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A Clown at the Evil Circus

Evil Circus: Masks and Grease Paint

Cirque du Méchant Has Come to Halloween Town

Cirque du Méchant Has Come to Halloween Town

Cirque du Méchant has come to Halloween Town, close enough that you hear the calliope’s screams in Lita’s castle. Not all fantasy worlds are bright and full of whistling elves. This Evil Circus is a dark carnival filled madness, magic, and grinning clowns.

Previously:

See the jesters and harlequins with the huge shoes and painted-on grins. Their desperate antics with bloated tricycles the size of cars reminds us of crazed morning commuters vying for a parking spot.

Enrapt Children Stare at the Clowns in the Cirque du Méchant

Enrapt Children Stare at the Clowns in the Cirque du Méchant

There is one clown that they will not allow in their play. They bonk him with huge stripped bats. The crowd roars. We laugh for a moment, pleased that for once it isn’t us. We look around the crowd. Some children stare, enrapt at the antics. Clowns. Do the grease paint smiles hide their pain and desperation? Is the grease paint a mask? Such a disturbing thought.

The big top show ends with the arching blazes of fire eaters then an animal parade around the ring. Whips snap and the air stinks with the acrid odor of the fireworks.

Learn Your Future at the Fortuneteller’s Wagon

Learn Your Future at the Fortuneteller’s Wagon

Outside, night has come. The Evil Circus glitters at night. We pass the fortune teller’s wagon. Shall we learn our future, or talk to the regretful ghosts of our past? We pause, consider, and move on to ride the carousel instead.

The time has gotten late. Time to leave the Evil Circus, methinks. No need to run for the exit just because night has come. The colored circus lights will light your steps. Don’t forget your hat. Nor your sanity.

Evil Circus is like a mushroom that grows in the dark. Mostly tasty, but odd and disturbing. Be sure to visit the next time it comes to Halloween Town.

Want more? Watch Lita’s Cirque du Méchant video. It will only take a minute now, but will haunt you forever. Step right up.

Carousel Tiger

Evil Circus: Madness is Saving You a Seat

The Marionettes Are Oh, So Lifelike

The Marionettes Are Oh, So Lifelike

Cirque du Méchant has come to Halloween Town, close enough that you hear the calliope’s screams in Lita’s castle. Not all fantasy worlds are bright and full of whistling elves. This Evil Circus is a dark carnival filled madness, magic, and grinning clowns.

Previously:

Listen. Over there is a shrieking calliope. See it puff and bluster like a boastful bird. Over here, that oh-so-handsome carny beckons us to the show in the big tent. We follow the crowd and take our seats.

Care for some pink cotton candy? Yes, please. It tastes like a sweet cloud.

In the Dark of the Tent Rafters is a Spider Woman

In the Dark of the Tent Rafters is a Spider Woman

A whisper warns us no, it is really my spun cobwebs. We search for our party spoiler. In the dark tip-top of the tent, is that a spider woman looking down at us? She is not a cartoon hero, but a huntress with many eyes.

We hand the rest of our treat to the child sitting next to us. The sticky stays on our face.  It clings, just like a cobweb.

Still, there is beautiful magic here. Weightless acrobats fly between swinging bars in the tent rafters. Gorgeous cats leap, paw the air, and roar. Watch the puppet show where the marionettes are oh, so lifelike.

Tiny-eyed elephants balance on drums and wave their snake-like trunks at the crowd. Look, there is a Fantasy Elephant floating under its own tiny circus tent. Is it real?

A Wee Elephant the Size of a Bumblebee Flies By

A Wee Elephant the Size of a Bumblebee Flies By

Perhaps. Illusion is so delicious and tricky.

The pachyderm flicks its trunk and blinks.  See the madness in its eyes?

A wee elephant the size of a bumblebee flies by. Its wings sound like the flapping of leathery bats. Illusions with sounds are so lifelike.

The circus band plays a dusty fanfare, and then the Barker calls our attention to the center ring. We scoot to the edge of our seats and crane our necks. What wonders now wait in the wings? A delicious shiver runs down our backs. Time to send in the clowns.

Next Time: Masks & Grease Paint

Evil Circus: Childhood Gone Dark

We See a Motionless Girl with Hair Over Her Face

We See a Motionless Girl with Hair Over Her Face

Cirque du Méchant has come to Halloween Town, close enough that you hear the calliope’s screams in Lita’s castle. Not all fantasy worlds are bright and full of whistling elves. This Evil Circus is a dark carnival filled madness, magic, and grinning clowns.

Previously: Your Wildest Desire

Youth is a dark time for some, and the children of the Cirque du Méchant are the darkest. It is difficult to tell if they are the offspring of the glittery carnival adults or if they are runaways. Some plain boys sweep away the dirt and haul buckets of manure. The beautiful children fly on the trapeze. We see a motionless girl with long hair covering her face.  Hello, sweetheart. What’s wrong?  She ducks into the shadow of the fortuneteller’s wagon and vanishes.

Look at This Shelf

Look at This Shelf

Let us follow this carnival boy of about ten years. His steps are so light; the lad’s feet seem not to touch the ground. Will he float away?  He pauses at a tent flap, sees us, and points inside.  I have my treasure to show you, he mouths before he slips into the tent.

Oh, let’s go see.

This little boy has stuffed his tent with broken dolls. He heaped them everywhere. Look at this shelf–all heads.  He tossed the bodies over there. Such an odd child. We back out of the tent.

Next Time: Madness is Saving You a Seat

Welcome to the Evil Circus

Evil Circus: Your Wildest Desire

Rouge-Painted Cheeks and Shapely Scarlet Lips

Rouge-Painted Cheeks and Shapely Scarlet Lips

Cirque du Méchant has come to Halloween Town, close enough that you hear the calliope’s screams in Lita’s castle. Not all fantasy worlds are bright and full of whistling elves. This Evil Circus is a dark carnival filled madness, magic, and grinning clowns.

Step right this way, ladies and gentlemen, and visit the Evil Circus. It sprang up outside of town last night like a pale mushroom.

The gaudy flapping canvas of an enormous tent dominates what yesterday was the Smith’s south pasture. A Ferris wheel soars above everything like a glistening tiara. Elephants trumpet. Tigers roar. Even their manure has an exotic stench.

A Ferris Wheel Soars Above Everything

A Ferris Wheel Soars Above Everything

Lovely women with rouge-painted cheeks and shapely scarlet lips smile and tease. Handsome men wearing top hats beguile you with promises of wonder beyond your wildest desire.

Why resist?  You surrender only money, not your soul, for a ticket to this freaky show. At least initially.

Next Time: Childhood Gone Dark

Come See Clockpunk Wizard World

Glitter Ponies Now Available in Paperback

Does your bookshelf look lonely? Fill it up with some Clockpunk Wizard tomfoolery.

Lita is delighted to tell Gentle Reader that Glitter Ponies is now available in paperback. Be sure to get your copy of this fantasy about meddling parents, love-struck wizards, and a vacation that wears a pointy sword on its forehead.

Glitter Ponies by Lita Burke

Glitter Ponies paperback on Amazon US

Glitter Ponies paperback on Amazon UK

Glitter Ponies paperback on Amazon CreateSpace

Back cover blurb and book page

Floating Island in the Clockpunk Wizard World

Bestiarum Vocabulum: Mink

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

Mink

Mink

mink [mĭngk] noun, c.1425; ME mink; also magic kit/kitten.

  1. Denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
  2. A small land creature the size of a fox, with a luxurious coat ranging from silver white to black. This sentient magical creature is capable of vocalized speech enabled with a wizard’s (or sorceress’s) magic, and also uses mind voice. It enjoys cold weather and aquatic environments. Its enchantments include spells for warmth, agility, and skill with fishing.
  3. Personages: Vixen-shay, the Winter Wizard’s mink familiar in Glitter Ponies.
  4. See “Bestiarum Vocabulum: Familiar

“Forever Boy” Takes Finalist in Readers’ Favorite Contest

Forever Boy RF Finalist 2015Lita is delighted to tell Gentle Reader that the 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest named Forever Boy as the Finalist Winner in its Fiction-Short Story category.

Readers’ Favorite gives readers a resource for quality book reviews. Their annual book award contest offers authors the opportunity to gain recognition and exposure of their books.

This year, Readers’ Favorite honored one of Lita’s Clockpunk Wizard stories. They named Forever Boy as a Finalist Winner in their annual book awards contest. Here is their 5 star review of Forever Boy.

Lita skipped all the way to Alice’s place to tell her good friend the news. “My feet were so caddywhompus on the way here,” Lita said. “I should have stopped and dug for apples until they sorted themselves out.”

The Flamingos Were a Bit Cross

The Flamingos Were a Bit Cross

Alice insisted they celebrate with a rousing game of croquet. As usual, the flamingos were a bit cross about being the mallets. The hedgehogs abandoned their role as balls, and waddled away.

The girls then drank tea with the dormouse until it was time for Lita to go home.

Readers’ Favorite reviewers have said kind things before about Lita’s stories. One reviewer described Forever Boy as “Lita Burke’s steampunk fantasy short story, Forever Boy, is fabulous and filled with magical adventure.” More… Another reviewer gushed this in a 5 star review for Ephraim’s Curious Device: “The Clockpunk Wizard series is a marvelous and magical melding of steampunk with epic fantasy that is fresh, original and really quite exciting.” More…

The award-winning Forever Boy is now just a dollar on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble. Don’t wait—indulge yourself now with some tea, croquet, and Clockpunk.

Forever Boy By Lita Burke Book Cover RF Finalist

Forever Boy on Amazon US

Forever Boy on Amazon UK

Forever Boy on Smashwords

Forever Boy on Barnes & Noble

Forever Boy on Goodreads

Forever Boy on LitaBurke.com

Don’t stop after reading Forever Boy. Continue your visit in Lita’s Clockpunk Wizard fantasy world. Find out more about Ephraim’s Curious Device, read the back cover blurb, revel in Chapter 1, watch the Ephraim’s book trailer, and then have Ephraim’s Curious Device join Forever Boy on your Kindle, Nook, or iPad/iPhone.

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

Lita Burke on Goodreads

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