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Monday, August 23, 2021

Pawn's Gambit by Rob J. Hayes Audiobook review

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AUTHOR INFORMATION: Rob J. Hayes was born and brought up in Basingstoke, UK. As a child he was fascinated with Lego, Star Wars and Transformers that fueled his imagination and he spent quite a bit of his growing up years playing around with such. He began writing at the age of fourteen however soon discovered the fallacies of his work. After four years at University studying Zoology and three years working for a string of high street banks as a desk jockey/keyboard monkey. Rob lived on a desert island in Fiji for three months. It was there he re-discovered his love of writing and, more specifically, of writing fantasy.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

We Cry For Blood by Devin Madson - Review

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Guest Post: Top Five Worldbuilding Books For New Authors by M. D. Presley


Deciding what is best in life is only easy if you’re Conan. The rest of us have to consider loads of other factors, especially when you’re making a top-five list. Ask me my top-five movies or albums, and I’d immediately be at a loss. After a few flustered moments I’d then ask if I could drill down a bit, perhaps by making it my top-five movies about prison romances, or maybe top-five songs with “it’ll be alright” in the chorus.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

GUEST POST: Gods And Tyrants by Peter Blaisdell


Monday, August 16, 2021

Audiobook Giveaway: Fae: The Wild Hunt (book I of the Riven Wyrde Saga) by Graham Austin-King


Friday, August 13, 2021

Interview with Cameron Johnston, The author of The Maleficent Seven

About Cameron: Cameron Johnston is the British Fantasy Award and Dragon Awards nominated author of dark fantasy novels The Traitor God and God of Broken Things. He is a swordsman, a gamer, and an enthusiast of archaeology, history and mythology. He loves exploring ancient sites and camping out under the stars by a roaring fire.

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Blogtour: The Echoed Realm by A.J. Vrana excerpt & Giveaway


Author info: A. J. Vrana is a Serbian-Canadian academic and writer from Toronto, Canada. She lives with her two rescue cats, Moonstone and Peanut Butter, who nest in her window-side bookshelf and cast judgmental stares at nearby pigeons. Her doctoral research examines the supernatural in modern Japanese and former-Yugoslavian literature and its relationship to violence. When not toiling away at caffeine-fueled, scholarly pursuits, she enjoys jewelry-making, cupcakes, and concocting dark tales to unleash upon the world.

Find A.J. online: Website, Twitter, Instagram

Book Information: The Echoed Realm by A. J. Vrana Published: August 10, 2021 Genre: Contemporary Dark Fantasy-Horror Pages: 444 CW: The book deals with themes of domestic violence, but there are no depictions of domestic violence.

The Exiled Fleet by J.S. Dewes - Review


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OFFICIAL AUTHOR BIO: J.S. Dewes is an author, cinematographer, and video editor with a degree in film production from Columbia College Chicago. Jenny cut her narrative teeth writing scripts for award-winning feature films and shorts which have screened at festivals and conventions all across the United States. A creative at heart, she enjoys video games, drawing, photography, graphic design, Pinterest, and all things visual.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

SPFBO 7: FBC Finalist Announcement


We have chosen our champion, and we’re excited to announce the winner and runners-up.

Monday, August 9, 2021

The Maleficent Seven by Cameron Johnston book review

The Maleficent Seven by Cameron Johnston Book Review

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Sunday, August 8, 2021

Guest Post: Fantasy is a Broad Table by Stephen Aryan

ABOUT STEPHEN: STEPHEN ARYAN is the author of the Age of Darkness and Age of Dread trilogies. His first novel, Battlemage, was a finalist for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best debut fantasy novel. It also won the inaugural Hellfest Inferno Award in France. He has previously written a comic book column and reviews for In addition, he has self-published and kickstarted his own comics.

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Saturday, August 7, 2021

SPFBO Semifinalist Review: Gunmetal Gods & Norylska Groans (reviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)


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Thursday, August 5, 2021

To Awaken in Elysium by Raymond St. Elmo review


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AUTHOR INFORMATION: Raymond St. Elmo wandered into a degree in Spanish Literature, which gave no job, just a love of Magic Realism. Moving on to a degree in programming gave him a job and an interest in virtual reality and artificial intelligence, which lead him back into the world of magic realism. Author of many fantasy books, possibly comic, certainly unusual. He lives in Texas.

FORMAT/INFO: Self-published on July 29, 2021 | 244 Pages | 

OVERVIEW: The story opens with a car chase on a stormy night. With thunders, lightning, and heavy rain. Unusual things happen but I wouldn’t expect anything less.

The titular Elysium is a sleepy farm town with a weird side. And lots of graveyards. The new art teacher, Cora Waterhouse, expected her assignment to be dull. Instead, she starts bedding a ghost. The new English teacher, Trey Street, takes poetry seriously. His students think he’s a poser, he thinks he’s fascinating. 

They both give their students similar assignments. Cora wants her students to paint clouds. Trey expects them to write a story about what they see in the clouds. Written by hand because: “pen and paper discouraged copy-and-paste, encouraged originality. Pens, pencils, clay tablets or quills and parchment... physical writing created a link twixt hand, heart and word. “

The story features more characters, some alive (local youth, their parents, and teachers) some undead (I’ve mentioned graveyards, right? Graveyards and ghosts go together). Each of them has a role to play, a truth to discover, a life to experience.

Like most of St. Elmo’s books, To Awaken in Elysium is philosophical, humorous, and romantic. It’s filled with quotable lines, intriguing thoughts, and metaphysical yearnings. It plays with the narrative and contains stories within stories (even a few rated by the lunatic English teacher). The book culminates with a poetry slam in which a living poet faces a dead poet. It’s...unusual. And immensely fun!

To Awaken in Elysium won’t appeal to everyone; it lacks high stakes or tight plotting. It defies easy categorization and plays with readers’ expectations and assumptions. It’s lighthearted, yes, but also sad and nostalgic. Its characters want more than trivial jobs and lives. They believe in art and creativity. It’s the book you read for excellent prose, intriguing humor, excellent and humorous wordplay. Take this quick exchange between Cora and her ghost lover, for example:

“Hmm. Wasn’t your hair brown? 

“Seriously? I dyed it. Weeks ago, I point out.” 

“Well, I died too. Weeks ago, I also point out.”

Or this description of the darker sides of some lives in small towns.

“Well, teacher-lounge rumor said the boy lived a latch-key life. His father spending the days fishing, so drunk by sunset the fish sent him home, calling him a cab, helping with his coat and tackle box…”

If you’re into slice-of-life coming-of-age stories with metaphysical ambitions tempered with self-deprecating (but subtle) humor, you can’t go wrong with To Awaken in Elysium. If you like ghost sex, it’s here, too. Vampires? You’re covered. Tigers? There’s one in Elysium. In other words, it’s a journey worth taking!

PS: Now, I need to discover the weird and unexpected side of Theory, the last of the forgotten cities in Central Texas. To Awaken in Elysium is a part of the series of standalone novels depicting the weird side of the following towns: Angelica (Stations of the Angels), Elysium (To Awaken in Elysium), Hell (Letters from The Well in The Season of the Ghosts), and Theory (In Theory, It Works Fine). 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Interview with Nicole Willison, the author of Tidepool

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nicole Willson lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband and her cats. She has been a frequent visitor to small coastal towns located along the Eastern seaboard but has yet to see anything truly alarming emerge from those waters, much to her disappointment. She's hopeful that her lifelong aversion to eating fish or seafood might earn her a little mercy when the hungry ocean gods finally start coming ashore.

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Audiobook Giveaway: Pawn's Gambit by Rob J. Hayes & narrated by Kim Bretton


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Monday, August 2, 2021

Tidepool by Nicole Willison review

Tidepool by Nicole Willison Book Review

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