From the Author
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.Amazon.com
My yearly Halloween celebration includes C. S. Boyack and his amazing collection of speculative fiction novels. I can’t imagine Halloween without sharing my thoughts about his newest release in the Hat Series, “Lunar Boogie.” Happy Halloween!
In Lunar Boogie, Lizzie and The Hat find themselves hunting for the notorious “Sausage Maker.” This time, the dynamic duo is up against a werewolf on a killing spree. Lieutenant Joe Yoder is brought in to see if he can make sense of the crimes.
The first death happens during a full moon, and all they find are a few scattered body parts with a lot of blood smeared around the scene. There is some nasty business afoot, and The Hat didn’t want Lizzie to get involved. But they are in the thick of it and even the police don’t know what to think. It looks like a serial killer is on the loose!
I liked the character of the police lieutenant, Joe Yoder, who is grieving the recent death of his wife. He often sniffs a pomander soaked in his wife’s Emeraude perfume which he smells when he wants to feel her near or if he wishes to communicate with her. He’s an interesting character. And, I was thrilled when Kevin the lisping vampire made another appearance.
One thing to note is that this book is not as lighthearted as the previous volumes. The supernatural is drawing Lizzie further and further into the darkness of their world. I took this as a precursor to what is still to come in future novels.
Lunar Boogie is a stand-alone book. You don’t have to read the series to know what is going on… but why would you miss out on all the fun from the previous books? The banter between The Hat and Lizzie is enough to keep you reading long into the night!
Let me introduce everyone to C. S. Boyack! Happy Halloween, Craig! I’m glad you’re here to celebrate the holiday and to tell us about your newest book, “Lunar Boogie,” book 4, in the Hat series.
Thanks for having me back. Another Halloween is upon us, and this is our annual visit. I wish it weren’t on a Sunday, but there’s no controlling that.
I think this is our fourth year of sharing Halloween with the Hat Series. What else have you been up to?
I’m just finishing up a month-long promotion for The Hat Series. My idea was one book per week with a couple of them having a free day along the way. It’s the first time I’ve ever done a series promotion as opposed to an individual book.
On the paranormal front, it was a busy year for me. I spent the first part finishing Lunar Boogie, editing, publishing, and touring it around.
Then I dove into writing one called Good Liniment. This book has been on the list for a long time and will be the next one in The Hat Series.
Craig, if this next book doesn’t have a witch in it… I’m going to be really upset!
I introduced the idea of witchcraft in the very first hat book. It’s how the hat wound up in our world in the first place. Readers asked for more about the witches, and it’s been part of the plan since the beginning.
Well, it’s about time!
In my mind, the development of the series had to explore the symbiosis between Lizzie and the hat. In their adventures, they’ve faced evil humans, zombies, vampires, and a werewolf. Oh, and let’s not forget a devil called Mustang Sally.
At this point, Lizzie has matured as a monster hunter. She’s been damaged and mostly recovered, and it’s time to return to witchcraft. This book will expand the series and give me a well to draw from. Some of these characters will appear in subsequent stories.
I came up with some fun things I don’t think anyone else has ever done. You’ll find a test for magical abilities inside the book which should be fun for readers to try out. There is an explanation for what causes sinkholes, magical ambergris, and more.
I spent a lot of time researching things like throwing the bones, sinkholes and dreaming up various formats of elements. You’ll find a few unique familiars, a supernatural pet, and magical creatures.
Coming up with specific magical gifts was kind of a joy. It seems each witch has a unique focus. I only called this out for one young character but dropped enough hints that readers should be able to draw conclusions about some of the other characters. I also did it all without having a school for witches, and really enjoyed myself. That’s an important part of all this. If I’m having fun, readers might have a good time, too.
I can’t believe there is finally going to be a book featuring witches!
I’m sorry… I shouldn’t keep on about the witches. What else is in store for Lizzie and The Hat?
There was other research involved. Things like songs for Lizzie and the Pythons to play at their gigs, but that isn’t what this blog is all about.
I think readers are going to enjoy Good Liniment. I plan on publication sometime in early 2022. There’s more to come in this series. Counting Good Liniment, I have more coming than have already been published. I hope readers will come along for the ride because I’m having a blast.
Happy Halloween, everyone.
About the Author
I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.
I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.
I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.