Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Holiday Specials: Mirrors & Mist Sale, Crimson & Cream Giveaway

This week, my 4.7-star rated epic fantasy adventure Mirrors & Mist (Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) is on sale at Amazon for $0.99. The Countdown deal will increase to $1.99 next weekend before the deal ends.

Crimson & Cream (Book I of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) is free at Smashwords through the holidays with this coupon code: JH88U. Crimson & Cream currently has a 4.4 star rating on Amazon and a 4.7 star rating on Smashwords.

I've included some descriptive reviews below, to provide an idea of what to expect. My best wishes to everyone on a safe, joyous, and peaceful holiday season. I'll be back in 2016 with a progress update on Warlock & Wyrm (Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy).

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An exciting and excellent second book in The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy!
By Shay VanZwoll on March 14, 2015

Mirrors & Mist, the second book of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, continues the story of the orphan Jetsam and the "kingslayer" Seryn. While Jetsam finally has a chance to learn magic under the tutelage of Seryn, his training is interrupted when Seryn is captured and taken back to Dwim-Halloe. Jetsam must now help Seryn escape certain death and discover the truth of King Tygan's murder before the secrets of the past are lost forever.

CM Skiera has managed to write another spellbinding tale, expanding on the first adventure while also tying in Seryn's past. Not only are we able to see the events unfolding that led to the banishment of magic in Dwim-Halloe, we also learn how the paths of Seryn and Jetsam are woven together through the teachings and loyalty of Jetsam's parents. Interspersing the present with past memories helps keep the story moving forward quickly without feeling as if too much background information is forced on the reader at once.

It's difficult to believe that this is only the author's second book, with well-written and interesting characters and an exciting plot. A mixture of High Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery genres, this story does contain some of the staples, including dragons, wizards, and trolls, though it also introduces creatures unique to the Oxbow Kingdom. The author has created a complex world, giving a deeper understanding to the politics and motives of the characters while still being entertaining. Most importantly, you want to learn more about the people and discover what happens next!

As this is the second book in the trilogy, the ending leads us straight into the adventure waiting in the final volume. I'm already eagerly anticipating the events to come in Book Three!

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
C.M. Skiera Raises His Own Bar!
By Dii TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 16, 2015

C.M. Skiera is back! The second addition to the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, Mirrors & Mist is another trip into a world where magic and wizardry are feared and unlawful. Once again we share in Jetsam’s life and the lives of the orphans who were his only family as his life is again caught up in turmoil and magical entanglements.

Jetsam is now apprenticed to the one of the most powerful wizards ever. Seryn Vardan is the most wanted man in Dwim-Halloe and Fate has placed them in the right place at the wrong time, Seryn allows himself to be captured to save Jetsam and is now scheduled for a public death. Can jetsam find a way to save his mentor? Can he enlist the help of the boys underground, would they still risk their lives for him, as in the past? Time changes people, but has the bond of being unwanted orphans still held strong? Will any of his old comrades still be there?

In another twist of Fate, a lie has been revealed that could shatter the very foundations of the kingdom. Is it another trap for Seryn and Jetsam or will the truth set them free? Will they live long enough to uncover the evil that has been lurking in the castle?

Once again, reality faded away and I was transported into C. M. Skiera’s world of dark fantasy, emotion and wickedly fast-paced action, both physical and mental as Jetsam finds himself caught up in more deceit and danger. Being reunited with his friends felt like a homecoming as their personalities came back in full-color detail! Each page uncovered another twist, another revelation and more of the man Jetsam was turning in to as C.M. Skiera smoothly brings another tale to life. The tension created by Mr. Skiera’s words is thick, the energy, heady and the loyalty of allies simply amazing!

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