The Warlock's Curse


The Warlock's Curse

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.


“Help! Please help!” Angelica cried, turning toward the direction the voice had come from.

Veils of darkness greeted her eyes. 

Suddenly, a strange sight seized both girls’ attention. The oddest-looking creature the girls had ever seen emerged from the gloom, waddling along a curved path near the pool’s edge. Its shape gradually came into view. 

The squat creature stood about two feet tall, an amethyst stud adorning its short nose, its long face crowned by a single lock of fair curly hair. In place of normal clothing, a grasshopper-green mossy material covered its small hands and feet, while an amber mesh filament, appearing like thinly braided laces, swathed its arms and back. It eagerly flew toward the girls, appearing like a goldfinch, its smooth, translucent body quivering like firm jelly and glowing as the shimmering sun. The creature’s unforgettably deep eyes were grave and dark and splashed with touches of ocher, like glossy black beetles. 

Clara trembled in her well-worn boots, imagining the approaching creature as a monster in some horror movie. She wrapped her wool cape more tightly about her, wishing it might somehow guard her from harm. 


Angelica also eyed the peculiar-looking being fearfully and staggered back a step. 

The golden creature stopped just short of them.  

 “It smells good…like meadow grass and flowers,” Clara whispered.


 “Hummmmmm, Hummmmm,” its melodious voice buzzed, like bees flitting over flowers. The odd creature licked its rubbery lips.

About the Author:

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.




Twitter: @cbOresky





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  1. Thank you for hosting! I will check in throughout the day to answer questions and respond to comments. Enjoy!

  2. Sounds like a great YA read. I really enjoyed the excerpt

    1. Thank you. Send me a message on my website if you read it. I'd love to hear from you!

    2. Thank you - it's a fun read!

  3. Adventures in a different realm - sounds quite exciting.

    1. It's like going to is exciting, but very different.

  4. Seems like a cool theme to your book. Wonderful.

  5. The book sounds fantastic. Great cover!

  6. I like the cover art, synopsis and excerpt, The Warlock's Curse is a must read for my teen-aged grandchildren and I. Thank you for sharing your bio and book details. Is the story a stand-alone or part of a series?

    1. Thank you. I think you grandchildren will enjoy. The story is a stand-alone right now. I may turn it into a duology in the future.

  7. Fantastic excerpt, The Warlock's Curse, not only sounds like a fantasy that my kids will love, but one that I will enjoy as well!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fabulous weekend!

  8. I love that this Young Adult Fantasy features female main characters. It sounds like a great adventure!

  9. As did at least one other commenter, I also thought of Narnia when reading the blurb. I think my granddaughter would enjoy this.

  10. My friend operates a free medical clinic, and I always try to get books for her waiting room. She even lets the children borrow them to take home. She really encourages reading.


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