Friday Kick Off! Featuring: Steve 'N' Seagulls, Eminem, The Faim, Escape The Fate, OneRepublic
This year I'm taking part in SPFBO as an advisor for Fantasy Book Review's judging team. I decided to offer a spot to the authors in our group. The spotlight today shines on Josh Erikson our first semi-finalist.
Shattered Hopes is a cleverly written second book, which not only grew up to the first one, but managed to surpass it. Aside from Drangar starting to wear me down by the end, and the fact that I have to wait to find out some answers, I can't really complain. Maybe that some things happened too fast, and there wasn't enough time to develop - like Jasgar's training or Ealisaid's experiments. Although under the circumstances... This book had a lot to cover and it did well, but we are left with more questions than answers. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. If you have the patience to wait for the next book to be released.
I picked Born For Greatness, because it has a positive vibe and it goes pretty well with my post last week. No matter what, life goes on, you have to step up for yourself and let those who doubt you know that you were born for greatness.
Friday Kick Off! Featuring: Bring Me The Horizon, SafetySuit, Age of Days, Amity Affliction, Alice in Chains
Back in March I decided to start a blog, mainly because I wanted to support some indie authors I got in contact with during my Before Blog life. I didn't really expect to be succesful or even popular. I thought of it as something to play with in my free time and occupy myself with so I wouldn't think about how boring my life is. Instead, things got crazy pretty quickly, and here I am, 5 months later, reflecting on how much I've changed.
You are looking for something new to sink your teeth into? Don't look anymore! Lost Lore has it all: mythology, epic fantasy, grimdark, twisted fairy tales, cool assassins, unusual worlds, humor and a lot to think on! Sure, some of them has flaws, and won't be your taste, but on the other hand, you'll find some treasure which will make it worth. Besides, it's free and all of these indie authors are talented as hell. Give them a chance and you might find your next favorite author/series!
August 20th is our biggest national holiday. We celebrate the birth of our country. Aprox. in 1000. Stephen I had become our first king and accepted Christianity.
Friday Kick Off! Featuring: Aretha Franklin, Devour The Day, Slash feat Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Sister Hazel, Devour The Day, Disturbed, Thrice, From Ashes To New
C.T. Phipps is the author of the Supervillainy Saga, the Bright Falls Mysteries, the Cthulhu Armageddon series, the Agent G series and the Lucifer' Star series as well as Wraith Knight and a few other books. Besides of being a writer, he also loves all geeky stuff 🙂 Also, he is one of the nicest people I got to know during my short blogging career.
So you want to be an author? Awesome! Keith McArdle, author of SPFBO4 entrant Fallen Empire, the first book of the Ironstone Saga - find an excerpt at the bottom of this article - and a few other books besides has some advice for you!
Hero Forged is a fast paced, unique, entertaining urban fantasy. It has everything from a villain with blood lust, to an information dealer giant locust, some monsters from your nightmares, gods, a succubus, and a snarky main character being thrown in the middle of it all. If you are bored with the usual UF tropes, you might find this book quite refreshing. A warning: there might be quite a few dead bodies scattered along Gabe's path.
To go with my vacation mood I picked a song to kick it off. Summer of 69 is an old favorite of mine. It's kind of a bittersweet song, about a lost summer, full of life changing memories, love, hope for the future. I guess we all have that kind of memories 🙂
I guess I don't have to introduce Ulff Lehmann, author of Shattered Dreams and soon to be released Shattered Hopes. We've had quite a nice chat about writing and fantasy all things fun in an interview before. This time he shares a short story with us about the real evil behind the mask of kindness. This is not a fantasy story but deals with a very serious topic. How far would you go to keep your family out of harm's way? And what would you do if the worst already happened?
We Ride the Storm is a strong first book, which builds up the conflict and leaves plenty of questions to be answered for the next installment in the series. It's a bloody, character driven, headless... err, endless fun. The hype is real and well earned. I wouldn't be surprised if it landed on many lists at the end of the year as one of the best fantasy books in 2018.
All of us got pet peeves, aren't we? My newest guest, Andy Peloquin decided to write up an article about anti-stereotypes he enjoys reading about. Let's face it, we all like to turn our back on stereotypes and find something new and fresh wich twists these tropes we know too well.
So, Shatter Me. Back when it was released I instantly fell in love with it, and I still like to rock out to it when it comes up on my playlist. I can relate to this song soo much. Just read the lyrics, it says it all.
I'm so excited! August will be fun. SPFBO had started yesterday and I decided to shake up my schedule a bit so I could fit some of my picks of the FBR lot in as soon as I can, so I'll have time to read our semi-finalists toward the end of the year. Maybe it's not a surprise by now, but I'm taking part in the competition as advisor for Fantasy Book Review. Soon I'll have my own SPFBO page up here on the blog and have some other plans in the making too regarding our 30 books 🙂