What are the readers saying?

It’s time for a bit of self promotion. I’ve never hidden the fact this is a writer’s blog, and one of its jobs is to promote my work.

My newest book is Will O’ the Wisp. This story has three facets the readers are enjoying.

  • It’s a coming of age story.
  • It’s a paranormal mystery.
  • It’s a walk down memory lane.

The reviews are all suggesting this as well. Let’s look at the reviews:

So much fun! March 15, 2015 — I particularly enjoyed the fact that it was set in the 1970’s. I can relate to microwaves, writing letters, phone chords, and mercurochrome…

Bottom line? I loved it! Get the book. Read the book. You will NOT regret it.

Boyack’s Best Yet! March 16, 2015 — In my view, this is Boyack’s best yet, his piece de resistance! All his characters are strong and well defined, but Craig has excelled in stepping into Patty’s shoes; he has produced a most convincing teen, likeable one minute, and annoying the next, a self-reliant, independent and free-thinking child of the seventies, an era which he has expertly and admirably reproduced in this story, and which is certain to bring back many memories for many readers.

Although this story is classified as YA, I recommend it to anyone who is still young at heart (or who can at least still remember how being young felt).

A delightful read for young and old alike! March 15, 2015 —  It’s bad enough she has to deal with adolescent issues like attending her first dance; an overprotective mother who insists she wear leg braces Patty knows she doesn’t need; and friends who have waded into the dating pool when she’s still woefully single, but toss in the centuries-old curse and a neighbor who has been possessed by “the Wisp,” and Patty’s life is far from average. I won’t give away the ending, but the author pulled the plot threads together in a way that was not only satisfying but fun.

This is an engaging YA read, but it’s also a treat for adults who will remember the era in which this is set. I loved the glimpse into a small rural town/farming community and the magic and whimsy of friendship. Remember Quisp cereal, your first teen dance, roaming through fields at night, exploring old cemeteries, sharing secrets with your friends? All of that magic and more is here. Patty is an everyday kid you can’t help but cheer for and admire. A delightful read for young and old alike.

Great YA Urban Fantasy April 14, 2015 — I  loved this book, and it had something to offer on every page. Patty, and indeed all the characters, are drawn excellently and I cared what happened to them all. The world building, plot, pacing, and character development were brilliant.

Will O’ the Wisp  April 20, 2015 — If Sci-Fi and Paranormal fiction had a teenage daughter, it would be Will O’ the Wisp.
Will O’ the Wisp takes place in the mid-70s and stars Patty Hall a fifteen year old girl with a fascination for space, an over protective mom –who expects too much from her, an easy going step dad, and a family curse.
Can Patty end this curse?
You’ll have to read to find out.
Thrilling – don’t miss this intriguing story! March 22, 2015 — Ernest Hemingway once stated “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” C. S. Boyack shows this mastery with this story – he created living people instead of mere characters. I was drawn into the story right away – very close to Patty. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading Will O’ the Wisp. It is a very enjoyable read.
WOW! What a remarkable book! March 17, 2015 —  This YA novel will chill the spines of young and old alike, and is guaranteed to give you goosebumps. The characters are well-developed, the setting is vivid, and the time-period is told perfectly. Mr. Boyack really outdid himself with this wonderful tale of The Wonder Years meets The Exorcist.
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Wow! Compared to Hemingway. It’s the beard, I know it is. All joking aside, I really enjoyed writing this one. I also believe in it strongly. I would appreciate a few more of you adding it to your reading lists.
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41 responses to “What are the readers saying?

    • Thanks, just need more of them. I have a few ideas though.

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      • I hear you on that. Never figured out how to get more reviews beyond doling out freebies.

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      • I am to the point that any of my friends can have freebies for the asking. I’m kind of down on Amazon free days.

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      • I’ve had such terrible luck with free days. As far as giving copies away, I have to admit that I’ve yet to see many reviews come from that. Maybe 1 or 2 for every 10.

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      • Better than my December event where I gave away every book for one day. I have away hundreds and hundreds of books. Never got one review.

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      • Reminds me of one I did early on. Gave away 10 books through my blog/email. Never heard back from any of the people and most of the email addresses went dead a week later. I think people just like getting free stuff even if they don’t really want it.

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      • I think you’re right. I netted one review from the Rafflecopter already though. It was part of my recent blog tour. You just never know. I try stuff, if it works I try it again. I just hope I can keep coming up with new stuff to try. Eventually, something will work.

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      • Same here. Gets harder and harder to think up new stuff for a long series. The free copies now has an issue that people might not have read the last 6. Short series and standalone books have an advantage in that respect.

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      • I can see that. At your point maybe you can bundle the first 3 for a good deal somehow.

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      • Been toying with the idea. The downside is that the singles would stop selling and the bundle wouldn’t have the same marketing push since the singles were already on all the sites. I need to get them edited too. They were the three that I did on my own over the course of a decade.

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      • What I’ve seen is a bundle at a smokin good price that goes away in 30 – 60 days. All the singles are still for sale, because the bundle is a separate publication. Then you push the crap out of the bundle as a “get ’em while you still can” product. Kind of how I wound up with all those Disney cartoons on VHS. Once your time is up, you unpublish the bundle. You only need one cover, so it ought to be something new. I’ve considered it myself with 1 sci-fi, 1 fantasy, and 1 paranormal. I decided to go with the short story book instead.

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      • I’ll have to look into that. Good comparison to the Disney Vault thing too. Worked in a DVD store in Orlando, so we got a front row seat to that at times. The cover is the tough part right now because Jason is busy with the other ones and his big jobs. I didn’t know you could have a bundle disappear from Amazon though. They told me that everything ever sold has to stay in case someone wants to do a return. Only way to get totally erased is through complaints.

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      • My “understanding” is that after a short period of time, you can unpublish something. There is an unpublish option on the Kindle site. Might bear further research, but I thought returns are why the checks lag a month or two.

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      • I’ll have to look into it. Never thought of the returns and the 60 day wait on royalties.

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      • If anything, I’d probably attempt it after the whole series is out and I go through them again. Maybe replace the singles with a ‘special edition’ bundle or something? Replace sounds wrong though.

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  1. Hey Craig, its wonderful to see those fab reviews coming in! Well done, you deserve them. They are just the first of many, you’ll see.

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  2. Yay for you! All those reviews are well deserved. And I will never think of Quisp cereal again without recalling the whimsy of Will O’ the Wisp.

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  3. Well done Craig, this is great stuff! Some great reviews. It’s so difficult to do. I couldn’t even tell you how many free book promos I’ve done and never got the reveiws to show for it but that’s not really why I do them. I think people are just more likely to review something they paid for. I am. I’d feel cheeky giving a bad review for something I didn’t pay for and if was great, I’d just think cool! I suspect most of the people downloading free books are not regular reviewers. Your launch seems to be goign great guns though. Good luck!

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    • That sounds similar to my experience too. I doubt if many of the free books I gave away even got read. I won’t try it again. There has to be a better way.

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      • There does, let me know if you find it 😉 I’ve had some moderate success with a site called bloggers required. You pay to advertise for bloggers to review your book. You offer them a free copy in exchange for review. Several things to be aware of though: they are normally, lifestyle/beauty bloggers (not really a problem for my genre) and you send them the copy in PDF but you can’t guarantee a review. It would be unethical to harass them you just have to hope they will do it. I’ve garnered a few comprehensive reviews this way. Just to be clear I’m paying to advertise as needing reviewers, I do not pay for the reviews – that is unethical!

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      • Sounds interesting. Thanks.

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      • You’re welcome, it might be worth a go 🙂

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  4. Just reading the reviews reminded me of playing in a cemetery growing up, stretching the phone chord until I practically ripped it off the wall, etc. This sounds like such a fun read it’s on my to-read pile for sure.

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  5. Wonderful reviews! 🙂 congratulations.

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  6. I loved this book from the moment I started reading it, and would definitely read it again. (And again…)

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  7. Reblogged this on Mari Wells and commented:
    I love love love this coming of age novel. It has so many twists and turns. Head over to C.S. Boyack’s site and follow his links to Will O’ the Wisp

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