Ciao, amici! I’ve got a guest here today to discuss a new release, and most of you will guess who I mean just by me saying he has one of the most fertile imaginations I’ve ever seen. Surely if I mention will o’the wisps, talking yaks, or root monsters, you’ll know precisely who I’m talking about. That’s right—today I have C.S. Boyack here, and he’ll be discussing the latest in his “hat” series (always a fan favorite), Lunar Boogie. Take it away, Craig!
Thanks, Staci for the kind invitation to talk with your fans about my newest book. This one is called Lunar Boogie, and it’s the fourth volume in The Hat Series. All of them are on the short side, and you could read one on a Saturday afternoon. They’re kind of a dark comedy and involve two characters who form a symbiotic relationship that allows them to fight monsters.
Today’s topic is a supporting character named Joseph Yoder. Joe is an older detective nearing retirement age. When he first appears, he is on bereavement leave because his wife, Meg, has passed after a long illness.
The thing is, Meg’s still around. She’s a ghost but isn’t haunting anyone. She lingers for Joe’s sake. I’m really happy with how they turned out because I came up with something that gives Joe a key to her. Most of us live our lives via sight and hearing, but there are other senses. Unless we hit our thumb with a hammer, we don’t always concentrate on those.
Meg wore a signature scent in life, and by using his sense of smell, Joe can focus on her long enough to have a conversation. I like their side story because Meg keeps encouraging him to get on with his life. Decisions and plans aren’t about them anymore, they have to be about him. Joe does things, like refusing to talk with his shrink, because she might make Meg disappear from his life. Joe shows a bit of growth in the story, and I think readers will like him.
To give you an idea how Joe plays into the bigger story, he gets assigned to head up a serial killer investigation. Because this is part of The Hat Series, it isn’t a serial killer. Only my main characters, Lizzie and the hat, understand this is the result of a werewolf.
Lizzie and the hat have to do a little dance to keep the cops alive against a creature they have no possibility of capturing. They also feed information to the authorities hoping clues will leak out that they can use while hunting the monster.
I have plans to use Joe one more time. He will be the herald character that walks readers into the next volume in the series. But this won’t make Lunar Boogie prerequisite reading for the next tale; I’ll include a bit about Joe as I introduce him next time out.
I hope readers will give Lunar Boogie a chance. It’s a fun story with plenty of snark and comedic moments. “The Hat Series,” is all like that, and I have more in the pipeline.
Lizzie and the hat are back in action, only this time they’re up against the most tragic monster of all, a werewolf.
This adventure is more like hunting an animal, and the werewolf is unlikely to come to any of their musical performances. This puts Lizzie out in the dark corners and wooded areas of the city. It may be more beneficial to get the monster to hunt Lizzie than to stalk him on his own turf. All she has to do is be quicker on the trigger than the wolf is on his feet.
At the same time, the police think they’re after a serial killer. Lizzie tries to keep them alive while also keeping them out of her way. As the body count rises, so do the pressures. It doesn’t help that people are blaming Lizzie and the hat for the killings. This involves an urban myth about them that the locals call Hellpox.
Pull on your boogie shoes and join the hunt. Designed as an afternoon read, this one is tons of supernatural fun.
The hat stories are so enjoyable. The banter between Lizzie and the series’ titular character is always engaging and keeps me turning the pages. If you’re looking for a fast and fun read, this is the series for you.
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