And tonight is the RUSHED Twitter Party! Between 8:00 and 9:00 pm EST, follow the hashtag #RUSHED for an hour of fun, questions, answers, treasure hunts, and giveaways. Hosted by the awesome Lynn Rush and featuring giveaways from both of us. It’s my first ever Twitter party, so please join us tonight!
And CassaStorm’s release week kicks off with prizes every day! Comment between September 16 and 20 to enter. (Ends 6:00 pm EST Sunday, September 22.)
Cassa Universe poster
Autographed copy of CassaStorm
One person will be randomly selected each day and the five names will be drawn from a hat – first person gets first choice and so on.
This week I will be featuring my tour, unique Cassa facts, trivia, and prizes every day. Plus others are announcing CassaStorm’s release, and almost every post features a unique interview question. List of participants on the CassaStorm Page. So join the fun!
Launch Day – Final Book!
By Alex J Cavanaugh
From the Amazon Best Selling Series!
A storm gathers across the galaxy…
Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the 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, 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 return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…
$16.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 268 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera
Print ISBN 9781939844002 eBook ISBN 9781939844019
$4.99 EBook available in all formats
Find CassaStorm: Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, and Goodreads
"CassaStorM is a touching and mesmerising space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mystery." - Edi's Book Lighthouse
“Cavanaugh makes world building on the galactic scale look easy. The stakes affect the entire known universe and yet Cavanaugh makes it intensely personal for our hero. The final installment of this series will break your heart and put it back together.” - Charity Bradford, science fantasy author of The Magic Wakes
“With a talent for worldbuilding and a compelling cast of characters, Alex J. Cavanaugh combines high powered space battles and the challenges of family dynamics to provide readers a space opera with heart.” - Elizabeth S. Craig, author of the Southern Quilting and Myrtle Clover mysteries
“I thought the revelation was going to be one thing and I was completely wrong … CassaStorm pushes the limits…” - Tyson Mauermann, Speculative Reviews
“…mesmerizing story of survival, personal sacrifice, tolerance, and compassion. It’s a rare jewel that successfully utilizes both character and plot to tell a story of such immense scope and intimate passion…” - Nancy S. Thompson, author of The Mistaken
"An exciting, nail-biting read which sweeps the reader off on adventures in another galaxy." - Nicua Shamira, Terraverum
“Cavanaugh creates such an unforgettable world, and these characters will stay with you long after their story is over.” - Cassie Mae, author of Friday Night Alibi and How to Date a Nerd
“…the racial conflicts propelled much of the plot in this story, driving home a message that's relevant to our own world and giving the book an interesting texture.” - C. Lee. McKenzie, author of Alligators Overhead
“Cavanaugh has created wonderfully moving moments of great poignancy… CassaStorm could have been a dark story full of hardship and angst, but instead it's a cleverly balanced story about hope and triumph.” - Lynda R. Young, author of Make Believe
“One thing Alex does really well is 'sell' the reader on his world building. …an enjoyable, fast-paced read that not only delivered on the final climax, but also managed to pleasantly surprise me.” - Bob Milne, Beauty in Ruins
Today isn’t just CassaStorm’s release day! Tony Laplume also released a book this week - The Whole Bloody Affair. Way to go, Tony!
Rachel Schieffelbein’s story, Seeing Red, is featured in a steampunk anthology from Spencer Hill Press. Real Girls Don’t Rust is available today – congratulations, Rachel!
Pat Hatt’s latest is out – Cassie and the Wild Cat. Congratulations, Pat and your little rhyming cat!
Bryan and Brandon have a new book out – The Graveyard Shift, a collection of horror stories. Congratulations, guys! A must read.
Kittie Howard revealed the cover for her upcoming book. Louisiana's A-Z Something Extra: Lagniappe is a personal and historical journey through the Bayou State that will launch in early October. Congratulations, Kitty!
How hard is it to find the right title for a book?
When I conceived the idea for my first book over thirty-five years ago, I wrote a vague and half-finished first draft and titled it CassaStar. Years later, after a complete rewrite and countless edits, my publisher accepted my manuscript. Miraculously, they kept the original title. (It was short, simple, and unique – lucky me.)
Since I’d never planned more than one book, I’d also never given consideration to other titles. When I submitted the manuscript to my second book, it had no title. My publisher made some suggestions and we narrowed it down to two. CassaFire became my second book.
I submitted my third manuscript and it also lacked a title. However, I had one in mind by that time, and after speaking with my publisher, we made a decision. The title that hadn’t worked for CassaFire fit perfectly – thus CassaStorm became my third book.
So if you’re trying to decide on a title, don’t panic! Just keep it simple, logical, and true to your story.
Cassa Trivia Answers from Monday
1 – What was the name of the Galactica’s fighters? Vipers
2 – Boxey had a mechanical daggit for a pet – what was its name? Muffit
3 – Who played Starbuck? Dirk Benedict
4 – Four pilots were in almost every episode – Captain Apollo, Lt. Starbuck, Lt. Boomer, and Flight Sgt. Jolly
5 – Who played Serina, Boxey’s mother, in the first three episodes? Jane Seymour
6 – At the time, it was the most expensive television show ever. How much did each episode cost to make? One million dollars!
7 – Who was the head writer and executive producer of the series? Glen A. Larson
Huge thanks to everyone who has visited my tour stops and posted the announcement so far!
Who is your favorite book blogger? Picking up some new books this week? Get any of the trivia right? And how hard is it for you to come up with a book title?
Don’t forget to visit Edi’s Book Lighthouse today and catch the #RUSHED Twitter party tonight from 8-9:00 pm EST – lots of prizes!
Congratulations mate! Well done on your third novel in the trilogy. But your last book? I don't think so! Looking forward to novel number four.
As always, so much happening in the 'sphere. Thanks for giving us the goss.
You're as busy as ever Alex, but endless congratulations to you for the tour and to you Lynn Rush for the Twitter party.
Congrats on CassaStorm and your whirlwind tour! Enjoy Lynn's special Twitter party in your honor, and I can't wait to hear all about it!
Congrats to all of the other authors as well!
Congrats to all the authors with new releases/features and thanks for the links.
Your last book? But not the end of your writing, I'm sure?
On another blog, I read something about the possibility of a short story? Is that true? Was that a moment of jest? Or are you not telling at this particular time...?
Huge congrats, Alex. Very well deserved as you've worked so hard.
I'm terrible with titles, it takes me ages to come up with any ideas and then they're not very good! It's something I need to work on, I think.
Congratulations Alex, may this particular storm be successful. Good Luck to a well deserved Author.
I'm very curious about the CassaStorm. I hope the book will meet my expectations, and I hope the overall success rate (selling figures, ratings, positive reviews) will meet you expectations as well.
And I also curious about what will be your next book, where will it be played and what about...
I love your titles.
Yay. You're rocking with your release and mentions everywhere.
Happy book birthday! Getting CassaStorm as soon as my salary comes in.
Curse you unexpected expenses! *shakes fist*
Ahem. Heading over to Edi's now.
Alex, your launch is a smashing success and I'm so happy for you - leaving for airport in less than an hour, but will purchase your book when I get home. Continued good luck, my friend.
Congratulations with your book's release! Your book sounds really wonderful.
YEAH ALEX!Best of luck to you and your book. Your Ninja army is rocking the blogg world with a vengence! Book titles are important and it is not always easy to find one that is not already taken. I found that out while searching for the title of my second book. You are lucky that you got to keep your original. Have a fantastic day! Off to check out the book lighthouse :)
Well done, Alex :)
And super congrats, my friend, on the successful launch of CASSASTORM:)
You *do* so much for the rest of us that's it's an absolute pleasure to share in the release of your latest, but not *last* (we hope:) book :)
Denise, thanks and we shall see!
Michelle, I have an idea for another book, just don't know if I will continue writing to tell the tale.
Laura, I struggle as well.
Zoltan, so far everyone has said it's the best of the three, so hope it won't let you down. Not sure about another book though.
Misha, thank you!
Karen, safe travels and appreciate that.
Siv, all three of mine are unique, which is really cool.
nice...congrats on your book launch....and cool to see Pat's book there as well...storm on...smiles.
Congratulations on your latest release and tour!
I have major issues in trying to come up with a pertinent title. For a novella that I was recently querying, it took me about two and a half weeks to come up with a new title (original one sort of gave the entire premise of the novella away).
For another, it's been going on three months in trying to come up with a new title for it.
While it's very import to come up with good short title, it's also equally important to make sure that it not only connects with the story but actually makes sense.
That's great about getting on a blog in Germany! Blogging is truly an international phenomenon. I've hosted writers from Spain, the U.S., The Republic of Ireland, and the UK. I'm always looking for more!
Great Going Alex!!!
Yet Another Great Storm Is At Hand!!!
I am sure many more storms to follow!
We Wish You and all the following activities in relation to this a great success.
Best Wishes to You and Yours.
A HUGE congrats, Alex!!!
I personally like to panic when it comes to titles ;)
Happy Release Day! Congratulations, Alex!!
Congrats! Alex, I am sure CassaStorm will be just as awesome as the first two installments! Best wishes!
Sounds like a great book, Alex! And yes, unique, short names are good.
Looks like I'm going to miss your twitter party. Why oh why does the earth have to be round!?
Congratulations, Alex! You've got another great book! Know your tour will also be a huge success.
And thanks for the shout-out! You rock!
Brian, Pat is awesome!
BG, thanks, and titles are tough. It really does have to connect with the story. And the readers.
AJ, Edi and his site are awesome.
Lynda, that made me laugh.
Elise, would you like us to flatten it for you?
Kittie, thanks and you're welcome.
Thanks for the plug, and congrats on the day of release!
Having followed your blog for almost a year now, I know how hard you work. I am truly happy for you Alex. Congrats!
That shout out to Edi really made me smile, Alex. I'm excited for you and I hope your book tour is nothing but fun!!
I got the Beer Boy's book and can't wait to sink my teeth in at the dentist later. (See what I did there?)
Another book from the cat? Doesn't that cat take a nap?? Hey, Pat - give that cat some catnip!!
Good luck everyone =)
Congrats on your book release, Alex. So excited for you. And that's amazing your publisher kept your title.
Thanks for a fantastic day on my blog yesterday. I've been commenting directly to people who stopped by and there have been a whole bunch more last night. Off to visit everyone's blogs like you recommend and I already do.
Wow, how great is this? Very cool and BIG CONGRATS :-)
Congratulations on your BIG DAY!
I'm sorry I missed yesterday. Darn. I may have been able to get some of those trivia questions too!
Enjoy every moment today!
Days like today get us through all the regular boring ones. :)
Tony, you're welcome!
Optimistic, appreciate that.
Elise, thanks, and your comments made me chuckle.
Natalie, thank YOU! And I will check back in a little bit.
Heather, thanks and no worries.
CONGRATULATIONS, ALEX!!!! Just bought my copy and Im loving it already :D BTW you've inspired me to get out of bed an hour earlier every day and give some much needed love to my WIP :-) So thanks, man!!
Today is the day!
you are everywhere...must be the clones.
Have an awsome day.
Congrats on your recent award, and the release of your newest book! Okay, y'all are wearing me down. I don't usually read much in the way of science fiction, but I simply MUST read your books. From all I've heard, they're terrific.
Congratulations, you are everywhere today, and tomorrow, and on and on and on!
You're taking over the internet!
Yeh, Alex! :)
Enjoyed hearing about how the titles for your books came about. That first one had to be Fate. :)
Thank you for sharing that nugget of title wisdom! I am rather known for my lack of titles :) My writing mentor used to get so annoyed at me for not naming a book. I just can't seem to give a book a name unless it's "perfect". Ugh...looks like I have a lesson in simplicity coming up, huh?
Sounds like you've had quite a journey. Books, like people are unique, and deserve to have serious thought put into them. Congrats on bringing your books to fruition. Best of luck also to those who have new releases.
Randi Lee, thank you! Hope you enjoy it. Glad you are working on your manuscript now.
David, must be the clones...
Susan, thank you! I'd be honored if you did.
Madeline, it was meant to be.
Jen, naming a book is difficult!
Congratulations Alex!!! Loved your interview at Edi's Lighthouse! I'm excited to read CassaStorm - I ordered it yesterday so I will have a chance to dig into it soon. :)
And I can't believe I forgot the name Muffit. My grandmother named her dog after that character because we watched that show together.
Congrats, Alex! Creating an exciting book series is no small feat. Many, many happy book sales to you.
Congratulations, Alex, and all the other authors with book releases! What a fantastic accomplishment.
Alex, you're a star. :) Love reading about how the titles came about and SO stoked for your success. You've worked so hard and now it's time to see those labors come to fruition! :D
Have a great day, you worked so hard on this trilogy... much success!
Congratulations to you, Alex, on CassaStorm's release and to all the other Ninjas you mentionned for their new releases, too! Going to check out Edi's Lighthouse and will try to pop in for the Twitter party tonight.
Happy Launch day!!
Congratulations on your third novel, Alex. You've worked so hard on this trilogy, the questions becomes "What will he do next?" LOL
The Ninja army seems to have pretty much taken over the internet, I'm sure the book will be a hit!
Happy book birthday! *throws confetti*
Congratulations on charmed #3, Alex! Now that CassaStorm's been released to the wild, you can sit back, relax, and take a breath. Ha! Just kidding—back to the keyboard with you.
Wishing you much success with CassaStorm!
Happy release day! We all wish you the best of success!
Congratulations on your book tour-- I hope it's the most successful yet.
Thanks again for the shout. Already bought yours this morning before my blog hopping. And there will be a book four one day I bet.
Congratulations on your release! I stopped over and got my copy from Amazon. Looks like you're selling a lot already! I'll see if I can stop by the Twitter party tonight. Hope you have a good turnout!
Congrats, again. Off to get my copy FINALLY! It's been a long wait...but worth it. The reviews look fantastic. Enjoyed the inside info on title picking.
Tina @ Life is Good
Tyrean, appreciate that! Enjoy. And cool you had a dog named Muffit.
Morgan, and I'm still working.
LuAnn, hope you can make it!
Summer, take a nap!
Pat, you're welcome, and thanks!!
Sherry, thank you! Hope you can make it.
Tina, appreciate it!
Now I have to check out the first Cassa book. ;)
So excited to be a part of this tour!
Love the book's titles, I'm glad you got to keep them. I always love series titles that have a theme.
Congrats to you and to the other wonderful writers on your list for new releases.
I like your titles. I am NOT good at inventing titles.
Eeeek! Happy release day, Alex :D
Glad to know you didn't have much issues with finding titles and let me tell you they are ALL awesome!
Congratulations to Tony, Rachel, Pat, Bryan & Brandon, and Kittie! Now, stop holding me back, let me go read your Spotlight over at Edi's!
Congratulations Alex! The big day arrived! I wish you much success!
Making myself a note about the twitter party. Sometimes a book title comes to me easily but my editor picked my last title and I'm glad they did. It's been my bestseller.
Today is the big day! Worthy of a party. All that hard work. Great job.
Big thumbs up to you, well done and much celebration will be done in the UK on your behalf:) Blessings
Can't wait to buy it!
Congratulations Alex on CassaStorm's launch. Eager to read it. Here is hoping that the book is a super success and is made into movies (hoping fervently that from my lips to God's ears its a short journey). Lots of hugs, Alex.
Congrats! I am trying like crazy to get my post up for you. But the info. is trapped in yahoo, and it won't let me access it right now. Not sure what's going on, but I will definitely, definitely get it up as soon as I can. I just didn't want you to think I flaked out today.
Alright, congrats on the launch!
Happy release day, Alex!! So happy to have been a part of this!
Hey, no small feat making world-building on the galactic scale look easy. Well done. :)
Congrats, Al, on this amazing journey. It's been a privilege to watch you navigate it.
When you wrote that first paragraph of your first book, I bet you had no idea you would get this far.
That video is spectacular! Best wishes!
ongratulations, Alex. You are a father, again! And you have some wonderful "children" indeed! What a great day this is!
great video too!
and of course your true human kids are spectacular as well! duh, jean :)
I'll pop over and check out the interview, but I'll have to skip the party.
Chrys, thank you - hope you enjoy it.
Deniz, the theme just worked.
Susan, be cool if you could make it.
Rachna, hope you enjoy it.
Susan, I saw it - flaking avoided!
Anne, I had no idea...
Jean, those books are the best kind of kids.
So EXCITING!!! Congratulations and I know this one will fly just like the other - yay Alex :o) !!
Congrats Alex! I hope to be reading it within the hour.
If this were a just world, we'd be seeing "CassaFire" starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock coming out next month.
As it is, I'm sure that'll be in the future, given the amazing amount of work and incredible level of talent you display. This tour is great, Alex, and I wish you well on the publication.
CONGRATS on the book release Alex!
Alex, I must catch up on your books. They look fantastic, and the excerpts and reviews are terrific. Best to you!
Cassastorm is the GTA V of book world. congrats on the book and the trilogy.
Congratulations, Alex! Happy release day!
Many congrats, Alex! Hope you have a fantastic release day, and tons of sales.
Last book? When you were at Meilori's playing your guitar (details on my blog tomorrow), you mentioned an outline for ANOTHER SPACE EPIC. You have it in you. I know you do.
Congrats on a wild ride today!
Man, I love that book trailer!! This is one storm I don't want to miss--can't wait for it to hit Hollywood tomorrow! Huge congrats, Alex, enjoy the ride:)
The big day is finally here! Yay! Congratulations, Alex. :)
May you have a successful twitter party, tonight, Alex! Whatever works for getting the word out.
I think your variety in the posts is setting a new standard. Great idea. Good Luck!
Good thoughts on individual book titles in a series. I'm gonna have this issue myself and really no concept of how I'm going to approach it. Oops!
Today's the day. Congrats, Alex!
your comment is touching and a thousand words could not express what I felt when I read it.
I loved to read your books and it was and is an honor to be part of the extraordinary Ninja Army.
Without ever met you in person I want to say that you are really an honest und true friend and may the future shine bright for both of us.
Woohoo! Congratulations, Alex. Happy, happy release day. :D
I was wondering who came up with the title of CassaStar. My guess was that it was your publisher, now I know I was wrong. Yet it is cool that when you search for it, only your books appear. Other books have so common titles that you get like ten or more from the search engines. It's better to be original.
Thanks, Briane. Just so long as the SyFy Channel doesn't get them.
JJ, thanks - hope you enjoy them.
Roland, maybe... We'll see!
Samantha, I wish it would hit Hollywood.
DG, thank you.
Julie, hopefully you get lucky like I did.
Edi my friend, you are one in a million. Meant every word. Might have to fly to Germany and buy you a beer.
Congratulations again and again, Alex! I hope there is another book in a near future!
Successful launch day! May you sell millions.
Congratulations on your book's release and the completion of a trilogy. Keep rockin' the Ninja world. I love how you continue to support other writers even on your own special day. Those are some amazing reviews, too.
Busy, busy, busy! I've been seeing CassaStorm everywhere. :)
Alex, good sir, you are the epitome of excellent interaction.
Like all the rest of these fine folks, I celebrate the release, the release of CassaStorm, of course :)
Good of you to mention those other links. Pat in the Hatt and his rhyming cat.
Supportive friends are the best but supportive strangers are just amazing. Clicking over to Edi's now.
you are a rock star!!!!!! Congrats Hugs!
Book titles are the hardest for me. I usually have to ask for help from people who have read the drafts.
Congratulations again, to my favorite book blogger. As for a title, I have one, I am struggling with the book. Sorry I forgot #rushed.
Congrats Alex and Tony!
Congrats on the release of the last book in your trilogy! The titles are great. Simple, direct, and memorable. Here's to CassaStar being your biggest seller yet! :)
Happy launch day, Alex! I hope the release is as successful as the others have been :)
Sorry to be so late to the party. CONGRATULATIONS ON RELEASING THE STORM, ALEX! I hope Byron's not insulted by my post today.
Oh, my, excited for you! Congrats on yet another awesome release. *Happy Dance*
Congrats on the launch of CassaStorm!! I see it everywhere...lot of love out there for you, Alex.
Oops! I thought I was adding my own link to comment sign-off, but it's the last blog I went to and added it to my feed.
M.L. Swift, Writer
I am a day late in saying Best Wishes for a great party!
I'm sorry that I missed the RUSHED Twitter Party. I bet it was lots of fun. : )
And that's about as far I can tell so far. Repeat the trivia in a couple of months and I'll perform better. ;)
Lots of good news in this post. :)
many many congratulations and all my very best wishes!!! bravo!
just fyi - posted your release on FB tonight - :)
Yay!!! Congrats, Alex! Enjoy the launch week!!
Yay!!! Congrats, Alex! Enjoy the launch week!!
Yay!!! Congrats, Alex! Enjoy the launch week!!
Congratulations, my friend. A great big hug & a kiss on each cheek!
I loved the interview/review from Edi's Book Lighthouse; very entertaining. I like what you said about book titles. I hate trying to come up with them so I am making an effort to keep it simple.
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