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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Cover Reveal: Fortune’s Fool

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Today I have the honor of hosting the cover reveal for Fortune’s Fool, the debut novel by independently published author Angela Boord. Fortune’s Fool is a Renaissance inspired, epic, historical, black powder, and romance fantasy. It’s the first book of the Eterean Empire series and releases June 25, 2019 on Kindle and later in paperback.

About The Book

A secret affair. A disfiguring punishment. A burning need for revenge.

Kyrra d’Aliente has a bad reputation and an arm made of metal.

Cast out of the safe and luxurious world of silk to which she was born, played as a pawn in a game of feuding Houses, Kyrra navigates a dangerous world of mercenaries, spies, and smugglers while disguising herself as a man.

War destroyed her family and the man she loved. Vengeance is within her grasp.

But is she willing to pay its price?


Cover Art: John Anthony Di Giovanni; Cover Design: Shawn T. King

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