Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ubuntu Bloghop and Humanity, Mini-Alex and Snow, Movie Trivia Answers, and Ninja News

Today I am visiting the lovely Julie Musil talking about the small publisher debate. Please join us and weigh in your thoughts.

Cherie Colyer has a Features and Spotlights she does every Friday, and this week it is on my series! Thanks, Cherie!

I finally let Mini-Alex out for a snow day and the scarf was very much needed!

Special thanks again to Elise for the creation of Mini-Alex and to Deniz for making his scarf!

Ninja News

The IWSG Website has a great guest today – the amazing Anne R. Allen!

Our good friend Roland Yeomans is undergoing surgery today for cancer. Please keep him in your prayers this week. Since Roland is also struggling with the funds for this surgery, Sean McLachlan suggested a Buy-A-Thon for his books. I’ve read several of Roland’s books and highly recommend following the adventures of one Victor Standish. Visit Roland’s author page on Amazon to see a complete listing of his eBooks and audio books. If you’ve never read any of Roland’s work, now is a great time to do so!

Did you catch Father Dragon Al’s Lord of the Clones Challenge Part 2? 



Sir Baldernot at his finest!




Patricia Stoltey signed a contract with Five Star/Cengage for her first standalone suspense novel, Dead Wrong. The book is scheduled for a November 2014 release.

Terri Rochenski announced that Roane Publishing offered her a contract for Love's Sorrow, the first book in my Means of Mercy series.

Cindy at Dreamer’s Perch has a poll going on - if you had to choose, what is your favorite kind of science fiction? Visit her site to vote for the poll in her sidebar.

In a brand new series, Donna Hosie revisits Logres with THE CHILDREN OF CAMELOT.

Two worlds, one thousand years apart. And those worlds are about to collide.

THE RING OF MORGANA will be released in ebook and paperback on the 15th June 2014.



The Ubuntu Bloghop

Michelle Wallace at Writer-in-Transit is celebrating her third blog anniversary with a bloghop!

What is ubuntu? "In Africa, there is a concept known as UBUNTU – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world, it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others." – Nelson Mandela.

When I signed up, I had no idea what I was going to post for this bloghop. I knew poetry was out of the question. (You should all be grateful for that.) I thought about posting a video or a Bible passage.

But the best example of humanity towards others came on Monday when so many rallied around Jeremy Hawkins and left comments of encouragement at his special tribute at the A to Z Blog. Over 160 people showed their support through the efforts of the A to Z Co-Hosts and DL Hammons’ Blog Blitz Team. You guys were awesome and really cheered up Jeremy!

Movie Trivia Answers

1 - Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Al Pacino – 1995 – Heat
2 - Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Karl Urban – 2010 – Red
3 - Joe Pantoloano, Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce – 2000 - Memento
4 - Bonnie Bedelia, William Sadler, Bruce Willis = 1990 – Die Hard II
5 - James McAvoy, Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton – 2005 – Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Have you read one of Roland’s books yet? Excited about the new book deals? How would you define Ubuntu? Get any of the trivia right? And who wants to play in the snow with Mini-Alex?

Don’t forget to visit Julie Musil today and Cherie Colyer on Friday!

152 comments:

Ellie Garratt said...

I've just stopped by Roland's blog and offered my support and prays. I hate to thing of him going through this alone. Thank you for letting us know, Alex.

The Ring of Morgana is a beautiful cover. Congratulations, Donna.

Writing for Pleasure said...

Congrats to Patricia on her contract. Very heartwarming I'm sure for Jeremy to know so many people cared.

Have a good day Alex
Yvonne.

Tina said...

I guess it pays to not be able to sleep! Holy cow! I can't believe I'm so high up the list!

Love mini-Alex in the snow. Mini-Alex in...would make a great theme...certainly less work than last years HIGHLY ambitious but oh so wonderful since I was an honored recepient, theme. Yeah, there's a good sentence, writer girl who needs to sleep.

Headed over to your interview.

And yes, Monday at the A-Z Blog was awesome. I read all 160 comments. I know that's nothing for a Ninja, but for this girl, that's a lot...

Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014
@TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge
http://www.facebook.com/TinaLifeIsGood

Tina said...

Just FYI, as of 5 am MST Julie's link goes to an older post. Good one, but not you...
~Tina

Liza said...

Love Mini Alex. Send him up here so he can go outside instead of me?

Suze said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Roland. Will definitely send up a prayer for his recovery from the surgery.

Sandra Almazan said...

We're finally getting into the thirties and forties over here, so mini-Alex wouldn't need his scarf. I should check out Roland's books and Cindy's page.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Congrats to Donna. She rocks, and I love her series. Cloned in a machine made by dwarves? lol

Jo said...

Did you know I had a franchise for cloning machines and am sharing the profits with the Dragon Cave?

I think the Ubuntu concept is wonderful, Hilary has embraced it too this morning.

Good luck to Roland for his surgery, I hope all goes well.

farawayeyes said...

Thank you for the updates about Roland. Will keep praying for him. What a great idea to help him out while also obtaining some great entertainment.roland is truly a kind and wonderful human being.

Jo said...

Forgot, if Mini Alex wants to play in the snow (pun intended) send him to visit me, we have lots of the white stuff.

Angela Brown said...

So many wonderful things going on it's hard to know where to start.

I will certainly keep Roland in prayer.

Congrats for all the great haps!

SA Larsenッ said...

LUV, hugs, & prayers to Roland. I didn't know about his health issues. Thanks for sharing.

I'm heading over to peek at Donna's book, now. I love the cover!

I am still such a loser. I keep hesitating to sign up for IWSG. Think I'm scared I'll depress myself with all my issues. ;)

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Mini-Alex looks terrific in his scarf! We're finally out of the snow here...that storm and heavy rain washed it away last night.

So sorry to hear about Roland. Thanks for letting us know.

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats to Michelle. There's definitely a lot of ubuntu in this community!

Just found out about Roland - all the best. I've read a couple of his works and must read more.

Samantha May said...

Mini Alex looks a lot warmer than I was in the snow.

I'll be thinking of Roland today. A buy-a-thon is such an excellent idea!

The Morgana cover is beautiful! Been seeing it around a lot today.

Happy Wednesday!

Writing Through College

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ellie, he will appreciate it.

Tina, I'll work on that theme. And there were so many great comments for Jeremy. And I know - the post at Julie's will be up soon.

Liza, that made me chuckle.

Jo, we'll be up to our eyeballs in Dwarves in no time. And I think Mini-Alex found the snow too cold even with the scarf.

Sheri, please join us!! You'll fit right in.

Elizabeth, the storm this morning washed away just about everything.

Suzanne Furness said...

Thinking about Roland today and wishing him well. Will have to check out his author page.

Glad mini Alex enjoyed his snow day!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad mini-Alex got out in the snow. I'm guessing it's a rare treat. Not for us here.

Thinking of Roland today. Hope things go well for him.

Pat Hatt said...

Got everyone right, lots of good news for some authors indeed. Hopefully the stupid cancer gets beat back at high speed. And what? To scared for poetry at your hut? haha

Michelle Wallace said...

Mini Alex looks stylish... very warm and comfy too...

Perfect example of Ubuntu, Alex.
Lots of people seem a bit confused when it comes to the meaning. In it's simplest form, Ubuntu means human-ness/human kindness. It's all about people.
Thanks for participating.
Thinking of Roland and praying for him...

I'm off to check out some links... especially Lord Of The Clones part 2...

Julie Flanders said...

I'm so sorry for all the Roland is going through. It seems like he has had more than his share of troubles. I hope he makes a smooth recovery and will be well soon.

Mini-Alex was totally rocking that scarf.

ilima said...

One of my favorite things about the writing community is how supportive they are of each other. My prayers are with Roland today.

Patsy said...

That Ubuntu concept is true for writers, I think. We're nothing without readers.

Misha Gericke said...

I'm definitely praying for Roland. It's already the 19th here, so every time I glimpse my calendar on my computer, I remember to shoot up a prayer.

~Sia McKye~ said...

It's frightening enough when surgery is exploratory with a possibility of cancer. That's true for both the patient and their families. Surgery to deal with cancer is awful and hopeful at the same time. I'll keep Roland and his family in my prayers.

Glad we were able to cheer up Jeremy. He's a cool dude.

Snow is a nasty four letter word for me this year. Our temps are in the 40's and 50's most of this week with nasty snow possible Monday night. If there is any accumulation, I think I'll make a snow ninja effigy and throw snow balls at it, lol!

Donna's cover is pretty and I like the premise. Need to check it out.

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Julie Musil said...

Alex is on my blog! Alex is on my blog! The post went live at 6 am pacific. I just emailed Tina to let her know.

I didn't know about Roland. Thanks so much for letting us know. I'll check out his books on Amazon.

Thanks again for visiting my blog and sharing your ninja wisdom.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - I sure hope Roland will be well cared for and will come through this peacefully.

Jeremy will just break the security screens - but otherwise he'll be ok ... such an unfortunate place to break though ...

Ubuntu = human kindness and respect for all living things ... humans, all life ...

Loads of authors getting published or signing contracts - wonderful to read about ..

Cheers Hilary

Christine Rains said...

Roland's books are so much fun. And the Blog Blitz team is awesome. A brilliant idea by DL. Congrats to everyone about their books! I'm off to Julie's. :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Prayers to Roland and Jeremy. Thanks for always keeping us updated on bloggers' goings-on. You live the spirit of ubuntu, Alex.

xoRobyn

Liz Blocker said...

Congratulations to all, and my thoughts are with Roland.

Bish Denham said...

Prayers and healing thoughts for Roland. I have a couple of his books, but I haven't read them yet! I'll have to move them up on my list.

shelly said...

Roland rocks! He is definitely in my prayers. I have several of his books to still read. And congrats to everyone who had recent successes.

Cherie Reich said...

Love the cover of Donna's book! So pretty!

Cathrina Constantine said...

Donna Hosie's cover is sweeet and her book sounds amazing. I've visited Julie and like what you had to say. All true since that's how my first books have been published.My prayers have been with Roland.

Brian Miller said...

ubuntu is so cool conceptually...will check that one out....i need to swing by...tina's post had busted links on monday or i would have.....

Leovi said...

Carefully! Do not go get stuffed up Mini-Alex!

M. L. Swift said...

I'll have to go over to Julie's and see what's happening.

I've also GOT to get over to Al's and see the latest installment. The intro was great.

M.L. Swift, Writer

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I am just leaving for the surgery now that will last hours. Imagine my surprise at the wonderful mention you and Sean gave me.

Thank you and Sean ... and to all the loving people who have stopped by my blog with prayers and support.

May the Father be with you, Sean, and all of my friends when the way grows dark.

Heather M. Gardner said...

I'm always pleasantly surprised by this blogging community of ours. I'm so glad I found it and I'm so glad to be a part of it. Its comforting to know we can always reach out and there are others out there, just like us, ready to help.
You're a big part of that, Alex.
Thank you.
Heather

Crystal Collier said...

Mmm. I love it. You made a good choice--featuring Jeremy. I'll have to pop in and see what Julie has going. Have an awesome day!

Tara said...

Wishing Roland all the best and sending healing vibes!

Hopping over to Julie's now...

Carrie-Anne said...

I hope Roland and Jeremy recover soon. Having surgery and going through rehabilitation is no fun.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

My thoughts are with Roland. I hope he gets a smooth recovery. As for Ubuntu, I do enjoy the operating system.

Empty Nest Insider said...

I'm also sending out lots of good thoughts, and prayers for Roland and Jeremy. You always embrace the concept of Ubuntu, Alex!

Julie

D.G. Hudson said...

I saw Sean's post about Roland, Alex, and I've also added text and image boxes on my blogs to send people there if only for a comment. Words can help too. It's nice to see you and Sean doing that. Inger (Desert Canyon Living) and I have sent him emails as well this morning.

As for the competition between your alter ego and Mark's ego, I can't resist a comic strip. . .I'm following the action.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Mini Alex rocks and I got one of the trivia questions right! Jeremy is an awesome and talented guy, so more power to him.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Mini Alex might be the only one enjoying the snow.
Lots of new contracts to celebrate.
Praying for Roland.

J.L. Campbell said...

I know where to come when I want to get caught up on all the happening. Playing catch up as I've been missing-in-action.

Will keep Roland in my thoughts and go check out his books. Keep us posted on how he's doing.

Congrats to everybody with a new book out!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Natalie, it doesn't happen often.

Pat, I know my limits!

Michelle, thanks for hosting the bloghop.

Sia, don't throw snowballs at me!

Julie, thanks for hosting me.

Hilary, that's true Jeremy will trigger alarms now.

Brian, she was having issues...

Roland, you're welcome, and we are all praying for you.

Thanks, Heather.

DG, it was all Sean's idea. And you will get a kick out of what Al created.

Thanks, guys!

Donna Hosie said...

Thanks for featuring the cover, Alex.

And my best wishes to Roland.

Robin said...

Unity. Ubuntu. I am really enjoying everyone participating in this blog hop.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I love your definition of Ubuntu! Mine will be up late on Friday and combined with some other stuff ... trying to stay in the writing cave mostly this week.
Great post on small presses!

Kyra Lennon said...

Sending best wishes to Roland - he is a great guy!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - you asked about the Operating System Ubuntu .. in the TED talk and article I linked to .. I copy the para over ..

"Ubuntu, the operating system. Ubuntu is also the name of “the world’s most popular free OS.” It was named this by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth, who launched Ubuntu in 2005 to compete with Microsoft. Unbuntu is all about open source development — people are encouraged to improve upon the software so that it continually gets better. According to this article in The New York Times from 2009, “Created just over four years ago, Ubuntu (pronounced oo-BOON-too) has emerged as the fastest-growing and most celebrated version of the Linux operating system, which competes with Windows primarily through its low, low price: $0.” Read up on Ubuntu’s latest release, or check out this list of great Ubuntu apps."

Saves you a bit of time .. you always have loads going on .. cheers Hilary

Johanna Garth said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Roland and I think your encouragement of writers to rally around him is a perfect example of Ubuntu.

As for playing in the snow...I'm kinda hoping ours will melt away soon.

The Happy Whisk said...

Good health wishes to Roland and to Jeremy (who to me, I still think of as iZombie).

M. J. Joachim said...

I was so thrilled to see the support for Jeremy this week. It proves that blogging is more about community than anything else. It's nice to know we have such wonderful people here.

I'll keep praying for Roland and his family. Cancer is a tough one, without worrying about all the bills that go with it.

As much as I think the scarf is too cute, I think I'll skip playing in the snow. I'm such a wimp when it comes to cold weather :)

Elephant's Child said...

Roland is in my head and heart. And if good wishes have any power (which I hope and believe they do) he will come through this ordeal better than he dared hope.

Rusty Carl said...

I'll pick up one of Roland's books. Thanks for all the news. So much is happening.

Deniz Bevan said...

A buy-a-thon is a great idea!

Hmm, mini-Alex is going to need some boots if this snow keeps up...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Donna, you're welcome!

Hilary, thanks. That's interesting it carries the same spirit.

Johanna, it is, and I didn't even think of it.

Ivy, I think of him that way as well.

MY, community is what matters.

Deniz, hopefully we are done, although now he could use rain boots.

mooderino said...

Thinking of Roland. Hope the good vibes get to him all the way across the Atlantic.

mood
Moody Writing

Birgit said...

I hope your friend gets better. health is always most important. I have seen every one of these movies and all are great. Memento is a fav of mine even though I have not seen it in a long time

Al Diaz said...

Dwarves think Baldernot at his finest is dancing on his throne but it's such a subjective matter. S.A.M. agrees with you, of course.
I'm praying for Roland and I'm glad we could cheer up Jeremy.
If Mini-Alex likes the snow, he should learn some winter sport.

Patricia Lynne said...

Mini-Alex looks like he's having a rocking time. ;)

I've had The Legend of Victor Standish on my wishlist... I might already own it. I know it perked my interest, but my kindle isn't charged so I can't check.

Stephen Tremp said...

This is the first I heard of the Ubunta Bloghop. Looks like a fun one though.

Congrats! to Patricia. I read her first book and it is a great read!

Off to visit Julie's blog now.

DAVID WALSTON said...

Roland is an outstanding author.
He has and is in my prayers.

Leandra Wallace said...

Mini Alex would look great come summer planted in a big pot of petunias, lol!

M Pax said...

Sorry to hear about Roland. Will pop in to cheer him. Glad we cheered Jeremy. That's always nice to know.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Birgit, it's one of my favorites.

Al, S.A.M. has good tastes. I'm thinking snowboarding for Mini-Alex - what do you think?

Patricia, it's a great read, and there are many adventures more for Victor.

Stephen, you still have time!

Leandra, that made me chuckle.

Mary, we did cheer him!

Ella said...

I will go visit Roland and pick up the book you mentioned! He is a detail master-it looks great~

Happy to hear we cheered Jeremy!

Mini Alex needs a girlfriend-maybe Mini movie star ;D

Hope you are doing well! I will go make the rounds~ Thank you for keeping us in the know!

J E Oneil said...

I know Ubuntu as an operating system. It's interesting to see where they got the name.

I hope Roland gets well soon.

Charles Gramlich said...

Anything promoting humanity toward others is a good start.

Charles Gramlich said...

Anything promoting humanity toward others is a good start.

Mina Burrows said...

Mini Alex rocks.

I hope Roland is okay. Thanks for the update. I'm heading over to say hi.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Can I tempt Mini-Alex with the sunny weather in Jamaica? Come here Mini-Alex... Proud to be among the blitzers who gave Jeremy well wishes. Saw some Ubuntu on Joy Campbell's blog as well, seems to be a nice hop. Congrats to the latest book deals and The Children of Camelot has a sharp cover. Of course I saw Lord of the Clones CP2. All the in crowd bloggers have Alex, duh. Ha, good post today and enjoy your day.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ella, want to make a Mini-Kate for him?

Sheena-kay, that's right! And you want to be part of the in crowd.

Nicole said...

Ooh, the Children of Camelot sounds like a great read! And Mini-Alex looks like he's enjoying the cold and snow.

Mark Means said...

And here I thought ubuntu was a computer operating system :)

Thanks for helping me catch up on my fellow bloggers.

Lynda R Young said...

yikes, I only got one of the trivia questions right and it was from a movie I hadn't seen, lol.

Helena said...

I've got Roland in my thoughts and prayers, and now is the time for me to buy his stories too. I hope he comes through the surgery with flying colors.

Carolyn Brown said...

I have read quite a few of Roland's books and loved them. They are quirky and fun. Sorry to hear his ill health continues, I wish him well.

The Blog Blitz team is awesome, being blitzed really does give you a lift.

Melissa said...

I'll play in the snow! Seriously. Send me some snow. :)

Lots of good news. Congrats to all.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mark, scroll back a few posts and you'll know everything that's going on.

Lynda, that's funny.

Melissa, ironically we are seventy degrees now.

Al Diaz said...

I think snowboard is a good idea. He looks like he doesnt have a problem with balance. Who knows? Maybe he'll even make it to the Olympics one day.

Shell Flower said...

Definitely sending good vibes Roland's way. He is an amazing writer, both in his books and on his blog. That cartoon is hilarious. Glad mini-Alex got some outside time. Ubuntu is the blogging community :)

Mary Aalgaard said...

We really do have a great blog community on the world wide web. I almost typed WORD wide web. That would describe us well!

A Beer For The Shower said...

I'm gonna go snag one of Roland's books. I need some new reads.

Also, I'm unfamiliar with Ubuntu, but I'm down with the Hakuna Matata. Plus, I got offered $18 billion dollars by a Nigerian prince. Africa's really got it going on right now.

RaShelle Workman said...

I've read several of Roland's stories. They're filled with amazing texture. Hope he's feeling better soon.

Decadent Kane said...

The ring of Morgana looks wonderful- such a beautiful cover.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Al, the Mini-Olympics!

Shell, yes it is.

Mary, that made me chuckle.

Brandon and Bryan, what did that prince want for $18 billion dollars?

RaShelle, that's a great way to describe it.

Catherine Stine said...

I'll hold Roland in the light as us Quakers say. Wishing him a full recovery.

Tara Tyler R said...

always lots of great news here!
happy for the deals and covers and Mish's blogoversary!
going to check out your small pub discussion at julie's

happy day after hump day!

Sherry Ellis said...

Sorry to hear about Roland. I'll have to stop by his site. Hopefully the surgery will be a success!

Tracy Jo said...

Sending Roland prayers! I will hit Amazon and check out his books. Mini-Alex should be in MN today...another big storm rolling through. 10 more inches of snow!

Rhonda Albom said...

Sorry to hear about Roland, I will get one of his books this afternoon. Glad to hear we cheered up Jeremy a bit. And I got 0 on trivia this time :(

Susan Roebuck said...

Oh poor Roland - I'll certainly head off to his Amazon page. I love the mini-Alex!!! A-Z is coming up, I must get there to sign up now :-) (and visit Julie - so much to do, so little time....)

readfaced said...

Alex it's so great that you wrangled Anne R. Allen over as a guest. She's the reason I found IWSG.

Leanne Ross ( readfaced.wordpress.com & @LeanneRossRF )

Gossip_Grl said...

I read the guest post on ISWG earlier today. Nice informative post on the do not of marketing and advertising your book. It sounds like there really aren't a lot of options out there unless you want to dish money out to do your own advertising. Also wanting to wish Roland a speedy recovery

Leovi said...

A great idea UBUNTU

L.G. Keltner said...

The Blog Blitz is a great example of ubuntu! And I think I might have been cloned in a machine made by dwarves. It would explain a lot.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thanks for mentioning me, Alex. More than a little out of it. I wrote a post, filling my friends in on a funny thing that happened to me under the scalpel -- yes, I was conscious the WHOLE time. Brrr. Thank you for being my friend, Roland

David List said...

Thanks for your blog post over at Julie's. It was very informative. AND I've always thought your covers were all top-notch!

I must admit, learning what Ubuntu really means, it makes sense why an open source Linux operating system chose that name!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sherry, it was!

Tracy Jo, we'd lose him in that kind of snow.

Susan, please join us.

Leanne, that's good to know! Anne is awesome.

LG, are you short?

Roland, the whole time? You are tough.

David, thanks!

Jamie Gibbs said...

The ninja scarf is very Tom Baker-y -very nice :)

Southpaw said...

Wow, so much going on. Did mini-Alex enjoy the snow?

jamieayres.com said...

I'll be sure to hop over and visit Julie! Poor Roland . . . I do have a few of his books and he's very talented. Praying for him <3

Michael Pierce said...

Great pros and cons list guest post. I didn't know anything about small publishers when I decided to self publish. I probably would have given them a chance, knowing what I do now. I will pick up a few of Roland's books. My prayers go out to him.

Carrie Butler said...

Heading over to Julie's! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Sending best wishes to Roland and Jeremy!

The Ubuntu fest is awesome!

Arlee Bird said...

My prayers go out to Roland. I haven't read any of his books yet, but I have a couple in my Amazon Cloud and hope to get to them before too long.

It was great to see the outpouring for our good buddy and A to Z co-host, Jeremy. He deserved that!

Lee
Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog

Medeia Sharif said...

I'm sorry to hear about Roland. I already have some of his books and I'm sending positive thoughts his way. I'm glad we cheered up Jeremy.

Tammy Theriault said...

prayers for Roland! and it was definitely awesome sending the love out during the Blitz!!

Rebecca Bradley said...

I have a loved one coming to the end of cancer treatment at the moment. It's a difficult journey. Wishing Roland all the best. I have been to Amazon UK and bought one of his books x

Al Penwasser said...

Not only did I not get any of the trivia right, I hadn't seen any of the movies.
I really ought to get out more.

Shah Wharton said...

I did get one right! Heat. I have a rotten memory so that's pretty cool.

The Ring of Morgana has a great cover. Congratulations to Donna and to all you lucky (talented) guys who got TP offers. Awesome!

I have stopped by and offered my support, will do now. And I'll stop by your post too. I have a million bloggers to visit today!! Um, may have to spread it over a few days.

Loved your Ubuntu offering. The online writing community is incredibly humbling. X

shahwharton.com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jamie, yes it is!

Holly, more than the sand.

Michael, it's still always an option.

Lee, yes he did!

Rebecca, he will appreciate that.

Al, after you finish your book!

Shah, a million is a lot!

Lexa Cain said...

Yay for your feature at Cherie's and for letting Mini-Alex have some fun in the snow.

Congrats to Patricia, Terri, and Donna!

I'm hoping both Jeremy and Roland recover soon.

Leovi said...

Thank you very much, my support for all hosts A to Z Blog!

Vanessa Morgan said...

How wonderful to see that so many fellow writers are living their dreams right now. Congratulations to all those with new books, contracts, and deals. Makes me want to write more.

cleemckenzie said...

I'll stop by to see you at Julie's and Cherie's. So sorry about Roland, but sincerely hope his surgery is successful.

I did catch Lord Baldornot's splendid performance.

Hammon's Blitz is a super idea and so glad to see it go into action to help another writer.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Soooo much good news here, as always, but I'm really sorry to hear about Roland's surgery. The book buy-a-thon sounds like a terrific idea, and I'll definitely hop on over to Amazon and do some buying.

Who would have thought a concept as lofty and heartwarming as Ubuntu would have such a strong toehold in the blogosphere? But it sure does, and we see examples of it every day.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Alex, thanks so much for mentioning my name on your most awesome blog.

I was off computer for a few days so didn't see the info about Rolland until this morning. I sure hope all is okay.

Emilyann Girdner said...

Hey Alex,

I hope Roland Yeomans surgery went well.

Great post. The movie trivia was killing me because I love Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis and I knew that answer was going to be so obvious once I saw it. It was, lol. Red is a good one.

Have a great weekend =-)

mshatch said...

I got most of the trivia right :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, it was successful!

Susan, yes we do.

Patricia, you're welcome, and Roland is home safe now.

LD Masterson said...

I'm already offering prayers for Roland.

Loving the Lord of the Clones Challenge over at the Dragon Cave.

Congratulations on everyone's good news.

Liesel K. Hill said...

Congrats on the feature! I'll pray for Roland. The Children of Camelot series looks good. I'm a big fan of Arthurian legend. Red! That's the movie I couldn't think of! Happy Friday! :D

Nicki Elson said...

I'm reading Roland's "Her Bones are in the Badlands" right now and am loving it! Will definitely head over to get more of him in my library. Sucks that he has to worry about paying for it and can't focus only on getting better. I'll keep him in my prayers.

Wanda said...

I'm glad it's mini Alex out in the snow and not me. We have been enjoying some warmer days lately.

klahanie said...

Another display of humanity at its finest. A lot to take note of here in the ethos of a sharing, caring community.

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar would love to play in the snow with Mini-Alex!

Leslie S. Rose said...

Enjoyed your interview on Julie's blog. Inspired by Michelle's blog hop - Nice perspective realignment.

Corinne Rodrigues said...

What you all did for Jeremy on the A-Z blog was truly an example of ubuntu, Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nicki, he'll be happy to hear that.

Gary, I bet she would!

Corinne, thanks!

Yolanda Renee said...

So glad Jeremy is dong better, and Roland, wow, great support to buy his books - I have!
And Michael having surgery too, it must be something in the air?

Great post on Small Publishers, wouldn't have done it without them.

CA Heaven said...

Ubuntu is a free Linux distribution. That's my main association with the word >:)

Cold As Heaven

Samantha Geary Jones said...

It's amazing when the community rallies together to support one another--a true reflection of Ubuntu:) Wishing Jeremy and Roland a speedy recovery!
Ubuntu Spirit of the Blue Swallow

Trisha F said...

I think the Blog Blitz team really does work in the spirit of Ubuntu :) I hadn't thought of that before, but it's such a good point!

DMS said...

Sending good thoughts and wishes to Roland during the very difficult time.

I have to say that I love Mini-Alex with the scarf. Very necessary at this time- don't want him to catch cold.

Milo James Fowler said...

Definitely keeping Roland in prayer -- and Donna's covers always look so good.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I will go and visit Roland and buy his books on Amazon. He will be in my prayers. I will be praying for his speedy recovery.

Toinette Thomas said...

I got my copy of "The Legend of Victor Standish" and am excited to read it.
I took the Dreamer's Perch toll, after going iny minny miny mo, btween Space Opera and Sci-fantasy, I voted for Science Fantasy.
I actually knew two answers to the trivial but didn't have time to find the answers to the other, but good stuff as always.

Sandra Cox said...

So sorry to hear about Roland. What a great way to rally support: BuyAThon

Michael Di Gesu said...

What a cheery post Alex! Mini Alex in the snow really made me smile. Maybe because I just got back from a wonderful afternoon walk on the beach in Florida! OH... to feel the sun again was wonderful and not to have to wear twenty pounds of clothing to go out was just amazing.

Congrats to all our blogger friends' book deals. ALL the best!

Posted about Ubuntu as well... Glad Jeremy is cheered. And a fast recovery for Roland! And yes, I have read several of his books. No one has as much heart and soul as Roland in his writings.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yolanda, something is definitely in the air.

Trisha, they do!

Jess, then I'd have to spoon-feed him soup and orange juice.

Toi, Roland will appreciate that.

Michael, that is true!

The Words Crafter said...

Hey Alex. I've been unplugged lately and only now found out about Roland's surgery. Thanks for posting about this, you're a good friend. He's supposed to return to work for 7 days straight! Anyone who hasn't read any of his books should definitely check out the Victor series. I just added some of his new stuff to my collection. If nothing else, pray for him. He's really had a rough time of it lately.

Truedessa said...

Lots of interesting releases here so
much to read and I do enjoy reading.
The mini Alex is adorable. I am just about done with your first book so will be looking to buy book two soon.

Take care...

Elise Fallson said...

That is a great example of the Ubuntu spirit in the blogging world. Gald to see we managed to cheer Jeremy up. Just knowing that, makes me feel good. It's also nice to see Mini Alex getting out and about. I see in your latest post he's also getting into a bit of trouble, terrible 2s maybe? ;)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I've been so out of the sync these past few months. I'm just thrilled to finally get online. Very happy to hear all the good news. Love the covers. And now I'm off to Julie's.

TBM said...

My thoughts are with Roland.

Mini-Alex would need an umbrella in London today. More rain.

Johanna Garth said...

Triple posting! Seriously impressed.

Congratulations to Stephen!