Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 A to Z Challenge List Open, What Are the Kargrandes, Share Your Thoughts Bloghop, and Ninja News

If you are a self-published author, you need to check out a new site called Reedsy. They connect authors with professional editors, illustrators, etc. They also have a blog packed with tips and information, and today I am visiting that site as a guest of Ricardo Fayet, co-founder of Reedsy. Please drop by!

Special thanks to those of you who took the time to listen to my guitar piece last week. You are greatly appreciated! If you missed it, I posted a snippet of me playing Marillion’s Easter.

Kargrandes Update!

New clue today at What Are the Kargrandes? Every Monday is a new piece of information about the Kargrandes from my upcoming book, Dragon of the Stars. Any ideas yet? Know how they are connected to the Dragon?

Sample Tweets for this week:

What are the Kargrandes? Third clue up this week- http://whatarethekargrandes.com/ #whatarethekargrandes @alexjcavanaugh

Can you solve the mystery – what are the Kargrandes? http://whatarethekargrandes.com/ #whatarethekargrandes #scifi @alexjcavanaugh

And in other book news, I’d like to thank Lily Eva Blake for her wonderful review of CassaFire!

Ninja News – New Releases

This Wednesday at the Insecure Writer’s Support Group site is none other than author Medeia Sharif! Want to know how she went from parting from her agent to four books in one year? Check it out Wednesday and find out.


Ashes Burn Season 1: Ashes Away by Tyrean Martinson
Comes out January 28 and you can pre-order it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

Fade Into Me by Charity Bradford
Charity will be a guest here on February 9.

Woven by David Powers King and Michael Jenson
Comes out January 27!
David will be a guest here on February 11.

The Seventh Man by Lisa-Buie Collard
And you can enter to win a free book!


Evening of the Dragonfly by Mary Montagues Sikes


Twice in a Blue Moon by Cate Masters

Share Your Thoughts Bloghop

Hosted by Jamie Ayres to celebrate the release of 18 Thoughts, the third installment in the My So-Called Afterlife trilogy.

Each person participating will post a thought (belief) that has defined their life, their way of thinking. Post up to 18 if you’re feeling adventurous and post any time between Jan. 21 and Jan. 28. I’ll pick 2-3 winners each day.

I’m going to give you the one belief I live my life by:

I believe God rules and God reigns, His son Jesus Christ died for my sins, and I live under the tenets of grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness.

(And on a lighter note, I also believe speed limit signs are merely suggestions!)

The 2015 A to Z Challenge List is Open!


Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined below so you sign onto the list correctly!

The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

The A to Z Challenge is a great way to get into the blogging habit and make new friends. For more details and its history, go HERE

We recommend short posts, turn off Word Verification, and visit five blogs (or more) a day beginning with the one after yours on the list.

Blogs must be on an open platform – no Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. – and comments enabled.

To streamline legitimate blogs from advertisement blogs, the Co-Hosts will be visiting each blog on this list throughout the Challenge. Blogs on the list showing no activity once the Challenge starts or miss five days in a row will be removed.

Please note your blog name and number in all correspondences. Remember that as blogs are removed, your number will change.

There are categories for those looking for like-minded blogs. Select ONE category code and enter it after your blog’s title/name. The code applies to your blog, not your theme for the Challenge and is purely optional. See the first few blogs on the list for examples. However, if your blog has adult content, you MUST mark it (AC) or it will be removed from the list. Codes are as follows:

ANIMALS: (AN)
ART: (AR)
BOOKS/REVIEWS: (BO)
CRAFTS: (CR)
CULINARY: (CU)
EDUCATION: (ED)
FASHION: (FA)
FILM/MOVIES: (FM)
GAMING: (GA)
GARDENING: (GR)
HISTORY: (HI)
HUMOR: (HU)
LIFESTYLE: (LI )
MEMOIR: (ME)
MUSIC: (MU)
MYTHOLOGY: (MY)
PERSONAL: (PR)
PHOTOGRAPHY: (PH)
POLITICS: (PO)
SCIENCE: (SC)
SOCIAL MEDIA: (SO)
SPORTS: (SP)
TRAVEL: (TR)
WRITING/STORYTELLING: (WR)
ADULT CONTENT: (AC)

Be sure to grab the badge and display it in your sidebar so we know you are participating and link to the A to Z Challenge Blog.

For more information we recommend you follow the A to Z Challenge Blog and the hosts:

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
Nicole Ayers @ The Madlab Post
Author Stephen Tremp
Heather M. Gardner
AJ @ Naturally Sweet
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Matthew MacNish @ The QQQE
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
S. L. Hennessy @ Pensuasion
C. Lee McKenzie @ The Write Game
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
Susan Gourley @ Susan Says
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing
Lisa Buie-Collard, Author

We also have a Facebook Page
Email address is contactatozteam@gmail.com
Twitter hashtag is #AtoZChallenge and Twitter id is @AprilA2Z

Sign up at the A to Z Challenge Blog and join us for a month of alphabet fun!


Know What Are the Kargrandes? See some new books you want? What thought or believe do you live by? And are you joining us for the A to Z Challenge, the most awesome blogging event of the year? (Please do – it’s a lot of fun!)

Don’t forget to visit Reedsy’s blog.

176 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Some great looking books here!

I try to follow the Golden Rule. I think I need a reminder on my mirror that that's what I'm following!

This A-Z looks super-organized...y'all always do such a good job.

kaykuala said...

I'm an observer on Kargrandes not nearer to knowing much though! But I've signed up for the A-Z challenge following last year's participation. It was fun then! Some good choices of books there and will certainly look up on Reedy's blog. Thanks Alex

Hank

Matthew MacNish said...

Glad to be back!

Stephanie Faris said...

UGH. I messed up on #38 and left something out of my URL...it was early and I was trying to get on the list ASAP! Could you remove #38 when you get a chance?

SO excited to be a part of this challenge again. I'm plugging it on my blog today so hopefully I'll send a couple of new people over!

jamieayres.com said...

Thanks for playing, Alex! I think I LOVE your belief :-) And I feel the same way about speed limit signs! I'll send out some tweets for ya~cheers!

J Lenni Dorner said...

Totally in the a to z challenge, man. I'm so psyched!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elizabeth, that's why it's the Golden Rule.

Hank, glad you are on board again!

Matthew, glad to have you back.

Stephanie, that made me chuckle. I'll go fix it.

Jamie, thanks for hosting the bloghop - and Amen!

J Lenni - awesome!

Sandra Almazan said...

Congrats to everyone with new releases!

I can't believe how quickly the list fills up for the A-Z Challenge. At least I have plenty of time to write and schedule my posts, so I'll have more time for commenting in April.

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm with Elizabeth on the golden rule, although "it will get better' sometimes helps a lot too!
Skipping the AtoZ again this year - life is throwing me too many sucker punches these days :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Wow! You already have a big list of people signed up for A-Z. I always enjoy reading the posts.

Liza said...

Wow. How fast A-Z books up! Neat that there is now a list of like-minded blogs. I'll look forward to some great reading in April.

Christine Rains said...

Great books out this week. Congrats to everyone! I'll be doing the A-Z with the UR group again. It was so much fun last year. I'm heading over to Reedsy's. Have a wonderful week! :)

Jo said...

I am staggered how fast the list fills up.

I guess I already know what the Kargrandes are.

Lots of good new books coming out.

Li said...

Just signed up for the A to Z! I try to live by 3 rules: "First, do no harm"; "think before opening your mouth"; and "worry about it for 15 minutes, then turn it over to God and move on".

I have the most trouble with the second one.Sometimes my mouth is flapping and my brain is shouting simultaneously "shut up! shut up" :)

Arlee Bird said...

And away we go!

Thanks, Alex!

Lee
Tossing It Out

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I do think I will do the A-Z challenge, but not until 2016 :)

Loni Townsend said...

I'm really excited to read Woven. I've seen a lot of good stuff about it.

Against my better judgment, I signed up for the A-to-Z challenge. Now I just need to decide what to do.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Thanks for the heads up on Reedsy.

What amazes me about A to Z is how that simple idea has grown so much. Not sure I can handle the commitment this year but I'll enjoy reading the posts.

M.J. Fifield said...

So many great books coming out this week! Congrats to everyone!

And I love the A to Z Challenge. Didn't get to do it last year, so I'd love to do it this year...I just don't know if I'll be able to.

Chris Fries said...

Alright, I'm IN for A to Z in 2015!!!

Although I tried, but just couldn't pick only one category code. I had to go with two: WR/MU. You've seen my blog, and I think it would be unfair to pick just one half. ;)

Also, I admire, respect, and also share your shared thought.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sandra, you have two months to plan.

Jemi, I'm sorry.

Jo, no spoiling it!

Lisa, that is most wise!

Keith, hope you can join us then.

Loni, awesome!

Donna, and there were only a hundred of us that first year.

Chris, awesome!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I signed up for A-Z again this year! Not sure exactly what theme I'm going with yet but I've got time... :o

Jeremy Hawkins said...

Kargrandes? Not sure... yet! I have been running around in the background this morning adding my little touches to the A to Z Challenge. Cannot believe it's been a whole year-ish.

Gotta have faith, I find we all have to believe in something... if not to believe there is something better. I believe there is something better and sometimes it's right in front of you and you have had it in front of you for as long as you can remember.

Rambles, yes... having a point, I don't really know. :)

Jeremy

S. L. Hennessy said...

So glad it's finally here!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

My brain, unfortunately, goes into the gutter when I read Kargrandes, Alex. I think: Kardashians. So sorry!

Karen Walker said...

yikes, can't believe how much is happening here, Alex. Your Dragon of the Stars promos are awesome!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I like your thoughts.

Good luck with the A to Z.

L.G. Keltner said...

I'm excited for A-Z! It's always such a great event!

Kirsten said...

You've made me very curious about the Kargrandes! I will visit the site right after checking in here. :)
I look forward to supporting A to Z participants this year, but probably won't sign up. I have lots of ideas, but not enough time!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I feel like I'm part of secret since I already read Dragon of the Stars.
I admit to the same believe about speed limits.
Signup numbers are rising fast.

Pat Hatt said...

Will sure have a look at the other nook. Got on in to the a to z at 42, 24 backwards so works for me.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congrats to all the authors and their books!!! They all sound amazing! Heading over to read what Medeia has to say.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jeremy, believe in something or stand for nothing.

Robyn, fortunately it has nothing to do with them!

Susan, keep it a secret. And who needs speed limits.

Sarah Foster said...

So many book releases! Congrats to everyone. I have my A to Z theme but I actually need to start planning my posts. Some of those letters are going to be hard to fill. X? Z? Ugh.

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

all so exciting!! big congrats to everyone! still no idea what the Kargrandes are but I love the name. Reminds me of the Muppets. hehe

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Good luck to everyone in the A to Z Challenge.

Assuming that I get through all the revising I need to do (on 3 different manuscripts) I plan to take April off from blogging and have my own little NaNo with a Shiny New Idea that's been bugging me.

Heather M. Gardner said...

It's already a great day! ALEX!!!

Wow. Feeling the alphabet love from every direction!

Tina is surely with us! And, she's sending me a blizzard!

And please...make more music for us!

Heather

Shell Flower said...

Wow, you've got a lot going on as usual. That's exciting about A-Z signup being open. I love your thought and your sub-thought. LOL. Good luck to Jamie!

shelly said...

I will have to check out this Reedsy blog. Thank you, Alex. Have a great week!

A Beer For The Shower said...

I too believe in the one ultimate truth of the universe... that speed limit signs are suggestions. Get out of my way, grandpa! Oh, and I guess that God guy is okay, too.

I also believe that there's no way we could ever post once a day without killing ourselves, so we'll leave the A to Z to the pros and merely spectate.

Bish Denham said...

I've gone and done it, I've signed up AGAIN for the Challenge. I must be crazy. All the book covers look awesome particularly Evening of the Dragonfly.

L.G. Smith said...

Wow, the A to Z sign-up is off to a hot start. Thinking about it...

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Wonderful interview at Reedsy's.
My beliefs: Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. He came down to earth and gave his life for us and our sins.
Will tweet your clues later today and read about Medeia.

TBM said...

Great list of books out this week. Curious about your novel, Alex. And I'm tempted with the A-Z. My problem is I have plans in April. Need to think about it. Wouldn't want to let anyone down.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sarah, you'll think of something.

Beth, Muppets - funny!

Heather! Tina will always be with us.

Brandon and Bryan, that made me chuckle. And what is with slow drivers?

Bish, you know you can't resist.

LG, you should. Be nice to have you back with is.

Beverly, Amen!

Chrys Fey said...

I signed up!! Yay! I was so excited that I forgot to capitalize the C in my name. Oops. haha

Rachna Chhabria said...

Alex, I love your belief!
This week's books look great. Happy to see Woven hit the shelves. I just love the cover.
I am not curious, I am super, super curious about the Kargrandes.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Merely a suggestion, eh? Funny. From a mother's perspective: Bad Alex--Bad Alex!

Julie Flanders said...

Wow so many new releases coming out. Congrats to all the authors! And you made me laugh about the speed limit signs. :D

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

The more I hear about the kargrandes, the more I am intrigued. Lots of good stuff getting put out by talented writers like yourself. Boy, A to Z is already back? I can't believe how fast a year goes by these days.

Cynthia said...

I will be checking out Medeia and David's posts.

Yay for the new books coming out!

Patricia Lynne said...

My hubby believes speed signs are merely suggestions too. Although, in the winter time, he listens to them more closely.

Huntress said...

You have quite an amazing list of talent for the next few weeks.

I can't say enough about getting out the word about new books. My publisher messed up (using nice words here) last fall when Mage Revealed came out. I had a whole week before release to get the word out not several months or weeks.

Seriously looking elsewhere now.

Fundy Blue said...

The Golden Rule has always been a guidepost for me. I'm aiming for 2016 for the A-Z, simply because I don't want to get distracted from my main writing goal right now. My plate is FULL! But being female, I reserve the right to change my mind!

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Alex,

I see you're on your way with your new book. Good job. Tweeted.

The list is growing! Congrats to those with new books out.

David P. King said...

Signed up! I love that we are tributing Tina this year. Now I need to think up a theme that she would be proud of.

Thank you for sharing Woven today! :)

Sarah Ahiers said...

No A to Z for me, again. Just way too busy

Cherie Reich said...

I'm looking forward to finding out more about the kargrandes.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Chrys, I'll fix that.

Thank you, Rachna.

Joylene, I am filled with shame. Not!

Patricia, in wintertime, I'm more concerned about everyone else.

Carol, I'm sorry! I'm glad my publisher sets dates months in advance. And lets me know.

Fundy, feel free to change it.

David, you're welcome.

Thanks, guys!

Suzanne Furness said...

Sorry missed your guitar playing last week but just listened, LOVE IT.

Suzanne Sapsed said...

All signed up for my third A-Z Challenge :) Love the quote you live by. If I had to pick only one it would be 'These 3 remain, faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love'. Got it as a vinyl quote in my living room :)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I wrote today's post on my 8 Simple Rules. The 9th is to wash that blasted target that keeps getting painted on my back! :-)

Best of sales with all the new books!

Nick Wilford said...

Reedsy looks like a good site. Anyone publishing needs to band together.

Signed up already to A-Z! And I know my idea, so that's something.

Nick Wilford said...

Reedsy looks like a good site. Anyone publishing needs to band together.

Signed up already to A-Z! And I know my idea, so that's something.

Stephen Tremp said...

Glad to see the A to Z signups are coming along just fine!

And good luck to everyone with their upcoming releases!

Jay Noel said...

I don't know what a Kargrandes is, but it sounds delicious!

Signed up for A-Z. Crazy that it's coming up again.

I will check out Reedsy for sure. Thanks for the heads up.

Angela Brown said...

Tweeted!
And thinks for the Reedsy link. Will have to check it and your post out.
Some great things happening with blogger buds, including the release of Woven, which is wonderful and written for fantasy enjoyment.

Michelle Wallace said...

I just cannot resist the A to Z! The sign-up list is moving along really quickly. Can't believe this will be my 5th challenge!
I love your thoughts... amen!

Charity Bradford said...

Thanks for the shout out, Alex. I'm looking forward to the A to Z challenge and visiting your blog next week.

As for your belief you shared...I agree whole heartedly.

Intangible Hearts said...

Every year I say never again....

Susan Kane said...

It amazed me how the numbers are building!

ilima said...

I've read WOVEN and I'm excited for David's debut release!

I know I cave every year, but I think this year I'm staying out of the A to Z challenge for real. I mean it. Yep.

CA Heaven said...

I will sign up for the challenge tonight. Noy sure about the theme yet, but it will not be fashion, that's for sure >:)

Cold As Heaven

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Some great looking books coming out!
I will not be doing A to Z. Maybe someday, but it's not something I can commit to now. I admire those who do it, though!

Susan Kane said...

the "18 defining thoughts" was a good time for reflection. I will post my thoughts tomorrow, 1/27.

Is January really ending? Already?

Al Diaz said...

I am impressed at how fast that list grows.
The dwarves think the Kargrandes are a Formula 1 Team, I think they are a race.
I really suck. In my concern to write something today, I totally forgot the promos and they were the reason of a post in the first place!! *banging head against a dwarf*

Leovi Leovi said...

Yes, I am registered for the upcoming A-Z!

Birgit said...

I have just registered and looking forward to it.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Enjoyed your interview at Reedsy!
Still pondering Kargrandes...

DMS said...

I am still trying to figure out the Kargrandes. :)

Look at all those A-Zers! Wow! I always love reading the posts and seeing the themes.

I try to follow the Golden Rule. If we all treated people the way we wanted to be treated I think the world would be a better place.
~Jess

Sherry Ellis said...

Wow! Lots of challengers are signed up already. I don't know if I'm going to do it this year. I know I'll be out of town for a week in April, so I'd have to get 7 posts up before I go. We'll see.

I'll go check out the new blog you mentioned.

Stephen Hayes said...

Your A-Z Challenge is certainly a success and countless people obviously benefit from it. Congratulations to you.

Carol Kilgore said...

The Karagrandes are intriguing.

Y'all have fun with the A-Z!

Elephant's Child said...

Echoing Carol on the Karagrandes.
Congratulations to all the authors. I hope their books do really, really well.
And admiration for all the A to Zers. Much more discipline than I can muster.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Suzanne!

Suzanne, First Corinthians came to me as well.

Nick, that's great!

Jay, no! Don't eat them.

Michelle - awesome.

Charity, you're welcome, and Amen.

Cold, I would be stunned if it was!

Al, no worries! The thought counts.

Leovi, that's how we met in the first place.

Jess, yes it would.

Sherry, hope you can.

Thanks everyone!

Murees Dupé said...

Congratulations to all the authors with new releases. I'm not sure if I'll do A-Z this year. I believe in treating others as you wish to be treated. Have a great week!

Maurice Mitchell said...

I'm not doing the A-Z but it's always fun! Medeia always writes interesting articles.

Donna McDine said...

Just joined A-Z. Participated several years ago and now I'm back in the saddle again. Hoping over to Readsy now.

Medeia Sharif said...

There are so many books I want to read. I just tweeted about yours--it's hard for me to spell that K word on my own without copying and pasting.

Andrew Leon said...

As it turns out, I am bypassing A-Z this year.

Sandra Cox said...

Just visited Reedsy. Great interview.

Jenni Enzor said...

The belief that changed my life is the same one you shared.
There's some great books coming out, and I'll be checking out Medeia's post on Wednesday.
Still thinking about A to Z. April can be a busy month for me...

Clarissa Draper said...

Awesome thoughts! I'm still think about the A to Z this year because my life is very chaotic. I'm eager to check out the other entries though.

Michael D'Agostino said...

I love your thought, that was inspiring. I've decided I will take part in the blogging challenge :)

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Hmm I will have to think about the a to z

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Donna, glad you're on board.

Medeia, I know! There's a reason I chose that name though.

Jenni, Amen!

Michael, glad you're joining us!

The Happy Whisk said...

Yep, I had missed the clip, so thanks for linking it to this post.

Cherie Colyer said...

Congrats to everyone with new releases!

Denise Covey said...

Once again, I'm gobsmacked by the sheer talent of bloggers judging by the releases! Thanks for the Reedsey heads up. What a great idea for self published authors!

Yolanda Renee said...

I have 2 subjects for two blogs, already alphabetized and ready to go for the A to Z and I still haven't signed up. What's holding me back? FEAR! LOL

Thanks for the info!

dolorah said...

Sorry, not playing the K adventure as I frequently forget to blog. I like the categories list for the A-Z, and if I ever decide to participate instead of take a blog break, mine would likely be under storytelling/writing. I might visit a few of the participating blogs though to find new places/people to visit.

Helena said...

There are always books on your posts that I want!

As for the Kargrandes--sadly, I always need a lot of clues to figure something out.

I'm hopping over to see you at Reedsy. Being self-published, I'm happy to get all the help I can muster.

Liz A. said...

Looks like my comment got eaten. Although I don't think I said much other than this is the first time I've signed up this early for A to Z.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Some beautiful covers up there and a few of the stories capture my interest. Must check them out.

I think your one belief is perfect. I feel the same--even about speed signs, lol!

A-Z I want to join but I already know I simply can't keep up with daily posts right now. I'm trying to talk to Kat about sharing the task. She's in the middle of a new book, but if she can't join in I'll do my quasi 3 posts a week with the corresponding letter. Plus, I do visit as many blogs as I can. I'm still thinking about it all and maybe a way to have some guests do a letter themed post.

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Carrie-Anne said...

I feel the same way about speed limit signs, with obvious exceptions like not doing 100 mph through a residential neighborhood or 20 on the freeway. I wish cops would find something better to do than try to trap people going over the speed limit.

I've got nine posts written for A to Z on my main blog, but haven't started putting my theme together for my names blog. I've got a theme in mind, but need to see how many letters I can match to names for it, and then plan for potential wildcard days.

Rachel Morgan said...

I love what you're doing with the 'What are the Kargrandes' website! And I'm with you on the one belief. Totally.

Can't believe it's almost time for another A to Z Challenge!

Mason Canyon said...

Congrats to those with books out. They all have great covers. I love your belief, it's perfect. Good luck with the A to Z Challenge. It's always fun to follow.

Jamie Ayres said...

Supported your thunderclap . . . best of luck to you :-)

Ash-Matic said...

Every year I tell myself I will do the A-Z, and every year I don't do the A-Z.

It's almost like I procrastinate at blogging just as much as at writing.

Almost.
Maybe this year? Maybe?

I have a great (stupid) A-Z based poem too, but that's, um, one post. Only 25 more to think of. Hrm.

Rhonda Albom said...

Looks like a big week with all those book releases and the AtoZ sign up. Glad to see it is dedicated to Tina.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Denise, it's a great resource.

Yolanda, do it!!

Donna, you know I'll be featuring new bloggers.

Helena, more clues coming.

Liz, sorry, but glad you are near the top of the list!

Sia, Amen! And hope you can join us, but don't overstretch.

Carrie-Anne, glad you're planning ahead.

Rachel, thanks and Amen!

Mason, thanks!

Ash-Matic, join us!!!

Carolyn Brown said...

Back in the swing of things from my extended holiday break. I hope you enjoyed the festive season, too!

Just added my name to A-Z and Jeremy if you want my help again this year, I would be happy to oblige.

Cheers!

jamieayres.com said...

I meant to leave that thunderclap comment on someone else's blog . . .sorry, Alex. Too many windows open at once causes confusion, especially in someone who's already easily confused anyway. Anyway, just sent out another tweet for ya--so exciting!

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mail4rosey said...

Hokey smokes, looks like April is going to be fun!

I live by the same belief. Well, the first one anyway. As for the speed limits, my two oldest boys have racing bikes (the second oldest ONLY has a racing bike) and they live in busy, busy areas. I believe firmly in speed limits (and wish in their areas that they were lower... much lower). ;)

Sending out the Tweets!

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

I'm glad you specified that for the a-z you had to have an open platform. I don't know if it has always been like that, but that great.

I see 'manys a people' have already signed up!

lilicasplace.com said...

OMG, I can't believe I did it. I saw Tina's name and her sunflower and I had no choice. I'm going to hyperventilate now...

No thanks required, though I did do a little happy dance when I saw my name. LOL. I'm almost done with the book I'm reading now, so Star will be next Mister! :D

I'll be tweeting and sharing as soon as I get a chance. Hugs!

Sean McLachlan said...

Tyrean just keeps on writing! Keep on truckin'!

rolandclarke.com said...

Going to be reckless and do A to Z again, but with a different theme, of course.

i'm erin. said...

1. What are the Kargrandes? It's killing me...I hate not knowing things. Are they scales? Eggs? or Dragon hygienists?
2. I'm super excited for DPK and his book Woven.
3. If I was putting a category next to my blog it would be (LAME). So I didn't sign up for the hop. But I'll be a reader ;)

Brian Miller said...

ha. i will let the cop know, next time i am pulled over, that i was told they were just suggestions....smiles.

nice statement of faith, we are not that much different...smiles.

Catherine Stine said...

Yipes, A to Z is getting HUGE! I will be participating through Untethered Realms. Should be fun!

T. Drecker said...

Wow, there's a lot of great, new books out there. I want to do A-Z this year. I do...I do...I do! But what category??? Horrid stress ;)

Brandon Ax said...

Thanks for the infoblog, I will be sure to jump over there.

I really have to think about A-Z this year. I did enjoy it last year.

Dean K Miller said...

Will be checking out Reedsy a bit later today. A-Z might be a pass for me this year. Enjoyed it last year but the novels are first priority this year.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Carolyn, welcome back! I'm sure Jeremy will be grateful for you help.

Rosey, awesome! And it blows my mind how fast cars can zoom through a residential area.

Holly, we had issues with closed platforms and Facebook last year.

Eva, you had to! And hope you enjoy the first book.

Roland, you can't say no.

Erin, thanks for the laugh this morning!!

Brian, Amen. To both!

T, you could always go with no categroy.

Laura Clipson said...

That's me all signed up, wouldn't miss it!

Leovi Leovi said...

Interesting this Share Your Thoughts Bloghop!!

Susanne Drazic said...

I've signed up both of my blogs for the A to Z Challenge. I better get busy and get some posts written ASAP! : )

Patricia Stoltey said...

Every time you post a bunch of new book covers, I add books to my TBR list. I cannot possibly live long enough to read them all. But thank you, anyway, Alex. You do your readers a great service with these book promos.

mooderino said...

A to Z time already? i know time speeds up as you get older, but holy moley it's flying by.

mood

Belle Wong said...

Wow - lots of participants for the A to Z challenge! I probably won't do it this way, but hope everyone has fun with it!

Deniz Bevan said...

I just signed up for A to Z! Already feeling better because I have a theme this year!

mshatch said...

I really want to read Woven.

Vanessa Morgan said...

I think I'm going to skip the A to Z challenge this year. I absolutely loved participating last year, but there are so many other things I'd like to accomplish in the next months that I don't think the time is right. I'll be visiting though :)

Leovi Leovi said...

Thank you very much, it is a pleasure to visit your blog! I wish you a good day.

SA Larsenッ said...

Reedsy sound great! I'm sure it's quite helpful to many. Have to spread the word. #sighs ... the A to Z Challenge ... This will be the first year I will not participate. I LUV doing it, but life has too many obstacles in my way right now to do it justice. I also need to hunker down and start, work on, and complete my next book. I can't wait to read all the posts, though!

M Pax said...

Looking forward to reading about the kargrandes.

Will be taking part of AtoZ through Untethered Realms.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Laura, awesome!

Susanne, you will be busy.

Patricia, I try.

Deniz, a theme helps!

Sheri, we'll miss you.

Liz Blocker said...

Wow, that sign-up list for the A-Z Challenge is enormous!! I'm not going to do it this year, but I'll be cheering all of you on!

Sandra Cox said...

Wow. Lots of dedicated souls doing the A to Z. And if the offer is still up for the shout out on release day, I'll gladly take it. Thank you:)

Kim Van Sickler said...

Yeah! It's so early for the A to Z Challenge and you've already got three hundred and sixty five people signed up! Incredible!

Kargrandes better not be related to the Kardashians. [Cue the two-note flat horn sound.]

LD Masterson said...

So many new releases. Best of luck to one and all.

I am in total agreement with your belief statement.

Um, make that both of them.

Julie Musil said...

Loved your post on Reedsy! I've heard cool things about that site (mostly from Elizabeth Craig).

Gene'O Gordon said...

Hi Alex! I am trying to visit all the co-hosts in the next couple of weeks. Visited Heather first and thanked her for some strategic tweets, then Jeremy, and thanked him for the art.

I think I am actually in the ISW, if I haven't been cleaned out for lack of engagement or whatever.

Joined it about a year ago because I was trying to figure out if the ISW Alex was Captain Alex of the Ninja Army.

I do not have a Ninja Army. But I do have a pirate crew :-)

Seriously, thanks for keeping the A to Z going. It is a beautiful thing!

Mark Means said...

I'm going to have to delve into the mystery that is the Kargrandes....hmmm. Sounds interesting.

Congrats to all the authors with new releases, it's great knowing that people are out there and living their dream :)

Liz Fichera said...

Holy.Cow. Can't believe A-Z is here already!!! These years go by so fast.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I'm planning to sign up, but my brain is cluttered right now, so I'll wait until I can defrag and pay attention to the rules.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sandra, of course!

Kim, not a chance they are related.

LD, you rock.

Gene, welcome! A pirate crew is just as cool.

Jocelyn Rish said...

How cool that you have a website dedicated to the mystery of the Kargrandes - what a fun way to build anticipation for a book!

I'm still debating whether to do the A to Z Challenge this year. I've done it the past three years, and it's been a lot of fun, but it takes so much time. I resolved to really dedicate this year to my fiction writing, and I feel like this will be a (fun!) distraction. Oh well, I still have plenty of time to decide. :-)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

We love to see you jam anytime Alex. Reedsy sounds like a good site. So happy for David with Woven. Mike too. You share so much with us Alex, I can't thank you enough. Sorry no A-Z for me this year.

Sandra Cox said...

What are the Kargrandes is such an innovative idea. Not to mention fun:)

SC Author said...

Wow wow wow, A to Z is starting again! Excited :) Always a fun month in the blogging community.

Mason T. Matchak said...

No way I could do a post-every-day thing in April... I don't even know where I'm going to be in April. >_< But I hope it goes well for everyone participating, sounds chaotic but fun.

And yes, not only are speed limits mere suggestions, but here in Albuquerque, turn signals are too. So are traffic lanes, sometimes. Oi.

T.F. Walsh said...

Great thought:) The speed limit one made me giggle.

Shannon Lawrence said...

I must wholeheartedly agree that speed limit signs are just a suggestion. Look at how many A-to-Z signups there are already!

Gene'O Gordon said...

Funny story: I am in the ISW, but not active. I would not blame you if you booted me.

I started out as a writing blogger, of all things, and that is why I joined up. And also because I recognized your name and wanted to know if the ISW guy was also Captain Alex of the Ninja Army. (I would love to have a Ninja Army, but I do not. Got a nice Pirate Crew, though :-) )

The Writing Blog did not work out very well. Rhetorical analysis is apparently not what the bulk of the blogosphere is looking for.]

Visiting all the co-hosts before the April madness starts. And thank you so much for visiting me first!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jocelyn, you won't be able to resist...

Sheena-kay, appreciate that.

Mason, it is chaotic.

Gene, if you want to stay in the group, post next week. Otherwise, yeah, you might get culled. And in addition to the Ninja Army, I also have clones. They come in handy.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

So many great new books coming out all the time. How can one keep up?

Lexa Cain said...

I loved your Reedsy interview, and I see there are 3 puzzle pieces of your cover now. Kargrandes sound very cool, like the worms in Dune.

I enjoyed Medeia's post on the IWSG site. Congrats to Tyrean, Charity, David, Lisa-Buie, Mary, and Cate!

(Speed limits are suggestions. lol)

J. A. Bennett said...

Lots of releases recently! I'm sooo happy for David! I really wish I could be at his launch party tonight. Ah, the A-Z. I will NOT be participating, but I congratulate everyone who will. That is a lot of people signed up :)

Liesel K. Hill said...

A to Z time already, huh? I don't think I participated last year, so maybe I'll try for it this year. :D Can't believe how fast time flies! :D

Karen Lange said...

Thanks so much for all the updates. Looks like A to Z is going to have a banner year!

Melanie Schulz said...

Yeah! The list! It makes it feel like winter's almost over. :)

randi lee said...

Alex!!!!! Hi there :) Sorry it's taken me so long to come around. I see you're still hard at work promoting the world. You're such an all around great person. I'll be around more now that I've shed the life-sucking job. Hope all is going well with you and yours!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Lexa. You might be on to something there...

Liesel, please join us.

Randi Lee! Thanks and always good to hear from you.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Good luck with the A to Z Challenge. An ambitious challenge that I may one day have time to pursue. ;)

Speed limit signs are definitely just suggestions.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Good luck to everyone taking part in the A-Z this year. I like the badge design.

My belief is that everything happens for a reason, even if you can't appreciate it at the time.

Trisha F said...

Wow, the A to Z is coming up again. I'm tired already! hehe. But of course I must sign up!

Thanks for the Reedsy suggestion. That sounds like just what I will need when I get to the point of self publication.

Toinette Thomas said...

Reedsy looks interesting.
The A to Z challenge is always fun to watch for me. Maybe one year I'll actually participate.
The new releases look good. I was hopeing to win a copy of Woven, but oh well.

Leovi Leovi said...

I'm happy for you that feels so secure in their beliefs, Thanks for sharing!

Mary Aalgaard said...

The new A to Z badge is beautiful. I haven't made up my mind, yet, about the challenge.

Robyn Campbell said...

The A to Z is going strong (YEAH). I was out last year and probably this year. I have so many projects going on with my writing.

I agree with you, Alex. The One True God and His Son Lord Yeshua reign Supreme. (Hmm. I've been known to break a few speed limits myself.) I also believe that anyone can do anything if they work hard at it.

I'm tweeting for you, Captain.

Robyn Campbell said...

P.S. I HAVE to have David's book. That cover is totally bodacious!

M. L. Swift said...

Holy Moses! I've been thinking of the A-Z this year (previous years have filled up) and when I saw your headline, said, "I'll just wait and see if I can." Heck! That list is already a mile long! Haha. Good!

I might just go ahead and add my name; if things change, I'll let you know. I have a pretty simple idea.

I'm anxious to know the reveal of the Kargrandes!

And cheers to DPK and MJ!

J Lenni Dorner said...

Speed limits are definitely suggestions. LOL

Happy A to Z!