Monday, June 3, 2013

Ninja News, The Partner's Progeny, Guests, NetFlix Reviews, and World Trivia!

Ninjas lead secret lives, but MJ Joachim asked if I would share a few personal things for my Blog Hopper Marathon spot. Visit her site today for the inside scoop.

Ninja News!

The Challenge Participate Feature is back at the A to Z Blog, and today it’s Mary Montague Sikes, who did a painting a day for the Challenge.


Big thanks to Rachna and everyone who visited Rachna’s Scriptorium last Friday for my time management tips!

Rebecca Bradley has an agent for Shallow Waters - Kate Nash of the Kate Nash Literary Agency. Congratulations, Rebecca!

TF Walsh just signed with Crimson Romance for her novel Cloaked in Fur, an adult urban fantasy. Congratulations, TF!

Doralynn Kennedy just signed a contract for her book, Spiders, with the Wild Rose Press. Congratulations, Doralynn!

Special thanks to MJ for her touching post about generosity and the awesomeness of this online community.

Book Release!

The Partner's Progeny by Shelly Arkon

Bullies rule … or do they?
For seventeen years, Victoria Sheek has been a paralegal surpervisor at the Law Offices of Pereene, Carr, and Sevino, specializing in injury law. Rumors portray her as a bully. She remains confident that her position will never cease because of close relations to one of the founding partners, Mr. Carr.
Until Mr. Pereene, the head partner, hires Monica Bowman. Smitten with her because of her resemblance to his deceases granddaughter, Melissa, and his memories of her, she can do no wrong.
Which one of the two girls will keep their position at the firm? It takes and unexpected event to decide the outcome of this rivalry.

Shelly Arkon is the author of Secondhand Shoes. She lives in New Port Richey with her husband and two dogs. She’s also a member of Florida Writer’s Association and Writer’s of Mass Distraction.



Guest Spots

I enjoy featuring my blogger buddies and welcome a couple guests here every month. My calendar tends to fill quickly, so if you have a book coming out or something interesting you’d like to share, drop me an email. Guest spots are open to my blogger buddies (most of whom are listed in my sidebar) and the guidelines are HERE.

Recently on NetFlix

I really have almost reached the end of NetFlix. Here are some recent watches:

Kill List
Death cult goes to great lengths to recruit man to be their anti-Christ.
Disturbing, creepy, weird, and depressing. Plus evil
Only recommended if you like those things in your movies.
I’ve also come to the conclusion that there are some really bad horror movies out there.

John Dies at the End
Man accidentally takes drug called ‘soy sauce’ and it gives him the ability to see other dimensions.
Weird, fun, quirky, and trippy.
Recommended if you enjoy those four things.

The Finder
Man comes back from the war with the ability to find anything, and once he starts, he can’t stop.
Very fun and funny. Yet another great show tragically cut short after only thirteen episodes.
Check this gem out – highly recommended!

World Trivia

For those of you stumped by my movie and music trivia, this one might be more your style.

1 – What drink did the Incas invent?

2 – Name either of the countries that are home to the Mayan Pyramids.

3 – What large tree grows in Yosemite National Park?

4 – What body of water is the saltiest in the world?

5 – Who is buried under Paris’ Arc de Triomphe?

Answers on Wednesday!

Cheers to everyone who signed contracts recently! Picking up Shelly’s book? Want a guest spot later this year? Seen either NetFlix movie or the show? And do you know any of the trivia answers?

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group posts this Wednesday.

And be sure to visit MJ Joachim today for the inside scoop on the Ninja.

159 comments:

Jeremy [Retro-Z] said...

zing, number one...

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Cheers to all who got contracts or agents. The Finder sounds very interesting. Saw Iron Man 3 yesterday and it was great. Have a good day Alex and can't wait for Wednesday's IWSG.

Jeremy [Retro-Z] said...

John Dies at the End, I have been holding onto... waiting for the right moment to, okay just want to be in that kind of mood. I just watched a movie that came out 12 years ago and it's a sequel to the Hitchhiker... it picks up 15 years later... Thomas C. Howell does a reprise of that role... yikes another guy with his thumb out. don't pick these people up.

sorry of target posts, best to all new releases and to Shelly, she thinks I am a weirdo...

Celebrated my 7th anniversary over the weekend... lots of love to my wife putting up with me.

Last, the forth book in the series is back in play, I made the changes... now let's talk about the fifth?

Jeremy

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I haven't really had the chance to explore Netflix as much as I should...just one or two shows. Think you've found some interesting ones (and maybe a disturbing one!)

Thanks for updating us on all the news!

Old Kitty said...

1) Diet Coke! LOL!
2) Peru!
3) TreeBeard's family!
4) Er....
5) General De Gaulle!??!

Yay!!!!

Take care
x

Brian Miller said...

nice...john dies in the end sounds like a fun movie...lol...and the finder as well...i found nothing at redbox the other day so ended up watching jack reacher...hey i know where new port ritchee is as well...

Brinda said...

There's an end to Netflix?

I tried reading John Dies in the End. So, maybe I'll try the movie.

Laura Pauling said...

Our family watched The Hobbit this weekend. Big thing I noticed is that there was no rising action. The dwarves and Bilbo kept getting into scrape after scrape just for Gandalf to save them at the last minute. The writer in me wanted them to save themselves, at least once.

J.L. Murphey said...

1. Chicha
2. Belize
3. Giant Sequoias
4. Dead Sea
5. The Unknown Soldier

Alex I agree with all your takes with those movies

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats to all on their signings and releases. Good stuff!

Bish Denham said...

Congratulations to Rebecca, TF and Doralynn! I'll be looking into John Dies at the End and The Finder, they sound like something both hubby and I would enjoy.

1) I know the Mayas and Aztecs introduced us to chocolate, but I have no idea what drink the Incas invented.

2) The Mayan civilization included several Central American countries, like Guatemala and Belize and covered the area of the Yucatan Peninsula.

3)Giant sequoias and/or redwoods.

4)I'll say the Dead Sea.

5) Haven't a clue!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

The answer to #4 is the Dead Sea. I don't know the others. You cracked me up when you wrote that you have come to the conclusion that there are a lot of really bad horror movies out there...yes there are lol.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to everyone getting agents and book releases. Always love to hear the good news.

Mark Koopmans said...

I can *really* see you on the Couch with that dearest of women, Mrs. C.

As you keep clicking on the remote, you turn to her and say, "There really is nothing left on Netflix. We've seen it all."

"Yes dear. Now, can we finally watch something without you having to review it :)

Sandra Almazan said...

Congrats to all the ninjas with news! John Dies at the End does sound interesting.

Sheila Siler said...

1. Hot chocolate (according to the know it all on Polar Express)
2. Mexico (learned that watching Duck Dynasty)
3. Redwood?
4. Dead Sea (I floated there once)
5. Jimmy Hoffa?

Sabrina A. Fish said...

I'm guessing, but I think the answers to your questions are:
1. Hot Cocoa?
2. Mexico
3.Giant Redwood
4. Dead Sea
5. Its a war monument, but I don't remember for who.

Congrats to those who've signed with agents, released books, etc. I don't use Netflix. We have PPV. Went looking for Fast 5 the other day(so I'd be ready for the new one in theaters this weekend and couldn't find it anywhere. Ended up borrowing from a friend. Probably would have found it on Netflix. *shrug*
My IWSG post is ready to roll!

Man O' Clay said...

I'm ready for Wednesday! Thanks again, Alex, for your steady patronage!

Julie Luek said...

I like the Finder and am sad if only lasted one season.

Elise Fallson said...

Congrats to all these folks signing contracts, getting published and getting their books out. And I actually know a few of the trivia questions! Cool. (:

Melanie Schulz said...

Can't wait for ISWG- will be my first ever!

Pat Hatt said...

Never heard of the second movie, sounds like fun indeed. The finder wasn't a bad show either.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jeremy, you're number one! John Dies was quirky. Congratulations on seven years! You find a woman that will put up with you that long, hang on to her. (And by you, I mean us in general. We should all be grateful someone said yes.)

Sheena-kay, thanks again for co-hosting.

Kitty, actually it was Diet Pepsi...

Brian, I still need to watch that flick.

Laura, maybe they will in the next film. I did note that as well, although I still really enjoyed it.

JL, you got three right.

Bish, you got three right and are so close on the first one.

Optimistic, no other genre boasts as many crappy movies...

Mark, that made me laugh!

Sheila, you got three, and the Hoffa answer made me laugh.

Sabrina, you got three! And now you are ready for Fast 6.

Julie, another series tragedy...

Elise, I hope you know the last one!

Melanie, glad you are joining us.

Juliana Haygert said...

End of netflix ... Jeez, you watch how many movies per day? lol

Okay, let's try this:
1) Hot chocolate
2) Mexico and Peru?
3) No idea
4) Dead Sea
5) Someone who died in a war? lol

Theresa Milstein said...

Congrats to Rebecca and TF! I like seeing good things happening to writers I've had contact with.

I hadn't heard of any of those Netflix movies. Thanks for the info.



A Beer For The Shower said...

I believe the Incas invented hot chocolate. Their version was spicy. I like mine spicy, too. Gives it a fun kick.

Also, I've been curious to check out John Dies at the End. It was written by the senior editor of Cracked (which I am a fan).

Elsie Amata said...

I had no idea there was an end to Netflix. I just signed up for it last month and am almost at the end of Parks and Rec and Hemlock Grove. Loving Parks and Reck and not to sure about Hemlock Grove just yet.

My IWSG post is ready to go!!

Karen Lange said...

Enjoyed your post over at Rachna's! Will try and get back to MJ's too. Happy Monday! :)

Shell Flower said...

Congrats to the newly agented and new releases. That is amazing that you've watched everything on Netflix. Wow.

M. J. Joachim said...

It's up! It's live! And I know the answer to one of your trivia questions - redwoods!!! Majestic, beautiful and positively unbelievable trees!!! I think I know the answer to saltiest lake too, but since I'm not nearly as confident about that one, I'll keep my answer to myself this morning :)Really appreciate you having a spot on my blog today, Alex :)

jaybird said...

I loved watching The Finder and was so sad when Michael Clark Duncan passed. He was wonderful on that show.

Can't believe it's time for another ISWG post! Where does the time go? I'll be working on that later today.

Congrats to everyone who's snagged agents and contracts! Woo hoo. Lots of good news going around the community lately!

Teresa Coltrin said...

Congratulations to the writers for their successes.

The Finder is a good TV show. I liked it. I'm with Jaybird. I was sad when Duncan died.

Karen Walker said...

Congrats to all the lucky authors. That's awesome. Loved reading some personal stuff about you, Alex. Just reinforces what we already know. You're a lovely, special man. I like these trivia questions - I think I even know the answers to some of them.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Juliana, sometimes two or three! And you got three right.

Brandon and Bryan, correct. And you'd get a kick out of the film.

Elsie, Hemlock Groove wasn't my favorite.

MJ, thank YOU!!

Jaybird and Teresa, it was a great series.

Thank you, Karen.

Carol Kilgore said...

Congrats to all with good news!

How many hours of programming are on Netflix? You must never sleep. Maybe they'll update soon :)

Crystal Collier said...

Yay for everyone's good news!

This was my first year participating in the A to Z, so this Challenge Participate Feature is completely new to me, and thanks for bringing my attention to it!

Heather M. Gardner said...

Wow. Maybe the publishing world is finally catching on!

Hi, Alex!

I gave up on Netflix when they doubled their prices a while back. Now, I just get stuff form the library.

I liked the guy from The Finder but I didn't think the rest of the cast meshed with him.

World trivia?
Hmmm.
1. I want to say something with chocolate
2. I'm not gonna guess. I suck at geography.
3. Redwood?
4. Dead sea?
5. Napoleon?

I either sound really smart or terribly dumb.

Happy Monday!
Heather

Mark Means said...

Couldn't agree more on The Finder. Great show that wasn't given a chance....typical for the Fox Network, though. Though, I did like the original cast from the "Bones" episode a bit more, it was still a fun show even after it was spun off.

John Dies at the End is one I saw on my list, but hadn't watched yet. I'll have to give it a try...thanks for the recommendation :)

Tobi Summers said...

Oh man, I loved the Finder. More than Bones, actually. The cast had great chemistry, and I found the whole thing hilarious.

#4 is the Dead Sea, but that's the only trivia question I know.

Jay Noel said...

1. Hot chocolate
2. Mexico
3. Sequoia
4. Dead Sea
5. Isn't there an unidentified WWI solider buried there???

Congrats to all those who got contracts!

Stephen Tremp said...

Congrats! to all those with the great Ninja News!

And I think its Jimmy Hoffa who is buried under Paris’ Arc de Triomphe.

Charles Gramlich said...

John dies at the end looked interesting to me. I had completely forgotten about it though. Need to try and see it.

Leovi said...

Yes, I like the painting of Mary Montague Sikes!

ilima said...

So many author congrats! And I like your change-of-pace questions, though I don't know any answers, lol.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Thanks Alex! How awesome to be mentioned on your blog... I've made the big times!

And I know 2 answers on your trivia challenge. I had to cheat on the others.

Suze said...

1. Hot chocolate

2. Peru and ...

3. The Redwood of the Sequoia

4. The Dead Sea



Congratulations, Rebecca!

Sarah Ahiers said...

Ooh i JUST added John Dies at the End to my queue. Glad to see you liked it!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks again for featuring my work on the A to Z site!

Mexico is definitely one of the Maya pyramid sites--I painted the one at Chichen Itza.

Mary Montague Sikes

John Wiswell said...

I've been very curious to try the novel of John Dies at the End. Do you have any feelings on it, Alex?

Jack said...

Sshelley's book actually sounds very good. I don't normally like stories like that because of all the romance in them, but this one sounds new and different. I will have to keep an eye out for it.

I've heard about that movie, JOhn dies in the end, and have considered watching it. Might have to do so sometime.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Carol, I usually watch about six hours at work, maybe forty total in a week.

Crystal, I'm happy to feature anyone there who had a cool Challenge theme.

Heather, you got a couple right. I think you sound smart.

Mark, FOX is infamous for killing good shows too early.

Tobi, you are correct.

Jay - bingo! We have a winner.

Stephen, nice guess. Wrong, but nice try.

Doralynn, you are welcome!

Suze, you got three.

Mary, you're welcome, and you're correct.

John, I haven't read it.

Nancy Thompson said...

Ummm...okay, it's first thing Monday morning & those questions just make me feel stupid. Giant redwood??? Sadly, that's all I got.

Gina Gao said...

Congrats on those who got published! This is great news.

www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

Cherie Reich said...

Woohoo on all the great news!

As for the trivia:
1. I want to say hot chocolate, but then I can't remember if it was the Incas, Mayans, or Aztecs that created it.
2. Mexico
3. *shrugs*
4. I think it's the Dead Sea perhaps.
5. *shrugs*

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

Wasn't "The Finder" a "Bones" spin-off? I know one of the actors, Michael Clark Duncan, is dead now. I too enjoyed the series when it was on television. The spinoff occurred about the time I stopped watching Bones because they killed off a character I liked and that upset me.

Avantika Chitturi said...

I would recommend for Netflix watching:

1) The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (if you're into that serious WWII stuff)

2) The Hole (if you're into some slightly trippy horror)

3) All the Land Before Time Movies because it will bring back beautiful memories and make you cry.

michelle said...

Great inside scoop over at MJ's place!
Yay for Shelly! Congrats on all those authors who have signed contracts!

Writer In Transit

Misha Gericke said...

Congrats to all who received contracts and agents!

My answers to the trivia questions:

1 – What drink did the Incas invent?

Hot Chocolate

2 – Name either of the countries that are home to the Mayan Pyramids.

Belize, where someone actually went and turned one into gravel to tar roads... >_<

3 – What large tree grows in Yosemite National Park?

The redwood.

4 – What body of water is the saltiest in the world?

Dead Sea. No outlet, so the water only evaporates, leaving the salts.

5 – Who is buried under Paris’ Arc de Triomphe?

An Unknown Soldier who died in WWI.

Julie Flanders said...

So great to read so many exciting author announcements! I didn't know Shelly had another book out already, congrats to her!
Heading over to MJ's now. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm going to check out Shelly's book. Sounds like some interesting characters.
I loved that show, The Finder. I wish they had kept it.

Cassie Mae said...

People rock. Congrats to all of them for their news and happy book birthday to Shelly!!!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I know, I know #4. I floated in it. We rubbed ourselves with this mud-tar-like substance, before floating on the Dead Sea. It was some sort of protection from the salt. A neat experience.

I always appreciate the links you provide. Now I'm off to visit MJ.

Be well, Alex.

xoRobyn

SA Larsenッ said...

So many congrats to spread around!!! That's amazing. And I actually know the answer to one of your trivial questions because I've been there! Psst...#2

Donna K. Weaver said...

Way to go, Shelly! I'm spotlighting her book next week.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nancy, that's mostly right.

Cherie, that's three!

Michael, yes it was a spin-off from Bones.

Avantika, I'll have to look for The Hole.

Misha, almost got all of them.

Susan, another FOX casualty...

Robyn, that's really awesome!!

Sheri, that is really cool you've been there.

Johanna Garth said...

I see some good books for summer reading.

Trying to remember if Chichen Itza in Mexico is Mayan or Incan...and I can't.

Is it the Giant Sequoia in Yosemite?

shelly said...

Here I am the last to comment. Thanks for helping to reveal the cover, Alex.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Nicole said...

Congrats to all those authors with agents and/or publishing deals! Fantastic news.

Andrew Leon said...

I don't really have a comment at the moment other than that I was here.

Arlee Bird said...

Inca Kola? --well, it has the word "Inca" in it.

Lee
Wrote By Rote

Southpaw said...

There is always inspiring news here! Congrats to everyone!

I started watching John Dies At The End --whoa trippy is right! It one you need to be in the right mood for!

S.K. Anthony said...

Congratulations to all those authors and their news!

I think the Incas invented Cola?
Mayan Piramids... Mexico and Guatemala.
The saltiest body of water I think is The Dead Sea?

I can't even try to guess the other two lol

Al Diaz said...

2. Mexico, Guatemala
4. the Dead Sea.

I read MJ's articles. I really don't believe your books will be forgotten but I think it will be great if the IWSG keeps on going for many many years.

The Desert Rocks said...

The Partner's Progeny is wonderful!

Pat Tillett said...

You are the busiest man in show business!

Laura Eno said...

In John Dies at the End, I have to know...does John die at the end? :)

Congrats to all the new contracts and books coming out!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats to all the new authors.

I do know Dead Sea and the Unknown Solider.

J. A. Bennett said...

John Dies at The End? That is a brilliant title! I would probably like it, haha.

So I'm having an anthology launch in September (with Livia, Kelley Lynn, Jessica Salyer and DPK). Are you booked that far out? Also I couldn't see your guidelines becasue my profile is connected to Google plus (it's really dumb that way.) Anyway, let me know :)

Carrie-Anne said...

I'm positive #4 is the Dead Sea. That water really stings if you've got a cut or skin condition, or just shaved!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Johanna, correct!

Shelly, you're welcome.

Andrew, you can't comment on anything? Dude, I can' cram anything else into this post.

SK, you got two, including both countries!

Al, correct. And thank you.

Laura, I can't give it away...

Diane, correct.

JA, I have openings! I'll email.

Carrie-anne, correct. Ouch about the shaving...

L.G. Smith said...

Lots of great news for new authors! And I'll have to check out The Finder. I need something new to watch on Netflix until Continuum starts on ScyFy. :)

mooderino said...

I was looking forward to john dies at the end but it didn't really deliver. Nice idea though.

mood

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Congrats to Shelly! I wish her book high sales! She is a sweetheart who's gone through some harsh times lately.

You got me wanting to watch THE FINDER! :-)

It is the rare horror movie that intrigues me. It must have a hero not spotlight the monster.

Sharon Bayliss said...

I'm actually watching The Finder right now. Too bad it was cancelled. :(

Tina said...

Still reading Shelly's first book...but I was a paralegal for two years, so I gotta read this one, too. Will head over to MJ's and check it out.
I knew Sally Field was too easy for you...
Tina @ Life is Good

Emily R. King said...

I'm not going to do the trivia for the same reason I don't watch Jeopardy. :) But I have to congratulate Shelly! Her book sounds great!

Jo said...

By the time I have gotten to the bottom of all the comments I have forgotten the questions, I knew Hot Chocolate and the Dead Sea but can't remember any of the others. Oh, OK, I think redwoods and An Unknown Soldier Not sure about the Mayan Pyramids, I think Mexico is one. Oh and Belize where the knock them down.

JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

Rhonda said...

My first thought, yay! Travel trivia, but then I had to go and look up the first question - Inca's drank Chicha. As of the others, I have been to Mayan ruins in Belize and Guatemala, Redwoods grow in Yosemite, Dead Sea is saltiest, and We were in Paris in Sept - Tomb of the unknown soldier. Thanks Alex :)

Julie Dao said...

I don't know any of the answers to your quiz! I'll have to Google them later - but didn't the Incans drink hot chocolate? Or some variation?

Erin L. Funk said...

Enjoyed reading your story over at MJ Joachim's site! Now I have a craving for Hot Tamales!

Francis Lee said...

The Finder was brilliant, I wonder will they keep making it after the death of Michael Clarke Duncan.

farawayeyes said...

Wow! I disappeared from the blogosphere for a few days and a lot has happened. gotta get out there and catch up.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Did the Incas invent cocoa?

John Dies at the End sounds like just my kind of film!

M Pax said...

Congrats to Shelly and Tania!

I'll have to check out Finder. I've been watching Revenge and The Riches, both of which are fun.

randi lee said...

Speaking of Netflix....I'm not sure if you're an Arrested Development fan, but the new season completely lives up to the original three!!

Belle said...

Loved the quiz because I think I know some answers! Cocoa, Peru?, yucca, Dead Sea, how about Jerry Lewis under the Arc? (just joking)

Belle said...

Oops! I looked at some answers and I was mostly wrong! What a shock to my system. Ha.

VR Barkowski said...

I watched the pilot episode of The Finder and enjoyed it. After that, we switched cable providers, and I could never find the series again. Oh the irony … I'll get myself to Netflix.

VR Barkowski

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

LG, only thirteen episodes!

Roland, those are rare.

Tina, even before you asked for the answer I could hear Sally's voice.

Jo, you remembered and well done!

Rhonda, you got four!

Julie, yes!

Fran, sadly it was pulled.

Annalisa, yes they did!

Randi lee, good to know!

Belle, two right, and that last answer is great.

VR, now you know where to look.

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

To all who have books just out or soon to be released. Good luck.

Yvonne.

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

Great trivia questions! Am anxiously awaiting answers. Congrats to Shelly on her new release. Best! :)

Melissa Bradley said...

So many great books coming out. Congrats to everyone, I hope they each have huge success.

Loved The Finder, what a terrific and funny show. I miss Michael Clarke Duncan.

Of course I work for a travel company who goes to these countries so i'm saying Guatemala. The sequoia is the giant tree in Yosemite, the Dead Sea is the saltiest. I have no idea what the Incas invented except I do know they were early consumers of cocaine in the form of coca leaves. :)















Cathrina Constantine said...

Congrats to everyone with such exciting, good news. Out of your shows I've only seen The Finder, which I liked, and was upset when Michael Clarke Duncan died. And I believe the saltiest water in the world is the Dead Sea. Not sure. Mayan Pyramids, I think are in Mexico, Chichen Itza.

Sandra Cox said...

Hello Captain Alex, I'm embarrassed to say, the only trivia question I knew the answer to was the Redwoods in Yosemite.

Congrats to the authors with new releases!

Helena said...

Congrats to all the authors with new books and new contracts.

I like the sound of The Finder and will try to check it out.

The unknown soldier is under the Arce de Triomphe. Mexico for the Mayan Pyramids. Redwoods (I assume?) for Yosemite. And the saltiest body is the Dead Sea? Maybe?

klahanie said...

Come on Alex's site, load up. Ta da, finally .....

Thought I'd visit and find out what's happening in blogsville, dude. And the encouraging thing is that through the interaction, I'm noting, more and more, folks who I'm getting to know a lot better. Nice to see M.J, here and the good news about the lovely Shelly's latest book release. It's all good stuff.

Ah yes, IWSG, ahem!

Gary

Spacerguy said...

During my innocent blogging days I was so taken with the tall wonderful redwoods in Yosmite that I wrote about them and called them star trees.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Melissa, it was an awesome show. And you got four right!

Cathrina, correct!

Sandra, no worries.

Helena, most of those are right.

Spacerguy, I'm going to remember that.

SC Author said...

Incas created hot coco! Or did they just discover chocolate...?

Melissa said...

Lots of news!
Heading over to read the ninja's secrets...

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Wow, so many agent and book deals. Congrats to those writers. I'm off now to check out your guest post, Alex. :D

Leigh Covington said...

Congrats to Shelly on the book!

Gwen Gardner said...

Wow, congrats to everyone who's signing contracts and releasing new books. It's so great to see our community making progress.

Hi Alex! Thanks for all the news:)

Cathy Keaton said...

Didn't the Incas invent coffee? Mexico is home to the Mayan pyramids, I'm pretty sure. Sequoias grow in Yosemite and the saltiest body of water is either The Great Salt Lake in Utah or the Dead Sea in Israel. I have no clue who is buried under L'Arc de Triomphe.

Good questions. ;)

Dani said...

I'm gonna check out Finder. It looks and sounds like my kind of show!

Ella said...

Cheers and chocolate to Shelly!!

OOh, The Finder sounds good-thank you for sharing! ;D

Hope you are keeping cool

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

SC, first one is right.

Gwen, good to hear from you!

Cathy, you got three right.

Ella, it wasn't too bad today.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Thanks for the reminder about IWSG. Where does the time go? There's a topic for that day - time! Congrats to all the writers you highlighted today.

Hildie McQueen said...

I love movies, but they are treats for me, very rarely watch tv or movies. I did see Star Trek Into Darkness and Hangover 3 so I am movie'd out for now!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Alex,


CONGRATS to all you new contracts and agents you guys! HOW AWESOME!

Shelly, I CAN'T believe you have another book out already! How AWESOME Congrats to you!

Glad to see so much positive energy and good news hopping around the blogosphere.

Trying to get my mind wrapped around another idea for the ISWG post... I'm sure I'll come up with something.

Mel Chesley said...

Wow! Lots going on. Congrats to all who got contracts!

Angela Brown said...

You stump me with that trivia every time. Maybe if it was totally all Johnny-Depp-and-how-he-met-and-fell-in-love-with-Angela-Brown trivia, I could answer some of them lol!

Congrats to all those making waves, getting agents and to Shelly for her book. Hugs and Chocolate her way!

Chuck said...

Well I am going to take a stab at some of your triva:

1. No idea

2. Belize and Mexico (the Yucatan)

3. Sequorias

4. Dead Sea (some might say the Great Salt Lake)

5. No idea but sounds like a trick question (like "nobody"). Or maybe Napoleon!!

Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

Cool news. Congrats to everyone with books coming out and signings ahappening! Writer’s Mark

Jamie Gibbs said...

I've heard stuff about the book for John Dies at the End - it looks pretty insane, I'll have to check it out :)

And the for the trivia:

1. Hot chocolate?
2. I'm gonna get this wrong, but Peru and Belize?
3. Redwood?
4. Dead Sea
5. Umm ... Louis (insert roman numeral here)

rebeccabradleycrime.com said...

Thank you for the congratulations Alex. I have been completely blown away by all the good wishes for this! Thank you.

Congratulations also to TF Walsh and Doralynn Kennedy for their contracts! Wishing them all the best!

As for films, I attempted to take little man to the cinema this weekend, but there were four films on he wanted to see, he was so spoilt for choice he couldn't make his mind up, so when his made came round to play, he said he didn't want to go, so I didn't go! :(

Donna Hole said...

I'm so far behind on blog comments; I started at 7p tonight, got sidetracked by e-mails, my kid, phone calls, and next thing I know its way past bedtime and haven't gotten to any of the blogs I set out to read.

Trivia: uhm, the Myans are in Mexico (or is is Guatamala) and So Africa I think. The Great Salt Lake in Utah seems an easy answer for that one, since you said "body" not sea. And since Yosemite is in Calif, the old trees must be either Redwoods or Sequoia's.

Sheesh, I'm not better at this trivia than at any of the others.

......dhole

DWei said...

I don't know the answers to any of these. :(

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hildie, you HAD to see Star Trek!

Michael, you always come up with something awesome.

Angela, I'll make some up for you!

Chuck, you got three right. Close on the last one. No, not Napoleon!

Jamie, you got a couple right.

Rebecca, you're welcome, and that's funny.

Donna, it may be late, but you got some of those right.

Clare said...

Great post on Rachna’s Scriptorium, Alex! Loved yuor tips.

Congratulations Rebecca Bradley, TF Walsh and Doralynn Kennedy!

Good luck on your release Shelly Arkon.

Oh, these trivia questions seem interesting. I'll give it a blast.

1 – What drink did the Incas invent? - was it coffee?

2 – Name either of the countries that are home to the Mayan Pyramids - Brazil, chilli? Mexico?

3 – What large tree grows in Yosemite National Park? No idea. Redwoods grow pretty big, right?

4 – What body of water is the saltiest in the world? The Dead Sea.

5 – Who is buried under Paris’ Arc de Triomphe? An unknown soldier from World War I.

Yolanda Renee said...

Talk about dumb, I had none of the answers. Great post over on M. J.'s.

I liked the Finder too, interesting characters, loved the voodoo shows.

Does this mean I'm the last to post, as always.

Carolyn Brown said...

Congrats to all of those who have signed contracts!

Looking forward to ISWG tomorrow night.
See you then.

Beverly Fox said...

I echo everyone else when I wish a big, fat CONGRATULATIONS to those authors taking off!

I keep seeing this "John Diees at the End" of all these lists of good horror movies (which, you're very right, are NOT easy to find)... will have to check it out.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. I get completely lost when you post about tv series .. and usually never see them here, when they arrive either ..

So many books and new contracts out there - congratulations to all achievers ..

I was wondering about Joan of Arc under the Arc de Triomphe .. but I expect it's an unknown soldier ..

Cheers Hilary

Catherine Stine said...

A drug called soy sauce, okay that made me laugh! And what drink did the Incas invent... would that be coffee?

Meradeth Houston said...

Congrats on all those agents and contracts! Fun trivia, too :) I only didn't know #5, well, I'm not sure. I'll have to google!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I got three of the trivia questions right! I think...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Clare, you got three right!

Yolanda, not last!

Beverly, it's more science fiction, and it'd odd but worth a watch.

Hilary, your suspicions are correct.

Catherine, sorry!

The Happy Whisk said...

I haven't seen any of the new NetFlix ones yet. Did see Iron Man during staycation, though.

nutschell said...

Congrats to Rebecca, TF and Doralyn! and to Shelly too! Ooh. The Finder sounds like a great find. (Sorry couldn't resist)> I'll have to check it out!
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Lydia Kang said...

Trying not to peek at other answers.
1. hot chocolate?
2. Belize
3. No idea. How about the Ponderosa Pine.
4. Dead Sea
5. I used to know this. Darn. Joan of Arc. No, Victor Hugo. No...give me a few hours...

Leovi said...

Yes, I like The Finder, find it interesting and fun!.

Susan Kane said...

Cocoa. The Salton Sea. A Redwood tree? Napoleon?

Netflix: Watch "The Fall" with Gillian Anderson from X Files.

Tessa Conte said...

WHAT? There's only one season of The Finder? That's epically tragic!!! I love that series.

*sigh*

jamieayres.com said...

Yay for IWSG tomorrow--it'll kick my butt in gear to start blogging again . . .haven't blogged since the last one on May 1st! So much to do the last month of school, but I have made time to watch the new Arrested Development on Netflix :-)

Kirsten said...

Big Congrats to Rebecca and Tania, both of whom I met through the IWSG. :) It's so inspiring to watch my fellow writers do well!

What exactly do you mean by the end of Netflix? Please don't tell me Netflix is going away? That would make me very sad.

I love the trivia questions even though I know none of the answers because now I get to learn something new. :)

Sherry Ellis said...

All kinds of great ninja news! I think I might know the answers to your trivia. This is more up my alley.

1. The Incas invented a drink called Chicha

2. Mexico is a home of Mayan pyramids.

3. Giant Sequoias grow in Yosemite

4. The saltiest body of water is the Dead Sea (and I got to float in it!)

5. The Unknown Soldier is buried under the Arc de Triomphe.

Morgan said...

I loved the Finder! I was sad when the show stopped... Now off to go write a IWSG post! :-)

Kittie Howard said...

Congrats to all. Really good news! Thanks for the links and for sharing -- umm, CLNC or Fort Bragg?

More into the baseball tourney and LSU going to Omaha *fingers and toes crossed* than movies and stuff.



The Words Crafter said...

#2-Mexico and #4 The Dead Sea!

I don't like the creepy depressing horror kinds of movies.

Congrats to everyone who's gotten signed! Off to get the scoop!

Powdered Toast Man said...

I've been catching up on the new season of Arrested Development on Netflix. Not as good as the first three seasons but enjoyable.

Incas invented Red Bull.

Jennifer Lane said...

I've never heard of any of those Netflix recent watches! But I love the cover of the third one, half underwater. Happy IWSG.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Cheers to all those who got agents and signed book contracts.

As I fell sick over the weekend, I still have to visit all the bloggers who visited my blog and left comments on your guest post. Will combine it with the IWSG visits.

Lynda R Young said...

1. hot chocolate (yes, I always have chocolate on my mind, even when I'm sick with flu)

congrats to Shelley!!!!!!!!!

baygirl32 said...

I've been looking for a few movies to watch on Newtflix -Thanks

Amy Jarecki said...

What is it about dark hair, a high forehead and a long jaw that oozes villainy? Top Dollar has sleaze written all over him!

Bossy Betty said...

Love all the support and great positive feelings of your blog, Alex!

Jai Joshi said...

I better go visit Rachna Scriptorium because I think I missed your time management tips.

Jai

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