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Meet Lady Luck in the Clockpunk Wizard world. No wizard can resist wooing her fortunate magic.

Luck is Not a Lady

Lady Luck lives in the Upper Wager Meadows on Fluke Isle in the Clockpunk Wizard world. No wizard can resist wooing her auspicious magic.

Lady Luck lives in the Upper Wager Meadows on Fluke Isle in the Clockpunk Wizard world. No wizard can resist wooing her auspicious magic.

Lady Luck, the patron magician of gamblers and jaywalkers. Fickle? Definitely. Lovely? Of course. Wizards of all ilk, beware of her ~twisty~ clockpunk magic! 

Where does she live? Why, Lady Luck lives on floating Fluke Isle, about halfway between the hub and rim of the plate-shaped ocean world in Clockpunk Wizard.

Does she weave spells? Oh yes. Wizard Kadmeion needs Lady Luck’s help to win a rare magic book from Sir Death. Problem is, when it comes to women’s magic, even wizards cannot calculate the odds.

Would you like to meet her? Lita introduces Gentle Reader to Ms. Luck in the upcoming story Old Bony Blue Eyes. Old Bony release date is this coming Saturday, August 31st.

Read Chapter 1 of Old Bony Blue Eyes to see how Kadmeion and Bright’s lucky troubles begin. Along the way, they hear Lady Luck’s shocking news about a lost wager, a very long trip, and Sir Death’s weakness.

A Lost Building in Temptation Town, About Halfway to Sir Death's Castle

Old Bony Blue Eyes: Sneak Peek at Chapter 1

A Building in Temptation Town, Halfway Through the Desert on the Road to Death's Castle

A Building in Temptation Town, Halfway Through the Desert on the Road to Death’s Castle

Only a few more days before Wizard Kadmeion’s airship leaves on a brand-new adventure with Lady Luck, Lord and Madam War, and Sir Death.

It has been a delightful several months here at Lita’s house, getting the next Clockpunk Wizard adventure ready, Old Bony Blue Eyes.

So much to do, and Mistress Time will not smile on Lita like she does for her clockworks magicians. But the editing is finally done, the story is back from the beta reader (he loved it), and Lita filed the copyright paperwork yesterday. No time to take a breath. Much more work to come this week with formatting the eBook files, putting the last touches on the dozens of details for the web pages, then that loveliest of tasks, publishing.

Can’t wait until Old Bony Blue Eyes comes out this Saturday, August 31st? The back cover blurb hints about the upcoming adventure for Kadmeion, Bright, and Furgo. Curious about how the story begins? Here is chapter one of Kadmeion’s next Clockpunk Wizard story. Welcome aboard his airship.

Old Bony Blue Eyes by Lita Burke

Copyright 2013 by Lita Burke. All rights reserved.

Chapter One
Befuddlement, Norman Bar Island

Bright ducked, but much too late.

The Goon’s backhanded swipe landed on Bright’s temple, snapped his head back, and sent the smaller half-elf tumbling. He smacked against their airship’s reception room wall. Bright bounced off and landed face down. Get up and fight back? For the moment, impossible. He would instead sing a spell to freeze the Goon and get out of this mess.

The magic died on his lips before he uttered two words. More…

Shout it out!

Ephraim’s Curious Device in Book Cover Contest

Shout it out!

Shout it out! Ephraim’s Curious Device is in the August 2013 You Gotta Read Contest

Be sure to stop by the You Gotta Read book cover contest for August 2013, and vote for your favorite book cover. Voting closes August 27th, so don’t wait.

If you haven’t yet boarded the airship to fly with a wizard between the floating islands, here is the first chapter for Ephraim’s. Take a minute to see the harpies and other magical creatures in the Ephraim’s Curious Device book trailer.

A wizard seeks a magical thingummy to free his kidnapped familiar.

A wizard seeks a magical thingummy to free his kidnapped familiar.

If you go to the Ephraim’s page, you will discover how to get your very own copy of the e-book and experience instant gratification for you and your eReader.

Have you already tasted clockpunk wizardry in Ephraim’s Curious Device, and you want more? Check out how a dog with an unusual occupation finds some unexpected magician friends in Forever Boy.

Still want more adventures with Wizard Kadmeion, his half-elf assistant Sir Bright, and the weredog Furgo? The airship sails again soon for the floating islands and the ~twisty~ magic of the Clockpunk Wizard world. August 31st brings us the shiny new story of Old Bony Blue Eyes.

Forever Boy by Lita Burke

New Cover for Forever Boy

Forever Boy by Lita Burke

In Forever Boy, a dog flees his cruel master, befriends a wizard, and discovers his shapeshifting magic.

The last new cover for the spring clean takes you to the Clockpunk Wizard fantasy world in Forever Boy. There you will find Wizard Kadmeion’s ~twisty~ magic.

Life is dirty, difficult, and all too short for the dogs digging up the deadly mandrake roots that wizards animate with minor demons. A pup named Go Fer has an odd magical talent. He does not die from the fatal screams of newly unearthed mandrakes. Go Fer’s master, a prideful minor magician, sees Go Fer’s talent as a fluke saving him the cost of replacing dogs killed by the mandrakes’ cries.

One morning, a young Wizard Kadmeion and his half-elf assistant Bright watch Go Fer at work. This mandrake extraction goes horribly wrong, and Go Fer runs away during the hubbub. After seeking out the wizard, the dog’s life is not the same. In fact, Kadmeion discovers Go Fer is not a dog after all.

An exciting life as the wizard’s familiar awaits Go Fer. Instead of using mandrakes, Bright has built clever clockwork men who pilot Kadmeion’s wonderful airship. Go Fer would have a new name, a new boy appearance, and he would fly with his new master between islands that float above the sea.

But Magic Guild law makes the mandrake harvester Go Fer’s master, and Kadmeion will not go against the guild. Go Fer must return to the dog-murderer, lose his wondrous boy form, and dig mandrake roots until he dies. Which will be the very next time, unless the clever clockwork man and the kindly wizard can get him out of this fatal mess.

Forever Boy now available on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

Is it a fantasy beast reclining on a cloud?

Ephraim’s Curious Device in Book Trailer Contest

Is it a fantasy beast reclining on a cloud?

Is it a fantasy beast reclining on a cloud?

See for yourself the fantastic images on Wizard Kadmeion’s journey to free his kidnapped familiar.

Lita’s Clockpunk Wizard video for Ephraim’s Curious Device is in the March 2013 You Gotta Read book trailer contest. The top three videos win valuable marketing and promo prizes–so important for an indie author. Please take a minute to vote for your favorite book trailer.

Watch the Ephraim’s video to discover the surprise in dragon’s fire. Check out the video on YouTube, then drop by the You Gotta Read contest page and pick your favorite!

Voting closes on Wednesday, March 27th, so please don’t wait. Fantasy beasts and coy fey-folk wait for courageous visitors in the Clockpunk Wizard fantasy world.

Curious Devices from the Clockpunk Wizard World

Ephraim’s Curious Device featured at Indies Unlimited

Curious Devices from the Clockpunk Wizard World

Here are a few Curious Devices (people too) from the Clockpunk Wizard world

Lita is pleased to tell Gentle Reader that the Indies Unlimited (IU) blog has a featured post about the Clockpunk Wizard  world in Ephraim’s Curious Device.  Please take a minute to stop by, look around, and if in the mood, leave some comments.

IU is a site for independent authors, publishers, reviewers and readers who embrace the sweeping changes to book publishing caused by online technology. IU calls it the “Indie Author Movement.”

Treasures await the visitor at IU. For posts that are sometimes snarky but always informative, check out the IU home page. Be sure to visit their featured author online book store here.  For all who are low on schwag, visit their IU Gear store and load up. If Gentle Reader wants to get social, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Which genres lurk about at IU? Their site covers Adventure, Romance, Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy (Lita’s favorite), and Biography titles. You’re sure to find a story to please, and meet friendly indie writer acquaintances, at IU.

Steampunk, London Style

Steampunk London

Steampunk, London Style

Steampunk, London Style

Zeppelins. Top hats, gears and gadgets. What fun–let us explore Steampunk and its stylish attitudes.

Time to visit another fantasy world that Lita loves–Steampunk. There are a couple of flavors of Steampunk, so today let’s visit the Victorian-inspired place. It is brimming with alternative technology gadgets powered by steam, and populated with fashionistas.

Watch the Flicker Pictures

Our Steampunk journey begins by going to the picture show, 1800s style. Lita has a new Steampunk London video, so take a minute to immerse yourself in the images and sing-along fun of this alternative-world London.

See for yourself that Steampunk is a contrast of grungy and sooty settings and (sometimes bizarre) Victorian clothing. Their world is a practical and unadorned place of gears, gadgets, and rust-covered pipes. Whether you travel by steam locomotive or zeppelin to get there, don’t forget to bring your goggles.

Step Inside

Curious to discover more? Check out Lita’s new page Steampunk London World. Step inside to get out of the soot and mist of a coal-burning city.  Learn about the gadgets and steam-powered practicalities of everyday devices. In the Steampunk world, electricity never evolved beyond a curiosity at the carnival. You will find out which device is the darling of Steampunk ladies and gentlemen.

Want to visit another fun fantasy world that influenced Steampunk? Check out Lita’s Film Noir World, and don’t forget to bring your trench coat.

Be sure you have all your things

Ephraim’s Book Launch Party is Over

Be sure you have all your things

Be sure you have all your things

Here we are back home.

Copernicus has docked Wizard Kadmeion’s airship at the aerodrome, and it’s time to go. Be sure you have everything out of your stateroom. Watch your step on the gangplank.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s adventure to Veldt Island and learning more about the Clockpunk Wizard world, and Ephraim’s Curious Device.

Safe travels to you, until we fly again with the wizard and his friends in Old Bony Blue Eyes. Goodnight.

Malfunctioning Rig Monkey

Twice-Seventh Son Elf Magic

Malfunctioning Rig Monkey

Malfunctioning Rig Monkey

What a clear, fine day here on deck. Those brass monkey contraptions are the clockwork automata that Bright created to tend the airship sails. Quite nimble, aren’t they? Looks like Bright is coming down now.

Lita: Greetings, Sir Bright. Do you have time to talk with us?

Bright: I always have time to talk with you, Lita. I would have met all of you earlier when you came on board, but I had to retire a malfunctioning rig monkey. Wizard Nob on Mevil Isle insisted we take the Meat-Man’s automata as a gift. Its inferior minor demon went a bit mad. It damaged some of the pulley mechanisms before our clockwork homunculi captured it.

Lita: Considering Wizard Nob conjured the demon, I’m not surprised it was inferior. I hope you can repair the damage to the airship.

Bright: I fixed the pulleys and adjusted the rope tension just before you came up on deck. Don’t worry about the defective rig monkey bothering us. I used a standard spell to release the minor demon back to the Nether Plains. Because it was a dead body, I tossed the remains overboard. There was nothing I wanted to salvage from the ill-made thing.

Seven Sons

Seven Sons

Lita: Thank you for throwing out the trash. We wanted to ask you about your elf magic, especially being the seventh son of a seventh son.

Bright: Seven children is a big family. In contrast, Kadmeion was an only child, which is a typical situation for a human wizard or sorceress. Not so for elf-born children. Since my father is also a seventh son plus a talented magician, everyone had high expectations that I would be a rare elf wizard. Because my magical talent didn’t develop as expected, my older brothers picked on me. I guess they blamed me for being inferior.

Lita: Well, we all found out what happened to your magical talent in the Forever Boy story. Your father is full-blood elf, and your mother is human?

Fey Izlyesende's home

Fey Izlyesende’s home on the airship

Bright: Correct. It makes me and my brothers hybrid magicians called narfleets. We have a blend of human and elf magical abilities, but those talents are weaker than if we were full bloods. My mother’s heritage allows me to cast spells using sung words and magical props. Elves have glamour magic and talent with plants. My glamour is quite strong, but I have less talent with herbology. I enjoy puttering with my collection of miniature oak trees in the airship’s quercetum.

Lita: I understand you picked up some new shipmates who live in your onboard oak forest.

Bright: It was a near thing losing the fey-folk in the circumstances with Ephraim’s Curious Device. You might not see Izlyesende and the others today, since there’s a crowd of people with you. Fairies are shy and need quiet circumstances. Kadmeion and I are fortunate that the quercetum, and our magic, nurture them.

Lita: We might not have time to visit the fairies. Looks like we’re approaching Veldt Island. We must go below now and get ready for our onshore excursion.

A sorceress with a magical dodad

Concerning Magical Thingummys, Dodads and Whatnots

A sorceress with a magical dodad

A sorceress with a magical dodad

So kind of Wizard Kadmeion to take some time away from his spell casting and explain the differences between magical thingummys, dodads, and whatnots. I’ll get the questions started.

Lita: Good morning, Kadmeion. In general, what are thingummys, dodads, and whatnots?

Kadmeion: They are little magic devices. Flipperies. Amusements that have no practical value.

Lita: In the Ephraim’s Curious Device story, you called Ephraim’s trinket a thingummy. Why?

Kadmeion: Ephraim’s trinket is a thingummy for three reasons. First, a male wizard created it. Not all magical trinkets are created, some just come in to being. Second, Ephraim did not describe his Device when he spread rumors about it. So we assumed it was not shiny.

Lita: What is the third reason you called it a thingummy?

Kadmeion: Thingummys are sometimes hidden. On the other hand, dodads are quite common, and they are shiney. Sorceresses specialize in magical dodads. They can also be hidden.

Fey-folk create magical whatnots

Fey-folk create magical whatnots

Lita: Please tell us about magical whatnots.

Kadmeion: They have many differences from dodads and thingummys. The most important thing is magical sentient creatures create whatnots. Non-humans, to be precise.

Lita: Your assistant Sir Bright is a half-elf and a magician. Does he create whatnots?

Kadmeion: Elves are a human race. He and I create thingummys. You look confused. I’ll explain. Because I’m a full wizard, I can create thingummys, dodads, and whatnots. When I’m working alone or with Bright, I create thingummys. If I’m working with a sorceress, then I create dodads.

Lita: And if you’re working with a sentient magical creature like a fairy, you create a whatnot?

Kadmeion: Yes. I use my partner’s magic to create the trinket. Apologies, but I must get back to my magic work. It has been my pleasure explaining these magical matters. Bright told me he was working with the rigging homunculi this morning. He’d love to discuss elf magic.

Lita: We’ll head topside now.