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Monday, February 1, 2016

Amazon UK E-book Giveaway

My epic fantasy adventure Mirrors & Mist is on sale at Amazon UK. Click here to get yours:

Because Mirrors & Mist is Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, I'm also offering the first book, Crimson & Cream, free on Smashwords with this coupon code: HB78A.

If you're unfamiliar with Smashwords, here are instructions on how to get your free e-book:

  • Step 1: Click on the yellow Buy button
  • Step 2: Smashwords will ask you to log in. Either log in or create a new log-in ID at the bottom section.
  • Step 3: Enter the Coupon Code HB78A on the Shopping Cart screen and click the “checkout” button.
  • Step 4: A link will take you back to a page that allow you to download the book in any of several electronic formats. Download the one that suits you and enjoy.

If you're not convinced this is a great deal, Mirrors & Mist currently has a 4.7-start rating on Amazon (and Crimson & Cream is 4.4 stars).
Jetsam fled Dwim-Halloe as a runaway orphan, escaping both a zealous bounty hunter and a dragon-obsessed fallen knight. Now, the teenager finds himself a fledgling apprentice to the infamous wizard Seryn Vardan, the Oxbow Kingdom’s most wanted fugitive. When Jetsam attempts a heroic rescue during a foray with his teacher, catastrophe strikes as Seryn is captured and slated for execution.

Jetsam vows to free Seryn from his mysterious captors before his public beheading in the city where they are both falsely accused of murder. With his canine companion, Jetsam attempts a risky homecoming by seeking aid from old friends. Can Jetsam save his beloved mentor from certain death, or will he once again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?
"CM Skiera has managed to write another spellbinding tale, expanding on the first adventure while also tying in Seryn's past." -- Shaykitteh's World of Books
"High adventure, dimensional scenes, sounds, smells and inner turmoil, it’s all here, all riveting, all addictive and an epic fantasy that will engage anyone with an eye for great storytelling."-- Tome Tender Book Blog
"Mirrors and Mist, book 2 of C.M. Skiera's Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, far surpasses its predecessor in just about every way. The characters are given more depth, there are more twists and turns throughout the increasingly complex plot, the action scenes are more exhilarating, and there is a bigger dose of emotion."-- Author Brian Beam
"Just like the first book, I think fans of classic High Fantasy will really enjoy this."-- The Reader's Hollow
"Once again, Mr. Skiera has given us another wonderfully written book." -- Books, Reviews, Etc.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Dreaded Mailing List

Between the holidays and a very busy new year, I've found little time to blog. I'm going to use this post to help myself work through a personal hurdle. Everyone says an author must have a mailing list and an associated periodic newsletter. What makes having a mailing list a must? Readers are a valuable commodity, and a mailing list lets you keep track of your readers so you never lose contact with of any of them. This makes sense to me, and I do save all my readers' e-mail addresses.

The newsletter part of the equation is where I stumble and procrastinate. I can't convince myself that people would be interested in receiving e-mail updates from me. I've struggled with this for a while, and have finally come up with an idea that may instigate me into taking action. For 2016, I'm setting a goal of creating and sending a newsletter that contains a portion of my epic fantasy work-in-progress Warlock & Wyrm. Previously, I've posted my work-in-progress on Wattpad and Saturday Scenes (on Google+), so I thought why not give the people who are actually interested in my story a sneak preview, and an opportunity to influence the final product with their feedback?

In addition to an advance reading of Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, I'll also offer free copies of my first two books (Crimson & Cream and Mirrors & Mist) for anyone who signs up to my mailing list. So how does one sign up to this dreaded list? Just add your e-mail to the space in the column to the left where it says "Follow by Email." > > > > > >

If you sign up for my mailing list, I promise to:
  • Never sell or share the list with others.
  • Never, ever send spam.
  • Only send email for my blog and newsletters.
Author Update:  I'm  finishing the first draft of Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy and recently passed the 94,000 word mark. The end of the beginning is in sight!

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