A Fortune’s Fool & Smuggler’s Fortune Cover Reveal!

I have a surprise for everyone today! 

Last year I had the honor of hosting the cover reveal for Angela Boord’s renaissance inspired fantasy epic Fortune’s Fool, which went on to place second in the 2019 Self Published Fantasy Blog Off (#SPFBO). This year Fantasy Book Critic hosted the cover reveal for Boord’s prequel novella in the Eterean Empire series, Smuggler’s Fortune. Both books feature stunning cover art by John Anthony di Giovanni and a cover design by Shawn T. King.

Today I have even more exciting news…

both books are now available in…



But keep reading, there’s more…

Here’s what Angela had to say about the original cover art for Fortune’s Fool and the discussion with cover artist John Anthony di Giovanni about the hardcover editions:

“John’s idea was to make the cover of Fortune’s Fool like a Renaissance painting, using the same palette and style as the artists of the Renaissance. He layered in a lot of little details from the book–like the General on the card, which is a favorite of mine–and the pistol on the table that plays an important role in the scene portrayed by the cover. But one of my very favorite things about the cover art is hidden by the title. John painted a fresco on the ceiling of the room that will be meaningful to anyone who’s read the book. It’s of the Ekyra, the Goddess of Fortune, holding a sword.


When I told Shawn that I wanted to do a jacketed case hardcover edition of Fortune’s Fool, his reply was (paraphrasing), “That’s awesome, I’ve never done one of those, do you want to do something cool?”

“YES, I DO,” I answered.

And I have to say, the jacketed case hardcover editions of both Fortune’s Fool and Smuggler’s Fortune are really, really cool. I can’t describe to you the feeling of opening the box and holding the book in my hands, then unwrapping the dust jacket to see the art there in all its glory. Fortune’s Fool was my first book, and it was a long time coming. It sat in a milk crate in my closet for over ten years, and let me tell you, I did not once suspect in all that time that I would be holding a hardcover of any sort in my hands. I continue to be humbled by the fantastic packaging that John and Shawn have given my books, and I really hope the stories live up to the art.”

Did you catch that bit there toward the end? Both books come a with a dust jacket displaying the title and author name, and each also has a hard case inside the jacket featuring the full cover art without the title. And they are gorgeous!

The artwork is simply amazing and I know they will look fantastic on the bookshelf!

But there’s still more…today Angela is hosting a one day only…


Today, November 27, you can get the Smuggler’s Fortune e-book for free!

That’s right, not only can you pick up the brand new hardcovers for you or a friend, you can also get a free e-book copy of Smuggler’s Fortune for one day only. Both print versions of Smuggler’s Fortune also contain the bonus Eterean Empire story, “Dragonmeat”, which was originally published in the anthology Dark Ends.

You can find both books at the links below:

Fortune’s Fool

Smuggler’s Fortune

I hope everyone who loves Angela’s work is as excited as I am! I can’t wait to get my hands on copies of both hardcovers, and I may have to get that e-book just because. If you’ve never read Fortune’s Fool or Smuggler’s Fortune this is a fantastic opportunity to not only read an amazing set of books, but to get a stunning set to go on your shelf. Let me know in the comments what you think and if you pick up one of the hardcovers let me know. 

If you’d like to stay up to date with Angela and what else she’s got going on you can do so at the following links:

Newsletter sign-up/website: https://angelaboord.com/

Twitter: @Angelaboord
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelaboordauthor

Review Redo: Fortune’s Fool


Recently the Self-Published Fantasy Month Team posted a list of some self-published fantasy recs for those who have not read much self-published fantasy and don’t know where to start with finding a good book to read. Our hope was to offer up a few suggestions each while admitting the list would leave out a bunch of great books and authors. I hate leaving out great stories so I decided to re-post the reviews of all the self-published fantasy books I’ve really enjoyed over the last few years. Over the coming days and weeks I’ll be re-posting them here in the lead up to Self-Published Fantasy Month. My hope is you might find one that catches your interest for September!

Tonight’s installment is reposted from March 23, 2020 when I actually changed a rating for the first and only time from a 4.5 to a 5.0 Stars.

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Book Haul: June 2020

Off The TBR_ Book Haul Post

It’s time for another Book Haul post. One of my blogging goals for 2020 is to be to be more intentional about Book Haul posts. I’m aware that it’s possible nobody cares about the books I’ve bought or received, but I kinda like when bloggers post these because it not only puts new books in front of my eyeballs that I might not be aware of, but they also give me an idea of the blogger’s tastes. For my purposes a Book Haul post can include any book I’ve come to possess, not just those I buy, so arcs requested or just sent from publishers will be listed as well. Continue reading

Off The TBR’s Best Reads of 2019

It’s the last day of the year which means it’s time for my Best Reads of 2019 post! I’d hoped to write one more review before the end of the year but that isn’t gonna happen. That’s fine though because I have what I need for this list already. And while I didn’t read as many books as I’d hoped this year I did read some really good ones!

2019 was another great year for speculative fiction. I’ve heard it said by many readers that we are in a new golden age of spec fic. I think that’s true. Much of that has to do with some great new authors being published by traditional publishing houses, but a lot of that has to do with the rise of really great books coming out of the self-published/indie publishing realm.

What follows below are those books I read this year (regardless of publication date) that I rated a 4.5 or 5 out of 5 stars. There were a total of eight books to make the list. Of this group there was one self-published title, and two formerly self-published titles that were picked up by a major publisher, one of which hasn’t actually been published yet but I read the ARC. I’ll start with the 4.5 group, move to the 5.0 group, and finish with my favorite book of the year. Apart from the final book there is no particular order to this list other than the two main groupings. Continue reading

Self-Published Fantasy Month 2019 Recap


Self-Published Fantasy Month 2019 is over. While I admit I’m a little sad about that fact, I must also say I was pleased with how it went, mostly because unlike last year I was able to finish it. Here’s a quick recap of the month.

I want to thank everyone who participated in one way or another and if I’ve missed someone please let me know so I can update the post. What is included below are just those posts by bloggers who specifically tagged or wrote their pieces for Self-Published Fantasy Month. Continue reading

Self-Published Fantasy Month 2019: Week 2 Update


I realized that I’m a couple days late on the update for week 2 of Self-Published Fantasy Month. That’s partly because we had a bunch of kids in the house for a late birthday sleepover  over the weekend, and then I procrastinated a little. All my fault. But better late than never right? So I’m gonna just jump right to it. Here’s a quick recap of the past week up through Sunday evening. Continue reading

Self-Published Fantasy Month 2019: Week 1 Update


The first week of September is in the books which means week one of Self-Published Fantasy Month is also over. I meant to post this yesterday but I was too busy cleaning house and playing MTG with my kids. There weren’t a lot of posts for week one, at least not a lot that I’m aware of. Here’s a quick rundown of my own and any others I came across as well as an update of what else is coming. Continue reading

Month In Review: June 2019

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Well June is at an end and it’s time for another review post. I didn’t do one for May so this will actually be a combined two-month in review post.

Let me start by saying things have been going a little slow here at Off The TBR. I kinda fell into a reading slump and I’m not sure why. It isn’t that I haven’t been wanting to read as much, I just have been reading at a slower pace. Some of that may be due to my son’s baseball schedule and being tired from work, but I don’t think those are big reasons. It really started in April just before the D.C. field trip with my youngest and I just slowed down after that. Can’t really explain it. Instead of my goal of reading and reviewing one book a week (roughly four a month), I’ve been closer to two reviews a month the last couple months. Continue reading