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 starting Feb 27th till Mar 9th. Twitterbugs can join in the fun on twitter using the hashtag #CatchFire. See Alex’s site for details.
And now, Alex shares with us a few fun facts about himself and his book! :)
So Alex, what inspired the titles of your book?
I really have no idea where the title for CassaStar originated! And yes, it is the original title. (My publisher selected the title for CassaFire, so that was no flash of brilliance on my part.) Cassa is Byron’s home world, but not sure why I placed the word star after it. Could be something as lame as copying Battlestar Galactica!
Who is your favorite character in the book? Why?
It would have to be Byron, or I wouldn’t continue to follow him in the stories. He was rough at first, but he grew on me. Although there will always something special about Bassa. The incidents surrounding that character were the hardest to write.
Who is your all-time sf hero? why?
Always liked John Sheppard from Stargate: Atlantis. He’s brave, looks after his people, and has a great sense of humor. Really like Mal Reynolds from Firefly as well.
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…
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