New Release: Viral Blues by C.S. Boyack #adventure #fiction #newbook

Got a big treat for everyone today.  C.S. Boyack has release a new book (linked below) and he’s asked Lisa Burton to come over for a guest post.  Many people probably know who she is from her previous visits.  For those that do not, she is a very advanced robot girl . . . who is currently waiting for me to open the door.

Lisa Burton Art by Sean Harrington

Hi, Charles, thanks for inviting me back. It’s always fun to get away during these book tours. The book today is called “Viral Blues.”

This one is a sequel to “The Hat,” but it’s so much more than that. It’s also a sequel for a bunch of Craig’s characters.

We all got these fancy invitations to Gina Greybill’s mansion. She’s the doctor who is infected by a parasite that allows her to see across the veil into the realm of the paranormal. It seems that someone, or something, is tampering with the nation’s vaccine supply.

That’s how Lizzie & The Hat, Jason Fogg, Clovis, and I all came together. Gina is kind of our Professor-X. The virus tampering has supernatural earmarks all over the place, and it’s our job to figure out who, where, how, and then bring it to a stop.

The Feds are all over this, too, so we have to be careful of them.

“Viral Blues,” has dark humor all through it. It’s written in the style of “The Hat,” so it has a few graphics peppered throughout. Craig even included a secret chapter after the author section in an attempt to mimic the scene in superhero movies that happens after the credits roll.

I had a great time, and I think readers are going to enjoy it, too. “The Hat” is an ongoing series, and there is no prerequisite reading required. Those who have read some of Craig’s other work might notice a few Easter Eggs, but the story goes down well even if you haven’t.

I brought you a new poster, and a small excerpt to explain it. In this scene, we’re all around the table and Gina is introducing everyone.:

“Next is Lisa Burton—”

The fashion plate stood up. “Hi, everyone. I’m Lisa the robot girl. I’m so excited to be a part of this, I mean, spies? How cool is that?” She turned to Gina. “Oh my God… do we get phones in our shoes? That would be awesome!”

“Um, no Lisa, we aren’t spies.”

“But I bought this spy dress and everything.” She sat back down.

“As Lisa told you, she is a robot. Made a bit of a splash on the electronics convention circuit a few years ago. Think of her like a walking and talking computer. She can monitor all kinds of frequencies, hack into systems, and more. Basically, no electronic system is safe around her.”

“Sounds like spy stuff to me,” Lizzie said. Lisa gave her a two-thumbs up.

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I didn’t want to waste my cool spy dress, so I had Sean Harrington turn it into one of my promotional posters. It’s the right shape to make a great screen for your phones, and they make great Pinterest pins. (Craig makes me say that last part.)

It’s called “Viral Blues.” It’s full of dark humor, and ought to be perfect for your Halloween reading. I hope your readers will give it a chance.

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Cover art by Sean Harrington

Viral Blues:

Someone knows about the hat. The creature from another dimension that helps Lizzie fight against the creatures of darkness.

They are summoned to a cryptic meeting with a secret society, where they meet other people with enhanced skills. It turns out someone, or something, has been tampering with the world’s vaccine supply. The goal doesn’t appear to be political or financial, but biblical pestilence.

Can this group of loners come together in time to make a difference when even the proper authorities are obstacles?

Check out Viral Blues, for your dose of paranormal adventure, with a strong sample of dark humor. And in recent superhero style, don’t miss the secret last chapter after the back material.

(Click on the links below for ‘Viral Blues’ and ‘The Hat’.)

Viral Blues

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Book launch for “A Ghost in the Kitchen” by Teagan R. Geneviene…

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Welcome to the launch party for A Ghost in the Kitchen! It’s a wild ride on a magical trolley through haunted Savannah, Georgia.

All the Pip stories by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

All the Pip books by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene. Purchase links:The Three Things Serial Story, Murder at the Bijou, and A Ghost in the Kitchen

Thanks for hosting me for my novel launch and book fair.

Hi everyone. I’m Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, and I’ve brought a bunch of friends for this shindig on a magical 1920s trolley. First let me tell you a little about my new novel.

When my character, Paisley Idelle Peabody (better known as Pip) came along, I started writing a type of fiction that I never expected. Pip is a flapper. Her stories took me to Savannah, Georgia of the 1920s.

It’s only natural that some ghosts got in on the act. After all, many people say that Savannah is the…

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Goal Post: Meet the Teacher . . . Wait . . . I’m On the Wrong Side of the Desk

This was a busy week that felt like a month.  Don’t get me wrong.  Work was a lot of fun and I’m getting used to the new stuff.  Made successful strawberry bread with one of the students and we rocked it.  The only issue I had was that stress from other things was making me twitchy.  Glad I finally got back to therapy yesterday because I needed a non-family member to talk to.  All I’ll say is that there were a few personal obstacles that added to my stress and I can’t talk about it in public.  I know people don’t like that answer, but I can’t share everything without getting in trouble.

You might have noticed the title and gotten idea of one event.  I had ‘Meet the Teacher’ night and I wasn’t the parent.  This was a little nerve-wracking because I didn’t know what to expect.  As a TA, I wasn’t in charge of the classroom, so I really just stood or sat there when I wasn’t working the school store.  Got to meet some great people and hung out with one student who is always a blast.  It was a late night in the middle of the week, so I was tired the next morning.  This is when I was introduced a local coffee place and have to admit that the iced coffee I got was really good.  Don’t really drink the stuff and I’ve had bad reactions to the ones from Dunkin Donuts.  This time, I was good and it was oddly filling, so I didn’t get hungry until dinner.

Writing life continues to be dragging since my writing weekends tend to get derailed by other issues.  Sometimes it’s a bad encounter with the ex-wife that leaves me emotionally drained.  Other times, people around me keep asking for things that breaks my concentration.  Instead of finishing the outline for War of Nytefall: Ravenous, I only did 9 chapters with a lot of breaks.  One issue is that I’m doing a full rewrite to make some parts more secretive and I’m adding a drug addiction for one of the Dawn Fangs.  This was spontaneous and I’m going to have it run for a volume or two then work on a withdrawal arc.  Curious how an immortal would deal with this, but I’m having trouble locking down the actual source.  At least, my brain is doing work while my fingers are kept away from the pencils and notebooks.  If I’m lucky, I can do a bit tonight after the munchkin goes to bed.

Tomorrow is apple picking day, which we’re excited about.  Since he still has the cough from the pneumonia, we’re taking it easy today with Lego Harry Potter.  Mine didn’t go away until this past week, so it lingers.  The big fun will be next weekend when we see ‘Lion King’ on Broadway, ‘Abominable’ in theaters, and a few other things.  Hoping the weather holds and we can go to the zoo because we haven’t been there since the spring.  It won’t be long before the Children’s Zoo is closed for the season and the warmer weather animals are put inside for the winter.  My hope is to get a little more outlining done and open up the possibility of starting to write the next book in October.  I seem to be doing more hoping than working since things always go wrong.  Wish I knew of a way to change my luck, but it isn’t happening.

In other news, I started watching ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’.  I’m only on episode 3, but I’m enjoying it.  Some of it feels like it goes against the movie, but that might be my imagination.  Always thought the Skeksis and Mystics were created when powerful beings messed with the Dark Crystal and got split.  Yet, they said that the Skeksis showed up and tricked Aughra into thinking they would watch the world while she psychically traveled the universe.  I mean, they never really went into details in the movie, so I could be wrong.  This series does make Aughra a more important figure, which I’m fine with since she was my second favorite character of the movie.  Right behind Fizzgig.  Out of all the new characters, I really like Deet and Hop.  I mean, I’d put them in my Top 5 Dark Crystal characters overall.  The hard part is watching and knowing that all but two of the Gelflings will be destroyed.  (If that’s news to you then please go watch the movie.)

Goals of the week:

  1. Apple picking!
  2. Fun at work since work site stuff begins.
  3. Try to finish that outline.
  4. Maybe work on some December posts.
  5. Get to sleep early a few nights.
  6. More exercise bike time.
  7. Consider making a post about what to do with Thursdays next year.
  8. Should probably start doing the next set of Teaser Tuesdays.  Going from ‘Beginning of a Hero’ to ‘War of Nytefall: Rivalry’.  That gives me 22 posts unless I add ‘Hopeteller’, ‘Bestiary’, and that horror attempt that I published like a fool.
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Book launch for “A Ghost in the Kitchen” by Teagan

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I am so pleased to have Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene as a guest today. She is here to talk about her new book and other things.

Welcome to the launch party for A Ghost in the Kitchen! It’s a wild ride on a magical trolley through haunted Savannah, Georgia.

All the Pip stories by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

All the Pip books by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene. Purchase links:The Three Things Serial Story, Murder at the Bijou, and A Ghost in the Kitchen

Thanks for hosting me for my novel launch and book fair.

Hi everyone. I’m Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, and I’ve brought a bunch of friends for this shindig on a magical 1920s trolley. First let me tell you a little about my new novel.

When my character, Paisley Idelle Peabody (better known as Pip) came along, I started writing a type of fiction that I never expected. Pip is a flapper. Her stories took me to…

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Life of the Author (A Shakespearean Sonnet)

To be honest, this is my first attempt at a Sonnet.  Learned about them in college and it was a project in ELA last year.  I helped my student with this, but I never took it by the reins myself.  Figured I’d give it a shot, but I’m not sure how this will go.  Not a big fan of rhyming and iambic pentameter always threw me off.  From what I can tell, it’s having 10 syllables in each line.  Here we go:

We all exist to put pen to paper
Born with the drive to imagine new tales
Thoughts and dreams move in our minds like vapor
Imagination is wind in our sails

Most cannot understand our words or way
Meeting our excitement with a blank stare
A chosen few get what we try to say
We get energy knowing that they care

That small speck of support can mean the world
Converting us from dire dour to bright hope
Our creativity will be unfurled
Giving us the strength to flourish and cope

The life of an author is full of stress
It is a path that we gladly caress

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Derailing Bedlam: Which One of Us Is the Predator, Again? Part 3 #fiction #adventure

As usual, here is your warning that this story has cursing, sex (not graphic), innuendo, and violence.  It’s my Rated-R action adventure called Derailing Bedlam.  This is the fourth outing (third official) for Cassidy and Lloyd, so feel free to click on one of the two covers to see how it started.  Each one is 99 cents!

Cover by Jon Hunsinger

Cover Art by Jon Hunsinger

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This Fall, Fall in Love with Books

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Fall in Love promo | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

This Fall, fall in love with some great romance books, FREE or 99c!

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Three lucky winners will go home with one Fire HD 8 Tablet, plus two $25 Amazon shopping sprees for runner-ups!

You can enter the giveaway here.

Choose among these great books:

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“Tina Wainscott delivers high-octane suspense and red-hot romance! Full of edge-of-your-seat action and red-hot passion, Wild on You is a souped-up roller coaster of a page-turner.”
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