Friday, 22 February 2013

Alex Cavanaugh Cover Reveal and She Said What Winners

I am excited and honored to be part of Alex Cavanaugh's cover reveal today for his book CassaStorm! This book marks the last in the already successful Cassa trilogy that has Alex ranked as Amazon Sci-Fi Best Selling author!  

CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Cover Reveal
Release date: September 17, 2013

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…

Science Fiction - Space Opera/Adventure
Print ISBN 9781939844002
E-book ISBN 9781939844019

Congratulations Alex on this fantastic cover! 
CassaStar, CassaFire and CassaStorm look amazing all lined up together! 



Before we get to the winners, Michelle and I want to thank you all for making this bloghop such a success. I was skeptical at first, unsure if people would want to participate, but it was Michelle's enthusiasm and encouragement that convinced me. And having 30+ people sign up for our blogfest is twice as many than we expected. Plus, you all really out did yourselves. Every single entry made us laugh, chortlesnort, giggle or chuckle in some form or fashion. And when you're sick with the flu, laughter is great medicine.  I hope you realize how creative and funny you lot are. The same comic strip with the optional bonus words yielded a wide variety of different scenarios. You had the girls tripping over rope, over feet, or just plain trippin (ahem Alex . . . (;  ). The girls were sightseeing, rushing to the mall, to the dance or running away with dragon loot! You blew us away by your creativeness and snark, so you can imagine how hard it was to choose winners. We'd like to share with you some of our favorite quotes from the fest (in no particular order):

"Who does he think he is Buzz Lightyear?"
"... hoist me up before the champagne and LSD start running out my nose."
"Did somebody say THONG?"
"... a talking dragon-dog."
"we've got stylish beach-babe hairstyles."
"don't get your panties twisted in a bunch."
"I give you Dragon GPS for Virgin Snack here."
"Vazz izt diz, Giantz Condomz!?!
"Get your ass cheek in here!"
"We look like we should be on survivor,”
"At least the blood will match my outfit!"
"There's a party at my cave tonight."
"I can't run in these heels." Clop! Clop! Clop!
"Next time remind me to stay away from hot air balloons, mischievous monsters and clumsy superheros."
"...Tetons. So distracting..."
"Hey did you just kill Brad Pitt?"
"V's buying, I took his wallet."
"I think I gave a frog a heart attack."
"Are these breasts or pockets?"
"After all we've been through, you went out and found another critique partner? Why don't I just tie this rope around my neck?!"
"We tangoed cheek-to-cheek with death and won!"
"...honour me with a kiss? And not on the cheek either. I mean, I just popped a tic-tac."
"Don't look, I'm wearing granny panties!"
"Captain V blows!"
"Oh honey...that grey thong doesn't look good on you."
"...if only I had paid more attention in airspeed momentum class instead of thinking about my tango lessons."
"...skirt's gonna flap down showing the world a set of cheeks it never expected to see..."
"and what's with the banana-yellow cape, dud? Like, vomit."
"I don't know why I travel with you. You're a train wreck waiting to happen!"
"Habz no fearz, Viagra Man'z heeeeerz!"
Speaking of knickers, I can see yours from here! Were they always grey, or do they need to be washed? 
"Hurry Elise, we need to get back behind our keyboards where it's safe."
"Virgin Boy to the rescue!!!"
"Dude, did you have to do that in the balloon? "
"This is so embarrassing. It’s almost as embarrassing as the time you–"
"Does my head look big with this seaweed on it?"
"Dudette, I know, get up in this balloon so we can getaway with her treasure!"


AND NOW . . .  Drum Roll . . . 

Honorable Mentions: 
Alex Cavanaugh Ninja Captain
 Cheryl Duffin at Texas Playwright Chick 
Julie from Emptynestinsider 
LG Keltner at Writing Off The Edge
Tara Tyler at Tara Tyler Talks

Winner for Most Creative entry:
Tammy Theriault at Writing one Petal at a Time
Tammy, you win a banner or badge sponsored by the wonderful Tara Tyler at Tara Tyler Talks

4 Grand Prize Winners: 

Nick Wilford at Scattergun Scribblings
PK HREZO at Fearless Fiction
Nick and PK get to chose one from the following list of books and we'll be happy to send it to you (email us for the details):

1. On Writing - Steven King
2. Bird by Bird - Ann Lamott
3. The Right To Write - Julie Cameron


Mark Means at Left and Write
Al and Mark get to chose one from the list below and we'll be happy to send it to you (email us for the details):

1. The Elements of Style, 4th edition - William Strunk Jr and E.B. White
2. Save the Cat - Blake Snyder
3. 10$ Amazon Gift Card

Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to everyone who participated and SPECIAL HUGS to my Co-Host Sister M! 
Have a wonderful weekend 


  1. Hey, Elise,
    Alex's cover is front and centre in all its glory. Good stuff.

    You girls work fast. Congrats to all the winners!

  2. Congrats to all these awesome winners! And I love Alex's new cover. I'm very partial to illustrated book covers.

  3. Thanks, Elsie!!
    And congratulations to the winners! Bet that was hard to choose. Thanks for the honorable mention. It was the 'breast-pockets' thing, wasn't it?

  4. CassaStorm is beautiful.

    Congrats to the winners! :)

  5. Congrats to the winners and to you Elise for a great bloghop.

  6. Well I didn't see that coming!! Thanks Elise and Michelle! There were so many ribtickling entries. :)

    I've got Stephen King's book, but the other two both seem excellent too... tough pick!

    Thanks again and congrats to the other winners. :)

  7. I saw Alex's cover here first. Terrific!! :)

  8. Great cover. And congrats to all the winners-- they were fun posts to read.

  9. Alex has an awesome cover and Congrats to the winners!

  10. A big congrats to all the winners and it was a great bloghop. I appreciate you choosing my entry and glad I could make you laugh :)

    When's the next one?? :D

    Also, congrats to Alex...that cover looks great!

    1. Congratulations Mark! Send me an email at thefallingwitch (at) gmail (dot)com.

  11. An interesting and eye-catching cover. Has a good sense of depth and motion. Keeps my eyes moving around the picture.

  12. This is indeed unexpected. I am speechless and thrilled! Thank you Elise and Michelle! It was really fun.

    1. Congratulations Father Dragon! When you get a chance send me an email at thefallingwitch (at) gmail (dot)com for the details. (:

  13. Congrats to all the winners, and to Alex!

  14. Congrats to all the winners, and thanks for posting all the quotable captions! Love Alex's cover, I'm always attracted by scifi stories. . .

  15. Congrats to all of the winners! You and Michelle did a wonderful job with this blogfest! Thanks for the honorable mention, and I hope you're feeling better! Yay Alex!


  16. Thanks for the honorable mention, and congratulations to the winners! So many great entries to choose from! I don't know how you guys did it!

  17. Congratulations to the winners. I loved Tammy's entry. So creative :)

  18. Thanks for the honorable mention! I really had a fun time doing it and reading all the other entries.

    Congrats to Alex on his cover reveal!

  19. Congrats to Alex on his CassaStorm cover - it's awesome! He is everywhere today, even on my blog!

    Congrats to the winners of the blogfest, too! I'm sort of off the blogfest circuit for now. I absolutely have to get some work done, lol!

    Hi Elise! *waves*

  20. What a great line up of winners for She Said What? Congrats again to Alex on his cover reveal day!

  21. LOL - some of those lines were great.

    Congratulations to Alex!

  22. GREAT job, Elise and Michelle :)

    That was an awesome bloghop - and my apologies for dropping the balloon - but the creativity was *flowing* :)

    Congrats to the winners and also to Alex for a *sweet* cover :)

  23. Congratulations to the winners! :)

    And hooray for Alex's new cover.

  24. Congrats to the winners and to Alex for his cover reveal!

  25. I really loved the quotes. This was the most enjoyable and original contest ever! Great job, Elise and Michelle! :-)

  26. Congrats Alex on the cover and to winners of the bloghop.

  27. That's a wrap!
    Elise, I'm so glad we did this blogfest. Thanks for being such a great co-host!

  28. Congrats to Alex on a gorgeous cover!

    I read a few of the entries and they were hilarious! Now I'm off to catch up on the ones I missed. Those quotes are a scream. :)

  29. Congrats Alex, love the cover!
    Congrats Tammy, you rocked it~
    Congrats to all the winners!

    I am sorry I missed all the fun~
    Great blogfest! ;D

  30. You forgot 'Do you have any Grey Poupon?" hahaha

    Congratulations to Alex and the winners of She Said What. :)

  31. That is an AWESOME cover!

    Yay for the winners! I found one of my quotes :D Thanks for the fun bloghop!!


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