SPFBO7 Approach and Book Reveal


As discussed in our introduction last week, this year marks some exciting changes to how we will be approaching SPFBO7, markedly, The Critiquing Chemist and her Bookish Boffin (Jennie) will be teaming up with the delightful Lynn’s Books for the contest this year. We are so looking forward to this new collaboration and the opportunity to talk shop with someone who shares so many of the same preferences regarding books! Our team nickname will be LB=TC2.

Today marks the beginning of SPFBO7, with the books already having been submitted and divvied between the various judging groups. To read more about the contest this year and peruse the list of 300 novels click here to be directed to Mark Lawrence’s post regarding SPFBO7. Briefly, the SPFBO involves 300 self-published titles being whittled down to one winner over two phases spanning 11 months. Phase One, taking place over 5 months, has the 300 novels split between 10 judges, whereupon each judge puts forth one title into the finals. The remaining six months has a winner determined from the finalists in Phase Two. 

Our Phase One Approach

Lynn’s Books and The Critiquing Chemist have randomly divided up the thirty Phase One books. Lynn’s Books and The Critiquing Chemist will announce 5-6 semifinalists total before determining a finalist from the batch. The Critiquing Chemist will at a minimum write a full blog post for every semifinalist and the finalist for Phase One.


SPFBO7 Phase One Batch

The End of the Line by David Nelson

Orphan’s Rite by M. Warren Askins (audiobook available)

Squire George & The Dragon by Adam Digger Stolz

As Fierce as Steel by Christopher P. Walsh

Ghost Line by M.A. Poole

Face of Glass by Damon L. Wakes

Blades Falling Softly by Sarah Lin

Subversive by Colleen Crowley

The Darkness that Slept by Tristen Kozinski and Keegan Kozinski

Hunters by Jon Ford

Children by Bjørn Larssen

Ten Thousand Stitches by Olivia Atwater

Lycoris in Moonlight by Kova Killian

Hall of Bones by Tim Hardie

The Crown of Death by David Schratz

Deathborn by C.E. Page

Rising Shadows (The Pillar of Creation #1) by Phillip Blackwater

Carrion by Alyson Tate

Stranded by Rosalind Tate

Iarraindorn by Philip Dickens

By the Pact by Joanna Maciejewska

Stone Magus by Stephanie C Marks

Little White Hands by Mark Cushen

DragonBirth by Raina Nightingale

Out of the Dust by Joe Coates

Graves Robbed, Heirlooms Returned by Ashley Capes

Berserker by Dimitrios Gkirgkiris

One of Us by M. L. Roberts

Book of Secrets by Claudia Blood

The Throne of Ice and Ash by J.D.L. Rosell


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