Lunar Boogie (The Hat Series) by C S Boyack @Virgilante #NewBook
Hi everyone. Today, it gives me great pleasure to host fellow author and friend and Story Empire writer, Craig Boyack, with his latest book in the wonderful The Hat Series, Lunar Boogie. I read and loved The Hat and really need to catch up on the later books in the series. Here’s a link to my 5 star review for The Hat back in January 2018 … https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2255844603.
As well as action and adventure, a wonderful thread of humour runs through Craig’s writing, and never more so than in The Hat. I’ll let Craig tell you all about his latest book, Lunar Boogie >>>
I appreciate you loaning me your space, Harmony. Means a lot to me to gain access to your fans. I’m here to talk about my latest called, “Lunar Boogie.” This is the fourth book in The Hat Series, but don’t let that scare you away. I worked to keep each of them capable of standing alone. Meaning, this one makes a great jumping on point.
I’ll let the cover and blurb tell you about this story. Today I want to talk about some of the things I’ve learned by writing an ongoing series. The thing about those is that each story has to be a closed loop. If we have too much of a cliff hanger, it becomes more of a serial and that’s not the goal here.
If you’re familiar with James Bond, Miss Marples, or Conan the Barbarian, you have experience with ongoing series. The trick is to avoid a massive character arc where personal demons must be overcome to reach a successful ending. You can really only do that once and have it stay credible.
This means, I have to add my emotional bits a different way. Supporting characters are great for that. When my MC, Lizzie, interacts with them I can still get some emotional tug. Lizzie and her drummer, Tanith, have a couple such moments in the current story. They’ve become great friends. There are some new characters, Joe and Meg, who provide some of that, but they get their own post along the tour.
I can also have my supporting characters get an arc, and there are enough of them that it won’t get repetitive. The point is, the main characters have to remain available for the next book. It’s hard to take the street urchin out of the palace, then plunk him back on the street. Leaving him on the street makes him more available for future adventures.
Lizzie has a bit of a breakdown at the end of this story. That’s an emotional tug, but doesn’t require her to rewrite her personal creed to bring resolution. People dealing with issues is pretty true to life.
“Happily ever after,” also can’t happen in these stories. I always avoided that anyway, because it’s not realistic. I adopted the “happy for now,” rule years ago. This really plays out in an ongoing series. A successful conclusion should bring some happiness, or pride, or whatever. Life goes on and there will be more challenges. (As the author, I hope they have a lot more challenges.)
Supporting characters can carry across from story to story. It worked for Sherlock Homes with Gregson and Lestrade. Bond had Q and M. It will work here, too. I try to give them decent introductions in their first appearances. After that, they get an intro, but not maybe to the extent as the first time. If someone picks up a subsequent book, they won’t miss much by not having read the first one. They’ll get enough data to not feel lost.
If you’ve ever become a fan of an ongoing series, like Bones or even Perry Mason, I’d appreciate you checking out The Hat series. Even if you haven’t, you might find you like a shorter novel that has enough going for it to extend into more stories.
About the Book:
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.
About the Author:
I’m on the verge of being an empty nester, and I like to write fiction. This blog is to share ideas with readers and writers. I have a decent body of work on Amazon, and I hope you’ll check some of them out. They are all speculative fiction, but seem to stay closest to science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy.
I have other interests that may sneak in from time to time. I like the great outdoors and all it has to offer. Morels and huckleberrys are particularly fun. I once caught and released a 7 foot white sturgeon from the Snake River.