Fantasy Authors Unplugged New Release Special: Voyage of the Lanternfish by C. S. Boyack

I’m over at P. H. Solomon’s place today. The topic is how I handled a large cast of characters. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them. P. H. Is one of my Story Empire partners. Visit his home space and get to know him.

Archer's Aim

Greetings to the Archer’s Aim readers today. I welcome C. S. Boyack back to the bog with his new release: Voyage of the Lanternfish. Take it away, Craig!

Thanks for having me over again, P. H. You’re always welcome at my place too. I’m here today to hawk my new story, Voyage of the Lanternfish. Lanternfish is a pirate fantasy all the way. It differs from classic fantasy in that gunpowder is involved. This story has cannon and muskets to go along with it’s swords and sorcery.

It’s been a few years since I wrote an ensemble cast into one of my stories. Someone may teach this somewhere, but I kind of came up with the recipe myself.

On a tall ship there can be hundreds of men that make up the crew. (Even more on a pirate ship.) The main task is manning the sails, but it doesn’t require…

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Guest Post: Voyage of the Lanternfish by C.S. Boyack #adventure #pirates

Lisa is visiting with Charles today to discuss Voyage of the Lanternfish. The topic today is the character Serang. There is a new poster too, so get over there and grab a copy. Charles is a great author of fantasy tales, and a super supportive blogger. If you don’t know him yet, you ought to get acquainted while you’re there.

Legends of Windemere

(Today I have a special guest.  Lisa Burton is here to talk about C.S. Boyack’s newest book, Voyage of the Lanternfish.  She’s brought both a new picture of herself and a look behind the curtain at one of the story’s colorful characters.  Enjoy!)

“Thanks for having me back, Charles. This is getting to be a regular stop on Craig’s book tours. This visit, the new book is Voyage of the Lanternfish, a pirate fantasy. If you like the idea of monsters, magic, and artifacts mingled with flintlocks, cannon, and tall ships, Lanternfish might be just what you’re looking for.

“My specific topic is a character named Serang. She’s really cool, and a lot cooler than Craig makes her out to be. He’s making me bring you some of his own words to post, and since he signs the checks, here it is.”


There are a lot of wonderful…

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It’s Release Day! End of Day by Mae Clair #SupernaturalSuspense #Mystery #Thriller

Mae Clair has a new book out. I’ll pick up my copy today, because that spike in sales really helps. I’ll have to wait to the weekend to start reading it. Check out her post and pick up your copy too.

From the Pen of Mae Clair

Today is the book birthday for End of Day, book 2 of my Hode’s Hill trilogy.  If you enjoyed book 1, Cusp of Night, you’ll find this one in the same vein. Once again, I’m visiting the small Pennsylvania town of Hode’s Hill, but with a plot whose tentacles reach back to the town’s founding. As in Cusp of Night, I’ve spun two mysteries—one in the the past (taking place in the year 1799) and one in the present. You get two separate mysteries that tie together at the end.

Book cover for End of Day, mystery/suspense novel by Mae Clair shows old dilapidated church with bell tower and a cemetery in the background overgrown with weedsThe past is never truly buried…  

Generations of Jillian Cley’s family have been tasked with a strange duty—tending the burial plot of Gabriel Vane, whose body was the first to be interred in the Hode’s Hill cemetery. Jillian faithfully continues the long-standing tradition—until one October night, Vane’s body is stolen from its resting place. Is…

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Voyage of the Lanternfish – A Visit by Craig Boyack

Lanternfish is docked at Port Aransas today. Stop over to John’s place and say hi. The topic is those unexpected things that happen when we write our stories. John is a great author and blogger. If you haven’t met him yet, you need to get over there double quick.

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Voyage of the Lanternfish

Normally today would be a Top Ten Things Not to Do post. Because of the launch of his new book, I decided to invite Craig Boyack to the post to tell you all about it. I have read a number of Craig’s books and loved them all. I have not read Voyage of the Lanternfish but have a belief that it will be terrific based on the others. The top Ten will return next week. The post is all yours Craig.

Thanks for inviting me over, John. I’m here to talk about my new book, Voyage of the Lanternfish. This one is a pirate fantasy and includes magic and monsters.

Lanternfish had one of those magical things happen as I was drafting it. An unexpected theme revealed itself, but not intentionally. Drafting a story is my favorite part because sometimes, things you didn’t plot out influence the story in a…

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Miss me?

Yup, just me today. No book promo involved. The book tour is ongoing and will continue for a while.

I’m grateful for all of you that are coming along. To keep it interesting, I made every post unique. To those of you who already purchased a copy, I’m even more grateful. Even if Lanternfish isn’t your cup of tea, there are some decent posts about the inner workings about creating such a book. I’ve had a great time talking to everyone along the way.

This weekend, my wife had to work. Aside from chasing back and forth to monitor blog comments, I managed a lot of new words of fiction. It wouldn’t surprise me if I’m over ten-thousand. I didn’t break it down, because it spreads across two different projects.

When one project requires a bit of thought, I switch to the other. This is completely unlike my regular process, but it’s working.

Aside from letting Otto chase the squirrel, and Frankie chase him, that’s what I’ve been doing this weekend.

We’re off together tomorrow, so I might not get any more writing done, but I really can’t complain. I was pretty productive.

I don’t know what we’ll do, but I have a post out there somewhere to find and monitor. I’ll share it here to provide a path to those who are interested.

Such is the glamorous life of an author. We’re staying in tonight and finding something on the television.

How was your weekend?


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An Excerpt from C.S. Boyack’s New Book, Voyage of the Lanternfish

I’m over at Don Massenzio’s place today. This time it’s another excerpt from Voyage of the Lanternfish. This one is about the moving reef.

Author Don Massenzio

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome C.S. Boyack to my blog and help him spread the word about his new book. I have met many authors along the way, but Craig is one who, in my voracious reading life, gets his books added to my Kindle as soon as they come out. I have read all of his books and thoroughly enjoy his writing style, no matter the genre.

It’s hard to put his books in a distinct category. It’s just fun to start reading one and enjoy the ride.

To set the scene, this happened at officer’s mess in the captain’s cabin. Mal, the ship surgeon asked about a pendant worn by one of the other officers. Let’s pick it up there.

So, sit back and enjoy this excerpt from Voyage of the Lanternfish.



Mal turned to Johnny Jump Up and pointed to his necklace. “This?”


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Authors Supporting Authors: Introducing C. S. Boyack’s New Release: “Voyage of the Lanternfish”

Lisa is visiting with Colleen Chesebro today. The topic is one of the supporting characters from Lanternfish. She’s also handing out another new poster. Stop over and say hi.

Colleen Chesebro ~ The Faery Whisperer

Hi everyone. Today, I’m visited by Lisa Burton and C. S. (Craig) Boyack. I’m thrilled to share that Craig has a new book that he recently published on New Year’s Eve! Let’s welcome them both to my blog today.

“Oh, my gosh, Colleen, thanks for having me over today. Winter is a good time to get away from the writing cabin.

“Craig wanted me to deliver my poster, then let him discuss the character of Fala. It seems I drift off topic too much for him sometimes. I brought his statement, and you can include it, but Fala is a cool character. She’s been through a lot and came through it tempered and stronger.”

“I’d better let Craig have his say, or he’ll have a hissy fit… again. Here you are.”

Thanks, Lisa. Craig has hissy fits? Wow, I didn’t know that. I guess we know that now… Erm, well…

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