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Monkeys Do the Cooking

True. Monkeys Do the Cooking in Death’s Castle

Lita takes Gentle Reader to the land of Clockpunk Wizard today, with an excerpt from Old Bony Blue Eyes.

Sir Death's Castle on Undying Island, at Rim's Edge

Sir Death’s Castle on Undying Island, at Rim’s Edge

Wizard Kadmeion and his assistant Sir Bright have arrived at Death’s castle. The wizard went to The Library to seek out Charon and his resident magician, Wizard Mephistopheles. Because Death is notorious for setting a poor dinner table, Bright went to the kitchen to fix dinner for himself and the two wizards. He is doing an inventory the pantry. Behind him, three entities shuffle in through the open kitchen door. Without needing to turn around, his magical sense tells Bright that his visitors are demons inhabiting homunculus bodies.

Bright turned and sucked in a breath. The narfleet was a clockworks magician who assembled metal automata to house the minor demons that Kadmeion summoned. Bright’s magical profession had counterparts who prepared plants or animal bodies for the same purpose. Here were three examples of a Meat-Man’s dreadful artistry.

Kadmeion went to The Library to seek out Charon and his resident magician, Wizard Mephistopheles.

Kadmeion went to The Library to seek out Charon and his resident magician, Wizard Mephistopheles.

An orangutan, a chimpanzee, and a tiny Capuchin monkey waited at the doorway. These homunculi wore miniature versions of Sir Death’s livery. The orangutan cracked his knuckles and looked everywhere but at Bright. The other two regarded him with large, awe-filled brown eyes.

“Good day, Sir Magician,” the chimpanzee said. “I am Theodore. The large fellow is Rupert. The wee one is Miss Constantinople. We are pleased to make your acquaintance.”

They looked at Bright with large, awe-filled brown eyes.

They looked at Bright with large, awe-filled brown eyes.

The demons’ respectful salutation required Bright to respond in kind. “Greetings, madam and gentlemen demons. I am Wolverhampton Brighton, the twice-seventh son of Elf-Lord M’Choakenchilde, and assistant to Wizard Kadmeion. You may call me Sir Bright.”

The three simians exchanged nods and grins. Rupert let out a happy screech. Miss Constantinople hopped in a circle and clapped her hands.

“Delighted to make your acquaintance, sir,” Theodore said. “You and your wizard’s reputations are known in the Nether Plains. Our master ordered us to help with your dinner preparations. We know nothing of cookery, but will do as you ask.”

(Old Bony Blue Eyes excerpt Copyright 2013 by Lita Burke. All rights reserved.)

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The Real Truth About Clockpunk Wizardry

Caught on Camera: The Real Truth About Clockpunk Wizardry

Turn up the lights and roll the cameras. In Lita Burke’s newest video, the author confesses to creating the Clockpunk Wizard world, telling the story inside of Old Bony Blue Eyes, and much more.

Here Lita Shows Us a Picture of an Elf's Home in the Clockpunk Wizard World

Here Lita Shows Us a Picture of an Elf’s Home in the Clockpunk Wizard World

The truth is now told. Lita finally steps forward and comes clean. She answers the endless questions Gentle Readers ask about the Steampunk, Clockpunk, and Fantasy genres.

Lita describes these three genres’ telltale clues that anyone can spot. She has pictures on them, and shows us.

There are more, almost naughty, details. Oh, the scandal when these three genres became a ménage à trois known as her Clockpunk Wizard world. Then there is that Old Bony Blue Eyes affair. Lita blushes, but tells us all about it.

For the crack investigators among you Gentle Readers, here are more clues about Old Bony Blue Eyes. It all starts with the book cover that has the verified picture of the charming wizard they call Sir Death. That part isn’t so bad.

What is much more incriminating is that the book cover comes with that suspicious, oh so brief spell that writers call The Pithy Sentence. Lita shows the cover and the pithy below. Wait, this next part is so sneaky. On the flip side of the book is more evidence in the back cover blurb.

A wizard faces a dangerous journey to Sir Death’s castle to win a powerful spell book for a love-starved dragon.

A wizard faces a dangerous journey to Sir Death’s castle to win a powerful spell book for a love-starved dragon.

Chapter 1 (Yes! Inside is actual proof about Clockpunk Wizardry.)

Old Bony Blue Eyes on Amazon US (So this is how Clockpunk Wizardry is spreading like a bad rash in fantasy circles.)

Old Bony Blue Eyes on Amazon UK (Wizard Kadmeion flew his airship across the pond, it seems.)

Old Bony Blue Eyes on Smashwords (iPads, tablets, and smartphones aren’t safe from this literary delight) Old Bony Blue Eyes on Barnes & Noble (and neither are Nooks).

Old Bony Blue Eyes – 5 Stars From Authors’ Cave

“Cleverly told,” a reviewer from Authors’ Cave said about Lita Burke’s Old Bony Blue Eyes. “I’d highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good fantasy read.”

Excellence In Authorship 5 Stars to Lita Burke's Old Bony Blue Eyes from Chameleon for Authors' Cave

Excellence In Authorship 5 Stars to Lita Burke’s Old Bony Blue Eyes from Chameleon for Authors’ Cave

We take a side trip today to hobnob with a visitor who just returned from Lita’s Clockpunk Wizard world.

Chameleon over at Authors’ Cave recently picked up Lita Burke’s Old Bony Blue Eyes, looked it over, and honored it with an Excellence In Authorship 5 Star Review. In Old Bony Blue Eyes, a wizard faces a dangerous journey to Sir Death’s castle to win a powerful spell book for a love-starved dragon. Here is the back cover blurb. If Gentle Reader wants to jump right in, here is the FREE first chapter. Also stop by and see the book trailer.

What lovely things Chameleon had to say! Lita blushed when she read all the kind words. Here is how the Authors’ Cave review began:

This was a fun and entertaining read. It was my first book in the Genre of Clockpunk Fantasy, and I was really pleasantly surprised. There is strong character and world building here, and the subtle humor of some of the situations had me smiling often.

There is more. Find out exactly what made Chameleon smile. And learn which part of Lita’s story made the reviewer weep. Be sure to visit Chameleon’s blog at The Write Place and read the rest of her critique in “Book Review: Old Bony Blue Eyes by Lita Burke.”

A wizard faces a dangerous journey to Sir Death’s castle to win a powerful spell book for a love-starved dragon.

A wizard faces a dangerous journey to Sir Death’s castle to win a powerful spell book for a love-starved dragon.

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Homunculus and Butterflies

Bestiarum Vocabulum: Homunculus

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

Homunculus

Homunculus

homunculus [hoh-muhng-kyuh-luh us] noun, c.1650; < L, homun- homin- homō man + -culus; also automation, automata, homunculi, bantam, metal-man

  1. Denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
  2. A magical sentient creature made of metal or wooden clockworks. A wizard summons a minor demon from the nether planes that animates the homunculus body and gives it consciousness. See demon in the Bestiarum Vocabulum.
  3. Personages: Copernicus, Wizard Kadmeion’s airship pilot in Forever Boy and Old Bony Blue Eyes.
  4. See “Copernicus, One of the Minor Demons” and “Potential Energy: Curse of the Metal-Man
Gather the Gang Around the 'ole Crystal Ball--It's Time to See Some Clockpunk Wizardry!

Come See These Shiny Things: Old Bony Blue Eyes Book Trailer

Gather the Gang Around the 'ole Crystal Ball–It's Time to See Some Clockpunk Wizardry!

Gather the Gang Around the ‘ole Crystal Ball–It’s Time to See Some Clockpunk Wizardry!

Grab your crystal ball. Text to your friends. Come see the shiny things from Wizard Kadmeion’s trip to Sir Death’s castle.

Lita’s video for Old Bony Blue Eyes is in the December 2013 You Gotta Read book trailer contest.

More than bragging rights at stake here. The top three videos win valuable marketing and promotion prizes. These lovelies are oh, so important to indie authors. There are great video entries in this month’s contest. Go ahead. Cast a spell and vote for your favorite book trailer.

What Kind of a Guy is Sir Death? Not What You Might Think

What Kind of a Guy is Sir Death? Not What You Might Think

Watch the Old Bony video and see Lady Luck’s lovely face. The equally beautiful Madam War also appears. Get a glimpse of the perils waiting for Kadmeion in the desert. Learn who does the cooking in Death’s castle. Discover exactly what kind of wizard, what kind of guy, Sir Death really is in Old Bony Blue Eyes.

Curious? Then check out the Old Bony video on YouTube, drop by the You Gotta Read contest page, and pick your favorite book trailer.

Voting closes on Friday, December 27th, so please don’t wait. Fantasy beasts and a love-starved dragon await your stopover to the Clockpunk Wizard world.

Don't Lose Your Head! Pull Up a Comfy Chair and Take a Look!

Book Trailer Contest: Old Bony Blue Eyes

Don't Lose Your Head! Pull Up a Comfy Chair and Take a Look at the Old Bony Blue Eyes Book Trailer

Don’t Lose Your Head! Pull Up a Comfy Chair and Take a Look at the Old Bony Blue Eyes Book Trailer

Oh, to snag those delicious bragging rights. Come see the show, then pick your favorite.

The book trailer for Old Bony Blue Eyes is in this month’s contest at Indies Unlimited. Don’t delay, vote for your choice today.

Here is your chance to see Wizard Kadmeion, his half-elf assistant Sir Bright, and the wizard’s familiar, Furgo. Join Kadmeion on his journey to Sir Death’s castle. You might spot a mermaid or a hydra along the way. His visit with the lovely Lady Luck is there, along with the bickering couple, Lord and Madam War. Also catch a glimpse of Death’s most curious of blue-eyed magicians, Wizard Mephistopheles.

The Old Bony Blue Eyes e-book is available now for download and immediate gratification from Amazon USAmazon UKSmashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

See more images of Old Bony Blue Eyes on Pinterest. There is also some fuss over Old Bony at Goodreads and Facebook. And, of course, here is the book trailer contest at Indies Unlimited with Old Bony Blue Eyes.

The Dance Fuels Magic for Humans and Goblins

Old Bony Blue Eyes ~ Book Trailer ~ Featured at Indies Unlimited

Take a Seat ~ Enter Here to See the World of Clockpunk Wizardry

Take a Seat ~ Enter Here to See the World of Clockpunk Wizardry

Let’s swill that grog and pass the popcorn. It’s movie time!

Today, Indies Unlimited is featuring Lita’s book trailer for Old Bony Blue Eyes. Take a minute if you can to drop by their site, perhaps introduce yourself, and take a peek at the book trailer.

Other scuttlebutt about Old Bony Blue Eyes:

The Old Bony Blue Eyes e-book is available now for instant gratification on Kindle, Nook, and iPad/iPhone e-readers.

An airship in the Clockpunk Wizard world

News Release: See Clockpunk Wizardry

Hop on Your Favorite Steed and Come Take a Look

Hop on Your Favorite Steed and Come Take a Look

More chit-chat around the web about Lita’s goings-on.

Check out See Clockpunk Wizardry: Fantasy Author Releases New Book Trailer at 1888 Press Release. Here’s what they had to say:

“In a plate-shaped ocean world where Luck, War, and Death are magicians who sing twisty magic, comes the latest book trailer by fantasy writer Lita Burke.”

Author Lita Burke has released a book trailer for the novel Old Bony Blue Eyes, a new story in Ms. Burke’s Clockpunk Wizard series. The free trailer is available for immediate viewing on YouTube.com. It takes place in a Renaissance-style world, where Wizard Kadmeion takes a dangerous trip to Sir Death’s castle to fetch a spell book for a lovelorn dragon.

“One thing I love about the fantasy genre…more at 1888 Press Release

Watch other videos by Lita Burke on YouTube. Read about Lita’s other News Releases. Get Old Bony Blue Eyes now for Kindle, Nook, and iPad/iPhone.

What Did Our Intrepid Traveller Discover in the Clockpunk Wizard World?

Come See the First Review for Old Bony Blue Eyes

What Did Our Intrepid Traveler Discover in the Clockpunk Wizard World?

What Did Our Intrepid Traveler Discover in the Clockpunk Wizard World?

The first visitor to the Old Bony Blue Eyes world just returned and disembarked from the airship. Let’s be nosy and find out about the trip.

Learn what indie author Brian Beam thought of Wizard Kadmeion’s plate-shaped ocean world with the clockworks airships, floating islands, and singing magicians.

Were the characters dullards? Did the story tug the heartstrings, or was it a silly romp all the way? Why does Kadmeion have “obliviousness” and is this a good trait for a wizard? Most important, would our adventurer ever return to the Clockpunk Wizard world? Mr. Beam explains in his review.

If Gentle Reader is still undecided about taking the trip, perhaps take a look at Chapter 1 before buying a ticket for the airship. Curious now? Find out more about Old Bony Blue Eyes by Lita Burke, the eBook available now for instant gratification on Kindle, Nook, and iPad/iPhone.

Discover more about Brian Beam on Facebook, Goodreads, Brian’s Blog, Twitter, and Amazon.

Which Wizard Would Create a Monkey Homunculus?

Monkey Business About Old Bony Blue Eyes

1000 Monkeys at 1000 Typewriters for 1000 Years

1000 Monkeys at 1000 Typewriters for 1000 Years–They Might Write Shakespeare, but Still Wouldn’t Have as Much Fun as the Simians in Old Bony Blue Eyes

Those adorable, clever simians! Lita is a monkey’s uncle auntie over the commotion about Old Bony.

Take a look at what Chris The Story Reading Ape’s New (to me) Authors Blog has to say in a promo about Lita’s Old Bony Blue Eyes. Grab a handy vine and swing over for other fun articles on the Ape’s homepage.

Simians and Wizardry

The fantasy world of Clockpunk Wizard in Old Bony Blue Eyes features wizards who summon minor demons to animate homunculi. Kadmeion and his assistant Sir Bright specialize in clockwork automata, but they have peers who create homunculi from plants–such as mandrake roots–and (shudder) animal bodies. Lita has already explained Kadmeion and Bright’s brand of wizardry elsewhere.

Which Wizard on Sir Death's Island Would Create a Monkey Homunculus?

Which Wizard on Sir Death’s Island Would Create a Monkey Homunculus?

Could a wizard use erstwhile monkeys for automata? Well, yes. Which wizard on Sir Death’s island would do such a horrible thing? The answer might surprise Gentle Reader. Check out Kadmeion’s visit with Sir Death in Old Bony Blue Eyes to discover which wizard would do such monkey business.

Rig Monkeys

In a fantasy world stuffed with the technology of Leonardo da Vinci, Kadmeion’s home is an airship powered by wind and wizardry, and has Copernicus, a clockworks homunculus, as its pilot. Humans and automata work in the topside rigging on airships.

Malfunctioning Rig Monkey

Malfunctioning Rig Monkey

Frequent storms and random magical interferences require rig monkeys to constantly tend airship sails. Because of the harsh topside conditions, automata rig monkeys frequently malfunction.

Bright worked as a rig monkey while attending Agatha University. He finds rope-swinging skills critical in saving his friends in Old Bony, but there is something fishy about the circumstances. Lita will not say anymore–she mustn’t spoil the surprise.

After reading The Story Reading Ape’s promo about Old Bony, if Gentle Reader is curious for more Lita Burke gossip, then take a look at the News Releases page.