Twin sisters on a perilous journey to remove an ancient curse . . .
Clara and Angelica Grace have never met ghosts. They’ve never sailed on a tall ship, ridden wild unicorns, or fought with magical weapons. Instead, the teenage twins have a wretched existence, ignored by their troubled parents in a rundown home and tormented by the town’s snobs.
Everything turns topsy-turvy all of a sudden when discovery of an ancestor’s hidden journal with an odd key to an unknown door leads them into an entirely different realm.The girls go on a thrilling oceanic voyage to search for mysterious whales, train with a seasoned warrior, and are befriended by a wise Master. But all is not a bouquet of lovely lilies…they are hunted by a cunning warlock and must rid themselves of The Warlock’s Curse.
Fascinated by the works of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, C.B. Oresky began writing her own fantasy novel, The Warlock’s Curse, after dreaming of being whisked off to an alien realm. Besides her debut novel, she has seen four of her short stories published in a small, national literary press: Conceit Magazine. When she’s not writing, she can be found wandering through the woods, dancing flamenco, or planting flowers in her garden. She currently lives in a small town in Connecticut with her bodybuilder husband, their exceptionally naughty Scottish terrier and Siamese cat, ten chickens, Mr. Tiggy the hedgehog, and a yard filled with majestic flowers.
Avis: Hi Caryn! I’m so glad you have joined us for today’s blog post! I love middle grade stories that feature strong female characters, and your book does just that, with twins Angelica and Clara! What a great read! But let’s get to the interview because I know readers want to get to know more about you. Let’s begin with our first question:
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Caryn: I most certainly believe in writer’s block. There are just those times (hopefully short) when one finds oneself stuck and unable to write anything new.
Avis: I agree. For me it’s usually when something happens in my life that throws me off center. The next question is:
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Caryn: Writing energizes me. I love to have ideas and words just flow through me. For additional inspiration I often write in my favorite bookstore, slurping down a frozen drink after settling down in a comfy armchair.
Avis: I love the image of sitting in a bookstore writing! For me it would be a hot cup of black coffee. 😊 Here’s our last questions:
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Caryn: I never considered writing under a pseudonym. Instead, I used the initials of my first and middle name, followed by my last name…as did my favorite authors: J.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis. I like to think big!
Avis: Always good to think big! I like it! It’s been such a pleasure to get to know more about you! I know people will love your new novel, The Warlock’s Curse. For more information check out Caryn Oresky’s social media links below, and don’t forget to scroll to the bottom for my five-star review!
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Web site link: www.cbOresky.com
C.B. Oresky’s The Warlock’s Curse takes twins Angelica and Clara Grace to a land far away beyond our one mooned planet to a place where drogans roam the skies and Foulmouth, the One True Master, rules, or does he?
Angelica and Clara may look alike, but their personalities and temperaments are opposites. Outgoing and brave, Angelica talks the timid Clara into the adventure of their lives to escape the doldrums of their existence at Seacrest, a rundown mansion on the New England coast town of Coldport. Rumored to be haunted, the dilapidated mansion creaks and moans as if alive. It’s rotting porch and leaky roof cause shame for the girls and stress for the parents, who can’t afford to live any place besides this house built over a century ago by their distant grandfather Claudius Grace, a sea-captain believed lost at sea.
Picked on by the Fabulous Five, an all-girl gang of bullies, the sisters long for better times and the family riches that were lost by their relatives. If they could only help their parents, maybe the fighting would stop, and they could live normal lives with nice clothes and an occasional vacation away from the dreadful Seacrest.
Oresky builds a world of ghosts and magic, or gems and swords that possess power beyond imagination, and portals that transport the girls to a world of reconciliation and great danger. They meet Urtleby, the famous warrior general who turns the tides of war; Foulmouth, the warlock who has cast the spell that ruined Angelica and Grace’s family fortunes; Aomar, an enlightened being that aids them; and they meet their distant ancestor, Claudius Grace, who wants nothing more than to defeat the evil warlock and return his family to the status it once knew.
Angelica and Clara may be opposites in temperament and bravery, but they work together to overcome evil in this daring adventure that will take readers to fantastical realms, where dreams are worth fighting for and reaching for the stars is not impossible.
C.B. Oresky’s The Warlock’s Curse provides hours of reading escape for children and adults alike. This book earns five-stars for creativity and magical adventure.
by Avis M. Adams