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About the journey of becoming an Indie writer.

20,000 Curious Came to See the Show

What a mad, grand day for Lita Burke’s blog. 20,000 views. Smiles from Lita for all of you lovely and curious Gentle Readers who visited.

Lita's Bestiarum Vocabulum
Lita’s Bestiarum Vocabulum

Suppose there was a mad carnival, and 20,000 souls came to see the show. Oh, so many wonders await the bold who visit here in Lita’s fantasy worlds.

Have fancy to visit the zoo? Over here is Lita’s  Bestiarum Vocabulum. Inside is where the magical creatures wander about, and the people are in cages. Visit the fairies in the forest, boggarts in their boxes, and mermaids in the Seduction Pool.

Enchanters of Sye Tower
Enchanters of Sye Tower

Climb the steps in the Enchanters of Sye tower. At the top are Sciomancer ghosts, affectionate dragonettes, and lovely women.

Meet a retired Enchanter who runs a well-respected magical curios shop. Perhaps you want a trinket that summons a chatty ghost. Here is another charm that bewitches the tongue, and makes you profess your undying love of donkeys.

Such fun, but we must be on our way. Don’t leave the tower without your luscious Enchanter’s essence kiss.

Islands Float Above the Ocean in the Clockpunk Wizard
Islands Float Above the Ocean in the Clockpunk Wizard World

This path leads to the floating islands of the Clockpunk Wizard wing. Around the back are its aerodrome docks, where a friendly weredog waits for you on the gangplank of a wizard’s airship.

The best seats are on the forward deck. Waiting for us is a minor demon in a mechanical man body. He offers us a tray of treats. Taste as many you dare:

Hear a Woodland Nymph Play a Fiddle
Hear a Woodland Nymph Play a Fiddle

Lita says thank you to all Gentle Readers who visited this mad and grand blog that is the gateway into her fantasy worlds.

There are many new tales are on the way for the main stage. Workers are building more sideshows, and expanding the choice in the tasty book booths.

Stop by anytime to perhaps hear a woodland nymph play a fiddle, and indulge in the fun.

Also see “10,000 Curious Came to See the Show

Find Fantasy Here at the Bazaar

A Dark Busker Twirls Her Skirt
A Dark Busker Twirls Her Skirt

Lita takes Gentle Reader to the bazaar today. Come, let us find the booths with the fantasy books.

The bazaar is a mysterious place, stuffed with wonders for the senses. Over there, a dark busker twirls her skirt until it turns into black butterflies that smell like sage. Listen to the muddled music. Some songs are lilting whistles, and they flit about like wrens. Other earthy tunes thrum with drums–feel them throb in your gut? Food vendors perfume the air with aromas of cinnamon bread, creamy vanilla candies, and grilled meat spiced with peppers. Let us sample some of the rich fare.

Authors' Cave Favorite Fantasy Books
Authors’ Cave Favorite Fantasy Books

Hear the bazaar’s vendors call to us using sing-song voices? Book fanciers say that the magical tomes are in the back, over there. Shall we step into this shaded booth? Mind the low awning. Here, Lita will hold it aside while you duck your head and go in. Look. Fantasy books–Lita’s favorite–are stacked everywhere. The Authors’ Cave proprietor says:

“Just finished the latest book from your favorite author? We know how it feels! We’re readers, too! And the sad part is, it might be a year, or even two, before the next release…you wander aimlessly, trying to figure out what to read next.”

Authors’ Cave shares some fantastic books that have become all-time favorites to its members. Read more from Authors’ Cave…

It won’t hurt a thing to take a peek. Lift the covers of these enchanting fantasy books at the Authors’ Cave booth, breathe deep their magical glue-and-paper aroma, and glimpse the wonders inside:

Division of the Marked by March McCarron
At Amazon US/UK and on Goodreads

 

The Forest Bull by Terry Maggert
At Amazon US/UK and on Goodreads

 

Hero for Hire by C. B. Pratt
At Amazon US/UK and on Goodreads

 

Forever Boy by Lita Burke
At Amazon US/UK and on Goodreads

 

Scepter by Scott Collins
At Amazon US/UK and on Goodreads

 

A Demon’s Quest by Charles Carfagno Jr.
At Amazon US/UK and on Goodreads

 

Children of Fire by Mary Fonvielle
At Amazon US/UK and on Goodreads

 

Trials of Hallion, Two of Swords by Maria Greene
At Amazon US/UK and on Goodreads

 

Souls of the Never by Colin Rutherford
At Amazon US/UK and on Goodreads

 

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.

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

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

Hobnobbing With the Wonderful Wizards of Words

Lita recently left her castle in the snowy northern realms for a visit to the 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest ceremony in the sultry swelter of Miami, Florida.

RF Miami 2014. Lita, Lorrie, Jalpa.
2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Contest, Miami. Left to Right: Lita Burke, Lorrie Farrelly, Jalpa Williby.

Lita met fellow writers of many genres, exchanged spell papers (okay, business cards), and drank magical potions (cocktails).

The night air crackled with breathless talk and the lightening-strike pops of flashbulbs. Women wearing sparkling gowns made of starry fireflies floated past tuxedoed gents. The authors clutched their precious books stuffed with beguiling stories, and held them up for the obliging cameras.

RF Miami 2014. Photo courtesy of Jalpa Williby. Used with permission.
2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Contest, Miami. Left to Right: Lita Burke, Jalpa Williby, Linda Watkins. Photo courtesy of Jalpa Williby. Used with permission.

And then there was that breathless minute: walk to center stage, accept the award, and all but swoon from the applause for your story. Heavenly.

Allow Lita to introduce Gentle Reader to the books that the authors are holding in these pictures. Be sure to check out the award-winning stories that these wonderful wizards of words hobnobbed over at the 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest ceremony in Miami.

Terms of Surrender by Lorrie Farrelly is a historical western romance about a former captain in the confederate army, Michael Cantrell, and his search for redemption in the ranch lands of Wyoming.

Terms of Surrender is a Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Award Winner in Fiction-Western (2014).

Timelapse by Lorrie Farrelly is a supernatural thriller about Alex, a graduate student, who tragically loses his wife in an accident.

Alex is swept into a time warp where he battles the harsh emotional reality of an alternate universe.

Timelapse is a Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention Award Winner in Fiction-Paranormal (2014).

Chaysing Dreams by Jalpa Williby is a young adult romance about a teenage girl named Tess and her journey to find the meaning of her disturbing dreams.

Chaysing Dreams is a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Award Winner in Romance-Suspense (2014).

Chaysing Memories by Jalpa Williby is a young adult romance about a now grown up Tess who has moved on with her life and joined the US Military Special Forces.

Chaysing Memories is a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Award Winner in Romance-Suspense (2014).

Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense by Linda Watkins is a supernatural thriller about a family down on their luck who inherit a magic-filled malevolent house on an island off the coast of Maine.

Mateguas Island: A Novel of Terror and Suspense is a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Award Winner in Fiction-Supernatural (2014).

Wrath, Prequel to Tredan’s Bane by Lita Burke is a fantasy about a retired Enchanter who battles a powerful magician to keep a dangerous spell book from falling into the wrong hands.

Wrath, Prequel to Tredan’s Bane is a Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention Award Winner in Fiction-Short Story (2014).

10,000 Curious Came to See the Show

What a mad, grand day for Lita Burke’s blog. 10,000 views. Smiles from Lita for all of you lovely and curious Gentle Readers who visited.

Many Came to See the Show
Many Came to See the Show

Suppose there was a theater with seats for 10,000 souls who dropped in to see the show.

The main stage featured clever skits about belching dragonsriddling fey, and visiting artisans highlighting their magical yarns.

The theater has many alcoves, wee sideshows, and food hawkers in the wings who serve frightful and delightful treats.

See here is a woman who floats a foot above the floor without a fuss. Waiting nearby is a steampunk gent who tips his hat at you. In this dark props room is a lad who collects broken dolls for the Cirque du Méchant.

Curious Things Hide in the Side Rooms of Lita's Blog
Curious Things Hide in the Side Rooms of Lita’s Blog

The lobby brims with the scents of popcorn and spun sugar treats. Go ahead and have a taste.

Nestled in a lovely display case are books. Step up and sample these oh-so-tasty wonders:

Stop By and See a Sea Dragon Fight
Stop By and See a Sea Dragon Fight

Lita says thank you to all Gentle Readers who have visited her mad and grand blog that is the airship into her fantasy worlds. There are many new tales queuing up for the main stage. Workers are building more side rooms and always expanding the treats selection in the lobby. Stop by anytime to perhaps see sea dragons fighting and indulge in the fun.