Upcoming Projects from H. L. Burke 

Magician's Gift: A Spellsmith & Carver Story

October 31, 2019


Jericho Carver has fought evil fairies and defeated dragons.
He never expected his greatest challenge to be finding the perfect anniversary gift for his beloved wife.
Ten years of marriage merits something flashy and fantastic. At least that's what Jericho's brother-in-law says. Jericho Carver has never been a flashy sort of guy, but to give his wife the magical anniversary she deserves, he will pull out all the stops.
What could possibly go wrong?
A companion short story to the Spellsmith & Carver Gaslamp Fantasy Series.

Untitled Puss in Boots Retelling

Young huntsman Spencer is a faithful servant of his king and constant guardian of the blind but adventurous Princess Everly. When the princess travels to a neighboring kingdom to marry their charming prince, the king entrusts Spencer with ensuring his daughter's safe journey. Unfortunately, the true danger to Everly waits for her in the form of her intended groom.

In the safety of his own kingdom, Prince Mykel reveals himself for the bully he is, and terrified Everly seeks help from the only one she truly trusts. Thankfully Spencer is clever enough to help her escape back to her homeland ... unfortunately, he isn't clever enough to escape himself.

Caught by a vengeful sorcerer king, Spencer finds himself cursed to four paws, a tail ... the whole feline package. If he wants to shed his furry form, all he has to do is ensure that Princess Everly marries the king's son. 
The good news, there's a loophole: the king didn't specify which son, so when Spencer discovers Prince Mykel's illegitimate half-brother hiding at the local mill, he thinks he's found his ticket back to humanity without sacrificing Everly's well-being. All Spencer has to do is ensure a hapless miller marries the beautiful princess. Easy when one is a clever cat with an innate sense of style ... 

What might not be so easy is putting aside his own feelings for the gentle princess ... or accepting her marrying a man too feckless to keep track of his own pants.  

Untitled YA Project

Stealer of warmth, bringer of death.

Foundling Lizbete has lived her life enduring the suspicions of her small town home ... suspicions that might prove to be well-deserved. Unable to produce her own bodyheat, to survive she has to draw warmth from other sources--the sun, fires, or other living beings. In a village where everyone talks, keeping her secret is hard enough, but when her needs start to harm those around her, Lizbete wonders if she even belongs with other humans.

Adding to the chaos, strange figures stalk the shadows of her isolated home. Livestock goes missing. Children are stalked, and the villagers start to notice these nefarious happenings often occur in Lizbete's orbit. The answer to it all might lie in the steam vents, mysterious caverns honeycombing the landscape around the village. Lizbete's need for answers--as well as warmth--lure her to these mysterious wells of geothermal energy. However, more than truth might lurk within the eerie glow of the volcanic passages.

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