Monday, September 16, 2013

Grab your copy of Cassastorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh on Tuesday

Tuesday, September 17th is the official release date of CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It's so exciting, I think I may leave this post up all week long. To celebrate his book, he answered a bunch of questions, and one of them was:

Q: Did you get any input on your covers or was each one a surprise?

A: My publisher's illustrator read each story and then spoke with me for about ten to fifteen minutes to discuss the key scenes. That's about the extent of my input. When I see the cover, it's a complete surprise. Fortunately, it's always a pleasant one as all three covers have rocked! The ships appear different than what I'd imagined, but I think they're much better than my vision.

Thanks for taking the time to answer the question, Alex.
Comment on Alex's blog this week for a chance to win a Cassa mug,
a mousepad, a magnet, and other swag! Exciting, eh?
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…

“CassaStorm is a touching and mesmerizing space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mystery.” – Edi’s Book Lighhouse

“…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

"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

$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 at:
Barnes and Noble
Amazon Paperback
Amazon Kindle

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Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.

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  1. Wahooooo, congrats Alex!! :)

    Your answer up there makes me wonder if your description of the ships changed after seeing the first cover? :)

  2. Hi Mike :) Hi Alex :)

    An excellent question. Covers are so controversial, and authors always want input on the first marketing tool a viewer sees.


  3. Great to see the third book out. Now Alex just as to come up with his next trilogy.

    Moody Writing

  4. I like the covers too, all three look great together. Congratulations Alex!

  5. Congrats to Alex. I really like the covers. The one for CassaStorm is my favorite.

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  7. That's cool that he actually talks to his publisher about the cover.

  8. Thanks, Michael! Yeah, I really dig my covers. I can say that, can't I?

    Trisha, after the first book, I was more conscious of my descriptions of the ships.

  9. yay for alex's culmination of awesomeness!

    and i went back thru some of your posts, great stuff, always enjoy your info...

    yeah, breaking bad! saw fallon's parody, he did a great job
    good luck to your friend with hat trick

    interstellar sounds awesome! cant wait!

    and i learned more about stocks! thanks!

  10. Huh, I thought I this came out months ago.

  11. Michael, I've read your review of his previous book. I know a # of people waiting for this 3rd one to come out. One more day!

  12. And the CassaStrom arrives with a wild blast!

    Go Alex!

  13. This is a great post, Michael! Thanks for honoring Alex's release with such excellent finesse. :)

  14. Best wishes to Alex for countless sales.

  15. Great question. I always like knowing how covers come about.

    Congrats, Alex!

  16. Hey, Mike,
    Hope you are well. Congrats to Alex.

  17. ooh, good question!

    And Yay for Alex!!

  18. Great cover question. CassaStorm is my favorite of the covers. Bet it's the best book too. Looking forward to it.

  19. My cover artist does similar. This last time I sent her to the Pinterest album I created and we were inspired by the same images.

    Congrats Alex!

    Happy Monday, Michael!

  20. It's great they read the story as oppose to a synopsis.

  21. I'm so glad your covers came out great for you, Alex. They really are gorgeous and so eye-catching. Of course what I'm really looking forward to is reading them.

  22. It's great when authors love their covers. Good question Mike and congrats Alex.

  23. Glad you like the covers. It's nice when things work out like that.

  24. Alex's covers do rock. I like how they look similar enough to know the books are connected.

  25. Very cool that the cover artist actually read the books.

  26. Yay for Alex! And interesting question about the covers. It's always a thrill to see what an artist comes up with for your book. Alex's covers are all fantastic.

  27. One of my favorite parts of seeing Alex's new book everywhere is reading all of the Q&As on each blog. Thanks for another great one!

  28. Cheers Alex! ALL the best!!!! The three covers look so appealing ....

    Hi, Michael,

    Hope all is well with you...

  29. I wondered what kind of input and involvement the author had on cover designs with a publisher. I'm sure the degree depends on the publisher, but it's interesting to hear about. Congrats again to Alex! The support is amazing.

  30. I was never a Star Wars fan or a trekkie but this sounds great. I enjoyed Sci-fi as a teen so I'll need to check Alex's book out. Thanks for visiting my page too. Jay is awesome!

  31. It's true, Alex really has taking the blogsphere by storm! Congrats to Alex!

  32. I heard Alex made the top 100 for Space Operas this week! The book was a perfect ending for the series so I hope everyone picks it up.