A Quick Update

I haven’t posted here a ton this month, because of the ongoing blog tour. There’s a bunch of original content, it’s just hosted elsewhere. There have been a ton of good remarks along the route and I’ve had a great time.

There’s only one tour stop left, on Halloween. I also have the Story Empire post that day. Somehow, between two posts and working, I might have to catch up all those comments after I get home.

Not a lot happening beyond that. I ate Asian pears until they started getting mushy. Those on the tree now might not get harvested at all.

Frankie has a new bulldog game that’s kind of annoying. She sleeps with us, so we have a set of stairs for her to go up and down. She navigates these with ease.

She’s surprisingly agile, so she can also jump up with ease. For some reason, at bedtime, she whines and plays this game where she just can’t make it up there. Most nights I get up, then she jumps in with no problem.

Last night the game changed. I put my arms around her, then tossed her on the mattress. This led to wiggles and general silliness. However, it didn’t end so well for me.

Something popped between my spine and shoulder blade. I spent the night in pain, and most of the morning I could barely lift my left arm. Meds and heat are helping, but it makes for a sucky day off.

I still haven’t looked at my current writing projects, opting to read instead. That’s easy enough for my weird shoulder thing to handle.

It all sounds kind of boring, but that’s how it’s been. If you’re following the tour, thank you. If you picked up a copy of Midnight Rambler, thank you even more.

Hope to see you all again on Monday at one site or the other.


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Visiting with D. L. Finn

I’m over at Denise’s place today. The topic is the recurring characters in The Hat Series.

Denise is a Story Empire partner and a wonderful author. Please take a moment to check out her site and wares while you’re over there.

I’m thrilled to have a friend and fellow Story Empire Contributor here, C. S. Boyack. I have read and loved all six of The Hat Series. My review of The Midnight Rambler: LINK

It means a lot to me that you’d open your doors to my blog tour, Denise. I’d love to help you promote your next publication whenever that might be. Keep reading here.


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C.S. Boyack’s Newest in the Hat Series: The Midnight Rambler

The Midnight Rambler tour stops at Staci Troilo’s place today. The topic is a few little tricks to keep expanding this series and spark the imaginations of readers. While you’re there, check out Staci’s place. She’s one of my favorite writers, and has a new book herself. I thoroughly enjoyed The Haunting of Chatham Hollow, and it’s perfect for the Halloween season.

Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici! Today’s guest needs no introduction (but he’s getting one, anyway). He’s a frequent visitor, a long-time friend, a colleague at , and one of the most imaginative authors—no, one of the most imaginative people—I know. I’m (of course) talking about C.S. Boyack, and he’s here today to introduce the latest in his hat series, The Midnight Rambler. I’ve read the majority of , and each tale is more captivating than the last. His is a favorite of mine, and his most recent installment is one of my favorites of the ongoing saga. (If you’d like to read my review, you can find it .) Craig, take it away!

I really appreciate you loaning me your space today, Staci. Lizzie and the hat are back with a new adventure just in time for the Halloween season.

There’s an authorly trick I’ve employed in this series to keep…

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Lisa Burton visits to introduce the latest Hat Series book: The Midnight Rambler…

Lisa Burton is visiting with Chris the Storyreading Ape today. Their topic is the mad science vibe in The Midnight Rambler. Make sure you check out Chris’s site while you’re there. You’ll never find an ape more supportive of the indie community, and he’s a good friend to have.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Its so cool to be back here once more, Chris. Youre looking fitand hairy. You must have some good conditioner. Really brings out the silver back.

Anyway, Craig will bust me if I dont talk about his books. This time its called The Midnight Rambler. This is the newest entry into The Hat Series. This one has kind of a science fiction angle to it, and you know robot girls are all into science fiction. Okay, its mad science, but you catch my drift.

Theres this guy, Ray, and hes kind of a Frankensteins monster, but hes not a bad guy. Lizzie wants to help him, despite the hats concerns. He needs medicine and will die without it. This is a magical concoction, so he can

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Smorgasbord Bookshelf – New Book on the Shelves – #Fantasy The Midnight Rambler (The Hat Book 6) C.S. Boyack

The Midnight Rambler makes a stop at Sally Cronin’s place today. Sally is one of the biggest supporters of the indie community that I know of. If you aren’t familiar with her, you really should check out her site and consider following her blog.

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Delighted to share the news of the release of the fantasy adventure, just in time for Halloween by C.S. Boyack – The Midnight Rambler (The Hat Book 6)

About the book

Something evil is after the hat. The ageless enemies have battled many times, but this time Lizzie is wearing the hat. She’s also up against a ticking clock, in that if she can’t find the maker of her new friend’s medicine he will die.

The Rambler has kidnapped the only witch capable of making Ray’s medicine in an attempt to make the hat sloppy in his efforts. He’s also flooded the streets with deadly minions to impede any progress our heroes might make.

As if that weren’t enough, Lizzie is facing more of life’s struggles, both financially and mechanically. This all goes down in the middle of a huge flood event that she’s ill equipped to handle.

Join Lizzie…

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Author C. S. Boyack Returns With The Midnight Rambler!

I sent Lisa Burton to visit with Beem Weeks today. They’re talking about The Midnight Rambler and Lisa has a new promo poster to share with all of you. Beem is one of my Story Empire partners and you really should get to know him. His stories are wonderful, and he hosts the Voice of Indie Podcast. Surf around while you’re there and check out everything he has to offer.

The Indie Spot!

Greetings, readers! Today, it is my honor and privilege to introduce to you Lisa Burton, the robot girl and personal assistant to author C. S. Boyack. Lisa has stopped by to share the latest installment in Boyack’s brilliantly original The Hat series entitled The Midnight Rambler. Welcome to The Indie Spot, Lisa. . .  

Oh, my gosh! I’m so excited to get away from the writing cabin for this tour. Thank you for having me over, Beem. I’m here to talk about The Midnight Rambler, Craig’s newest volume in The Hat Series. Don’t let that word, series, scare you away. All of these can be read as solo titles if one appeals more than the others. It’s October and this one has mad science. Just saying.

Anyhoo, there’s this ancient enemy of the hat and he’s come back to even the score. He’s a bad dude, spirit…

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The Midnight Rambler by C. S. Boyack #newrelease #paranormal #urbanfantasy #halloween #lizzzieandthehat

I’m visiting with long-term friend and Story Empire partner, Mae Clair today. She made a special request for a post about Night Bump Radio. This is a bit that appears in all volumes of The Hat Series. Mae is one of my own must-read authors and you’d be doing yourself a favor by checking out her wares while you’re over there.

From the Pen of Mae Clair

Happy Tuesday! I’ve got a great guest for you today, but before we kick things off, I need to mention that I am over at Teri Polen’s place for Bad Moon Rising. Staci Troilo and I are joining in the Halloween bash Teri throws every year.

The enormity of work behind Bad Moon Rising boggles my mind, but Teri gladly tackles it each year, showcasing the work of other authors. She’s a fantastic teller of tales herself. I can personally vouch, as I’ve read everything she’s released—from her spooky ghost story, Sarah, to her sci-fi adventure, The Gemini Connection, and dystopian duology Subject A36 and The Insurgent, they’re all wonderfully entertaining. You can find Teri’s complete catalog on her Amazon Author Page.

And now . . . Drum roll, please!

‘Tis the season to kick back with Halloween, and I’ve got just the read for you!

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Hello, Friend!

I’m over at Judy Lynn’s place today. This stop on the tour we’re discussing keeping a series like this going. It’s kind of the risk of over-rewarding your characters when they have more stories to tell. While you’re there, Judy has a great blog that’s well worth following. Her Muddy River series also makes for great Halloween reading, so you might want to check those out. Stop over and leave a comment.

Judi Lynn

I’ve never met C.S. Boyack, but we connected on the Story Empire site, and I now think of him as a friend. Since I like him so much, I’ve read some of his books and left reviews for them. He’s not my usual read, and maybe that’s why I enjoy his work so much. Speculative fiction’s unusual for me with lots of flair and imagination. I didn’t start Lizzie and the Hat at the beginning of the series, but once I started reading it, I’ve read every new one that’s come out. They’re short and fun. My absolute favorite book he’s written is still Serang, but he knows that:) I really enjoyed the Lanternfish series. For a quick read over a weekend, though, it’s hard to beat Lizzie. And it just so happens, Craig just published a brand new book in the series, so I invited him here to tell…

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The Midnight Rambler by Craig Boyack~ #Review #Urban Fantasy @Virgilante

I’m visiting with Jaye and Anita today. Come check out today’s topic and let me know your thoughts. The concept is grounding readers when you want them to suspend disbelief for a major part of the story. While you’re there, check out the amazing roster of books in their sidebar. Give this blog a follow and help me say thanks.

Anita Dawes and Jaye Marie

Today, it is our turn to host the amazing new story from our friend and fellow writer, Craig Boyack.

Over the years, we have read several of his lovely stories, and they never disappoint.

The Midnight Rambler, in our humble opinion, is the best yet!

Our Review

Craig Boyack’s stories are always a good read, especially at this time of year, with plenty of wonderful characters and situations.

The Midnight Rambler story is the best, with one of the worst monsters!

Disasters follow Lizzie around, but this time she has extra help in the form of Ray C Adair. He is a very likeable character, and although he seems to need more help than Lizzie, I rooted for them both. I loved that he brought a little romance to the proceedings while helping Lizzie find a missing professor, a horde of menacing scarecrows, and of course, The Midnight Rambler.


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The Midnight Rambler by C.S. Boyack #NewRelease @virgilante

I’m visiting with Jan Sikes today. We’re talking about the flood in the background of The Midnight Rambler. Jan is one of my Story Empire partners and a fabulous author herself. Check out her wares. She covers a broad spectrum and you’re sure to find something you like. She’s also a generous blogger and you’ll want to follow her blog.

Writing and Music

It’s always a pleasure to welcome a fellow Story Empire author to my blog site, and today I’m happy to welcome C.S. Boyack to talk about his latest book release. If you have followed The Hat series, you already know about Lizzie and her sidekick, the hat, who just happens to be from another dimension with all kinds of crazy powers and skills, including playing the bass guitar using Lizzie’s fingers. I’ve read all the books in this series and can attest to the fact they are super entertaining! Mr. Boyack’s imagination knows no boundaries. Take a look at his newest creation!


It’s wonderful to get out and visit your blog, Jan. Means a lot that you’d donate your space to me. We all need places to promote, and I’d love to return the favor any time you’d like.

It seems like this tour is turning more into…

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