Monday, June 17, 2013

"Now you're going to drive off a cliff tonight because your GPS ain't workin'"

 I sometimes tear up in movies. I've even gone so far as to bawl through an entire movie. I'm known to get sulky when I end up really liking a character and the book ends, or said character dies or some other tragedy falls. But I've only cried reading one book before. It was at the end, when the hero rides off to meet up with his best friend. And I cried because I didn't have a best friend, not even anyone I could really call a friend. So, it wasn't really me crying over the book, just crying over being lonely.
 However, I finally read a book that had me in tears over the characters. (Well, more like shameless bawling.)

 The book is called CassaStar and was written by Alex Cavanaugh. You can find his blog HERE! (I have decided that CassaStar will be the first self-published book I will be reviewing for my Book Release Celebration.)

 Cassastar is the story about a young outer space pilot named Bryon. All Bryon has ever known is rejection and loneliness, and he's pulled away from everyone because of it. He has come to believe no one will ever like him. 
 Pursuing his dream of becoming a fighter pilot, Bryon is forced to work with another young man who is to be his Navigator. The two become close, at least as close as Bryon will ever allow himself to become with anyone. Together they begin their training, and they make a pretty good team. Except Bryon is arrogant and cocky - typical in one who knows he's one of the best pilots out there - and for some reason he catches the attention of Bassa, one of the hard to please instructors. 
 Even though Bryon preforms well, Bassa always seems to find fault with him. But things only get worse. When his Navigator leaves, Bryon is faced with the realization that he might never get to live his dream. A pilot cannot fly without a Navigator. 
 When his chance to become a pilot actually does happen, it comes around in a way Bryon never expected. And now he is faced with the hardest choice of his life. Learn to trust a man he doesn't like, or give up the dream he's spent so long chasing, and allow everyone to say he is the failure they always knew he'd be.

 This story isn't exactly fast paced. It isn't the story of some high speed space battle. The war isn't even the main theme. Instead, this is a story about friendship, and how one man, by accepting another completely, changed his life.

 The characters were well done in this book. Bryon kind of reminded me of Kirk in the new movies, but without the extra load of annoyingness. (Sorry to all who like Kirk in the new movies. I like him as well, to an extent. I just have trouble thinking of him as Kirk after seeing the original show first.)
 Anyways, Bryon is bitter, untrusting, and only out to get what he wants. But, unlike other characters with these characteristics, Bryon isn't always picking fights with everyone. He is willing to put aside his temper if it risks loosing his chance at becoming a pilot.

 I think my favourite character in the book was Bassa. He reminded me something between Han Solo, Coulson, and Obi Wan. (He was wise, mysterious, could see in others what most people missed, and he was willing to befriend a young man everyone else avoids.

 I love reading friendship and character stories, and this was one of the best I've read in awhile. I would highly recommend it, though I do caution. There was some language in it. Not a whole lot and mostly the D and H words, but just keep that in mind.

 I am very excited for the second and third books!

 (And for those who are wondering why I was bawling in this book....I can't tell you for spoilers sake. But trust me, it was worth a good cry.)

 Now, before I go. I am also taking part in a cover reveal! This book is written by one of the bloggers I've just started following. She has published other books, short story collections. I haven't read any of them yet but they are on my to buy and to read list.

 And now, all that said. I shall introduce you to Cherie Reich!

Men of Foxwick by Cherie Reich is now available! This fantasy short story collection features five men from the Kingdom of Foxwick.

A blind teen seeks a place in the kingdom. A dragon seer journeys to Wintermill to spy on the queen. A sword master’s worst fear comes true when he fails to protect the royal family. A king falls in love with an herb witch, but will she feel the same way? A hunter will rise to the challenge to hunt down a man-eating monster.

For more information about Men of Foxwick, please visit Cherie Reich’s blog. Also, Cherie has a special announcement for her email newsletter subscribers. Click here to sign up for her updates and receive a coupon for a free copy of Women of Foxwick.

AND! TADA! Her wonderful looking new book cover!!

Before I go, just another of my reminders. These reviews and interviews I am holding are part of my book's release. If there are any fellow authors out there who would like to be interviewed I'd love to have you! Your book does not have to be published or completed for you to contact me. If you are interested feel free to email me or leave me a comment.

 Whoever guessing the comment gets a cookie. Here's a hint. In Will Smith's voice. "You know how you're on an airplane and the pilot says 'Turn your cell phone off.' And you go, 'I ain't turnin' my cell phone off.' Well, this is what happens. Just turn your cell phone off. Now there's a downed satellite and you're goin' to drive off a cliff tonight because your GPS ain't workin'."

 P.S. I felt this blog deserved a new background. One more fitting to the world in which A Stretch of Loyalty is set.




  1. The quote's from MiB3, if I remember correctly. It's the only one of the trilogy I haven't seen eight billion and one times. :p They're good movies, what can I say? (Though I wasn't a fan of the 3rd as much as the first two.)

    Also, I've heard a bit about Alex Cavanaugh's new book, and with the review you're giving it, I just may get myself a copy of it for my own. I love it when authors write those amazing friendship stories that leave you sitting with your mouth wide open going 'I wish my friends were like that!'

  2. Alex's CassaStar is wonderful! I need to get caught up and read book two before book three comes out in September.

    And thank you so much for featuring my Men of Foxwick cover today! :)

  3. Cherie's book looks WONDERFUL... and Alex is a superstar! I've read the beginning of Cassa and he's VERY talented... :D

  4. Oo, these sound so interesting! And at the writers conference I was informed that as a fantasy writer I needed to be reading more fantasy. :P Men of Foxwick will go on my ever-growing list.

    1. It's always good to read within the genre you write ... as well as outside it too, Ashley. :)

  5. I like the new background. And that is a very nice book cover :)

    I haven't seen MIB 3 yet... but I want to!

    1. Thank you, and Jack's new background is wonderful. :)

  6. Whoops, was signed in with my google account... that last comment was from me...

  7. Jack, thank you so much! Sorry it made you cry though. But this was a delightful surprise.
    (And hope it doesn't mess things up, but I'm not self-published - my publisher is Dancing Lemur Press LLC.)
    Sorry it took me so long to get here today. One of those days. Worth the wait!
    And Cherie's cover is awesome.

  8. In response to your question, yes, I read up to the second Mortal Engines book. It's been a while, so some of the details are fuzzy, but ask away! I plan to read the other two later this summer.

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  10. OOOh, both of these books sound good: Alex's CassaStar, and Cherie's Men of Foxwick. I love the titles. I'm a sucker for a good title. Both of these just SOUND amazing. :) Thanks for the reviews and reveals, Jack, and can't wait to read these books, Alex and Cherie!

    1. Thanks, Katrina! And good titles definitely draw attention. :)

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  12. I LOVE the new background, Jack!!

    Oooh, both these books sounds interesting!!

    Reply to your comment on my blog: *bows* It's my pleasure to help authors spread the word about their books. I'm looking forward to reading A stretch of Loyalty myself someday!

    1. Thanks, Miss Melody! And Alex's book is awesome. :)

  13. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on CassaStar. Alex is such a wonderful talent. Congrats Cherie on your latest work.

  14. Hi, Jack, Alex, and Cherie,

    Wow.. a full lineup here. Terrific review of Alex's book, Jack. I so need to read them. Cherie, congrats on you new release. I thoroughly enjoyed writing your intro at my blog and look forward to reading these stories....


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