Thursday, August 29, 2013

September Movie Preview, Science Fiction Lyrics Trivia Answers, and CassaFire Wins an Award! Plus Battle of the Bands, Ninja News, and Cover Reveals

Shaking things up today as we’ve a lot to cover!

Science Fiction Metal-Rock Lyrics Trivia Answers

1 – “Strange shapes light up the night, I’ve never seen ‘em though I hope I might, Don’t ask if they are real, The men in black their lips are sealed.” Blue Oyster Cult – Take Me Away
2 – “People of the earth can you hear me? Came a voice from the sky on that magical night, And in the colors of a thousand sunsets, They traveled through the world on a silvery light.” Billy Thorpe – Children of the Sun
3 – “An ill wind comes arising, Across the cities of the plain, There’s no swimming in the heavy water, No singing in the acid rain, Red alert, red alert.” Rush – Distant Early Warning
4 – “Foreign life forms inventory, Suspended state of cryogenics, Selective amnesia’s the story, Believed foretold but who’d expect, The military intelligence.” Megadeth – Hangar 18
5 – “He was turned to steel in the great magnetic field, When he travelled time for the future of mankind.” Black Sabbath – Iron Man

Cover Reveals

A GUILTY GHOST SURPRISED by Gwen Gardner

Paranormal happenings at the Eady household are the norm. Recently, things have become downright peculiar. Childish giggles at odd hours of the night lead Indigo Eady to her little cousin, Bryan, a guileless cherub spirit, complete with Spider Man pajamas and a set of faux angel wings. The problem is that Bryan died nearly three years ago in a hit and run that killed him and his mum…

Add to Goodreads
Haunt Gwen at the following: Blog, Twitter, and Facebook

THEY ALL FALL DOWN by Angela Brown

Abby and Basil: New love reaches new heights as they finally give in to their lust and desire for each other.
Q: Consumed by the Devourer within and his base need to claim Abby as his own.
The crave: What it all boils down to. A crave for souls. A crave to keep love intact beyond betrayals. A crave for a second chance. A crave for power and The Fall of mankind.

Add to Goodreads
Haunt Angela at the following: Blog, Twitter, and Facebook

Covers look awesome, ladies!!

Ninja News

Libby Heily’s latest collection of short stories is now available on Amazon. The Victory Rule is a collection of soft science fiction stories with a typical Libby Heily twist. To celebrate the release, The Victory Rule and Fourth Degree Freedom are available for free until Friday August 30. Congratulations, Libby!

Justine Dell’s latest book is available now - Until Next Time. You can also enter to win a Kindle Fire HD – see her site for details. Congratulations, Justine!

Jessica Ferguson’s book is also available this week - The Last Daughter. Congratulations, Jess!
And thanks again for letting me invade your blogs on Monday.





Battle of the Bands

Started a few weeks ago by Farawayeyes and Stephen T. McCarthy, this series pits two bands singing the same song against each other every Friday. When Arlee Bird said he was participating as well, I had to join the fun.

I decided my first offering would be two versions that are just about as far apart as possible. Which version do you like better? (I’m guessing most won’t pick Zombie, but I think it’s an awesome twist on an old 70’s hit! If KC were dead, he'd be rolling in his grave. Plus the video starts as if it’s an old monster kid’s show.)





September Movie Preview

Here are the upcoming movies for September! As always, descriptions courtesy of the IMDB. Snarky comments by me.

6 –

Riddick
Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick's past.
Director: David Twohy
Stars: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà
Hoping for a return to the awesomeness that was Pitch Black!

13 –

Insidious: Chapter 2
The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
Director: James Wan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye
The first one was all right but not enough for me to want to see another. However, Patrick Wilson is on a roll with paranormal movies…


20 –

Prisoners 
When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo
Sounds depressing, but the wife digs Jackman. Sigh.


27 –

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he's forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.
Directors: Cody Cameron | Kris Pearn
Stars: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte, Neil Patrick Harris
The first one was actually really good and I chuckle every time I see the previews for this film – “There’s a leek in the boat!”

Rush
A biography of Austrian Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. Mere weeks after the accident, he got behind the wheel to challenge his British rival, James Hunt.
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer
Not my kind of film, but for the ladies, it has Hemsworth, and for the guys, Wilde.



CassaFire News!!

My publisher notified me Wednesday that CassaFire won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Science Fiction!
Yes, that’s officially the first award I’ve ever won. Probably the last, but I’ll take it!

Whoa! Get any trivia right? Excited about the new and upcoming books? Which version of the song would you pick? Any September movies strike your fancy? And can you believe CassaFire won an award? (Because I sure can’t!)

Since Monday is a holiday, I’m taking it off – but will be back Wednesday for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Remember, I’m announcing a special two-year anniversary surprise that day!

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Mark Means said...

Wooohooo!! congrats on the award, that's awesome!

Cloudy 2 is going to be on our 'watch' list, for sure. The first one was pretty cute :)

Have a great weekend.

Carolyn Brown said...

Touching my dark side, I would have to say "White Zombie's" version. Really like Angela's new cover and Gwen's is pretty good too!

And, congrats to you on the Pinnacle Award.

Leovi said...

Tremendous White Zombie! I'll take both!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Mark! Yeah, the first one was cute.

Carolyn, you rock! And thanks.

Leovi, good for you.

Old Kitty said...

Both video versions of this song scare me and the children! LOL!

HUGE congratulations with your award!! Fantastic news! One of MANY to be sure!!

Take care
x

Natalie Aguirre said...

None of those movies really appeal to me but thanks for letting me know they're coming out.

Congrats on your award!

Terri Rochenski said...

I didn't know a single of the song trivia! Fail!!

Congrats on the award. :)

I too hope Riddick brings back the awesomeness of Pitch Black - lost count of how many times I watched that kick@$$ movie!!! Prisoners looks good too. Saw the preview just a few days ago. Love me some Hugh Jackman!!

A.J. Walker said...

Nice crop of new books coming out. I'm always up for a good ghost story!

Zoltán Gecse said...

Congrats on the award!

The Prisoners could have been interesting if the writers couldn't spoil many things and twists at the trailer of it.

I'm looking forward to watch the Formula One movie, however I'll wait for the DVD release.

Francis Lee said...

"Sounds depressing, but the wife digs Jackman. Sigh." Brilliant.....

Congrats on the award and I'm really looking forward to a good Riddick!

Laura Pauling said...

Congrats on the award! That's awesome.

I saw the trailer for Insiduous 2 the other day. It looked terribly, scary and awful! If I watched it I'd have nightmares for days! I had to look away during the trailer. :)

M.L. Swift said...

First of all...congrats on the award. Shiny! Pretty! Awesome!

Secondly, I didn't realize how much of a metal head I must have been. I always thought I was Middle America Mike, but I knew all those songs.

But, that being said...KC's version was my favorite.

I saw Gwen and Angela's books at Gwen's site. Awesome for the girls!

And TWO years of IWSG. You started a good thing, Alex. It's a privilege knowing you!

Have a great holiday and I'll see you on Wednesday!

M.L. Swift, Writer

Richard Hughes said...

Congratulations. Not bad for someone who's writing just for the heck of it.

Melissa said...

Wow! Congrats on the award! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Kitty, and that made me chuckle.

Terri, Pitch Black was awesome. Really launched his career.

Fran, thanks for the sympathy.

Thanks, Mike! I'm still in awe of the power of the IWSG.

Richard, thanks, and that does describe me.

Christine Rains said...

Wow! Congratulations, Alex! That's quite the achievement. Lots of great news today. Yay for Gwen and Angela! I have my IWSG post all ready to go for Wednesday. Enjoy your long weekend.

Oh! And I pick the White Zombie version.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Congrats on the award Alex!! That's pretty darn neat. I am really wanting to see "Prisoners". I saw "You're Next" in the theater yesterday. It was great!

Ted Cross said...

Congrats on the award! That must feel great, and hopefully it won't be the last.

DAVID WALSTON said...

I like White Zombie a little more.Loving the Riddick trailers. I'm with you hoping that it is as great as Pitch Black. Enjoy you Holiday off on Monday!

Julie Dao said...

Alex, that's fantastic! Congratulations on your award!

Yolanda Renee said...

Absolutely awesome - an award!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Like the preview of upcoming movies, I agree and will wait. I like Jackman, but don't like the story.

Louise Bates said...

Congratulations on the award! Well done!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congratulations on the award! Well done! :)

I'm up for PRISONERS and INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2. I'm hoping a number of horror movies I missed in the theaters will be out in the Fall, maybe in time for Halloween. :)

Clarissa Draper said...

Congrats on the award. You're amazing! Also, thanks for the news. Love the book covers and can't wait for Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs to come out.

Pat Hatt said...

Congrats on the award.

Might see Riddick and maybe Cloudy, not much out really it seems. And I choose the first version.

Ella said...

Congrats on this gorgeous award!

Wow, so many great new books ;D

I kinda like the Zombie version!
I love the idea I will have to go check out Stephen and Arlee's picks~

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
This book was a big hit with both my kids, so many laughs~

Actually I'd like to see RUSH-I have a heavy foot-love to drive a bit too fast~

Enjoy the holiday weekend Captain!
I think it will be a movie weekend for sure~

Mina Burrows said...

Holy Sh** Balls, Batman! Congratulations! Man, I'm so happy for you. This is HUGE! Lucas calling after all. :)

Tweeting this now. :)

Brian Miller said...

congrats on the award man, that is awesome! and well deserved! so do you get to put one of those gold stamps on the cover? smiles.

looking forward to prisoners, i have hope for riddick as well...nice, white zombie...ha

Jack said...

The Guilty Ghost sounds interesting, kind of like The Woman in Black. I shall have to look into that one.

I plan on seeing Cloudy 2 this month, but none of the other movies have caught my attention. My family might go see the one with Hugh Jackman, they like kidnapping movies for some reason.

Congratulations on the award!!!!!! That is very exciting and the book well deserves one - and you, as you wrote it 8-D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Christine, thanks and you rock!

Optimistic, thank you and I do want to see You're Next.

David, you're an awesome rocker.

Yolanda, not looking forward to that one and thanks.

Pat, those are the two I want to see.

Thanks Ella and you rock. I tend to drive fast as well...

Mina, thanks!

Melanie Schulz said...

Congratulations on the award Alex, that's awesome!

Juliana Haygert said...

Congratulations to Libby, Justine and Jessica, and to Gwen and Angela too!

I'm skeptical about Riddick.

Wow, congratulations on the award, Alex!

Joshua said...

Congrats on the award!

Also, I'm really glad I didn't attempt the music trivia, because I would have answered incorrectly on them all.

September seems to be a dull month for films. Other than taking the kids to see CLOUDY/MEATBALLS 2, I'll probably see if I can find Luc Besson's newest film, THE FAMILY. Because, I mean...it's Luc Besson, and anyone who can bring us LEON and THE FIFTH ELEMENT, I'll give him a chance. (Hell, I know it wasn't popular, but I kind of liked HITMAN, though I suspect that had something to do with Timothy Olyphant.)

A Beer For The Shower said...

Maybe it's just because my parents always listened to that music, but I'm a sucker for KC and the Sunshine Band. They definitely win. Also, I love that intro. KC sure blinks a lot, doesn't he? Is he having a seizure?

The problem is that Bryan died nearly three years ago in a hit and run that killed him and his mum…

Shhh, people aren't supposed to know that...

Karen Walker said...

Wow, congrats Alex. That's totally awesome.

Jo said...

Lots of congratulations for the award Alex, I bet you are pleased. See, we keep telling you that you should write more.

I enjoyed the first Riddick film so will wait to see this one, on DVD probably.

Like the sound of Guilty Ghost. Not sure I will be popping in next week anyway, count down to vacation time.

Summer Ross said...

Congrats on the award, Alex.
Great Covers ladies.
I can't wait to see Riddick.

Bob Milne said...

Damn, 4/5 on the quiz - Billy Thorpe I never would have guessed.

Congrats on the award!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats on the award Alex. Prisoners and Cloudy with.. are two movies I'd love to see next month. Forgot all about Riddick and hope it's even better than Pitch Black.

A big congrats to author's featured today and Battle of the Bands looks fun. KC and the Sunshine Band's version definitely wins for me. Fun for me to listen and move to. White Zombie's version is just creepy and weird in a bad way for me, so no. Thriller gone wrong pretty much.

Misha Gericke said...

Whoa congrats on the award! :-)

Lauda sounds like something I'd watch. Always thought the man was beyond brave.

Bish Denham said...

Wow, far out about the award, Alex!

Okay, I never cared for disco and Zombie is way out of my league. So my choice is... neither! :D

I should have known that last trivia song was Iron Man. It's one of my hubby's favorites so it's not like I haven't heard it.

Libby said...

Thanks Alex! Also, oddly enough, the hubby and I are going to see Megadeth next week. :)

Heather Musk said...

Congratulations on the award Alex! Great news.

I loved the trivia lyrics, especially Hangar 18. I'm in a very Megadeth place at the moment.

Looking forward to the surprise ...

J. A. Bennett said...

Congrats on your award! That's amazing! Wahoo!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Congrats on the award Alex! I hope it's not the last one!

Anne said...

Congratulations on the award!

I'm going with White Zombie, totally rocks. I'd gnaw my leg off before I'd listen to KC and the Sunshine Band:)

Gwen Gardner said...

Wow, congratulations on the award, Alex! That is so awesome.

Both Boogieman's are fun - if I don't have to listen to the second one, lol.

Thank you so much for sharing our covers today!!!

Zoltán Gecse said...

I just discovered you wrote in this blog entry the word of "hanger" instead of "hangar", just like one of your book. Is it just a mere coincidence?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Brian, not sure if my publisher will add that to the books, but it would be cool.

Appreciate that, Jack!

Josh, Besson did bring us the awesome Fifth Element.

Brandon and Bryan, sorry!

Bob, you were closest though. And thanks!

Sheena-kay, I think that's the way he planned it...

Bish, I was surprised only two people got that one.

Libby, you're welcome, and that's cool!

Thanks, guys!!!

Andrew Leon said...

congrats!

Charles Gramlich said...

Certainly looking forward to Riddick. great character.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

We tell ourselves that we write to release the story within us, but that award had to brighten your whole day! :-) CLOUDY 2 is the only film that interests me. RIDDICK just seems a re-hash of PITCH BLACK. Sigh.

The Desert Rocks said...

First, congrats on that Pinnacle Book Award. I'm sure they picked the right science fiction book and I can believe it! (You said you believe my rain story. :)) Rain clouds again! Also, I love that cover by Justine Dell. So romantic!

Tracey Joseph said...

I'm looking forward to Insidious: Chapter 2. I loved the first one as well as The Conjuring. Is Pitch Black really that awesome? I guess I'll have to see it. And of course I'll be seeing Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Great roundup and congrats on the award!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Alex, that is so awesome!! Congratulations! :)

Patricia Lynne said...

Oh, thanks for reminding me about the Riddick movie. I keep forgetting and I really want to see that. We just got the movies on Blu Ray (look amazing!)

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ilima said...

Whoa. Huge congrats on the award! That's so cool.

I love the cover reveals and great book releases.

How did you like the Chronicles of Riddick movie-9 years ago? (I noticed you only referenced Pitch Black)

Samantha Geary Jones said...

Wow! Way to go CassaFire! Congrats, Alex *perhaps this is a sign you should keep wielding the pen*

Yay for Angela and Gwen! Love these covers and blurbs!

Those videos are both scary, in completely different ways *off to purge my ears with film scores*

WriterlySam

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I vote for KC and the Sunshine Band. I got to see them in person when I was in the 4th grade for a big centennial celebration I'm not sure what it was called, but it was fun. Great to see them again. Thanks, Alex.

Congratulations on your award.
Have a great (almost) weekend.
xoRobyn

Heather M. Gardner said...

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award!!!

That's awesome! Congratulations!

Meatballs 2 should be fun. (Love the leek line!) But, Earl is not Mr. T this time. What could he possible have to do that would conflict w/ the voice over work for this movie?

I think its funny that Rush is about 2 race car drivers but only Hemsworth gets the cover. :)

So many good books out and coming out! I can't keep up!

You know I like Mr. Zombie's version better.

HMG

Sherry Ellis said...

Congratulations on winning the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award! That's awesome!

My kids are looking forward to the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

D.G. Hudson said...

We used to follow the Formula I races and was at one race in Long Beach, CA years ago. (I took tons of pix at the Concours d'Elegance, and at the races.) We were on the hairpin curve at one end of the course.

I want to see Riddick, as I liked Pitch Black, too. Vin Diesel does that character well.

Battle of the Bands: I vote for KC and the Sunshine Band, the other is def dark side. Give me sunshine anyday. I'm participating at the other blogs' BOTBs as well. It's fun to see what you guys will come up with.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Alex, congratulations on the award. Just helps prove your awesomeness.

Laura said...

Congratulations on your award, that's great! Have a great holiday weekend :)

Panda Ninja said...

Congrats on winning the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award! That's really cool!

One of the movies I'm waiting for doesn't come out until next month. That is Carrie! I'm curious of how the remake will be compared to the original.

Botanist said...

Many congratulations on the award! That's fantastic news.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Zoltan, obviously it's a mistake I make often! Will fix.

Patricia, one more week!

Ilima, it was all right, but I'll never watch it again. Too soft for a Riddick movie.

Samantha, maybe it is a sign...

Heather, I know you rock. And that is odd they had to switch actors for a voice.

DG, if Zombie's version wins, I will be surprised.

Thanks everyone!!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Hey you award winner! CONGRATULATIONS! Next stop, the Oscars for your movie version!!! (Wouldn't that be sweet?)

I needed a cold shower after seeing Angela's book cover...

I think I should go see Prisoners with your wife... I'm looking forward to it.

And I gotta say, I pick the Zombie version!

Leovi said...

Very interesting this film about the great Niki Lauda ...!!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I'm definitely looking forward to Riddick. It's fun to watch Vin Diesel kill monsters and be all badass.

L.G. Smith said...

Big congrats on the award!

And so many great new offerings from authors this week. Got my download of Libby's stories. :)

Julie Luek said...

OH Alex, what a satisfying and lovely award to win! Congratulations. That truly is such an affirmation of your writing.

Love seeing all the books and the covers-- thank you for sharing. I need to pick up a few of those!

Candilynn Fite said...

Whoo, hoo! Angela and Gwen! Had the ladies' covers over at my blog on Tuesday. Well done. :)

Hart Johnson said...

Insidious and Prisoners both look pretty good to me!

And Alex THANK YOU for being willing to share my release stuff next week! I will get stuff to you this weekend!

Susan Kane said...

Your wife is absolutely correct. And it doesn't matter one bit if the movie stinks.

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Congratulations on the Pinnacle Award, Alex. Yay!!!!

So many movies to watch - my list is already dangerously long, heh. One day I hope to start watching three each week. Yep, it's gonna happen.

Congrats to everyone with new releases. And a special congratulations to my buddies, Angela Brown and Gwen Gardner. Well done, ladies!

Al Diaz said...

And here's the absent dragon to join all your friends in the massive happy dance for that award. Go Alex!

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Ecstatic over your award! Congrats. Boogyman? Don't care for either, but the Zombie one I couldn't listen to (sorry). Didn't know they were doing Insidious 2. Hope they do it justice. I, too, have high hopes for Riddick.

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats on the award!

Love Gwen and Angela's covers!

S.K. Anthony said...

Congratulations on the award, that is really awesome :D

Robin said...

First, congrats on your award. That is exciting stuff:) And never say never because you just don't know!!!

I listened to both of your songs for BOTB. The White Zombie version was new to me and I must admit that I didn't care much for it. The KC version has me smiling and tapping my foot all the way through. So, I am definitely casting my vote for KC & The Sunshine Band this time!

Cate Masters said...

Wow congrats on the award Alex! I bet it's not your last. :)

Congrats to those with new releases too.

Tina said...

Totally awesome on the award! Way to go buddy!
I'm all about Vin Diesel, and yes, Pitch Black was awesome. I'm hoping this one's as good, or dare I say it, better.
Tina @ Life is Good

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cathy, that would be awesome! And you rock.

Hart, happy to do so!!

Susan, I know...

Angela, make it so.

Al, happy to see the dragon!

Robin, I know a lot of people aren't into hard rock.

Thanks, guys!!

Gary Philip Pennick said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing! Ahem, yes indeed, nice to see our two friends, Gwen and Angela, have revealed their covers on here. Nice reveal, ladies. Did that sound right?

I love that white zombie song! I saw KC and the Sunshine band at a half-time show at a B.C. Lions, Canadian Football League game. I've never recovered.

Well done on that award, dude. I'm sure it will be the first of many. If not, I'll get Penny to create one for you.

"IWSG" and we know what that means....

ediFanoB said...

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Science Fiction!!!!

That is absolutely awesome Alex.

CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!

Jeremy [Retro] said...

Looking forward to Riddick... great news on your award, well deserved. I love rob zombie's boogie man... i think there are two versions one that features a tribute to Halloween and the other doesn't...

Have a great weekend and thank you for keeping up with my tour, you will win a prize for being there...

Angela Brown said...

Congratulations on the award. It is much deserved :-)

Thanks for sharing in the reveal. WOOT!

Looks like some great books coming out. And as for the movies, Riddick and the second Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs sound right up my alley :-)

farawayeyes said...

CONGRATULATIONS - That's one big stomping and well deserved award.

Lots of new books and covers @ Angela Brown WOW! (story and cover)

Nothing there in the movies to excite me for September.

THANK YOU for the shout out and participating in BOTB. Kc's version certain makes you want to dance and White Zombie makes you - I don't know - want to run away. Variations on a theme of 'Boogie Man'. anyway...I got to give it to WHITE ZOMBIE for creativity at least. Uh, oh, my hard rock side is showing.

Medeia Sharif said...

Ooh, great covers and ninja news.

Yay on the award. *cheers*

Julie Flanders said...

Wow, that's wonderful!! Congratulations! And I have a feeling it won't be the last award.

Lots of great news and I just love the ParanormYA duo's covers. :)

M Pax said...

Congrats on the award! That's awesome!

I'd pick White Zombie to keep me awake on the way home from the observtory. I'd pick KC to sing along with and dance to.

DiscConnected said...

No way I'd have gotten Megadeth....

Did anyone get all five? Billy Thorpe is pretty obscure...if I'd not been listening to him a lot lately I'd never have gotten that, either.

...and I've got to go with the original KC And The Sunshine Band for your battle of the bands...

Looking forward to Riddick, although it looks like essentially a remake of Pitch Black...

Larry

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Saw KC on tv a while back. His hair was white! It's shocking to see some of these old rockers get old. Don't expect it. The Beach Boys are in Vancouver right now. If it wasn't a 10 hour drive, we'd go down.

Kelly Polark said...

Congrats on your Achievement Award! That's awesome!

How did I not guess Iron Man?! :)

Love the Battle of the Bands idea. I prefer the White Zombie version!

Elise Fallson said...

Oh wow! Congratulations on the award! That is so sweeeeet. And I doubt it'll be your last. (:

mshatch said...

Congrats on the award! And Riddick gets my vote for movies I want to see, especially if it's anywhere near as good as Pitch Black :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Gary, sorry about the KC experience. Penny can make me a badge anytime.

Edi, I was stoked!

Jeremy, you knew I'd be there for every stop. That's what friends do.

Angela, you're welcome!

Faraway, hope you see even more participants tomorrow. And you rock!

Mary, which is more important? Staying awake. Zombie wins.

Larry, two people got four. Thorpe is obscure but unique, and several people did guess correctly.

Joylene, it is shocking.

Kelly, I knew you would!!

Thanks everyone.

Julia King said...

Wow, congrats on the award. That's terrific. You must be so proud!

I look forward to seeing Prisoners. All I can say is: Hugh Jackman can act in any role. Amazing man. He is phenomenal.

Lynda R Young said...

A HUGE congrats on your award, Alex!! That's so awesome! I hope you celebrated!!

Congrats too to Gwen and Angela. Great covers.

I'm looking forward to seeing Riddick.

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

Congrats on the award! Yay! *waves pom poms!

And congrats to Gwen and Angela on their cover reveals. Best to everyone!

Nancy Thompson said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!! How awesome for you, and you SOOOO deserve it! Very, very happy for you, Alex!

Bossy Betty said...

Congrats on the award, Alex! Yay!!!!

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congratulations on this amazing award Alex! I'm sure that it is only the first of many for you! Great news for all of the authors! I'm especially excited about Libby's special offer!

Julie

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lynda, I did celebrate.

Ladies, thank you!!!!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Alex,

How Wonderful!!!! Congrats.... I am so happy and proud of you!

Huntress, aka CD Coffelt said...

YaY! Congrats Alex!

Sandra Almazan said...

Congrats on the award!

I guess I need to listen to more heavy metal. ;)

Arlee Bird said...

Congratulations on the award! Very, very cool indeed!

The Zombie video certainly gets bonus points for creativity and weirdness.
But musically I have to go with KC's original version. Much easier on my ears and nerves.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Jamie Gibbs said...

Congrats on the award, Alex!

I'm with the White Zombie version; it's got more funk to it :)

I'm looking forward to seeing Cloudy 2, I thought the first one was a lot of fun.

Carole Anne Carr said...

How very kind of you to offer, Alex. There are one of two copies, and range from £77 to £200! for a book that was probably at most £25. One person on ebay contacted me - the power of the internet! - has several copies, offering £88 each. I'm a pensioner. With kind regards, Carole.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. congratulations on the Pinnacle award - I just have this feeling there will be others: prepare that shelf!

I wonder if JK saw the Zombie JC song and used one of the character's faces for Hagrid's teaching book .. looks remarkably like it to me .. I think I prefer the JC song without the video!

Happy weekend .. Cheers Hilary

Nisa Swineford said...

How wonderful! Congratulations, Alex!!!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Congratulations to you, Alex!

And...that's a lot of scary-looking movies (or dark. Or something.) Think I might be going for Cloudy2.

Shah Wharton said...

You must be thrilled with the award Alex. I'm just so chuffed for you. :D

I read you previous post including the Worlds End review. Being a Brit, and loving anything Simon Pegg, I'm eager to see this. Glad you recommended it.

Can't say the Sept selection look fab, but if I had to choose, the first few seemed worth a shot, but probably not at the cinema. :)

Have a great weekend and I'll see you Wednesday for that announcement.

Shah X
http://bit.ly/19SbNoo

michelle said...

Congratulations on the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Alex!
I remember KC and the Sunshine Band... especially the catchy tunes That's The Way (I Like It) and Shake Shake Shake...
now it'll ring in my brain for the rest of the afternoon...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sandra, should always listen to more metal...

Jamie, I knew you'd dig it.

Carole, glad you found some options.

Hilary, maybe she did.

Shah, you'll enjoy it.

Thanks everyone!

T.F. Walsh said...

Congrats on your award:) I so can't wait for Riddick... huge fan.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Congrats on the award, Alex. And it's so purty!

A new Riddick? Yay.

Love Justine's book cover. It really caught my eye. One of those you look at and then have to look at again.

I think it's interesting that after the George Takei story in the previous post, the guy on Christine's book cover has a distinctive Takei look to him.

jaybird said...

BIG congrats on that award Alex!! That is just pure awesome.

In that line up of movies, I'm not sure that any one calls to me. I'm not a big fan of Vin Diesel. Not sure why, but as an actor, nothing he does seems believable to me.

Have a wonderful long weekend! Catch you next week for IWSG.

Damyanti said...

Congratulations on the award, Alex! have yourself a great weekend.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats on the award!

I want to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs II.

The White Zombie version is my favorite.

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

Congrats on the award, Alex. That is great news.

And, I am looking forward to RUSH, but I swear it has nothing to do with Hemsworth. Not all to do with him, anyway.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Woohoo!!! That's an awesome award and totally deserved! Congratulations!!!!

And Congrats to Gwen, Angela, Libby, Jessica and Justine!

As for the song . . . I still like the old one, although I had forgotten about it until I heard it. (odd how nostalgia works even for a kid forced to listen to classical, folk and country music in the 70s)

I'm looking forward to Meatballs 2 - There's a leek in the boat!!! (Now I'm smiling)

Rhonda said...

Wow! Big congrats on the award!

As for the rest, I got one trivia correct, which is actually not as bad as it sounds as I only had one guess. Love the book covers, and the music - I generally like what I heard first the best, so I vote with KC.

Cathrina Constantine said...

*YAY* What a grand award, Alex!! It might be your first, I doubt it's your last! Congrats!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Michelle, sorry about that!

Donna, good eye - I hadn't noticed.

Sure, Sydney!

Tyrean, you were forced to listen to country music? The horror...

Thanks, guys!

Beverly Fox said...

Oh my gosh! Congrats on your award, Alex! That is SO great!!! Ticker-tape parade for you!!!

And i'm SUPER pyched for both Insidious 2 (the first one was one of the scariest I've seen) and Cloudy 2 (On my love list of cute movies- especially Steve the monkey! "Lick, lick, lick")

Adrienne Reiter said...

Congrats on the award! Very cool!

Susan Oloier said...

My husband is seeing Black Sabbath in concert tonight. So not my thing, which is probably why I didn't know the lyrics.

Crystal Collier said...

Riddick... Looking forward to that one.

Congrats, Alex! I highly doubt that will be your last award. Awesome attracts awesome, you know. ;)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congratulations Alex on the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. Hope you win many more awards. Lots of hugs. Have a lovely weekend.

Leovi said...

Prisoners to be seen, if only to see the interpretation of Hugh Jackman!

cleemckenziebooks said...

Yay for Gwen and Angela. They are on a roll! And super congrats to you on your award. Let it be the first, but not the last.

TS Hendrik said...

Dude, congratulations on the award, that's awesome!

There are some good looking movies coming out in the next month. There are also a lot of bad looking films. Tis' the season.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Thanks, Alex, I'm going to be involved in a great deal of note taking, but it will be worth it. :0)

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Ah, huge congratulations to you on the amazing award! Have a great weekend and celebrate your success.

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Awesome award, awesome book covers, and awesome news. But what else would you expect but sheer awesomeness from a post belonging to the Captain Ninja?

Carrie-Anne said...

Congratulations on your award! Enjoy your holiday weekend.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Beverly, thanks, and that made me chuckle.

Susan, are they still playing music? Whoa...

TS, thank you and yes, it's the dumping season for movies.

Thanks guys!

Suzanne Furness said...

Many congratulations on the award Alex.

SC Author said...

Wow, congrats!!!! That's a great award! And I loovvveeeed Insidious, I can't wait to see this one.

Lydia Kang said...

Ooh, congrats on your award!

Man, I didn't get a single one of those lyrics right. Oh well!

Brandon Ax said...

Oh Zombie for sure.

I want to see Riddick, I think the rest can wait for me. I enjoyed Insidious, but it is sort of a watch at home movie.

Isis Rushdan said...

No interest in Rush or Prisoners. The hubby was surprised I didn't want to see a Jackman film, but it's about kidnapped kids. As a fairly new mom, I don't think I could take it.

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend.

Shell Flower said...

Wow, that's awesome you won the Pinnacle award. I'm sure it won't be your last award. Can't wait to see what you announce on Wednesday.

Tara Tyler said...

congrats on your awesome award!
thanks for the previews & movie highlights!
you & wife prob love van helsing!

and it took me almost a month to visit all my commenters from here! ah! how do u do it!

L.G. Keltner said...

Congratulations on your award! You definitely deserve it!

J.L. Murphey said...

While I met and had drinks wit KM and the Sunshine Band in the early 70's, and love their song, the graphic video was quite appealing on the White Zombie side also. My vote is for KC because I could understand the lyrics.
WTG on the award Alex.

Lexa Cain said...

Wow, lots of people with good news this week. Congrats to Gwen and Angela! Congrats to Libby, Justine and Jess!

Despite the adorable name, I'm not picking "Zombie." I always liked KC. "That's the way, uh-huh uh-huh, I like it, uh-huh uh-huh!"

I can't wait for "Riddick"!

Woohoo for the Pinnacle Book Award, Alex!! :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lydia, that's all right.

Brandon, you rock.

Isis, I don't even have kids and I don't want to see that.

Tara, not even my wife likes that movie. And it's all in the Ninja moves.

JL, that's really cool.

Thanks, everyone!

Samantha May said...

Congrats on the award!!

I'm so ashamed that I didn't know Iron Man...like really ashamed.

Riddick looks amazing! Will definitely be seeing that one. That's funny that your wife loves Jackman so much. My mom is a fan too :D

Mark Koopmans said...

Well done on the award - and I bet it's *not* going to be your last :)

PS... wow, I was seven when Lauda had his crash - and I remember seeing it on the TV... wow.

Feel older now :)

Looking forward to Wednesday :)

Helena said...

Congratulations on the award, which you richly deserve, Alex!

So many new books to read -- always a treat. As for movies, I wanna see Prisoners and Rush.

Spacerguy said...

KC and the sunshine band vs the Zombies, I reckon both bands rock on different levels. Congratulations on winning the Pinnacle Book Award. Its cool being a winner.

Jackie said...

The first Insidious freaked me out, so I'm not sure if I'll see the second one. lol

I'm with your wife on Jackman, plus that movie looks good. :D

Congrats on the award! Woot!

Chuck said...

Well the three I knew, were right. I have actually not heard of the Megadeth song before and I need to listen to the BOC song to see if I know it (thought I knew all there songs!)

I have heard the Zombie song before and I do like it!!

I will probably watch Riddick and Prisoners (at least I have them in my Blockbuster queue)!

Congrats on the award! That is awesome. I suspect your trilogy will win an award when all is said and done. I am ready for the reveal!!!

Jean said...

Dear Alex!
I am very happy to hear that you have been recognized with this great award! I think you are far too hunble. In fact, I I ever got an award like that, I would actually make it into a tattoo and wear it on my girly bicep. Which is actually just called a bicep, but that is such a macho word, even for a former bodybuilder (which I am).

Thanks for stopping by today. You are such a thoughtful fellow.
We are doing a fill court press (whatever that means) to get a book out. Don't you love being in a rush after you have worked on something for around 2 years? I sure do, you can bet on it! Right!
As for the movies, I adore Vin Diesel and LOVED Pitch Black. However I love everything he is in, even "The Pacifier". I could watch Vin in anything. And I do.
Also,
Anything by director Ron Howard is always worth a look, for me, as well.

Great work getting the award, and a fun post! Thanks, as always, for upholding wth class the name you bear: (((((ALEX)))) !!!
jean

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

ALEX ~
I can't even get the videos on your blog to play (too many links, whistles and bells for my ancient computer to handle).

Nevertheless, I feel I can confidently vote without even seeing/hearing the BOTB videos.

I'll vote for 'KC And The Sunshine Band' (despite the fact I'm strictly a heterosexual), only because I would always automatically vote against ANYONE or ANYTHING that included the word "zombie".

Zombies are SO... 1990-2013.

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Cynthia said...

Congratulations on your achievement award! It's nice to be recognized, isn't it!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Samantha, that's all right - I think only two people got it.

Jackie, you and my wife should go see it together then!

Chuck, go listen to the whole BOC album. Shooting Shark is actually the best song on the disc.

Thank you, Jean. And a rush after two years of working? That sounds familiar. Hope everything falls into place for you.

Stephen, sorry about the overload and glad you clarified that.

Thanks, guys!

Nicki Elson said...

The Battle of the Bands is a GREAT idea! Hm, I think I'll actually vote for the Zombie version of this song. As they'd say on American Idol, he really made it his own.

Congrats to all authors with and extra whoop for my pub sis Justine.

I think you should start your own eMagazine. Each post is like a mini-issue. :)

DMS said...

Congrats on the award! Just awesome! :) Yeah!

I couldn't check out the video links for some reason- will have to try another time. Sounds interesting!

Lots of great book news! Have a happy Monday off! :)
Jess

LynNerdKelley said...

Wow, congrats on winning the Pinnacle Book Award, Alex! Great choices for Battle of the Bands. What a crackup to see the '70s style clothes in KC's version! I think White Zombie's is pretty cool. Cool video to play at a Halloween party!

kimlajevardi.com said...

Congratulations on the award, Alex!!!

Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

Great! Congrats on that award. That's amazing, I'm sure you went off your rockers for a while!

Yes, Pitch Black was great, unlike the other, Riddick Chronicles or something like that, movie. Hopefully this one will be better. And if your life digs 'em, you gotta go see Prisoners dude! :) Writer’s Mark

mooderino said...

Well done on the award. Shiny!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nicki, you rock. And I have something in mind for the news...

Lyn, that's right!!

Nancy, the second one was not good.

Thanks everyone!

DL Hammons said...

Congrats on the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award!! An awesome achievement indeed! :)

Milo James Fowler said...

Congratulations on the award, Alex! Now you need one for Blogger of the Decade. If Jackman and Beckinsale star in something together, then you and the wife will have it made in the shade. Oh, wait a minute. Wasn't that VAN HELSING? Oops.

Robin said...

I decided to play along with BOTB. Hope you stop in and vote!

Reid Kemper said...

Congrats on winning an award. I also see you have a third book coming out. I've been a recluse working on a book trilogy for young adults but will get back to blogging soon.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Milo, do they make that one? And yeah, not even Kate could save Van Helsing...

Robin, I will!

Hey Reid! That's right, last one.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Congratulations on the award, that's so awesome!

I'm in a film rut at the moment - I don't think there's anything I want to see at all.

Southpaw said...

You buried the lead story! Congratulations on the award.

Wow, the zombie version is quite different. Yeah, I prefer the KC version.

Li said...

Congrats on the award!! I got (drumroll) 1 trivia question right. And I choose the Zombie version just because I never liked the original by KC.

Allison said...

Woo! Congrats on the award! :)

Carrie Butler said...

Congratulations on the award, Alex! :D

S. L. Hennessy said...

Riddick!!! I am so awesome and nerdily excited about that one. Cannot WAIT!!

And congrats on the award! That's so exciting. Look how far you've come since the first Cassa book. WOW!

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for all the news! Congrats on the award! That is exciting. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Southpaw, I'd make a lousy newspaper editor.

Lisa, you rock.

Thanks, everyone!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

I love all the updates I get from your blog. You are the place for news!

I want to see Riddick but the glow in the dark eyes scare me. I guess I'll stick with Cloudy 2.

Tonja said...

Until just now, I went through the whole day thinking it was Sunday. Apparently I'm very late since this is Thursday's post.

Did you know Marilyn Manson did a redo of "Sweet Dreams," originally done by The Eurythmics? I argued for about a month with my daughter who thought the original was definitely Cher. :) Apparently Beyonce has a song by the same name, but I'm not sure if it's the same song.

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats on your award. Well done!

Love the cover on the Last Daughter. Angela and Gwen's covers rock!

Brian Miller said...

hope you had a great long weekend alex

Cindy said...

Congrats on your award! Interesting videos.:)

Stephen Tremp said...

Congrats! on the award! And good luck to Angela and Gwen.

I should have had the Megadeath reference (head slapping myself).

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats on the award! I can well belive it. :D

Gwen and Angie's covers are looking good - so are Justine's and Jessica's...

You could go and see Rush just because it's named after your fave band. :P

Leovi said...

Very interesting collaboration of Jordi Mollà in Riddick ...!!

Rusty Webb said...

Congrats on your award. I have a real soft spot for Rob Zombie, so I'd vote for his version.

And I think Sept will be a month of Blu-Ray purchases for me. There is a lot of stuff coming out this month.

Pk Hrezo said...

I like Rob Zombie's version. It's a fun twist to the original. I used to rock out to some Zombie back in the early 90s. Fun stuff.
Big congrats on your award!! That's excellent!!

Mark Noce said...

Congrats on the award! I'm also looking forward to the new Riddick film:)

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Congratulations, Alex, on the Pinnacle award. That is awesome!!!

Mary Montague Sikes

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

You're so supportive of fellow writers. I think that's wonderful.

I'd like to see Riddick too.

Congrats on your award!

The Spooky Whisk said...

I like him better in his Thor costume.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tonja, you are correct, and it was featured in a movie.

Brian, I had a great weekend!

Stephen, yes you should've!

Nick, not quite the same...

Rusty and PK, you rock.

Thanks everyone!

Teresa Coltrin said...

Awesome award. Congratulations!!!!

The only movie out of the bunch I might see at the theater is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Theres just life said...

Alex congradulations on the award, it's about time you were recognized.

I remember the KC version of 'I'm your Boogie Man'. I hadn't heard the White Zombie version, you were right it is an interesting take on the original. But I have to go with my fond memories, so KC.

I hope you are right about Riddick going back to the Pitch Black awesomeness. The Riddick chronicles just didn't quite make it.

I now have a Kindle Fire so I have been trying to catch up on everyone's books. I have a lot of reading to do. The new book cover look great on both.

Pamela Jo

Kimberly Gabriel said...

Alex! Congrats on the award! How exciting!! I'll be blogging tomorrow to help celebrate IWSG's two year anniversary (might be a bit later in the day). Looking forward to your big announcement!

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