Category Archives: Uncategorized

The Hat – Guest Post (and Book Promo) by Lisa Burton…

Lisa is visiting Chris Graham today. They’re talking about the musical element in The Hat. She’s also sharing another one of her fabulous posters. Stop over and leave us a comment.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Got this email from none other than the lovely Lisa Burton, the most advanced robot girl on Planet Earth, and spokesmodel for Craig Boyack.


Hi, everyone, and thanks for having me over Chris.

I’m here promoting Craig’s newest book, The Hat.

This one is kind of a paranormal superhero origin story.

You have the cover and blurb to whet your appetite a bit.

One of the little games Craig and I fall into sometimes is casting the movie, if someone were ever to produce it. I’m sure all authors have this daydream at some point, but it’s fun to talk about. I mention this, because this story is a little bit different.

The main character, Lizzie St. Laurent, is also a singer, you know, eventually. This means if anyone were to play her in the movie, she would have to sing at some point. Craig thinks maybe a Disney…

View original post 609 more words


Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Book Review: C. S. Boyack’s THE HAT

Reviews are starting to come in for The Hat. Check this one out over at Staci Troilo’s place. I’ll watch the comments, so say hi.

Staci Troilo

The HatLizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs just to keep her head above water.

She inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate, but it belonged to her grandfather. This is no ordinary hat, but a being from an alternate dimension. One with special powers.

Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.

Lizzie gives up everything to rescue the babies. She loses her jobs and may wind up in jail before it’s over. Along the way, she and the hat may have a new way of making ends meet.

View original post 260 more words


Filed under Uncategorized

Fantasy Authors Unplugged: The Hat by C. S. Boyack

PH Solomon is a great author and blogger friend. You can bet I jumped at the chance when he offered to interview me for his Unplugged series. Stop over to his site, and get some deeper insight into me and my new book The Hat. While you’re there, consider following this great author and blogger. I’ll be watching the comments, so say hi.

Archer's Aim

Fantasy Authors Unplugged is back and I hope there will be more posts for the feature soon. Today, fellow Story Empire contributor, C. S. Boyack pays a visit with his latest book, The Hat, in the spotlight. I’m pleased to have Craig back today…

Thanks for having me over again, P. H. It’s been a while now.

You’ve written a wide range of books from anthologies to novels. How do you approach a story and decide what the length will be?

I have a hard time with this one. Like most authors, I started out writing tomes that were huge. As I learned to me more efficient with my words, I often have a hard time making word count these days.

I still want specific projects at certain parameters though. The Hat was designed to be a novella, because there is a market I want to approach. I would have…

View original post 1,063 more words


Filed under Uncategorized

Lorelei the Muse is Here with ‘The Hat’ by C.S. Boyack #newrelease @virgilante

Lorelei the Muse is out stumping for THE HAT today. Stop by Charles’ place and find out how this unusual story came to me originally.

Legends of Windemere

Thank you for having me over, Charles. Before we get started, yes, I am an honest to the Gods Greek Muse. The author C. S. Boyack is my charge.

My job is to inspire him any way I can. Craig is an odd fellow in that if I work really hard at it, there are no results. If I whisper something on the breeze, he’s good for an entire novel.

I once whispered in his ear while he watched the Disney movie Brave, with his grandchildren. He wrote an entire novel called Will O’ the Wisp that had nothing to do with the movie. It broke onto the top one-hundred lists a few times, so who am I to argue?

The Hat is a novella about a girl, Lizzie, who comes into possession of what she thinks is an old hat. It’s actually a being from another dimension and he…

View original post 708 more words


Filed under Uncategorized

Guest author: C. S. Boyack – The Hat, an excerpt from a new novella

I’m over at Sue Vincent’s place today, stumping for The Hat. I dropped off an excerpt from the story. Maybe this bit of character interaction will intrigue you. Sue is a super-supporter, and all authors should know her. Take time to get acquainted, and consider following her blog.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Sue, I really appreciate the chance to visit your blog once again. You’re sure welcome over at my place any time you need it.

In most blog tours it’s kind of traditional to provide an excerpt of some kind. I don’t want to give out any spoilers, but this is a fun part from the beginning of chapter two. It gives you an idea of how the main characters interact.

To set the scene, Lizzie just placed the hat on her head and he magically transported her to a different location. I hope you enjoy it.

“Stop,” the hat said.
“Stop, stop, stop. What the hell is that?”
“It’s a rape whistle,” Lizzie said.
“Rape whistle? Does it run them off, or call them in?”
“Oh, God, stop.”
“Why should I? Where is this place?” Lizzie looked around at a darkened room. Only…

View original post 1,419 more words


Filed under Uncategorized

Book Launch – The Hat by Craig Boyack – Lisa Burton Visits

Lisa Burton is out on the blog tour today. She’s at John Howell’s place discussing heroes. Oh, and she’s delivering one of her fabulous posters. While you’re there, get to know John. He’s a great author, a super supporter, and runs a great blog.

Fiction Favorites

I want to welcome Lisa Burton, Craig Boyack’s personal assistant to Fiction Favorites. She is here to tell you about Craig’s latest book. As you may know, I love Craig’s work and can highly recommend his writing.  It is always a pleasure to have her join me here on the coast. Hi, Lisa.

Craig and Lisa

Hi, and thanks for having me over again, John. I love getting away from the cabin and promoting Craig’s books on occasion. It’s a long old winter out there, you know? (I know Lisa especially in the company of Craig)

Today, we’re touring around a novella called The Hat. This one is about a girl, Lizzie, who works hard to overcome the trials of everyday life. She winds up with an old hat that belonged to her grandfather, only this is no ordinary hat. It’s a being from another dimension, trapped in the shape of a…

View original post 504 more words


Filed under Uncategorized

My last hat stand

Some of you might remember me taking delivery of two cool hat stands about a month ago. The third one arrived last night. This one has a cross bone that is kind of cool. Here they are all together.

They are hat stands after all, so this is what they look like after I put them to work. I found the bone to be a great place for one of my bandanas.

Some hats I wear, some are just for looking at. The one on the left is a cool witch’s hat, but I tipped them all back so you could see the stands. I have a theory there is an awesome pirate hat in my future that would look great on one of these. And Captain Jack’s is just the place to acquire such a thing. If you’d like a cool hat stand, or a pirate hat checkout Captain Jack’s and ask for Jeff MacKay. Tell him I said hello.


Filed under Uncategorized