Monday, November 26, 2012

Pimp My Blog- Alex J Cavanaugh

I am very honored this week to Pimp My Blog to the Blogging World's Ninja Captain, blogger, writer and author, Alex J Cavanaugh. Having Alex over at my blog almost felt like the President was stopping by, had to clean the place up and everything. Before you folks start asking, No I didn't kidnap him for this spotlight and honestly was a little surprised he said yes when asked if he wanted a Spot here. I got a little
confession to tell though. Alex was one of my very first followers and at first I thought he was one of those in the Blog World who was sending me those emails of meme pics, stick figures throwing up, the dinosaur rawrrring, stuff like that. So of course I found out a bit later it wasn't the Ninja Captain sending the meme's and  found out that if your blog is only getting like 25 hits a day the chances getting these are pretty great. Yep, back then I was getting 25 hits a day and had only 8 people interested in reading. Now we're talking this was way back in February a few months before the A-Z Challenge and he had just released a 2nd book called CassaFire. I followed the book tour around the Blogging World. I was still one of the brain dead because I was late and hadn't realized there was a first book till well into his blog tour. Now, before I give out the tidbit's about his Cassa Series, here is a little bio about the Sci-Fi writer of the Cassa Series. When he's not writing and blogging and helping others in the Blogosphere, he is also husband to Mrs Alex Cavanaugh. So I turn the rest of this blog over to Alex to give you some hi-lights on his Cassa Books! 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. Alex was also recently interviewed by Interviewed by Southern Writers Magazine.
CassaStar an Amazon Best Seller and the first in his Cassa Series...Released 2009-2010

"To pilot the fleet’s finest ship…Few options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard.
Much to Byron’s chagrin the toughest instructor in the fleet takes notice of the young pilot. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa eventually sees through Byron's tough exterior and insolence. When a secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to help Byron achieve his full potential. As war brews on the edge of space, time is running short. Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive, and Bassa must make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark  on a mission that may stretch their abilities to the limit?" Along with the trailer was also reviews, “…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Warsnovels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” - Library Journal I definitely like watching the trailer... CassaStar was only the beginning… 
CassaFire, the second in his Cassa Series was released February 2012 and quickly rose to the top of the Amazon Charts to become a best seller too.
"The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather. The detection of 
alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren's civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan's technology and strange mental abilities. To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves, the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy…" 
Then came some really good reviews: “This sequel to Cavanaugh's first novel, CassaStar, delivers on the promise of its predecessor, combining military action sequences and political intrigue with strong, memorable characters. Reminiscent of the action-driven stories of Robert A. Heinlein's early fiction…” - Library Journal
So... What do you think so far about CassaStar and CassaFire? Me, after just watching both trailers, I want to play the video game! Ready for another book in the Cassa Trilogy? Well... word has it that he has another book coming out in 2013 titled, CassaStorm. Stop over to catch the latest book news, movie reviews and trivia and on occasion his book spotlights on other writers and books @ Alex J. Cavanaugh OR you can also catch him on Twitter and on Goodreads. Oh and did I tell you, his books could make a great gift for any Sci-Fi enthusiast and reader on your Christmas List! So, if interested, here are the Links to his books Check them out:
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Check this out! December 10th-12th is the Cheers Cavanaugh Blogfest a blogfest "roasting" Alex. Are you on the linky list? Many many thanks to Alex for letting me spotlight your Cassa Series! 
C’est La Vie ©Gossip_Grl
Pics and Videos belong to Alex Cavanaugh 

22 comments:

  1. Thanks again, Gossip Girl! And promise, not sending any memes your direction.

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  2. Great spotlight on Alex! He rocks! Looking forward to the rah-rah Alex fest in a couple of weeks. :)

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  3. @Alex- I should be thanking you for letting me spotlight books here, and I still want to play the video game! j/k Hilarious on the meme's. :) I know that now, back then was different. Lord knows they helped me step up the game!
    @Matthew- Yes he is! His blog is always full of wonderful info!

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  4. Great spotlight and I'm signed up for the blogfest.

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  5. Nicely done! I agree we need a video game ;D Nice to meet you! Alex rocks~

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  6. Alex is awesome. Video games based on his books sound like a great idea!

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  7. Very good! I don't see Alex as a MeMe kind of guy. That's funny :)

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  8. I've enjoyed both of these books immensely. Alex is a great buddy to have in the blogosphere.

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  9. Best of luck Alex! From A to Z all insecurities aside, you are the man!

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  10. I reviewed the first book but haven't gotten to the second one yet.

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  11. Great spotlight on Alex! Looking forward to his upcoming blogfest!
    Julie

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  12. Very nice, Alex. Interesting stuff. Always admired all the stuff you do to help aspiring writers to help connect and then help one another. Even though I have yet to jump into that with both feet, I am aware that it is there. Just building up some courage to actually participate. It is wonderful that you do what you do!!!!

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  13. Nice post, and yes my name is on that linky list! :D

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  14. Robin, please join us!

    Trisha, thank you.

    And thanks everyone!

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  15. can't wait to get my hands and eyes on it! great job

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  16. Many Thanks to Alex for letting me spotlight his books and Many Thanks to those who stopped by and checked out the spotlight and the comments! Hoping everyone checked out his books! Can't wait to hear more about his book coming out in 2013! Again Many Thanks!

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  17. Video games would be an awesoeme idea. Great story of your beginnings Gossip and Alex. :)

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