Saturday, September 4, 2010

New Blogfest and OMG REVIEWS!!!!!!!!


My publisher finally sent me the blurb from Library Journal’s review and it’s awesome!

“…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 Wars novels. 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

CassaStar compared to Heinlein AND Star Wars in the same sentence? BOO-YAH!!!!!!!!!

And another awesome review was posted this week by Bryan at SFF Hub. Believe me, I clinked on that link while holding my breath! But way cool! SFF Hub is one of my blog tour stops, too – and in his review posts he’s seeking questions for my interview. So, if there’s anything you ever wanted to know…

There was also a review from Publisher’s Weekly that wasn’t so awesome, but that’s okay. Two positive reviews are good enough!

Now to the blogfest…

In the spirit of The Movie Dirty Dozen, I announce…


The TOP 10 TV SHOWS!

Yes, admit it – at some point in your life, you were a TV junkie! Now’s your chance to rave about your favorite shows, past and present. Dazzle the blogging world with your boob tube knowledge and fascination for cheap sitcoms, over-emoted dramas, and weakly programming.

This blogfest kicks off on Monday, September 20.

Sign up today! If you missed The Movie Dirty Dozen, now is the time to redeem yourself.

78 comments:

Jules said...

I'll be there! Congrats on the Reviews. The other one just did not want you to have a perfect, I heard he secretly loved it. :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Jamie Gibbs said...

Awesome! Congrats, Alex! Any chance us Brits will be able to get a hold of Cassastar? The anticipation has been building for a while, and I need to read it :P

Great idea for the blogfest too, count me in!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Congrats on the reviews, you must be over the moon.
About this blogfest, as I am British I don't see so much American shows, I will gladly take part but it will be half and half,if that's alright with you.

Yvonne.

Old Kitty said...

I've just read the SFF review - sounds like a very manly book! LOL!! I don't know but I'm suddenly getting images of sweaty hunky beefy men doing a Top Gun bro bonding type thing??

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Off I go to get a cold shower now.

19th Oct it is then!!

Take care
x

Jemi Fraser said...

Those are great reviews!!! Awesome :)

I'm in for the blogfest - but school's back in - so I'm hoping you post reminders as the date nears! :)

Laura Eno said...

Congrats on the super reviews! There will always be bad ones too. You can't please everybody. *shrug*

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations on the great reviews, way to go. I forgot you were doing a blogfest (sorry) so I didn't include you in my list today. Drop by and leave a link.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Jules.

Jamie, I don't know for certain. It might not be available right away.

Yvonne, I'm hoping you'll list a lot of British shows! One or two will be on my list as well.

Kitty, if that turns you on, then cool!

Jemi, I won't let you forget.

That's okay, Mason - I'll leave a link.

Clarissa Draper said...

I'm so glad you got wonderful reviews.

Can't wait for the blogfest. Hopefully you give us some more info soon.

CD

Rayna M. Iyer said...

That is a wonderful review!
All the best, Alex.

DEZMOND said...

Ah, Alex, if we lived in the same city I'd buy you a dinner for the great reviews :) You're going up faster than a rocket :)
Brian's review was also amazing, as I said over at his place.

Give us the address of that Publisher's Weekly reviewer so that we could pay him an unfriendly visit :)))

Love the new blogfest and I'm registering for duty immediately.

LTM said...

omg--that IS awesome... congrats to you! :D Yay!!!

aspiring_x said...

holy mamajama!! those reviews were SO SO SO good!!! STAR WARS!?!?!? dude! DUDE!!!! i'm so happy for you!!! eeks!!
cool blogfest idea! sounds fun!

Ted Cross said...

Congrats! I would crazy with fear and excitement if reviews were coming out for one of my books, so I can imagine how this feels.

Kelly Dexter said...

Congratulations, what fantastic reviews! The mention of Star Wars is HUGE!

I'm so there for the blogfest, I think it's a great idea.

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

OMG... Congratulations!!! Truly exciting, Alex!

Doris

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Clarissa, your favorite shows, Sept 20th!

Thanks, Dezz - wish I could take you up on that offer. And the review is on Amazon already. Oh well.

Thanks so much, everyone! Yeah, I'm in freak-out mode right now.

Marguerite said...

Hi Alex, Over from the BBQ. Congrats on your book and the great reviews! Cool blog!

Kelly said...

WHat an amazing blurb! You were compared to STAR WARS!!!!!!
The force is strong with you.

I'm in for the TV blogfest!

Geof said...

Another blogfest and on TV...sweet!

Sangu said...

Oooh, score, Alex! That's high praise indeed, you must be thrilled! Congratulations, and hope more reviews like that pour in :-)

BStearns said...

Oh man Alex, that is so awesome! I'm so glad you're review was that great! Best-seller list here you come! Love the idea of the blogfest, however I have no idea how to add it my my blog, but count me in!

BStearns said...

Oh, and 1 more thing, mind if I burrow your little graphic for the Blogfest? Cheers!

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

Congratulations on the great reviews.
xoRobyn

Karen Lange said...

Congratulations on the great reviews! Have a great weekend.

Simon C. Larter said...

Congrats on the two great reviews, good sir!

Talli Roland said...

Fantastic Alex! CONGRATS! I can only imagine how good that must feel.

I'd love to participate but I'm going to be away in Canada at that time. Good luck with it!

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Congrats on the great reviews. Heinlein AND Star Wars! Wow.

arlee bird said...

Good start on the reviews--anticipation is building.

You know I can't resist a good list. I'm signed up and ready. My days of TV junkiedom are mostly in the past, but we see what 10 I'll come up with. The 20th is the first day of my Blogoversary week, but the Blogfest will give me a good place to start.

TeeVee Lee
Tossing It Out

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bryan, I'll send you the html code for Mr Linky if you like. And yes, graphic too!

Lee, that's great.

And thanks everyone. I'm still in awe of those reviews.

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Way to go, Alex!

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

Congrats! Great reviews. Are you breathing easier now?

cassandrajade said...

Congratulations on the reviews. That is excellent news.
I wish I could take part in the top ten TV shows, but I'm write in the busiest part of the blog tour then. I will definitely be checking out everyone else's entries though.

Angela M. said...

Hoorah to good reviews! I'm still waiting for my stupid mail to give me my copy, grrrr!

I'll have to meditate on this tv show thing. I don't really watch tv these days, but I'm sure I can come up with ten of my all-time favs. I linked in my Blogfest sidebar :)

Helen Ginger said...

Congrats on the two fabulous reviews. And even congrats on the PW review. You have to be pretty dang good to get mentioned there.

N. R. Williams said...

Why this is just awesome news Alex. I'm way proud to know ya!
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool for sure! Congrats man. That's awesome.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Holly, I at least exhaled!

Cassandra, I totally understand.

Angela, I hope you see it soon. And it can be shows from when you were a kid.

Helen, so even an 'eh' review is good?

Thanks, everyone!

Chuck said...

Congrats on the reviews...can't wait for the book release. I'm in for the TV Show Blogfest.

She Writes said...

Bravo, Alex!

Talei said...

Hi Alex,

I'm over from Karens BBQ party too. Congrats on your great reviews! Very cool indeed. ;)

RaShelle said...

Hey Alex - Okay, so yay on the two great reviews!!! Awesome!!! And I read the publisher's weekly review. It wasn't that bad. It was like he/she couldn't find anything to say, so they made stuff up. It probably wasn't his/her cup of tea/java/sauce . . . I've entered enough contests to know it's all subjective anyway. You rock Alex!!

I'm signing up for your blogfest too.

rogue evolent said...

You're right Alex, just to be mentioned in the same sentence with Rbt. Heinlein is quite an honor. His earlier "juveniles" were tons of fun and got a lot of kids "into" SF back in the day. Congrats!!!
r/e

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

RaShelle, thanks - I needed to hear that!

Rogue, I am still stunned. Really, really stunned.

Elana Johnson said...

WOOT!! Great review, Alex! I can't wait to read it.

Franklin Beaumont said...

Congratulations, Alex!

And nice idea for a blogfest. I think there's one or two shows I could do an authoritative ramble about.

Eliza said...

Wow congratulations on the great reviews :-)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Wow, a great review in the Library Journal - that's huge! And I can think of a few TV shows.

Piedmont Writer said...

Congratulations Alex, that's wonderful news! I'm so happy for you. And pooh on Publisher's Weekly, what do they know about books anyway? lol.

Helen Ginger said...

As long as the review wasn't scathing, it's a mention in a magazine that a lot of writers (who are also readers) read.

Kittie Howard said...

Awesome reviews...congrats! Signed up for your hop. Be sure and remind us, okay. (I'm following you now, came over from Karen G's BBQ.)

Liza said...

Yea Alex! Great review! Hang on to all the positive feedback you receive and enjoy the ride.

Bossy Betty said...

Love the positive review!!! Congrats!

Ellie said...

What awesome reviews, Alex. You must be so excited.

A TV blog hop! Yey. I'm in. The only question will be how do keep the word count down when raving about my favourites. LOL.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Piedmont, you're right!

Helen, it wasn't scathing, just average, so I guess I'll be okay.

Ellie, you rave as long as you like about them.

Thanks everyone and glad so many are excited about the blogfest.

Charity Bradford said...

Alex, Congrats on the great review!

Raquel Byrnes said...

Kuddos to you, Alex! Great job and well deserved praise for your hard work. Wonderful reviews. You must be on cloud nine.

Edge of Your Seat Romance

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Charity and Raquel!

Lynda Young said...

HUGE huge grats on your awesome reviews. You must be over the moon! I'm so happy for you!

mytressa said...

Hi there, just stopping in by way of Coming Down the Mountain. Hope you don't mind. I really love spring rolls. lol

Wow, those are awesome reviews! Congratulations! Is there a synopsis of your book somewhere? Have a great weekend!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Lynda! And so honored you want my book cover on your blog.

Welcome, Tressa! And yes, click on the page above marked CassaStar - synopsis, cover, and book trailer are all located there.

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

Hi there! Came from the BBQ! Great to meet you. Love your blog!

Powdered Toast Man said...

congrats on the positive reviews. I am all over this blogfest too. I figured there would be a linky to sign up on. I don't watch that much tv anymore so they will be older shows.

Glynis said...

BIG THUMBS UP! Well done Alex on gaining magnificent reviews!

Ellie said...

Congrats; Two out of three rocks!
Wow, YOU must be giddy! I will go check these out~

ali said...

Fun! I'm IN!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Powdered, glad you're on board for the fest!

Eric said...

I'm late in saying so, but congrats on the review Alex. That is truly awesome.

Ishta Mercurio said...

I'm new to your blog, but so far I like it. I'll be participating in the blogfest - what a great idea!

And big congratulations on the positive reviews - that is huge. Best to you!

Stephen Tremp said...

Thought I'd round off your comments to an even 70. Besides, 69 is a boring bimber LOL! Okay, I'm off to my corner now.

Stephen Tremp

Stephen Tremp said...

That's number, not bimber.

Stephen Tremp

Lisa Potts said...

Alex, I'm new to your blog but wanted to say congrats on the review.

The blogfest sounds fun. Definitely count me in.

AlexOngNYC said...

Favorite of all time: Knots Landing
Shows that made me realize I am super-gay: The Golden Girls & Sex and The City.
Best recents and most memorable: Dollhouse & Pretty Little Liars

Alex
Breakfast Every Hour

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Summer said...

Congratulations!! I can't wait to read! :)

This is another blogfest I can get behind! I love me some TV. :D

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

ALEX ~
Glad to hear you've scored some good reviews, Brother. I guess you've got the right stuff!

Hey, quick question: I'm signed up for the TV Blogfest (#34) but I'm unhappy with the way my blog is listed. See the &quot nonsense around the word STUFFS? That's because I included quotation marks around the word.

Do you have a way of deleting my entry so that I can reenter it without the quotation marks so it won't look so unreadable? If so, I'd appreciate it. You just delete the current entry (if you can) and I'll sign up for the blogfest again minus the quotation marks. Thanks!

~ D-FensDogg McMe

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Alex, hope you've joined the blogfest then!

Stephen, I'll see if I can't fix that - or delete, one of the two!

Erin Kane Spock said...

I could have sworn I entered this blogfest awhile ago and left a note congrats on the review.
Odd.
Anyway, I did create my entry weeks ago, even if I'm only linking it today. :)