In addition, two lucky commenters this month will receive a review copy of CassaStorm! One comment per day and each is worth one entry except – the first and one hundredth comments on each day will receive ten entries!
The Quick and the Dead
Sam Raimi brings his crazy directorial style to a western. It boasts a great cast – you’ll be amazed just how many stars are in this film. (If you can find the director’s cut, you’ll see Bruce Campbell.) It’s a real bigger than life western.
Ellen is a gunslinger with a troubled past and set on vengeance. She’s dangerous and tough, but her vulnerability is what makes her appealing. Ellen has set her sights on her goal and nothing will stop her now.
Who is Ellen?
(Similarity of names purely coincidental.)
Troubles and challenges entered Ellie’s life, but she emerged stronger than before. Focused and determined to succeed, she has done just that and more. We don’t see much of the real Ellie, but that is her vulnerability. Overall, it makes for a very endearing combination.
Ellie Garratt is the author of Passing Time and lives in the UK
To you I dedicate Quest for Fire by Iron Maiden. (Title leads to YouTube.)
Because I thought not only would you appreciate the band, but the storyline of the song (and the equally funny and cheesy video) – “Then the tribes they came to steal their fire, And the wolves they howled into the night…”
Trivia and Facts:
Did you know that Sharon Stone was so insistent that Leonardo DiCaprio appear in the film that she paid his salary?
What is the name of Iron Maiden’s mascot?
P’s trivia answer – The Princess Bride novel and screenplay were both written by William Goldman.
Please continue to pray for my friend Gail. Her husband needs a heart transplant and they are in the process of getting on the waiting list. Gail’s blog is At The Farm and she’s posting updates on the process.
Jade Hart’s book, Coffee and Cockpits, comes out today. Congratulations, Jade!
Today is the last day to enter the Goodreads giveaway for CassaStorm! Remember that commenting here through the end of April still enters you to win a copy.
Goodreads Book Giveaway
by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Giveaway ends April 21, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Theme Song for CassaStorm
I’d meant to post this when I revealed the cover and forgot! I’d shared it with my critique partners before sending the manuscript, as the piece really captures the tone of the book. I don’t normally get into soundtracks, but my wife loves the soundtrack for Tron: Legacy, and once I heard this song, it became the theme song for CassaStorm. I think once you hear it you’ll see that the tone of this book is a little darker than the last one. I’m really counting on Bassan, Byron's ten-year-old son, to balance it out.
Start the video at 1:35 for full impact.
A storm gathers across the galaxy…
Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, his only struggles are occasional rogue pirate raids and endless government bureaucracies. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.
After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, shaking Bassan to the core and threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.
Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could be on its way back. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…
Fan of The Quick and the Dead? Following Ellie? Any Iron Maiden fans out there? Can you name their mascot? Entered the giveaway? And what do you think of the synopsis now that you’ve heard the music behind it? This Ninja would really like to know…
Seeing Oblivion this afternoon – fingers crossed!
I'm seeing Oblivion this weekend too! It better be good!
Yay for Ellie! I follow her! :)
Very powerful song that sounds perfect for CassaStorm! It's amazing that Sharon Stone paid Leo Di Caprio's salary. More great trivia, and congrats to Ellie!
Quest for Fire is a perfect choice for Ellie: strong, determined and spirited.
Alex, there is a small surprise for you on my blog :)
Great song choice again - nothing beats a bit of Maiden (Eddie is their mascot).
Not seen the quick and the dead, but if it's a Raimi movie then I'm definitely game :)
Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom
Yes I'm a follower of Ellie. Great choice. Love your theme tune. And have I actually seen a movie before you, Alex? I saw Oblivion last weekend with daughter for her birthday. Enjoy :)
I haven't seen the Quick and the Dead, but it looks great. Guess I'll have to change that. And the music with the synopsis is a definite two thumbs up!
I put The quick and the dead to my rewatch list.
You found a great theme song!
haha that's super cool listening to the tron music while reading your Storm blurb. I'm super excited about Storm. September can't come soon enough!!!
Also, I must confess, I haven't been able to watch The Quick and the Dead all the way through. I get kinda... well, bored. Maybe I should give it another go.
Being a follower of Ellie I think you made the perfect choice,
I like the Tron video and sound.
The Quick and the Dead was a great movie. The star power was crazy. Ellie is nice, I won a gift card from her blog this year. Tron Legacy has some cool music, I can see why your wife loves the soundtrack. Will pray for and her husband. Best of luck with CassaStorm and enjoy your weekend.
Haven't seen Sharon Stone in a while. Wonder what she's up to.
Eddie the head is Iron Maiden's mascot.
Gale has been on my prayer list. May the UNOS wait list for his needs be short.
Dynamite them song for CassaStorm.
I really hope that your friend's husband will be okay.
Sound track is a sure win-win !! 4 likes for that!
The Quick and the Dead...didn't really watch yet!!
Now I'm all pumped about your book. People are going to love it, Alex!
I just love the premise, can't wait to read CassaStorm!
Good choice - Ellie Garratt.
I have a confession to make, Alex, I've never read your book. I am determined to change that as soon as A to Z is over. It sounds wonderful.
Well of course Sharon Stone wanted Leo in the film. Who wouldn't? I didn't care for that particular movie. :)
Interesting movie, but not a favorite. Ellie - great choice.
Nice music and blurb. Things are really coming together. Congrat's!
Love the synopsis and the song goes perfectly.
Yay for Ellie!
I'll be praying for Gail and her husband.
Congrats to Ellie!
The Tron video is powerful... dramatic... I like the sense of urgency!
Writer In Transit
I've seen The Quick and Dead, and you're right. Lots of fine actors, and I actually liked the movie. Love trivia, and I didn't know that Stone paid DiCaprio's salary. I should call my husband about Iron Maidens mascot, he'd know.
I read the Princess Bride book. It's so funny and so much like the movie.
The quick and the dead, was sure one to watch the didn't cause dread.
I adored "The Quick and the Dead" and had no idea Sharon paid Leonardo's salary. Ellie Garratt is truly talented and awesome!
I'm sorry about Gail's sick husband and wishing them well.
As usual, I'm totally stumped by the trivia question. :P
Wow! Music and synopsis both sound great.
Bruce Campbell was great as Ash.
Iron Maiden fan here! Eddie is their mascot and he always looks killer.
Congrats to Ellie.
I'll be back to listen to your theme song. I'm sitting on the couch and hubby is watch TV...
I hope everything turns out well for your friend Gail and her husband.
Congrats to Ellie! The Tron soundtrack is pretty dark but that's what I like about it. I like your blurg, sounds like the stakes are high in CassaStorm which fits the mood of the soundtrack really well. Only a few more months before it comes out!!!! :)
Great movie! Haven't seen that one in a long time, either.
Livia, we'll compare notes.
Rachna, thank you!
Jamie, you got it.
Suzanne, you have!
T Drecker, thanks!
Lynda, thank you!
Moody, good question.
JL, you are correct, and thanks.
Cassie, I hope so.
Melanie, thank you!!
Brinda, that gave me a chuckle.
Michelle, precisely why I chose that one.
Elsie, you are correct!
Elise, it is a little darker than the others. Hope it doesn't disappoint.
Haven't watched the movie. And I don't know Ellie, but I'll go check out her blog...thanks for introducing her. Interesting that you're going darker with this book...I've done that before, too, and nothing precipitated it--it just seemed like the right direction for that book.
HA! I love your wonky route from movie to character to author to song dedication. I haven't though of Iron Maiden since I was probably 18...
Ellie is awesome. Great choice.
Ellie is a fine choice.
The music sounds like approaching thunder.
The sound track is very strong and captivating. I think it fits nicely :)
There's another Quick and the Dead I liked better with Sam Elliot, Tom Conti, and Kate Capshaw. I wonder why Sharon wanted Leo so much? And I can't wait to hear what you think of Oblivion...
Ellie is very cool. Praying for Gail's Husband. Your synopsis definitely fits the song and vice versa. Have fun at Oblivion.
I'm so out of the loop I had to think really hard to remember what the heck Oblivion was, lol. It reminds me of that Will Smith movie coming out this summer. Can't recall the title either, ha-ha.
Great theme song. I love soundtracks and Tron: Legacy is definitely one of my favorites. I use it quite a lot while writing.
It's candle time. I'll include one for Gail's husband. I heard the soundtrack three times trying to catch the feeling but it still sounds kind of desperate and struggling to me. However, I believe sometimes music just echoes whatever is inside you at the moment.
And I was wondering yesterday after I posted the 100 again, if the Goodreads giveaway doesn't come to Mexico, the comment one would or I am just stealing someone else's real chances?
All the best to your friend Gail, I hope the heart transplant comes through soon.
JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE
Elizabeth, the circumstances just kept mounting. Seemed a natural direction for the story though.
MsHatch, my review will probably be up tomorrow.
Isis, that one is After Earth. And I found that soundtrack made for good background music when writing.
Al, hitting first and number one hundred gets you a lot more entries. Keep at it.
OBLIVION is derivative but the look is stunning and Tom Cruise breathes life into his role. It is definitely worth seeing.
This will be a weekend for writing and spending time with family and friends. No movies. But I'll keep oblivion on my radar.
I did not know Sharon Stone went that far to bring Leo into the mix cast for that movie.
Ellie is an excellent pick. She's a great blogger to follow and definitely aimed and primed for meeting her goals :-)
Have a great weekend!
I must have seen the movie 10X. Love Russell Crowe and Sharron. Good choice, Alex.
Glad to see they caught the men responsible for the bombings.
I loved The Quick an the Dead...great film!
Ellie is great and an awesome pick to spotlight today :)
My hubby loves Westerns so I've seen this one and you're right -it's good. Sending prayers for your friend Gail and her husband.
Quick and the Dead is a fun remake! You don't get better than Hackman as the evil head of the shooter town.
John at The Bathroom Monologues
My husband was a huge Iron Maiden fan back in the day. I gave him a compilation for a birthday or Christmas here a while back, if memory serves.
Have a great weekend, Al.
I'm a BIG fan of Tron and the soundtrack!
Will keep Gail and her husband in my thoughts.
Ellie has that spiffy silver enviro suit to help her walk through the fire - or no atmosphere - as the case may be. ;) I like thinking of her as a gunslinger!
Awesome! I love finding music that completely matches your book.
I don't remember much liking Quick, but it's been a long time since I've seen it.
Eddie? great song choice!
i didn't hear what happened with queensryche... i was always a fan of them as a group...
My thoughts are with your friend and her husband. Must be an extremely worrying time for them both.
I remember that movie. Ellie is a great choice for a tribute! I used to listen to Iron Maiden back in the day. My husband still. Their mascot is Eddy! Haven't thought of that in over 20 years, but I remember!! Cool induration for CasaStorm!
Cheers to Ellie! Yes she is amazing and strong! :D
My prayers for Gail and her husband!
Quick and the Dead is a good one! Not a member of Goodreads - best of luck with your give away! Wishing you a wonderful weekend:)
Leo gets a lot of flack, but I think he's a very gifted actor. He should have won an oscar for What's Eating Gilbert Grape (best supporting actor).
Iron Maiden's mascot is Eddie!
Roland, I'll let everyone know tomorrow.
Joylene, they got one of them.
John, no you don't.
Suze, your husband rocks.
Jeremy, you are correct. And just legal battle between Tate and the rest of the band. He's being a jerk about the whole thing. Sad way to end a band's career.
Nancy, you got it.
LOVE the Tron soundtrack. And I'm seeing Oblivion tonight. Go sci-fi!
Love the music!!!
What? Bruce made it into The Quick and the Dead? No chance it was a Brisco County cameo, I suppose?
Need to track down that director's cut. :)
I do like Gene Hackman, even when he's the bad guy. Yay for Ellie - she's such a lovely lady.
I'll add Gail and her husband to my prayer list. God Bless them.
She paid his salary? I have new found respect for her. And I always liked Ellen. She was tough.
So sorry about your friend Gail and her husband. I will try and remember both of them in my chain of prayers.
I'm watching Oblivion tonight. Got my tickets. You should send me a tweet if you give it a thumbs up so I know what to expect.
Signed up for the giveaway of CassaStorm. If I win though, just give me an e-copy. I like electronic books more than paper.
I never really liked Sharon Stone much as an actress. I know she was big a few decades ago, but she never resonated with me. I always liked Leah Thompson but she never did anything outside of two movies I saw.
I like the Oblivion previews. Hope it's good.
An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out
Somehow I made it this far in my life without seeing The Quick and the Dead, not sure how that happened as I've seen almost every Western ever made. I will have to find this one somewhere.
Thanks for the link to your book trailer!! It confirmed a suspicion I had while reading the chapter where Trindel says he is leaving. *Grin*
I never dug Iron Maiden as much as I liked their posters and album covers. They did have some great songs, just overall I didn't worship them as much as I did some others.
I have to check out Ellie, she sounds wonderful ;)
I think Ellie is one of the neatest people EVER. Great choice!
And Oblivion does look good... though I'll probably catch it on netflix like all my other movies. I think the last movie I went to was the last Harry Potter! LOL!
Powerful Quest for Fire by Iron Maiden. We all have our special quest ... and this helps!
Rick, you got it!
Ilima, we'll compare notes tomorrow.
Michael, I'll send one as soon as I get home. And my publisher is doing the giveaway - they are sending out print books.
Jack, glad you enjoyed it. Hope it dodn't give too much away.
William Goldman. I could have looked that up on the Internet. It has been bothering me since you posted the question yesterday.
Between the music and your synopsis, I'm really excited about CS. I also look forward to meeting Bassan.
Ellie's another awe-inspiring person.
The Q and the D was not a favorite of mine. But I must admit, Hackman, as always, plays to good villain.
How cool that your book has a theme song!
Hey Alex! I hope you are rockin' and well. Eliie is a strong, feisty gal with loads of guts and a wonderful personality.
I loved Iron Maiden. Their music still sits in my head and will for the rest of my life. Love heavy metal!
You know I'll pray for your friend and her hubby. Jotting it down now. I have to write this stuff down so I won't forget it!
The Quick and The Dead. Loved it.
Eddie. Wasn't that Iron Maiden's mascot's name?
Have fun at the movies Captain!
Your synopsis is great - lots of action and subplots. I think the music goes well with it, too.
The Quick and The Dead was a good movie! Haven't seen it in a grip, may have to add it my list for the weekend! Also sending well wishes for your friend Gail and her husband! I read your book blurb and most definitely I agree Tron Legacy as the official soundtrack for your book!
The Quick and the Dead, Sharon Stone, Ellie and Iron Maiden - that's a rockin' combo!!! Woohoo!
Love the theme song for your novel, and reading your synopsis while listening to the music was really cool!
I'm planning on seeing Oblivion tomorrow - hoping it's good. (I'm taking my Dad to see it for a late birthday celebration and he's 75 years young)
I remember not liking The Quick and the Dead when I first saw it. I might have to give it another try. :)
awwww boo, i can't listen to the music on my work PC. I'll have to check it out later
I didn't know that about Sharon Stone and Leonardo. What the heck? I wonder who else was considered for the role.
Best wishes to your friend Gail, I'm sorry to hear about her husband.
The song and the synopsis go wonderfully together. Your book sounds like a great read.Simply Sarah
Robyn, hope it doesn't disappoint!
Robyn, you are correct. And you are one cool heavy metal chick.
Gossip Girl, I'm sure my publisher can afford the rights from Disney and Daft Punk - not!
Tyrean, thanks and happy birthday to your father.
I did know tha William Goldman wrote both the book and the screenplay. One of my all time fav books and films! Cheers!
The Quick and the Dead! Another badass female. :)
And synopsis looks good. Lots of conflict in need of resolution! I'm actually working on a five page synopsis for my novel now. Not fun at all. blah.
I liked that little tidbit about Sharon Stone paying Leonardo's salary for the movie. Thanks for all you share!
Mary Montague Sikes
That was a blast to read while listening to the music! Great choice.
Ellie is very cool.
Iron Maiden! I think his name is Eddie?
Have a great weekend!
Loved the Quick and the Dead--Gene Hackman plays evil twisted very well. Russell Crowe was excellent as the tortured soul.
Thank goodness Leo got in the movie, because like Russell Crowe's appearance it solidified my ongoing appreciation of his career.
Tron is a great soundtrack and I see how it'd fit Cassa. I'm enjoying the Life of Pi soundtrack a lot lately.
I dont know if I ever saw Quick and the Dead. Have to add it to the list.
Yay for Ellie! Can't wait to hear what you think of Oblivion. Enjoy your weekend. My little guy turns 3 tomorrow, so I'll be busy. :)
The Quick and The Dead is great film. I loved Sharon Stone in there as well as Leo DiCaprio. He was showing more signs of his brilliant acting.
Ellie is a brilliant choice for today.
Cheers to Ellie! And great film choice...enjoy Oblivion this afternoon. And congrats to Jade Hart and her new book. Will head over and check it out.
LG, they are never fun.
Suz, very good!! And thanks.
Christine, I bet you will.
I'll be praying for Gail. Our entire family wants to see Oblivion. I hope it's good.
Great theme song! Smart man listening to his wife ;-)
Give us the scoop about Oblivion after you see it. I haven't seen The Quick and The Dead, but is that Gene Hackman I see in the poster?
I entered! Can't remember the mascot. Mind awash in alphabet.
Another interesting sounding movie that I haven't seen. I used to think we saw a lot of movies, until I started reading your blog :)
May the Lord be with Gail and her husband!
I must check out Quick and the Dead, it sounds great, heres hoping.
Ellie has been through a lot this year.
Nice to read the blurb for you next book. Sounds exciting!
Love Quick & The Dead. Thoughts and prayers to Gail's husband. I'll be heading over there.
1. Hooray for Ellie and Jade!
2. I will definitely keep praying for Gail's family.
3. Nice song!
That's an interesting fact about Sharon Stone paying Leonardo DiCaprio's salary. I think I'm going to track down the film now just to see his acting skills in the flick--see if he was worth the payout. haha He does a good job acting, so probably.
Doesn't Russell Crowe also show up in the Quick and the Dead? Guess that was just before he became a big star.
Yes, a signal warning of the death of a galaxy would make CassaStrom kinda dark storytelling, wouldn't it? I'm so looking forward to reading it.
Geez. I thought I knew the trivia and I was wrong. Love the teaser for your book. I can't wait as the stakes are the highest yet.
My wife likes Quick and the Dead, but it's always a bit too over the top for me (but it has its moments). cool post on Ellie too:)
Jenn and Lee, it's good!
Julia, maybe she had a thing for him.
Helena, Crowe was in it! And yes, a bitter darker than that last.
Susan, thanks - no pressure!
Every great story needs a soundtrack. That's awesome!
I didn't know that Sharon Stone paid Leo DiCaprio's salary in The Quick and the Dead. How interesting. And she was right to do it to because his performance is one of the best things about that film. I was moved to tears by his character, it was so sad.
Yay Ellie! Love her stories, even if I can't read them alone in the dark. I love the music you picked to set the tone for CassaStorm, for me, it makes it more intriguing when reading your synopsis. Have you heard the Oblivion soundtrack yet, it's by M83 - ahhhhmazing!
Ellie is fantastic!! Great choice! :)
Bonus point for commenting at nearly two in the morning?
I am linked into Ellie's site. I like a bit of Iron Maiden, as in the band.
Have fun with "Oblivion".
Take care, dude.
I'm outta' here....
That's really cool music! It goes along well with the conflict presented in the blurb.
Sharon Stone was quite the badass chick in The Quick and the Dead!
Ooh, that soundtrack is perfect and forboding!
Iron Maiden ... now you are talking. It's Eddie.
Really neat blog!! I am seeing Oblivion this weekend too!!
Quick and the Dead is a brilliant film and really unappreciated in the history of Western cinema. It takes the best part of Westerns, the quick draw, and makes a whole movie out of it.
You fit so much into your posts it boggles the mind, Alex!
Love the theme song. And yes, am happy to claim Gary as our anti-mascot. He is the kindest soul ever.
That's an awesome theme song for your book. I absolutely do this as well... More-so with themes for individual scenes.
I love The Quick and the Dead... I didn't even realize Raimi did it! Now I have to go find Bruce in it! I'm a huge fan of western movies.
She really paid his salary? Wow...not that's dedication!!!
She really paid his salary? Wow...not that's dedication!!!
I haven't seen this one! Leonardo DiCaprio? I'm in!
Tron: Legacy has really cool soundtrack. Great choice. It's very fitting :)
Thanks for the heads-up about Gail and her husband.
Adding Gail and her husband to my prayer list.
I can't wait until September for CassaFire to come out. Will it be released in digital format sooner?
Loved the 1st two books and highly recommend them.
CONGRATS to Ellie! I'll have to check out her blog.
Prayers going out to your friend Gail and her husband.
Never saw that movie either. I was about to rent it, but opted against it. Sharon Stone's films had been leaving me a bit bored. I'll have to check it out...I trust your judgment!
Alex, my husband loves Iron Maiden--and so does our youngest. My older son and me: not so much.
Oh, wow. Thank you Alex! I'm really touched. Thank you also to everyone who commented.
I'm sorry I didn't didn't see this earlier. I've been abroad for a few days and forgot to notify my mobile phone provider. Unfortunately, I had no network to check my emails.
Quick and the dead is awesome and I could totally see Ellen as Ellie!
Not a fan of The Qucik and The Dead even though Russell Crowe is in it and Gene Hackman-Seeing through the bullet hole just didn't ring true for me:)Oh well. I love the combo of the music with what is written-it does capture the feeling
Love Bruce Campbell, but just have a hard time with Western movies, unless they are space Westerns like Firefly. :)
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