Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Plus January Movie Preview, Goodreads Giveaway, New Releases, and Snarky Blogfest

The lovely Chrys Fey is kicking off the new year with an interview and feature, and I am her first guest! Please visit her site to learn some interesting things about my blog and posts.

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 Elizabeth Seckman, Lisa Buie-Collard, Chrys Fey, and Michelle Wallace!

We asked IWSG members to introduce themselves today. Here’s mine:

I work in web design, graphics, and technical editing. I’m also a guitarist in a band. Online I’m the Ninja Captain, founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, and an A to Z Challenge co-host. My genre is space opera and I’m author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm. My next book, Dragon of the Stars, comes out April 7. And I never even wanted to be an author…

It looks like everything is falling in place for the release of Dragon of the Stars. My publisher sent out review copies and is sending a lot of promotional material to upcoming science fiction conventions. My blog tour is mostly set. And I have a secret project I’m working on with my publisher that involves a website and a grassroots movement. When it’s all set, I hope to get help spreading the word.

And there’s another Goodreads giveaway!



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Dragon of the Stars

by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Giveaway ends January 13, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win


New Releases!

Sudden Secrets by C Lee McKenzie
Find it on Amazon
Enter the Goodreads giveaway

This one came out last year, but it slipped in under the radar…
Rainbow: Poetry & Prose by Hank Kaykuala


Sarcasm, Snark, & Sass Blogfest

Hosted by LG Keltner, who is celebrating three years of blogging.

On Friday, January 9th, 2015, give me a post that celebrates something sarcastic, snarky, or just satisfyingly sassy. You can give me an example from real life, a favorite film or book, or you can give me an original piece of fiction. The sarcasm can either be well understood, or hilariously misunderstood.

Here is my snarky offering:

Hey, Johnny Football!

Eddie Munster called.

He wants his haircut back. 


January movie preview

Here are the upcoming theatrical releases for January! As always, descriptions courtesy of the IMDB. Snarky comments by me.

9 –

Taken 3
Ex-government operative Bryan Mills is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.
Director: Olivier Megaton
Stars: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen
They’re going to tone it down for Taken 4. Someone will take his sandwich from the lunchroom.


16 –

Blackhat
A man is released from prison to help American and Chinese authorities pursue a mysterious cyber criminal. The dangerous search leads them from Chicago to Hong Kong.
Director: Michael Mann
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wei Tang, William Mapother
The preview looked cool until I saw it was directed by Mann – then it looked uber-cool!

Paddington
A young English boy befriends a talking bear he finds at a London train station. A live-action feature based on the series of popular children's books by Michael Bond.
Director: Paul King
Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent
Why wasn’t this released over Christmas? Would’ve been perfect timing.




23 –

Mortdecai
Art dealer Charles Mortdecai searches for a stolen painting that's reportedly linked to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
Director: David Koepp
Stars: Johnny Depp, Olivia Munn, Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow
Just when you thought a Depp character couldn’t get more cartoonish or annoying…


What are your writing insecurities today? Did you introduce yourself? Entering either Goodreads giveaway? Feeling snarky? And what films do you want to see in January?

Be sure to visit Chrys Fey!

202 comments:

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Cindy said...

Congrats on your new release. It doesn't sound like you have reason to be insecure. :)

TBM said...

Loved your interview Alex and Happy New Year! Lots of interesting movies coming out. Best of luck with the new release in April. Too bad I can't enter the Goodreads giveaway since I live in London.

Patsy said...

I can be snarky, but I try to hide it online!

Huntress said...

I keep my snark on a leash since it's always ready to come out. Interval looks…interesting..
Yeah for Chrys! Our newest moderator at Unicorn Bell!

Huntress said...

Mortdecai. Spell check at work again.

Maurice Mitchell said...

The only saving grace for Mortdecai is if it's a Inspector Clousea homage. Then it might be good

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Oh dear - I thought I read in my blog feed - "Snarky Breakfast" - so I popped over asap.
Does that make me an insecure reader?
I'm still working on seeing the Hobbit.(sigh)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like you've got lots of good things going on right now. I really want to see the new Hobbit movie and Into the Woods.

Jennifer Hawes said...

Great news about your book! April will be here before we know it. Blackhat and Taken 3 are on my list to see.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

TBM, I'm sorry!

Patsy, I let some snark out now and then.

Maurice, the previews remind me more of Inspector Gadget...

Dixie, that made me laugh!

Sandra Almazan said...

I hope the giveaway goes well, Alex!

Diane Burton said...

Best wishes on your new release, Alex. I want to see the new Star Wars movie. And I have to wait sooooo long.

Deniz Bevan said...

I'm so insecure I forgot to post for IWSG... Still thinking about my goals for the upcoming year!

Kathryn McKendry said...

Congrats on your book! Sounds like things are going well, and even a secret project, that sounds interesting.
A snarky blogfest, what fun!

Loni Townsend said...

Yay for everything coming together with Dragon of the Stars! Sounds like April will be crazy for you. :)

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Congratulations on the upcoming release (and that it's on schedule!)

The release date of the Paddington movie is pretty bewildering, I agree.

Christine Rains said...

Yay for everything coming together! It's an awesome book. I'm heading over to Chrys'. I thought Paddington was out already too. Weird.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Love the last line of your bio here, Alex. And great interview with Chrys. Good luck with the new book release! :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It's good to hear the tour and everything is coming together.

Johnny Football does look like Eddie Munster.

Arlee Bird said...

Things are really moving along with your book. Congratulations!

Snarky? I intensely dislike that word though I'm sure many people probably think that's me in a lot of ways. I'd rather have some other word. I don't mind people making up words, but "snark" or "snarky"?

Lee
Tossing It Out

Sarah Foster said...

Can't wait to check out the interview with Chrys. Heading there next.
Secret project? Sounds intriguing...
I'm actually excited for Taken 3 since it looks a lot better than the second one. Probably seeing it with my fiance this weekend while everyone else is watching football.

Joss said...

You seem so much more organised than me. I never know what is coming out from one minute to the next. Sounds like you are doing really well with your writing too. Well done you! I hope the new release and your secret project go well. xx

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

LG is a quick wit! I thought that was Eddie Munster. Funny.
So much excitement abounds, and I'm off to Chrys'.
xo

Karen Walker said...

Congratulations on your upcoming new release, Alex. Sounds like even more exciting things in the works with your publisher.

Chemist Ken said...

Congratulations. Sounds like you're keeping yourself busy. How do you find time for your job?

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Nice interview over at Chrys Fey's. Congrats on your upcoming book release and good luck with everything in April! It makes me go cross-eyed just trying to comprehend doing all that at once.

Crystal Collier said...

Yay for the upcoming release! Go, Alex, go! You're starting 2015 right, and I'm totally stoked to see all the amazing things that happen this year. Thanks for keeping us all in the loop. You're epic.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I entered the giveaway on GR. The book looks great! Congratulations!

Yolanda Renee said...

You are everywhere! Congrats on the 4th book! Awesome!

I won't be watching Paddington - I hate talking animals, especially the stuffed kind! Too creepy!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Deniz, that made me chuckle.

Elizabeth, all the posters said Christmas, but it didn't happen.

Lee, sometimes snarky just fits.

Robyn, doesn't he look like him?

Ken, fortunately there's a lot of down time.

Lori, I hope to survive...

Thanks, Crystal!

Kim Van Sickler said...

I entered the Goodreads giveaway for Dragon of the Stars! I will see you during L.G.'s snarkfest bloghop. Already wrote my snarky post.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Best wishes on your new release, and let me know if you need a little help. :)
Movies in January . . . um, maybe, if I can, I'll watch a few on Netflix. January and February are those kind of months. I love the movies, but the best I can hope for during ski season is either Netflix or a random, let's-go-right-now-in-this-moment kind of movie night.
Happy 2015!!!

Stephanie Faris said...

Can't wait for your tour. I have a feeling you're going to pretty much take over the blogosphere for a week or so... In all the chaos, I missed the part where I was supposed to introduce myself and just went straight to my insecurity! That actually matches the way 100 percent of my public appearances have gone.

Elsie Amata said...

Whoops. I missed the part about introducing ourselves. My bad. Boy was I wrong about your job. I had it in my head that you were a teacher. Where did I get that from? I thought you mentioned students - maybe I'm just going insane, slowly but surely.

It sounds like you are in the perfect place on your next book. It's gonna rock!! Go You!

I want to see American Sniper. Such a touching story.

Oh, and I'm always feeling snarky!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Neurotic, huh? I'm hoping this week to finally get to see the last Hobbit movie, now that I'm not home sick with a cold. :D

Sean McLachlan said...

Congrats on your new release. Nice that your publisher is helping out so much, but considering how many sales you've given them, they should!

kaykuala said...

Dragon of the Stars a new book in the pipeline and another Bestseller definitely. Congrats Alex it'll spur others on . And thanks so much for including Hank's 'Rainbow' together with the new releases. Was pleasantly surprised! Hope you've enjoyed your new year holidays. Looking forward to more guide and info for the ensuing year ahead!

Hank

Murees Dupé said...

It is great to hear that your project is coming together. It must be a relief. I'm always available if you need help spreading the word. It is so fantastic that you play guitar. I've tried but my fingers are so stupid and really short. Have a great week.

Julie Flanders said...

Love your Johnny Football snark. Curious to learn more about your grassroots movement - sounds exciting!

Cherie Reich said...

I'm glad to hear your upcoming book is moving along toward publication.

E.E. Giorgi said...

Oooohhhhh, a super secret project!!!! :)))) Congratulations, Alex, and I just entered teh giveaway, but I'll buy the book anyways :-)

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

hmm I'd say my biggest insecurity is still the whole writing something new while on sub thing. Not easy but I'm plowing through, every day :)

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

oh and you can totally count on me to help spread the word for your new secret project when ready! :)

Mary Aalgaard said...

Oops. I missed the note to introduce ourselves. Although, my post gives some clear indication of what I write. Thanks for this group, Alex! Congrats on your new book!
Play off the Page

Pat Hatt said...

Awesome that everything is falling into place and yeah, Depp is pathetic in most movies now

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Awesome interview, Alex. Chrys asked some good questions. Best to you during your busy time ahead. I'm sending all the extra energy I can, tho I suspect you won't need it. Go get em!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Oops, I missed the post asking us to introduce ourselves. After seeing the introduction bit on many blogs, I did a last minute mad scramble and did a introduction. Glad that everything is falling in place for your new book. I love the cover and the title.

Tracy Jo said...

Happy New Year, Alex! Love the new book title and wishing you the best! Movies....I really want to see Wild and American Sniper.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Happy New Year!!! I'm off to check you out at Chrys's!!!

Holy Ghost Writer said...

A great interview. Slow month for movies.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yolanda, they are a bit creepy.

Thanks, Kim!

Thanks Stephanie and no worries.

Elsie, definitely not a teacher!

Hank, you're welcome.

Murees, appreciate that.

EE and Beth - thanks!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Congratulations on your new release. You definitely aren't letting your insecurities hold you back! I would like to see Taken 3. Always love a man who fights for his family.

Jeff Chapman said...

Congrats on the new release. Giveaways entered.

Nicki Elson said...

I saw two movies in theaters over the holidays (The Hobbit & Top Five) and not one single preview looked interesting to me. I'm hoping to get to see Big Hero 6 and Into the Woods before they exit...er,if it's not too late already.

Good luck w/ all your release preparations!

Krista McLaughlin said...

Dragon of the Stars sounds like things are going well and the release date is getting closer! :) Congrats!

I love your snarky comment about Taken 3. Sandwiches can be bad too. Did you ever see the episode of FRIENDS where someone ate Ross's sandwich and he want crazy? Taken 4 - Return of the Eaten Sandwich. Scary. :) And can I say that Paddington looks kinda dumb? Good book, but the movie... meh.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Mortdecai looks pretty funny. Perhaps I'll see that one over the MLK weekend. We are going skiing, and we might be looking for a way to spend an evening.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Good morning, ALEX!

What a great idea to have an introduction! I love learning more about the peeps we follow.

I will watch anything with Mr. Hemsworth in it. :)

Although, we got Guardians for Christmas and I've watched it like a million times already! Can you wear out a blu-ray?

Thanks for sharing all the snark!
Heather

Sarah Ahiers said...

I'm actually really excited for Mortdecai, since it's based on a book that has kind of weird, quirky humor, which i generally enjoy (like Wes Anderson)

Candilynn Fite said...

My post is up and I got it done before 8 central time. That's an accomplishment for me. Happy IWSG post day, everyone! Congrats on all the new releases out there. Heading over to Chrys' blog now.

L.G. Keltner said...

Thanks for participating in my blogfest! Your snarky offering gave me a good laugh! I'm glad that everything is falling into place for your new release. It's an exciting time!

Carrie-Anne said...

Good luck with your upcoming release! It sounds like you've got a recipe for success prepared.

cleemckenzie said...

Entered to win your book. I need another good sci-fi experience to start off 2015! Thanks for posting about Sudden Secrets. Really appreciate that.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nicki, not too many films pushing them out of the theater this month.

Krista, that made me chuckle.

Heather, fortunately that Bluray will last for years.

LG, thanks for hosting!

Lee, thanks and you're welcome.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Whoah...you dare to cast Johnny Football in the same league as Eddie Munster? Oh my. I think I almost fell out of my chair laughing. Good one sir, good one.

A Beer For The Shower said...

Isn't it great when everything falls into place? Sounds like there's not a lot to be insecure about, as it should be. I'm gonna read that book one way or another so I entered.

Snark is my life. And great caption. In that picture, he looks like he's channeling Alfred E. Newman. "What, me worry?" Yes, you worry. You can't throw a football and that's your only job. Learn from Tebow.

Cynthia said...

I too wish the Paddington movie had been shown during the holidays, when my husband and I were considering films we could take our children to see during break.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Like Candilynn, I am heading over to Chrys' blog right now. PADDINGTON was scheduled for a Christmas release. Colin Firth was also the first voice for Paddington, so perhaps the re-dubbing took longer than expected or they did not want to go head-to-head with FIVE ARMIES! Can't blame them there!

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Huntress! I'm thrilled to be a moderator on Unicorn Bell. I'm looking forward to my week. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you for mentioning the interview, Alex! I'm getting so many comments and I know it's because of you. It may take me a couple of days to catch up. haha I'm enjoyed being a co-host too. I'll definitely do it again some time. :)

Oh, and Paddington looks like a cute movie. Too bad it didn't come out sooner.

J.L. Campbell said...

All caught up on the news now. Not sure if I said thanks for the shout out with my new novel.If not, thank you!
Wishing you all the best with this year's goals.

Kai Strand said...

Hi Alex, after years of lurking, I've finally decided to become an active member of IWSG. Thanks for developing a community for us neurotic authors. Congrats on the newest book.

Stephen Tremp said...

I've been looking forward to Black Hat ever since I saw the previews. There's a $2.00 movie theater close by and I'll be catching up on some of the movies I've missed during 2014 this weekend.

David P. King said...

I'm off to the interview checking. Wishing you a Happy New Year and much success on DotS. I'm halfway through it now and am seriously fretting that this might be your last book. So good! :)

Jennifer Lane said...

Hey, Alex! Thanks for the giveaway--I entered. Great snarky comment for an Ohio team quarterback! And I can't wait to see Blackhat as well.

Suzanne Furness said...

Just come from Chrys' interview! Sounds like you have everything sorted for the new release. I think April is going to be a crazy busy month for you.
Sorry I didn't post an intro on my blog, I somehow missed the request. If I get chance later I will add one.

Haneen I. Adam said...

Congrats on the book and a prosperous 2015 for you Alex.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I had to share your snark with my husband. With so many super football fans in this house, there have been a lot of jokes about Johnny Football.
Great interview on Chrys' blog.
Depp wastes his talent on strange projects.

LD Masterson said...

"And I never even wanted to be an author…" *sigh*

I'm heading to Chrys'.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I'm getting really excited about Dragon of the Stars. I can't wait for it to come out!

Jenni Enzor said...

Congrats on your Dragon of the Stars series and looking forward to hearing about your secret project! It's amazing that you never wanted to be an author. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Michael, glad I could amuse you!

Brandon and Bryan, well said!

Roland, you have a point.

Chrys, but of course! I'll be sending people for days, plus you are a co-host.

Joy, you're welcome.

Kai, welcome!

David, good to hear you're enjoying it.

Suzanne, no worries.

Susan, that's because he IS a joke.

Thanks, everyone!

Liz Fichera said...

Congrats on the upcoming release! I will be sure to let my nephew know, although he probably already does. :)

dolorah said...

I've been off-line about 3 weeks and pre scheduled my IWSG post Christmas day. I didn't know we were to introduce ourselves. Oh well. Sounds like you are taking charge of this year already. "Your friends are with you Alex."

Elephant's Child said...

Ten cheers (three are not enough) for writers everywhere. And I do like a bit of (a lot of) snark.

M Pax said...

I missed that I was supposed to intro myself. I'm always spacey, which is probably why I write about it. :) I'll happily help promo your new book. Sounds like exciting stuff is happening.

SA Larsenッ said...

Already visited Chrys! Fun interview. Yeah for Dragons of the Stars! Looking forward to hearing more about this book's journey. (Yeah, I missed the paragraph intro too. My bad... Maybe next post?)

Clarissa Draper said...

Congrats on your fourth book. I'm so happy they are best sellers on Amazon! Would love to hear you play the guitar someday.

Cherie Colyer said...

I had to go back to my post and add a PS with my introduction. I got the idea from Lord Ken (http://hogwartssabbatical.blogspot.com/). =)

Congrats to those with new releases. And, Alex, I always enjoy your movie updates. Today's had me laughing. I'm off to check out the interview.

Al Diaz said...

No movie on January that sparkles my interest. Oh well, I went to the movies on December enough for two months. Got to see The Hobbit twice and the penguin movie too. Whatever mystery project you have in your hands, dragon and dwarves will be happy to promote when time comes. And I entered the giveaway! Dwarves wanted to enter too, but they are way too lazy to open their own accounts on Goodreads.

Bish Denham said...

Diddo what everyone else is saying regarding your latest release! Congratulations! Don't tell anyone, but I think I'd like to see Mortdecai.

Empty Nest Insider said...

I love your premise for Taken 4 about the stolen sandwich! I look forward to your interview with Chrys! I also can't wait to hear about your secret project! Congrats to all the authors!

Julie

Gwen Gardner said...

Oooh, a secret project. Can't wait to see what it is. Thanks for the 411!

Andrew Leon said...

I think the only January movie I really want to see is Strange Magic.

Anne O'Leary said...

Oooo a Secret Project. I like those and will look forward to the reveal on that.

Leovi Leovi said...

Go! We are already intrigued by your secret project!

Birgit said...

I forgot to intruduce myself. I will have to remember for next month:) I love snark and sass like your little snark about Depp...so true and how sad. I don;t think Paddington Bear will be like Ted. In fact Ted make kick the stuffing out of Paddington Bear. A new year begins!!

Corinne OFlynn said...

Happy January! I've entered your giveaway. Hope I win! Can't wait to hear about your secret project! As for movies... I am an avid movie watcher and all of the January releases you've listed appeal to me. Love Liam N! I introduced myself on my ISWG post today, which was a nice lead-in to my insecurity post for today.

Emma Adams said...

Best of luck with your new release! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Liz, thanks!

Donna and Mary, no worries about the introduction.

Sheri, next post!

Al, glad you saw The Hobbit twice, Thanks for the offer of help and I knew you'd appreciate that the giveaway is open to Mexico.

Birgit, next month is fine.

Corrine, thanks!

Thank you everyone. Off to visit more. I will get to everyone, I promise.

Suzanne Sapsed said...

I most certainly introduced myself - in a unique way :) Paddington was released here before Christmas and was well received and Taken - not that bothered about the film, but would sit through it just for his voice :) x

Robin said...

It shocks and amazes me every time you say you never even wanted to be a writer. How does this happen???? In my opinion, writing is hard work... ahem. Maybe that's just me.

Kela McClelland said...

I would've loved to see Paddington over Christmas break, my kids can't wait for that one to come out. Good luck on the new release, I'm sure it will be wonderful. Now I'm off to check out that interview. Have a great day! :)

mail4rosey said...

Paddington over Christmas would have been great! My older (grown) boys were talking about the new 'Taken' over the holiday break. They were laughing and saying no one was going to be taken, in a movie called 'Taken.' haha, that's all I remember. I haven't seen any of them.

I like Johnny Depp in some things (loved his Mad Hatter)...I don't think that movie looks appealing though. Maybe I'll be wrong.

Congrats on your upcoming book release!

Lan said...

Happy first IWSG of the year!! And congrats on the upcoming release. I didn't even realise that there was a new Taken movie coming out!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Alex,

I didn't know about the bio, but I just typed on it really fast. LOL. Congrats on you new book! I really like the cover and I know it will be a huge success!

Congrats to Lee and Hank on their new releases. ALL THE BEST to you both!!!!!

Always feeling snarky... lol. LOOKS like a fun blogfest!

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, and see, I think that looks like prime Depp. I love his quirky humor stuff and oddly, Gwynyth seems the perfect counterpart for it. You are next on my reading list, Alex! Then I will get you some interview questions!

farawayeyes said...

I love your snarky comments, especially the ones abut the new movie releases for January. Only one there that even remotely interests me is 'Paddington', but then I'm a sucker for bears.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Suzanne, I wonder why the USA is getting it so late?

Hart, awesome!!

Liz Blocker said...

I entered the giveaway - fingers crossed!! :)

lifepostbrainhemorrhage said...

Hi Ninja! I entered the giveaway as well. One can hope. As you know, I like Johnny because he takes on such a variety of roles, although I have to admit, this one doesn't look appealing at all. :( Hugs. Eva

Carrie Butler said...

Speaking of Paddington, did you see Nicole Kidman on Jimmy Fallon? Hah! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtsNbxgPngA

Anyhoo, I look forward to hearing more about the secret project in the future!

Fundy Blue said...

Whew! I made it in under the 200 comment cut-off! I'll love to have this problem, Alex ~ but it might put me over the edge. I did try your way of responding to a number of people in one reply box . But I admit, Pat Hatt is my hero when it comes to replying. He is OCD about it, and it's awesome. I try to do what he does, but I'm ADHD, so I often miss the mark! Loved your review on Chrys's blog, You are inspiring! And I can't wait for Dragon of the Stars to come out! I truly would have read your CassaStorm with my after school Gifted and Talented literacy group. Or regular middle school, early high school kiddos! Have you ever considered presenting at one of the International Reading Association conferences, especially the regional ones? Have a good one!

J E Oneil said...

My writing insecurities? Is it possible for it to be all of them?

Doesn't seem like there are any interesting movies this month. Oh well. Happy New Year.

Medeia Sharif said...

I didn't know we were supposed to introduce ourselves, so I did just that on FB.

I'll go visit Chrys.

Kristin Smith said...

I love that you never even wanted to be an author and yet, here you are! Awesome. I think I will enter the giveaway now. :)

Carole Anne Carr said...

Well done with the new release, Alex, and you never wanted to be an author! :0)

Juneta Key said...

Congratulations on the new release and new project. I hope you have a great and prosperous year.
Juneta at Writer's Gambit

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I entered both giveaways. Love to read. Yes, I introduced myself. Congratulations on your latest book.

Cathy Keaton said...

LOL! I love your comment about Johnny Depp. Although, I'll always love his Edward Scissorhands. Completely precious....

J Q Rose said...

Enjoyed your interview at Chrys' site. All the best on your upcoming release in April. What a month for you!!

Sandra Cox said...

Way to go, Alex. You are amazing. How do you manage to get by with just 12 hours in a day? :)

Jennifer Chandler said...

Happy New Year!

HA! The Depp comment still has me giggling (and I love his characterization but you are SO right!)

Congrats on the new book! See what happens when I go away for a while. You get a new book. Geez... :) I'll be reading the interview as soon as I leave here! All the best to you, Alex, in 2015! Thanks for all you do. You are an encouragement to me and to so many!!

Cheers,
Jen

Michael D'Agostino said...

I had no idea what Liam Neeson's character's name was in that movie, and I've seen it twice.

Nice to meet you, I'm Michael :)

Donna McDine said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to hearing about your secret project! Happy New Year! Wow being an author definitely choose you!

sage said...

This group is an interesting idea. Congratulations on your publishing success.

Rena said...

Congratulations on your release! I love that you put so much into IWSG. It's a really great thing you've done. I'm so glad you continue to have great publishing success.

Angela Brown said...

So glad to hear things are going well for your upcoming release, Alex. And I think it's cool that you never wanted to be an author. It seems you had a calling to answer so here you are :-)

And as for sass and snark, I have a little bit to share. I put a little sass on display at my blog for my IWSG intro post. It was such a fun post to put together.

Wishing you the best for this new year.

Lynda R Young said...

I'm intrigued by your mystery project...
And best wishes for Dragon... As I said before, I love the book and I'm sure it will be a huge success!

Julie Musil said...

My favorite part of your bio? That you never wanted to be a writer! Thanks for all you do, Alex.

Michael Pierce said...

Happy New Year! I've been so out of the loop, I didn't know I was supposed to introduce myself in this month's post. Sorry about that. Loved your intro. You book's going to be out in no time!

Kim Lajevardi said...

Congrats on everything lining up. Intrigued about your mystery project. Happy 2015!

Ninja Girl said...

Oooh, I'm interested to see what the secret project is :). Sounds very mysterious! Also the Paddington movie bothers me because the bear doesn't look much like the real Paddington :(. Ah well. Good luck in 2015, Captain!
Ninja Girl

Sher A. Hart said...

You do so much I think you must be at least twins, maybe triplets. Secret project aside, there must be more secrets. You're a Time Lord? No I didn't introduce myself, but I was sure happy to introduce Kara. Woo-hoo!

Pearson Report said...

Hi Alex - I thought I'd drop in to say Hi - First, Happy New Year, gosh a week is gone already; where did it go?
Next - congrats on your upcoming book release - I'm curious about the grassroots bit… intriguing.
Good luck with all the promotions and tours - I'll keep my eyes peeled.
Cheer, Jenny (a voice from the past - coming to life in 2015)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Sounds like exciting progress toward your book release! Do you go to in person cons for advertising or do it all online?

Helena said...

Blackhat looks good, but I might wait for Taken to be on TV even thought I'm in love with Liam Neeson.

How ironic that you didn't intend to be a writer but your natural gift manifested itself anyway. Congratulations on book number four! May it take off like a rocket at the sci fi conventions!

Heather Musk said...

Congratulations on everything going on with the new book. I'm only a teensy bit jealous that they'll be all over the sci fi conventions. Hopefully that could be me one day!

Michelle Wallace said...

Hey, I already have your book on my Kindle... waiting patiently to be read...
Secret project? I like the sound of 'grassroots movement'... it normally implies volunteers who are dedicated to the cause! Can't wait to hear more about it!
I love snark! Need to include more of it in my writing!
Congrats to everybody who has launched something new!

Blue Grumpster said...

Congrats on the new book! A secret project... Dare I ask, Ninja Captain Mister Space Opera guitarist? Tha's a mouthful. Hank.... wrote a book? Well, what do you know! Well done, Hank!

Brian Miller said...

ha. seriously..i like the taken movies...but how bad does your luck have to be to have 3 people in your life taken? you know....

sounds like you have the roll out of the new book all laid out...i am intrigued by the grassroots thing...i will be watching for it...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Carrie, yes I did!

Fundy, thanks! And no, I hadn't thought of that.

Sandra, some days I don't. Like yesterday.

Hey, Michael - welcome! I will visit you today.

Angela, you did sass well.

Lynda, you are awesome!

Sher, it would be cool to be a time lord.

Shannon, my publisher does ads and sends material for attendees.

Heather, it will!

Michelle, I'm hoping for those volunteers.

Blue, he did write a book and then didn't tell anyone!

Thanks everyone! I will be around later today to visit all of you. Sorry, always so overwhelmed with IWSG post day.

Dean K Miller said...

Congrats on the upcoming release! Enjoyed the interview and entered the Goodreads contest. keep rockin' the space opera universe!

DMS said...

Love the title of your new book! Awesome giveaway too! So many great releases!

I heard great things about the Paddington movie- but I haven't heard anything about the other- yet. :)
Happy New Year!
~Jess

John Wiswell said...

Wow, you've already got several pages of entries on that giveaway! Nice going, Alex!

And I kind of like Johnny Football's haircut. Dorky, but probably helmet-hair friendly.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

You don't need me to be, but I'm so proud of all that you accomplish on any given day. Plus you write awesome books.

Tara Tyler R said...

happy new year! i had to go back and read posts i've missed - esp the fave movies of 2014!
i loved all those too - guardians of the galaxy is my current all time fave. just so much awesomeness from beginning to end!

and congrats on your upcoming release - you are so big!
love the sound of the snarky blog hop - ha!

thanks for always stopping by my place! (now to visit chris fey!)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - Paddington is British and was released here in time for Christmas?! Such is life .. lots of good movies around ..

Good luck with the run up to the new book release and all the things going on .. Happy 2015 - cheers Hilary

Lisa said...

Cool on how things are going for your book release! I'm signed up on both giveaways, and I read the interview, which was great! I want to see Blackhat... and, I still have a Paddington Bear my mother gave me when I was sixteen and going to the UK for the summer! Yep. Paddington is an ooooldddd bear, LOL!

Emily R. King said...

I am so out of touch with the movies I've only heard of Taken 3! I'm excited for your new book, Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Brian, really bad luck!

John, that made me chuckle.

Teresa, thank you!

Tara, Guardians is just awesome.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Hi Alex! Paddington might have had a time competing with Baymax, penguins and Robin Williams. Katniss? Good intro and life is full of surprises. I want to see Mortdecai. Movies of all forms are coming. Good snark and sass Alex. I even detect a little sizzle.

Susanne Drazic said...

Alex, CONGRATS on your upcoming book release!

Mark Means said...

Hehe, I liked your snark....it's rare to see, for sure :) Best of luck with the new book (though I doubt you'll need it) and looking forward to finding out what the secret project is!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Paddington sounds perfect for Christmas. Sorry it wasn't released then. Looking forward to learning more about your secret project.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I entered the Goodreads giveaway, Alex. Congratulations on the upcoming release of Dragon of the Stars.

Leovi Leovi said...

Yes, it seems interesting Blackhat!

Sherry Ellis said...

Looking forward to you new book! I'll hop over to Chrys's place.

Al Penwasser said...

"Blackhat sounds like a racist movie to me. We much prefer 'Hat of Color.'"
-A. Sharpton

A. B. Keuser said...

April seems simultaneously so close... and so far away. Congrats on the impending release!

Nick Wilford said...

We had Paddington before Christmas in the UK. Were going to take the kids to it, but it never happened. A cinema trip with three kids is a big investment these days!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mark, I do like the snark.

Patricia, thanks!

Al - good one!

Leovi Leovi said...

I'd like to see Mortdecai!

Suze said...

A secret project ... ooh, la la!

Happy New Year, Al. And how cool that your publisher is sending prelim materials out to Sci-Fi conventions! That sounds exciting.

DAVID WALSTON said...

Dragons in space, is that like pigs in Space?
Congrats!

Toinette Thomas said...

Happy New Year! It seems to be off to a great start for you.
Great intro.
I'd like to see Paddington.

Sandra Cox said...

Congrats to C Lee and Hank....and of course The Captain;)

Patricia Lynne said...

Hi Alex, nice to meet you. ;) Kidding. Sounds like you have big plans for 2015. Good luck!

Mason T. Matchak said...

I'm feeling snarky because I'm in pain from the surprise root canal I just had. >_< That is all.

kaykuala said...

Thanks Blue! It's a compilation of all my blog postings. Otherwise all will just fizzle off if not compiled!

Hank

jamieayres.com said...

Can't wait for your release, buddy!! And I like Snarky Alex :-)

The Happy Whisk said...

What's your favorite colour and do you like walks on the beach.

Good job, Alex - but I'm still looking for more. Such a nag, I am.

Jo said...

My comment is all about Paddington. Mr. Brown is being played by Hugh Bonneville who is Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey. And, yours truly is a good friend of Michael Bond's daughter - these days the Paddington Bear company is her responsibility. Just thought you'd like to know.

Lexa Cain said...

I'm glad to hear all the preparations for Dragon of the Stars are under way and doing well. I can't wait to hear about the surprise.

Congrats to LG on 3 yrs blogging and to Lee on her new release!

Some of those movies look awesome! Thanks for the line-up. ;)

Elizabeth Mueller said...

I knew you played a guitar, but I never knew you are in a band! Is it a hobby or do you perform live? xD

♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥

ilima said...

Um...looks like I won't be seeing anything at the theater this month. O.O Awesome news about your book though. So close to release!!!

Sylvia Ney said...

Thank you for always making it so easy and fun for the blogging community to connect!

Catherine Stine said...

Love the title Dragon of the Stars. Very catchy. My insecurities? With two fall launches I did so much darn promo stuff that it's hard to switch gears and delve into writing. But I am doing it--very slowly and in fits and starts.

Liesel K. Hill said...

You know, I don't think I ever saw Taken 2. I'll have to borrow it from my brother and watch so I can go see the third one. Blackhat looks pretty good as well. Haven't heard of the others, but I'll watch for them. :D Have a great weekend!

~Sia McKye~ said...

I didn't introduce myself. I've been out of touch the past month but at least I had an article. Points for me. I find I have a lot to catch up on :-) But, I'm taking it a step at a time.

Blackhat sounds good. I know Dan will probably want to watch Taken. :-)

Congrats to Lee on her release.

I enjoyed Dragon of the Stars. Very entertaining. I need to get up a review on it. Alas, I'm behind on those as well. One step at a time.

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Leovi Leovi said...

Taken 3 seem to be too many parts already!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I love your assertion that you never wanted to be a writer. Not many people accidentally write 4 novels :-)

Doreen McGettigan said...

I did not introduce myself. How did I miss that? I did have surgery on Wednesday and was a complete nervous wreck before, good excuse I hope:)
The previews for that Paddington movie creep me out. I will most likely take my grandkids but will probably have nightmares.

Angeline Trevena said...

It's been great fun learning about everyone in the IWSG, discovering commonalities and differences. Good luck with the book launch (although it sounds like you're all set)

Rena said...

Excellent! I love secret projects. Also, I absolutely love all the work you put into the IWSG. It's such a great part of the community. Thank you!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Suze, they've done it for all of my books, which is just awesome.

David - funny!

Patricia, that made me chuckle.

Mason - ouch!

Ivy - black and yes.

Jo, impressive!!

Elizabeth, we perform live.

Sylvia, thanks for being a part of it.

Catherine, shifting gears is tough.

Sia, no worries. And thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.

Annalisa, sounds funny when you say it like that.

Doreen, no worries - you had bigger things to think about.

Rena, glad you appreciate it.

Thanks, everyone!

T.F. Walsh said...

Congrats on your release of Dragon of the Stars - wishing you lots of great success:)

M. L. Swift said...

Congrats on the book! If there's anything I can do to help, let me know. I think you have my email addy. And thanks for coming by WU. I'm heading over to Chris's right now to read. Happy New Year, Alex.

Sandra Cox said...

I planned on seeing Taken 3 this weekend but it didn't work out. Have you seen it yet and if so what did you think?

Sandra Cox said...

PS If you are doing any blog hopping for Dragon, please let me know. I'd love to have you.

mshatch said...

Blackhat could be cool - I like Michael Mann! And what is this secret project you speak of...?

Milo James Fowler said...

Keep up the great work, Alex -- hope Dragon attracts a whole batch of new readers.

klahanie said...

Hey Alex,

Ninja type dude, for a guy who didn't contemplate being an author, my, you've come along ways baby! I have this excellent excuse for taking so long to get to blog sites. My computer is slower than a parked car. Must get a new computer!

All the best,

Gary

Leovi Leovi said...

Yes, I like the cover of Dragon of the Stars !!

Jamie Gibbs said...

Happy New Year, and good luck with the upcoming release of Dragon of the Stars! I'll keep an eye out for you in the cons over on this side of the pond too :)

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Alex
Congratulations on yet another book.
Nancy

Anna Nordeman said...

12 January 2015

Dear Alex,

Happy New Year and congrats for your new book.

Thank you so much for visiting my IWSG-post for January, You are first commenter and have received a link back to your blog.

This is kind of embarrassing, but I have yet to read any of your novels. I plan to though, because I have gotten more and more interested in science fiction, I'll start with you first novel. I have loaded down your kindle-app on my computer, so we'll just have to see if I can do this.

Roz Morris latest how-to book on plotting is out in a kindle edition, but I can't get it in Sweden, so I am waiting for the paperback version. But you could probably download it through Amazon.com.

Best wishes,
Anna
ox
Anna's IWSG for January 2015

Trisha F said...

Depp has done a few movies in recent years that haven't drawn me in at all - like the vampire one, and one that's apparently a musical?!?! I love music but for some reason most musicals make me cringe.

Anyway... that's awesome your book release stuff is coming together!! Can't wait to see the book sail out into space ...err, I mean, the world! hehe

I missed the call for an 'intro' in the IWSG. That'll show me, should have paid attention to the IWSG blog!

Anna Nordeman said...

12th January 2015
Dear Alex,
Hooray! I've ordered your first three novels in paperback!
Anna

Sarah E. Albom said...

How exciting on your latest release. Congratulations!

The Happy Whisk said...

Hahahaha, I give you such trouble. But it's out of kindness, I promise. Your answer cracked me up. Have a great week. I'm still couch bound but at least it's super duper bright in the movie room.

Cheers and boogie boogie.

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