Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Alex J. Cavanaugh – Letter from a Friend

I just want to know what Alex J. Cavanaugh looks like. Is that too much to ask?

Yeah, I guess that makes me shallow. I can just hear my mom saying, "Cathy, looks aren't everything," but just because I agree with her doesn't mean I don't want to know what the internet's friendliest and most mysterious ninja looks like. 

Look at the photo he sent me. Like, seriously Alex? Could it be any more silhouetted? I can tell you have a long regal nose and some scruff on your chin and you got some of those long-fingered white guy hands noodling on your guitar but I wouldn't know you if I walked by you on a subway. Which I would – walk by, because I don't know what you look like. If I knew, I'd pester you. (Good plan on the keeping your identity secret.)

By adjusting the exposure on your photo I am getting a couple of vibes from you. You could look like Jon Heder, on a good day, only without his teeth. Because only Jon Heder has Jon Heder teeth but really it's part of his charm, don't you think? Wait... I just reread that. I don't mean "without his teeth" because that would insinuate a toothless guy, which I'm not saying. I'm just saying not Jon Heder teeth. Maybe, like, Brooke Shields teeth. Or Jon Heder if his parents had a dental plan.

But you also remind me of James Taylor, back in the days when James Taylor had hair:

That James Taylor. Now he was a hunka hunka burnin' love... sorry, I was all, ahem, overheated there for a moment. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Any idea what the J stands for anyone? Jon? (As in Heder?) Jeremiah (was a bullfrog)? Jiminy Cricket?

I asked Alex Mysterious J for a Letter from a Friend because I don't know anything about him. Oh sure, he's a published author. In fact, he just released his latest book, CassaFire, TODAY. Talk about hot off the press and all, baby, me and him we are on FIRE. I also know Alex is one of the most popular bloggers in all of blogdom. He has more followers than God. Ok, so maybe not THAT God. Maybe, like a secondary Greek god. Like Zeus, maybe. Or Amadeus. (Note to self: check to see if Amadeus is a god or a musician.)

To be perfectly frank, I know nothing about Alex J. Cavanaugh. I know I like reading his blog. I know that I like it when he shows up and comments on mine. I know I like him. But then again I like pretty much everybody. Our crazy neighbour who grows questionable shrooms in her flower garden, and who doesn't share. My cat, whose hairballs are the same colour as our chesterfield. My liquid Tide, which removes hairball stains from my pants. Frankfurters, even though they're made of eyeballs, testicles and beaks. I like my kids even though they make me NUTS. 

I like everyone. I like everything. If I don't like you, you are seriously disturbed. 

Anyway, I like Alex and today is his special day. So even though I still don't know what he looks like, or anything about him, here's a letter from one of my favourite ninjas. Good luck with the book, stranger – I'm wooting for ya!

Dear Cathy-
I just wanted to thank you for the kind words and cheer. Your comments on my blog always make me smile and remind my of why I do what I do.
I am honored that you continue to return to my blog. Your life revolves around family and the Muskoka River, while mine resides in the world of geekdom. I am just a guy who digs science fiction, movies, music and gadgets. That you find me interesting amazes me. Although I do think we share a sense of humor!
You continue to visit even though I am not always able to return the favor. I try to visit my blogger buddies often, even though that list continues to grow and grow. Preparations for my upcoming book have made it even more challenging.
Your encouragement is what keeps me going. Thank you, Cathy. I hope that I can repay the kindness one day. Repay it a thousand times over.
Just know this Ninja has your back!
Alex J. Cavanaugh

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: http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/
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…

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

Book trailer available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa6VINRGtyE.

Barnes and Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cassafire-alex-j-cavanaugh/1034742568

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/CassaFire-Alex-J-Cavanaugh/dp/0982713940/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1329417150&sr=1-1

Amazon Kindle - http://www.amazon.com/CassaFire-ebook/dp/B007A2TSNG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1329663355&sr=1-1


  1. He looks like a sweet sensitive kind of a guy.

  2. Well if that is REALLY a photo of Alex (and I can't believe it is!) Cathy, you have the blogger coup of the century! I had to create my own alien figure when he guest posted for me awhile back!! Still, a little mystery is good if you're a sci-fi writer...All best wishes AleX!


  3. Cathy - I'm both amused and humbled!
    Yes, that IS me!!! I just don't dig having my photo taken. But that photo is up on my bio for the world to see.
    Thank you for one of the best CassaFire posts yet today!

    1. Oh Alex, I bet you say that about all your post-ers! ;)

  4. So, another alarming gap in my education filled right here. I was over at Suze's blog, and she mentioned Cavanaugh, and here I see you've got a whole post on him. He sounds like a great guy, and reminds me, with his can-do spirit, of cellist Zoe Keating (she of over a million twitter followers, selling truckloads of her CDs without any intermediaries).

    1. Wow, Susan, you can't beat a comparison to Zoe Keating... way to go, Alex!

    2. "Gap in my education." Sheesh. Susan, I can only DREAM of being as educated as you. (Ladies and gentlemen, meet one of the smartest folks on the interweeb)

  5. I love this series. I love your open hearted and generous introductions and I so love the people you have invited, so that we can gaze at them in awed admiration.
    Thank you Cathy
    Thank you Alex, and
    Thank you ball boys (sorry it just felt that it was going that way).

    1. Sorry, a poor joke. It seemed as if I was delivering a thank you speech (which I was) and it reminded me of some of the tennis greats who would thank everyone involved in their triumph including the ball boys.

    2. Oh no, EC, a great joke!!!! :) I loves me some ball boyz!

  6. I enjoy Alex's blog too. I think I discovered it through you, actually. Also, isn't that cover awesome. Makes me want to jump it a starship and shoot something.

  7. now if only we could remove some of the shadowing, and get him to turn front on....

  8. Kudos to you for getting any picture at all! I was quite convinced Alex had horns or pointy ears or something. I loved this--I think it was the most creative approach I've seen to Alex's promo.

    1. He totally has pointy ears. I photoshopped them out because I felt sorry for the poor dear.
      Thanks for the complimeent, Hart! *blushes*

  9. The conspiracy theorist/cynic in me questions whether that dastardly Alex J. has in fact sent you a red herring!

    Still I approve of the guitar (in fact, now I look at that picture the silhouette could even be my own junior offspring....although he plays bass!)

    Nice to (sort of) put a face to the name, anyway!

    Kudos to you, Cathy - getting such a well-known writer onto your blog! :-)

  10. Cathy, thank you again, and the comments are more than amusing!

  11. Absolutely love your humor, Cathy. Happy you love my Kitchen Kat, IKE (I Know Everything) & his sweetie, ICE (I C Everything), lol had a contest on my recipe exchange to name them. The Prize was a virtual pie, not unlike the one I made today. Unfortunately I have to vacuum, as my dogs don't eat the hair floating around on my floors, or spit up hairballs...maybe I could borrow your cat? I am off to meet your heartthrob Ninja ... my Schedule? the books had been waiting 2 mos to be done, and I felt pressured into it as we have an upcoming appt. with the Acct. pressure tactics work well, don't they? Sweet dreams over in your part of Ontario !

  12. This was hysterical! Thanks for finding me, and I'm so glad the man of mystery brought us together! I love that you "photoshopped his ears!" He needs his Vulcan ears, so he can hear us when we need him! Julie

  13. I think that's an awesome photo of alex! He's so mysterious.


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