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!
Following Under Ordshaw‘s release, I’m sharing an article to give you a more rounded idea of the city and its neighbourhoods. Whether you’re familiar with its stories or are yet to explore the UK’s worst-behaved city, I hope you’ll agree it’s an interesting place to explore…
Here’s Veronica Hulme’s advice for anyone thinking to venture into Ordshaw (click the image below for the full article):
A little snippet from the intro:
Where to Live in Ordshaw?
Experiencing the most popular locations in the UK’s fastest-growing city
Among the many name’s it has adopted, one of Ordhsaw’s more favourable monikers is the UK’s Second City. It’s a controversial title, given that the population of Ordshaw is arguably smaller than that of Manchester or Birmingham, but the impact of Ordshaw’s cultural identity it’s hard to discount. Locals, in fact, may place it before even London. With dozens of uniquely characterful districts to choose from and a burgeoning commercial sector, it’s no wonder that people are flocking there in droves.
A City With Every View
At times, it seems that every environment you can imagine is contained somewhere within Ordshaw’s seven boroughs. Most choose Ordshaw for its hectic centre and lively urban communities, yet there are also leafy suburbs, country estates and an oft-forgotten coastline. From the high life of glass skyscrapers to the humble quiet of a modest bungalow, the choice is yours. So where do you start?
It’s said that no one really lives in Ordshaw. A nighttime walk through Central tells you why: where the River Gader meets the financial district, the glass towers are filled with offices, not apartments. Though Central is alive with museums, galleries and coffee houses by day, at night and you’ll find the bustle of businessmen and tourists replaced by an eerie quiet. Few choose to live there, which is just as well, because the homes that are available in the area are beyond the budgets of most mere mortals.
The more obvious place to settle in Ordshaw is amongst the narrow, erratically winding streets of New Thornton, where factory workers’ tenements have been repurposed to offer some of the most sought-after properties in the country. Space comes at a a premium, so don’t expect a garden, but New Thornton balances its claustrophobia with almost everything else. As home to the Opera House, a dozen museums and some of the best restaurants in the city, you barely have to set foot outside to soak up the culture. It’s also the site of two of the UK’s top-graded schools, and Great Farling Railway Station provides exceptional travel connections.
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If you’d like to know about the city, see it through Pax’s eyes in the first book in the Ordshaw series, Under Ordshaw.