Friday, October 19, 2012

Two Year Anniversary and Author Nancy S. Thompson – Time to Party! Plus Ninja News.

Today is an incredibly awesome day for two reasons!

Two years ago today, CassaStar was released into the world. And my life has never been the same.

For those of you still waiting for your first published book, let me say it again – your life will never be the same.

Two years ago I was a naïve and brand new author. My first book was launched and I engaged in a two-week, nineteen stop blog tour, hoping someone would notice my book. It was the only one I intended to write, so I really wanted readers to find it. So many were gracious enough to help spread the word and I thought my job here was done.

Little did I know… fans wanted more. So I began writing a sequel, CassaFire.

Then in September 2011, a strange thing happened. CassaStar vaulted into the Amazon Best Seller list for science fiction, hitting #4 overall.

When CassaFire came out last February, both books bounced into the top 100 again. Then this past May, the books skyrocketed into the Amazon Best Seller list in the UK, where they have both bounced around for six months now. CassaStar topped out at #3 there.

Now, two years later, as I prepare to edit the third and final book, CassaStorm, I am in awe. Tens of thousands of people have purchased CassaStar. People who don’t even read science fiction have enjoyed my first book. And I owe so much of that to you guys, for your never-ending support these past two years. I wouldn’t have made it if not for you!

And none of this I tell you to boast or brag. I offer it as a story of hope. If my little space opera can achieve that much, just think what your book will do! You guys are so talented – believe in yourself.

This leads me to one of the greatest honors I’ve ever enjoyed. An incredibly special writer and friend is celebrating the release of her first book, and I get to host her two years after the release of mine. She was ever so gracious to ask me to read her book and provide a blurb, which just blows my mind. And it is indeed an incredibly powerful book.

I present to you, the next best seller - Nancy S. Thompson!

Thanks for having me over, Alex. My novel, The Mistaken, is a psychological thriller, but surprisingly, it has a significant theme and recurring symbolism, however unintentional. The Mistaken was borne from a single question:

“What could drive a genuinely good man to commit a violent crime, and could he somehow find his way back to the man he used to be?”

Though the protagonist, Tyler Karras, abhors his brother’s obligatory affiliation with the Russian Mafia, he reluctantly uses that connection to exact revenge against the woman responsible for his pregnant wife’s death. Encouraged by his brother, Ty vows to hand over this woman—a stranger—to sex-traffickers within the Russian mob. In exchange, the Russians will finally let his brother leave the business for good—with his debt wiped clean and his heart still beating. But when Ty mistakenly kidnaps the wrong woman, remorse drives him to protect her from the very enemy he’s unleashed, even as the Russians use his brother as leverage to force him to complete their deal.

From the beginning, the law-abiding Ty believes himself a straight arrow, but bitter rage and alcohol transform him into someone even he cannot recognize. He’s later forced to face the demons that have pushed him over to the dark side, and beg forgiveness from those he’s most egregiously, but inadvertently, affected: his dead parents and wife, his brother, and the innocent woman he’s wrongly targeted. His need for atonement drives Tyler to face both his enemy, as well as his own flaws. It’s not until he’s accepted his culpability that Tyler is able to move on.

There are two symbols that recur throughout The Mistaken: a mirror and the San Francisco fog. Like bookends, I use the mirror in both the brief prologue and the ending to represent Tyler’s inability to see clearly the imperfect man he used to be and the flawed villain he’s become. I use the fog to represent the depravity of the antagonists, two Russian crime czars. Though they make very few appearances, their deadly influence is keenly felt, flanked by the presence of the malevolent fog, a menacing veil and harbinger of the evil yet to come.

It’s funny, I never intended to include a theme or symbolism; they just sort of…happened. I’ve read that’s how it should be. Kind of freaky, don’t you think?

Visit Nancy’s blog, follow, and leave a comment during her book tour for a chance to win an ARC of The Mistaken. Plus, 5 runner-ups will each win an ebook. (And that's her with author Jennifer Hillier.)

You can also find her onGoodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and Sapphire Star Publishing.

Purchase here: Sapphire Star Publishing, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes and Noble
Also available at Sony, Kobo, iBooks, Diesel Bookstore, and Baker & Taylor in 2-3 weeks

Praise for The Mistaken:

“A deliciously slow burn that builds to a ferocious crescendo, Nancy S. Thompson's THE MISTAKEN kept me riveted until the very last page. Tyler Karras is a complex and flawed protagonist, and his redemptive journey makes him the perfect anti-hero. This psychological suspense is a standout, and I can't wait for Thompson's next book.” ~ Jennifer Hillier, author of CREEP and FREAK

“Nancy S. Thompson's debut novel, The Mistaken, is a first-rate thriller full of hair-raising twists and turns. Pursued by the police and the Russian mafia in San Francisco, brothers Tyler and Nick Karras are fascinating, fully-drawn, desperate characters. The action is non-stop. Thompson's taut, intriguing tale of revenge, mistaken identity, kidnapping and murder will keep you enthralled and entertained.” ~Kevin O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author of DISTURBED and TERRIFIED

“Fast-paced and emotionally gripping - once the ride begins, you won't stop reading until it ends." ~Alex J. Cavanaugh, author of CASSAFIRE and CASSASTAR

Ninja News in Brief

Candilynn Fite’s new book, Little Acorn's Big Fall, is available now. Congratulations, Candilynn!

Cally Jackson is hosting The Year I Turned 18 Blogfest, which runs from October 29 to November 2. See her site for details.

L'il Gal Al and the Zombies of Amarillo by Christine Rains is available now. Congratulations, Christine!

Thanks to all who participated in the Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest! Lots of great books and a third of the authors found their books. All links now go directly to the blogfest post, so feel free to continue browsing.

Those who’ve been with me that long, can YOU believe it’s been two years? (Can you even remember that far back?) Have you picked up your copy of The Mistaken? (You better – it’s awesome!) Any symbolism in your work? Questions for Nancy? Excited about the news? Still trying to catch up on the blogfest…?

Now, go give Nancy a hug!

169 comments:

[Retro-Z] said...

first?!

[Retro-Z] said...

Congratulations Alex! You are a fantastic person, from being your informative site, book author and finally a great friend. Now I am sure there is like 100 more things that things that will be said... best of luck from now until, then!

[Retro-Z] said...

Nancy, the premise of you book is sounding pretty awesome... I wish you the best and much success.

And to the rest of the folks... ditto in the success department!

Happy Friday!

mooderino said...

Congrats! Now what will you come up with next? (no pressure).


mood
Moody Writing

T. Drecker said...

Congratulations! Stories like yours are like the little light at the end of the tunnel.

Kyra Lennon said...

Huge congratulations on all your success!

Very pleased to hear Nancy's book is out now, too! :D

Elise Fallson said...

Congratulations to the both of you, so inspiring! (:

Damyanti said...

Congratulations, Alex! What a ride this has been :)

The Angry Lurker said...

Been thinking now that I'm painting sci-fi that I should give your book a read, currently reading John Scalzi "The Ghost Brigades".

Donna Hole said...

hmm, I'll give Nancy a hug. She's awesome, but I love the premise of her book: “What could drive a genuinely good man to commit a violent crime, and could he somehow find his way back to the man he used to be?”

I think questions of morality make for some of the best reading. Doesn't matter if its fantasy or contemporary, a good premise makes an excellent plot and characters.

.......dhole

Donna Hosie said...

Congratulations to you both.

Mark Koopmans said...

Hey,

I've heard of that author, Thompson, she seems kinda cool.

You, too, Ales.

To be serious for a moment: Happy day *Two* to Nancy and happy *second* anniversary to you, too.

The moment passed...

(Although I will say, Ales, I do wish you'd get out there and post more comments. I mean, 400 borgs and this is all we get - not even a slice of cake from Wal-Mart?)

Matthew MacNish said...

Aw, so awesome. Two of my favorite people coming together! I can't believe I've known you this long, Alex. I'm proud to call you a friend. And Nancy is the greatest too. So happy for her and her book birthday!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jeremy, first! Appreciate you, man.

Moody, that's pressure!

Lurker, thanks!!

Donna, you won't be disappointed. The book is great.

Mark - it's WalMart! One cashier open. The clones are still in line with the party goods.

Matthew, thanks.

And thank you, everyone!

Gossip_Grl said...

Congrats on all of your books! And you should boast at these accomplishments! :) Also congrats to Nancy!

Ciara said...

Congratulations to Nancy. Enjoy the start to an amazing career. Good luck on your tour!
Alex - Thanks again for co-hosting DINYB!

C.M.Brown said...

That is an inspiring tale Alex! I even read it out loud to my husband.

Congrats to you too Nancy. I hope you enjoy your tour!

JeffO said...

Congratulations on your success and happy anniversary, Alex. And, of course, congratulations to Nancy!

Brinda said...

Congrats, Nancy. It sounds thrilling (pun intended).

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats Alex! So awesome how your two years as a published author have been so successful.

And Nancy, congrats on your book. Loved hearing more about it.

Rusty Webb said...

Wow. That book sounds flat-out awesome. Great synopsis. I will be reading.

Gail said...

My memory is going but it's not gone yet. I remember all the nail-biting with your first book, introducing you on my blog, reading your first wonderful book, and then the blessing of a second request. Who knew you would become the creative father of a trilogy???

Way to go!!! Congratulations. I'm amazed that it has been two years.

I'm still unable to write anything but short stories. There doesn't seem to be a market for a volume of those...but I'm still writing and in that lies the pleasure.

Laura Eno said...

Wow! Has it really been two years? I remember grabbing CassaStar the moment it came out and loved it. A super congrats to you. :)

Congrats to Nancy as well! It sounds like an explosive read. I think symbolism is very important in a story.

Laura Marcella said...

Congrats on two years, Alex! Has it really been that long? I remember your bloghop like it was yesterday! You and your book were all over the blogosphere!

Congratulations to Nancy!!

Melissa said...

Congratulations to both of you. Wonderful news abounds. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ciara, it was my pleasure!

CM, wow! Really?

Rusty, The Mistaken is great - pick it up now!

Thank you so much, Gail. You've kept me going. And there are a lot of places that accept short stories. Ask Milo.

Laura, thank you!

Karen Walker said...

Alex, congratulations on your two year anniversary. What an incredible story and well-deserved success. Nancy's book sounds awesome and I will definitely check it out.
Karen

ediFanoB said...

Two years!! They passed so fast. It seems the older I get the faster a year pass.

It is incredible what you achieved within these two years.

A good book find its way to the readers. With CassaStar you set something in motion.
But one should underestimate the time and the power you needed to interest so many people.

I wish you all the best for the future and look forward to read CassaStorm.

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

BIG HUG for you Nancy! Congratulations - your book sounds absolutely awesome and I will definitely pick up a copy! I hope you sell as many as our man Alex!

And as for you, Ninja-man, wow, big congratulations to you, too.

Both of you are such an inspiration! Carry on with much success!

Arlee Bird said...

The Ninja journey has been an amazing one and I'm excited to have been along for the ride. I wish you many successes to come.

Lee

Tonja said...

Happy Anniversary!

Nancy's book sounds awesome. I like the idea of coming up with a story with an impossible What If premise.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Happy bookiversary, Alex. I've got Nancy's book and I'm going to begin it soon.

Louise Bates said...

Happy two-year anniversary!

L.G.Smith said...

Happy book anniversary, and big congrats to Nancy. Both stories do help to remind me to keep focused on the future when the dream starts to go sideways.

Have a great weekend.

jaybird said...

Big congrats on 2 years Alex!!

Congrats to Nancy on her first book release. Sounds like a great read!

Teresa Coltrin@Journaling Woman said...

Congratulations, Nancy.

Alex, I'm glad you decided to write your book. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Laura! Yes, it's been two years.

Thanks, Edi. You helped make it happen. And what is it with aging that makes time speed up?

Lee, you've been around since the very beginning and I appreciate that.

Teresa, so am I.

Thanks everyone!

Julie said...

Congratulations on an amazing two years!!

I'm looking forward to reading the Mistaken, looks awesome.

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations on your second anniversary Alex. You did us (the readers) a huge favorite when you decided to write. Wishing much continued success.

Nancy, congratulations to you as well. May your book be just the beginning of a long and success writing career.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Bryan Russell said...

Did Nancy have something about this book on Nathan Bransford's blog once? It rings a bell...

jamieayres.com said...

HaPPy*2*yEAr*anniversARy*ALEX!!! *decorates your blog with virtual streamers and balloons* I've only followed since the start of this year, but I've enjoyed the ride:-) Love hearing all the ninja news . . . can't wait to read Nancy's book! Congrats on your own success too!

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds like it's been a wild and fun ride on the Cassa Train!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

So much has happened in two years - congrats!

Nancy's book sounds really good.

Jo said...

I am one who is anxiously awaiting the last Cassa book.

You get so many comments I add mine reluctantly.

Good luck to Nancy.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congratulations Alex, and Thanks for all the awesome encouragement you've given to all of us!!!

And Congratulations to Nancy!!! I will definitely check out your book!

So much good news!

Heather Gardner said...

Alex - That is awesome! Two years, two books and a third on the way is just amazing.

Nancy - So proud of you! Your stick-tuitiv-ness is paying off! You are an inspiration to me and so many others!

Enjoy every moment!

Heather

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Happy anniversary. And thanks for the hope.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Congratulations on two years.

Nancy's books sounds amazing!!!

Elana Johnson said...

What an amazing two years!! Congrats on all your success!

Candilynn Fite said...

Happy book anniversary, Alex! Good things are happening for you. For sure!

Congrats to Nancy! The premise of The Mistaken sounds thrilling and suspenseful. Yay to dreams coming true!!

I was tickled nutty to see you shouted out about Little Acorn!! I wrote my experience on my blog, so I won't bore your readers here, but man, I'm so happy for him. For us!! Thanks!!

Julie Dao said...

Alex, what a milestone! You deserve all of your success. Thanks for being an inspiration and for supporting other writers... it's really coming back to you!

Suze said...

Al, this is a really special blog post. First, I loved reading about the journey of all three of your books and, like a lot of your fans, I know you will continue this totally unexpected ride in one way or another. You have such beautiful momentum and, though it's been a lot of work, you've risen to the occasion, my friend!

Secondly, a huge congrats to Nancy. I remember when she was making decisions about how to handle the release of 'The Mistaken' and it appears she has navigated with wisdom and punch! Very well done, Nancy. I wish you and your debut the absolute best!

Isis Rushdan said...

Congratulations, Alex! Gosh, time flies.

Nancy, love the sound of your book!

Summer Ross said...

I remember when your book came out- it's really been two years- Holy cow! LOL Congrats Nancy!

Cate Masters said...

Two years fly by fast with so much going on! Congrats!
Congrats on your release Nancy! The Mistaken sounds awesome.

michelle said...

Congratulations on your 2-year anniversary, Alex! You are truly blessed!
Thanks for the ongoing support!

E.J. Wesley said...

Alex, I'm very glad you stuck around the writing scene Online. :-) You're an inspiration, and not just because you've done so well as an author. Love your ethic of always paying it forward, and it's something I try to emulate (on a much smaller scale, of course :-)

Wishing you much continued success.

EJ

Juliana Haygert said...

Congrats, Alex, for these 2 amazing years!
And congrats, Nancy, on the release of your book!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Mason!

Bryan, she'll have to answer that one.

Jamie, thanks for bringing the decorations!

Jo, working on it!

Candilynn, you are welcome! Sorry I didn't have room to feature the cover.

Suze, thank you. That's why I was excited to feature Nancy today, so she could share some of the special - hopefully it rubs off and her book does even better.

Thank you, everyone! Appreciate the kind words. You are the reason why I keep moving forward.

David P. King said...

How about that? Congratulations, Alex! That's an achievement worth celebrating on many levels. And Congrats to Nancy! Loving the sound of her book. :)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I received my eBook copy last night. I'm so excited! Rushing to get my work done so I can sit back and read! Thanks for blushing, Alex. It was too cute! You're too cute! Which doesn't mean you are TOO cute, just too cute. Okay?

Sarah Ahiers said...

Congrats to both of you! It's well-deserved!

Miranda Hardy said...

Wow! Time flies by. Congrats to you Alex! It's so wonderful that great things are happening with your stories.

The Mistaken sounds very intriguing.

Nancy Thompson said...

I sure wish I had been around when CassaStar first came out. It would have meant more time in which to be surrounded by all that is your awesomeness! But make no mistake, in the time I have known you, you have impacted my life in so many ways. You always kept that hope alive in me that maybe someday I would make it. I am greatly privileged to be celebrating my debut along with your anniversary. I can only dream of making it as far as you have. And oh yeah, I LOVED CassaStar! No matter the intention, that is a great book with an awesome message about friendship. And my sincerest thanks to all of your Ninja Army for all the love & especially their support. I am blown away!! Here's to all your publishing dreams coming true, as well!

Cassie Mae said...

It's amazing how much can happen so fast! You're Cassa series is epic! (And not just cuz of the name ;))

Congratulations to Nancy! I've been waiting and waiting for this one to come out since she announced it :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Boy time goes by quickly. I think that 2012 has just flown by. I'm trying to get ready for the Consumer Electronics Show in the first week of January and that's only a little ways away at this point. I wish they had put up their program guide earlier. Now I've just got to wait for approval from my employer before I can sign up for the sessions, etc.

Allison said...

Happy two-year anniversary, Alex! You have certainly come a long way and inspired a lot of people :)

Allison (Geek Banter)

Leovi said...

Congratulations on two years of success. I wish you many more.

Morgan said...

It's amazing what can happen in two years... even in a day... one day can change so much... it's why we've always got to be doing our best... pushing forward regardless of our circumstances---amazing things can and do happen. I'm SO GLAD that you decided to write and blog and jump into this world, Alex. I'm sure your jaw is dropped every day with the kind of love and support you get from everyone---you're definitely someone hundreds of people look up to! And that is kind of an overwhelming thought! :) (And you could never come across boastful... it's not in your genetic make-up!)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

EJ, thanks so much!

Joylene, cute but not too cute - got it! And you will really enjoy Nancy's book.

Nancy, thank you! I bet you and your book achieve far greater things. FAR GREATER!

Cassie, you will enjoy it.

Thanks everyone!

Liz Fichera said...

Congrats on 2 years! You've done a marvelous job, Alex. Seriously, probably the best I've seen in social media promotion. You do everything right. :)

Congrats also to Nancy! May you sell a gazillion books.

P.S. Alex: Thx also for signing up for my newsletter. I'll try to be informative and funny. ;-)

i'm erin. said...

Wowza! two years! That's freaking awesome. You're pretty much like a writing hero for me. So Alex, if you decide you want a new headshot let me know and I'll do it for you :)

Stephen Tremp said...

I'm going to download The Mistaken. Love the premise and internal conflict of the character. I'll finish up the books I'm reading now and start on it next week.

Best wishes for Nancy and The Mistaken!

Johanna Garth said...

Happy two year anniversary Alex and great to read about The Mistaken, Nancy!

Tara Tyler said...

happy book-versay!! 2 years, wow! i idnt even know you yet!
and look at you now! way to go!

i've been looking forward to nancys book too =)

have a super ninja weekend!

SC Author said...

Wow, congrats congrats congrats Alex! Your success is absolutely amazing.

And your book, Nancy, sounds like something I would definitely read: redemption and characters are my favorite.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congratulations, Alex. Two years and two bestselling books. Its awesome.

Any plans for future books. I know for certain that you won't stop with three books.

I definitely want to read The Mistaken. Sounds super and my kind of a book.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I love novels of psychological suspense so I've just added The Mistaken to my reading list. Sounds like a good one.

Andrew Leon said...

How long have I been around? I don't even know...

Suzanne Furness said...

Many congratulations, Alex. Here's to your continued success and loads of luck to all those new releases.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Allison!

Appreciate that, Leovi.

Morgan, that's good to know! Yes, every day I am just overwhelmed.

Liz, I try! And I bet you'll be funny.

Erin, you mean if I decide I want A headshot?

Rachna, you never know.

Thanks, everyone!

Belle Wong said...

Congratulations, Alex! These two years have just flown by, haven't they? :)

Konstanz Silverbow said...

First off, Congratulations, Alex! That is incredibly cool and I am so happy to have met you.

And Congrats to Nancy! I can imagine how exciting it must be and I am completely intrigued about the book. Can't wait to read it!

Konstanz Silverbow
nothoughts2small.blogspot.com

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats on the 2-year anniversary for CassaStar! That's awesome!

Congrats to Nancy! I love when symbolism just appears in the novel. That's the best kind!

Carrie-Anne said...

Congratulations on all your success, Alex! And congratulations to Nancy on her release!

Lisa Regan said...

Congrats to both of you! You are both so warm and giving you deserve this and so much more success! I can say for sure that Nancy's book is truly amazing and I have been predicting since I read a very early draft that it will be a bestseller! Now let's sit back and watch it climb the charts! This is a great day! Yay!

Carol Kilgore said...

Double congrats - to Alex for CassaStar Anniversary #2 and to Nancy for her The Mistaken debut.

Way to go, guys!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bella, they have!

Konstanz, you need to pick it up.

Thanks, Lisa! And the book is doing well on Amazon, so I know Nancy is thrilled.

Thanks,guys!

LD Masterson said...

And big day for you both, and Missing sounds wonderful.

Congratulations all around.

Jack said...

I feel very inspired hearing of your publishing adventure. It helps, I think, to have friends in the blogging world. People one can rely upon when time comes to spread the world.
Also, I CANNOT wait to read your books! One of the deepest sorrows of not having a job, one cannot afford new books. I've got a lovely list growing for when I do get a job though 8-D I'm going online book store shopping as soon as I can.

Thank you for your help on the book spine ideas!

Allons-y!

Gwen Gardner said...

Congrats to you, Alex, on your success!

Yay for Nancy. Your books sounds awesome and I love how you symbolism just evolved naturally!

Yay for Candilynn. Your book just sounds so cute!

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations to you and thank you for the shout-out. I don't try for symbolism in my work, but I know sometimes these things happen organically. Stories have lives of their own!

Carrie Butler said...

Like you, I was able to read The Mistaken early, and I loved it. I'm so proud of Nancy!

P.S. Congratulations on CassaStar's two year anniversary! :D

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! You deserve a lot of accolades for having made it farther than you ever dreamed possible!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jack, thank you for wanting to read them. And spreading the word is what I'm all about.

Christine, you're welcome.

Carrie, it's an awesome book, isn't it?

Jennifer Hillier said...

Woo hoo Alex and Nancy! Happy for you both, and so honored to share your journeys with you. Big fat hugs to you guys!

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Hi Nancy! (*waves*). I'm so excited for you - the big day has finally arrived. Can't wait to get my own copy of The Mistaken. I've been waiting for it for a long time. All the best with the promo, and I'm looking forward to hosting you on November 1st.

Congratulations to Candilynn - I thought I've already got a copy of Little Acorn's Big Fall, but I'm off to Amazon to double check.

Cally's blogfest sounds intriguing.

Congratulations to Christine on her new release.

Ciara's blogfest was awesome. I was lurking.

Hildie McQueen said...

Congratulations on your two year anniversary! And you are correct, life changes once we publish our first. You have been bitten and turned, no longer just a human, but forever now an author. Smiling wide at your accomplishments, thank you for sharing!! Heres to many more...oh crap where did I put my beer?

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats to you and Nancy! I hope you both have many more books to come. I can't wait to read The Mistaken - the synopsis is thrilling enough by itself!

Nancy Thompson said...

Thanks, guys!

kmckendry said...

Congratulations Alex! Such a great accomplishment!

Nancy's book sounds fantastic! I am adding it right away to my To Read list.

Jai Joshi said...

Congratulations on your book's second birthday. It really is a special time and you're so right that non-published authors need to keep the faith. Persistence and hard work are the key.

Jai

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Jeffrey! Yes, it's beyond anything I could've imagined.

Angela, you will dig it.

Hilde, don't lose your beer!

Thanks, everyone!

Livia said...

Sorry, I'm late to the party hosted by Ninja Captain Alex with his guest now published author, NANCY S. THOMPSON! Is the beverages and cake still being served?

Alex, happy anniversary! I am amazed by you every single day. You are a genius in the blogosphere. You have dedication for everything. You have a heart of gold and I'm glad that I've met you via the blogosphere. You are my best blogging buddy. I can come to you for anything and you won't hesitate. Thank you for your support and encouragement! Happy two year anniversary!

*hugs Alex*

Looks around for Nancy in the crowd. Man, it's been busy!

Congratulations, Nancy! I'm so happy for you! You've made it! You've reached your dream and now it's in full swing. Enjoy it and seize every moment! You are an awesome woman, Nancy! I'm so glad I met you via the blogosphere! Can't wait to read The Mistaken!

*hugs Nancy*

*throws confetti*

*says hi to the other folks who've been here celebrating*

Angela Brown said...

Checked out Nancy's book trailer over at Arlee Bird's blog. Loved it. So yeah, this is a definite must get.

Yay!!! For Candilynn. I've already gotten her picture book and hope she does more.

I also have to say that the book I put out has a bit of symbolism I hadn't recognized until after I finished it: the power of action. Action often helps in healing the deepest of wounds.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I remember when CS first came out, and I CAN'T believe it's been two years, Alex.

Nancy is awesome, and her book sounds thrilling! Congratulations and best of luck to you, Nancy.

xoRobyn

M Pax said...

I'm so excited for Nancy and her book. Go, Nancy!!

Congrats on your well-deserved success, Alex.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Wow, congratulations Alex! That's so amazing. I can't wait until book #3 comes out!
And big congratulations to Nancy, too!

Spacerguy said...

Congratulations Alex. It must give you allot of pleasure seeing your paperbacks shoot to the top of Amazon's best sellers. You have a natural gift making full use of subject matter, approach and style. May your books stay in print forever!

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations, Alex!

And congratulations to Nancy as well. So exciting that The Mistaken is being released.

Cathy Keaton said...

Congrats, Alex, for 2 whole years of awesomeness, and to Nancy for getting her first book out there! So cool!

I can't wait until I'm releasing my first book in the world. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Livia, we still have cake! And spirits of course. Thank you so much - I really do try for my blogger buddies.

Angela, it is a must read.

Robyn, I knew you'd remember!

Rachel, working on it!

Spacerguy, thank you! Hope so.

Thanks, Golden!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thank you, Alex, that does give me hope!

Congratulations, Nancy!

Nancy Thompson said...

Oh my gosh, thanks, everyone! And be careful, Livia, apparently you're gushing almost as much as I am! Heh heh.

mshatch said...

I remember when Cassastar first came out :)


Heather Murphy said...

Congratulations on your blogoversary!
The Mistaken sounds awesome. I will have to go check it out

Lydia Kang said...

Nancy's book sounds awesome and I love the cover!

klahanie said...

Hi Alex,
A monumental day, indeed! And the venture continues for you as you know that positivity breeds positivity.

What you have accomplished via the magic of your books and through resilience, determination and the encouragement of others, speaks volumes. You have my utmost respect.

And thus, your celebratory article of heartfelt candour, ties nicely into our warm wishes to the lovely Nancy and the release of her book, "The Mistaken". I am proud to know her, to know you and all those who are such an integral part of the great blogging community. A force for good.

Have a peaceful, positive weekend.

Gary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mshatch, a long time ago...

Gary, thank you so much.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congrats Alex! It really couldn't have happened to a nicer person, and I am in awe of how much you continue to give back to the blogging community! Congrats also go out to Nancy! I can't wait to read The Mistaken, and we'll still be celebrating around this time next year for you! Julie

Lynda R Young said...

yay for you, Alex. Congrats. Both of your books are fabulous and I'm looking forward to your 3rd.

Yay too for Nancy!! I'm wishing her all the best with her debut!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I"m going to visit Nancy. You've accomplished a ton in two years.

Chuck said...

Well Alex, two years for CassaStar and can you believe I have got 10 people I know to buy it and they all loved it! Gave it to my Nephew for Christmas last year as he is a big scifi geek and now he's getting CassaFire this year. I am as you know, one of you biggest fans and really am looking forward to CassaStorm! Kudos for rockin' the best sellers lists!!!

Already got Nancy's book and I am anxious to get started. It is next on my Kindle.

Rachel Morgan said...

Congratulations on reaching your two years of publication awesomeness!
And congrats to Nancy as well! With all that praise for The Mistaken, it must be pretty fantastic ;)

Charmaine Clancy said...

Nancy has a great hook for this thriller! And you've worked hard enough you've earned success with your book Alex! I wish I had your stamina - nah, then I'd have to do stuff ;).

Congrats on the fire CassaStar has started :)

Melissa Bradley said...

Congrats, Alex! That is wonderful. And you have helped so many others along the way as well.

Nancy, a huge congratulations on your debut novel, may it bring you huge successes. :)

Lots of amazing news out there, off to check it all out.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. I absolutely echo Melissa's words above .. it's a great group of encouraging bloggers ..

And Nancy having seen you around the book tour this week - good luck with your first book - may you emulate Alex ..

Both books on my TBR list .. cheers for now - Hilary

Nancy Thompson said...

So nice to see old friends & new faces. Thanks for all the well wishes & to those who are or will soon be reading my book. I appreciate your support!

Talli Roland said...

My goodness, I really can't believe it's been that long. Happy book birthday, and congrats to Nancy!

RHYTHM AND RHYME said...

Happy Birthday to CassaStar and to it's wonderful author.

Yvonne.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Julie, we'll just plan for a party every year then!

Lynda, I am working on it.

Chuck, wow! I really appreciate that. You the man!!!!!

Charmaine, that made me laugh!

Thanks, everyone!! Now, go enjoy Nancy's book.

Jemi Fraser said...

I remember way back when! I was a fairly new blogger and new to the writing/publishing industry. I'm hoping next year is the year my books move out and about into the world!

Jemi Fraser said...

Oops - hit enter too soon... *sigh*

I've thoroughly enjoyed your 2 books & I can't wait for the 3rd either! You've accomplished a lot! Congratulations!! :)

Ella said...

Congrats Alex! Thanks for sharing and being your humble Ninja self~ :D
You know know where life is going to take you! You found the old story in the attic-off to crawl in mine, lol.

Wow Nancy this sounds amazing! I love the symbolism and how it surfaced throughout. I think a lot of readers look for them. I can't wait to read it! :D

Leovi said...

Interesting Nancy S. Thompson, I like the psychological thriller.

Emilyann Girdner said...

Wishing you lots of luck Nancy, your book sounds great :) thanks for sharing, Alex.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jemi, next year is yours! And thanks - working on the third.

Thank you, Ella.

Katherines Corner said...

I celebrate your accomplishments, I celebrate our friendship and I celebrate Nancy's new book. HUGSSSSSS!

Medeia Sharif said...

Congratulations! There will be many more books and publications for you.

I'm excited for Nancy as well. :)

Kirsten said...

This is such an exciting time for books!

Alex, your story about how you came to write CassaStar is so similar to my own. Now you're really starting to inspire me.

I've been following Nancy's journey for a while now and really looking forward to reading The Mistaken. Finally the time is here, and the story sounds even more intriguing than I thought! I love the idea of using fog as a metaphor for bad intent. Very cool.

Cheers! Champagne! Chocolate! :)

Melissa said...

Congrats to you Alex for your success. The fact that you wrote one book with the intention of that being your only one AND ended up with a series is incredible. It makes me feel like there is a glimmer of hope.

Wishing Nancy all the success with her new book.

Tina said...

Congrats. What a milestone, and what a success story to share with those of us still writing that first book. I enjoyed CassaStar and guess what - life has finally settled down enough that I can finally read CassaFire! He just took his first flight with Athee. I'm hooked.

Nancy's book sounds really good! I'll have get a copy.

I'm honored to be considered your friend, and it's a joy to work on a team with you.
Tina @ Life is Good
http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Katherine!

Kirsten, that's good to know! And just wait until you read her book. It will knock your socks off.

Melissa, may I give everyone hope!

Tina, oh wow! Thank you.

Ink in the Book said...

This girl is a sweetheart! I wish her the bestest wishes with her new book:)

Alex, thanks for stopping by my blog to vote. I wanted to let you know, I don't have Facebook either. That's why they said I could post on their blog. Simply click on the link in my blog and scroll down to my comment. Under my comment with my entry, just reply with a "LIKE"
Thanks!!
Talynn

Ink in the Book said...

Oh and congratulations on your 2 year anniversary!
I am eagerly awaiting my celebration post:)

Amity said...

Congratulations Alex!

Your success is just too inspiring and yes, I tip my hats off to you with your upcoming Cassastorm!

Indeed you were born a talented person!

Congrats also to Nancy...how I wish i could easily buy those books?

I love psycho-thriller!

And thanks for dropping by. You are the second person to know I am back to writing in my blog... :-)

Misha Gericke said...

Wow it's amazing. It's also about the anniversary of me following your blog. I remember CassaStar had just come out. Think I clicked through on one of your blog tour links. :-D

Milo James Fowler said...

Keep up the good work, Alex! You deserve all the success that comes you way just for passing it on the way you do.

Joyce Lansky said...

Congratulations to both of you! I'm still waiting for someone to want to publish one of my books. I have multiple rejection letters piled up from the five manuscripts I've completed.

http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Talynn, I'll do that!

Amity, just glad you are back.

Misha, wow! I'm impressed you remember.

Milo, I try.

Joyce, don't give up.

SN Taylor said...

congratulation Alex on your 2nd anniversary!!!

Callie Leuck said...

Happy 2nd anniversary, Alex! :)

Nancy, your book sounds awesome!!

Sherry Ellis said...

Congratulations on your two year anniversary! You deserve all of your success! Can't wait to see your third book go to the top!

Nicole said...

Nancy's concept sounds fantastic. And congrats on the two-year anniversary!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, everyone!!

Nicole said...

Congrats on your two-year anniversary as a top-of-the-charts science fiction author! By the looks of the demand you have received for the CassaFire sequel, it would be fair to say you've carved out a nice little pack of readers who are on the edge of their seats waiting to find out what you come up with next. That's *some* position to be in. Cheers to you!

Also, The Mistaken's description has be curious about how this Ty guy will find redemption for the vicious things that he has unraveled. I mean, another human being got caught up in the wrong mess, all because he wants revenge -- talk about mistaken identity! The book has a good storyline and I have no doubts that people will gravitate toward it.

As far as the symbolism goes, No, there usually isn't any symbolism in my work -- or any that I know of. An actress who auditioned for one of the roles in my short film over the weekend brought something to my attention that I didn't even know existed in my script and story. She thought that I used one element of the story as a metaphor for another element of the movie that involves the main characters -- and I didn't -- or at the very least, I didn't intend to do so.

When she brought it to my attention, however, I now see that there is a sorta interesting connection between some things in the work. Well well...I guess that adds some layers to the overall movie, right? LOL

~Nicole

Susan Oloier said...

Alex, your story is not boastful at all. In fact, it is absolutely inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
Congrats to Nancy on her release of The Mistaken. I wish her so much success!

Kelley Lynn said...

Just bought my copy! And congrats to your two year anniversary!

The Happy Whisk said...

This is wonderful news, Alex. You rock, sir. Congrats and here's to many, many more books.

Cheers and boogie boogie.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Wow, congratulations on your 2-year publishing anniversary! It definitely gives me hope and that fluttery feeling of excitement for my someday.

Also, continued good luck to Nancy!

Glad the Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest went well. How fun that 1/3 found their books!

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Mina Burrows said...

Two years! WOW, Congrats.

Go Nancy! I've seen her book practically everywhere! Excellent buzz.

Nancy Thompson said...

A final thanks to you, Alex, and to everyone for their support! I'm very grateful for all of you!

Ellie Garratt said...

Two years?! Where has the time gone? Roll on the next Cassa book.

Congratulations to Nancy!

Michael Di Gesu said...

CONGRATS ALEX! Joining the PARTY really LATE.... Sorry about that!

How wonderful to have such great news and two years of writing bliss and success, not just with your books, but with your kindness and support of our community. You are such a driving force for ALL OF US!

You are truly magical. My magic has gone HAYWIRE lately, but someday soon it should find its way back to me.

Congrats to NANCY! What a great premise and title!

More congrats to Candilynn and Christine, too!

NINJAS are strong an on their way. NO STOPPING THEM!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nicole, I hope so! And I never notice that stuff either. If there's a metaphor in my work, it's by accident.

Michael, it will find you again!!!

Thanks, everyone. This has been one heck of a party.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Wow, 2 years already. Happy book birthday, Alex!

Jamie

S. L. Hennessy said...

Your story really is one of hope. I just hope one day those of us struggling to get published can write a post on our blogs celebrating our two year publishing anniversary like you. Thanks for the constant and continuing encouragement Alex!

Jamie Burch said...

Yay! Happy 2nd Anniversary!!!

runningsurvivor said...

Happy Anniversary...and thanks for the follow on my newest blog...you rock...I have missed you! Congratulations!

http://runningsurvivor.blogspot.com