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Dreadful Poetry Book Launch Party Ends

Thank you for stopping by, Gentle Reader, and joining us aboard Wizard Kadmeion’s airship here at the zeppelin yards near Lita’s castle in the northern realms.

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Fresh-Baked this Morning by Wizard Kadmeion

Fresh-Baked this Morning by Wizard Kadmeion

We had so much fun today during the Dreadful Poetry book launch party, hobnobbing with the wizards and talking with the naughty woodland fairies that made us blush. Bright’s cake that he made from magical powders was tasty, and the champagne tickled our noses.

Kadmeion’s Auntie Em has summoned her pumpkin coach. See it waiting for her over there, by the forest’s edge?

Here are some cookies to take with you, Gentle Reader, fresh-baked just this morning by Wizard Kadmeion. Not to worry, he went out early and bought some proper flour. He put a gentle spell on their box that will keep them warm all the way home. Tuck your hands around the box, and the spell will keep your fingers warm, too.

Dreadful Poetry by Lita BurkeMarty has your cloak right here. Bundle up. The snow is falling again outside.

Don’t forget your Dreadful Poetry book. Curl up tonight in front of your fireplace, and join the boys on their adventures at the university. We told Auntie Em that you would read about her part in the story. And be sure to think of Bright the next time you see a butterfly.

To all, Lita wishes you a magical goodnight.

The Dreadful Poetry Cake

During the Dreadful Poetry book launch party, Sir Bright asks us to join him and view the buffet table. He prepared a special cake for the occasion. We admire the confection, and chat a bit with him.

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Bright Made the Cake

Bright Made the Cake

Brighton M’Choakenchilde is the seventh son of a seventh son elf prince. He came into his magical ability after meeting Wizardling Kadmeion in Dreadful Poetry.

In addition to being Kadmeion’s assistant, Bright is their airship mechanic. He has his father’s handsome elf features. Bright’s magic is scented with sweet pine, and the gentle aroma of violets.

Lita: The cake for the Dreadful Poetry book release party is lovely. It looks just like the book cover. Did you start with a cake and make it look like a book, or did you do it the other way around?

Bright: I started with a cake. Sort of.

Bright Used Magical Powder Instead of Flour

Bright Used Magical Powder Instead of Flour

Lita: Explain?

Bright: We were all out of flour, and Kadmeion told me last night that the party was today. I improvised by using some of our magical powder stock instead of flour. I found it difficult to change the bright colors into a presentable cake, but I tasted the batter before baking. It came out fine.

Lita: What magical flavor is the cake?

Bright: Chocolate.

Lita: Will eating the cake turn your guests into something, um, unnatural?

Bright: It will make everyone unnaturally happy to read a story about our college days.

Bright's First Spell Was a Butterfly

Bright’s First Spell Was a Butterfly

Lita: We each will have a piece of cake please, and some of the champagne. While you’re serving, tell us about the significance of the butterflies on the book cover.

Bright: [The elf-kind serves us chocolate cake, and glasses of chilled champagne.] My first high magic enchantment was to create a butterfly. I could not have done it without Kadmeion. He took on my case when no other wizard or sorceress would work with me.

Lita: Will you show us the spell?

Sir Bright cups his hands, and sings a short wizardry spell. A dot of his magic glows like a candle’s flame within the shelter of his palms, then morphs into a blue-and-green butterfly. The magical creature flutters about, and perches on Gentle Reader’s champagne glass. The butterfly is lovely, and the cake is delicious. We thank Bright for his Glamour-filled elf-kind magic.

Next time: Dreadful Poetry Book Launch Party Ends

Searching for Auntie Em in Dreadful Poetry

Wizard Kadmeion has just brought his Auntie Em over to say hello to us at the Dreadful Poetry book release party.

Previously: Welcome to the Dreadful Poetry Book Release Party

Auntie Em Wears Fine Fescue Today

Auntie Em Wears Fine Fescue Today

Wizard Kadmeion’s aunt, Sorceress Emily (“Em”), is a renowned magical horticulture practitioner. Her specialty is growing root vegetables into human shapes. Magicians seek out her wares so they can animate the tubers with minor demons. These flora homunculi are popular as garden workers.

Lita: Em, we are so pleased you could join us today at Kadmeion’s affair.

Auntie Em: I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Who is this lovely person you’re with, Lita?

Lita: This is Gentle Reader.

Auntie Em: Enchanted to meet you. Did you two hear that Kadmeion searched for me during much of his Dreadful Poetry story? I was quite the star, and I wasn’t even there.

Lita: I know all about it, Em. Remember that I am Kadmeion’s scribe, and he natters at me using mind voice. The wizard and I have coffee together in the early morning, and I transcribe what he says while we chat. Gentle Reader will learn about your part in the story the normal way by reading the book.

As Daft as Sitting on Stilts While Knitting

As Daft as Sitting on Stilts While Knitting

Gentle Reader: [Methinks Auntie Em is as daft as sitting on stilts while doing some knitting. Ask her why she has grass for hair.]

Lita: Love your new hair style, darling. Usually, you wear mushrooms and leaves on your head. Is that Kentucky Bluegrass you have on today?

Auntie Em: This is Fine Fescue. [Auntie Em pats her head with a manicured hand. The elegant long fingernails are painted pine-tree green.] I don’t need as much water now when I shampoo, because the grass is drought resistant.

Kadmeion and his Auntie Em excuse themselves. They step away to talk with the other guests. Sir Bright comes over, and invites us to join him. We follow him across the room to the buffet table. Hungry? Time to eat something.

Next time: The Dreadful Poetry Cake

You Are Invited to the Dreadful Poetry Book Release Party

Burr. Come in out of the snow. Drop by Lita’s castle here in the northern realms and hobnob with wizards, the son of an elf prince, and a sorceress who grows daisies on her hat.

Dreadful Poetry by Lita BurkeThe affair will be this Saturday, the 17th of December, starting at sunrise, here on Lita’s blog.

Wands, broomsticks, and pointy hats are not required. Refreshments will be served. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Don’t miss out on the clockpunk fun. Pre-order Dreadful Poetry now.

Cover Reveal for Lita Burke’s Dreadful Poetry

Welcome aboard Wizard Kadmeion’s airship, the AS Patsy Nottle, for today’s Dreadful Poetry book cover reveal.

Uncover Your Eyes Now

Take a deep breath, remove your blindfolds, and look over here. This is the book cover for Lita Burke’s latest story, Dreadful Poetry.

Dreadful Poetry by Lita BurkeIn Dreadful Poetry, an elf prince’s son teams up with a disgraced wizardling to clear their names with the Magic Guild. Read more about the story in the back-cover blurb.

You Are Invited

Join Lita here on her blog for the Dreadful Poetry book launch party on December 17, 2016. The lads will be around to talk about their adventures. Kadmeion will explain who his Auntie Em is, and Bright will tell us about the life of a clockworks mechanic on an airship. Come as you are. Refreshments will be served. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Next Airship Departs Soon

Reserve your spot on the wizard’s airship for the next trip to the plate-shaped ocean world where islands float far above the sea. Seats are available by pre-ordering Dreadful Poetry now on Amazon US, UK, CA, AU, and IN.

The Pleasure of Your Company is Requested

Dreadful Poetry by Lita Burke

Now is the time for a few good Gentle Readers to join our ranks aboard the AS Patsy Nottle for the Dreadful Poetry cover reveal party!

December the 7th at early morning

Berth #1 – Pier A at the Lita Burke Aerodrome

Hosted by Wizard Kadmeion, Sir Bright & Their Crew

Dreadful Poetry is available now for pre-order on Amazon.

Butterflies and Boat

Return Trip from the Plate-Shaped Ocean World

Lita has been traveling these past several months to the plate-shaped ocean world where wizards fly airships between islands that float above the sea. She has returned to her castle now in the northern realms, and ooh boy, does she have a story to tell about her trip.

Time Twines Differently in the Clockpunk Wizard World

Time Twines Differently in the Clockpunk Wizard World

Twisty Time

Time twines differently between here and the land of Clockpunk Wizard. Lita’s trip took her back to when Wizard Kadmeion and his assistant Sir Bright were attending the Agatha University of Magical Arts and Sciences. The boys had not yet met.

Bright had finished his studies—or so he thought. The afternoon before he leaves on his first job as an airship mechanic, an out-of-control magical episode lands him in jail. Meanwhile, Kadmeion returns to the university after a year of field study. The wizardling suffers from Wizard’s Madness, and he is under suspicion in his field mentor’s death. Worst of all, he must pass a class in magical rhyming called Dreadful Poetry while waiting for the Magic Guild’s Inquiry that decides his fate.

Wizard Morton

Wizard Morton

Wizard Morton

While on this trip, Lita had the pleasure of meeting the elder Wizard Morton. This curmudgeon is the head of the Magical Sciences department, and is Kadmeion’s academic advisor.

The guild calls in the elder wizard on Bright’s case. This mundane clockworks graduate had an unexplained wizardly episode, and now the lad’s magic has fled. The irresistible puzzle motivates Morton to get Bright out of jail so the wizard can learn more about Bright’s fickle magic.

Sensing that the lads can help each other, he requires Bright to help the mad wizardling pass Dreadful Poetry. Morton encourages Kadmeion to discover why the non-magician Bright all but leveled the Merchant’s Quarter with powerful enchantments. The problem is that madness is a wonderful distraction, and Kadmeion would rather talk with the fish and resident university ghosts. Morton must lend a hand, or matters will never resolve themselves.

Butterfly Matters

Perhaps the most curious discovery on Lita’s trip was why butterflies are significant to Kadmeion’s wizardry. The lad’s elusive Auntie Em, and a basket of wrestling puppies, also visit Dreadful Poetry. Lita also learned what happens when a wizard grows wings, and tries to fly like a harpy.

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