Monday, March 5, 2012

CassaFire Tour Day Six, Hearththrob Blogfest, Ninja News, Pronunciations, and 80's Trivia!

One more week of partying – can you handle it?

Today’s stop is a fun piece at Under the Tiki Hut

I’ve followed Carol for a long time now (i.e. – I can’t remember when I didn’t follow her) and her posts are fun and lighthearted, like her Friday Top Ten. Guest posts on her site always revolve around the guest sitting under the Tiki Hut. Now, usually the beaches around the Tiki Hut are filled with men and strangely devoid of beautiful women. However, knowing the Ninja was coming, there’s been a slight change of scenery…

Under the Tiki Hut will never be the same!

Don’t forget that everyone who comments here on my blog over the next two weeks will be entered to win this cool prize package from my publisher. So be sure to comment every single day!

Today is the Teenage Heartthrob Blogfest hosted by Sarah and Vic

There was only one for me when I was a teenager – Buck Rogers’ star, Erin Grey!

Ninja News

Thanks to everyone who visited my stop on Friday at Michael’s SITE!

The best resource in the world for writing tips, promoting tips, and everything in between is Elizabeth Craig’s Writer’s Knowledge Base. More links to more articles than you can possibly imagine. I got lost in there Sunday afternoon…

Laura Eno’s new book, Immortal Desires, is out! Buy it on Amazon Congratulations, Laura!

Rachel Morgan’s new book, Guardian, comes out today. Congratulations, Rachel!!!

It’s Read an eBook Week! I’m doing my part…

The last stop in my tour will be with Sia McKye – and she posted her review of CassaFire last week HERE Thanks, Sia!

Very special shout out to Matthew at The QQQE Tina Life is Good. Matthew visited close to a hundred of my Catch Fire posts last Tuesday and one of his comments in particular was really special – thanks, dude! And Tina has been announcing my book and tour to every person who sends the A to Z Challenge blog an email – thanks so much! You are both just the best of friends.


Several have asked how to pronounce the names in CassaFire. I tried to make everything simple, but here’s a guide:

Athee – Like the Goddess “Athena”, just leave off the “na”
Mevine – “meh-vine”
Tgren – “ta-grin” said quickly
Ernx – “Urnks”

Trivia answers from Friday:

1 – “Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?” Raiders of the Lost Ark
2 – “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
3 – “Charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500.” Apocalypse Now
4 – “Son, your ego’s writing checks your body can’t cash.” Top Gun
5 – “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Cool Hand Luke

Trivia Time – The 80’s!

1 – In what movie do we reach Ludicrous Speed?

2 – Name the creator of Calvin and Hobbes.

3 – This 1981 movie boasted the tagline “From the director of Animal House… a different kind of animal.”

4 – Name the quarterback who threw for 5000 yards in one season; a record held until this past year.

Whoa! Who was your teenage heartthrob? Been lost in the Writer’s Knowledge Base? Did you know how to pronounce those names correctly? How’d you do on last Friday’s trivia? And do you know any of today’s questions?

Now, go visit Carol at the awesome Under the Tiki Hut!


Old Kitty said...

Urnks! Urnks!

Am I first to comment!? Hoorah!

Urnks! Sorry, just like saying this word! Urnks!

Take care

farawayeyes said...

No idea on today's questions. But I knew all of last Friday's, only on Friday I was absorbed in my move so I never checked in. Oh well,maybe I only think I knew them.

Good luck with 'the rest of' the party. It's been fun.

Unknown said...

Just read your post on Under the Tiki Hut - LOL.'s trivia. Is 1. from Hitchhiker's Guide? Sounds like it should be. The rest I don't know - quarterback? what's a quarterback? I'm a Brit!!!!

Kyra Lennon said...

You are rocking this blog tour!

One day, I will know the answer to at least one of your questions LOL!

Enid Wilson said...

No ninja space suits with CassaFire logo on it?

The Spinster’s Vow

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Buck Rogers, wow~ I so remember watching that. :D

Congrats on a fabulous blog tour.

Marta Szemik said...

No clue for today's trivia but got 2/5 last time:) My teenage heart throb was Ricky Schroder. Hopping over now...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kitty, it's funny when you say it!

Faraway, I bet you knew them.

Kyra, I'm sure you will.

Enid, that would be cool!

Talli Roland said...

Just saw you over at Carol's! Congrats to Rachel and Laura, and I looking forward to hosting you tomorrow.

The Angry Lurker said...

1 – In what movie do we reach Ludicrous Speed?

2 – Name the creator of Calvin and Hobbes.
The brilliant Bill Waterson.

3 – This 1981 movie boasted the tagline “From the director of Animal House… a different kind of animal.”
Am american werewolf in London.

4 – Name the quarterback who threw for 5000 yards in one season; a record held until this past year.
John Elway?

Gail said...

I have saved the Writer's Knowledge Base...soon to become lost within that cache of information.

I'm old so my tv heart throbs were Leornard Nimoy, William Shatner(but his present day actons have ruined that for me) and the Adam Cartwright character. The big screens loves were Charles Bronson, Clint Eastwood, and, believe it or not, Yule Brenner!!!

Although, he is fading fast, Sam Elliot's voice can stop me across a room along with Morgan Freeman.

Strange the people who leave a life long impression on us.

Continued success with your tour.

Unknown said...

Just started reading CassaFire (it's my choice for read an ebook week) and so far so awesome. Kudos to you, Alex :D

Matthew MacNish said...

Man. You're the master of fitting it all in. I was a little young for Erin Grey, but looking back, she was totally hot.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Congrats to Laura and Rachel!

The prize package looks great. I want the cup! :)

Now off to Carol's blog...

Natalie Aguirre said...

Your blog tour is amazing. And I'm amazed while you're doing it that you're still at about every blog I visit before me. You're amazing.

Rusty Carl said...

1 - Spaceballs!!
2 - Ooh, um, Calvin?
3 - Geez - The Howling?
4 - Dan Marino, in '84 I think. 48 TD's that year. It was like Babe Ruth back in the day. Crazy numbers.

I'm off to the Tiki Hut!

Unknown said...

Erin totally rocked on Buck Rogers. I wanted to be Col. Wilma Deering. Will be checking out Carol's blog. I love that you included a pronunciation guide for your characters. Can't tell you how many times I have just winged it because the writer chose complex names, but never gave thought to a pronunciation guide.

Congrats to Laura and Rachel!

More trivia? Too cool. :)

1. Space Balls
2. Bill Waterson
3. An American Werewolf in London
4. Dan Marino in 1984, I think.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I know the first one - Spaceballs.

And I though Gil Gerard was a hunk.

Bish Denham said...

LOVED Calvin and Hobbs by Bill Watterson. As for teen heartthrob I didn't really have one, unless you count George Harrison.

Tracy Jo said...

I can't wait to see what the ninja did over at the Tiki Hut! Thanks for the tip on WKB. Just signed up for the emails. Looking forward to jumping back into the party this week! :-)

Janet Smart said...

Wow, so many places to go and things to do! I've already been to the Tiki Hut. What a great prize package, thanks for the give a way.

Christine Rains said...

Erin Gray. You are a sci-fi lover through and through. Han Solo was my first sci-fi crush. No matter what Lucas says, Han shot first!

Off to the Tiki Hut!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Talli, can't wait to visit your blog!

Lurker, you got three.

Gail I can definitely understand Clint Eastwood. The dude is just all sorts of cool.

Jamie, so glad you are enjoying it!

Matthew, she was the reason I watched the show.

George, you still have a week to win it!

Natalie, the Ninja is on the prowl...

Rusty, you got two.

Melissa, you rock the trivia. Thought a pronunciation guide would help.

Diane, you're right.

Bish, you are correct.

Tracy, the Writer's Knowledge Base is just so full of stuff!

Christine, Han did shoot first!

Ciara said...

Starbuck and Han Solo for sure. :) I liked Buck Rogers, also. Yes, I admit it.
Off to the Tiki Hut. I love it there.

Unknown said...

I'm going to go check you out at TIKI HUT. I'm reading an e-book this week - your book!

Well, I pretty much only read e-books but still...

Lots of great news! See you around this week. I'm busy getting my A-to-Z posts done.

Anonymous said...

Ahh, yes...Erin Grey. Wise choice.


1. Spaceballs.
2. Bill Watterson. (Thank you, Parks & Rec for reminding me of that.)
3. I wanted to say Blues Brothers, but it's American Werewolf in London, I think. (Unless there's a little known film about Animal from The Muppets?)
4. If it's not a Chicago Bear, I'm not sure I know the answer, though I'm pretty sure Jim McMahon never did that. Can I just shout the ones I know were QBs? Montana, Elway, Marino...that's the extent of my football knowledge.

Unknown said...

My vacation head-haze is lifting so I stopping in to say hi. Congrats on the release of CassaFire!! Have a great week :))

Tonja said...

I know zero answers to your trivia. Bummer.

Maryannwrites said...

Love the lines from the movies. I'd forgotten that one from Top Gun. Guess it is okay that I missed last Friday's post and didn't come to try to answer the trivia questions.

Enjoyed your post on Carol's blog.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the shout out, Alex! And congrats to Laura!

Cindy said...

I think I did know how to pronounce those names..for the most part.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Alex
I'll head over to Carol's. Your movie trivia is exposing me as the poor movie buff that I am.

vic caswell said...

i've never seen buck rogers- but that is one pretty lady!

(thanks for fitting it into your post, mr!)

Luanne G. Smith said...

On my way to the Tiki Hut beach now...though I do NOT appreciate you clearing out the handsome men for the day.

Emily R. King said...

That's a lot of great news!
I already stopped by Carol's blog. Hilarious guest spot, Alex. : )

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Clarissa, hope you're enjoying it!

Joshua, I'll give you all four.

Good to see you, Nicole!

Rachel, you're welcome!

Cindy, I did try to make it easy...

Vic, thanks for hosting!

LG, Ryan Reynolds is there. Or me pretending to be Reynolds.

Thanks, Emily!

RaveAir said...

Spaceballs! Yeah! ;)

Rick Daley said...

1 – Spaceballs

2 – Bill Waterson

3 – An American Werewolf in London (John Landis is the director, he also directed Michael Jackson's Thriller video)

4 – Crap. I'm not a sports fan, and I'm not Googling these or reading prior comments. Joe Montana?

Cassie Mae said...

Sa-weet teen heartthrob choice. I was hoping to see more guys participate in this. Call me weird or crazy or whatever but I'm fascinated by the 'tastes' men have, lol.

Copyboy said...

Love the glossary, but love Erin gray even more. haha

Colene Murphy said...

I don't know any of those answers! Toughy! My heartthrob was Leo DiCaprio. Oh my. Yes...He was top of the list for quite a while as a teen.

Rek Sesh said...

You know my teenage from the 8's blogfest...just say Scientology and all will be revealed. :)
I think I know the answer to one as I have the comic book....Bill Watterson,
I sometimes have a problem pronouncing uncommon English names,
I listened to a recording to ensure I got your last name right. :D
Good luck, on your touring.
I am should cut down on blog surfing(random blogs)since I have this habit of reading older posts too. Now, I have my April posts to write among other things and its so bloody hot our here ;(

Arlee Bird said...

Can't remember having any teenage heartthrob, those were the pronunciations I was using, and you've covered a lot here. I got kind of set back with blog visiting last week but I did make it to a few of the CassaFire Catch Fire posts. Someday I'll try to get lost in The Writer's Knowledge Base--love stuff like that.

An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out
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M.J. Fifield said...

I think #1 is from Spaceballs. Other than that, I've got nothing which is weird because I should really know the answer to the football question.

I did know how to pronounce Athee.

Juliana said...

Omg, I can totally see you in love with Erin Grey lol

Leovi said...

I'm going to spend some time under the Tiki Hut, that relaxing ...

Laura Eno said...

Thanks for the shout out!
Han Solo. I wasn't a teenager but I still fell for him. :)

Catherine Stine said...

Alex, you are so funny! Of course you would pick someone from space to be your teen crush. I'm #5 in the Crush Hop and I actually picked real crushes to write about... names withheld.

David P. King said...

Thanks for introducing Carol. I'm not sure if I visited her blog yet. Now I will.

And your book tour is a smashing success, sir. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Karen, I actually remember those!

Rick, you got the first three.

Cassie, just three of us so far!

Copyboy, I love Erin Grey more!!

Rek, I hope the pronunciations helped then. And yes, get those posts ready for April.

Lee, good to know you knew how to say the names!

MJ, you should know the football one.

Laura, you're welcome!

Thanks everyone - know it was a lot today.

Suze said...

No. 1 is 'Spaceballs.' That movie made me crack up so hard.

Suze said...

Just reread my comment with egg pic. Extra funny.

Christopher Hudson said...

Don't forget, the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are inalienable ... but the right to party, well we have to fight for that.

Anonymous said...


Off to check out the Tiki Hut!

Heather Day Gilbert said...

My son is currently enjoying the old Calvin/Hobbes books, but I forget the author. But teen heart-throb? I liked Corey Feldman, Christopher Daniel Barnes, probably Christian Bale if he was around (I think so). And probably Christian Slater, too. Oh, and ETHAN HAWKE!!!

Andrew Leon said...

Erin Gray was quite a cutie, but no one ever got close to Carrie Fisher. Not even Lynda Carter. And her eyes twinkled!

Leigh Covington said...

You know about everything! It's awesome. I hope I can become as good of a blogger as you. I love that you visit so many blogs each day. It's wonderful.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Buck Rogers? How awesome are you! Seriously, your entry is one of my favs so far today

Lucky 13s said...

I'm totally blanking on the Calvin and Hobbes creator. Grrr.

Going to the Tiki Hut now!

Morgan said...

Busy week! I'm exhausted just after reading this post ;)

Johanna Garth said...

How fun! I'm off to check it out.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Suze, it made me laugh as well!

Christopher, I'm fighting!

LB, it's a classic.

Heather, can't forget Ethan Hawke.

Leigh, why thank you!

Sarah, thanks!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. a week or two under the Tiki Hut sounds just what I need .. there's a distinct Ninja buzz going around.

Elizabeth Craig's Writer's Knowledge Base is a great resource ...

Clint Eastwood would be mine?!

Cheers Hilary

Hope Roberson said...

Buck Rogers, I forgot about that show! I liked the little robot :) I can't answer a single trivia question, but my husband tells me #5 is Dan Marino.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Off to say hello to Carol. You have unlimited energy for blogging sir. I salute you!

Cherie Reich said...

Thanks for the pronunciation guide. Those things can come in handy. :)

And congrats to everyone with new books out!

Brinda said...

That pic didn't look like Erin Grey. I thought she had dark hair. I have a terrible memory!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hilary, Clint is a good pick!

Hope, your husband is a football fan then!

Cherie, I didn't want anyone to struggle.

Brinda, that's her!

Budd said...

1. I see your schwartz is as big as mine. Think I may have to comb the dessert for this one as we have gone plaid.
2.Bill Waterson
3.have no idea unless it was like Jaws 2 or something.
4. this sounds like a Marino stat, him or Elway.

Ella said...

I use to watch Buck Rogers!
You know my heart throb is Captain Apollo
I love your characters' names

Budd said...

for whatever reason, I was madly in love with Alicia Silverstone in my teens. She did play some weird alternate reality version of Batgirl. In said reality, Batman wasn't all that cool. It had to be a fictional universe or bizarro world.

Hannah said...

Erin Gray was a hottie. And anyone who can wear an all white suit and still look good? Is a-okay in my book.

Pat Tillett said...

Marilyn Monroe of course!

I started your book! We're hitting the road again on Friday and I hope to finish it very soon.

Julie Flanders said...

My mind is totally blank on all the trivia questions, damn! I started your book too and it's fantastic. Heading over to the Tiki Hut now.

dolorah said...

Where do you dig up this trivia stuff? You must keep a file on your computers . .

I haven't been by the Tiki Hut lately, but your interview is an excellent reason to visit.

Your posts, here and at other sites, have all been intriguing. Its been a great tour Alex.


Dani said...

I still can't say most of those names but we're talking about me here. I can't speak correctly anyways.

Erin Gray - never heard of her but she's pretty!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Princess Ardala always seemed sexier. Ah, me and bad girls. Bill Watterson was a genius, wasn't he?

I am off to your next stop. Have only the highest sales!

mooderino said...

Always annoying when they make a movie of a book and I realise I've been pronouncing the name wrong.

Laura said...

My teenage heart-throb was definitely Patrick Swazey!

Off to visit Carole

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Teen heart-throb was Apollo from Battlestar Galactica...ah, wistful sigh...

Nancy Thompson said...

I did mediocre on the last trivia test. I'm totally clueless on today's. Thanks for the update.

M Pax said...

Carol has a great blog. Erin was a cutie.

Congrats to Laura and Rachel.

1. Spaceballs?
4. Joe Namath?

I was in love with a hockey player as a teenager.

Anonymous said...


2-Bill Waterson (of course I know this one I own every Calvin and Hobbes book)

I do not know the other two as my knowledge of the director of Animal House is limited as is my knowledge of football.


Great Party Alex. Daniel is enjoying singing.....had the second part of his Nashville dvd which I was in the audience.

Look forward to you being here in the UK tomorrow at Talli's.

What you said yeaterday about May 30th would be fine if OK with you.


DL Hammons said...

Ohhhhh...I had the hots for Erin Gray as well!! I mean THE HOTS!!!!! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Budd, you got three. One with counter-quotes. Nice!

Ella, Byron looks a bit like Apollo. The original, not the new one.

Hannah, good point!

Pat, thanks!!

Julie, glad you're enjoying it.

Thanks, Donna. Tried to make it unique.

Danielle, Buck Rogers was over thirty years ago.

Roland, she was hot as well, but just something about Erin...

Lynda, probably not so much anymore...

Mary, you got one right. Which hockey player?

Jeremy, two right.

Yvonne, it's a done deal.

DL, what man wouldn't???

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you for the pronunciations! I've been wondering about those. :)

Kelly Polark said...

I love that quote from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Erin Gray=- great pic and very you!
My pic would be C. Thomas Howell (among others). I follow him on Twitter. He amuses me.

Adrianne Russell said...

I just watched a bunch of Buck Rodgers episodes on Netflix. How in the heck Erin Gray got into that costume is beyond me. I'm guessing cooking spray and a shoehorn! :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Everyone is having a great time with you Under the Tiki Hut. Hmmm...that doesn't sound exactly right - LOL!

Hope you're having fun, too!

cleemckenzie said...

Had my feet up the whole time they were in that snaky place in Raiders. Hate snakes.

Love Calvin and Hobbes though.

Gwen Gardner said...

How did I not know about this Tiki Hut with all the....trees?! On my way over to check it out now:)

Mark Koopmans said...

Hey Alex,

Thanks for commenting, and you could always run a "You Know You're a Great Writer When..." series... we'd all read that :)

Helena said...

Wow, I don't know a single answer to the 80's quiz, yet I remember living through the decade...

Read an ebook a week? Would that I had time! Meanwhile, the hard copy To Read books are piling up at home... (including yours, Alex)

FilmMattic said...

Good luck on the book tour, Alex :)

Now for trivia:

1). Back to the Future

2). Bill W.

3). An American Werewolf in London

4). Dan Marino

Golden Eagle said...

#2: Bill Watterson! I love Calvin and Hobbes. :)

Heading off to Carol's blog.

julie fedderson said...

Oh, Calvin and Hobbes!! I have mad love for them--Bill Watterson was the man behind that naughty little boy. And you are doing a fine job touring, I'm expecting any day now you will start busting up some blogs, throwing furniture and dumping bottles of Cristal on the floor like rock stars do.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Carrie, glad I could help you.

Kelly, you Twitter stalker!

Adrianne, and just think - the camera adds weight!

Carol, thank you, I am having a blast.

Mark, but I don't know!

Helena, thank you!

Matthew - excellent!

Julie, I'm a well-behaved little rock star.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Fun times! Thanks for sharing!


A to Z co-host

Tara Tyler said...

may the schwartz be with you!
and that's all i got =)
still fun to read and recognize the trivia, but i'm so bad at it on the spot!

Trisha said...

I am useless at this trivia! I once went for a job where I had to answer very obscure Australian trivia questions - it was a captioning job for television - and since I failed the trivia, I didn't get the job. But it was an interesting experience. ;)

Chuck said...

I'm going with:

1: Back to the Future
2. No idea
3. American Werewolf In London
4. Dan Marino

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tara, the Schwartz was with you!

Trisha, that seems a bit harsh.

Got three, Chuck!

klahanie said...

Hey Alex,
My goodness, some serious scrolling down to get to the part where I actually get to leave one of my highly sought after and much loved comments.
Nice to note so many links and so much shared interaction within your articles.
And the record for passing yards in one season is held by Doug Flutie back in 1991, of 6619 yards whilst playing for the British Columbia Lions of the CFL.
Enjoy your day and happy writing.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

As usual, I don't know any of the trivia questions. I can't remember having a heartthrob as a teen though many of my friends loved the Monkees, Rest in Peace, Davy Jones.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Klahanie, those were definitely the college and CFL records.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Just a quick "hello" as I'm heading over to Carol's hut! Julie

Jackie said...

Holy heck. You put my multi-tasking to shame! You rock!

I didn't know what Buck Rogers was so I asked my hubby. LOL He said he liked the show. :D said...

I can't answer any of those questions either. It's blogger's fault. And I already have different pronunciations for Athee, though not very nice ones. =)


Debra Harris-Johnson said...

I love your creation of names! You are a master mind, I hope yo know that.

Reid Kemper said...

Congrats on the release of your CassaFire book. It's getting a lot of good reviews, so I'm looking forward to reading it!

MISH said...

Just popping in and out - I'm off to the TIKI HUT and also want to check out the Writers Knowledge Base later on... toodles!

Anonymous said...

No idea about the Trivia... Great blog tour

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Unknown said...

You don't drink coffee do you? Well---if it is tea then I want to know what you have in it :)I certainly can not keep up with you...LOL!

J.C. Martin said...

CassaFire is all over the blogosphere! You're doing an epic job promoting it!

As for your heartthrob, fit woman in spandex = win!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Erin Grey was amazing. Ricky Schroeder said watching her do Yoga on the set of Silver Spoons made a man out of him.

Charles Gramlich said...

Wilma Deering! Indeed!

Patricia Stoltey said...

There's so much going on over here it makes my head spin...and I never know the answers to any of your questions. I'm hopelessly out of touch...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jackie, I bet he did!

Robyn, I won't ask.

Debra, I'm just one lone Ninja working his guts out.

Thanks, Reid - I hope you enjoy!

Siv, I don't do tea either.

Thanks, JC!

Maurice, that's funny!

ediFanoB said...


yesterday evening I was too tired to visit your blog.

Thank you for the pronounciation info.

I must say that most of the time I use my own pronounciation for characters in books.