Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Plus CassaFire Special, Ninja News, and Special Announcments

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

My awesome co-hosts today are Sheena-kay Graham, Julie Musil, Jamie Ayres, and Mike Swift! Please be sure to thank them for their time and effort to make all IWSG members feel welcome.

I’ve been working on another manuscript and after a rocky start, I have finally found my groove with the story and the main character. I’m also taking notes on things I will need to either adjust or add to the beginning.

And that’s really unusual for me. I didn’t make many changes to the last two books and the only thing I added was description. I don’t think I did much more than that with my first book, either. But with this story, I will be adding entire scenes. That will definitely stretch my writing skills.

At least it won’t mess up my chapters since dividing a manuscript into chapters is the last thing I do!

I do have a request for assistance today. I don’t ask for this kind of support often, but if you can help, I’d really appreciate it.

From February 4 – 10, CassaFire will be 99 cents at Amazon and my publisher’s site. This is the first time they have ever run a promotional special like this and have ads running at several sites, including BookBub. I’m the guinea pig, so hopefully the promotion rocks the house!
It’s also featured today at Kindle Books and Tips.

Below are some Tweets and the last one is for Facebook, blogging, or whatever. If you can help me spread the news, I would greatly appreciate it! And if you haven’t picked up CassaFire, this is a good week to do so. And bonus – CassaStorm was also reduced to $3.99!

Reminiscent of the action-driven stories of Robert A. Heinlein's early fiction - Library Journal. CassaFire only .99

This is a book of inner and outer journeys, of inner and outer adventures, mysteries and revelations. CassaFire .99

“Top Gun Meets Battlestar Galactica” Amazon Best Seller and Pinnacle Award Winner CassaFire on sale .99

“CassaStaR is the cake. CassaFirE is the cherry.” Amazon Best Seller and Pinnacle Award Winner CassaFire on sale .99

From the Amazon best-selling series - A Pinnacle Book Achievement Winner! CassaFire by Alex J. Cavanaugh on sale .99

“Top Gun Meets Battlestar Galactica” Alex J. Cavanaugh’s CassaFire on sale .99 #SF #99cents

“…delivers on the promise of its predecessor, combining military action sequences and political intrigue with strong, memorable characters. Reminiscent of the action-driven stories of Robert A. Heinlein's early fiction…” - Library Journal
Alex J. Cavanaugh’s CassaFire just .99 for a limited time!
Amazon -

*And big thanks to all of you who spread the word - between your efforts and my publisher's advertising, CassaFire hit a confirmed #194 OVERALL ranking on Amazon early Saturday morning. Whoa!!!

Special Announcements!

Charlie's Scribes is a new, FREE service featuring the angelic smiles of Mark Koopmans, Elizabeth Seckman, and Tammy Theriault

Our motto is “You Snooze, We Muse.” To begin, our free services will focus on guest posting for people on vacation or anyone needing a bloggy break.

Charlie’s Scribes have only one goal: To fight writer's block, writer’s overload, and the need for some vacay time by filling empty post slots throughout the blogosphere with our charm, wit, and Mark’s Hula skills. You’ll be amazed – or your next post is free!

From Samantha Redstreake Geary - cover reveal for "Beyond the Binding", the Composers for Relief Companion Collection to raise funds for the Philippines relief effort.

Embark on an exciting journey “Beyond the Binding” of the imagination with 29 authors from across the globe, in a groundbreaking collaboration where music meets fiction. Surrender to soaring compositions as they surge through the veins of every story, capturing the triumphant pulse of the notes in heart pounding sci fi, enchanting fantasy and gripping slices of realism.

All proceeds of the Composers for Relief album and Companion Collection ebook will go to Gawad Kalinga (“give care”) and GVSP (Gualandi Volunteer Service Programme), to support the relief efforts for victims of the deadliest natural disaster in Philippines’ history, Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Ebook available from Amazon, Amazon UK, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, Sony, Diesel & Smashwords.
Composers for Relief album available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and Spotify

Swoon Romance is having a cover contest for Rachel Schieffelbein’s upcoming YA novel, DON'T FALL!
Here's the deal: You create a cover for DON'T FALL and email it to Rachel by March 5th. You can enter as many designs as you want. The covers will be posted during a blog blitz and people can vote for their favorites! Voting will be open for two weeks, at the end of which Swoon will choose a winner. Winner will have their design used for DON'T FALL, and will receive and ecopy of the book AND a $100 Amazon gif card!

Ninja News

Terry Lynn Johnson’s Ice Dogs is now out! Congratulations, Terry.

The tour for Shah Wharton’s Finding Esta is off and rocking! Check out the stops and giveaways.

One more month until the release of Liz Fichera’s Played – but you can watch the book trailer now!

Jai Joshi has a new book – How to Write a Love Letter – and it’s free on Wednesday! Congratulations, Jai.

Sheri Larsen is hosting the It’s All About Gratitude Blog Hop on March 3-5. Join the fun!

Sign-ups are open for the A to Z Challenge! You don’t want to miss it.

The Epic 2000 Followers Giveaway continues! Books for you, books for your library, t-shirts, and iTunes gift cards. Become a Google Friends Connect follower to enter. Full details HERE. Getting closer to 2000!

Ready to call on Charlie’s Scribes? Want to design a cover? Excited about the new releases? What is your writing insecurity today? And can you help with CassaFire this week?


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Annalisa Crawford said...

I tweeted for you, Alex. I loved the Top Gun/Battlestar Gallactica reference :-) Good luck with the promotion!

Isis Rushdan said...

I'll head over to tweet now while I have a quiet moment. Hope the promo rocks. Good luck!

Mark Koopmans said...

Yo, Black Jammies Dude...

Have Twitter - did Tweet (but the last one was too long...?)

PS... Don't think I don't know you're trying to throw off Lord Baldernot, but One does thank your good self for the shout out re Charlie's Scribes :)

PPS: Good luck with the guinea pig experiment - I'm sure it will be a success :)

PPPS: Look at you rocking a new WIP... Nice (suits you in the black jammies :)

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Glad the new story is going well! I'm with you...making notes on things I'll want to change with my story for the next draft.

Good luck with the .99 sale!

Brian Miller said...

i have been so off twitter the last 6 months or so, but i will drop you a tweet....glad you found your traction with the new story as well...

Unknown said...

I shared for you - and shared from Amazon that I nabbed a copy. ;)

Best of luck with your sale!

Unknown said...

Posted a tweet and the Facebook post, happy to help!

I like the new idea of Charlie's Scribes. I am sure it will be very beneficial to many.

Kirsten said...

Congrats on the progress for the new WIP!
Your writing process fascinates me, since I rarely have everything planned out when I start writing a story, with only a few scenes sketched out. (I'm trying to do better with that!) I know you'll do fine, since adding scenes later is just as easy as putting them in the first time. :)
(And I picked up CassaFire! I'm so excited to check it out!)

Shah Wharton said...

Put the last one one profile page, and my author page on Facebook (and shared that), and tweeted the awesome Battle Star review quote :)

Thanks for the mention of my book too!

Definitely going to take a look at the Charlie services

Glad everything is working out with your writing too. We need to stretch ourselves. if we don't we never know what we can accomplish. X

Julie Flanders said...

Have to skip this month's IWSG but I will keep tweeting for your sale. I bet it is already a big success! :)

Charlie's Scribes is so funny and also a great idea for a service. Who couldn't use Mark's hula skills for their blog?

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Good luck with your promotion! I'll tweet about it.

I think each new project stretches your writing skills.

Charlie's Scribes sounds like a good idea. I could have used them to write today's post, since preparing it cost me a lot of writing time last night.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Happy to hear you found your writing groove, Alex! Keep at it! :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Tweeting about the promo and your giveaway today!

So excited for Terry Lynn. I loved Ice Dogs!

Unknown said...

Hey Alex...I'll definitely be making those tweets for you and picking up a copy of the book. And good going on your new one!

It's a pleasure co-hosting this month, and I've always enjoyed your blog. Although my last month with IWSG, it's not the last time you'll see me. I'll be around every time I have something to say, which is all the time.

Thanks again for everything.

M.L. Swift, Writer

Elsie Amata said...

I will be certain to add a blurb at the end of one of my posts about your promotion. You rock, Alex.

What a great service Charlie's Scribes is offering. I may have to use it one of these days!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Annalisa!

Isis, appreciate that.

Mark, thanks, and stop calling them jammies.

Brian, thanks!

Terri, big thanks!!

Carolyn, you rock.

Kirsten, thanks for buying it. And I have to have a plan or it's a mess.

Shah, you're welcome, and thank you!

Julie, no worries, and thanks.

Appreciate that, Sandra.

Deniz, you rock!

Mike, thanks on all accounts and appreciate you being a co-host in your last month.

Elsie, thanks!

Al Diaz said...

Stretching writing abilities is a good thing!
I already got my copy of cassafire. I am sure the promotion will rock.
It is great this service of the Scribers, I think I might need them for the pauses in between posts.

M.J. Fifield said...

It's always interesting how our writing processes evolve the more/longer we write. I'm so much more of a plotter than I ever was before.

Love the idea of Charlie's Scribes.

J.Q. Rose said...

These first Wednesdays come around so quickly. Lookng forward to reading lots of blogs and learning about authors. You divide your story into chapters AFTER you've written it? I've heard of that, but how do you find anything when you want to return to add the scene? Interesting. Maybe you use scrivener or ywriter? Shouted about your .99 special on FB. As always, thanks for founding IWSG!

Juliana Haygert said...

Just tweeted about the promo!

So glad you're working on a new manuscript. For a moment back there, I thought you were giving up on writing. ;)

Juliana Haygert said...

Just tweeted about the promo!

So glad you're working on a new manuscript. For a moment back there, I thought you were giving up on writing. ;)

Cathrina Constantine said...

It feels good to get in the groove when writing, doesn't it? I usually make my chapters as I write, but then end up going back and rearranging them. Good Luck, Alex. I'll be tweeting along with everyone else.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Will gladly post on my Facebook Alex!!

Stephsco said...

My e-reader has really filled up after signing up for Bookbub's emails. Some really great authors have had their books featured there for deals free through $2.99. I look forward to seeing your book there!

Clare said...

Good luck with your story, Alex, and with your book promotion. I'll be sure to give it a shout-out!

Love your idea of breaking the story into chapters once it's complete, and may have to try that myself.

Liz Blocker said...

I'll totally tweet for you, Alex! I hope it's a huge hit!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Tweet, tweet, tweeted! You go, Alex!

Stephen Tremp said...

Good luck with the promo and hope it also helps sells the other two!

I did a Facebook and some Tweets this morning.

jaybird said...

Even though I'm a bird, I don't Tweet, ha ha. I'm also not on Facebook, but I would be happy to promote the sale on my blog.

Lots of wonderful Ninja news. Thanks for all the up-dates and info.

Shell Flower said...

Cool that you are branching out with some new editing skills on your latest manuscript. Good luck. Charlie's Scribes is a great idea. If it was April Fool's Day, I might think it was a joke. Lots of great books debuting, too. Happy IWSG.

Mina Burrows said...

I've tweeted! I'm posting now on Google+ & will on FB as well. I hope your promo does well! :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hey, Alex,

SOOO much going on today. Mark, Elizabeth, and Tammy are just TOOO fun! What a great concept!

Already tweeted Cassafire and will again for the next few days...

Congrats to everyone with new books! ALL the best!

Diane Burton said...

Doesn't it feel great when you find your grove? When the writing just takes on a life of its own. Best wishes on this new project. Tweeted for you. Thanks for organizing IWSG.

Misha Gerrick said...

Yeah... every project is different. (Ask me. I'm embarking on my third this year.)

Ella said...

Good luck Alex-I will tweet for you!

Charlie's Scribes might be just what I need-lol! What a great trio

ooooh, I must go take a photo to enter the cover contest-thanks!

Happy Wednesday Captain! said...

I'm laughing at Charlie's Scribes. Can't wait to see Koopman's Hula skills.

I'll be helping you out, Alex.

Be well,

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Awesome, Alex! I'll share on FB and Twitter. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Planning to tweet in a minute. Great news all around!
And I know you can write those chapters - you are an excellent writer!

Christine Rains said...

I tweeted! :) Charlie's Scribes is a fantastic idea. I might have to take advantage of them soon. And yay for IWSG! It's fun how each book is a different journey than the last.

Huntress said...

It's quite evident that our muse leads the writer in different directions on every ms.
About CassFire: Tweeted, FBed, and will again today :)
Charlie's Scribes looks like they are having way too much fun.
Congrats to Samantha, Rachel, Terry, Jai, Sheri, Shah, and Liz (super trailer, btw)

Molly/Cece said...

Sharing on FB on the page. Yay for your book. Happy IWSG day. You seem full of energy and hope. Thanks for positive vibe. :) M.

Cherie Reich said...

That's great you're realizing what needs to be changed/added as you go. It makes the revision/editing process much smoother, I think.

Robin said...

Your publisher is sneaky. They discount everything but the FIRST book!!! I tend to buy first books in a trilogy when they go on sale. If I like it, I am more inclined to buy the rest. (I want to know how it ends.) In the case of your series, if I want the good deal on the second and third, I have to pay full price for the first!!! In other words, buy them all. Interesting marketing strategy!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Al, you know Mark will be happy to do so.

JQ, thank you! I guess I just find it by section.

Juliana, thanks! And no, I was suckered into writing another one.

Keith, thanks!

Stephsco, I think the BookBub promotion starts Friday.

Clare, makes it easier than having to rearrange the chapters.

Thanks, Stephen!

Jaybird, that would be great.

Mina, big thank you!

Thank you, Michael.

Diane, thanks, and glad you are enjoying the IWSG.

Ella, thanks, and I bet your cover would be amazing.

Robyn, Rachel, and Tyrean - thank you!

Rusty Carl said...

I found cover design stressful. I don't think I'll be entering.

Congrats on the price drop. I'm anxious to see how it goes!

Melissa said...

Ha! I should let them take over my blog. LOL That would be a hoot, I'm sure.

I tweeted and FB'd for you.

Good luck with the new story. Sounds like you're off to a great start. :)

Marta Szemik said...

Tweeting for you and sharing on FB. Sounds like you've got a good grip on the MS.
I'm stepping out of my shell more this month ;)

Heather M. Gardner said...

I'm exhausted from just reading your post!

I'm glad things are going well with your new story. Adding new scenes isn't the easiest but you're right, it will stretch your skills.

I know you're not on FB but your name and book info has been splashed all over it yesterday and today! I hope it all helps you!

20 more people!!


Bossy Betty said...

Alex--Here's hoping your 99 experience goes well. Your army of fans will support you! Thanks for being such a supporter of all of us. Your graciousness is inspiring.

Brandon Ax said...

That is awesome you got your groove on the writing. I didn't see your post til after I put mine up, but I went back and added the part about CassaFire.

Unknown said...

Wow! So much going on in the writing world. Here's to finding your groove with your new project, Alex. :)

Jay Noel said...

Adding entire scenes isn't easy, but it is like placing that missing piece of a puzzle. I am usually cutting stuff.

I'll be Tweeting about CassaFire again today!

And thank you Charlie's Scribes!!!

Jackie said...

I'll tweet CassaFire after I hit send!
Good luck with the promo. I'm sure you'll rock it out!

ilima said...

I tweeted about your book sale! And I'm glad you're feeling good about your current novel...I wish I could say the same. :(

I am SO gonna use Charlie's's a brilliant idea. And if I had any design skills whatsoever, I'd be all over Rachel's cover. Cool contest.

ELAdams said...

Just tweeted. Best of luck with the promo and with your new project! :)

River Fairchild said...

You better believe I'm tweeting for the awesome Ninja Captain! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Christine, Carol, and Molly - thank you!

Robin, fortunately the first one is only three bucks.

Melissa and Marta, thanks!

Heather, that's cool to know I can invade Facebook without even going there!

Brandon, thanks!

Jay, I almost never cut anything. And thank you.

Everyone, thanks! Whoa, didn't expect such an awesome response.

Frankie Miller said...

Pleased to hear you've got into your groove on the next novel.
Why should we have chapters at all? Rules should be broken sometime.
It could be a good idea to leave them until the end.
Thanks, Alex, for this awesome blog hop.

Jeremy [Retro] said...

Ninja BOSS, I hope you make your book sky rocket in sales... then next time we get together you can buy the scones. Lol!

David P. King said...

New projects tend to stretch you in different ways. They say writing first person is easy, but man, what a challenge that was! Wonderful news and I love what Mark and co have going on. :)

Chris Desson said...

I tweeted it and threw it up on Tumblr, Alex. Good Luck!!!

Charles Gramlich said...


Anonymous said...

I think Charlie's Scribes is a great idea. Congrats on finding your groove!

Chrys Fey said...

Since your new story is causing you to do things you never had to do for your other works, I believe that means this one will be above and beyond!! :D

Unknown said...

I'm glad to hear you are starting something new. I shared your .99 read on twitter and FB via Summer

SK Anthony said...

That's awesome that you're trying different things with your writing this time around. A challenge is always helpful, whether they work out or not, at least we tried ;)

I already tweeted today and will post on Friday about your special prize. Good luck with the sales!

Charlie's Scribes is so frigging cool! Thanks to Mark, Elizabeth, and Tammy for this fantastic service :D

Pat Hatt said...

Tweeted away at my bay, pat and the cat, between them 120,000 followers or so.

The Charlie's scribes is a neat idea. But staying far ahead works for me, could take 3 months off and still be fine lol

Tina said...

My IWSG entry is devoted to your promotion today.

Is contracting the services of Charlie's Scribes anything like hiring Charlie's Angels? Just kidding guys. AWESOME idea.

Heading off to facebook to post link!

Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014
@TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

Mary Aalgaard said...

Wow. So many great things. First, my son loved your books. I gave him #2 and #3 for Christmas. I'll give it a shout out. The Beyond Bindings sounds fantastic. I will check it out.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Fanny, exactly!

Jeremy, deal!

Christine, thank you!

Charles, you the man.

Chrys, I hope so.

Decadent, thank you.

Sk, thanks, and I am trying.

Pat, thanks! Wow, that's a lot of followers.

Tina, I saw that! You are awesome.

Mary, glad he enjoyed them!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. good luck with the promotional deal - fantastic your publishers are guinea-pigging with your book .. sorry can't do much promotion wise and I know I won your series .. still to read! But so enjoyed Cassa Star.

Re Charlie's Scribes what a great idea ... and will help and promote other bloggers ...

So much going on .. cheers Hilary

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Love Terry's book cover - so happy for her.

Posted to Facebook and will send out another Tweet.

cleemckenzie said...

Glad you found your groove! That always feels wonderful. Keep going.

I'll be glad to support CassFire! Off to Tweet.

Free bloggy breaks? I'm so there.

L.G. Keltner said...

I hope the CassaFire promotion is going well. I've been lighting up Twitter with your tweets. I hope it helps!

Charlie's Scribes sounds like a fantastic idea! I'm sure there will be a lot of demand for their services.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

May the groove keep going! I've tweeted twice for you so far. Best of success!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I tweeted and also bought my Kindle copy, Alex. Good luck!!!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I am not on Twitter, so couldn't tweet for you. But I mentioned it in my blog post. I downloaded the book late at night. I couldn't resist reading the first few pages. Will read it over the weekend.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I'm still so glad you're writing something new. We need more after the last Cassa book.

And I'm so excited about he CassaFire deal. Hope it gets great attention!

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

Did the tweet, Alex. Good luck with the campaign!!!

Mary Montague Sikes

J.L. Campbell said...

Tweeted. Love that pic of Charlie's Scribes. :)Congrats to those with new books.

Unknown said...

THANK YOU for helping with our Beyond the Binding cover reveal, Alex! One of these days, you'll have to join my crazy projects:) Off to pimp CassaFire!

Suzanne Furness said...

Glad your new ms is coming together and you have found the groove. Hope the promo goes well, will certainly mention on my Friday post for you.

mooderino said...

I like the charlie's scribes idea, could come in very useful, especialy with A2Z coming up...

DMS said...

Hope the promotion goes well! How exciting! I have been seeing your book all over the blogosphere today- so the word is getting out. :) I tweeted too! Best of luck with adding scenes to your ms.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hilary, hope you enjoy them.

Diane, Lee, LG, and Roland - thanks!

Patricia, big thank you!

Rachna, I saw that, and thanks for downloading.

Mary and JL, thanks!

Samantha, you're welcome, and thanks.

Suzanne, appreciate that.

Jess, thanks!

Robyn Campbell said...

I have to get Terry Lynn's book. Jai's too. I am helping, Alex. Anything for you. Will tweet, FB, and blog about it. You made it easy for us. Thanks.

I'll miss A to Z again this year. I just never know about my sweet Christopher. So I don't want to commit. I bet it'll be a blast though.

I'll check out the Epic 2000, Alex.

Beyond the Binding sounds awesome.

Hope the music is still playing, but I'm thrilled you're writing.

TL said...

I will absolutely tweet and FB for you!

Unknown said...

I will certainly help with your book. It is awesome! I'm also happy that you are moving forward with a new book, you are a terrific writer and one of my faves. :)

Thanks for the encouraging words on my blog. You are definitely the mirror, my friend.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Bought CassaFire last month but I will catch the special price for CassaStorm. Thanks Alex and publisher. Every writing journey has it's differences Alex and I'm just glad you're moving forward. Wishing you another novel success. See what I did there? Played by Liz has gotten me intrigued. Congrats to Rachel and Swoon Romance for this exciting competition. Charlie's Scribes sounds amazing and look at the team. You saw my insecurity today, damn non-committed retouch people. Best of luck with your Epic Giveaway as well. Enjoy your day Alex and I'm honoured to co-host this month.

Cassie Mae said...

Oh! I'll be sure to spread the word around about the sale :) Good luck with the wip :) I find that I write each book differently, so I'm constantly stretching my writing skills. Or I'm just making things more difficult. I haven't decided, lol.

nutschell said...

Ooh! I'll definitely be tweeting about this. Like right now. After I finish this message. 99c for CassaFire is a great deal. Will have to buy one for myself!


Robin said...

I made sure that I came back today because I left confused. After I posted my comment, I thought to myself... Did I even read that correctly? What if my comment makes NO SENSE because I read it wrong!!! Turns out that I did read it right, but your comment cleared it up further. $3.00 on the first one... not bad at all. I really hope this promotion goes well for you and your publisher!!! I will check it out:)

Andrew Leon said...

Writing out of sequence is so weird to me.

I can tweet about Cassa, but I have so few followers, right now (and they're all people that already follow you), that I don't think it will make any difference.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I done did tweeted it. :)

Rhonda Albom said...

Glad you found your groove. Don't know if you noticed, I had linked to your book at the bottom of my last post (sleeping). I just scheduled more tweets. Thanks for sharing about Charlie's Scribes, I love their clever logo.

ediFanoB said...

A post on my blog yesterday,
Tweets and FB messages yesterday and today. Will continue with Tweets and FB messages until 10th of February.

May the Force be with you!

Sherry Ellis said...

Glad to hear you are making progress on your latest manuscript!

Anonymous said...

Tweeted you Alex telling peeps about cake & cherry.

Anonymous said...

Tweeted you Alex telling peeps about cake & cherry.

Birgit said...

OK I will do my best on facebook to show your book:) I don;t do twitter:) I am always insecure about writing as I often miss letters or spell incorrectly which must drive some mad!! Mad I tell you-like Colin Clive from Frankenstein:) Wishing you all the best with your writing:)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Robyn, I saw that - thanks so much! And yes, there is still both writing and music.

Tara, thanks!

Melissa, thank you - that means a lot to me.

Sheena-kay, double thanks, and sorry your cover didn't come together in time.

Cassie, thanks, and I think I'm making thing more difficult...

Nutschell, thanks!

Robin, no worries - it made sense to me.

Andrew, if they retweet, it reaches farther though.

Maurice, thank you!

Rhonda, I missed that - thank you!

Edi, you the man!

Roland, thank you!

Unknown said...

You divide your work into chapters after you've written it? That's interesting ... I hadn't thought of doing it that way before. I kinda keep writing until I feel, "Okay, this is the end of the chapter." Then I start a new one!

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for all the info! As for writer's insecurities, I have one of each this week. Figure might as well get it out of the way for

Shared the CassaFire info on Facebook and Twitter!

Anonymous said...

I don't know, Alex. I just don't think you have enough to do with all your free time! Wonderful post as usual - sharing to help spread all the news and info in here.

Unknown said...


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Lisa said...

I tweeted for you too, Alex! Good luck! I think it's great this new book is surprising you. Just think, you almost didn't write it!

Fundy Blue said...

It's a great feeling when a piece of writing comes together, Alex! Yeah for you! All these writers you're introducing me too! Thanks! I'm an out of it fossil ~ I don't text or tweet! One of these days! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Alex the post I did last night is no more. We had awful storms in the night and play havoc with my pc. will do another after commenting of my list.

Great post and entertaining to read.

Tia Bach said...

Hope the 99 cents promotion for CassaFire rocks (I shared on Twitter & FB). And I love the idea of splitting the book into chapters in the end. I'll have to try that next time. My writer's brain just wants that natural stopping point each time. Hmmm.

Liza said...

Tweeted Cassafire. You go, Alex!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alex, this shows you've grown as a writer. You're looking for layers and oomph. I bet it will be a great story.

So many pretty covers and new books out.

I'll tweet and FB.

I'm making my way around in between calls and work AND a much needed nap.

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Leovi said...

The experience is adding to your natural writing!

Anonymous said...

You found your groove? Hooray!
I've written stories where I didn't add the chapters until later. It drove me nuts though. If they weren't all the same length, I'd fuss with it until it was. LOL

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Thanks for the help, now off to help you! Copied my tweet and I am headed there now!

Hope you get a great bounce from it!

M Pax said...

I'm still trying to get into my new characters' heads. I have faith it will come. It always does. Mostly I'm now trying to figure out how the beginning 'chaos' should go.

Hope the sale goes well.

Congrats to all those with new books out and coming out!

Bish Denham said...

I am SO ready for Ice Dogs! Charlie's Scribes... what a great service!

I hope you books rocks the sales, Alex.

Anonymous said...

Hi Alex,
I tried to leave a comment just a while ago but never got confirmation that it went through. So...I thought I would try again.

I have tweeted your promo. Here's hoping you sale heaps.

Last month I took on the task of hitting every blog on the IWSG list. I started at the end & worked my way forward. You were supposed to be my last hit, but I think it took me to long to get done (7 days). My post of thanks never showed up in your comment feed. It was an amazing thing getting to connect with all these writers. I want to take a moment now to tell you how appreciative I am for this group of people. You did a good thing starting the hop.

Leanne Ross ( & @LeanneRossRF )

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Birgit, thank you!

Rachel, the book is polished and ready to send to my publisher before I divide it up!

Thanks, Karen!

MJ, I'll try to do better.

Thanks Tessa and Lisa!

Yvonne, I'm sorry.

Thanks, Tia. And give it a try.

Liza, thanks!

Sia, I hope that's what it means. And thanks.

Patricia, I do try to make them uniform.

Elizabeth, you're welcome and thank you!

Leanne, thank you! You did good if you got through the list. I hit about three-fourths of it in three days.

Haneen Ibrahim said...

Keep up the good work Alex :)writing is a creative work that has a way in surprising you every now and then and sometimes with every new project, that's part of its charm

Cynthia said...

I made sure to mention your sale on my IWSG post today, and I'll go and tweet about it right now too.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Ha, love the Scribes!

Hope your book is doing well with this promotion!!

Unknown said...

Congratulations on the new book! I've had to abandoned writing at present, looking forward to returning to my novel when my husband recovers.

Catherine Stine said...

Just tweeted about your book sale--more than happy to help!

Jai Joshi said...

Thanks for the mention, Alex!

And I'll be sure to spread the word about CassaFire.


Jemi Fraser said...

One tweet in! :)

So much good news this week. Ice Dogs is SOOOOO good! I hope everyone reads it! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cynthia, I saw that - thanks!

Lynda, it's really shot up in the ranking - #7000 now.

Carole, he needs you more.

Thanks, Catherine!

Jai, you're welcome.

Thanks Jemi!

Doreen McGettigan said...

I will tweet and share away!!

Toi Thomas said...

So excited about your promo so, of course, I tweeted. The Top Gun & Battlestar Gallactica reference was great. The cover design contest sounds like it'll be great to watch.
I'm currently insecure about book promotion, but I'm plowing through by keeping myself creative in new ways.

Mason T. Matchak said...

My writing insecurity was indeed about fear, and about solving it through use of an 80s movie. ^_^ Hope it's helpful to someone.

PK HREZO said...

Best of luck with your sale and promos, Alex!! I've been tweeting! :)

Arlee Bird said...

I've been tweeting away with your book announcement.

A Few Words

Julie Musil said...

Tweeted AND downloaded! Thanks for all you do for writers, Alex.

BTW, hosting IWSG is lots of fun!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Doreen, thank you!

Toi, thanks, and I like that one as well.

Mason, anything with movies is cool.

Thanks PK and Lee!

Julie, big thank you! And it's much funner hosting, isn't it? said...

Off to tweet on twitter. :) Good luck in the role of guinea pig.

Marisa said...

Tweeted your book deal! Love the Top Gun Meets Battlestar Galactica tweet. What a great idea!

mshatch said...

Charlie's Scribes sounds like a fabulous idea!

David T List said...

I shared your book sale on my blog, bro. Now to go harvest some viewers.

Carrie Butler said...

Tweeted, my friend! :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've been sharing tweets a few times per day though we lost power today for 12 hours so I'm way behind on everything.
Writing a list of things to change or add in a new WIP as I go is something I do with every book.

klahanie said...

Hi Alex,

IWSG, oh yeah. Thankfully, you have found the groove for your latest endeavour. I don't know how you actually find the time to write what with your thoughtful, link-filled postings and your tireless interaction in the blogging community. Kudos to you, good sir.

I always tweet your blogs. I share your stuff on various social networks, even um, Farcebook. I do what I can discreetly in the background.

When I snooze, Penny takes over. However, that gang of three are doing a worthy thing.

A to Z, I will most certainly give it a miss, thank you :)


Anonymous said...

Happy to spread the word about CassaStorm.

Kittie Howard said...

Peanut butter . . . oy! Hub thanks you for the greetings.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kim and Marisa, thank you!

David, and I really appreciate that!!

Susan, I'm sorry! Thanks though.

Gary, and I really appreciate that.

AJ Lauer said...

Good luck with the sale, Alex!

Nicki Elson said...

Ooh, extra excellent, creative, fun stuff from the army today.

Congrats on making the breakthrough on your new story -- you're gonna have so much fun tearing it apart!

CassaFire is on fiyah!!!

Anonymous said...

I tweeted and updated my blog to give a shout out about the sale. Looks like it's great so far--trending in 3 categories :-) Go, Alex, Go!!!

Unknown said...

That's exciting that you're working on a new book! You can juggle music and writing. I can't wait to hear more about it. I tweeted for you. Hope you get lots of sales! :)

LD Masterson said...

I don't tweet but I put a CassaFire post on my Facebook page. Best of luck with the promotion.

Helena said...

So much handy info and some great-sounding new releases, but of course CassaFire is gonna be my favorite. What stellar, well-deserved reviews!

But I won't be designing a cover for Rachel (congrats on Don't Fall) because I have no artistic abilities. I hope she gets a spectacular cover.

Michelle Wallace said...

I tweeted for you Alex!
And I've just returned from the Scribes' blogs! What a great way to pay-it-forward! The perfect team too.
Imagine being in a room with all three? Never a dull moment.They are hilarious!

And every time I look at the Composers For Relief cover, my heart skips a beat... it's GORGEOUS! Isn't it???

Congratulations to everybody who has a new release!

dolorah said...

Its good to have a world already developed for a series. I did very little world building in my womens fiction trilogy - although building a culture is based on the same principles.


Unknown said...

Glad to help, Alex! I hope the promo is a huge success.

Empty Nest Insider said...

It's great that you've made so much progress with your manuscript! Charlie's Scribes sounds like it's gonna be a huge hit!


Lan said...

Done! Fingers crossed for you Alex!

The Happy Whisk said...

What a great sale. Hope you sell tons.

Patsy said...

You're working on a new manuscript? Yeah, I knew you would!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nicki, I hope it's fun tearing it apart.

Jamie, thanks! I know - I'm looking at it this morning. #3600 overall!

Thanks, Michael - so far, yes!

LD, thank you.

Helena, that made me smile.

Michelle, thanks, and it's a beautiful cover.

Thanks, Lan!

Trisha said...

It occurred to me that with your 2k followers thing, it might be difficult to get more followers because everyone is already following you! haha. but of course there must be more than 2k people out there in the writer bloggy world!

anyway ... I will definitely tweet about your promo! that is a great deal. I however will be buying the print versions at some point hopefully soon, via Book Depository. :D

Jeff Hargett said...

Request fulfilled, friend. So much news. Glad you're making progress on the new manuscript!

Gossip_Grl said...

You have a great promotional going on. I can give a shout out on this book deal for you too.

Jo said...

I'm sorry Alex, I forgot, I will be blogging for tomorrow though and will post on Facebook.

Unknown said...

They book sale is so exciting! I tweeted about it :)

And a cover design competition?? Very fun.

Cool stuff happening. Hope your week is going great.

Sean McLachlan said...


Leovi said...

I wish you luck in your book promotion!

Laura Clipson said...

I got my copy of CassaFire on Tuesday, I can't wait to read it! I'll put a little something on my blog tomorrow about the promotion.

Anonymous said...


Thanks, Alex!

Susan Kane said...

Of the many things I enjoy and love about you is your generosity to other authors, writers, and bloggers. Giving them a platform and encouragement says a lot about the man.

Elise Fallson said...

I tweeted! Good luck being a ninja guinea pig. :)

John Wiswell said...

I have no problem plugging your discount, Alex. It should appear on Twitter today. Congratulations on almost wrapping up your new book!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Trisha, there are still lots of blogs. And thank you!! On both accounts.

Thanks, Jeff!

Jo, that's cool - and thank you.

Emilyann, thanks, and right now it's awesome! CassaFire is #3700.

Sean, thanks!

Laura, I really appreciate that.

Liz, thanks!

Susan, thank you - I try to do my best.

Elise and John, thanks!

Jennifer Lane said...

Hi Alex,

I was traveling all day yesterday so I didn't manage to leave a comment but did tweet! I hope the sale adds up to some big numbers for you.

Unknown said...

I'm a day late and a dollar short thanks to CassaFire!

Pat Tillett said...

I'm glad to see that you are already hard at work on your next book. You are the busiest man in blogdom!

Mark said...

Charlie's Scribes looks cool:) Also, best of luck on the new promotion...I already bought all your books and enjoyed reading them:)

Mark said...

Charlie's Scribes looks cool:) Also, best of luck on the new promotion...I already bought all your books and enjoyed reading them:)

H. R. Sinclair said...

I tweeted too!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jennifer, thank you!

David, appreciate that!

Pat, some days it's almost too busy.

Mark, glad you did!

Thanks, Holly.

Kimberly said...

Tweeted and I'm going to get my copy! I have to check my Kindle first, I might have already got it. :)

Charlie's Scribes is sounds so cute and fun!

Lots of great books out!

Anonymous said...

Yay for finding your groove. I just tweeted.

T.F. Walsh said...

Yay for sales... just tweeted it and got my copy:)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Tweeted! I find it interesting that you separate it into chapters after the fact. I seem to write into chapters automatically. I love the differences in writing each writer has. Love the idea for Charlie's Scribes (and the image)! Man, I could have used them for this coming Monday since I'll be on vacation.

Unknown said...

It's awesome that your publisher is supporting you. I've heard BookBub and other newsletters are great for sales. I bet you'll make a lot.

Congrats on your almost 2000 followers and that your WIP is coming along well.

Charlie's Scribe's is a wonderful idea!! Congrats to Samantha, Terry and Shah!

Unknown said...

Scheduled a bunch of tweets, Alex. Rooting for you, and the entire series.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Alex
Stretching our writing skills is so important. I'm glad you're taking on the challenge of a new book.

Hilary said...

I tweeted!

Unknown said...

Putting you in my post right now.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kimberly, big thank you!

Medeia, thanks.

Tania, big thanks!!

Thanks, Shannon. It just works easier for me that way. Then I can see the best places to end chapters.

Lexa, I hope so.

Damy, thank you!

Hilary, thanks.

Melanie, appreciate that!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I'm always astounded by how much information you squeeze into your posts. Useful stuff, too!

I'm one of the world's worst tweeters, but I'd be happy to post for your book. Good luck with the new one! Sounds like your writing process is still evolving.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Alex. I blogged about the Epic 2000 Followers Giveaway earlier today. Also tweeted using one of your above tweets. You are almost at the 2000 follower mark! : )

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

First off, congratulations on finding your new groove. Can't wait to hear more about the new project when you get comfortable discussing it. And I just fired off a tweet. I don't think anyone reads my tweets, but if they do, they'll see a plug for Cassa!

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I just sent out a tweet. I can't remember the last time I posted a Tweet, which is very funny to me. I could barely remember my password to Twitter. Good luck Alex! I hope it's successful!!

Kathe W. said...

great book reviews! I'm going to see if our library has Ice Dogs! and thanks always for your nice commens on m blog! Cheers and have great day!

Tara Tyler said...

hope your sales for cassafire are rocketing!
i think each novel we write gets better from our experiences, right?

lots of great stuff happening as usual! i like the gratitude fest!

have a great weekend!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Susan, thank you - that would be awesome.

Susanne, I saw that - big thanks!

Michael, thanks! This new manuscript is different, that's for sure.

Kimberly, thank you, and that made me chuckle.

Tara, yes they do.

Denise Covey said...

Good luck with the promotion Alex. I'm on my phone so can't do anything, but I will when I crank up the laptop later.

Yolanda Renée said...

What a great idea! I hope you sell millions! I've tweeted and will try to do so again before the end of the special!

The book is now available on Amazon Beyond the Bindings!

I should do that with my chapters - I'm constantly reorganizing and changing them after adding new - might save some time! Congrats on your progress!

Tammy Theriault said...

Thanks so much for having us here today! I'm sure Mark paid you in coconut bra wearing lessons?? He's very talented that way ;)--

SpacerGuy said...

CassaFire a sure hit for only 99c! I'll have to tweet the good news. So much fun happening today.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Denise! It hit the top 200 today, which is just amazing.

Yolanda, thanks! And the chapter trick always works for me.

Tammy, you're welcome, and he did make that threat...

Spacerguy, thanks! Saw that you Tweeted.

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