A Summer in Amber

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A young physicist is dispatched to a remote Scottish estate to secretly decipher the fragments of a manuscript that may hold the key to restoring the solar storm ravaged 21st century. Once there he finds whispers of a reincarnated wizard, strange forces linked to an eerie laboratory said to be a gate to the Otherworld, and a girl. A classic science fiction novel of adventure and romance. More
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About C. Litka

I read hundreds of science fiction books in my youth. Since then I've read many other types of novels; detective stories, mysteries, adventure stories, humor, and sea stories, most written in the first half of the 20th century. All these different types of stories have shaped the stories I now write.

My long space opera/planetary romance, “The Bright Black Sea” and “The Lost Star's Sea” borrow their themes from my fond memories of those early science fiction stories, and, as I've come to realize, from Edgar Rice Burroughs in particular. Their story style, however, reflects the adventure stories of the late Victorian and Edwardian age, by the likes of H Rider Haggard and the sea stories of C J Cutcliffe Hyne and Guy Gilpatric.

“A Summer In Amber” draws its inspiration from the Scottish stories of John Bucham and Compton Mackenzie, as well as Downton Abbey.

“Some Day Days,” it's a rather experimental romance whose perigee is far from clear, even to me.

My newest novel, "Beneath the Lanterns," was written as a fantasy adventure. However, its primary fantasy element is that it is set in an imaginary land, and so it can also be read as a straight adventure or even as science fiction, since it has a science fiction backstory.

What all these stories have it common is that they are stories written the way I enjoy my fiction – lighthearted, character-driven stories with danger, adventure, humor and a bit of romance told from the “ground level” of first person narratives.

As for me, well, I've lived a very ordinary life. One wife, two grown children, a couple of grandchildren, no dogs, no cats, one car and a house in a small Midwest town. Besides writing for a couple of hours each morning, I paint impressionist paintings,
( http://litka.deviantart.com/ ) put several thousand miles on my bike each year, putter around the yard in summer and the web in winter.

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Review by: Mike White on July 14, 2017 :
The attention to detail in this story was great. While I think that the characters could have been more developed, the world-building and plotting was interesting.
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Review by: Carol on June 24, 2017 :
Interesting world building with a somewhat dystopian world. I liked how the ending was handled (would be a spoiler to talk about the twist).
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Review by: Hannes Birnbacher on April 22, 2016 :
A great romance, playing in the near future, very interesting, very touching! I love the humour of the author, too!
Some reviewers do mention the typos. They were not annoying in my March 2016 Download, so I think some have been corrected; the problem seems to be with the author being a perfectionist, not so much in the text being faulty; there are much worse among the smaswords books. English is not my mother language, but by considering what would be the sound of a word and which other words sound the same (e.g. "there" and "their"), I was able to understand what was the sense immediately.
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Review by: Ted Scott on Aug. 25, 2015 :
This is a well written enjoyable book. It seems to be more of a romance than a science fiction adventure title, though there was a lot of adventure in it. It's probably for the best that the science was downplayed, as the biggest problem for this author seems to be research. Lack of research, poor use of the English language, and even simple spelling errors when repeated continuously made it hard to read. The great skill of the author in creating interesting and believable characters saved the book!
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Review by: Gucky on Aug. 18, 2015 :
Very much enjoyed this book. While no really a sequel to some day days, it plays about thirty years in the future and, again relationships between the different characters are well developed. Even non scifi readers will enjoy this. Hopefully there will be another installment
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Review by: davidrsweet on July 8, 2015 :
I enjoyed this book. There is good character development and a reasonable plot. It is not too heavy on the science fiction, more of a romance in a future-retro setting. If it had been edited to remove typos it would have been even better.
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