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.
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.
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.
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’.)