Blade and Soul – Excerpt & Giveaway

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Blade and Soul by C.M. Estopare

I freakin' LOVED this book!

Estopare writes like a seasoned writer, dispensing passion, excitement and laughter. From the opening chapter to the heart-wrenching last, I devoured this book in one sitting. This was what I imagined would come from Estopare's writing when I first read his superb novella, Prince Evanders.

Sabella and her friends become mightier and wiser with each trial, and the reader shares in their enjoyment and the courage they find within themselves. I have to admit that while I do love a tear-jerker of a fantasy ending, I had some qualms about this one, just because it was such a feel-good fantasy and I was afraid Estopare might not be able to pull it off, but he did!


Zurita smoothed a hand through his hair. He didn’t want to be here. He wanted to be in his shop or at home. Not in a space that felt just like every other space in Riversbend.

But the summons had been too strong to avoid. He’d had to come here. It was too powerful, too much like fate, for him to ignore.

When she’d touched him.

Alexa felt his gaze on her. It was hard to miss, since the man explored her very soul with his eyes. She wondered if he was considering her the same piece of prized merchandise he’d stared at on the gallery wall.

Different backdrop, different man, I guess.

What could he possibly want…from me?

About Author

I’ve been playing video games ever since I got my 1–st computer back in ’98. I started playing World of Warcraft during the BC era. In my gaming experience, I’ve enjoyed a variety of online games with different people, from tight-knit guilds to complete stranger. I have leveled all the way from 1 to max, both on PvP and PvE servers.

I am also a language geek. I have a degree in Linguistics and a teaching certificate. Currently, I work as an English teacher in Taiwan, which is a great place to enjoy the best of both worlds.

I’ve always had two favorite sayings that I try to live by – ‘Better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all.’ ‘All growth is a process of letting go of that which is less evolved, to make room for that which is more evolved.’

I have two boys (age 8 and 3 years.) I spend most of my free time teaching them all kinds of things and helping them have fun. When they’re asleep, I normally play games or read online.


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