Tag Archives: mandrake plant

Lita Burke Talks with Interviewers

Strange Case of the Half-Boy Half-Dog Baffles Scientists: A Clever Wizard Explains

Interviewers have a knack for getting Lita to confess all sorts of things. Here is more tittle-tattle about Clockpunk Wizardry.

Lita Wrote Her First Fantasy Story

Lita Wrote Her First Fantasy Story

In a recent interview, Lita chatted with the folks over at Authors’ Cave. After an exhaustive interrogation that required a pound of fine chocolates for medicinal purposes, out came the truth. The details may surprise Gentle Reader, or for the skeptics, it might sound like the usual fantasy worlds claptrap. You decide.

Yes, Girls Can Be Wizards Too

This scandal started decades ago when Lita wrote her first fantasy story and shared her masterpiece with family and friends. Oh, how they wrinkled their noses when the young heroine, who Lita called a wizard, helped a lost dragon find his way home.

These affectionate critics shouted that girls couldn’t be wizards. Witches, perhaps, or enchantresses. Sorceresses. “The whole concept was silly,” they said. Lita explains in the Authors’ Cave November 2014 eZine how she fixed that sorry state of affairs.

A Chocolate-Laced Interview Reveals the Truth About  the Magical Causes of Cynanthropy

A Chocolate-Laced Interview Reveals the Truth About the Magical Causes of Cynanthropy

Shocking Proof About the Half-Boy Half-Dog

Much of this chocolate-laced interview had to do with Clockpunk Wizardry. It was time for Lita to come clean about the mysterious case of the half-boy half-dog cynanthrope.

At first, Lita shrugged and tried to gloss over the specifics. “Anything can happen in fantasy worlds,” she said. Further questions brought out the truth.

The Authors’ Cave eZine for November 2014 has the first chapter proof concerning the boy/dog story. Lita describes the outrage of young science geeks writing made-up stories. Also learn about the surprising dangers of gardening mandrake roots, and why you should keep your pets far away.

Forever Boy: Sneak Peek at Chapter 1

Read the first chapter of Forever Boy now, free. No crystal ball needed.

Let’s get things going with a taste of clockpunk fantasy.

It is only a few more days to go before I kick off my new Clockpunk Wizard series with the release of the novelette, Forever Boy. All efforts are going well for hitting next week’s date for Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble. Forever Boy will be available for download and instant gratification on all popular eReader devices.

If you haven’t yet had a look, I’ve made a page for the Forever Boy book trailer on my website. I also have the back cover blurb available for your enjoyment. Be sure to come right back because I have another treat for you below.

While I’m getting the remaining details done this weekend for the Forever Boy release on October 30th, I thought I’d be a shameless tease and post Chapter 1. Yes, you must wait until Tuesday to get the rest. I know I’m being a meanie. I’m told it is one of my better personality traits. But nevermind me. Please take a few minutes now to meet the new wizard in town and his clockworks assistant.

Forever Boy by Lita Burke

Copyright 2012 by Lita Burke. All rights reserved.

Chapter 1

Old Gallows Field, Holcomb Island

“Are you sure the mandrake’s demon won’t hurt us, Kadmeion?”

The wizard crossed his arms and released a sigh. “You worry too much, Bright. We are a safe distance away.”

“I don’t like Meat-Men.”

“Squeamish over a little dirt and drama?”

“I can’t abide the death of a Go Fer in exchange for a homunculus. Tell me again why we’re here.”

“We need to be here.”

“Magical reasons?”


Bright turned back to the men and dogs down on Old Gallows Field. Looked like the Meat-Men had dug a trench around the mandrake plant. They now huddled and talked. Two men waved their arms.

“Something’s wrong,” Bright said. more…