Hounded by watchmen, trolls, goblins, and a relentless bounty hunter, 13-year-old Jetsam dreams of the day he’ll no longer have to run for his life.
In the mountain city of Dwim-Halloe, Eadriel and Elvar were born twins to teachers at the city’s revered School of Magic. When the new king outlawed magic, the boys’ parents were murdered. Their deaths forfeited the twins' magical birthright and made them homeless fugitives.
Rescued by an orphan gang, the fleeing twins were nicknamed Flotsam and Jetsam. To survive as outcasts, the orphans scavenge and pilfer nightly. Their last risky foray sent them fleeing into an unfamiliar cavern. Now the boys are lost deep underground where they encounter a strange beast that will change their lives forever and begin a harrowing journey for their ultimate survival.
Crimson & Cream recounts Jetsam’s adventurous tale of flight and discovery as the fugitive orphan unravels his tortured past while securing his tenuous future.
I’m a middle-aged married man from Michigan who now lives in California with his wife and two rescue dogs. I work as a professional environmental engineer to pay the bills. I started writing Crimson & Cream in 1999, and after lots of twists and turns, 13 drafts, plenty of rejections, and the advent of online self-publishing, it's finally here.
Sometimes when you're stuck in the morass, it helps to take a step back and evaluate the big picture. Take inventory of what you see, regroup, and return.
Crimson & Cream
From the deep cover of the conifer
timberline, the Southlander studied the group climbing the rocky
slopes. One man in shining armor, another in brown leather, and the
third in a flowing robe, all following a small boy dressed in a
long coat. The same boy Yduk knew all too well. A slippery,
resilient, confounding boy. More trouble than he was worth, but now
a deep thorn in the bounty hunter’s pride.