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5 Most Popular Pictures in 2015 – Part I

This is the first of two blog posts that look back at the five most popular pictures on Lita’s blog in 2015. Fifth place was a four-way tie. Here are the pictures and delicious teasers from their blog posts.

Jack Frost, Your Nipping Kisses Leave Flushed Cheeks

Jack Frost, Your Nipping Kisses Leave Flushed Cheeks

Fantasy Boy of Winter: Jack Frost

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. He tosses about sheets of sleet as if they were billowing linens on a clothesline.

Jack is an affectionate one. He nips noses and toes with tingling kisses, and leaves behind his enthralling magic.

Snow sports enthusiasts adore this mischievous ne’er-do-well’s wintry efforts. Mister Frost delights in all chilly artwork, whether he fills mountain valleys with champagne powder for skiers or freezes a lowland lake until it is a perfect dance floor for an ice skater’s blades.

Jack Frost on His Way to Another Window Painting

Jack Frost on His Way to Another Window Painting

He is an artist and sculptor, too. His icy paintings on windowpanes have many admirers.

Jack also molds frigid streams into whimsy ice figurines. He does his work when your back is turned or during the long and dark winter nights.

Just don’t try stealing a kiss back from handsome Jack by putting your lips on a frozen well handle. Ouch. Lita warned you.

Hear that cad giggle at your foolishness in trying to catch him unawares? More…

See the Strands of Pixie Dust Swirl Around Her?

See the Strands of Pixie Dust Swirl Around Her?

Care of a Fey-Folk Fairy (Part 1)

Meet Tinker Bell’s naughtier cousins—the fairies flitting about in the woodlands near Lita’s castle.

Today, Lita talks about the worldly fairies that 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. Despite the frivolity, these pretty spell casters harbor a deep magical sorrow.

This post is the first of two with tips for Gentle Reader on how to care for a fey-folk fairy. Today we focus on practical matters. Next time, we will talk about a fairy’s magical concerns.

Let’s Straighten This Out

First of all, why are they called fey-folk, instead of fay, faie, fee, or fae? The wizard’s Bestiarum Vocabulum describes fairy magic as flighty, fanciful, fragile, fantastical, fickle, and foolish. To reduce the tongue twisting, Lita calls them fey. More…

Sea Nymph and Water Birds Fairytale

Sea Nymph and Water Birds Fairytale

3 Naughty Ladies of Fantasy Fiction

A warning today for the gentlemen. In some Fantasy Worlds, you will find lascivious females. Guard your virtue!

While Lita was researching her next book, Old Bony Blue Eyes, she found several kinds of mer females in fantasy and folklore stories. An alarming pattern emerged. The mermaid tales combined two dangerous mysteries for menfolk–women and the ocean.

Could this all be mistaken identity? Lonely sailors long at sea might mistake sightings of manatees and dugongs for our aqua princesses. Perhaps the manatee’s seductive smile is an irresistible lure, and sailors will shipwreck in their haste to meet this lovely gal.

But wait. These gentle, large water mammals look nothing like a shapely human woman. Must be water mirages.  Let’s stick with fantasy artistry for our sea girls and not spoil the mood. More…

Next Time: 5 Most Popular Pictures in 2015 – Part II

Most Popular Blog Post in 2015

Of all the new posts on Lita’s blog last year, here was the most popular for 2015. Kadmeion talked about his vacation visiting the unicorns on Wuddlekins Island, and Lita explained the Internet and eBooks to a 16th century wizard. Here is how the wizard’s interview started…

“On Wizard Kadmeion’s airship, the forward sitting room has the best views and conversation. Lita invites Gentle Reader to join the chitchat with the characters in her upcoming story, Glitter Ponies.

 
Wizard Kadmeion

Wizard Kadmeion

The twenty-something-year-old wizard takes a seat on a nearby Chesterfield, and studies us with his handsome dark brown eyes. His unstarched casual white shirt has a discreet gold-embroidered Magic Guild insignia near the left collar.

He wears a souvenir from his Glitter Ponies trip on the right side of his head. Kadmeion has braided an intricate gentleman’s hair clasp into some tendrils of his long brown hair. The wizard’s boy-fey, Izlyesende, clings to the clasp. When the fairy fans his beautiful green-mottled wings, they brush Kadmeion’s cheek. More…

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A Wizard's Airship

Glitter Ponies: All Aboard the Airship for Chapter 1

Here is a delicious fantasy tidbit to enjoy while waiting in the shopping lines.

So busy here at Lita’s castle in the Northern Realms with the hubbub of the holidays. Family, food, and fantasy worlds–nothing better.

That Fantasy Boy of Winter, Jack Frost, kisses cheeks and noses every time we go outside to play. Wizard Kadmeion hobnobs with his old school chum Jack Frost in Glitter Ponies. Curious? Never hurts to take a moment to peek at the wizardly goings-on.

Glitter Ponies by Lita Burke

Copyright 2015 by Lita Burke. All rights reserved.

Chapter One
Peach Pits, Wuddlekins Island

A flaming peach pit whistled past Wizard Kadmeion’s ear. The projectile bounced on the gangplank, rolled to his feet, and disappeared in a pop of fruit-flavored smoke. He spun toward the source. The aerodrome dock was empty.

“I see them.” Bright had paused at the top of the gangplank. His assistant’s voice was soft. “Brownies.”

Kadmeion stepped down onto the dock, and whisper-sang a vision acuity spell. The wizard squinted, and tried to get a glimpse of his attackers. Bright came down the gangplank, and stopped at Kadmeion’s right side.

“I can’t see them, Bright.”

“Then it is true.” More…

The Wuddlekins Island Unicorns

Release Day for Glitter Ponies

Lita Burke is pleased to announce today’s eBook release of her latest fantasy novel, Glitter Ponies.

The Wizard’s Airship Leaves Port Today for the Land of Clockpunk Wizard

The Wizard’s Airship Leaves Port Today for the Land of Clockpunk Wizard

The wizard’s airship leaves port today for another journey into the land of Clockpunk Wizard. Watch your step on the gangplank. Refreshments are in the forward parlor.

Travel with Wizard Kadmeion to floating Wuddlekins Island. Meet unicorns, their crossbreed offspring called glitter ponies, brownies, and the mysterious boggarts.

Find out what vacations are really like for wizards, fairies, and half-elf mages. Learn why wild brownies detest wizards so. See how matters get especially interesting when Lady Luck’s young daughter plays with the odds.

The Glitter Ponies eBook is available now for immediate gratification on your Kindle, computer, or smart phone. Today is a splendid day to take a ride on a wizard’s airship. All aboard!

Glitter Ponies eBook on Amazon US, UK, CA, IN, and AU

Glitter Ponies on Goodreads

Glitter Ponies back cover blurb

Glitter Ponies book page

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Two Days Before the Wizard’s Airship Departs

Meet Kadmeion's New Wizard Friend in Glitter Ponies

Meet Kadmeion’s New Wizard Friend in Glitter Ponies

More about the goings-on at Lita’s castle in preparation for the Glitter Ponies eBook launch this weekend.

The eBook for Glitter Ponies is ready to go for this coming Saturday, September 26th. But Lita has no time to rest. This next story in the Clockpunk Wizard world will also have a paperback version, and it will be available in a few weeks.

Paperback Writer

Everything is different between the eBook and the paperback, except for the story, of course. The interior uses an alternative font and layout. The front cover looks the same, but it must be a print version of the artwork instead of its web version. To describe it using a wizard’s ~twisty~ logic, the difference is like when Sir Bright uses his elf-kind Glamour spell–he is handsome even without magic.

Tessa-marine is One of Wizard Kadmeion's Fairies in Glitter Ponies

Tessa-marine is One of Wizard Kadmeion’s Fairies in Glitter Ponies

The back cover and spine must be done just so, or the print book aficionados will be so disappointed. Fussy stuff to get it perfect, but Lita insists on providing only the best for Gentle Reader.

Instant Gratification for Your Kindle

No need to stand in line at the aerodrome ticket window on Saturday to get your seat on the wizard’s airship to the land of Clockpunk Wizard. Preorder Glitter Ponies now and have magical electronic birds whisk the story to your Kindle first thing Saturday morning. That is how Lita thinks it works, anyway.

Be the first to meet a new wizard friend of Kadmeion’s. His three fey-folk fairies also lend a hand in straightening out the matter with the wild brownies that attack visiting wizards to Wuddlekins Island.

Glitter Ponies on Amazon US

Glitter Ponies on Amazon UK

Glitter Ponies on Goodreads

Glitter Ponies book page

Back cover blurb

Wizard Kadmeion on Wuddlekins Island

Don’t Be Late and Miss the Airship

Relentless Time Ticks on in the Clockpunk Wizard World

Relentless Time Ticks on in the Clockpunk Wizard World

Relentless time ticks on in the Clockpunk Wizard world. Here is what Lita has been up to the past many days.

So many details to see to in getting these lovely wizard’s tales ready for Gentle Reader. Lita just completed the last touches on the Glitter Ponies eBook formatting, and sent them to Amazon.

Wizard Kadmeion’s journey to floating Wuddlekins Island is now ready for the September 26th release of Glitter Ponies. Do not be late and miss the airship to the land of Clockpunk Wizard.

Many delicious details about our two magic men come out in the story. Meet Bright’s family, and learn the magical duties of an elf-prince’s twice-seventh son.

Kadmeion Did Not Find This in a Boggart Box, But It Was Almost As Much Fun

Kadmeion Did Not Find This in a Boggart Box, But It Was Almost As Much Fun

Kadmeion surprises us with a most unusual pastime. Lady Luck’s young daughter, Miss Probability, tells us what bad luck smells like. Our wizard also discovers what really lives in a boggart box.

The unicorns, and their cousins the glitter ponies, show us the true mettle of sparkly horses. We meet a new wizard with a most curious familiar. And best of all, we get plenty more of the delightful dreadful poetry in wizards’ spells.

Do not delay. Reserve your copy of Glitter Ponies now, before the wizard’s airship pulls away from the aerodrome dock. Be the first to get to the bottom of these magical mysteries.

Preorder Glitter Ponies on Amazon US

Preorder Glitter Ponies on Amazon UK

Glitter Ponies back cover blurb

Glitter Ponies book page

 

 

Waiting For the Magical Cover for Glitter Ponies

Cover Reveal Party for Glitter Ponies: Origin of the Story

Welcome aboard the AS Patsy Nottle for the Glitter Ponies cover reveal party. Step into the forward parlor, and help yourself to the refreshments. Find a comfortable chair with a good view of the covered easel.

Previously: Cover Reveal Party for Glitter Ponies: Welcome

Buttery Mashed Potatoes Charmed to Look Like Roses

Buttery Mashed Potatoes Charmed to Look Like Roses

Refreshments

Kadmeion and Bright may be bachelors recently graduated from the university, but they both have a knack in the kitchen. Food created from pure magic is not especially nourishing unless it has a mundane basis. In the Clockpunk Wizard world, magicians sometimes use spells to enhance food that is wholesome, but simply made. For example, a mage might charm buttery mashed potatoes so they look like golden roses nestled in china bowls. Bright made some for today’s party. They go well with the hearty wildebeest steak strips.

Lady Luck’s young daughter Probability has joined us for today’s party. She loves to eat pretty things, so Kadmeion prepared her favorite vegetable and cheese dish. The wizard bespelled the carrots to look like flowers. He wove the cheese into a clever basket. Gentle Reader, please help yourself to their crunchy goodness.

Lady Luck's Daughter Loves These Bespelled Vegetables

Lady Luck’s Daughter Loves These Bespelled Vegetables

Coffee is a frequent treat for wizards and sorceresses. They prepare coffee trays using spells that keep their brews at the perfect temperature.

In Glitter Ponies, Bright mastered Kadmeion’s spell that floated a coffee service. The tray followed him here and there like a loyal puppy. If you are of a mind, enjoy a cup of the wizard’s favorite grind—drink it black, or laden your demitasse with cream and spices.

Origins of the Glitter Ponies Story

Kadmeion and Bright now set down their coffee cups, stand, and tell us the reasons for their Glitter Ponies vacation.

“We had visited Lady Luck at her home on Fluke Island,” Kadmeion says. “Our business then concerned Old Bony Blue Eyes.”

If You Are of a Mind, Join the Wizard in Coffee With Spice

If You Are of a Mind, Join the Wizard in Coffee With Spice

Bright continues. “But matters were off kilter for Lady Luck. She expects another daughter to arrive in a few months. During the hubbub, Probability came to me, and confided that she dearly wished to see unicorns.”

“It seemed an easy request to take a charming child on a vacation to see these docile and sweet creatures,” Kadmeion said. “Or so they told us at Agatha University about the nature of unicorns.”

“The unicorns did not behave as we expected.” Bright grimaces. “And something much worse than cranky unicorns happened.”

Kadmeion nods. “Much worse. Bright’s father, the Elf Prince M’Choakenchilde, surprised us with a visit.”

“He made a demand of me that turned our wizard for hire business all discombobulated.”

The Green Silk Whispers and Floats Like a Sorceress's Dress

The Green Silk Whispers and Floats Like a Sorceress’s Dress

Kadmeion pulls an intricate watch out of his pocket, and checks the time. “For a shame, no time to explain. Time now to show the book cover for Glitter Ponies. Will you give me a hand with this, Bright?”

The two magic men step to either side of the easel, take hold of the sumptuous green silk that hides the book cover, and turn to us. They grin.

“Here goes,” says the wizard. They tug away the silk. It whispers and floats like a sorceress’s dress in the wind.

Next: Book Cover for Glitter Ponies