The Playground

Howdy folks, today I’m lit (that’s uber-cool young people speak for fired-up and excited, because I’m so down with the kids) as we have a special guest. Please join me in welcoming the very gorgeous Lisa Burton! Lisa is author C.S. Boyack’s spokesmodel, and let me tell you, she is one glamorous and feisty chick. You may recall that Craig Boyack previously visited me himself, and we made bread rolls together  while chatting about his book, Will ‘O the Wisp. Lisa and I aren’t going to do any baking today, but I do have a little challenge for her. Hi Lisa, welcome…wait, is that a bust of Craig himself you’re leaning on there?

Lisa leaning on bust of Craig Boyack

Hi Vanessa, yes it is, I miss him when I’m travelling. Sigh. Thanks for inviting me over to talk about his newest book, The Playground. But what’s all this about a challenge?

Don’t worry about that Lisa, it’s easy. In the meantime, I hope you don’t mind taking the lime?

Taking the lime? Is that more cool kid-speak?

No. Notice how I’ve made your words lime green? L is for Lisa, and L is for lime, see? This is a clue about the challenge coming up.

Oh I see…I think.

Well let’s crack on Lisa. What can you tell me about the book?

Book cover of The Playground

This one is another paranormal tale, but Craig’s making me tell people it’s paranormal with science fiction sprinkles on top. There is a bit of near future technology in this one. Mainly the Playground Dolls, and the social network they contain.

A social network contained in dolls? Why dolls?

The network is marketed to children. They tell parents their kids can make friends all over the world, get help with homework, and learn from other cultures. That’s a bunch of bull though. The man behind it all is using the network to brainwash the children, and grow his own army.

Oh my goodness, sounds chilling. What are the characters in the book like?

Craig went with three main characters this time. It’s almost like three short stories, but they weave together to tell a bigger story. Chloe is a little girl who gets a Playground doll for Christmas. Her job is to illustrate what all the children are going through.

Gina is a doctor who just had her own brush with the paranormal. She really doesn’t want anything to do with it, but could be the only person who can bring down the network.

Then there’s Clovis. He’s a giant of a man, and he’s calculating and brutal. He’s working for the bad guy, and has a head start on Gina. He grows on you after a while though.

Sounds great Lisa. I can’t wait to read it, in fact, do you mind waiting while I read it now?

Waiting while you read the whole book? Erm…well…ooh! I can’t believe I’m bringing this up myself, but didn’t you say you had some kind of challenge for me Vanessa?

Oh yes, the challenge. Okay, we’ll do that first. Then I’ll read the book while you wait. Right, so the book is called The Playground, what I want you to do is tell me something about the book for each of the letters of PLAYGROUND.

Okay sure, let’s see…

– P is for parasite. There is only one, but it’s really important to the story.

– L is for Gina’s lamp. It allows her to see what people are really like.

– A is for angel — of death.

– Y is for youth, that passes for the children.

– G is for GTO, as in Pontiac GTO.

– R is for regents, the kind that are in charge.

– O is for oracle, there isn’t one, but– well, you’ll see.

– U is for the underworld.

– N is for New Orleans.

– D is for the dog. There’s only one of those too, but he makes a great sidekick.

That was tough. I could have used some of the letters multiple times, and others were hard.

Well done Lisa, you passed the challenge! Very intriguing, I guess we’ll have to read the book to understand some of those. Speaking of which, you sit quietly now while I read it all…

Well er, before that, part of my job is to hand out posters for the book. I brought you a picture of me hanging Gina’s blunderbuss up in the writing cabin. Craig thought it was so cool he had to display it permanently. I’ll just put the poster up shall I?

Lisa Burton poster

Ooh, what a lovely poster, please do! Wait…you’re not trying to distract me from reading the book right now are you?

Not at all. Can I just say though Vanessa, I love your hair. Ours is almost the same color. Would you ever consider playing me in a book trailer? Craig has a book of short stories coming this Fall, and you could read one of the micros.

Me? You guys would want me to do that? Oh wow, oh YES YES YES!!! I would love to! What fun, I can’t wait, shall we set a date now before you go? We’ll be best friends, we’ll have sleepovers and braid each other’s hair, it’ll be so much fun! Hang on a minute…wasn’t there something else I was just going to do?

I don’t think so Vanessa, that was it, well I must go, thank you so much for having me over, bye!

Bye Lisa!…I’m sure there was something I was going to do before she left…what was it? Oh yes, read the book! Lisa! Lisa come back, I haven’t read the book yet! Darn it, she’s gone, she’s going to be SO disappointed when she remembers.

Well folks, I hope you enjoyed Lisa’s visit, I know I did. And finally, here are all the essential links:

The Playground on Amazon and on Amazon UK
The Playground on Goodreads
Find out more about Craig and follow his blog
Check out the rest of his novels here
Follow him on Twitter
Craig’s Facebook
Lisa Burton’s Facebook (Oh yes, she has her own)

The cover for The Playground, and all the Lisa Burton images were created for Craig Boyack by artist Sean Harrington.


68 responses to “The Playground

  1. I love it. I always look forward to your little surprises and it was great. I’ll share it everywhere, and reblog it after a few hours. Thanks for getting Lisa out of my hair for a day.


  2. Vanessa you should win an award for most creative interview. Still chuckling. I must say the book sounds a bit chilling but definitely intriguing.

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  3. Excellent post, Vanessa.

    Your next assignment: Come on over here with your copy of War and Peace. Start your interview with both of the Republican’s favorite candidates. Ask them to sit there quietly while you read the book from start to finish. That will keep them out of the media circus for long enough for voters here to realize that the world is a better place with them off to the side relaxing in an easy chair.

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  4. That was the most creative review I’ve ever read! 🙂

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  5. Now that’s what I call an interview! Vanessa you got style lady. when you going to interview me?? LOL
    The book sounds intriguing. I might have to take a gander.

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  6. Super fun interview, Vanessa. Enjoyed reading it. And Craig’s book sounds great. But it appears you scared Lisa a bit with that besties talk. She must be an introvert.

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  7. Craig – an author – has a spokesmodel. I’ve heard it all. But she seems to have a nice bum. Good promo interview. … but Vanessa, would you consider being my spokesmodel?

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  8. You’re so creative and entertaining. Thanks for that.

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  9. Reblogged this on Entertaining Stories and commented:
    Lisa stopped by Vanessa-Jane Chapman’s blog today to talk about my new book, The Playground. They play a fun word game that ought to whet interest in reading the story. Vanessa has a super fun blog, so look around while you’re there, and consider following her.

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  10. That was so much fun! Very cool way to present the book. I’m looking forward to reading it myself. Thanks for the entertainment!

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  11. How fun! Love the challenge. Lisa passed with flying colors, not that I had any doubt in her abilities. 🙂

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  12. Excellent! Very funny!

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  13. Anything having to do with creating a children’s army is creepy to me. I have a hard enough time ruling over one child. This might give me nightmares.

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  14. Nice to meet you, Lisa! Thanks for the introduction. Your book looks creepy in a very good way!

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  15. Now this is the way to hold an audience’s attention. Fun and witty – of course it helps to have a writer with such personality. Book sounds wild and spooky!

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  16. If you play Lisa in the movie will you also get tats up and down your leg?

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  17. Absolutely hilarious interview! Great read, Absolutely. If you’re interested in book reviews or writing please check out my blog at and let me know what you might think. I would really value you’re opinion!

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    • Hi Darren. Glad you liked it! My internet is down at home at the moment since a big storm on Sunday night, so I’m a bit limited with what I can do on my phone beyond replying to comments, but I’ll definitely come over and check out your blog when my internet is up and running (last night they said it would be 72 hours before then can come out, sigh).

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  18. Kourtney Heintz

    Great interview Vanessa! I loved the PLAYGROUND game at the end. Sounds like a fascinating read. 🙂

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