From M.K. Hobson, author of the Nebula award nominated THE NATIVE STAR, comes the newest installment in her Veneficas Americana series--THE WARLOCK'S CURSE.
Welcome to my stop on The Warlock's Curse Teaser Tour! This tour is a short tour of excerpts on six different blogs as well as a giveaway of a full set of M.K. Hobson's books and a Tesla Industries pin.
Make sure you go to the first tour stop to read the excerpt and enter the giveaway and then continue on. As you read each piece in order you'll get a very good idea of what a fantastic book this is! Plus you have 6 different chances of winning all three of her books!
Please note that while it says this is the newest installment in the Veneficas Americana series, this is the first in a new duology. So it's new characters and takes place 30 or so years in the future from the previous books and they do not need to be read first. It's the same world, new characters.
The Warlock's Curse releases October 31st, so be sure to pick up your copy!
The Tour Stops:
10/26- The Flyleaf Review
10/27- I Read Indie
10/28- Candace's Book Blog
10/29- Forever 17 Books
10/30- Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
10/31- Katie's Book Blog
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.
Find my review HERE.
Will's first introduction to "Fort Tesla", the Detroit headquarters of Tesla Industries …
Inside the Compound, space seemed to expand. The access roads and sidewalks, laid out with geometric exactitude, bisected fields of open parkland, dotted with trees.
“I am sure I do not need to recite the history of Tesla Industries to you,” Grig began, as they walked briskly along a precisely angled pathway, “but the recital to our new apprentices has become second nature to me, so I beg your indulgence. I myself began with the original company—Tesla Electric Light and Manufacturing—when Mr. Tesla formed it in ‘86. It was his pioneering work in wireless broadcasting, developing the World Wireless System, that secured his fortune and gave him the ability to build the model industrial compound you now stand within.
“To your left, you will see the Teslaphone manufacturing plant.” Grig gestured to the building as they passed it. It was very large, with small high glass windows that sparkled in the bright morning light. The factory hummed with activity, and through the open doors of the building’s large loading bay Will could glimpse hundreds of factory workers in pristine white uniforms. “Naturally, it is the closest building to the main gate, for it is kept in constant operation.”
Behind the plant, deeper within the enclosure, were many more tidy little buildings, neatly tucked in among the groomed parkland. Will’s attention was captivated by one building in particular, which appeared to sit right in the very center of the compound—an appearance reinforced by the fact that a broad paved roadway ringed it like a moat, with smaller roadways radiating outward like spokes from a hub.
“That is the executive building, where Mr. Tesla has his personal living quarters and laboratory,” Grig said. “A lovely building, is it not? It was done by Stanford White, designer of the famous Wardenclyffe tower on Long Island, the first of the many thousands of Tesla Towers across the United States that make up the World Wireless System.” Grig ended the exposition with a curt wave of his hand. “You will likely never go in there.”
Grig made a special point of indicating the apprentices’ dormitories as they passed them, and his tone suggested that it was still a matter of some irritation that Will would not be living in them.
“As I believe I have mentioned, all of the other apprentices live within the Compound,” he said. “And, of course, during the term of their apprenticeship, they are not allowed to venture outside these walls except under the most extraordinary of circumstances. But Mr. Tesla has arranged for the ample satisfaction of every wholesome need a young man could possibly have. We have a very good cafeteria—all vegetarian, of course, Mr. Tesla would no sooner allow dead animal flesh through the gates than he would a woman. Over there is the moving-picture theater—no Edison films, as Mr. Tesla has no wish to further line the pockets of an unethical cad. You’ll be pleased to learn, however, that Mr. Tesla has agreed to bend the rules for the new Dreadnought Stanton film. If he hadn’t, our young men surely would have rioted. We have a lovely little Buddhist temple we use for our daily meditation exercises. And of course, we have a barber ...” Grig gave Will’s shaggy hair and stubbly cheek a reproachful look. “You could certainly do with a visit to the barber, Mr. Edwards.”
Finally, Grig came to a stop before a long low building, set back from the sidewalk in a neatly trimmed bower of foliage. Affixed to the door was the number three, rendered in bright thin silver.
“This is my building,” said Grig. “Which is to say, it has been given to my team for our exclusive use. Here you will be working.”
About the Author:
M.K. Hobson's debut novel, THE NATIVE STAR, 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 authors 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, www.demimonde.com.
Book trailer: http://youtu.be/oyrYAfu8IMg
The author is giving away a full set of signed books. The Native Star, The Hidden Goddess and The Warlock's Curse as well as a Tesla Industries pin.
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