Monday, February 6, 2017

The Remnant, Blood Father Review, Future Earth Movie Trivia, Awesome Fans, Monday's Music, and Ninja News

The Remnant – Book to Film Possibilities

Today I welcome fellow Dancing Lemur Press author, William Michael Davidson!

As an author, I obviously think it would be pretty awesome if The Remnant was made into a film. I've always seen it more as something that would make a good television series or an original show on Netflix. Having said that, I know there are some pretty sensitive issues that The Remnant deals with such as faith, belief in God, and where our culture is at with those issues. Because of this, a part of me would be surprised if someone ever did make this into an actual film. And if it was made into a film, I wonder how watered-down the whole book would be to make it "politically correct." To be honest, I don't see the book as just a Christian novel. Yes, I'm a Christian. Yes, I wrote the book. But I don't see this book as having an agenda. Still, however, I think there is a message beneath the surface and I wouldn't be surprised if a filmmaker would take some of those ideas out of a movie version to make it more mainstream.

So, could I see something happening with a film? Yes. But I would worry about what the end product would be and how much it would capture the original "heart and soul" of the novel.

But don't get me wrong. If I received a call from Steven Spielberg and he wanted to make it into a movie, I would be last one complaining.

Author William Michael Davidson is on tour with MC Book Tours featuring his new novel, THE REMNANT, being released Feb. 7 by Dancing Lemur Press L.L.C. You can follow Davidson’s tour schedule HERE for reviews, excerpts, interviews, features, and a chance to win a copy of his book.

by William Michael Davidson
Release date: February 7, 2017
Science Fiction (FIC028000) / Christian Futuristic Fiction (FIC0402020)
Print ISBN 978-1-939844-29-3 $15.95
eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-30-9 $4.99

One nation, without God...

THE REMNANT is available to order in eBook form at the following sites: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes
The print format of the book is available at these sites: Amazon Barnes and Noble, Chapters-Indigo, Book Depository, Foyles, Mediander, and Fiction DB
Be sure to add THE REMNANT to your bookshelf on Goodreads.

Movie Review

Blood Father
An ex-con finds his lost daughter and has to protect her from drug lords who want her dead. Starring Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, and William H. Macy.
This film came out last year and I’d heard good things about it.
It’s a man search for redemption with his daughter. Gibson always plays the perfect hero, but here he is damaged, vulnerable, and looking to turn his life around. The interactions between father and daughter were great and some of the best moments of the film.
It’s not overly violent, but it is punctuated with extreme moments of violence.
While I did have problems with a couple small aspects, overall I really enjoyed the film.
Available on NetFlix – recommended.

Ninja News

The IWSG is honored to welcome an award winning screenwriter, Erik Bork!
Erik worked on projects such as From the Earth to the Moon and Band of Brothers – you don’t want to miss what he has to say.

Jeremy Hawkins works hard to produce the free online magazine, Six Strings.
And today, Six Strings Season 2 Issue 2 is available! In it you will find:
Interview with Composer... Tony Morales "DISNEY'S: ELENA OF AVALOR"
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by: Michael Giacchino (Review) by: Kaya Savas
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS (What if) STORY! by: Jason Lee Knight
Interview with Composer... Jasha Klebe “PLANET EARTH II” [2017]
Interview with Composer... Jacob Shea “PLANET EARTH II” [2017]
Where is #26? Mammoth’s Best New Horror Goes Hardback By KC Redding-Gonzalez
Listening for Romance in Horror By: Christina Persaud
Interview with Composer... Andre Matthias "On the film “The Drummer”
The Monkey King 2 [2016] [Review] Music by: Christopher Young By James Southall
Download your free copy HERE and please help spread the word.

February is kick-off month for WEP (Write…Edit…Publish) where a friendly group of like-minded bloggers astound each other and their readers every second month with their wit, wisdom, talent, sincerity and dexterity. The February WEP challenge is entitled 'Back of the Drawer'. Everyone's welcome to have a crack at it. Join the fun. We accept flash fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photo essays, artwork...1,000 word limit (but who's counting?)
WEP (Write…Edit…Publish) is hosted by Denise Covey and Yolanda Renee

Valentine Pets & Kisses 2 boxed set
Including a story by JL Campbell
Pick up your copy for just .99 cents.

Heather Holden is hosting a special anniversary giveaway:
Echo Effect premiered four years ago this month! It’s also been one year since I first launched my Patreon page. To celebrate, I'm offering free, personalized ACEOs of my characters! (ACEOs are art cards measuring 2.5x3.5 inches in size. Mine, specifically, are created with watercolor pencils and ink.)

Don’t forget we now have IWSG Swag!

Mini-Alex is showing off his awesome new IWSG pens.

He’s ready to challenge anyone to a duel with his IWSG pens!

Who can possibly challenge him…?

Monday’s Music Moves Me

Hosted by Xmas Dolly.

Since it’s a freebie, I’m posting my favorite Haken song, Pareidolia. This band is my current favorite. (I reviewed one of their albums in December.) It’s a prog rock blend of sheer awesomeness!

When Fans Make Your Day

I want to give a shout out to two special ladies who made my day last week!

Tess Julia had this to say:
I also wanted to give a shout out to Alex Cavanaugh for his book CassaFire, which I finished reading recently.
I think I have a bit of a crush on the main character Byron, and trust me, if they ever made a movie based on his series I'd be in line to see it! Really well written, definitely on par with Star Wars and Star Trek. I'm not even a sci-fi fan but I enjoyed both books so far and will be getting the rest of his books.

Lauren Bambrey, who blogs HERE, sent out this tweet and reply:
@LaurenBambrey - re read CassaStar a couple of weeks ago. Still reduced me to tears 6th time through!
@AlexJCavanaugh - Sixth time reading CassaStar??? Oh wow. Thank you! Laura, you just made my day. Still sorry I made you cry though...
@LaurenBambrey - One of my faves; will be read many more times too! Crying is good- sign of writing a beautiful friendship!

Thanks, ladies! You rock.

Movie Trivia

In honor of William’s book, today’s trivia is all about films set in Earth's future. Guess the film from the actors.

1 – Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, John Ratzenberger 2008
2 – Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko 2013
3 – Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Conners 1973
4 – Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs 2002
5 – Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Ray Stevenson 2010
6 – Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan 1976
7 – Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis 2014

Answers next week!

Can you see your book as a movie? Or a world where belief in God is persecuted? Have you seen Blood Father? Going to download Six Strings or participate in WEP? Have you picked up your IWSG swag? (Mini-Alex is ready!) Has a fan made your day recently? And do you know any of the movie trivia?
Don’t forget to visit Erik Bork at the IWSG site!


kaykuala said...

Fancy #1 at the Ninja's Domain


kaykuala said...

The Remnant- there is always the hope of a movie magic developing. Wishing you well William, Steven's on the line! Looking forward to Blood Father on NetFlix since it is recommended. The WEP is most welcomed. It's another OLN more or less. It's going to be fun! Tess has a most appropriate shout out - most deserving Alex!


Nilanjana Bose said...

WEP's up there - excited to see, and looking forward to it!

Belief in God persecuted? Yes, I can see a world like that - the first 'believers' (of every religion) have been persecuted always. The book sounds interesting. Wishes for its success both as a read and a film.

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, Alex!

William H. Macy is one of my favorite actors and I am eager to see Blood Father. I remember your review of Haken. On this track I appreciate how they simmer and suddenly explode in a flurry of precision musicianship.

Have a great week, good buddy!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I could maybe see my books as TV shows instead of films (more 'Murder, She Wrote-esque).

Blood Father sounds a little grim for me, although I do like Macy.

Love Mini Alex with the pens. :)

Mason Canyon said...

THE REMNANT does make one stop and think where would we be if faith was banned. Congrats to Jeremy for the release of the current Six Strings and to J.L. for her release in Valentine Pets & Kisses 2. I watched Blood Father and was surprised. It was much better than I thought it was going to be. Alex, thanks for being a part of William's tour.

MC Book Tours

Truedessa said...

The Remnant has me a bit intrigued. I may have to read that one. A nice shout out to the ladies who are enjoying your books. Byron is def a strong character. I feel that way about Dragon of the Stars. I fell in love with the characters Aden and Tamsin.

In the back of the drawer .. ha an idea just came to mind.

Have a good day Alex!

Jeremy [Retro] said...


First off... THANK YOU, I really do appreciate your help, no words could ever express that. Second, I have to turn in my film card as I only know three of the "Earth" films. :)

Great list of people here and their great accomplishments, hopes that everyone finds their success. I am off to cause havoc on the world, take care my friend.


mshatch said...

I can totally see my book as a movie. Sure wish someone wanted to make it!


1. ?
2. Oblivion (loved this movie)
3. Planet of the Apes (I think)
4. Reign of Fire?
5. The Book of Eli (another awesome movie)
6. ?
7. Planet of the Apes reboot

I can totally see a world where religion is persecuted or outlawed since religion is often at the root of so many conflicts.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Congrats to those with new releases and for making the IWSG swag available!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Congratulations to William. I think the best thing about having a book adapted is you can sit back and let someone else show you how they interpreted your words. That's the way I'd prefer it, if I was ever in that position *crosses fingers, wishes really hard*

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to William on his new book. I'd be worried about having a book adapted to the screen given how some of them just don't do the story justice. But it'd be a thrill.

Really enjoyed Erik's interview.

Erika Beebe said...

The remnant does sound very intriguing. I love the ninja challenge by the way. I will have to get my order in on the awesome pens, and add your movie choice to my list. It all sounds really great :)

Cathy Kennedy said...

Alex, thank you for the movie review. Unfortunately, Blood Father isn't available for streaming at Netflix. :( It's great to see you on the dance floor with the 4M crew again. Pareidolia has an interesting, futurist sound with this mewsic selection. This is something I can listen to every now and then but I appreciate the intro. I will check out more of their tracks on YouTube to see how well my ears adapt to their style. Have an awesome, blessed week, my friend!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Blood Father is already on my To Watch list! Looking forward to Arrival, which is out next week on iTunes, I believe.

Yeh for awesome fans! :)

Jo said...

I think your Cassa books would make good movies Alex. Not sure how they would do the Kargrandes if they tried Dragon of the Stars though.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Hank! And first despite the post didn't go live when it was supposed to.

Nila, I can see it happening.

Shady, that's why it's my favorite song. You will really appreciate Macy in the film.

Elizabeth, yours would be great as a series.

Mason, happy to host him. And Blood Father surprised me as well.

Truedessa, you did indeed.

Jeremy, you're welcome! And only three?

Marcy, you got three right.

Erika, take up his challenge!

Cathy, sorry, you have to add it to your queue. Glad to be back in the ring again. Haken does take several listens, but then it is prog rock.

Jo, definitely CGI.

The Cynical Sailor said...

The Remnant sounds like a very interesting book. Not sure if you're familiar with Patty Jansen's Ambassador series. Some of the humanoid species view humanity with suspicion due to the fact that some humans are believers. Religion always makes for a fascinating theme in speculative fiction.

That was great feedback on your books, Alex.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congratulations to William Michael Davidson. It sounds like an amazing book!!!!

I watched and like Oblivion #2.
I also watched and liked, Logan's Run #6

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

The Remnant is on my list to read. Soon.
Mel Gibson is one of my favorites. Must see that movie.
It's wonderful to have such loyal readers. Congratulations.
Have a great week.

Charles Gramlich said...

The remnant sounds pretty interesting. I'll have to check it out

Arlee Bird said...

Wishing the best of success to William. I hope the book does get made into a movie. Our society needs as many positive message books with a Christian slant as we can get. These days I'd say about 40% of the movies my wife and I watch are Christian films or stories with positive message themes. Thankfully more of these are being made and I find them actually quite well done. It's nice to watch a film without profanity and gratuitous sex scenes--also it's proof that movies like this can be done and be done well.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Andrew Leon said...

I was going to ask you about a song, but I forget the name of that band, so I'll have to get back to you on it.

Carol Kilgore said...

I don't even know where to begin - so much good stuff and positive energy here. Congrats to William Michael Davidson on his new release tomorrow. Also to JL Campbell and Heather Holden. Kudos to Jeremy Hawkins for Six Strings. And for IWSG swag :)

Pat Hatt said...

They could screw one of my books up all they like if they made a movie, I'd take the money and run lol Blood Father was enjoyable indeed, ending was a bit meh I found though.

1 Ummm
2 Oblivion
3 Planet of The Apes
4 Equilibrium
5 The Book of Eli
6 Logan's Run
7 Planet of the Apes

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ellen, I've not read that series yet.

Cathrina, you got two right!

Lee, yes they can.

Pat, you got five right!

Joanne said...

I must be on another planet this Monday or still in Super Bowl shock. Anyway, I am not up on any of your blog goodies and information. Sounds like you can start the CassaStar fan club....with SWAG - CassaStar hankies.

I did see Lion on Friday - wow, quite a real story and excellent film
Have a great week

Catherine Stine said...

Davidson's novel sounds interesting. Yes, it is brave to tackle a story that involves religion, but why not?! One has to go where the heart is leading.

Sandra Cox said...

Wishing you many sales, Michael:)

Good Monday, Alex:)

Bish Denham said...

I can easily see my book, A Lizard's Tail, as an animated extravaganza!

Here's to those, like Davidson, who tackle issues that others may be reluctant to.

Congrats Alex, on those love complements on your books.

stephen Hayes said...

I need to make more time for reading, but "The Remnant" sounds like a compelling read.

A Beer for the Shower said...

The Remnant sounds really interesting. I'm gonna check it out. As for the movie deal, let's be honest here, it's easy to say as writers that we'd have integrity and only accept a movie deal if it upheld the book's values, but... really, who's going to turn down a movie deal? If Michael Bay came to us right now and said I'm going to turn your comedy novel into an action thriller starring Vin Diesel as Tuck Watley and we'll pay you millions of dollars, we'd cash that check before the ink dried.

Christine Rains said...

Congrats to William! His book was amazing, and I could totally see it as a movie. I see mine more as series on HBO or Netflix. Too much to tuck into one film. Those are wonderful compliments from your fans, Alex. I made someone's day today as she won my newsletter giveaway. She said she was nearly in tears as it was the first thing ever she won. That made my day.

Liz A. said...

Is #6 Logan's Run?

I don't see a future where a belief in God is persecuted. As a non-Christian, I see a future where all beliefs are welcome. There seems to be this fear among the Christian community that those of us who aren't want to take it away from those who are. We don't. We just want our beliefs respected as well. That can't be regulated.

I'd have to finish a book before I could see it as a movie...

Julie Flanders said...

Congrats on those awesome comments from your fans. What a thrill. And congrats to William too - I hope he does get that call from Spielberg!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thank you for featuring William's book today.

Everyone should have an IWSG pen.

Ellie Garratt said...

IWSG swag? The pen should be compulsory for all members ;)

SpacerGuy said...

I have to say Jeremy, he the man! It must have taken ages to create Six String. The one on Rogue One was interesting. 61 pages! This pdf got everything if you're going offline.

Chrys Fey said...

I can definitely see The Remnant as a movie.

Birgit said...

Under Communist rule, they did ban the practice of following your religion but it never worked. My mom , who lived under Hitler and then Communist rule before she escaped remembered how it was strongly discouraged but people celebrated anyway. No matter what, it will not happen because people will always find a way to honour their faith. I forgot about that Mel Gibson movie because it did sound good. I am certain he played it because of his own personal issues he dealt with in the very public eye. It must make you feel so proud and humbled by the reaction to your books Alex. As for Trivia...1. Wall E?? 2. Oblivion 3. Soylent Green?? 4. That terminator movie whose title I can't remember:) 5. Book of Eli I think. 6. Logan's Run (I am Box!) 7. No clue! said...

I see I'm not the only earthling with a crush on Byron. Smiles.
I can see my book as a movie. It would star Sarah Jessica Parker or preferably, me.
Be well, Alex.

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks for the shout out, Alex, and congrats on getting a celebrity for the IWSG!

Stacy McKitrick said...

#3 is Soylent Green (I knew it wasn't Planet of the Apes--Chuck Conners wasn't in that, so I had to think what other futuristic movie was Charlton Heston in (because I'm a big fan) and then I remembered!!)
#6 is Logan's Run (got that one with just Michael York).

I've seen #2, but only knew that after seeing the movie title in some of the comments. And would you believe I saw all THREE of these movies in the theatre (when they were released)? Yep!

farawayeyes said...

The Remmant sounds interesting. I'll have to pick it up.

Glad it see WEP getting more exposure. I joined at the end of last year. I was always reluctant to write short stories, but this exercise has helped my writing immensely.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

My swag is on the way. Erik had a great article. Belief in God is getting close to persecution already. Very scary.

Laura Clipson said...

I have so many ideas for the WEP theme this month, it's hard to choose just one to write!

Tamara Narayan said...

Heading over to read Erik Bork's article. I doubt religion itself will disappear, but you never know about particular ones.

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats to William. The Remnant looks like a good one. I can say that I definitely thought CassaStar had a very filmic quality, would make a great movie. Like William says though, it might be disconcerting having someone else get their hands on something that's so dear to you and wondering what they will do with it, but it would be an exciting process for sure!

Suzanne Furness said...

Wouldn't it be awesome to see your book made into a movie, I think a lot of writers must share this dream too! What great feedback to receive on your books, Alex.

Cherie Reich said...

I think very few authors would turn down a movie deal if Spielberg was involved. Congrats, William!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Joanne - funny!

Good day, Sandra!

Bish, it would make a great animated tale.

Brandon and Bryan, I don't blame you. At least it would make money with that combination.

Christine, that's awesome!

Liz, correct.

Birgit, yes, they always find a way. And you got five right!

Robyn, I thought about you when I read it!

Joy, you're welcome.

Stacy, you got two.

Susan, yes it is.

Cherie, I wouldn't!

Carrie-Anne said...

As a preteen, I had such grandiose dreams of my Atlantic City books, both the ones I was writing and all the spin-off series I had planned, being turned into successful TV movies and soap operas for the preteen and teenage set. I still have some of these plans in an old folder, with a long list of awards, going from AA to ZZ (e.g., Amazing Actor, Spiciest Fight, Zaniest Zealot). As an adult, I'd love to see my books made into films, though I'd want to have a lot of creative control. I don't expect a movie will stay 100% true to the book it's based on, but I don't like when a movie radically alters characters or introduces a new storyline.

I'm guessing #3 is Soylent Green.

Susan Kane said...

My problem with movie titles is that they drift away into the brain and resurface a few hours later. The only one I didn't see was P.ofApes, reboot. Enough is enough.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats William, I wouldn't mind Spielberg turning my book into a movie either if that were to happen. A writer's dream indeed. W.E.P. is going to be a lot of fun. Every writer loves when a reader falls in love with their story. Tears are indeed a good sign.

nashvillecats2 said...

Great newsy post Alex. I would love a ISWG PEN but unfortunately reside out side of the US.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Carrie-Anne, correct!

Sorry, Yvonne.

Unknown said...

Cool discussion here. As of today 3:58 pm, no call from Spielberg yet. Bummer! :)

L.G. Keltner said...

I need to get me some of those pens! Congratulations to William on his book!

Tonja Drecker said...

What wonderful words from your fans! But the books are good - so deserved :)
I'm definitely going to get a hold of The Remnant, and take a peek Eric Bork's words.

Anonymous said...

Aww, that's awesome you had fans tell you that. I still have an email somewhere from someone who emailed me to tell me they had no idea why they waited so long to read my book. Makes me smile just thinking about it.

T.F. Walsh said...

Such awesome comments from your fans... they are just the best :) Oh I so can see my books made into movies... I'm thinking underworld look and feel haha

Denise Covey said...

I think Samantha Verant's Seven letters from Paris has been sold to the movies. That would be very exciting for sure. Thanks for the shout out for WEP, Alex. Appreciate it big time!

D.G. Hudson said...

I'll probably be joining in the WEP challenges throughout the year. Not sure about February. I always read all the participants entries though. Denise and Yolanda do a great job of promoting and maintaining WEP!

Good luck to all those with book releases and to the IWSG group as it continues to expand. But you know, Alex, I'm disappointed in all the changes to the A to Z Challenge this year. I understand all the difficulty in being the police of the list, but the list was the focal point for many of us. (I did mention my POV on the a to z blog.

Karen Lange said...

Alex, thanks for featuring William, and for all the other news and info. Have a great week!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

William, keep hoping!

Denise, you're welcome!

DG, sorry about those changes. I'm not doing the Challenge this year, so they had to adjust for the smaller team and no list manager.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Michael's book rocks! I think it would be cool to see as a movie - and CassaStar, too.
I don't know if I could see my book as a movie - for some reason when I picture it, I think of the old Hercules movie, except with different actors - as if I'm afraid that the nagi in the book would be played by plastic medusa toys. I don't know. It would still be pretty awesome, though. And, I'm not sure how they would handle the God-moments in there, when Clara is praying and she has visions.

The Happy Whisk said...

Hope you get to make it into a film but do it in the way that you want it done. Not the water-down stuff.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I didn't know BLOOD-FATHER was on NetFlix. I've been tempted. I may see it now. Thanks

H.R. Bennett said...

While I'm not sure, just based on the description, how well I could personally connect with The Remanent, I would encourage you to write your passion. It's the only thing worth writing about.

Helena said...

Lauren read CassaFire six times! What a perfect fan/reader for your books, Alex. And well deserved.

Helena said...

Lauren read CassaFire six times! What a perfect fan/reader for your books, Alex. And well deserved.

Rhonda Albom said...

If a producer would want to take a book I wrote and make it into a movie, I'd be willing to see a lot of "adjustments" made to fit it to screen. After all, books and movies of the same title can be drastically different and I think viewers/readers see them as separate art.

Deniz Bevan said...

I have an IWSG shirt! Maybe mini-Alex could autograph it for me... :-)

The Angry Lurker said...

1 – Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, John Ratzenberger 2008: ?
2 – Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko 2013: Oblivion?
3 – Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Conners 1973:Planet of the Apes?
4 – Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs 2002:Equilibrium?
5 – Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Ray Stevenson 2010: Book of Eli?
6 – Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan 1976 Logans Run?
7 – Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis 2014: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?

Dean K Miller said...

I'd love to see my two current projects as films. Of course, need to finish them first, but both could be block busters . . . at least on my ipad!Caught a little reader love last week, nothing is sweeter!

Stephanie Faris said...

That's the thing--I think all of us realize what a movie contract could do for our careers, but we also realize that if that happened, we'd hand over control to the screenwriters. They're going to do what's best to make it marketable to audiences. As long as they don't go crazy with it like Stanley Kubrick did with The Shining, how could we ever complain? Especially since it would drive so many readers to our books!

Nicola said...

What amazing comments to receive for your work, Alex. You must have been thrilled to get such lovely feedback from readers. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Chemist Ken said...

Yeah, I could see my book as a movie, although I'd be interested to see how much better the screenplay dialogue would be.

Tonja said...

I know none of the movies, which is really odd. Maybe I just don't know the names of the actors in the movies. On the question of religious persecution, I am pretty sure history is filled with that. Current attempts to ban Muslims. Holocaust. I'm pretty sure a king or two in England persecuted Protestants. It's not a new theme, but one that would certainly be difficult to address in fiction.

Sandra Cox said...

Congrats to JL on the anthology.

Have a great day, Alex.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tyrean, plastic Medusa toys - funny!

Roland, watch it!

Helena, I was shocked!

Deniz, cool! We need to have a wear your t-shirt IWSG day.

Fran, you got five right!

Stephanie, and I still like his version of the Shining.

Nicola, I was!

Sandra, having a great day!

Fundy Blue said...

Enjoyable post, as always, Alex! Your book sounds intriguing, William! Good luck with it! We're home, briefly, after 3 1/2 months ~ Now to tackle the chaos. Have a great week!

H. R. Sinclair said...

Awww! Great shout outs. Congrats. And congrats to William.

Sherry Ellis said...

I hope William Michael Davidson does get to see his book made into a movie. That would be so exciting for him!

Juneta key said...

Yup I have SWAG. I chose the pens.
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Hart Johnson said...

Be sure to let us know if there is any progress in the book to show transition! I have a trilogy I think would make an excellent Netflix series, too. We should probably be asking Erik!

ediFanoB said...

Honestly I must say that Blood Father is not my cup of tea.

I assume that a lot of authors would like to see a movie version of their books.

But there are also books which I hope never to see as a film because it would collide with my imagination.

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

Thanks for the review of Blood Father. We haven't seen it, but the redemption aspect with his daughter sounds interesting.

Jemi Fraser said...

I never know the trivia (can never remember actor names and titles!!!) but I think #3 is Planet of the Apes - one of my faves!! :)

So many books lose those intricate layers when morphing to the screen. Always interesting to talk about!

Roland Clarke said...

Congrats to all those you plugged. I want to see the Cassa books on screen, but do you have any casting thoughts.

Attempted the movie quiz but one problem with my illness is what it does to my memory. I recognise the films but can't place the names - same with musicians. (Will have to remember the prog rock above as sounds awesome. )

Anyway, knew that 3 must be Soylent Green as remembered Leigh Taylor-Young as the 'furniture' and even read the original story by Harry Harrison. (Remember that as just bought one of his other books - that is a link that works in my brain.)

I stared at the Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan and could picture the film - crystals in the hands etc - but the name had disconnected.
Hate this disease. At least, I could cheat and look at other people's answers. Logan's Run, of course. Stop rambling, Clarke.

DMS said...

I have imagined my book as a movie many times. One of my favorite day dreams. :)

I felt like some of the trivia was on the tip of my tongue, but I ended up with nothing.

Congrats to everyone who has good things happening right. :)

Magic Love Crow said...

Congrats William!
As you know Alex, I don't write, but I paint. I have had a couple people write poems about certain pieces of my art, because they said that piece inspired them. I was very honoured!

Murees Dupè said...

Hey Alex. Like William, I rather fear that once my book is picked up to be made into a movie, it wouldn't have the same feel as the book. Also, it would bother me if they didn't get the proper characters. Yes, I can be very fussy:)

Exciting times.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm eager to read The Remnant. It has a unique plot idea for a dystopian tale.

I can always see my books as movies because I tend to create the story visually in my mind as I write. I'd love to see Dead Wrong as a film just to discover who would play Fat Ass Sammy Grick. :D

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Too funny! I just read about William's book on another site. I love the world he's created here. All the best to him.

Aw, a fan did make my day recently. A librarian emailed me to say that she gave my middle grade book to one of her reluctant readers - a boy. He needed something for a book report. She said he read it in a few days and when he returned it said, "This was fantastic! When's the next one come out?" #happytears I helped a reluctant reader read. That is so cool!

Misha Gerrick said...

I definitely think my books would make good movies, although really I think The War of Six Crowns would make a better tv series.

There's way too much going on to try and squash them into a 90min to 2hr movie.

That said, any adaption would make me nervous for the simple reason that movies always take a chunk out of a book's soul.

SpacerGuy said...

Oh Valentines day is just a blink away, if only I could have my say. I ran into Claire today and Oh what fun we could have if only I was ten years younger and she wasn't married. I'll stop by JL Campbell and pick up my Valentine Pets and Kisses.

Sandra Cox said...

Congrats to Heather on her anniversary. Love Echo Effect.

Have a great one, Alex:)

Michelle Wallace said...

Those are wonderful comments from satisfied CassaStar readers!
Would love some swag...

Blue Grumpster said...

Watered-down and politically correct... Seems like today that's the only way. What director would have the guts to do it right?

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Congratulations, William. Great reviews, Alex. I've a soft spot for fallen heroes, so I'm happy to see Mr. Gibson doing well. Great blog full of awesome stuff. Thanks, eh.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Juneta, cool!

Hart, yes we should!

Edi, I can think of quit a few books in that category.

Jemi, close!

Clarke, you got two! And cool you like the Haken.

Crow, that is just awesome.

Patricia, that's quite a name.

Sheri, that is awesome.

Michelle, wish we could get you some.

Blue, sadly so. said...

I don't know any of the movie trivia, but I can imagine my book(s) as movies.

Leslie S. Rose said...

I come from the world of theatre design, so my stories start as movies in my head. Hmmm, did I see a shout out to Logan's Run? I believe I need to renew at Carousel.

Patsy said...

I'd love my books to be made into movies and I'd actually like some changes to be made. If the film version is exactly the same as the print one then it seems a pointless exercise to me - plus some thing work better on a screen and some on the page.

Anonymous said...

As you know, I love Macy in Shameless. I'm adding the movie to my Watch List.

I would hate for my book to be watered down in any to be PC. That would irk me terribly. Especially if it's on a subject that I hold near and dear to me like addiction and my Faith.

Sandra Cox said...

Mini Alex is a great ambassador for IWSG swag:)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I need to read William's book. I'll add Blood Father to my watch list, and I'll add a shout out on my blog for Jeremy's magazine next Friday.

DiscConnected said...

1 – Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, John Ratzenberger 2008 no idea
2 – Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko 2013 Saw it...OBLIVION, I think?
3 – Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Conners 1973 SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!!
4 – Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs 2002 Saw this too but forget title
5 – Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Ray Stevenson 2010 BOOK OF ELI
6 – Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan 1976 LOGAN'S RUN
7 – Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis 2014 The second recent Apes movie-either RISE or DAWN-I forget which was the second one (without James Franco)

Love Haken, too-saw them at both 2015 ROSfest and 2014 Progressive Nation cruise-they were in AZ last fall but I was out of town at the time. Awesome band!

Larry (the other Cavanaugh blogger)

Mason T. Matchak said...

Good to see you've got so many people loving your books. ^_^ As for movie stuff, I could see STARWIND as a movie, as it could fit into that whole cinematic thing pretty easily. It might be better off as fully CG animation, though, as it would require a ton of CG and costuming just to get all the characters right.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I always see my books as movies :) It's a hope all writers have that someone makes a movie from their book/s.

Like the sound of the Remnant, will pick up a Ecopy of it.

Maria said...

Wow, fabulous post. Something for everyone here. You certainly don't disappoint, Alex.

Unknown said...

I see my books as films, but only in my head as I write them. I never expect to be one of the lucky few that gets a film deal, but good luck to William!

Big yay for Tess and Lauren's great comments about your books!

mail4rosey said...

I think it would be hard to have an offer for a book (to be made into a movie), if you couldn't have the final say on how far it veered from the written story. Especially true with the issues going on here... potential issues. I still hope you get that S.S. call. :)

Beth Ellyn said...

IT'S MINI ALEX!! :) and congrats to William!! it sounds like it would make an awesome Netflix original.

msmariah said...

Alex! I hope you're doing well. I would love to learn more about the Remnant. I wonder if you've heard of the new Martin Scorsee movie Silence? I really want to see that one. I heard it's Scorsee's spiritual masterpiece.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Leslie, you did!

Elsie, the faith part is what they'd likely water down.

Sandra, yes he is!

Elizabeth, he would appreciate it.

Larry, you got five. And damn, you lucky dog! Wish they'd been on that tour when I saw it several years ago.

Mason, nothing wrong with that.

Maria, I try not to.

Hey Beth Ellyn!

I have heard of it, MsMariah. And good to have you back again.

Unknown said...

The Remnant sounds really cool. Wishing you luck, William! And congrats on the awesome feedback from your readers, Alex. That's awesome! =-) Have a great weekend.

Shadow said...

Political correctness spoils a lot of good ideas. And Blood Father is eXCeLLeNT, watch it.

Theresa Milstein said...

Good luck with your book, William Michael Davidson. After reading your post and then looking back at the title, I get the religious reference.

Al Penwasser said...

Mel Gibson acting in a movie? I thought he was just directing. Guess I should pay better attention.

Sandra Cox said...

Hope you and your wife are having a grand (awesome) weekend.

Lynda Dietz said...

I enjoy pretty much anything you're blogging about at any given time. The Remnant sounds interesting! I don't have much to say but wanted to say hello anyway. :)

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Oblivion and Logan's Run were the only two I could guess from the trivia. I feel unworthy... ;)

Colette S said...

I would like to read that book before seeing the movie; The Remnant.
Very interesting post.
Thanks for sharing.

Toi Thomas said...

Not sure how I missed this post. On my way to read today's post and saw this.
I could see my Eternal Curse Series as a movie, but have the same concerns as William.
Oblivion was actually a good movie, I thought.

Heather R. Holden said...

Thanks so much for spreading the word about my art giveaway! Really appreciate the shout-out...