Monday, March 12, 2012

How to do a Successful Blog Tour. And John Carter! And Prize Package Winner!

Or maybe I should say how to survive a blog tour?

Thanks everyone for your encouraging comments last Friday regarding FandomFest2012 Yes, it will be a bummer that my name won’t be listed on the program for FandomFest, but my wife is more important. Next year!

And special thanks to Chuck at Apocalypse Now for his amazing review of CassaFire. You the man, Chuck!

Cate Masters’ new book, Dancing With the Devil, is now available – congratulations, Cate!

John Carter – review and author revelation

One word – awesome!
This movie more than lived up to expectations for me. It was epic in scope, with a story that remained fairly faithful to Princess of Mars and featured believable special effects. It was adventurous, moving, and at times really funny. And hey, for all the guys, the princess played by Lynn Collins will keep your attention – close to the Frazetta interpretation and easy on the eyes. Shame it won’t do well in theaters as I would’ve enjoyed another John Carter movie.
And something dawned on me while watching the film. Several reviews of my books have stated they hearken back to the Golden Age of science fiction and adventure. While watching John Carter, I finally caught the connection – the innocent adventure portrayed in this type of story mirrored what I tried to capture in my own books. Now I am eager both to devour more stories like John Carter and to dive back into my third book. Not that I’ll create anything as classic or epic as what Burroughs wrote – but now I understand my voice and style. And I’m excited!
So, go see John Carter and enjoy the adventure!

CassaFire’s blog tour – what worked and what didn’t

Another heartfelt thank you to all of my hosts and everyone who posted for the Catch Fire Blog Party. The last two weeks were the most humbling I’ve ever experienced.

First let me tackle the Catch Fire Blog Party. WOW. I visited over two hundred and fifty blogs on February 28 and still missed a few I’m sure. It was overwhelming to see that banner featured everywhere. Will I ever do something like that again? Probably not. I spent over ten hours that day trying to visit every person who posted. And while it was cool to see my book cover everywhere, and many commented they were touched by the support for my book, I think it was too much. I’ll either spread it out or just let people post on their own next time.

Now for the tour itself. My hosts were awesome! Each guest spot was unique. My goal was for my post to generate more comments than normal for my hosts, and many of you visited every post – thank you for that! And the best hosts interacted with the comments, which was cool. There were ten official stops – next time, I might only do five. I don’t want to wear out my followers and I admit I was beat when it ended. Again, thanks to everyone who tagged along for the ride.

And I will need to make plans for a third tour, because this week I launch back into working on the third book, CassaStorm. After seeing John Carter, I am stoked!!!!

Now, for those of you still holding your breath, the winner of the awesome prize package is…

After random numbers generated for tour day and then comment…

Jeremy at Retro Zombie is the big winner!!! Congratulations, dude. And thanks for following my book tour.

Anyone else see John Carter? Share your thoughts on my blog tour? (I’m open to suggestions!) Think “Golden Age” is a good description of my books? Think I should write just one more book? Or are you just mad you didn’t get the CassaFire coffee cup?

And I will still be visiting blogs, but taking a break on posting Wednesday. Awesome guest on Friday though!!!!


Theresa Milstein said...

That was an epic blog tour. You were EVERYWHERE! I don't blame you for being burned out.

I haven't seen John Carter.

Rek Sesh said...

Congrats to Jeremy...Not too unhappy at my loss, wins never work for me.
Maybe I'll get my own cup designed with the covers of all three books, with your consent obviously.
I'll catch it in Dvd most probably since it's released in my small city with local dubbing.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

That tour was truly brilliant. It's intersting you think you spent too much time visiting everyone. Ten hours in one day is epic.

I'm so looking forward to seeing JOhn Carter. I love the Golden Age of science fiction and every other golden age. I like the innocent adventure stories. I don't need edgy or dark.

So happy that you are now revved and ready to dive into book 3.

Seen on TV said...

What a great blog tour! Hope you do another soon!

Anonymous said...

That was an awesome party and tour. You know how to do things with style.

I'll have to see John Carter.

Have a great week.

Li said...

I can imagine how beat you must be. However, it certainly did get the word out! :-) Congrats to Jeremy for winning the swag.

I'm not much for sci-fi, but since John Carter is partly/mostly shirtless during the film...well, why not.

Civil War Horror (Sean McLachlan) said...

You rocked that blog tour! Glad to hear you're working on a third book.
I didn't read your review of John Carter because I never read reviews of movies I know I'm going to see!
In preparation, I'll be reading Princess of Mars, the first in the Burroughs series. I've read a couple of Barsoom novels but not the first. Right after that I'll start on your book!

Brinda said...

That's a lot of blog visiting. You need a vacation now! Congrats on surviving. You were everywhere.

Tonja said...

John Carter sounds great. Wonderful that you found inspiration in it.

Kyra Lennon said...

I kind of enjoyed seeing your book everywhere, it was exciting! I was very happy to be a part of it - but you deserve a very long rest now lol!

Charmaine Clancy said...

I saw John Carter the other night and the cinema booked out so fast they had to put on several extra screenings. I didn't actually expect much from it - but WOW! A western, gladiator science-fiction with elements of fantasy. Amazing story telling. I am burning to read the stories now and I fully expect another John Carter movie, it's the most amazing thing I've seen since the original Star Wars.

Congrats on the blog tour, you really did pop up everywhere!


Laura Pauling said...

My son went to see John Carter and loved it! I'll see it eventually. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Theresa, it was really amazing.

Rek, I need to ask my publisher about more mugs, as several people seem to want them.

Thanks, Lynda. It was almost too much for me so feel it would burn out anyone else.

Lisa, that he is!

Thanks, Sean!!

Charmaine, that's how I felt! Thought it was just epic.

Thanks everyone!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing about your blog tour. Ten hours is a lot of time checking blogs. I'm sure you were burnt out but you're such a great blogger friend that I could see you doing that.


No wonder you are worn out.
I couldn't have kept up with all the relplies. So you're doing CassaStorm good luck with all that goes with writing a book.

Congrats to Jeremy the winner of your comp. Well done.

Have an easy day if that's possible.

The Angry Lurker said...

John Carter is something I want to see and your review has helped and of course you should write more books but only if you want to obviously....

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

10 hours is huge! But you did a great job with your tour. Congrats again on your release.

Looking forward to watching "John Carter." Thanks for the review!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Congrats to Jeremy. And congrats to you for a tour well done!

I definitely want to see John Carter.


George Beremov [Nebular] said...

I'm watching John Carter tomorrow, and I can't wait! :) It received mixed reviews from the critics, but they often get it wrong so, it's not a big deal. I trust your review completely and I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

Congrats to Jeremy!

And finally, check out my review of Dark Tide, the latest shark flick, starring Halle Berry. It kinda sucked. LOL.

Summer Frey said...

We saw it on opening day for my brother's birthday celebration. We both read the books in our youth, so we were really looking forward to it. Overall, not disappointed! I thought it was a good, fun movie. And talk about your high concept--anyone who struggles with what that means should take a look at A Princess of Mars. Talk about an elevator pitch!

I wasn't crazy about Taylor Kitsch's acting and voice, but he physically played the role well. And Woola! Who couldn't love Woola?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Natalie, I was trying so hard to stay caught up!

Yvonne, ready to dive back into the next book.

Lurker, just need to do one more...

George, kinda sucked? I think you'll dig John Carter. Reviewers were way to harsh on the film.

Hey Summer! Glad you saw it. Wish it had done better because I'd gladly see another John Carter film.

Gail said...

...but, Alex, did you not get my bribe for that wonderful prize package??

Congrats to the winner and congratulations on a third book in the making.

Marta Szemik said...

Your blog tour was so well organized! You were popping up on my screen on most blogs!
Congratulations Jeremy!
Alex, sounds like you're inspired to write another book. Go get'em!

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Thank you for the deets on John Carter. I've been wanting to go see it!!

Sarah Tokeley said...

I liked your blog tour because it seemed to me you worked hard to have something different prepared for each stop. I like to support tours, but sometimes they can get a bit repetitive! As for the first day, that might nor work for everyone but you have so many friends who wanted to help, it was a brilliant way of getting us all involved. Well done.

I've been on the fence about John Carter, but I'll probably end up watching it on DVD.

Old Kitty said...

Hooroah for Retro Zombie!!

And oh my! I've seen a clip of Princess of Mars in action and boy, she's HOT!!! Yikes!

Take care

Jemi Fraser said...

You must be exhausted! You did an enormous amount of work for that tour - I'm glad it was successful. I'm about 75% through CassaFire and hoping I get some reading time today!! It's awesome :)

Congrats to Jeremy!

Unknown said...

It was great to see accolades for CassaFire all over the blogosphere. Best of luck for its continued success! Glad to hear John Carter was awesome. Definitely one our family wants to see :))

Charles Gramlich said...

glad you enjoyed John Carter. I'm stoked as well. Love that high adventure stuff.

Anonymous said...

I will definitely catch JOHN CARTER but just wanted to wait till the crowds die down. I love seeing movies like that on the big screen.

Congrats on your blog tour! You were everywhere!!

Juliana said...

I couldn't watch John Carter yet! Damn, I want to, I NEED to lol

Nice to see amazing support on the blogosphere ;)

Luanne G. Smith said...

Congrats on such a great blog tour and book launch. You survived!

I'm kind of interested in seeing John Carter, though I really had never heard of it before the movie came out. Surprised it was written by ERB.

Unknown said...

Great Tour, Congrats to Jeremy (he is awesome) and yes you have to do a third book now.....Fast, with your ninja booster super drive..LOL, maybe you should rest a bit first :)Hmmm....John Carter---will check.

Huntress said...

I'm glad you're around to review these movies since John Carter was on my radar.

Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Sorry to inform you of this Alex but I think you misspelled Geeky Tendencies. I can forgive you though because a lot of people accidently spell Retro Zombie. :) Of course I just kid!

Congrats on your blog tour and to Jeremy!

Unknown said...

Congrats to Jeremy! Your blog tour was epic fun, I don't know how many people I visited, but I had a great time.

John Carter was awesome! I'm writing a review for 411 to be posted soon. Of course, I preferred seeing Taylor in his little outfit, LOL.

Amy said...

Glad you liked John Carter, Alex! My husband is trying to get me to go see it, so we might be doing that this coming weekend. Thank you for sharing and have a great week! :)

Sarah Ahiers said...

Didn't get a chance to see John Carter, and probably won't until DVD. Just too busy. Good to hear that it's a fun movie though!

Jeremy [Retro] said...

so i am reading your post as i try to do when you post... always looking for something i can relate to, something i can make my thought to respond in my sort of way. as for today i am reading... then reading again and finally for a third time saying "that's my name". looking to make sure i am not skipping some part as if i were skimming.

nope that is me again, refresh the page...

i am so HAPPY... i cannot believe it, so many cool people and me the dork gets picked. alex, thank you... i cannot tell you how great this is and how i am looking forward to the stuff.

thank you,

ps. i forgot what else you might be covering today... though in my defense i did your post several times.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Gail, did you send Hot Tamales???

Marta, thanks, and I'm going to get 'em.

Sarah, glad my tour kept you entertained!

Kitty, yes she is!

Jemi, that is so good to hear.

Charles, it was better than I expected.

Liz, it needs the big screen.

LG, they manage to slip him into the movie as well - you'll see.

Jeremy, that made me laugh!!!

Melissa, there was skin enough for both of us! Glad you liked the movie. Not sure what film the hating critics saw.

Thanks everyone!!

Tracy Jo said...

Your blog tour was amazing! You seriously do have ninja time management skills. Are you sick of hearing that yet? ha! Enthusiasm is catchy and it is so fun reading how stoked your are after the movie! That is awesome. Have a great day!

P.S. I am mad about the coffee mug.


Budd said...

I haven't seen John Carter yet, but really want to.

I am sorry, but I will probably be leaving your blog tour banner up for a few more days before I get around to taking it down. Hope you don't mind ;)

Unknown said...

I have been seeing your name EVERYWHERE in blog comments over the past week. You sure do get around!

Congratulations, Jeremy, on winning the mega prize package!

Matthew MacNish said...

I'm glad to hear John Carter worked out, because the internet seemed pretty worried it wouldn't.

Bish Denham said...

I do believe The Princess of Mars was the very first SciFi book I ever read, way back when I was like 13 or 14. I loved Burroughs' stories. I'm going to have to watch the movie now.

Congratulations on a most successful blog tour!

Suze said...

Wow on CassaStorm! Al, that is great -- here's to inspiration! :)

Anonymous said...

Glad it all went well and congrats to your winner.
Thanks also for sharing the hi's and low's it's food for thought.

Rusty Carl said...

I liked John Carter too. Tons of fun. There is a vibe I get from your books that makes me understand the 'golden age' comparisons too. I believe your Cassa books invoke the best of that era's sci fi tales.

Robyn Campbell said...

Congrads Jeremy! You won, dude! You're smiling too. :-)

Alex, you amazed me. I am so sure I could never do what you did, but I guess, never say never?

You were all over the interwebz. Congrads on a beautiful tour. You rock the house, pal! *waving*

Mary Aalgaard said...

You work hard for your success. Glad you're choosing time with your wife over the conference, because you're right, there's always next year and you'll have more time to prepare.

Karen Lange said...

Congrats to Jeremy!

Thanks, Alex, for sharing what's been working for the blog tour. Filing this away for future reference. :)

Sarah McCabe said...

So glad to hear you've found a source of inspiration. It's so nice when you discover your voice, isn't it?

Southpaw said...

I didn't know you had plans for a third book. Cool! Blog tour sound exhausting but nice too. I still don't know how you keep up.

I'm happy to hear John Carter was good. I was hoping that would be true.

Ella said...

Well Done Alex! Congrats to Jeremy, for the big win! John Carter sounds entertaining, but I love you came from it with inspired hope where to go next! Congrats on mission accomplished Captain ;D I thought it was impressive and fun~

Jeff Beesler said...

Thanks for the tips on the blog tour. I'm going to see how well I pan out on this in the next two weeks. It'll be an interesting experience, to say the least.

Cassie Mae said...

You are a freakin' rockstar! I know you visited my blog that day too and I wasn't even on one of your stops. I think you have a mini-me or two who help you get to so many blogs in one day.

I think you should write a character that's totally you. Because how in the heck???

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tracy, maybe I need to do a Ninja Time Management course? Sorry about the mug.

Budd, leave it up as long as you like!

Rachel, I try.

Matthew, it's still going to fail, which is a big shame.

Thank you, Rusty. Don't know why it's taken me so long to make the connection.

Robyn, I bet you could do it! Just take two weeks off from life...

Aw, thanks Karen.

Sarah, yes, and it took long enough.

Jeffrey, be prepared to devote a lot of time to it.

Thanks everyone!!

Leovi said...

Yes, go see John Carter, thanks for the recommendation, Greetings.

Nancy Thompson said...

I don't know how you do it, Alex, visiting so many blogs, day after day. But it was heart warming to see all the support you had. You were everywhere! The fact that so many writers & bloggers support you is testament to the wonderful person you are. You go, boy! All hail, Ninja Captain Alex!!

Jeff Beesler said...

Oh, and I am definitely hungering for CassaStorm, by the way.

Julie Dao said...

That blog tour of yours was RIDICULOUS. You were literally everywhere!! Glad you had a good time :) Congrats to the winner of that great book package!

David P. King said...

I've learned a lot about blog tours thanks to following yours for the last couple of weeks. It's an inspiration and something for me to keep in mind when the time comes for my books to enter the scene. Thank you for all that you do, Alex!

(Off to read now ...)

Birgit said...

I was wary about the film because of the title-The name sounds so ordinary that it has not "grabbed" me but then that's what happened to Shawshank Redemption and that is a brilliant film. Maybe this is one I should check out...

Emily R. King said...

Congrats to the winner!

I need to see John Carter. Must See It.

Laura Josephsen said...

I haven't seen John Carter, but I'm glad it's inspired you!! :D

Congrats for making it through the blog tour. :D

PR said...

Your blog tour was awesome. You have an evil twin who does most of the work for you huh? Haven't seen John Carter yet but it looks amazing :)

Sheri L. Swift, Author said...

Thank you for the John Carter review, I'm hoping to see it soon! ;)

Johanna Garth said...

If anyone deserves a blogging break it would be you! Congrats on the amazing and successful tour.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congratulations to Jeremy on his wonderful prizes, and to you on your terrific tour! Julie

Cherie Reich said...

I haven't seen John Carter yet, but I would like to. It looks great.

And I don't blame you for being a bit burned out from the tour. It was epic.

And it's always nice when you find something to inspire you to delve into working on your next book. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I thought your tour went very well!

Debra Harris-Johnson said...

Congrtas to Jeremy!!!! Your party was the best. I think you sold a couple of million books at least. Don't know if we have reached a thousand for the A-Z but I have a blog post about it.

Jessica Salyer said...

Are you getting some rest now that your tour is over? Congrats to Jeremy. I really want to see John Carter and with your glowing review I'm going to have to go.

Ellie Garratt said...

Congratulations, Jeremy. What a prize!

Alex, I don't know how you found the time and energy, but you did it. Well done to you. Now get writing the third book!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jeremy, sorry I missed your comment! We must've crossed in the comment time stream. Yes, you are the BIG winner!

Cassie, I'm just a rock-star Ninja!

Thank you, Nancy!

David, may yours be even better.

Birgit, the book's title is Princess of Mars if that helps.

Anna, no it's all me.

Debra, we did, and that's wonderful.

Thank you everyone.

Andrew Leon said...

I really want to see John Carter, but we're so busy lately, I don't know if I'll actually be able to make it to the theater.

Christine Rains said...

Now I want to see John Carter. I miss that sort of Golden Age innocence, as you describe it. CassaStar is classic like that.

Jennifer Hillier said...

Your blog tour was amazing! Thanks for showing us how it's done!

I want to see John Carter. I didn't at first, but I'm in the mood for a real adventure, and this sounds like it fits.

Nicole Zoltack said...

You had an awesome blog tour!

I'll wait to see John Carter when it comes out on DVD. I doubt I'll being seeing many movies in the theaters this year - although I definitely will see The Hobbit in theaters!

cleemckenzie said...

You did a fantastic job, Alex. I stand in awe. I am a bit upset about missing out on the coffee cup, but I'll recover. Enjoy your break.

nutschell said...

Congrats to Jeremy! (I'm a bit jealous, but glad you won). That blog tour really was AWESOME. So glad you survived, Alex. I've been wanting to see John Carter but I just haven't had the time. sigh.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ellie, I don't know how I found the time either.

Christine, thank you for saying that!

Thanks, Jennifer. And the movie is pure adventure.

Nicole, you do have an excuse.

Thank you guys!!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I think all men can agree that voluptuous alien women with seductive purple eyes, wielding swords...yet...somehow still needing to be saved by "THE MAN" will always net a large male audience.

Laura Diamond said...

Congrats to you and congrats to the winner!!!!!!!!

Copyboy said...

Chuck is da man! Love his graphs!!!!!! I'm off to see it.

msmariah said...

Alex-- I'm with you. I really enjoyed John Carter. I don't know why it's getting such bad reviews. I'm also surprised it's considered a flop b/c it made $30 million. It's only the first weekend. I wish people would give it a chance.

mooderino said...

They've bought the rights to the first three Carter books, but box office doesn't look so good. Big gamble.

Moody Writing
The Funnily Enough

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm thrilled for you that you found a connection to your voice and style.

If anyone deserves a day off, it's you. Enjoy!

Carrie Butler said...

Congratulations to Jeremy!

As for your book tour, Alex, I think you did a wonderful job. The attention was well-deserved. :)

Unknown said...

Well done Alex! I enjoyed coming along for the ride, it was great! I am on the last thousand words of Cassa Star, still enjoying it - it has taken me so long to read because I have been spending most evenings reading Campaign entries!

Once again, congratulations for the great tour for Cassa Fire!

Tara Tyler said...

yay for winner, yay for you and yay for third book!
and my son & his friends really liked john carter =)

ediFanoB said...

Dear Alex,

first things first:

Congratulations Jeremy! I think a lot of people would like to change with you.
The cup is much sought-after.

Thank you and all the blogs which took part for an awesome and most entertaining blog tour!!!

And a big thank you to all the people who made so alive and impressive with their comments.

I would like to share some thoughts regarding the blog tour.

I think ten stops is fine. Maybe it is worth to think about to have a blog stop every second day and alternate with a post on your blog. I mean:
Alex - blog stop - Alex - blog stop - and so on.
Then the blog host should answer all comments and not you. And you can comment in common on the next day on your blog; maybe you can pick up one or two very special comments and talk about them.
Of course the blog party was absolutely awesome. But to visit more than 250 blogs is far too exhausting.
Of course there should be a blog party next time but different compared to the last one.
This is my idea for your next blog party:
The central meeting point is your blog like the the playing field in a stadium.
All participating blogs (posting the banner) act as the hotdog, drinks and ice seller in the stadium. Every blog "sells" a specific item (drink, food, sun glasses or whatever).
Then reader visit your blog. They get the information that they can get party stuff over at other blogs.
You need a menu at your blog showing which blog "offers" what. Each blog has a counter for his specific item (which is a counter of their blog). So people go there read the post, click the counter and return to the party on your blog where they tell what they read and got.
This is a rough description. In case you like we can discuss in detail.

Please keep the uniqueness of the posts.

Anyway I wish to be part of your next blog tour.

Thank you for the John Carter review. When everything goes well my wife and I will watch the movie next week.

Finally thank you for a great, great time. Take a well deserved rest.
You rock!!!

ali cross said...

Dude. We saw John Carter in IMAX 3D on Friday night. First of all ~ we have got to splurge and see more movies in IMAX! Totally worth it. Wow.

I was sort of disappointed by JC. But then again, I'm a HUGE fan of the book which never really bodes well for movie adaptations.

I felt some little gems were left unexplored in the movie (Sola's brands, John's return) which is not unexpected, given time limitations, but still.

I DID really enjoy it though. Just fell short of super awesome epicness for me.

And great info you shared on your blog tour. Thanks!

LynnRush said...

Yay. I'm so glad you had a great release! Super cool. So, you liked John Carter? I haven't seen it yet, but I was hesitant. But now, I'll have to give it a shot!!! :)

See you on FRIDAY! Rest up, my friend. That's what I'm doing since the Tucson Book Festival. Totally awesome event, but tiring. :)

Abby Minard said...

Yes, your blog tour was awesome and generated so much response! I can see how it was overwhelming- I would NOT have been able to visit 250 blogs in one day! I'm honored you visited mine!

I have not seen John Carter yet- we'll probably wait for it to come out on DVD.

Lydia Kang said...

Enjoy your break. Wow, 250 posts? That's amazing!

M Pax said...

I am really looking forward to seeing John Carter. I'm glad it was awesome.

Your blog tour was epic, Alex. I can imagine you're tire. You need a major vacation with the wife. Weeks under palm trees with no internet. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Michael, they do indeed!

Jesse, he IS the man!

MsMariah, yeah!

CM, glad you are enjoying it.

Edi, I like that idea!!! And I'd be honored to have you part of the next tour.

Ali, it's been so long since I read the book, which probably helped.

Abby, of course!

Thanks everyone - I really appreciate the support.

Unknown said...

That's a hell of a lot of blogging - there's isn't enough time in the day for all that. I'm amending your title, Alex:

Timelord Wizard Ninja Captain

I think given your skills it suits :)

Susan Kane said...

Loved John Carter! The fact that the author is Edgar Rice Burroughs gave me more desire to see it. Imagine writing such a sci-fi in that era!

Laura said...

I so enjoyed the tour - and congrats Jeremy!
Laura x

Ciara said...

I'm glad you had such a successful tour. It was a pleasure hosting you. I haven't seen John Carter yet but I'm looking forward to seeing The Hunger Games. I might actually post my husband's-didn't read the book-point of view on the movie, and my-read the book-opinion. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jamie, I like that!!

Susan, I know! he was just amazing.

Ciara, that's a good idea, as I'm one of those didn't-read-the-book people.

Enid Wilson said...

Congratulations on completing the blog tour. Hope it brings you thousands of sales. I don't think I will watch John Carter. He's not that handsome. But I'm planning to watch Margin Call. Young Spock is in there.

The Spinster’s Vow

Helena said...

You really deserved all the success of your big honkin' blog tour. Congratulations!

And yes, I wanna see John Carter. It looks like fun, old fashioned storytelling fun.

Anonymous said...

Well done on the awesome blog tour... wow 10 hours... that's amazing.

Hopefully going to see John Carter soon... though Hunger Games comes out next week... that's on my to see list.

Jocelyn Rish said...

I think you must have gotten your hands on Hermione's Time-Turner because I have no idea how you do everything you do!

I'm a huge fan of Taylor Kitsch from Friday Night Lights, so I was thinking about watching John Carter just for him. :-)

And thanks for you kind comments about my doggie A to Z video!

Luna said...

Congrats on such an amazing blog tour! You truly do rock, Alex.

Hope you get to recharge a bit before you take on CassaStorm. So excited about this news! Glad you are fired up to write another book for this series.

RaveAir said...

Congrats to Jeremy!
And also congratulations for your blog tour!

I hope I've a little oportunity to watch the John Carter movie. I like the fables (I think it's more fable, than fantasy), I liked Borroughs' Tarzan books when I was teenager, but unfortunatelly I haven't read any of his Mars stories yet. Yet? Who knows...

mshatch said...

I'm surprised you didn't take a mini vaca. You must be exhausted! And yes, dammit, I am very disappointed I didn't win that coffee cup!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Helena, it is! Go enjoy.

TF, see both!

Jocelyn, I think you and your doggie video will win! And go see John Carter. The critics don't know what the heck they are talking about.

RaveAir, you will dig them then!

MsHatch, I've asked my publisher if they will be selling them separately...

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Theresa is right: you were everywhere, Alex. You have every right to feel drained. I hope the word of mouth gives JOHN CARTER a 2nd wind at the box office!!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS Alex! Great blog tour.

CONGRATS to Jeremy!


N. R. Williams said...

Hi Alex
Two weeks is enough on the tour I think. I did four and it wiped me out.

Congratulations to Jeremy.


Cate Masters said...

Hey Alex, thanks so much for the shoutout for Dancing With the Devil. You're the best. :)
Glad you survived the blog tour. They can be exhausting, but fun.
Congrats to Jeremy!

Arlee Bird said...

Congratulations on an extremely successful blog tour. Hope sales of CassaFire are going well.
I've heard nothing but bad to lackluster reviews of John Carter. You've somewhat revived my interest, although the trailers I've seen on TV haven't impressed me much. I love the story concept of the film.

An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out
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Blogging from A to Z

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Roland, I hope it does - it was an excellent film,

Lee, if you like the Golden Age style of science fiction, you'll dig it. Ignore those reviews!

Chuck said...

Congrats to Jeremy for sweet swag win...and yes, I really DID want the coffee cup!!

John Carter is on my agenda for Thursday this week and I am sure now I will not be disappointed.

Alex, you put your heart and soul into everything you did from actually writing CassaFire to all the blog tour, blog visiting and guest posting. Take a little time to drink it all in...before the A-Z Challenge starts! You earned it.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Yours is the second great review for John Carter. Now I must see it.
Congrats to Jeremy for winning and you for a great blog tour. said...

Well I'm glad you caught your breath long enough to take in a good movie, Alex.

It was the most successful blog book tour I've ever seen. But I can understand spreading things out in the future. Most people don't purchase books until well after the initial release, right? I for one was holding out to find out if I won. Jeremy's a great zombie guy, though. Congrats, Jeremy!

Can I get my CassaFire mug through Amazon or Ebay? =)


Dafeenah said...

Oh wow that sounds exhausting. Congrats on an awesome tour though. seriously I do NOT know how you do it. I've been super busy with work the last week (not complaining on that part busy is always good) but it means my blog visiting time becomes even less than it already is. There's only about 4 blogs I actually am able to visit regularly. You truly amaze me but then you're cap'n ninja so I shouldn't be surprised!

Rick said...

Now, finally, you can get some sleep!

dolorah said...

Epic was right. I did enjoy reading all posts Alex.

Congrats to Jeremy on winning the prize.

I sure can't wait to see John Carter. Glad it inspired you for another book.


Anonymous said...

John Carter is on our list. We saw The Lorax and I liked it very much. And Congrats! to Jeremy on winning the package! Emjoy your time off. You deserve it!

Rachna Chhabria said...

What an epic blog tour Alex. I am sure you must be exhausted. You deserve a rest.
Alex, I am hoping and praying that we see a movie adaptation of your books. I have read the blurbs and honestly they sound wonderful. I will try and get a copy from Amazon.

SpacerGuy said...

I bet you could do with a saurian brandy after all that awesome ninja storming.

My congrats to Jeremy.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Chuck!

Robyn, I think a lot of people wait. And I've asked my publisher about the mug since so many wanted one.

Dafeenah, thanks - I try!

Rachna, I would love to see my books as movies!

Spacerguy, pass the bottle!

Thank you, everyone.

Cindy said...

I'm amazed by how much you do. You must have a cape hidden somewhere. :)

Unknown said...

Well, I hope you sold lots of books! Congrats again. And I plan to do a book review so that will get your book cover out there again.

Maurice Mitchell said...

250! No wonder you had to take a day off of work. That's dedication.

Unknown said...

I think, you the man, Alex!! You're amazing with your blog followers. Keeping up with us all. You set an outstanding example!!!

John Carter I've yet to see, but I will and report back!

Laura S. said...

John Carter is in my Netflix queue already! So I probably won't see it until later this year, LoL.

I'm glad your blog tour went so well, Alex!!! It was amazing seeing so much support for you and your book. The blogosphere of writers and readers is truly an exceptional place!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Awesome blog tour!!! We went to see John Carter on Friday . . . and I agree - it was awesome. My whole family enjoyed it, and the theatre was packed.
Glad that it inspired your writing!

Leigh Covington said...

Congrats to Jeremy! What an awesome win!

And we are excited to see John Carter. My son keeps begging me to go. I'm glad to get a good review for it. Guess I better get it scheduled. :)

Susan Fields said...

I can totally understand how that blog tour could have worn you out. It was really exciting to see all the support you got - just goes to show what a loved and respected member of this blogging community you are!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cindy, that's why I'm the Ninja Captain!

Clarissa, thank you!!

Maurice, I'd promised everyone who posted for me that day I would visit, so I was determined to follow through.

Thanks, Cindy.

Laura, they are amazing.

Tyrean, we did our part to support the movie.

Leigh, yes, you better get on that.

Susan, thank you.

Mark said...

Thanks for the John Carter review. My wife wants to see it, but I've been holding out...until now:)

Christopher Hudson said...

That was one ambitious blog tour, Alex ... it made me tired. Looking forward to John Carter ... sounds like my kinda movie.

Leovi said...

Yes, a good wife deserves everything.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Congratulations on a great tour, Alex. You deserve all the support you received (but yes, I am quite sad I didn't win that coffee mug).

Jennie Bennett said...

I really want to see that movie, and congrats to the winner! (is it okay that I'm a tiny bit jealous, 'cause I am!)
Have an awesome day!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

John Carter is a movie I plan to see twice! And not just to take a bathroom break at a different time either!! Roland

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mark, go - enjoy!

Patricia, I'm sorry.

Roland, that made me laugh!

D.G. Hudson said...

Congrats to Jeremy!

Yeah, I would have liked a mug, but I got your 2 books in the mail, and one of them is next in line from the TBR stack.

That A-Z list is growing steadily. I've taken the advice of 'visit a few every day'. I don't want to get 'blog burnout'. . .

We plan to go see John Carter, as any science fiction buff should do. This original story from 1912 would have been received by a totally awed audience of the day.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Congrats, Jeremy on the win!

Isn't it great when you watch a movie that truly inspires your writing? Congrats on the find, Alex!


A to Z co-host

DL Hammons said...

We were supposed to go see JOHN CARTER last weekend and our plans fell through. Definitely will do it this weekend!

And it was so awesome how wide-spread the CassaFire launch was!! :)

Patsy said...

Your tour was epic! You've inspired me to do my own, much more modest, version.

Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations to Jeremy!

I haven't seen John Carter, but I love Golden Age SF. There's something classic about it.

It was awesome to follow along for your blog tour. :) And that's a massive amount of blogging in just a couple weeks!

Jai Joshi said...
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Jai Joshi said...

I've heard tons of good things about John Carter so I'm exited to see this one but haven't had a chance yet. Thanks for the review and it's great that you figured out what people mean when you talk about your books hearkening back to the sci-fi golden age! What a compliment!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

DG, hope you enjoy my books! And yes, every fan needs to see the movie.

Elizabeth, yes!

Golden, you'll dig it. And I am now blogging exhausted.

Jai, yes it is!!

Pearson Report said...

Congrats to Jeremy - Yay! Lucky dude!

Alex - my heartfelt congratulations to you on your successful book tour, here in Bloggerville. All the best as you continue your journey toward the completion of CassaStorm.

I am hoping to catch John Carter in the next few days - I'm sure I'll be as stoked!! (I love those kinds of movies)

With smiles, Jenny @ Pearson Report
Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

Author A.O. Peart said...

Congratulations to Jeremy!

Wow, over 250 blogs in one day - you are a blog visiting champion, Ninja Alex. I feel honored to be among those 250 lucky bloggers.

Looking forward to CassaStorm release party! And of course, I can't wait to see John Carter movie. The previews look awesome.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Jenny!

Angela, I'll always visit you.

Yadin Bromberg said...

JOHN CARTER!!! This weekend, me and my friends are going to see it. It seems pretty epic and I can't wait XD

Talli Roland said...

Congrats, Alex, and well done. I imagine you're tired!

Shallee said...

I'm glad your blog tour went well, but it does sound like a crazy ton of work! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

And I can't wait to see John Carter! It looks so awesome.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yadin, it IS epic! Go enjoy.

Talli, I'm beat.

Shallee, it was a lot of work and I still don't feel like I did enough.

Isis Rushdan said...

I was going to pass on John Carter because the special effects in the commercials looked horrible, but if you say it was better on the big screen, then I'll give it a shot.

Thanks for sharing what worked and what didn't regarding your blog tour. Getting your name and book out there is important, but you highlighted the potential for oversaturation and writer/follower fatigue that we all need to watch. Keep it going EF Hutton :).

Sorry about missing the last IWSG. Will make the Apr post.

Anonymous said...

Seriously epic tour, Alex; I hope it translated to many sales! And I'm glad to read that you liked John Carter -- we're going on Saturday.

Sabrina A. Fish said...

I bow to you on such an extensive blog tour, oh machine. That is a ton of blogs in one day. Not sure I could do the same.

As for John Carter, I am so excited to get to see it this weekend. Glad to hear it is as good as it looks. Thanks for not posting any spoilers!!! *grin*

Hart Johnson said...

I can't believe how many blogs you get to in day. You really are amazing. And you rocked the blog tour!

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Hi Alex,

For someone who planned to write one book only, it's amazing to learn about number three. Good luck with the new project!

Happy writing,
Mary Montague Sikes

Leovi said...

Yes, from here all my support and encouragement for your new project, it sounds powerful, CassaStorm.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Isis, no - the special effects are amazing. And thanks for your comments. I think the tour overwhelmed me.

Milo, you will enjoy it!

Sabrina, it wasn't easy. Go enjoy the movie.

Thanks, Hart!

Monti, I've amazed myself...

Thanks, Leovi!

Wendy Lu said...

I haven't seen John Carter before but thanks for the review - it sounds awesome!

And congratulations about the CassaFire and the blog tour...I saw your name all over the blogosphere that day. :) I don't know why I wasn't following you before (I thought I had been) but I officially am now! I have some awards for you on my blog.

Congrats to Jeremy!

-Wendy Lu

The Red Angel Blog

Miranda Hardy said...

So glad the tour was a success and I haven't seen John Carter, but I want to now. May happen this weekend.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Red Angel, thanks!

Miranda, go and enjoy.

alexia said...

I'm glad you had such an awesome launch day party and tour, even if it was super busy.

Jay Noel said...

Thanks again for letting me participate in your Blog Party for CassaFire. I'm looking forward to reading it.

I downloaded "The Princess of Mars" just the other day, as I'm eager to read it again after so many years. This is the kind of sci-fi I love - fun and adventure. It's a great escape.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Congratulations to Jeremy! Also, congratulations to making it through such an epic blog tour! You rocked it, but I don't blame you for being tuckered out. This type of thing is a learning experience, both for you and your readers, so I appreciate your honesty with it all.

You think the title of John Carter has anything to do with people not seeing it? I was thinking it was some boring political movie until you first posted about it here, and then I had to seek it out. Too bad. It sounds like it deserves more of an audience.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

Kela McClelland said...

Congrats to Jeremy :)

And Congrats to you too Alex, the tour was great. :D

Just one more book? Why not 2 or 3 or even 4? You could do it :p

Theresa Milstein said...

I forgot to congratulate Jeremy. Congratulations, Jeremy!

Anonymous said...

WOW Alex where do you find the time?? You must have super human powers.x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jay, I have several of those books on my iPad and I'm eager to reread them now.

Shannon, the original title was John Carter of Mars and they shouldn't have changed it. Only those who've read the books know what it's about based on the title alone.

Kela, I can only think in terms of one book at a time.

Eve, I'm a super Ninja!

Misha Gerrick said...

Sounds like your tour and party was a huge success. Congrats. :-D

Leovi said...

I think you still are many books to write.

Morgan said...

You're beyond amazing, Alex. Do you have a secretary? How do you manage all your time??? ;)

Gossip_Grl said...

I started reading your book on the google reader/Library. I am not really into a lot of sci-fi, but am enjoying reading your book. : )

Nicki Elson said...

What? YOU get worn out? I'm...shocked. But it's nice to know you're human, after all. ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Misha, it was!

Morgan, it helped that I can blog from work!

Nicki, not a robot, promise.

Tina said...

Wow is all I gots to say. I can't believe you were able to keep up with the blog tour AND co-hosting. You have what I think is the hardest job of all - keeper of the list. Yet you're just rockin' it as always. I'm still learning the way of the Ninja, but now I know why that's your monikor. You're invincible.
Tina @ Life is Good
Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge
Twitter: @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Your Blog Party was MASSIVE and I'm so glad it worked in your favour. Fame and Fortune is headed yer way, my friend.

Be prepared! Be inspired! Be Brilliant!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

I didn't have the time to follow your tour, Alex, but I do know you were everywhere. I hope all that coverage sold you many books!
I've been on the fence about John Carter after seeing reviews. Now I'm rethinking it. May go see this week.

Catherine Stine said...

I recently posted a snarky post on John Carter, based on the film title and ads. Now, I'll have to see the film, and I may end up eating my words. (Even though I still wouldn't be crazy for the title)

Gail said...

I had dreams of winning that prize package!

I had no doubt your writings would be a success.