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Monday, September 23, 2013

An exclusive Excerpt of Alex Cavanaugh's CassaStorm!

News about Alex Cavanaugh's newest book in his Amazon bestselling Cassa space trilogy is all over the Net. But Idea City has a brand new CassaStorm excerpt to whet your appetite. First, a synopsis:
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…

And now... drum roll... the excerpt!
They had reached the outer doors and Byron paused. Lips pressed together, he nodded at her. Remain here and see what you can accomplish. Impart on Ubarce and the others the gravity of the situation. It’s in their best interests to formally side with our alliance.
    Athee grasped his arm, her thin fingers pressing hard on his muscles. Would they really remove everyone from the base?
    It’s a possibility.
    Even after all these years of working together?
    If the situation grows desperate, that won’t matter to High Command.
    Her hand dropped from his arm and Athee stared at him. The indignation in her thoughts matched the scowl on her face. His patience strained from the council meeting, Byron was in no mood to pacify his mate.
    Athee! Nine of the ten races have declared war. Never in our history have the races aligned so decisively into two sides. With Tgren uncommitted, it sends the wrong message to High Command.
    And what message is that? she thought, chin raised in defiance.
    If we’re not for you then we must be against you.

Praise for CassaStorm:
“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 paperbk., 268 pp, 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: Barnes & Noble, Amazon paperback, Kindle, GoodreadsTrailer on YouTube! 

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.
Find Alex: Twitter, Goodreads and on his website


  1. Wow! Sure makes a person want to read more. Congrats to Alex. Best of luck.

  2. I keep seeing this series, but I haven't read it yet. I guess I should. :)

  3. I love the pix that shows all three books. Good background too.

  4. Great excerpt! Definitely need to pick up this series--I've been seeing it everywhere!

  5. Wahoo! That excerpt really shows some of the stakes, and I LOVE it.

  6. The parts where they speak with their minds is now italicized! Sorry for any reader confusion.

  7. Yay for Alex! Rocking the blogospere and book world!
    And it's obvious theyre speaking with their minds. Looking forward to reading it!!

    BTW thanks for signing up for my blogfest, Catherine!

  8. Yeah for Alex! He really is all over the blogosphere- which is no surprise since he is a ninja. :) Thanks for sharing!

  9. I hope Alex is selling up a storm. :)