It’s an exciting day for self-published fantasy authors and readers alike, as the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO) 2018 kicks off today. Especially exciting for me because Under Ordshaw is in the contest!
If you’re not familiar with the contest, it’s an annual competition hosted by fantasy author Mark Lawrence. It’s been responsible for some massive successes from self-published authors, including Senlin Ascends (one the best books I read in 2017, self-published or otherwise) and the rollicking The Grey Bastards (one I’m reading right now).
How does it work? 300 books enter, 1 leaves.
10 bloggers/blog teams will read 30 books each, deciding upon semi-finalists and then forwarding a single finalist for all the other blogs to read. The 10 finalists will be reviewed 10 times, and one is declared the winner. To great aplomb. You can learn all about it HERE.
To make things extra thrilling for anyone following the contest, from August 1st to 5th only, over 100 of the contending books are available at only $0.99/£0.99. Check out the full list HERE. there’s a great gamut of different fantasy genres – I’ve got my eye on a few.
Under Ordshaw is one of the many on offer, so if you haven’t picked up a copy yet, check it out HERE. Who knows how far it’ll get in what promises to be a strong competition – but it’s been a great experience before it’s even begun, thanks to the community surrounding the contest. And I’ve seen some positive vibes sent the book’s way already, so fingers crossed!
It’s finally here, the first entry in the Ordshaw series, available in eBook and paperback form. It was a joy to write, and from the initial responses I’ve received I think you’ll find it a joy to read, too. It’s up on Amazon in eBook and paperback format, and for its first weekend only it’s on offer at $0.99 / £0.99 on Kindle, in all territories (regular price $2.99). It’s free on KU, too, if you’re a member.
An abducted youth. A book of horrors. A city with a nightmarish secret.
Pax Kuranes has two simple ambitions: make rent and win a televised poker tournament. When a young man steals her bankroll and leaves behind a mysterious book and a string of murderous associates, her new ambition becomes to survive. To do that, she’s got to uncover exactly what he was into – and face what’s lurking under Ordshaw.
If you like your mysteries complex, gritty and teeming with monstrosities, you’ll love Phil Williams’ contemporary fantasy thriller. Take your first step into Ordshaw and learn why it’s so hard a city to leave…
If you missed the extended preview, you can still get a look inside on Amazon to check out the beginning.
Now that it’s out the gates, I’m hard at work on the sequel, provisionally called Blue Angel (which may give you an idea of what’s on the horizon once you’ve read Under Ordshaw). It’s another fast-paced ride into the Ordshaw universe, and will bring us all much closer to understanding the Sunken City. And between the two novels, the stage will be set for something much broader. By the time we’ve unravelled Apothel’s secrets, you’ll see there’s room for masses of thrills to follow. I’ve already got three more books mapped out for the series, to say nothing of the half-dozen others lurking in the shady corners of my imaginarium.
But for now, we’ve got Under Ordshaw, and I trust you’ll find it a fitting beginning. Get it on offer now!