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Saturday, August 5, 2017

2017 Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off Grand Giveaway (by M. D. Presley)

Okay, this is it: The big score, bonanza, mother lode, pot of gold, and proof that I own a thesaurus. So many 2017 SPFBO books are now up for grabs, we decided to break this bunch into two glorious grab-bags for two lucky winners.

To enter, leave a comment here on the blog, or head on over to Fantasy Book Critic’s Facebook page and SHARE this post to enter for a chance to win. I assure you, you’ll be glad you did.

Win or lose, we hope everyone found a fantasy book by a self-published author they were unfamiliar with. And please, if you did find something here in our SPFBO giveaway, leave the author an Amazon/ Goodreads review and tell your friends. Reviews and word of mouth weigh nothing, but they’re more valuable than gold (and mithril) to us authors.

And now, without further ado (adieu?), our first winner will receive not only digital copies of our FIRST, SECOND, THIRD  and SIXTH, but also the following great books:

Ben Galley: The Heart of Stone

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Official Blurb: Merciless. Murderer. Monster. He has been called many names in his time.

Built for war and nothing else, he has witnessed every shade of violence humans know, and he has wrought his own masterpieces with their colours. He cared once, perhaps, but far too long ago. He is bound to his task, dead to the chaos he wreaks for his masters.

Now, he has a new master to serve and a new war to endure. In the far reaches of the Realm, Hartlund tears itself in two over coin and crown. This time he will fight for a boy king and a general bent on victory.

Beneath it all he longs for change. For something to surprise him. For an end to this cycle of warfare.

Every fighter has a last fight. Even one made of stone.

S. J. Lem: The Waterfall Traveler 

Official Blurb: All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it's impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive with the power to travel through water—she'll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressed city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she'll not only have to confront Samuel's unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.

In this tale of bravery, friendship, and unexpected love, Ri must discover her own strength to save the men she cares for.

Ulff Lehmann: Shattered Dreams 

Official Blurb: If one looks too long into the abyss, the abyss looks back. Drangar Ralgon has been avoiding the abyss's gaze for far too long and now he turns to face it.

For a hundred years the young kingdom of Danastaer has thrived in peace. Now their northern neighbor, mighty Chanastardh, has begun a cunning invasion.

Thrust into events far beyond his control, the mercenary Drangar Ralgon flees his solitary life as a shepherd to evade the coming war and take responsibility for his crimes.

In Dunthiochagh, Danastaer's oldest city, the holy warrior Kildanor uncovers the enemy's plans for invasion.

As ancient forces reach forth to shape the world once more, the sorceress Ealisaid wakes from a century of hibernation only to realize the Dunthiochagh she knew is no more. Magic, believed long gone, returns, and with it comes an elven wizard sent to recover a dangerous secret.

Mercenary, holy warrior, noblewoman, sorceress, elf. All struggling to find their place in a world where actions do have consequences and mistakes are paid for in blood and pain. Each individual tale draws closer to the others, forming a tapestry that tells a single story. War, like a weaver, pushes lives until paths align. There are no shining heroes, no damsels who cannot save themselves, only people trying their damndest to make sense of the chaos their lives have become. Here, a few can make a difference.

Matt Moss: The Path of Man

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Official Blurb: The war has just begun.

The Dark Society has finally emerged from the shadows after years of silence. Their mission is clear and they won't stop until the Order is destroyed.

The Order has been waiting for this day. The Prophet has already assured their victory.

Buried within the riddles of an ancient text lies a place of legend that contains an unspeakable power. Many believe it to be a myth. But if the rumors are true, the Dark Society may already know of its location.

Arkin's world is changed forever when a stranger rides into town. Suddenly, he's thrown into the age-old war between the Order and the Dark Society. Choices made in the past ripple through time as Arkin puts the pieces together. His choices will determine the future of all as he follows the Path of Man.

On top of all this, a SECOND winner will receive not just digital copies of our FOURTH, SEVENTH, EIGHTH and NINTH giveaways, but the following fantasy finds:

Marie Andreas: The Glass Gargoyle

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Official Blurb: Archeologist Taryn St. Giles has spent her life mining the ruins of the elves who vanished from the Four Kingdoms a thousand years ago. But when her patrons begin disappearing too--and then turning up dead--she finds herself unemployed, restless, and desperate. So she goes looking for other missing things: as a bounty hunter.

Tracking her first fugitive--the distractingly handsome and strangely charming Alric--she unearths a dangerous underworld of warring crime lords, demonic squirrels, and a long-lost elven artifact capable of unleashing a hell on earth.

Chased, robbed, kidnapped, and distressingly low on rent money, Taryn just wants one quiet beer and to catch her fugitive. But there's more to Alric than his wicked grin--is he a wanted man or the city's only hope? With menacing mages in pursuit and her three alcoholic faery sidekicks always in her hair, Taryn's curiosity might finally solve the mystery of the elves... or be the death of her and destroy her world.

Aldrea Alien: Dark One’s Mistress

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Official Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Clarabelle Weaver has only known the quiet village of Everdark where everyone lives under the protection, and shadow, of the Great Lord's fortress. But although his men patrol the land and keep them safe, no one in the village has seen much of the lord himself for years.

When news of the Great Lord's passing reaches the village, Clara is abducted by the Great Lord's men and whisked off to his fortress. Rumour whispers that his son, Lucias, is hunting for a mistress to beget him an heir to ensure the kingdom safety and she's it.

With nowhere to run and no one to trust, Clara quickly realises she must match her will against a man with dark magic at his beck and call. But the more she tries to escape and the more she learns of Lucias, the more she is drawn to the quiet, patient man. Will her desire for the man finally win over her longing for freedom?

Adrian G. Hilder: The General’s Legacy

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Official Blurb: A king obsessed with conquest, armies, magic, and monsters powered by the souls of the dead – the legendary General of Valendo defended his kingdom from them all and taught his grandson, Prince Cory, everything he could. But the worst is yet to come.

Cory’s life is changed forever after the general’s death when their enemy strikes at the heart of their Kingdom. Confronted by his grandfather’s world of warriors and magic, and with the lives and souls of all in his kingdom at stake, Cory must do the one thing the old general never could.

End the war.

Elise Edmonds: Where Carpets Fly

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Official Blurb: Restless teen Elina is bored of village life. When she starts magic lessons in the city, her only concern is exploring the sights with new school friend Kara. However, life takes a darker turn. Her magic teacher is hiding a secret, and odd happenings pile up, like unsociable Simeon's shady dockside deals. But Elina’s questions go unanswered.

When Elina and Simeon develop a magical mind link, she suspects his involvement in foreign spy work. But an unexpected ship tour-turned-voyage throws her and Kara right at the mystery’s heart—in the volatile, dangerous country of Pallexon.

Alone and with no ID, things worsen when a terrorist act blows Kara’s cover. With her own freedom at stake, Elina must rely on her wits and magic to save her friend and unravel Pallexon’s secrets—before it's too late.

Friendships are forged and loyalties tested in this magical fantasy adventure from debut author Elise Edmonds.


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Bio: MD Presley
is a screenwriter, blogger and occasional novelist… which basically means he’s a layabout. But if you’ve ever got a hankering for some grimdark gunpowder fantasy with a female anti-hero, check him out at


Unknown said...

Thanks for having the give-away.I typically don't consider myself a Muggle when it comes to fantasy books, so I'm glad to see new names out there. I am a bit concerned for S.J. Lem given Sword and Laser's history with the word.

Ɓukasz said...

I'm in :)

Salt-Man Z said...

Count me in, please!

Jordan @ForeverLostinLiterature said...

What a great selection of books! These are all new to me, so I always love being introduced to some new fantasy. I'm particularly interested in The Path of Man. :)

Mike Longwill said...

I hope I win!

Marcus J said...

Looks like some Great books. Cant wait to read them

Gxpsy Rose said...

So many good books to choose, which do I read first? Decisions decisions.

chris clanton said...

I want to win! All it said was leave a comment so I don't know if more is needed, but I want to win.

T. Gillmore said...

Count me in! I've read Waterfall Traveler and loved it.

Unknown said...

Would love to enter the competition!

Unknown said...

Would love to enter the competition!!

Unknown said...

this is awesome

Unknown said...

all these books seem awesome, would love to review them

SJ Lem said...

I just wanted to say good luck to all who've entered!


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