Since I keep receiving comments and emails, I’m just going to put the rumor to rest. But just to uphold interest, I’m going to tantalize you with some morsels, as well.
The rumor? It’s about my book, CassaStar.
Yes, I am working on a sequel!
I’ve spent the past two months revising and now it’s ready for my test readers. And a critique partner if I can find one. I’ll save that for another post…
Want some details?
I recently read “Save the Cat” and decided to create a logline: Byron’s predictable life is disrupted when the talented pilot meets his match on an alien planet… (Yeah, I’m still working on that.)
It begins twenty years after CassaStar ends.
It involves relations between two races.
It involves alien technology.
And the main character opposite Byron is a woman. Yes, you read that correctly! For those of you who’ve wondered why there were no women in the first book, I give you a female lead and an explanation for the lack of women on Cassan spaceships. There is a good reason you know…
I just can’t tell you now!
(And for my new followers, a full description of CassaStar can be found by clicking on the button under the header.)
All right, rumor confirmed! Any questions? Again, Hot Tamales always welcome.
Consider me tantalized!
Looking forward to hearing more.
oooooooo A woman lead this time??? Exciting! Can't wait for more of Byron and this mysterious woman! Good luck with all the writing!
Exciting! I'm an idiot when it comes to hands-on tech stuff, but I love to read about it, especially if it's futuristic.
I am tantilized also.
whooo-hooo! that's it, just whooo-hooo!
Melissa, yes, and she's been a challenge...
li, low tech here!
Sounds exciting! I love sequels. And adding a female role and more backstory is always great in a sequel! Good luck with it.
Ooh! How fun! I always love it when I hear good books have (or will have) sequels!
Wishing you great success.
Sounds interesting. I'm intrigued. :) Good luck.
Yay for tough women leads!!!
By "relations between two races" do you mean sex? Because that would be awesome.
Seriously though? Twenty years? That's crazy. Byron will be so much older. I'm looking forward to hearing more.
I agree with Matt -- twenty years? That's a long time, however, I can see your point.
Love the idea of a woman, and hey, I do write romance so it you need a beta with an eye for lurve, I'm your go-to gal.
Finally writing from a women's POV huh?
I didn't realize this was a rumor. I thought it was fact months ago. :P
That's super exciting though! Beta readers are awesome and you already know how much I heart my CPs.
Good CP's are priceless.
Is it hard for you to write from a female perspective?
I never though it a rumor...
GOOD LUCK! Looking forward to reading more about it.
Alex: Can't wait! Please keep me posted as I will happily do another ARC review, interview, etc for you. Best of luck!
We must be on the same wavelength. Quite a while ago (last year, I think), I reviewed Save the Cat. I've just started "Save the Cat! Strikes Back". I'm on page 32. Great books - not just for screenwriters.
Good luck on your writing!
Didn't mean to rhyme on that one, but what the heck. Your post made me Dr. Seuss-y.
How fun! Can't wait to hear more.
Yes! *Happy Dance*
I was wondering why there were no women but I'm glad there's one in the second. I'd love to read it!
Laura, I hope it doesn't disappoint.
Emily, I hope mine is one of them!
Matthew - no! Not getting into the sex thing. Not that it doesn't sound like fun... And remember, Cassans live much longer than us, so he's not THAT much older.
Anne, I might need your help!
Hannah, I thought everyone knew, but the question kept arising.
Angela - yes!!!
Stephanie, I will!
Helen, I got some good ideas from that book.
Clarissa, all will be explained...
Thanks for inviting me (the Hot Tamale--remember?) Great news here! Now don't you have some writing to do?
Congrats, Alex! That's exciting! And hurray for a female mc. Does she resemble Kate Beckinsale?
A CassaStar sequel? Now, that's exciting! Good luck, Alex, buddy. :)
Yeehaw, a female lead (I think). I just hope they are now women created from alien technology :)
A big congrats on the sequels progress, at-ta-boy. You did need an at-ta-boy didn't you?! :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow
Excellent. I'm sure one of your blogging friends will step up to the plate to be your critique partner. If not, I am looking for one more person. I've had two offers, one is for critique and the other is a reader.
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Nice teaser! Glad the writing is going so well. :)
LOL yeah i also thought this was well known fact!
I'm super excited about your woman MC. She's got to be bad-ass to stand up next to Byron.
Can you tell us her name?
Hmmmm...a sequel, huh? Overachiever!
Good for you! I have CassaStar on my 'To Read' list. It's a long list, but you will have the honor of bumping others out of the way. If I EVER finish this draft, that is.
Sounds great. Looking forward to learning more.
Thoughts in Progress
Congrats on the progress. I wish you smooth sailing.
Ready and waiting...!! I really enjoyed CassaStar and hope that, although 20 years on, Byron is still a tad crotchety!
I didn't mind the lack of women in CassaStar (you did include Byron's misery of a sister!) I thought of it as a 'boy's' tale. Best of luck with this one.
Kelly, she looks a little like Kate!
Jules, I did!
Sarah, I will reveal it soon...
It sounds intriguing! Now I'm looking forward to learning more about the sequel to CassaStar.
Aw, I'd heard this rumour...and after reading CassaStar, I rejoiced at this rumour. Super coolness abounds :)
Woot! I knew you were working on it and am interested in hearing what the sequel will be about.
I've got about 3 more chapters to go in CassaStar.
Lynda, glad you're excited!
MPax, that's great!
I'm excited for you. Rah.
Thanks for giving us some details on your sequel.
This is awesome, Alex. The details are definitely tantalizing. If you need any critiquing help, I humbly offer myself.
Not sure if you view that as a good thing or a bad thing, but there it is :)
Twenty years after CassaStar ends: Surprise. Did not expect such a time gap. Does this implicate that book three is about Byron's twins (a boy and a girl) who are the result of his partnership with an alien female ;-))
Relation between two races: Will be interesting to see on which level
Alien technology: I like that
Female main character is highly appreciated - leader of an amazon planet?
Anyhow I will read and review it - the sooner the better ....
But please take all the time you need to write a good book. I waited a long time for the next George R.R. Martin book. I also will wait patientlyfor the CassaStar sequel ....
Great teaser. You know you'll have to leak more details now.
TWENTY YEARS AFTER BOOK ONE??
You mean Mr Bad Boy of Cassa Star will be MY AGE!?!??! Wooo-hooo!!!! That was definitely worth waiting for!!! Yay!!!!!!! I can dribble without doing a Mrs Robinson! Wooo-hooo!!!!
Women ROCK!!! Take care
I'm very much looking forward to it. I REALLY liked CassaStar and can't wait to read the next book!
nice! I guess that means I need to get on the ball and pick up the first one. :)
Kudos to you. Have fun writing. :)
Eric, it's a good thing!!
Edi, thanks dude! Remember, Cassans age slower, so he's not A LOT older. Book three? Crap, I didn't even plan a book two!
Kitty, I knew it would excite you!!
Okie, that would be great.
Wait a minnute! This is like good news or interesting information. I was here for dirt and juicy gossip. What--no Charlie Sheen?
Tossing It Out
but I thought you'd been working on a sequel... so now I've got ESP or I'm confusing you w/another writer friend. Anyway, sounds cool. And CS is on my Kindle, but still haven't managed to start it... you say there are no girls in it? What's the deal, Alex? ;p
(this sequel I somehow already knew about sounds cool, btw.)
Alex, I can't wait for the sequel. I really can't express how much I loved Cassastar...never even really grasped there were no women but the settings kind of ruled them out anyway. Got a working title yet?
Alex, you're so awesome! I read Save The Cat, too. Loved that book. =D
ps: I'm sure you've had 65,000 offers for a crit partner, but I'd love to trade pages with you. Let me know.
Lee, not unless he's dissed me lately as well!
LTM, thanks. Many people knew, but I kept getting questions about it, so had to settle it once and for all. And no women. Okay, one briefly in the beginning. But that's it!
Chuck, thanks dude, really appreciate your enthusiasm! No working title yet. I'm a bit stumped there...
RaShelle, it was a great book. And you're the second to offer!! So we might have to work something out.
Woohoo! That's very exciting, Alex. A woman too? You might just make a sci-fi convert out of me.
Loved CassaStar - can't wait for part 2 :)
This is quite a juicy rumor! Take your time with the sequel of course, but I''ll definitely be ready to read it when it comes out!
Glad you're moving forward with a sequel. Best of luck with it.
It's so cool that your sequel picks up 20 years after CassaStar ends. I'm curious how the world changed, and I'll bet that was a lot of fun to create!
Nice! Sequels are always the best. (Except for Die Hard)
Good luck with the sequel! Thank you for the female lead. I like strong female characters.
Robyn, promise? You'd probably like CassaStar, as so many non-science fiction readers have enjoyed it.
Julie, Byron's world certainly changed.
Shanae, she is strong!
Thank you everyone.
How do you ever find time to write books?
Looking forward to hearing more.
You know, I haven't HEARD this rumor, and if you don't TELL me, I consider that permission to just start making stuff up.
You've been warned.
YAY!! Congrats Alex:)
Oooooooh! Interesting! Can't wait to have a read, Alex.
Sounds intriguing ~ :) Women definitely add some spice. Best of luck with your writing!
Yay to a sequel! Glad you put those rumors to rest.
Can't please everyone eh? Teasing is such a sin, but such a nice one! Can't wait for more!
Monti, it's not easy!
Hart, as long as I'm not naked!
Thanks everyone! Hopefully you'll get to read it...
P.S. I did it. I signed up for the A-Z Blogfest.
Ooooh I love these little teasers! Definitely looking forward to reading more: and yes, I did wonder why there were no women in CassaStar, BUT I did also guess that there was a good reason!
Yay! Can't wait to see what you have in store for the next one. About time you give some ladies much needed face-time ;p
After how everyone raved about CassaStar a sequel was a must. A female lead is intresting, and I am sure it will be just as popular, your book had quite the following.
sounds great! way to stretch yourself in writing!
It seems a very interesting idea, Byron can aser a very enigmatic.
Wow, it's already ready for crit partners?!!!! Yay! Hopefully, I'll be able to have it in a few months....?
*excited happy dancing*
Huzzah! This news makes me very, very happy! :D
Ooh.. exciting! It sounds great, I can't wait to hear more! :)
Holly, good for you!
Sangu, there was a good reason, promise.
Words, my publisher still has to accept it, so doubt it will be this year.
Sounds exciting! I am still waiting to read the lst one...augh! My son is on Spring Break, might be my chance!
Well I'm tantalized! I love the direction the sequel is taking!
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