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Blog Party: Dancing with Lemurs and Alex

Watching in the wings as Alex's book-launch catches fire

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot”
Stephen King

Alex J Cavanaugh is one of those fortunate authors who never meant for it to catch on. But today promises to turn him into a household word, as his second Sci-Fi book to launch in less than 18 months catches fire.

Cavanaugh’s CassaFire is released today by Dancing Lemur Press.

Trained as a visual artist (with a degree in Fine Arts), he wrote for his own pleasure. He is still master of all he surveys in the design field. But his Heinlein-esque prose, deep techno-filled space journeys, military precision — and, dare I say, a misspent youth watching the ’70s cult series Battlestar Galactica — combined with a love of sci-fi from childhood reading, has turned the wheel of fortune in his favor.

Alex's CassaFirE launches today

His first book, CassaStaR (2010) hit the Top-Ten Bestseller list; his second, CassaFire launches today from Dancing Lemur Press. That’s what the blog party’s all about.

So, to celebrate an author whose blog always tries to help others –his modest acceptance of his own fortune gives him an edge to support fellow writers– some of his friends and I are joining his Catch Fire Blog Party. *

Alex and I ‘met’ in the ethers and while his blogs and mine diverge, we were both drawn to each other’s conviction that there is a whole starsystem of talented authors out there trying to mesh their writing with a reading audience; as well as a waiting world genuinely wanting to read our works of fantasy, adventure, and (in his case) hardcore Sci-Fi. Despite his assertion that he is only a humble designer, he has found a way to build a world around his success.

“I’m not as intensive a world-builder as most authors. I took notes on the basic structure, using a few science fiction movies as guides for the overall feel and details on spacecraft and alien vessels” Alex Cavanaugh, CassaStaR

Modesty strikes again.

I happen to know that Alex has method behind his apparent madness. He loves his characters, structures them deeply; plans them from the inside out. So, having given his main characters life in CassaStaR, he found that even when the story changes (CassaFire), their personalities and traits “just fell into place”.

There is more. Because of our shared conviction that reading, writing and creativity are essential to keep the human race evolving (he worked in the Adult Literacy Program for several years; he plays several musical instruments), Alex persists with his blogging to reflect his love of everything sci-fi: movies to books to blogs. It will not surprise me if he comes out next with a screenplay! A musical!

Dancing Lemur dancing for Alex's blog party

Alex is not one to sit back and wait while the rest of the revellers raise their champagne flutes to him and look around to see if any of this high-rolling might rub off. Today his nose is buried in a galaxy of supporting blogs (after all, that’s what we bloggers are here for, isn’t it?) — he’s taken the day off ‘work’ (design) to scan the fans. But today also marks the start of his blogtour, which runs through March 9th. When he’s not doing that, he’ll be back at the helm, steering his Insecure Writers Support Group to the stars.

Told you, he plans ahead. And we all wish him the utmost of great good fortune with CassaFire. Well done, Captain Alex.

*Today is the Catch Fire Blog Party, celebrating the release of Alex J. Cavanaugh’s CassaFire by Dancing Lemur Press. The goal is to help CassaFire “catch fire” on the best seller charts and achieve the success of his first book, CassaStar. There’s also a special package of prizes being given away at the author’s blogtour”>blog (copies of CassaFire, CassaStar, tote bag, mug, and bookmarks) as well as book giveaways during his two-week blog tour.
©2012 Marian Youngblood

February 28, 2012 - Posted by | authors, blogging, fantasy, fiction, novel, popular | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Youngblood, thank you so much for your kind words! I’m just a humble Ninja trying to do his best. And I’m very grateful we found each other in the world wide web!

    Comment by Alex J. Cavanaugh | February 28, 2012 | Reply

  2. Oh, really nice promo here! I totally missed the Lemur connection.

    Comment by Hart | February 28, 2012 | Reply

  3. Lovely to have you both stop by, blog-maestro and naked poetess! Alex: stardom awaits. Hart — you were so busy dancing in your flame-girt skirt that you didn’t see the little lemur waiting for walkies… lol

    Comment by siderealview | February 28, 2012 | Reply

  4. Great promotional write-up Marian. Not sure what blogtours are, but will follow your links to see where I end up…LOL

    Comment by Rob Read | February 28, 2012 | Reply

    • Always great to see you, Mysteral — you seem to be going from strength to strength in the blogging dept. yourself! As a fellow student of phenomena, I find it riveting to watch the internet bring us — in electrons — a place to converse, to listen, to tour and to party — without having to travel miles (in vehicles)… or is my age showing…?

      Comment by siderealview | February 28, 2012 | Reply

  5. I love this write-up. I just learned more about Alex in one post than I ever knew before 🙂

    Comment by Sarah Pearson | February 28, 2012 | Reply

  6. Nice job. Very different look at the coverage of the Catch Fire event. Nice personal touch.


    Comment by Arlee Bird | February 29, 2012 | Reply

    • thanks, Lee and Sarah – I know you know whereof you speak… lol You might be interested to know (à la thread of blog comments lost in ether) WP marked your nice comments as spam – had to retrieve!!!

      Comment by siderealview | March 1, 2012 | Reply

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