Lita Celebrates: Clockpunk Books Now Just a Buck

Methinks Lita Lost Her Mind
Methinks Lita Lost Her Mind

Lita Burke has reduced the price of all her Clockpunk Wizard stories to just a measly buck each. Methinks she lost her mind. Get the books now before Lita regains her senses.

What is the Fuss About?

Lita is giddy.

She is pleased to announce that the first draft of the next Clockpunk Wizard story, called Glitter Ponies, is complete. It’s done. “Done” is a delicious word. To celebrate, Lita opened a bottle of champagne and shared the bubbly joy with Mister Lita. But that was not enough. Gentle Reader, you have been so patient, so why not join the celebration? Lita has reduced Ephraim’s Curious Device and Old Bony Blue Eyes to 99¢ to tantalize your reading enjoyment.

It is now easier than ever to visit the plate-shaped ocean world filled with wizardry, fantasy creatures, and Leonardo Da Vinci technology. But these book prices are for only for a short time. Catch the wizard’s airship today and get all three Clockpunk Wizard tales at this absurd discount while the bubbly distracts Lita.

Forever Boy (Clockpunk Wizard #1) always 99¢

A dog flees his cruel master, befriends a wizard, and discovers his shapeshifting magic.

Amazon US, UK, CA, AU

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Ephraim’s Curious Device (Clockpunk Wizard #2) now only 99¢

A wizard seeks a legendary magical device to free his kidnapped familiar.

Amazon US, UK, CA, AU

Smashwords and Kobo

Barnes & Noble

 

 

Old Bony Blue Eyes (Clockpunk Wizard #3) now only 99¢

A wizard goes on a journey to Death’s castle to win a spell book for a dragon.

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Barnes & Noble

 

Review: The Execution

The Execution by Sharon Cramer is a historical thriller about twin brothers separated soon after birth who reunite over twenty years later on the eve of one brother’s execution.

Raven and D'ata Were Orphans and Went to Different Homes
Raven and D’ata Were Orphans and Went to Different Homes

D’ata and Raven have lived very different lives. Both began as orphans. D’ata was left in a basket on the church steps, while a kindly man rescued Raven from his mother as she died from the plague. A rich family adopts the charming D’ata and he lives a life of privilege, while the moody Raven makes a family with his fellow orphanage children.

D’ata is destined for the priesthood and has the audacity to fall in love with a woman—his soul mate. A mercenary trainer takes the expert teenage huntsman Raven into his fold, and molds the boy into an assassin beyond compare. Life’s atrocity breaks one brother and scars the other beyond repair.

When D’ata visits Raven in prison to give last rites and hear the condemned man’s confession, the men realize they are twin brothers. During the long night before the execution, they share their life stories with the blood family they never knew they had. But the hangman will not be denied come morning, and Raven’s execution is nothing like what the brothers ever expected.

The Hangman Will Not be Denied Come Morning
The Hangman Will Not be Denied Come Morning

The Execution is an absorbing tale about love, profound despair, and hope. Each brother’s story was poignant and well told, making Lita smile in some places and wincing at atrocities in others. The descriptions had Lita wrinkling her nose at the reek and feeling the warm sunshine on her face. The story transported Lita into that rat-infested hole of a cell with the brothers; she sat on the chill stone floor with them and leaned close to catch every word.

Gentle Readers that enjoy absorbing storytelling about hopeful and heartbreaking young men who overcome awful odds would enjoy The Execution. Just be sure to bring a cloak to ward off the cold in Raven’s cell.

The Execution on Amazon US

The Execution on Amazon UK

The Execution on Goodreads

Sharon Cramer on Goodreads

Sharon Cramer website

Magic in Threes: Most Viewed Blog Pictures in 2014

Where did Gentle Reader find the enchantments in Lita Burke’s fantasy worlds during 2014? Three is a magical number. Let’s take a look at the three most popular blog pictures for this year.

Previously:

A Female Enchanter
A Female Enchanter

The first of the three most popular pictures with the Gentle Readers is a female enchanter from the Enchanters of Sye world of Wrath and Tredan’s Bane.

She holds a charm in her hand, and it glows with an Enchanter’s magical essence.

An "Ornithopter" Personal Flying Machine by Da Vinci
An “Ornithopter” Personal Flying Machine by Da Vinci

The second of the most popular Lita Burke blog pictures is an Ornithopter flying machine from the world of Clockpunk Wizard.

Wizard Kadmeion and his assistant Sir Bright use these Leonardo Da Vinci style flying machines in Old Bony Blue Eyes.

A Harpy in Ephraim's Curious Device
A Harpy in Ephraim’s Curious Device

The third of the three most popular pictures with the Gentle Readers of Lita’s blog is one of the lovely harpies from Ephraim’s Curious Device in the Clockpunk Wizard world.

This favorite harpy picture shows light ghostly wings, a curvy figure in fetching hot weather flying clothes, and a beautiful face.

Review: Irrefutable Proof

Irrefutable Proof by Abby L. Vandiver is a science fiction story about Justin, a writer who publishes a novel about the translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and awakens a millennia-long conspiracy about the origins of humanity.

Justin’s Deceased Mentor Hides a Box of Secrets
Justin’s Deceased Mentor Hides a Box of Secrets

Justin plans to publish another book about the strange claims in ancient papers. Her husband and friends go with her to Israel to find a box hidden there by Justin’s deceased mentor. The box’s puzzling contents take her on a dangerous mission to meet indigenous ethnic groups that are untouched by modern culture. These ethnic groups have clues about ages-old mysteries.

Her sleuthing leads Justin to the Voynich Manuscript. This antiquity is a mash-up of ancient languages, apparent gibberish, and puzzling drawings. It holds the key to the origins of humanity. She must translate the Voynich Manuscript, an impossible task where everyone before her has failed. Her very life depends on it.

A Fold-Out Page of the Voynich Manuscript
A Fold-Out Page of the Voynich Manuscript (Photo credit: Public domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Irrefutable Proof is a dandy science fiction mystery that swirls around ancient astronauts and deciphering clues in old scrolls. Abby L. Vandiver has a deft hand in mixing believable characters with dangerous situations.

Some truly evil people who will stop at nothing to keep ancient secrets safe come into Justin’s life, and they hide very well until they strike. At times, even Justin’s friends act suspiciously. Irrefutable Proof kept Lita guessing to the very last page.

Gentle Readers who love Science Fiction yarns and conspiracy thrillers about shadowy secret organizations would enjoy Justin’s world in Irrefutable Proof. Be ready to smell the musty papers and second-guess everything you read in these ancient puzzles.

Irrefutable Proof on Amazon US

Irrefutable Proof on Amazon UK

Irrefutable Proof on Goodreads

Abby L. Vandiver on Goodreads

Magic in Threes: Most Visited New Blog Posts in 2014

Where did Gentle Reader find the enchantments in Lita Burke’s fantasy worlds during 2014? Three is a magical number. Let’s take a look at the three most popular blog posts with new content that came out in 2014.

Last Time: Most Visited Classic Blog Posts in 2014

Shy Jack Frost, Winter's Fantasy Boy
Shy Jack Frost, Winter’s Fantasy Boy

The most visited post released in 2014 is about one of the characters in Lita’s upcoming story, Glitter Ponies.

Burr, it’s wintertime outside of Lita’s castle here in the northern realms. Someone painted icy filigree on the windows. Let’s bundle up, go outside, and meet the artist. Say hello to handsome Jack Frost, winter’s fantasy boy. This magician embodies lacy window paintings, trees draped with sparkling snow, and crystalline sculptures made of ice. Read more in “Fantasy Boy of Winter: Jack Frost

Tongue-In-Cheek Wedding at the End of the World
Tongue-In-Cheek Wedding at the End of the World

The second most visited post released in 2014 is one of Lita’s book reviews.

The Dark Days: End of the World – Episode 1 by Ginger Gelsheimer and Taylor Anderson is a YA thriller about teen Claudia Sheeplord and the end of the world via asteroid. Claudia has been skeptical about the blather over the past month about the killer asteroid that will slam into the Earth and raise the tides ten feet higher. Or two miles higher. Whatever. Read more in “Review: The Dark Days

Forest Fairies
Forest Fairies

The third most visited post released in 2014 goes back to the Clockpunk Wizard world and talks about its most delightful denizens, the fey-folk fairies.

Meet Tinker Bell’s naughtier cousins—the fairies flitting about in the woodlands near Lita’s castle. These worldly fairies go with Kadmeion on his wizard-for-hire adventures. These wee magicians fly in, lavish their wizard with effervescent pixie dust, and give him spicy relationship advice. Read more in “Care of a Fey-Folk Fairy (Part 1)

Next Time: Most Viewed Blog Pictures in 2014

Review: Black Diamond

Black Diamond by Jennifer Loiske and Eveliina Tommola is a YA fantasy about Shannon McLean, a 12-year-old girl who moves in with her magician father and is immersed in a demon-infested battle.

Her Father Lives in a Musty Manor House
Her Father Lives in a Musty Manor House

Three weeks after her mother passes away, a heartbroken Shannon leaves Boston and moves to London to live with a father she doesn’t remember. Connor McLean lives in a musty manor house and is aloof, mysterious, and a bit terrifying to his cheeky daughter.

The servants are either cringing like scared rabbits or lost in a thrall-like state. The strangest thing of all is that everyone has curious tattoos on their wrists, and the inked images move. Contrasting these hideous things is discovering she has a twin brother named Ian. Separated soon after they were born, Ian lived his whole life in this huge house with a father who has slowly descended into evil. Ian also has an unbelievable revelation for his sister. The twins are powerful witches, and they must combine their power and save their father from the demon that is slowly devouring Connor. The worst of all is that the demon infection is Shannon’s fault.

Servants Are Cringing Like Scared Rabbits
Servants Are Cringing Like Scared Rabbits

Black Diamond is a satisfying story about a couple of likable kids caught up in their parent’s dark magical past. Jennifer Loiske uses a deft hand in weaving a plot laced with unexpected twists and a shivery mood.

Gentle Readers who enjoy a story centered on a determined young lady with a sturdy sense of right and wrong, but is smart enough to listen to the wiser counsel of her brother, would like Black Diamond. This dark adventure is no diamond in the rough, but rather is a polished sparkling gem of a gothic fantasy.

Black Diamond on Amazon US

Black Diamond on Amazon UK

Black Diamond on Goodreads

Jennifer Loiske on Goodreads

Jennifer Loiske website

Magic in Threes: Most Visited Classic Blog Posts in 2014

Where did Gentle Reader find the enchantments in Lita Burke’s fantasy worlds during 2014? Three is a magical number. Let’s take a look at the three most popular blog posts that came out before 2014.

There is Always Someone Opposing Your Fantasy People
There is Always Someone Opposing Your Fantasy People

The most visited classic blog post in 2014 talked about the magic behind the curtain in Lita’s worlds.

World-building techniques have always fascinated Lita. High Fantasy and Epic Fantasy books were her delight as a young reader. She poured over the maps on the book’s end papers, studied every entry in the glossary in the back, even marveled over the lengthy character name lists in the front. Read more at “6 Critical Elements for Fantasy World Building (Part 1)

A Beautiful Harpy in the Clockpunk Wizard World
A Beautiful Harpy in the Clockpunk Wizard World

The second most visited classic blog post in 2014 was about a favorite resident of Lita’s Clockpunk Wizard world.

Madam Harpy, our Winged Sister of the Sky. Who did a disservice to this magical creature, turning her from a beautiful woman with feathery wings, into a fearsome hag? Read more at “Harpies Are Misunderstood

Readers Love to Eavesdrop
Readers Love to Eavesdrop

The third most visited classic blog post in 2014 went back behind the curtain and talked about making fantasy characters real.

This post explored how to build rich fantasy worlds to immerse readers. Part 1 looked at two “big picture” elements in building a fantasy world: maps and politics. This second post took a “medium-sized” view and showed why meat and grog are wimpy.

Lita also explained in this post how to speak in tongues. Read more at “6 Critical Elements for Fantasy World Building (Part 2)

Next Time: Most Visited New Blog Posts in 2014

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