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Enchanters Today

Necronomicon Enchanter: Sye’s Magic Today

Within the pages of the Necronomicon Enchanter book in Lita’s library, the curious may learn the Enchanters’ magical matters. Beware, for the knowledge might drive the reader mad with bitter desire and luscious regret.


The sensual Enchanters and moralistic Church magicians share an uneasy interdependence in Sye today. The Enchanters’ ability to create essence has grown until they are the most powerful magicians in Sye.

Enchanters Are the Most Powerful Magicians in Sye
Enchanters Are the Most Powerful Magicians in Sye

Church magicians’ craft has also grown. The Sciomancers’ magical care of ghosts and afterlife matters are a strong counterpart to the Enchanters’ earthy pursuits.

Tensions have escalated since the current head Church magician, His Divine, took office. Early in his tenure, His Divine enacted the élite Enforcers.

By weaving spells to find the Uslar rings that only Enchanters wore, Church Enforcer Magicians used harsh measures to steal Enchanter essence. Enforcer persecution included harassment, kidnapping, and torture. Early Enforcers penetrated the Healer’s School and sabotaged one of the foundation spells. The ten Enchanter Grandmasters were able to correct the damage. To prevent other opportunistic Enforcers from entering the schools disguised as students, the Enchanters stopped teaching secular magic craft such as charm making, and spells that produce fire, water, wind, or soil.

An Enchanter With an Uslar Ring and Wearing a Personal Protection Charm
An Enchanter With an Uslar Ring and Wearing a Personal Protection Charm

After banishing the Magic Guild and Church magicians from the five schools, the Enchanters created myriad personal protection charms to thwart Enforcer magic when the Enchanters were outside the school walls. In a drastic measure to protect the fragile Enchanter spells, the Grandmasters forbade all but Enchanter Consents from entering the schools.

The Magic Guild is the go-between for the Enchanters and the Church. Only a quarter of the guild magicians have Enchanter Consent. The rest see to the magical dealings of the Merchant Guild and other non-Enchanter magical interests. Some non-magical guild members have Enchanter Consent, and these people must wear an insignia on their guild uniform that identifies their relationship with the Enchanters.

Next Time: Alternate Essence

Find out more about the Enchanters, Sciomancers, and their ongoing struggles in the books in the Enchanters of Sye world:

An Aquatic Magic Eater

Bestiarum Vocabulum: Carnivorous Eel

The Bestiarum Vocabulum is the wizard’s encyclopedia of faerie beasties and mundane crossovers living in the lake and forest near Lita’s castle.

Carnivorous Eel
Carnivorous Eel

carnivorous eel [kahr ‘niv er uh s ēl] noun, c. 1650; < L  carnivorus, c. 1000; ME ele, OE ēl, ǣl; also ribbon fish.

  1. Denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
  2. An aquatic magic eater about the length and girth of an adult human’s arm. Carnivorous eels inhabit freshwater ponds and lakes containing strong enchantment sources, such as the “heart magic” of a swamp. These opportunistic feeders will attack magic workers that enter their waters, tearing away leg flesh so their victims cannot flee.
  3. Personages: Murphy Swamp Eel Pool in Ephraim’s Curious Device.
Meteor Impact

Review: The Dark Days

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.

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

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. She is flying to Denver for her brother’s tongue-in-cheek wedding at the end of the world. At least she meets a new friend sitting across the airplane isle, Ben Willoby.

Then the asteroid hits the Earth in a double-whammy strike that all but swats the jet out of the sky. A sickening nosedive, followed by the pilot’s frantic acrobatics in inky-black skies, is the start of Claudia’s adventures. Getting out of Denver’s demolished airport is trivial compared to the world’s oceans paying the Mile High City a deadly visit.

Events Preceding the Dystopian World in the Hunger Games
Events Preceding the Dystopian World in the Hunger Games

This sweet panic-filled short story tells the events that preceded the dystopian world in the Hunger Games.

It starts so normally from a teen girl’s sensibilities in the first few pages, and turns into a desperate scramble of survival with Ben and other survivors at the end. Hunger Games fans would love this well written taster story. The action should also satisfy the Gentle Readers who like white-knuckled thrillers. Before jumping in, be sure you put on winter boots and have your rubber ducky ready.

The Dark Days: End of the World – Episode 1 on Amazon US

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Handsome Young Man Awaits a Magical Elevator Pitch

Ephraim’s Elevator Pitch

All sorts of odd things happen at Lita’s castle. Even a trip on a mundane lift turns magical when a sorceress goes along for the ride.

The Box Beyond This Door Whisks You From the Ground to the Clouds in a Magical Minute
The Box Beyond This Door Whisks You From the Ground to the Clouds in a Magical Minute

The fun of fantasy worlds is that anyone can turn the mundane into the fantastic. Consider the magic of elevators. You enter the box on the ground floor of a lofty office building, and faster than an eagle can fly, it transports Gentle Reader to the building’s peak among the clouds. See? Magical.

Let Lita spin an enchantment the next time Gentle Reader rides in one of those lovely magical boxes. Now suppose this happens instead. Press the Up button to call enchantment. The doors rumble open. You, Madam Lita, and two others step inside the compartment. The elevator doors close, and then sigh as if whispering magical words. One of your companions, a jeans-clad guy all curious and handsome, sits down in front of the doors. “Madam Lita, tell me your tale,” he says. “But you have only a minute to beguile me.”

Press the Up Button to Summon Enchantment
Press the Up Button to Summon Enchantment

Well. Lita would smile, rub her hands, and weave this spell called Elevator Pitch.

“Let me tell you Ephraim’s sad and lovely tale,” Lita says. “It is about a wizard who seeks a magical thingummy to free his kidnapped familiar.”

Your other elevator companion, a suit-clad businessman whose face looks like he eats unsweetened lemons, shakes his head. He sets down his stuffed and tired leather briefcase, and then crosses his arms. “Tell me more, Madam Lita. Good luck enchanting this doubting fool.”

“The young Wizard Kadmeion struggles with getting his magician-for-hire business off the ground.” Lita goes on about the wizard’s adventures in the skies filled with islands floating above the sea. [Find more of Lita's spell here]

Beyond the Lift's Doors Stretches a Grassy Airship Field
Beyond the Lift’s Doors Stretches a Grassy Airship Field

The satisfied young man blocking the exit stands. He steps aside and the elevator doors bang open. The lemon-faced man jumps.

Lita and the jeans-wearing man grin. Beyond the lift’s doors stretches a grassy airship field from the plate-shaped ocean world of Ephraim’s Curious Device. Take a deep breath and smell the grass and engine oil. Hear the screeching birds and the thumping of the propellers. Shiver a bit, because it is chilly beyond the doors.

“That’s impossible,” says lemon-faced man.

The handsome guy makes a grand gesture. His hand leaves a ribbon of glittery magic in the air. “See the fantasy world for yourself, doubting sir, and be a fool no more.”

The Enchantment So Beguiled Him, the Visitor Forgot His Briefcase
The Enchantment So Beguiled Him, the Visitor Forgot His Briefcase

Lemon-faced man nods, adjusts his tie, and steps across the threshold. The elevator doors close. Oops. The enchantment so beguiled him, the visitor forgot his briefcase stuffed with mundane world cares. Not to worry. He can fetch his Case of Cares during the return trip.

“Ah, Madam Lita. Tell me another Elevator Pitch?” jeans-clad man asks. He punches the Down button, again settles to the floor, and awaits the next story.

Lita again rubs her hands. “Let’s find more beguiling tales at Lisa’s Elevator Pitches.”

Ephraim’s Curious Device on Amazon US

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A Magical Curio Shop

News Release: Wrath Takes Honorable Mention

More chit-chat around the web about Lita’s goings-on.

In Wrath, Learn the Surprising Cause of the Fire That Steals Everything From Tredan and Lanith
In Wrath, Learn the Surprising Cause of the Fire That Steals Everything From Tredan and Lanith

Check out Wrath, Prequel to Tredan’s Bane by Lita Burke Takes Honorable Mention in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest at 1888 Press Release. Here is what they had to say:

“In a world packed with irresistible magic, regrettable choices, and an unconquerable foe, Wrath draws you into what one reviewer describes as one of the finest magical combat scenes he has read in some forty years of reading fantasy.”

Author Lita Burke announced today that her fantasy tale, Wrath, Prequel to Tredan’s Bane, was awarded Honorable Mention in the Fiction-Short Story category of the 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest. The Wrath e-book is now available for free on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

Wrath is a fantasy short story about retired Enchanter Tredan’s desperate fight…more at 1888 Press Release…

See Wrath as the 2014 Honorable Mention winner at Readers’ Favorite.

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Mage Sir Bright's Magic

Dramatis Personæ: Bright

The Dramatis Personæ is the roster of conjurers and sentient magical creatures staying in the many rooms, grottos, and byways of Lita’s castle. Here is an entry in the guest book for the Clockpunk Wizard Wing.

Sir Bright
Sir Bright

Bright [brīt] proper noun, c.1000; ME >OE beorht, breht > Gothic  bairht, Old Saxon beraht, Old Norse  bjartr; < berkto- Welsh  berth “splendid”; L flagrāre “to blaze”; Albanian bardhë “white”;  Sanskrit  bhrājate “shines”; also Brighton

  • Profession: Assistant for Wizard Kadmeion
  • Race: Narfleet (a half-blood with a human mother and elf father), male
  • Appearance: blue eyes, blond hair, medium build
  • Full Name: Wolverhampton Brighton M’Choakenchilde
  • Formal Title: Twice-Seventh Son Mage
  • Honorifics: Honorable Mage, Sir Bright
  • Education: Master Magician in the Clockwork Arts, summa cum laude, Agatha University of Magical Arts and Sciences
  • Milieu: Bright is a denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
Nesting Land Porpoises Jumping to Their Rookery on the Floating Island of Dolphin Barns
Nesting Land Porpoises Jumping to Their Rookery on the Floating Island of Dolphin Barns

Bright is the seventh son of Elf Mage Higginbotham Norfiwyn M’Choakenchilde (also a seventh son), and Sorceress Wode Rilmandra. Bright’s father and grandfather are Princes of the Elf Court. Bright grew up on the floating island of Dolphin Barns, named after its extensive rookeries of nesting land porpoises. Because of his human mother and twice-seventh son lineage, his parents hoped that Norfiwyn’s seventh son would be a rare elf wizard (wizardry is a human magic). When Rilmandra became pregnant with Bright, Norfiwyn hired Wizard Pursuance to be his son’s magical caretaker.

Never Once Did Young Bright Ever Fall Out of a Tree
Never Once Did Young Bright Fall Out of a Tree

Pursuance was unable to control his greed. He enchanted the helpless babe in his crib and siphoned the lad’s magic for his own use. This parasite damaged Bright’s wizardry  and most of his native elf magic beyond repair. This hampered magical ability made growing up a trial. He was the frequent target of his older brothers’ teasing. The school bullies were especially harsh.

To escape the taunts and constant magical humiliation, young Bright fled to the forests and excelled at tree climbing. Never once did the boy fall out of a tree. Rilmandra, hopeful that somehow her son would become a mage, attributed his aerial safety to the remnants of his wizardry.

Professor Morton Introduced Bright to Wizard Kadmeion at the Agatha University of Magical Arts and Sciences
Professor Morton Introduced Bright to Wizard Kadmeion at the Agatha University of Magical Arts and Sciences

When Bright moved to Agatha to attend the university, he apprenticed as a rig monkey in the zeppelin yard. He planned to sign up for the Airship Guild after graduation.

Professor Morton introduced Bright to the soon-to-graduate Kadmeion. The wizardling took on the damaged narfleet as an assistant despite the naysayers. Because Kadmeion had known the now deceased Wizard Pursuance, Kadmeion could correct most of Bright’s magical damage. However, for the narfleet to work all but the simplest spells, he must share a profound magical binding with an accommodating wizard.

The Honorable Mage Brighton Has a Master Magician Degree in the Clockwork Arts
The Honorable Mage Brighton Has a Master Magician Degree in the Clockwork Arts

Bright’s love of trees blossomed into Arboriculture, which was his undergraduate minor at Agatha. His passion was cultivating oak trees.

He converted the bay window of his dormitory room into a quercetum, filled it with saplings, and lavished his scant enchantments on them. His roommates swore that when Bright talked to his pet trees, they answered the narfleet in sighing whispers.

See “Twice-Seventh Son Elf Magic.” Find out more about Bright’s many adventures as Wizard Kadmeion’s assistant in the Clockpunk Wizard stories:

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Forever Boy – “Perfect for YA” Says Examiner.com

“Forever Boy is a wonderful escape story for older kids,” says an Examiner.com reviewer. “As well as adults who love a good magical fantasy that is unlike anything they’ve ever read before.”

Discover the Go Fer Dog's Magic in Forever Boy
Discover the Go Fer Dog’s Magic in Forever Boy

Launched in 2008, Examiner.com is a dynamic entertainment, news and lifestyle network that serves more than 20 million monthly readers across the U.S. and around the world.

Their Parent & Education Examiner,  Rhonda Cratty, recently read Lita Burke’s Forever Boy. Here is how her review begins:

Ready to read something original? Forever Boy (Clockpunk Wizard Book 1) by Lita Burke is unlike anything you have read before. Perfect for the YA reader. If Clockpunk genre is new to you, its fantasy/science fiction set in an age of clockwork machines, hansom cabs and airships. Lita has created a whole new unique world, with new rules and spiritual values.

Find out why the reviewer thinks Forever Boy is a perfect read for older kids. Read the entire review at Forever Boy perfect for the YA reader on Examiner.com. Visit Rhonda Cratty on Examiner.com or go to the Examiner.com homepage.

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