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Today is the day

Well, it's one of the days. My newest book The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II is now available for purchase on Amazon. It's a pre-sale, and the books will deliver on August 31st. That is the other day.

I wanted to do a short pre-sale, but Lisa my robotic assistant must have messed up. Let's talk about the actual book.

This is similar to the first Experimental Notebook, in that it's a collection of short stories and micro-fiction. It's also similar in that it's priced at 99¢.

I decided to make the alchemy wheels into a kind of theme. The first Notebook has one, this book has two, and should there be a third volume it will have three wheels. That way the covers are similar, but also unique.

This book has some science fiction, some paranormal, and one that barely qualifies as fantasy. I love fantasy, but don't write quite as much of it. It also has two stories that don't have any speculative element. I've taken to writing short stories and micros in my spare time, then stockpiling them. When I have enough, I bundle them into a notebook.

Part of me worried about including some tales that didn't have the speculative element in them. So this book has more stories than the first one did. That way, you get the same deal and can consider those stories as free extras.

I revisited Pete Rogers, who first appeared in Will O' the Wisp. He's all grown up now, and trying to make a life for himself. I also revisited Jason Fogg, the fellow from the first notebook who can turn himself into fog. In this story, Jason is investigating a fishy situation.

This book has a few stories that are a tribute to the pulp era as well. People usually think of crime fiction, or romance, when they think of the pulp era. There were plenty of pulp science fiction and horror stories too, and I hope I did them justice.

The stories are also experimental, thus the titles of the books. I tested out the epistolary style in one story, and even tried a longer monologue to relay one story.

The first notebook included an intermission where I address the reader. It proved to be popular, so I did it again in the new book. I suppose it's become a theme now too.

So there you have it. For 99¢ you get fifteen conveniently sized stories. Perfect for coffee breaks, commuter busses, or when those Pokemon are just too elusive. You also get an excerpt from the ever charming Clovis right out of my last novel, The Playground. At that price, even if only one trips your trigger, I think readers are getting their money's worth. If they all ring true, it's a steal of a deal.

Early sales are important, because they credit on the day the book delivers. That can help me get onto one of the Amazon lists. Please consider pre-ordering and helping out. I included the link up above, but I'll include it again in a convenient tweet worthy paragraph:

Pick up the newest Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack on presale today. It's a steal at 99¢ http://a-fwd.com/asin=B01KENADN6

I just tested it out, and there's even room for your favorite hashtags. Simply copy and paste.

I planned on working on more short fiction today, but I need to address some other things. I need to track down a Goodreads librarian and add the book over there. I should put it in my blog sidebar, make some Twitter worthy art to promote with, and assemble my street team. I'll probably turn on the street team bat-signal on Wednesday, but I can write the post today.


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Running on Empty

I’m a bachelor again this weekend. Old What’s Her Face*had to take her new car to show family in Nevada.

Did I do anything super fun? No. I spent time paying bills, blogging and preparing for the next round of blogging. I have stuff planned through the month of October.

I’m wearing a bit thin, to tell the truth. Those Lisa posts didn’t write themselves. The whole thing sews up Monday with a big party, so let’s talk about that.

Monday is my day for the Rave Reviews Book Club Back to School Book & Blog Block Party. This should mean higher than normal blog traffic and some cool new people to meet.

Every stop along this pub crawl has prizes, and all you have to do to win is leave a comment. There are also grand prizes, so it pays to follow along. Everyone is welcome to participate and is eligible to win. This isn’t exclusive to club members. I’ve already won a free book, and I think the prize I’m giving is pretty awesome.

Check out the grand prizes, and the tour lineup at this link. Lisa and I are cleaning up the writing cabin, and hope you can all join us. (That means, I’m blogging and she’s cleaning.)

Don’t forget The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack is available for pre-order right now. It’s only 99¢ and there ought to be a story inside for every taste. Take a 99¢ gamble. Amazon delivers the books on Tuesday. The cool kids will all be saying, “I got mine on pre-order.”

I think I’ll stay up late and watch BSU vs BYU football tonight. There just happens to be a pumpkin beer in the refrigerator.

While I wait for kickoff, maybe I’ll start writing an October post I was invited to send.

*Not my lovely wife’s real name


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Share the Love at Sue Coletta’s blog

Lisa Burton is visiting Sue Coletta today to talk about my newest book. For those who haven’t discovered Sue’s blog, I think it’s the best crime writing blog out there. Please consider following her blog while you’re there. It’s worth it.


When I first starting blogging I was blown away by this special community of writers, and I still feel thankful every day to be part of it. We support and encourage. We have each other’s backs. We pick each other up after a heartbreak rejection, critique, or poor review. Dust each other off and encourage one another to move forward. We laugh and cry, share wins and losses. To my knowledge, no other community does that.

Doing my part to share the love, I’ve invited a special guest–a guest unlike any who’ve come before.

Read the rest at Crime Writer Sue Coletta.


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Lisa Burton on The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack

Hey Gang, Lisa the robot girl showed up at Karen’s place today to talk about my latest book. Please consider following both of Karen’s blogs while you’re over there. She always has interesting stuff.

My train of thoughts on...


Dear readers,

As you certainly have heard before, The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack will be published and/or delivered on 2015-09-15!

This book is available for pre-order: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014S2BA4U

You are certainly eager to learn more about the “Notebook”, therefore I invited Lisa Burton, my ‘Character of the Year 2014’ to tell us a little more about the book and her role in it.

You may know Lisa Burton from C. S. Boyack’s writing cabin (https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/) and from my flash fiction series Neighbors! (https://inasmallcompass.wordpress.com/). Lisa is an awesome detective (review: Wild Concept by C. S. Boyack), helping Sheriff Jim Burrell in Neighbors! to solve a strange mystery.


Hi Lisa, thank you for following my invitation to another chat. We would all love to hear about Craig’s latest work!

Hi, Karen, I’m so excited to be back here. Craig has me making the…

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Would this help?

I’m trying to learn something here, so maybe you guys can help me out. I started on Goodreads back at the beginning of the year. I haven’t really done anything with it, but I made an author page and added my books.

If any of you have some Goodreads tips, I’m interested in hearing them. Today I have a specific question related to my new book.

Would it help drive pre-sales if people added it as to be read on Goodreads? I really have no idea, but I see my site showing books you are interested in. I check them out too, but I’m actually an introvert at heart and don’t do much with the site. I can do more, so teach me something. Let me hear it in the comments.

Therefore, The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack is on Goodreads. If any of you that pre-ordered think it would help, would you consider adding it as TBR?

Here is the link, just in case:  The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack


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