Book Launch – The Hat by Craig Boyack – Lisa Burton Visits

I want to welcome Lisa Burton, Craig Boyack’s personal assistant to Fiction Favorites. She is here to tell you about Craig’s latest book. As you may know, I love Craig’s work and can highly recommend his writing.  It is always a pleasure to have her join me here on the coast. Hi, Lisa.


Craig and Lisa

Hi, and thanks for having me over again, John. I love getting away from the cabin and promoting Craig’s books on occasion. It’s a long old winter out there, you know? (I know Lisa especially in the company of Craig)

Today, we’re touring around a novella called The Hat. This one is about a girl, Lizzie, who works hard to overcome the trials of everyday life. She winds up with an old hat that belonged to her grandfather, only this is no ordinary hat. It’s a being from another dimension, trapped in the shape of a hat for all time.

The story involves some baby snatchers and one of the victims is the newborn son of Lizzie’s friends. It turns out the hat has a few skills that might let Lizzie recover the missing babies. By acting in concert they are much more capable than acting as individuals.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They rise to the occasion and produce different outcomes. We look up to Superman and all he stands for. We might appreciate The Punisher, but look away because of his methods.

Lizzie and the hat are more like the latter. Without some kind of super strength, or being bulletproof, they don’t have a lot of options beyond hitting first and hitting hard.

It’s a fun story structure, because they start out as strangers, and it doesn’t go too well at first. They bond and form a symbiosis over music of all things. They try to save the children and fail. The important part for all heroes is they try again.

The Hat is humorous, serious, and heroic in its own way. We really hope you’ll give it a chance. It’s priced at 99¢, and since it’s a novella, it will only take an afternoon to read.

Now it’s time for my poster. I like to drop these off with the hosts that invite me. The hat can take the shape of any kind of headwear. This is all spelled out in the story, but there comes a time when the hero emerges from the darkness and steps into the light. This poster is designed to reflect that moment for Lizzie and The Hat.

Lisa Butron

Feel free to use it as your phone background or whatever you like. I hope in some small way it encourages you to check out The Hat, and maybe even leave a review.

Thanks again for having me today. Now what kind of trouble can a robot girl get into around here?



Lizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother, and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs just to keep her head above water.

She inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate, but it belonged to her grandfather. This is no ordinary hat, but a being from an alternate dimension. One with special powers.

Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.

Lizzie gives up everything to rescue the babies. She loses her jobs and may wind up in jail before it’s over. Along the way, she and the hat may have a new way of making ends meet.

Humorous and fun, The Hat is novella length. Wonderful escapism for an afternoon.

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  1. Thank you, John. Keep Lisa away from that beach, or she might cover everything at the writing cabin with knit goods.

    1. Ha ha ha. I will for sure. 😀

  2. Just finished reading this book and enjoyed it! I love the humour that runs through it 🙂 Great Lisa artwork too! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Harmony. Glad you enjoyed it. Looking forward to your post on the subject. The poster kind of captures that moment in the junk yard.

    2. Thank you, Harmony. I’m looking forward to it.

  3. Reblogged this on Siân Glírdan and commented:
    Can’t wait to start my copy of The Hat – maybe this evening! 😀

    1. Thank you, Jan. I think you’ll like it.

      1. Thank you for the share, Jan

  4. Great job spotlighting Craig’s new work here, John.

    And Craig, you know I love The Hat. Best wishes with the release!

    1. Thanks, Staci. I’ll take all the well-wishes I can get.

      1. Thank you, Staci. looks like an excellent read to me. 🙂

    2. Oh, and before I forget, Go Steelers. Dilly dilly.

      1. Yes. Go Steelers! Dilly dilly!

        We’re currently down by three freaking touchdowns and I’m trying to manage my blood pressure.

      2. I know. I’m also a Steeler fan and am apoplectic. Looking better though.

      3. Not looking too good right now.

      4. We’ve pulled within one TD and we’re about to get the ball. No negative thoughts!

      5. This is painful in hindsight.

      6. John, I had forgotten you had Pittsburgh ties. 4:13 left in the game. I’m a basket case!

      7. Yes. And am in mourning.

  5. Gwen Plano · ·

    Just purchased my copy! How could I not? The thesis alone is a motivator. All the best, Craig.

    1. I know right? Looks like a winner, Gwen.

    2. Thank you so much, Gwen. Hope you enjoy it.

  6. What a fun concept for a story! This was a great post, John. Craig, congratulations on the launch of your new book.

    1. Thanks, Rhani. Just a bit of my craziness.

    2. Thank you for the visit, Rhani

    1. Thanks for sharing this one.

      1. I already know I will enjoy it!

    2. Thank you, Anita and Jaye.

  7. Thanks for sharing, John! This sounds like a fun read.

    1. Thank you, Jill. It’s intended to be a fun one.

    2. Thanks for the visit and comment, Jill

  8. Great post! Your superheroes sound super relatable, I’m sure this will be a winner 🙂

    1. Thanks, I have high hopes.

      1. Thank you for the visit, Jacquie

    2. Thanks, Jacqie. I agree with you

  9. Reblogged this on Entertaining Stories and commented:
    Lisa Burton is out on the blog tour today. She’s at John Howell’s place discussing heroes. Oh, and she’s delivering one of her fabulous posters. While you’re there, get to know John. He’s a great author, a super supporter, and runs a great blog.

    1. Thank you for the reblog and nice words, Craig.

  10. Congratulations, Craig! ‘The Hat’ synopsis lures me immediately, and Lisa as always looks stunning. I look forward to reading it. Thanks, John for hosting!

    1. Thanks for the visit, Soooz. 😀

    2. Thank you, Soooz. Hope it holds up for you,

  11. Did you introduce Lisa to Bailey and Lucy? 🙂 I bought The Hat and look forward to reading it!

    1. I did. They loved her. I bought it too.

    2. Thank you, Jan. Hope you enjoy it.

  12. Congratulations to you and Lisa. What a team!

    1. Thanks for the visit Marje. 😀

    2. Thank you so much.

  13. Woohoo! LOVE that poster of Lisa as Lizzie in the Hat. Actually, I love Craig’s vivid descriptions of Lizzie’s outfit (among all the action, humor and adventure) in the novella. I’ve read this one and it’s five stars. For anyone on the fence, go forth and one-click!

    1. Thank you for the visit, Mae. I have my copy.

    2. Thanks for the testimonial. Where do I send the check? Ha ha.

  14. Craig, this is one I really hope to read. Reblogged on mallie1025. I want that hat!! Hey, I look good in hats, but I’ll have to tape his(its) mouth, wherever it is.

    1. Yes, you need one of these, and he has a mouth in more ways than one. Thanks for sharing the post.

  15. Hello John and Lisa! Congratulations, Craig! I’ll be running over to Amazon to get my copy of ‘The Hat’ after this. I love the witch outfit Lisa is wearing! I’d love to borrow those boots! Thanks for hosting, John! 😀 xx

    1. Thanks, Vashti. Enjoy the story. Glad you like the poster.

    2. Thank you for the visit, Vashti.

  16. Going to pick a copy up! Like the blurb for this one!

    1. Thanks for the visit, Traci.

      1. You’re welcome, John!

    2. Much appreciated, Traci.

  17. Well, of course, after that fabulous intro, I had to hop over to Amazon and check it out. I’ll be reading it in the near future.

    1. Thank you, Michelle. 😀

    2. Thank you so much. Hope you enjoy it.

  18. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out the newest work from C.S. Boyack, the novella, The Hat. I’m looking forward to reading it myself. The details are in this post from John Howell’s Fiction Favorites blog.

    1. Thank you, Don. Appreciate the help.

  19. Ooooh – love Lisa’s hat!

    1. Thanks, Teri. Didn’t they have that version at Potter World?

      1. They weren’t that awesome.

  20. Congratulations, Craig! Fantastic reviews coming in, too. Bravo!
    Thanks for sharing, John, as always. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Natalie. It seems to be doing well. It’s exciting when people are enjoying the story.

    2. Thanks for the visit Natalie.

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