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The first round of books have been read and are now entering round two of the author battle! There was a slight hiccup at the end when one of the judges went into labor while reading the last book.

Wow! Congratulations to Author Katie Cherry on the birth of her son! (You can read more about Katie in a previous ISFAB blog.) Now that round one is done, what does the next round have in store for everyone?

Twenty judges have one month to finish 40 books. Two books are assigned per judge. The top ten of this round will continue on to the semi-finals. That simple? Not exactly. Here's a small rundown on how it works.

  • The points of each book will be collected from the judges to determine which books move to the next round.

  • Reviews for each book ARE required (only two reviews per judge since each judge will be reading two books in this round)

  • Michael Evan (FallbBrandt Press) will look at the reviews and determine which five judges should be the judges for the SEMI-FINALS.

It's hard to believe we don't have long before a winner is announced. It's an amazing competition and this is only its first year! Hard to believe how time has flown by, but it's been anything but dull, to say the least. I am excited to read these books and give some reviews. Glad I am not judging because I am sure it's hard to choose among so many. If all goes well with this competition there has been some talk of doing another at some point. Whether I enter my own during that time will remain a mystery, for now.

I am going to supply a list of the books and their authors who are continuing to this new round. Be sure to click their links and show some support! It's not easy being out there and doing all they do. Get comfy and grab a snack! Here is your next read!

Altaica by Tracy M Joyce Archangel by D. William Landsborough

Axel Lennart and the Ice World by DMZ Liyanage Blood-Stained Heir by T Norman

Champagne Charlie and the Amazing Gladys by BG Hilton Cold Between Stars by Belinda Crawford CONQUER by Edward M. Erdelac Cycle of Blades by Christopher Keene Danarko by Maxina Storibrook Dragon's Fire by Tiger Hebert Esme's Wish by Elizabeth Foster Flames Over Frosthelm by Dave Dobson Frontiers of the Imperium by Jan Kotouc Future Apocalypse, Beginnings by Barbara Gilbert Incursion by Mitchell Hogan Inheritance: The Martiniere Legacy Book One by Joyce Reynolds-Ward Inspector of the Cross by John B. Rosenman Kalanon's Rising by Darian Smith Legacy of Bones - A Tale of Bone and Steel (Book One) by Kirk Dougal Lux by MJ Vieira Og-Grim-Dog: The Three-Headed Ogre by Jamie Edmundson Omeron: The Hero's Chronicle by Alexander R Davis Past Legends by A. F. Stewart

Prophet of the Badlands by Matthew S. Cox Secrets of the Runestones by Dennis Medbury Shadow of the Queens by Jonathan M. Lazar Shattered Dreams by Ulff Lehmann Starstruck by Sarah Anderson Steel and Flame by Sergio Leonardo Cornejo The Advent of Zon by Kevin Buckner The Barrington Job by William Humble The Name Of The Bear by Daryl J Ball The Rose Vol. 1 by PD Alleva The Seeker of Solace by Troy Young The Swordsman's Lament by G.M. White Trial by Sorcery by Richard Fierce UNBOUND, Book one of the Alderash Series by Tanya L. Harris Voice of War by Zack Argyle We Must Find Her by A. R. Harlow Where Shadows Lie by Allegra Pescatore

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