by C. B. Oresky
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy
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.
The whales’ frenzied song grew even louder—the electrical atmosphere intensified.
“Now what’s happening? We’re dissolving!” Clara yelled, watching her little hands disappear and then reappear again.
Angelica observed different parts of the ship, their cats, their bodies, and the monkey crew all vanishing momentarily. She drew a sharp breath. She was about to say something when the ethereal whale swimming directly before them opened its massive mouth, saltwater pouring down its yawning maw that seemed miles and miles deep.
“This is madness!” Clara shrieked, staring down the vast gaping throat of the beast. “Even a hurricane would be much better than this.
We’re going to die, for sure!” Angelica lost her composure. “Turn the ship!” she demanded. “I don’t wanna die!”
“Impossible!” Claudius cried. “We must go!” “I’m gonna be sick!” Clara cried, her face pasty. She clasped her sister’s scrawny hand in horror. What lay before them was far worse than that scary roller coaster Angelica had once convinced her to try at their town fair.
Catapulted forward by the hurrying tide, Claudius’s ship now sailed upon the phantasm of a massive whale. The sleek vessel hung momentarily on the edge of the watery precipice of white light, then slipped straight down the monster’s wide-open chasm…
Can you describe your dream home?
My dream home would be a small cottage near the ocean. It would have a clawfoot tub, lace curtains, many windows to let in the light and the fresh sea air, a picket fence (to keep in those crazy Scottie dogs), and lovely perennial gardens. It would be very private, surrounded by lots of land with a vast lawn spreading out toward the crashing waves.
If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?
I love to cook, so believe me…you’d be well taken care of. Presently, my favorite dish is Chicken Marsala, which is chicken in a creamy mushroom sauce. I’d serve that with aromatic rice and salad. Plus, some white wine. For dessert, as it is the fall, I’d offer a rustic French apple tart, with a scoop of pumpkin ice cream plopped on top. Is your mouth watering? Come on over!
Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.
As this is my debut novel…woe is me, this damsel in distress is lonely in her tower. She has not received any fan letters…yet. If this admission tugs at your hearts, if tears of sorrow are dripping down your cheeks, read my book and drop me a line. I’d love to receive some fan mail!
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
If my publisher were to fly me anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book I’d want to be sent to France. I am enamored with French history: the kings, the queens, the castles. I also think nothing compares to the lovely French landscape…the majestic Alps, spectacular gardens such as Monet’s, fields of lavender, medieval villages, the beautiful countryside filled with chateaus and vineyards. Not to mention the scrumptious food and wine.
Who designed the book cover for the book you are touring?
The book cover for The Warlock’s Curse was designed by the magnificent Amy Morris, head of the art department at The Wild Rose Press. I don’t really know everything about how she did the cover…just that she gathered colorful leaves, strong rocks, tall trees, green grass, two teenage girls (which she shrunk with a magical potion), and sunlight; then, she used wonder glue to stick them all onto a big piece of paper. And I said, “I love it! Such a great job depicting the twin sisters stepping off on their adventure into the unknown…carrying magical weapons of course!”
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.
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