Can’t win ’em all and that’s okay. It was always a bit of a longshot. Yesterday, I was informed that my novel The Stars Were Right was eliminated from the SPFBO. C’est la vie. While I would have loved to win, I’m not upset. It was fun to participate and to get even this far in the contest was pretty exciting. Plus, participating helped me discover a whole swath of great new books and a welcoming community.
There is still a lot of the contest left as the 10 blogs whittle down the original three hundred to the ten finalists. Winner will be announced next year. I want to extend a hearty thank you to the team at BookNest for reading my little book, and Rob J. Hayes for reviewing it and choosing it as a semi-finalist.
You can continue to follow the contest’s progress over on Mark Lawrence’s blog. Good luck to everyone still in the running. I’ll be over here watching and cheering from the sidelines.
Woke up this morning to discover that Rob J. Hayes selected The Stars Were Right, my Lovecraftian urban fantasy, as one of BookNest’s semi-finalists for SPFBO 4! Hooray! This means it’s survived the first culling and is still in the running to be one of the final ten. I couldn’t be more honored or excited. Big thanks to Rob and the rest of the crew at BookNest for trucking through so many books. Be sure to check out Rob’s review over on the site.
The next round will be tough, I’m up against some fierce competition. But that said, I didn’t expect my strange little book to even be a contender in a contest usually dominated by more traditional fantasy offerings. It’s been fun to be a part of this so far, and the community has been fantastic.
Mark Lawrence has updated the Phase 1 list, and you can check it out over on his blog and see who I’m up against for the next round. Also, be sure to check out my SPFBO interview with fellow contestant and author, Michael R. Baker.
Want to read the book? You can buy digital/ebook copies of The Stars Were Right at any of the links below—it’s only $2.99 which is cheaper than a latte these days.
Not an ebook reader? If you prefer the smell and feel of paper, you can buy the trade paperback from any of these fine establishments. I also sell signed copies through my own store, and I ship anywhere.
Good luck to my fellow semi-finalists and to all the participants. I’m sure there will be much more to come and win or lose I’ll be sure to let you know The Stars Were Right’s fate right here.
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