Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Double Feature, Ninja News, and Movie Trivia!

Double Feature! 

Two special features today.

First, I have an interview with Laura Barnes, awesome blog critiquer. No critique today, but I do talk about book promotions and blog tours.

Second, every other Wednesday is a special A to Z Challenge participant feature at the A to Z Blog. Today I’ve interviewed Stormy the Weather Gnome. Come hear what Stormy has to say about challenges, dating, and foot moss.

Ninja News!

I’m also looking for bloggers to feature at the A to Z Blog. If you participated in the Challenge with a theme and are interested in an interview feature, let me know.

Vine Leaves Literary Journal is offering you the opportunity to win free critiques from publishing experts and a one-year subscription to! Visit Jessica Bell’s BLOG for details.

And I got these Tuesday and just had to share. My publisher sent me the new design they are using for my promotional postcards. Look at the new graphic - Amazon Sci-Fi Best Seller!
And no, I never, ever imagined that happening!

Movie Trivia!

Below are seven taglines – can you name the movies without Googling the answers? (All are from the 80’s and 90’s. And yes, I saw all of them in the theater. Does that surprise you?)

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

An adventure 65 million years in the making.

A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood.

The coast is toast.

Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas.

Does for rock and roll what "The Sound of Music" did for hills.

Thank God it's only a motion picture.

Answers Friday!

Interested in a feature on the A to Z Blog? Excited about the Vine Leaves Contest? Know any of the movies? Do you realize June is half over????
Be sure to visit Laura Barnes and Stormy!


Brinda said...

I recognize all the taglines but couldn't match movies to them. :( The new covers with your bestseller stamp are awesome!

Michael Abayomi said...

These taglines almost completely elude me. :(

I'd take a wild guess with the 65 million years one and say Jurassic Park!

The Angry Lurker said...

Be afraid. Be very afraid.
The Fly.

An adventure 65 million years in the making.

A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood.
A Fish called Wanda.

The coast is toast.

Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas.
Army of Darkness.

Does for rock and roll what "The Sound of Music" did for hills.

Thank God it's only a motion picture.

Unknown said...

Great covers Alex! June is quickly giving way to July and I am so looking forward to that month! Off to check out your links.

Mark Koopmans said...

*COOL* idea to feature some of the A-Zers...

I'd lov- ...

Oh I didn't participate... whaaghhh :(

PS... thanks for the comments and YES! Ireland shall be victorious... one day!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Brinda!

Michael, you got it!

Lurker, you got three of them.

Mark, next year!

JE said...

One, SUPER CONGRATS on the bestseller stamp! WHOOHOOOOOO!

Two, I have NO idea where any of those lines came from. Does that make just terrible? I should really watch more movies.

And third, I'm always in awe of your're like the SUPERMAN of the blogosphere! ROCK ON!


Heather M. Gardner said...

Those covers look AMAZING!

Thanks so much for interviewing Stormy. He had a great time! I'll be visiting the site today to thank people for commenting too!

The Fly? (Ugh. Still gross to think about one)
Jurassic Park.
A Fish called Wanda! (love)
This is Spinal Tap!!! \m/
Airplane? (And stop calling me Shirley!)

I'm going to read your other interview!
Thanks, Alex!

Annalisa Crawford said...

My A-Z theme was Books That Inspired Me - if that's interesting to you at all?

Marta Szemik said...

Those are some great looking postcards Alex. Congratulations! I may take you up on the A-Z post, but have to find a good topic first.
Four of the tag lines sound very familiar, but I couldn't get the movies this early in the morning if my life depended on it;)

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Oh gawd, I looked at all your movie taglines and recognized all of them but couldn't tell you what they are if my sorry life depended on it.

And, hey, don't your book covers look FINE with those bestseller starbursts!

kjmckendry said...

YAY! on the Best Seller stamp! That's awesome!

I did do the A-Z but I didn't really have a specific theme.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

The postcards look awesome!
(Didn't know any of the movies, although I feel like I should know the first one.)

Juliana Haygert said...

Congrats on the new covers! They look so great!

Unknown said...

Amazon Sci-Fi Bestseller!!!! Whoot! Congrats, Alex :D

Tonja said...

The first one is really familiar, but I have no idea. Congrats on the best seller status!

Laura Eno said...

Congrats on the best seller covers!
I know several of those tag lines but not what they go to.

Luanne G. Smith said...

Love the promotional postcards. Cool idea. I see them a lot at conferences, and often pick them up for later reference when browsing online for books.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Justine, thanks!

Heather, thank you. And Stormy! Got the tags right.

Thanks, everyone. The postcards were an awesome surprise.

The Happy Whisk said...

I think the Fly for the first one but the rest I don't know.

This is a fun post.

Read your interview. It's always interesting to me how we learn as we go and modify as needed.

Cheers and boogie boogie.

Ciara said...

I recognize almost all of them, but can't remember which movies. I enjoyed Stormy so I'll check that out. Lee had asked me to do a spot for A-Z but haven't heard form him, I'll follow up. Okay, off to check out your other posts. Congrats on the Amazon Best-Seller graphic. Woot!

Libby said...

I watch a lot of movies but generally fail the tagline quizzes. :)

Jeremy [Retro] said...

I was going to say the quotes all came from the film "Splash"... Stormy needs to make a record and sing out his adventures, but I mean a LP... too good for Cd!

:)... I wish I had a million dollars... hot dog!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

The postcards are awesome. I can hear your excitement.

See you at the other blogs.


Creepy Query Girl said...

Ha! I've heard a couple of them before but I have no idea. I'd think the 65 million years one could be Jurasic Park...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks Whisk and you are correct!

Jeremy, suggest it!

Katie, you are correct!

Thanks, everyone!

Rick Daley said...

I love interviews, I'm game.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.
I know this but can't think of it. I'm going to be pissed when I find out what it was.

An adventure 65 million years in the making.
Jurassic Park

A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood.

The coast is toast.

Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas.
Army of Darkness

Does for rock and roll what "The Sound of Music" did for hills.
No clue.

Thank God it's only a motion picture.
I know this one too, but I'm having a brain fart.

Jack said...

I like your covers! Those are very cool! I've been keeping an eye out for your books because I want to read them.

Hm, movies. The first line sounds like Star Wars...but so does the, I might have both wrong.
No clue of the third or forth. The fifth, is it Lost in Space?
And, not sure of the others. (I did badly this time. 8-P)

Southpaw said...

Wow! Congrats on the cool new sticker. That is awesome.

Darn, I do recognize most of the taglines but have no clue what movie they are attached to.

Gossip_Grl said...

So, I remember some of the movie tag lines, for the life of me I can't remember the movies they are from. Brain farts maybe. Loved reading the Stormy series in April. Now can't wait until Friday for the answers to the lines.

Tara Tyler said...

i'm dying for the answers and ready to kick myself for not knowing!

yay stormy!

M.J. Fifield said...

Read Stormy's interview... what a riot.

Congrats on the postcard. That's very cool.

And I think the tagline about the murder, revenge and seafood is from A Fish Called Wanda but I sadly don't know the others.

Jennie Bennett said...

I don;t know the answers to any of the movie trivia. I guess I need to brush up on that! Yay for bestseller status!!!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Alex, great interview on Laura B. The taglines?
1 - Don't know
2 - Land of the Lost?
3 - Fish Called Wanda?
4 - 2001?
5 - Don't know
6 - Don't know
7 - Ten Commandments?

mshatch said...

I recognize that first one and can almost hear the voice ...dammit! I am forgetting all my movies.

Cool posttcards!

Arlee Bird said...

I remember hearing most of these clips, but never saw any point in remembering them.

Off to check out the links.

An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out

Michelle Wallace said...

The postcards are gorgeous... and I'm useless when it comes to movie trivia... as per usual!

Leigh Covington said...

OOH! Love the new graphics! Awesome!

Nancy Thompson said...

Pretty postcards!! Love the covers! I never get put to see movies anymore, so I'm clueless. But heck yeah, I did the A to Z with a theme & I'd love to do an interview if my theme is interesting enough. Going over to see Stormy now!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Captain...

Man it feel great to visit again. I am free this morning to blog...YAY! Of course I had to visit. You are always in my thoughts even if I am not present.

CONGRATS on the postcard .... it is BEYOND! The best of luck with tons of exposure and sales.

I LOVE the fact that you are featuring A-Zers on the A-Z blog. I would love to be featured, as soon as I get home and can breathe again.

As always you are a never-ending inspiration to us all.


Charles Gramlich said...

Intriguing tease for that review. I can't guess what movie you're talking about.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

The first one is Yoda I think...

Is the second one "Jurassic Park?"

Is the fourth one Godzilla? challenge my brain sir.

I love the postcards. They are beautiful, Alex. Congratulations :)

Callie Leuck said...

Oh wow. The postcards look so PROFESSIONAL and FANCY!! *squee!*

Wow, that's so awesome that both are bestsellers on Amazon. You must be very happy!

Andrew Leon said...

What do you mean by interview? I might be interested. Email me.

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

Awesome postcards!

I'd love to do an interview feature! :D

Carol Kilgore said...

Love the Stormy interview :)
And your new postcards!

I actually knew four of these, one of which is one of my favorite movies.

Unknown said...

Your postcards are awesome! I don;t know any of the movie quotes. :( I'm checking out Stormy's interview right now.

Jeff Beesler said...

Congrats on the bestsellers rankings for both your books! I can't wait until you take the world by CassaStorm...

nutschell said...

Awesome new designs! Congratulations, Alex! You deserve it!
Also, the taglines are familiar, but I can't seem to place what movies they're from.

LD Masterson said...

Having the Best Sellar stickers is fantastic. Congratulations.

Most of the taglines sounded familiar but the only one I knew was A Fish Called Wanda - one of my all time favorite movies.

Anonymous said...

No, I'm going to need Google for the answers. ;)

Those postcards look awesome.

Nick Wilford said...

I saw Laura B's interview earlier. It was interesting to read how you planned your promotion.

I wouldn't mind an interview at A-Z!

The Vine Leaves thing sounds good too - thanks. Congrats on being SF bestseller!

As for the taglines, the only one I'm pretty sure on is 2 - Jurassic Park. 1 is bugging me - Predator??
6 *might* be Blues Brothers.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Love the postcards. What will you use them for?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rick, you got three right!

Thanks Miss Jack.

MJ, very good!

Maurice, you got number three.

Nancy, expect an email!

Michael, thanks - we'll make it happen.

Michael, got Jurassic Park. And thanks!

Callie, glad my publisher did them and not me!

Andrew, I will.

Jaycee, I'll get with you.

Carol which one???

Jeffrey, the story is flowing fast right now.

LD, that's it! Awesome movie.

Thank you, everyone!!

Empty Nest Insider said...

Love the best seller postcards! I thought I was pretty good at movie trivia until I met you! Julie

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. the postcards are amazing and such a great idea .. so much going on - I don't know how you keep up .. but if you'd like to interview a castle sometime .. I'm here!!

Cheers Hilary

Unknown said...

Hooray for Laura! I'll check on your interview and visit Stormy. Those badges on your book covers are amazing Congratulations!!! You deserve them. I only know the first one...well I remember it from somewhere - it's accompanied by scary music like Jaws music (except it's not Jaws)...OK I'll go away now...

Unknown said...

I would say "yes, feature me please" but that's already on the cards :)

Dang, half way through June already. By my calculations I only have 37 minutes of British Summer left :(

ediFanoB said...

Read your funny and entertaining interview with Stormy the Weather Gnome.
Of course I left a comment.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry, Julie.

Hilary, you're on the list.

Susan, thanks and answers Friday.

Jamie, you are good to go in two weeks.

Thanks, Edi!

cleemckenzie said...

I have writer's rock syndrome. I can't think of an answer to a single tag line. Guess I'll have to rely on you!

As to foot moss . . . Will Stormy offer a cure?

Unknown said...

Already paid a visit to stormy. Can't wait to see which movies I'm correct about.

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, neat postcards!

Jessica Salyer said...

Congrats on the postcards, they look great. The taglines hum let's see... yeah got nothing.

Christopher Hudson said...

Awesome art, Alex ... I guess I'll have to use more than crayons if I'm going to keep up.

Leovi said...

What a great promotion that postcard. I imagine that every success will give you much moral CassaStorm.

Nicki Elson said...

I am hanging my head in shame - can't pinpoint a singe one of those taglines. Pathetic.

Congrats on the awesome new cards with SPECTACULAR new graphic!

I'm so excited Stormy's back. I missed that lil' rascal. I'd be up for an A to Z interview or whatever if you'll have me.

Cherie Reich said...

I know what "An adventure 65 million years in the making" is from...or at least I hope it's from Jurassic Park. Otherwise, I need to watch those movies again.

Love the new design for your promotional postcards! :D

I would be interested in a feature on the A to Z Blog.

Clare said...

Both interviews were excellent; thanks for sharing.

I'd be interested in being interviewed for the A-Z challenge, please, if you're still looking for people.

Thanks for the tip about opportunity to win free critiques, I'll have to check it out.

Those covers/ postcards are awesome. I love both fonts used, and the spacecraft graphics are fantastic.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, he does!

Thanks LB!

Thank you, Leovi.

Nicki, sounds good.

Cherie, you got it, and that would be great.

Clare thanks and I will be emailing you!

M Pax said...

I'm always up for a feature ...

Will hop by your other venues. Cool on the new cover.

Tina said...

Congrats on the cool best seller bling! Awesome!
I know some of those movies...let's give it a try.

2) Jurassic Park
3) The Cook, His Wife, the theif and her lover or something like that...
4) The meteor movie with Tea Leoni - Sudden Impact?
5) no clue
6) Footloose???
7) again, not firing on all cylinders

Great idea for a trivia game, even though I should have done better. Could have nailed it with google...but I ain't no cheater!
Tina @ Life is Good
Post A-Z Road trip!

LynNerdKelley said...

Wow, Alex, those new promo postcards rock! Awesome that it says "Amazon best seller!" You are busy as always with a million irons in the fire. I'm amazed at all that you do!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mary, I'll get with you soon!

Tina, you got one. Good memory for your third guess though.

Thanks, Lynn! said...

The postcard looks great.

Movie Trivia is always fun. I don't know any of them but am anxious to find out.


Charity Bradford said...

Awesome! Congrats on the new image for your covers. You deserve it for all your hard work.

Sherry Ellis said...

The promotional postcards look great! Those are terrific book covers. As far as the tag lines go, I've heard of a few, like the first one and the coast is toast, but I couldn't tell you what movies they're from. How nice of you to feature A-Z bloggers. I might be interested in doing that.

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

Love the design for the postcards! Super cool.

It's really sad, but I have no idea where those taglines come from.

Golden Eagle said...

I'd be interested in an interview, if you think my science theme for the Challenge would be suitable.

The first quote rings a bell--loudly--but I can't place it. Guess I'll have to wait 'til Friday!

June is really disappearing. And then 2012 will be half over . . . gah.

Jemi Fraser said...

LOVE the postcards - and having that graphic on them is so completely awesome!!! :)

I vaguely remember a couple of taglines, but can't identify the movies at all!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Robyn - Friday!

Sherry, we'll be in touch!

Golden, you still have many more years in you. I'll send you an email soon.

Jennifer Lane said...

All I remember is The Fly for #1? That movie creeped me OUT! Fun contest. :)

Heather Murphy said...

Congrats on the best seller tag and Fun movie lines!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Your jazzed up covers are awesome. Amazon Sci-Fi Best Seller? You rock, good sir.

And yes, I'm interested in the A-Z feature.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jennifer, you got it!

Thanks, Heather.

Lynda, thank you! And I will send email soon.

Unknown said...

Ok, I'm too young to know any of these. I was only born in the 90! Besides, I'm still getting over a weird fact I learnt last night. Someone made a horror move about sheep. Okay...

Christine Rains said...

Awesome postcards! I recognized some of the taglines. Ah, if only I could come up with something that catchy!

Botanist said...

Uh-oh! Quotes and me just don't mix. They are familiar but I've no chance of placing them. Looks like you've got lots of suggestions though. I read the comments thinking "Yes, of course!"

Awesome news about the Amazon Best Seller!

Anonymous said...

Funny that I knew all the movie tags, but can't remember which movie they belong too... argh... bad memory.

msmariah said...

These are some good ones. Recognizable, but not necessariIy easy to guess. I can guess a few of these. I think 65 Million years is likely Jurassic Park.

Leslie said...

The postcards look fantastic!

And the tag lines make me laugh. A couple I recognized but most I didn't. I hope you'll post the answers on your blog. Don't leave us hanging!

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm on my way over to Laura Barnes' blog right now.

And very cool new covers for your books. I'm putting together an upcoming post about ordering other blogger's books for your local library and have both of yours in my library. I'll take a pic of me holding both your books if I can ever find them both in at the same time. I guess this is a good problem to have as people are taking your books out.

Talli Roland said...

Love the designs your publisher did for you - fantastic, as always! Headed over to Laura's.


Another good trivial post and reviews.God to be back, thanks for your concern.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Imogen, I'm sorry!

Thanks, Botanist.

MsMariah, you are correct!

Leslie, they will be revealed Friday.

Stephen that would be really cool!!!

Yvonne, glad you're back.

Gossip_Grl said...

I may have forgotten yesterday, but nice pics the publisher sent you.

Mark Koopmans said...

Between my post last night and now.. Ireland has not been beaten in Soccer... oh... we haven't played yet.... seven hours and forty-four minutes to go....

Unknown said...

Whoo Hoo!!It is awesome sauce all the way around. I love hearing good news. :)

Congrats on the new graphics, my best-selling friend. Hope CassaStorm is progressing smoothly.

Jessica Bell said...

Thanks so much for mentioning the contest! Really appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

I would love to partcipate in the interviewed. A to Z challenge was my first writing challenge and it really gave me the confidence to just write and put it out there.

Unknown said...

The post cards look great!
I know that I have heard most of these lines, but I just cannot pick them.

Cate Masters said...

How cool are those stickers! :)
My memory's terrible, so the tag lines are lost on me.
Off to your interview...

Laura Pauling said...

Sad but I didn't recognize any of the taglines; of course, afterward it will be obvious.

And I love the postcards. Awesome. Bestseller!

Suze said...

I got extra goodies from your publisher when they sent me the copy I won. I love having your book as my bookmark!

Mary Aalgaard said...

I'd be interested in the interview over at the A to Z blog. Some of those quotes sound familiar. I'll be kicking myself when you reveal the answers.

Play off the Page

Leovi said...

The coast is toast, this is the Volcano. I managed to trap you suggest, or forgiveness you suggest not to do.

Hildie McQueen said...

I just realized, I don't know anything about movies. I have to start watching more movies. Heading over to Laura Barnes' site.

LynnRush said...

Okay...I didn't read any of the comments to see if they got the movie trivia.
Let's see if I know any of them.

1. Star Wars? Return of the Jedi?
2. Jurassic Park
3. A Fish Called Wanda
4. No clue
5. Bill and Ted's....
6. Yikes, still no clue
7. Jeepers. Totally stumped.

LOL!!! Hopefully I got a couple??? LOL!

Love me some movie trivia!

Mina Burrows said...

Not a clue on the tags BTW. Man, I suck.

The postcards rock.

And I'd do a A-Z interview. :)

Bish Denham said...

Love the new pictures for the postcards!

Even though I've never seen the movie I think #1 is THE FLY.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm heading over to Laura's blog now.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mark, fingers crossed for you!

Jessica, you're welcome.

Sydney, thanks! I'll be in touch.

Suze, thanks!

Mary, I'll email you soon.

Lynn, you got two right.

Thanks,, Mina.

Bish - yes!

Thanks, guys!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I recognized few of the tag lines, but just could not match them to the movies.

Nicole said...

Those covers are great, Alex! Congrats! :) Now...onto figuring out those taglines.

Lisa Regan said...

those covers look amazing! Sadly, I could not guess any of those tag lines. And also sadly, I didn't participate in A to Z because I just didn't have time this year. But Nancy Thompson had a great series on writing!

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for all the info and links. Your postcards look great!

As far as the movie lines - I know the first one but can't recall which movie. Rats. The second line, didn't Jeff Goldblum say it in Jurassic Park?

Happy almost weekend!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Postcards look great.

And Stormy's interview was really cute.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lisa, yes she did!

Karen, don't know if he said it, but you got the movie right.

Thanks everyone!

DL Hammons said...

Dynamite new covers!!! :)

Unknown said...

Wow! I have no idea which movies those lines are from. I'm totally stumped.

And super congrats on the new design covers. I give you permission to do a happy dance around the house, Alex! One, two, three---> Dance!

Wendy Lu said...

Hi Alex! I'm about to check out your interview with Laura. You seem to be all over the blogosphere! :)

The postcards look SO cool. I think I like Cassa Fire more because the graphic makes you feel as though you're right in the middle of the action.

Hmm, today's movie trivia is hard! Ahh I don't recognize any of these lines, but they are awesome - especially "The coast is toast" lol. "Be afraid. Be very afraid" sounds really familiar...

By the way, I'm hosting an awesome blogfest and critique giveaway at my blog from June 22-24 if you're interested! :) Hope you have a great day.

~Wendy Lu

The Roarin' Twenties Poetry Blogfest + Chapter Critique Giveaway (hosted by The Red Angel)

Gwen Gardner said...

The post cards are awesome, of course! I just met Stormy - what an awesome dude - some lucky gnomette will grab him up for sure! I caught your interview at LBW's too which was awesome. I'll revisit it when I'm ready for a blog tour:)

Ella said...

I love the post cards! These are awesome! I'm excited for you...

ooh, the coast is toast...??!!

You rock ;D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Julia, I'm dancing. Sort of!

Wendy, I will check it out. Thanks!

Ge=wen, hope it helped.

Ella, you rock!

Author A.O. Peart said...

The new cover is SOOOO awesome! The whole series' covers are perfectly designed in the same theme. Love it.

I'm late responding (yeah, as usual), so I saw some of the answers and won't even attempt to cheat, heh.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Kela McClelland said...

I'm late commenting here, but I just wanted to say that the new covers are awesome :D

And I didn't realize that June was half over, thanks, Alex. *humph* :p