#BadMoonRising The Hat by C.S. Boyack #paranormal #supernatural #fantasy #TuesdayBookBlog

This is what readers have to say about today’s featured book – “fun banter”, “vividly imagined”, “hilarious paranormal suspense”, “enchanting characters”. Having read the first three books in this series, I couldn’t agree more. Being a fan of snarky characters, Lizzie and the hat are among my favorites. As a special treat from the author, no tricks (I feel you cringing, but I couldn’t resist), The Hat is FREE today, so make sure to click the link below! Welcome C.S. Boyack!

Thanks for inviting me back, Teri. I love Bad Moon and look forward to it every year. I have a bit of promo to do, but want to attempt a brief participation according to the rules. Let’s get to some of that first.

Would you rather dunk for apples or carve a Jack o’ Lantern?

Huh! Neither of these particularly bother me. I skipped the candy apple question with my beard. I’ve carved many a pumpkin in my day, and enjoy figuring out all the cool 100% vegetable ways of dressing them up. Did you know a red bell pepper makes an awesome tongue, that an eggplant can be a fun nose, or that corn silk makes for awesome eyebrows?

If you watch horror movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, covers your eyes, or falls asleep?

I’m the guy who yells at the characters. Why can’t they seem to figure out shooting first is a viable option? Getting out of the scary environment is another viable option? Sheesh.

How would you describe your book’s ideal reader?

I have a lot of books, but I’m going to focus on the series being promoted here today. This series is all about having fun. I have readers across a broad swath, but I think all of them are looking to poke a little fun at standard tropes, have a laugh or two, and still get to wipe a little blood off their hands.

What are you working on now?

That’s a loaded question for me. I’m writing this in August, and I typically have two projects going at once. At the time of this writing, I have the final volume of The Lanternfish Trilogy in the editing phase, and the next book in The Hat Series in the same status. I’m also working on a nameless space opera that I think will be fun.

About that promo… I’m touring The Hat Series around this October, and this is the first stop. To kick things off, I have the first volume, The Hat, free for a few days. While you can always read my books for free with Kindle Unlimited, now you can get your very own copy for free.

The Hat is the origin story for the whole series. It shows Lizzie and the hat coming together for the first time to deal with a group of baby snatchers. There’s no reason humans can’t be evil, and it’s a little simpler to walk our new monster hunter into the role without dealing with supernatural beasts. It’s highly thought of and the reviews are positive.

I’ve included a universal series link instead of the solo book this time. http://mybook.to/The-Hat-Series I also wrote a series blurb for this promo.

Blurb: The Hat Series is my opportunity to have a little fun, and readers seem to be enjoying themselves, too. The series fits into a variety of pigeonholes as all stories do. If you’re looking for supernatural, paranormal, or urban fantasy, with a dose of dark humor, this might be the series you’re looking for.

Lizzie St. Laurent is a hard working twenty-something. She’s struggling with the issues of being a young adult, but also dealing with the supernatural world. After her grandmother died, she tried to get a memento from the estate. Her greedy uncle refused to share, so in desperation, she stole a box from the moving van.

Her treasure turned out to be an old hat that belonged to her grandfather. Not exactly the knickknack she was hoping for. This isn’t any ordinary hat. He’s actually a being from another dimension who was brought here by witchcraft. He has a few magical skills, but also some more ordinary ones. He can transport her to a cabin, deep in the forest, among other things. A bit more ordinary is his ability to play the upright bass, but only if he has a human host to manipulate. He’s also a shapeshifter, but limited to always being a hat of some kind.

The hat has been in Lizzie’s family for centuries, and all of his partners have been monster hunters. Their symbiotic relationship also created an additional income stream for Lizzie. They formed a small cover band, which tends gets them out at night when monster hunting is more productive.

I put all kinds of strange things into these stories to make them fun. My section breaks have all been replaced with a series of bass clefs. I also include silly graphics in various locations to enhance the tales. You’ll find tons of snark mixed in with your blood and adventure.

These are short novels, designed for a single afternoon. While it is a series, they can be read as stand-alone tales. If one of the other volumes is your entry-point, I don’t think you’ll feel lost.

If this sounds like something to make your October complete, I’d appreciate you checking it out.

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76 thoughts on “#BadMoonRising The Hat by C.S. Boyack #paranormal #supernatural #fantasy #TuesdayBookBlog

  1. It’s great to see Craig on Bad Moon Rising. I had no idea about all the ways you could use veggies to dress up a jack-o-lantern!

    I am familiar with the Hat and love the whole series. Hoping this post introduces it to plenty of new fans.

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  2. Reblogged this on Entertaining Stories and commented:
    I’m kicking my promotional tour off today at Teri’s place. Stop over and say hi. I’m also offering a Halloween freebie, so you might want to check that out, too. While you’re there get acquainted with Teri. She’s a super supporter of the indie community, and a great author, too. I can recommend her book “Sarah” for a Halloween vibe if you’re so inclined.

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  3. Love the Hat series. So nice to see Craig here promoting it. I hope a bunch of readers scoop up the free book to find their way into the saga.

    And I never thought to use corn silk as eyebrows. Or hair, mustaches, or beards, either. Great tip! Thanks, Craig. And best wishes.

    Thanks for hosting, Teri.

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  4. Another great guest today, Teri! And Craig, I’m always astounded when I read about how many stories you’re working on at the same time. I absolutely cannot focus on anything outside of the current “world” I’m writing about, and have to have it done and published before I can move to another story. Such an amazing talent you have!

    I’ve read and loved the first three Hat books, and can highly recommend this series, though I need to catch up. Will try my best to do so soon. I know I’m in for a treat. Folks, if you want a fun and entertaining way to look at spooky stuff, The Hat is a super place to start! And Craig, I’m now looking at pumpkin carving with a whole bunch of new ideas! Thanks!

    Great post you guys. Will be sharing it on The Write Stuff this afternoon! Happy October!

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  5. Gwen M. Plano

    I love your interview responses, Craig. And I love the Hat series. Your sense of humor and cleverness always make reading a fun adventure. As for Halloween, I’ve none of your creativity. I make sure the kids get plenty of candy, but beyond enjoying their excitement, the pumpkins and scary figures are nowhere to be seen. 😁

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  6. Victoria Zigler

    Your jack-o-lanterns sound like they’d look pretty interesting with that kind of creativity. Good luck with the promo. Hope anyone new to the series who picks it up enjoys The Hat series as much as I enjoyed the books from it that are out so far.

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  7. suerovens

    Great to “see” Craig again! It sounds like you have the pumpkin thing down, but I’m curious if you’d give Trick or Treating a shot these days. Even at 57, I’d love to go again! 🙂

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  8. What a great interview! I never thought of using vegetables to decorate a pumpkin. Great idea! I am a big fan of Lizzie and The Hat and am happy to share this post everywhere today! Congrats, Craig, and thank you for hosting, Teri!

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  10. Another fun interview, Teri. I’d be right alongside Craig, yelling at the characters to do the obvious instead of making dumb decisions. Yeesh. And I loved the Lizzie and the Hat books that I’ve read so far. Looking forward to more! 🙂

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  11. I never thought about using a red bell pepper for a jack-o’-lantern tongue!

    I do remember Halloween, back before I moved to the middle of nowhere. My roommate and I would dress up to give the kids candy which led the next year to decorating the front porch which led in a later year to neighbors and friends helping up create a Halloween tour in the back yard. I miss that.

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  12. alexcraigie

    It’s going down into the unlit cellar because you hear a noise when you know there’s a killer on the loose that bugs me! I read the first Lanternfish yesterday and absolutely loved it. Will write a review very soon.

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  13. Isn’t it irritating when you’re smarter than the characters? I guess it’s the author’s intent to get the reader’s attention and chase down the story. What a great idea to dress up the pumpkins with vegetables. I should try it. Thank you for the interviews, Craig and Teri.

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  14. Now I know what to do with red bell peppers, eggplant and corn silk, although different names in the UK know them.

    I’m with Craig on shouting at those dumb folk in horror movies who insist on going down into a dark cellar when they hear a strange noise instead of getting out of the house as quickly as possible. The only thing I’d go down into the cellar for is to get a bottle of wine.

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