Book Release PARTY (really just a #giveaway) for The Hidden Goddess by M.K. Hobson or The Native Star

Tomorrow (April 26th) is the release of The Hidden Goddess, the second book in The Native Star series by M.K. Hobson.  I was completely blown away by how much I LOVED The Native Star and so I wanted to share my love with you and am giving away a copy of The Native Star or The Hidden Goddess.  This book will be ordered from The Book Depository and is open to anyone The Book Depository will ship to.  You can find my review of The Native Star HERE.

In the tradition of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, this brilliant first novel fuses history, fantasy, and romance. Prepare to be enchanted by M. K. Hobson’s captivating take on the Wild, Wild West.

The year is 1876. In the small Sierra Nevada settlement of Lost Pine, the town witch, Emily Edwards, is being run out of business by an influx of mail-order patent magics. Attempting to solve her problem with a love spell, Emily only makes things worse. But before she can undo the damage, an enchanted artifact falls into her possession—and suddenly Emily must flee for her life, pursued by evil warlocks who want the object for themselves.
Dreadnought Stanton, a warlock from New York City whose personality is as pompous and abrasive as his name, has been exiled to Lost Pine for mysterious reasons. Now he finds himself involuntarily allied with Emily in a race against time—and across the United States by horse, train, and biomechanical flying machine—in quest of the great Professor Mirabilis, who alone can unlock the secret of the coveted artifact. But along the way, Emily and Stanton will be forced to contend with the most powerful and unpredictable magic of all—the magic of the human heart.

 In a brilliant mix of magic, history, and romance, M. K. Hobson moves her feisty young Witch, Emily Edwards, from the Old West of 1876 to turn-of-the-nineteenth-century New York City, whose polished surfaces conceal as much danger as anything west of the Rockies.
Like it or not, Emily has fallen in love with Dreadnought Stanton, a New York Warlock as irresistible as he is insufferable. Newly engaged, she now must brave Dreadnought’s family and the magical elite of the nation’s wealthiest city. Not everyone is pleased with the impending nuptials, especially Emily’s future mother-in-law, a sociopathic socialite. But there are greater challenges still: confining couture, sinister Russian scientists, and a deathless Aztec goddess who dreams of plunging the world into apocalypse. With all they must confront, do Emily and Dreadnought have any hope of a happily-ever-after?

The Giveaway:

One copy of The Native Star or The Hidden Goddess.
Open Internationally to anyone The Book Depository will ship to.
Must be 16 or older to enter (these are adult books, but the first one had a YA feel and didn’t have serious adult themes.  I have not read the second one yet and cannot attest to content.) Ends 5/10/2011

To Enter:

Leave me a comment about what makes you want to read these, or makes you anxious for the second one if you read the first.  Leave contact info as well.

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  1. Would it be kind of selfish of me to really want to read these books, not because they look great (which they do), but because Emily Edwards is my girlfriend’s name?

    Haha, neoptism! :]

    Nora, The Bookery

  2. I haven’t read Native Star, but it looks good. There are some glowing reviews out there, and I noticed that several people wrote that they weren’t sure about Native Star at first but the book blew them away.

    I would love to read it. Thank you for the giveaway!

    ceeenndee at gmail dot com

  3. Just at the covers, wow! They are so cool. The setting sounds like so much fun to read, and the story sounds beautiful (well from what I read of the synopsis). The Native Star sounds like the perfect fantasy to dive into on any day.
    btw, love the Book Depository!

    email: arielle(.)yeap(@)gmail(.)com

    thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

  4. What interests me is that it’s a historical paranormal (romance at the end, I’m thinking, becuase of the description of the second book) which I personally haven’t read a lot of, so I like to read widly, and it just sounds interesting, with magic, and evil warlocks :)
    My email is and thanks for the giveaway!

  5. The world the author paints sounds great. I would love to read these books, will definitively be putting them on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!
    emmamelerojuarez (at) yahoo (dot) com

  6. The world building in Native Star was just astounding, I cannot wait for the Hidden Goddess! These characters were so fluid and well written it was a dream to read book one I hope book 2 continues this authors amazing writing.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  7. Oh I agree Native Star was an amazing read. I love it and the world us readers were sucked into. The characters were so well written. The Hidden Goddess cover and description was amazing to see.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  8. OK, lets be honest, I hadn’t hard of the series before reading your post.

    But your review and the blurbs are really fascinating and have achieved their purpose.

    I now want to read both books !

    They sound like a good fast, fun read like one used to get but doesn’t get anymore, so please enter me in the giveaway.

    If I get lucky I would have to start with the first book.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  9. Ohhh, I love the covers of the books! But even more so, thanks for introducing me to the author, because I haven’t come across any of her books yet (so many books, so little time *sigh) and the premise offers me just the kind of reading I like – a mix of history and fantasy is always awesome!!

    danaan at gmx dot at

  10. Awesome cover. But I’m actually addicted to anything and all things related to the paranormal world. Sounds like a perfect book for me. Am definitely interested in reading this one.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway,

  11. Actually this post is the first I’ve heard of the series; I’m new to the world of book blog following (boy had I been missing out!). But I read your review and it became plain that I need to read these books… The Native Star sounds right up my alley.

    wonderrin at gmail dot com

  12. Well, I went and checked out your review of Native Star since I hadn’t heard of this series before. It really does sound great. I’m loving the blurb.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  13. A blogger friend of mine was completely floored by the 1st book, she kept praising it and saying how extraordinary the worldbuilding, the characters, the writing was, so of course, trusting her judgement, I put it on my wishlist :-)

    Thank you for the opportunity!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. I hadn’t actually heard of these books before your post, to be honest, but they sound good just from the blurbs! I read your review of the first book and it now sounds even better!! The covers are lovely too.

    Thanks for opening it to everyone!


  15. Book sounds amazing and it has very beautiful cover.I love the mix of magic and romance together.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  16. Well first (and I know this is shallow) the covers are simply captivating.
    Second, I love the idea of mail-order magics, it reminds me a little of this movie I saw once.
    Third, it sounds like an interesting story and from your review it’s worth checking out.

    So merci beaucoup for the giveaway ^_^


  17. I have not read this series yet – this looks really cool though! Thanks for putting it on my radar! I love a good snowball story – where everything just keeps adding to itself until some ultimate conclusion! I can’t wait to read this! Thanks! :)

  18. I haven’t read this series yet, but I’d really like to as I love reading about witches. And I also like the covers.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  19. History, fantasy, and romance are my favorite mix and after reading so many good reviews I can’t wait to read Native Star. Thank you for making this awesome contest international! 😀

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. Oh Wow! I think I did see this book and momentarily got it confused with Maureen Johnson’s In the Name of The Star (it was right after she had released the title) and once I saw it wasn’t Maureen’s I blew it off. Now after reading the description I realize I need to read the book, because I am ashamed of my cover bias/author-fan-snobbery! But I have repented by adding both books to my GoodReads List.

    Great contest, and thank you so much for stopping by the blog last week! Sorry it took me so long to respond (finals time is here…sigh).

    savvyescapades at gmail dot com

  21. I haven’t read either before but I want to the first one because the blurb sounds interesting and I now want to find out what problem needs a love spell to solve it. Basically they sound awesome and have great covers.


  22. I haven’t read these books yet but I think they are right up my alley. I would love to read them because they sound like great books that I may be able to share with some of my students (after I’m done reading of course 😉 )

    swaggirl01 at gmail dot com

  23. These look amazing. A little bit of history, magic, and love…something I really want to delve into automatically 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Contact Info: golaszewski(dot)tw1(at)gmail(dot)com

  24. Hmmm, in all honestly I’d never heard of these books until I saw your post. But now—whoa they look good! I’ve actually never seen a book that mixes magic, love….and the Wild West–totally unique and something that looks original and fun.

    Can’t wait to read them, whether I win or not =D

  25. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I haven’t read either of the books, but would really love to! Everything which has paranormal aspects, magic etc in it, I need to read them! :) I also like your review of the first book.

    inga from

  26. The whole magic thing and that it’s set in the 1800’s sounds really interesting. Plus, the covers are really pretty! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. this is my first time knowing something different from what I ever read. collaborating historical and magic ?? WOW.. so interesting with magic, Warlock.. really wanna read those books..
    thanks so much for Giveaway and making it internationally


  28. I want to read this book because of the steampunk-esque elements, and I really like the covers.

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

  29. DID you see that cover!!!?? that should just answer everything! but really, who wouldnt be intrigued about a love spell, falling in love and fighting with warlock!? I think everyone when they were young thought of doing, or wanted to do a love spell for their special crush. I still do, i want ryan reynolds!! lol but all in all, id really enjoy reading this book.

    TValeros18 @ gmail [dot] mail
    GFC follower: SpadesHighReads

  30. Books with Warlock, Wizard, Witch even magic have their own attractions for me to read them. One of them is the miracle that happened there but not here. Those two books are new for me. I hope I can jump into their magical world at gmail dot com

  31. I’ve been dying to read The Native Star mainly because I love steampunk and this book sounds (and looks) amazing! I mean, what can be better than history, fantasy, romance and the steampunk feel? ME NEEDS IT!!!! lol

    Great giveaway!
    Thanks for making it international! =)


  32. I haven’t even heard of either of these two books, which is sad. I am extremely intrigued with the Native Star. I like the idea of a book being set in 1876 and a girl being run out of business by mail order magic. Fascinating.


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