Monday, February 25, 2013

Escapement with Ciara Knight and CassaStorm with Alex J. Cavanaugh

I was in the hospital for a HUGE kidney stone last week. I'll tell more about it tomorrow. As for now, I want to give a shout out for some of my blogger buddies who have big things coming out.
Neumarian Uprising

We need your help! Thanks to our spy, Ciara Knight, we are able to communicate with you today via blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

The Neumarian uprising has begun. We are fighting for freedom and equality for all, but we need your help. Ciara informed us that you might want to know more about the uprising and why we ask you to risk your lives for our cause. To answer these questions I’ve agreed to let Ciara tell my sister’s, Raeth’s, story about her captivity. It will be free for you on a site called Amazon until March 1, 2013.

Our spies have told us this will help spread the word and find more recruits for our rebellion against the tyrannical queen. You can help by simply downloading a free copy of Weighted, a prequel to the Neumarian Chronicles.

If you are intrigued and wish to follow our uprising, Escapement, book I of The Neumarian Chronicles, will be available for only $2.99 until March 1, 2013.

Escapement is told by Princess Semara. Don’t hold the fact Semara is a princess against her like I did, there is more to her than you can possibly imagine.

Here is a brief explanation of her telling of our uprising:
Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen’s reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother’s empire. When my own erratic powers surface I’m captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.

What people are saying about Escapement:
“A heady mix of action adventure and steampunk -- leavened with a dash of romance -- ESCAPEMENT offers up its fair share of thrills, horrors and heart-pounding moments. A strong start to a captivating new series.”
 -- Jana Oliver, author of The Demon Trapper's Daughter 
“A riveting tale of justice, mercy, honor and love. Take a deep breath and hold on, because you'll be turning the pages of Escapement quickly. Three unlikely comrades, Princess Semara, Ryder, and his sister Raeth, embark on a journey that will alter their lives forever. The beautiful love story nestled into these action-packed scenes will make you sigh and remember why you love to love. After reading the prequel Weighted, I knew this story would be amazing, and it was. Ciara Knight truly has a gift for creating awesome worlds and characters you won't forget.”
 --Lindi Peterson--Award winning author of Summer's Song.
“Betrayal, secrets, and a rebellion send readers on a grand adventure, caught in the plight to discover Semara’s gifts and purpose.”
 --Alex J Cavanaugh, author of Amazon best sellers CassaStar and CassaFire
 “The most unmissable series ever! I couldn't stop reading, the action and romance too breathtaking to break the spell!”
 --ARC review by Sudah on Goodreads
"A courageous heart-stopping journey by young people to save their kind."
 --Hildie McQueen, bestselling author of Where the Four Winds Collide
If you’d like to see a peek into our world, please view this short clip on You Tube

If you are now ready to join our fight, please add Escapement to your TBR shelf on Goodreads here. Shout out on all your social media sites, and tell everyone you know to stand up and fight.

Be Bold.
Be Brave.
Be Free.
In the name of the rebellion,

--Ryder Arteres
I know most of you have seen Alex's cover art for the next book in his space opera series. I'm a little late to the game, but I wanted to post/reveal it. I love the elements at play in this cover. The spaceship is not dead center, lending tremendous chaos to the overall picture. Yet the lightning bolts and explosions definitely draw your eye to the middle. It's a wonderful illustration, and Alex should feel proud at his amazing accomplishment of completing a trilogy. I can't wait to get my hands on this one. Have a great Monday, everyone.


  1. Yikes. I hope you're feeling better now.

    Ciara's book sounds awesome, and I'm impressed with both her, and Alex's, cover art. Best of luck to them both!

  2. Yeah for Ciara - I'm part of the uprising! (And enjoyed her book.)
    Thanks for posting my cover. I was really stoked to see it. Very dynamic cover.

  3. Just hearing about the kidney stone makes me cringe. Hope you are much better now.

  4. Congrats to both authors. Two great covers.

    I missed your blog last week and hope you're better. I've heard of people getting laser treatment for kidney stones.

  5. Ooh, yay, a kidney stone story. :P

    And congrats to Ciara and Alex on their books. Both have such great covers.

  6. Did they sound blast it or make you pass it?

  7. I'm excited to hear about the great kidney stone tomorrow.

  8. I'm so sorry you've had issues with Kidney stones. That's terrible. I hope you are doing better.

    Thanks so much for joining the uprising. You are such a brave rebel.

    Love Alex's new cover. It's my favorite in the series!

  9. So sorry to hear about your kidney stone. Yikes!! I hope you are much better now.

    Very happy for Alex and Ciara, both of these books sound amazing as always.

    Started reading Slipstream yesterday and I'm really enjoying it! Jordan is such a great character. :)

  10. Aww man! I hope you're doing a lot better. My mom gets kidney stones, so i know how not fun they can be

  11. Yay for Ciara and Alex -both awesome covers for awesome writers!
    I hope you feel better soon.

  12. Sorry to hear about your kidney stone. I know how painful they can be; I haven't had one but Mrs. C. has had twenty three. Take care.

  13. Such beautiful covers! Sorry to hear about the kidney stone. My husband gets those and they seem painful.

  14. yeepee! Congrats to both of them on the new books!

  15. This post packs a punch with both Alex and Ciara! Congrats to both. Hope you get to feeling better real soon, Michael.

  16. That's quite the pair of awesome covers.

  17. Ouch! That sounds awful! I hope you're feeling better.

    Congrats to Ciara and Alex! Both covers rock!

  18. Kidney stones are the worst! I hope you feel better soon.

  19. Both of those covers look very professional. I like Ciara's premise--sounds like the slaves have a reason not to like her. Poor slaves.

  20. A huge stone, huh? I can only imagine the pain.

    Both of these are cool covers.

  21. Just the sound of kidney stones seem painful. I hope you feel better soon!

  22. Mother wants her executed? Now that's a plot for ya. CassStorm's cover is great! But then so is the author. And eesh! Some of the spaceships look like spiders1

  23. Ooh, sounds painful. Hope you're feeling better.


  24. Aren't both of these covers great? I cannot wait to read these books. The story lines sound excellent!

    I hope you are feeling better, Michael. :-)

  25. Two great covers!
    A mass uprising sweeps across BloggyVille while a storm rages on...

    I hope you're feeling better Michael!

  26. Oh, dude! Sorry about the stone. I know this will sound puny, but I would pass on having one of those any day. Hope you are feeling better soon. And both of those books sound amazing! :)

  27. I'm so happy for Ciara and Alex. May their books sell in the millions.

    Michael, you poor thing! A friend of mine once had a kidney stone and it was the worst pain he ever had. I hope you're now well and pain free and running around again.

  28. Woot for Ciara and Alex.

    Happy Monday, Michael.

  29. Yikes! Sorry about the stone. I've heard how painful they are.
    But you're back with some gorgeous covers to share! I just love both of them!

  30. Huge congrats to both Ciara and Alex... :)

  31. The cover art on both of these books is fantastic. There's a lot of excitement there.
    Sorry about the kidney stone. I hope you have recovered. Don't drink grapefruit juice - it creates stones.

  32. I like your artistic evaluation of the book cover.
    Sorry to hear about the stone. I've heard it's very, very painful.

  33. Yay for Ciara and Alex, but UGH! I'm so sorry to hear about the stone! Those are terribly painful. I hate to think you having gone through that. I'm glad you're better though. Thanks for dropping by today. I'm not really out cruising the blogosphere today. Just wanted to stop by and say hi.

  34. Ooh, I know kidney stones can be extremely painful. Take good care of yourself, Michael.

  35. I posted both both of these covers--sooo excited to read them:-)

  36. Congrats to Ciara and Alex on their books!

  37. Two excellent books and I'm LOVING both covers!!! Can't wait to read them both!

  38. I'm sorry to hear that...hope your feeling at least a little better now. Welcome back! The covers are awesome and I'm so looking forward to reading Ciara's book soon.