Back-To-School Book & Blog Block Party

Today it’s my turn at the Rave Reviews Book Club’s big party. The party runs all through the month of September, and it features some cool prizes. One of the first things I’m supposed to post is whatever today’s prize is. I’ll do that, but first I want to tell you about this great club.

RRBC is made up of authors and readers. We support each other by helping spread the word about each other’s books. I’ve been the beneficiary of this support on several occasions. I was a Push Tuesday recipient. I was promoting Panama at the time, and my Twitter feed blew up before I even got out of bed. I entered a little friendly competition regarding blogging about the club and won that about six months later. My prize was a week long blog tour all set up by folks who know what they are doing. Last week I was selected as Member of the Week. It was good timing with my book release, and I doubt there’s anyone left on social media who hasn’t seen my cool cover.

I’m only giving away one prize today, but I think it’s a good one. I’ve already pre-paid for a one year membership to the Rave Reviews Book Club. I’d like to encourage folks to join, and this is my attempt. If you’re already a member, I’ll extend the winner’s membership for another year. You can check out the club at this link: RRBC. The way to enter is to leave a comment here today. Winners will be posted here tomorrow. I already won a free book, and they notified me by email too.

I’m supposed to tell readers about my wares today. I’ll just say that I write speculative fiction and leave it at that. There’s more info in my sidebar and on the ‘about me’ page. I want to have some fun at this party too. So here we go:

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Dawn filtered through the trees just east of the writing cabin. I gathered up an armful of stuff from the refrigerator and shoved it into a cooler before dragging it into the paranormal office. Nothing too scary, a few shrunken heads and one old hand of glory.

I made sure the Will O’ the Wisp was safe in its bell jar before yelling up the stairs. “Lisa*, can you throw the Raven of Doubt in here too before we lock the door? I don’t want any of our visitors to walk away with a head full of doubts.”

Lisa and Doubt

“No problem, boss. Then I’ll set up that cask of Dwarven lager for your guests.”

“Oh my God, what are you wearing?”

“You said it was a party.”

“That’s more red carpet than what I had in mind.”

“Fine. I’ll change then. Maybe you prefer overalls and my straw hat.”

“There’s no time. Cars are coming up the driveway right now. Is my tie straight?”

“You look fine. Relax, the cabin’s nice this time of year. I haven’t seen a wolf since the migration last Spring. I even put all your carnivorous plants in the basement. You don’t want one belching in front of your friends.”

“Okay, you tend the bar, and try to stay out of trouble. I’ll mingle and have some fun today.”

“You need it. You’ve been wound up like an eight day clock.”

“What did you say?”

“I said, don’t forget to tell everyone about the free paper dolls at the top of the page.”

Good idea, the ‘Look Free Stuff’ tab. Okay, remember to smile. As my spokes model, we want people to like you.”

“Everyone likes me. It’s you I’m worried about.”

*Lisa Burton is the main character in my first novel. She’s a robot, and serves as my assistant out at the writing cabin these days. She’s also the official spokes model for Entertaining Stories.

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I hope everyone enjoys my stop on the party tour. Have a beer, look around, click some book covers. Avoid the basement.

My new book, The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack is on pre-order right now from Amazon. This is a book of short stories and micro-fiction. I’m only asking 99ยข and would really appreciate a few more early sales. Amazon will deliver your books tomorrow. (That’s why I picked today as my party stop.)

In October I’m running a blog series I call Macabre Macaroni. This involves me posting a new micro-fiction every week for the month. I’m asking folks to contribute artwork to display with the stories. The theme is Macabre Macaroni. I will include all of your links when I display the art. If I only get one, I’ll display it every week. If I get too many, I may have to do a separate art post to cover them all.

Note for Jason Zandry, kids can send in stuff too. The stories will be more Goosebumps than Stephen King.

Tacky stuff is welcome here too. If you want to send me a macabre picture you made by glueing dried macaroni to a board, I’ll display it. Maybe some of you have mad photoshop skills and can create a dish of maneating macaroni, send it over. Macaroni with tentacles or medical waste would be awesome. I’d love to see what you come up with. Let’s avoid anything that might be adult themed though, please. Artists are welcome to contact me at: Coldhand (dot) Boyack (at) gmail (dot) com.

Ya’ll come back now.

Update: To bring closure to the contest. The winner of the fully paid membership in Rave Reviews Book Club is Ali Isaac. Wonderful addition to our book club.

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136 responses to “Back-To-School Book & Blog Block Party

  1. Ali Isaac

    Am I first at this party? That’s unusual! I’d like to contribute some potรญn… its made from potatoes, you know, 40-90% alcohol, I’m surprised you havent tried making any, Craig. Anyway, it’ll blow your socks off, so handle with care! Good luck with the fab new book, I have it on order already. I’ll just go and sit at the bar and annoy Lisa till more people get here… always wanted to visit this writing cabin, its amazing! But I think I would get somewhat distracted if I was to write here…

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  2. Wait. This isn’t a red carpet affair? Not that I’m wearing a tux or anything, but I did get a limo . . . well a tricycle that has a Lincoln sign drawn on it. So is there anything better than Dwarven Lager?

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  3. Thanks for inviting us here today. It’s wonderful to meet you and Lisa. The writing cabin is a great place for a party! I agree that RRBC is a real gem for both authors and readers. The support everyone can find there is second to none!

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  4. Make mine a Jamesons, slainte! Guinness gives me wind and I can’t eat potatoes (despite an Irish Nana).

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  5. You are busy Craig, and what a wonderful gift you are proposing. Someone will be lucky today. Thank you for the beer, but I prefer wine, red. Enjoy the party. Oh. by the way, I have two of your books on my Kindle, and once it is there, it will be read. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun.

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  6. Great post, C.S.! It’s an incredibly generous prize you are giving away. I won’t enter to give newcomers a chance to win. I want our RRBC family to grow. Have a great blog party day!

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  7. harmonykentonline

    Hey Craig! Love the cabin! Any alcohol will do for me, LOL. I have your books on my scarily-long TBR, which looks as terrifying as man-eating macaroni these days! Best of luck with everything ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Macabre Macaroni, I love it! I’m going to have to come back now and read your micro fiction blog! Have fun with the block party!

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  9. Wonderful post. I think your prize is the best. I hope a non-member gets it. Every time I come to your place i find I’ve had a great time and learned something. Thanks for having me.

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  10. Ha! Man-eating macaroni! I love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Wow, Craig, that’s quite a gift. Thanks for the invite to the cabin. Lisa sent me a special invitation (hope it doesn’t bite). I’ll try one of your pumpkin beers, perfect for the season. Oops, wait. *straightens your tie* There, perfect. Hey, where’s Ol’ What’s Her Face? I’d love to meet her (and call her by her real name). Thanks for keeping Doubt in the basement. I’ve had enough of my own to last a lifetime.

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  12. RRBC’s a great club – promotes adult beverages. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great site, Craig. Little early for a beer so I’ll coffee it. Novel party prize idea. Best of luck.

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  13. Parties are so much fun, and what a cool prize you’re handing away! Wow, it’s crowded in here already and I see more cars coming up the drive. Looks like your writing cabin is the happening spot to be! I’m gong to wander over to the bar, say hi to Lisa and grab a white wine. Nice way to kick off a week and a new book, Craig!

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  14. ‘Avoid the basement.’ Love it. Fun post – enjoyed how you dove right into the excerpt after the RRBC shout-out. Best of luck today and with all your work, and I’ll plan to get back for Macabre Macaroni (maybe with my ‘little writers’ too!

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  15. Craig–what a fun party, and at a great location, too! Your prize is inspired! It truly is a gift that keeps on giving! Good luck on your new book!

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  16. And there is the notice from WordPress that my stats are booming. This is bound to get in my top ten posts on the sidebar today.

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  17. Great visit to the party, Craig. I love your site and the entertaining blog. Best of luck with the Block Party.

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  18. Wow! Yours is the kind of party that people like to talk about and say, “you missed it!” Micro-fiction blog sounds cool. I’ll be back! Have fun today!

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  19. Great site, Craig. I like the idea of Macabre Macaroni. Very best of luck with it. if I can I’ll add something.

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  20. What a geat post! So much fun! And a super prizeโ€”I hope I win!!! I’ll definitely be checking back for Macabre Macaroni! Thanks!

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  21. What a fun post! And I absolutely MUST check out the basement before I leave. Lol Thank you for joining in on the Back To School tour. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  22. What a fantastic post, and an AMAZING giveaway, Craig! Best of luck today!

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  23. I love the post and what a great idea for a prize! Best of luck to you.

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  24. Awesome giveaway, Craig! I love your book covers. I’m pretty sure I have one of your books on my kindle. Looks like the party is in full swing. I’m off to the bar to grab a white wine!

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  25. PHS

    Reblogged this on Archer's Aim and commented:
    Today’s stop on the RRBC Back-to-School Book & Blog Block Party with C. S. Boyack.

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  26. PHS

    Enjoy the day and best wishes on sales of the new book – just pre-ordered and putting it on my GR list. I like Raven hanging around – you’re never quite sure what’s going on!

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  27. Joe Stephens

    This was great fun! I enjoyed my tour. About that basement…

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  28. Enjoyable post, Craig! I will definitely stay topside of the cabin. I have pre-ordered your new release and look forward to reading it. Love your site too. I’ll keep nosing around a bit. I promise to stay out of trouble and away from the basement.

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  29. Great story bite. Loved your sentiment on rave reviews as well.

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  30. Another fun post on this great party tour. Macaroni art results should be cool

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  31. Ordering a copy after I’m done here. Looking forward to the read. You’re October series sounds interesting, so I’ll have to stop by then as well. Great job getting my interest at least =)

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  32. Genius prize and dolly giveaways Craig! The blog’s looking great as well – has it been spruced up recently? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Loved Panama – am looking forward to Experimenting soon ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Thanks, Jan. I remember your review of Panama. I change my wallpaper every month, and I had to use a slideshow for my older titles. The sidebar was getting too cluttered. I’ll leave the two most current covers prominently, and the older stuff has to live in the slideshow. Hope you enjoy my experiments too.

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  33. Deborah Favorito

    Great prize, I don’t do basements. They are scary

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  34. Who knew a writing cabin could fit this many people? Lovely view, too. Of Lisa, that is. Now, you mentioned something about a basement…?

    I’m looking forward to reviewing the Notebook tomorrow!

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  35. Hi. You definitely win the prize (is there one? there should be) for the most off-the-wall post/blog so far. Very imaginative. Well done.

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  36. Wow! What a great prize! Well done!

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  37. Congrats on new book, hope you get lots of pre-orders!

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  38. Love the background, Craig. Just added Willow O’ Wisp to my every growing wishlist.

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  39. A fine example of a fantastic blog post, Craig! Well done, sir. May you meet up with great success from this day forward! Best wishes to you.

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  40. Great blog, Ali and a very impressive site. I was at a party one evening here in Ireland where someone slipped a bottle of potin into the punch bowl. At least half of those there finished up lying on the floor, incapable. Powerful stuff, potin. Have a great blog party.

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  41. Fun website. Best of luck with the new book!

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  42. Great party stop, Craig! Can Lisa mix an Appletini? Great place to write! Looking forward to getting your book tomorrow – have a great party!

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  43. Renae Lucas-Hall

    Hi Craig, thanks for the invitation. We’d like to bring our Siberian husky Benson but he is black and white and he looks a lot like a wolf! You did tell everyone you haven’t seen any wolves since spring but we don’t want to scare the guests when we walk through the door! I promise you Benson has the heart of a lamb and everyone will love him. Just one more thing, could you ask everyone not to use the “W” word? Benson is a proud husky but he’s also quite sensitive. By the way, your new book sounds great and I’m looking forward to reading it.

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  44. Wonderful to “meet” you at this party… RRBC is incredible–like none other. Good luck to you!

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  45. Hi, CS. It’s been fun learning more about you and your books, my #RRBC friend. BTW: Nice shout-out for Rave Reviews. Hope you sell lots of books! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  46. What a great gift you are giving away! I’m rooting for a nonmember to win so that he/she gets an opportunity to see just how amazing RRBC is. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  47. Hey Craig…awesome post and story. Way to keep the party going. I just pre-ordered Experiment. Best of luck with your launch. Go #RRBC…
    Maurice

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  48. Hi Craig! Your blog background is very cool – and I take my Dwarven Ale ice cold with a nice head on it please! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Awesome prize – an RRBC membership is sooo worth the price of admission – you get way more value and the friendships are priceless!

    Thanks for hosting another great party stop – Best regards – ML

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  49. Hi Craig,
    Wonderful to learn a little more about you and your work. Bravo! I’m loving this block party! Cheers. ๐Ÿ™‚

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