Grinders by C.S. Boyack Now Available on Amazon!


(Today we have a special guest who many of us know.  C.S. Boyack is here to talk about his newest release Grinders, which is a cyberpunk adventure.  Not a common genre for my blog, so this is really exciting.  Today, he’s going to talk about subplots and how none of the characters are doing what they want to do. Have fun.)

Thanks for inviting me back, Charles. It’s always fun visiting your place. I’m here to talk about my newest book, Grinders.

This one is a type of science fiction known as cyberpunk. I’ll let the blurb explain the main points. My topic today is one of the sub-plots. There is a lot going on in Grinders, and in some ways it makes a statement about the human condition. I didn’t really set out to do that, it just kind of happened.

In Grinders, none of the characters are doing what they wanted. If you think about it, it’s kind of realistic. How many of us are not working at the task we dreamed of as children? How many people have a degree in something that has nothing to do with their current employment? Why should the future be any different.

Jimi is my main character. She originally went to art school, but an abusive step-father withheld financing until she chose a path that he felt would make her financially stable. She went into criminal justice, and became a cop. Art became a hobby, but it’s a big part of who she is.

There are others with similar stories. The trained chef who operates a food counter in a former timeshare that’s been converted into apartments. The bartender who has a degree in computer programming, with a minor in holobarkers. (Specific tech that get’s explained between the covers.)

Lou is Jimi’s senior partner on the police force. He had everything he ever wanted, but lost it. Lou is a simple man, and loves horses. He spent most of his career as a mounted patrolman, until the department decided to retire all the horses and sell them. Lou’s horse now pulls a hansom cab through San Francisco’s touristy areas. He kept tabs on the horse, made friends with his new owner, and occasionally volunteers at her stables in exchange for a bit of equine therapy.

Even Grinder Squad itself is kind of the bargain basement of the police department. They didn’t know what else to do with Lou, so he got assigned there. Jimi got in some trouble, so they stuffed her into Grinder squad.

I think it makes the character relatable. This is fiction, so I needed to offer some kind of resolution to this issue. It isn’t the main plot, so I can be a little more fluid here, but I think it stitched together kind of nicely.

The blurb will give your readers more of the highlights to the story, but I’m glad to have the opportunity to touch on something more subtle today.



Jimi Cabot made one mistake as a starving college student. When she went to work for the San Francisco Police Department, it nearly cost her the job. The union stepped in and they had to reinstate her. They did so by assigning her to the duty nobody wants, Grinder Squad.

Grinders are people who use back room surgeries to enhance their bodies with computer chips, and various kinds of hardware. Jimi is sure that if she can just bust one grind shop, it will be her ticket back.

Paired with veteran cop, she soon learns that Grinder Squad is a cash-cow for the department. They are nothing more than glorified patrol cops, and generally get the worst assignments.

Matchless is the most wanted grinder of all time. He disappeared years ago, leaving only the evidence of those he enhanced during his career. With these pieces, Jimi picks up the cold trail to try working her way back to more respectable duty.

Grinders is a cyberpunk story set in a world where global warming has eroded coastlines, and society has solved many of our current problems by replacing them with new ones. There are cyber shut-ins, cyber-currency skimming schemes, and more in this futuristic tale.

This book also takes the opportunity to poke a stick at current issues that seem to have lasted into the future. Entitled people, helicopter moms, overzealous homeowner associations, and lack of decent jobs are all present. Never preachy, these issues make up the day to day work of a patrol officer.

I hope you enjoy Grinders as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you.

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About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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32 Responses to Grinders by C.S. Boyack Now Available on Amazon!

  1. Always a pleasure to be here, and thanks for hosting me today.


  2. Reblogged this on Entertaining Stories and commented:
    There are a lot of layers in Grinders. I’m at Charles’s place today to discuss one of the sub-plots that wrapped up fairly well. While you’re there, check out Charles’s blog and his War of Nytefall series. He just released a new volume about the same time I published Grinders.

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  3. Judi Lynn says:

    I’m only halfway through the story and didn’t realize the food guy was a trained chef, but he is passionate about the food he sells. Nice touch. Enjoyed this post. And thanks for hosting this, Charles.

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    • Hope you’re enjoying it. There are tidbits that don’t directly make the story. I even have the name of the school he went to somewhere. As a peripheral player, I didn’t force all of it in there.


  4. Mae Clair says:

    I’m almost done with my current read, and Grinders is up next on my list. But I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek before publication and know what a fabulous story it is. Interesting angle about the characters’ ambitions vs. their realities, Craig. Really well done.

    Nice to see Craig on your blog today, Charles. Great hosting! 🙂

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  5. Great to see Craig and Grinders here today, Charles. M looking forward to reading this one 😊

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  6. Excellent post and thought about what we all imagine we’d be doing when we were kids. Best wishes to Craig and thanks, Charles for having him here today.

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  7. Marcia says:

    I can definitely identify as someone who ended up spending most of her life doing something other than what she’d always dreamed she’d be doing. This thread running through Grinders makes me want to read it even more. It’s moving up in my TBR pile every day! 🙂 Great post, Craig, and thanks for featuring Grinders today, Charles! Sharing!

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  8. Joan Hall says:

    Good to see Grinders getting attention. Thanks for hosting today, Charles

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  9. Vashti Q says:

    Hi, Charles! It’s terrific to see Craig and his new book here. Grinders reads fascinating, and I’m definitely intrigued. Fun post! Thanks for hosting!

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  10. It sounds even more intriguing now that I’m reading some of the characters’ backstories! This is sure to be a fun read and a best seller.

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  11. Reblogged this on Archer's Aim and commented:
    Really looking forward to this read as soon as I can get to it. Find out about characters in Grinders by C. S. Boyack over on Legends of Windermere.

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  12. Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author & Book Blogger and commented:
    I downloaded this recently! It’s on my TBR pile of books.

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  13. Staci Troilo says:

    I enjoyed the theme of unfulfilled plans. Grinders was a great read. Best wishes, Craig.

    Thanks for hosting, Charles.

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  14. Jan Sikes says:

    I enjoyed learning more about the sub-plots here today, Craig! I wish you a successful launch! Thanks, Charles, for hosting!

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