Monday, August 5, 2013

Teleportation with Tara Tyler and the Big CassaStorm Announcement! Plus The Conjuring Movie Review and Ninja News.

Please welcome the awesome Tara Tyler as she POPS in for a visit!

From Star Trek to Star Wars to CassaStar! Science Fiction has inspired some of the greatest inventions that technology gurus want to make reality (articles one & two). Teleportation is still yearned for, but not quite so far from use as you think! (Nova video)

Alex had a guest a month or two ago who talked about teleportation and cloning. Currently, most physicists believe teleportation will involve destroying particles in one location and duplicating them in another location. That is freaky!

Since I am nowhere close to being a physicist, I approached teleportation from another perspective. My theory is more like Wonka-vision. Collect all the particles and send them via a transmission to be received and put back together in another location. (In the book, I get much more technical) Sounds easy, right?

In my research, I found articles telling why teleportation is impossible, while others give it a slim chance. In science fiction, we just need that slim chance and plausibility. We don't have to prove anything, we just need to make it sound good, giving enough real information to make it believable. I have no idea how television or air travel work, they just do - doesn't science seem like magic anyway?

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. --Arthur C. Clarke (from Brainy Quotes)

So let's inspire the technology and scientific communities. They can make our dreams come true!
Cooper thought he could get through
life without having to pop...
Pop Travel - a tale of deception and teleportation

When a crazy client enters J.L. Cooper's small town detective agency, babbling about a pop travel cover up, he takes the case. Cooper never liked pop travel and blames it indirectly for his wife's death. He'd love to expose a glitch in it.

But the glitch turns out to be disintegrating travelers. And now, his client is dead, his secretary is missing, and a hitman is stalking him. Plus there's all the webcams watching his every move. So, Cooper has to find a way to expose the deadly flaw, while using pop travel to escape the maniacs covering it up, not to mention save a couple of tag-alongs he's not sure he can trust. No problem.

Pop Travel, techno-thriller

Available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Goodreads   Trailer   FB Author Page

Ninja News

Mark Means at Left and Write is this month’s Challenge participant feature! His theme was obscure comic book superheroes – check it out at the A to Z Blog.

Denise Covey has begun a new permanent monthly bloghop at Write...Edit...Publish to replace RomanticFridayWriters. Post to a monthly theme in any genre - flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction, drama, art or photography - Adult Fiction, YA or MG. Sign up is now open for August - theme - VACATION. Post on Wednesday 21 - Friday 23 August. So here for more info and to sign up.

V. Moody at Moody Writing had her very first short story published in Silverthoughs. Congratulations, Moody!

Michelle Gregory is still accepting inspirational writing quotes for her IWSG post.

My last post was accepted by the science fiction site Suvudu! They’d asked me to join the community, expressing interest in one of my posts, and now they have published three of my posts on their front page. If you’d like to pop over and ‘like’ my post, I’d be happy!

The administrators behind the Authors For Oklahoma initiative are extending the deadline to Friday, August 9th, 2013. Make a ten dollar donation to the Red Cross and you get to choose from the books being offered. Check it out.

Ella just had an article and photo published in GreenCraft magazine. Congratulations, Ella! Most creative person I know.

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Issue 17, has just published a story by Charles Gramlich called A Whisper in Ashes. Congratulations, Charles!

The next posting for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is Wednesday! My awesome co-hosts will be M. Pax, Karen Walker, and Melissa Maygrove.

Movie Review

The Conjuring
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren investigate a terrifying presence haunting the Perron family. Based on a true story.
I normally only see movies opening weekend, but after two weeks of great reviews and word of mouth, I decided to check out this film.
It’s effectively creepy and doesn’t rely on special effects. It’s a mixture of haunting and demon possession, and neither are done over the top.
The acting is good and you can feel the fear of the family, along with the genuine concern of the Warrens.
If you enjoy a classic ‘ghost’ story full of jump moments but no gore, then this is your film. (My wife missed at least ten minutes of the movie because her eyes were closed.)
The only downside is this type of film has been done a lot.
Best part – SPOILER ALERTit has a happy ending!
I also liked the quote from Ed Warren at the end – “The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as a people, our very destiny hinges on which one we decide to follow.”

Special Announcement!

With the final book set to launch next month, my series needs a big sendoff! And I’m calling on my blogger friends to help me. Because really, without you guys, I wouldn’t have a third book. (I wouldn’t have had a second one, either.) Now it’s time for the storm to break…

Rather than a single day announcement with the same information, this event will be spread out over a week, involve different images and details, and each post will feature a unique interview question.

That’s right – unique! Because everyone who signs up can ask a question in the Linky List below. (Or if you’d rather not or can’t think of one right now, just put your name down.)

And of course, there is a prize! One person who posts that week will receive:
• Cassa Mouse Pad (image pictured)
• Cassa Coffee Mug
• $25 iTunes or Amazon Gift Card
• Cool Cassa Bookmarks and Postcards

To recap:
Sign up and ask your question. (Or just enter your name.)
I’ll answer the question and send you information a week prior to release.
Post about CassaStorm’s release between September 15 and 21.(On your blog, Facebook, Pinterest - whatever!)
On September 23, I announce the winner!

Sign up below!

Have you purchased Pop Travel? Did you follow Mark’s Superhero series last April? Ready to do some reading? Ready for the IWSG? Anyone else see The Conjuring? And can you help me with the release announcement for my last book…?


mooderino said...

Thanks for the mention!

Huntress said...

Tara is a big part of my world. We started out together and she is one of my heroes. *big thumbs up*
I posted the review for Pop Travel today on my blog.

Yay for V. Moody, Charles, Ella, and YOU!

Anonymous said...

You must be pretty excited about releasing the final book in the series:) I'm all signed up.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Congrats to Moody on the publication and to you for your Suvudu membership.

Loved the article Tara. I know when we watch classic Star Trek now it looks clunky and outdated, but in its day it was cutting edge. We're used to doors automatically opening now, but they didn't do that back in the mid to late 60s. The Star Trek people were actually approached by someone working on the technology to see how they did those turbolift doors (a guy standing out of sight and pulling on a rope).

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Moody, you're welcome!

Huntress, that is very cool.

Thanks, TF - I am indeed excited.

Donna, a guy pulling a rope - funny!

Yolanda Renée said...

Awesome about the Suvudu, and congrats to Ella, and Mark. His A to Z was very entertaining, and of course Tara, her Pop Travel sounds exiting.

Don't like ghost stories, even with a happy ending. Too many nightmares! :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

I'd probably miss a lot more of The Conjuring than your wife did!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

See, that's why I don't want to see The Conjuring in the theaters - I'll watch some of it through my fingers and end up missing stuff. If I watch it at home, I can pause and rewind. :)

Christine Rains said...

That is an awesome idea for helping to promote your book! I do have my copy of POP TRAVEL and I loved Mark's A to Z. I was surprised to find superheroes I never heard of. My movie for the weekend was the new Dark Shadows. It wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. It wasn't tremendously good either!

Carrie-Anne said...

Congratulations on having been picked by Suvudu, and to all the other writers who were recently published. I'd love to teleport, but it's probably true that we won't have the technology for at least another century.

Jo said...

I would love to help promote your book Alex, but I will be on vacation on the release date. You can be sure I will obtain the book though.

Unknown said...

Goodness! A lot of excellent news to catch up on. Congrats to all with books and events. Pop Travel sounds pretty good...teleportation has always intrigued me.

And congrats to you Alex, for a great finished trilogy!

M.L. Swift, Writer

Ella said...

Science is magic! I love that line ;D
Woo hoo Alex I am thrilled for you-what a cool badge that now graces your blog! Yes, Congrats on be selected by Suvudu~
I have always wanted to teleport-

Congrats to everyone-Mark's posts were so fun to read! Thank you for including me Captain! It was a pleasant surprise :D

Congrats to Tara-sounds like my cup of tea!

Yes, count me in to promote you-September is going to be a great month!

Luanne G. Smith said...

Can't think of a question right now, but I've got the dates marked down for when to promote your novel. :)

And congrats to Tara. Plausibility works for me. :)

Jeremy [Retro] said...

Great lead to Tara, her book sound super.. i am intrigued on the conjuring... the score is awesome and it's part of my prize package for my tour... i am thinking of a good question for your book giveaway.

i am traveling today and my little post is up at the muse....

Jeremy H.

New Look, New Name and Same Stuff...

Julie Flanders said...

Congrats on Suvudu, that's awesome. I will head over there and like your post now. And congrats to Tara, it's been great to see her popping up everywhere. :)

I'm drawing a blank on a question but am adding my name to your list. I definitely wouldn't want to miss this event! :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

We could sure use teleportation. It would be so much faster.

Now to think of a question.

J.L. Murphey said...

Alex, you know I'll always have your back. Re: launch.

I'm on the fence about The Conjuring.

A Beer for the Shower said...

We can throw up a mention for your release. We'll think of something fun.

In the meanwhile, this is why we don't write sci-fi - too much science involved. We much prefer fantasy, because if you want to explain the plausibility of anything, the answer is simple and always the same: "A wizard did it."

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Christine, it wasn't a good movie.

Thanks, Jo!

Thanks, Mike.

Ella, appreciate that.

LG, that works just as well.

Julie, thanks - you can come up with one later.

JL, appreciate it.

Brandon and Bryan, thanks! And that's why my science fiction is light on the science stuff...

Unknown said...

Tara-- Congratulations on your book!

As always, Alex, great updates. Love the cover of your book too.

Southpaw said...

Alex! What a fabulous idea for a book launch!

Suzanne Furness said...

Love the concept behind Tara's book. Congratulations.

Think I will try and see The Conjuring!

Will see if I can think of a question and pop back.

ilima said...

I signed up!

Despite your positive review (and that last line which I love) I don't think I'll ever see The Conjuring. I'd have my eyes closed for 90 minutes, I'm sure. :)

Cassie Mae said...

I'm reading Tara's book right now, and it's amazeballs. Love it!

And I'm so all over this Cassa party! I'll bring the sherbet floats.

Liesel K. Hill said...

I loved Tara's post. I think she makes an excellent point about not needing absolutism, but only a chance plausibility to make great fiction. Thank goodness for that! :D And thanks for the review of The Conjuring. Wasn't sure if I'd see this one, but now kind of want to. I really like that end quote too. You gotta love when something like that just makes the whole movie. :D

Bish Denham said...

I think it was Dr. "Bones" McCoy from Star Trek who didn't like being transported. The reason being that he wasn't sure he was really the same person after being "reassembled." I creeped him out

There's always mental teleportation to consider. Clifford Simak didn't think we'd ever get to the stars via space ships. No matter how you work it, it just takes too long. His character went from place to place using the brain in more than one of his novels.

Gwen Gardner said...

I have my copy of Pop Travel, just haven't had a chance to read yet. But I'm really excited about it.

I shared/tweeted your article, Alex, and signed up for CassaStorm!

Thanks for all the news.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Oh, I'd love teleportation! It's nice to know that it's not as far off as we might think. :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like you have a great idea for your last book send off. I didn't sign up only because I have your interview set for 9/16. I'll get you your questions soon.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I've read about Tara's book before and it sounds awesome.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Holly, I wanted to do something different.

Ilima, that made me laugh!

Cassie, that sounds tasty.

Liesel, it was a strong theme in the film.

Thanks, Gwen!

Natalie, and I am looking forward to visiting then!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Tara, I can still remember an episode of Star Trek where the character was using a pad like a notebook. When the iPad came out, I thought wow that looks like the Star Trek pad.

Alex, I want to see the Conjuring so badly, but I am very susceptible to ghostly stories. Meaning...I will have nightmares.

Old Kitty said...

I signed up but it may be a question asked and answered after midnight! Ahem. *Running away looking sheepish...*

Take care

David P. King said...

I'm a big fan of Tara! Can't wait to get my copy of Pop Travel. Oh, and sign me up! :)

Melissa said...

Wow! Lots of news!

Yes! I'd love to help you announce your book. :)

Looking forward to Wednesday. I think. :P

Pat Hatt said...

When I go science fiction I just maybe sorta make up my own explanation and use it, techy is not for me. I think teleportation is viable and easy to do, just our brains can't comprehend the easy process yet. Always looking at it the hard way.

Hmmm can you rhyme a retort more than rhyme and time lol

Samantha May said...

Pop Travel has such a cool concept. I can't wait to read it!

And you know I'm in to help out :)

So glad you liked The Conjuring! Funny enough my dad didn't like it AT ALL. He made a good point though. He said it's probably a better film for those who believe in demons, ghosts, etc. He doesn't believe in any of that so he didn't think it was a particularly great film.

Anonymous said...

Not yet purchased Pop travel though I am very intrigued and plan to at some stage. I have written and pre-scheduled my write edit publish entry. Exciting.
Lots happening as always. Taking the World by storm sounds exciting. Congrats Alex.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Teresa, the computer pads in my series were inspired by those in Star Trek as well.

Kitty, your question is hilarious!

Pat, someone needs to find that easy way.

Samantha, funny he would go see it then.

Thanks everyone who's signed up!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Love Tara!!! Hugs to her.

Mark rocked the A-Z challenge (and got me respect from my guys who think I just knew all the obscure comic facts)

Congrats glad to be part of the fun officially, and part of the unofficial stalker tour ;)

Just insanity rarely leaves the house!

D.G. Hudson said...

It's good to know teleporting isn't that far away. As long as there aren't any mixups in the particles, as in that old movie, 'The Fly'. . .1958 version, didn't see the 80s version.

Joined the contest and added a question that I'd like to know. Can't miss one of your blogfests, Alex.

Congrats to all those authors with new releases and publications!

Jennie Bennett said...

Yay for Tara! I won CassaStorm in the goodreads giveaway and I've already started it. LOVING it! :D

Anonymous said...

I love the sound of Pop Travel! and congratulations on Suvudu!

I'm interested in the answer to how many hours you spend on your laptop as I seem to spend too many hours and I'm not half as productive as you are!

Emily R. King said...

Great idea for your book release, Alex. I'll be back with a question.

Tara, when teleportation is finally invented, I'm going to Paris! :D

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. what will you do scramble the questions .. so we can't possibly guess the story line and have to buy the book - the whole will be here fairly soon ..

Great release posts though - I shall enjoy reading them .. but no doubt will enjoy the book more - better get on with number two first ...

Tara's book looks fascinating .. and all other info - so helpful to one and all ..

Cheers Hilary

Rachna Chhabria said...

Pop Travel will be on my To buy list. I love the sound of it.

Thanks for reminding me about Moody's story. I forgot about it. I will look it up now.

Actually, even I want to know the answer to question 24 ;)

Martina Boone said...

I can totally see teleportation sometime in the not-so-distant future, but only for instigate objects. I'm not sure that I can believe life can be recreated without losing something in translation. it's fascinating to think about though! And it sure would make traveling easier!

Johanna Garth said...

I feel like anytime I get on an airplane I fantasize about teleportation!

Congratulations on the new book Alex! I see I've missed soooo much during the last month!

Sean McLachlan said...

I'd hate teleportation too. It would ruin my career as a travel writer!

Tara Tyler said...

oooo! thank you so much!! and congrats to mooderino, ella, charles!

alex, i may have to change my question, i'll let u b the judge & love this venture! a massive interview!

huntress, my guardian angel! thank you!!
donna, what a fun fact! see? magic!
yolanda, thank you!
christine, cant wait to hear your thoughts!
ml, me too, thanks!
ella, great! thanks!
lg, plausible gives hope!
jeremy, thanks, dude!
julie, thanks, fellow cincinnatian!
julie l, thank you!
suzanne, appreciate your kind words!
cassie, amazeballs? awesome!
leisel, yes, most people dont want to be bogged down with the science, except sheldon!
bish, i didnt know that about mccoy!

Hart Johnson said...

Love that teleportation idea... or apparition... whatever. I want that skill.

Signed up for the blogfest! Good stuff here, Alex!

Robin said...

I never thought about science fiction in that manner: if there is even a slim chance it could work, it is viable. Good enough.

Yes, I did read Mark's blog during the A to Z and I really enjoyed it:)

I signed up FOR THE FIRST TIME for the IWSG for this Wednesday. Now, I have to figure out what to post. ::biting nails::

Al Diaz said...

Vote, checked. Signing up, checked. I think that's a very nice and original idea by the way. I'll be thrilled to be part of the release party. I might pass on the IWSG this month, though. I'm not sure yet. Ironically, I have insecurities by the sackful this time but I can't find a single one I can make of public domain.

Suze said...

Cool about Suvudu. :)

Brian Miller said... that will be a week to remember...sounds like a very cool way to roll out your new book alex....

pretty cool promo of that first one as well...teleportation...i feel kinda like McCoy on this one...afraid of where my parts might end up...smiles

congrats on the SciFI recognition as well...happy monday

Jay Noel said...

Pop Travel sounds good! I've seen it all over the blogosphere.

I think I might need to see The Conjuring, but I'll have to go by myself. Everyone I know hates scary movies.

Got my question entered!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Pop Travel sounds like a good read...but you'll never catch me standing in a teleportation booth. I'd like my particles to stay right where they are.

Hannah said...

The Conjuring is definitely on my list. You know I loves me some horror. But I don't usually see horror films in the theater. It's so 50/50, I don't waste the monies. Netflix and Redbox are my buddies. ;)

Jennifer Lane said...

So teleportation would be like "control-X" then "control-V"!

Wanted you to know I saw Star Trek Into Darkness and enjoyed it. :-)

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Tara, I hope your book becomes very pop-ular!

Alex, congrats on your blog post! I'll have to think of a good question for you. Also, don't forget you have an interview on my blog for October 28.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elizabeth, thanks for stalking! Wait, that sounds bad...

Thanks, DG!

JA, that's good to know.

Hilary, scrambling would really make it interesting, wouldn't it?

Rachna, you'll find out next month.

Johanna, just glad you're back.

Tara, if you need to change it, no problem!

Robin, glad you are with us for the IWSG!!

Al, if you can't post, it's cool.

Patricia, that made me chuckle.

Jennifer, that's great!

And thanks to everyone who has signed up!

Laura Pauling said...

Yes, I'm all signed up and off to check out Pop Travel! Congrats on the final book almost being released!

Sarah Ahiers said...

I've been avoiding The COnjuring because i really despise the Warrens in real life (i really can't stand them) but it's been getting great reviews. Of course, it's not like i have the time anyway.

AND! I got CassaStorm in the mail and put it on the top of my TBR pile!

Angela Brown said...

This might be an off week for me regarding IWSG.

I've got to make sure my kindle library had Pop Travel. Tara is so wonderful and I can't wait to read it.

Congrats on your posts and can't wait to be a part of the support for your next book launching into the world.

Charles Gramlich said...

Teleportation of objects like a rock is probably possible, but putting back together a living thing. I'm doubtful. but hey, it's a great, fun device for SF

Rusty Carl said...

Congrats on the big day arriving so soon! You might have left out a word on your button though. I'll be excited to get the final (so far) installment of the series.

The cover for pop travel is awesome!

Mark Means said...

Tara, I like your take on teleportation....Wonka-vision, for the win!

Thanks for the mention, Alex, I had a great time answering your non-obscure questions :)

Congrats on the SUVUDU acceptance and I'd be happy to help you promote the new book. Putting it on my 'to do' list right now.

Leovi said...

Of course I'll help Alex!

Heather M. Gardner said...

Tara's book was really good!

I'm in for anything you need for book 3! I promise!


Morgan said...

Sooooo excited for CassaStorm, Alex!!!! Such an accomplishment!

And I LOVE all of the questions. What a brilliant idea!

(And go Tara!)

Anonymous said...

Of course I'll help with the release.

I really want to see The Conjuring.

Unknown said...

Congrats again on your book Tara. That Nova video you cited has my mind going. With the theory in the Nova video, doesn't it seem almost like a case for cloning, too? I was left wondering if the particles have to be destroyed in the first place, or just copied, since it is actually reconstruction that happens on the other side.

Again, you books sounds amazing :)

Thanks for sharing lots of great things Alex and congrats to so many who have been published recently.

cleemckenzie said...

So I signed up for your LAUNCH extraordinaire and will post on 9/16.

I did follow Mark's Superhero series in April. I loved it and met so many heroes I'd never known about before.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I really enjoyed Mark's A to Z. Ready for A to Z.
Thinking of a question.

shelly said...

I will have to be brave and go see The Conjuring. Good quote by the way and so true.

Hugs and chocolate,

Thanks for the mention for AFO.

Ellie Garratt said...

I love that as long as it sounds convincing, you can do anything you want with sci-fi. Can't wait to read Pop Travel.

Whoop. Whoop for CassaStorm!

Unknown said...

Yay and congrats, Tara!! Loved, loved, loved The Conjuring. Totally creepy. One of the best scary flicks I've seen in a long time. Ready for IWSG. And heck yeah, I'll help with your release! :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Yah, I was reading about transporters and there are those who feel it couldn't happen. Oh well, it's like you said, so long as it's possible and well written, who cares. The technology will catch up with the *magic*.

I wondered about the conjuring. Thanks for the review of it. :-) I like that--depends upon who you choose to follow. Amen.

Congrats to our blogger friends accomplishments!

I won't be able to do the IWSG this month as I have a guest. But I will be reading the others!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sandra, won't forget! I actually have the interview done and will send in September when I have purchase links.

Sarah, that's awesome!

Rusty, it's definitely the last of the series and maybe the last book period.

Mark, your theme rocked!

Shelly, it's very true.

Thanks everyone - wow, are there a lot of questions!!!

klahanie said...

Thought I would pop over and read about Tara. Hi Tara :)

With your final book set to launch as in head to outer space, I do wonder where you find the time to write a book, Alex.

And lots of links on here.

I'm ready for everything.
Well, almost anything....

Julie Dao said...

How exciting! I will definitely spread the word. And I hope my question gets answered!

Andrew Leon said...

My post is ready to go. You're getting one of my religion of writing posts.

Tara Tyler said...

I cant keep up!

gwen, i'm excited that youre excited!
elizabeth/reilly, id love to live to see it!
maurice, thanks, man!
teresa, that show was a techie frontier!
david, im your fan too! cant wait for your release!
pat, yay sci fi!
samantha, i am looking fotward to you reading it too!
madeline, in the mean time, you can enter the giveaway at my place for a free one!
elizabeth s, you are such a sweetie! hugs back!
dg, i know! the fly! ew!
ja, yay you! thanks!
rebecca, thank you!
emily, lets plan an author getaway in paris b4 then!
hillary, you are a sweet lady! thanks!
rachna, thanks! and you can enter my giveaway too!
martina, i agree, its hard to trust something like that...
johanna, dread of flying process was an instigator of the book!
sean, teleportation should make it easier, people will still drive! said...

I'm excited for you and all the others, Alex. So many break-throughs in the world of literature. Tara's book sounds frighteningly believable. I agree that Ella is incredibly creative, and a beautiful poet (and person).


M Pax said...

Excited for Tara and her book. Woot!

All ready for Wednesday.

Signed up for CassaStorm's blast. :)

Tina said...

I'm probably too late on the linky...but it is a good question ;-)

Heard about Pop Travel somewhere else and am definitely intrigued.

Don't do ghost stories, no matter what the ending. Just not my thing.

Tina @ Life is Good

Isis Rushdan said...

Thankfully I watch everything on DVR and fast forward through all commercials. If I ever catch a commercial for The Conjuring off guard, I close my eyes and plug up my ears like a big baby. There's no way I'm going to see it, lol.

farawayeyes said...

Lots going on. Congrats to all.

Your review of 'The Conjuring' sounds as though it might be better than the previews. I might have to check it out as a rental.

Ready for the IWSG, I think, and signed up for your new release.

Tara Tyler said...

hart, i love sci fi!
robin, thank you!
brian, i bet thats what people said about flying too, but i agree!
jay, thanks! i have been popping all over
patricia, cant say i would until a few thousand went thru first!
jennifer, love it! control B!
sandra, ha! thanks!
laura, hope it piques your interest!
angela, thanks sweetie! youre a busy b!
charles, i know, one step at a time!
rusty, thanks, the artist is awesome!
mark, thanks! heres to gene wilder!
heather, thanks! my friend!
morgan, thanks again!
emilyann, the episode goes into detail saying the process of copying destroys the yes cloning - and possibilites for future stories!

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congrats to Tara, and Ella! I'm also excited about the soon to be released CassaStorm!


Author A.O. Peart said...

I"m looking forward to the big release, Alex!!!! Let me know how I can help :-)

Teleportation idea fascinates me, but hearing that there is a "slim chance" that teleportation might be a real deal actually creeps me out - makes me think of the movie "Fly", gah!

Cherie Reich said...

Great guest post, Tara!

Glad to hear The Conjuring was pretty good. I've heard such mixed reviews on it--most negative--even though it looks like a great horror movie.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sia, that's all right!

Gary, that's another reason I'm not writing right now...

Julie, as in you hope to come up with one? Funny!

Andrew, those are good.

Tara, a little overwhelmed?

Tina, you can email me your question.

Angela, you asked a question - that's a big help!

Cherie, it harkens back to those classic ghost stories.

Thanks everyone!

Carol Kilgore said...

Great post, Tara. I sort of go with the I Love Jeannie Theory. Just nod your head and think where you want to be and ... there you are :)

Alex, I'm going to be on a blog break that week in September, so I'm not signing up. Otherwise I would :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Got Tara's book Saturday and so glad she got to be a guest and chat. Glad The Conjuring was good and posted my question on the sign up. Pacific Rimm left Jamaica before I could see it but I did watch Surfs 2 and will catch Elysium. My pockets make it impossible to see most films opening week and my Smurf 2 money was supposed to be Pacific Rimm money (darn it!).

Karen Lange said...

Nice to hear from Tara and thanks for hosting, Alex! :)

Your book cover looks great! I've got you down for September 30 on my blog. I think we talked about an interview - I'll email you about it.

Lydia Kang said...

Very cool. I'm all signed up and awaiting your email!

Tara Tyler said...

ellie, i cant wait for you to read it too! thanks!
candilynn, thanks, crazy spooky girl!
sia, if we can dream it, we can do it! right?
klahanie, hi, guy!
robyn, thank you, chickadee!
mary, your excitement is contagious, thanks!
tina, intrigued is good! thanks!
julie, thank you, hon!
angela, i know! the fly! eww!
cherie, thank you, that means a lot from a pro like you!
carol, i love that! see how similar magic & technology are!
Sheena, looking forward to hearing your thoughts, youve been so supportive, i hope it doesnt disappoint!
karen, thank you!

Helena said...

I love the idea of pop travel, as in, "I'm just going to pop over there..." Congrats, Tara!

And how wonderful for you, Alex, that you're featured on Suvudu! So as you invited I'll pop over there.

Since no gore messes up The Conjuring I might see it after all. Ghosts can really freak me out, especially when you know they're around but can't see them.

SC Author said...

Great ninja news! And I signed up to the linky! Must be exciting to have the final book out soon :)

Livia Peterson said...

Awesome Ninja News! I still have to buy Pop Travel yet; it's definitely on my to-be-read list.

I haven't seen The Conjuring. I'm not fond of horror films because they scare me and I end up having nightmares.

I usually see movies on opening weekend, too. :)

All signed up for your release!

Leigh Covington said...

Great post by Tara! Really excited to read her book. And I can't go see The Conjuring cause... well, I'm a wimp!

Cate Masters said...

Very exciting, Alex. Hope you have a fantastic release day and mega sales.

I love that Arthur C. Clarke quote. So much I used it in a book. :)

One of the stars of The Conjuring said she still wakes up at the same time as the haunting every night. Creepy!

Susan Oloier said...

Wow! Tara's cover is A-mazing!
My older son thinks I can teleport. He doesn't believe me when I tell him I can't.

The Words Crafter said...

My husband LOVED the Conjuring. I'm so excited for you! The release date is so close!!!!

Lots of congratulations to everyone, being published and recognized :) I need to go check out Authors for Oklahoma...

I think it was last Monday I clicked on the SUVUDU icon and found that great site. Still don't know what the letters stand for, but wow!!! Congratulations!!!

I'll check out Denise's link and I really want to read Pop Travel. The idea of teleportation is scary. I read Timeline and decided I don't think I'd ever want to do it...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Carol, no worries!

Karen, yes we did! Looking forward to it.

Helena, it's all about the ghosts...

SC, yes it is!

Thanks, Livia! The Conjuring would give you nightmares for sure.

Cate, that is creepy...

Susan, just roll with it.

Words, no idea what the letters mean either!

Anonymous said...

Every time I see someone so annoyed with the simple act of driving that they have to talk/text/drink coffee/do their makeup on the road I think to myself that we're one day closer to teleportation. (Works for me, I never learned to drive!)

I wish I could do an IWSG post this month; I'm feeling very insecure about writing as a 14 year-old girl. I'll check in and comment though.

Looking forward to your CassaStorm blog hop as well.

LynNerdKelley said...

Congrats to everyone on their good news! Pop Travel sounds awesome. Love the premise of the story. Congrats, Tara Tyler.

Signed up to share about the release of CassaStorm, Alex. Thanks for all the support you've given me in the past. I'm happy to post about your new book. Not in it for the prizes.

Denise Covey said...

Hey Alex, thanks for the mention! CassaStorm is going to take the blogger and greater world by storm. Tara's book sounds great! Seeing it everywhere!

Luna said...

I like scary movies, but can't watch anything like The Conjuring. So relieved it has a happy ending! Now the previews won't freak me out so much.

Jack said...

I've entered! This is going to be fun, but not as much fun as actually reading your book.

I am going to rent the movie when it comes out. Sounds kind of like The Woman in Black. I don't like horror movies, but I do like the kind of ghost stories so long as they aren't so terrifying I can't watch them.

Unknown said...

What a fun way to do a blog tour! I love it.

Congratulations on the up coming book release and the front page shout out. Both honors well-deserved.

Unknown said...

Wow, Pop Travel sounds really good. Great cover too! Way to go, Tara!

John Wiswell said...

Congratulations to Charles on landing in the Quarterly! It's a lovely market.

And Alex, I agree with you about the ending of The Conjuring. It earned how it panned out. I think if they'd lost ___ or ___, it would have felt cheaper or less worth the struggle everyone went through.

Unknown said...

I hope teleportation is possible because it would really help my commute one day. Great review of The Conjuring...I really want to see it. Looks like you've got a lot of questions to answer. Good luck!

Danette said...

Lots of exciting stuff coming your way! I'm looking forward to seeing the big launch!!

Unknown said...

Congrats on getting the front page of SuVuDu! I joined up last night so I'm hoping to submit a few posts too :)

Rhonda Albom said...

I will be getting Pop Travel as soon as I have enough internet to download it. I would be honored to help with your announcements, I loved the first two books!


Michelle Wallace said...

Great concept for your blog tour, Alex! I'm all signed up.
Never heard of Suvudu before but I'm off to check it out... I've already checked out some of those other links...
Yay for Tara! She's one of the sweetest bloggers I know.
Writer In Transit

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Chris, sounds like you need one.

Lynn, thank you! Do anything I can for a friend.

Denise, you're welcome.

Jack, thanks, and the film is similar in feel, only better.

John, exactly. I hate how horror movies always have to end badly these days.

Michael, a scary long list of questions!

Thanks everyone who has signed up - you guys rock!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Thanks for showcasing Tara here. I love her blog and we're even Fb friends LOL. I agree 100% with your review of "The Conjuring". I saw it Thursday. I normally do not see those types of movie because they're a dime a dozen and always cliched but this one was amazing. The reviews sold me so I had to see it.

Marta Szemik said...

The Conjuring sounds like my type of horror (I like happy endings). That quote says it all too - really like it.
Will absolutely help you with the release :)

Chris Desson said...

Alex, Congrats on the third book launch. I'm truly happy for you.

The Conjuring looks like a movie my family would like. I, on the other hand, am not impressed by these paranormal movies.

Thank you for sharing all that you do with us fellow bloogers. You are an inspiration to all newbies.

Lisa said...

Yes, I will post about your release on my blog. Yes, I followed Mark's Left And Write blog during A to Z, and my daughter has seen The Conjuring. She, like your wife, was scared to death! I'm also checking out Denise Covey's blog hop, and appreciate all you put in YOUR blog! I'm ready for IWSG tomorrow!

Al Penwasser said...

I've heard many good things about 'The Conjuring.' If I can't talk Mrs. Penwasser into seeing it, I may go the 'Creepy Guy Who Can't Talk Anyone Into Going To the Movies With Him and Ends Up Sitting By Himself' route.
Hey, I did it for 'Star Trek' and the 'Man of Steel.'
Didn't have to share my popcorn.

Unknown said...

I tend to avoid scary movies like that- read too many Stephen King books in my childhood, I guess.

DMS said...

I have always wanted to teleport- so Pop Travel sounds fascinating!

Glad the Conjuring was good!

The Blog tour sounds like fun. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Yay for Tars!!

Looking forward to helping out with the release! :)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Alex, Moody is an Asian man and not a woman.

I'm thinking of a question to ask for CassaStorm even as I type this.

I think I missed about as much of the Conjuring as your wife did. They are just not my kind of movies, but I had to go to it because my friend Melissa always wants to watch scary movies when I'm in town.


J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks for the roundup.

Mark said...

Whoa, crazy physics...destroy something to duplicate it? That puts a dark twist on Star Trek transporters;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Optimistic, it stood out in a crowded field, that's for sure.

Thanks, Marta!

Christine, appreciate that.

Lisa, cool, and doing my best.

Al, guarantee no one will bother you.

Michael, the article said she, so I said she.

PK HREZO said...

Looks like your blogfest will be a smashing success! Great idea!
I need to read Tara's story. I use teleportation in the story I just wrote, and it sounds like there may be some minor similarities. :)

Libby said...

Yay for special announcements!!!!!

David T List said...

"In science fiction, we just need that slim chance and plausibility."
This is why I prefer to consider my writing Science Fantasy... Or maybe Grounded Fantasy.
Much congratulations to you on your THIRD book! What an achievement!

Carrie Butler said...

Great idea, Alex! I added my question.

And kudos to my fellow Ohioan, Tara Tyler! :D

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Michael Di Gesu said...

Congrats to all my blogger buddies and their achievements .... WHOOT!

Alex, that's great news! How cool!

I'll have to think of some fun question.. In Time .... LOL.

Leovi said...

As a child I loved movies about time warp!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

David, and I never even wanted to be an author...

Gail, crap! I don't see them.

Thanks, guys! Some awesome questions...

Tara Tyler said...

helena, i like that thought! thanks
livia, enter the giveaways, each month for 5 more!
leigh, thanks & im a wimp too!
cate, i love that quote too!
susan, thank you, the artist really captured the mood!
words, loved timeline! movie not as much...
chris, driving is a waste of time! i am in the car too much! must put book to audio for ancy drivers!
lyn, aw thanks!
denise, thank you
julia, sweet! thanks!
michael, oh those dreaded commutes!

Shell Flower said...

Pop Travel sounds amazing. I am definitely going to check it out. And I'd love to host one of the CassaStorm days. Can't wait to see the answers to all those questions.

Tara Tyler said...

rhonda, im so sorry u are w/o internet! hope u are up soon!
mish, you are so sweet, too! thanks!!
keith, thanks, dude! love your thot provoking posts!

Unknown said...

Sooo much going on in today's post! :D Great guest spot, Tara, and good luck with the story! Incredibly psyched for Moody! No way I'm missing this month's IWSG with Melissa and MP running the show!

AND, I'm all signed up for the CassaStorm launch. Good luck with my question! ;) (Hope it wasn't a repeat... if so, let me know and we can come up with another one.)

Tara Tyler said...

marta, it is a great quote, isnt it!
dms, awesome! thanks!
jemi, thanks, sweetie!
mark, it is crazy!
pk, great! there are so many things we can do with it!
david, science fantasy is a great term!
carrie, we will get together one of these days! thanks!
leovi, lets do the time warp again!
shell, thank you bunches!

and alex, it took me 2 days just to respond. whew!! thanks, big guy!

Chuck said...

I am in for Tara's book, it sounds like a good story with plenty of futuristic action.

Doubt I will be seeing the wife wouldn't even enter the theatre. And movies along the lines of the Exorcist that are based on a true story are just plain chilling to me.

Can't wait for the Storm to hit!!

Krista McLaughlin said...

Pop Travel is definitely on my to read list! :)

I couldn't make it through the Conjuring if I wanted to try. I don't do scary movies. Casper and Jumanji still scare me to this day. Oh well! :)

Intangible Hearts said...

That's a lot of great questions! Wow and thanks for mentioning the Authors for Oklahoma!

Jai Joshi said...

I'll be posting about CassaStorm, of course!

And I saw The Conjuring. I don't normally get frightened in scsry movies at all but this one was definitely creepy. Well acted, well cast, great director. Can't ask for more than that.


Mark Koopmans said...


Don't know how I missed the signup for CASSASTORM, but I'm in like Flynn and have, of course, entered a serious question (#92 :) for your perusal ;)

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

This sounds awesome, Alex! And I'm glad you mentioned it on the IWSG post or I would have missed it! Stupid broken computer, I'm missing too many things by not being able to be on as much!

Anonymous said...

I just realized I have two questions. They can be combined. What a cool promotional idea? Can't wait to read the responses.

randi lee said...

Alex, I am so super excited for you! I ran through the questions and every asked what I would ask I'm going to think on it and come back when I have something fresh!!

Anonymous said...

I would love to help out! Just tell me how!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Shell, neither can I!

EJ, thanks - unique enough.

Tara, you're welcome. It's now Friday and I am still responding...

Chuck, it was chilling.

Desert, no problem!

Thanks, Jai - and yes, everything about it was done well.

Mark - you? Serious? Doubt that!

Rachel, I'm sorry.

Randi, I bet you can!

Kchawke, thanks - just sign up!

RaveAir said...

You got my vote on Suvudu.

And I wrote you a question... ;)

Sherry Ellis said...

Happy 2-year anniversary to IWSG! I love Tara's new book! I'm almost done reading it. (I met her in person, too, when she had her signing in Mason! She's super-nice!)

Anonymous said...

Hi Alex, I'll be happy to mention it on my blog during your release week! Congrats on the third book and certainly hope this isn't the last of your books (my nephew loves them, btw). :)

Jeremy Bates said...

great news about the third book, alex!
and good luck with the music!!

Trisha said...

Woot woot, fun times! :) I signed up!