Thursday, 6 May 2021

SPFBO 2020 has a winner!

 


(that's my serious "where's YOUR copy?" face)


The Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (Spiffbo) 2020 has a winner!


And it's The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson, which I plan to read it soon. You should too.

Congratulations also to 2nd placed Black Stone Heart. And to 3rd placed Shadow of a Dead God in 3rd place!

Check out the finalists' table for more great books. Or search more widely through the nearly 2000 entries we've had and the many hundreds of reviews.

Here's the book with the FAMOUS selfie-stick award. Hopefully I'll be able to add a selfie of it with Justin here in due course:




Onwards to SPFBO 7!


And we have a range of e-medals now (thanks to Barbara Pickering!).






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Sunday, 2 May 2021

As promised - my biggest giveaway of a decade!

 Come August Prince of Thorns will have been in publication for 10 years! 😮


Ten!


And, moreover it has recently surpassed 100,000 ratings on Goodreads - some of them even 5*s!


These numbers cannot pass unmarked. And, as promised, I'm giving away something big. I've been delayed in this effort by a stay in hospital with my youngest when she had her third septicemia of the pandemic, and then by the release of my latest book in the US ... and then the UK.


BUT!


Here it is - I'm giving away this!


Look how big and fat it is - the book, not pandemic-me.

Number #998 of the 1000 sold.

Originally a mere $100, but now look what they're going for on ebay 😮


One sold for $650!

How can this be yours? For free? Posted internationally?

A competition of course, but one with random winners.

All you have to do is send me a picture of words "Prince of Thorns" written by you. I will mark your efforts out of 5* and each * is an entry in the draw. If you just write Prince of Thorns on a piece of paper and email (empire_of_thorns@yahoo.co.uk) me the photo, that's the basic 1* entry.

Here's a fine example from the Prince of Fools contest I ran 7 years ago - it would have got many stars.


So - easy entry - every entry has a chance - better entries have better chances. There's no downside.

Email me!  empire_of_thorns@yahoo.co.uk

All entries will be posted here.


The contest ends when I decide, I will give warning, but it will be at least a week from now, i.e May 9th or beyond.


Entries (I'm being mean with the stars to save room for the best entries!)

(remember, star-giving is a black art and a bit of fun, not a judgement on your soul)


#168 Oliver *



#167 Shauna *



#166 Milica **



#165 Sarah ***



#164 Gwen *



#163 Teresa *** (extra * as it's original - lip reading required!)



#162 Zaineb ** (Pins of Thorns!)



#161 Spencer **



#160 Anna *


#159 Marion *** (extra * since it seems to have involved a lot of work, including crochet!)





#158 Alyssa ** (who got her boss's permission to use this 'out of office')



#157 Abdulrahman ** (the pen is mightier than ... the alternative?)





#156 Felicia *** (sign language is a first - not sure if it's US or UK)



#155 Maymuna **



#154 Sinead and self-made minions **



#153 Rainier *



#152 Cam **



#151 Becca ** (Prince makes a 2nd showing!)



#150 Lua ** (on a code editor)



#149 Shane **


 

#148 Loane *** (Tomato-based products rather than blood!)




#147 Thomas **



#146 Jens **



#145 Amber ** (Prince IN Thorns)



#144 Andras ** (not self-harm, just sensitive skin I'm told)



#143 Jaime *



#142 Paul *



#141 Olga *** (biscuit, bread, not sure but it's the first baked entry!)



#140 Taylor *



#139 Daniel *



#138 Bence **



#137 Sannidhi ****



#136 Harkeerat *



#135 Dennis *** (pyrography)




#134 Chernz *** (an ornithologist's imagination runs wild!)



#133 Kimberly ** (thinking outside the (toy)box)



#132 Frederick *** (gives us the finger)



#131 Juan *** (shamelessly exploits the geek in me - The Game of Life from the mathematician John Horton Conway)

Movie of the evolution here: https://gyazo.com/09897e752ab1db0c264e21c8273dba03



 


#130 Wilson **



#129  Gary *



#128 Lea ** (CAD model)



#127 Sarah **** (The bees weren't fully cooperating but you can see the Prince - very novel!)




#126 Mark *



#125 Caterina ** (created using nano-magnetism/spin evolution software)

There's a movie too! https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1IFRlz27gfjGiQ9_XPeunxWuiw6t-AMBv



#124 Jason ** (King or Knave?)



#123 Michael *** (a specially 3D printed Jorg!)



#122 Aurelia ** (on the assumption that the fine artwork behind is pre-existing - pretty sure I've seen it before)



#121 Charmaine **



#120 Twan *



#119 Robert *




#118 Krystal ***** A whole film! Click the link!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OvjUFabnqwJURaH561YP1MjWRuLIBj-e/view?usp=sharing




#117 Mia ** (the more you look the more you see!)



#116 Mads ** (very chemical!)



#115 Hilary *** (well done, minions!)




#114 Sethia **** (The cat's called Jog and the crochet took 25 hours, gotta grab an extra * for that)



#113 Pamela *** (it's a baby hedgehog it needs ***)



#112 Laura *



#111 Ant *



#110 Renier ***



#109 Steven ** (it would have been *** but it's the wrong name  😂) 




#108 Danielle *** (sock it to me!)



#107 Jeremy **



#106 Beena ***



#105 Ruben ** (he's used to gambling!)



#104 Tamas ** (a link for more detail, including impale plushies and a folded Dungeon Master screen! I'll give an ungenerous ** cos he always wins!)

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOwmCXIoAs0P-d2LhLXEDN0luR5lH7MQNTbyrpAM4caqfU0h2xuX39gDlIPHDj0mg?pli=1&key=



#103 Fatima ***


#102 May *



#101 Kris **





#100 **** Emma (Justice!)



#99 Ian *** (in map for - took some hours to do!)



#98 May **



#97 Tom *



#96 Brady *



#95 Wizzie ***





#94 SRX *



#93 Kristina **



#92 Rocus **



#91 Nikki *** (to be named Jorg if she wins! - the extra star is to make this happen)



#90 Meny ** (Arrangement of thorns!)



#89 Zsuzi *** (cross-stitch!)



#88 Matt ** (I assume that's a fake tattoo!)



#87 Josh **



#86 Arkadiy **



#85 Matthew **



#84 Abbie **** (looks fun!)



#83 Ben *** (I feel there's a missed opportunity to include some bullet points here.)



#82 Curtis *



#81 Aurel *



#80 Job *



#79 John **



#78 Vannezza ** (written in ancient Filipino - in modern Filipino it's "Prinsipe ng mga Tinik")



#77 Janet **



#76 Mirko ** (I would have rotated it, but honestly I don't know which way up it goes.) 



#75 Carole **



#74 Rafa **



#73 Andrew **



#72 Charles **



#71 Ashikur * (assuming this is from a "design your own business card" site, rather than something physical you made)





#70 Ase ****



#69 Impavid * (a fine collection!) 



#68 Ile **



#67 Matthijs *** (Prince of Spines!)


#66 Joe ** (a mathmagician! - though the square root of -1 is the obvious route to i)



#65 Amee ***



#64 Phil + daughter ** (I'm insufficiently grimdark not to give a 4 year old girl an extra *)



#63 Li **** (watch it burn! https://1drv.ms/v/s!AkyaZLd8taJ-bm_40bmF9F20odw?e=dFX1C3)




#62 Steve *



#61 Arshia *



#60 Dave ** (a spate of dice entries!)



#59 Andrew *** (got milk?)



#58 Brad *** (two dice and skull entries in a row! - giving this one an extra * for composition)



#57 Josh ** (impressive number of dice!)



#56 Tammy **** (convincing the minion to help was apparently an epic quest)



#55 Lachlan **** (800m below ground - the deepest point of an Australian gold mine!)



#54 Interplanetary Dragon ***



#53 Kieran *



#52 Sharrina **** (Cos-play as Katherine. Unashamedly generous with the * here as Sharrina is seriously ill right now and made a heroic effort to take part)



#51 Evita ***



 #50 Andrea ***



#49 Ines ** (Magic Eye of 3D looping vines!)



#48 Roozbeh *



#47 Kevin ** acrostic



#46 Aldino ***



#45 Rob ** (10 stars!)



#44 Jens ** (If you squint allegedly the notes spell the title - listen to it here: https://www.loom.com/share/d28e15ead9614335af55f5e2fa24ea0e )



#43 Rafael ** (another edible entry - strawberry lace this time)



#42 Dave ** (read down the line)



#41 Alienor ** (rabbit to eat the straw after photo!)



#40 Suzana *



#39 Luna **





#38 Fay ** (what kind of monster doesn't give an extra star for babies?)



#37 Liz * 



#36 Gilad **



#35 Louis



#34 Shane **



#33 Jack **



#32 Deborah ** (embroidered!)



#31 Mark **



#30 Carol ** (scissors and a light box)



#29 Kyle ***



#28 Christine **** (Impaled teddies :D )



#27 Larissa *** (tough one, but it got an extra * for all the detail and the mathmagician reference)



#26 John *** (an extra * for something new - the next Scrabble entry would get **)



#25 Peter ** (created in Minecraft - upgraded a * on learning how much work is involved!)



#24 Zeljko **




#23 Keith *



#22 Leandro **



#21 Giseli **



#20 Daryl ***



#19 Zachary **



#18 Alison ** (Prints of Thorns! & her title-less copy - I don't know how many of these were made in error)





#17 Kenneth **



#16 Rachel * (Guess the cipher!)



#15 Alena **



#14 Bev *



#13 Pedro **



#12 John *




#11 Greg *



#10 Aria **




#9 Suzanne **



#8 Skylar **



#7 Miloslava ** 

 


#6 David **



#5 Daniel ** (a magnificent but pre-existing work!)



#4 Phil *



#3 Helen (Gallifreyan) *




#2 Teona *




#1 Rhys *




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