Monday, March 17, 2014

Avengers: Age of Ulton, X-Men: Apocalypse, Stargate Extinction, True Detective, Ninja News, A to A Challenge, And Epic 2000 Giveaway Winners!

I have an interview today at the blog of the talented Medeia Sharif. An author with multiple books coming out this year, she’s also a generous, genuine spirit. Please stop by her site!

The A to Z Theme Reveal is Friday, March 21. Since I do not post on Fridays, I will reveal my theme on Monday, March 24.

Genre News

From Blastr - Avengers Easter egg in Captain America 2 revealed.

At the end of The Avengers, Stark Tower was decimated and only a A remained of the name. That was a hint, as fans will get a brief look at the new tower – now the Avengers Tower. We’ll see more of it next year in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

From JoBlo - Bryan Singer is already talking about the next film, X-Men: Apocalypse.

“Apocalypse will have more of the mass destruction that X-Men films, to date, have not relied upon. There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle.”


Total Film also posted eight images from the next movie.

From Gateworld - aborted Stargate: Atlantis movie may become comic instead.

The unfilmed movie could be released as a four-issue comic through BOOM! Studios. In it, Atlantis becomes the new base for Stargate Command and faces complete destruction. The script for Extinction has been in development hell after MGM backed out due to financial difficulties. This is not the first time the series has appeared as a comic.

I know I would prefer a movie, as the series ended so suddenly...

Review – HBO’s True Detective

HBO hit a homerun with this series. It’s dark, menacing at times, disturbing, and utterly brilliant.
McConaughey and Harrelson do a spectacular job in their roles. Big props to McConaughey – he’s improved with every role. He owns this one.
The arc of both characters is refreshing and surprising. I won’t give anything away, but the season ended on a great note for me.
Highly recommended.
Prepare to be creeped out.

Ninja News

This Wednesday, March 19 – Susan Kaye Quinn will be at the Insecure Writer’s Support Group site, so be sure to stop by.

Sean McLachlan just released The Scavenger, a short story set in the same universe as Radio Hope. Buy it now for .99 cents on Amazon.

Marcy Hatch’s first book is out – West of Paradise!!
Set in the Old West, this high-spirited tale of mistaken identity, romance, and murder is part historical fiction, part time travel fantasy, and completely captivating.
Buy it now on Amazon.


Authors - Michael Di Gesu is looking for YOU! He had eye surgery recently and since everything appears to be fine now (we’re saying he’s healed) Michael is ready to dive into the Challenge and feature a new book each day. See his site for details.

I believe it was Susan Gourley who asked that the next picture of Mini-Alex be an indication of spring. This is for you, Susan – our trees are starting to bloom!



The A to Z Challenge

We are now just two weeks away from the start of the fifth A to Z Challenge. I’ve been blessed to participate in every single one and can’t imagine an April without it.

If you’re still on the fence, let me offer this – it’s the most amazing online event you will ever experience. It will stretch you as a blogger. You’ll make so many new friends. You’ll learn so many fascinating things as you visit other blogs. And you will experience an incredible sense of belonging.

You can sign up HERE.

If you have questions, we are hosting Twitter chats every Thursday from 1-2:00 pm EST and 8-9:00 pm EST. Hosted by two of our co-hosts, these chats are a great place to get answers and meet fellow participants. Look for hashtag #AtoZChat

We also have badges to match each day of the Challenge. Pick those up HERE.

This Friday is the Challenge Theme Reveal! Hosted by Damyanti’s team, it’s your chance to reveal your theme for the Challenge. Visit team member Jemima Pett to sign up.
Since I do not post on Fridays, I will be revealing my theme Monday, March 24.
Wait until you see what I have planned!!

Epic 2000 Followers Giveaway Winners

Time to announce the winners! There were almost 10,700 entries when everything was tallied. (Whoa!) Thanks again to my followers and everyone who spread the word.

First place winner is…

Andi-Roo!

She is getting a signed copy of CassaStorm and $10.00 iTunes card, plus a copy of CassaStorm donated to her local library.

Grand prize winner…

LG Keltner!!

She’s getting a signed copy of all three books, a $10.00 iTunes card, and a t-shirt designed by Jeremy Hawkins. (And upon visiting the Neat-O-Shop, she selected the Ninja Army t-shirt. Awesome!!) In addition, all three books were donated in her name to LG’s local library.

Congratulations, ladies! And thank you.

2000 followers through GFC is something I never thought I’d see. It’s also just the tip of the iceberg, as 3500 follow me on Google+. Plus there’s those who follow via RSS feed, Bloglovin’. Feedly, Linky Followers… No idea how many total. But I appreciate each and every one of you!

Excited about the upcoming movies? (A little bummed we won’t get one for Stargate: Atlantis?) Excited about the new books? Ready to join the Challenge or reveal your theme?

Be sure to visit Medeia Sharif!

And due to a huge project at work and some other things going on in life, I will be sparse the next few weeks until the Challenge begins.

179 comments:

Donna Hosie said...

I'm up to the letter O with my A-Z blog schedule already. Last year's was fun.

Lynda R Young said...

A huge congrats with your 2000+ followers on GFC. That's truly amazing and worth the celebration.

Brinda said...

I've heard others talk about True Detective. Must be good. And are you are you sure, Little Alex, that things are blooming. It feels like spring will NEVER get here.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Good luck with the project at work and things at home.

I've heard a lot about True Detective in the last few days. Has it hit Netflix/Amazon Prime yet, I wonder? I'll have to check.

Rhonda Albom said...

I am ready for the Challenge and excited about my theme to be revealed on Friday. Congratulations on 2,000+ followers, and to the winners.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Alex your posts are always so timely for me. Saturday night I began watching True Detective on HBO GO and I am absolutely hooked! I am 4 episodes in, with 4 to go. It might be one of the top 3 shows I've ever seen.

Laura Marcella said...

I didn't know there was an AtoZ theme reveal day! My theme reveal post is scheduled for next Wed. already. It'll be a little late to the party!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Huntress, aka CD Coffelt said...

Congrats on reaching 2000th follower!!

Mark Koopmans said...

Happy St. Paddy's Day, O'Alex, and congrats on having such a successful 2k competition :)

PS... I paid my picture-debt today:)

Make sure you're not drinking anything when you click on the picture of me in the coconut bra and grass skirt :)

Sandra Almazan said...

Congrats to everyone with news, and special congratulations to Alex for reaching 2,000 followers!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on reaching 2000 followers. It's a milestone.

Glad you liked True Detective. We've only watched two. Have some catching up to do.

Francis Lee said...

True Detective is a real class act!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Donna, good for you!

Lynda, it still blows my mind.

Brinda, my allergies tell me things are blooming.

Elizabeth, it's not on NetFlix. HBO doesn't play well with NetFlix.

Keith, it's awesome, isn't it?

Laura, so will mine, and that's all right.

Mark, I've already been disturbed...

Donna K. Weaver said...

Love Medeia. Heading there next. Seriously? More carnage in X-Men movies? I haven't followed the comics, so I have no idea what they're like. I may stop watching the films then.

Marta Szemik said...

It's so nice to see blooming trees. We're still buried under snow here.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congrats on all the Followers!

I have got to start watching True Detective - I have heard so many great things about it! Don't have HBO though….

Can't wait to see what your A-Z theme is! I'm still working on mine….

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats to the winners.

Spring? It won't even hit 40 degrees here today.

Old Kitty said...

I've heard such great things about True Detective. I wish I had pay for TV to watch it over here cos two of my fave actors are in it!! How swoon worthy is that!?!

Yay for your interview over at the lovely Medeia's! Yes you totally rock!!

And hoorah for Marcy and Sean and mini Alex!!

And spring!

Take care
x

Mason Canyon said...

Congrats to everyone with books coming out and good luck on your huge work project. Good to know about True Detective. It was an odd pairing with McConaughey and Harrelson.

L.G. Smith said...

I hope I get to check out True Detective if/when it hits Netflix. I've heard good things.

And congrats to Marcy!

Julie Flanders said...

I loved True Detective SO much! Honestly sad its over but I loved the ending. Heading over to read your interview now.

Mina Burrows said...

Go Marcy! Wonderful news for her!

I want to see True Dectective so bad. I hear it's awesome!

You had over 10,0000 entries? That's like some sort of a record. Go Alex! :)

Jo said...

You've certainly become something of a cult Alex. Congratulations on all the followers.

Pleased to report I have finished all my A to Z blogs. Seemed like more work this year, not sure why.

Stephen Tremp said...

True Detective is on my list of shows to watch. I'll have to see if its on Netflix yet.

And I;m still working on my A to Z blogs. Should finish real soon.

Brian Miller said...

true detective is very well done...
i am such a sucker for marvel movies...ha...i eat that up...i really hope this translation of xmen stays the course and is good...because i really like the story lines they are choosing to chase...

Shell Flower said...

Good luck with your project at work. Congrats on reaching the 2000 followers goal. Maybe April will take you to 3000!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Fran, yes it is!

Kitty, sorry you don't get to see it.

Mason, they play well off each other.

Julie, the ending was awesome. Very redemptive.

Mina, adding them up was scary...

Jo, you have two weeks to relax then.

Stephen, not on NetFlix, and won't be for a long time.

Shell, that would be scary.

Melissa said...

Wow - lots of creepy goodness.

Glad to hear Michael is getting better.

Congrats to the winners. :)

Off to Media's...

P V Ariel said...

Hi Alex,
This is Amazing indeed!
My Congrats to you for
crossing the 2000 level.
Keep going
Good wishes
phil

Jay Noel said...

I will check out your interview.

And I started organizing my stuff for the A-Z Challenge. I'm pretty far behind, though.

Congrats once again for hitting 2000!

A Beer For The Shower said...

Congrats again on 2000 and congrats to the winners!

True Detective was amazing, and I can't believe I'm saying this, but Matthew McConaughey earned my respect with that show. I guess I can forget all those shirtless romantic comedies he used to rack up once upon a time ago and take him seriously as an actor now.

Karen Lange said...

Lots of good news and fun! Thanks as always, for sharing. :) Hopping over to Medeia's now.

Pat Hatt said...

Waiting to see if this X-men is any good before Apocalypse, hopefully it is. Yeah, wish Atlantis was a movie. But with all shows coming back in some form, Veronica Mars, 24, Heroes, only a matter of time before it comes back in some way.

Teresa Coltrin said...

Sooo much good news.

I'm so glad that mini Alex is endorsing spring, especially since we got another inch of snow yesterday here in MO.

Al Penwasser said...

All the good movies out there and I saw "Need For Speed" when I went to Florida.
Ohhhhh.......BLECH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer Chandler said...

Good morning, Alex! Long time, no see. I've missed your blog-verse updates!

Congrats to all those with new book babies! Fantastic news. I must admit, I'm not looking forward to the new Avengers' movie. I heard there's no Loki, therefore, for me, no interest :)

I'll be reading during the A-Z Challenge. I'm looking forward to the theme reveal. Have a wonderful week!

Jen (formerly of Boots and Bluestockings :))

Arlee Bird said...

No movies listed interest me. Even with "Apocalypse" in the title, "X-men" is enough to turn me off. The super hero movies just don't thrill me anymore.

Good pep talk for the Challenge. I've been tweeting about it a lot and put up regular Facebook announcements. Sign-ups are picking up again.

Lee
An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jay, you still have two weeks. You can do it!

Brandon and Bryan, I thought the same thing! He used to do those fluff, romantic roles, but now he's a really great actor.

Pat, maybe they should do a Kickstarter for it?

Teresa, sorry!

Al, I will avoid that one.

Jen!! Good to hear from you.

Botanist said...

Congrats on reaching the 2000 mark. Seems a lot of the blogging world has quietened down over the last two years, so good to see some leading lights still going strong!

Karen Walker said...

Alex, your success in blogging is remarkable and so deserving. I am sad I won't be participating in the challenge this year. Sigh!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Thanks for the Spring pic. We're expecting more snow in the next couple days. The bit of thaw in the last week, though, made us all happier! Looking forward to April, Spring, and the A to Z Challenge.

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Theresa Milstein said...

I'm a huge fan of Medeia (and you), so I'm on my way!

Andrew Leon said...

True Detective is one I'm waiting to see.
I knew that about the "A" on Stark Tower. I didn't realize it was supposed to be an Easter Egg.

Leovi said...

I would love to know your topic from A to Z, I'm still looking!

Robin said...

Lots of good info here today. Love all of the movie stuff (yay Avengers and X-Men). I was unaware of the TV show True Detectives. I think I will have to look into that.

Congrats to the winners!!!!

I am actually looking forward to A to Z! Woohoo!

Loni Townsend said...

Grats to Andi-Roo and LG Keltner!

For some reason, my work proxy is blocking Medeia's website, but I'll be sure to hop over once I'm home.

HBO does pretty good with the few series I've seen. I just wish I had more time (and the channel subscription) to watch them.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Heading to Medeia's blog! If Mini-Alex doesn't see his shadow do we get four more weeks of winter?

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Whatever things are going in your life that are keeping busy, may they soon be dealt with in a satisfying manner. How about Odin's ravens, Huggin and Munnin, circling Thor and Loki on the mountain top in THE AVENGERS? That was a subtle Easter Egg. :-)

Kirsten said...

Thanks for the heads up about A-Z theme reveal day! I am so excited to let the world know I'm taking part in this crazy challenge.
Now to get my posts written. (Got my letters ready, and my topics, just got to write some words. :) )

BTW, I wasn't aware that IWSG posts should be under 500 words, so thanks for setting things straight this weekend. I will try to be more careful about my word counts going forward ...

ilima said...

A lot of great sci-fi movie news! I already have all my A to Z posts scheduled...let's do this!

Truedessa said...

Hi Alex,

Your blog is always full of interesting material to read. I've
thought of participating in the A to Z but, not sure how I would swing that...it sounds like life is keeping you busy..enjoy the moments of life they are precious..

The Desert Rocks & Intangible Hearts said...

Have to admit the challenge stretched me as a blogger but I think I had more fun reading and commenting than writing them. Good luck with everything.

L.G. Keltner said...

I'm so excited for A to Z, and I'm also super excited to be the grand prize winner! Congratulations on 2000 followers!

S. L. Hennessy said...

Ah Alex, I've missed your blog. I've been away from blogging for too long.
1) Cannot WAIT for Age of Ultron. I just wish it were THIS summer.
2) X-Men Apocalypse. Yesssss!
3) I wish the Star Gate movie would happen, but I'll take what I can get.
4) I haven't seen True Detective yet, but now that it's all finished up I can't wait to get started.
5) A to Z yaaaaaayyyyy! It's getting so so so close!

Heather M. Gardner said...

Wonderful news for your winners and for you! I love that you give to the library, too! What a great way to celebrate your followers, Alex.
I can't believe you have spring! I still have 'feet' of snow outside trying desperately to melt. I need COLOR!!
I'll go check everything out now!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Heather

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I am so on the fence/ off the fence/ burning the fence about A-Z. When I am wading through my pile of laundry, I am so not in. Then I see posts about it and I am so wanting to join.

I'll have to check out the HBO series. Looks good. Woo hoo, more X-Men and avenger movies...I'll be able to talk my hubs into a date ;)

Sean McLachlan said...

Thanks for the shout out!
I'm on assignment in Belgium all this week but once I get back I'll be gearing up for the A to Z!

Southpaw said...

Have fun with your project or as much as you can. :)

Cathrina Constantine said...

Thanks for the spring pic.*SIGH* No signs of spring in my area, still white with snow...I've heard great things about True Detective, though, I don't have HBO. Would love to watch it! Great Interview over at Medeia's.

John Wiswell said...

I hope this new X-Men movie shakes out well. It's a relief having Singer back on board, as it was his direction that got the films to thrive in the first place. I'm totally down for an Apocalypse movie and on-going character.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

LOL, thanks for the picture which has left me totally envious as we're having more snow here today.
I really wanted a Stargate Atlantis film and am looking forward to Avengers.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - good luck with the project and I still must write my A-Zs .. and Mini Alex and the apple blossom looks good - gosh it's lovely Spring is here now ..

Cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, we'll still see a big rush in the end.

Botanist, I'm trying!

Karen, there's always next year.

Andrew, it is!

Leovi, next Monday!

Loni, sorry - hope you can get through soon.

Maurice, heck no! Ready for spring.

Roland, good one!

Kirsten, they don't have to be, just a good recommendation as many people try to visit a lot on the list.

Ilima, good for you!

Truedessa, you should. Pat does a great job with his poetry posts for the Challenge.

LG, congratulations to YOU!

SL, missed you. I really wish they'd do another Stargate movie.

Heather, stick Stormy out there - he's colorful.

Elizabeth, resistance is futile...

Sean, you're welcome!

Susan, you're welcome, and sorry you don't have spring blooms yet.

Cassie Mae said...

I'm excited about Divergent (of course) and saw Veronica Mars over the weekend. Loved it. All the other stuff I'm waiting for isn't coming out for forever! LOL

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats to the winner of the Epic giveaway. Congrats to those with books out!

Suzanne Furness said...

Congrats on the followers and also to the winners of the giveaway. Looking forward to Divergent at the moment in our house.

Mark Noce said...

Love the ninja pic! I also heard that True Detective is dark....way too dark, so I'm kind of scared off for now;) Also, what's up with all the X-Men films...I used to dig them, but now I've just lost track of how many there are.

Cherie Reich said...

I'm a little bummed too about the Stargate one. Maybe they'll one day change their mind.

Congrats to Andi-Roo and LG!

Love springtime Mini-Alex! We need more spring.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I've heard so many good things about True Detective. I'm definitely going to check it out next.

Julie Luek said...

Congratulations on the followers!

Morgan said...

I don't know why, but mini-Alex seriously cracks me up... like, he'll never get old. I love him!!!

Love all the news, Alex. Hope you are wonderful. Yay for Spring!

DiscConnected said...

I'm surprised there'd be stories about the "next" X-Men film when DOFP has not even hit theaters yet!

LC

Sarah Ahiers said...

I really need to check out True Detective soon

Carrie-Anne said...

I've got all my A-Z posts for both of my blogs finished, though they might need a little tweaking here and there. It took a lot longer to put together the posts for my main blog, since they involved a lot of pictures.

randi lee said...

Yay, an Alex post!! I'm so glad to know that Michael's surgery went well and that he's reading well again. Aaaaaaaand, I'm doing the A to Z challenge this year! First time ever and a bit nervous as I don't always have the most spare time...but I've always wanted to do it, so we shall see how I fare. Totally checking out your interview, as well!

Elephant's Child said...

My goodness you pack a lot into your posts. Enough to make those of us without ninja strengths swoon.
And talent, dedication AND generosity attract followers (stalkers).

Birgit said...

Nice to see the ninja in spring:) let's hope for more:):) Yup still on the fence with A to Z and have a theme in my head and mulling it over. Of course I have not even started so unsure if it is too late. Do I need to decide by this Friday or state my theme??? Is this Friday the deadline? Love to see True Detectives but I think that is on HBO and that means I must wait

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Of all the excitement here, I only want to say that that is the most endearing spring portrait I've seen in a long time, if ever. Hugs to you and Mini-Alex.

xoRobyn

mshatch said...

Thank you for mentioning me and my book! And I would far prefer a Stargate Atlantis movie over a comic - not that there's anything wrong with comics...

:)

Anna Soliveres said...

Congrats on reaching 2000 followers, definitely worth celebrating. I haven't participated in the A to Z challenge before, something for me to consider trying this year. :)

Meradeth Houston said...

I really need to start watching True Detective--it looks amazing! And I will always love the X-Men :)

mooderino said...

I enjoyed True Detective up to a point. Great acting but the whole serial killer plot got wrapped up a bit easily for me. Still, worth a watch.

mood
Moody Writing

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mark, there is a silver lining!

Morgan, I'll keep posting him then!

Randi Lee, glad you are joining us.

Elephant's Child, thank you.

Birgit, resistance is futile.

Robyn, thanks!

Marcy, you're welcome.

Liza said...

Oh, thank you for that spring shot. Still feels like months away for us today...but your blossoms cheered me up!

Jamie Burch said...

Congratulations to the giveaway winners! Glad Michael is doing well after surgery. Good luck with the A-Z challenge...it's coming up quick!

Carol Kilgore said...

Great to see a touch of spring here! Congrats to Sean and Marcy on their new books! Now I'm headed to Michael's . . . .

ediFanoB said...

I read "The Scavenger" by Sean McLachlan on Sunday morning.
Good introduction to the series.
One thing which really surprised me was that most of the story is without any dialogue! You will recognize it in the moment when finally someone talks.

I want more Toxic World stuff .....

Sarah Allen said...

I keep wanting to see True Detective. Love Matt McConaghey (sp?) and I loved his speech at the Oscars.

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, With Joy)

The Happy Whisk said...

Good interview. Short but good. Tim listens to music when he writes as well.

Michelle Wallace said...

Great interview over at Medeia's place... but I don't know about the "slow typing" part...?
A to Z certainly does foster an incredible sense of belonging... I only missed the first one and can't imagine NOT participating in the challenge...
Congrats on your epic 2000 followers and to Andi-Roo & L.G. Keltner!

Lynda Dietz said...

You always have such a variety of news and information on your blog, I never know what to comment on first. Let's just say I appreciate all of it.

This is my first year for A to Z and I just finished getting all my posts written and scheduled over the past weekend. I'm ready to explore as many new blogs as possible!

shelly said...

Alex: who's team am I on. I entered my Secondhand Shoes blog.i stay confuse. Time is running away from me.

Hugs and chocolate!

Chasing Rainbows said...

Who can ever forget that first A to Z.? Glad Michael is getting better and good luck in the challenge.

Yvonne.

Chasing Rainbows said...

Who can ever forget that first A to Z.? Glad Michael is getting better and good luck in the challenge.

Yvonne.

J E Oneil said...

I am so looking forward to the new X-Men and Avengers movies. They better live up to the hype.

See you at the Challenge!

Christine Rains said...

Lots of news today. Congratulations to LG! That's awesome. True Detective is something I really want to watch. Might have to wait until The Walking Dead is done and then watch it, though. I'm heading over to Medeia's now!

Sleepy Bison said...

First off, "sudden" would be an understatement for the way SG Atlantis ended.. everything was in trouble, and then DEUS EX MACHINA! They're all safe and sound on Earth. Can you imagine my face after binge-watching 16 total seasons of Stargate for that?

Also, congrats to the winners of the 2k Followers Giveaway -- lucky sons o' monkeys!

Tara said...

I'm guessing sparse for you is "normal" for others. ;)

River Fairchild said...

I think I'd have to agree with Tara. "Sparse" for you is our normal. :)
Congrats on the followers and winners!

SC Author said...

Woah, cool, the Avengers tower!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Congratulations to the winners, and congratulations to you, Alex, on getting 2000 followers! Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Liza, I'm glad!

Edi, he's writing as fast as he can!

Sarah, his speech was great.

Ivy, great minds...

Michelle, I really type slow. Thirty words per minute tops.

Lynda, glad you are all prepared! You're going to have a great time.

Shelly, what number are you?

Yvonne, will never forget that first one!

Bison, I didn't even know it was the series ending - I thought it was just the season ending until my wife pointed it out. I was bummed!!

Tara and River, that made me chuckle...

Thanks, Rachel!

Leigh Covington said...

Heading over to check out your interview! Looking forward to it!

Tyrean Martinson said...

I'm definitely bummed about Stargate: Atlantis. But I'm excited about the X-men, and Avengers movies. Plus, A to Z is coming soon!
I'll be by Medeia Sharif's tomorrow - today wasn't an online day for me until 8p.m. ... sometimes it just goes like that.

Donna Hole said...

I enjoyed True Detective too. I hope that was the series end too. It was an excellent mini series.

Ah, doesn't mini-Alex look cute with all those flowers in his - mask.

Helena said...

I enjoy the X-Men movies so maybe I'll catch the newest one--apocalyptic films are always so much fun.

And one of these days I'll get HBO (and a better TV) and watch cool series like True Detective. So good to know there are intelligent shows to watch.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congrats on reaching over 2000 GFC followers, and congrats to the lucky winners! I also liked True Detective. Great point about how MM improves with every role. There will be new stars taking over next season.

Julie

Medeia Sharif said...

Congrats to the winners and great ninja news. It's wonderful having you at my blog.

Carolyn Brown said...

I am working on getting my A-Z posts organized, it took me a while to decide on a theme.

Heading over to Medeia's blog now.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tyrean, no worries!

Donna, that ended the season for those characters. Next one will be new characters.

Julie, yes there will.

Carolyn, glad you have one now.

Tina said...

Wait? Work interfering with blogging? How can this be? LOL.

Congrats on all the followers!

I'm pushing the A-Z as well, and will also remember to add the twitter chat stuff. That's SO much fun, even though I don't type fast enough...

Headed over to the interview...

Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

Gossip_Grl said...

Congrats to the winner of your give away! Although I had about a quarter of my April postings started I have changed my theme for this year. Can't wait for the theme reveal hop to read others themes for this year.

Lexa Cain said...

Thanks for the info on Avengers and X-Men. I love those franchises! I've heard good things about True Detective. I hope it comes to my area soon.

Congrats to Sean and Marcy on their books and Andi-Roo and LG on winning your giveaway!

I've done 8 posts for the A-Z. I'd better get my butt in gear! lol

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

I've already revealed my A-Z theme. I'll try to remember to do it again on the 21st.
Those badges for each day are a good idea. Thank you for those.
I still can't decide what I feel about that tower. It's very 'out of this world'.
I'll have to catch the interview.
All the best.

cleemckenzie said...

So you're going to keep us in suspense over next weekend re: your theme. You must be a novelist the way to create suspense!

Thanks for the harbinger of spring! May I suggest some pastels for the ninja's spring wardrobe? :-)

Have to see what Michael is up to!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tina, I know I can't type fast enough.

Fanny, I like the daily badges.

Lee, you have to wait!

Sherry Ellis said...

Medeia is a great person - and a really hard worker! I'll stop by and read your interview.

LuAnn Braley said...

Visit Medeia's blog - check. Pass Genre news along to my boys - check.

Glad to see I can catch episodes of True Detective online. Sounds right up my alley. Mini-Alex is looking good! Getting excited for the #AtoZChallenge!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hey, Alex,

Congrats on your number and to the ladies that won your fab event!

Thanks so much for the shout out. Still need a few more letters, but I'm sure they'll trickle in by the end of the week!

Plan to do a huge post tomorrow to motivate more authors...

Thanks for all the prayers and positive eye support!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I read THEME and immediately panicked. But really, what's to worry about. I'm A-Z encouragement for our IWSG followers. How hard can that be?!

Suze said...

My brother had high praise for True Detective, too, and McConaughey in particular. I still mean to catch Dallas Buyer's Club.

Enjoyed your interview over at Medeia's!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Alex, what an amazing number of followers you have! Congratulations!

Do you really have dogwood in bloom? It is desolate here in Virginia. We have a few scraggly daffodils in bloom. Usually, by now, we have lots of forsythia.

Decadent Kane said...

Congratulations to the winners!

Look at the great books to come!

I'm all signed up for the reveal and for the challenge. Looking forward to meeting new people- have already began visiting some of the A-Zers. :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations on passing 2000 followers and congratulations to the winners!

I have this mega theme for AtoZ but I haven't revealed it at all yet. I might reveal it next Wednesday, but it involves Real Life and I'm waiting till all the is Ts have been crossed and the Is have been dotted... Can't wait to share!

Inderpreet Kaur Uppal said...

Hi Alex, you have some amazing stuff written her. My mind is so charged up after reading it. Great to be a part of the atozchallenge and glad I joined it.
Congrats on 2k following.
PS. Your about page says your 3rd novel will be out in September 2013.....It needs updating.
Thanks for being a great guy and super supportive blogger.

Carrie Butler said...

I'm all for indications of spring! :) Congratulations on passing 2,000 followers!

David List said...

Congrats, Alex! You really do have an army!
I'd heard only good things about Try Detective. Might check it out

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Michael, hope you get all the letters filled.

Joylene, simple!

Mary, we do! I'm far enough south I guess.

Deniz, look forward to it.

Inderpreet, thanks.

kmckendry said...

Congrats on 2000!!!! That's amazing!

I'm glad Michael is okay. And I'm very excited for this year's A-Z!

Love seeing Mini-Alex bringing Spring to us.

DAVID WALSTON said...

I wonder if the new Avengers tower will last the Age of Ultron...

Chemist Ken said...

Right now, all my family and I can think about is the Captain America movie. It looks pretty good. Thanks for the reminder about Susan Kaye Quinn's visit to ISWG tomorrow.

DMS said...

Loved the interview on Medeia's blog! :) I totally agree with you about True Detective. The acting was amazing and it was definitely very creepy. I was scared watching a lot of the time- but it was intriguing. :)
~Jess

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Love the Mini-Alex. Yes, think spring.

There is so much going on I don't know how you keep up with it all.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Congratulations out to everyone!

Woo-hoo, can't wait to see what your theme is.

I've only seen a few minutes of True Detective. I had no idea what it was, and thought it was a movie. Now I've heard a ton about it, so should have watched it.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I'm actually looking forward to the next Avengers film - I blame my kids!

Sabrina A. Fish said...

True Detective looks really good. Now I'm going to have to go watch it. Congrats to Marcy on her first book!

I love the spring shot with mini-A!

Is A to Z already so close?!! Holy cow, I need to get the rest of my posts figured out. I only have about 10 done. Eeek! My theme reveal post is ready!

Congrats to all the winners of the giveaway!

Kristin Smith said...

My boys will enjoy the next Avengers film and I guess I need to check out this True Detective everyone is talking about.

Congrats to Marcy on her first book--so exciting!

Congrats on reaching 2,000 followers--such an accomplishment. I still don't know how you do it all.

Love the pic of Mini-Alex in front of the dogwood tree. Our dogwoods aren't blooming yet--could be the ice storm we had two nights ago? Crazy weather.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

David, as it it will be destroyed even more?

Ken, looking forward to that that film!

Beverly, that's why I'm scaling back the next two weeks.

Sabrina, you still have two weeks!

Kristin, more than once that white has been ice as well as bloom.

Crystal Collier said...

I'm totally stoked about the A to Z Challenge. Just finished creating my posts, and I feel like I can breathe for the first time in weeks--but not too quickly since I clearly need to get my post ready for the theme reveal.

By the way, I want my cloning machine back. Andrew Leon totally called shenanigans on your ninjas stealing it. That's right. I'm on to you.

Liz Blocker said...

I totally meant to participate in the actual A to Z theme reveal, but realized I'd need to post today instead...so I kind of did a weird, half-a$$ed version :/ But, I'm in for the challenge itself!!! Heading over to Medeia now...

msmariah said...

Alex-- Congrats on reaching 2,000!!! That's quite an accomplishment. I'm a little disappointed about 'Stargate Atlantis' not getting a tv movie to finish things up. That was one of the better soft scifi series on television. I miss it. I don't know if I have the stomach for 'True Detective.' When I read about it, some of the stuff turned my stomach.

Al Penwasser said...

More than 2000 followers....no WONDER you get so many comments!

Nicki Elson said...

Lucky you w/ the blooms. We'll have to wait a bit longer up north. But I'm so excited---my Red Bud has actual branches this year & with all the moisture this winter I'm expecting a spectacular show of purple blooms by Mother's Day. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Crystal, I had it first! Built it over three years ago.

MsMariah, yes it was!

Al, I do get a lot...

M Pax said...

Boo about Stargate. I'd like to see more of it. There's no decent space opera on TV anymore.

Congrats to Sean!

I'll be AtoZing with the UR bunch this year.

Jemi Fraser said...

I love Stargate Atlantis - they could totally do a movie for me!

klahanie said...

Greetings human, Alex,

Apawlogies for my late arrival. I'm almost as busy as you seem to be.

As you might know, I have left a comment on Medeia's pawst.

I'm not sure if you are having problems with GFC. For about a week now, we cannot sign in or follow new blogs. If you are experiencing this now, it might be a good thing that it only started acting up after you passed 2000.

You deserve all the interaction you receive. I know that I'm grateful to you, good human.

Pawsitive wishes,

Penny and the Alphabark Challenge 2014! :)

T.F. Walsh said...

Just watched the last episode of True Detective last night, and OMG I love it. Where is seasons 2!!!!!!! Though I'm not sure how i'll go with different main characters, but it's bound to be good.

Emilyann Girdner said...

Great interview over at Medeias and you have made me curious about True Detective... May have to give it a try, but I don't usually handle scary well. Creepy I could possibly do, scary... not sure :) We'll see.

Have a good week :)

Nigel G. Mitchell said...

Haven't seen "True Detective," although I've heard a lot about it.

Never saw any of the Stargate TV shows. I feel like I'm missing out.

I'll definitely check out Medeia's blog

Elsie Amata said...

I'm with you, Alex. I loved the HBO series, True Detective. I wasn't sure what to expect and was surprised with how good it really was. I'm a big fan of Harrelson. He just keeps getting better!

Leovi said...

I wish Stargate: Atlantis was in both formats: movie and comic!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mary, no there's not!

Gary, sorry you are having troubles! I've been offline a bit this week and hadn't noticed.

TF, season two is coming!!

Emilyann, it's mostly creepy.

Nigel, really??? You need to watch them.

Elsie, they are both getting better.

Vanessa Morgan said...

I love Medeia's blog. Congratulations on the interview.
Thanks for informing us about the A to Z theme reveal. I might participate too.

Karen Elizabeth Brown said...

I've been on the fence for the A-Z challenge, but I'm finally going to sign up. It's time to do something fun!

Nicole said...

Can't wait for the new Avengers movie! Now, off to finish my A-to-Z posts. :)

Steven said...

Didn't catch True Detective since I don't have TV now. I've read about it and was surprised since some elements of the story are similar to a book I want to write in the future.

Ella said...

Congrats Alex! Looks like a celebration is in order~
More Atlantis please and I look forward to True Detectives~

Thanks Alex, for all your share and do!

Ella said...

Congrats Alex! Looks like a celebration is in order~
More Atlantis please and I look forward to True Detectives~

Thanks Alex, for all your share and do!

Melanie Schulz said...

We appreciate you too, Alex.

Tara Tyler R said...

love the upcoming movie tidbits!
i hear good things about true detective, not sure i'd like it, i'll stick with game of thrones!

can't wait to hear what your theme is! teaser!

have a great weekend!

T. Drecker said...

Aw, the little ninja looks cute between all those flowers. Congrats to the winners!
Ug! I'd so like to do A-Z again, but I can't wait to pop in on everyone else.

LD Masterson said...

Congratulations to the contest winners and on the new releases.

Nice to see a little springtime.
Thanks Mini-Alex.

I totally agree on True Detectives and on Matthew McConaughey. He's really grown as an actor.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Karen, glad you can join us!

Steven, you'll need to catch it sometime. No television? Really?

Tara, on Monday!

LD, he has indeed.

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

2003 followers, that's a huge number Alex. Congratulations to the lucky winners. Will hop over to Medeia's blog now.

S.K. Anthony said...

Ooh congratulations to Andy-Roo and LG Keltner on winning your giveaway :)

I'm now very intrigued by the next Avengers & X-Man movies...eeek!

And now going to check out Medeia's blog! Will be back Monday to check out your reveal. Enjoy your weekend, Alex.

Michael Pierce said...

Congrats to the winners! Great interview and Susan's advice on discoverability is so valuable. The key for me at the moment is to keep writing.

Teresa Delgado said...

Hey alex it is that time again! I can't wait to see what you have planned and I hope you will love what I am doing in my geek and disney worlds this year! WOO HOO Teresa From the following sitesFangirl Next Door Stormy's Sidekick Quackin Over Disney Geek On!

Lydia Kang said...

Your mini Alex adventures never cease to make me smile!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Well I messed up this week. Hey Alex, glad to see Mini-Alex enjoying himself out in the sunshine. So many things get canned due to 'financial issues', sometimes it's just cowardice or greed. Not everything can make a billion dollars dollars people (or half). Congrats to the winners and see you Monday.

Hannah J said...

I had planned to work on my schedule today but my blog is having a hiccup so going to work on it with pen and paper then type it up when it's fixed. My foster son really wants to go to see Captain America 2 - he's desperate to go next weekend when it opens here. I did send my brother a picture of that Easter Egg to see what he thinks as he's my resident knowledge base for all things Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America etc.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Teresa! Good to hear from you. Glad you are one of Stormy's sidekicks.

Lydia, I am here to amuse.

Sheena-kay, how did you mess up?

Hannah, sorry your blog is having issues.

Toinette Thomas said...

My dad was really excited about the idea of the Stargate Atlantis movie. He hasn't tried to read comis books before, but he might for this.
Great reviews; everyone seems to agree True Detective is a hit.
Looking forward to seeing some of the challenges for AtoZ (not participating). :(

Milo James Fowler said...

Looking forward to reading everybody's A2Z posts next month. Not a big fan of X-Men, but I heard there's going to be yet another Wolverine solo project, and I'm stoked about that.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Lookin' forward to your big reveal, Ninjalex.

Dean K Miller said...

Okay....I am a bit overwhelmed, but I'm in for this year's A-to-Z blog challenge. Best I get busy!

Reid Kemper said...

The Avengers Easter egg is pretty cool. I didn't know that.

Jai Joshi said...

I haven't watching any of True Detective yet but I'm looking forward to catching up on it. It looks really interesting with a great cast.

Jai