The Ballad of Mrs. Molony

6 Oct

Hi, everyone! Today’s guest is no stranger to this blog. I’ve featured C. S. Boyack and his work several times. Craig is a prolific speculative fiction author, and I enjoy his writing style and quirky characters. I’ve read his book ‘The Hat’ and enjoyed it very much. You can read my review here. His personal assistant, robot girl and spokes model, Lisa will introduce us to his latest work. Without further ado here’s Lisa Burton.

Gosh, thanks, for the invitation Vashti. It’s been so hard getting out with all the troubles going on lately. I’m here to promote Craig’s new book, The Ballad of Mrs. Molony. This is the third one in The Hat series, but don’t let that scare you off. He worked pretty hard so readers wouldn’t absolutely have to read them in order. People can start right here and have a good time.

You asked for something about Craig’s characters, and I could tell you all kinds of stories. He has a definite style. He likes to use more stoic main characters, then add color with his supporting characters. The Hat Series is a little different, because it’s a buddy series. There’s still a bit of that framework.

Lizzie St. Laurent is a struggling twenty-something working multiple jobs to keep the wolf away. She’s the more stoic one in these adventures.

The hat is a being from another dimension. He was brought here years ago by witchcraft. He’s magically bound to Lizzie’s bloodline and must always take the form of a hat. The form varies, but there are limitations. He has a few magical skills, but no form he can use to accomplish anything. He’s a little more colorful than Lizzie is, to say the least.

Together, they team up to improve their lot in life, but also to fight against monsters.

Character is a big part of these stories. Because there is a huge generation gap, and maybe some differing values, they’re at each others’ throats all the time. Craig plays this for comedy, because that’s a big part of this series. Imagine a social justice warrior trying to deal with her own grandfather and you get the idea. This geezer doesn’t really understand cell phones, the Internet or anything very high tech. It’s enough to drive a robot girl crazy, so I kind of side with Lizzie.

Craig adds some colorful characters everywhere else, too. In this book you’ll meet Kevin, who’s probably the worst vampire of all time. Can you imagine a vampire with gnarly teeth and a speech impediment? Not quite the romantic image Dracula left us with.

Craig’s known for some pretty outlandish characters. Present company excluded. This series has some of the craziest ones he’s ever come up with. That’s saying something if you consider he came up with a talking yak and the root monsters in other tales. I hope your fans will give it a chance.

Oh, I’m also supposed to tell you they’re designed to be short reads. They come in at about half the length of a novel. Makes them easy to read on a Saturday afternoon.

Now let’s get to the fun part. Part of my job is to pose for promotional posters, and I have one for you and your fans. Remember, this series is supposed to be kind of corny, so the scene I’m representing has a little humorous nod to the Spaghetti Westerns of years gone by. It occurs toward the end of the book.

It was so nice visiting with you. Now I want to check out your area. Maybe get my nails touched up. Robot girls don’t actually breathe, but I have a cute mask with bunnies on it to make others feel comfortable. Do you think one of the salons might be open?

There are plenty of beauty salons around here, Lisa, but I haven’t been to one since the pandemic began. I have no idea if they’re open. Maybe we can do each other’s nails? When you wear your mask you’re giving others a good example. Thanks!


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 hereThe Ballad of Mrs. Molony

Other stories in the series:



You can contact Craig at the following locations:

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave Lisa some love in the comment section below. Even robot girls need love. 😉

64 Responses to “The Ballad of Mrs. Molony”

  1. robbiesinspiration October 6, 2020 at 11:57 pm #

    This is a very entertaining post, Vashti. Craig’s imagination is fantastic and he writes so prolifically. Thanks for hosting.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q October 7, 2020 at 12:00 am #

      I’m happy you enjoyed the post, Robbie. I agree. Craig’s imagination knows no bounds. It’s my pleasure. Thanks for stopping by. 😀 xo

      Liked by 3 people

    • coldhandboyack October 7, 2020 at 7:36 am #

      So glad you enjoyed it, Robbie. Thanks for stopping by.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Miriam Hurdle October 7, 2020 at 12:45 am #

    Hi Craig, you have the best assistant in the whole world. Lisa did a terrific job of introducing you and your characters. Congratulations on your new book The Ballad and Mrs. Molony. Thank you, Vashti for hosting Craig! 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    • coldhandboyack October 7, 2020 at 7:37 am #

      I’m lucky to have her, Miriam. I need to start my commute, but she’s on the job.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Miriam Hurdle October 9, 2020 at 11:03 pm #

        Yes, you are, Craig. I know many companies reopened. The traffic is almost back to normal.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 7, 2020 at 10:23 am #

      Hi, Miriam! It’s my pleasure to host Craig and Lisa. Thanks for your visit and comment. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Jessica Bakkers October 7, 2020 at 5:45 am #

    Big fan of Craig’s books, especially The Hat and Viral Blues, so I’m super excited about Molony! Great post, Vashti 😁

    Liked by 3 people

  4. harmonykentonline October 7, 2020 at 6:08 am #

    Great post, Vashti. I love Craig’s imagination and Lisa’s sass! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Staci Troilo October 7, 2020 at 6:12 am #

    You can always count on Lisa to express her views with style.

    Best wishes to Craig on his new release. Thanks for hosting, Vashti.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. yvettemcalleiro October 7, 2020 at 7:07 am #

    Thanks for sharing Craig’s newest book with us. I always like a good vampire story. Lol! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • coldhandboyack October 7, 2020 at 7:40 am #

      Thanks, Yvette. There have been some pretty good vampire stories. There’s a lot to live up to.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q October 7, 2020 at 10:29 am #

      Me too! 😀 It’s always a pleasure. Thanks for stopping by!

      Liked by 2 people

  7. coldhandboyack October 7, 2020 at 7:35 am #

    Reblogged this on Entertaining Stories and commented:
    Lisa Burton is visiting with Vashti today. She’s talking about my characters and handing out one of her posters. Stop over and check it out. While you’re there, surf around Vashti’s site. She’s a super supporter of the indie community and has a few books that might also hit your Halloween reading list.

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  8. coldhandboyack October 7, 2020 at 7:42 am #

    Thanks so much for hosting Lisa today. She was pretty excited to leave the writing cabin. Hope you ladies have fun together.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 7, 2020 at 10:35 am #

      It’s been a blast hanging out with Lisa. She brings out the girlie-girl in me. I also enjoyed everything she had to say about your new book. I don’t blame her for wanting to leave the writing cabin for a while. I have a bit of cabin fever myself. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      • coldhandboyack October 7, 2020 at 10:45 am #

        It’s been a strange year. Even our dogs have noticed it with working from home and such. I enjoy writing Lisa and should do more with her. Maybe after all this promo we can do some more blog posts about future projects.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 7, 2020 at 12:44 pm #

      I love that idea, Craig. I’m in! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Marcia October 7, 2020 at 9:31 am #

    I’m with Jessica (always a fun place to be!). I’ve read The Hat and Viral Blues, enjoyed them very much, and am now looking forward to reading Mrs. Molony. More so, now that I’ve read this great interview. Lisa ROCKS, Craig! So much fun. Thanks for showcasing her today, Vashti, and for helping Craig get the word out about his new book! Great post!

    Liked by 2 people

    • coldhandboyack October 7, 2020 at 9:49 am #

      Thank you so much, Marsha. Hope Mrs. Molony is one you enjoy.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q October 7, 2020 at 10:38 am #

      That’s fabulous, Marcia! And yes, Lisa does ROCK! We’ve been having a lot of fun together. It’s always a pleasure having her over. Thank you! 😀

      Liked by 2 people

  10. Sue Coletta October 7, 2020 at 10:10 am #

    I stormed through 48% of The Hat this morning, and it’s hilarious! I love the banter between The Hat and Lizzie!!! What a fun story. I’m having a great time. Thank you, Craig!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q October 8, 2020 at 1:36 pm #

      Hi, Sue! It’s lovely to see you here. I had a blast reading The Hat too. Thank you for the visit and comment. 😀

      Liked by 2 people

    • coldhandboyack October 8, 2020 at 1:59 pm #

      Looks like you made it out of comment purgatory. So glad you’re enjoying the story.

      Liked by 2 people

  11. Jan Sikes October 7, 2020 at 10:53 am #

    Lisa is always entertaining, and this post is no exception. Thank you so much for spotlighting Craig’s newest release, Vashti! I look forward to reading this adventure!

    Liked by 3 people

    • coldhandboyack October 7, 2020 at 11:13 am #

      Thank you, Jan. Everyone needs a Halloween story this time of year.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q October 7, 2020 at 12:40 pm #

      Hello, Jan! It’s been wonderful having Lisa on my blog. It’s always a pleasure to host Craig. Yay!

      Liked by 2 people

  12. Judi Lynn October 7, 2020 at 11:04 am #

    A vampire with gnarly teeth and a speech impediment? Only Craig would come up with a character like that:) It’s on my TBR pile for when I want something fun and entertaining. Craig’s perfect for entertainment.

    Liked by 3 people

    • coldhandboyack October 7, 2020 at 11:14 am #

      So glad that caught your attention. Kevin is a unique character, for sure.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q October 7, 2020 at 12:42 pm #

      Right? I completely agree, Judi. You’re right about that too. Thanks for the visit and great comment! 😀

      Liked by 2 people

  13. Teri Polen October 7, 2020 at 1:56 pm #

    I’m excited to meet the “worst vampire of all time”, lol. Glad Lisa’s out helping to promote!

    Liked by 3 people

  14. John W. Howell October 7, 2020 at 2:21 pm #

    It is always good to see Lisa out and about. Congratulations to Craig and thanks to you, Vashti for hosting.

    Liked by 3 people

  15. Mae Clair October 7, 2020 at 3:17 pm #

    Fun post for a fun and adventurous story. I just reviewed The Ballad of Mrs. Molony and gave it five stars. For anyone who isn’t familiar with these characters, I highly recommend meeting them in Craig’s latest offering.
    Great hosting, Vashti. I love your header image for the post!

    Liked by 3 people

    • coldhandboyack October 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm #

      So glad you enjoyed the story. Reviews are our lifeblood and I appreciate that more than I can say.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 8, 2020 at 1:44 pm #

      Hi, Mae! I’m happy you liked the header image. I tried to find a Lisa look-alike. Thank you for stopping by! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Stephen Geez October 7, 2020 at 5:20 pm #

    Reblogged this on Stephen Geez Blog and commented:
    Vashti is bringing us C. S. Boyak’s new vampire novel! Thanks, Vashti and Craig!

    Liked by 3 people

  17. Jill Weatherholt October 7, 2020 at 6:22 pm #

    Great post, Vashti! I wonder if Lisa is available for hire? Congratulations to Craig!

    Liked by 3 people

  18. Gwen M. Plano October 8, 2020 at 8:19 am #

    Congrats, Craig! I have the book and am looking forward to the read. Thank you, Vashti, for the wonderful showcase. 😊

    Liked by 3 people

  19. balroop2013 October 8, 2020 at 12:12 pm #

    Lovely post Vashti, thanks for sharing an interesting character with us. Wishing Craig all the best.

    Liked by 3 people

  20. markbierman November 12, 2020 at 4:26 pm #

    All the best Craig, thanks for sharing, Vashti.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q November 13, 2020 at 1:24 pm #

      I’m happy to, Mark! Thanks for all your support. I appreciate you. 😀 xo

      Liked by 2 people

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