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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Catch Fire Blog Party!

Blogger is being a booger with me again. This didn't post to your blog rolls on my first or twelfth attempts.
On a related note, is the new comments format driving anyone else bonkers?
I've removed the image to see if I have any better luck with this post.
Sorry, Alex.
     Aside from a silly mock-of-Spock series that I wrote for the Saturday Centus a while back, I'd never dabbled in the world of sci-fi. But I met sci-fi guru Alex J. Cavanaugh about 1-1/2 years ago through a mutual blog contact. I'm now honored to call Alex a friend. Since we met, I've witnessed Alex's following triple, and have seen him transition from blogger to author of one (an Amazon Best Seller), then two books  - with a third in the works.  
      So, figuring I was missing out, I finally broke down and gave CassaStar a read (my first sci-fi book ever), and I'm hooked. It helps that I kinda have a thing for Byron, though Alex has warned me he isn't relationship material. [I suspect I have some competition from this Athee chick in CassaFire too. We'll see about that.]

      Alex's writing is clean, crisp, digestible, and, though he writes about out-of-this-world experiences, very human. That's what I appreciate most about his craft. And Alex. I'm excited to be part of this CatchFire blog party and recommend you catch fire with Alex and the rest of us. All of the important details follow.


Alex's blog tour runs from February 27 through March 9. Anyone who comments on his blog posts during that time can win a special package from his publisher: copy of CassaFire and CassaStar, a large tote bag, and a mug.

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

Book trailer available at


  1. Sounds Awesome--and I am so glad you don't just look at the pictures anymore!

    Love ya Friend!


  2. Don't worry Robyn...someone better than Byron will come around, If all else fails, I'll create a fictional Mr. Robyn. ;)

  3. Thank you, Robyn! I'm honored to call you one of my best blogger buddies. Now, don't you and Athee get into a fight or anything...

  4. Very nice plug indeed here at your feed and yes this new stupid comment layout is dumb another fail by some blogger bum.

  5. Alex is all over the place today, but no one deserves it more than he does. He's everyone's blogging buddy, so committed and dedicated. I'm headed down to Powell's Books to hopefully find both novels.

  6. Not sure what they are tweaking with the comments, BUT I'M NOT A HAPPY CAMPER! Grrrr!

  7. My post didn't want to publish today either. No picture so I don't know what it was.
    I don't read much sci-fi, but that book sounds like something my sister would love.

  8. Sorely lacking in my sci-fi reading experience – but my youngest is a huge fan. I’ll check out Alex’s blog and books.

  9. I normally don't read sci-fi, but if it's a movie it could be fun. I'll give it a visit. I also love my comment area now been added a reply button, but I couldn't tell you what I did to get it. It just appeared one day.

  10. Byron, eh? Is he anything like the Lord and poet? He wasn't relationship material either.

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

  12. Awesome stuff Robyn, damn I love Alex's work, the guy's a great talent to say the very least.

  13. I'm not usually a sci-fi fan but this seems interesting. It's not normally women who write this literature.
    Blogger is also driving me crazy today....and I hate this new format too!

  14. I am intrigued and I really am not a big fan of Sci-fi.

    Great pimping... :O)

  15. Glad to see someone else have trouble,with the badge, blogger and the comment page - YUCK. (I'm so cyber-challenged, I always assume it's me and not them.) Are you listening blogger?

    Nice tribute to a great guy. 'Catch Fire' is everywhere today.

  16. Sorry you're having trouble with Blogger, but you still did a great job getting the word out! Go Alex! Julie

  17. Loved the first book and bought the second one today! I hope Alex sells a boat load of copies!

  18. Oh yeah, I forgot to say this.
    You don't want him in your life Robyn. He can read your mind...

  19. that sure reminds me of an experience i've had myself ages ago!

    oh, i'm SO glad you don't just look at the pictures anymore.

    big hugs!

  20. Nice post! I made a similar post for CassaFire :) Anyways i'm new to the community. I would really appreciate it if you checked out my blog over at

    Thanks and enjoy your weekend!

  21. Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you this. In order to put photos in my last couple of posts, I had to actually copy the photos into Picasa and then it let me use them. Google is having some MAJOR problems with blogger...

  22. I think it sounds like a great book!! He's very talented. :)