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.The book was just released last week, and M.K. is here to tell you something of the research undertaken in the writing of The Native Star. A sequel, The Hidden Goddess is due out in May 2011.
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.
I am just about halfway through and thoroughly enjoying this briskly told tale. I'll have my review posted before the end of the week. I have a copy of The Native Star to giveaway to a lucky commenter. To enter just leave a question for the author or tell us about your favourite aspect of the wild wild west. M.K. Hobson will be dropping in to answer your questions. Contest closes September 14th at Midnight. EST.
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While writing this book, I had to deepen and broaden my understanding of America in the mid-19th century—a historical period that has always intrigued me. For this post I thought I'd share some fascinating factoids I learned while writing THE NATIVE STAR. Even if you're not a self-proclaimed "history nerd" like me, I hope you find them as interesting as I did!
|Philadelphia Exposition 1876|
|Great Railway Station at Chicago|
|Central Pacific Silver Palace Dining Car|
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