Sunday, November 25, 2012

Blog Tour...The Warlock's Curse

The Warlock's Curse by M.K. Hobson

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book description~
THE YEAR IS 1910. Eighteen-year-old Will Edwards has landed a prestigious apprenticeship at Detroit’s Tesla Industries, the most advanced scientific research center in the United States. It’s a plum prize for a young man who dreams of a career in the new science of Otherwhere Engineering.But his father doesn’t want him to go. And he won’t tell him why.
Determined to get there by any means necessary, Will finds unexpected support along the way. His old friend Jenny Hansen—daughter of a San Francisco timber baron—is eager to help him for reasons of her own. And so is his estranged brother Ben, who he hasn’t seen in over ten years.
But running away turns out to be the easy part. On the first full moon after his eighteenth birthday, Will is stricken by a powerful magic—a devastating curse laid upon his ancestors by the malevolent sangrimancer Aebedel Cowdray. Will must find a way to control the magic that possesses him—or the vengeful warlock’s spirit will destroy everything and everyone he loves.

My thoughts~ The Warlock's Curse is the third book in the Veneficas Americana series. This story is strong enough to stand on its own so do not be afraid to jump right into this book if you want.

M.K. Hobson, in my opinion, is a wonderful writer. The imagery pops right off the page. I have never read a book taking place during the early 1900's and through the description I pictured it perfectly. I think this book is what would be considered magical realism. In The Warlock's Curse is set in an alternate history where magic is common among everyday life.

I do have to say this book took a while to gain momentum and starts off with a nineteen page prologue. It was a little to long for my tastes, but the information is given to us for a reason so it is worth hanging in there. When we jump into Wills story it still takes a bit to get started, but during this time we are introduced to Wills world and we learn a lot about his character, his family and what motivates him. After the story starts rolling it moves along a good pace with plenty of excitement.

Jenny is Wills partner on his journey and I instantly liked her. She can be a little feisty and is a determined young lady that knows how to get exactly what she needs. Though they are brought together to fulfill their own separate needs, a relationship unfolded before our eyes and I was really rooting for them.

 I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the continuation of Will and Jenny's adventure.

M.K. Hobson’s debut novel, The Native Star—the first book in her Veneficas Americana series—was nominated for a Nebula award in 2010. She lives in the first city in the United States incorporated west of the Rockies. Her favorite writers are Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, Booth Tarkington, Gore Vidal, and William S. Burroughs. The Warlock’s Curse is her third novel. You can find out more at her website,

Twitter: mkhobson

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Friday, November 16, 2012

What Twilight Did For Me

I have to admit, Twilight changed my life.

Lets flashback to early 2008. Breaking Dawn had yet to be released and Twilight was nothing more than an irritating suggested read from Amazon.

I would read the summery and think they were right. I would like this, I do love vampires. Then I read the category... Young Adult. Okay, next. I am a grown adult, what was I going to do with a kids book? I know I devoured Harry Potter, but that was the exception. Ya right. Little did I know.

Then one magical day a friend was carrying on about how much she loved her latest read, and there it was, Twilight. I rolled my eyes. She mentioned the vampire sparkled like diamonds. Sparkled? No self respecting vampire is going to sparkle. Needless to say, I eventually gave it a try, and there was no going back.

Twilight opened up a whole new world. I always liked to read, but it was hard to find books I loved. For some reason YA filled that void. I know I am old enough to be most YA characters mother, but I relate to YA books. I rarely read anything else. I remember at the time the YA section in my beloved Borders consisted of one wall. By the time they bit the dust the Ya section expanded to at least 5 times the size. At first I hid the fact that I read YA. Not now. Along with my love for reading the exciting new (to me) genera, I realized I also like to write it. My life has never been the same.

Now we are at the end of an era. Breaking Dawn - Part Two is upon us. Will Twilights popularity pass along to the next generation? I doubt it. Only time will tell. I remember how sad I was when I completed the final book. I wondered how I would ever make it through the withdrawals. I scoured the shelves looking for anything to help me with the process. Then there it was. A shirtless boy with a golden sheen standing behind the New York City skyline. "The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Never heard of her. I guess I'll give it a try." Well, we all know that worked out. *winks and flashes evil smile*

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