Actually, it’s more like the countdown to Alex’s meltdown…
But I have a really cool surprise for you guys!!!
First, thanks to everyone who visited Ray Gun Revival for my interview this week. It didn’t go up until almost noon, so check it out if you missed it. Many thanks to author Bryan Thomas Schmidt for interviewing me and reviewing CassaFire!
Next, HUGE thanks to Jeremy at Retro-Zombie for the cool CassaFire banners! One at the top and there’s another at the bottom of my blog. If you need any stylish artwork, Jeremy is your dude. You can also win a Zombie Pencil Holder from Jeremy! Visit his SITE for details.
Lee has put out the call – a thousand participants signed up for the A to Z Challenge by March 1! If you haven’t signed up yet, you do NOT want to miss the biggest blog event of the year. Details and sign up HERE
Now, the surprise!
Next week kicks off my two-week/ten stops blog tour for CassaFire. I have some awesome guest stops planned, some with giveaways as well. But the party won’t go dark here! During those ten days, in addition to telling you where to find the Ninja that day, there will be:
Daily Ninja News
Pop Culture Trivia
Random Ninja Facts
For everyone who comments here during my two-week tour, you will be entered to win this cool prize package from my publisher:
Is that not awesome? I want a CassaFire tote bag and mug! Not that I drink coffee. Or tea. But I do like hot chocolate.
So there you have it! Ready for two weeks of Ninja partying? Ready to test your pop culture knowledge? Ready to place bets as to whether I sleep or not next week? Ready to watch the meltdown…? (Cleanup on aisle three!)
*And as a side note, I'm sick! I get sick once every five years and today I came home feeling like crap. Was supposed to do a book festival on Saturday, but doubt that will happen now. Better feel goo by Tuesday!
I signed up yesterday, but haven't received an email yet. :)
The blog tour sounds like a lot of fun!
already signed up for a-z and picked out a them :)
can't wait to watch the meltdown...(kidding!)
Thanks for the shout out, I am glad I could help make your sequel a hit... not that it won't have any trouble being a hit. The book prize package is awesome, it's funny you don't drink coffee... cause you look like a coffee drinker. Wait what do you look like, oh yeah... a NINJA!
All the best and the countdown clock is ticking...
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Sounds like an awesome two weeks. And you've got great giveaways. I won't enter because I won a copy of your books on the Goodreads giveaway. Looking forward to reading it.
Cool banner too!
Looks like a pretty great tote bag of stuff. I'd be tempted to just keep it.
Do I get disowned as a member of the ninja army for liking that 80's song? I'd like to think not! And what an awesome prize pack your publisher has there! Can't wait to get my hands on the final copy of CassaFire!
We'll be here for the mental breakdown sir....
Yeah for the countdown!! Hope the tour is fantastic.
I love that crappy 80s song! You're on fire, you'll have a fantastic time. Yes the countdown, I have to keep the challenge a challenge and my biggest prompt. I need it Alex.
Only four days remain until the release of CassaFire you must be very excited Alex. We all are. :)
The prize package looks great and so do the banners, especially the one on the bottom. I just love green you know. :)
Sounds like an awesome tour! And, The Final Countdown was not a crappy song... although I was only about ten and in love with big hair, so my memory might be a little flawed!
Bring it on! Wait, I'm not going to be under any pressure. You just got me so revved up there I felt like I could take on anything.
Good luck next week. Don't forget to breathe.
What a great package of goodies!
Too bad those new art banners won't show up on my browser for some reason. Are you ever going to give us numbers on how well your books are doing?
Thanks, now I have that song in my head. What an exciting time and what great prizes. Just breathe, you can do it, and you rock.
Have a great weekend!
What? I thought the CassaStar launch was the biggest event of the year! Looking forward to Tuesday, but I can understand you might be feeling a bit nervy.
Thanks, Kyra! I haven't checked it since Tuesday, so I'll send the information today.
MsHatch, it might happen!
Jeremy, you're welcome and Ninjas don't need coffee...
Natalie, hope you enjoy it!
Mood, if I had it in my possession, I just might.
Jeffrey, you will always be an honorary member!
Thank you, Lurker and Miranda.
George, you should check with Jeremy about creating one for your site.
Annalisa, they did have big hair.
Rusty, I'm sure you could!
Very excited for next week! Have my post ready for Tuesday as well.
I'm one of the ones who was hooked on the Final Countdown.
All strapped in and ready to blast off! :)
The Final Countdown movie with Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen was always my dad's favorite for some strange reason.
*fumble fingers frantically, er, typing*
VERY exciting. I'll be here. Please don't melt down. Somebody would have to clean that up.
I do hope you get a bit of sleep but I'm thinking it might all be at work. (Hope your boss doesn't read this)O.o
You won't need to have a meltdown. Your stories are awesome!
yes, the song came to mind, thanks!
i'm ready, i'm ready!
I'm stoked for the A to Z. I'm meeting new bloggers already because of it!
Wow, look at all that super-coolness! Bring on the Ninja Party!
Go Alex. Ninja away!
Sounds like all systems go! I am so psyched for you. I know it will be a HUGE success.
You give so much to our community and we are ready and willing to do whatever we can to MAKE IT HAPPEN for you.
ALL THE BEST!!!!!
Wow! February already. lol You are totally prepared! Everything sounds awesome. :)
Have a ball!!!!
Watching for your climb up the best seller list.
I want that mug for my hot chocolate too, Alex. Your Publisher's the best.
I'm very excited for you (and not because of the mug).
Totally awesome. TOtally! Such Excitment!
I'm loving the hype and build up of all the energy around CassaFire! Truly excellent work, Alex.
I also now have that song in my head, thanks! Good luck with the launch of CassaFire Alex, I am sure it will do well!
Have already signed up for A-Z challenge but thanks for the nudge!
Let's PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!! Super excited for you and your release. Woot!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok. Now that earworm of a song Final Countdown is in my brain. THanks. And who doesn't like hot chocolate? You must be from the same planet as Byron and Bassa. HA!! congrats on all the party fun.
It's the final countdown - doodoodoodooodooodoododoodooodoodooodoo -ohhhhhhhhhh ! It's the final countdoooooown!!!!
We're leaving together, but still it's farewll and maybe we'll come back to earth who can tell? It's the final countdown...
Ahem. Where was I?!?! Oh yes!
There's a mug?!?! Wow! How lovely!! Mugs are great!! Yay!!
Happy Cassafire Fortnight!!
You'll do great! Enjoy it. :)
Cool tote and mug for sure, but even cooler looking books, man!
Marta and DL, thanks!
Grumpy, it's a forgotten movie that needs to be rediscovered.
Teresa, I'll try!
Laura, my boss would never notice.
Sean, glad you're part of the Challenge!
Michael, thanks so much for the kind words!
CM and Brinda, you'll be hearing it all day.
Thank you, everyone!!!
Remember to have fun in the process!
Luckily, I drink coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Booyah.
Wow, cool prize package.
Gonna be a stressful week for you, no doubt, but hopefully well worth it!!
Enjoy your weekend!
Wow! This package looks very-very cool!
So excited for you! My fingers are crossed and I'm sending all my best of luck vibes your way!!!
Yay, I signed up!! I want a copy!
Yay for Ninja partying! It's going to be awesome, Alex!
I am offended that you called The Final Countdown a "crappy" song. How dare you, sir! I still jam to Europe.
Plus, they have a song called "Ninja Survive." I bet it's on YouTube!
Looking forward to helping you launch CassaFire!!!!!!
Nice gifts. I like the cup. Greetings.
Ooh! I want to enter, but is the competition open to foreigners?
Dang! What a bunch of awesome prizes.
Wow!!! You've got a lot on your plate! Who needs sleep, right?
Best wishes on a hugely successful CassaFire kickoff!!!!
And although I've been hesitant to sign up for that big of a commitment, I'm feeling myself inexorably drawn to the AtoZ challenge... I may just have to succumb to the inevitable: Resistance is futile, right?
Kitty, I can handle it if you are singing!
LG, I hope it will.
Jay, they have a Ninja song???
Thank you, everyone!
Have cranked my way back to the blog and will be ready for your party - those goodies look fabulous!
Thanks, I have The Final Countdown' on my brain now!
What a fun blog tour! It sounds awesome! :D I'll definitely be back to check it out. ;) Congrats on your book. :D
That would be a good kinda meltdown, right?
How can you avoid a meltdown when you're on FIRE? Keep up the great work, my friend. You're showing us how it's done.
How can you avoid a meltdown when you're on FIRE? Keep up the great work, my friend. You're showing us how it's done.
Lots of hot action in the upcoming week!
An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out
No meltdown - you'll be fine.
Definitely ready! I wrote a short review for Cassafire yesterday at my blog. I'll write ones for Amazon and Goodreads . . .probably Saturday. Today is ski day, and I have to run.
Party hardy, Alex.
Al, your promotional material looks great. I want a CassaFire mug! :)
I'm all ready to go on Tuesday! :D
Very good this site!
Margo, it will be there all day!
Thank you, Chantele!
Tyrean, I saw that - thank you and I'm so glad you are enjoying it.
Thank you everyone!!!!
I wish I had time to read your first one before next week, but that's just not gonna happen.
I'm so behind on everything! :(
And, again, not subscribing.
bah on me, I know
I don't need any swag but that is pretty cool for a giveaway for someone. I thought that it was Monday that I was supposed to put up the post. I'll recheck my email and get it scheduled for Tuesday.
Two weeks of partying! I'm so there!!
I'm ready for a great party. That's some cool swag!
Crappy song? Really? I've totally replaced the words to that song with "Alex's Meltdown" now. :-)
It's almost here! That's so exciting! Looking forward to the blog tour! :)
if by crappy you mean iconic, then yeah. I loved that song in like 3rd grade. My friend Josh could play it on keyboards.
Have fun on the tour.
That's all right, Andrew.
Michael, it's Tuesday.
Justine, that's funny!
Budd, you were young when it came out!
I want a mug for coffee & tea! I'm super excited for you & will be sure to stop on by for the two weeks.
I'm still debating on the A-Z, though...
Awesome swag dude. I already entered and will set our blog on Cassafire next week! Jeremy does great work.
I signed up again just to be sure. My post will be early (On Sunday) and run through Tuesday ... it's called "THE HANGOVER ... of Alex Cavanaugh" I warned you about visiting Meilori's! LOL.
Mina, thanks. And join us for the Challenge!
Maurice, he does fantastic work.
Roland, thanks! I really appreciate that.
Don't melt, Alex. Enjoy the anticipation.
Looking forward to the tour and reading all about you and the book.
I need a good sci-fi read about now.
I think you're the busiest man in the entire blog world... I do drink coffee!
So much fun. I'm ready for the 28th too!
Oooh! Blog tour! and that publisher swag just looks waay cool! Can't wait!
Lots of fun prizes and excitement in store! Hope you're able to get some sleep, so you're able to enjoy it all! Let the games begin! Julie
Ooh, it's almost Party Day! I'm excited - I can only imagine how you feel. But behave - I don't want to have to bail you out :)
That really is awesome! Woo-hoo!
Aw, how fun! Will you have signed all of these delectable items for us? ;)
A to Z co-host
We'll have no meltdown here Mister...your a rock. Remember that!!!
God bless and have yourself a fantastic two weeks....keep tellin' yourself...it's gonna be great!!! :o)
Yay for CassaFire. Nice swag.
Came up with my AtoZ theme, too, which I'll post about on Monday. Starting loading up April's posts, too.
DG, hopefully mine does it for you.
Pat, some days it feels like it.
Carol, no late night partying for me, promise.
Elizabeth, I haven't even seen them!
Nezzy, yes M'am!
Mary, that's good!
Looking forward to it!
I drink coffee. I drink coffee. I love totebags. I have Cassstar on my eReader. I want a print copy.
You better rest up this weekend.
Party on, dude!
Great banners! I am looking forward to Tuesday and the Ninja partying. You are going to do great, Alex! One day at a time...
I hope you get some sleep (with no meltdown). You can always catch up on some z's after all the partying you and your blog friends will be doing.
Yes, I'm ready! :)
I do hope you get some sleep this week, in among all the madness.
That prize pack is awesome! And best of luck on your blog tour. Sounds like so much fun!
Just say no to meltdowns! :)
Susan, I wish you luck then!
Tracy, one day at a time.
Medeia, I can catch up later.
Thanks guys! Trying to survive it all.
Yeah, that was an awful song. Ugh! i'll do some promo stuff for CassaStar and ask my library to order the book as I did with Cassafire.
Mugs are great for cocoa and the tote bag is perfect for carrying around a whole bunch of books since books ROCK!
I hope you were able to suck down a bunch of Crud-b-gone so you can make it to your book festival. Either way, feel better soon.
Oh no, get well soon. Something tells me you're going to be needing your energy.
OOOOO I like Hot chocolate!
Go take some Zinc and feel better. You have a lot of work ahead of you. :-)
Love the prizes, and I hope your blog party is spectacular. A big congratulations to you for this milestone!
Feel better! I'll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you and am sending you some healing thoughts.
I cann;t wait for the tour and teh Catch Fire Party. I'm so excited and happy for you. And I what an awesome prize package for the lucky commenter. I want a tote bag too come to think of it. :)
That's some awesome promo merch you've got! This blog tour is going to be badass :D
See you at the party! Hope you are feeling better by the morning :)
Thanks, Angela. Not looking good right now though.
Melissa, maybe you'll win.
Jamie - yeah! Badass.
Thanks for the well wishes everyone. Think I'm going back to be though.
Oh, that's awful to be sick just before release day - maybe you should start drinking tea!
Yep, very cool swag. :)
I am sure you'll feel better by Tuesday. Sleep, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and get outside to breathe clean air.
Oh, thank you for setting your debut day on my son's birthday. That was very nice of you.
Yes, you better be feeling "goo" by Tuesday. I hope the Saturday rest is working out.
And hey, I know you're insanely busy right now...and I know I've waited too long to ask (sorry!), but if you happen to think of one song that best encapsulates CassaFire please shoot me the title & name of artist (cuz I'm sure it'll be a song I've never heard of before, haha): firstname.lastname@example.org & I'll include it in my Wed. post.
Okay, you go feel better now!
I think this year dela A to Z will increase from 2,000.
Aw; hope you feel better. Shame to miss a author meet.
I'll go check out the interviiew. Man, gimme gimme that swag :)
I could really use that mug...
And 728 A to Z signups as of this comment. Wow!
Ah, I wish I could do the A to Z challenge, but I know I won't have time. Your tour sounds exciting, have fun and get better!
Allison (Geek Banter)
Kind of exciting, isn't it? I look forward to sharing in that excitement starting on the 28th!
Helen, I'm glad it worked out that way!
Patricia, it's growing.
Thanks everyone! I slept a lot today, so feeling a little better.
Haha! I remember that song way too well! And the big hair too!
Feel better soon. I'm looking forward to the CassaFire release party :-)))
Hope you feel better soon! I'm starting to think bugs can travel through the computer, because that's 3 A-to-Z hosts sick right now (me included). I'm hitting the computer with some alcohol and Lysol!
I thought you didn't sleep anyway? You'll do great and get through it no problem, but then you've earned a week with no computer.
That prize pack looks awesome!
Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z
Count me in Alex. I've never attended a blog party, but I'm here to learn!
I'm so sorry to hear you're feeling under the weather :(
But this lead up to your book event is so exciting!!
You can't call one of my "quick mood fixes" as a crappy song 'pouts'...Good luck, get some rest and let the Ninjas show their moves..and guess, next month I'll learn to comment here more often.
And the mug looks good for a Cappuccino and a cocoa latte(don't ask for it at Starbucks) not forgetting Indian spiced tea. ;)
Angela, they did have big hair!
Shannon, maybe it is a real 'computer' virus. Hope you feel better as well.
Rek, maybe you will win...
I guess you're counting the hours on Tuesday, the D-Day is coming.
Sounds a good 2 weeks of partying.
Will try and catch all the tours.
Hope you're feeling better,
My post is already written and ready to go for tuesday!
And i'm sorry you're feeling sick. Hopefully it passes quickly.
Drink some cocoa, that should help! (we also drink a lot of cocoa in my house, too)
Yvonne, I am, and glad you're back!
Sarah, I have been!
I'm glad you didn't mean that crappy hair-pop-metal song from the 80's. THere are many good bands from Sweden, such as In Flames, Dark Tranquility, At the Gates and Bathory. Europe is not among them.
Cold As Heaven
Wishing you success with the release and the book tour. I suppose you've done the wise thing and rested up over this weekend.
Exciting times. I bet you're nervous and excited at the same time!!
Cold, no, they are not among them! In Flames blows them away.
JL, I have!
Lynda, yes I am!
Nice!!! Can I add the pic of the swag to my blog post for the party?
Saba, yes you can!
Wow, that's an awesome prize pack! I've signed up :)
ooh Congrats! That's totally awesome! I've been sick the last three days but I swear I didn't give it to you I wasn't even able to visit anyone. Hope you feel better soon. Lots of oj, soup, and hot tea will do the trick.
Yay! It will be awesome! Sorry you feel badly. Hopefully you're feeling up to speed on Tuesday.
I just read the side note. I hope you get well soon.
Thank you, Trisha!
Alexia, I am better and good to go.
Edi, I was just overdoing it. Better now!
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