Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Book Feature, Ninja News, Blogfest Reflections, Goodreads Thanks, Wrath of the Titans Review, and Music Review - Threshold

I interviewed Rick Daley at the A to Z Blog today – his theme for the Challenge was movies! (And you know how much I dig movies.) Stop by today and check out his interview.

Special Book Feature

Today I am highlighting a book by a very special blogger friend. I’ve read excerpts from Sophia’s book, Mormon Diaries, and it’s very powerful. (She was even gracious enough to list me in the acknowledgements – wow!) Here’s a little more about the book:

Synopsis:
Brought up in a religious home, Sophia believes the only way to have a forever family is by following church leaders and obediently choosing the right. She goes to the right school, marries the right man in the right place, and does the right thing by staying home to raise her children. But when she starts asking questions about grace, love, and the nature of God, she realizes her spiritual struggles could rip her family apart.

“Sophia Stone has a fine eye and a searching heart. Her story of growing up in and reaching through her Mormonism for a deeper, more authentic spirituality reflects all the ways that religion can both keep us satisfied with easy answers and push us to more difficult and complicated realizations. We need a hundred more books like this one . . . “ –Joanna Brooks, author of The Book of Mormon Girl

“Sophia Stone captured my attention from the beginning. This collection of personal essays, about questioning the legitimacy of Mormonism after having faith in the religion for the first 30-something years of her life, is not just a controversial quake to a reader’s heart and soul. Stone’s voice is brave, bold and intriguing. And surprisingly relatable to someone who is not religious.”—Jessica Bell, author of String Bridge

If you have any questions for Sophia L. Stone, her Twitter account is sophia stone@ask_a_mormon - and you can use the hashtag #mormonquestions.

You can purchase the book at Barnes and Noble and Amazon, and view the book trailer on You Tube.

Sophia, good luck and I wish you much success!

Ninja News – all about the ladies today!

Suze’s entry for a major writing competition won first place. And she was at the banquet when they announced it. Can you imagine that thrill? Way to go, Suze!

Special cover reveal!


If I Let You Go by Kyra Lennon
A New Adult/Contemporary Romance novella
Release Date: October 22nd 2012


Congratulations, Kyra!

Tyrean Martinson’s poem, "March Snow Hare," is included in the recent release of The Best of Every Day Poets Two. For more information, visit the release page at Every Day Poets. Tyrean, congratulations!

Karen Gowen at Coming Down the Mountain just released her new book on Tuesday, Lighting Candles in the Snow. Congratulations, Karen!

Blogfest Reflections

Just – wow! A hundred and seventy-eight of you participated and it was just incredible. Somehow I managed to visit every single one plus some of my regular blogger buddies on Monday. And my apologies to those I missed – not enough hours in the day! Thanks to those who commented - over two hundred! Almost broke the record. So many of you visited others on the list, and I really appreciate that. Special thanks to Jeremy, Nancy, and Kyra - I saw your comments everywhere! All links lead directly to the blogfest post, so feel free to continue exploring.

Thanks everyone for making this the best blogfest ever!

Goodreads Thanks!

And a big thanks to everyone who voted for CassaStar and CassaFire on the Goodreads Best Science Fiction Space Opera list! It won’t last, but they claimed the top two spots! Hopefully they can hang around the top five for a while. But it wouldn’t have been possible without your support. You guys rock!

Movie Review

Wrath of the Titans

The remake of Clash of the Titans was so awful, I avoided this sequel in the theater. Safe to say, this one is much better. Still not great. Worthington still can’t act to save his life. But three things made it better than the first one – it wasn’t a remake of a beloved classic; it actually had a soul and some humor; and the special effects were amazing. Worth a rental even if it won’t really stick with you for long.

Music Review

Threshold – March of Progress

The ninth studio release of this progressive rock band is definitely their best! Former lead singer Damian Wilson returns after doing several side projects, including working with prog master Arjen A. Lucassen – and the influence of Lucassen really shows. There isn’t a bad song on the disc. The melodies and vocals flow together perfectly and the songs are very accessible. The guitar and other instruments are so crisp – one of the best mixed albums I’ve ever heard. For those of you wanting to sample prog rock or expand in the genre ( Jamie! ) I’d highly recommend this disc.

Curious to know more about Sophia’s book? Excited for the new releases? Seen Wrath of the Titans? Picked up March of Progress? (Still wondering what the heck is progressive rock?) And did you have a good time with the blogfest?

Be sure to visit Rick at the A to Z Blog

126 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Thank you so much for the shoutout!

The bloghop was a huge success, I really enjoyed it! :D

A.J. Walker said...

Congratulations Suze!!!!

Charles the Reader said...

I hate to be that person, but you spelled "Wrath" as "Wraith." I'm not sure if this is deliberate since it was done four times, but I thought I should point it out.

mooderino said...

The bloghop was everywhere, nice work.

Don't know if I'll see Wrath, managed to avoid Clash and don't regret it.

mood
Moody Writing

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kyra you're welcome!

Charles, just a typo, as I put this one together late.

Moody, you are lucky you missed it.

Heather Murphy said...

Congratulations to all the ladies and to you Alex for Goodreads and the Blogfest. You are having a good week

Christine Danek said...

Congrats to everyone (I would go through everyone, but my kids are waking up). Wow! A big congrats.

Suze said...

That cover for 'The Mormon Diaries' is excellent, and the subject matter and review is intriguing. Thank you for featuring Sophia's book.

And thank you, Alex, for mentioning my win. You are so gracious. May God bless you many times over.

Lastly, interesting Threshold review.

Rick Daley said...

Thanks for including me in the A-Z review, I had a blast participating!

Isn't the Mormon Diaries a smash Broadway play? Oh, wait, that's the Book of Mormon. This probably has a slightly different tone. I am one to question everything and I'm a Catholic-converted-to-agnostic, so I can empathize with the spiritual struggle.

I thought Sam Worthington did all right in Avatar, but that may have been a role made for him, like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix. I haven't seen either Titans movie, but I like the original.

C.M.Brown said...

Congratulations on getting the top spot at Goodreads, great accomplishment!
Loved being part of the Genre Favorites Blogfest, lots of interesting choices were made by my fellow participants! Thanks for hosting Alex.

Sheila Siler said...

I enjoyed the blog hop, I hadn't done one in a while and it was fun. Sophia's book sounds intriguing, can't wait to read it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Heather!

Suze, you are welcome! Hope I worded it right and sorry I didn't know the name of the writing contest.

Rick, you're welcome. And Cameron must've just known how to bring out the best in Worthington.

Thanks, CM. And glad you enjoyed the blogfest.

farawayeyes said...

Blogfest was super. You can't imagine how much I needed that.

Definitely want to read Sophia's book. Thanks for the 'heads up'.

'Titans', I don't think so.

Progressive Rock - ELP, was about as far as I ever got. Ha, ha, ha.

J.W. Alden said...

I keep thinking about seeing Wrath of the Titans, but I haven't because it means I'll have to watch Clash first, which I'm not exactly excited to do . . . :P

J.W.

Zoltán Gecse said...

It was a huge blogspot! I was happy to I was also a (tiny) part of it. Your blogger-supporter base is like an evergrowing tree. And next time you have to realy clone yourself if you'll want to visit and comment every blog. :)

Wrath of the Titans was a boring film and a waste of time. I hate films are full of dark scenes, you see nothing, just dark spots and shadows.

LynnRush said...

WRATH!!!! The special effects are super! That keeps me intrigued for sure.

That blogfest was super fun, ALEX. I didn't make to to everyone, but got to quite a few. Darn day job gets in the way of all the fun, huh? LOL! :)

Have a super day!

Laura Eno said...

Congrats on the Goodreads success!
You are such an integral part of the blogging community, Alex, and give so much back to your fellow writers with your Ninja News!

Angela Felsted said...

Love that the blog hop was a huge success! And I am so proud that your books claimed the top two spots on the goodreads list. That is awesome. Congrats, Alex.

Rusty Webb said...

I saw Wrath of the Titans and thought the same thing, more or less. I was stunned at how much better it was than the first one. Still not great, but very watchable. Loved the fx.

And Threshold! They stole that band name from me! Well, probably not. But still, that was the name of the band I was in back around '91 or '92. We sucked. But wow. I probably have some mock-up album covers around here somewhere... I'll give this a listen.

I loved the blogfest, I really should have did some more visiting. But these days it's all I can do to even log in. Thanks for hosting.

Miranda Hardy said...

I'm glad the bloghop was such a success. Congrats on your rise on goodreads, too. That's awesome!

Gossip_Grl said...

Great Post Congrats on the Stats on goodreads And on another great Bloghop! :)

Old Kitty said...

I'm still hiding under my rock in utter shame and embarrassment after my monumental mistake in posting about Sophia's book!! Lovely Sophia!!
Back under the rock I go!

Take care
x

Siv Maria said...

Still working my way through the blogfest,it is a fun one and meeting new bloggers is half the fun!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Faraway, glad it gave you a boost.

JW, just watch the original. You really don't want to see the remake.

Zoltan, I do need some clones.

Lynn, my darn day job has meetings all morning. Don't these people know I need to blog today?

Laura, thank you so much for saying that.

Angela, thanks!

Rusty, find those album covers!

Miranda and Gossip, thanks.

Kitty, it's all right.

Siv, all links are direct now, which should help.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm gonna have to watch Wrath of the Titans. I heard bad things about it from some, but the trailer looked interesting.

Angela Brown said...

Congratulations to Sophia for her release. Her memoir sounds like it is very touching.

Congrats also to contest winners, cover revealers (that cover looks great!) and book releasers! Woot!

Although I didn't get to participate myself, I enjoyed going around to different bloggers and finding out their faves. Really fun.

Juliana Haygert said...

It was an awesome blogfest, Alex. I wish I had more time to stop by everyone too.
Congrats on the Goodreads list!
I liked Wrath of the Titans better than the first one too.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Congratulations on securing the top spots!

Tonja said...

WHAT?! I liked the remake of Clash of the Titans. I think Liam Neeson should be contractually obligated to play Zeus for life.

RHYTHM AND RHYME said...

Good music and film reviews, also so pleased your blogfest was a huge success.

Yvonne.

Clarissa Draper said...

Congrats to everyone on their new releases. I have read both Sophia's and Karen's books. Congrats on taking the first two spots as well.

L.G.Smith said...

Congrats on the blogfest. My sidebar on Monday was lit up in blue "What's You Favorite Genre?" pics as everyone posted. :))

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Charles, it's watchable.

Angela, glad you enjoyed it.

Juliana and Elizabeth, thanks!

Tonja, he was a good Zeus.

Thanks, Clarissa.

LG, that is really cool.

Karen Walker said...

I was sorry I was gone for so much of the blogfest day, but the blogs I visited were wonderful. And I've read Sophia's memoir, The Mormon Diaries and it's well worth the read. Fascinating story.
Karen

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Sophia's memoir must have been heartbreaking to live. The authentic life is a hard but rewarding one. Congrats on the rankings on Goodreads. All of my titles have the bends for being so low on their rankings! :-)

Patsy said...

You like movies, Alex? How come you've (hardly ever) mentioned this before?

David P. King said...

Absolutely remarkable, Alex. Some much awesomeness crammed into one post. Thanks for taking the time to visit me, even though I missed the fest. :)

The Spooky Whisk said...

Good post, Alex. You do a real nice job on this blog. Well done, Ninja Sir.

LD Masterson said...

Loved the Blogfest.

Best of luck to Sophia.

I saw 'Clash' and I don't know if I can overcome that experience enough to see 'Wrath'.

Nancy Thompson said...

Thanks for the nod, Alex. I really enjoyed the party. And though I did get around a bit, I wish I could have made every stop. Congrats on the GR list toppers!

Patricia Stoltey said...

The blogfest was (and is, since I'm still visiting participants) a lot of fun, Alex. I'm amazed at the number of bloggers, including guys, who are fans of musicals. Someone should tell Hollywood!!

Heather Gardner said...

Another successful blogfest! So great to read everyone's posts.

Thank you, Alex!
Heather

Ella said...

Fun blogfest, I am still trying to make the rounds!

I'm am curious about Sophia's book.
I worked with a family of Mormons in Alaska. I think I was the only one who wasn't Mormon. I learned it was a difficult religion to live by. No caffeine...yikes!

Congrats Alex!

Thank you the blogfest was so fun! I found out a lot of us share the same favs ;D


Carolyn V said...

I agree with David! So much awesomeness! Sophia's book sounds great. Thanks for letting us know about it!

Libby said...

I stopped by a lot of pages with the blogfest and it was cool seeing everyone's fav genres. Definitely some surprises!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I believe I've figured out why you like science fiction so much. You're a clone. Actually, there may be several of you. Heck, maybe a whole herd. That's the only thing that could explain how it is I see your name pop up in the comments section on so many different blogs, and how you manage to run successful blogfests, AND how you have one of the best, most informative blogs around. Amazing. Oh, yeah, PLUS you do everything but stand on your head (dangerous to your circuitry, no doubt) to boost other writers, AND you've written a couple of successful books! Makes me tired just to think of all that. Yep, no doubt about it. I'm onto you, Mr. Ninja. You are an army. You are legend... (HA!)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I wouldn't say that "they won't last", Alex. I think you are safe at the top for a long time. I honestly don't think a lot of people are motivated to vote on those lists. But I do think that people read off of them. So it's a good marketing step in the least.

Julie said...

Wow, so much good news going around! Sophia's book sounds excellent.

Congrats on the Goodreads success, I think you'll stay at the top!

Jai Joshi said...

I heard about Sophia's book on another blog too and I've been looking forward to getting my hands on it! It looks like it's going to have some fascinating insights.

Like you, I avoided Wrath because the Clash remake was so bad. I've had people tell me Wrath was better but I still avoided it. Maybe I'll check it out when it's on tv.

Jai

Morgan said...

200 blogs in one day... *shakes head in awe*

And I LOVE seeing your books at 1 and 2, Alex! What a pretty sight!

Cherie Reich said...

Sophia's book looks great, and I love the simplicity of the cover.

Congrats to all the great news. I love Krya's new cover!

RaShelle Workman said...

Hi Alex - Wow! Lots going on.

Have a great Wednesday. =)

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Huge congratulations to everyone!
Unfortunately I missed the blogfest, getting my debut novel launch ready.

Chris Fries said...

Thanks for a great blogfest -- it was a lot of fun!

And congratulations to Suze, Kra, Tyrean, and Karen!!!

I've never heard Threshold -- I will definitely have to check it out -- thanks for the tip, alex!

Chris Fries said...

Doh!!! Whooops -- that's KYRA, not "Kra"!

Andrew Leon said...

I haven't seen Wrath, yet. I liked Clash well enough, but I was never in love with the craptastic one from the 80s either.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Congrats to Kyra, Tyrean Karen, and you Alex for the Goodreads ranking! The blogfest was great and I learned a lot about many bloggers.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Karen, yes it is.

Roland, you surged up recently though!

Patsy, just trying to keep it a secret.

David, I try to offer a variety.

LD, it IS a little better.

You're welcome, Nancy!

Patricia, they still wouldn't listen.

Ella, yes I was surprised by some of the common picks.

Susan, thanks very much. Really appreciate that.

Michael, yes it is. But those near the top of my list deserve it more than my books.

Jai, set expectations low and you might enjoy it.

Thanks, Morgan!

Chris, you'd like them!

Thanks everyone. I've escaped the weekly meeting and am now free to move about the blogging world...

kmckendry said...

Thanks for the blogfest it was great! Yay for CassaStar and CassaFire!!!

I don't like Worthington either.

Isis Rushdan said...

Sophia's book does sound powerful and intriguing.

WTG Suze!

Haven't seen Wrath of Titans yet, but looking forward to it. Not too many movies these days with baby :)

nutschell said...

finally something I've watched! I haven't watched Clash of the Titans, but I enjoyed Wrath. I guess I'm easily entertained :)

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Lisa Regan said...

There are so many great new releases due out this fall, I can't wait! It's wonderful to see so many writers living the dream!

Leovi said...

Congratulations on the success of the Blogfest.

VikLit said...

Thank you for running the bloghop!

Suzanne Furness said...

Congrats on your Goodreads success and the blogfest. Wasn't able to participate myself this time - been snowed under this week at work and family stuff but visited a few blogs and the buzz seemed awesome.

[Retro-Zombie] said...

I am so glad for the blogfest... it was fun to see what folks loved. I met a handful of great people. I like an idiot was reading all the wonderful people who took the time to email, by mistake purged the folder I was going to respond to today... so everyone sorry your stuff is in cyber trash... though thank you!

Wrath of the Titans... utter garbage, sad it was so rushed and didn't uphold to the first. I liked the first, I like the guy too.. in Terminator film. The score is probably the best thing to come out the film.

Alex, thank you for sharing your blog/blogfest to us all.

Jeremy

Christine Rains said...

Congrats to all on the book releases and cover reveals. And congrats to you too, Alex! I have Wrath of the Titans on my Netflix list. I just got Cabin in the Woods today. I'll be watching it tonight!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Andrew, then you'll like Wrath even better.

Maurice, it was a lot of fun.

Nuschell, sometimes that's enough!

Jeremy, glad you enjoyed it so much!

Christine, I picked it up yesterday. Can't wait to watch it again.

M Pax said...

It's wonderful to see everyone getting out there and doing so well. Awesome to see all these great books, and that was great news from Suze.

KarenG said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Alex.

Miss Jack Lewis Baillot said...

Thank you for holding the blog fest, it was a lot of fun! And I found lots of new blogs to follow.

I start Wrath of the Titans but didn't get a chance to finish it yet. I hope to soon, surprisingly, I liked it. I thought I'd hate it it's taken me this long to dare watching it, and I only did so because my brother wanted to.

Allons-y!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

The blogfest was a lot of fun. I can't believe how many comments I received.

Congrats on the Goodreads ranking.

ediFanoB said...

I visited several blogs today -nothing compared with the mass of blogs you visit.

I must say the thing I like most today is the new HOBBIT trailer. Peter Jackson knows to bait people.

Despite that your blogfest has been extremely successful. That means you know perfectly how to involve people.

I like GOODREADS a lot. If you look for rviews beyond AMAZON, GOODREADS is a great choice.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Loved the blogfest. Congrats on your top ranking on Goodreads.

Southpaw said...

The cover for Mormon Diaries is outstanding. It's beautiful and mysterious and telling.

Congrats on the ranking, Alex!

cleemckenzie said...

Wow! And those books just keep coming. The Genre Blogfest is fun to follow. I'm sort of on the sidelines this time out due to a nervous blogdown, but I'm stopping and reading what others are writing about.

Ink in the Book said...

I just loved this blogfest. I really did:) It was so fun to see how diverse everyone is. Yet, there was a sameness, too. Plus, so many posts reminded of long ago favorites I somehow forgot I loved. It would be cool to have another blogfest just to see if others changed their favorite genre because someone reminded them of something.

Thanks Alex for stopping by my blog today and taking time to vote on my flash fiction entry. You were my first vote, so it made my day:)

Melissa said...

The blogfest was fun. Thanks for hosting. :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

So many great books, so little time. Congrats to you, Suze, and all the rest.

xoRobyn

Cate Masters said...

I actually just picked up Wrath of the Titans. Looking forward to watching it!
Very cool Suze! Congrats!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Karen, you're welcome!

Mis Jack, glad you enjoyed the blogfest. And Wrath wasn't too bad. I was surprised.

Edi, I saw the trailer! Very awesome. And I'm just a Ninja trying to make this world a better place.

Lee, no nervous breakdown!

Ink, you're welcome! And glad you enjoyed the blogfest.

Thanks, everyone!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for the awesome shout out, Alex!!!

TL Conway said...

Alex, sounds like it's been an awesome week for you and your friends! Congrats on the success of the blogfest, and thanks for always introducing me to new writers.

As for the prog rock? Well, thanks for introducing me to new writers! lol :)

Tara Tyler said...

you're so great about promoting others!
and a wonderful idea to send all bloghop participants a reminder! many do it who prob forgot!

happy wednesday!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tyrean, you are welcome!

TL, it has been awesome.

Tara, I only had to take a dozen off the list, and that's great odds.

Sherry Ellis said...

Thanks for hosting the blogfest! It was huge success! Sophia's book sounds really interesting. I think I'll put that one on my list to read. Great news about the other ninjas, too!

Jemi Fraser said...

The blogfest was a lot of fun! I can't believe how many blogs you visited!!! It was great seeing so many people's choices :)

Denise Covey said...

What great news about Suze and Kyra and others! Thanks for sharing Alex.

Nicole said...

Thanks again for the awesome blog fest! Sophia's book sounds fascinating.

Helena said...

Mormon Diaries sounds amazing, and congrats (I'm so jealous!) to Suze for her fantastic first place.

You always have such wonderful info to share, Alex.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congrats to everyone with books coming out! Glad your blogfest was a huge success! Julie

Michael Pierce said...

The blogfest was a whole lotta fun! I'm off to check out the interview. Happy Wednesday!

Sher A. Hart said...

I never heard of progressive rock either. Now I'll have to check it out. Congrats on the Goodreads Space opera ranking. Also to the women writers you featured. I'm curious to know if Sophia is still an active Mormon after her journey. I've always been an Alma 32 "experiment upon the Word" sort because I'm a science geek and a gardener.

Lynda R Young said...

Congrats for another successful blogfest!! Woot!

I'm still going to avoid watching Wrath of the Titans ;)

Jamie Gibbs said...

The blogfest was epic! Thanks for another great event :)

I've got their song Ashes on my YouTube playlist :) I really like what I've heard so far; I loved their album Dead Reckoning but I had gotten used to Andy MacDermott's vocals. Thanks for the recommendation :)

Ellie Garratt said...

You always post such great lists of people to visit, books to check out, and films to watch. Thank you!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sherry and Jemi, glad you had a good time!

Helena, there's so much awesome news out there.

Sher, send her a Tweet and ask.

Lynda, that made me chuckle.

Jamie, the new album is beyond their older stuff. Give it a listen.

SA Larsenッ said...

I just saw Sophia's book on another site. It sounds like quite an emotional read. I love the cover, too!

Congrats to all the good news you've posted here!!

Liz Fichera said...

That was a fun blogfest, Alex! One of the best ones of the year. Kyra has a book out?! I'm off to investigate...

Karen Lange said...

Congrats to the ladies! Sophia's book does sound interesting. I may need to check it out. Thanks for the info! :)

Avantika Chitturi said...

Thanks for the suggestion Alex! I bought Mormon Diaries of Amazon and just started reading it. I was delighted to see her mention in the very first chapter your April A-Z blogging challenge. Seeing as this is technically non-fiction, is there a real blog of her's I could visit?
I find discussion on spiritual discovery fascinating, especially as I feel like I am in the middle of one myself.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Yeah, gotta be careful about remaking a classic. So very much can go wrong. Hubby and I watched WarGames the other day. That movie's message is still so pertinent today, but the technology and world environment is different I wondered if it would be up for a remake. But I fear they'd ruin it.

Leovi said...

Wrath of the Titans, looks very spectacular with excellent special effects.

Lydia Kang said...

Sophia is on my blog too. Congrats to her and her release!

Sheri L. Swift said...

You do keep busy! Thank you for stopping by my blog! Enjoyed the review of Sophia's book.

S. L. Hennessy said...

Yeah, I thought Wrath was much better than Clash of the Titans. Thankfully. Already looking forward to your next blogfest...

Rachna Chhabria said...
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Rachna Chhabria said...

Sophia's books sounds interesting. Congrats and good luck to her.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sheri, it is!

Liz, glad you enjoyed it.

Avantika, you can contact her by Twitter. I'll send her an email for you.

Donna, not sure they could do it right. And it wouldn't be Russia anymore.

SL, and I have one in the works...

Rachel Morgan said...

Congrats to all the ladies! The cover for If I Let You Go is so pretty :)

DWei said...

Been hearing quite a bit about the Mormon Diaries. I'm not sure how the religious community is liking it though.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Congrats ladies!

Hey, Alex,

I actually did hop around A LOT! Met some wonderful new blogger friends and managed it hit over 600 followers now ... YAY! Inching my way to a thousand. Had hope I'd make it by now, but my work in Florida kept me away from the blogosphere too much this year.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

DWei, I think it's a mixed bag.

Michael, congratulations! Thanks for visiting so many.

randi lee said...

Sophia's book sounds very interesting! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

Liesel K Hill said...

Liked your review of Wrath of the Titans. I liked it better than Clash too. You ought to watch a movie called The Debt. Totally different genre but it was the first movie I saw Worthington in and had respect for his acting chops. Just a suggestion. :D Great post. And thanks again for the blogfest. It was fun! :D

klahanie said...

Hey Alex,
Another refreshingly short comment from me. As per usual, I endeavour to check out your various links.
Indeed, Sophia's book certainly arouses curiosity.
Progressive rock and the time I went for some "Brain Salad Surgery".
All the best,
Gary

Nicki Elson said...

I'm soooo happy for Suze - and not a bit surprised.

Congrats to all those with books releasing! The Mormon Diaries sounds like an intriguing read.

Medeia Sharif said...

Congrats to Karen and Kyra.

I have Sophia's book and look forward to reading it..

It was a fantastic blogfest. :)

Brinda said...

Congrats to all the authors with releases! And congrats on your stellar blogfest. I was WORN out from bloghopping. It was fun.

Brinda said...

Congrats to all the authors with releases! And congrats on your stellar blogfest. I was WORN out from bloghopping. It was fun.

Shannon Lawrence said...

It was a fun blog fest! I'm slowly but surely running through the list.

Congrats on your Good Reads ranking(s)!

Stephen Tremp said...

The Blogfest was a lot of fun. Keep it simple and visit as many people as you can.

Its great to learn more about our fellow bloggers and blogettes by what the little things in life they like. Nicely don!

Donna Hole said...

I'll put Threshold on my to-buy list, thanks.

The blogfest was awesome, thanks for hosting it.

I'm waiting for Wrath and Titans to hit Walmart's $5 discount bins :)

Have good weekend Alex.

.......dhole

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - what a wealth of information you have here - I know where to come to remind myself of books I'm going to be getting. Jessica's review of Sophia's Mormon Diaries gives a good overview.

Your blogfest was hugely successful ... cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Liesel, I'll look for that movie.

Gary, you are just cool.

Brinda, it wore me out as well!

Thanks, Shannon.

Donna, you'll enjoy Threshold. And yeah, I would wait.

Thanks, Hilary,

Karen Peterson said...

I keep waiting for someone to write a book on how awesome it is to be a Mormon. Maybe I should be the one to do it.