Craig Boyack

Cover Reveal: Grinders by C. S. Boyack

Note: This book just arrived a few days ago. You can find it here: Grinders. More about the book coming soon!

I’m here to reveal my newest cover and talk a bit about Grinders. This time, I’m tackling a cyberpunk world. It’s one of those worlds where the Internet and being connected too much controls our lives.

One of the things I like about science fiction is the ability to project current events into the future. I call this, “Poking things with a stick.”

I poked a lot of things in this book, but most of them are in passing. Some of them show up in advertisements, which are invasive in this world. Others might just be a news blurb. There are times when I dive a bit deeper, and not everything is negative. Here is a small list of things that show up in the story:

  • Global warming
  • Plastic pollution
  • Helicopter moms
  • Cyber shut-ins
  • The energy crisis
  • New ways for package thieves to operate
  • Police who can’t carry guns until they are five-year veterans
  • Homeowner associations

There are a lot more, and most of them are pretty subtle. Cyberpunk is not known for deep plots, but I wanted one anyway.

Grinders is set about a hundred years in the future, in San Francisco. The main characters are cops assigned to the Grinder Squad. This is the duty nobody wants, and you almost have to screw up to get this assignment.

Grinders exist today, but I ramped them up for this story. These are people who surgically modify themselves, or each other, in basement surgeries, beauty salons, and tattoo parlors. Real world examples are those who implant chips under their skin to allow themselves to unlock doors or start cars without a key. There has even been one who injected dye into his eyeballs in an attempt to see in the dark. In that example, it actually worked but the results were temporary.

My story involves the downside of these modifications, why they’re illegal, and most of them are a bit more extreme than the real world versions. For example, you’ll meet Brandi, who has moth-like antennae implanted into her forehead. They aren’t just cute, they allow her to taste virtually everything. She’s almost like a bloodhound, only using the sense of taste.

Grinder Squad rarely ever does anything, but the new girl on the squad, Jimi, wants to bust a grind shop in the worst way. She feels like it could be her ticket off this crap detail and on to better duty.

One of my silly goals was to release the book in time for Chinese New Year. I’m not going to make it. I still need to finish my final pass, send it to the formatter, and get my promotional posters. It’s going to need a blurb, too.

I targeted this date because in the story, it’s the Year of the Rat. An important part of the story takes place at San Francisco’s annual parade. There are even a couple of rats in the story that play a pivotal role. Aside from that, I was born in the Year of the Rat.

Readers won’t actually care about my silly target date, and it’s more important to give everything the final polish. What I did get in time was cover art. So Gong Hei Fot Choi, everyone, and enjoy the cover. The story will be available before you know it, and I’ll announce that on my blog.

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Story Empire Roadshow Featuring C. S. Boyack

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.

Blurb

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.

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Conclusion

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 the Story Empire Roadshow tour 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!

The Latest News from Archer’s Aim

Here’s the latest news on writing that I have.

First, I’ve just gotten the first look at the cover for An Arrow Against the Wind which means there will be a cover reveal soon but I’ll share more about that next week. I’m really excited to see something more visual for the book. Since I’ve been so delayed with editing the book I hope to release it later this summer but more on that in the coming weeks. If you are interested in upcoming news about my forthcoming releases try signing up for my newsletter – I’m also sharing some specials from a few other authors that may interest fantasy readers.

Next, one of the characters from The Bow of Destiny will be interviewed on C. S. Boyack’s interview feature, Lisa Burton Radio, several weeks from now (date still pending). This will be an interesting interview format since the questions are quite interesting and the point of view for both the interviewer and interviewee are both fictional. As soon as I have a date I’ll post here on the site.

I’ll have another blog interview appearance on A. F. Stewart’s site, Are You Afraid of the Dark? on 4/4 discussing The Bow of Destiny as well as my other forthcoming projects.

While I’m on The Bow of Destiny, the book has been at the reduced price of $2.99 for a while now and will be through the end of April. If you haven’t gotten a copy yet, why not grab one now before the price goes back up to $4.99?

Goodreads-Profile-Picture[1]The weekend of 4/8-10 will be a big one as I’ll be appear at two conventions at once. Well, not really. I’m taking part in the 2nd annual Brain to Books Cyber Convention held on Goodreads. I’ll be giving away a few books and such via Amazon. I’ll share my cyber-booth link closer to the date but there will be lots of activities – including some live events – at the convention that weekend so be sure to check back with more news about this event next week.

But wait, what about the other convention? Well, I’ve gotten an opportunity through some authors attending the L. A. Book Convention to have some of my promotional material at their real booth at the same time at the Cyber Convention. I have bookmarks being shipped now so if you are in the LA area try to attend. I’ll share more details on both the location of the booth and the author names within the week.

Wow, that’s a lot of events going on close together. I also hope to release my short story anthology during April or May (most likely the latter just to give myself time to get it ready) so I’ll start sharing news about during the convention.

I’m posting visual content on Pinterest often so if you are on that social media channel, please click through some of my boards there and feel free to share. If you’ve read The Bow of Destiny, let me know if you have some fan-art and I’ll create a public board for you to post what you have.

I’ve got a few book beginnings that I’m writing that I plan to share as fiction posts in the coming weeks also – all feedback is welcome. These will likely be rather rough and they are not my main projects at this time – in fact, they aren’t even on my WIP page yet. But I want to share some of what I’m planning down the road after I’ve released An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow.

TBOD SF ContestPlease share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive notification of these posts and those for other upcoming fiction projects to appear on Archer’s Aim as well as news about the upcoming release of An Arrow Against the Wind, the second novel of The Bow of Hart Saga due out later this year.

Book 1 of The Bow of Hart Saga: The Bow of Destiny can be found at these online retailers: Barnes & Noble, KoboiBooksAmazon – Kindle & Smashwords. See the book trailer.

Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:

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