Thanks for visiting today! Join me in welcoming C. S. Boyack, one of my fellow contributing authors from Story Empire.Also, welcome to a lot of new visitors today from various other blogs and groups including those from Story Empire and Craig’s followers. Take it away Craig!
I’m excited that my bookmobile is pulling into P. H. Solomon’s blog as part of the Story Empire Roadshow. It’s been a while since I appeared here, and in honor of this being a fantasy site, I’m putting my lone fantasy novel on sale today.
About The Book
The Cock of the South is a Greco-Roman fantasy with a mash up of traditional characters like Dwarves and Elves, alongside Centaurs and Amazons.
You’ll follow along with Cobby, one of the Southern Dwarves, as he discovers many downtrodden races. They’re all being persecuted by the empire of Remus, and he wants to unite them into one people for their own salvation.
The road is long, bloody, and filled with racial conflicts. I refer to it as part Exodus, part Spartacus, and pure fantasy.
The Southern Dwarves are a conquered race. Scattered and hidden they must flee the legions of Remus before they all become slaves.
An unlikely dwarf, known as Cobby, leads them to a place where they can live in peace. He discovers other downtrodden races along the way and recruits them to his mission. These include centaurs, Amazons, satyrs, and more. There aren’t enough of anyone to make a difference, but together they might stand a chance.
There are quite a few dwarf stories around, and I wanted to do something different with them. The setting is Greco Roman, and the times are brutal. This book contains violence, you have been warned.
It was fun trying to keep what readers expect from dwarves, and still add something different. Part Spartacus, part Exodus, I hope you will give The Cock of the South a chance.
You can download The Cock of the South for the whopping big price of 99¢ today and tomorrow only. I hope you’ll take a chance on TCOS, and would appreciate any sharing PH’s readers could do today.
Story Empire is a cooperative effort of six outstanding authors, including today’s host. We’re all on tour this week, and PH is over at my blog, Entertaining Stories. Make sure to come over and see what great deals he’s offering along the tour.
To keep people following the tour, I’m giving away two huge coffee mugs featuring Lisa Burton, my personal assistant and spokesmodel. These go to the most prolific commenters during the week at my stops.
I’ve read The Cock of the South and Craig has done a wonderful job! Be sure to check out The Cock of the South and his other books via his links. You can view theStory Empire Roadshowtour schedule for today and all week. Also, please make sure to leave comments below so you can be in the running for Harmony’s prize at the end of the week! Thanks for visiting today and have a fun week!
Today, I’m happy to host C. S. Boyack and his latest book release on tour this week. Take it away Craig!
Will O’ the Wisp is the newest release from C. S. Boyack. It involves a mildly handicapped girl facing a mysterious threat. The wisp has been killing off Patty Hall’s family for generations, and she’s next on the list. It is suitable for young adult readers.
We have a real treat for everyone today. Joining us is an honest to goodness Greek Muse. Lorelei, many of our readers think Muses are simply fables. Why do you think this is a common belief?
Lorelei: There are many Muses, be we are selective about those we inspire. Most people will never encounter a Muse, so we become something of legend.
Host: You work with an author, C. S. Boyack. Why did you choose him?
Lorelei: Craig has always been a creative guy. I first approached him in the 1980s. He wrote a few things that showed promise, but he wasn’t committed. I parked him in my watch list for decades, because he wasn’t ready. He needed a wife and children. Those led to a certain comfort level, and that’s when his mind really blossomed.
Host: Is this a matter of seasoning, or just available time?
Lorelei: A bit of both, actually. He’s a very driven fellow, almost a workaholic.
Host: What inspiration did you provide for Will O’ the Wisp?
Lorelei: Craig doesn’t always get everything the way I provide it. Sometimes I whisper on the breeze or appear in his dreams. He was watching a cartoon with his grandchildren about these benevolent forest spirits. I blew into his ear about the beautiful artwork, and wonders of nature. He came up with a story about witchcraft, survival, and revenge.
Host: Does that mean he really doesn’t listen to you?
Lorelei: He listens, but he’s wired a bit differently. He’s a creative fellow, and that’s why I chose him. Some of the things he comes up with are surprising.
Host: This book says it’s suitable for young adults. Is that something you helped him with?
Lorelei: No. He doesn’t work that way. He writes stories the way he feels them. If the end product has adult themes, so be it. Will O’ the Wisp didn’t need adult themes and simply came out that way.
Host: The story is a first person point of view, and the main character is a 15 year old girl. How did that come to pass?
Lorelei: I had a lot to do with that. Craig and I chatted about his personal challenge for this book. I always make him push his limits in one way or another. He improves as a writer by trying new things. We came up with the idea of something in first person. He agreed to try it, knowing it was part of his growth as a writer. The readers will decide if he did a good job, or not.
Host: I never knew Muses helped with promotion. I think that’s fabulous. Tell us what promotional effort you’re putting into this project.
Lorelei: My job is to inspire. I do it very well. I also take responsibility for Craig’s growth as an author. To be honest with you, I don’t care if he ever publishes something. I want him to grow and improve his skills.
Host: Then why are you out stumping for him today?
Lorelei: He’s such a whiner. He thinks I’m more charming than he is, and begs until I give in. It’s true that I have more social skills.
Host: Will O’ the Wisp is more than a paranormal story. It’s also a coming of age story. How much influence did you have here?
Lorelei: Quite a bit. When I looked at Craig’s storyboard, it was very meat and potatoes. It told the story, but that’s about all. We shared a drink one night, and I helped him flesh things out.
Host: How does this book compare to Boyack’s other novels?
Lorelei: They’re all different in some way. I think they’re all good stories. Will O’ the Wisp is the kind of story that could put him on the map as a writer. If you’ve been waiting to read one of Craig’s stories, this is the one you’ve been waiting for.
Host: Thank you for joining us today, Lorelei. Can you tell us what we have to do to attract our own Muse?
Lorelei: Keep working on your craft. You never know when one of my sisters has you on her short list.
Patty Hall is perfectly prepared for the wrong problem. She is enamored with the space race, and knows the history of NASA by heart. She is faced with an ancient threat that has been targeting the Hall family for generations. Hampered by an overprotective mother, if Patty can’t figure it all out in time, she may be the next member in the Hall family cemetery plot.
It’s not hard enough to be a fifteen year old girl, and a social outcast. As she watches her friends mature and grow, she has to face the idea of never turning sixteen. Please consider joining Patty on her incredible adventure.
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I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction. I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet. I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.
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