Monday, November 17, 2014

The Babadook Movie Review, Dragon of the Stars News, Movie Trivia Answers, Mini-Alex, Music, and Ninja News

Milo James Fowler asked me to discuss small press success at his site today! Please stop by.

Dragon of the Stars Update

First, the winner of my giveaway for those who cheered for me during the Realms Faire is - Michelle Wallace. Congratulations! You get a review copy of my upcoming release.

Dragon of the Stars is now on Goodread’s Most Anticipated Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror of 2015 list! If you’re looking forward to it, please hop over and vote for it.

There is also a Goodreads giveaway! (Feel free to share it.)



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Dragon of the Stars

by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Giveaway ends November 24, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win


(And you can add it to your Goodreads shelf HERE.)

The Babadook Movie Review

A single mother battles her son’s fear of a monster and her own pain.
This movie has been getting a lot of press, so I decided to check it out on Pay-Per-View.
The result is a mixed bag. It has great atmosphere and some really tense moments, but there is a lot of confusion. Starting with where does the Babadook’s book come from? What was up with the tooth? What did it all mean?
Just what is the Babadook? A real evil presence or all in her mind as she tries to deal with past trauma? I’m still not sure.
The kid was annoying as well. He needed a shrink or a bop upside the head. Preferably both.
However, should things not work out for the Babadook, he has a great career making children’s pop-up books ahead of him!
Dodgy.

Ninja News

Wednesday at the IWSG site is the amazing RaShelle Workman, who is closing in on a million books sold worldwide!

The 2014 Karen's World Blog Awards is now open for nominations! Visit A Peek at Karen’s World and let her know what are the best blogs of the year. Nominations open until November 22.

New release –
Jack the Ripper: Newly Discovered Tales of Sherlock Holmes by Holy Ghost Writer

Suzanne Furness’ short story, From Byron to Shelley, is now in print. The story was short listed for the Yeovil Literary Prize in 2012 and now appears in their anthology. Find it at Amazon US and Amazon US

Don’t forget the Miss You Blogfest - those bloggers you miss and those you would miss the most. Coming November 24.

Robot Movie Trivia Answers



Hector (1980) – Saturn 3
Fembots (1997) – Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Johnny 5 (1986) – Short Circuit
Pris (1980) – Blade Runner
Dot Matrix (1987) – Spaceballs
Huey, Dewey, and Louie (1972) – Silent Running
EVE (2008) – WALL-E
V.I.N.C.E.N.T. (1980) – The Black Hole

Mini-Alex and the Turkey

Thanksgiving decorations are appearing at my house and Mini-Alex was conned into appearing with a turkey:

And for those of you who are new and wonder why I have a miniature version of myself, it was the creation of Elise Fallson two years ago. She made Mini-Alex, posted pictures of him for the Cheersfest, and then graciously sent him to me. Deniz Bevan then knitted a scarf and sent it to him. Thanks again, ladies!

Mini-Alex would still like a Mini-Kate someday.

And to give credit where credit is due, my wife comes up with most of the ideas for the photos.

Music Sample

Yes, many of you have told me you want to hear me play. I know I’ve drug my feet on this. I think I am more nervous about sharing my music than I am my writing. I’m such a perfectionist and I want to post something both amazing and flawless for you. I promise I will pick something soon and work on it until I am comfortable recording it. Might take a couple dozen recordings, so be patient! Never rush a perfectionist with a guitar…

Entering the giveaway on Goodreads? Has anyone else seen The Babadook? Nominating someone for Karen’s awards? Ready for Monday’s blogfest? Get any of the robot movies right? Ready for Thanksgiving? Anyone else care to hound me about my music?

I’m not posting on Wednesday (work promises to be hectic) but I will be back on Monday!

160 comments:

dolorah said...

Really, a Mini Kate? Well, somebody is perverse enough to provide. This is the blogs, ya know.

Man, I was sure hoping to win a review copy of the Dragon book, love dragon things. Oh Well, Congrats to Michelle.

I'm so far behind on things. I've been getting ready for a T-Day bash.

Later Dude :)

Zoltán Gecse said...

It's sad the Goodreads-giveaway is US and CA only. :(

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome how good your book is doing on Goodreads. And would love to hear you sing when you're ready.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

This is my favorite cover yet!

I finally saw "Edge of Tomorrow" because of your rec. :) Very good! And I'm not a Tom Cruise fan (maybe that's why I liked it so much?)...

Sandra Almazan said...

Maybe a Mini Alex and Mini Kate could look at the book What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night. (Toy dinos come "alive" and get into lots of trouble every Dinovember during the nights.) I'm sure they could find inspiration from that!

Dani said...

That Babadook movie looks and sounds intriguing. Your new book has such a cool cover!! I like it!Mini-Alex and the Turkey rocks!!!

Christine Rains said...

Fantastic post on Milo's site. Persistence is key. Hm, maybe I'll have to wait on seeing The Babadook with all those inconsistencies. I saw Maleficent on the weekend and I really enjoyed it. Beautiful rendering. I think if I get a good week of writing in, I'll be prepared for the Thanksgiving visits. Have a good week!

Elise Fallson said...

Congrats to you and Dragon of the Stars! And congrats to Michelle, lucky lady. :) I've voted and now I've got to get back to my writing trenches.... :)

jaybird said...

Love the decorations and mini-Alex. I'm still trying to catch up with everyone I missed during my computer melt-down. Not joining in any reindeer games right now, but soon.

Congratulations on Dragon of the Stars! And I am looking forward to hearing you play- don't worry about it being perfect, just let it rip!!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I have a few Thanksgiving decorations up - a couple of the pumpkins make an easy transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving. :)

mshatch said...

I for one would love to hear you play :)

Pat Hatt said...

Well at least you gave your wife credit. The cat gets the credit for the litterbox one though lol

Sounds like a rather strange and skippable movie.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Mini-Alex looks like he's ready for Thanksgiving.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Mini-Alex looks good in fall colors. Now, there's voting even before books are out? Awesome. I'll exercise my rights.

Have a great week, Alex. xo

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Lots of great news! Now bring on the music.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Entered your giveaway and voted.
Cute Mini-Alex and turkey. I think a Mini-Kate would be perfect.
Yes, hounding you about your music.
Thanksgiving at granddaughter's house this year.

Al Diaz said...

Already voted... and entered the giveaway by mistake. Didn't realized it was just for US and Canada.

Your wife has very good ideas then!

You love the hard life. Want more bugging, I see. And here dragon and dwarves say, what are friends for if not precisely for houding ninjas? Ah! Dwarves are DELIGHTED with the idea. They are organizing shifts already. Three a day will suffice? Nah, I say four. No need to thank. Bugging you is all my pleasure! *Cheshire cat grin*

Nicki Elson said...

Dragon of the Stars - such a cool title. Hope mini-Alex is having fun playing in those leaves.

You're a double winner at my Wisdom of the Creative Realms event! Your prizes are a wise-owl bookmark & an eBook of Legendary by LH Nicole (a YA Arthurian adventure). To claim your prizes let me know (elson.nicki@gmail.com) the mailing address where you'd like the bookmark sent & also which format you prefer for the book (mobi or ePub).

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Donna, you might win the Goodreads giveaway instead!

Zoltan, sorry about that. Too bad they don't allow eBooks.

Elizabeth, glad you enjoyed it. Something fun about watching Cruise die repeatedly...

Sandra, funny!

Christine, I'd wait. Actually, I wish I had...

Elise, keep at it!

Pat, the cat can have all the credit for the litterbox.

Robyn, thanks!

Beverly, thanks, and there's a long line of hounding.

Sorry, Al! And great, now I have hundreds of dwarves bugging me as well.

Nicki, thanks!! I will.

Karen Walker said...

I love mini Alex. And yes, I will hound you about hearing your music because it is such a big part of who you are.

Hart Johnson said...

Congrats on making that list! I went over and voted... And WOW on RaShelle approaching a million books--WOW...

Jackie said...

I'll add Dragon of the Stars to my Goodreads!!! Do you guys have snow? We had a two-hour school delay today because of it, so NaNo time is all out of sorts. :/ Hopefully, I can get some time in later. Have a good week!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - congratulations to Michelle for her win - awesome and lucky girl!

Mini Alex is really spreading his wings - or perhaps they'll be cut off shortly ... ?

Babadook - I know, I know .. I been and seen and conquered and didn't have a heart attack - it's an interesting movie ... with lots of thought provoking moments ... the two main characters are excellent actors ... excellent ...

Cheers to one and all - Hilary

Jeremy Hawkins said...

When did I miss the trivia... dammit, I knew the answers. Ha! I am looking forward to the new read, I looking forward to your book. Have a safe week and remember where ever you go, there... you are!

Heather M. Gardner said...

Some Christmas songs are perfect for guitar, you know.
I would love to hear you play.

Morning, ALEX!

Congrats to Michelle!

Yes, I voted for your book!

I'll skip the movie.

Thank you, Mrs. Alex for such fun photos!

Heather

Jo said...

Hm, knew I had one right but I saw several of those movies - forgot the characters tho.

I mention some upcoming movies, on my blog for tomorrow, which I really want to see.

Work getting in the way of your blogging, I didn't think the Ninja permitted such things to happen.

Cathrina Constantine said...

I entered the contest!!!

Shell Flower said...

Interesting review of the Babadook. Sounds like I will be passing on that one. Congrats to Suzanne on her story. Good luck with the work craziness and I can't wait to hear you music!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Voted for your book on Goodreads. Never saw the Babadook and probably won't. The only robot movie I knew was Short Circuit.
Won't bug you about your music but would love to hear it.
Funny about your wife setting up the photo shoots. I was giving you so much credit for creativity.

S. L. Hennessy said...

That's amazing that it's already receiving such great anticipation. I can't wait to read it. I'll head over and vote ASAP.

Melissa said...

Don't be too hard on yourself. I'm sure you hear 'mistakes' in your music that we'd never notice. I can't wait to hear you play! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Karen, get in line!

Hart, thanks. And I know! RaShelle rocks.

Jackie, no snow. Supposed to be in the 70's here today. Yuck.

Hilary, maybe we should compare notes...

Thanks, Heather! Maybe I should do a Christmas song...

Jo, I try not to let it happen, but must pay the bills.

Cathrina, thanks!

Susan, you guys would never see Mini-Alex otherwise.

Lauren, thanks!

Melissa, my wife says the same thing.

Arlee Bird said...

Entered the Goodreads giveaway. Never heard of The Babadook and probably will never see it.

I'll probably miss the "Miss You Blogfest" unless I find excess time while I'm away from home. I'm not sure what the next few weeks will hold for me other than a grueling redeye flight tonight that I'm not looking forward to.

If you play a cover maybe I'll enter it in Battle of the Bands. Look forward to hearing your playing.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Bob R Milne said...

Can't wait to give Dragon of the Stars a read, Alex - I'll certainly help share the giveaway details.

A Beer For The Shower said...

I was happy to vote for you! Since, you know, you're gonna play for us soon and all.

(How's that for hounding?)

Leovi Leovi said...

Yes, I wish many votes and much success!

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats to those with book releases!
Congrats on your book's status on Goodreads too!

Sarah Ahiers said...

That's a killer cover, Alex. I really like the colors

Theresa Milstein said...

Congrats to Michelle!

Love mini-Alex with the turkey! Such a snuggly scarf from Deniz.

I'm having a pre-Thanksgiving this weekend with my dad and a few other people. Then we leave Wednesday night to spend Thanksgiving with my in-laws.

Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

your wife's ideas for Mini Alex are brilliant! and can't wait to hear that music! :)

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

It kinda looks like mini-Alex is going to karate chop that turkey for Thanksgiving. ;)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I voted for you, Alex. Can't wait to read it. Has it been two years since Elise made that little Alex? Wow. Time has really flown.

Carol Kilgore said...

Major kudos to RaShelle!

This is the first I've heard of Babadook. I think maybe that's a good thing.

I can't wait to hear you play. Hurry up!

Clarissa Draper said...

I hope your book sells well! Also, I would love to hear you play the guitar.

Emily R. King said...

I love your new cover, Alex!

Jenni Enzor said...

Loved the Thanksgiving mini-Alex photo! :) Looking forward to hearing your recording, whenever you get it up.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Huntress said...

Entered!

Congrats RaShelle, Suzanne, and, er Holy Ghost Writer (?!)



ediFanoB said...

Of course you got my vote over at
Goodread’s Most Anticipated Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror of 2015 list!

The Jack the Ripper book sounds interesting.

Suzanne Furness said...

I always love to see what mini-Alex is up to! The cover for your new book is really eye-catching, I'm sure it's going to be huge.

Thanks for the mention today, I appreciate all the support.

Cherie Reich said...

I love the Mini-Alex pictures! They're so cute!

Ellie Garratt said...

Congratulations on making the most anticipated list! I've given you a shout-out on my blog today.

I love seeing Mini-Alex on his adventures :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

I was so excited when I got my Sunday listed of books my friends are reading from Goodreads and saw your new book listed. Squeee!

Chrys Fey said...

I've always enjoyed the pictures of Mini Alex. :) I want a Mini Chrys. HAHA!

Congrats on making the Most Anticipated list!!

ilima said...

Can't wait to hear your music!!!

Leandra Wallace said...

I think the turkey looks suitably nervous. ;) Like the others, can't wait to hear it. And things don't have to be perfect to still be beautiful.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, thanks, and don't worry about it. You have more important things to deal with right now.

Bob, thanks!!

Brandon and Bryan, that was good.

Holly, I don't think the turkey would make for good eating though.

Michael, thanks, and it has been two years.

Edi, thanks!

Suzanne, you're welcome.

Ellie, thank you!

Donna, glad you're excited.

Chrys, maybe we need to make one.

Jennifer Hawes said...

Congrats on making the GR list! Think I'll stay away from the Babadook movie. Unanswered questions & the confusion will just frustrate me to no end. Your mini-Alex is just like Flat Stanley! My kids took pics of that thing all over the Midwest:)

S.K. Anthony said...

Congrats on making it on the list, running over to vote!

Mini Alex looks totes adorbs . . . riding the turkey? lol And I would love to listen to your music, Mr. Perfectionist. I'm sure we'll love it ;)

Jay Noel said...

Looking forward to read Dragon of the Stars! Congrats.

Please post your music up, that would be awesome.

The Happy Whisk said...

Oh perfection, poo. Let go, Alex. Live on the wild side.

NASHVILLECATS said...

Congrats to Michelle on her prize win, also Congrats to Suzanne on her publication, I know Yeovil very well so am pleased that someone from the UK is doing well.

Can't wait to hear " Mr. Guitar Man" play so keep perfecting.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Congrats on the joust win and Goodreads Alex! That Babadook movie sounds irritating.

Elephant's Child said...

I am pretty certain it is universal. We would all like to hear you play...

Birgit said...

I got 1 right-I got a fail. At first I thought Mini Alex was riding the turkey:) Soon enough he will be surrounded by Poinsettias or pine needles:) Can't wait to hear you play

Andrew Leon said...

Wasn't Eve the name of some other robot in something else, too?
Darn, I can't remember...

Intangible Hearts said...

Tell your friend Andrew that Eve is my name and I'm not a robot! I did enjoy Wall-E though. My name gets used for many things. I think there's even an electric car out there...anyway, congrats to Michelle!

Sarah Foster said...

Definitely entering the giveaway and looking forward to your music sample!

Vanessa Morgan said...

I watched The Babadook too a couple of days ago and was also disappointed. It's obviously well-directed and I loved how the child keeps rooting for his mother and loving her despite her madness. That was really touching. Talking about madness... I believe it's all in her head. The book is just a normal one like any other and the child was afraid of it, just like any kid would. Then the mother starts having hallucinations because of the stress and lack of sleep and traumatizes her child even more. I don't think the end should be interpreted literally either. (SPOILER ALERT) It's not a real monster she's feeding (you don't see it), but she has learned to tame her own madness (imaginary monster). At least, that's how I see it.

mooderino said...

Voted for your book on Goodreads, but can't see how to tweet the giveaway. Any chance you can put up a copy and paste link I can slap into a tweet?

mood

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

A bob upside the head, eh? Haha. I've probably told you already, but BladeRunner is one of my all-time favourite movies.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congrats to Michelle! She's been on such a great winning streak that I would love to go to Vegas with her! Mini-Alex looks adorable as always, and I love that your wife comes up with all of his creative photos! Fantastic news about Dragon of the Stars! Congrats to all the authors! I would also love to hear you play! I'm off to vote!

Julie

Angela Brown said...

Three cheers to Michelle for her win. it's been wonderful catching glimpses of your book around various places (like at Charity Bradford's blog spot).

M. J. Joachim said...

Thanksgiving is coming up so quickly. Just got all the non-perishable items today. Guess I better dig out the decorations and start making it look more festive around here too. Congrats to all mentioned here today! Don't think I'll be checking out the movie...thanks for the review.

Sherry Ellis said...

I understand the not-rushing-the-guitar player thing. I'm a perfectionist, too. And it's so hard to get everything just right in a recording. There's always something just a little off. Good luck!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Just take your time with your guitar Alex. I wasn't a big sharer of my poetry and now I'm doing a series in verse. Just let time flow naturally. Your wife has excellent ideas and Mini-Alex is looking good posing with the turkey. Rashelle is a legend, so I'm definitely checking her out on Wednesday.

Suze said...

You are now a most-anticipated author! Ooh, la-la. :) :)

Samantha Geary Jones said...

You had me at "Music Sample" *pulls up a chair, waits patiently* I would LOVE to hear you play--how do we make that happen *calls a certain favorite Dragon*:)
Cheers!
Sam

Jemi Fraser said...

Catching up - finally got your new book marked on Goodreads - can't wait!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jennifer, yes he is!

Elephant's Child, it does seem to be universal...

Andrew, probably...

Eve, that made me laugh!

Vanessa, that's how I interpreted it. I guess she made the book herself since she did say she did children's books at one time.

Moody, I will do that!

Angela, that was great of her to post it.

Sherry, YOU understand!

Suze, thanks for the chuckle.

And thanks to all who voted and entered!!

Patricia Lynne said...

You totally need a mini-Kate. Just think of the shenanigans you can create!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I don't know if the world is ready for Mini-Alex meeting Mini-Kate! :-)

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Mini Alex sure gets around

~Sia McKye~ said...

I won't hound you about your music but I am looking forward to hearing it. I completely understand the phrase, 'perfectionist with a guitar'.

I was surprised by a package on Friday, which since hubs and I were making the rounds of specialist for him, I didn't get to open until very early Saturday morning. What an attention grabbing cover on your new book. Love the color combo. I can't wait to start it. Hubs teased me about treating it like gold and yet I didn't open it and glance at the opening chapter but put it back in its envelope. I told him, I'm in the middle of a book and if start reading this one I won't stop.

Congrats, Alex!

kaykuala said...

Babadook seems to be mysteriously intimidating. That can create lots of fun.Mini-Alex is a great companion to have. It gives a personal touch. Certainly good to give it its own companion in Mini-Kate. A Partnership with Mrs Alex is such a great boost. Thanks Alex!

Hank

Dixie@dcrelief said...

I'm late getting by here.
I like all four book covers you have. They reek of action.Gives new meaning to the word, Eureka.
Congratulations to the winners!

Mason Canyon said...

Alex, definitely look forward to listening to your music. Congrats to those with new books. Your wife does a great job with the photos of Mini-Alex. Now off to vote.

Mason Canyon said...

Alex, definitely look forward to listening to your music. Congrats to those with new books. Your wife does a great job with the photos of Mini-Alex. Now off to vote.

Jack said...

Haven't heard of The Babadook until now.

Your new cover is amazing!! I love it!

Helena said...

I hopped over and voted, and of course I'm looking forward to Dragon. I also want to hear you play!

Me, I'm never ready for any holiday. Thanksgiving means lots of cleaning and cooking, and I never really complete all of them.

L.G. Smith said...

NOT ready for Thanksgiving, but ready to hear some music. But, yeah, that would make me nervous to share too. :)

Ted Cross said...

Our books are up on the SFSignal page together, Alex, and they are in some really nice company!

http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2014/11/books-received-november-17-2014/

Lexa Cain said...

Congrats to Michelle! I've put Dragon on my GR want-to-read list. :)

Your Babadook review is funny - "A bop upside the head" - lol!!

Congrats to Holy Ghost Writer and to Suzanne.

I got almost all of the trivia wrong. How could I forget "The Black Hole"? I totally watched that when it came out. Have a great week, Alex! :)

Tammy Theriault said...

i can't wait to hear some stellar song!!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Don't know if anyone will provide a Mini-Kate for Mini-Alex!

I am definitely going to hound you for your music.

Michelle Wallace said...

I WON! *HAPPY DANCE*
Thank you!
In the last month, my winning streak has been PHENOMENAL...about 16 e-books, a $50 voucher and yesterday a $15 Amazon gift voucher, and also a gorgeous beaded owl bookmark...

Rashelle sounds like a writing machine! Wow.
Can't wait to hear you play, Alex...

D Biswas said...

I have marked your book to-read, Alex. Will go buy the minute it is out.

Would love to host you as well, if you're doing a blog tour.

Medeia Sharif said...

I'd love to hear a recording.

Too bad about Babadook being a mixed bag. It sounds like a great concept.

TBM said...

I voted! Best of luck and how fun to see your book on a list with Game of Thrones. Loved Mini Alex and the turkey. Tell your wife good idea!

mail4rosey said...

I just read the post over at Milo James' place. Persistence really does pay off, and woohoo for being an Amazon best seller!

I think the post w/the turkey is cute. :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - Babadook ... I hope you get to see it - and it'll be good to read your thoughts ... I really put mine in your post of 10th Nov, when you mentioned Babadook ...

Good luck with all things .. cheers Hilary

Patsy said...

Interesting that your insecurities over posting your music sound very like many people's concerns over sharing their writing.

Rhonda Albom said...

Too bad I couldn't enter the draw, I live in the other hemisphere.

And I can't wait to see the mini-Kate.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Roland, the world might not be ready, but he is!

Sia, awesome you got a book! I hope you enjoy it.

Dixie, thanks!

Thanks, Jack!

Ted, thanks for the heads up!

Lexa, I'm here to amuse.

Michelle, someone take you to Vegas.

Damy, thanks! You were on my list to contact.

Patsy, funny about that...

Thanks everyone!

Carolyn Brown said...

Look forward to hearing the music, and congrats fellow knight of the joust!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I likes the mini-Alex!! I'll have to go to the archives and learn more about the origin. And heck yes I'm ready for Thanksgiving. Me love some turkey!

Ella said...

I voted, I tweeted, but I can't get the bop on the head comment out of mine! lol

Tell your wife, she has a stylist eye! Is this what Mini-Alex wants for Christmas?! Paper dolls?!

Don't rush a Ninja! Take your time...I think it would peaceful if you rocked out in January-when we are fighting cabin fever! No hounds needed-today!

Fun post! Off to visit your links~

Annalisa Crawford said...

The Babadook sounds too scary for me!! Can't wait to hear your music :-)

E.E. Giorgi said...

added the book and entered the giveaway -- love that combination of red and green on the cover, beautiful and eye-catching!

E.E. Giorgi said...

and loved your guest post, Alex! don't know how to comment there, so I'll comment here, but anyways, that's interesting that it took 11 months for your book to hit the bestselling list. Gives me hope! I thought it was an either right away or nothing. Your story is an inspiration!!

Lisa said...

Signed up on Goodreads! Won't be seeing babadook. Can't wait for the music "sample" and thank you for the introduction to RaShelle Workman!

Dean K Miller said...

In on the Goodread's gig. Looking forward to the book. Hectic week for us too, hopeful that Thanksgiving week will be less so, but still thankful for the blessings in our lives.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Enjoyed your post on small press success. Congratulations!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Thanks for the reminder. I better buy a turkey and get a post ready!

Haven't seen the movie, and since it got a dodgy- I will skip it.

Of course I want to hear your music, but I won't pressure- much.

T. Drecker said...

Congrats to Michelle! Nope, haven't seen the movie - wasn't and still am not planning on it either. I thought it was going to be a calm Thanksgiving until all sorts of relatives started calling yesterday, asking if they can visit this year. Yay?
Curious about your music now ;)

farawayeyes said...

Any movie with an annoying kid is one I'll gladly pass on. too bad, because the premiss sounded interesting.

YES, I would love to hear your music. Please post something soon, but not too soon. I'll be out of town next week for Thanksgiving.

BTW. Have a great Turkey Day!

Leovi Leovi said...

Yes, Alex Mini wonderful autumn! I love them!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Keith, I should send you the link to Elise's post about him.

Thanks, Ella! Mini-Alex would appreciate the real thing if at all possible...

Thanks, EE! Yeah, Milo has comments turned off. Never give up on a book though, because just just never know...

Elizabeth, just on Twitter, right?

Faraway, we are of the same opinion. Don't worry, won't be next week.

Ava Quinn said...

You can tell your wife that I always enjoy the pictures of Mini Alex and where he pops up next!

Cynthia said...

I would love to hear your music!

I also look forward to reading RaShelle's interview. A million books, wow!

Stephanie Faris said...

Ninja FALL Alex. I like it! Babadook sounds interesting... How did I miss that one? I don't even remember seeing a movie!

Stephanie Faris said...

I meant to say PREVIEW, not movie!

msmariah said...

I hope you're doing well Alex! I don't know if I can see that Babadook film. It sounds scary. I finally saw Snowpiercer, and I have to say I was thoroughly impressed with that film. Congrats on the giveaway! I'm thrilled for your new release.

L.G. Keltner said...

Of course I entered the Goodreads giveaway! Mini-Alex looks ready for Thanksgiving!

Ellie Garratt said...

I feel it was rather remiss of me to have not made a comment about hearing you play. As probably the only blogger who HAS heard you play, hurry up and record some music! You rock and ARE amazing. There. I've gone and said it :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ava, I will!

Stephanie, it's an Australian film, so not getting a lot of press here.

MsMariah, Snowpiercer was very original.

Ellie, thanks! Yes, you are the only one...

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations on your five-year blogiversary!
Aww, I hope mini-Alex gets a mini-Kate soon.

Can't wait to hear your music!

Bossy Betty said...

Just stopping by to say hi! Hope your busy week is a good one!

SA Larsenッ said...

Congratulations on Dragon of the Stars and for making that list! So awesome! I am so in love with that cover. A big cheer out to Michelle for winning, too!

Chemist Ken said...

Saw Big Hero Six this weekend. CGI was very good, but the story was a bit too linear. Could have added a twist here or there.

BTW, I entered the Goodreads giveaway. good luck with Goodreads.

Loni Townsend said...

I entered the Goodreads contest and I voted. You're doing pretty good at #3!

I'm looking forward to hearing the music sample when you've perfected it. ;)

Fundy Blue said...

Sorry I didn't catch your post on Monday, Alex. Congrats on Good Reads! Wow! I voted and entered the drawing. If I should win, I'll definitely write a review. I'll probably write one anyway! I've got to get cracking on Monday's blog fest. This is such a busy time of year! CassaStorm and Max Blizzard landed on my doorstep last night. I finally squeezed in ordering them along with Through Black Spruce. Fortunately, no matter how busy I am, I DO get reading in every night. Have a good one!

Crystal Collier said...

Whew! Huge congrats to Suzanne. Definitely need to go vote on Goodreads. Yay!

Unleashing the Dreamworld

Melissa Sugar said...

Congrats on the goodreads list. And congratulations on the release of another book. I would love to hear you play your music. I'm sure you will blow us all away. Being a perfectionist isn't such a bad thing. So far, everything you've created or put your mind to has been a success. I look forward to hearing your music, eventually.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sheri, I think the cover is rather awesome as well.

Ken, agreed, and thanks!

Loni, thank you!

Fundy, thanks, and I hope you enjoy CassaStorm and win Dragon.

Thanks, Melissa - and good to hear from you!

Mark Noce said...

I entered to win! Dragon the Stars looks awesome! :)

M Pax said...

The Husband Unit probably would have gotten all of the robots. :) Me, not so much.

I hope the new book is a big success!

Liz Blocker said...

Awww! Mini Alex is all decked out for the holidays! I love it :) Looking forward to hearing your music!

Lori L MacLaughlin said...

Congrats to you for being high on the Anticipated list and to Michelle for winning the giveaway! I knew a few of the answers to the robot questions and had a couple of Oh, yeah moments when I read the answers. And I did enter the giveaway. Now I'm going to check out the small press post.

Mason T. Matchak said...

Only thing I'm really doing for Thanksgiving is the work potluck tomorrow; nothing happening here for the holiday. But I'm baking two pies to share with co-workers, so that should be good.

Julie Dao said...

Love that cover and title, Alex! Congrats on the Goodreads nomination!

Al Penwasser said...

I wish I had a mini version of me. Then again, we are talking about ME. If there WAS a MINI version of me, you wouldn't be able to see it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Mark!

Thanks Lori!

Mason, we had our work potluck this week as well.

Al, technically, you shouldn't be able to see mine...

Kim Lajevardi said...

Happy Thanksgiving to both mini Alex and big Alex! :)

Shah Wharton said...

The movie sounded odd. Can't join in on memes at the present time. Blogging's taken a back seat unfortunately while the moving mayhem continues. Today is furniture (stuff from Dubai) delivery day!

Have a great Thanksgiving X

Christine Danek said...

Congrats on the new book!! Like the cover. :)

Leovi Leovi said...

Cheer up Alex, look forward to hearing your guitar. My son is learning to play the electric bass!

Catherine Stine said...

Yes, I wanna hear your music!
I don't know about Babadook (spelling?) but I saw Interstellar and loved it.

DMS said...

Love the picture of Mini Alex and the Turkey! Too cute! :)

It would be awesome to hear your music!
~Jess

Leovi Leovi said...

Thank you very much Alex!

Mary Aalgaard said...

I love the photos of Mini Alex that you and your wife come up with. Fun to see a glimpse of her creativity. Yes, I'd love to hear you play!

Kelly Polark said...

I love the mini-Alex photos!

And I can't believe I haven't watched Spaceballs with my kids yet!!

Francis Lee said...

The movie sounds a little iffy Alex.

Julie Flanders said...

Just went to vote over at Goodreads and saw you are all the way up to #3. Yay! Here's to hitting #1 on the list soon. :)

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! said...

Greetings human, Alex and Alex and....

Still not sure how you do it, my human friend. I still wonder if you ever sleep.

So many links and so much to take in. It does overwhelm my doggy brain almost as much as it overwhelms my human, Gary's brain.

I went and read RaShelle's article on IWSG aka...it had lots of neat info. Of course, I had to add my amazing thoughts about writing, such as not writing to an audience.

How about a "No More Blogfests Blogfest"? What a concept!

Pawsitive wishes, my kind human friend.

Penny

Saumya said...

Okay, from the first time I learned you play the guitar, I've been hoping you will share your music with us. If it is anything like your writing, everyone is going to be inspired and blown away!!

Cassie Mae said...

I've missed so much! congrats on another book!!! Going to add it to my goodreads now :D

Shannon Lawrence said...

I haven't seen the Babadook yet, but I intend to. I can understand being uncomfortable sharing your music. I'm more wary of sharing my writing than my photography.

Sarah E. Albom said...

Love the cover. Jack the Ripper sounds (or looks) like an interesting story.

Deniz Bevan said...

Star Trek shirts! I have a couple of people I could gift those to.
Oh dear, I hadn't known Old Kitty hadn't posted in a while! Hope everything's okay. She was on my list of 'hey you haven't visited these guys in a while' blogs

Toinette Thomas said...

I hate that I missed you Goodreads giveaway. I would liked to enter and share it. I really need to get a new computer. I'm so looking forward to you new release.