Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Now About That Rumor…

Since I keep receiving comments and emails, I’m just going to put the rumor to rest. But just to uphold interest, I’m going to tantalize you with some morsels, as well.

The rumor? It’s about my book, CassaStar.

Yes, I am working on a sequel!

I’ve spent the past two months revising and now it’s ready for my test readers. And a critique partner if I can find one. I’ll save that for another post…

Want some details?

I recently read “Save the Cat” and decided to create a logline: Byron’s predictable life is disrupted when the talented pilot meets his match on an alien planet… (Yeah, I’m still working on that.)

It begins twenty years after CassaStar ends.

It involves relations between two races.

It involves alien technology.

And the main character opposite Byron is a woman. Yes, you read that correctly! For those of you who’ve wondered why there were no women in the first book, I give you a female lead and an explanation for the lack of women on Cassan spaceships. There is a good reason you know…

I just can’t tell you now!

(And for my new followers, a full description of CassaStar can be found by clicking on the button under the header.)

All right, rumor confirmed! Any questions? Again, Hot Tamales always welcome.

86 comments:

Liz P said...

Consider me tantalized!

Looking forward to hearing more.

Melissa said...

oooooooo A woman lead this time??? Exciting! Can't wait for more of Byron and this mysterious woman! Good luck with all the writing!

li said...

Exciting! I'm an idiot when it comes to hands-on tech stuff, but I love to read about it, especially if it's futuristic.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I am tantilized also.

Yvonne.

iZombie said...

whooo-hooo! that's it, just whooo-hooo!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Melissa, yes, and she's been a challenge...

li, low tech here!

Laura Pauling said...

Sounds exciting! I love sequels. And adding a female role and more backstory is always great in a sequel! Good luck with it.

Emily White said...

Ooh! How fun! I always love it when I hear good books have (or will have) sequels!

Gail said...

Wishing you great success.

Christine Danek said...

Sounds interesting. I'm intrigued. :) Good luck.

Pk Hrezo said...

Yay for tough women leads!!!

Matthew MacNish said...

By "relations between two races" do you mean sex? Because that would be awesome.

Seriously though? Twenty years? That's crazy. Byron will be so much older. I'm looking forward to hearing more.

Anne Gallagher said...

I agree with Matt -- twenty years? That's a long time, however, I can see your point.

Love the idea of a woman, and hey, I do write romance so it you need a beta with an eye for lurve, I'm your go-to gal.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Finally writing from a women's POV huh?

Hannah Kincade said...

I didn't realize this was a rumor. I thought it was fact months ago. :P

That's super exciting though! Beta readers are awesome and you already know how much I heart my CPs.

Carol Kilgore said...

About time!
Good CP's are priceless.

Angela Felsted said...

Is it hard for you to write from a female perspective?

Michael Di Gesu said...

I never though it a rumor...

GOOD LUCK! Looking forward to reading more about it.

Stephanie M. Lorée said...

Alex: Can't wait! Please keep me posted as I will happily do another ARC review, interview, etc for you. Best of luck!

Helen Ginger said...

We must be on the same wavelength. Quite a while ago (last year, I think), I reviewed Save the Cat. I've just started "Save the Cat! Strikes Back". I'm on page 32. Great books - not just for screenwriters.

Lydia K said...

Exciting, exciting!
Good luck on your writing!

Didn't mean to rhyme on that one, but what the heck. Your post made me Dr. Seuss-y.

Karen Walker said...

How fun! Can't wait to hear more.
Karen

Jamie Burch said...

Yes! *Happy Dance*

Clarissa Draper said...

I was wondering why there were no women but I'm glad there's one in the second. I'd love to read it!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Laura, I hope it doesn't disappoint.

Emily, I hope mine is one of them!

Matthew - no! Not getting into the sex thing. Not that it doesn't sound like fun... And remember, Cassans live much longer than us, so he's not THAT much older.

Anne, I might need your help!

Hannah, I thought everyone knew, but the question kept arising.

Angela - yes!!!

Stephanie, I will!

Helen, I got some good ideas from that book.

Clarissa, all will be explained...

Bossy Betty said...

Thanks for inviting me (the Hot Tamale--remember?) Great news here! Now don't you have some writing to do?

Kelly said...

Congrats, Alex! That's exciting! And hurray for a female mc. Does she resemble Kate Beckinsale?

Nebular said...

A CassaStar sequel? Now, that's exciting! Good luck, Alex, buddy. :)

Jules said...

Yeehaw, a female lead (I think). I just hope they are now women created from alien technology :)

A big congrats on the sequels progress, at-ta-boy. You did need an at-ta-boy didn't you?! :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

N. R. Williams said...

Excellent. I'm sure one of your blogging friends will step up to the plate to be your critique partner. If not, I am looking for one more person. I've had two offers, one is for critique and the other is a reader.
Cheers,
Nancy
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium, Special .99 through April 30

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Nice teaser! Glad the writing is going so well. :)

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

LOL yeah i also thought this was well known fact!
I'm super excited about your woman MC. She's got to be bad-ass to stand up next to Byron.
Can you tell us her name?

Paul Joseph said...

Hmmmm...a sequel, huh? Overachiever!

Good for you! I have CassaStar on my 'To Read' list. It's a long list, but you will have the honor of bumping others out of the way. If I EVER finish this draft, that is.

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds great. Looking forward to learning more.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Charles Gramlich said...

Congrats on the progress. I wish you smooth sailing.

Margo Benson said...

Ready and waiting...!! I really enjoyed CassaStar and hope that, although 20 years on, Byron is still a tad crotchety!

I didn't mind the lack of women in CassaStar (you did include Byron's misery of a sister!) I thought of it as a 'boy's' tale. Best of luck with this one.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kelly, she looks a little like Kate!

Jules, I did!

Sarah, I will reveal it soon...

Paul, thanks!

Thanks everyone.

The Golden Eagle said...

It sounds intriguing! Now I'm looking forward to learning more about the sequel to CassaStar.

Lynda R Young said...

Aw, I'd heard this rumour...and after reading CassaStar, I rejoiced at this rumour. Super coolness abounds :)

M Pax said...

Woot! I knew you were working on it and am interested in hearing what the sequel will be about.

I've got about 3 more chapters to go in CassaStar.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lynda, glad you're excited!

MPax, that's great!

The Happy Whisk said...

I'm excited for you. Rah.

Summer Ross said...

Thanks for giving us some details on your sequel.

Eric said...

This is awesome, Alex. The details are definitely tantalizing. If you need any critiquing help, I humbly offer myself.

Not sure if you view that as a good thing or a bad thing, but there it is :)

ediFanoB said...

Sequel:Great!

Twenty years after CassaStar ends: Surprise. Did not expect such a time gap. Does this implicate that book three is about Byron's twins (a boy and a girl) who are the result of his partnership with an alien female ;-))

Relation between two races: Will be interesting to see on which level

Alien technology: I like that

Female main character is highly appreciated - leader of an amazon planet?

Anyhow I will read and review it - the sooner the better ....

But please take all the time you need to write a good book. I waited a long time for the next George R.R. Martin book. I also will wait patientlyfor the CassaStar sequel ....

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Great teaser. You know you'll have to leak more details now.

Old Kitty said...

TWENTY YEARS AFTER BOOK ONE??

You mean Mr Bad Boy of Cassa Star will be MY AGE!?!??! Wooo-hooo!!!! That was definitely worth waiting for!!! Yay!!!!!!! I can dribble without doing a Mrs Robinson! Wooo-hooo!!!!

Women ROCK!!! Take care
x

Pat Tillett said...

I'm very much looking forward to it. I REALLY liked CassaStar and can't wait to read the next book!

Okie said...

nice! I guess that means I need to get on the ball and pick up the first one. :)

Kudos to you. Have fun writing. :)

Holly Ruggiero said...

Cool!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Eric, it's a good thing!!

Edi, thanks dude! Remember, Cassans age slower, so he's not A LOT older. Book three? Crap, I didn't even plan a book two!

Kitty, I knew it would excite you!!

Thanks, Pat.

Okie, that would be great.

Arlee Bird said...

Wait a minnute! This is like good news or interesting information. I was here for dirt and juicy gossip. What--no Charlie Sheen?

Lee
Tossing It Out

LTM said...

but I thought you'd been working on a sequel... so now I've got ESP or I'm confusing you w/another writer friend. Anyway, sounds cool. And CS is on my Kindle, but still haven't managed to start it... you say there are no girls in it? What's the deal, Alex? ;p

(this sequel I somehow already knew about sounds cool, btw.)

Chuck said...

Alex, I can't wait for the sequel. I really can't express how much I loved Cassastar...never even really grasped there were no women but the settings kind of ruled them out anyway. Got a working title yet?

RaShelle said...

Alex, you're so awesome! I read Save The Cat, too. Loved that book. =D

RaShelle said...

ps: I'm sure you've had 65,000 offers for a crit partner, but I'd love to trade pages with you. Let me know.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, not unless he's dissed me lately as well!

LTM, thanks. Many people knew, but I kept getting questions about it, so had to settle it once and for all. And no women. Okay, one briefly in the beginning. But that's it!

Chuck, thanks dude, really appreciate your enthusiasm! No working title yet. I'm a bit stumped there...

RaShelle, it was a great book. And you're the second to offer!! So we might have to work something out.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Woohoo! That's very exciting, Alex. A woman too? You might just make a sci-fi convert out of me.
Congratulations.
xoRobyn

Jemi Fraser said...

Loved CassaStar - can't wait for part 2 :)

Jeffrey Beesler said...

This is quite a juicy rumor! Take your time with the sequel of course, but I''ll definitely be ready to read it when it comes out!

Copyboy said...

Glad you're moving forward with a sequel. Best of luck with it.

Julie Musil said...

It's so cool that your sequel picks up 20 years after CassaStar ends. I'm curious how the world changed, and I'll bet that was a lot of fun to create!

Cheeseboy said...

Nice! Sequels are always the best. (Except for Die Hard)

Shanae Branham said...

Good luck with the sequel! Thank you for the female lead. I like strong female characters.

caretaker said...

alien

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Robyn, promise? You'd probably like CassaStar, as so many non-science fiction readers have enjoyed it.

Julie, Byron's world certainly changed.

Shanae, she is strong!

Thank you everyone.

Monti said...

How do you ever find time to write books?

Looking forward to hearing more.

Monti
NotesAlongTheWay

Hart Johnson said...

You know, I haven't HEARD this rumor, and if you don't TELL me, I consider that permission to just start making stuff up.

You've been warned.

Lindsay N. Currie said...

YAY!! Congrats Alex:)

Talli Roland said...

Oooooooh! Interesting! Can't wait to have a read, Alex.

Donea Lee said...

Sounds intriguing ~ :) Women definitely add some spice. Best of luck with your writing!

Karen Lange said...

Yay to a sequel! Glad you put those rumors to rest.

Laura Howard said...

Can't please everyone eh? Teasing is such a sin, but such a nice one! Can't wait for more!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Monti, it's not easy!

Hart, as long as I'm not naked!

Thanks, Talli.

Thanks everyone! Hopefully you'll get to read it...

Holly Ruggiero said...

P.S. I did it. I signed up for the A-Z Blogfest.

Sangu said...

Ooooh I love these little teasers! Definitely looking forward to reading more: and yes, I did wonder why there were no women in CassaStar, BUT I did also guess that there was a good reason!

Abby Minard said...

Yay! Can't wait to see what you have in store for the next one. About time you give some ladies much needed face-time ;p

Dempsey Sanders said...

After how everyone raved about CassaStar a sequel was a must. A female lead is intresting, and I am sure it will be just as popular, your book had quite the following.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

sounds great! way to stretch yourself in writing!

Leovi said...

It seems a very interesting idea, Byron can aser a very enigmatic.

The Words Crafter said...

Wow, it's already ready for crit partners?!!!! Yay! Hopefully, I'll be able to have it in a few months....?

*excited happy dancing*

ali said...

Huzzah! This news makes me very, very happy! :D

WritingNut said...

Ooh.. exciting! It sounds great, I can't wait to hear more! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Holly, good for you!

Sangu, there was a good reason, promise.

Thanks, Dempsey.

Words, my publisher still has to accept it, so doubt it will be this year.

Thanks everyone!

Ella said...

Sounds exciting! I am still waiting to read the lst one...augh! My son is on Spring Break, might be my chance!

Ellie said...

Well I'm tantalized! I love the direction the sequel is taking!