The Enhanced League by C. S. Boyack #NewRelease #SpeculativeFiction #Baseball #RRBC

Craig Boyack is a regular visitor on my blog, but no matter how many times he drops by, he always has something new and unusual to share. That slant is par for the course with Craig’s main genre as a speculative fiction author. His latest release, The Enhanced League is truly unique and possibly my favorite of his varied works. I was a beta reader on this novel and was mesmerized by the creativity involved. You can find my 5-Star Amazon review here.

I asked Craig to write about the showmanship he incorporated into his baseball league with mascots and other splashy theatrics. (I loved the Kawaii Girls). Another favorite part for me were the vignettes with sportscasters Ricky Sunderland and Uber Velasquez. Pure gold! Trust me—you’re going to want to pick this one up!

~ooOOoo~

Thanks for the invite, Mae. It’s nice to have places to talk about our new books when they release. I know you have one dropping very soon, and you’re always welcome to borrow my blog space too.

My newest is a collection of short stories and anthems, but this time they tell an overarching story. The setting is a fictional baseball league where nobody monitors the performance enhancing drugs, and the rules are slightly different. It’s called The Enhanced League, and at 99¢, I think it’s a smokin deal.

Mae served as one of my beta readers, and she liked the pomp that went along with this league. The old rules of conduct are gone, and it’s a bit more like professional wrestling in its presentation.

The stadiums are pretty outrageous. From the Montreal Mounties’ bullpen car that’s actually a fully blown hotrod to the taiko drummers in Japan, there is a lot of flash here. The league is truly international in scope.

Mae also liked some of the behind-the-scenes characters too. Putting on a good show requires a lot of manpower. They can’t all get an individual story, but they make appearances to spice up the tales that did get written. You get to see the efforts of the grounds crew where the field has to be moved outside to get the grass to grow. There are actual stadiums that do this now, so it wasn’t much of a stretch.

There are the Kawaii Girls in Niigata, Japan. These stadium performers are a precision team of virtual anime characters that add a bit of flavor. There’s no doubt they work hard at their performance, even though they irritate the main character in that story. This story even features people wearing inflatable sumo suits running the bases during the seventh inning stretch.

You’ll never actually meet Captain Rhumm, a more traditional team mascot, but he adds a little something to the team from Puerto Rico.

The main theme is one year in the life of The Enhanced League. The peripheral stuff is fun, but the stories deal with falling stock and rising fortunes. There are tragic tales of drug abuse, and some advancements in medical technology. You’ll meet a few misfits who see this league as their only chance to play professional baseball. I even touch upon how women are treated in the workplace.

If this sounds like a fun mid-season break to you, I’d appreciate you picking up a copy.

Thanks, Mae.

Book cover for The Enhanced League by C.S. Boyack shows close up of home plate with a needed and baseball glove

Blurb:
The Enhanced league is a collection of short stories and anthems centered around a year in a fictional baseball league. It has a slight science fiction background. This league has a lot more pomp than you might be used to, and nobody seems to care if the players use performance enhancing drugs.

Stories involve existing heroes, up and comers, and falling stars. While there are the obvious stories that take place on the field of play, there are also human interest stories that take place around the baseball gyrations. These stories involve scouting, trades, ruthless business decisions, and even relationships.

I enjoyed researching and bringing you The Enhanced League, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. — CB

PURCHASE THE ENHANCED LEAGUE FROM AMAZON

Meet C. S. Boyack
Author C. S. BoyackI 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.

Connect with Craig at the following haunts:
Blog | My Novels | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook | Pinterest 

74 thoughts on “The Enhanced League by C. S. Boyack #NewRelease #SpeculativeFiction #Baseball #RRBC

  1. Reblogged this on Entertaining Stories and commented:
    I’m over at Mae Clair’s place today. We’re talking about all the pomp and peripheral things in The Enhanced League. Stop over and say hi.

    While you’re there, look around. Mae is a fantastic author and blogger, and someone you should definitely follow. As an example of how supportive she is, her own book, A Desolate Hour, dropped yesterday. Maybe check out her book while you’re there https://www.amazon.com/Desolate-Hour-Point-Pleasant-ebook/dp/B01MDPY2A5/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1500463803&sr=1-1&keywords=Mae+Clair

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  2. I enjoyed this post, Mae, and always love hearing about Craig’s prolific creations. Many fun and imaginative features. The inflatable Sumo costumes made me chuckle. Unrestricted performance enhancing drugs is a great theme. My congratulations to you both for your latest accomplishments.

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  3. Grabbing my copy today, and sharing this post, as well. It sounds delightful, even for a non-sports person like myself. I do love imaginative tales, and cool concepts! Great post, Mae and Craig! 🙂

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  4. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    A fun post on Mae Clair’s blog today, featuring C. S. Boyack, and his newest book. This one sounds like a LOT of fun! Grabbing my copy today. And don’t forget to share this with the immediate world! 😀 THANKS!

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  5. It’s been fun following your tour, Craig. You know I loved the work, but seeing the different facets behind it has really enhanced the experience for me. As always, best wishes.

    Mae, great job hosting, as usual.

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  6. Yay! I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed a few of Craig’s books, I’m delighted to hear that there is a new book on offer! Loving the sound of ‘The Enhanced League.’ Baseball is not a sport we play much of here in Oz, but I have been fascinated by it, and some of the legends surrounding the game, for a good many years. Congratulations, Craig! A great post, Mae Clair.

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