Friday, February 22, 2013

Tale of CassaStorm Cover Reveal at the Cave (and other Celebrations)

"All right, there is still time. Let's run one more test with the fireworks and the cover." I indicate Tassin, who is the one in charge of special effects.

"As you wish, Sire. We'll have it travel from the back towards the audience..." He explains as we watch the screen.


"A cover reveal in 3D? That would be great!" I grin at my task-master's unknown abilities.

Tassin shakes his head. "Unless that means 3Dragons, we don't have the technology, Sire."

I pat his back. "Ah, don't worry. Fireworks will do. People loves them."

We turn around at Sessin's arrival. "Sire, remember you told me to look for a man dressed all in black and carrying a guitar? I found him. He's in the Main Chamber."

"Excellent!" I head to the Main Chamber, escorted by Tassin and Sessin but we freeze at the doorway.

I smile and raise my index claw. "Just a moment, please." I step back and glare at Sessin. "Who's that guy?!"

Sessin gives me his sheepish look. I can smell disaster. "Well, he's dressed all in black and he has a guitar. He is an expert in Space Operas, or so he said."

"But I told you a ninja!" I can't hide my exasperation. "Does he look like a ninja to you?"

"No. But that one over there surely does." Tassin points his hand out.

The three of us peek out again as the guy with respiratory insufficiency asks. "Who are you?"

"I'm Captain Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh, the author of CassaStorm and this is MY party."
While guitar warriors seem to be measuring each other, I hiss my command at Sessin. "You did this mess. Now go and fix it!"

"Can you get me a violoncello for protection?" Sessin pleads his father, who kicks him out.

"Don't be too proud of these technological Bestsellers you've created. The ability to write and play is insignificant, next to the power of the Force."

Sessin runs back to us and pulls down his welding mask. "Helmet guy challenged Ninja guy to a duel of light and sound!"

Pancholin yells over the loud Metal beats. "Sire, people is already gathered outside and they are waiting for the cover reveal!"

I am thinking I will have to fry Helmet guy and get done with this. My guest speaks up before I can say anything.
"All right. I will show the power of the Ninja but not now. Cover reveal comes first, guitar duels and autographs come later."

My dwarves sigh in relief. Tassin lookes up at me. "Now, Sire?"

I nod. "Yes, now."

He goes back to the Firework team and gives the signal.



CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, his only struggles are occasional rogue pirate raids and endless government bureaucracies. 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, shaking Bassan to the core and 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 be on its way back. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

Release date: September 17, 2013
Science Fiction - Space Opera/Adventure
Print ISBN 9781939844002
E-book ISBN 9781939844019

As we look at the fireworks, we can't help to wonder. Will Captain Ninja write another book? Will he devote himself to the guitar side of the Force? Here at the Dragon Cave no one can tell. The only thing we do know for sure is that we wish Alex and CassaStorm all success.


VikLit's Meme every Friday helps me to remember all the things for which I am grateful. Well, it has been a sort of "low-battery" week for me. Energy surged up and down the first days to plummeting yesterday. But still...

1. I finished another two entries for the A to Z Challenge. If I keep like this, I might get all of them done by next month.

2. I am going a bit slow with my reading but I managed another two chapters. And I also reviewed two chapters of a critique.

3. My dragon sculpture finally got its head. I really want to get it done by the end of next month. Let's hope.

4. Perhaps I might have enjoyed this cover reveal a bit too much. It was a bunch of coincidences, really. I've read of Alex's doubts about his future, I found the pics while searching for something else and my muse popped the idea into my head. Then everything seemed to fit so perfectly in the cover reveal that I couldn't help myself. In any case, working on it eased an otherwise sore evening. Of course I am grateful for that.

5. Last minute addition because I just learned I won a prize in the She said what? Bloghop. Thanks to Elise Fallson and Michelle Wallace for that one.

And naturally, I join the celebration for every small thing you celebrate today so, what are we celebrating?

60 comments:

  1. What an excellent cover reveal, love it! Congrats to the Ninja too.

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  2. This was such an imaginative and entertaining cover reveal Al! I love how you put it all together. I'm also impressed that you've been planning so far ahead with A to Z. I'm still stuck on A!

    Julie

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    1. A was easy, as it will be my name, hahaha. But seriously, I've found that the theme actually helped A LOT. Try it. :)

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  3. Thank you, Al!! That is awesome. Best reveal today.
    And no one beats a Ninja with a guitar.
    You the Dragon!!!

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    1. Duel of Greatness here, hahaha. Glad you liked it!

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  4. The best cover reveal yet!!!!!!! :)

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  5. And the award for Best Cassastorm Cover Reveal goes to.... ****drum roll****...
    Señor Al Diaz!
    *the crowds go wild*
    Well done Father Dragon. (I love the pyrotechnic display...).

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    1. Hahaha, muchas gracias! Fireworks do the trick every time. :)

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  6. Wow! That was quite the cover reveal. Impressive!

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  7. Great cover. Can't wait to see your sculpture. I hope you write a post about it and the process and let us see the final product!

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    1. I'll do a sculpture reveal, since a published book is nowhere in the horizon. That would be something different. :)

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  8. Congrats! to Alex! and best wishes to him and a smashing success for CassaStorm. And keep plugging away with the A to Z posts. That's what I'm doing. One at a time.

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    1. I keep my hopes high that I truly will have them all done by the end of March. One at a time. :)

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  9. Best cover reveal post I've yet to see....and that includes my own entry :) Very well done, Al.

    Big time congrats to Alex, the cover is superb!

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    1. Hahaha, thanks. Yes, the cover is quite an excellent job, I agree.

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  10. That wins the awesome award for cover reveal...or any kind of post! I'm dying laughing over here. What a duel - Darth Vader and Ninja Captain Alex with guitars! I think I want to have you design all my future book tours, Al!

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    1. Laughter is like the best compliment for me. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Laura. :)

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  11. I'm more excited than I should be, and you should be too. You won yourself a book! Details on my post today. :)

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  12. Wow! I have to agree with Jaybird - that was the BEST Cover Reveal EVER! You are amazing, Al! I loved reading and seeing that cover reveal! Congrats on your winning, and all your accomplishments!

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    1. It had a lot to do that the Captain Ninja is a source of creativeness himself. :D

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  13. If I ever write another book, will you please agree to do a cover reveal? This was so much fun!

    Big pats on the back for getting a couple more posts ready for your A - Z, and hoping right along with you on your dragon sculpture.

    I don't believe you can ever have too much fun, especially when you release it in such an exhilarating way for the rest of us. Who needs ice cream? We can just read Sir Dragon's cover reveals instead! Best of the weekend to you, Al! :)

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    1. I love to do cover reveals, M.J. Plenty of fireworks left to light the sky, hahaha. (Ah, ice cream...*needy trembling* don't mention ice-cream! :))

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  14. For a head!... for your dragn sculpture that is ;)
    Slow or not yay for some reading, congrats on the prize you won and what a fantastic cover reveal!

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    1. You're a great cheer leader for my small achievements, S.K. :D

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  15. Fun cover reveal, Al! And I know what a challenge it can be to get reading time in, so yay for that as well! :)

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    1. Thank you, Jen. I truly hope to improve those numbers, though. :)

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  16. You are simply awesome. I'm pretty sure your picture is in the dictionary under awesome.

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    1. I'm blushing so much I nearly glow, Elizabeth. Will have to hide before the silly laughter starts.

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  17. What an excellent cover reveal post. Love it!

    Congrats on your prize, I need to go catch up and see your entry now. Have a great weekend, Al! :)

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    1. Enjoy your weekend too, Julie. You've been quite busy too. :D

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  18. Al, that was just a delight! I'm sure Alex liked the fireworks.

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  19. You did great, son, with this reveal. Quite amazing! And congrats on the win for She Said What - a worthy win.

    Hey, if you get done with your A-Z challenge early, you can shoot some posts my way. :)

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    1. Hahaha, ok, and if you get done first, you'll help me with mine? ;) We can play scrabble and see what we come up with.

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    2. Seeing as I hadn't started yet, I think I'm the one who'll be looking for handouts! Scrabble or Boggles will be perfetto. I'll bring the board and you bring the booze.

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  20. Holy cow that was awesome with the fireworks! Loved your bloghop entry, too!

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    1. Thanks, Tammy. Congratulations on yours, it was quite good!

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  21. Just brilliant! That is the most awesome cover reveal that I have ever seen! Fantastic. Thank you for the kind words on my blog, I truly appreciate them.

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    1. Cheering for you all the way, Murees!

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  22. Nice fireworks, Al. I hope we get to see your sculpture. I'd really like to. :) Have a beautiful weekend.

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    1. It's looking at me right now, reminding me we need to get it done for the Challenge. I'll make my best. :D

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  23. You win. Hands down. LOL
    Great post, Al! :D

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  24. Awesome bk reveal! Good job with the reading and critiquing. A dragon sculpture sounds so cool! I'm happy to hear about your AtoZ posts getting done in advance.

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    1. Thanks for the cheering, Dani. I'll show my creation off when it is done and you'll tell me what you think. :)

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  25. Can I be your padawan, Master Jedi Dragon? I shall forever be your devoted apprentice. Just teach me the ways of creativity's dark side. YOU are the Force.

    Awesome doesn't even begin to describe this.

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    1. You made me spit cranberry juice on the screen, hahahaha. Ok, first requirement, are you crazy? As I told Alex, my ninja muse is totally bonkers, so mental condition is definitively in the profile, :D

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  26. You've had a really busy week, and judging by the SW-Jedi mayhem, a fun one, too. Good luck with the A-Z Hop. :-)

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    1. Try a crazy week, Lexa, but yes, no doubt a fun one. Thank you for the luck, I'll be needing it in the near future. I have no doubt of it. :)

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  27. Congrats on winning the prize and good luck with A-Z, I too am prepping away!

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  28. Hi Diaz,
    Wonderful Cover Reveal.
    Amazing indeed, Congrats to Alex too,
    Good to know about the promising news
    about the progress in the upcoming great
    event called A to Z :-)
    Keep Going
    Good Wishes
    And ha, thanks for dropping in at my place
    and for the encouraging thoughts :-)
    Phil

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  29. Muy coolness. Loved your article and the Fireworks display. You're right...people love fireworks.

    Damn...all I did was posted the cover. Were we supposed to do all this? I just knew it was reveal day, so I went over to his place and snatched it. Threw it up in support, but didn't know all the details.

    You did a fantastic job. :o)

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