Here’s Your List of Romantic Reads From the 2020 Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO)!

If you’re a member of our Facebook group, chances are you’re familiar with self-published books. Many of the book recommendations made there are novels written by independent (“indie”) authors, who don’t go through a traditional publishing house like Penguin or Hachette, but oversee their books’ preparation and publishing on their own.

Self-published books can have a difficult time getting into book awards and being chosen for reviews by prestigious book bloggers. For the past five years, Mark Lawrence in conjunction with a group of awesome bloggers has run the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO), and this year is the sixth! From the man himself:

The SPFBO exists to shine a light on self-published fantasy. It exists to find excellent books that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. It exists to help readers select, from the enormous range of options, books that have a better chance of entertaining them than a random choice, thereby increasing reader faith in finding a quality self-published read.

The SPFBO covers fantasy, including romantic fantasy, fantasy romance, and reverse-harem fantasy! (And we have a list for you below submitted from the authors themselves. But FIRST…)

Do you want to get involved?

Join the SPFBO Facebook group! And you can find a full list of this year’s entries and which bloggers will be reading them here, a Goodreads list here, and a Google Sheet here.

There’s an official r/Fantasy 2020 Book Bingo Challenge here, and the authors specify which bingo squares their books fit here. Want to know more? From r/fantasy:

Fantasy Book Bingo is a yearly reading challenge within the r/fantasy community. Its one-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out authors and books, to boldly go where few readers have gone before….(okay, a lot of us have gone here by now, just roll with it!)

The core of this challenge is all about encouraging folks to step out of their comfort zones, discover new and amazing reads, and motivate everyone to keep up on their reading throughout the next year.

And of course, help your fellow shelfies find good books! Post your reviews, recommendations, and discussions of the romantic fantasy, fantasy romance, and reverse-harem fantasy entries in our Romantic Fantasy Shelf Facebook group!

Are you ready for your list of SPFBO fantasy books with romance?

(Note: This is a mixed list that may include romantic fantasy, fantasy romance, and reverse-harem fantasy. HEAs are *not* guaranteed, but romance is, according to the authors themselves in the SPFBO Facebook group!)

In no particular order:

1. A Wind from the Wilderness by Suzannah Rowntree

2. Frey by Melissa Wright

3. Beneath Black Sails by Clare Sager

4. Pawn by Angela J. Ford

5. Forged in Shadow by Megan Haskell

6. Feast of the Mother by Miranda Honfleur and Nicolette Andrews

 

7. Of Honey and Wildfires by Sarah Chorn

8. Shrouded Kingdom by Rachel Medhurst

9. The Fae & The Fallen by Brittni Chenelle

10. Dragon Mage by Tameri Etherton

11. Trial of Thorns by Stacey Trombley

12. Heir of the Curse by Deborah Grace White

 

13. Stray Magic by Jenny Schwartz

 

14. Æroreh by Jesikah Sundin

15. Squire Derel by Rachel Ford

16. To Target the Heart by Aldrea Alien

17. Where Shadows Lie by Allegra Pescatore

18. A Voice That Thunders by Cully Mack

19. Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater

20. Burning Embers by Fiona Jeeves

21. Star Compass by Anthea Sharp

22. Currents of Change by Darian Smith

 

23. Bloodlust by Nicole Zoltack

24. Prince of Shadow and Ash by Selina R. Gonzalez

25. Burden of Power by Caren Hahn

26. Crown of the Sundered Empire by JC Kang

 

27. Enlightened by Billie Kowalewski

28. The Edge of Nothing by Crystal Crawford

29. Sorrowfish by Anne C. Miles

 

30. Legends of the Exiles by Jesse Teller

31. The Curse of the Jenri by Stephanie Barr

 

32. Shoreseeker by Brandon M. Lindsay

33. Vampire Wars: Inescapable by Sean Harris

34. A Locket of No Particular Significance by Florien St. John

35. House Of Legions by Shan R.K

So, which ones are you reading first? Let us know in the comments!

I’m currently reading Beneath Black Sails by Clare Sager! But a new-to-me book from this list? Personally, my eye spotted a pretty shiny, and I’m reading A Wind from the Wilderness by Suzannah Rowntree next!!!

RFS 2020 Fanart Competition

Good afternoon, lovely Shelfies!

We are going to be adding some more fun and art to our activities on the Romantic Fantasy Shelf by hosting a fanart competition!

And don’t worry if you think you lack the artistic skills. We’ve got some prizes that will take that into account, so this isn’t going to be based on just skill (though I bet you’re much better than you think!). So even if you can only draw stick figures, there’s a possibility you might win!

Who Is This For

Any member of the Romantic Fantasy Shelf who is not a member of Authors of RFS. If you are a member of the Authors of RFS, you’re more than welcome to enter but the prizes are for the readers. This is also open to non US members, though if you are not in the US, it may take us a little longer to get your prizes to you.

If you’re not already a member of the Romantic Fantasy Shelf, you can join our merry community here on Facebook. It is a closed group, so all member posts are private.

(If you are a member of Authors of RFS, you are welcome to share some of your own fanart for published stories that are not your own, but you won’t be eligible to win.)

How To Participate

Create at least one artistic depiction of your favorite moment in a published fantasy romance/romantic fantasy novel. It can be indie or traditionally published.

You can enter as many drawings or paintings as you like. Any media form is welcome. Just make sure to post them here in the group with #rfsfanart

When you submit your art, make sure you include
1) the name of the book;
2) the name of the author;
3) the names of the characters;
4) #rfsfanart

And of course feel free to share why you chose that scene or any other fun tidbits that seem appropriate.

How Long Will This Run: This competition will be open from February 19, 2020 until April 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

What Are the Categories

I am so happy you asked!

So, we’re going to have two primary categories.

Reader Darling: at the end of the entry period, all of the members of Romantic Fantasy Shelf will get to vote on their favorite depictions. There will be a first prize and a runnerup.

Luck of the Draw: at the end of the entry period, we’ll gather up all of the entries and select a winner and a runnerup at random.

What Are The Prizes

Ahhh an even better question!

Both of the first place winners will receive a $10 Amazon gift card as well as a selection of wonderful ebooks and even a couple physical books.

Both of the runnersup will receive a $5 Amazon gift card as well as a selection of amazing ebooks.

What else might you win? Well here we go. (As a head’s up, this list might be updated with additional prizes as a couple authors are still determining if they are able to contribute.)

Reader Darling Winner

  • $10 Amazon giftcard
  • Rose Crown (paperback)
  • Fae Curse (ebook)
  • Fate of Dragons (ebook)
  • Fate of Dragons bookmark
  • Queen of Cursed Things (paperback)
  • Return of the Elves Collection (paperback)
  • Beauty in Darkness (ebook)
  • Dragon’s Throne (ebook)
  • Daughter of the Wildlings Books 1 -3 (ebook)
  • An Evening’s Truce (ebook)
  • A Troubled Accord (ebook)
  • Beneath Black Sails (ebook)
  • The Flame and the Blade (ebook)
  • Land of Perpetual Night (paperback)
  • Siren Magic (paperback)
  • Siren bookmark and stickers
  • Experimental Heart Omnibus (ebook)
  • Destiny (ebook)
  • Prophecy of Convergence (ebook)
  • Taxing Courtship (ebook)
  • Princess Avenger (ebook)
  • No Man Can Tame (hardback)
  • Feast of the Mother (softcover)
  • Winter Wren (softcover)
  • The Priestess and the Dragon (paperback)
  • Identity Revealed (ebook)
  • Enemy Known (ebook)
  • Princess Reviled (ebook)

Runnerup Reader Darling

  • $5 Amazon giftcard
  • Rose Crown (ebook)
  • Queen of Cursed Things (ebook)
  • The Return of the Elves Collection (ebook)
  • Beauty in Darkness (ebook)
  • Daughter of the Wildlings Books 1 -3 (ebook)
  • A Troubled Accord (ebook)
  • Beneath Black Sails (ebook)
  • The Flame and the Blade (ebook)
  • Land of Perpetual Night (ebook)
  • Siren Magic (ebook)
  • Experimental Heart Omnibus (ebook)
  • Destiny (ebook)
  • Taxing Courtship (ebook)
  • Princess Avenger (ebook)
  • Feast of the Mother
  • Winter Wren
  • Identity Revealed (ebook)
  • Enemy Known (ebook)
  • Princess Reviled (ebook)

Luck of the Draw Winner

  • $10 Amazon giftcard
  • Rose Crown (paperback)
  • Queen of Cursed Things (paperback)
  • Return of the Elves Collection (paperback)
  • Beauty in Darkness (ebook)
  • Dragon’s Throne (ebook)
  • Daughter of the Wildlings Books 1 -3 (ebook)
  • An Evening’s Truce (ebook)
  • A Troubled Accord (ebook)
  • Destiny (ebook)
  • Prophecy of Convergence (ebook)
  • Beneath Black Sails (ebook)
  • The Flame and the Blade (ebook)
  • Land of Perpetual Night (ebook)
  • Siren Magic (ebook)
  • Taxing Courtship (ebook)
  • Princess Avenger (ebook)
  • No Man Can Tame (hardback)
  • Feast of the Mother (softcover)
  • Winter Wren (softcover)
  • The Priestess and the Dragon (paperback)
  • Identity Revealed (ebook)
  • Enemy Known (ebook)
  • Princess Reviled (ebook)

Runnerup Luck of the Draw

  • $5 Amazon gift card
  • Rose Crown (ebook)
  • Queen of Cursed Things (ebook)
  • The Return of the Elves Collection (ebook)
  • Beauty in Darkness (ebook)
  • Daughter of the Wildlings Books 1 -3 (ebook)
  • A Troubled Accord (ebook)
  • Beneath Black Sails (ebook)
  • The Flame and the Blade (ebook)
  • Land of Perpetual Night (ebook)
  • Prophecy of Convergence (ebook)
  • Destiny (ebook)
  • Taxing Courtship (ebook)
  • Princess Avenger (ebook)
  • Feast of the Mother
  • Winter Wren
  • Identity Revealed (ebook)
  • Enemy Known (ebook)
  • Princess Reviled (ebook)

What About Disney and “Fantasy Princess Movies”?

So this is me just anticipating that there may be some questions on this point, lol. Disney and the fairy tale princess genre are absolutely amazing. In fact, I think that it has contributed significantly to many of our loves for this genre. But at this time, depictions of scenes from those stories are not eligible for this competition.

Fairy tale retellings which are published books are fine though, even if they share some similarities.

So, for instance, while the classic scene of Belle curtsying as the Beast (Adam) bows on the staircase wouldn’t be eligible because that’s directly from the movie which was not based on a novel. However, a romantic meeting depiction from say a novel like No Man Can Tame or Gilded Rose would be fine because it is a novel that includes the retelling rather than just being a movie based on a fairytale. Hopefully that makes sense.

If you are looking at a story which has had a TV series or movie based off it, you can use the actors and scenes as inspiration. So, for instance, if you had a favorite scene from Outlander, it would work because it was originally based off a series of published novels.

Will You Own The Submitted Artwork

Not at all. You maintain all of the rights to your creative work. We may ask for permission to share some of your images, but they would still be yours and we will only do so with permission.

Questions?

If you have any other questions, feel free to let me know in the comments. Or shoot me or any of the other admins a message, and we’ll get back with you as soon as we can.

2019 RFS Book Raffle- Read on to Learn How to Win!

Time: 10/15 – 12/13 at 11:59 PM EST.


Books: any of the 12 books listed in this grid below attached


Goal: read as many as you can; each book and bingo gets you extra points and extra chances to win


What Can You Win:
The winners will be selected at random using the points/tickets to identify the winners.


First Prize is a $15 gift card. If in the US or UK, this will be an Amazon gift card. If not, then we’ll find a way to get you a Visa gift card or something similar. You will also receive a surprise hardcover book, which will be mailed to you.


Second Prize and Third Prize are surprise ebooks, which will be announced at the time of winning.


Is This Open Internationally:
Yes indeed! Now, if you are outside the US or the UK, it may take us a little more time to get you your prize, but we’ll get it figured out.


How Can You Win:
Winners will be selected at random from the pot of points in the raffle. No purchase is necessary. A lot of these books are available for free, KU, and also through libraries. And past books read may be entered so long as you follow the instructions.


How Do You Get Points
1) each book you read from this list + prove that you have read gets you a point that goes in the raffle


2) each bingo gets you bonus points; you get bingo by getting all the books in a single row either horizontal, vertical, or diagonal


How Do You Prove You’ve Read a Book:
1) write a review and drop a link to your review or write a review (if you use a service like Audible, take a screenshot or verify that your direct link connects


2) if you have already read and reviewed these books, you can still gain the point by sharing your review somewhere on social media and dropping a link here. Screenshots are also fine.


Important: Make sure that you post in this thread your links to your reviews/social media posts. This thread will be pinned as an announcement, and you can also find it through #RFS2019Raffle

You will have to be part of the Romantic Fantasy Shelf group, so if you aren’t, join us here.


Points:
1) 1 book equals 1 point


2) the very first reader to get a confirmed long bingo (4 books) gets 30 bonus points


3) the very first reader to get a confirmed short bingo (3 books) gets 25 bonus points


4) every subsequent reader who gets a confirmed long bingo (4 books) gets a bonus 20 points


5) every subsequent reader who gets a confirmed short bingo (3 books) gets a bonus 15 points


1 point = 1 ticket in the raffle

Eligible Books

These links are connected to the RFS Amazon affiliate account, which helps to cover costs for the website, hosting, etc.

You do not have to use these affiliate links and no purchase is necessary to participate.

Romantic Fantasy Shelf Launch Events!

Ready to kick off 2019 with tons of fantasy romance, romantic fantasy, and reverse harem fantasy books? Win your 2019 TBR pile of ebooks, paperbacks, audiobooks, signed books, as well as bookmarks, interviews, and more!

It’s easy to enter: During the month of January, read and review any romantic fantasy, fantasy romance, or reverse harem fantasy book (by any author) on Amazon, Goodreads, Bookbub, Barnes & Noble, etc. Post your review and the link so we can all discuss and potentially discover our next read! Tag with #RFSChallenge. Indie/Self-published books count as two entries each (note this with #Indie). The reader with the most reviews wins our grand prize pack!!! And two runners-up will win ebook prize packs!!!

Also:
– Meet your favorite authors and win prizes during daily author takeover events

– Invite your friends! Unlock a new set of free books for everyone at 250 members, 500 members, 750 members and 1,000 members!

Already unlocked!
Very close! Join us to help unlock these books! https://www.facebook.com/groups/romanticfantasyshelf/

– Join #ShareRFS by sharing the group and promoting the challenge (or an author takeover, a daily giveaway, blog posts from www.romanticfantasyshelf.com in the group, etc.) on social media and/or your blog to win the blogger prize pack of 2019 new release paperbacks! Post a link to your share with #ShareRFS as one entry. You must have a book blog, bookstagram, etc. to enter, and the one with the most shares wins!

Thank you in advance for joining in on the fun and helping readers who love romantic fantasy, fantasy romance, and reverse harem fantasy find this group! You’re making a huge difference for both the readers and the authors!

Here’s the takeover schedule:

January 1: Launch Day activities
January 2: Nicolette Andrews
January 3: Miranda Honfleur
January 4: Heidi Lyn Burke
January 5: Kyra Halland
January 6: Debbie Cassidy
January 7: Jennifer Grey
January 8: Skyler Andra & Athena Grayson
January 9: Emma Hamm
January 10: Michelle Lynn
January 11: Claire Luana
January 12: Bethany Adams
January 13: CS Wilde & Bree Madelyne Lewandowski
January 14: Ines Johnson
January 15: Allyson Lindt & Jennifer R Frontera
January 16: Emily Sorenson
January 17: Jesikah Sundin
January 18: Rebecca Ethington
January 19: Karen Tomlinson
January 20: Olivia K. Moto & Elizabeth Briggs
January 21: Char Webster & Marilyn Mitchell
January 22: Kimberly Rogers
January 23: Janeen Ippolito
January 24: Cat Banks & Samantha MacLeod
January 25: Gemma Oleander & Paulina Woods
January 26: JM Butler Books & AJ Lancaster
January 27: Catharine Glen & Jessica Wayne
January 28: Kat Parrish
January 29: Shannon Pemrick
January 30: Monica Enderle Pierce
January 31: Ryan Muree & Helena Rookwood

Whose takeover are you most excited for?