Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Plus March Movie Preview, Chef Movie Review, Mini-Alex, and Ninja News

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

My awesome co-hosts today are Chemist Ken, Suzanne Sapseed, and Shannon Lawrence!

It’s about a month away from my book’s release date, so what am I NOT insecure about?

I’ve been working hard on the guest posts for my tour and I’ve completed all of them through May.

Set up a Thunderclap campaign. Hopefully it’s approved and I can announce it on Monday.

The website for my book - What Are the Kargrandes? is up and running with new clues every Monday.


My publisher has the eBook on pre-order at several sites:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Kobo
Indigo
Amazon UK

They are running a special promotion on CassaStorm the week prior to Dragon’s release.

They are also sending out promotional materials, books, and ads to a half dozen science fiction conventions taking place this spring.

The book is on Goodreads
And it’s also on several Goodreads lists: Most Anticipated Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Novels of 2015, Can’t Wait SciFi-Fantasy of 2015, and Excellent Space Opera. (Yes, I’m still groveling for votes!)

I don’t have a release day blitz planned outside of the Thunderclap, but if anyone is willing to help spread the news, let me know.

Yeah, it’s a lot. My insecurity? Will it be enough…?

And I need IWSG co-hosts for April and May! For April, it would be best if you were not doing the Challenge. (As IWSG and Day One of the Challenge are one and the same.) Please leave a comment if you can help either month.

Movie Review

Chef
Directed by and starring Jon Favreau, the director behind Iron Man.
I’d heard a lot of good things about this film and finally watched it on NetFlix.
Favreau is renowned chef Carl Casper, working at a posh restaurant serving ‘popular’ dishes. His world is turned upside down when the biggest food blog critique pays a visit and rips the food.
This is an amazing feel-good movie! The characters and their relationships are the focal point. There are many touching moments, especially between Casper and his son. As a divorced dad, he’s not quite sure what constitutes quality time, but he learns along the way.
It’s also hilarious, especially when Casper’s world begins to spiral. He’s trying to do the right thing, but he makes a lot of mistakes. (His son sets up a Twitter account for him, and let’s just say that doesn’t go well at first.)
Rounding out the excellent cast is John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert Downey Jr. in a priceless role.
It’s about food, family, friendships, and one fun road trip.
Highly recommended!

Ninja News

Mary at Play off the Page posted that KUMD, Duluth Public Radio, is currently welcoming women authors to read their work on the air. See her site for details.

The A to Z Challenge starts in less than a month! If you haven’t signed up, please join us for the biggest blogging event of the year.

And finally, Mini-Alex would like to report that he’s not too fond of snow and ice…
Although he still rocks in any climate!

March Movie Preview

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

6 –

Chappie 
In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Stars: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja, Yo-Landi Visser
Apparently, the future looks very bleak to Blomkamp…



13 –

Cinderella
A live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale about a servant step-daughter who wins the heart of a prince.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Lily James, Hayley Atwell, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden
I’ll wait for the animated version of the live action version of the animated film…




20 –

Do You Believe?
A dozen different souls-all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ ... This stirring new film from the creators of God's Not Dead arrives in theaters Spring of 2015. More than a movie, it's a question we all must answer in our lifetimes: DO YOU BELIEVE?
Director: Jonathan M. Gunn
Stars: Ted McGinley, Mira Sorvino, Andrea Logan White, Lee Majors
Do I believe? YUP!

27 –

Home
When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.
Director: Tim Johnson
Stars: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez
But I already knew Sheldon was an alien…

Anyone else stressing with similar insecurities? Seen the movie Chef? As frozen as Mini-Alex? Can you help co-host the IWSG? And what movies catch your interest this month…?

And the Thunderclap campaign just went live! If you can participate and help me, please sign up HERE.

184 comments:

Rhonda Albom said...

Hey, I might be first this month, unless I type too slow. As for your insecurity, you sure are faking it well, each week we read your clues and the rest of us know it will be amazing.
BTW - mini Alex can come and visit us in New Zealand, where its just early autumn, no snow or cold. It's going to be 27c tomorrow.

kaykuala said...

That's wonderful Alex. You're well on the way having worked out all the necessaries for the release.
Chef with Hoffman and Downey Jr should be great.

Hank

Lexa Cain said...

I'm amazed to hear you got pre-order. Most vendors won't allow small publishers to do that. I think you're doing great with the organizing and I bet things will go off very smoothly in April!

The "Chef" movie sounds good. I hope I get to see it.

I love Mini-Alex rockin' out in the snow!

Chappie sounds fun. Thanks for the movie updates. Have a great week!

Carolyn Brown said...

Wow! You are one busy man, tied up with your new release and the A-Z Challenge. I hope it all goes well for you.

I saw the shorts for the Chappie movie and looks pretty good.

Carolyn Brown said...

Hi Alex,

As you know my blogging history at present has been a bit hit and miss and I have missed the details regarding Thunderclap. Sorry.

Would you mind sending me the details, because I would very much like to help with the promotion of your new release.

I hope it is not too late.

c(dot)m(dot)brown(dot)books@gmail(dot)com

Natalie Aguirre said...

I still owe you interview questions. I'll try to get them to you by this weekend. And your book is awesome, so I'm sure it will do well.

Li said...

Yes, I saw Chef and I loved it. I know some of my friends thought it was a bore (no explosions! no blood! No supernatural beings!) but sometimes I just want to relax and watch a movie about realistic people living their somewhat messy lives...and succeeding.

RDJ was a surprise and a treat.

My neighborhood is currently encased in about an inch of ice this morning, with 8 inches or more of snow predicted tonight. I agree with mini-Alex, enough winter already!!!

Good luck with your book launch, happy to tweet and promote.

Elsie Amata said...

I don't think it's possible for you to be any more ready for your big release day. You've got it all covered!

I saw Chef and loved it. I rented St. Vincent the other day and was pleasantly surprised. Murray and McCarthy are both fantastic in it.

I can co-host in May - just let me know kinda early.

Be well, Alex!!

Sarah Foster said...

Hope everything goes well with the upcoming release! It certainly seems like you're prepared.
I've been meaning to watch Chef ever since it was added to Netflix. I'll have to check it out soon.

Liza said...

I loved Chef too! Mini Alex rocks in his winter outfit.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Sounds like you have all your ducks in a row for your release of Dragon of the Stars. Don't fret it'll be a hit! Wishing you much success!

I just watched the movie Chef on my birthday, and totally enjoyed it!! It was a nice ending to a good day!

Tonja said...

How many books have you published since this little club started? I feel like a slacker by comparison . . . I mean, congratulations! :)

Vanessa Morgan said...

So exciting that you're new book will be out. Know that you're always welcome to guest post on my blog as well. What is a Thunderclap campaign? I'll have to Google that.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

It's exciting about your new book, Alex. This one isn't part of the CassaStorm series, is it? I look forward to learning more about it during your blog tour. Chef sounds like a good movie, just the kind my food-lovin' husband and I enjoy. I'll check and see if it's on our NEtflix. We get a different offering in Guatemala than in the U.S.

Jo said...

Poor Mini Alex, I imagine big Alex isn't faring that much better in the snow and ice. You should move south, oh, you already are south.

Some of those film releases sound like other films of the past and do we really need yet another version of Cinderella.

Melissa said...

I'll promo for you.
I'll also co-host IWSG for May.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I'm with Mini-Alex!

Cinderella is an actress from Downtown Abbey. This startles me whenever I see a commercial.

Excited your book is now on pre-order!

Christine Rains said...

New release jitters. Oh yeah, I know that feeling! Your book is fantastic. I will happily help promote it, and post the info plus my review on my blog. :) I feel the same way as Mini-Alex! Yup, Sheldon is an alien. Totally. ;)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Done some voting on Goodreads. :)

Love your snarky movie comments.

Nick Wilford said...

Your campaign is massive and I'm sure it will pay off. Of course I'll help with the release!

Yep, Home sounds pretty similar to Sheldon's role in Big Bang Theory to me!

Melanie Schulz said...

Sounds like you've got a lot going on Alex! I'd be happy to help co-host in May.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rhonda, thanks - glad you know!

Hank, check it out - you'll enjoy the film.

Lexa, this is the first time any of my books have been on pre-order.

Hey Carolyn! Thanks. As soon as I have them, I will. It's still pending.

Natalie, appreciate that!

Lisa, it doesn't have to be all Blood, Boobs, and Carnage.

Elsie, thanks!

Tonja, you are no slacker.

Thanks, Vanessa!

Karen, it is separate from the Cassa universe.

Jo, yeah, I thought I was in the South!

Melissa, thanks!

Christine, appreciate that!

Donna, thanks!

Melanie, May it is!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Good luck with the release, Alex! I'm sure everything will go wonderfully!
I'm looking forward to both the kid movies. :) I want to take my kids to Cinderella. :)

mshatch said...

I'm with Mini Alex: a thumbs down on ice and snow!

Chef looks like a really good movie :)

meganmorganauthor.com said...

My book just came out yesterday and I'm STILL insecure! Yeesh, it's a good thing we have this group, huh?

Good luck with your book!

Michael Abayomi said...
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Michael Abayomi said...

"It’s about a month away from my book’s release date, so what am I NOT insecure about?"

Well, you wouldn't be much of a Ninja Captain if there wasn't, would you?

On a side note, I am really looking forward to Chappie, so much so that I might just go and see it when it comes out in the cinemas next week.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I always love seeing Mini Alex, but I wish I could warm him up with some California sun.

Breath by breath, Alex, you and Mini will continue to rock it all!

Love ya.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I think if you do anymore, you'll hurt yourself.

Chef sounds cute. Better than the movies coming out this month, although I'm sure we'll see Do You Believe when it hits video.

Debra McKellan said...

Yay, Mini Alex! I'm sure you're getting the jitters, but hold on! Congrats on your book.

I love your comment on the Cinderella movie. haha The only reason I'd go see it is for The King in the North, Richard Madden. ^-^

Diane Burton said...

Thumbs up to mini-Alex. Mother Nature can turn off the snow machine. I voted on Goodreads. Good luck.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Alex, everything is going to work out fine! :)

Already have "Chef" on my To Watch list, and "Home" looks cute. Love Jim Parsons!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Those movies all look like ones I'd give a miss to, sorry to say.

Let me know if you want to do a guest post on my blog for your release or in the weeks afterward. Maybe some advice on writing science fiction?

L.G. Smith said...

Book number four! You know it will do well. You've got lots and lots of fans. Still, I know how nerve-wracking it must be getting another book release coordinated. Well, I don't really, but I can sympathize. :)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm available for April, Alex. My internet isn't great, but it's getting better. I've got the whole day to visit blogs.

Bob R Milne said...

Good luck with Thunderclap, Alex. I've only been involved with it a few times, but it's a very cool idea.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Alex,

Looks like you keeping your CLONES very busy! Congrats on accomplishing so much before your release!

I know it will be AMAZING!!!!!!!!

LOVED CHEF!!! Saw it ages ago. I really enjoyed the chemistry between the characters.

Poor mini Alex does look frozen, BUT DETERMINED....

I can't believe the A-Z is only a month away.... I admire those who are signed up! ALL the best to them. Life is so unpredictable for me right now, so I'll have to pass this year, but...

Julie Flanders said...

Definitely willing to help with any release day blitz you have planned. As well as support your Thunderclap. Just say the word.

LOL I think just about all of us are with mini-Alex at this point.

Charles Gramlich said...

The only movie I've watched recently is Birdman. It was pretty good, better than I expected.

Sarah Ahiers said...

We saw Chef in theaters and bought it as soon as it came out on dvd. And every time i watch it, i need to go make cubanos

S.K. Anthony said...

Best of luck with the upcoming release! You look like you're prepared. It will rock ;)
I've been meaning to watch Chef, looks cool. I'll have to check it out soon.

Mary Aalgaard said...

The Biker Chef and I loved the movie Chef. I wrote a review on my blog under the column, Dine off the Page. Thanks for the shout out! I hope people find ways to share and promote their work wherever they live. I believe, but I don't always like the films about, God, faith, etc. They go too far to the extreme and make us seem like fanatics or Bible thumpers, or worse, judgmental.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Good Morning Alex!

No need for you to be insecure! You are well prepared! You know I'll do anything I can to help.

That Chef movie looks really cute. I do like Mr. Favreau.

Are you saying you have weather? We got more icy mix last night and we are expecting more tonight. Bleh.

If you need me in May, let me know.

The BOY and I want to see the new Home movie!

Tamara Narayan said...

Sounds like you've got things ready for an excellent release. Congrats.

People in my section of the frozen north are sick of the cold. Today will be the first with an above-freezing temp. in several weeks. I wouldn't mind using my dish washer again. Part of the outflow pipe has been frozen for ten days. But I can never get enough snow.

E.E. Giorgi said...

I've been under a rock! I didn't know it was on preorder already, I'll go get your book now! yay! too bad then I have to wait until april to read ...

Murees Dupé said...

Best of luck with the new release! I know news of the release will spread like wildfire on the blogosphere. I am willing to help spread the word. My sister and I enjoyed chef too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Megan, congratulations!

Michael, guess not!

Debra, there is also a Frozen short before the film.

Thanks, Diane!

Dianne, thank you! Will send you an email later.

Joylene, thank you!!!

Michael, we'll miss you, but I understand.

Thanks, Julie!

Mary, thanks for posting about the station. And yeah, there has to be a happy balance with the movies somewhere.

Heather, no, it's to be in the 70's today. Go figure.

Tamara, bummer.

EE, thanks!

Murees, thank you.

Stephanie Faris said...

You're doing a guest post for me, right? I don't see where I held a date for you, so let me know where I'm supposed to put you!!!

When you have paper-based books, you spend the month after release at the post office. I'm SO glad the twice-weekly trips to the post office with stacks of bubble mailers is over. I know my local post office is glad it's over, as well... My next release isn't until at least summer 2016, so I have time to recover...

Dean K Miller said...

The awesomeness continues for you Alex. Nicely done and thanks for keeping the rest of us inspired and encouraged.

Shell Flower said...

Sounds like you are going to rock your book release. Chef was a great movie--after watching my boyfriend made Cuban sandwiches for weeks :)

Loni Townsend said...

Whooboy, you've got a lot going on, Alex! But you're the ninja master, therefore I am certain you will overcome any adversary that comes your way (be it digital deadline or a bookish bombardment). You can do it!

Chrys Fey said...

Your book is going to do great. It's going to have instant sales and reviews. I know it!



Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Yes, I believe. Looking forward to the movie.
Good luck on your tour. I'd be happy to host you. Send what you'd like me to post and a preferred date. Beverlysmcclure (at) aol (dot) com.
I voted on Good Reads. Best of luck there.

shelly said...

I'm glad you believe. Me, too.

Hair Ball is working on his post for this month as I write this.

Brandon Ax said...

I totally understand those insecurities. I hope to have my book out in April. Still I imagine it will do great.

I really want to see Chappie.

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

ha, love mini Alex! and I totally hear you, but I know your book will do amazing :)

Karen Lange said...

Congrats on the upcoming book! I understand your stress along those lines. I am sure, though, that it will be a success. As far as spreading the word, you are welcome on my blog anytime. Let me know if I can help.

Jennifer Hawes said...

The countdown begins! Congrats ahead of time:) I'm completely frozen. Seriously, my kids had an "ice day" yesterday. Hopefully by the time the AtoZ challenge rolls around, spring will have arrived.

Arlee Bird said...

April is gonna be a huge month for you. Hope you're taking all your vitamins, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of rest. You're gonna need some strength and stamina!

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Lisa said...

I can co-host in May, if you still need a co-host. I'll be a basket case as my daughter will be marrying at the end of June, but I think I'll need the distraction! I'll see Chef now. I was wondering and thought it was just another drama with food as the vehicle. The high here today is supposed to be 80! Ha ha! Got Dragon on my Want to Read on Goodreads and I'll partake in the Thunderclap when you let us know the date!

Tyrean Martinson said...

I'm generally stressing about similar insecurities on a regular basis and I haven't even scratched the surface of the amount of marketing that your awesome publisher and you are doing. Way to go with all of that. I think it's going to be a good release!

My kids want to see Cinderella (if nothing else, for the Frozen birthday party clip), and Insurgent (Divergent #2), so I think those will be our theater highlights of the month.
I'm definitely adding Chef to our Netflix list.

Have a great IWSG, Alex!

Chemist Ken said...

What you're feeling isn't insecurity, it's called exhaustion. Don't forget to take a breather now and then.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

What? This winter is so bad that even you mention the weather.
I have no idea how you're getting so much done in preparation for Dragon's release. I would go crazy.

Jennifer Lane said...

Yay, a month away till release day! You know, excitement and anxiety come from the same physiological response--it's just how you interpret those feelings.

Haven't seen Chef but I want to. And definitely sign me up for Cinderella! Not sure about Chappie.

Stephen Tremp said...

I'm available to help with IWSG for May.

Love the movie Chef. I can watch that a few times more.

And good luck with the preorders. Can people submit reviews in advance, or do they have to wait until the release date?

David P. King said...

You have been working extra hard, and that work is going to pay off awesomely. Just you wait. :)

Sorry my post went live before I finished it today. I had a valid reason. It's updated now.

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

Hey Alex, Congrats on your new release. I have already pre-ordered although I am not up on the Kargrandes, I need to do some research before the book comes out.
Would love to help spread the word. Let me know what you need.
I have a release on April 6th and have all the same insecurities as you. I had to go back to my first two releases and do some overhauling because I think I put them out their premature and now I am second guessing everything. But, still happy to write. Nice to know we are all in the same boat. :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stephanie, I don't have a date listed either. May 18 is my next open date.

Shell, good for him!

Beverly, thanks!!

Thanks, Karen.

Lee, because if I don't have my health, I don't have anything.

Lisa, thanks!

Tyrean, the Frozen short looks cute.

Ken, is that what I'm feeling...?

Susan, I also have all my Challenge posts written...

Thanks, Stephen! Reviews aren't allowed until release date, but you can post them as a forum discussion like Edi did.

David, just caught it.

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, i never knew Chef had so many big names in it. What? You won't wait for the live action, cgi mashup version of Cinderella? That's the best of both worlds.

Awesome the release is coming along.

cleemckenzie said...

I think you're kidding us about being insecure. You've got the best promo going and a line up of books behind this new one. You're set, Mr. Cavanaugh. Congrats and here's to continued success.

T. Drecker said...

You sound really organized to me. I'm impressed. I'm not partaking in A-Z this year :(, BUT I'm willing to co-host IWSG April if you need me. Love Alex in the snow and hope we see him in the sun soon :) On my way to Thunderclap now!

Stephen Hayes said...

You must be an exceptionally organized person. I envy that. I liked "Chef," but it didn't seem to fit a big movie format, more like a made-for-TV movie.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Chef was a good movie, I agree! And yes, Sheldon is an alien. When will they reveal that? You have been busy and have a ton setup for your new release! Fantastic! I'll keep an eye so I can share your Thunderclap link.

J Q Rose said...

What great planning for your new release! Wishing you tons of success with it. Checking out Thunderclap next.

nashvillecats2 said...

Busy month April for you Alex, Good luck with your book AND the A to Z.
will you be getting any sleep at all?
Why not decide to move house as well , very good for feeling insecure which I can relate to.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

You're going to be quite busy. Chef was a great movie

Roland D. Yeomans said...

With all the things you and your publisher are doing and doing right -- your book will do just fine! I am sure of it!!

The Happy Whisk said...

That's not snow and ice by very much. We have family near you. Come stay in the snowbelt for a week. We'll show you what a storm really is.

Feather Stone said...

Okay, you must have a clone, Alex. How the heck do you achieve all that you do and do it so well? Thank you.

J.L. Campbell said...

All signed up for the Thunderclap, Alex. Sounds like you're doing everything to make your book launch a success. Kudos to you!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Alex, as I am not doing the challenge, I can be the co-host for the month of April.
Btw...you have not scheduled any blog interview with me (for my blog) during your book launch. I know you must be having a packed schedule, so I will leave it up to you to decide. We can do one later, when you are a little free (I doubt that you are ever free ;) )

Anna Soliveres said...

A new book release? Your insecurities sound well-deserved. I for one, can recall vividly my debut novel release and it was...terrifying. And yes, exhilarating. I suppose it goes hand in hand.

Congrats! And as for the movies. I'm looking forward to seeing Chappie this weekend!

Kai Strand said...

Lol - love your comments on the movies. Especially Cinderella.

Yay on the upcoming release!!!!

Supported your Thunderclap. Good luck.

Sandra Almazan said...

Sounds like things are well in hand for your release, Alex! I'll sign up for the Thunderclap; just post the link when it's ready.

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Congrats on being so well-prepared! I'll have to check out Thunderclap. I don't know what it is, but I'll be happy to do a release day post if that will help. Just send me the info.

I'll have to see Chef. It sounds really good.

And I agree with Mini-Alex. I'm so done with snow and cold.

Birgit said...

You will do so well with your book, of that I am certain! I have seen Chef and it was good but I am less over the moon with it than you I think:) The Robot film looks intriguing and I do want to see Cinderella because i love fairy tales. I wonder if it will be as good as "Ever After" with Drew Barrymore which i highly recommend

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sydney, we could help each other out with releases.

Lee, I only wish...

Tonja, thank you!!!!

Yvonne, pass...

Ivy, I used to live in the Midwest, so I know what a real snow day feels like.

Feather, many clones!

Thanks, Joy.

Rachna, thank you!!! On both accounts. Yeah, it might have to be in June...

Thanks, Kai!

Sandra, it went live a little while ago - link at the end of my post.

Lori, thanks!

mail4rosey said...

I haven't heard of 'Chef.' I definitely now want to see it!

Fundy Blue said...

Hey, Alex! If you still need co-hosts for April or May, I could help with either month. I am not participating in the A-Z challenge. I learned a lot the first time I co-hosted, so I'll be better next time. Poor Mini Alex has my sympathy! The movies look great! Congrats on all your posts already completed. That's what I'm working on: getting well ahead. Good luck with your book.

LD Masterson said...

I feel for mini-Alex. I'm getting pretty sick of the snow myself.

I hadn't heard about Do You Believe? but now I'll be watching for it. (The others, not so much.) Thanks.

And I just signed up on Thunderclap. At least I think I did.

Carrie-Anne said...

Do You Believe? sounds like an interesting film. Since I love world religions, I've always enjoyed reading books and watching documentaries about people who experienced religious conversion or became religious after growing up secular or nothing.

I'll have to have a super-short IWSG post for April, even by my standards of short vs. long!

Elephant's Child said...

Hello. Great post. (sorry)
I am always awed at how much you achieve. There is so much on your plate (always) and yet you find time (make time?) for movies and to support others with visits and comments.
You and the miniature ninja rock. And here in the sweaty season I would love some snow.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Joined Thunderclap! I think your insecurity level will be just fine. Loved your snarky comment on Cinderella. I Believe!

ilima said...

Hmm. Not too thrilled with the upcoming movies. Good thing The Walking Dead is still showing through the month so I can get my entertainment fix.

And you seem to be super organized AND busy for your upcoming launch. I'm sure it will be a success!

Cherie Reich said...

Will all the marketing be enough? You won't know until afterwards. That's the hardest part. I signed up for your Thunderclap.

I'd like to see Chappie. He's such a cute robot. I have a soft spot for Cinderella--after all, I named my cat after her. I'm more looking forward to Beauty and the Beast they're planning to produce. The cat in Home almost makes me want to see that movie. LOL!

Karen M. Peterson said...

I've been meaning to watch Chef, but just haven't had time. I'll try to catch it this weekend.

Empty Nest Insider said...

I also enjoyed Chef! Funny comment about Cinderella! I'll sign up for Thunderclap, and be happy to help on your BIG release day! Hope Mini-Alex thaws out soon!

Julie

Maurice Mitchell said...

It sounds like a perfect storm of promotion Alex! The only movies I'm looking forward to are CHAPPiE and Home. Both look familiar but original.

Andrew Leon said...

I've never heard of this thunderclap thing, so I will go look.

Jenni Enzor said...

Congrats on being so close to your release, Alex! It sounds like you're doing everything right, at least what you can control. It's going to be awesome!
Thanks for the Chef review. I've seen it on Netflix and was wondering if it'd be one I'd like. And call me crazy, but I'm actually looking forward to Cinderella.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Fundy, I could use you in April - thanks!

LD, thanks!

Elephant, that made me chuckle. We're warm today now. Weird weather.

Dixie, thank you!

Thanks, Cherie.

Double thanks, Julie!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I'll definitely share your release info, Alex. Enjoy the next month :-)

Laura said...

Hi Alex,
Well I've just joined your Thunderclap for twitter and Facebook, and as soon as I'm done here, I'm off to add to Goodreads and pre-order.

Thank you for the reminder about how close A-Z is, I've got some serious prep to get on with!

Laura x

Kimberly said...

Congrats on your Dragon of the Stars book release! I've added it to my Goodreads and voted in both polls - you've moved up since your post. :)

Chef sounds really cute - I will have to check that out.

Liz A. said...

Good luck with the release. I'm sure it'll do well. And Chef sounds like something I might like.

SA Larsenッ said...

Ooh, I'm hopping over to check out your new website. Been wondering what all this is about. Excited to discover! Congrats, again.

Haneen I. Adam said...

Yea, scary 0-0 but you can do it. Hang in there Ninja Captain.

Suzanne Furness said...

I think you seem super organised Alex, well done. I hope it goes really well for you. I will certainly mention on my blog when the release day arrives!

If you need any other helpers for April I could step forward.

Spacerguy said...

Great, You'll have to remind me again about your new book's exact release date. I want to catch all these special deals you've got going. Hehe, Its fun seeing blogstar brands like these. I think minialex is onto a good thing with this rockstar image of his and he knows it!

farawayeyes said...

I get your insecurity, but I do have to say that it's one I would love to have. Kind of like winning the lottery, 'let me see what I can do with that'.

The movie 'Chef' sounds interesting. Thanks.

March movie previews -

'Do You Believe' - You bet I do, but I do not believe Hollyweird will do the subject justice. Just look the mess they made of two great Bible in this past year.

'Cinderella' - Looks like a rip-off of 'Everafter', which is the live Cinderella that I really like.

'Chappie' - saw the previews and it looks kind of depressing.

Cherie Colyer said...

Well, I'm more insecure about my upcoming release now that I see all the things not yet available for my book that releases next month. I have a to-do list for this week.

Sounds like you have everything nice and organized for your upcoming release. I'm off to join the Thunderclap.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Annalisa!

Laura, you rock!

Kimberly, that's awesome.

Suzanne, thank yoU!

Spacerguy, he's a cocky little guy.

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Yes it will suffice Alex, will be a success!

Donna McDine said...

Sounds like your book marketing is a movin' and a groovin' good for you! Wishing you all the best! Love mini-Alex...I can't get enough!

Karen Walker said...

Yikes, what an awesome journey you have planned for your new book. Alex, you rock! I have never heard of Thunderclap but I'l go check it out.

J E Oneil said...

None of those movies seem like my thing, though I might give Chappie a watch. Good luck with your pre-release insecurities. I think you'll do great :)

DL Hammons said...

I'm going to see Chappie this weekend...and now I'm going to watch CHEF as well based on your review! :)

Kristin Smith said...

Wow, you are going to be crazy busy the next couple of months. Good luck with all the promoting—I think you are well on your way to a successful book release! So exciting!

I had to laugh at your snarky comment about the Cinderella movie. Ha! :)

Toinette Thomas said...

Chef sounds like a good movie, plus I like Favreau.
I like your plans for the thunderclap and would be willing to post something on my blog if you decide to do a blitz.
Mini-Alex doesn't seem like he's letting the snow bother him much. He's still rock'n.
I might be able to host in April or May. Wednesdays aren't usually good for me, I bearely manage to post each month, but I have an online training day coming up and I get to pick it.

Helena said...

Sigh. I really do have to give up my Luddite ways. I was going to happily help out with your Thunderclap until I discovered that it means having a Facebook account (I don't), a Tumblr one (don't), and a Twitter (have one, never used it, can't find my password).

However, Alex my dear, I'll gladly give you a shout out on my blog in your release week, I'm ordering a copy for myself, of course, and I'll gladly do whatever I can (like join social media?) to sing your books' praises.

Sandra Cox said...

A month away....that's exciting. Sounds like your publisher is really working hard to get the word out there. That's great!

Gwen Gardner said...

I did see Chef! On the plane on my vacation in November. The focus on relationships and doing what you love was heartwarming. It was really good.

I'm sure your new book is awesome! Don't worry.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Chappie is here in Jamaica so I will see it soon. Cinderella and Home are must sees for me. Last night I got to see Kingsdman and it blew my soul. % stars! 50 stars! Good luck with Thunderclap, thanks for hosting IWSG my friend, best of luck with votes and...I love you. *Hugs*

Patricia Lynne said...

I'll help spread the word about your shiny new book. Supported your thunderclap too. Good luck. (I'd say if you were on FB there's a group for it, but you're not.)

Mark Means said...

Haha, you should have ZERO insecurities, Mr. Cavanaugh :P Best of luck with your new book and I hope the launch goes well!

I've seen "Chef" on Netflix, but never thought much of it. After reading your take on it, I might have to give it a watch.

Best of luck with everything....you deserve it.

Lynda R Young said...

The launch will be awesome. You've got nothing to worry about. I'm happy to help anyway I can.

Lauren W said...

You are awesome and inspiring. I'm so excited for your launch-- you're going to "rocket"! Waahnt waahnt waaaaaahhh.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Faraway, it's done by a Christian studio though, the same one that did God's Not Dead, Fireproof, and others.

Cherie, sorry about that!

DL, you will enjoy it.

Kristin, I am here for your amusement.

Helena, thank you so much!!

Sheena-kay, I still want to see Kingsman.

Thanks, Patricia!

Jay Noel said...

Let us know how the whole Thunderclap thing works for you. I know many people have tried it with mostly good results.

Liz Blocker said...

Yay! Finally, a good movie review! That one has been on my list for a while. Thanks for reminding me to watch it :)

Kim Lajevardi said...

Sounds like you've been a busy bee. Good luck with the release. It will be enough. In fact, it will be great. :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I really do wanna see Chappie!

Emma Adams said...

I definitely understand the pre-book-release nerves! I'm sure it'll be fine. :)

Krista McLaughlin said...

You are going to be do an amazing job with your new book - don't sweat it too much! You are a fantastic writer! :)

I haven't decided if I want to do the A-Z yet, but I might. :)

Some of those movies look good! But I'm not too sure about Chappie. I think I might pass on that one.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I can totally relate, Alex. My first book comes out in May, and I have no idea what I'm doing.

But you've built such a strong following! You're going to kick some serious ass!

Good luck. :)

dolorah said...

I signed up for the Thunderclap. And I'm willing to co-host IWSG April or May.

Thought this publishing release days things would be a breeze for you by now :)

TBM said...

I'm amazed by how organized you are! I signed up for Thunderclap and I hope your launch day is a rip-roaring success!

Chef sounds like a fun movie. I need to check it out.

Kinda surprised there's another Cinderella movie. Well, not really. Seems to be the trend these days.

Medeia Sharif said...

April will be hectic, but it seems like you're planned and prepared, and you have plenty of people on your side. :)

That's a stylish scarf for mini-Alex.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - well you seem to have everything down to a T for your release - I'm sure it'll go well .. I'll be there. I'm looking forward to following you along your journey ...

The A-Z is doing really well - and everyone seems to be excited .. mini Alex and the snow - it's not a good time is it ..

Chef sounds fun ... and yes as Medeia says there's lots of us around supporting you along your way .. cheers Hilary

Jenny Woolf said...

I need to promote the fact that my biography of Lewis Carroll is now out on Kindle. It originally came out in 2010 and did well. But my publisher hasn't promoted the e-book in the US at all as far as I know. Grr! I have the rights back in the UK and I've put it on Kindle myself. I should start looking at your site to get ideas how to promote it. I'm not good at this kind of thing. - Jenny Woolf.

Jenny Woolf said...

Hmmm but I will look into Thunderclap....

Patsy said...

Book releases and the marketing involved are enough to make anyone feel insecure. Hope it all goes really well.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jay, I will let you know.

Krista, join us! And Chappie is getting really crap reviews.

Donna, big thank you!

Thanks, TBM.

Jenny, be sure to check out the IWSG site - lots of tips there.

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Yes, hopefully in Chappie they were wrong about the future.

Robin said...

I'm all admiration here. Alex, you've got so many pans in the fire and nothing seems to be burning. How do you do this????

Anyway, congrats on the upcoming release (with the pre-orders!). It's fantastic. Really.

I would offer to co-host for you, but I'm really not feeling well. My migraines have been winning these last few months. I don't want to say "Yes" and then not feel able to do it. I hope you find some folks, though!!!!!

Yolanda Renee said...

All signed up for Thunderclap, what a wonderful idea!

I can't believe you have any insecurities, but it always looks greener on the other side of the fence. Remember, have fun!

Seeing Chappie tomorrow.

Cherdo said...

Alex, your book is going to be wonderful! Reading about the work you've done (aside from the writing) is inspiring and just gives me all the confidence in the world that you will thrive.

I can't believe you mentioned CHEF! We just watched it and absolutely loved it. It's definitely a "feel good" movie. I'd recommend it to anyone.

Thanks and best wishes!

Brian Miller said...

oh i am so looking forward to chappie...i loved district 8...one of my favs actually...

ha, there is much to be insecure about in launching a book too...you have invested so much of yourself into the words but i got a feeling you will be ok alex...

Mark Noce said...

Just one month until your new book's release? Sweet!

Zan Marie said...

I just wanted to drop by and tell you how much I'm loving the IWSG! Thanks for creating it!

S. L. Hennessy said...

This is definitely a stressful time for you, but an exciting one as well. I'd love to participate in your Thunderclap campaign!

Cynthia said...

Being a foodie, I find the summary you shared of Chef very interesting. Will have to put it on my To-Watch list.

LynNerdKelley said...

Haha, so funny, Alex, your comment about waiting for the animated version of the live action version of the animated film of Cinderella!

Nicki Elson said...

You've got an excellent promo plan going. If you want, please send me the name of the song (& band) that best captures the essence of Dragon of the Stars & tell me why, and then I'll post it on my blog w/ links & cover on release day (or a different day if you prefer). :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Robin, I'm fireproof. And no worries - I have lots of offers.

Yolanda, I will remember.

Cherdo, wasn't it a great film?

Zan, that's what I like to hear!

Nicki, thanks!!

Mason T. Matchak said...

Best of luck with the book release, Alex! I think you've got more reason to be insecure than most of us this month. O_o Hope it all goes well and you get a ton of good reviews.

Jamie Ayres said...

I can help cohost if you're still in need . . . not doing the challenge. And of course I'll help you promote any way I can . . . try to keep your head this next month :-)

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Whoa, Alex... You never cease to amaze me! How do you do it? You certainly are ninja! Congrats on your book. Best of luck on it's debut!

♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥

T. Powell Coltrin said...

YOU are a superhero on your own. I need to preorder your book. Totally slipped my mind.

I must see Cinderella. I love her.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Outstanding promo plans for your new book! Congrats!

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Michelle Wallace said...

Do You Believe? Yes, I do.
I'd like to see that movie.

All signed up for your Thunderclap campaign.

Susan Kane said...

Do I believe??!! Oh, Praise God, I believe and rejoice!
Does mini-Ninja need a new outfit? Let me know.

DMS said...

I have heard awesome things about Chef recently and am very curious. I hope to watch it soon.

Stephanie and I would be happy to help spread the word for your release on our Author Tracker blog (since Fairday's Blog is really for MG and picture books).
~Jess

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jamie, thanks!!

Teresa, thank you.

Michelle, thanks, and you are awesome.

Susan, he might need something for the summer...

Jess, thanks!!

Jack said...

I'm so excited for your new booK!!

Home looks like it will be fun, doubt I will see any of the others. I've never been that interested in the Cinderella story and not ready yet for a re-re-remake

Jack said...

I'm so excited for your new booK!!

Home looks like it will be fun, doubt I will see any of the others. I've never been that interested in the Cinderella story and not ready yet for a re-re-remake

T.F. Walsh said...

Best of luck with your book sale... how awesome to get pre-order... woohoo.

Oh, I can't wait to see Cinderella.

Lux Ganzon said...

I was just thinking about what to do this weekend. Thanks for giving me this list. :P

Intangible Hearts said...

I saw the preview for Chappie and immediately thought I'd like it. Of course I BELIEVE, so that movie might be more of the Sunday sermon. LOL

Jeffrey Beesler said...

I'm actually going to try and do the A-Z Challenge this year! Hopefully I can come up with 26 blog entries!

Blue Grumpster said...

The Chef... Thanks for the tip! I could do with a feel-good movie.

Michael D'Agostino said...

I'm noticing a lot more independent movies lately. I think people are getting tired of the Hollywood model of adapting anything that's popular in other media :P

Sarah E. Albom said...

Yay for your upcoming book release! We're all counting down with you :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Jack!

Intangible, you're probably right.

Jeffrey, glad you signed up!

Michael, sometimes those independent films are really original.

Thanks, Sarah!

Milo James Fowler said...

I enjoyed Chef; an unexpected winner. Looking forward to seeing Dragon fly off the charts, Alex. Good luck with all the campaigning!

Suzanne Sapsed said...

Think I'll watch Chef if only for the cast! And need to persuade Ella she wants to see Home :) xx

Al Penwasser said...

After "District 9" and "Chappie," I don't think I'd want to live in Blomkamp's world.

Lanise Brown said...

Hey Alex, I'd be happy to post about Dragon of the Stars on my blog. I also joined the Tunderclap campaign. Yay! :)

Ann Best said...

Alex, my friend. You are an amazing writer, and I'm excited about your upcoming new release. You have made me like science fiction, the way YOU write it. And you are awesome with cheering other writers on. Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me to write a second memoir.

John Wiswell said...

After how fun District 9 was, it's been disappointing to see him fail to balance his politics and love of action movies. I don't think it's wrong for him to write about those topics, just he hasn't figured out how to make the blend work from film to film yet.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm always up for some food porn.

Jamie Burch said...

Congratulations on your upcoming book release! Very exciting stuff, Alex! I'll definitely be on the lookout. :)

Katherines Corner said...

I enjoyed the movie Chef very much. We have Chappie and Home on our" can't wait list". But, we have to wait...until it shows up on dvd. We are loving the spring like weather here. We have had some strange high temps here in the state with "the greatest snow on earth"I think mini Alex could really rock in our warm temps. :-) Hugs! P.S. I think you are great at masking your insecurities my friend. Never would have thought you felt insecure, you exude confidence to me.