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SPFBO: Beneath Cruel Fathoms by Anela Deen

Congrats to Anela Deen for becoming our fourth semi-finalist! We will cut the remaining 5 titles in the coming days before we tell you which one of our semi-finalists will be advanced into the Finals. To remain mysterious, I decided not to add ratings at this time, but will update this post once we announced our finalist.

SPFBO: A Sea of Broken Glass by Sonya M. Black

Congrats to Sonya M. Black for becoming our third semi-finalist! We will reveal one more in the coming weeks before we tell you which one of them will be advanced into the Finals. To remain mysterious, I decided not to add ratings at this time, but will update this post once we announced our finalist.

Adventures in the UK – London and BristolCon 2019

In October once again I headed to the UK to attend BristolCon, because I had a good time there last year and after the crazyness of WorldCon I needed something smaller and cozier of a social event. Plus I knew there would be friends waiting for me, old and new. But I still wanted to make the most of my vacation, so I decided to seize to opportunity and stay in London for a few days. It didn't go quite as I expected, but I still had a great time.

SPFBO: Books and Bone by Victoria Corva

Congrats to Victoria Corva for becoming our second semi-finalist! We will reveal two more in the coming weeks before we tell you which one of them will be advanced into the Finals. To remain mysterious, I decided not to add ratings at this time, but will update this post once we announced our finalist.

Carved from Stone and Dream by T. Frohock

It’s the details that impress me, the weaving together of events and placement of bread crumbs, small thoughtful comments that get followed through with later, or hit us with horror when the understanding dawns. The yellow scarf that tells us everything about Rafael’s personality while doing dual duty as a scene setter. The hints about Sam that later make my heart pound through my chest when I realize just who it is that our boy is getting ready to meet. And especially the follow-through on Martinez, who could have easily been a throwaway character, but served to show us the impact and repercussions of a tough decision. These are the things that raise a story up to the next level for me but coupled with everything else, just made this a stellar read.

SPFBO Edition: David H. Reiss

Tales from the Asylum is a new feature I came up with for SPFBO. I wanted to create a unique opportunity for the authors to show off their story telling skills by taking their characters and putting them in an asylum room to see how they would deal with the situation. A lot can happen in a closed space...

Interview with Dyrk Ashton

Thank you for having me! Those screams though... I’m Dyrk Ashton, former SAG/AFTRA actor and filmmaker, professor of film for the day job, and author of the Paternus epic urban fantasy trilogy. I live in NW Ohio and spend nearly all my time in front of a computer.

Cover Reveal: Cursebreaker by Carol A. Park

For those who follow SPFBO, Carol A. Park's name might be familiar. She had  two books in the competitions in as many years - the first book in The Heretic Gods series, Banebringer last year; then Sweetblade, the prequel stand alone novel this year. And now it's time that you get a good look at the second book in the series, Cursebreaker's stunning cover!

SPFBO: Our Bloody Pearl by D. N. Bryn

Congrats to D. N. Bryn for becoming our first semi-finalist! We will reveal three more in the coming weeks before we tell you which one of them will be advanced into the Finals. To remain mysterious, I decided not to add ratings at this time, but will update this post once we announced our finalist.

SPFBO Edition: S.J. Hartland

Tales from the Asylum is a new feature I came up with for SPFBO. I wanted to create a unique opportunity for the authors to show off their story telling skills by taking their characters and putting them in an asylum room to see how they would deal with the situation. A lot can happen in a closed space...

What’s to come? – November 2019

November is going to be a quiet (I mean boring) work month. I've nothing exciting planned, but I definitely will try to pay more attention to my own needs - meaning I've been so focused recently on working, reading, deadlines, pressure that I hardly left room for myself to relax. To just loose myself for a few hours in a game or do some colouring. So, that's my personal goal for the month, but no worries, I won't let you guys without some great content this month too!

Monthly Wrap Up: October 2019

October was mostly about catching up, and cram in as many things as possible before I headed to the UK toward the end of the month. I had a great time both in London and Bristol - article coming soon, I promise, unlike the WorldCon one... - and it charged me with energy and good feels. It was awesome to meet old friends and make new ones and I already can't wait for the next BristolCon.

But until I get myself together, take a look at what we were up to this past month. We are getting near the end of phase 1 in SPFBO and we are done with slush piling so we'll start announcing our semi-finalists real soon. But we also read some other great books too, and hosted awesome authors. 
August went away in a blink of an eye and I'm both sad and happy about it. I had some great times, but I also got damned behind on EVERYTHING. September will be about trying to catch up to myself.

SPFBO: The Fourth Reaping

We decided to eliminate 5 more books before we start announcing our semi-finalists, so the next time you hear from us, we'll bring good news! But before we can make anyone happy - or more anxious - first we have to be the harbringers of bad news. I know, I know, the job sucks, but hey, someone has to do it, and we signed up for it willingly (well, some of us did, I was talked into it by Belle, so blame her if you must!) Err, um, anyway, this means we'll be eliminating 21 books so far. I'm happy to report we are done slush piling, and we'll discuss shortly which books we'll roll forward to consider to be our semi-finalists and then finalist. Watch this space people, it really, really gets interesting! This means we'll be eliminating 16 books so far, just a tiny bit over half of the books in our group. We are getting there! We'll probably have one more reaping (looking at early November) before we announce our first semi-finalist, so keep your eyes open! Today Team RockStarlit BookAsylum is going to say goodbye to 5 books, some we enjoyed reading, some not so much. This means we'll be eliminating 11 books so far, so almost half of our entrants will be out of the game. 

The Violent Fae Blog Tour: The Ordshaw Vignettes by Phil Williams

I'm happy to be taking part in The Violent Fae Blog Tour to celebrate the upcoming release the closing chapter of the Ordshaw series’ The Sunken City Trilogy. If you are not familiar with it yet, no worries, Phil got you covered, as the first book, Under Ordshaw is on sale for 0.99p on Kindle US and UK until tomorrow. 

During this tour Phil Williams is sharing 12 short stories from the city of Ordshaw. The Ordshaw Vignettes are tiny insights into the UK’s worst-behaved city, each with a self-contained mystery.

SPFBO Edition: Drew Montgomery

Tales from the Asylum is a new feature I came up with for SPFBO. I wanted to create a unique opportunity for the authors to show off their story telling skills by taking their characters and putting them in an asylum room to see how they would deal with the situation. A lot can happen in a closed space...

SPFBO: The Third Round of DNFs by Timy

I fell a bit behind on writing up my DNF posts for those books we already eliminated from the competition. So far I've slush piled 24 books, we've cut 16 and I have 4 books (at the moment) I want to consider further. I'm hoping to finish slush piling by the end of the week (November 3rd) and sit down with my team to talk about how to go on. I suspect to have our first semi finalist announced pretty soon. Things will accelerate in November, so keep your eyes open!

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