyverns
Mike Shelton - Truthstone
A.Z Anthony - Servant of Rage
Mitchell Hogan - Revenant Winds
Dee Dickens - I Woke Up Early
Lorri Moulton - Moonlight, Roses & Murder
Jonathan Green - Scrooge and Marley (Deceased)
Steven Smith - Dragon's Reclaim
O.L Eggert - Vincent, Survivor
Dean Rencraft - Mabus
Brian D. Anderson - The Vale

9. Booknest
Anthony Mitchell - The Ember Child
Devin Madson - We Ride the Storm
William Ray - The Great Restoration
Ned Marcus - Blue Prometheus
Ruth Rathband - Siege of the Northland
J.E. Merritt - The Curse Recalled
Louis Emery - Whispers of Flame
Andy Cooke - The Cave Between Worlds
D.K. Holmberg - Dragon Bones
C.L. Schneider - The Crown of Stones
Seth Eryin & Casey Eanes - Keys of Candor 
Caldon Mull - The Memoirs of a Faun
Meg Cowley - The Tainted Crown
Barbara Snow - The Crystalline Vision
C. Gold - The Summoner and the Seer
K.L Young - Cardboard Castles
Stephan Morse - Continue Online
Sean Cunningham - Ghost Electricity
L.F. Oake - The Lost Voice
Jamie Thornton - Doormaker
Matthew Thompson - Twin Spirit
Roberto Calas - The Beast of Maug Murai
RhythmInTheMind - Touch
Mike Shelton - The Dragon Orb
J.D. Byrne - The Water Road
James Alderdice - Brutal
A.M. Rycroft - Corruption of Honour
K.M. Alexander - The Stars Were Right
Justin Depaoli - Runeforged 
J. Zachary Pike - Orconomics

10. Kitty G youtube channel
D.K. Holmberg - Wasting
Jesse Teller - Song
Lee Conley - A Ritual of Bone
P.G. Fogarty - A Father's Fire
J.E. Mueller - Fire's Song
David Sharrock - Malice from the Middle Vale
S.C. Flynn - The Hidden Face
Lucia Ashta - Magical Arts Academy
Jenn Gott - The Private Life of Jane Maxwell
Rhiannon Held - Hound and Key
Reece Dinn - The Exile's Redemption
E.D.E Bell - The Banished Craft
Janelle Garrett - Rift in the Deep
Gaja J. Kos & Boris Kos - Forged in Flames
Frank Gross - Wolfgang
Matthew Olney - The First Fear
T. Cook - Spinning Silk
Michael Baker - The Thousand Scars
Marianne Ratcliffe - Realm of Mindweavers
Thaddeus White - Sir Edric's Kingdom
Keith Ward - The Annointed
Richard Lucas - The Crushed Peak
Eric Kent Edstrom - Thief of Sparks
Cristelle Comby - Hostile Takeover
Aaron Hodges - Oathbreaker
Tim Doyle - Faces in the Mist
Lee French - The Fallen
L.S Johnson - Harkworth Hall
J. Elizabeth Vincent - Raven Thrall
T.L Branson - Soul Render


  1. Are Sorcerous Rivalry and Death's Merchant assigned to anyone. The gap makes it look like they're not.

  2. Any backup books this year? I'm seeing a few collections of short stories I don't think qualify.

  3. Mark, thanks again for doing this. My book is grouped with the Alliterates. I was wondering if you could edit the listing to show my coauthor: Jane Barlow Funk. She is actually the first author of the book and I would really like to make sure we are both listed when people see the book as part of the contest.