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!)


#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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