Monday, April 11, 2022

Alex J. Cavanaugh & CassaDark

Another great adventure!!

Alex has done it again! CassaDark is an epic story that spans planets and cultures with ease. Bassan (son of Byron) is the focus of this story and he's a great main character. Tormented by a sense of not-quite-good-enough and unable-to-act-in-time, Bassan struggles to find his place in the shadow of the great things his parents have accomplished. Who could imagine the son of two talented pilots would be afraid to fly?

To make up for what he views as a mistake, Bassan agrees to travel to another world to present at a conference. And that's where his life changes forever.

New worlds. New friends. New enemies. New challenges.

If Bassan can't find the confidence and the will to act, it won't be only him who won't survive. Can he find the strength to do things he's never done? Things he's never imagined?

You'll have to read to find out! A fabulous story!

I invited Alex here to answer a few pressing questions!

What's your favourite part of writing? (outlining, draft, revision, editing, marketing)
Definitely not the first draft! How I loathe the first draft. Revisions and editing. The story is on the page and I can see what I need to do with it at that point. I have something to work with.

Do you write in silence or do you have music (or TV) playing while you work?
I can’t write when it’s quiet. My brain can’t focus. I need music in the background, something that fits the mood of the scene I’m writing. Often the television is on as well. (Muted, of course—that would be overload.)

I know you play the guitar. Do you ever plan to have a character who is a musician?
So far, I haven’t! You would think I would’ve put an instrument in one character’s hands. I guess I just don’t put that much of myself into my characters.

My favourite piece of science fiction "stuff" is my R2D2 flash drive. What's yours?
Either my Starcraft Protoss Pylon USB charger or my Firefly Yahtzee game.

What part of your Cassa series came to you first? (character, plot, location, tech)
I wrote the first version of CassaStar when I was an early teen, so I don’t really remember. Pretty much only the two main characters survived the rewrite, so I guess I’d have to say characters.


Alex J. Cavanaugh works in web design and graphics, and he plays guitar in a Christian band. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is known as Ninja Captain Alex and he’s the founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.



By Alex J. Cavanaugh

His world is unraveling…

Bassan’s father is stepping down from command. His best friend almost dies when Bassan freezes. Now, he’s being sent across the galaxy to speak at an important conference. Despite saving the eleven races years ago, he’s paralyzed by fear and doubt. Could things get any worse?

Once there, new acquaintance Zendar convinces Bassan to visit his planet for a humanitarian mission. Bassan’s special connection to ancient technology is the key to saving Zendar’s people. One problem though—it’s a prisoner planet.

On Ugar, he discovers things aren’t so straightforward. As each secret reveals itself, the situation grows more desperate. If he can’t find the right answers, he might die along with Zendar’s people. Can Bassan summon the courage to be a hero again?

Trade paperback, 226 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, LLC
Science fiction - Adventure (FIC028010) / Space Opera (FIC028030) / Space Exploration (FIC028130)
Print ISBN 9781939844842 $16.95 / eBook ISBN 9781939844859 $4.99

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Thanks for popping by today, Alex! Congrats on yet another awesome book!

How about you? Anyone else love the Cassa series? Anyone else going online in search of Firefly Yahtzee? Who else needs music or background noise to write (I do!)?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks again for hosting me, Jemi - you rock!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Nice interview!

I've got to ask, Alex--do you play the Yahtzee game or just enjoy having the model of the ship? Either way, that's very cool!

Jemi Fraser said...

Always happy to host you, Alex!
Loved the story!!

Victoria Marie Lees said...

Such an interesting premise, Alex. You know, I need silence to write. I'm the opposite of you. I get distracted when my husband watches movies or listens to the radio. All the luck with your blog tour!

Thanks for hosting Alex, Jemi! Have a beautiful week.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thanks for featuring Alex today!

Elephant's Child said...

I remember playing yahtzee with my partner years ago - with household chores as the stakes. I will have to look for the Firefly version.
Huge congratulations to Alex. I am so glad that he was wrong and had more than one book in him...

Tyrean Martinson said...

An R2D2 flash drive!
Firefly Yahtzee!
I think I'm mildly envious of you both.
Congrats on your new book, Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Probably more just enjoy having the ship. We have played the game a couple times though.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You guys are mean Yahtzee players!

Jacqui Murray said...

That first step of getting the story on paper--treacherous! Agreed.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I hate first drafts too. Congrats to Alex on his new release.

Truedessa said...

Wonderful interview. Congrats Alex! I am currently reading CassaDark.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I can't write in silence either. I'm generally listening to Dire Straits. Nice interview, you two!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I hope you enjoy it!

Damyanti Biswas said...

Great to see the Cassa series here ( I have all of it on my Kindle!) Congratulations to Alex, and thanks for hosting him, Jemi.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Damy!

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations, Alex! I'm always impressed by your excitement when it comes to editing, since I love drafting!