Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Another Tuesday ....

An usual storm rolls over the bright azure skies to a gun-metal gray. Winds kick to unregistered mph as thunder cracks. "Damn. Why does it ALWAYS happen? I'm always lulled into a false sense of security. Chicago weather is so frickin' unpredictable."

I continue my journey, skirting the lakefront. Ferocious winds rip through my face and my fingertips freeze and numb. As I reposition my scarf that unraveled and took flight, a flash sparked out of the corner of my eye.

My head snaps. "What the ...." With bulging eyes, my jaw drops and a massive shiny metal monster floats toward the shore. Fire kicks from the rear of the object, catapulting the vessel to eye level. My lids blink feverishly, not fully comprehending the situation.

A clear voice calls out "Hey, Michael. Need a lift?"

Thunderstruck, I see a flash of a smile. As my vision clears the face smiles again and a hand waves.

"It's me .... Come on board, I need your help."

I shake my head, and the letters etched into the side of the vessel register through my memory. "It can't be?" I muttered. I shout over the roaring jets, "ALEX?"

He nods, beaming brighter than the lights on the aircraft. "Let's go. We're needed elsewhere. I'll fill you in on all the details as we streak to our next destination."

A side door opens and a bridge floats towards me. "Yes, Ninja Captain Alex." The smile already carved into my face broadens. I leap onto the bridge and race inside  ...

The JOURNEY continues ...

We'll all be able to take a voyage with our Ninja Captain Alex on Sept. 17th! It should be quite the JOURNEY!


By Alex J Cavanaugh

From the Amazon Best Selling Series!

A storm gathers across the galaxy…

Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. 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, 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 return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

“With a talent for worldbuilding and a compelling cast of characters, Alex J. Cavanaugh combines high powered space battles and the challenges of family dynamics to provide readers a space opera with heart.” 
- Elizabeth S. Craig, author of the Southern Quilting and Myrtle Clover mysteries

“I thought the revelation was going to be one thing and I was completely wrong … CassaStorm pushes the limits…”
- Tyson Mauermann, Speculative Reviews

“…mesmerizing story of survival, personal sacrifice, tolerance, and compassion. It’s a rare jewel that successfully utilizes both character and plot to tell a story of such immense scope and intimate passion…” - Nancy S. Thompson, author of The Mistaken

$16.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 268 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Science fiction/adventure and science fiction/space opera
Print ISBN 9781939844002 eBook ISBN 9781939844019
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

Find CassaStorm:
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Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar and CassaFire, he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.


  1. Alex is a true rockstar among us, and I know this finale to the Cassa series is going to be huge! Congrats Ninja Captain Alex!

    "He nods, beaming brighter than the lights on the aircraft." LOVED that line, Michael. :)

  2. And we're off on an adventure!
    Thanks Michael - that just totally rocked. You the man!

  3. This is so exciting! You really brought the scene to life!
    Congrats to Alex!
    Writer In Transit

  4. Great intro, Michael. I can see the hovering Cobalt.

    Notice how Alex likes to make an entrance with the flashing skies and roiling clouds. Perfect for a launch!

    Well done.

  5. Great job bro! You really had me there. This is truely an Alex Day!

  6. So excited for Alex!! What a great intro. You set the bar too high for the rest of us!

  7. Loved your creative intro. So excited for Alex!

  8. As Alex says: you are the best at intro's! I have already bought my copy of CASSASTORM!

  9. Another amazing intro! I wanted to jump on board with you guys. Congratulations to Alex!

  10. Awesome intro! I was waiting to read your post, knew it would be special!

    Congratulations, Michael, and Alex - enjoy your adventure!

  11. What an awesome intro!!!! I'd freak if a ship hovered near me :)) But if Alex is on board, it has to be okay.

  12. You've done it again Michael! Great intro...congrats to Alex!

  13. Love!

    So, so, SO fun. I'd totally read a whole book about you and Alex! If I wrote it, would it be considered fan fiction???

    Wonderful, Michael. And stoked for Alex!

  14. Wait wait wait. .. You said "streaked" ok ok...I gotta see it!!!! Lol.

  15. I would love a ride on a space ship - even if its not a Cossbolt :)


  16. Great post, let's hope this storm last a while.


  17. Yay! for Alex! Another great cover and premise. Congrats to him!!!

  18. Lucky you! You got to ride in that cool spaceship. Great intro as always Michael.

  19. you always do such a fabulous job with your blurbs, immersing us in the story! today a spaceship with alex, last time in the frozen alaskan tundra with julie! awesome!

  20. What a wonderful way to introduce Alex's book! Ride on.

  21. All hail ninja captain/rockstar Alex!! love that cassastorm is finally out.

  22. Awesome intro, Michael, although I have to say I was a little worried for a minute that the shiny metal monster was going to run into you—such things have been known to happen.

    Thank goodness N.C. Alex knows what he's doing. Better buckle up for a great ride!

    Best of luck to both you and Alex on your journey.

    VR Barkowski

  23. Congratulations, Alex! :) Hi, Michael!

  24. Another great intro. All the posts about Alex are different and have something unique and interesting. Of course, I knew yours would be, Michael.

  25. Yay for Alex and his awesome books! Great intro :) Have fun on the ship!

  26. I've read a lot of blog hops and book reviews but yours are among the best. You really put a lot of enthusiasm into your posts. Hope your recovery is going well and you're back to 100% soon (if you're not already)

    And congrats again to Ninja Captain Alex!

  27. When the Nnja Captain beckons, there's nothing left to do but jump aboard. Love this Michael. And you're right, Chicago weather has been way too unpredictable. ;)

  28. Michael, remarkable prelude. Congrats to Alex.

  29. Hi Michael,

    Man, I'm really struggling to keep up with this tour. Almost four in the morning and I think I should get some virtual chocolate chip cookies or better still, real coffee!

    A very unique into to our ninja dude buddy, Alex. I'm wishing him and your good self, much fulfilment in all your writing endeavours.

    Gary :)

  30. Oh, that is perfect! Alex, surfacing at the lakeshore...Great visual.

    I heard this morning about all the stormy weather your way. I miss it!!

    Hope all is well with you Michael and hope you had a great summer!

  31. Wonderful!!! Congrats to Alex on the release of another awesome edition in the Cassa series. Very cool intro, Michael!

  32. I've loved seeing Alex all over the blogosphere. This has been a grand finale celebration for CassaStorm :-)

  33. Hi Michael .. you really did have a storm in Chicago this week - an American family I met up with got caught up in it!

    Great intro to Alex' tour .. really streaking through space around the blogosphere ... sparking life alight everywhere you both go, along with all other tour maestros ..

    Cheers Hilary