Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Plus Massive Book News

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

My awesome co-hosts today are Mark Koopmans, Joylene Nowell Butler, Elsie, and Lisa Buie-Collard! Please stop by their sites and thank them for helping today.

Now that the insanity of the Challenge is over – I am working on my manuscript again! I’m in the final stretch and it was no effort to jump back in and continue with the story. Endings have always come first for me, so what I am about to write has played over in my head a hundred times. So I am eager to finish the first draft. Then editing, which will involve adding many new elements and twists. Good thing I really like the editing phase.

But I did write more than blog posts during April!

I was asked to contribute to audiomachine’s next project, an eighteen track movie soundtrack called Phenomena. There will be a free eBook available for download. With every purchase, audiomachine will make a donation to the LA Youth orchestra. My story will accompany a piece called Drakon's Empire.

What’s my story about? Well, it focuses on a young man by the name of Bassan…

Be sure to visit other IWSG members!

Book Releases and More!!

Break Time
A Steampunk Anthology
by Pat Bertram, J.Conrad Guest, J.J. Dare, Dale Cozort, Suzanne Francis, and Joylene Nowell Butler

Welcome to Break Time, a collaborative steampunk anthology written by seven authors from four countries -- USA, New Zealand, Canada, Australia -- who have never met.

Available on Amazon - eBook and Print

Living the Afterlife: A Death and Chronos flash fiction collection
By River Fairchild

Thirty stories filled with laughter and mishaps as a Harley-riding Death and anachronistic Chronos create havoc in Purgatory and on Earth. A host of Immortals join in the misadventures.

Buy it on Amazon

How to Seduce a Band Geek (How To #2)
by Cassie Mae
Buy it at Amazon


Hey, I resemble that...
Rescue Squad, Book 9 of A Shot in the Light
By Hart Johnson
Buy it at Amazon

Chasing Luck
by Brinda Berry
A Serendipity novel - New Adult Romantic Suspense
Buy it at Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble

Second Chances 101, the fifth Ripple Effect Romance Novella
By Donna K. Weaver
Buy it at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Stones of Power: The Invasion
By Eric Buffington
Buy it at Center One Publishing and Smashwords








Altered Perceptions is an anthology of great authors, donating their work to help author Robison Wells, who's crippled by debt, caused by his mental illnesses. David Powers King is pledging one dollar for every comment on his IWSG post today. So visit David and donate his money!

Whoa!
Anyone else diving back into their writing this month? Picking up Phenomena? (You should see the list of authors contributing stories to the eBook!) Picking up any of the new releases? And what’s your writing insecurity today…?

And heads up – I will be out and about enjoying life this weekend, so you won’t see me around much. After last month, I hope I remember how…

And please, special prayers for Melissa Bradley. She was admitted to the hospital on Monday and they discovered a huge mass around her lymph nodes. The biopsy is today, so please keep her in your thoughts.

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Nick Wilford said...

First?!

Sending best wishes and thoughts to Melissa. I just hope they discovered it early enough.

Congrats on the movie project, that sounds very interesting. Good luck on your writing and editing. I'm preparing to dive into the second part of my trilogy this month - think I need to do a bit of planning this time!

Elephant's Child said...

Congratulations to you and all the other writers.
It is increasingly occurring to me that tincture of the Ninja Captain could solve the world-wide energy crisis...

M.J. Fifield said...

Sending Melissa lots of positive vibes...

That's so awesome about the audiomachine project. I always love it when they pop up on my Pandora stations.

Happy writing!

Shah Wharton said...

Oh my, I gather a whole load of congrats and - yes - I'm totally up for Phenomena! But then I read about R. Wells and then, poor Melissa.

It's a day to be grateful and to keep my fingers and toes crossed. X

Enjoy your rest!

shahwharton.com

Natalie Aguirre said...

So sorry for Melissa's illness. She'll be in my thoughts today.

Congrats to everyone on their new book!

And have an awesome, fun weekend.

Kyra Lennon said...

Oh my goodness, sending best wishes to Melissa!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

So many anthologies and book covers. Big congrats to Cassie Mae! Back to writing eh Alex. Best of luck. Oh and I added my IWSG post to my Tuesday post. Enjoy your day.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Happy ISWG! You are quite welcome to join me, I don't drink beer, but I'm spending the day in a brewery :0)

Elsie Amata said...

Sending prayers to Melissa. I didn't hear about that, I'm so sorry. Hugs to her.

Yes, I'm diving back into my WIPs and even starting a new one now that the Challenge is over. The Challenge really inspired me to keep my butt in my seat and be productive. I don't know what else I was doing but it wasn't writing. I hope that newfound drive I found stays!

The project you worked on sounds like a ton of fun. Right up your alley. Music and writing. I'm clicking on it after I post this comment. Oh, I forgot to tell you, I started reading Cassafire. Well done, Alex! I'm not a big sci-fi chick but I like it.

Thanks for letting me co-host today - you know I love it!!

Elsie
co-host IWSG




Lynda Dietz said...

Glad you're writing more and glad you're going to try and remember what its like to relax.

Congrats on being chosen for the BOTM Club Sci Fi read on Goodreads this month, too.

Will pray for Melissa.

Carolyn Brown said...

Very sad to hear about Melissa's bad news. My thoughts are with her.

Looking forward to hearing what this new manuscript is about and the Phenomena sounds awesome.

Carolyn Brown said...

Very sad to hear about Melissa's bad news. My thoughts are with her.

Looking forward to hearing what this new manuscript is about and the Phenomena sounds awesome.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

You did a lot of writing last month! Congratulations on all you did, and on taking a break this weekend (hoping the weather will cooperate!)

Sorry to hear of Melissa's news. Hoping for a very positive outcome.

Jo said...

My very best wishes to Melissa. She must be worried sick.

Glad you are getting back in to writing. After all the work you did with A to Z I would think you might need a rest.

Hope your parents are quite well now.

SittieCates said...

Wow! That sounds like a cool project, Alex! Congratulations! I'll keep in touch so I'll know when that free download would be. :-)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Sending thoughts and prayers to Melinda and her family. I hope it's benign!

Sandra Almazan said...

Congrats to everyone with new releases!

Best wishes for Melissa and her family.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Best wishes to Melissa.

The movie/book thing sounds really interesting, congratulations. And there are so many releases, congratulations to everyone.

Huntress said...

Holy Cats! What a group.
Congrats to (deep breath):
Jolene, Cassie, Donna, Brinda, River, Hart, and Eric.

Sounds like David is backing a great cause.

Prayers to Melissa.

TBM said...

Congrats to you and all the authors. That's amazing.

I'm in the editing stage at the moment so I'm not writing much.

Best wishes for Melissa

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nick, you're first!

Elephant, that made me chuckle.

Sheena-kay, I will go back and read it today.

Elsie, thank you! I hope you enjoy it.

Lynda, I was?????

Jo, no rest for the weary.

SittieCates, should be at the end of this month.

Thanks, everyone.

Mason Canyon said...

Sending positive thoughts and saying prayers for Melissa.

Congrats to all the book releases and David for his support of Robinson. Congratulations to you, Alex. You are a multi-talented man. You'll have your manuscript finished in too time.

Kim Van Sickler said...

So many intriguing books coming out. Yesterday's Swagger post mentioned Margo Kelly's new release about Internet stalking as well. I think it would be extremely helpful to work my plot backwards from the ending. I love that you can do that (as does Stephen King). Alas, I get an idea and then plod through it, not knowing how it's going to end, until it does. I'm in just as much suspense as anyone else.

Julie Flanders said...

Oh my gosh, I didn't know about Melissa. So sorry to hear that.

Congrats on your audiomachine project and how fun that the character is named Bassan. :D

Denise Covey said...

I just read about Melissa on Michael's blog. I do pray she's okay. Tough time. Thanks for all the book news. Just about a mini Amazon around here! Good stuff.

Glad you slipped painlessly back into your writing after the A-Z. Lots ton write about at the moment.

Denise

River Fairchild said...

I'll be keeping Melissa in my thoughts.
So many books out right now! Thank you so much for mentioning my guys, Death & Chronos. They'll leave your space-time continuum alone for a few days as a thank you. ;)

Brian Miller said...

cool on being offered that place ont he soundtrack...and best wishes on working on the manuscript as well...i know it probably feels good to get back to it...

Tina said...

Oh, Melissa, that's horrid. We're buds.
Your project with audiomachine sounds great! I sure enjoyed doing the Tree of Life collaboration!

No new insecurities, just some advice from a tired co-host...
Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

Jennifer Chandler said...

WOW! That IS some massive book news. Congrats on the story in the eBook. It sounds very interesting.

Yes, I am picking up my writing this month. While I didn't participate in the Challenge this year, I had a bit of a Challenge of my own and made a few interesting discoveries in the realm of writing.

Thoughts and prayers to Melissa today. Here's believing her biopsy will come back with good news. I pray she and her family have peace today.

Happy Wednesday!
Jen

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congratulations to you, Alex, and to everyone with book releases and exciting news - whoo hoo! :)

Sending positive thoughts Melissa's way…. That's scary stuff.

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

Dean K Miller said...

Healing prayers for Melissa on their way.

I am back into my second book...not as smooth of a transition as yours.

I'll be bopping in the IWSG sites today.

Nicki Elson said...

Oh no -- I just sent up a prayer fro Melissa. My niece just had something similar and it all turned otu to be a-okay, so I'll hope the same for Melissa.

So many great new books coming out! Congrats to all the authors. Good on you jumping back into the writing so easily. What a cool concept for Phenomena.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Some wonderful releases coming out!!
I'll have Melissa in my thoughts today. Good luck to her!

Melissa said...

Wow. Sorry to hear about Melissa. My uncle was just diagnosed last week with terminal cancer, so this news really struck a chord with me. Hope her prognosis is much better.

Congratulations, Alex! What a cool project for a worthy cause!

Lots of good news in this post. Congrats all around!

Enjoy your weekend. :)

Hart Johnson said...

Hey, thank you for the shout out, Alex! And WOW... sending Melissa the very best--that is scary.

I am winding up loose ends in May so I can get to real new writing in JUNE for BuNoWriMo...

Chemist Ken said...

Good luck with getting back into your manuscript. I generally play my final scenes a couple of hundred times in my head too--long before I get around to it. Which makes it hard to be patient when I'm working on the sagging middle.

I'll say a few prayers for Melissa.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Most certainly prayers for Melissa. I've had several benign tumors biopsied, so hopefully hers are nothing too. But no matter, the stress of waiting on a biopsy is horrible.

Lots of new books. I need to just have a book day on my blog there are so many!

Congrats on the audio...I'm assuming you're playing the music? Awesome.

Now, I need to go add the co-hosts to my post. Ugh. How did I forget that!?

Marta Szemik said...

That's amazing that you had the time to write something else during A-Z. And it's good news that editing is going well:)
My prayers will be with Melissa.

Sarah Ahiers said...

ugh. I hope everything comes back Okay for Melissa

Cherie Reich said...

Good luck with your manuscript and congrats about the short story!

Lots of good book news today!

I hope Melissa will be okay.

Kristin Smith said...

Poor Melissa! That is so scary! Thanks for letting us know. I will stop by her blog and send my thoughts and prayers to her.

Phenomena sounds awesome! Many congrats to all those with a new book out...that was quite an impressive list!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Sending lots of positive energy and prayers for Melissa.

Phenomena sounds super awesome. Congrats Alex. I am planning on diving back into my writing this month.

Heather M. Gardner said...

So amazing all your news! Good for you! Are you feeling like a rock star yet?

Good luck with the editing. I just finished the last ones on book 2. YEAH!

I'm going to see David and Melissa. Thanks for passing the info.

Heather

Al Diaz said...

Have a wonderful time this weekend. You truly deserve it after all that work with the challenge. If you have forgotten how to do that, dont worry, it's among the easiest things to remember.
I'll go visit DPK and I will be praying for Melissa.

Laura Marcella said...

My writing is taking a hit. We just bought a house, and it's only gonna get crazier with packing and cleaning and moving and new job. Good thing the blogosphere starts slowing down in the summer months! I won't feel so guilty when I'm MIA.

Good luck with your wip, Alex!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Tyrean Martinson said...

Praying for Melissa.
Congrats on your story for audiomachine! and on your writing progress! Have fun this weekend!

And congrats all around to all the awesome writers!

T. Drecker said...

Definitely keeping Melissa in my prayers!

Wow! So you not only have ninja speed in the blogging world but write all of that at the same time. *shakes head in wonder* Guess you eat your Wheeties.

Rhonda Albom said...

That's a lot of new books and lots of writing. I am back to my WIP also. Still seems so busy though.

Thinking about Melissa. Hope things go ok.

Christine Rains said...

Ooh, a Bassan story! Very cool. Good luck with your writing. And wow! So many books today! Congratulations to everyone. My thoughts are with Melissa.

Brandon Ax said...

Awesome about the anthology. I like endings as well. I need to follow your lead and jump back into my manuscript.

Brandon Ax: Writer's Storm

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kim, that's probably the only thing I do like Stephen King!

Julie, everyone wanted to know more about him.

River, you're welcome, and appreciate that!

Hart, you're welcome.

Ken, we just want to get to that ending, don't we?

Elizabeth, no, not my music!

Heather, a rock star with one groupie maybe...

Laura, once the move is done, you'll get back to it.

T, that made me laugh!

Christine, that's right - everyone wanted more about Byron's son.

J Q Rose said...

Thoughts and prayers for Melissa. And what an opportunity to help a fellow author. How generous of David to make a donation based on comments. This is a big community with a big heart. Congrats on the audiomachine project. I love that book cover of Phenomena. It drew me in for a closer inspection. All the best Ninja Captain!

Eric Buffington said...

Thanks for the shout out and for hosting again! Good luck with the upcoming projects. Sounds like you're very busy!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Enjoy the weekend fun Alex. And it's like riding a bicycle...you don't forget, lol!

A variety of genre releases. Dale and Pat mentioned they were working on this awhile ago. I'll have to pick it up.

How cool to hear about Phenomena.

Hubs and I have instituted date nights (or days) on one day of each weekend. It's been fun.

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Kirsten said...

I'll keep Melissa Bradley in my thoughts today.
Great job on getting some writing done during A to Z. Phenomena 'sounds' like an intriguing project! ;)
Kirsten @ A Scenic Route

Mary Aalgaard said...

Alex, great news on your writing! Whoo hoo. The Audiomachine project sounds fantastic. Remind us when it's released. I will definitely support it! The Afterlife book sounds like one that The Biker Chef and I might enjoy!

Enjoy the fun in the sun! I'll be out and about with my boys, too!!!

Diane Burton said...

Sorry to hear about Melissa. Sending healing thoughts.

What a productive month you've had. Relax and enjoy the weekend.

Pat Hatt said...

Congrats on audiomachine addition at your sea. Yeah, back to editing another book for me, blah to editing though, and of course have to keep 120 posts ahead haha it's fall now at my hall.

Suze said...

That is so cool that your project donates to a youth orchestra! Nice.

Karen Walker said...

Oh prayers and thoughts for Melissa. How scary.
Congrats on getting back to your manuscript. And Alex, have a blast this weekend.

Lisa said...

Oh so sorry to hear of Melissa's challenge and will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. I've not slowed on the keyboard either! Working on a short story for a contest, deadline the 12th! Now I'm off to visit blogs!!!

Crystal Collier said...

Wow! That's a huge list of books being released into the world! Awesomeness. I'm also contributing to the eBook, and it's going to be awesome.

I can't believe you actually found time to write during April. Whew! Okay, so I dusted off and edited a few chapters, but actual writing? *shakes head*

Loni Townsend said...

Wow! Lots of new book releases!

It's great to hear you're getting back to writing, and about your contribution to audiomachine's ebook. I hope to get back into the swing of things too and really put a dent in my next novel. Here's to exercising fingers!

Tonja said...

I am very excited to dive into writing in May. That's great you're working on a new project.

Sorry to hear about Melissa. It's wonderful that she has so much positive energy and so many prayers coming her way.

E.E. Giorgi said...

Interesting that endings come first for you Alex -- is it always the case and then you work your way backwards? Fascinating, I'd love to know more! :-)

I don't outline, so I usually don't know the ending until I get there :-)

Jennifer Hawes said...

I can't begin a book without knowing how it's going to end:)
I will keep Melissa in my prayers today.
Congrats on the audiomachine project and finishing up your first draft!
(I tried to leave a comment earlier and my computer is such a rebel. So if you do see two comments, you'll know I'm not that crazy/weird;-)

Donna K. Weaver said...

You are such a tease, Alex! Thanks for the shout out.

ilima said...

The Phenomena project sounds very cool. And yay for diving back into your manuscript!

I got to beta Band Geek for Cassie and I have to admit it's my favorite Cassie Mae book so far (and I *think* I've read them all...her published ones at least). So excited for her!

Elise Fallson said...

So awful to hear about Melissa. I'm keeping her in my thoughts and hope everything goes smoothly for her. I knew she'd been in some pain but I didn't know about the mass they discovered around her lymph nodes. Sending lots of love and positive thoughts her way. <3

Good to hear you are in the final stretch of your book and wow, great news about participating in audiomachine's ebook! I love audiomachine, they are great and I'm sure your entry will rock. :)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Terrible news about Melissa. Congratulations on the audiomachine ebook thing. It sounds right up your alley.

Patricia Lynne said...

I'm sending good vibes and hopes of good news to Melissa right now. ~~>.<~~ Anyone know if she got them yet?

I actually got a new story idea after the challenge, so I'm hoping to get into that. But I also have a move coming up this weekend, so that's taking up a lot of time right now.

Arlee Bird said...

My prayers for Melissa and hopes for positive outcome. My wife is going in tomorrow for some follow-up tests for something that showed up in a previous test. I hoping nothing's there and all will be well with her too.

Lee
An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Oh no, thanks for telling us about Melissa. I love her and will hold her in prayer.

Congratulations to River and everyone else.

Enjoy life. I'm guessing if you need reminders, Mini Alex knows how to raise a raucous.

xoRobyn

Sarah Foster said...

Surprisingly, the A to Z Challenge actually motivated me to write more and I managed to get a lot done on my manuscript during April as well. I'm hoping to keep up that momentum.

Laura Clipson said...

I'll be diving straight into revisions for my NaNo novel this month, which I'm quite looking forward to.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

JQ, and the music really rocks. You'll like it.

You're welcome, Eric!

Sia, we do date nights!

Mary, I will let you know.

Pat, I can't even imagine being that far ahead...

Crystal, conceived, wrote, and edited!

EE, I'll have to map out how I do it. After I figure that out of course...

Jennifer, crazy is all right.

Donna, you're welcome!

Ilima, that's cool!

Elise, I really hope so...

Patricia, jot down your idea and come back to it later.

Lee, prayers for her as well!

Charles Gramlich said...

Congrats on the Phenomenon project!

Teresa Powell Coltrin said...

Prayers for Melissa!

I think I like the writing after the first draft better than drafting.

Have fun this weekend.

Robin said...

I think everyone is ready to do some Living after the month of April. Too much time glued to the computer and not enough Doing. Good for you!!!

mail4rosey said...

Good luck with the book.

Special prayers definitely for Melissa.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Look at all the new books. That is so kewl! thanks, Captain.

Carrie-Anne said...

I hope Melissa recovers speedily, and makes a full recovery.

I spent most of April with editing and polishing the first two books I'm releasing this year, though I did find a few days to get back to work on my WIP before switching back to my bigger priority. I'll be really upset if I don't have my cover in time to release the first book on Friday, when I chose that day specially since it's my protagonist's birthday.

cleemckenzie said...

I think April took its toll. I slept in until after 8 this morning, so my morning is all about catching up!

Great that you're back to your ms. I'm so wanting to get back to writing. That will happen soon.

Some great looking books I see. I wonder if the publishing industry will ever assimilate this rapid change and growth?

Sorry about Melissa. She is in my thoughts.

Chrys Fey said...

I'm finally getting back into writing too. Hallelujah! :D

All great books in this post today for such amazing writers.

I'm praying for Melissa!

Jeremy [Retro] said...

sending the best thoughts to MB...
what a glorious day for book releases... and i told you the girl with the hooks was disturbing.

Leigh Covington said...

I have made it to the comment section BEFORE you hit 100 comments! This is something of a miracle! AND... congrats to all the authors of those fantastic books! WHOOT!

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congrats on the Phenomena project! Glad you were able to jump back into your manuscript! Have a fun weekend, Alex! Yay for all the new releases! My thoughts and prayers go out to Melissa.

Julie

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Enjoy your weekend, you definitely deserve it! Thanks for the update on, Melissa. I'll keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

Congratulations to all the new authors. Seeing their success empowers me!

Margo Kelly said...

That is massive book news. And I'll keep Melissa in my prayers! :)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

We so often take the next breath, the next week for granted. My prayers are with Melissa. Good health is the first and best wealth.

Samantha May said...

Sending good vibes Melissa's way!

And AH HA! Another clue as to what the ninja looks like *scribbles in notebook*

Cassie has ANOTHER book out? Sheesh. I am way behind!

I'm finally writing again. After a semester long hiatus, it's good to be back in "the game" (or whatever).

Heather Musk said...

The book releases look great, I'll be checking a few of them out. Thanks for sharing.

My thoughts go out to Melissa too in this difficult time.

Good luck with getting your first draft finished, and enjoy the weekend!

nutschell said...

Congrats to all those who rocked the A-Z! Glad to know you're diving into writing again.I'm doing the same this month, on top of a whole bunch of other things.
Ooh, are we going to hear your awesome guitar skills on this soundtrack? can't wait!
Sending melissa lots of good healing thoughts!

hugs,
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Leanne Ross said...

This last month was a killer. I'm so glad to be back to writing on my novel and not just the A to Z posts.

Happy to hear your taking some time for yourself and that your WIP is in the home stretch!

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

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Teresa, we are kindred spirits.

Carrie-Anne, a cover is important!!

Jeremy, it was!

Leigh, that made me chuckle...

Samantha, good for you!

Nutschell, not me - it's all done by really great musicians.

mooderino said...

Taking time to enjoy yourself! Whatever next?

mood
Moody Writing

Caffe Maggieato said...

Thoughts and prayers for Melissa during this time. Hope everything turns out OK!

Glad to hear you found time to get back to your MS. Good luck and congrats on finishing A-Z!

Jeff Chapman said...

Congrats on getting back into your WIP and the pub in Phenomena.

Sherry Ellis said...

Sending prayers to Melissa!

I think we're all jumping back into writing. I know I am - working on book 7 of my series. That's cool about the audiomachine project. Good luck with it!

Fundy Blue said...

Sending prayers and positive energy to Melissa!
Happy writing, Alex.
I never start off knowing the ending. For me it's a place or a feeling or a character ~ and I usually get hijacked by my creations! A là Tolkien and Strider ~ not that I'm even a flea in that company!
I'll wish you a fun weekend, now!

farawayeyes said...

Diving back in is always a good thing.

There sure are a lot of new books coming out.

Thanks for the head up about Melissa. I will definitely pray for her.

randi lee said...

Hi Alex and congrats! I'm also getting back into my manuscript this month after neglecting it for far too long. Feels great to be back on track :D

Jenni Enzor said...

Congrats on getting to the end! I often have the ending in mind when I write, but it always ends up differently when I write it. It's also the part I revise the most, even more than the beginning sometimes.
I will be praying for Melissa.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That Audiomachine project is a great opportunity.

So many new books this week.

msmariah said...

Alex-- Thank you for the heads up on Melissa. I had no idea. I will be praying for her.

Andrew Leon said...

Wait a minute, I'm completely out of context. Is this a movie soundtrack for an actual movie?

Lexa Cain said...

Yay for getting back to your WIP! (So am I. *fingers crossed*) Congrats on Drakon's Empire!

Congrats to Joylene, River, Cassie Mae, Hart, Brinda, Donna, and Eric!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Thanks Alex for mentioning Melissa... I told her and she really appreciates it.

CONGRATS to all blogger buddies new books... AMAZING!!!!

Working a bit more on final edits for my second novel, trying desperately to finish it up and get it out there.

Life's just crazy as usual.....

Leovi said...

Glad to know that your manuscript is going well and you are already in the final, gorgeous!

Samantha Geary Jones said...

Your contribution to the audiomachine ebook is AMAZING! I can't wait for the launch! Thank you, again, for joining this epic project:) PHENOMENA hit #10 on the iTunes soundtrack chart for its debut!! Woot!

Congrats to all the awesome book releases! Will be picking up River's *love her writing* and Altered Perceptions *what a great cause*. My thoughts & prayers are with Melissa.

WriterlySam
Echoes of Olympus
A to Z Survivor

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Leanne, last month was a lot!

Jenni, my endings vary a bit once I get there.

Andrew, they do soundtracks. This album will be a compilation of many soundtracks.

Michael, thanks - I still need to email her. Been overwhelmed today.

Still making the rounds. I will get to everyone!

M Pax said...

Sorry I forgot to put IWSG on my post today. Fixed that.

A whole lotta books out this month. Wow. That's awesome to see.

I think I'm in Phenomena... I better finish my story. lol

That's terrible about Melissa. I knew she was going in for tests and was in a lot of pain.

Michelle Wallace said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to Melissa...
I'm busy with editing, and have one or two other project ideas that I'll be working on...
Congrats to all the authors on all those new releases.

Liza said...

Prayers for Melissa. Enjoy your time out and about and the writing. Sometimes it feels great to get back into the routine!

S. L. Hennessy said...

Wow, that's such a cool project to contribute to Alex! I can't wait to read (and donate!).

DAVID WALSTON said...

Will pray for Melissa and visit David today.
Have fun this weekend!
Fun is that thing you do when you least expect it.

Pk Hrezo said...

Wow that's great about Phenomona!! Big congrats!!
And I bet you're glad to get back in the writing chair!!

Gail M Baugniet - Author said...

My post today tells about my insecurity with speaking in public. I am doing mental gymnastics about which direction to take for my next novel.

Lighting a prayer candle for Mel.

Welcome to my world of verse. said...

Thoughts and prayers for Melissa,

Great post as per usual.
Yvonne.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I hadn't heard about Melissa Alex. Thanks for the heads up on this.

Birgit said...

Great news for you working on that soundtrack and that you getting into the your writing. Now I have a big favour and i hope you can help me in some way. I have a client, he just lost his daughter a month ago, he has to sell his home and my heart went out to him. He told me he has alot of Star Wars stuff-original and Star Trek stuff, Dr. Who, he has a film info and signed by Margaret Mitchell and the first book done in 1912 on the Titanic. It sounds like he has alot. he does not have any family or friends to help him. He wants to sell this. Do you know of any place, on-line that can help him? Anything would be appreciated

Toinette Thomas said...

Phenomena sounds awesome. I don't know how you find the time to do all this stuff.

I love that authors and others have gathered together to help one of their own.

I'm glad your writing is going well and that you like editing. It's painful for me.

I'll be sure to keep Melissa in my prayers.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Samantha, thank you for asking me - again! And that's an awesome debut.

Mary, no worries. And yes, you better finish.

SL, thanks!

PK, I am.

Birgit, I have two people I can ask - I'll get back to you.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Good wishes for Melissa. So many new book releases. Wow!

I'm diving back into my book and hoping to make lots of progress by the end of May.

Mary Montague Sikes

Juneta Key said...

Prayers to Melissa and family. That is awesome news about Phenomena. Congratulation for completing A-Z challenge.

Have A Great Weekend.

Juneta at Writer's Gambit

J E Oneil said...

It's finally getting warm out, so you should have a nice weekend to enjoy. Good luck with your writing!

S.K. Anthony said...

Yup. Jumping right back into writing . . .

Bassan? The Bassan? Awesome . . . and I will look into Phenomena for sure. :)

Cathrina Constantine said...

First, I'll be keeping Melissa in my prayers!! Congrats to all new releases. And so Happy your getting back into your manuscript, Alex. Good Luck.

klahanie said...

Hi Alex,

That's so nice to see all those co-hosts doing posts regarding "IWSG" aka "I Was Seeking Gary." You can be assured I shall be visiting them all, even the dude who wears a coconut bra and a grass skirt.

Can't even begin to tell you how glad I am that the A to Z has almost finished. Now for eleven months of reflection posts. HELP!

Dude, you do so much and I hope you find some time to just relax.

Once again, thanks for all the shared links to those marvellous people.

My thoughts to Melissa and that the biopsy gives the all clear.

Take good care, Alex.

Gary

Cindy Amrhein said...

Well all of that is very exciting news! Busy. Busy. Busy. Thank you for the warm welcome to IWSG.
History Sleuth - IWSG .

Cherie Colyer said...

First, sending my best to Melissa.

It's great that you were able to jump right back into your story. Congrats on the audiomachine’s project. That had to be fun. =)

J.L. Campbell said...

Keeping Melissa in my thoughts.
Green with envy for the people who are churning out the books. I gotta wonder about my productivity level. ;)

Congrats on your story. Keep working on that book!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

SK, yes, Bassan from CassaStorm!

Gary, be careful around that guy in the coconut bra. And I promise to relax this weekend.

Joy, you notice I'm not one of them, so don't feel bad.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Best wishes go out to Melissa.

Congrats on getting back in the saddle so easily. From what I hear, that's no small feat after the A to Z Challenge. Happy writing!

L.G. Smith said...

What do you mean you did more in April besides blog posts???? Over achiever! :P

And I do hope Melissa is okay. That woman deserves a break in life.

Shell Flower said...

Some great new book releases. Glad your writing is going well, too. Good luck to Melissa.

Maria Dunn said...

Sending up a prayer for Melissa.

DMS said...

Sending prayers and good wishes to Melissa.

Look at all the book news! Wow! Glad you were able to jump back in to the writing process after finishing A-Z. You have been BUSY!
~Jess

Lynda R Young said...

Prayers for Melissa

And wow!! How wonderful to be asked to contribute!!! And I'm super excited it's a story about Bassan!!! Congrats!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats on your latest project. I dove back into my WIP this week also though some days it might have been a belly flop. Lots of new release news.

Julie Musil said...

Saying prayers for Melissa. Thanks, Alex.

Big congrats to everyone who tackled A-Z. I'm so impressed with y'all.

Cathy Keaton said...

Congrats on your book news, Alex!

Praying for Melissa. I hope she's going to be alright.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kim, I took a day or two off first...

LG - that made me chuckle.

Lynda, thanks! You'll get a little glimpse of his life after the book.



Mason T. Matchak said...

I dove back into my writing last Saturday and am currently almost 57000 words deep. ^_^

I know what you mean about knowing the ending, though. A writer whose work I admire (Brian K. Vaughan) has said that he always knows how the story will end before he starts writing it, and I've found that to help a great deal when plotting. I have to know how it ends, or else I don't know where I'm going.

And while I don't know Melissa, I've seen too many people lost to cancer, so I hope everything went as well as it possibly could today.

Emily R. King said...

Good to be back on your blog, Alex. I hope you enjoy your "down time." :)

strokesurvivoreva said...

Ninja Captain Alex! I can't believe you commented on my very first IWSG post on my new blog (second blog actually)! It's a very special one and you putting your 'mark' made it that much more special. You rock, Sir! Stevie King ain't got nothin' on you!!! Eva aka Lily aka Lilica aka What in the world is that woman's name?? :) Hugs to you always.

Krista McLaughlin said...

Praying for Melissa!

Good luck with your manuscript! Normally I'd tell you I really hate revisions, but with the book I just finished I'm actually excited to revise it for once. :)

L.G. Keltner said...

Congratulations on the audiomachine project! That's amazing!

Nigel G. Mitchell said...

Sorry to hear about Melissa Bradley. Hope she's okay

The Happy Whisk said...

Healthy healing wishes to your friend.

Donna Hole said...

Have fun "out and about" this weekend. And so glad you were able to just dive back into your WIP. I'm a fan of the editing/revising process too.

Helena said...

Congratulations on being part of Phenomena! I definitely want to check out your Drakon's Empire.

Interesting how you get the ending of your stories first and then write toward that. For me, it's the beginning and bits of pieces of the middle and the ending can surprise me.

Hurray for Hart Johnson's latest installment in her series!

And on a more somber note, my thoughts and prayers are with Melissa.

Cynthia said...

First, congratulations to you on being asked to contribute to the soundtrack project.

Second, I hope Melissa is okay and that she feels the positive vibes we're sending to her.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mason, it's the only way I know how to write. And I am in awe of your word count.

What'sHerName - you made me chuckle!

Krista, that's good.

joss said...

I hope Melissa is okay and congrats on your latest project, it sounds very exciting.

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

Hi Alex
Pleased you're in the last stage of writing, and looking forward to the editing. I don't know how you do it with all the blogging.

My prayers will be for Melissa Bradley and her recovery.

Take care my awesome friend.

Medeia Sharif said...

I hope Melissa will be okay.

I have Brinda and Donna's books and hope to get some more from this list.

Yay for writing again. I love returning to a manuscript after a hectic time.

Rusty Carl said...

So sorry about Melissa. The anthology you're contributing to sounds awesome.

Candilynn Fite said...

Sending all my best to Melissa. I have to admit, I posted my IWSG post late, but I got it up late in the afternoon, nonetheless.

Enjoy diving back into that writing!

Heather M. Gardner said...

You have more than 1 groupie!

:)

HMG

Leovi said...

Yes, it seems interesting contribution to Drakon Empire!

Liz Fichera said...

Love all the book covers on today's post!

Enjoy your weekend, Alex, and Happy Writing again!

David List said...

Alex,
I've now witnessed you start and (almost) complete your first draft AND do the A-Z challenge while I have yet to finish draft 1 of book 2. I need to borrow some of your work ethic.
A day late, I've finally posted my first IWSG entry in two months.

JJ said...

Thoughts and prayers for Melissa. They work.

Jamie Burch said...

Sending up prayers for Melissa! Hope she gets good news from her biopsy results and is feeling better soon.

Lots of books to check out! Thanks for always having the inside scoop.

Enjoy your weekend and well deserved break! :)

Liz Blocker said...

WHOA that's a lot of releases! Congratulations, everyone!!!

Alex, I'm so glad you were able to jump right back in. What a great feeling!

emaginette said...

It two days to go through all the posts. What a great crowd. Thanks for putting this together it's been a great help. :-)


Anna from Shout with Emaginette

Patricia Stoltey said...

Yep, I'm diving back into my wip... along with about 1,000 other things.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Heather, thanks!

David, no worries. And I wrote the first draft of books two and three in less than two months, so I actually really bummed about my progress.

JJ, yes they do!

Anna, glad you enjoy the IWSG!

Michael Pierce said...

It's great that you seem to know exactly where you're going. The end should be a lot of fun to write. Congrats on being in the Phenomena ebook. Have fun getting out this weekend!

SC Author said...

WOO!!! Good luck in your manuscript!

Damyanti said...

All the best with the Book Alex. I missed the IWSG post on my blog, but been visiting other writers from the list.
Sending prayers to Melissa. I've had a biopsy before, and it isn't fun.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Michael!

Damy, no worries.

Southpaw said...

My prayers go to Melissa.
--
Alex that is great news - both on jumping back in and the track. Very cool.

mshatch said...

It's great to be writing again, eh? Enjoy your weekend :)

Cathy Kennedy said...

Saying a prayer for Melissa. I hope good news is the report she receives. This is my first go at your baby IWSG, so I am excited to join in. I look forward to learning much from you and the others. Happy Friday!

Rumer Haven said...

Bravo returning to your manuscript! I probably won't churn out any new writing this month, but I'll be diving into edits on an existing story scheduled for publication and hopefully revisiting an older one that has yet to find its home. I've been meaning to hop on board the IWSG for months now, by the way, and always manage to miss the first Wednesday! Bear with me...

Suzanne Furness said...

So sorry to hear about Melissa, sending her my very best wishes.

Glad to hear you are back in the swing of writing.

Enjoy your weekend off!

Gossip_Grl said...

I agree on jumping right back in and working on your manuscript. Thanks for all of the book shares and will definitely check out Phenomena! Congrats on your contribution! Have a great weekend!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. I hope you remembered what the great outdoors was like?! Thanks for a great A-Z once again ..

And what an amazing array of new books, your audio project - sounds exciting ...

and Yes I too wish Melissa the best - I saw on Michael's post ..

Happy weekend .. cheers Hilary

Pat Tillett said...

Positive thoughts for Melissa. I wish her the best.

Congrats on your news Alex!

Tara Tyler R said...

oh no, poor melissa!
of all the fears in this world, that is probably highest on the list. will pray for her.

thanks for all the info
and good job on writing again - youre lucky you like editing. i need to get back into my editing and i just keep finding other things to work on, like my blog tour posts and release party invitations, etc, etc

Birgit said...

I send my best thoughts to Melissa as well. I also want to thank you for the info re: my client. I gave him some info and he was very appreciative and almost in tears. Thank you!!!!

Gwen Gardner said...

Congrats on finishing the A-Z, Alex. And it's good to see you're writing again.

I didn't know about Melissa. Will definitely be praying for her. I'll go by and say hi.

Congrats to everyone who has lovely new books coming out!

Stephen Tremp said...

Congrats! on the A to Z Challenge. You are truly the King (other than J.C.).

Good thoughts with Phenomena and your WIP. Good to hear you can jump right back into the routine.

Jamie Gibbs said...

The Phenomena project sounds awesome! I'll keep an eye out for more news about it :)

Jeff Hargett said...

Very glad to hear you're almost into the editing phase. I honestly don't know how you do so much.

Nana Prah said...

It's good you were able to jump back in. I think you are the only person I've encountered who likes the editing phase.

Ella said...

Congrats Captain Amazing! Maybe your real name is Amazing Cavanaugh-lol!

Sorry, I missed all the fun~ I am in hyper mode-no it is not as fun as it sounds~ Fever, too fast, everything too fast-

I hope you and your lovely Mrs. AC
have a lovely weekend-

Yes, thank you for telling us about Melissa. I will add her to my prayers~ ATB Captain Cool..wish I was cool-

Jennifer Lane said...

Hey Alex,

Congrats on entering the final stretch! I have about 20K left in my novel so I'm hoping to crank up the effort.

I've missed the last two months but am determined to post in June since I'm taking a one week vacation from my day job then to write.

Take care, Jen

Nicole said...

Prayers to Melissa! Congrats to all those with book news, too.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Thinking of Melissa!

Yay, congrats on being in Phenomena. I love Sam's projects.

Clare said...

Congratulations on almost finishing your manuscript, Alex, and good luck with the revisions! :D

Milo James Fowler said...

Definitely praying for Melissa. Sooo many books, sooo little time. Good thing nobody's having any trouble finding readers.

Cara H said...

Thank you for hosting. I'm on the list so I won't leave a link to my blog in this post. I'm sorry about your friend. I hope that either its benign or they are able to start treatment in a timely fashion and get her back to health.

Jay Noel said...

Big fan of audiomachine. Sounds like an amazing project!

Hope your writing goes well. I'm in he editing cave myself.

Best wishes to Melissa...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, guys - will catch up on comments and everything tomorrow. Enjoyed my time away!

Trisha F said...

I missed IWSG this month, but will get back in to it next month. :)

Maaan, I am so far behind with Hart's series. Need to get cracking on that.

Nancy Thompson said...

So sorry to be so late to the show. I'm having a hard time keeping up these days. I see a lot of friends up there in your post. And I'm so happy to hear you're almost finished with Bassan's story! I keep tabs of Melissa on Facebook and and am praying my a$$ off for her.

It's good to be back, even though I'm slow and late. I'll try to improve.

Carrie Butler said...

The project sounds amazing! I can't wait to hear more about it. :)

Melissa will definitely be in my prayers.

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