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

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
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: 54,130. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
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: 112,140. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
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: 126,430. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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: 351,380. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
(4.67 from 3 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: 328,530. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.57 from 14 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
(4.00 from 1 review)
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: 116,470. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
(4.14 from 7 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.