Friday, September 20, 2013

CassaStorm is Here!

The talented and generous Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh is releasing the 3rd and final book in his Cassa series this week. IT. IS. AWESOME! Alex had a great idea to celebrate his release - he let us all ask our own questions of him. Here's mine:
 
Why did you decide to have such big time jumps in between each of the books & would you consider filling in the blanks?
 
The twenty year jumps served several purposes.
I wanted to tackle something totally different in Byron’s life each time. At every stage of our
life, we face different challenges. There are some situations Byron never would’ve encountered as a young man in his twenties.
I wanted to show maturation of the character, from cocky and rebellious to mature and responsible to wise and commanding.
With twenty year jumps, the secondary characters change a lot. Readers get to meet a new batch of characters every time.
Finally, life just isn’t that exciting all the time for most of us. Despite Byron’s profession, I figured three major events spread over his life was enough.
And I’ve thought about filling in the blanks, but not sure I’d want to go back as much as go forward.
 
 
CassaStorm
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

"An exciting, nail-biting read which sweeps the reader off on adventures in another galaxy."
- Nicua Shamira, Terraverum


$16.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 268 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera
Print ISBN 9781939844002 eBook ISBN 9781939844019
 
$4.99 EBook available in all formats
 
Find CassaStorm:
Barnes and Noble       Amazon       Amazon Kindle       Goodreads
 
 


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.
 
Website       Twitter       Goodreads
 
Have you read Alex's series? If you haven't you're missing out - and CassaStorm is an awesome wrap up! Have you ever tried a time jump between stories?

31 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Alex! I have read his series and really enjoyed it. Great series for non-sci fi readers, too.

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  2. Loved learning why Alex did that. I thought it was brilliant and very unique to jump so many years. Congrats to Alex!

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  3. Thank you, Jemi!
    And Byron's life is way more exciting than mine.

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  4. Elizabeth - I agree! I loved the trilogy too :)

    Natalie - it really was brilliant!! :)

    Alex - maybe you clones are having your excitement for you!! :P

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  5. Clever way to handle the gaps. Congrats, Alex! Pleased to see your book soar into the Amazon charts.

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  6. Great question and answer. CONGRATS, Alex!

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  7. Congrats, Alex! I'm looking forward to reading the series.

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  8. So fun to see Alex cassastorming through the blogosphere this week! :)

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  9. Diane - it's been great fun watching it soar!

    Susanne - I love the answer too!

    Shelley - it's awesome, you'll love it!

    Kelly - it is!! :)

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  10. Hello human, Jemi,

    If it was left up to my silly human, it would of taken twenty years before he got around to commenting.

    Nice to see the ninja dude, Alex, has his tour passing through your excellent site. Congrats and good luck to him.

    Have a good one, eh.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

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  11. Great question for Alex. It would be a challenge to age my characters like that.

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  12. Hey Penny! Thanks for helping Gary out again! It's always nice to see your sunshiny face! Say hi to your human for me - hope you are both doing well :)

    Susan - me too! I read a romance recently that was a 2nd one with the same characters and it was set '10 years later'. Really well done too!

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  13. Wishing Alex the best of luck! I am seeing him all over the blog this week! :) How interesting that the stories jump ahead. That sounds interesting and I always wonder about characters and what happens to them in the future!

    ~Jess

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  14. Jess - Alex is everywhere!! I like the leaps of time Alex employs too. It's great to see the characters at different stages!

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  15. Great question, and a very thoughtful answer. This sounds like such an interesting series!

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  16. That's interesting about the twenty year jumps. I like to see a character grow.

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  17. Beth - it really is! I love the whole space opera type of feel and the characters really grab you!

    Medeia - I like the growth Byron shows in each book - so realistic and enjoyable!! :)

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  18. Congratulations to Alex. Cassa Storm sounds like an awesome read and is waiting on my TBR!

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  19. Nas - the whole series is terrific! I loved it :)

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  20. I've had the earlier Cassas on my Kindle forever. I have to get to them. Love the trailer.

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  21. Great reasons for the jumps, and they work so well in the series!!!

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  22. Lynda - they do! Our friend is a smart cookie! :)

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  23. Never heard of the books.... must get them!

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  24. Agnes - if you like sci-fi, you'll love them!! Although lots of non-sf fans have loved it too!

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  25. With all the open time spans that leaves a lot of room to add to the series. That could be overkill as well, but if a market exists then one might want to capitalize on it.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  26. I agree Lee! If Alex has a story start calling to him, the market will be ready made! :)

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  27. I can't wait to read this and book two! I loved book one, one of my top favourite books!

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  28. Jack - I know you'll enjoy the next 2 as well - they're terrific! :)

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