Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Taking The World By Storm! Release day of Cassastorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh

This week is a huge celebration party for our own Captain ninja, Alex J. Cavanaugh. His final book in his Cassa trilogy series, Cassastorm, has arrived!! Woot!

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One of the great things about this celebration is he personally answered one question from each of his followers (trust me, that's a lot!).

Here is mine:
Of your three books, which one is your favorite?

Now that’s tough! All three have aspects I like and of course I improved as a writer over the course of the series. I think CassaStar still has a special place since it was a story I carried with me for over thirty years.

Thanks Alex!

Here is the blurb and some great reviews on Cassastorm:

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.

After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

“CassaStorM is a touching and mesmerizing space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mystery.” – Edi’s Book Lighhouse 

“Cavanaugh creates such an unforgettable world, and these characters will stay with you long after their story is over.”
- Cassie Mae, author of Friday Night Alibi and How to Date a Nerd

“…the racial conflicts propelled much of the plot in this story, driving home a message that's relevant to our own world and giving the book an interesting texture.”
- C. Lee. McKenzie, author of Alligators Overhead

You can find Cassastorm:

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And of course if you don't know know Alex J. Cavanaugh:

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

9/11: Remembrance

It’s been 12 years since the horrific 9/11 tragedy. A lot has happened and changed in that span of time. Families’ lives altered forever, realizing America is not impenetrable, The New York skyline which was an icon to everyone around the world, realizing that terrorism wasn’t just an overseas issue, the list goes on and on.


         Twin Towers                                                                 Freedom Tower

I decided the best way to pay tribute today was to look for the positive effects this has brought to us Americans. And there are a good amount.

1) A new respect for our soldiers both here at home and oversees. And a new respect for our police, firefighters, first responders, and EMTs.

2) We have become much more patriotic. We now fly more American flags than we ever have before. Having the National Anthem played at all sporting events has become more meaningful and heartfelt.

3) Our families became even more precious to us because we are more aware now that our lives can be irrevocably changed in an instant.

4) I believe we became more aware of our neighbors and our communities. More people on the streets saying hello to one another. A more collectiveness.

5) An improved overall security with our transportation and country. Yes, it’s a royal pain at the airports, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I certainly don’t want another 9/11 or anything remotely close to that to happen again.

I know there are plenty more positive effects. I would like to see you all list one each. If you can’t come up with one, that’s okay … no punishments, I promise. Even if you’d like to post a thought or whatever. Chime in!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

IWSG's Two Year Anniversary

In case this is your first time hearing about us, our wonderful group, founded by our awesome 'Ninja' great Alex J. Cavanaugh, meets once a month to encourage and inspire one another through our writing journeys. It's real simple to join us. Go here to sign up and visit a few of the blogs listed. Leave some encouragement as your words could make a difference in someone's life. And feel free to post one of your own.

This month is IWSG's two year anniversary! Wow, and it's been a great couple of years. I've met tons of new people through here and have had so much encouraging words come from them. They've helped me through a couple of rough spots.

I'm going through the publishing cycle again. If you've been here before, you know I wrote a new paranormal romantic suspense, loosely titled Boneknapper. Well, with some great help from my sister-in-law, Kathy, it has turned into a full blown series, 6 books to be exact. (It never fails, I begin crawling and before you know it, I'm leaping into whatever full force and then some.) Don't get me wrong ... I love it! But, that doesn't mean anyone else will. I've sent Boneknapper and the summaries for the other 5 books into my publisher.

And it's back to the stomach flip flopping, nail biting, praying I don't get a rejection. UGH.

However, one of the things this group has taught me so well is when you fall, dust yourself off and get back up again. And of course, go at it full force.

We have such an awesome group here. If this is your first time coming in and reading some of our blog posts or your fifth, but still haven't signed up, what are you waiting for? You won't be sorry you did :)