Welcome all to the first of hopefully many posts about my journey in the battle royale that is SPFBO. SPFBO (Self_Published Fantasy Blog Off) is a competition comprised of 300 self-published fantasy books that are either stand-alones or the first in a series. The competition officially stared on June 1st 2020 and I’ve already had some early success so here’s a quick recap of what’s been going on with RADIO.

After entering RADIO in this year’s SPFBO, I was sorted into one of ten blogs who will be judging. RADIO was placed with The Fantasy Inn and I can’t be more pleased. Their reviews are top notch and I can’t wait to see what they thin. Here’s a link to their SPFBO Introduction post explaining their review process and showcasing the top three covers from the 30 books they were allotted. RADIO was one of them!

The Fantasy Inn

Now, RADIO has joined the other top 30 covers out of the 300 entrants in the SPFBO cover contest. Public voting is live now and you can vote for multiple covers. The link to the poll is at the bottom. Even if my cover doesn’t float your boat, there are some amazing covers on the list so get voting!

SPFBO 6 Cover Contest

The covers will also be judged by the bloggers/judges of the competition to find the best cover of the year.

To my surprise and delight, another of the blogs involved in SPFBO decided to do the first of a number of posts where they call out books from the entire competition list that caught their eye. Again RADIO was included in these first 27 books and I’m thrilled. Check out the article below.

Fantasy Book Critic

Spotlight: Intriguing Titles in SPFBO Part I

As the for book itself, over the coming months, the bloggers will read through their allotted books and update the world to their status, post reviews, and reveal who will be going on to the finals. Ten books will enter only one will win.

Stay tuned for more updates on RADIO’s progress through SPFBO. This year is going to be wild.

Today’s a big day for RADIO, my fantasy noir novel. My amazing graphic designer/wife completed the temporary cover that will be used for my ARC’s (advance reader’s copies). ARC-coverFor those unfamiliar with RADIO, here’s the elevator pitch. 

In 1928’s Paris, betrayal forces the god Marduk into the new, opium-riddled body of a jazz musician. Desperate, he must rely on the few friends he has left — and one terrifying enemy — to stop those like him from weaponizing the religious imagery they’ve milked for centuries by abusing a technology he created.

RADIO navigates the jazz, lights, and energy of the Lost Generation’s Paris to tell a dark, vivid tale of treachery and revenge, struggle and survival, love and loss. If you’re interested in RADIO and want to stay informed as we near its spring 2020 launch and beyond, you can follow me on Twitter, and Instagram both under @jushingwrites, or follow me here at jrushingwrites.com

If you’re an author or reviewer and are interested in receiving an ARC, please contact me at jrushingwrites@gmail.com

 

The Boulevardier
This is the standard, traditional method of serving a Boulevardier. The drink depicted is poured as a double.

So at the behest of my buddy and fellow author, KM Alexander, I’m going to start a new series here on this old blog. Current Cocktails (his title, credit where credit is due) is going to be a series detailing the cocktails and other imbibements that accompany me through the adventure of writing. For better or worse.

The first cocktail in this series is tied to my current WIP (Work In Progress).  All in this series will be linked to some current work. As I have discussed in a previous post, I tend to be a bit of a method writer and I’ve found that alcohol adds a pleasant aspect to experiencing the lives of the characters we write. My current novel is set in 1920’s Paris and as such, cocktails abound. Those of the American Lost Generation flocked to Paris’ booze soaked establishments to drink cheap and live large. Today’s cocktail is attributed to one such American expat, Erskine Gwynne, writer and founder of the Boulevardier, a short lived monthly magazine printed in Paris and the source of this cocktail’s name.

Also, you can be pretty sure that if I’m writing about a drink I’m also drinking that drink at the time so all the details I provide will be full on, in your face, hard hitting journalism. Or at least tipsy musings on tasty beverages. Either way. Enjoy.

The Boulevardier

This delightful concoction is basically the bastard child of the Manhattan and the Negroni. In true Manhattan fashion, either bourbon or rye whiskey will work. Also in true Manhattan fashion, traditionalists will argue ad nauseam about which is correct however, when rye is used, the drink is more often referred to as the “Old Pal” which is such a great name. As for the Negroni half of the family, Campari is the star of the show. It’s insane red color and bitter bite both shine through. Anyway, on to the recipe. (more…)