As a big fan of The Hat (the book that got me hooked on the quirky imaginative force that is C.S. Boyack), when I learned a third part in the series was imminent for release, I was busting to get my hands on it. And while Mrs. Molony sits on my Kindle, waiting for me patiently like a shiny new toy, I have the pleasure of bringing you the brains behind The Hat series to tantalise you with his latest offering…
Thanks for the invitation, Jessica. And thanks for that intro. I’m here to talk about my newest book, The Ballad of Mrs. Molony. This one is a short novel and fits right into the Halloween reading going on right now.
I’ll let the cover and blurb tell people about the story, but will mention it’s priced at 99¢ for a limited time. It’s part of a series, and it’s the kind of series you can read out of order without feeling too lost. I intend to keep it going, and will try to keep it that way as long as possible. It worked for James Bond and Sherlock Holmes, even Miss Marple… why not me?
It’s the ongoing saga of Lizzie St. Laurent and the hat. This isn’t any ordinary hat, because he’s a creature from another dimension who’s been trapped here by witchcraft. He has some magical powers and when they team up, they become a paranormal superhero.
This post is kind of a standard for blog tours and relates to the series factor.
What’s on the horizon for Lizzie and the hat?
I’ve been working my way through the classic movie monsters, and it works
because the series is supposed to be a little bit corny. It’s full of dark humor and even has a silly cartoon every few chapters to make it even more so. If those monsters seem a little campy, that plays to the theme of the series. (It’s campy and corny on purpose. Have a laugh along with me.)
They’ve faced bad humans, zombies, ghouls, and one devil affectionately known as Mustang Sally. It only makes sense that the current volume involves vampires.
I kind of want to name the next one Clap For The Wolfman, but will try to resist. It plays to the musical sub theme of the books. My overall plan for that book is to seriously break Lizzie. She’s going to have to sort the monster out (naturally) but it might be more than she can handle. Lots of opportunity to mask her problems with the idea of a musician’s rehab. Might find some humor in there to exploit.
The origin story is creatively titled The Hat. I got a lot of wonderful comments about how witchcraft fit into this world and some people wanted me to explore that. I’m going to do it after whatever I decide to call the Wolfman story. There will be deep exploration into this world, and I have some hilarious ideas for it. One involves Lizzie’s parents out in California and the other involves a faux pas of massive proportions that will be kind of embarrassing for Lizzie. I’m sure the hat will love it. I intend to call this book Good Liniment. It’s the only one with a solid title I really want to keep.
One of the crazy things I’ve done is introduce characters from my previous
stories into this world. It just makes it even more crazy. Good Liniment is
probably going to revisit Patty Hall who became a NASA scientist after her debut novel. I don’t know how deeply she’ll be involved, but I plan to use her as a herald character to launch this adventure.
Beyond that, I have an even better idea. The hat has been attached to Lizzie’s family for millennia. It just makes sense that he might have made a supernatural enemy along the way. It feels like time for this character to show up. I also have plans to introduce a romantic interest for Lizzie. It might end with a broken heart, or not, but I have a year or so to figure it out. The storyboard for this one is 80% finished already. I really want to call this one The Midnight Rambler, and work the musical element hard. Maybe work up some musical parody all without getting sued. (The hat is already trying to come up with some one liners for the lyric, Honey, it ain’t one of those.) If I’m going to do that, I should probably come up with a different title for the Wolfman story.
I guess the point is to stick with me, folks. Lizzie and the hat are going to be
around for a while. I have three years of Halloween releases ahead of me, but I’m tempted to accelerate that to a degree. These stories are screaming at me to be written. I hope you’ll give them a chance.
Lizzie and the hat are back, and this time they’re chasing vampires across a subculture of America. A pair of rodeo cowboys are holding a woman captive to use like a milk cow since they joined the undead.
The person who put them onto the trail is also a vampire, but he has to be the worst vampire in history. Is he really that pitiful, or is he setting a trap for our heroes? Does the woman even exists? Can Lizzie and the hat find her before she also takes up blood sucking?
Follow Lizzie and the hat as they use their cover band to stalk vamps across the country music scene.
Purchase your copy here: The Ballad of Mrs. Molony
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