Monday, December 19, 2011

Movie Reviews! Free books! Ninjas on Holiday!

Dogs and cats, living together – mass hysteria!

And this Ninja is going on holiday. (Rusty don’t panic when you don’t see my regular posts.) I won’t post again until after Christmas, although I will be lurking…

My guest post is now up at Daily Write, offering tips for writers who blog. Damyanti must think I know what I’m doing!

Today it’s my turn at the Debutante Ball: Feast of Debut Authors! 

Before I dive into all that, I’ve got a couple movie reviews for you. Yeah, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?


Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Like the first film, this movie is a lot of fun and full of great humor. The action set pieces were solid and I enjoyed the cat-and-mouse game between Holmes and Morarity. And of course, the interplay between Holmes and Watson is priceless. Another solid entry and I can’t wait for another Sherlock Holmes movie! Between this and Iron Man, Downey is set for life.


Arthur Christmas 
The perfect Christmas movie for the kids, old and young! It was cute and laugh out loud funny. Really sweet spirit and message about dedication to a belief and to family. From the creators of Flushed Away and featuring the voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, and Bill Nighy. I actually liked it better than The Muppets. Take the kids and go!



Now the main feature! The Debutante Ball: Feast of Debut Authors is three weeks of giveaways – and today, I’m the highlight.

CassaStar 

To pilot the fleet’s finest ship…
Few options remain for Byron, a talented young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude. Slated to train as a Cosbolt pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life. Much to his chagrin, Bassa, the toughest instructor in the fleet, takes notice of the young pilot. As war brews on the edge of space, Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive. 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?

“…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

Available in all eBook forms and at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon UK.

If sucked into CassaStar… I’d be Byron. (I mean really, who else who I be?) If made into a movie, Byron would be played by Chris Pine.

The Giveaway- (Because I’m not telling you all of this for nothing!)
Copy of CassaStar 
Review copy of CassaFire, due out February 28, 2011 – see five star reviews on Edi’s Book Lighthouse and Fantasy Nibbles!
Bookmarks, postcards, and stuff, courtesy of my publisher

To enter-
Leave a comment - must be a followers
Tweet this giveaway for a second entry (hashtag #CASSA)
Blog about this giveway for another entry (please let me know if you do!)

Open through December 31, 2011 – Winner announced on January 4, 2012

Even if you have a copy, it would make an awesome gift. (Or doorstop, although it’s not that big.)

Comment and don't forget my Ninja tips at Daily Write!

Everyone have a wonderful, blessed Christmas - however you celebrate the holidays!

Any one else see Sherlock Holmes? Following the Debutante Ball? In need of writer blogging tips? Catch the movie quote at the beginning of this post?

196 comments:

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Merry Christmas, Alex! Can't believe how fast this year's gone!

Old Kitty said...

Capn Ninja!! WAIT!! Don't go yet!! There's been a Vindicarn invasion!! You're not yet up on Writing on Writing and the link to the Debut Authors throw up an "erron 404"!! LOL!

But I'm first to comment your blog so I'm a happy chappy!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Hopefully I'll get to see Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Christmas over the hols!! Yay!!

Cats Vs Dogs? LOL!

Take care
x

Old Kitty said...

p.s. oh ok, I'm SECOND to comment on your blog and in my rabid excitement meant to type Error 404! LOL! take care
x

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Happy Christmas Alex to you and family.
My book is now officially on sale on Amazon.co.uk: ISBN NO: 9780955825811.

Have a nice day.
Yvonne.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jeffrey, I think we only got half a year!

Kitty, I won't be gone long! And fixed the error.

Yvonne, glad the book is up! Must download.

The Angry Lurker said...

Looking forward to seeing Sherlock Holmes over Christmas.....

Brinda said...

I'll probably wait for the DVD release of the Sherlock movie, but I haven't even heard of Arthur Christmas. It sounds like a good Christmas movie to get out of the house and watch.

Suzie F. said...

Great giveaway, Alex. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

LynnRush said...

Merry Christmas!!!!! It's been a crazy fun 2011 for sure! i'm excited to see Sherlock. Looks so fun. You're right, between that movie and Ironman....jeepers!

Off to tweet this now!

Juliana said...

Merry Christmas!
As Brinda, I'll probably wait for the DVD release, if I can convince my husband to watch it because he wasn't a fan of the first movie ;)

Nebular said...

Arthur Christmas was absolutely fantastic and thoroughly amusing. I agree, it's the perfect Christmas family flick.

I'll see Holmes 2 next week and I hope it will be as good as the first one.

Will Burke said...

Have a great holiday! Cant wait to see Sherlock, and I'll post something about that soon. I'll give you notice when I do.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Happy Holidays Alex. Enjoy them. I definitely want to see the Holmes movie but will wait to rent it since my family does not seem interested in it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Brinda it's by the people who did Flushed Away - very sweet spirited.

Thanks, Lynn!

George, I thought it was just as good if not better.

Creepy Query Girl said...

Merry Christmas and thanks for the reviews! I don't know if Arthur Christmas has come out in France yet but I'll definitely check it out for the kiddies!

Robyn Campbell said...

Whoa. I've impressed myself to get here so early. *wink*

I will blog about it right now and tweet too. I do have one, but would love to give a copy away. Not my copy though, you understand.

I'm going on break today too. I'll be back January 9th. I hope you have a lovely Christmas, Alex.

Off to read your Ninja tips. *waving*

Melissa Bradley said...

Merry Christmas!! I loved Sherlock and will be writing my review soon. I want another Holmes flick right now. LOL

Off to the debutante ball and Writing on Writing. Have an awesome week!

Robyn Campbell said...

I meant to say that we loved Arthur Christmas. Arthur is so cool! Hmm, I'm thinking he could be sergeant in the Ninja army. :-)

iZombie said...

Who you going to call? Ghostbuster III... theme is in your head.

Great news from Alex Camp: NINJA, I need to watch Sherlock H again... I fell asleep the one time I did watch it. I am re-watching all the Marvel films to get me prepared for "The Avengers"... now I watched "Iron Man" twice cause I liked it that much.

Have a great day!

Jeremy

farawayeyes said...

Hope you have the Merriest of Christmases.

Both movies on my list, but we'll see if they play here, may be Netflix.

Cassa Star is next up on my Kindle. Can't wait.

Rusty Webb said...

I'll try to keep it together. Thanks for the warning at least. Merry Christmas to you. I did see Sherlock Holmes this weekend. Agree with your review. Fun movie.

Mission Impossible was playing here at our local theater. But I think there was something special about it, the person if front of us in line got their tickets and then freaked out at the price. It was $60+ for two adults and a child... yikes.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Robyn, you did it! And thanks. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Melissa, I want another one right now as well.

Jeremy, you got the quote!

Faraway, thank you - hope you enjoy it.

Rusty it was only playing in IMAX this past weekend - thus the scary ticket price. I'm waiting for the wide release on Friday.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Loved Arthur Christmas! I've been wanting to see that Sherlock Holmes movie. Love me some Robert Downey.

J.C. Martin said...

Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Christmas are botoh on my to-watch list. Can't beat a butt-kicking, kung fu fighting Holmes! Robert Downey, Jr. is a martial arts practioner in real life, and it's thrilling to spot the Wing Chun moves in his fight scenes!

Joshua said...

You really know how to pull a guy in with a GHOSTBUSTERS reference, don't you?

Journaling Woman said...

Thanks for the movie reviews. I'm in deep love with Downey and Law. Woot! Both bad boys. YES.

Sure I need a doorstop. Just kidding.

Have a great break and Christmas!

Teresa

C D Meetens said...

"Arthur Christmas" looks like fun, although I think I may wait until it's on television.

Hope you have a great Christmas, Alex.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Merry Christmas!

Huntress said...

Ghostbusters!

Ho, Boy, looking forward to the same movies you are, Iron Man 3 and the next Sherlock. And Star Trek w/the aforementioned Chris Pine.

Thanks for the review. R. Downey dressed in drag was disconcerting. (alliteration anyone?)

kirstenlopresti said...

I was wondering if I should take the kids to that Arthur movie. Thanks for the review! I'm off to tweet your contest. Happy holidays!

L.G.Smith said...

Sherlock Homes was great. Made me laugh out loud several times. Great ending.

Merry Christmas, Alex. Enjoy your time off.

Monti said...

Have a lovely Christmas holiday, Alex! Thank you for being an amazing and thoughtful blogger throughout the year!

Monti
Mary Montague Sikes

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Carolina, wasn't Arthur Christmas good?

JC, he definitely uses them in this movie.

Joshua, good on you to catch that!

Huntress, good for you! And well done with the alliteration.

LG, it was very funny.

You're welcome, Monti!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

first - throw my name into that drawing

Second - i LMAO at this "Dogs and cats, living together – mass hysteria"

Third - we put off seeing Sherlock until this weekend (since my other sis will be home) but now i have like 4 movies i want to see this weekend and am feeling a little swamped.

Heidi L. Murphy said...

I am not the first, but I will read your book the fastest...;o) I love great Sci Fi! I'd love a free copy. I would not only read it, but do a review on Amazon and on Goodreads for you. Pick ME! :o)

Donna K. Weaver said...

My hubby loves me to read books to him, and he loves SciFi (as do I). Your book has been on my to-read list for a while. I think I know what to get hubby for Christmas . . .

Summer Ross said...

I did watch the new Sherlock movie- I have to say I enjoyed the first one more than this one, but for a follow up movie- it was way better than most. As you said the wit between Watson and Holmes is priceless.

Marta Szemik said...

Have a wonderful Christmas Alex! I haven't seen the new Sherlock movie yet, but planning to do so over the Christmas Holidays!

Karen Walker said...

Alex, wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, joyous holiday.
Karen

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I loved Arthur Christmas. Laughed so hard when all of the African animals started to float.
Merry Christmas, Alex!

Julie Dao said...

Happy holidays, Alex! Enjoy your break!

Michael Offutt, Supra-Genius said...

Congratulations Alex and have a Merry Christmas. I have Arthur Christmas on my "to watch" list. I saw "Game of Shadows" and really liked it. I also want to see Mission Impossible: 4 but haven't made the time to go to the IMAX.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sarah, glad I could make you laugh. And you will be really busy for Christmas!

Heidi, I do like a speed reader!

Donna, thank you.

Michael, we're going to wait until Friday and catch it in the regular theater. After that, think I'm being drug to see War Horse.

Lydia Kang said...

Can't wait to see Sherlock HOlmes and have a GREAT holiday!

Jacqueline Howett said...

Have a Merry Xmas and best wishes to you in New Year!

Milo James Fowler said...

Way to go, Alex -- and Merry Christmas!

Tonja said...

Merry Christmas! Have a great break. I think I'm taking my boys to see the Chipmunk movie today - must remember iPod.

Mary Mary said...

Just saw the new Sherlock Holmes over the weekend, and it was great! I love how the Holmes concept has been reworked and turned all steampunkish!

Leovi said...

Really good news for Christmas, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Cassie Mae said...

Clicked on your post not because of your title, but because of that Ghostbusters quote, lol.

And toss my name into that drawing! And have a great holiday!

D.G. Hudson said...

I agree with you about Downey as Sherlock with his updated Watson. Ironman, (I like comic book heroes, what can I say) and Sherlock - what's not to like about almost anything Sherlockian.

Escapism is good. I plan to see this new movie soon.

Would love to win a copy of your first book or the review copy of the new book. Sci-fi is my favorite genre, for reading and writing.

Happy Holidays, Alex, and best wishes for you, your family and CassaFire.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Better than the Muppets? I haven't even heard of this one. Thanks. We're off to see Holmes.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Oh, I so want to see this Sherlock. I think he does a fabulous job of playing the character and Holmes is perfect because when you read the book he's athletic and former military so he's by no means a wimp.

*hanging my head, I haven't seen but a few of the debutantes...I know, for lashes by the ninja.

Sia McKye's Thoughts...OVER COFFEE

Allison said...

Hope you have a great break, Alex! I've been wanting to read your book ever since I first stopped by your blog. I'm also going to see Sherlock this week, so the good review has me excited!

I will tweet your contest.

Allison (Geek Banter)

Hart Johnson said...

Have a great break and a Merry Christmas, Alex! I need to rent the first Sherlock and then go see the second. I love Downey Jr. and think I'd really love this edgy adaptation of the series.

And I want to win your book...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tonja, I feel your pain...

Cassie, whatever drew you in!

DG, good luck!

Sia, no lashes - you're safe.

Thanks, everyone!

cleemckenzie said...

Haven't seen Authur Christmas, but anything with Bill Nighy is automatically on my list. Thanks for the reviews.

Tara Tyler said...

love that ghost busters quote =)

cant WAIT to see sherlock holmes!
and taking parents & kids to arthur xmas this wknd, call me crazy!

i'd love to win!

have wonderful fun times w/o computer =)

Clarissa Draper said...

Great movies, great contest and hope you have great holidays.

Siv Maria said...

So much fun in one post :) Have a wonderful holiday, be seeing you again next year!

Simon black said...

Nice reviews, been thinking about Watching Sherlock Holmes.

Marry Christmas!

Melissa Pearl said...

Welcome to the ball, Alex. Not commenting to win anything, just wanted to say how cool your blog and book are.

LOVE the movie reviews too. When I asked my son what happened in Arthur Christmas, he said, "Love."
Very cute!

Looking forward to checking out your Ninja tips too.

Merry Christmas!

Anastasia V. Pergakis said...

Alex, great post! I always love your blogs as they are short, to the point, and funny too! :) I still really want to read CassaStar so I hope I win! Otherwise, it's on my TBR list of books I'm going to get after the holidays (since I hope I get an e-reader for Christmas) Yay!

I tweeted and shared on facebook (and I've been a follower for a while now!)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Christine Rains said...

You're so generous with the giveaway. I have CassaStar on my Teaser Tuesday tomorrow. Now I'll just add the giveaway link too! :)

Happy Christmas!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Clee, you'll enjoy it.

Tara, you may be crazy, but you're a fun kind of crazy.

Melissa, your son's description is accurate. And thank you!

Anastasia, thank you!!!!

Christine, really??? Whoa...

TL Conway said...

Wait a minute... BETTER than the Muppets? Really?

Off to see this blog for writers who blog but before I go, Happy Holidays, Alex!

Copyboy said...

I've heard mixed reviews about the holmes sequel.

N. R. Williams said...

Two good movies, yeah. Have a wonderful holiday.
Nancy

Jay Noel said...

I hope to go see the new Sherlock Holmes movie as well. Looks so cool!

Contest sounds like fun. Although I don't seem to be able to win anything. Maybe my luck will change.

Laura said...

Merry Christmas - have an amazing time! I'm off to check out your tips
Laura xxx

Saumya said...

Merry Christmas and congrats on the 5 star review :) I'm in the middle of reading my copy right now! And yes, it would make an awesome gift. I have about 7 guy cousins who I know would love it.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Hi, Alex! Merry Christmas to you to! It still befungles me how you manage to blog so much, juggle the emails, collect such a large army and stuff. I'm sinking all my onesie here in my ship--I need to hire me a crew and first mate I do. *sigh* I'm not sure if I can take it any more.
Anyway, cool stuff!

I tweeted ya and posted it on my facebook, don't know if that will count for you or not. *shrugs*

Catch you in emailand!

♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥

Laura Marcella said...

I can't wait to see the second Sherlock Holmes! My husband and I plan to catch it the day after Christmas. I'm glad it's getting good reviews!

Jenny said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win! Merry Christmas!!
bynumjenny@yahoo.com

Diana said...

I'm really looking forward to seeing Sherlock Holmes 2. and Arthur Christmas looks like fun form the previews. And thanks for the giveaway!
ladyofnarnia(at)yahoo(dot)com
And I follow via GFC - Diana

Johanna Garth said...

Ooh, good movie recommendations! Maybe I'll take the kids to see Arthur Christmas.

Me too, me too on the wanting to win your giveaway!!

Happy holidays!!

Ciara said...

I saw Sherlock Holmes, first movie I'd seen in the theater in six months. Loved it for all the reasons you mentioned.
I'm excited about CassaFire! I'll tweet the contest for you.

Angela Brown said...

I haven't seen Sherlock Holmes, but you're right, if Downey is working things right, his children's children will be set.

Rick said...

Happy Holidays to you, Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

TL, yes, really!

Copyboy, it was just like the first one, and I dug it.

Jay, it just might!

Saumya, thank you! Glad you like it so far.

Elizabeth, you need your own army!

Laura, if you liked the first one, you'll dig the second.

Thanks, Ciara!

Thank you everybody!!

DeniseCovey_L'Aussie said...

I loved the first Sherlock Holmes and am dying to see this one.

Enjoy your blogging break Alex. How will you survive?

Happy Christmas to you and yours.

Denise

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Have a wonderful break, Alex. Merry Christmas!

xoRobyn

DL Hammons said...

SHERLOCK HOLMES is going to be out Christmas Eve movies this year, so I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Merry Christmas, Alex! :)

Andrew Leon said...

Since I do want to read your book, I'm leaving a comment :P

Haven't seen any movies since the summer :( Just no time. I hope we have a chance to catch Holmes, but I'm not holding my breath.
And I need to take my kids to Chipwrecked.

Andrew Leon said...

Oh, and Merry Christmas!

M Pax said...

Merry Christmas!

I have the 1st Sherlock Holmes to watch over the holiday. Looking forward to it.

Stacy S. Jensen said...

I'm looking forward to Arthur. Robyn sent me over here.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I loved Sherlock Holmes! I was audible gasp surprised more than once. Off to check out the other sites - enjoy your break.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Denise, I'll be ready to burst when I return.

Andrew, I am really sorry about that. (The Chipwrecked thing.)

Welcome, Stacy!

Theresa Milstein said...

What an excellent giveaway.

I didn't like the last Sherlock Holmes, but I love Robert Downey Jr., so I may give it a shot.

I want to see Hugo and Young Adult. You can see where my mind is.

Theresa Milstein said...

And what a nice giveaway. Happy new Year!

Not So Simply Single said...

Thanks for the update. I love Robert Downey jr. My man!

Purring!

Karen Peterson said...

I am SO glad Sherlock Holmes lived up to the first and I'm very surprised to hear you liked Arthur Christmas that much. Maybe I'll give it a shot.

Andrew Leon said...

Why are you sorry about Chipwrecked? Do you know something I don't?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Theresa, my wife wasn't crazy about the first one, but she liked this one.

Karen, it had a sweet spirit. And an all British cast.

Andrew, an hour and a half of actors on helium is more than I could handle!

Andrew Leon said...

Well, I really enjoyed the first one. My kids loved it, but even I liked it. Maybe, it's because I loved the Chipmunks when I was kid.

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

My daughter asked for Arthur Christmas :-) Sherlock Holmes is on my to-watch-really-soon list!

Merry Christmas, Alex. Have a fabulous holiday season.

Jemi Fraser said...

Can't wait to see Sherlock and Arthur! :)

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas full of joy, family & lots of goodies! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Andrew, that's probably it - the Chipmunks were after my time.

Angela, take her!

Jemi, you have a wonderful Christmas.

J-SON said...

While I didn't favour The Game of Shadows as much, I certainly enjoyed Arthur Christmas. It was a great animated feature in my opinion that would be likely overlooked by some.

anthony stemke said...

Wish you a very happy Christmas.

tfwalsh said...

Got my eye on the new Sherlock Homes movie... ohhh would love a copy of your story:)

Am tweeting it now.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

J-SON, judging from the box office, it was ignored, which is a total shame.

Thank you, Anthony!

Thanks TF!

Carol Kilgore said...

Robert Downey is a fine actor. I love Iron Man. The first Sherlock was good, but I heard this new one didn't do well. I wonder why?

Cindy M Hogan author of Watched said...

Pick me. Pick me. Sounds awesome.

Nancy Thompson said...

I'm always late to the party. Have the happiest of holidays, Alex!

Rek said...

I had less expectations with the first Holmes movie (but Iron Man gave me hope)and was pleasantly surprised...forgive this accent chauvinist but I love when Brits play historical figures because I love the accent and diction.
I am not sure about the giveaway because I am planning to buy the book soon...but someone I read said, 'never look a gift horse in the mouth'.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays, I do miss my Christmas goodies since my best friends live far away but c'est la vie.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Carol, no idea - it's just as good!

Rek, if you win you could give it as a gift!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Merry Christmas Alex!

My hubster and I are trying to cut back on our movie entertainment budget (it's ski and snowboard season), and satisfy our movie urges with various netflix movies, but . . . Sherlock . . . I want to see the new movie so badly . . . maybe a matinee.

Lola Sharp said...

Next week we are going to see the Sherlock and The Girl w/ a Dragon Tattoo. Husband and daughter both have next week off, so we'll finally have some time to go see movies. Robert Downey and Dan Craig = YUM ;)

Merry Christmas, Alex! And may your 2012 be supremely marvelous.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Alex, have a wonderful Christmas. I'm taking a break too, but a little longer than yours. I'll probably toss in a photo or two so folks don't forget about me. :)

Mark Noce said...

Luv the Ghostbusters reference at the beginning:) I saw Sherlock Holmes this weekend, and admit that it was definitely better than the first one!

David P. King said...

I need to see those two movies. Need to see them. But I'll likely see Tintin first. My kid is dying to see that movie. As am I. :)

And I'm down for your giveaway. I'll tweet it now and blog about it soon.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tyrean, matinees are cheaper.

Thank you, Lola!

Patricia, we won't forget about you.

Mark, good eye! Yeah, I really dug it.

Thanks, David! And somehow I need to cram in three movies over the next week.

And my article is now up! Sorry for the day's delay, but it's live at the Daily Write.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. Sherlock Holmes I must get to see as well by the sound of it - Arthur Christmas .. with those voices in = definitely I'll get to see it.

Not long til Cassa Fire comes out - excellent news .. you must be so excited .. cheers and have a lovely Christmas and New Year AND 2012 - Hilary

Okie said...

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Merry Christmas. Great review on Holmes...cat-and-mouse is a very apt description and made for a ton of fun.

I haven't seen Arthur Christmas yet. Over the Christmas break my kids get to choose which movie I take them to. Not sure what they'll pick between all the fun kids flicks out there. Glad to hear Arthur Christmas is worth the trip. :)

Okie said...

oh..and yes, I love the Ghostbusters quote at the beginning of this post. :)

Heather Day Gilbert said...

yeah, i'm a little late over here from the deja vu blogfest, but nice to find your ninja-licious blog. i'm definitely ready to go see sherlock holmes 2 sometime soon. have you ever done a post on your fave sci-fi books? i like sci-fi, but only certain sci-fi (ender's game is def. one of my faves!)...oh, and TRON rules (but don't think that's a book?). nice to meet you!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hilary, you will enjoy both movies! Not stressed about CassaFire's release yet, but come January...

Okie, nothing compared to your review, but I knew I didn't have room for more. Go see Arthur Christmas!

Hi Heather! I've haven't done one yet, but that could happen soon.

Fantasy Nibbles said...

Ahhh now, see, I can't bring myself to do the Sherlock thing..I'm a Conan Doyle purirst...it would have me in tears of misery no doubt!

Merry Christmas Alex, and have a very Happy New Year :)

Leovi said...

I want Cassastar rise further in the list and see if they decide to translate it into Spanish.

Suze said...

A very Merry Christmas on you, brother -- and Christ's blessings on your entire household.

Suze said...

That would be 'to' you. :P

RaveAir said...

Merry Christmas Alex!

I'd like to see your books in the Hungarian stores... and on my shelves too. ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nibbles, some elements are different, but some are really accurate.

Leovi, wish I could translate it for you!

Suze, Christmas blessings to you as well!!

RaveAir, that would be cool!

Liz Fichera said...

Merry Christmas, Alex!

Chuck said...

The quote at the beginning was from Stripes...one of my all time fav Bill Murray flick. I scrolled all the way down through the comments so I don't know if I am the first or only one to make the statement.

I will probably wait for SH to come to video but ya never know...my wife may take me to the movies next week!

I am going to write a post about your giveaway and I would really like to win a copy...it would make my holiday season! (Except for the Packers playing on Christmas night)

Happy Holiday to you and yours, be safe!

Kelly Polark said...

Fun giveaway, Alex! And there are so many kids movies out! I'll probably see a few over the next two weeks with the kiddos.
Have a wonderful holiday!!!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Thanks for the review of Sherlock. I must see it.

Connie Keller said...

I can't wait to see Sherlock Holmes.

I've gone to Melissa Pearl's Debutante page and I'm glad to find yours.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Chuck! Hope you get to see it - excellent flick! I'm sure the Packers winning is a MUCH bigger deal than my book though.

Hey Connie - welcome!

Bookblogger said...

I was a big fan of the first Sherlock movie so I am looking forward to this one as well. Very cool giveaway for the holidays. I am having one as well with almost 400 prizes so stop by and say hi!

Empty Nest Insider said...

Great movie reviews and an even better giveaway! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Alex! Julie

Murugi Njehia said...

Great reviews Alex and Happy Holidays! :)

Enid Wilson said...

Happy Holidays! I've going to watch Sherlock Holmes and Colin Firth's spy movie. I'm looking for some intrigue this season.

My Darcy Vibrates…

Alison Stevens said...

Love the giveaway! Have a wonderful, merry Christmas, Alex. :)

Arlee Bird said...

Who's Chris Pine? Apt name for the season, eh? Have a great Christmas!

Lee

Leslea said...

Greetings from your fellow Debutante & BBTer!

Glynis said...

Happy Christmas and New Year! x

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

My kids saw Holmes and liked it. I'm planning on seeing Hugo with them. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Stephen Tremp said...

Robert Downwy Jr. has it made in the shade with these two series. Add in The Avengers and that's icing on the Christmas cookie. I have earned a free ticket the movie with my regal Rewards card. I just have to get away from the kids for a day so I can see a marathon of Daddy movies like Sherlock Homes. Saw Chipwreked the other day. It was fun. No wormholes, nobody got beat up, and no one was killed though.

lbdiamond said...

I want to see Sherlock.

Congrats to your success!!!

Bob Sanchez said...

Merry Christmas, Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bookblogger, I will!

Lee, he was James T. Kirk in the newest incarnation of Star Trek.

Stephen, sorry, just couldn't sit through a Chipmunks movie!

Thanks everyone and Merry Christmas!

Jamie Burch said...

Hoping to see the new Sherlock Holmes after Christmas. Enjoy your holiday break. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! :)

nutschell said...

Wohoo! What an awesome giveaway. I never win any of these giveaways, but I'm an eternal optimist! I'll be tweeting this too. I looking forward to Sherlock Holmes, though I don't know when I'll find the time to watch it!
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Tina said...

Merry Christmas to you too! Thanks for the Sherlock Holmes review. Was planning to see it already, but afraid they couldn't pull it off again. Such a mix of genres, in my opinion, and that can kill even a good plot. Glad to hear it was good.

Tina @ Life is Good

Nezzy said...

Whew, your one popular fella!!!

Thanks for the movie reviews. Farm Boy and I were ponderin' if Sherlock Holmes was worth the watch. Now we know!!!

Now, if we hate it...I'll be back. I feel ya shakin' in your boots! Heeeehehhe!!!

God bless ya man and have a wonderful Christmas filled with the laughter of good friends, the love of family and fudge baby....heaps of fudge! :o)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You as well, Jamie!

Nutschell, may your luck change.

Tina, it was great!

Nezzy, Merry Christmas, and I'm not worried - you'll enjoy it!

Steven said...

I never saw the original Sherlock Holmes, for fear it would not live up to my expectations. Now I am thinking I should rent it and then go see the new one in theaters.

Oh, and I am always looking for blogging tips, always...

Dafeenah said...

I need all of the writer blogging tips you are willing to share. Happy holidays to you!!

J.L. Campbell said...

Every time I visit your blog, I feel like a dinosaur. Didn't know there was a new take on Sherlock Holmes. :) Enjoy the holidays!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Steven, you should check out the movies!

JL, I stay on top of my movie news!

Helena said...

Well, here it is December 21st and I'm finally leaving a comment. Sorry, but I've been traveling and freaking over the holidays. I hope to catch several movies now, including Sherlock Holmes, plus I want to see Hugo.

Take care and Merry Christmas.

Leovi said...

I'm sure you know enjoy the coming holidays.

Pk Hrezo said...

Chris Pine FTW!
Enter me to win! And have a wonderful holiday ! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Helena, no freaking!

You as well, PK!

Helen Ginger said...

Husband, son and I all went to see Sherlock Holmes. Loved it. Some of the fast action showing how Holmes sees things before they actually happen went by too fast for me, but it sure gave you insight into his head.

baygirl32 said...

I haven't been to a theater in months! hoping to get to a show over the holidays.

Sher A. Hart said...

Wow, my missed movie list is getting longer. Must be all this writing. Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas!

Leovi said...

I liked the reviews you have done in Edi's Book Lighthouse.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Helen, I knew you'd enjoy it!

Baygirl, I hope you do - there are so many movies out now.

Merry Christmas, Sher!

Leovi, was that not awesome!?!?!?!?! I was blown away when I read it last night.

Dani said...

Happy holidays to everyone. I hope to see more of you in the new year, and maybe even participate in your great projects now and again. FYI, I'm opening the Blog Book Tours blog for guest posts in 2012, so if you're touring a book, you have another blog to visit. More info in the new year. Alex, thanks for being such a great pal to us all!

ediFanoB said...

Merry Christmas Alex!

My wife and I will see Sherlock Holmes 2 next week.

Great giveaway. Will post about it in my upcoming weekend post.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dani, that would be great!

Edi, you'll enjoy it. And thanks for mentioning the giveaway!!

Claudia Del Balso said...

I visited the Daily Write to read your guest blog post. Nice reminders. I think I follow 75% of these tips :) Have you seen "The Artist"? Are you going to review it? I'm definitely going to see it.
Merry Christmas!

Vicki Rocho said...

Glad to hear you liked Sherlock. I enjoyed the first one but just saw a less-than-nice review which bummed me out.

Can't believe CassaFire is coming out in Februrary -- that's right around the corner.

RaShelle Workman said...

Alex - I really want to see Arthur Christmas. Glad you enjoyed it. I'm taking the kids. YAY!!

Jasmine Walt said...

I really want to see Sherlock Holmes! I loved the first one, but it was a toss-up between Sherlock and Ghost Protocol so the hubby and I ended up seeing that one last night. Fantastic movie, btw. There were some serious OMFG moments in there.

Ella said...

So glad you had funny at the movies!

Chris Pine, love him...

Merry Christmas to you n' yours!!!

msmariah said...

Happy Holidays Alex! Congrats on your win of the 411 awards fest. I'm really looking forward to Holmes. I like the chemistry between Downey and Jude Law.

YONKS said...

Can't wait to see Sherlock Holmes movie. Look how many comments you have Alex. Either you're good or a lot of people want that book, the former I think. It's been great finding you this year. Wishing you a spectacular holiday season!
Di
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Claudia! Thanks for reading my guest post. Sorry, The Artist isn't on my list - I still have to cram in four more movies this year.

Vicki, ignore the critics - just as good as the first one! And don't scare me like that. I know, only two more months!

RaShelle, you take the kids!

Jasmine, catching that one next!

Merry Christmas, Ella.

MsMariah, tried my best for you and wish you'd won.

Thanks, Yonks! Well, this post has been up for a few days, so that's a lot of it. I normally only get about a hundred and twenty comments per post.

Leovi said...

I wish you all the best during the holidays to you and those around you.

Amy said...

Happy Holidays Alex! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Thanks for the movie reviews.

Happy Holidays! :)

Alison Miller said...

Awesome giveaway! Happy Holidays!

Angela M. said...

I have not seen Sherlock Holmes yet and I don't know why. I want to see it but when I get to the theater, I'm never in the mood. I did watch Girl with the Dragon Tattoo--an amazing movie but very graphic violence.

I am so excited that your sequel is coming! Curious how you ended up dealing with romantic elements. Guess I'll have to wait and see ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Angela, I saw the original version and it was very graphic. And I had a little help with the relationship stuff!

icedgurl said...

trekking your superb blog! keep blogging and inspiring people! happy holidays!

cheers!
...TREK...

Misha Gericke said...

I am going to see Sherlocke Holmes for my birthday on the 28th. Can't wait.

By the way, this isn't a entry for your book, since I already have a copy. :-D

Merry Christmas!

Liza said...

Just stopping by to say Merry Christmas Alex! Hope your holidays are wonderful.

Medeia Sharif said...

Happy holidays, Alex.

I'll check out the ebook link.

I haven't had a chance to watch Sherlock Holmes. I was only able to watch half of the first one on TV, but then I was interrupted.

Katherines Corner said...

Merry Christmas my friend.I hope your holiday is as sweet as you are xo

Donna Hole said...

I could have swore I read and posted on this. Hmm; I've been a bad blogger lately, and that's mostly blogger's fault for kicking me out of comment boxes befrore I get finished.

Can't wait for CassaFire :)

Merry Christmas Alex. See ya next year.

........dhole

Patsy said...

Happy Christmas, Alex.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

went to see Holmes and it was awesome! thanks for your review! We're heading to see Mission Impossible this week!

Leovi said...

I hope you had a nice and happy Christmas, I think 2012 will be a successful year for you.

LynNerdKelley said...

That's a great book review from Library Journal, Alex!
How exciting that your second book will be released in two months! Woo hoo for you!

I'm going to Daily Write to get some of your great tips!Thanks!

Regina said...

I am so happy for all the good things that are surrounding you and that you bring to our writing community. Thank you for this opportunity!

Patsy said...

I'm blogging about the gove away, Alex.

The Man-Cave said...

I hate to say this but I haven't seen the first Holmes yet. Something I need to fix for 2012 by seeing both because I love RDJ. Been on my to do list but just haven't gotten around to-doing it.

RachelMaryBean said...

Sounds awesome! Thanks for the contest and have a happy New Year!

J. A. Bennett said...

somehow I missed this until now. Sign me up!

Sher A. Hart said...

None of those movies on your latest post thrilled me. Even the SF wasn't a type I'd like, but here we have both a movie I want to watch, Sherlock Holmes, and a book I want to read and review, yours. I'm in! It's a little late to blog, but I'll sure tweet it and post on google+ and FB. Reading Indie author books is where the bulk of my reading time goes these days.

Amity said...

Always the late comer but here I am...:)

Am crossing my fingers! I wish Santa a copy of Cassastar! This is a long overdue wish!

Good luck Alex! You cool Ninja really rocks!