Will O’ the Wisp

Amazon came through, and it appears to have worked without a problem. This post will include links. I’ve been talking about this story for quite some time, and it’s time to let you know what it’s all about.

A Will O’ the Wisp is a rare natural phenomonon. Scientist aren’t entirely sure what it is, but the prevailing belief is it may be a fourth stage of matter called plasma. It produces a glowing light that seems to move around. It is most frequently seen over wetlands and bogs, but has been seen over old cemeteries too. The wisp may also appear around fault lines, and some believe this is cause by friction.

Wisps have been seen all over the world, and are getting scarce. As humans fill in wetlands, and relocate old cemeteries they are spotted less frequently.

As you might imagine, the wisps have legends from every culture on Earth. I simply took the legends and ran with it. You didn’t really expect a geology story from me, did you?

Patty Hall is a fifteen year old girl who wears corrective leg braces. This was a relatively common situation in the 1970s when the story takes place. I was around and everyone knew at least one kid who had to endure these. Patty likes stargazing, is enamored with the space program, and is into science fiction. It is while stargazing one night that she first comes across the Will O’ the Wisp.

I don’t want to put out too many spoilers, but the wisp has been targeting Patty’s family for generations. If she doesn’t figure something out soon her next stop is the local cemetery.

I think this is the best thing I’ve ever written and I would appreciate it if you’d check it out. There are two different versions published. I wanted to acknowledge that teenagers love their music. It’s a natural thing for them. I always have a couple of personal challenges in each story, and one was to learn about Copyright and obtain a license to quote some lyrics. I was moderately successful, but could only obtain the license for North America. Therefore; one link for the USA, Canada, and Mexico. The other link is for the rest of the world.

I tried my universal link thingie, and these links should take you to the proper store. If anyone has any problems, please let me know.

Northern American Continent link http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00UPH6BNS

Rest of the world link http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00UQNDT2C

My other challenge was to write something in first person point of view. I’ve never done it, and it was a fun experience. Of course I chose the POV of a fifteen year old girl. Why make it easy and use a grouchy old man? My rule was if Patty cannot see it, smell it, or read it, it didn’t get into the book. It was challenging, and you’ll have to let me know how I did.

I learned a new term last week, street team. Without knowing it, I used a street team to help with my promotions. A group of wonderful people agreed to read an advance copy and help me out. I won’t embarrass anyone by calling out names, but I am eternally grateful to these wonderful people. I also know that I’m getting honest reviews from these folks and they won’t cut me any slack if I made a mistake.

I’m also indebted to my street team, and if they ever need me on their team, I would be honored.

I still have a lot to do, including figuring out how to use the sidebar with two different links. I hope I don’t have to add the cover twice.

Remember, early sales really help, and the lending library is an option too. There is a link in my sidebar where you can get a free reading app if you need one.


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21 responses to “Will O’ the Wisp

  1. Congrats. Looks like a good story.


  2. I just bought your book. I plan on enjoying it starting tonight.


  3. Hey Criag, Congratulations. This one sounds like it was a challenge but right up my street 🙂

    I’m a little jealous as I’m desperate to grt my fourth blake edited but a small person’s impeding my progress!

    I know, I know hare and tortoise – I’ll get there I’m sure. In the meantime, good luck with the launch!


  4. Ali Isaac

    Woohòoooooo! Congrats Craig! This is a great book! Good luck with it!


  5. How does the song lyrics work? If you quote the artist does that cover you, or do you still need permission? I used lyrics in my last book. I wonder if the publisher covers that, or if I’m responsible. Unfortunately, it’s crucial to the scene so I’d rather not remove it. Help!


    • This is my understanding, and you should consult an attorney for better data. Titles are safe, and even my book title isn’t unique. There is fair use, which might be like dancing around the theme of a song. I did some of this in the first chapter or two.

      When you quote lyrics, you probably need a license. We can take this to email if you need more data.

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  6. Ok, bought it! I got it from amazon.co.uk though rather than from the link you posted. In the past I’ve had trouble buying Kindle books from the US site, so if any other UK peeps have a problem, give them the UK link for it – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Will-Wisp-C-S-Boyack-ebook/dp/B00UQNDT2C/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1426523733&sr=1-1&keywords=will+o+the+wisp+boyack


  7. I typically don’t care to read first person stories, but you did a remarkable job, and actually in WOW, I preferred it exactly as you wrote it. Kudos to you, my friend! ❤


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