Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Catch Fire! Blog Party, #Atozchallenge Giveaway & Teaser Tuesday

You will find my teaser for Tuesday Teaser at the end of this post, but while you're here, why not read the about the Catch Fire! Blog Party!

A quick announcement before we get to the party: Konstanz at No Thought 2 Small is hosting a giveaway if the A-to-Z signup reaches 1000 people by March 1. Help us get there! And click on her blog name above to check out her awesome giveaway!

Today is the Catch Fire Blog Party, celebrating the release of CassaFire by Alex J. Cavanaugh! The goal is to help CassaFire “catch fire” on the best seller charts and achieve the success of the first book, CassaStar. There’s also a special package of prizes being given away at the author’s blog (copies of CassaFire, CassaStar, tote bag, mug, and bookmarks) as well as book giveaways during his two-week blog tour. See Alex’s site for details.

Before I go any further, though, how about an A-to-Z of reasons to help CassaFire catch fire? Alex is, after all, one of my esteemed co-hosts for the A-to-Z Challenge, and today is his day!

Awesome book trailer (see below) & Alex, of course! Action! Adventure! Aliens! (Sheesh, I should have just done an "A" of reasons...)
Because I said so? Not a good reason? Byron! Best-selling author!
CassaStar & CassaFire!
Exploration &
Fighter pilots...in space!
Generous blogger & a Giveaway!
Hugely cool prize package (see above)!
Intelligently written & Interesting!
Just because it's a good read...
Killing time? Read a book! This book!
Life in a different time and place,
Mental powers (More than bargained for) & Mounting tension!
Nothing is what it seems...
Oh boy, what did I get myself into? Original!
Quintessential Sci-fi, for fans and newbies alike!
Ruins in space! Race against time!
Spaceships, Space and Sci-Fi, Skillfully woven plot.
Tgren, Telepathy & Teleporting!
Unexpected twists!
Vindicarn War--memories and promises in the past.
Weapon--a big one? Possibly!
Xerophiles! What? Okay, not something in the book, but it's a plant adapted to not needing much water, so that sounds appropriate for space and...yeah, I was really grasping at straws...moving on...
Yahoo, we've made it this far, and now is the time!
Zero gravity...yeah, boy!

by Alex J. Cavanaugh

CassaStar was just the beginning…

The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.

The detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren’s civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan’s technology and strange mental abilities.

To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves; the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy…

Available today!

Science fiction - space opera/adventure

Print ISBN 978-0-9827139-4-5, $15.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 240 pages

EBook ISBN 978-0-9827139-6-9, $4.99, available in all formats

CassaFire is the sequel to Cavanaugh’s first book, CassaStar, an Amazon Top Ten Best Seller:

“…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” - Library Journal

You can visit the author’s site at http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/

Book trailer available on YouTube.

Purchase your copy at:

Barnes and Noble


Amazon Kindle

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
5. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

From Chipeta: Queen of the Utes, a Biography, by Cynthia S. Becker and P. David Smith:

"Ouray roared in, the soldier in tow, barking orders to pack up and prepare to leave at first light. Chipeta knew by his tone that it was best not to ask questions, so she rolled up her hides and started packing. Ouray held a long meeting with the headmen and chiefs, and only late in the night did Chipeta hear the full story of the disaster heading their way." p. 47

What are you reading? Have you checked out Alex's blog yet? Entered for a giveaway on his blog or Konstanz's?

May you find your Muse.


  1. Shannon, thank you! That was really clever.

  2. Clever A-Z challenge, Go CassaFire! Yay Alex!

  3. I love your A to Z reasons on why people should get CassaFire.

    Ooo, I wonder what the disaster is from your teaser, although I might can guess.

    My teaser is here.

  4. The A-Z things was really clever! Good job!

  5. I just ordered his book! The A-Z list was wonderful. Someone should try to actually do that list.

  6. That was a great A-Z for Alex's book.

    Happy book b-day, Alex! I have my ebook copy. :)

  7. Great A-Z!

    I'm currently reading Terror by Dan Simmons, but I'm reading it in Serbian translation, so it would be pointless to put a teaser. :)

  8. What a great post Shannon!
    Seems like the Cassafire party has consumed the blogosphere!!

  9. Such a great post - so creative!!

    I've got my copy - So happy to see CassFire everywhere today!

  10. Amazing post!!! I made one just like it for Alex. I'm kinda new to the community and I would really appreciate it if you went and checked my blog out at yadinbromberg.blogspot.com and followed me.

    Thanks and have a great week!

  11. Liked your A - Z of reasons to support Alex and his book.

    Nice touch.

  12. That was an awesome A to Z! Nice teaser too.

  13. I do love a good A-Z list! Thanks for posting on Read@UTS. Like your teaser as well!

  14. Alex, thanks, and my pleasure!

    Lady Gwen, thanks! Go, Alex!

    Cherie, thanks! I'm betting you can guess, considering the time period.

    Andrew, thanks!

    Susan, thanks! So glad to hear you ordered it!

    DL, sometimes! ;-p Thanks!

    Medeia, awesome to hear!

    Angel, I don't know, it would have been fun, but I also wouldn't have been able to read it. ;-p

    MISH, as it should!

    B/B, thanks!

    Jemi, thank you, so glad you have it!

    Yadin, I definitely will stop by!

    D.G., thank you!

    Christine, thank you!

    UTS, thank you!

    Brooke, I'll be stopping by this evening!