C. Litka

Biography

I write adventure romances. Romances in the old sense of novels that depict settings and events remote from everyday life. The fact that my stories are set in imaginary times and locales, mean that they can conventionality be considered science fiction. The heart of science fiction, however, is found in short stories, and in speculating on future society and technology, which is not my focus. I write character focused novels that use imaginary locales for that remoteness from everyday life that gives them the air of those old fashioned romances.

In my teen years I read hundreds of science fiction books. Since then I’ve read many other types of novels, detective and mystery stories, humor, adventure, military, and sea stories, most of them written in the first half of the last century. Having lived a perfectly ordinary and, thankfully, an uneventful life, it is my reading that has shaped the style and themes of my stories – old fashioned stories with modern sensibilities. I write first person narratives featuring likable, modern characters, lighthearted, realistic adventures, told with humor and a bit of that other type of romance as well.

I live in a small Wisconsin town. I’ve been married for as long as I can remember, with two grown children and a couple of grandchildren. Besides writing, I paint impressionist landscapes and put in an hour’s bike ride each day on the local bike trail when it’s warm and, during the long Wisconsin winters, inside, with the bike on a stand next to a window.

Smashwords Interview

How can readers get in touch with you?
I welcome emails from readers. I can be reached at cmlitka@gmail.com

For my paintings on Deviantart there is a way for people to leave comments, and it was always nice to hear form people and get to know them a bit. I miss that with writing, so please feel free to drop me a line. If you have any questions or comments, I would be glad to respond, and just for the record, I know that I can't please everyone, so if you have some complaints, I'd be glad to hear those too.
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Where to find C. Litka online

Series

Tales of the Tropic Sea
Adventure stories set in the islands of the Tropic Sea.
The Lost Star Stories
The adventures of Wil Litang, Captain of the tramp space ship Lost Star in the Nine Star Nebula and the Archipelago of the Tenth Star.

Books

Shadows of an Iron Kingdom
Price: Free! Words: 71,850. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.00 from 1 review)
Vaun Di Ai and Rafe d’Mere return in this sequel to The Secrets of Valsummer House, a Nine Star Nebula Mystery/Adventure. This time around, they find themselves on a new planet, Ironlode, and in a Gothic inspired throw-back society of dark forests, ruined castles, and werewolves that are not merely stories. The stakes are high and their enemies are playing for keeps.
The Secrets of Valsummer House
Price: Free! Words: 71,490. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
In this mystery story sequel to The Secret of the Tzarista Moon Lt Di Ai returns to Pine Cove merely to tick off boxes in the case file of the pirate prince’s secret armory, to Rafe d’Mere’s delight and alarm. Pirate princes don’t take kindly to people who cross them, and she did. Add the arrival of a mysterious robot in a box and a mysterious lady, and who knows what danger Di Ai will stir up?
The Secret of the Tzaritsa Moon
Price: Free! Words: 64,790. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Rafe d’Mere saved the Tzaritsa Moon, a spaceship that a pirate prince wanted destroyed. Rafe now had to save himself. He needed to get lost until things quieted down. But then, he met a Patrol agent investigating why the pirate prince wanted the ship destroyed. She had a pretty face, and Rafe soon found himself helping her uncover the secret of the Tzaritsa Moon. A SF mystery/adventure story.
Keiree
Price: Free! Words: 34,220. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Revived after 700 years years, Gy Mons, and his cat Molly, find themselves still on Mars. A plague devastated the solar system soon after they’d been put into suspended animation for the long interstellar expedition that had never sailed. Gy’s love, Keiree Tulla had signed on as well, but her stasis pod had been stored elsewhere, in an unknown facility, so Gy and Molly set out to find her.
Lines in the Lawn
Price: Free! Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Lines in the Lawn is a short story with illustrations written to be read by a grownup to a child. Young Roy Williams dreams of the day when he is old, big, and strong enough to mow the lawn just like his dad. The day finally arrives, first just the little backyard, and as he grows older, the long, sloping front yard. But when his dream is realized, does he really want it anymore? A mystery.
The Prisoner of Cimlye
Series: Tales of the Tropic Sea. Price: Free! Words: 54,260. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
The Prisoner of Cimlye continues the adventures of Sella and Lessie Raah, and Taef Lang from the novel Sailing to Redoubt. Their story resumes six months later. It ties up loose ends and looks forward to their futures. But first, Taef and Sella must rescue Lessie, imprisoned by her angry grandfather, on a naval base on the remote island of Cimlye. A classic tale of adventure and romance.
Sailing to Redoubt
Series: Tales of the Tropic Sea. Price: Free! Words: 112,030. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
When Taef Lang agreed to hold a golden pendent for a sorceress of the Vente Islands he never dreamed of what lay in store for him. One soft, tropical night the Ventes came for him and he soon found himself on a danger filled quest in search of the legendary Last Redoubt of the world’s first people, the Founders. Sailing to Redoubt is a lighthearted adventure novel set in a lush, imaginary world.
Beneath the Lanterns
Price: Free! Words: 126,490. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Beneath the Lanterns is an adventure novel set in an imaginary land. When the son of the ruler of Azere, finds himself engaged to a daughter of the Empress of Jasmyne, his good friend, Kel Cam, offers his help in dealing with this unwanted bride. Kel soon finds himself entangled in the intrigues of empires, threatening not only his freedom, but his life – proving that no good deed goes unpunished.
The Lost Star's Sea
Series: The Lost Star Stories. Price: Free! Words: 351,370. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
(4.40 from 5 reviews)
The Lost Star's Sea is the complete sequel to The Bright Black Sea. Captain Wil Litang, shipwrecked on a floating island in the Archipelago of the Tenth Star, must survive its many perils -- storms, dragons, pirates, and the fabled Dragon Kings. Like the first volume of the Lost Star Stories, this is a rich, character-driven novel that celebrates and reinvents the classic planetary romance .
The Bright Black Sea
Series: The Lost Star Stories. Price: Free! Words: 328,580. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.59 from 17 reviews)
The tramp space ship Lost Star is a ship with a mysterious and very dangerous past. Its future is looking pretty iffy as well. Join the crew of the Lost Star as they cross orbits with cruel assassins, homicidal robots, deadly pirates, and the mythical dragons of space in this long, sweeping space opera which revisits, and reinvents, the golden age of science fiction space adventure.
Some Day Days
Price: Free! Words: 79,990. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Be careful what you wish for – wishes can come true, as Hugh Gallagher discovers when the girl of his dreams, the incomparable Selina Beri, comes seeking his expertise on a piece of technology she needs to understand for her last final exam. Can Hugh, the classic shy, geeky, university student, avoid making a fool of himself with the girl he's loved from afar? A romance set in the near future.
A Summer in Amber
Price: Free! Words: 116,450. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
(4.11 from 9 reviews)
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.

Smashwords book reviews by C. Litka

  • Saving Grace on May 12, 2022

    Saving Grace by Michael Graeme The narrator of this novel, Mike Garrat, is a 60ish year old bachelor, a salesman who was laid off in his late 50’s. Too old to start over, and with enough of a pension and savings to see him through to the age of 75, if he lives frugally, he spends his time volunteering at a charity bookshop, seeking comfort in old books while he muses on his life, his loves, and the dystopian nature of modern life in Britain. That is, until one day, as it says on the tin, when a beautiful woman walks in and ruins his life. He is then forced to rebuild a new life from the ruins, which he does, with the help of Lesley, a homeless young woman, and his boss at the bookshop, Maggs, a woman trapped in an abusive marriage. This is literary mystery of sorts novel with a slow burn romance, a leisurely mystery, that is liberally peppered with observations about contemporary society and British life – as viewed by a man alienated from it. You know the tune – everything is going to hell in a handcart, as it has been since we left the trees, though in this story those observations are leavened with wit and humor. In addition the story is graced with richly drawn, likable characters that you come to care about. I usually enjoy light fiction, this story takes a dark turn early on, but you have to hit bottom before you can start back up. As the story progresses, and Mike slowly finds a new life for himself and his friends, it grows more hopeful. In addition to his struggles, he slowly unravels the mystery surround the of the beautiful young lady who initiates both the destruction of his old and lonesome life and sparks a new and more hopeful one. Michael Graeme is a very good, thoughtful writer. And while this is not my usual fare in reading – I honestly enjoyed this book.